Food for Thought

It’s a place to meet, eat, study, and coffee up. Since 1963 the Robert F. Benson Memorial Center has hummed with student life. It’s home to Campus Ministry and a raft of student organizations—from radio station KSCU to the Santa Clara Review literary journal. This summer Benson got a major face-lift: a new glassed-in atrium and bright and airy dining spaces.

Art Rendering Of Benson

THREE LEVELS What’s now the California Mission Room was once a bowling alley. The center also once housed a barber shop and coffee shop, game rooms, and locker rooms for day students.

Benson Center bowl
Benson Center bowl

WHAT’S THE NEWS? In 1969, when this pic was taken, it might have been men on the Moon—or the Beatles’ last live gig. Styrofoam cups for coffee? Not in ages. Next to go will be plastic straws, in a move to reduce plastic waste and help toward SCU’s goal of zero waste by 2020.

Benson Center Students

Namesake Robert F. Benson was orphaned at 10 and went to work on a ranch. He arrived in the valley without a dime and died a millionaire—thanks to success selling Studebakers and Lincolns. He helped the poor, especially children.

Benson Center Art

ART HOUSE The Benson Center purchases and proudly displays generations of student artwork, like Cultural Blend by Alejandra Germann ’12. It’s thanks to a program founded by Kelly Detweiler, professor of art, and Matt Cameron, assistant vice provost for student life.

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? More Asian fusion options, for one. Ramen is the new poke, says Thierry Bourroux, manager for Bon Appetit. Or have some jerk chicken from Global, pasta primavera at 540, or a reuben burger at Fire.

Pork Intestine Thin Noodles
Benson cafe 2018

FRESHLY BREWED Pick up a muffin with your Americano at the Mission Bakery and pull up a chair. Even indulge in a salted caramel mocha—or, if you must, a pumpkin spice latte.

Drumroll, Please!

Santa Clara University’s renovated jazz studio gives music majors and non-majors more space to find their sound.

A Plan For Tomorrow

Santa Clara President Julie Sullivan unveils a new strategic plan, Impact 2030, with a focus on increasing access and opportunity, and, of course, SCU’s Jesuit values and Silicon Valley location.

Hoops of Hope

From pink socks to non-profit outreach, Santa Clara Women’s Basketball hosted their annual Pink Game to honor families impacted by cancer.

Flight and Food

Birds can be the key to understanding the environment and SCU students are taking a closer look.