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A true privilege

I tell everyone I have the best job in the world. I have the pleasure of walking the Mission Campus (almost) every day, I have the fun of attending lots of great events (including other Broncos' reunions!), and I get to see what's hip and cool with current college students. But the best part about working for the Alumni Association is the privilege of meeting so many incredible members of our Santa Clara Family. Each of you has an amazing story of how SCU has shaped your life and I continue to be impressed and humbled by your commitment to the values of this institution.

Joe Knapp '71: with an Ethiopian girl (age 13) two days after a double-valve heart surgery.
Photo: Courtesty of Dr. Knapp

The measure of success
Santa Clara University's Strategic Plan includes the following vision statement:

Santa Clara University will educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion to foster a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

One question that always accompanies a strategic plan is: "How will success be measured?" While I've always known it intuitively to be true, 2010 has demonstrated that the accomplishments of our alumni and students provide a wonderful measuring stick for our success as a University.

Each April, the Alumni Association honors those Broncos who have given

distinguished service to humanity and Santa Clara University. Please read the compelling stories of this year's recipients in the story on Alumni Awards. Additionally, the Alumni Association designated April (in honor of the association's founding in 1881) as our National Month of Service. The purpose of this new tradition is to inspire alumni to give back in their local neighborhoods and then share their volunteer experiences. In addition to the service projects organized by the Alumni Association and the good works each of you did on your own during that time, we also received dozens of volunteerism and community outreach stories from Broncos around the globe. Self-directed immersion trips, teaching and tutoring, immigration and refugee work, disabilities assistance, college counseling, feeding the hungry, purifying water systems, clothing the homeless, health and medical care for impoverished nations—these are just a few examples of how our alumni are helping make the world a better place. I would encourage you to read more about your fellow Broncos and take pride in their accomplishments at And if you have your own story, please post it!

Also this year, the Santa Clara University Alumni Association Board of Directors established a special award to provide financial support to students who are leaving SCU and going directly into a service program or project. In this first year, we received nominations for 28 graduating seniors, representing 14 different programs (for example, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, Outer Islands Partnership) in 23 locations around the globe, including Malawi, New York, Honduras, Washington, Micronesia, the Bay Area, Uganda, Alaska, and the Philippines. Each of these students has a strong desire to serve and I am deeply moved by their unwavering dedication to give back.

Making a decision on just one recipient was extremely difficult. However, it is my pleasure to announce Gina Belmonte as the inaugural recipient of 2010 Alumni Association Board of Director's Service Award. In addition to her recognition at the Senior Send-Off Celebration on June 4, Gina received a cash award of $2,000 to support her commitment to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps next year.

A real gift
The opportunity to read about our alums and students doing good in the world has been a real gift. I am in awe of the passion our Broncos have for those less fortunate. You are truly are men and women for others.

Santa Clara will continue challenging students to develop their talents and share them with those in need. In response, the Alumni Association remains dedicated to highlighting alumni achievement as a way to reflect the University's success in fulfilling its vision.

Go Broncos!


Kathryn Kale '86
Executive Director
Alumni Association