SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
"TEMPUS FUGIT".... In Retrospect SCU's 150th Birthday
THE ANTHROPOLGY/SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT VOLUME XXIX
Chair's Letter Hello again from your alma mater! 2000-01 has seen a few significant, new developments in the Sociology program. Our new faculty member, Dr. Laura Nichols, joined us this year and has definitely strengthened an already vibrant Sociology program. We developed our 2000-05 strategic plan, the corner stone of which is the assessment of our award-winning developmental curriculum. We have also developed an assessment strategy. This year, we pilottested the first component of the curriculum. Led by Drs. John Ratliff and Shawn Ginwright, the Sociology faculty reviewed and agreed upon a set of learning objectives and sociological concepts that we would expect students to know when they complete Sociology 001, Principles of Sociology. Our goal is to help students build on this foundation as they continue their Sociology education. We also crafted a “Statement of Sociological Understanding” that is included in all Sociology syllabi. Here it is: “Sociology is a social science that uses quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the relationships among individual actions, social institutions, societal forces, and social change. Sociological understanding provides us with the tools for analyzing the practical impact and ethical implications of our choices and decisions in the workplace, family and community". Please, tell us whether this statement captures your recollections of what Sociology is all about. Also, you will find a brief questionnaire at the end of this newsletter. Please, take a few minutes to fill it out and return it to us. Your responses will help us in our on-going assessment activity. Most of all, I want to thank all our students and friends for your continued support. Do keep in touch with us. We love to hear from you! Sincerely,
During the past academic year, the University held a variety of special events to celebrateSanta Clara’s Sesquicentennial culminating with a Grand Anniversary Weekend at the end of June. In his message to the University Community, the President, Fr. Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., expressed his thanks to all who contributed to the smooth and efficient coordination of the many activities of the weekend. He said: “From all reports, people who came had a wonderful time and were very excited about the university. Each of the many events were well attended – from the many class reunions on Friday evening, to the Saturday picnic and open house and the Golden Circle Theater Party, to the Homecoming Mass and Breakfast on Sunday. The Weekend strengthened the ties the university has with many generations of Santa Clarans. It brought people to campus who had not been to the university in many years; it was an occasion for alumni and friends of the University to reconnect; it brought together, in enjoyable ways, older and younger alumni; it was an opportunity for neighborhood folks to see parts of the campus they usually don’t see. I am sure all who came, left with a sense of great pride in Santa Clara and a new closeness to the University.”
Marilyn Marilyn Fernandez, Department Chair 1
A NEW NAME FOR THE DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR FUND As we have reported earlier, the Sociology program currently has two fully-endowed programs. In 1978, the alumnae/alumni and friends of the department established the Witold Krassowski Award for exemplary student work in sociological research. Then, over the years, with your support , we were able to establish the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program which allowed us to bring to campus every year a nationally-known sociologist for a week-long visit. Usually the visitor would lecture in classes corresponding to his/her specialty, meet informally with students at a ‘brown-bag’ luncheon, hold a seminar for university faculty, give an evening university lecture open to the public, and address students, faculty and guests attending the annual Western Undergraduate Sociology/Anthropology Research Conference. The first Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Spring of 1988, was Dr. Rodney Stark, Professor of Sociology and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Stark gave two memorable presentations: one, a university lecture on “Epidemics and the Rise of Christianity” and the second one at the Undergraduate Research Conference titled: “Durkheim’s Suicide: An Intercontinental Inquest.” For years, this program had only a generic name as the person whom the department wanted to honor was modest and declined proper recognition. Finally, last June, after “some arm-twisting and assorted blackmail”, the department secured the person’s consent and from now on this program will be known as THE JAMES. E. PAVISHA DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAM. Jim graduated in Sociology in 1966 and made his career in management and the development of recreational centers world-wide. Santa Clara’s Sociology program is proud to recognize his interest in, loyalty, and contributions to the works of the department, and is pleased to honor him. Thanks a lot, Jim!
We are grateful to our colleagues who helped us out as lecturers during the 2000-01 school year: in the Fall of
2000, professors D. Kochenburg and A. Schulz (Principles of Sociology), D. Armstrong (Computers, Internet, and Society), M. Mesmer (Social Change), E. Carlson (Business, Technology, and Society), and S. Mayer, (Elder Law). In the Spring 2001: M. Giovanola (World Geography), W. Gallagher (Business, Technology, and Society), and S. Yuter (Mgmt. of Health Care Organizations.). And in the Summer of 2001, A. Fosberg (World Geography), D. Kochenburg (Social Problems), D. Armstrong (Computers, the Internet, and Society), W. Gallagher (Business, Technology, and Society), and J. Leshan (Race, Class & Gender). It was awfully good of you to help us out....
In June, 24 seniors received their Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.
Congratulations! Class of 2001 After the commencement, the Anthropology and Sociology Graduates, their families, and guests were invited to a brief departmental reception. This get-together took place in the archaeology research lab building (the one story building at the university’s entrance) which is more convenient than O’Connor Hall as it is located very close to Buck Shaw Stadium, were the commencement ceremony has been held for the past few years. 2
DR. ROY CHILDS, CHILDS Professor of Sociology at the University of the Pacific, was one of the Distinguished Visiting Scholars for the Sociology Program during the Spring Quarter. After receiving his doctorate from Stanford University, Dr. Childs accepted a position at U.O.P. where he served, at different times, as Chairperson of the Sociology Department, Director of the Center for Integrated Studies, Director of the Urban Affairs Program, and Director of the Laboratory for Social Research. During his visit, Dr. Childs was the guest speaker in a number of classes and gave the main address at the Initiation Luncheon for new members of Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology’s International Honor Society. After his return to U.O.P., Dr. Childs sent the following letter to Dr. Fernandez, Head of SCU’s Sociology Section: “Please pass my thanks on to your faculty and students for having me as a guest this past week. In all sincerity, I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to visit, to meet your bright and energetic students, and to visit with some of your faculty and the folks at the Arrupe Center. Your AKD students are outstanding, and your applied sociology students have so much potential and so much to look forward to as they develop their skills and avenues for practice. It wasall very exciting to see it in front of my eyes. SCU is far ahead of us, and I brought many ideas which can be used here. Thanks again for your kind hospitality. I enjoyed myself enormously. Please say hello for me to Dr. K and the others. — Roy.”
HONORS AND AWARDS... RANVIR SEKHON graduated (Cum Laude). The Witold Krassowski Award for exemplary student work in sociological research was presented to: Katie Ford for her study titled “The Reciprocation of Emotion in Parent - Child Relationships: A Quantitative Study of the Process of Shared Meanings,” and to Gladys Garcia for her study on “The Effects of Teen Ownership Of Cellular Phones and Pagers on the Parent-Teen Relationship” Inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, the Alpha Mu Chapter of California, were: Christina Boynton, Patricia Castorena, Kathleen Ford, Glayds Garcia, William Huerta, Ranvir Sekhon and Lisanna Stamos.
Shannon Gleeson, a junior Sociology
major, received a great honor this spring when she was chosen to attend the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy sponsored by the Galbraith Scholars Program at Harvard University, from June 10 14. Only sixteen students were chosen in a nationwide competition. Other winners came from schools like U.C. Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, and the University of Texas at Austin. Each day saw an impressive group of presenters such as Robert Putnam, Robert Hauser, Theda Skocpol, and Robert Reich. Shannon reports that she had a great time, and came back from the conference fully energized for her senior year. Photo: Participants in the Galbraith Scholars Program at Harvard University. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Shannon Gleeson far right front. 3
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE April 21, 2001 marked another successful Western Undergraduate Research Conference at Santa Clara University. The 28th in a series of such annual gatherings in Sociology and Anthropology, and the first such conference nationwide. The conferenc attracted sixtyone student presentations representing 13 colleges and universities. This year, though, a few student presenters came from way outside the Western part of the United States with one from the New School University in N.Y. City, and two others from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. , and the University of the South in Tennessee. The day-long meetings were arranged in 14 sessions with topics ranging from “Maya Atlantean Figures of Chichen Itza: A Link to the Toltec Tula?”, and “Tattoos on College Campus,” to “Kurdish Pastoral Nomads of Iran: An Ethnographic Study,” to “Internet Love : It Can Happen to You”. In fact, two whole sessions (eight papers) were devoted to the topics dealing with the Internet, one examining the issue of hate on the Internet and the other topics of dating and love on the Internet. Student presenters made themselves proud not only in their professional treatment of the material, but also in the ways in which they skillfully responded to the questions raised by the chairs of the sessions and members of the audience. Dr. Pedro Noguera, The Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, was the Sociology Program Visiting Scholar, who gave the after luncheon address titled: “Discovering your sociological imagination: The application and utility of social science in everyday life.” Brightened with a number of illustrations from his own experience, the speaker pointed out that solid grounding in the social sciences allows us to go far beyond the common sense explanations of social phenomena, helps us to understand what questions to ask, and how to ask them. Special thanks are due to Dr. Shawn Ginwright, the Conference Director, and Ms. Sandra Chiaramonte for the numerous tasks which went into planning, preparing, and attending to all the organizational details of the
meetings. The work started last September and just ended, eight months later - without which this traditional event could have never had taken place. Also a warm thanks to Marissa Brown and Gladys Garcia, our student assistants, for their help. The Sociology Student Association also helped out significantly with the undergraduate research conference. Under the direction of Dr. Ginwright, the Association officers helped to organize the papers into topical areas for panels, made signs, and helped orient visiting paper presenters to the university and the surrounding area. The 29th Annual Western Undergraduate Anthropology/ Sociology Research Conference will be held on the SCU campus, in O’Connor Hall, on April 13, 2002.
The Sociology Internship Program This year, eleven of our students enrolled in the Socioloy Internship class. Students interned at place such as Sun Micro Systems, Stanford Center for Research on Disease Prevention, San Jose Earthquakes, the Mexican Consulate, and the Santa Clara County Probation Department. Students spend 10 - 12 hours a week working in business or non-profit organizations applying their sociological skills. Students meet with the internship coordinator every other week to discuss their experiences and write papers, applying what they have learned in their sociology courses to their internship placement. If you are local to the Bay Area and work in an organization that would welcome one of our students as an intern (or are out of the area, but might have a summer placement), please contact us. Our students have very good basic qualitative and quantitative (including SPSS) research skills. Students in our Applied Sociology: Business and Human Services emphasis also learn how to perform program evaluations, needs assessments, write grants, write policy briefs, and do community asset mapping. For more information on our internship program, please contact Dr. Laura Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 551-7131. 4
SOCIOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION Under the leadership of Gladys Garcia, its President, the Sociology Student Association had a busy and productive year. It all started with “Pizza With the Profs”, in the ‘open area’ of O’Connor Hall, 301. Sociology faculty and a few dozen students enjoyed this get-together trying to re-connect with one another, after a long summer break. Later in the quarter, students met with Dr. Nichols, over dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant, to talk about issues surrounding graduate school, such as what graduate school is like, different types of master’s and Ph.D. programs, and the application process. In the Winter quarter, Gladys Garcia took charge designing and organizing the T-shirt sale. The logo on the back of the shirt is of people holding hands surrounding a globe. A few t-shirts are still available; they cost $10.00 and are available in the departmental office, O’Connor 329. Four students attended the Pacific Sociological Association Meetings in San Francisco. With the support of the department, students who wanted to were able to stay at the conference hotel and attend sessions. Dr. Powers, who organized this outing, took them to a PSA reception and a dinner hosted by the California Sociological Association, where students said they really appreciated the opportunity to meet with other sociologists (students and faculty), to share their experiences in classroom work and research, and learn about programs at other universities. (Our students reported that they have gained a new respect for the training they receive here, at Santa Clara - especially in terms of research skills.) Students also interacted with a number of prominent sociologists, including Earl Babbie, and attended paper sessions. Upon their return, students shared their experiences about what they learned at the conference, in a student and faculty meeting. The Sociology Program hopes to be able to sponsor similar trips to future sociology conferences.
The Spring Quarter Career Night attracted more than 20 students to a panel presentation of recent alumni who shared their experiences since graduating with a Sociology degree from Santa Clara. The panelists were Julie Lienert (‘91), Andy Hagedorn (‘93 and MBA ‘00) and Laura Nichols (‘90).
Photo: (left to right) Gladys Garcia, Veronica Castaneda, Robin Sosa and Yadira Cadena. A NOTE TO ALUMNI: If you would be willing to be a speaker at future career nights or would like to serve as a mentor for students, please contact Laura Nichols or Sandee Chairamonte in the department. (408) 5542794).
FACULTY AND STAFF NOTES 2000/2001 was another busy year for SANDEE CHIARAMONTE. This year’s Undergraduate Research Conference was a ‘super-success’ due to Sandee’s great administrative and organizational skills. Sandee said good-bye to another graduating class. Each year, she says, it gets harder and harder to say good-bye. Sandee still keeps in touch with her student assistants, Jennifer McKenzie and Erin Hester. Erin has moved to Seattle, Washington, and Jennifer has a very good job in the Bay Area. Sandee says it is great to hear from the students and to hear how well they are doing. 5
continued "Facualty and Staff".... On a personal note, Sandee continues to volunteer and work with the ‘Beginning Experience’, a peer ministry for the widowed, divorced and separated persons. This program holds two retreat weekends a year and she volunteers for one of the weekends. Sandee also took a road trip with her father this summer and what a wonderful time they had! Her father is 83 years young and doing quite well. They went to five different states and traveled 4000 miles. She said they saw beautiful country and lots of open spaces, a black bear in Yellowstone, deer in Colorado, and lots of people in California...Got caught in a horrible thunder storm...but all in all had a wonderful time. Also, she took her first airplane flying lesson in Chico, California. She said it was a wonderful thrill!! DR. FERNANDEZ is happy to report that she has survived well her first year as the chair of the Department of Anthropology/Sociology. She attributes much of her success to the continued support of her colleagues in the department. She was on sabbatical ( her 2nd of three over three years) in the Spring quarter and spent her time, reading, writing, and resting at her mother’s home in Bangalore, India. Her mother, who turned 78 in July, is learning to play the piano for the first time in her life! Learning seems impervious to age. Earlier, on her way to India, Dr. Fernandez and her husband, Peter, visited Egypt for 11 days and learnt much about the ancient Egyptian perspectives on continuity and connectedness of life. They left Egypt with much to ponder. Her work on her co-authored book with Prof. Steven Fugita, of SCU’s Psychology and Ethnic Studies Program, is progressing well. The book is a sociological analysis of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. They hope to finish the bulk of their work before the fall quarter begins. Wish them luck!
DR. ALMA M. GARCIA completed her book on Mexican immigration, The Mexican Americans to be published by Greenwood Press, Spring 2002. The book deals with Mexican immigration in the post 1965 period and focuses on the adjustments and adaptations of Mexicans living in the United States. She is now working on a new book on second-generation Mexican American women and identity. Dr. Garcia traveled to Krakow, Poland in July to present a paper, “Emergent Feminist Discourse Among Second-Generation Mexican American women,” at the International World Congress of Sociology Meetings. She organized and chaired a panel on “Race, Class and Gender Research and the Transformation of the Academy”. Dr. Garcia has now recovered from another knee surgery. She continues to study for her Bat Mitzvah to be held at Congregation Beth David in May 2002. She was appointed co-chair of Beth David’s Adult Education Committee and continues to serve on the executive board as treasurer of the congregation’s Sisterhood. Last year, DR. WITOLD KRASSOWSKI ‘survived’ his second year as Professor Emeritus in fine shape. Thanks to the kindness of his colleagues and the students, he was often on campus helping out with student counseling, student association activities, and departmental functions. This slow “weaning process” made his transition to the ‘retired status’ much easier. Last Spring, Dr. and Mrs. K. visited their son, Dan, and his family in Ohio, and spent a week in the Hudson River Valley with their former SCU colleagues, Drs. Linda and Ken Cool. They had a great time! The Cools were perfect hosts and showed “The Ks” some of the jewels of the Empire State ranging from West Point and Ellis Island to the Culinary Institute of America and the great delicatessens of Manhattan! Last June, Dr. and Mrs. K., with their children and grandchildren at their side celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary !!! Quite an event in these times of rapid change.
continued "Faculty and Staff Notes" This fall, ‘history will repeat itself’ with Dr. K. returning to the classroom to teach one course in Demography, trying to help the department to realize its program goals. Some 30 unsuspecting students filled the registration rolls for this class. It will be quite a challenge for Dr. K. Wish him and his students luck! DR. LAURA NICHOLS enjoyed her first year as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Program. Laura taught Social Stratification, Principles of Sociology, Applied Sociology, Group Dynamics, and directed the Internship Program. Laura really enjoyed working with the students and was impressed by their enthusiasm for the subject matter, for learning, and for challenging themselves. She particularly enjoyed teaching Applied Sociology where student groups conducted their own applied projects for local organizations. Among other projects, students evaluated an after-school literacy program, designed a pre and post instrument for another organization, researched the potential benefits of a business implementing an employee referral program, and wrote a grant for a parent support program. Laura also enjoyed working with the internship students and was excited to see the ways students integrated what they have learned from each of our faculty with their offcampus experience. It is evident that our program has much to offer the students and that in their internship experience they actively draw on what they have learned from each of our faculty, and that community organizations also benefit from our students. Last fall, Laura had a paper published ( with co-authors Rebecca Erickson and Chris Ritter) in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. The research presented in the paper found that parents in dual-earner marriages were more likely to be absent from work if they experienced job burnout along with having young children or difficulty finding child care. Both, mothers and fathers were equally likely to be absent from work under these conditions. This coming year, Laura will continue her research on the economic adjustments parents make in the transition to parenthood, the potential benefits of participatory program planning, and is editing a volume of the experiences of students who are first in their family to attend college.
DR. CHARLES POWERS and his wife, Joan, spent the summer of 2000 in Brazil as Fulbright Hayes Fellowship recipients studying Brazilian culture and development. After Chuck and Joan finished their terms as Fulbright Hayes Fellows, they were joined in Brazil by their children (Catlin who is now 15 and Bonnie who is now 11), and Joan’s mother, Hannah. They continued their study travel in Rio and Sao Paolo, and across South America to Cuzco, Peru, where they enrolled in Spanish classes and continued their studies of culture, development, and change. The Powers family ended the fall with a trip to the World Expo on sustainable development in Germany, followed by four weeks of visiting and attending cultural events relating to the themes of their sabbaticals. It was a tremendous learning experience for the entire family. Back at home during the winter and spring terms, Dr. Powers focused his attention on improving linkages among some Sociology courses. He worked with Drs. Fernandez and Nichols towards goals which Sociology faculty have collectively agreed upon for the Principles of Sociology class and for Theory. Dr. Powers also served his first year as a Co-Director for the Combined Sciences major. (The other Co-Director is Dr. Steven Fedder of the Chemistry Department.) Being a Combined Sciences Co-Director does not involve teaching, but does come with a heavy advising load. Since early in 2000, Dr. Powers has been working on a new edition of The Emergence of Sociological Theory (authored by Jonathan Turner, Leonard Beeghley, and Charles Powers). Chuck is finishing up his work on the 5th edition right now. On another front, Drs. Powers, Fernandez, and Nichols have a chapter appearing in the brand new edition of the American Sociological Association’s program assessment manual. This paper outlines ongoing efforts to experiment with assessment methods and flows out of the work which won Santa Clara University’s Sociology program the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 1998... We are still ‘trying harder’ (watch out Hertz, move over Berkeley, it’s a different kind of enterprise)!
continued "Faculty and Staff Notes" This past year has been a busy one for DR. JOHN RATLIFF. While continuing to teach his Technology Core Courses, Computers, Internet and Society, and Business, Technology, and Society, he also took on a part of the Sociology Practicum course, where sociology majors write the thesis that serves as the culmination of the sociology core sequence. This was how he got to know most of the sociology majors VERY well. At the same time, he has continued his research into emerging Internet and telecommunications technologies in the U.S. and Japan. Last September (‘00) he presented a paper on the social implications of new wireless Internet technologies at the Telecommunications Policy and Research Conference in Washington, D.C.. Last February, his article on this subject “NTT DoCo Mo and Its I-mode Wireless Network” was published in the inaugural issue of NEXUS, the Publication of the Institute for Science, Technology, and Society, here at SCU. Everybody in John’s family is involved in education: his wife is in the midst of an AA program at Mission College in Computer Graphic Design, and his daughter just graduated from Buchser Middle School and is on her way to Santa Clara High next year. **Sorry we are missing entries from Drs. Ginwright and Iwamoto. We will hear from them next year.
DR. K’s MAILBAG CLASS OF 1966 Dr. and Mrs. K had a wonderful (but all too brief) visit with JIM and Victoria PAVISHA and their beautiful daughters, Elizabeth, Annamarie, and Caitlin. The Pavisha’s attended the closing celebrations of SCUs’ Sesquicentennial on campus and, on Friday, joined the K’s for lunch [and for a very informal presentation of a plaque naming the newly endowed Sociology visiting scholar program “THE JAMES E. PAVISHA DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAM”...]
CLASS of 1967 Last January, MARGARET (“PEG”) PINARD visited the department. She was in the area to attend an opera in San Jose in which her daughter, also Margaret and a SCU’s student, played a part. Peg lives in San Luis Obispo where she served two terms as the mayor of this city, and currently is serving her second term as a county supervisor. Another informative ‘report’ from JIM THILTGEN who “makes things happen” at the Redevelopment Agency in the Nashville area. “The big surprise was that JIM KELLEY (also ‘67) has moved into the area. He took a job with Ingram Book Distributors down in La Vergne and works primarily in the library sales area. Since we are doing the new downtown library and five regional libraries, he was doing some business with the Nashville library people. It turns out that my boss is married to the library director, so Jim ran into my boss several months ago and, then we got together for lunch and soon started reminiscing about the old days and where our paths have taken us since. I guess I never knew that he was at Purdue in Child Development at the same time I was there...” In his work (Thiltgen) has a lot to do with planning and real estate transfers which, during the past year, ended up in court. As a result, Jim notes, that he has a lot of confidence in our jury system. Shortly after he mailed his letter to the department, he was scheduled to give a deposition for the Agency in another court case and he had mixed feelings about the procedure.[...I know what you mean, Jim; I had to do it too and the lawyers drove me crazy. Also, I am very sorry for the ‘snafu’ with the Newsletter; did you receive the replacement copy? Ed.] CLASS Of 1971 A short note pinned on the door from MARGIE HUGLE HARRIS who stopped by to say “Hello”. Sorry that I missed you! [Next time if this happens look me up in the phone book and call. Thanks for thinking about us.-Ed.]
continue "Dr. K's Mailbox" CLASS OF 1976 LYNETT DICKMAN is a very busy person. She is taking ballet classes and also performs. She is also the treasurer of the Ridgefield Chorale which, thanks to a new musical director, has staged a comeback from a low of 12 members, two years ago, to more than 60 members now. Her husband, Howard, spends most of his time on the international side of Reader’s Digest and, in part as a result of this focus, he and Lynett travel more: (2001) April in Paris (Yeah!), May in London, and August in Montreal. (And, ‘yes, this was my picture with the students.’- Ed.) CLASS OF 1980 Of course we remember you, STEVE TREDER!!! Thanks for an up-date: “Just a note to let you know that I very much enjoy the newsletter each year. It is a real treasure. To update you on my activities; This fall, after 17 of the past 18 years at Hewlett-Packard, I resigned from my job as the Worldwide Sales Compensation Manager, in order to take a plunge with a small compensation consulting firm. As of November 1, I am the Director of Strategic Development for Western Management Group, in Los Gatos. I have gone from working in a 110,000 - employee company to a 10 - employee company....so far it is an environmental change that is entirely positive!— I am very fortunate to be able to say that I have been married (to just one woman!) for 20 years, residing in my home town of Santa Clara. Our 18-year-old daughter is a freshman this year at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, and our 16year-old son is a junior at Santa Clara High. I look back on my days as an undergraduate at SCU with great fondness. Please say hello to Dr. Iwamoto for me. Keep me on your mailing list as a “satisfied customer” of the newsletter. Thanks and very best regards...P.S. Enclosed is the e-mail address for Joan Kruse...she retired from HP this year and is in a golf - playing bliss.” [Why did you send your daughter to Flagstaff? I hope your son will come to SCU and your daughter transfers here. Let me talk to them!-Ed.]
CLASS OF 1986 A warm and a very touching note from SUSAN MOORE. For years, Susan worked for SCU’s Development Office and was instrumental in setting up a special scholarship fund for Sociology majors in honor of Dr. K.. She writes: “After I left Santa Clara a year ago I took three months off. I hadn’t had the summer off in 20 years. I enjoyed every minute. I am now working as a temporary which has been fun. So far, I have worked for two start-ups. The temporary positions are a great way to try out different work environments. I have had several interviews for permanent positions but haven’t found the right match yet.. I hope you are enjoying your retirement.” [Thanks for your note, Susan; stay in touch. Ed.] CLASS OF 1992 A note from KYLE SETO with ‘hellos’ to the whole department; then, he writes: “Just wanted to update everybody on my life since graduation. First, I went to the University of Hawaii to get my A.T.C. - certified athletic trainer - in ‘95. Then, I got my associate’s as a physical therapist assistant in ‘96. Afterwards, I worked in a rural, growing area of Oahu...in an outpatient, orthopaedic rehabilitation clinic for a few years. Currently, I am in the middle of my graduate studies in physical therapy at, believe it or not, the University of North Dakota! Yep, it doesn’t get any more of a drastic change in weather than Hawaii and North Dakota. Luckily, I have only two more semesters of classes before graduating in May ‘02 and going back home to look for work, hopefully in an orthopaedic clinic with some community involvement in the athletic and/or health and fitness areas. Maybe on Oahu, maybe on a neighbor island; as long as it’s back in Hawaii. Thanks to all the faculty for your professionalism and guidance. Aloha!” [You had to have been to these two states to really understand how different they are! - Ed.] 9
continue "Dr. K's Mailbag" CLASS OF 1994 It was great to hear from MONICA PATEL who wrote: “It was nice to read what everyone was up to in the newsletter. Congrats to Dr. Fernandez on being chair of the department. I am currently an attorney with Fragomen, DelRay, Bernsen and Loewy in Santa Clara. It’s a business immigration law firm and most of our clients are the high-tech companies in the area. I actually use a lot of sociology in many aspects of the job. I also had the pleasure of attending Andrea Cachero’s (also class of ‘94) wedding. Carmen Matty (‘94) also attended. We still keep in touch and doing well. With best wishes to all.” A very kind note from CARMEN MATTYCERVANTES who was on campus, on business, and who left a brief message both, on voice mail and a note pad. “Perhaps another occasion will arise that I get to come and visit. I came to speak with Barbara Colyar to get more info regarding (SCU’s) study abroad (program). I told Dr. Powers I would be more than willing to help out in an alumni career night if my schedule permitted (I have night classes). Again, I want to say thanks for the wonderful support and education you gave me.” [Carmen is a Study Abroad Advisor at the University of the Pacific. - Ed.] Two , very warm and informative e-mails to Dr. Fernandez from TERESA CIABATTARI. The first : “I just got my SCU’s sociology newsletter and see that you are the new chair - congratulations! I am sure this new position is giving you lots of work, but I hope it has been rewarding. ..I am finishing yet another quarter here at UW. I made some real progress on my dissertation and look forward to being finished by this summer. I have gone on a couple of interviews, but nothing has come from them yet, so I am still busy on the market. Jeff and I are heading down to Southern California for Christmas this year. His parents live in Laguna Beach, which is always a wonderful place to visit in December – you can’t beat spending Christmas on the deck, relaxing in the sun with a cold drink and a book.... Good luck with the end-of-the-quarter madness....” [What difference does a month make. The second e-mail carries wonderful news. - Ed.] “Greetings! Just thought I should share some good news - I have accepted an offer to join the
Wake Forest University faculty as an Assistant Professor, starting in Fall 2001. (CONGRATULATIONS! -Ed.) The school is a great fit for me – strong teaching is expected and rewarded, but they also have a lot of expected and rewarded, but they also have a lot of resources that they use to assist faculty with their research. Of course, it means moving all the way to North Carolina, but I have heard a lot of nice things about the area, so I think we will be able to settle in just fine.” CLASS OF 1997 Ms. Chiaramonte received the following e-mail : “Dear Sandee, my name is CHRISTEN DAVIS (formerly RUIZ) and I graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Sociology. I am sure the professors won’t remember me [here you are WRONG, we DO REMEMBER YOU – Ed.] but I was also on SCU’s softball team for three years. Now, I am living back in Tracy, with my husband Shane Davis of one-and-a-half years and our ‘baby’, a rottweilershepard mix, named ‘Trace’. We own our own home and are very happy. I am in my third year teaching Kindergarten in my old school district, at Monticello School. I am also three months away from receiving my Master’s degree in elementary education. I just got done reading the Sociology Newsletter and was compelled to write in. I love getting the newsletter and staying in touch. I miss my days at SCU deeply and I am so thankful for all the time and effort my professors gave me, especially Prof. Fernandez for helping me schedule my classes and for all her help with my senior thesis. Thanks! Grateful SCU grad missing the good ol’ days.” [As some of you know and others suspect, Dr. K. is a near-complete illiterate as far as computers and the email are concerned. Then, he found, in print, a bunch of ‘in-house’ e-mails with one familiar name that of MONIQUE CARDINAUX]. As part of the electronic exchanges Monique wrote: “I am an alum of the SCU Sociology department. If you choose to participate in research or intern program, I would love to be involved in some way, talking with the group, giving them a tour, etc. I would recommend taking advantage of the work these students can accomplish!!! Thanks.”
continue "Dr. K's Mailbag" CLASS OF 1998 GREG FOX sent this e-mail to Dr. Fernandez: “Hey, Dr. Fernandez, how are you? I just got the new Sociology newsletter and noticed that you are now numero uno in the department; Department Chair - Congratulations! Just checking in to say hi and to see how things are going. Just think, about this time four years ago we were debating the use of the word ‘religiosity’. I ended up seeing that word used in a periodical a couple of years ago and meant to send it to you. How else is one supposed to describe the level of one’s religious involvement? Ah, the good old days. Anyhow, hope things are going well with you. I am still with the same company, modalis.com, doing marketing. Tell Dr. K... I say hi! Cheers.” A most welcome letter from SUSANA A. GARCIA CZAROWSKI who writes: “Hello all! It was so nice to read in the newsletter about the great work the department is doing as well as the newer additions! Congratulations Dr. Fernandez on your new position as chair, and to you Dr. Garcia on your promotion. (Dr. G - hope you are staying healthy now and not tripping over inanimate objects anymore, ha, ha love you). I am also doing great. As the name suggests, I recently got married... at the Mission of course! I’m still at SCU working on a master’s in spirituality with Ana Maria Pineda. I am teaching Religious Studies at Notre Dame High School in downtown San Jose. I have found my background in sociology to be tremendously helpful and of particular value as I work with these young women on issues of the media, ethnicity, social class, first generation going to college, and on and on. Thank you for the many tools that you have given me to pass on to the next generation. Teaching is a gift to my soul! (It was wonderful to read that Judson is also teaching down south.) So, thank you my teachers (and that includes you too, Sandee!) Who have taught me to critically ask ‘why’, seek out ‘answers’, and act towards justice... P.S. I tell every senior that graduates (especially those SCU - bound) to give sociology a try.”
CLASS OF 1999 An e-mail to Dr. Fernandez from SUMAN NARULA: “I received the newsletter in the mail today. Perfect timing. I have just returned from taking a final examination and there it was in my mailbox. (Yes. I had a final exam on Saturday afternoon!) Congratulations on becoming the Dept Chair! I am now in my 2nd year of law school at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in Sacramento. I try to make it back to San Jose when I can, but this year I haven’t been back often because of all the studying I have to do. Law school is tough, but if all goes as planned, I will graduate in 2002. Anyhow, I wanted to drop you a note letting you know that changing majors from Poli Sci to Sociology was the best thing I did at SCU. The department was so encouraging and so welcoming... I miss that! The professors were great and so inspiring! And the courses thought provoking!— This past summer I worked at the East San Jose Community Law Center as a recipient of a fellowship from the Public Legal Services Society at McGeorge. I was able to get this opportunity because I was an intern there for 2 quarters during my senior year and kept in contact with the Law Center. I continued the work I did as an intern working on worker’s compensation cases, only this time as law student case handler. I would have not been able to do this had I not enrolled in the Internship course. Thanks so much!—Well, I have 3 more exams, so I better get going...’Hi’ to everyone.” Another e-mail to Dr. Fernandez from KARLEEN HANSSON : “It’s Karleen, remember me? Hope you still have this address. I just thought that I would drop you a line and see how you are doing. I am living down in San Diego right now and doing great. I am getting my career going, not exactly what I thought that I would be doing, but it is the best thing that I could have found. I am involved in helping the environment and people’s health. Really fulfilling. How is SCU? Drop me a line and catch me up. Talk to you soon.”
continue "Dr. K's Mailbag" CLASS OF 2000 A short e-mail from PHILLIP ARTHUR: “I recently received the Sociology newsletter and I thought that I would just, briefly, extend my congratulations to both Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Garcia! I know both of you will shine in your new positions. Well, it sounds like all the Sociology faculty are doing well and that’s always good to hear. Also, good job with the newsletter. Its presentation is excellent! Take care all.” SOWMYA AYYAR kept in touch with the department last year, while working in Silicon Valley. This past summer she returned to India for a visit and we received a postcard from Calcutta with greetings and best wishes. JESSICA OROZCO in her e-mail to Dr. Fernandez writes: “I wanted to say ‘hello’ and see how you are doing. I can’t believe how much I actually miss coming to school!!! Well, I know you are a very busy person, so I will say ‘bye’. Take care. I use the skills you gave me every day." And another one from HEATHER REAMES to Dr. Fernandez: “I just moved a couple of weeks ago to San Francisco and the after-college-job-hunting is in full force. I was in Mexico in the summer ‘00 monitoring the elections and it was great, thank you for the reference. I didn’t have to do a press conference , but I did a TV/radio interview that was really exciting. How is SCU? I can’t say I miss it too much, but it is a little scary being out of school. I hope everything is going well. I put you down as another reference for some jobs and I just wanted to warn you. One is for a children’s center doing counseling with emotionally disabled kids which I am really interested in. I was also wondering if possibly you knew of any job contacts here in SF? I would be interested in doing work with domestic violence centers, if you know of any. Of course the hard part of finding a job is one that will pay the rent, so maybe I’ll will go get my Ph.D. someday. Well, have a good quarter and thanks for everything. I really enjoyed your classes and even miss the homework a bit. Take care.”
Two e-mails from SATOMI TAKAHASHI to Dr. Fernandez: the first one is from last December after Satomi returned home for the holidays; she was ecstatic to be home from the East Coast and she did not think that she would miss home as much as she did. “I can’t believe I’m already done with my first semester of law school. Wow! Time seems to go by slowly when you are suffering, but we’re half way done with the first year. It sure felt like we’d all been in law school for a few years too! Pretty weird. All in all, it’s been uh, hellish, can I say? Boy, what an experience it has been!!! And you know what? I miss sociology! I was so excited when I found in the package my Mom sent me (with all the good instant Japanese food) a copy of “Sociological Inquiry”; I never thought I would be so eager to read it! I miss it!....And as for the weather, amazingly, I’m adjusting pretty well. Of course, I only have about five layers more than most people, but ‘hey’. The autumn in the East is absolutely gorgeous and I love the snow....I hope everything is going well with you. How is the chairperson thing? How’s Dr. K? I always think about you....My Mom is managing the absence of our rowdiness okay, I think, she certainly seems happy to see me home. I’m glad I am home too, did I mention?”— The second e-mail is from this past June. “I have been back for a little over three weeks. I ‘vegetated’ for two weeks before going to the training session at East San Jose Community Law Center ( thank you for your help, I volunteer there every other Tuesday) and, then starting work at the little law firm (my boss and his partners just left to go look for office space, so I’m being ‘bad’ and e-mailing you) and it’s been interesting. I will tell you more when we do lunch or dinner or next time my boss is gone, j/k). So, basically, I work Monday through Friday except Tuesday and volunteer at ESJCLC’s Immigration Advice Clinic. Yep, I finally got off my lazy a** and started working. Sigh. Okay, should go back to work. Hee,hee.”
continue "Dr. K's Mailbag" An update from APRIL VALENZUELA: “Congratulations on your new position as SCU’s Sociology Section Head. I checked the website and saw the news - [Dr. Fernandez IS THE CHAIR of the Anthro./Sociology Department AND Sociology’s Section Head]...I visited SUNY Stony Brook in NY and despised the location, people, and department, so I deferred my acceptance. Then, I started working and taking courses at SFSU, close to my mother’s home. I decided to apply to the SFSU Teaching Credential Program for Single Subject Secondary Education – meaning I would eventually teach high school English and Drama....”. Now a question/ request: for a letter of recommendation for the SFSU credential program. Also, “What sort of activities are offered through the Soc department for alumni ( such as sponsoring events for new students or get-togethers for old students?”). [If interested in helping out with this kind of activities, contact Dr. Laura Nichols; see e-mail and phone in the “Sociology Internship Program” section of this newsletter - Ed.]. Last January, April wrote: “I am starting to substitute teach and student observe in high schools. I am super excited and eager to see how it goes... I attach a jpeg of my cat and I.” [Great picture ! Many thanks, April - Ed.] In the first part of her e-mail to Dr. Fernandez, JUANITA VELASCO tried to explain the mixup in her correspondence with Dr. F. Then, she went on to say : “ I’m working at EMQ and also at Stanford. I enjoy both jobs very much. Actually at EMQ I’m using a lot of the material I learned in the Human Services class you teach. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Ironically, both jobs seem to deal more with psychology than sociology. But my heart is in sociology, and yet, sociology is everywhere. Well, I will visit soon. I am so grateful for my education at SCU and all the wonderful people I met there, especially in the Sociology Dept.” — Then, came a second e-mail, this time to Sandee. Juanita writes: “....I would like to visit you some time soon, except that I am still working, a continuation of my internship, but soon to end (THANK GOODNESS). I still need to recuperate from last few months at SCU...and that may take a little
while. Nevertheless, I want you to know that I often think of you - always PLEASANT thoughts. So, one of these days I shall surprise you”. MARIA WYNNE stopped by and it was fun to see her. She completed her first year of graduate school for Special Education at Gonzaga University. She is working with autistic children and is applying to get her doctorate in Special Education or School Psychology. “‘ I got a job!’. Can you believe it? I MEGAN SCHREIBER have two weeks vacation and dental insurance! I am still not quite used to the idea, but I have to admit, I am pretty excited about it! It’s in New York City of all places! That’s one place I really never thought that I would end up. But, I guess, by now I shouldn’t be surprised by any place that I end up. — I’m now the Work and Travel Coordinator for the Work and Travel USA program at Council Exchanges (Council on International Educational Exchange, is the long version). It’s the same organization, the Work Abroad Australia Program, I worked for in Sydney. I’ll be dealing with students who come to the US to work on temporary work visas. We have about 16,000 of them coming in June, so you can imagine they already have me swamped with work. So far it’s going great! New York is a bit scary, but I can handle it! It’s a nonprofit organization and I am pretty low on the totem pole, so I’m commuting from New Jersey (no apartment on Central Park for me)! The commute is the really scary part, but I’m beginning to figure it out. I know how to take the trains and to which stations. I am just having some trouble actually finding my way around in the stations! —Anyway, I just wanted to update you on my new exciting news and current whereabouts. I will be using this e-mail for the most part from now on and the phone (below) is my direct line.(I’m still not used to that). I hope, everything is going great out there.” [Congratulations, Megan...We knew you could do it!–Ed.] 13
continue "Dr. K's Mailbag" CLASS OF 2001 In mid July, we received this update from GLADYS GARCIA. Excerpts from her e-mail: “Hello All! I hope everyone’s summer vacation is going well. I did not email you sooner because I wanted to be sure about what it is that I’m going to do [this summer?]. After a lot of job hunting, plenty of interviews, and more than one job offer, I have agreed to be a Youth Advocate for the Migrant Education Program through the Monterey County Office of Education. Actually, tomorrow is my very first day and I am very excited...I am going to be working with youth ages 16 to 22 who, for one reason or another have not completed high school and directing them to appropriate resources to help them accomplish their goals...Most of my clients will be youth on probation or youth who are farm workers. My job is to do home visits to try to find out what their needs are and what can be done to help them. (Sounds very sociological, doesn’t it?) I am very excited about working in this program, because I myself was a client while in high school...I must say that the competition was steep for this position. There were plenty of talented people in the lobby waiting to be interviewed but, I guess, the fact that I am a Santa Clara graduate, that I was born and raised in the Salinas Valley, that I myself was a client at one time, and the fact that my parents are farm workers, as well, gave me the lead. I am really excited about my new job!....Regarding the U.C. at Santa Barbara, I will be visiting with Maria (Castenada, class of 1998) next weekend and I hope to become familiar with the town a lot before I go. I will also be attending the orientation in September. Good news: [Professor] Denise Segura has agreed to being one of my advisors and she is going to let me T.A. for some of her Chicano Studies sections. I am really excited about that too... I hope that all of you are doing great and, I hope to see you soon.”
Sociology Student Association Officers for the 2001 - 02 academic year are: Katy Winters - President William Huerta - Vice President Shannon Gleeson - Treasurer Liana Molina and Paulina Flint - Secretaries
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