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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.