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The Staff Senate wishes you a joyful and productive year!

We look forward to serving you in the continued pursuit of our mission: 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.  


Thanks, Dr. William Sundstrom, Faculty Senate President

Dr. William Sundstrom, Professor of Economics and Faculty Senate President, attended our December 2017 meeting.  We thank him for sharing an overview of the Faculty Senate and the results from a recent faculty survey. We look forward to our increased collaboration on shared interests to better serve the SCU community.

Details about Sundstrom's presentation are available in the meeting minutes

Update from Staff Senate President

Melissa Brotherton


  • We are happy to announce Brian Moon, Senior System Administrator, Information Services, is our new Staff Senate Vice President. Brian is stepping down as co-chair of the Elections & Bylaws Committee with Maureen Muscat, but will still continue his work on revamping the election process. We thank Matt Hendricks for his valuable contributions as the outgoing Vice President.  
  • We are also pleased to welcome six new senators to the Staff Senate and look forward to their contributions in 2018:
    • Tina Sciolla and Anna Rivard, Arts & Sciences
    • Carl Reed, Athletics
    • Lynn Goodall, Development
    • Lisa Fabiny, Global Engagement Office/International
    • Joe McCarthy, University Finance Office

  • Alcohol policy update - After soliciting feedback from the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate, it’s clear the implications of this policy change have a much wider impact than just on students, so the UCC is charging all three policy committees – Faculty Affairs, Staff Affairs, and Student Affairs – to vote on this policy change.

I invite you to read the meeting minutes below for additional information on any of these subjects.  

Happy 2018! 

*The Dec. 21, 2017 meeting minutes are saved on the Senate's Google Drive

In an effort to get to know each other better and to identify areas of collaboration, senators take turns during every meeting to share three personal facts about themselves, and a highlight and challenge in their area or department. Here are this month's featured senators: 


Shellie Barber, Administrative Associate

Senator (Career Center)

Three Things about Me

  • I love to travel! Some of my favorite places are Budapest, Montreal, Whistler, and Paris.  
  • I bike to work every day.
  • I married my college sweetheart. We met the first day of college in English 101 and got married 1 month after we graduated.

Area Highlight

  • Our new Handshake recruitment platform has been extremely successful in connecting students and employers. We have had over 6,900 new employers in 2017 alone. That is a 477% increase from last year.

Area Challenge

  • The Career Center relies heavily on our student assistants. The minimum wage increase that will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2018 (and then again on Jan. 1, 2019) will have a significant impact on our office.
  • Space on campus is very limited. We do a high volume of employer engagement events, workshops, sessions, and on-campus interviews and find ourselves constantly struggling to find space to make this happen. The upcoming Benson remodel will increase this challenge.

Chad Cardinal, Director, Ticket Sales and Service

Senator (Athletics)

Three Things about Me

  • I got engaged while paddle boarding in the Pacific Ocean.
  • I did not miss a day of school from kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • I have not had soda in over 15 years.

Area Highlight

  • Santa Clara Athletics has had record revenue generation in the past three seasons.
  • We are creating a more sophisticated experience for fans and athletes. 

Area Challenge

  • Student attendance at home games could be better. 
  • Creating awareness surrounding our options for the general public is also a challenge.

Delilah Montoya, Senior Partner

Senator (Human Resources)

Three Things about Me

  • I am a freelance makeup artist and I work for MAC Cosmetics. I have been freelancing for over 9 years, and I do makeup for all occasions: bridal, every-day, and special events such as quinceñera, sweet sixteen and photo shoots. My work has been featured in GEV Magazine.
  • One of my favorite hobbies is cooking all sorts of different cuisines. I love to share my dishes and see my family and friends enjoy the food I have prepared.
  • In my spare time, I am a contributing writer for an online magazine called Modern Latina. I write beauty blogs and assist with special events.

Area Highlight

  • My department is in salary-planning season.
  • Performance reviews will be due April 6.

Area Challenge

  • HR is working on the full implementation of the Compensation Study. We are now focused on communicating updates, implementing the study, and ensuring transparency in the process of how we make compensation decisions. 

Michelle Salmiery, Resident Director

Senator (Alpha, Residence Life)

Three Things about Me

  • I'm a native of San Jose, Calif., but I spent 8 years living on the east coast.
  • I've lived on campus in a residence hall since 2010.
  • I have a nearly-2-year-old daughter who was born on Leap Day, Feb. 29.

Area Highlight

  • One of the things I love about working in Residence Life & the Residential Learning Community system is the opportunity to meet students where they are and in so many dimensions of their lives at SCU. We meet them at orientation and from that point forward we help cultivate their sense of belonging at SCU. We also work very closely with amazing student leaders on campus and see the impact they have in the day-to-day lives of other students. 

Area Challenge

  • It's a challenge to recruit men as Community Facilitators (CFs) and Neighborhood Representatives (NRs). Every year we find it difficult to hire a staff population that mirrors our student populations in the residence halls. If you know male students whom you think would be great candidates for leadership positions on campus, Residence Life is always interested in hearing about them!

Staff Senate Meeting
Monthly Staff Senate Meeting
10:30 a.m. - noon | Graham Commons
  • Ray Plaza, Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Marissa Pimentel, Update on Parking and Transportation

*All staff members are welcome to attend Staff Senate meetings



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