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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail editionSanta Clara University, Jan. 31, 2005, Vol. 4, No. 8

Table of contents

Help highlight SCU as one of the best places to work in the Bay Area
Life at the Archaeology Research Lab
Citizens Police Academy
Casa de la Solidaridad
SCU faculty/staff questionnaire
SCU Professors endure unusual grooming to raise more than $1,500 for the tsunami relief effort
SCU in the news
Campus events
Grants, awards, and publications

Help highlight SCU as one of the best places to work in the Bay Area

It may not surprise you to learn that the University has been nominated as a “Great Place to Work in the Greater Bay Area.”

In order for the University to be included in the final group highlighted in the Bay Area Business Journal’s special “Best Places to Work” publication, a significant number of SCU employees must complete an online survey. Would you please take a few minutes to do so?

The survey does not require you to enter your name or any personal information, and it is completely confidential. And your participation could help SCU be recognized as a great place to work. The deadline for submitting the surveys is Feb. 11.

To access the survey, please log on to You will then need to enter the SCU code: MKPN07184.

(NOTE: You can copy and paste this code into the online form).Your individual survey will be completely confidential; no responses can be traced back to the survey-taker.

Questions? Please contact Margaret Avritt at 408-554-5122.

Life at the Archaeology Research Lab

Many years ago, the building behind the guard gate at the entrance to the University used to be the men’s gym. Now it holds an unlikely combination of lawn mowers, animal bones, and glass fragments.

The Archaeology Research Lab (ARL) shares its space with the groundskeepers for good reason: The groundskeepers don’t seem to mind the mess created by “wet screenings,” a technique sometimes used by Linda Hylkema, the assistant campus archaeologist, to analyze samples pulled from campus construction sites.

“History isn’t something that happens once. It is a chain – each decision of the past affects the decisions made today and so on.”
—Linda Hylkema, Assistant Campus Archaeologist, Archaeology Research Lab 

Since all campus construction starts with a survey to determine the level of excavation needed to satisfy state regulations, Hylkema works closely with facilities to preserve the history of a thriving mission community predating the University and encompassing a much wider area than the church and the quadrangle that surrounds it.

Inside the main work area of the ARL, Hylkema is happy to point out small hills of dirt waiting be sifted. Each hill is labeled with its origin: “Automated Retrieval System Site” or “New Business Building” for instance.

On any given day, the ARL is populated with students fulfilling the lab requirement for Introduction to Archaeology (taught by Dr. Russell Skowronek, campus archaeologist) along with other student workers, whose majors range from archaeology to chemistry to communication.

With rows of shelves holding tubs filled with remnants of the tannery or the slaughtering house, the ARL draws students from across disciplines. Here the students learn to identify, research, and catalogue artifacts as well as participate in the design of exhibits.

Citizens Police Academy

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The mug shot.

Lisa Millora, assistant dean for student life, and Liz Silva, senior assistant to the assistant dean of the School of Law, may not have chased down real bad guys, but they did learn a bit about cops and robbers during their participation in the Santa Clara Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy (CPA).

The 13-week course covered more than 35 topics, and it wasn’t just classroom instruction. Academy participants learned how police officers get hired and trained, the constitutional basis for Miranda Rights, the records maintained in a department, and their accessibility.

“I take away a deep appreciation that we have such carefully selected and well-trained professionals providing this public service.”
—Lisa Millora, Assistant Dean, Student Life

Millora and Silva also toured the county jail, shot submachine guns at the range, went on a 10-hour ride along with a Santa Clara police officer, and drove the Crown Victorias in a pursuit driving course set up at the Great America parking lots.

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Lisa Milora examines the

The academy is organized by civilian employee Sharon Hoehn, and taught by active-duty police officers from many divisions within the police department. Silva says she was looking to participate in a community service project, and became interested in the CPA as many of her friends were choosing careers in law enforcement.

“I learned so much about police officers,” she said. “There is much more to law enforcement than what the newspapers and TV cop shows portray. I have a newfound respect for the men and women in blue,” she added. 

Millora says her curiosity about law enforcement was peaked after the Public Safety Day sponsored during her participation in Leadership Santa Clara, a six-month community relations program that immerses participants in the goings-on of the city.

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Liz Silva apprehends
the suspect.
“I saw the academy as a good way to connect with the city, and to continue to develop SCU’s relationship with the police department,” she said.

“We hope that more SCU faculty and staff members will take the time to participate in the academy,” added Millora. “It’s a fun way to learn more about the police department, and to continue to improve SCPD and SCU relations.”

Charles Arolla, SCU’s director of campus safety, implemented the Santa Clara Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy while he was chief of police. For more information, about the Santa Clara P.D.’s Citizen Police Academy, please visit the police department’s Website.

Casa de la Solidaridad

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SCU students participating in the Casa de la Solidaridad

“Casa de la Solidaridad is a unique academic program that integrates direct immersion with the poor of El Salvador and academic study,” says Kevin Yonkers-Talz, co-director of the program. Yonkers-Talz encourages the campus community to help spread the word about this study abroad option for SCU students.

Yonkers-Talz suggests a few ways you can help:

  • Personally invite a student to consider applying to the Casa. A personal invitation from a faculty or staff member is surely the most effective way to encourage students to consider studying at the Casa.
  •  Share the application information with your students. This information is available on the Casa Web site. Casa alumni are also available to speak to prospective students.
  • Additionally, Casa is starting a summer program geared toward pre-med, nursing, and healthcare students. Information on this new program is also available on the Casa Web site.

 “We know that this educational experience is positively impacting students during their SCU years and beyond,” said Yonkers-Talz.

SCU faculty/staff questionnaire

In this fyi feature, we offer a brief profile of one member of the SCU faculty/staff community who has been randomly selected by the fyi production team.


Bradley Joondeph is a professor of constitutional law at SCU's School of Law.


What keeps you up at night?

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Bradley Joondeph,
Assistant Professor,
School of Law


Our 9-month-old son, Akhil, waking up and wanting a little more to eat.


What is your dream job?


General manager of the Seattle Mariners.


What is your hidden talent?


I wish there were one. I used to be okay at golf, but that was quite a while ago.


The best piece of advice you’ve received?


There comes a point in your life when it is senseless to keep doors open. At some point, you have to walk through those doors and live the life you want to lead.


In your opinion, what is the best technological invention?


In my lifetime, it would be the Internet. The ability to communicate with colleagues around the world instantaneously, to read newspapers and journals everywhere, and even to read briefs from the Supreme Court the day they are filed has fundamentally changed my professional and personal lives.


What was the last meal you prepared?


We had a very simple sun-dried tomato pasta with feta, romano, and parmesan cheese, green onions, and cream last night. Meals have to be preparable in 45 minutes or less given our newfound family responsibilities.


Three items we would always find in your refrigerator?


Soy sauce, minced ginger, and mango pickle.


Your most memorable moment at SCU?


It was an honor to host Justice O'Connor during her visit in 2001, and I've had the privilege of speaking at two of our law school commencement ceremonies. But I think the single best moment was when I received the call in 1999, while I was sitting in my office in St. Louis, Missouri, offering me the opportunity to become a part of the SCU faculty. I have been a very happy person ever since.


SCU Professors endure unusual grooming to raise more than $1,500 for the tsunami relief effort


Beauty school dropouts Phil Kesten (physics) and William Greenwalt (classics)


Students from the da Vinci and Alpha residential learning communities raised funds for tsunami relief by creatively grooming SCU professors.


SCU in the news

In his course, Theology of Marriage, the first thing Robert Brancatelli asks his students to do is to write down their deepest fears. They usually write about failure, losing control, or intimacy. It may seem like an odd exercise for a course on the theology of marriage. But Brancatelli, an assistant professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University, believes that it makes perfect sense. Read the article "Theology course puts students into the middle of marital chaos" that appeared in the Chronicle for Higher Education

After 50 years on the Santa Clara University campus, the de Saisset Museum still has a bit of an identity crisis. "I often say that the de Saisset is the undiscovered jewel of the South Bay,'' said Rebecca M. Schapp, director of the museum, which combines art and history. Read the article "Museum is more than a campus resource" that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 27. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Feb. 11-12, at 8 p.m.
Feb. 13, at 2 p.m.

Performances are in the Recital Hall
Tickets: $5 students, $8 seniors and SCU faculty/staff, $10 general

Musical direction by Nancy Wait-Kromm
Stage direction by Joshua Elder
Orchestral Reduction performed by Hans Boepple, piano

The Magic Flute is considered Mozart's crowning operatic achievement. Princess Pamina, daughter of the wicked Queen of Night, has been hidden away in order to be taught virtue and wisdom. But when the Queen’s servants save the handsome Prince Tamino from a deadly dragon, he offers to rescue Pamina. Before beginning his fantastical journey, he is given a magic flute to alert and aid him in cases of danger. Presented in English and full of enchantment, this is an opera the entire family will cherish. Presented by the Department of Music and the Center of Performing Arts, this fully staged production will be performed by an all-student cast, with orchestral reduction of the score performed by renowned concert pianist and Music Department Chair Hans Boepple. The Magic Flute is part of the “Month of Mozart” presented by the Center of Performing Arts. Please visit the Center of Performing Arts website for more information. More SCU events.

Grants, awards, and publications 

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley has named SCU president Paul Locatelli, S.J., the 2005 recipient of the Jim McEntee Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at the Good Neighbor Awards, held on Jan. 17 in San Jose. Locatelli is the first recipient of the award, which will be bestowed annually on a Santa Clara county resident who exemplifies and practices Dr. King’s message of understanding, peace, love, and social justice.

Gerald Alexanderson (mathematics and computer science) received the prestigious Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics. The award is presented by the Mathematical Association of America and is the most prestigious award for service given by the Association. The honor comes months after Alexanderson won the Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is given to teachers whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions. Alexanderson is the first person to win both awards in the same year. SCU’s previous winner of the Gung and Hu Award was Paul Halmos.

William Stover (political science) was awarded a grant from the Musser Foundation to develop a conflict resolution network at universities in the Middle East, funding several trips to the region. As part of a previous Bannan Foundation grant, he recently lectured on the Bush and Rumsfeld doctrines at Saint Joseph's University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Andy Tsay, and Narendra Agrawal (operations management and information systems), recently published the paper, "Channel Conflict and Coordination in the E-Commerce Age," in the peer-reviewed journal Production & Operations Management (special issue: Collaboration and Coordination in Supply Chain Management and eCommerce). More grants, awards, and publications.

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