Santa Clara Snapshot: 1962

Santa Clara Snapshot: 1962
She led the way: Mary Somers Edmunds '62 becomes the first woman to earn an undergraduate degree from Santa Clara—despite the fact that more than a few of her classmates chipped in $1 each to pay her $250 not to walk in commencement. Photo courtesy Mary Somers Edmunds
  • 1st woman to speak at commencement at Santa Clara: Eunice Kennedy Shriver
  • 15 percent is the limit for the number of freshmen and sophomores who can receive failing grades—until 1961­­–62, when the flunking limit is removed
  • 25 cents is the recommended donation for receiving anti-polio vaccine as part of the “K.O. Polio” campaign in September
  • 73-year-old Jesuit Bernard Hubbard dies. He earned the moniker “the Glacier Priest” for his explorations in the arctic—and exploits that included rowing the Bering Strait in a kayak.
  • $2,000 damage done to O’Connor Hall by “one fine, young freshman” who plugged all the drains of the 2nd-floor showers and ran the showers full force
  • 8,000 seats in planned Buck Shaw Stadium, with construction begun in summer 1962
  • $150,000 signing bonus for Bob Garibaldi ’64 to join the San Francisco Giants after his sophomore year—and after being named MVP in the College World Series
  • 350,000 volumes will fit in the soon-to-be constructed Orradre Library
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.

Freedom Fighter

After 22 years leading the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara Law, Linda Starr starts a phased retirement.

Internship Incoming

Alex Zhu’24 shares how she found valuable internships through SCU Career Center’s Handshake platform,