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From Donohoe Alumni House

Personal reflections

Kathy Kale
Kathy Kale ’86

It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since I first joined the Alumni Relations office. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I continue to feel deeply honored to serve the Alumni Association and the University as the executive director. Thank you to the Alumni Relations staff, the Alumni Association board, the campus community, and the Santa Clara family for all your support, encouragement, and friendship. There is still much for me to learn, many more Broncos to meet, and new ideas to explore, but I’m looking forward to the coming year with great hope, expectation, and excitement.

As some of you may know, in April my husband, Jim, and I became first-time parents. I am now the proud mother of a beautiful, happy, healthy baby girl. I never thought I could be happier in my life—and then Julia came along. She is a real joy and is helping me see the world and those around me with fresh eyes and a bigger heart. I am truly blessed.

Nothing can prepare you for parenthood and adding a full-time job to the mix certainly makes the whole experience more challenging. The thought of balancing work and family seemed daunting at first (and at times, still does!) but after much introspection, I believe that being a mom will make me better in this job, and having this job will make me a better mom. When I think of all the great people Julia will meet and the wonderful experiences she will have through the University, I can’t think of a better place to raise her than as part of the Santa Clara family.

Golden Reunion/Gianera Society

Congratulations to the Class of ’54, who celebrated their golden anniversary reunion on Oct. 15. The next day, the class was officially inducted into the Gianera Society, a group comprised of alumni who graduated from Santa Clara 50 or more years ago. The Gianera Society, named for Fr. William C. Gianera, meets annually on the SCU campus and recognizes the legacy provided to the University and the Alumni Association by our “Golden Broncos.”

Congratulations also to the classes of ’59, ’64, ’69, and ’74, who celebrated reunions during Fall Homecoming.

Bannan Award

On Sept. 16, Richard ’39 and Robert Lautze ’39 were awarded the 2004 Louis I. Bannan, S.J. Award.

The award is named for Father Louis I. Bannan, who for more than 50 years was an advisor, chaplain, teacher, counselor, and close friend to Santa Clara University students and the Alumni Association. The Association established the award in 2000 to honor Father Lou and to publicly recognize alumni who live the SCU ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion, and have been a credit to the University through distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association.

Please see photos and read more about the Lautze Brothers and the 2004 Fr. Bannan Award dinner in "Bronco Profiles".

Plan now

Our inaugural trip to Ashland, Ore. for the Shakespeare Festival in August was such a success that we’re planning to do it again in 2005. We’ll have the dates set soon and will begin taking reservations in early January. Check our Web site at for more information and details.

Enjoy the holidays…and go Broncos!

Kathy Kale

Kathy Kale ’86 Executive Director, Alumni Association

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