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From the editor

Blazing a trail

It took months to create the magazine's new Web it didn't take long to realize the benefits of an online presence for the publication.

Many of you have used the site's convenient e-mail forms to send us a class note, letter to the editor, or story idea. We've since added a "Web Exclusives" section that features stories not seen in the printed publication and we plan to expand our archive of past issues this year. We also plan to add photo archives that will feature more images from the stories you read in this print edition. Bookmark and check back regularly for story updates.

In this issue, our cover story about first-generation students-those who are the first in their family to attend college-is a tale of hope, perseverance, and success. Nearly 20 percent of SCU students are blazing this trail and many of them face greater challenges than do their peers. From financial concerns to adapting to an environment that no one in their family has experienced, these students face an uphill climb. See "Blazing the Trail" to learn how SCU is making their transition to college a smoother one.

"The SCU Difference" details the transformational experiences all students can have at this University, from community-based learning to undergraduate research opportunities. Another SCU strength is our outstanding teachers, and in "Top Teachers", Elizabeth (Kelley) Gillogly '93 profiles three who won top honors from the University for teaching excellence and curriculum innovation.

Two other top teachers, Santa Clara's resident financial experts, Hersh Shefrin and Meir Statman, discuss on Page 18 how their behavioral finance classes use psychology to help students understand how people behave when making decisions about money.

One financial decision that many alumni make is to support SCU. Alumni often say that their love for Santa Clara is what motivates them to give time and money to the University. Meet some couples who have done just that in our special campaign section.

And speaking of giving, we would like to ask you to consider a gift to Santa Clara Magazine. We rely on the annual generosity of readers like you to fund nearly a quarter of our expenses. We don't run advertising and we don't charge a subscription fee, so your annual, tax-deductible gift is that much more valuable.

To reduce our postage costs this year, we've included the annual appeal letter and envelope in this issue of the magazine. Please consider making a gift, in any amount. Every dollar is used solely for the production of the publication. If your magazine does not include an envelope and you want to make a gift, please send it to Santa Clara Magazine, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, 95053-1500.


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