How do you engage? Young Bronco alumni are finding new ways to connect with their alma mater.
It had been more than a decade since Karl Kuehn ’06 came to cheer at a Santa Clara basketball game. On Feb. 23, 2017, when SCU faced off against University of the Pacific, he made it back. First up: a pre-game social with food and drinks. It was Pride Night and he was proud. “It was a way for me to be involved in a new and exciting lens,” Kuehn says. Pride Night was one of the first events hosted by the LGBTQ+ alumni group. It all started at Grand Reunion with an anonymous donation of $10,000. Kuehn, who is a teacher, encourages students to become Broncos. “I have a special place for SCU in my heart,” Kuehn says. “Any way I can get involved and shed light on this fantastic university, I try to do that.”
Standing inside a machine normally 20 feet under water, thousands of gallons of water filling it, Taylor Thorn ’08 gazed at something few see: the inner workings of the Penitencia Water Treatment Plant. “It’s tucked in the hills,” Thorn says. “You rarely think about it, but now the 20 people [who visited] there probably think about it a little more.” The SCUBBA (Santa Clara University Bronco Builders Association) alumni group is about 10 years old and brings together alumni interested in construction. In addition to Penitencia, they recently toured the Family Justice Center in San Jose and Golden State Brewery. “Anybody who wants to learn about or might get into the business is welcome,” Thorn says.