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fyi is the official faculty-staff newsletter for the Santa Clara University community. It is designed to keep faculty and staff informed about campus news and information. It is compiled, written and published by the Office of Marketing and Communications.

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    Say hello to Lindsey Kouvaris, the new curator of exhibits and collections at the de Saisset Museum. She’s previously worked for the San Jose Museum of Art, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and more recently with the Montalvo Arts Center. She’s also a 2002 alumna.

    Welcome, Jeanette Miller. She has joined the women’s and gender studies department as a senior administrative assistant, after working at Stanford University for four years.

    A round of applause goes out to Nick Mirkovich, the new associate media relations director for Athletics and Recreation. His experience in the media relations field spans seven years working at the University of San Diego, NFL Europe’s Amsterdam Admirals, NFL’s New England Patriots, Arena Football League’s Portland Forest Dragons, and at College Sports Television.

    Stop by and say hi to Jeri Waxman, who joins the Center for Performing Arts to handle marketing relations. She is a former director of marketing at Opera San Jose and a freelance writer for the San Jose Business Journal.

    Deborah Whiteman is the new associate librarian and head for archives and special collections department. She joins us from UCLA libraries.

    2008 SCU alumna Stephanie Woitte is back on campus as the new event planning manager for University Programs and University Event Planning.

    Shelly Wolf is the administrative associate in the electrical engineering department. She’s joining us from Seattle where she worked at the University of Washington for over six years.

    The President’s Office welcomes Anne McMahon as Assistant to the President for Communications. Anne will have primary responsibility for many of the communications emanating from the President’s Office -- assisting with presidential speeches and talking points, drafting correspondence, and maintaining the President’s Office web site. Anne has served as University Archivist since 1996 and is currently enrolled in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. Her previous degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Engineering from Drexel University, and a Master of Arts in American History from George Mason University

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

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    Radha Basu is the new co-managing director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. She joins the university after retiring from SupportSoft as CEO and founding the Anudip Foundation, which funds humanitarian projects.

    The Office of Marketing and Communications welcomes Mansi Bhatia, university writer/editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Iowa, Bhatia worked at San Jose State for four years prior to coming to SCU.

    Brandon Brackett is the new resident director of the Unity Residential Learning Community. He’s joining us from Washington State University, where he’s been working as a resident director for the past four years.

    A warm welcome goes out to Alejandro Covarrubias, the new resident director of the Loyola Residential Learning Community. He recently finished his Master’s degree in student affairs in higher education at Colorado State University where he was a graduate apartment manager and a graduate assistant in judicial affairs.

    Geetha Dholakia is a senior research associate at the Center for Nanostructures. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India in 1999. Her current research in the Center for Nanostructures is in the areas of electronic transport in the nanoscale, measurement of nanoscale material properties, and scanning probe microscopy.

    Heather Marzynski is the director of prospect research in development. She joined SCU after relocating to the Bay Area from Detroit, where she was director of prospect management and alumni affairs at Wayne State University for eight years.

    Fellow Bronco Aaesha Sheikh ’04 returns to SCU as a laboratory technician in the biology department. She’s working on studying carbon metabolism in Caulobacter crescentus bacterium.

    Say hello to Judette Tobes, the new resident director of Xavier Residential Learning Community. Born and raised in San Francisco, she’s very happy to be back in the Bay Area after having spent three years as a resident director at Boston College.

    Marissa White is another new assistant coach for women’s basketball. She comes to SCU after three seasons as the coordinator of women’s basketball operations at the University of the Pacific. Go Broncos!

    Stay tuned for more new hires from this summer. If you have any new hire announcements, e-mail Connie Coutain.

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    Custodial Services welcomes Roman Nieto, as its new in-house custodian.

    Ranjani Padmanabhan is a new senior research analyst for Institutional Research.

    Say hello to Deborah Starbeck, who is the administrative coordinator in the Financial Aid Office.

    The Office of Marketing and Communications now has a new office manager, Maureen Tam, who moved to Santa Clara all the way from Maryland.

    Evan Unrau is the new associate head coach for women’s basketball. She joins us from UC Santa Barbara and has also worked at Stanford.

    Stay tuned for more new hires from this summer. If you have any announcements, e-mail Connie Coutain.

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    Jessica Gagnon, program manager for the Food and Agribusiness Institute, is the newest staff member at the Leavey Business School. Her work with FAI will focus on supporting the graduate concentration in Food and Agribusiness and the new undergraduate pathway, Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment. She will also coordinate the FAI’s programs, events, speakers, and website.

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

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    The Graduate Business Programs office welcomes Molly Mulally as the new manager of admissions support for Graduate Business Admissions. Prior to joining SCU, she was the marketing manager for a software start-up in Cupertino. Molly is a Seattle native and a Gonzaga University alumna.

    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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    The Alumni Association welcomes Muriel Isaac, who joined SCU in March. She worked at Stanford University for nearly four years at the Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and at the Stanford Alumni Association. Muriel is a New York City native and a University of Pennsylvania alumna.

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

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    The Cowell Student Health Center welcomes Susana Cahn, RN. She’s been a registered nurse since 1987 and worked for St. Vincent Medical Center, Kaiser Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital before joining Santa Clara University. Susana still works as a per diem staff nurse at O’Connor’s ambulatory surgery unit.

    Archives and Special Collections at the Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library recently hired Trista Raezer, assistant archivist, for the Silicon Valley History Online (SVHO) project, hosted at SCU. The six month project is funded through a Teaching American History grant in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Her primary responsibilities will be the digitization of archival materials from SVHO partner institutions, preparation of metadata for digitized items, adding digitized items and metadata to web-accessible digital collections, performing quality control of digitized items, and updating workflow documentation for the SVHO project.

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    Maria Silva has joined the Administrative Systems Group in IT as an HR Business Analyst. Silva comes to us after 14 years with FedEx where she managed their HR Information Systems department. We are very fortunate to have her experience and skills.

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

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    Jefferson De la Cruz joined the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries as the communications, marketing, and recruitment/outreach coordinator. Jeff was senior manager of internet marketing at Catapult Direct Marketing.

    Stop by the Leavey School of Business and say hello to Linda Fagan. She’s working as the senior administrative assistant, coordinating weekend and international programs.

    The School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries would like to welcome Mitch Grieb as their new data analyst.

    Say hello to Clara Rojas Guerrero who joined SCU’s Custodial Services.

    The School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries is happy to announce the addition of Steve Hinds, who’s working as a computer lab assistant. Having worked at Apple Computers for 19 years, he’s an expert on Macs.

    Josephine Ishou is the new manager of Administrative and Graduate Services Office for the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries. Her previous position was at Child Advocates of Silicon Valley where she worked as administration and finance director for the past ten years.

    The Art and Art History Department would like to welcome Rose Khor as the digital image manager. She oversees the department’s current visual resource collection and is developing online databases, which contain shared and in-house image repositories.

    Ashley Lester is now working for Information Technology and Communication Services.

    The Office of Marketing and Communications has a new writer/editor, Dona LeyVa. She joins us from Palazzo Press in Los Gatos where she was the owner and the director of creative services. Dona also served as managing editor for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and as managing editor of South Bay Accent Magazine.

    Jane Najour has returned to SCU as the new senior administrative assistant and program coordinator in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. She previously worked at SCU in the Athletic Department, University Relations, and the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.

    Esther Pham has joined the Sponsored Projects Office.

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

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    Rosie Chow joined the School of Engineering as coordinator of student life and operations.

    The School of Law welcomes Michael Flynn, who is the systems manager.

    Peter Gielniak is the new associate director of major gifts in the office of development.

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

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    Maria Von Massenhausen ’87 joined Alumni Relations as the Associate Director of Chapters and Groups. Her primary duties include chapter support of the East Bay, Marin, Monterey/Salinas, Portland, Seattle, Santa Cruz, Spokane, and the Tri-Valley area. She also has staff supervisory responsibilities and will manage the University Ambassador Program as well as one reunion committee.

    The Center of Performing Arts welcomes new director, Butch Coyne. He's been the director of marketing for prominent regional theaters, including 18 years with the San Jose Repertory. To welcome Butch to Santa Clara, the Center is pleased to offer a pre-concert reception on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Music and Dance building.

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

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    The Career Center welcomes Liz Mireles, a Santa Clara Alumna, who joins them as the new Manager of Student Employment.

    The Santa Clara Fund is pleased to announce that Jimmy Shoven has been hired as the Assistant Director of Student and Young Alumni Development.

    As you may remember, all new SCU employees must go through orientation. It’s a great way to learn about the University, the Jesuit philosophy and make new friends. Some newly hired SCU employees gathered at Loyola Hall on Monday for their new employee orientation. 

    From top, left to right: Connie Coutain; Jimmy Shoven; Todd Haley, General Maintenance Mechanic at Buildings and Grounds; and Joei Moore, event manager at the Dean’s Office of Leavey School of Business. From bottom, left to right: Taylor Thorn, athletic tickets and travel coordinator in Athletics & Recreation; Michael Cox, senior system administrator in I.T.; Thomas Mestaz, grant specialist at Sponsored Projects; and Dawn Mokuau, assistant director of academic support and records in the Graduate Business Program at the Leavey School of Business.

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    Jenny Moody ’07 has joined the Alumni Office staff as the Assistant Director, Chapters and Groups.

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    Michael C. McCarthy, S.J., Department of Religious Studies and Department of Classics, has been appointed as the third Director of the interdisciplinary Catholic Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    The Drahmann Center and the University Honors and LEAD Scholars Programs welcome Dr. Cheryl Brown as a new university advisor and coordinator of the LEAD Scholars Program. 

    The Ignatian Center is very pleased to welcome Richie Lumley to the position of Program Director.

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    Christine Cole has joined the Office of Marketing and Communications as the Marketing Assistant.

    Casey Lerner has joined the Santa Clara Fund team as an Assistant Director in charge of managing the Student Call Center. 

    The career center welcomed Maureen O’Sullivan to the position of Program Director for Vocation Discernment.

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    Scott Bokker joined the University Event Planning Office as Manager of University Event Planning-Operations. Scott brings 17 years of experience in event planning and facilities management. 
    Janis McAlister has joined the Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center as co-director of the Disabilities Resources Office. Jan will be sharing the director position for DRO with Ann Ravenscroft, who has served in this role since 1999. 
    James “Jimmy” Shoven joined the Santa Clara Fund team as a contract employee to help establish a Senior Gift Program and manage the 5th reunion campaign.
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    Glenn Appleby (mathematics and computer science) has been appointed to the position of Acting Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2008-09 academic year.

    Stephen Carroll (English) will serve as Director of Core Writing. This position is appointed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
    The Office of Student Life welcomed three new Resident Directors this summer: Gayle Bandy Catterlin (CyPhi in Swig Hall), Kathy Gordon (da Vinci in Casa Italiana), and Benjamin Medeiros (Modern Perspectives in Dunne Hall).
    Robin Cole has been named the Administrative Associate for Disabilities Resources under the Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center. She will be coordinating accommodations and assisting with services for students with disabilities. 
    Thomas Daly will serve as the Associate Director of Major Gifts in the Development office.
    Heather Dumas-Dyer has accepted the position of Director of Residence Life.
    Rosa Guerra-Sarabia has joined the Ignatian Center as a Program Director. She brings 13 years of work experience at SCU to her new role at the Ignatian Center, where she will be developing and sustaining community partnerships as well as supporting faculty and students in community-based learning through the programs of the Arrupe Partnerships.
    Mark Hernandez has joined Santa Clara University as a campus safety officer.
    Dolores LaGuardia (English) will serve as the Director of the new University Writing Center, which will be located in Varsi Hall. This position is appointed by the Provost and reports for the first phase of its development to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
    Deborah Lohse joined the Office of Marketing and Communications as the Assistant Director of Media Relations. Deborah comes to Santa Clara with nearly 20 years of journalism experience at the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News.
    Diane Ratto is the senior administrative assistant in for Housing and Residential Life.
    Michelle Schmitt was named the Director of Media Relations for Athletics.
    Cynthia Tippett will serve as the Assistant Director of the High Tech Law Institute.
    Shelly Wang is the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Marketing (Academic) in the Leavey School of Business.
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    Athletics and Recreation welcomes several new staff members to the Women’s Basketball program. Jennifer Mountain has been appointed head coach; J.R. Payne is associate/assistant coach; and Leigh Gregory has been hired as assistant coach.
    Billie Knepper has joined the Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library as an information specialist.
    Beverly Olivo is now with the undergraduate business programs office as senior administrative assistant. She was formerly an administrative assistant in the Leavey School of Business marketing department.
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    William Greenwalt (classics), recipient of five awards for excellence in teaching, has been appointed director of the University Honors Program and Office of Fellowships, effective July 1. He has been offering courses for the Honors Program for more than 20 years. He also chaired the Department of Classics and served as faculty director of a Residential Learning Community for many years.
    Christopher Madruga takes on new duties for the Career Center as the Manager of Student Employment. He previously spent six years as a customer support specialist and benefits analyst in the Human Resources Department.
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