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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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