Santa Clara University

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Jesuit School of Theology Integration

In May 2009, boards of Santa Clara University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JST), along with the U.S. Jesuit provincials, approved an integration of the two Bay Area institutions that will enable each to draw upon the academic and theological strengths of the other. Starting July 1, JST became the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. “This partnership solidifies and fortifies SCU and JST in their shared goal of engaging in global theological study, contextual education, and justice-oriented ministry,” said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “It will also help ensure a continued, strong Jesuit presence at SCU,” he added. The Jesuit School of Theology is one of only two Jesuit theological centers in the United States operated by the Society of Jesus and currently includes students from nearly 40 countries. Post-integration, many facets of JST and SCU remain unchanged. For instance, JST remains a member of the nineschool ecumenical Graduate Theological Union; JST students continue to have the right to cross-register at UC Berkeley; and both schools retain their academic freedoms. The Vatican Congregation of Catholic Education in Rome will continue to set standards for the granting of JST ecclesiastical degrees.

Fr. Nicolás Visit

As the California Province of the Society of Jesus entered its centennial year, the newly elected Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., made a historic trip to Santa Clara to communicate a message of inspiration and encouragement. Fr. Nicolás’ visit to SCU was part of a nine-day tour that spanned 11 cities and almost 30 different locations. “He enjoys being with people, and at the same time is remarkably understated and humble,” said Gerdenio Manual, S.J., rector of SCU’s Jesuit Community, who first met Fr. Nicolás more than a decade ago. “And he speaks to the issues of our times with clarity of purpose as he focuses on God and the world’s greatest needs.” While at SCU, Fr. Nicolás, who oversees the entire Jesuit order, addressed a small group consisting of the Board of Trustees, key University leaders and administrators, and student leaders, where he reiterated the Society of Jesus’ commitment to higher education and thanked Santa Clara for integrating Jesuit School of Theology into the University. “It was very encouraging to hear him speak of the importance of the Jesuit mission to higher education as a critical part of their service to the world,” said Robert Finocchio Jr., chairman of SCU’s Board of Trustees and dean’s executive professor of management in the Leavey School of Business.

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Results of the Survey of Recent Grads, Class of '08

Santa Clara University surveyed the Class of 2008 in February 2009, approximately eight months after their graduation. The purpose of the study was to learn the respondents’ employment and/or graduate school status. Here are some highlights:

  • 81 percent of the respondents were employed full time, attending graduate school, or participating in a service program such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
  • The median starting salary for the graduate working full time was $45,000.
  • 68 percent of graduates employed full time worked in the service sector.
  • 17 percent of graduates employed full time worked in the nonprofit sector.
  • 15 percent of graduates employed full time worked in the manufacturing sector.
  • Of those who had found full-time work, 94 percent indicated that their SCU education provided good to excellent preparation for their careers.
  • 95 percent of those who applied for graduate study were admitted to at least one graduate program. Of those who were admitted to full-time graduate study, 93 percent indicated that their SCU education provided them with good to excellent preparation for graduate study.
  • 89 percent of the graduates indicated that their SCU education had provided them with good to excellent preparation for life after college.

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Presidential Inauguration
On April 24, 2009, Michael E. Engh, S.J., was inaugurated as the 28th president of Santa Clara University. The ceremony, held in the Leavey Event Center, celebrated the University’s first new leader in 20 years. Fr. John P. McGarry, provincial of the Society of Jesus in California, and A.C. (Mike) Markkula Jr., then-chairman of Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees, performed the official investiture. In the inaugural address, Engh issued a proposal for Santa Clara to become a leading center for “just sustainability.” Weaving in themes of sparing the environment, listening to and protecting the poor, and educating students to do both, Engh reminded the nearly 1,500 guests, including students, staff, faculty, visiting university officials, civic officials, and Silicon Valley executives, that it is often the poor who suffer the most in the battle over scarce resources.

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Trustees Robert J. Finocchio Jr. and A.C. (Mike) Markkula Jr. participate in President Engh's inauguration.

Opened in fall 2008, the 86,000-square-foot energy-efficient Lucas Hall, named for donor and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Donald L. Lucas, houses the Leavey School of Business and has videoconferencing classrooms, a project room, and a café.

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The Sullivan Aquatic Center, also opened in fall 2008, was made possible by a gift from Jack Sullivan '59 and his wife Joan. It features an Olympic-size pool for water polo, recreational swimming, and intramural sports.

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$7 million gift for student activity center

Mary Mathews-Stevens '84 and husband, Mark, a partner in Sequoia Capital, donated $7 million to build the Paul L. Locatelli Student Activity Center in honor of the former president.


In spring 2009, the Provost's Office inaugurated a writing center, headed by Dolores LaGuardia, senior English lecturer. With a goal to "celebrate and support SCU writers and writing," the center is available to faculty, staff, and students, and in an effort to make it sustainable, is paper-free.


President Barack Obama appointed former SCU professor and trustee Leon Panetta ’60, J.D.63 to head the CIA, and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano ’79 as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Beth Tellman ’09, who double majored in sustainable globalization and environmental studies, received the Fulbright U.S. Student Award. She’s researching food security for coffee farmers in El Salvador.Picture 9

Benjamin Snyder ’09, who majored in political science, German, and history, received a Fulbright Teacher Assistantship Award that took him to Saxony, Germany, where he’s teaching English to secondary school students.
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Michael Hayes ’10, a biochemistry major, received a Goldwater Scholarship that will go toward tuition and fees during the 2009–10 academic year. He intends to get an advanced degree in biochemistry and molecular biology.

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  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked No. 2 in the West for the 20th consecutive year.
  • One of 80 colleges and universities known for a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates.
  • Second highest undergraduate graduation rate nationally—85 percent—among master’s universities.
  • Highest average freshman retention rate—93 percent—of master’s universities in the West.
  • Listed in the top 50 nationally for best values among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.
  • Named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in The Best 371 Colleges, Princeton Review’s annual survey, and once again scored 96 out of 100 for sustainability efforts.
  • Ranked No. 20 out of nearly 600 colleges or universities nationwide for undergraduate alumni earning among the highest salaries by PayScale, a Seattle-based compensation-data company
  • Named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for community service programs and student involvement.
  • Ranked No. 5 in the “large employers” category in the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2008” survey, conducted by the San Francisco Business Times, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Leavey School of Business

  • The part-time MBA program ranked No. 10 among such programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools” issue. The executive MBA program ranked No. 15 nationally.
  • The undergraduate business program is No. 32 in the nation, according to “The Best Undergraduate B-schools,” by BusinessWeek magazine.

School of Engineering

  • Ranked No. 19 nationally by the U.S News & World Report among engineering schools where the highest degree awarded is a bachelor's or master's

School of Law

  • U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the top 100 law schools in the country.
  • The Intellectual Property Law program ranked no. 8 nationally.
  • One of the most diverse student populations of any U.S law school.

Simone J. Billings, senior English lecturer, was named a Fulbright Scholar. She is designing curriculum for in-class and online writing classes with Open Campus of the University of the West Indies, and running faculty workshops for community colleges in the Caribbean.

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grants CSTS receives $1.08 million grant to continue GSBI

A three-year $1.08 million grant from the Skoll Foundation was awarded to the Global Social Benefit Incubator, a signature program of the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, that brings together Silicon Valley mentors and social entrepreneurs from around the world to create sustainable plans that address urgent human needs. The grant will allow the program to focus on a selected vertical sector each year, expand geographic coverage, and better disseminate the lessons learned from the program.

Grants by the Numbers:

  • Awards Received: 52
  • Awards Received that Include Student Funding: 34
  • Faculty & Staff Who Received Awards: 35
  • Total Funds Awarded in FY 2008/09: $7,829,422

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