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Letters

Letters

By SCM Staff

Those hands worked for love and peace. But boy did they work. Photographer Michael Collopy’s portraits of Mother Teresa are captivating—and we’re not the only ones who think so. Readers chimed in with memories of the saint and other musings on our previous edition. Read more, discuss: magazine.scu.edu.

Come Together

I translated for Mother Teresa once. Her accent was so thick that the Polish translator could not understand her English. So, I “translated” her English for the Polish translator to then translate into Polish. Before, I had always thought of her as a gentle, quiet woman who committed her life to the poor. I learned from watching her that she was a determined force who did not take “No” for an answer from Church or government officials—no matter who or how high up they were.

In Poland, she wanted to open a homeless shelter, even though the official line was that there were no homeless in communist Poland and the government controlled all the property. She simply kept insisting that she was going to open one and that she needed “X” property—until the authorities gave in. If she had not been fearless in the face of authorities who said “No,” she would not have made the difference she did.

Jane Leftwich Curry
Professor of political science, SCU

Mission Critical

I read with particular interest the article in the summer edition of Santa Clara Magazine about how courageously and almost seamlessly President Michael Engh, S.J. and his leadership team in various departments handled the meningitis episode. Even more intriguing, Super Bowl 50 and many of the planned activities were scheduled on campus during that time. Kudos to the leadership!

In this together: President Michael Engh, S.J., encourages students headed for the meningitis vaccination clinic one year ago. Photo by Joanne Lee

It has been more than 27 years since the Bay Area was rocked by the Loma Prieta earthquake, which destroyed many homes and some of our highways. I was just elevated to a cabinet position in my school district and assigned to develop an earthquake disaster plan for the district and its schools.

Lu Jenkins ’57
San Jose

The oral history of the meningitis crisis that Harold Gutmann crafted helped earn this magazine an award for staff writing, presented by the western region of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in March. The award recognized five articles, including “Believe in Us,” Gutmann’s collaboration with Jeff Gire on retelling the story of the 1993 NCAA basketball playoffs; Gire’s story “Silence Broken,” about the making of the Oscar-winning film Spotlight; “An American Story,” a profile of Francisco Jiménez ’66 by Steven Boyd Saum; and “Sweet Wood” by Matt Morgan—the story of the new Bronco basketball court, which earns some praise below. —Ed.

Hardwood Excellence

I’d like to offer a welcome to new men’s basketball coach Herb Sendek. I look forward to watching his teams compete in a league in which many schools are investing more in their programs.

Photo by Richard Fitzsimmons

That said, the pursuit by many colleges to entertain and make money from athletic programs can run counter to their goals as academic institutions. At SCU, a priority has been to compete without straying from our core values: high graduation rates, high levels of academic achievement for students and student-athletes, running clean programs, barring the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and not giving significant advantage to athletes in the admissions process over other students.

The SCU basketball program has been fortunate to have coaches who competed at a high level while embodying important core values—namely Carroll Williams and Dick Davey. With these excellent coaches, one thing was a given: The teams would improve dramatically throughout the season. Teaching, learning, and development were apparent. I hope to see Sendek embody the unique values of the school in his pursuit of excellence. Do it right and do it to the best of your ability.

And, great magazine! I have a daughter who just graduated with an English degree from Oberlin. She works in the school’s communications department and contributes to its magazine. I want to show her your/our magazine. It is always so good! You guys do a great job!

Chris Goode ’84
Granada Hills, California

Loved the centerfold of the new floor in the Leavey Center. How about a feature on the changes of the logos and fonts of the school’s letters and mascot over time? Thanks for all the good work.

J. Mark Atlas ’72, J.D.’75
Willows, California

See the digital mag for “Bringing Back a Classic” (January 2016). Jeff Gire takes a tour of Bronco logos and uniforms—and a few top hats. —Ed.

Willow Tree Oasis

The Alameda hangs in the reception area of the Adobe Lodge. The willow trees depicted here inspired the Catala Club to plant willow trees on campus. Painting by Charles H. Harmon

The women of the Catala Club thank you for the last page (by Grace Ogihara ’16) in the summer issue. We are so proud to have a spot of land on this beautiful campus and to have been able to provide financial support to undergraduate students for so many years.

Betty Ford
Catala Club member since 1974
San Jose

Staring into the Future

The photograph “Student Working in Art Department Computer Room” that appeared in the Art Warehouse digital exclusive once ran as a section front in The Washington Post. It was in the early days of digital photography, and that photo was shot on film!

I was asked by the head of University communications, Paul Hennessy, to shoot a photo of one of our art students working on a digital photograph in the department’s computer lab. The newspaper needed the photo by the next day. Susan Felter was the art professor who was working with computers on digital photography, and this was one of her students, Carolyn Hamilton ’92. At that time, I still didn’t even have a computer on my desk, nor had I worked with one at all. I met with the student and shot the photo on film. I had to turn out the lights in the lab, expose for the screen, and use a strobe to light the student.

Photo by Charles Barry

After that, I went to my darkroom in the basement of Daly Science. I processed the film, dried it with a hair dryer, printed one frame, and took it to FedEx to send to the Post.

Charles Barry
SCU Photographer, 1988–2015

The $100 Million Gift

The news came Jan. 21 at the Golden Circle Theatre Party: John A. ’60 and Susan Sobrato were giving $100 million to build the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation. Some early reactions via Facebook:

What incredible generosity and passion for SCU! Thank you to the Sobratos!

John A. and Sue Sobrato at Golden Circle Photo by Joanne Lee

Carol Rickerts O’Mahony

Thank you, John and Susan: amazing generosity.

Frederick Ferrer ’80

Thank you for supporting science and technology!

Jennifer Garibaldi ’83

Wow! What a wonderful and generous gift. God bless.

Melinda Kenney

Blessings, love, and gratitude to the Sobrato family!

Heidi Le Baron Leupp ’84

The Sobrato Family are amazing people! Many thanks! Your family over the years have demonstrated compassion in multiple ways to our community! All of my kids graduated from SCU! Thanks again for making this awesome University a better place!

Karen Luther

Award Season

Recent awards for the mag brought in some notes of “well done!” including this one:

SCM editor Steven Boyd Saum accepting and EDDIE and an OZZIE in New York.

Just a note to congratulate you all on this well-deserved recognition. I spent time with Paul Locatelli, S.J. ’60 and some of his pals 15 years ago while doing graduate work in the Bay Area. He became one of my heroes, along with some of the fathers at my own alma mater, Boston College. I thumbed through some old issues of Santa Clara Magazine while visiting the library on campus. It is one of the few college magazines with a strong journalistic bent. Which is my way of saying, it always published great stories. So, well done yous all. Keep up the good work.

Gene Roman
Freelance reporter,
New York Daily News

More good news: A pair of national awards for your mag were presented in New York in October—an EDDIE for editorial excellence, naming us best magazine published by any nonprofit or association (beating Harvard’s and Columbia’s mags, we’ll note), and an OZZIE for design, for illustrations by Emiliano Ponzi for “Change the Game” in our Fall 2015 edition. Presented by Folio Magazine for more than 20 years, the EDDIEs and OZZIEs honor the best in magazine publishing. Other winners this year included Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, and Travel + Leisure.

In the Bay Area, SCM picked up a little hardware from the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club: Best Page Design (“Silicon Valley Story,” by Michael S. Malone ’75, MBA ’77, Summer 2015), Best Feature Design (“Change the Game,” John Farnsworth’s essay, Fall 2015), and second place for best sports feature (“A Wild Generosity,” Bryan Doyle’s tribute to Steve Nash ’96, Fall 2015). We also received second place for Overall Excellence. Awards were judged by journalists from around the country. —Ed.

 

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