Santa Clara University Receives $100 Million for Stem Education

By Lucas Sharma SJ

A rendering of the future Sobrato Campus for Discover and Innovation at Santa Clara University

A rendering of the future Sobrato Campus for Discover and Innovation at Santa Clara University


Santa Clara University recently announced that long time donors John A. (1960) and Susan Sobrato have made a $100 million gift to the university to fund the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation. This center will allow students at Santa Clara to continue to advance learning across “STEM” disciplines – sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Mr. Sobrato stated that

This gift is the largest in our family’s history. We are especially pleased to support the University’s new strategic vision and the transformational STEM initiative at its core. The state-of-the-art, 300,000-square-foot, undergraduate-focused complex will allow for the integration of the various engineering departments with the natural science disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences to address—with Jesuit values—some of the world’s most pressing problems.
John A. (1960) and Susan Sobrato.

John A. (1960) and Susan Sobrato.

The Sobratos have been long-time benefactors of the university as well as supporters of Jesuit secondary education in Silicon Valley. They have given generously to both Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, and their commitment to Jesuit education helped launched Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School.

 This gift is exciting for the university, especially as STEM education and research continues to be increasingly important in the United States. Former President Barack Obama, for example, highlighted the crucial need for commitment to STEM disciplines in his 2016 State of the Union Address. With the new center, Santa Clara expects more than 5,400 students will benefit.

 President Michael E. Engh, S.J. praised the Sobratos for their continuous commitment to the Jesuit higher education:

The Sobratos are setting a challenge for others, saying come join us to make Santa Clara University an even greater Jesuit, Catholic institution.

Visit Santa Clara’s website to learn more about the center and see a video documenting this historic gift. San Jose’s Mercury News also featured an article on this historic donation. For more information about the Sobrato Family, visit the website of the Sobrato Organization.

 Photos Courtesy of Santa Clara University. 

Jesuit College Alumni Comprise 10% of 115th U.S. Congress

By Lucas Sharma, S.J.

As the U.S. Congress opened this month, the Association for Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) announced that ten percent of its members are Jesuit college and university graduates. Among the 535 members of this Congress, 56 are alumni/ae of Jesuit institutions: 12 in the Senate and 44 in the House of Representatives. This represents a notable increase from 50 members in the 114th U.S. Congress. Many more are graduates of Jesuit high schools around the country. 

AJCU President Michael J. Sheeran, SJ comments added his own comment in the press released issued by the AJCU:

Jesuit graduates include the 2016 Democrat candidate for Vice President, Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Jesuit graduates include the 2016 Democrat candidate for Vice President, Tim Kaine (D-VA)

A hallmark of Jesuit education is service to others, and we are proud to see that commitment represented by the alumni of Jesuit institutions who serve in the House and Senate. We appreciate their leadership and look forward to working with them during the 115th Congress.

For more information, and to whether your Senator and/or Representative is a graduate of one of our schools, click here

The photo of the United States Capitol is courtesy of Phil Roeder of the Flickr Creative Commons. The photo of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is courtesy of Tim Pierce of the Flickr Creative Commons

Fairfield University Graduate Degree in Accounting #15 in U.S.

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Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business was recently ranked #15 nationally among graduate degrees in accounting. This marks the Dolan School's continual commitment to excellent business education for both undergraduate and graduate students of Fairfield University. 

“This is continued recognition for our nationally ranked accounting program, which emphasizes small class sizes and high interaction between our stellar faculty and students,” said Dr. Donald Gibson, Dean of the Dolan School. “It’s a program that fully prepares our students for entry into major accounting firms, and nearly 100% of them do just that.”

Click here for more information about the Dolan School of Business. 

Ford Global Challenge Gives University of Detroit Mercy $200,000 to Develop Mobility App for Volunteers

Receiving a $200,000 grant from the Bill Ford Better World Challenge, University of Detroit Mercy faculty, students, and alumni are collaborating to build a mobile app connecting volunteers and non-profit organizations. This exciting grant allows for students to connect academic learning with the importance of utilizing tools of social media in the 21st century. 

For more information on this grant, please visit the University of Detroit Mercy News Release by clicking here