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Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 3:02 AM
The St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the San Jose Home Safe shelter was successful. Children and Mothers who attended had a great time. Volunteers also enjoyed themselves and helped with all of the following events:
- Greeting with hats and whistles (green of course)
- Games and activities:
- Fishing for prizes
- Bean Bag Throw with prizes
- Cupcake decorating
- Craft project for both children and Mom's
- Picture taking with Mr. Giant Leprechaun (picture was given to Mom's to include in their craft
- St. Patrick's Day washable tattoos
- Singing and dancing
- Smiling and Laughing
The shelter is thankful to all their friends at Santa Clara University!
Special thanks to all who volunteered and were able to donate towards the event.
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 3:24 PM
Name: Marc Ramos, Technology Training Specialist, University Library
Department: Technology Training
Length of SCU Employment: 4 months
Born: Bronx, New York, Raised: Woodland, California
Early Life: Early Life:At an early age my parents moved out of the Castle Hill area of the south Bronx and landed in Woodland California, an agricultural community northwest of Sacramento. That’s where I graduated high school, met my future wife, got my first tattoo, learned to play poker, hit my first ever home run, and learned to drive.
Education: B.A. in Film & Digital Media (University of California at Santa Cruz)
Family: I am the oldest of two. My mother was the daughter of Mexican immigrants from the state of Chihuahua and my father was the son of Corsican Immigrants to Puerto Rico and assimilated Taíno Indians. I just recently celebrated my 10 year wedding anniversary, and much to the chagrin of my mother in-law, we have no children...yet.
Most Meaningful Achievement: Being the first in my family to earn a Bachelors degree. Most importantly, my academic achievements helped inspire other family members to continue their educational journey
Why I came to SCU: I had been in instructional support at U. C. Santa Cruz for over a decade and wanted the opportunity to reach the greater campus community. While there, I developed an approach to teaching complex technical theories and practices that best demystified technology. When I applied for this position, I knew that Santa Clara’s Jesuit tradition of education was the perfect place for me to grow my own knowledge base and share with others. I was very fortunate to be offered and opportunity to give back to others what I’ve learned and hope that my role as a technology training specialist helps everyone succeed in their academic efforts.
Previous Employer: My first job, at the age of 13, was as a seasonal laborer in the plum orchards of California for a total of four seasons. The wife of foreman, a retired schoolteacher, took the mid-afternoons to swing through our worksite and provided us fresh baked goods and ice-cold sodas. I recall sitting there listening to her tell my cousins and I about the great opportunities that existed away from the orchards as long we’d continue our education. As much as I enjoyed breaks from the blistering valley sun I also looked forward to her stories about the sciences, world art and literature. But the key to all those doors, as she stressed, was education. Since then, retail, theater, grocery, delivery, bottling facility, campaign canvasser & comedy club sound technician were of a handful of jobs I held while earning my degree. Finally, U. C. Santa Cruz found me, and I worked as their Assistant Producer Director for the Social Sciences Media Lab for the last 12 years.
In 5 years I Plan to Be: A parent, published, and 20 pounds lighter… maybe not in that order though
Favorite Books/Series: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince.
If you know of anyone that should be highlighted for the next issue, please send your nominations to
Felipe Montoro (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Susan Chun, (email@example.com), Co-Chairs of Communications
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 3:23 AMApproximately 700 attended the holiday party on Dec. 14th. There were carolers, prizes, beautiful decorations and a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings.
Approximately 700 attended the holiday party on Dec. 14th. There were carolers, prizes, beautiful decorations and a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. The holiday party toy/gift card drive brought in 75+ new toys and $1,520.00 in gift cards.
The Family Giving Tree's 2011 Holiday Wish Drive was a success, more than 62,000 children in need received donated gifts from the Family Giving Tree's Holiday Wish Drive. It was the 22nd Holiday Wish Drive.
The SCU Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive yielded 2,000 plus lbs of food donated to the food bank as well as over 3,300 meal points donated by students.
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 3:22 AMDonate a Cell Phone and Save a Life project, Homesafe benefit, April 21st, Santa Clara University Staff Community Service Day, Linen Drive
Donate a Cell Phone and Save a Life project: Please drop off your old cell phone(s) at the Donohoe Alumni front desk. Proceeds go toward services supporting women and children of domestic violence.
March 8th, Saint Patrick’s Day celebration benefiting the Downtown San Jose Homesafe house.
April 21st, Santa Clara University Staff Community Service Day
ALL interested students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate in this one day of community service. Your family members are welcome too! Volunteers can pick from the following number participating community organizations for organized service activities:
- Habitat for Humanity
- San Jose Parks and Recreation: Guadalupe River Park, Prusch Farm Park or Alum Rock Park clean up
- Sacred Heart Community Service
- Full Circle Farm
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Casa de Clara San Jose Catholic Worker Community
- Julian Street Inn Shelter
- Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Watch for the email announcement towards the end of January! Interested volunteers can sign up at that time.
Linen Drive: A linen drive will be held in late May through student move out week. Linens collected will be distributed to various shelters in the bay area.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 4:18 PM
Program Director, Kolvenbach Immersions, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Length of SCU Employment: 14 months
Born & Lived: Delmar, New York
Early Life: Born and raised in upstate New York and am an East Coaster through and through. Moved to Boston for college, and lived there for 6 years with a one year hiatus to Ecuador.
Education: Undergrad: Boston College, history. Grad: Masters in Higher Ed Admin
Family: Son to John and Lynda, youngest of four kids, engaged to be married in May
Most Meaningful Achievement: Earning my master’s degree. Knowing how much my parents had valued education, I knew how proud they were of me to continue my studies and find a passion.
Why I came to SCU: I had a deep desire to work in Jesuit Higher education mentoring and accompanying students. I also distinctly remember saying to a friend 7 years ago my ideal job would be coordinating immersions at a Jesuit University. When the position opened up I jumped at the chance.
Previous Employer: Teach For America Bay Area office
In 5 years I Plan to Be: Part of a growing family, doing work that I love, settled more in a place to call home yet still traveling.
Favorite Books/Series: The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear Edited by Paul Loeb.
In My Spare Time: I dabble in digital photography, play soccer, and enjoy living in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 4:03 PMThe Staff Faire which took place in September was great fun for everyone.
The Staff Faire which took place in September was great fun for everyone. Congratulation to Campus Recreation who was this year’s winner of the Tacky Trophy.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 4:00 PMSave these dates...
Dates and details to come for the:
- Holiday food drive! Bins for colletions will be in the Learning Commons for those interested in donating.
- Ongoing campus cell phone drive.
- June linen drive in collaboration with student move out week.
Save these dates:
- March 8, 2012 ~ Saint Patrick's Day celebration benefiting the Downtown San Jose Homesafe House.
- April 21, 2012 ~ Santa Clara Universtiy STaff Community Service Day
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 3:54 PMThe 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.
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: http://www.scu.edu/governance/staffsenate/
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 12:29 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 3:28 PM
Welcome back to what will undoubtedly be a successful academic year. As a staff member here at Santa Clara for 7 years, I’ve been fortunate to see lots of positive change within the Mission Campus. I appreciate being here and embracing the Jesuit ideals of educating the whole person and serving others. As staff members we can have a huge impact on the Santa Clara student experience. As the President of the Staff Senate, I’m here to make sure we as employees have input regarding our own Santa Clara experience.
This year the Staff Senate is focusing on communication. Through this newsletter, our webpage, and the actions of your representatives, we will work to keep staff abreast of issues including benefits, WASC accreditation, the University Master Plan, SCU’s capacity study, and the next fundraising campaign. These areas will all impact our daily jobs and help Santa Clara to continue to prepare current and future students for life. If there are other issues you’d like to bring forward, please connect with your Staff Senate representative(s) whom you can find at
I look forward to celebrating many milestones, successes, and victories with you.
Fred K. Smith