On behalf of the Santa Clara University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Season’s Greetings to our more than 106,000 alumni across the globe.
As we continue to emerge from the pandemic and the uncertainties imposed onto our everyday lives, rest assured the Santa Clara spirit of perseverance and progress were evident throughout 2021, and we continue to find hope as we move into the year ahead.
Among the highlights of 2021 at SCU was the completion of landmark investments in STEM and athletics. The stunning 270,000 square foot Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation opened this fall as did the awesome Steven C. and Patricia A. Schott Athletic Excellence Center. In October, we saw more than 6,000 Broncos gather on campus for a “double” Grand Reunion Weekend, joined by the Class of 2020 for the commencement and graduation celebration that had been postponed for more than a year. Most importantly, campus came back to life in September with the return of undergraduate students. As beautiful as the Santa Clara campus is, it is the energy and buzz of students filling the residence halls and classrooms, cheering on our athletic teams, and socializing throughout campus that truly makes Santa Clara come alive. Just like every year, it seems, the Class of 2025 joined our ranks as both the largest and brightest class in our 171-year history.
Though we–and our alma mater–have endured challenges of late, the hope and promise of the Christmas Season is evident all around us. From Grand Reunion to local alumni celebrations, as we have done since 1881, our Alumni Association will continue to provide meaningful connection opportunities to all alumni. We will gather. We will celebrate. And, sometimes, we will cry and mourn, but we do so together. We will work and pray and serve our communities as we realize the Bronco bonds that carried us through the trials of years past are the same ones that keep us strong as we emerge from today’s challenges. These are the bonds that make this Bronco Family special.
Our Alumni Association Board of Directors continues to serve as the voice of our alumni, supporting the dedicated and tireless work of the Alumni Relations staff. Our Board is a diverse representation of undergraduate and graduate alumni spanning more than 60 years and 17 domestic and international geographic regions, each bringing a unique Santa Clara experience to the table. Those voices have informed our key priorities for the year as we focus on providing more meaningful career connections, ensuring all alumni are represented and served, and providing more engagement opportunities for current and future alumni.
As we enter this holiday season, I wish you and your family all the joy, hope, and love of the Season. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the little-known yet prolific writer Agnes Pharo’s words summarize my wish for you all:
“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”
Scot Asher, ’87
2021-2023 National President
Santa Clara University Alumni Association