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The Anthropologist

Santa Clara University V o l um e X I I I Winter 2013

Focus on Field Schools

In this issue: The Anthropologist devotes the lead section to reports from two anthropological field schools offered by our faculty.

During the first summer session, Dr. Panich taught an archaeological field school here on the SCU campus. The excavation focused on the remnants of an adobe barracks that was home to Native Americans at Mission Santa Clara de Asís from the 1790s to the 1830s. The crew included eight visiting students from across the country, as well as three SCU Anthropology majors: Helga Afaghani, Whitney Miller, and Cameron Waggoner (all Class of 2013). Recent SCU Anthropology alumna Nicole Mathwich (Class of 2012) served ably as the crew chief. Over the course of five weeks, the students uncovered several American-period trash pits of various vintage, the stone foundations of the mission-era structure, domestic midden associated with the barracks, and a deep pit dating to the mission period that contained several hundred shell beads, among other interesting finds. Not surprisingly, given that they were excavating the remains of a Spanish-style structure, the crew also unearthed over 2,000 pounds of teja (terracotta roof tile) fragments over the course of the field school! Despite the hard labor and arduous wet-screening--not to mention the blazing sun and soaring temperatures of summer in Santa Clara--the field school was a great success. Remarked Helga Afaghani, “Getting up early to spend eight hours in a dirt hole doesn't sound very exciting, but I really enjoyed it.” Dr. Panich hopes to make the campus field school a regular course offering. Students in Intro to Archaeology will be processing materials throughout the year, and Helga and Nicole will

be presenting on aspects of the fieldwork and preliminary analysis at the 2013 Society for California Archaeology and Society for American Archaeology meetings respectively. Check out photos from the field and the lab on the new SCU Archaeology Facebook page: https://

Students excavating the site and some of the findings (shell beads).

Inside this issue: Letter from the Chair


Field schools/Welcome Dr. Laura Hauff


Faculty Notes


Dean’s List/Anth Banquet


Faculty Publications


Student Field notes


Alumni Reflections/Mailbag 9-10

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Letter from the Chair

This is my first letter for the newsletter as department chair and I am happy to report that at this time I have not yet destroyed SCU Anthropology. We have many exciting things to discuss so I will try to keep this as concise as possible. First, a big double CONGRATULATIONS are due to Dr. Lisa Kealhofer the next time you see her. First, she was promoted to full professor due to her piles of publications, her excellent leadership of the department for the past six years (a disproportionately lengthy term), her continued dedication to teaching and student success, and her commitment to campus, local, and world archaeology. Second, she received the University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship. This is awarded to one SCU faculty member each year for making significant contributions to their field for the past five years. In the awards ceremony Provost Dennis Jacobs remarked: “Lisa Kealhofer demonstrates the power of interdisciplinarity to shed new light on long-standing questions. An expert in identifying things that are so small that they can be seen only with a microscope, our colleague then links them to the big questions of how cultures develop and decline”. We are extremely proud of Lisa’s commitment to SCU archaeology and anthropology. Dr. Lorna Pierce was also honored with an award. Hendrix College awarded Lorna with the Odyssey Medal, awarded: “to alumni whose personal professional achievements exemplify the values of engaged liberal arts and sciences education”. Lorna was honored for her engaged research, excellence in teaching, and her work as a consultant in the Santa Clara County Medical-Coroners Office. We are also very happy to welcome Dr. Laura Hauff, a biocultural anthropologist to the department. Our very popular instructors, Dr. Matthew Jobin, Dr. Sangeeta Luthra, and Dr. Lorna Pierce continue to intrigue students in the classroom with their diverse course offerings in cultural and biological anthropology. Sadly, this academic year marks the retirement of Dr. George Westermark. Dr. Westermark was committed to SCU Anthropology for the past 32 years and led the department to becoming a free-standing major with a large cohort of dedicated students and faculty. He is an active scholar and contributor and has been widely cited in the anthropology of law, conflict resolution and colonialism with publications in Ethnology, Oceania, Journal of Legal Pluralism, Law and Anthropology, and in several edited volumes. During spring 2012, we learned that Dr. Westermark had been granted the title of Professor Emeritus at Santa Clara University, a well-deserved honor. His retirement will likely involve traveling with his wife Kimberly, The Ashland Shakespearean Festival, hiking, and fishing.

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All of our faculty members continue to be extremely active in both their campus and scholarly activities. Dr. Luis Calero continues his dedication to the Jesuit goal of educating the whole person as Bannan Fellow at the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, teaching in Colombia, leading immersion trips to El Salvador and dedication to teaching cultural anthropology to SCU undergrads. He spent part of the fall quarter researching the cultural adjustment of US deportees returning to Latin America. Dr. Gregory Gullette has continued his long-term research on rural-urban migrants in Thailand and is successfully overseeing the Anthropology internship program. Dr. Mary Hegland is on the eve of publishing her book on political culture and the 1979 revolution in an Iranian village. Dr. Lisa Kealhofer continues doing much more (see above) than seems humanly possible with regard to teaching, campus archaeology, research, and campus leadership. Dr. Lee Panich began a new SCU archaeology field course during the summer (front page) while continuing research using archaeological data and oral histories in Baja California, Mexico. The 2012 Anthropology and Sociology Research Conference was the highlight of the spring quarter! We invited Dr. Agustín Fuentes to discuss his career in anthropology and he managed to convince us all that we could have a future in academia if we so desired (Talk titled: “Busting myths, pushing boundaries, and proving yourself wrong: a few notes from the life of a research junkie”). Dr. Fuentes spoke of teaching, research, and having a life (for him this means producing horror movies on the side) outside of our ‘jobs’. The conference featured 57 student presentations, with nine presentations by SCU Anthropology majors. Our students remain particularly active and have many exciting events planned for the year. Keep up to date on their events, achievements, publications, pictures, faculty activities, alumni activities, and relevant campus events on our new Facebook page ( SantaClaraUniversityAnthropology). Please update us with your information so that we can feature you in future newsletters. Best wishes for a Happy New Year,

Michelle Michelle Bezanson Associate Professor & Department Chair

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During second summer session 2012, Michelle Bezanson taught the Primate Behavioral Ecology and Environmental Biology in the Tropics field courses. Seven students from four departments participated in the course and presented some excellent research at our final symposium. Field course alumni Elisa Phillips (Biology, 2012), Danica McGuire (Anthropology, 2013), Aaron Thom (Biology, 2010), and Carly Zipper (Anthropology, 2013) retuned to the field site for two months during summer and have submitted abstracts for the American Association of Physical Anthropology meetings in April 2013. Some highlights from this summer were guest speakers/instructors Paul Garber and Sean Watts, observing a mother and baby sloth, steak at La Esquina de Buenos Aires, Modesto’s snake story, and our efforts to clean up the forest. We also

learned that future primatologist, Allison McNamara (Anthropology and Environmental Studies, 2015) cannot say the word ‘walrus’. An additional highlight was presenting Primavera school children with shoes, crayons, and paper for their upcoming school year.

Research projects from the 2012 field courses: Cleeton, Kalea (Env. Science, 2013): Foraging strategies and seed dispersal of Cebus capucinus in a Costa Rican tropical forest. Cooke, Michael (Management, 2014): Mantled howler (Alouatta palliata) foraging ecology and conservation strategy. DiCicco, Arianna (Env. Studies, 2013): Feeding and foraging behavior and seed dispersal experiment of Alouatta palliate in the neotropics of Costa Rica. Gate, Gregory (Bioengineering, 2014): Examining butterfly populations in undisturbed and degraded ecosystems. Kurtz, Kristine (Anth, 2014): Prehensil-tail use during foraging & positional behavior in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) at Estacion Biologica La Suerte. McNamara, Allison (Anth and Env. Studies 2015): Juvenile social behavior: how do white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) learn the social behaviors necessary for group living? Powell, Nicole (Anthropology, 2013): Cebus capucinus social behavior: cooperation vs. agonism.

Welcome Dr. Laura Hauff The Department of Anthropology enthusiastically welcomes new assistant professor Dr. Laura Hauff to our faculty. There are several reasons why this is particularly wonderful for SCU anthropology. First, Dr. Hauff is a biocultural anthropologist who examines the interplay between biology and culture in influencing breast-feeding patterns in the United States. She integrates behavioral observation, sophisticated lab techniques, and interview data to determine how maternal health and individual attitudes might influence perinatal outcomes, particularly breastfeeding. This approach and topic is especially exciting for students interested in both cultural anthropology and biological anthropology and is currently a ‘hot’ topic in Anthropology and in popular culture. Second, Dr. Hauff’s courses will complement and strengthen our anthropology and public health degrees at SCU. She brings an intriguing, timely perspective and will provide many undergraduate research opportunities in her maternal and infant health lab. Third, Dr. Hauff is advising the SCU Anthropology Club. She and the student club officers have many fun and informative activities planned for the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Hauff received her BA in Sociology at College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, St. Joseph, MN, and an MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She has published in the American Journal of Human Biology and presented at this year’s American Anthropological Association national meetings in San Francisco in November.

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Anth Club Events

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The Anth Club is proud to announce the creation of a permanent presence for Santa Clara Anthropology on Facebook: Be sure to “like” the page to keep up with important announcements from the department, student activities, alumni achievements, faculty research, and other anthropology news items.

Faculty Notes Dr. Michelle Bezanson had an excellent year at Santa Clara University. First, and probably most importantly, she was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. She is ecstatic that she will be able to spend many more years as an SCU anthropologist. She published her research on tree truthing (see last year’s newsletter) in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. In addition, she published a paper on prehensile-tail use in the American Journal of Primatology. Even more exciting than the publication is the appearance of her artwork on the cover of the August issue of AJP. She continued to teach classes in Biological Anthropology, Primatology, and Popular Culture. Michelle is currently bragging about the success of her student assistant researchers, Carly Zipper, Aaron Thom, and Elisa Phillips who collected over 200 hours of behavioral data on capuchin plant pruning this during summer 2012. They will be presenting results at this year’s AAPA meetings in Knoxville, TN. Michelle looks forward to a great year connecting with faculty, students, and alumni on topics anthropological and beyond! As in years past, Fr. Luis Calero took a group of ten SCU faculty and staff on an immersion to El Salvador over the summer break. The group met with students from Santa Clara's Study Abroad Program (Casa de la Solidaridad) who attend classes at the local Jesuit University (UCA) while working closely with the poor. In the Fall, he coordinated Santa Clara's Western Conversations delegation. The group traveled to Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where it discussed the topic of "Teaching Ethics at Jesuit Universities." With the help of the various deans and the office of the Provost, Fr. Calero also was involved in preparing the text of the “Jesuit Examen,” a campus-wide conversation and assessment on well we are implementing a mission and vision of a “faith that does justice” across university life. A summary of these conversations will be presented at the next Jesuit

Justice Conference to be held at Creighton University, August, 1-4, 2013. Luis attended the Religious Education Congress held in Los Angeles, where he participated in workshops and lectures addressing the role of the churches in working with immigrant populations in the U.S. and in shaping government policy. Along with students on campus, he was also involved in the "mock wall display" on campus which mimicked the construction of the wall separating the United States and Mexico. The purpose of this display was to educate the academic community regarding immigration and particularly some of the myths that accompany the growing anti-immigration sentiment in some parts of the country. In late June he traveled to Ireland where he met with Jesuit friends working on immigration issues in Europe. This provided an opportunity to do some sight-seeing in beautiful Western Ireland. During the past academic year Dr. Gregory Gullette expanded on his research in Mexico and Thailand, while also continuing to work on a collaborative project with Santa Clara’s Environmental Studies Institute that examines food justice issues in Santa Clara County. He also worked with a few students examining transnationalism in the Bay area. Gregory continued his collaboration with colleagues in Mexico researching tourism development in Oaxaca, which resulted in a publication in the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology. Most significantly, through a faculty development leave grant, he conducted nearly six months of ethnographic research in Thailand’s Samut Prakan and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces. During this time he collected preliminary ethnographic data for a larger three year comparative examination of peri-urbanization in Thailand’s central and northeast regions.

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Faculty Notes

(Dr. Gullette continued)

Data collection was hampered in some cases due to Thailand’s 2011 monsoon season, which sadly flooded most of the northern, northeastern, and central regions, resulting in massive devastation and disruptions throughout the country. Yet, during this time Dr. Gullette was also able to publish in the forthcoming edited volume Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology and the journal Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment. Lastly, Gregory was awarded a visiting research fellowship in Thailand at Chulalongkorn University’s Social Research Institute for three years. Dr. Laura Hauff is happy to be the newest addition to the Anthropology faculty as she has felt welcomed by all the friendly faces on campus. She comes here after earning her PhD at the University of Minnesota and a brief postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. Dr. Hauff is a biological anthropologist whose research takes a biocultural approach in focusing on how maternal nutritional status affects breastfeeding outcomes in the United States. She has a commitment to the Public Health Science major here on campus as well and is excited to explore issues at the interface between anthropology and public health. This year she will present her research at the American Anthropological Association meeting in San Francisco and at the Experimental Biology meeting for the American Society for Nutrition in Boston. It didn’t take Dr. Hauff long to enjoy teaching Santa Clara students and she looks forward to initiating a new project in the Bay Area with their involvement. Despite more surgery on her dislocated and shattered shoulder in Fall 2011, Dr. Mary Hegland had a very active year. She participated in an invited workshop at the University of Bamberg, Germany on “Beyond the ‘Patriarchal Family’” in December 2011, with her paper, “Women’s Emerging Voices: Gender and Family Change in an Iranian Village from 1978/1979 to 2003/2008.” After that, she went to Hyderabad, India,

where she participated in the Study of Persianate Societies conference hosted by the Mawlana Azad National Urdu University. The conference was a rewarding gathering due to the impressive architecture, mixture of cultures and religions, scholars from the US all the way to India, Tajikistan and China, wonderful food and beautiful women’s clothing, hospitality of the Hyderabad hosts, and the strong Persian and Muslim influences in the city. Even more importantly than her presentation at the ASPS conference, Mary was able to spend some time conducting research among people of Iranian background living in the city, through networking with Shi’a Muslims and attending Shi’a women’s rituals of mourning in their separate, upstairs ritual (and social) space of the mourning hall for Imam Hussein, martyred in 680 B. C. A., in present-day Karbala, Iraq. At the International Society for Iranian Studies Conference, 1-5 August 2012, Istanbul, Turkey, Hegland presented an anthropological perspective about research challenges and strategies in Iran and with Iranians at a workshop on Iran research, and organized and chaired a double panel, with eight papers about anthropological perspectives on modernization, globalization and development in rural Iran. She presented her own paper, “The Decline of Taifeh-keshi (Kinship-based Factional Competition and Conflict) in an Iranian Village.” Comparing her recent visit to her observations during several months in the city in 2003, Mary noted that many more religious rituals and activities have emerged into some public spaces in Istanbul since the election of an Islamist president in Turkey. Dr. Lisa Kealhofer spent the first full year in quite a while at Santa Clara University. She wore two administrative hats during the academic year, Chair of the Anthropology Department and Acting Campus Archaeologist. Unfortunately, these two ‘hats’ kept her from teaching classes. However, over the course of the year she worked with two excellent students in her lab, Maxine DeVincenzi and Morris Kim, studying micro-botanical forms related to millet. Maxine’s research paper on millet domestication in China won her the department’s Anthropology prize in 2011. She published two papers about her ongoing research on ceramics and interaction during the Iron Age in Turkey. In the spring, she was very pleased to find out she was promoted to Professor. Lisa spent the summer doing fieldwork in Turkey and enjoying a celebratory trip to Europe, en route to Scotland where she is on leave in Fall 2012. She is looking forward to engaging with faculty, students, and alumni on her return!

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Faculty & Staff Notes

Dr. Lee Panich enjoyed his first full year on the SCU faculty. In addition to his regular course offerings (Intro to Archaeology and Historical Archaeology), he taught an archaeological methods and theory course in Spring 2012 in which students were able to participate in preliminary research at the site of the summer field school (see front page). The field school was one of the highlights of the year, and required lots of advanced planning and coordination with several campus units. He is currently enjoying working with students in the Intro to Archaeology class to sort through all of the summer’s exciting finds. In addition to getting his classes up and running, he is also continuing with his research in Baja California. Lee has been working with his Mexican colleagues to collect geological obsidian samples along the Gulf of California coast, as well as to analyze archaeological specimens in order to illuminate prehistoric trade networks and social relationships. He recently presented on his obsidian research at a conference in Mexico City. Dr. George Westermark completed thirty-two years of work at Santa Clara in 2012. His teaching this year was limited to two courses in the Fall, but he continued in the Winter to serve on the search committee that brought a new biological anthropologist to SCU. He also was pleased to participate in the successful tenure and promotion decisions for Drs. Bezanson and Kealhofer. His retirement brings many opportunities to enjoy new travels and outdoor pursuits with his wife, Kimberly. There is plenty of time too for exploring his large personal library and all the other good books still unread. He feels himself blessed to have had a career filled with wonderful students and colleagues during three decades at SCU, and, most especially, to have shared with them the insights and excitement of anthropology.

Anthropology 2011-2012 Dean’s List Helga Afaghani ‘13, Ashley Armstrong ‘13, Briana Colon ‘13, Lynsey Cumberford-Palmer ‘14, Katherine Edgecumbe ‘14, Maroo Kim ‘15, Lauren Kolodziej ‘13, Matthew Stockamp ‘15, Elizabeth Wassmann (minor) ‘13

The Anthropology Banquet The sixth annual Anthropology Banquet took place in April 18, 2012. We had an excellent turnout of Anthropology majors and minors who shared a wonderful evening with the faculty and staff at the Adobe Lodge. In addition to a delicious dinner, the attendees honored the recipients of the 2012 Anthropology Awards and the inductees into the Lambda Alpha society. The seniors also designed a highly amusing game of Anthropology Jeopardy that pitted faculty members (Professors Gullette, Kealhofer, and Panich) against one another in the ultimate test of anthropological knowledge (Dr. Panich won...). Dr. Jobin created the mix CD, featuring songs from the year 1990 when many of the graduating seniors were born. The Anthropology Award was presented to Nicole Mathwich for her paper entitled “Making Men at Early Santa Clara College: A Look at the Gendered Landscaped”. The Father Eugene Buechel, SJ award was given to Micha Brodoff and the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement was given to Nicole Mathwich.


Lambda Alpha Honors Society inductees Helga Afaghani Ashley Armstrong Briana Colon Lauren Kolodziej Kyle Medeiros Sarah Montgomery Elizabeth Wassmann Carly Zipper Mackenzie Zorkin

Class of 2012 Micha Brodoff Maxine DeVincenzi Gabriel Garcia Kathryn Hughes Catherine Lasater Nicole Mathwich Kyla Moran Patricia Nevers Jessica Pereira Brendan Ruiz Lydia Shahi

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2011-2012 Faculty Publications Bezanson, M. 2012. The ontogeny of prehensile-tail use in Cebus capucinus and Alouatta palliata. American Journal of Primatology. 74:770-782. Bezanson, M. and M.E. Morbeck. 2012. Future adults or old children? Integrating life history frameworks for under standing primate locomotor patterns. In: Clancy K, Hinde K, and Rutherford J. (eds.) Building babies: primate development in proximate and ultimate perspective. Springer Book Series: Developments in Primatology: Pro gress and Prospects. Pp. 435-458. Bezanson, M., S.M. Watts, and M.J. Jobin. 2012. Tree truthing: How accurate are substrate estimates in primate field studies? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147:671-677. Hauff, L.E. and Demerath, E.W. 2012. Body image concerns and reduced breastfeeding duration in primiparous overweight and obese women. American Journal of Human Biology, 24: 339-349. (invited for peer-reviewed special issue on “Global Obesity”). Hegland, M.E. 2011. Aliabad of Shiraz: Transformation from Village to Suburb, from 1978-1979 until 2003-2008. Ant hropology of the Middle East 6(2):21-37. Abi-Rached, L., M.J. Jobin et al. 2011. The Shaping of Modern Human Immune Systems by Multiregional Admixture with Archaic Humans. Science 334:89-94. Kealhofer, L., P. Grave, and B. Marsh. In press. Scaling Ceramic Provenience at Lydian Sardis, Western Turkey. Jour nal of Archaeological Science. Grave, P., L. Kealhofer, B. Marsh, T. Sivas, and H. Sivas. 2012, Reconstructing Iron Age Community Dynamics in Eskisehir Province, Central Turkey. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 19 (3): 377-406. Panich, L.M., A. Porcayo Michelini, and M.S. Shackley. 2012. Obsidian Sources of Northern Baja California: The Known and the Unknown. California Archaeology 4:183-200. Panich, L.M. 2011. Continuities in a Time of Change: Lithic Technology at Mission Santa Catalina, Baja California. Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly 45(1&2):13-30.

39th Annual Western Undergraduate Research Conference This past year the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology hosted the 39th Annual Western Undergraduate Research Conference. Organized by Sandra Chiaramonte and Drs. Gregory Gullette and Marilyn Fernandez, the conference had 57 presenters, coming from such diverse institutions as the University of the Pacific, Vanguard University, Stanford University, Sonoma State University, among others. Of course, as noted in the opening letter from Dr. Michelle Bezanson, we were fortunate to have Professor Agustín Fuentes from the University of Notre Dame present the keynote address and to have our faculty chair many of the sessions. We look forward to working with the Sociology Department this year preparing for the 40th anniversary of the undergraduate research conference.

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Students’ Notes from the Field In this new section, we give students participating in field research, internship, or study abroad programs the opportunity to describe their experiences in their own words. Helga Afaghani (2013): SCU Archaeology Field School In general, I try to avoid hard work. That I found myself voluntarily doing manual labor eight hours a day for six weeks is as much a surprise to myself as anyone else. This past summer I participated in the archaeological field school on campus; it is a decidedly less exotic location than where a lot of other students chose to go to fulfill their internship requirement, but the lessened risk of contracting a tropical disease was nice. And while the field school didn’t give me stronger arms or anything, I did get a great neck tan and a much deeper appreciation of just how much work goes into archaeology. It’s really not easy. You have to be willing to sweat and bleed and do heavy lifting, none of which are things I enjoy. Despite how awful I make it sound, it’s actually not so bad. I’d even go so far as to say I enjoyed it. It’s sort of exciting because you never know exactly what you’re going to find, and sometimes you find some very weird stuff; I was particularly fond of all the doll parts. It’s certainly not for everyone, but I think maybe it could be for me. Grace Lehman (2014): Study Abroad in Ghana I am currently studying abroad in Ghana; it continues to push and pull me in different directions I never knew existed. I have learned so much about myself my goals, and my dreams. Ghana is a well-developed and stable country in Africa, but it also has its struggles like any developing country. Sometimes I find myself thinking what would I do for hot water, to sit next to a fireplace right now and drink some hot chocolate, to drink straight from the tap, but more importantly, why I am so incredibly privileged in the U.S. and how did that happen? Despite their struggles, it appears that most Ghanaians do not believe in the word “stranger” because they see everyone as their family and friends, even if they have never seen the person before in their life. This is an aspect of trust within these communities that is warming and calming to the body: a feeling of extreme comfort and safety given by those around you. I value this sense of community and hope that other people can imitate this kindness to strangers that I see so often here in Ghana. Sarah Montgomery (2013): Life at Daraja Academy, Kenya Daraja Academy is the first free, all-girls, secondary school in Kenya. The school provides an education for exceptional Kenyan girls of poverty, who without Daraja would not be able to continue their education. A major aspect of Daraja is leadership and women’s empowerment. Not all the girls will go onto university, but if they are strong, powerful, kindhearted leaders in their communities, they will accomplish much in their lives. At Daraja, I have learned that it is not the education that changes lives; it is providing amazing girls with an opportunity for an education, which they have blossomed with. I have now spent 4 summers at Daraja and I will head back to Kenya next fall to work after graduation. While at Daraja, I work with the girls in the dormitory making sure they are all healthy, happy, and have all their needs taken care of. I also work with the founders on the day-to-day running of the school in an administrative role as well as coordinating volunteers who visit campus. For more information visit, Carly Zipper (2013): Two months of primate fieldwork in Costa Rica Last June, when I tried to describe my summer plans to family and friends, I always came up short. Although I’d been to La Suerte before as a field school student, I couldn’t even begin to know what to expect from my two-month stay as a research assistant. Now, when asked to describe my summer experience, I still struggle to do it justice. Daily life consisted of waking up with the sun, hiking into the forest to find monkeys, and collecting data on their behavior for as long as we could. Even though it was physically exhausting work, I have never felt closer to nature. I’ve always felt that I belong in the outdoors, and my time spent in the field showed me that this is an essential part of any career I enter. Not only that, but collecting data for a long-term research project renewed my interest in science. Although I sometimes tire of writing research papers, I can now see that my investment in the study’s final product grows with the time and effort put into data collection. Not only has this experience helped me to feel more prepared for graduate school, but it’s convinced me that a career in scientific research will be both challenging and rewarding.

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Alumni Reflections Sarah Friend (2005) How did my anthro major help shape my professional life? As a 19-year-old curious about evolution, I picked up Daniel Quinn’s “Ismael” during the summer between my freshman and sophomore year, and immediately after putting it down declared myself an anthropology major. Wanting to find out as much as humanly possible about how we came to be and where we’re heading, I dove headfirst into my studies. Incredible opportunities soon opened up for me, including getting grants to spend summers at the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. and in Africa; all the while my studies served as my tour guide, taking my curiosity to new places. After graduating, I continued to explore. My experiences included teaching elementary school in France, crewing aboard a sailboat in the Caribbean, working as a cultural educator in museums in New York City, and volunteering alongside a Quichua shaman in the Amazon – during which time, I met some of the most alive, extraordinary people I’d ever encountered, people who generously shared with me their interpretation of the world around them, their wisdom, and their soul. Looking back, this lesson has been the best souvenir – that there is no one “right” way. With this understanding, I stopped feeling self-conscious for the many trajectories and roadblocks I’d encountered while figuring out my career and embraced the freedom I’d been given from living what I’d studied. And I’m loving every minute of it. :) Michael Garcia (2011) I am currently living in Washington, DC, and participating in a year of service with the Capuchin Volunteer Corps. I work for an organization called So Others Might Eat which serves the needs of homeless population in the DC metro area. Today they have more than 30 programs from a daily dining room for the homeless to their own rehab center in West Virginia. I love living in DC, but I especially love the experience of living in community with our other volunteers. This past summer I did some freelance research for Jesuit Refugee Service in DC, conducting research and interviews from those working in JRS on the significance of faith based NGOs in disaster relief. The final result was a preliminary draft of a paper that will be presented at the next UNHCR Geneva Conference this December. I am very excited that I had a hand in creating such an important document. This year is my second year of service. Last year I worked in a program called Red Cloud Indian School Volunteers (a Jesuit program) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Red Cloud Indian School serves children and teens living on the reservation (grades K-12) and focuses on offering a top of the line education asking for no tuition in return from any of their students.

Alumni Mailbag Georgina Drew (2000) recently finished her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Dissertation titled, “’Ganga is Disappearing’: Women, Development, and Contentious Practice on the Gages”. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the India China Institute of The New School in New York City, where she is coordinating research on religion and sustainability in the Himalaya, among other projects. Nina Radovic Fanta (2003) has been teaching in Chile for the past five years in local universities. She has completed an MA in cultural anthropology and is a PhD candidate working on her dissertation. Jelena Radovic Fanta (2004) is finishing her PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of California Riverside. She will be presenting at this year’s American Anthropological Association meetings in San Francisco. Her presentation is titled: “El País sale adelante, pero un se queda ahí mismo: Seasonality and fragmentation in Chile’s Aconcagua Valley.” (continued on last page)

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Nicole Brand-Cousy (2007) is pursuing a MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Natalia Rodriguez (2008) completed a Master’s degree in social development in London and is now considering jobs in Latin America focusing on community capacity building. In her thesis, Natalia examined empowerment struggles and approaches to achieve transformative change. Molly Lasater (2010) has completed volunteer opportunities in public health in Cambodia and France. She is currently working as a research assistant at Kaiser Permanente where she investigates the early onset of puberty in young girls. Molly is preparing applications to pursue a Master’s in Public Health. Annie Murphy-Hagan (2011) is beginning a new position at Head Start as a Family Advocate. She will be managing casework for 60 families, conducting health and wellness checks, providing parenting classes, and conducting home visits. Maxine DeVincenzi (2012) is in the Bay Area working at an immigration law firm. She plans on applying for graduate school in the near future. Nicole Mathwich (2012) has started a PhD program in Anthropology at the University of Arizona in sunny Tucson. She is currently developing a research design to continue her work in historical archaeology and integrating zooarchaeological methods.

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