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  •  Staff Profile: Jake Schneider

    Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 9:02 AM

    Name: Jake Schneider
    Department:  Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
    Length of SCU Employment: 4.5 months
    Born & Lived:  Born in Ashland, WI, Lived in Sydney, Montana, Longmont, CO, San Diego, CA, Boston, MA, Santiago Chile
    Early Life: I spent most of my early years in Longmont, Colorado where I attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Grade School and then Longmont High School. Involvements in High School included tennis and trumpet in the band and church youth group. Best memories include going up to Rocky Mountain National Park and Snowy Christmases at home.
    Family:  Parents, Don and Sue; one sister, Elizabeth; one brother, Zach with a sister-in-law, Laura, and brand new nephew, Evan.
    Most Meaningful Achievement: I think my most meaningful achievement was the experience Iived and the work I did during my two years in Chile. I was by no means successful all the time in the classroom, but I am proud of the way that experience shaped me, and tremendously grateful for the relationships cultivated, most especially with the students that I taught.
    Why I came to SCU: I came to SCU to direct the Immersions Program. I was drawn by the Ignatian ideal of holistic education and the university’s commitment to integrating academic life with the formation of student toward a commitment to justice and service of others.
    Previous Employer: Jesuit Volunteer Corps
    In 5 years I Plan to Be: Hopefully in a Doctoral Program
    Favorite Books/Series: East of Eden, Lord of the Rings
    In My Spare Time:  I play volleyball whenever I get the chance. I play guitar. I like being outdoors, hiking, biking, etc. and I enjoy just spending time with people whether that means hosting at my house or being out and about.

  •  Fall 2013 Staff Senate Meetings & Speakers

    Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 3:27 PM

    The Staff Senate meets at 11 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month. All SCU Staff are welcome to attend!

    Here are the meetings for the rest of the Fall quarter, along with guests scheduled to speak at those meetings:

    • November 21 @ Donohoe Alumni House - Carol Ann Gittens (Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences) (Chair of the Child Care Task Force)
    • December 19 @ Location t.b.a. - Aldo Billingslea (Assocate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion)
  •  Thanks for Making the Staff Faire a Success!

    Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 3:19 PM

    Thank you to all SCU Staff for attending the Staff Faire on Wednesday, September 11th! It was a rousing start to the new academic year! The Staff Senate would like to thank all persons and organizations who generously donated prizes for the opportunity drawings. Congratulations to all the winners!

    We'd especially like to thank Henry Gucho (University Operations and Staff Senate Chair of Special Events) and Marissa Pimentel (University Operations) for all of their hard work in preparing, organizing, and putting on this special event!

    Our thanks also go to all the departments and groups who tabled at the Staff Faire. As you know, there is a competition for the best decorated table. This year's competition was won by Alumni Relations! The lucky recipients were awarded that most prized honor: The Tacky Trophy!

    Next year's Staff Faire will be on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Plan ahead!

    Behold the glorious beauteousness of the Tacky Trophy!
  •  Your 2013-2014 Staff Senate Representatives

    Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 3:01 PM

    The Staff Senate welcomes you back to the 2013-2014 academic year! Here is a list of the staff senate representatives for this academic year. The list can also be found on the Staff Senate's website.

    N.B. Not all Staff representation groups have a representative! This is because no staff members from those groups accepeted a nomination to serve in the most recent Staff Senate election. The next Staff Senate election will be in Spring 2014.

  •  USF/SCU Fitness Challenge!

    Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 8:02 PM

    In the inaugural USF vs. SCU Fitness & Wellness Challenge, faculty and staff from USF and Santa Clara will ‘compete’ to see which university is the most active during the month of February.

    Being active in this challenge can mean anything from doing 15 minutes of gardening on the weekend, walking or running over your lunch break, taking a yoga or healthy cooking class, participating in a race - and everything in between!

    SO whether you are a die-hard exerciser who already works out at the Malley Fitness Center or your local gym every day, or you just love taking a stroll in the park and having a good stretch, EVERY MINUTE COUNTS in helping SCU win this fun and healthy challenge.

    Log in here:


    For every 5 hours logged, your name will be entered in a faculty/staff raffle for water bottles, t-shirts, lanyards, and reusable bags! The top three SCU faculty/staff participants who log the most minutes during February will win a lunch at Adobe in addition to another prize.

    • 1st place: $40 gift card and Campus Recreation bag
    • 2nd place: $30 gift card and Campus Recreation bag
    • 3rd place: $20 gift card and Campus Recreation bag

    NEW Prize for the Top 12 Finishers!

    A ticket for you and a guest to attend an SCU Baseball Game in the Suite at Schott Stadium. Thank you Athletic Department for donating a great prize for this event!

  •  Staff Profile: Jennifer Nutefall

    Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 7:44 PM

    Name: Jennifer Nutefall

    Department: University Library

    Title: University Librarian

    Length of SCU Employment: 7 months

    Born and raised: Buffalo, NY

    Lived in:

    • Syracuse, NY
    • Rochester, NY
    • Washington, DC
    • Corvalis, OR


    • Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University
    • Master of Library Science from Syracuse University
    • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University

    Family (all currently living in Rochester, NY):

    • Daniel and Kathryn (parents)
    • Kimberly and Tom (sister and brother-in-law)
    • Molly and Liam (niece and nephew)
    • Daniel (brother)

    Most Meaningful Achievement:

    The professional achievement that I am most proud of is the ongoing partnership and collaboration that was established between librarians and first-year writing faculty at George Washington University. The partnership facilitates effective integration of information literacy into the curriculum. Faculty and librarians are encouraged to collaborate on all stages of the course including choosing course texts, devising effective research assignments, and planning and teaching information literacy sessions. The course is required of all incoming first-year students and therefore librarians see every first-year student at least twice over the course of a semester. By using assessment data, we advocated for and received four new librarian positions specifically to support this partnership. The partnership was established in 2003 and continues today.

    Why I Came to SCU:

    I came to Santa Clara because the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person matches my personal philosophy for higher education. I believe strongly in community-based learning and the impact it can have on students and the community.

    Previous Employers:

    • Oregon State University
    • George Washington University
    • State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport

    In 5 Years I Plan to Be:

    I will still be at Santa Clara University and look forward to establishing new partnerships and collaborations across campus.

    Favorite Books/Series:

    When I have the opportunity to read for fun, my favorite author is Nora Roberts. Most recently I finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Leading Change by John Kotter.

    In My Spare Time:

    I exercise regularly and take spin and kickboxing classes. My hobby is nature photography.

    Personal Philosophy:

    My core work values are honesty, trust, and open-mindedness.

  •  Congratulations to the SCU Mighty Bronco Team who supported the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 7:26 PM

    A diverse team comprised of over 70 members: Students, Faculty and Staff members. The Co-captains were: Matt Katawicz, freshmen student; Channing McCabe, Senior Administrative Assistant and Linda Jocewicz, EEO Coordinator. As a team they raised $8,721.00 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 

    We walked…to honor and remember those we have lost. We walked…to share our story of living with Alzheimer’s and to join together to raise awareness and funds. We walked… so future generations won’t have to face Alzheimer’s. We walked…because we the power to make a difference and fight back.

    Thank you to everyone who supported and contributed to a walker
    Mark your calendars, next year’s walk will be on October 12th!
  •  Spring 2012 Staff Profile

    Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 3:05 AM

    Name: Willie McHargue
    Department:  Development
    Length of SCU Employment: In this role: 5+ months; however, this is my 10th year at SCU (I worked in Athletics from ’91 to ’99)
    Born & Lived:  Born in Indianapolis, IN; moved to Bay Area when I was 3
    Early Life:  Grew up in Cupertino & Fremont; went to high school at Mission San Jose in Fremont and college at Butler University in Indianapolis
    Family:  wife Judy (age withheld); kids Lucy (9) & Brady (6)
    Most Meaningful Achievement:
    ~ Personal: convincing my wife that I was marriage material, which led to two great kids (and I hope to help them have meaningful achievements)
    ~ Professional: successfully generating revenue in the sports & media & collegiate industries for 20+ years
    ~ Community: coaching my son’s Little League team; raising money and awareness for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Team in Training.
    Why I came to SCU: it’s a magical place with great people and great potential; if we as a campus community can set aside our issues/egos and be more selfless and work together better, there is no limit to what this great university can achieve!
    Previous Employer:  San Francisco 49ers (worked there for 6 years)
    In 5 years I Plan to Be:  5 years older.  That and hopefully I’m not going crazy with a teenage daughter.  I’d also like to be successfully building relationships, driving revenue and leading a team of people to succeed.
    Favorite Books/Series:  Fiction – Harlan Coben, Clive Cussler; Business – I’m re-reading Dale Carnegie books right now; other Non-Fiction – I enjoy biographies of a successful people in a variety of industries.
    In My Spare Time:  I enjoy coaching my son’s Little League team, running (support my Team in Training effort here: ) and golf (wish I had more time for this!)  Other than my kids’ activities, other passions/interests are Butler Basketball, the San Jose Sharks, Starbucks, traveling, eating out at restaurants, the NFL, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mad Men.  And I enjoy following all Bronco athletic teams.

  •  SCU Staff Community Service Day

    Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 3:04 AM

    Come join us in a family friendly volunteer event for all ages on Saturday, April 21, 2012!  The staff senate, in partnership with Alumni Relations, is sponsoring a first ever SCU Community Service Day. This is an opportunity for the entire SCU community to work together.  ALL interested students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate in this one day of community service event.   Your friends and family members are welcome too! As a group representing Santa Clara University, volunteers will be able to pick from a list of organized activities provided by participating community organizations. These include:

    • Park Clean Up
    • Alum Rock Park
    • Farm/Gardening 
    • Bronco Urban Garden - SCU's on campus garden The Forge
    • Full Circle Farm 
    • Community Organizations 
    • Sacred Heart Community Service Center

    Most of the organizations offer activities for all ages.  A few have a minimum age requirement due to a safety concern about the activity.

    Service projects will be completed during the morning and all participating volunteers are invited to a sponsored lunch, served by Bon Appetit, being held in the Donohoe Alumni Gardens at 1:30 p.m. that day.

    We already have several people signed up but have room for several more!

    For greater detail about all of the SCU Community Service Day activities, and to sign up, visit our web page at 

  •  Donate your old cell phones and accessories!

    Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 3:03 AM

    The Staff Senate has been collaborating with Alumni Relations in a cell phone drive that benefits Next Door Solutions which promotes safety for battered women and their children. The SCU community helps by donating unwanted cell phones and accessories (working or not). Phones are recycled in an environmentally-safe and responsible manner, with proceeds benefitting essential support programs, including emergency shelters. Here's how it works - Next Door Solutions has a non-profit recycling partner, Shelter Alliance, who pays them for used, unwanted cell phones. They pay Next Door anywhere from 50 cents to $100 (no, that's not a typo) per phone. They can even accept iphones, blackberries and androids. Shelter Alliance even pays for the shipping, so it costs the Next Door organization nothing. Phones and their accessories can be dropped off any time at the Alumni Relations office reception desk located in Donohoe Alumni House.

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