Thank-you notes

Thank-you notes
Photo by Charles Barry
by Steven Boyd Saum |
Photo by Charles Barry

How do you begin to thank someone who made your education possible? On commencement day, there are plenty of messages for moms and dads and folks who’ve brought new grads up through the world. But of course the whole shebang starts long before then, and it carries on. So, in this space where members of the campus community generally opine on a matter of great import, we thought this time around, with gratitude as our theme, why not let a few students offer some messages of thanks to all of you who’ve given time and treasure and care to sustain this place? Here are their words, written on a giant thank-you card this May, as part of a festive day they call Sprinksgiving, which recognizes that, without the culture of philanthropy (to coin a phrase) nurturing this place, we would sorely miss things like scholarships, libraries, athletics, schools of arts and science, business and law, engineering and theology, education and counseling psychology, etc., etc., etc. Not to mention sending students out into the world, to places near and far.

A word of thanks: Students share their messages of thanks to donors.

Fall 2013

Table of contents


One in a million

A personal note of thanks to SCU alumni. You came through in record numbers to secure a $1 million gift for the University.

Yes, but is it the right thing to do?

From business to government to college campuses, it’s not always a question that gets asked. But here’s how the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics set out to change that.

Good light

For a quarter century Charles Barry has told Santa Clara’s stories in photographs. Here are a few.

Mission Matters

Enter here

Palm Drive becomes a grand pedestrian promenade.

Graduation day highlights

More than 1,000 grads were on hand to hear the address by Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63 at SCU’s 162nd commencement exercises.

She runs the game

Julie Johnston ’14 makes Glamour magazine’s list of top 10 college women.