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Letter from the President

Fr. Michael Engh and John Torrey in commencement robes.

Dear Bronco Alumni & Friends-

This past September, when we kicked off my term as president of your Alumni Association, we set a simple but ambitious goal for our year:  tell the stories of our nearly 100,000 Santa Clara University alumni. A quote from the author, Sue Monk Kidd, aptly captured the rationale for our goal: “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” As Broncos, we know who we are and we remember why we are here: to be people of competence, conscience, and compassion, with and for others, in order to create a more humane, just and sustainable world. So that we never lose this identity, we felt compelled to commit our time and talent to do a better job of telling your stories.

I invite you to see samples of the dozens of stories our Board collected over the course of the year. These are stories about Spirit, Pride, History & Tradition, Professional Connections, and One Family, three themes from our Alumni Association’s new Strategic Plan, “Inspiring Our Alumni. Supporting Our University. Bettering Our World.” My personal favorite is the story of Ed Rotticci ‘52, the last living member of the SCU football team which won the 1950 Orange Bowl – his spirit jumps off the screen, and his pride in his Bronco identity is genuinely contagious. It is worth noting that the interview of Mr. Rotticci was filmed at this past January’s Pasta Feed and Bronco Legends Night, where the Alumni Association, the SCU Athletics Department, and a record crowd honored the coaching legacy of Pat ’53 and Terry Malley ’76.

More than anything, I also invite you to continue to make and to share your Bronco stories. My friend and our outstanding head of Alumni Relations, Kathy Kale ’86, loves to say: a strong Santa Clara family makes the world a better place. She is so right. And our strength, I believe, comes from our competence, conscience, and compassion and the real life stories those qualities inspire.

As I hand over the reins, I want to welcome your next president, Ryan Joy ’00, your next president-elect, Melina Johnson ’01, M.A. ’03, and your incoming vice president, Scot Asher ‘87. The Alumni Association is truly in great hands. Finally, I want to thank Michael Engh, S.J., for his leadership and incredible support of the work of the Alumni Association.

I wish you a wonderful and peaceful summer!

Go Broncos! 


John Torrey 

President, 2017-18 

Santa Clara University Alumni Association

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