2020 Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards are given annually to publicly recognize individuals who have given distinguished service to the Alumni Association, the University, and their community.

2020 Alumni Awards
Is that a music festival? Nah. That’s the graduation picnic, managed by one of this year’s Alumni Awards honorees, Paul Neilan ’70. Image courtesy SCU.

Every year the Santa Clara University Alumni Association take a moment to celebrate those who exemplify SCU values of competence, conscience, and compassion.

This year, educator and author Tracy Langley ’97 earns recognition for her service to others with the Alumni Association’s Ignatian Award. This recognition goes to those who best live by St. Ignatius of Loyola’s instruction to serve: “Go forth—and set the world on fire.”

Vicki Pope ’77 works tirelessly for Santa Clara—serving on the Board of Fellows to raise money for scholarships and on the alumni board of directors. She also finds time to volunteer to read to kindergartners, support Filoli Gardens, and bake birthday cakes for foster kids. The Alumni Association is bestowing on her the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Award for service to the University.

Paul Neilan ’70, senior associate alumni director, has dedicated 53 years to his fellow Broncos—managing the graduation picnic, Alumni Family Scholarship, and more. Fittingly, the Alumni Association is awarding him with an honor named for Louis I. Bannan, S.J., its founder and one of Santa Clara’s most dedicated supporters.

A Theologian’s Theologian

Paul Crowley, S.J. lived by a philosophy that emphasized compassion for the individual over rigid church doctrine.

Twin Pursuits

Seeing double? Sisters Brittni and Breana Várgas ’16 marry a pair of brothers at the Mission.

Dreams from Lessons Past

2020 is not the first time Santa Clara University has weathered pandemic and natural disasters.