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New digs on campus: The Locatelli Student Center

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

One of the grand events of Grand Reunion Weekend was a grand opening of the grand new Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Center on 10/10/10.  "Dynamic and handsome" was one apt phrase used to describe the new digs.

Friends, family, and alumni of SCU walking to the Locatelli Center

While there have been dozens of buildings constructed on campus since 1970, this is the first building in 40 years specifically dedicated to students.
Upstairs are office spaces for student organizations. Downstairs is a 6,000-square-foot assembly hall, complete with disco ball suspended from the 20-foot ceiling.

Mary Matthews-Stevens and family generously donated to the Locatelli Center

Mary Matthews-Stevens ’84 and Mark Stevens made a $7 million gift to enable construction of the 16,000-square-foot center. 

The Bronco Pep Band joins in on the celebration

The Bronco Pep Band led folks through a rousing rendition of the SCU fight song.


A Bronco shows off his vintage Santa Clara jacket

A bucking Bronco on the back of the jacket

Parents and friends and students young and old—including Bernhard Henschke ’58 in his dapper Bronco threads—were on hand for the fete…

The Locatelli family is all smiles for the grand opening

…As were members of the Locatelli family for a joyful tribute to the man who served as President (1988–2008) and Chancellor of Santa Clara.

There are even more great pictures from this event on the SCU Facebook page.


Jon Teel '12, editorial intern, Santa Clara Magazine

Lindsey Nguyen '13, editorial intern, SCU Stories

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Tags: Bernhard Henschke, Dedication ceremony, Grand Opening, Grand Reunion Weekend, Locatelli Center, Mary Matthews-Stevens, Vintage letterman jacket