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Staff Senate Newsletter

  •  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!
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  •  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.

  •  St. Patricks Day Homesafe Celebration Highlights

    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.

  •  Staff Profile

    Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 3:24 PM
    Name: Marc Ramos, Technology Training Specialist, University Library Department: Technology Training Length of SCU Employment: 4 months

    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 (, or Susan Chun, (, Co-Chairs of Communications

  •  Holiday Party and Donation Highlights

    Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 3:23 AM
    Approximately 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. 

  •  Upcoming Service and Donation Opportunities

    Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 3:22 AM
    Donate 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.

  •  Michael Nuttall

    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 4:18 PM
    Michael Nuttall ~ Program Director, Kolvenbach Immersions Department: Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

    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.


  •  Staff Faire Highlights

    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 4:03 PM
    The 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. 




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