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  •  Take Five

    Bob Henry is the new chief information security officer. He has more than two decades of experience in information systems and will be working with departments across campus to protect the University’s online information assets.

    1. What sparked your interest in information security?
    German DVDs stored and served up on a server I was responsible for in 2000. I was a systems administrator responsible for servers running Microsoft Windows and this was the first server I had whacked—that I know of! I decided that knowing how to keep a machine up and running wasn't enough and started learning how to avoid bad stuff and not rely, entirely, on luck. I've been studying information security ever since—a study that has morphed from "technical" security to "behavioral" security.

    2.How does being in Silicon Valley influence information privacy and security?
    I've only been here 3 months, but Silicon Valley is Geek Mecca. Many of the best information security practitioners and thought leaders in the world live and work around here so I can see them, hear them, and talk to them face-to-face. There are security seminars, workshops, and meetings every week. It is an amazing place to work and learn!

    3. Are you a Mac or a PC guy and why?
    Linux! Actually I am now using a Mac, I even have an iPhone. My daughter thinks it is hilarious because I teased her about her "dorkintosh" for years. My last computer was a PC—running Linux—and I was a Blackberry guy. I'll use whatever works—or maybe I'm a slave to fashion!

    4. What is the number one way faculty and staff can help keep their computers and the SCU network secure?
    1) Use long, strong passwords and change them regularly.
    2) Update your computer—keep anti-virus, system software, and applications up-to-date.
    3) Use long, strong passwords and change them regularly.

    5. Star Trek or Star Wars?
    Star Trek—Captain Kirk, Spock, Scottie, "Bones."

  •  Correcting History

    Santa Clara alumnus and adjunct professor John Giddings ’91 wants to set the record straight: It was Santa Clara College (SCU) professor John Joseph Montgomery who was the first in the U.S. to successfully fly a heavier-than-air glider. Montgomery’s feat took place in 1884, 20 years before the more famous flight of the Wright Brothers. Giddings is now hoping to make Montgomery’s story into a full-length feature film.
    “This is a story that needs to be told,” says Giddings. “[Montgomery] was just 26 years old at the time of the historic flight—the same age as many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs today. He was a brilliant and wonderful man.”
    Giddings has proven there’s interest. A Kickstarter campaign that ended this month surpassed its goal of $4,500. The money is just the beginning of what producer Veronica Craven hopes to turn into a $10 million production. Craven plans to incorporate computer-generated imagery (CGI) flying sequences and courtroom drama into the film.
    “What happened to Montgomery’s patents and the 20-year courtroom battle adds a whole new layer to an already complicated and interesting story,” says Craven. “We are not planning to vilify anyone, but want to make sure that Montgomery’s story and the historical facts are known in an exciting and engaging way.”
    Today, the Montgomery name can be found on a street, theater, and elementary school in the South Bay. While many people may recognize the name, they may not realize the extent of Montgomery’s aviation legacy.
    “This story is a proud piece of Bay Area history and he’s an important role model for children everywhere,” says Giddings.

  •  Engineering Legend

    From an Olympic water polo medal to designing systems for the rocket that put men on the moon: the life and work of engineering professor Dragoslav Siljak was profiled in Santa Clara Magazine.

    Dragoslav Siljak should be so lucky to write another book with the staying power of one of his earlier efforts. In 1991, he published a mathematical bible for those trying to understand, control, and predict the kind of vast decentralized systems that increasingly rule modern life—such as electric power systems, communication networks, and mobile robot formations. Two decades later, that landmark guide, Decentralized Control of Complex Systems, had fallen out of print, but it still topped Amazon’s best-seller lists in two technical categories, with used copies selling for as much as $800. The title was republished earlier this year.

    “I hit the gold mine,” says Siljak, the Benjamin and Mae Swig Professor of Electrical Engineering. His life’s work has been dedicated to bringing control and understanding to highly complex systems, some with thousands of variables. “It’s a perpetual topic.”

    Now as Siljak, the author of four books and hundreds of papers, enters retirement after nearly 50 years at the University, his thoughts have turned to a different kind of writing—his memoirs for his grandchildren to read. He may not conjure another best-seller, but Siljak—a man with a shock of white hair, square jaw, and a you’ve got to hear this intensity—definitely has tales to tell.

    Please click here for the entirety of the article by Sam Scott ’96.

  •  The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life

    What inspires a person to create? Taking cues from her life and reflecting on the nature of creativity, Amy Tan explores the events that made her a writer as she comes to SCU on Jan. 17 for the President’s Speaker Series.

    The soon-to-be-released The Valley of Amazement is Amy Tan’s seventh novel since her debut in 1989 with The Joy Luck Club. Over this time, Tan has adapted her work for film, television, and even the opera, but her latest is a return to her roots—her first novel since 2005. Tan’s work speaks to millions with its universal themes of family relationships, generational change, and personal history.

    Amy Tan’s other books include The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted as an Emmy-nominated PBS series. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into 35 languages.

    This year’s speaker series, Enlivening the Whole Person: Head, Heart, and Body, kicked off on Oct. 11 with Reza Aslan ’95, who spoke about the legacy of the Arab Spring. Tan is the second featured speaker, followed by former FDA commissioner David Kessler on April 9.

    The event will take a conversational format, and be followed by a book signing. Staff and faculty can get discounted tickets for $20, available online.

  •  Take Five

    David Popalisky is a professor of dance history, modern dance, and choreography. Popalisky has choreographed, performed, and taught throughout the United States, Central America, and Asia. He is currently choreographing and preparing students for the annual Images performance in February. Many of Popalisky’s choreographic works deal with social justice issues like his “Barred from Life” collaboration with the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) to bring attention to wrongful imprisonment. This summer, he led 14 students on a 225-mile journey from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park.

    1. In spring you taught the course
    Walk Across California. Were you happy with how this project turned out and do you have plans to take a similar journey next year?

    I was very excited about how my Walk Across California course turned out. Last June the students came together as a group to have fun and work to respect every walk member, no matter what major or traditional student group they came from. The challenge of the walk took its daily toll and everyone was there for each other with a pick-up snack, some extra foot tape, encouragement to hang in there, or a song to pass the time. We met incredible Californians like Fr. Dean in Stockton, Calif. who introduced us to the brave and struggling members in his community. We also met farm workers who shared their stories of working the fields and Miwok Indian elders who spoke of connecting their pasts with the present. Arriving in Yosemite and witnessing the students’ artistic reflections on the trip was so powerful. Using poems, songs, drawings, and photos each described the journey and its personal meaning with Half Dome draped with pine trees as our backdrop. Incredible! The walk staff included Rebekah Bloyd, Edward Rooks, and Diana Bustos who were the charts in every way. I am hopeful to repeat this class and trip in June of 2014.

    2. You just came back from the DUMBO (Down Under Manhatten Bridge Overpass) Dance Festival in New York. How is the art and culture scene different there then it is in California?

    In NYC there is art everyday almost everywhere. DUMBO Dance Festival was one part of a huge, community-wide, indoor, and outdoor performance scene located in Brooklyn. In California there is an equally diverse art scene, it is just more spread out in place and time. I was thrilled that so many SCU alums made the trek to Brooklyn to see my dance—a considerable effort that New Yorkers take in stride as they embrace the vitality of that metropolis. In both shows that included my dance the theatre had overflowing audiences—can’t beat that.

    3. What SCU projects are you working on now? (Any that faculty and staff can attend and help with?)

    My current project is a new dance and theatre work on the theme of Futurism, an early 20th century artistic movement, in collaboration with Jeff Bracco, my theatre colleague. We are working with SCU student dancers and actors to get this show ready for Images ’13 in early February. Hope to see everyone there.

    4. How has technology changed the dance industry? (Ex: YouTube, Life Forms, Flip Cameras, etc.)

    Any dance choreographer who wants to have a successful, live presence in a theatre needs a sophisticated web presence as well. Choreographers need to know how to film, edit, and package their very best work in short excerpts to attract potential audiences. A plus side of technology is that a much wider audience is witnessing dance through the web. On the negative side, audience’s patience and focus on the real time takes for a sophisticated live dance performance to unfold is being challenged. But the technical possibilities for creating dance specifically for projection (ex: from iPad to film) are unlimited and really fun. All this is part of the inevitable evolution of a vibrant art form that celebrates and reveals the truly miraculous human body.

    5. What is your favorite Bay Area venue for performances?

    There are many but I particularly like to see touring dance companies at the Yerba Buena Novellus Theatre in SF. This medium size theatre allows choreographers great flexibility on stage and all seats in the house are relatively close, creating an intimate experience with the performers. I regularly take students in my dance classes to this theatre and at times performers that I know, like Bill T. Jones, come out after and speak with our group.

  •  En Garde SCU!

    Watching men wearing knee-high leather boots and throwing swords across the room feels like stepping into the days of Louis XIII. But this is just a typical day in Stage Combat, a special course that takes students back to a time when conflict was dealt with by nothing but a face-to-face test of skill and swords.

    Kit Wilder ’89 is currently teaching the Stage Combat class in SCU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, helping prepare actors for roles in the upcoming production of The Three Musketeers and encouraging some non-majors to channel their inner 8-year-old while learning the intricacies of stage fighting.

    Wilder held his first sword in a 1982 community theater production of Romeo and Juliet and it was love at first parry. Wilder is now the associate artistic director of City Lights Theater Company in San Jose and makes his living acting, directing, and teaching stage combat to students across the Bay Area. 

    “When I first held a sword it was like my hand belonged to it and it belonged to my hand,” said Wilder.

    Wilder personally owns about 50 swords and 18 from his collection are being used in The Three Musketeers which opens this Friday, Nov. 2. The swords are real but are made specifically for actors and do not have sharp blades or points. That doesn’t mean there aren’t elements of danger. Even in practice the students do not wear protective eyewear like fencers, though they are taught various safety guidelines.

    Wilder’s students are essentially getting a year’s worth of stage combat training in eight weeks. 

    “The best way to learn sword fighting is by doing it, experience is the best teacher,” explained Wilder. 

    To successfully execute a stage fight everything is choreographed, almost like a dance. Wilder explained that the key to stage fighting is that it unfolds in reverse. For example, students are instructed to wait for a partner to dodge before swinging. Precautionary techniques are what make combat safe, yet convincing, on stage. 

    “That’s the challenging part; we have to remember that it’s not real, we are not actually trying to run someone through,” said James Hill ’13, a senior communication major.

    The class was open to both theater majors and non-majors, and there is a good representation of both in the class. Students not majoring in theater arts gain a good party trick. For actors participating in the many fight scenes in The Three Musketeers, this class provides familiarity with the play’s weaponry and choreography. Stage Combat also teaches techniques that won’t be featured in the show but are great for an actor’s resume.

    Wilder has directed fights in other SCU productions, including Macbeth in 2010. Wilder also attended SCU with The Three Musketeers director Jeffrey Bracco ’89. They first collaborated—and even shared a fight scene—as students in a 1988 campus production of Romeo and Juliet with Wilder as Mercutio and Bracco playing Romeo. Now, they are working together to choreograph fights and prepare actors for The Three Musketeers.

    “To see Kit and Jeff come back together and work on the same show is great because it really shows the power of Santa Clara’s alumni network,” said Alec Brown ’13, a theater arts major and actor in The Three Musketeers.

    The Stage Combat course is offered this quarter to complement The Three Musketeers performance, but the theater department is considering offering the training more often. While some consider it a resume-builder, many see it as a creative outlet and childhood fantasy fulfillment. 

    “It essentially allows you to get in touch with another time which innately brings out a sense of romance and danger, which both audiences and actors secretly love,” said Wilder.

    The Three Musketeers runs Nov. 2 through Nov. 10. Tickets are on sale on

  •  Graceful Exit

    With a characteristic absence of fanfare, Denise Carmody quietly retired from Santa Clara University August 31, bringing to a close a stellar and varied career that included making history as the University’s first female Religious Studies Department chair and first female provost.

    Carmody was a highly regarded professor and role model to many, having taught ecclesiology, spirituality, and church history before her career took a more administrative path. Students felt lucky to be taught by her, many said, because she was not only wise but also inclusive, welcoming, and exceptionally informed—for instance having personal friendships with some of the theologians who influenced Vatican II.

    “She brought grace into the room—grace in terms of being gracious and listening to us, but also grace in terms of our faith, where she really reinforced that we are the church,” said Marie Bernard, executive director of Sunnyvale Community Services and a former pastoral-ministries student of Carmody’s.

    Carmody was tapped to be provost in 2000, when Stephen Privett, S.J., left to become the president of the University of San Francisco.

    She was known for her quiet fearlessness and for writing a mind-boggling number of books—more than 60 in total—on many topics in spirituality, theology, feminist theology, and ethics. She co-authored many, such as Mysticism: Holiness East and West, with her husband, John Carmody, from whom she was inseparable until he died in 1995 of cancer. Their book Ways to the Center: An Introduction to World Religions is still taught today, 31 years after it was first published. Its 7th edition is due out in October.

    “She really did model what it meant to be a teaching scholar, by being an excellent teacher and a prolific writer,” said Paul Crowley, S.J., her colleague in religious studies who has known her since the 1970s when he and John attended Stanford together.

    As a scholar, she sometimes tackled lightning-rod issues. She wrote Seizing the Apple: A Feminist Spirituality of Personal Growth in the mid-1980s, advocating that women assert their own autonomy. Her writings also explored the difficulties of being both a feminist and a Catholic.

    In the Religious Studies Department, Crowley credits her with doing an excellent job building on the strengths of the past and moving the department into a new phase, including bringing about a greater working unity among the various religious-studies disciplines. “She is an insightful leader, who listens and takes counsel, and at the same time can make firm decisions,” said Crowley.

    Later in her life, Carmody played an historic role at Santa Clara University as the first woman provost and vice president, said Don Dodson, SCU’s former provost who is now presidential professor of global outreach and professor emeritus of communication. “She brought to this role a long record as a distinguished scholar and teacher, high academic standards, a sharp intelligence and a keen wit, an impatience with cant, a willingness to stick her ground and engage in a good fight, and a great ability to find humor even in difficult situations,” recalled Dodson.

    As provost, she promoted the goal of integrated education by supporting the expansion of residential learning communities and by launching the process that resulted in the current undergraduate core curriculum, Dodson said. She also made great contributions to the work of faculty by supporting the creation of the Faculty Development Office and approving a more generous and flexible sabbatical policy.

    Her scholarship and teaching earned her a number of prestigious awards, including the Catholic Theological Society of America’s highest honor, the John Courtney Murray Award; the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the President’s Special Recognition Award from SCU in 2006. She held the Bernard J. Hanley Professorship from 1994 to 1997 and held the Santa Clara Jesuit Community Professorship from 1997 until she relinquished it in 2000, asking for it to be given to a publishing scholar.

    Prior to coming to SCU in 1994, she was chair of the department of religious studies at Wichita State University and later at the University of Tulsa, where she started the Warren Lectures—which became the model for the Santa Clara Lectures held annually at SCU to this day. She also taught in the philosophy and religious studies departments at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Boston College, and Pennsylvania State University.

    She has a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion from Boston College and was a summa cum laude graduate from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

    Her friends say they expect her to continue to be a faithful participant in an array of University events. She lives close by, and even was instrumental years ago in getting a traffic light installed for safety at Santa Clara and Lafayette—spurring Crowley to dub the intersection “Carmody Square.”

    Carmody recently accompanied the Board of Fellows to Ireland, and said she expects to travel, read up on her backlog of theology books, and continue her regular daily routine of exercise, mass, and prayer. (Her ability to do two of those at once—reading and walking the campus—is an endless source of amazement for observers, who often expect her to walk into a tree.)

    Offered a chance to reflect, Carmody said she’s grateful for her years at Santa Clara. “They have been rewarding both in the classroom and in administration,” she said. “I feel blessed to be part of the Santa Clara community and plan to continue to ‘read’ my way across campus—especially en route to the Malley Center.”

    “The department will really miss her wisdom, common sense, and experience,” said Crowley. “She has insights that take many years to acquire.”

  •  FYI Exclusive: Introducing Manh Tran, S.J.

    Santa Clara University’s newest campus minister has been told he is not a typical “priest.” With the nickname “Manhster,” that isn’t very hard to believe.
    Manh Tran, S.J., is SCU’s new director of Christian Life Community. He joined SCU’s Campus Ministry this fall, after working six years for Campus Ministry at Loyola Marymount University. During that time, Tran not only gained expertise with the Christian Life Community program, but he also built close relationships with the students.
    “Students at LMU often told me that I’m crazy and wild, that I truly live out my nickname,” Tran said. “I do not know how true that is, but I do strive to discover and live out God’s dream for me. I try to discover and live out my ‘real’ self.”
    As part of Tran’s new position, he will be rejuvenating Christian Life Community at SCU. CLC, an international organization with chapters in more than 60 countries and on every continent, is based on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The program is centered on three principles: spirituality, community, and service.
    According to Tran, using these three principles of CLC, individuals will be able to follow the Jesuit way to discover one’s “real” self.
    CLC is the only organization that offers intensive Ignatian Spirituality,” he said. “CLC sees Ignatian spirituality as a pathway to God. It is a way of discovering our personal vocations and living out God’s dream for each one of us. God wants us to live fully and desires to share life with us, which often take places through community, prayers, and services. These three aspects of life become the three core values of CLC.”
    As a part of CLC, students will meet weekly in small groups of between five and 10 members. At these weekly meetings, they will pray and share weekly experiences. Other events they gather for include bowling, dancing, poker games, Praise and Worship services, Taize, and doing community service.
    Tran stated that there are three main challenges for students when it comes to CLC: busyness, secularism, and lack of integration.
    “Besides being full-time students, there is pressure to live out the magic “three,” namely joining the Greek Club, Service Organization, and other clubs on campus. Many students also have to work part time to survive,” Tran said. “Secondly, secularism is a huge challenge that we all face. Students, myself included, often buy into hedonism, individualism, consumerism, relativism, ‘hook-up culture,’ and ‘I’m spiritual but not religious.’ The third challenge is the lack of integration among faith, justice, and education. Many students volunteer to do community service without seeing the connection between faith and justice.”
    According to Tran, his personal college experience was less stressful than higher education is today.
    “In my personal opinions, I find life now as much more complicated and pressured compared to my college years (1984–88),” he said. “Many students now come from broken families and are faced with many other challenges similar to the big three.”
    Tran believes, however, that a Jesuit education helps students search for truth and freedom.
    “As Jesus mentioned, ‘The truth shall set you free’ (John 8:32). College students are often faced with important life questions such as ‘Where are we from?’ ‘Who am I?’ ‘What is my purpose in life?’” Tran said. “Jesuit education carries such a rich Catholic tradition and Ignatian spirituality that can help students discover the truth to their questions. If we do not share with students about Catholic teaching and Ignatian spirituality, we are not different than other public or private universities. CLC plays an important role in searching for truth because it provides sacred spaces to explore and wrestle these important questions with one another and God.”

  •  FYI Exclusive: One on One with Dennis Jacobs

    Dennis Jacobs was relieved to leave his snow shovels behind in South Bend, Ind. It will be no clear path for Santa Clara University’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs, however, as he tackles priorities including keeping the school affordable, increasing diversity, and overseeing all five schools.
    According to Jacobs, perhaps the most difficult part of his job will be finding a balance between academic advancement and staying within the financial reach of students.
    “The greatest challenge is working to make a Santa Clara education more affordable, which is a high priority and deep concern in these difficult economic times, while identifying ways to advance the University in significant ways,” he said. “Achieving this balance requires one to allocate funds strategically in support of the highest priorities.”
    Jacobs, who had been working at Notre Dame since 1988, has his work cut out for him in his new position in other ways as well. He is not only responsible for overseeing SCU’s five schools, but also all undergraduate and graduate educational programs and curricula. Jacobs also commented that the University is already constantly advancing through its many programs and initiatives.
    “It is energizing to discover the many innovative and transformative programs already underway at Santa Clara,” Jacobs said. “As provost, I have the opportunity to work with an outstanding team of academic leaders in shaping the future. We work strategically to create the conditions where the next set of high-priority initiatives can blossom and flourish.”
    Some of Jacobs goals for the year start with getting to know the faculty, staff, students, and campus culture of Santa Clara and spread to following through with the strategic plan.
    “This year, I will be working with the college, schools, centers, and various divisions to develop unit-specific implementation plans that will help us reach the institution’s ambitious goals,” Jacobs said. “Another important objective for the year will be to search for and successfully appoint two superb deans and a librarian. I am also eager to work with the Council on Inclusive Excellence to enrich the diversity of Santa Clara’s students, faculty, and staff.”
    However, Jacobs would like to see some other goals scored too. Last year, while working at the University of Notre Dame, Jacobs was lucky enough to see their women’s soccer team win the NCAA national championship. He comes to SCU with similar hopes, wishing the team the best of luck.
    On a personal level, Jacobs is happy to be back in the Bay Area.
    “Twenty-five years ago my wife and I got married just 14 miles away from Santa Clara,” he said. “We are excited to be returning to the Bay Area.”
    FYI wishes you and your wife a very happy 25th anniversary.

  •  SCU People

    A hearty welcome goes to the following new hires and transfers at SCU:

    • Joel Bennett, senior media systems specialist, Media Services
    • Kristin Perrin, administrative assistant, Executive Development Center
    • Shane Wibeto, senior administrative assistant, School of Engineering
    • Shelly Wolf, senior administrative assistant, School of Counseling Psychology and Education
  •  SCU People

    A hearty welcome goes to the following new hires and transfers at SCU:


    • Enedina Espinoza, custodian, Facilities
    • Patricia Ann Murakami, administrative associate, Ignation Center
    • Therese Mathis, senior administrative assistant, College of Arts & Sciences


    More announcements will be made in the next edition of fyi. If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail

  •  SCU People

    A hearty welcome goes to the following new hires and transfers at SCU:


    • Austin Brizgys, assistant director, Development


    More announcements will be made in the next edition of fyi. If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail

  •  SCU People

    A hearty welcome goes to the following new hires and transfers at SCU:

    • Melissa A. O'Connell, staff attorney, the law clinic  
    • John Edward Scardamaglia, paralegal, the law clinic
    • Charmaine Williams, assistant director, undergraduate admissions
    • Therese Mathis, senior administrative assistant, College of Arts & Sciences

    More announcements will be made in the next edition of fyi. If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail

  •  SCU People

    A hearty welcome to new hires at SCU

    • Lucy Sardinha , Budget analyst, Budget Office
    • Aimee Oscamou, Senior administrative assistant, Development
    • Ann Littman, Registered nurse, Cowell Health Center
    • Veronica Hermann, Customer support specialist, Human Resources
    • Christopher George Boscia, Staff attorney, Law Clinic
    • Valerie Calvano, Senior data processor, Development
    • Austin Brizgys, Class giving officer, Development

    More announcements will be made in the next edition of fyi. If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail

  •  SCU People

    Welcome, Sarah Bonini, the new administrative assistant for the California DNA Project, which is a federal grant awarded to the Northern California Innocence Project at SCU’s Law School. Bonini graduated from SCU Law in 1993. She also worked at SCU from 1989 to 1995 in Housing and Residence Life. She taught high school and middle school English at the Diocese of San Jose.

    The Office of Undergraduate Studies has a new Curriculum Manager for Experiential Learning for Social Justice. Andrea Brewster worked for seven years as a research associate at the Paul Freire Institute at UCLA, a center dedicated to pedagogy for social justice through research, teaching, and community outreach. She has a 2006 doctorate from UCLA in Social Sciences and Comparative Education.

    Cathy Dreyfuss is the new director of the California DNA Project, working in conjunction with the Northern California Innocence Project at SCU and the California Innocence Project at Cal Western School of Law in San Diego. Dreyfuss graduated from USC Law Center in 1983 and has been a criminal defense practitioner, trial and post-conviction, as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles and Humboldt Counties, and staff attorney for the ACLU of Southern California. She has also been in private practice, and has served as a legislative advocate and a legal director.

    Say hello to Misbah Palla, the biology department’s new research assistant, who is also a 2008 SCU graduate. After graduation, Palla worked for Intel as research associate.

    More announcements will be made in the next edition of fyi. If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail

  •  SCU People

    Jennifer Babcock recently joined the Law Career Services office at SCU. An alumna of the SCU School of Law, Jennifer has practiced law in both large and small law firm settings in the Bay Area. She works with third-year law students and recent graduates in all aspects of their job search. Welcome back to SCU, Jennifer.

    Adam Bauman is the video coordinator for the Santa Clara men’s and women’s basketball teams. Prior to joining the Bronco staff, he had a four-month stint as a graduate assistant under Arizona State University men’s basketball Head Coach Herb Sendek. Bauman is a 2008 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he earned a degree in Kinesiology.

    Erin Berkenmeier is the new administrative assistant at the Center for Science, Technology and Society. She’s also an SCU 2008 graduate, who studied philosophy and communication. Prior to joining CSTS, she worked as a membership associate for the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

    Robert Covich is the new program associate for the Office of Undergraduate Studies. He has several years of experience in both administrative and technology positions in both start-up and enterprise class organizations. He spent a few years developing and implementing organizational quality control and audit standards, and his specialty is developing administrative process controls and compliance documentation.

    SCU’s information technology department welcomes Wilfredo Hernandez, as its newest network engineer. Hernandez is also a Bronco; he received his BS in electrical engineering in 2004 and an MS in engineering management in 2009. He’s very familiar with SCU’s IT department, because he worked as a student technician for six years while completing both degrees.

    A big welcome goes out to Sean Fitch. He’s the new general maintenance mechanic who is assigned to Lucas Hall, Schott Stadium, Multi-Cultural Center, Book Store, and properties at 553, 741, 753, 755, and 791 Franklin Street. For the past 20 years, Fitch worked as a carpenter, home inspector, and a general contractor.

    Evelyn Lopez is the new supervisor for custodial services and overseas a team of 17 custodians who are responsible for 33 buildings on campus. Prior to joining SCU, Lopez worked at DMS Facility Services.

    Say hello to Channing McCabe, administrative assistant for Faculty Support Services in the School of Law. She graduated from SCU in 2009 with a BS in psychology and is excited to be a part of the Santa Clara family.

    Stop by the biology department and introduce yourself to Monica Morales, a new laboratory technician. Prior to joining SCU, she worked at Abbott Labs, a biomedical engineering company, for two years.

    Development has a new data analyst for prospect research, Salena Schapp, who is also an SCU 2009 graduate. You may already know her from the psychology department, where she worked as a research assistant. She also worked at Kids on Campus for four years during her time as a student.

    Another Bronco is back on campus, this time in the chemistry department, working as a laboratory technician. Greg Stettler received his BS in biochemistry in 2009, and he was also in track and field.

    Alan Takeda is SCU’s newest gardener. You’ll most likely see him on the grounds of San Filippo/Campisi, Accolti Mall, Cowell Student Health Center, and the perimeter of El Camino Real. Before joining the University, Takeda worked at Northwest Landscape Company. He’s worked in nursery and the landscaping field all his life.

    Amanda Jo Wilson joins Campus Safety Services as a uniformed night Campus Safety officer. Amanda grew up in Santa Clara and graduated from SJSU, where she continues to work as a volunteer employment mentor/advisor for students with disabilities. Amanda Jo is married and her husband Eric is a Police Officer with Menlo Park. They have a beautiful 18-month-old daughter.

    More announcements will be made in the next edition of fyi. If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail Connie Coutain.

  •  SCU People

    Richard Barber, Department of Physics, has been appointed Chair of the Steering Committee for the Center for Nanostructures (CNS), for a three-year term that started on Jan. 1. He will work with Cary Yang, Electrical Engineering Department and CNS director, and other members of the steering committee to advance the mission and goals of the Center.

    Elizabeth Carter joins the de Saisset Museum as the new administrative assistant to the Director. Elizabeth graduated from SCU with a BA in Art History and Italian Studies. She has four years of event planning experience and completed internships with DreamWorks Animation and Montalvo Arts Center with a focus on arts administration.

    Former U.S. Rowing National Team member and Dartmouth College graduate Anne Kennedy is the head women’s crew coach at SCU. Kennedy joined the Broncos family after spending the past year training with the U.S. National Team in Princeton, N.J. A native of Cooperstown, N.Y., Kennedy has recent Bay Area ties, serving as assistant women’s crew coach at the University of California in 2007-08. Involved in all aspects of coaching and recruiting at Cal, Kennedy helped lead the Golden Bears to a Pac-10 Conference title in 2008. Cal’s Varsity 8 finished third at the 2008 NCAA Championships.

    Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpey joined the staff at the Ignatian Center of Jesuit Education this month. She has served the University as a campus minister and director of Resident Ministry for the past three and a half years.

    To support SCU’s research and creative activity, the Office of Research Initiatives is delighted to welcome Esther Pham as the director of Research Compliance and Integrity, and Naomi Jackson as grant accountant, and Sophia Hinojosa as pre-award specialist in the Sponsored Projects Office.

    Esther is responsible for establishing a research compliance infrastructure to support the research enterprise at SCU. Her responsibilities include oversight of research compliance and integrity related to Human Subjects Research, Export Controls, Financial Conflict of Interest, Biosafety, Radiation Safety, and Laboratory Safety. Esther has over 20 years experience in compliance areas. She comes to SCU from ALZA Corporation/Johnson & Johnson in Mountain View where she was director of environmental affairs.

    Naomi will provide accounting services for non-federal awards, while Patricia Kyu continues to provide accounting services for federal awards. Jackson is pleased to return to Northern California, following more than five years of experience as a business accountant in Southern California.

    Sophia will take over responsibilities for the preparation, review, and submission of most grant proposals. Hinojosa joins the Sponsored Projects Office following more than eight years as the administrative director of SCU’s Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center.

    Frances Verga-Lagier joined Campus Ministry as the new director of Resident Ministry. She is no stranger to the University as she did her graduate work through SCU’s Pastoral Ministries program and received an MA in Spirituality in June 2009. She also served as a Resident Minister while attending the University. Prior to joining SCU, Frances worked for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Monterey.

    New hires from October, November, December, and January will appear in the Feb. 1 edition of fyi. If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail Connie Coutain.

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    If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail Connie Coutain.

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    Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley will replace Paul Woolley as an associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education effective Jan. 4, 2010. Paul retires after 11 years of outstanding service to the Ignatian Center and the university. As associate director, Theresa will share responsibility for the center's overall management with its executive director and other associate directors and will administer the Bannan Institute, the center's department specifically charged with promoting the Jesuit educational mission among faculty and staff. Theresa has served the campus community since fall 2006 as director of Resident Ministry and Campus Minister for Vocational Discernment, with particular responsibility for DISCOVER retreats and small groups in the residential learning communities.

    If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail Connie Coutain.

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    If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail Connie Coutain.

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