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Dear Alumni and Friends,

On behalf of all my colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to publish another issue of our department newsletter. As you read through, you'll see that this year our department was particularly active. In particular, we welcome Dr. Di Di and Dr. Molly King, two new tenure track Assistant professors. With the addition of new faculty, we hope to enrich our curriculum and provide more comprehensive support to our students. This coming academic year also brings a revision of our course requirements. Our department has streamlined our major to make it more appealing and flexible without sacrificing the rigor that separates a Santa Clara education from other institutions. With regards to internships, I am happy to report our students continued to take advantage of this offering and of the financial grants we offer in the department. Finally, last June, our colleague Dr. Marilyn Fernandez decided to retire after generously serving our department, university, and profession admirably for over two decades. This is a significant loss for our department but I am reassured Marilyn will always be around. The Department unanimously supported her Emeritus Professor status. We always appreciate our alumni who come back and meet with our students and speak in our classes as well as host our students for internships. Please do let me know if you would like to have one of our students as an Intern. Looking forward to next year, and we hope you have an enjoyable summer and always remain in touch with us.

Enrique Pumar
Chair, Department of Sociology

Events and Updates
Robert Gimello updated
University of Notre Dame Professor Robert Gimello visited to discuss China's spiritual traditions.
Joshua Sbicca
Joshua Sbicca '05, currently a sociology professor at Colorado State University, returned to campus to talk about his new book on food justice.
Mario Garcia
Mario Garcia, University Endowed Chair at UC Santa Barbara, discussed his book about Father Luis Olivares, the founder and promoter of the sanctuary city movement in the U.S.
AKD Induction
Find out about the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society and who was inducted this year.
Erin Ronald
Read about seniors and alumni who earned awards for research, service, and academic merit.

Student Spotlight
Annalicia Anaya
Annalicia Anaya is the Multicultural Center's Student Director, interned at the International Institute of the Bay Area, and won a Diversity Works Award.
Carolina Perez
Carolina Perez Ramirez planned and executed the summer internship experience for ten high school interns at Kaiser Permanente.

Alumni Spotlight
Georgie Garner
Georgie Garner '18 teaches English as a Second Language in Tennessee to students from all over the world.
Enrique Flores
Learn about Enrique Flores '01, MA '06 activism, book, and earning SCU's Ignatian Award.

Faculty Spotlight
Marilyn Fernandez
We are sad to see Professor Marilyn Fernandez retire, but wish her all the best!
Sandra Hanson
The department hosted Visiting Scholar Sandra Hanson, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Research Associate at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University.
Chuck Powers
"Returning to One of Sociology’s Unanswered Questions; A Preview of Some Work in Progress," Faculty Research by Professor Chuck Powers.
Lopez aguado
We are excited that Patrick Lopez-Aguado received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor.
Dr. Di Di, Sociology Department   Dr. Molly King, Sociology Department
We welcome Dr. Di Di and Dr. Molly King, two new tenure track assistant professors

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