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Fall 2007 issue

A day in the life of the president

What a wonderful article is “A day in the life of the president,” in the Fall 2007 Santa Clara Magazine. Between Ron Hansen’s writings and Chuck Barry’s photos (especially the cover) one has to ask: How does Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., do it! He looks relaxed, fit, presidential…CEO, CFO, CPA and a Jesuit priest and a gourmet cook—all starting at 5:30 a.m. and with a four-mile run!

Consider that he is in the middle of his fourth term, unprecedented when the usual is a single or at the most two 4-year terms. Some of us alums thought that Patrick Donohoe, S.J., was the top builder, but Fr. Paul has exceeded that by at least a factor of three. And, was he not in crutches about 2 years ago from a back injury?

What about the Locatelli three C’s? He practices them par excellence. And, his warm engagement with students, alums, friends of SCU, corporations, all of this on top of recently being appointed Secretary of Higher Education for the Society of Jesus.

As for Fr. Paul’s recipe for Risotto Alla Mama Locatelli—with Italian Arborio rice, beef broth, and saffron—it is quite similar to Risotto Milanese which uses chicken broth. I am going to try Mama’s recipe the next time I make risotto.

San Jose


Twenty-one years ago, I arrived at SCU after driving 2,000 miles in an old beat-up car. Tired and hungry, I asked a man where I could find a bed and sandwich.

He led me to a refrigerator and made me two sandwiches, then gave me a towel and showed me the showers and a dorm bed.

He then wished me good luck in apartment hunting and in law school. “Your future starts tomorrow, after you rest,” he said before he left.

Weeks later, I found out this kind Good Samaritan was Paul Locatelli, S.J.

Hays, Kan.


Built by immigrants

I once asked my Boston College pal Fr. Joseph Appleyard why many of the Jesuits at SCU and USF had Italian surnames. Gerald McKevitt’s article [in the Fall 2007 issue] answered most of my questions about that fact.

As a journalist, I always try to ignite a sense of wonder and surprise with my articles. Fr. McKevitt’s piece fulfilled the journalistic maxim of leaving the reader with a sense of “Holy cow. I didn’t know that!”

I wish my college magazine (Boston College Magazine) published more articles like this.

New York, N.Y.


Beneath the surface of our experience

When turning to page 34 in reading the article on “Let your life speak” [Fall 2007 SCM], I was struck by the poem “Butano Ridge,” juxtaposed with an essay discussing the Ignatian approach to examining our deeper feelings.

Rebecca Black’s poem is a jewel. Being a poet myself, I understand how Professor Diane Dreher’s commentary on the Ignatian practice of discernment [complements] the poem’s power to probe “beneath the surface of our experience” and to “reflect on the motions of the soul.”

Without question, the learnings from my own faith journey continue to be enlivened by eloquent prose and poetry. Thanks to Diane and Rebecca!

Palo Alto


An AVID fan

I enjoyed the profile of SCU alumnus Johnn Ybarra ’86, who volunteers for the AVID program amid his duties as a CHP officer [Fall 2007 SCM]. I taught AVID for four years in an at-risk high school outside of Denver and can appreciate the power of the program in bringing minority students in particular onto the college path.

I highly encourage all SCU graduates to consider exploring AVID programs in their area. Few districts can afford to pay their AVID tutors, and they need strong community participation to help students with weekly tutoring and mentoring. Students especially bond to college-age tutors, so recent SCU alumni in particular should consider giving their time as AVID volunteers. What a way to expand SCU’s spirit of community and compassion!

Rushville, Ill.


No open-toed shoes allowed

Your Summer 2007 Issue of Santa Clara Magazine (Vol. 49, No. 1) features two articles regarding the subject of “construction.” In both, you accompany the article with incongruous photographs.

Having spent 54 years in manufacturing and building safety, I know the importance of hard hats. But open-toed sandals and bare feet do not complement construction safety.

In the future, I would suggest that when a photograph is staged, all of the elements of safety should be presented and foot comfort should be discarded.

Carson City, Nev.


Farewell, Fr. Germann

My husband Tim (’75) and I flew from Washington state to Santa Clara to join with friends in singing at Dan Germann’s memorial service on Sept. 28. I just had to say goodbye to the most amazing man I’ve ever known.

There are enough Dan stories to fill volumes, and they’re all either hilarious, or touching, or both.

Dan was my first professor in my first class on my first day of college. At first his presence intimidated me, until I learned to relax and understand that his intensity was born of his dedication to his subject. Dan taught Christian Liturgy, and I wish I could somehow have made it mandatory for every Catholic on the planet to take his courses.

As Director of Campus Ministry, Dan was the driving force behind the Freshman Weekend, 10 p.m. Mass on Sundays, the St. Clare Festival, and the annual Baccalaureate Mass. Just when you thought he couldn’t come up with another original feast to use as a conduit to integrate Christian ritual into daily college life, he would—and in the most energetic and genuine way.

When my father died in December of my senior year, Dan was by my side, holding me up, letting me cry. Seven months later, he officiated at our Mission wedding, the planning and preparations for which he was intricately involved in, and he made it all perfect. When our first son was born, the little guy became Brian Daniel (or, as Dan called him, “B. Daniel”). When that same baby had to undergo abdominal surgery as an infant, Dan came to the hospital, blessed him, and sat with us. He did it again for our second son in an identical situation four years later.

In July 2006, friends and fellow Jesuits planned an anointing ceremony held at Sacred Heart Center in Los Gatos. The outpouring of love and affection from people Dan had known and loved throughout his life clearly moved him, and he reveled in the healing power of Scripture, touch, music, and laughter.

As Dan’s health declined over the past several years, despite the tremors and other physical symptoms, he was 100 percent on track mentally almost until the very end. His ability to converse, one of the great joys and talents of his life, was severely compromised, but he always found a way to indicate that he got the joke, remembered the anecdote. He was comfortable with the idea of his impending death, and rather than feeling frightened, he seemed to be frustrated because there was still work yet to be done, things yet to be said to the people he loved.

Dan knew, and tried to teach others, that there is such raw joy and beauty in life and the world God has created, and that our time here is short, and we’d best not waste it.

Rest in peace, Dan, and save us a seat.

Vancouver, Wash.


An in memoriam for Dan Germann, S.J., appears in this issue. Read more from friends and Santa Clara alumni online—and contribute your memories of Fr. Germann as well. Please visit


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Experience has taught us that mistakes inevitably happen in print. In the Summer 2007 issue, in the in memoriam for Lucky Hinkle, who served the University for over 25 years and is sorely missed by friends and family, we misspelled the name of his wife, Kathleen Veatch. And in the Fall 2007 issue an extra “r” crept into the title of the fall show at the de Saisset museum. The correct title? Experience Teaches.