Santa Clara Mag Blog

Santa Clara Magazine's blog, updated whenever the writing goblin visits the editorial staff of the magazine.

  •  Bronco Buzz: Wave Warrior Plus

    Friday, Jul. 15, 2011

    Shana Bagley J.D. '93 takes the sea by storm. And that's not all.

    Bagley climbing the mast and sailing high

    Ocean racing, including sailing the Clipper Round the World Race, is probably the most “normal” sport Shana Bagley has taken up. Read all about that in a profile of her in the Summer 2011 edition of Santa Clara Magazine.

    Before she climbed into the rigging in gale force winds, though, she was already drawn to challenging and unusual sports—“the weirder, the better” she says. For starters, she’s on the U.S. Women's Eisstock Team (informally called Bavarian Curling) and competes in the World Championships in the Alps every four years.

    She played rugby on a men’s team at the USA Rugby Division III level for three years after law school. As a Highland Games national finalist in California, she tossed 18 foot cabers. And she was California State Strongman Women's Lightweight Champion in 2001. (In this case, “lightweight” means she towed a 70,000 pound fire truck, lugged telephone poles, and flipped a 350 pound tractor tire.)

    To keep up with Bagley’s adventures—including rappelling down the side of the Hyatt in San Francisco to raise money for the Special Olympics this July—you can also check out her blog at

    Emily C. Elrod ’05

  •  The Broncos who inspired a Gator

    Thursday, Jul. 14, 2011

    USA Women's soccer star of the week Abby Wambach may bleed Gator orange, but she was motivated and inspired by some Bronco red.

    Abby Wambach

    The last time the women’s USA soccer team was in the World Cup finals, the world witnessed Brandi Chastain’s ’91 score a game-winning penalty kick against China. With team USA only days away from taking the championship field yet again, power forward and former Florida Gator Abby Wambach is the one who scored the last-minute header goal against Brazil this week.

    While there’s not an SCU presence on the team, there is an influence, at least as Wambach tells it: In a recent interview she paid tribute to a few folks who've inspired and helped her  throughout her career -- including SCU power couple Jerry Smith and Brandi Chastain.

    Smith, who serves as head coach for SCU women’s soccer team, was Wambach’s Under-21 National Team coach. He was the one, her website notes, “who convinced her that, with a lot of hard work, she could earn a spot on the senior national team.” Also, Wambach said, “as role models, the people I looked up to were Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, and obviously Kristine (Lilly). They paved the way for me to have an opportunity.”

    Posted by Jon Teel '12

  •  Helping a professor in need

    Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011



    Bahram Saghari, a lecturer in Operations and Management Systems in the Leavey School of Business, was tragically injured in a bicycle accident with a car in May. Despite the fact that he was wearing a helmet, his head was severely fractured.

    Friends and family report that he is making slow progress but will require a great deal of rehabilitation. To help cover long-term medical costs, a fundraiser has been organized on his behalf for later this month. Here are details:

    July 25
    5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

    Campo di Bocce
    565 University Ave.
    Los Gatos, CA 95032
    (408) 395-7650

    Tickets are $75 and include a bocce tournament, silent auction, and buffet dinner. Find out more at this Facebook listing. Or contact Saghari's neighbor, Tim DuClos, at 408-497-9052 or




  •  Submit now! Class Notes deadline for the fall mag

    Friday, Jul. 8, 2011

    SCU grads: What's the latest in your neck of the woods?


    Travel and adventure? Scaling mountains and sailing seas? Wedding or anniversary? A new youngun' (or grand-youngun') joining the brood? Great things in career success? Memories to share with your fellow reunioners this year? Or just kickin'?

    Send a class note here (along with pics and links) if you'd like to make the print edition of the fall 2011 Santa Clara Mag. The deadline is July 20.



  •  Bronco Buzz: Anya Marina '96 in the Bay Area

    Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2011



    SCM readers no doubt saw the profile of singer-songwriter Anya Marina '96 in the spring mag. (If not, read it here.) Bay Area readers can catch her in person on her current tour this weekend: Saturday night at San Jose's Blank Club, and Sunday night at San Francisco's Café du Nord.

    —Steven Boyd Saum