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undefinedYouse is a Good Guy

I have had several contacts with Fr. Locatelli over the years (many years!). I liked him immediately as a human being. He has done a wonderful job at SCU. My very best to him in his future endeavors.

As young boys in the Bronx, when we met someone like him, we said, “Youse is a Good Guy.” Lots of Catholic love. God bless you.

KENNETH CRIBARI ’47
Las Vegas


As one of the students who first painted the white crosses that still stand in front of the Mission Church, I am proud of the 20-year legacy of Paul Locatelli, S.J. While Fr. Locatelli made transformative changes to the physical structure and curriculum of the University, he never lost sight of the social justice call of the Jesuit mission.

When six Jesuits and two female staff were murdered at the Universidad Centroamericana in 1989, they were killed for empowering and caring for the poor—threatening the government of El Salvador. To honor them, a group of students from Santa Clara cobbled together enough materials to build crosses in our dorm rooms. Soon after they were planted in the grass, the crosses were stolen. President Locatelli made sure that we had access to the University maintenance facility to reconstruct the crosses.

The fact that those crosses still stand in the center of campus almost 20 years later is testament that you can build powerful institutions while still keeping your eye squarely on the disenfranchised and powerless. That is due largely to the leadership of President Locatelli.

BRYAN FLINT ’90
Tacoma, Wash.


Thank you so much for the stroll down memory lane with Robert Senkewicz’s article evaluating Fr. Locatelli’s tenure as SCU president. Being on campus from 1996 through 2002, I was lucky enough to live through roughly half the changes Dr. Senkewicz described. Although I have not had a chance to see the newest buildings—the Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library; the business school building; the aquatics center—I am quite sure they are as pleasing to the eyes as the other buildings on campus.

For the vast majority of us, SCU exists in our everyday lives for a mere four years, and then we admire the school from afar, revisiting every few years for a reunion or something else. Taking a step back to admire the vision and hope of a president over a 20-year administration, one can certainly see that SCU is a much better place today than it was before Fr. Locatelli took over. I look forward to seeing what is in store for SCU in the years to come.

On a personal note, it was quite a pleasure to enjoy the work of Dr. Senkewicz once again. It’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve had the privilege to enjoy his perfect narratives. From early American history class to California history class, Dr. Senkewicz was the professor I tried to build my schedule around. He is one of the professors who inspired me to get into the teaching profession. Thank you for sharing his skill with everyone.

NATE ALDWORTH ’00, M.A. ’02
San Diego


What a great issue the Fall 2008 Santa Clara Magazine was, including the wonderful summation of Fr. Paul L. Locatelli’s 20 years of achievements by Robert M. Senkewicz.

Though on page 20, the listing of the “Building Boom” should have included the Casa Italiana residence hall.

On page 26, under “The Three C’s,” I have a little insight to offer: Originally, Fr. Paul was stressing leadership for the first word. I suggested he consider competence as it would apply to an individual achievement or the leader of a larger group, such as president, CEO, etc. He bought into it, and the three C’s—“competence, conscience, and compassion”—stuck, and has been widely used by the university deans and professors.

More recently, I was sitting across the table in Adobe Lodge from School of Engineering Dean Godfrey Mungal and the subject of the three C’s came up. He said, “I have come up with a fourth C: courage.”

BILL ADAMS ’37
San Jose




Humility and talent

When the Fall 2008 issue of Santa Clara Magazine arrived, I read with great interest the excerpt from Francisco Jiménez’s memoir, Reaching Out. What a pleasant breeze from more than 40 years ago! I remember Francisco when he was also affectionately called “Frank” and “Pancho.” I have always considered him both a gift and a tribute to Santa Clara. A more humble and talented individual I have rarely met. That he remembers his roots and still serves the university he graduated from in 1966 is both remarkable and a great blessing. He carries on the traditions and works of those he names: Bernard Kronick, Thomas Shanks, S.J., Victor Vari, Bartholomew O’Neill, S.J., and many others.

Gracias por su vida, Francisco.

MIKE MCDONELL ’66
Hilton Head Island, S.C.




Tending the garden

It was heartwarming to see William “Al” Wolff's graduation picture in undergraduate class notes [SCM Fall 2008]. I too turned 90 years in 2007 and, like him, still enjoy a bit of gardening with reading—and trying to defend our faith with letters to Catholic leaders urging speaking out in the present clash of faith vs. no faith!

Also, thanks to history Professor Robert M. Senkewicz for reviewing the decision-making process for establishing the goal of what it means to be a Catholic university. It is astonishing that in developing the three C's, there was not a fourth [included]: competence, conscience, compassion, and Catholic. How can the Jesuits find “Catholic identity” without promoting Catholicism? How well they fulfilled this mission when I attended!

HARRY J. ZELL '40
San Gabriel




The toughest prof I'll ever love

Chemistry Professor William F. Sheehan, who died in January 2008 [and whose obituary appeared in the Summer magazine], was the most demanding and hardest professor I ever had. This includes my medical school (Loyola Chicago), residency (University of Kentucky), and fellowship (University of Florida) experiences. Physical chemistry—“P chem”—was a “monster” course. However, I am writing as a former student, now professor myself, who realized that Dr. Sheehan drove us to excel, and I am in debt to him.

If something was not challenging, why pursue it? If it was easy, anybody could do it. Dr. Sheehan was rigorous and helped train us to be rigorous in class and the lab. He will be greatly missed.

WILLIAM E. WINTER '74
Micanopy, Fla.