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SCU Alumni Association

Carrying the Torch for 127 Years and Counting

Santa Clara University’s Alumni Association is more than just a random collection of individuals, all of whom happened to have attended SCU. The Association embodies the cumulative values, ideals, and principles taught at Santa Clara and embraced by its diverse alumni population. The Association strengthens the bonds between and among alumni and their alma mater, and it helps the University to achieve its key goals and to distinguish Santa Clara from other academic institutions of higher learning.

But we know we can’t rest on past achievements alone. Last year, the Association Board of Directors, along with the Alumni Office staff, set out to develop a strategic plan for the Association’s future. The process was extensive, incorporating data from surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews. We also evaluated other institutions’ strategic plans so that we could benchmark our finished product against that of other schools. In the end, we formulated a mission statement that captures the essence of SCU’s alumni association. We also marked out six primary goals for the Association:

  1. Enhance alumni engagement;
  2. Preserve Santa Clara’s history and traditions;
  3. Expand the Association’s student outreach;
  4. Improve the Association’s marketing and communications;
  5. Develop strategic partnerships with internal and external constituencies; and
  6. Create and maintain a strong support structure for the Alumni Association.

With these goals in mind, the Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors developed an operational plan for this year. From seeking to increase awareness of our Association’s anniversary dinner to promoting our InCircle online networking tool, to the creation of a career networking night for seniors, our board has played an active role in putting the strategic plan into action.

Get Engaged

But the board is just one small part of the Association. In fact, all alumni are able to help; it’s each of you who can make a real difference when it comes to enhancing alumni engagement. For so many of us, SCU alumni and the Alumni Association were instrumental in positively shaping our student experience at Santa Clara. From new student receptions to the Legacy Family BBQ, from the Alumni Family Scholarship to career networking events, alumni gave generously of their time, talent, and treasure to ensure that we would have an experience at least as rich and fulfilling as their own. As alumni, it is now our turn to ensure that current and future students have opportunities and experiences that equal or exceed ours. It’s one small part of the Jesuit mission of serving others.

As for my own experience with the Alumni Association, serving the National Board of Directors for the past four years and, most recently, as its president, has been tremendously rewarding. It has been a privilege to be a part of the Association’s celebrated tradition and a wonderful challenge to help build the infrastructure for its promising future.

Thank you for affording me the opportunity to serve the Association and Santa Clara University. I have been and will continue to be most grateful for all of it. For today is a great day to be a Bronco!

Stephen A. O'Brien

Stephen A. O’Brien ’98
National Alumni Association
Alumni Association Mission Statement

The mission of the Alumni Association is to serve and engage the Santa Clara family by fostering lifelong relationships between the University and its alumni. Building upon shared values, the Association initiates and leads programs that support Santa Clara's Catholic, Jesuit mission, while advancing the University's goals.

Guiding Principles

The Alumni Association embraces five key principles to guide our many activities and relationships

  1. We serve and engage all alumni so that the Alumni Association and the University will benefit from the diverse interests, talents, and backgrounds found within the Santa Clara Family.
  2. We nurture and cherish the special bonds that connect the Santa Clara Family to each other and to the University.
  3. We preserve the rich history of Santa Clara University by celebrating our traditions and building upon the accomplishments of our alumni and the University.
  4. We encourage alumni to respond to the needs of the world around them and to honor our Jesuit tradition by sharing their knowledge, talents, resources, and time with those in need.
  5. We strive for excellence in all we do. We will actively solicit feedback and utilize resources to continuously, creatively, and efficiently improve our performance. 

Save the Date!

Vintage Santa Clara 25th Anniversary
Sunday, September 7, 2008
1:30-5 p.m.

Santa Clara Alumni Association's signature food and wine festival, featuring alumni vintners and restaurateurs, a silent auction, music, and an afternoon of fun!

Mark your calendars, tickets go on sale Friday, August 1, 2008.

Proceeds benefit the Alumni Family Scholarship

Alumni Association Mission Statement

Read more about the strategic plan the Alumni Association has developed to support Santa Clara's Catholic, Jesuit mission.