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From Donohoe Alumni House
Making a difference
During the past year, I have been honored to serve as president of the National Alumni Association at a time of exciting opportunity and change for Santa Clara University. For more than 150 years, the University has been educating young people and challenging them to leave Santa Clara with not only a diploma, but with a sense of who they are and how they can improve the world around them. The Santa Clara of the 21st century still educates young men and women to make the world a better place, but does so in an environment that is at the technological leading edge and with more opportunities than ever to make a difference.
Never has the gift of a Santa Clara education been more evident than at the Ignatian Award luncheon on March 13, where more than 125 alumni and friends gathered in the Adobe Lodge to honor four distinguished alumni who were recognized for service to others. These individuals were: Kathy Anderson '72, Michele Benedetto '97, Dr. Philip Ernstrom '52, and Brian Mack '92. Their contributions include community service programs, such as the Los Angeles Inner City Tutoring Program, a San Diego Youth Outreach Program, Seattle's "Urban Plunge," and global efforts such as volunteering to practice medicine and building family homes in Africa. Congratulations to our newest Ignatian Award winners. We are very proud of you.
The classes of '79, '84, '89, '94 and '99 returned to campus for a great Reunion and Homecoming weekend on May 21-23. The classes of '49, '54, '59, '64, '69, and '74 will be celebrating their reunions Oct. 15-17. See the alumni calendar for more information.
Alumni travel opportunity: Shakespeare Festival
The SCU Alumni Association will be traveling to Ashland this summer. Join your fellow Broncos for a great four-night stay to experience the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Fred Tollini, S.J., and Aldo Billingslea of the SCU Center for Performing Arts will electrify this event with their vast understanding of Shakespearean theater. Call the Alumni Office for further details.
Tell us how we're doing
The Alumni Association is conducting a survey to see how we are doing in keeping you connected to SCU. If you have been contacted to participate, please do so by mail, e-mail, or phone.
Keep your Bronco spirit thriving
The SCU journey begins the day you step onto the Mission campus and extends an entire lifetime. The opportunity to keep the Bronco spirit thriving is available to all alumni. By attending Alumni Chapter events, Bronco athletic events, the myriad of educational events that take place on campus daily, or by simply visiting campus and taking a stroll in the Mission Gardens, you can keep your connection to Santa Clara alive.
Involvement opportunities are available through the Alumni Association. One easy way to connect is through your local Alumni Chapter or through Alumni for Others, where you can work with other SCU alums to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged. The Career Center offers many programs for alumni, as does the college from which you graduated. Take advantage of these terrific opportunities! You will become reacquainted with old friends and make new ones in the process.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your National Alumni Association President over the last year. I look forward to seeing you at an alumni event soon.
Regards and best wishes,
Heidi Le Baron Leupp '84