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Staff Senate

Staff Senate Winter 2011 Newsletter

Staff Senate Statement of Purpose

The Staff Senate shall exist to contribute to the success of Santa Clara University, to the growth and welfare of its staff employees, and to the promotion of a positive and supportive work environment. As a constituent organization, along with the Faculty Senate and Associated Students, the Staff Senate shall operate as a recognized part of the University governance system to provide a forum for open communication and ongoing dialogue among staff and between staff and administration. The Staff Senate shall be a consultative and deliberative body with authority to make recommendations on all matters which have a significant bearing on the working environment of the staff. The Staff Senate, through its elected representatives, will serve as the official nominating body for staff appointments to administrative committees, and for other task forces and search committees as requested.

For more information visit the Staff Senate Website at:

Volunteer Opportunities for Staff


What:  Easter Celebration at HomeSafe Women & Children's Shelter
When:  April 7, 2011
Time:   7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunity for all ages.

Watch for further details via email in February.

Key Dates to Remember

President Engh's delivery of the State of the University
February 16, 2011 at 4: 30 in the Mission Church.

Santa Clara University
Family Weekend is scheduled for February 25th and 26th.

A Message from Bon Appétit

The New Year brings new menu items! 

California Deli has two new salads (Tuna Nicoise and Buffalo Chicken) to join the ever-popular Blackened Chicken Caesar and Petite Mixed Green Salad. You will see a few new sandwiches too, including a Turkey Bacon Ranch Slider and Roasted Red Pepper on Wine & Walnut roll. Both of these budget-friendly petite sandwiches are perfect to pair with a mixed green salad or cup of hot soup from the Stockpot at Farmer's Pantry. For a more hearty appetite, try the Rotisserie Roast Beef on Dutch Crunch or for the carb-conscious, try the Turkey Salad on Thin Wheat.

Sauté will feature some 'build your own' specials this quarter. Look for these more budget minded lunch and dinner entrees on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Examples are Vegetarian Pho and Linguini Arrabbiata (both of which customers can add chicken or steak for an additional charge).

540° Pizza and More will soon have a whole-wheat flatbread option for your custom flatbread pizza. Quench is now offering smoothies made with vanilla frozen yogurt as an option instead of gelato for a nice reduction of price and calories!

Marketplace has been welcomed by campus as a great place to eat as well as meet. One can often find classes and colleagues taking advantage of the abundant seating and open spaces. At the end of last quarter University Dining Services conducted a customer satisfaction survey and many changes have been made due to the feedback we received. An example is the glass sneeze-guards at Farmer's Pantry which have been modified to allow for easier access to the build your own salad and saute ingredients while maintaining its required duties. Menu changes include non-fat Ranch in grab-and-go salads, hummus with vegetable crudite (as a vegan and healthy snack), and our new sandwiches mentioned above. As always, we welcome all comments and suggestions to:

Staff Profile

The Santa Clara University community if full of special people with unique and outstanding qualities that help make SCU a great place to work. If you know of anyone that should be highlighted for the next issue, please send your nominations to Susan Babbel, chair of the Staff Senate Communications Committee (

Name: Linda Jocewicz

Title: EEO Coordinator – Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone / Email: 408-554-4178 /

Length of SCU Employment: 23 years

Most Meaningful Career Achievement: That I like where I work and the people I work with.

Born & Lived: Born in Modesto, CA, grew up in San Jose. I am a local California girl.

Early Life: My grandparents on my mother's side were from Mexico. Grandpa was a farm worker.  My mother was born in Mexico, came to the U.S. when she was 2 years old, graduated from high school, and became a U.S. citizen.  My dad's family was from Spain.  Born in San Francisco, he was the twentieth child in his family.  He only had an eighth-grade education but was able to establish a trade as an electrician.  I am the oldest of three, and I grew up in East San Jose graduating from James Lick High School.

Education: Evergreen Valley College (1988), A.A. in Liberal Arts.  In 2006, I began (Fast Track) evening and Saturday classes in the school of Professional Studies at USF while working full time.  I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior (2007), and President, Father Steve Privett handed me my diploma at the graduation ceremony.

Family: Married to my husband Ken for forty years.  We have four children.  Amy and Kenny graduated from Santa Clara University & Lisa and Kristi graduated from San Jose State.  Two of my children are married and I have two grandchildren, Isabella (6) and Jacob (2 ½).  They are the love of my life and keep me young.  My daughter Lisa currently works at SCU in the Office of the Registrar.  We are often confused on campus and get emails sent to the wrong Jocewicz.  Although my children are now grown, we still get together for Sunday dinners.

Favorite Books: I love to read!  For escape reading I like Danielle Steele, Nicholas Sparks, and Nora Roberts.

Book I am Reading Now: Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle, S.J. – gifted as a Christmas present this holiday season.

In My Spare Time: I enjoy water aerobics and cycling.  When it comes to football viewing, my family is divided - three are 49er fans and three are Raider fans.  We have loads of fun on game days.  We all like the Sharks.

Pet Peeves / What Makes Me Mad: I want things done now, so my lack of patience gets me upset.

Personal Philosophy: I believe that education is a lifelong process.  I try to learn something new every single day!

Significant Wish List: For children to experience a positive family life (through parents, teachers and mentors), filled with love and encouragement to pursue a path of intellectual experiences contributing to personal well-being and helping others.

Goal I hope to achieve Five Years from Now:  Retirement


The purpose of the Staff Senate Newsletter is to inform SCU staff of current events and issues. In this issue one can find information regarding:

*Important Dates of Campus Events

*Volunteer Opportunities for Staff

*An Update from University Dinning Services

*A Profile of an Outstanding Staff member at SCU

Thank You Santa Clara!

The FAMILY GIVING TREE would like to thank the university community for over 200 donations during the holiday season.   Trees were placed in different parts of the campus, and staff, faculty and students all contributed to make it another successful season!   

This year, with the help of host companies like Santa Clara University, the Family Giving Tree was able to fulfill the wishes of 61,000 low income children and individuals. A special thank you goes to Christina Martinez for her work with Athletics and Diane Cranor who headed the project and helped to make it a success! 

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