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The Department’s

Sociology Alumni Newsletter

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

Winter 2014

Volume XLII

Visiting Scholar Program has been Reactivated!!! Among the many things that has made Santa Clara’s Sociology program distinctive is our Visiting Scholar Program which has been funded by the generous donations of alums. This program allows us to enliven the department by bringing outstanding sociologists to campus for visits stretching over several days, involving campus presentations and class visits. Although the department decided to put the Visiting Scholar Program on hold for a couple of years in order to let the endowment grow, we are very happy to announce that the Sociology’s Visiting Scholar Program is now active again and is bringing much benefit to the department. In the spring of 2013 our Visiting Scholar was Professor Margaret Hunter. Dr. Hunter began her teaching career at Loyola Marymount University and now teaches at Mills College. She is a very engaging speaker and an expert on Hip Hop, youth culture, and the African American Community. Student turnout for her presentations was unusually strong and was energized. Discussions with faculty extended beyond Dr. Hunter’s scholarly research focus and involved fruitful discussions about the transformative teaching goals we hope to achieve with our students. Among other things, we talked about the lives of constructive engagement we wish for all of our students. Dr. Hunter was also the keynote speaker at the 40th Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference (April 2013). She spoke about the importance of practicing a culture of evidence. The audience was very responsive to her message. In the fall of 2013, our Visiting Scholar was Dr. Margaret Vitullo, who was formerly Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Gallaudet University (the national institution of higher education for people who are deaf or have serious hearing impairment). Dr. Vitullo is now the Director of Academic and Professional Affairs at the American Sociological Association in Washington, D.C. Dr. Vitullo’s presentations to students and the wider campus community focused on the important subject of changing definitions of human rights. Coverage included changes recently made in international law or currently being discussed pertaining to human rights and international law. Discussions with faculty in the department also addressed current trends in program development in sociology departments across the country. Program development is a timely subject for us, because all the social science departments at Santa Clara are now beginning our scheduled period for periodic program review (which now happens about once every eight years). The Visiting Scholar Program makes it possible for the department to offer students with serious exposure to topics which may be outside of the range of expertise of the department’s current faculty. And the program offers department faculty opportunities to engage people, we otherwise do not have much access to, in very substantive conversations about disciplinary matters of current importance. The Visiting Scholar Program is a special feature of our department experience which alums have made possible.

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Welcome, Dr. Patrick Lopez-Aguado Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Lopez-Aguado is very excited to be joining the Sociology Department at Santa Clara University after just recently receiving his PhD in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. His dissertation research titled "'Everyone gets locked up once in a while': Navigating the Carceral Social Order in Fresno”, examines how mass incarceration and youth labeling structure close ties between the prison and high-incarceration communities that mark residents as criminalized subjects. His research interests include Race and Incarceration, Juvenile Justice, Youth and Street Cultures, and Urban Ethnography. His work has been published in Ethnography and in Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands. He is currently preparing an article on the institutional production of violence and criminality in carceral facilities, and is developing a book manuscript about how criminalized young people learn and appropriate the racialized conflicts of the adult prison system. This year he will be teaching Principles of Sociology, Sociology of the Criminal Justice System, and Sociology of Deviance.

Special Staff Recognition Lunch The department has always tried to be diligent and effective in its support of students. Faculty commitment to students is often mentioned as a critical factor at exceptional departments, colleges, and universities. But much of the daily commitment to students providing the foundation of an excellent educational experience comes from the institution’s dedicated staff. For the last 22 years, the SCU sociology department’s commitment to providing watchful support for Santa Clara students has certainly been exemplified by Ms. Chiaramonte. But the sociology department is also keenly aware that the outstanding safety net protection students receive from the “staff” is real, because an entire team of dedicated SCU staff watches out for students as a matter of course. Ms. Chiaramonte and the various people who have been honored to serve as department chairs over the years have had the very good fortune of working with many wonderful staff members who see and share our concern for students, and who always go the “extra mile” in trying to disentangle and resolve problems as they arise. There are of course many such people on campus. But there are a few who, if not on a daily basis then at least every few days, intercede to make sure thousands of details are processed correctly. This behind the scenes work is so very helpful to our students, yet almost always remains invisible. Although seldom recognized, the sociology department deeply appreciates that the university is blessed by having many support staffers who do their jobs so effectively, and we would add with genuine grace of collegial spirit and concern for the wellbeing of all the students. We are so grateful to them, but seldom make the time or find a way of saying this. So this year (in May of 2013) the sociology department invited some of these special SCU staffers to a nice thank you lunch at the Adobe Lodge. We wanted to thank them, and to publicly acknowledge our appreciation of the important roles they play helping our department function as effectively as possible in support of our students. And we wanted to participate in some workplace communion with some of the staff colleagues we interact with most regularly. Those who were able to come were Sandy Boyer (College of Arts and Sciences), Marguita Coe (Office of the Registrar), Adora Hoose (Office of the Registrar), Sue Khalipa (College of Arts and Sciences), Laura Moreno (Office of the Registrar), Clint Stroud (bookstore), Sheli Whiting (Office of the Registrar). Sandee Chiaramonte and Chuck Powers expressed heartfelt thanks on behalf of the sociology department and its students. [Eds. And yes, this did feel like a special moment of workplace collegial fellowship and communion].


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Welcome Interim Chair

Dr. John C. (Jack) Gilbert Jack was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Educated at the University of Wyoming (B.S.) and Yale University (M.S., Ph.D.), he joined the faculty there in 1965. His research interests were in organic chemistry, with special emphasis on synthetic methodology and reactive intermediates. He is extremely proud of graduate and undergraduate students he has mentored during his career and is pleased that their discoveries in research have resulted in a useful chemical reagent being named after him. Jack received the Advisory Council Teaching Excellence Award for the 2002–2003 academic year. During his tenure at UT Austin, he held several administrative positions and served on a number of committees at all levels of the university. He chaired the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and was interim chair of the Department of Human Ecology. He also chaired the Faculty Council and the Faculty Building Advisory Committee, among others. Jack is

currently Professor Emeritus at UT Austin and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Santa Clara University, where he has chaired the department for six years. When not focusing on his academic responsibilities, he enjoys opera, theater, travel, and wine, and fancies himself something of an amateur apiarist. He and Lucia, his wife, a former Professor of Educational Psychology and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at UT Austin and Provost at Santa Clara University, is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at SCU. Melissa, his daughter, is also at SCU as an assistant professor in the Department of Education. [Eds. Thank you, Dr. Gilbert, for your leadership]

Faculty Recognition Award winner

Regina Davis-Sowers Dr. Regina Davis-Sowers won the 2013 Inclusive Excellence faculty award for her many valuable contributions to promoting inclusive excellence on our campus. During the award ceremony, she was cited for helping students in her classes understand the intricacies of diversity issues through real-life examples and the multicultural events on campus. She has also been active on the campus as a keynote speaker at student-sponsored events (such as the Take Back the Night event hosted by Every2Minutes/1in4) and has contributed to a campus production, N*W*C, that highlighted the particular race and cultural challenges faced by the Santa Clara community. [Eds. Well-deserved award and thank you for your tireless work, Dr. Davis-Sowers. More details available at http://www.scu.edu/ provost/facultydevelopment/awards/Inclusive_Excellence_Award.cfm].

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ACADEMIC YEAR LECTURER AND ADJUNCT LECTURERS FOR HELPING US SUCCESSFULY DELIVER OUR CURRICULUM IN 2013-14 Dr. Judith Randle (AYL) Jensen Jueng and Dr. Sheila Yuter (Adjuncts)


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Class of 2013 Every year, the seniors who attend our annual graduation banquet are asked: “Would you please share with us your thoughts on how the Sociology Department has helped you prepare (good or bad) for the next stage of your life..” Here is what some from the 2013 class said.

The department has helped with my critical thinking skills and data analysis. I feel ready to put my research skills to work!

cohort was an essential part of this experience that was only more enriched by our faculty in the department. -Lindsey Evans

-Nick Munson The Sociology department has better prepared me for the future. The program has helped me develop my research skills to a pro- The diverse classes and the research sequence have given me the fessional level that I can apply to other endeavors. -Natasha Pa- ability to view the world from different perspectives and to understand how to approach social issues in the future. The deditel cated faculty, have also enriched our experience through all of their hard work in class. -Anonymous The department is really motivating and encourages you to excel. It tests you and pushes you to go out of your comfort level. I am forever grateful to have been part of the sociology departMany of the skills that I have learned in the Sociology department. From the professors who go out of their way to work with ment have helped me currently be an asset in my professional us and support us, to the classes that challenge us to envision a life. -Stephany Ruiz more just world, to our friends who encourage and carry us through, sociology has been one of the most rewarding parts of The Sociology department has been an integral part of shaping Santa Clara. I would not be the student or the person I am today my sociological imagination and growth intellectually and per- without the experience of being a sociology major. -Laura sonally towards a deeper more intricate understanding of the Snowden role of sociology in analyzing society and the world around me. Specifically the department has prepared me to apply a qualitative, quantitative sociological lens towards social change in the The Sociology department has prepared me so well socially and intellectually for the future. The department has helped me see workplace, community, and society. -Leesa Riviere the structural inequalities in the world and has motivated me to dedicate myself to a life of service. The research series, 121,170, The Sociology Department has definitely helped me be prepared and 199, have taught me dedication, commitment, perseverance, for the next stage of life. Personally I feel like the courses ofand have shown me the good that can come from high quality fered as well as the spectacular and outstanding faculty of the research. The personal relationships with professors have helped Department have helped me view things from a better mindset-a me to see both my potential and the potential of Sociology as a sociological mindset. The knowledge and people I have been discipline and career. I am so thankful for the department’s help surrounded by these past 4 years have been priceless. finding my passion and challenging me to grow as an individual. -Anonymous -Michelle Maddex The Sociology Department has not only academically prepared me, but mentally prepared me to take on and improve various social issues in this world and our extended communities. The

Good because they encouraged us to pursue our passions, however, if they tailored to our specific area of interest whether it be with our advisor or in class it would be great! -Anonymous

Sociology majors on the

Dean’s List (2013) Lindsey Evans, Melissa Giorgi, Monet Gonnerman, Ronald Han, Michelle Maddex,, Kathryn Monreal, Natasha Patel, Hannah Rogers, Emma Stotz, Diana Thygeson and Laila Waheed.


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The Witold Krassowski Sociology Award

2013 Student

Awards University Award winners: The Peter-Hans Kolvenback, S.J. Award is awarded to graduating senior Laura Snowden. Michelle Maddex was a coaward winner of the Richard J. Riordan Award.

This award was established by the department, alumni, and friends in honor of Professor Witold Krassowski, the first sociologist at Santa Clara University and the first chair of the department. The award is given to senior sociology majors who have written a sociological research paper in a sociology course that is considered of exemplary quality. Congratulations to the 2013 award winners!!

Award Winners: Nicholas Michael Munson Mary Diệu Thy Kim Nguyễn

Congratulations!! Monday, June 3, Presidents Office posting

Honorable Mention: Natasha Sukesh Patel

2013 Senior Banquet On May 14, the department hosted our graduation banquet on campus at the Adobe Lodge. This worked out quite well. The logistics are easy for everyone, and the setting is very cheery. Many of the majors were able to attend. Ms. Chiaramonte, Dr. Davis-Sowers, Dr. Nichols, Dr. Powers, and Dr. Yuter were all able to come to cheer the students on as they were about to begin a new stage in life. The senior banquet is always an important event for us, with the Class of 2013 starting lives of constructive engagement. During the banquet the Krassowski Award winners were announced and given their gifts (see above for details). [Eds. We miss you all and do keep in touch]

Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society Prior to the graduation banquet on May 14, the 2013 Alpha Kappa Delta inductees were invited to a reception in their honor. During the reception the new AKD members were inducted and sworn in. The 2013 AKD members are: Alejandra Preciado, Jessica Talavera-Rauh, Natasha Patel, Nicholas Munson, Kendra McClelland, Lindsey Evans, Luara Snowden, Ashley Robinson, Mary Nguyễn, Michelle Maddex, Michael Adair, Hannah Lyde-Epperson. [Eds. Congratulations!!!]


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Congratulations to the

Class of 2013 Zoraida Zulema Aceves

Symone J. Jackson

Michael Cairns Adair

Hannah Lyde-Epperson

Ashley Robinson

Gabriela A. Alvarado

Michelle Laura Maddex

Stephany Alejandra Ruiz

Telisha Anderson

Kendra Christine McClelland

Jennifer Saldana

Matthew Ryan Beers

Jill Shannon Moore

Laura Marie Snowden

Chance Wade Bennett

Nicholas Michael Munson

Ann Figueroa Soliman

Michelle Andrea Camp

Natasha Sukesh Patel

Chelsea Latimer Troy

Lindsey Catherine Evans

Kusi Hilda Peralta

Justin Viele

Kevin Joseph Foster

Alejandra Maria Ramirez

Shaleta Knishay Williams

Melissa Theresa Giorgi

Eriques T. Ramirez

Chloe Wilson

Lilia Yaneth Sandoval Guerrero

Leesa Monique Riviere

Sociology 121, Research Capstone Here is the Sociology class of 2013 after they presented their research capstone papers to their classmates. Congratulations!!! Hope the research skills you learned are being put to good use wherever you find yourself in your post-SCU life. (Eds. Well done!!)

Sociology 170, Applied Sociology Capstone All members in Soci 170, Applied Sociology this year did grant seeking for the Kino Boarder Initiative. In addition, student teams worked on the following projects for local organizations: Group 1: Formative/Process Evaluation to Improve SCU’s Pathways Requirement. The class of 2013 is the first SCU class to graduate under a new Core Curriculum at SCU. The University wants to improve a very new and innovative part of the curriculum, the Pathways requirement. Team members of this project surveyed students to determine what they knew about Pathways, how they knew what they knew, and how to best improve communication about and the process of the Pathways requirement. Team members administered the surveys, entered the survey data, analyzed it, and wrote a report that is being used to improve the Pathways program. Group 2: Conference Evaluation for E4FC’s Educators Conference. Members of this team went to Berkeley to collect evaluations at a conference for educators about resources for students who are undocumented. They entered the data, analyzed it, and

wrote a report for E4FC that included the results of the evaluation as well as suggestions for improvement for future conferences. Group 3: Resource Development for First-generation high school students in the agricultural-belt of California. Members of this team collected the narratives (texts and video) of firstgeneration college students at SCU and/or on-line to expose and encourage students in three high schools with low college-going rates to the opportunity to go to college. The resources provided were guided by the results of a survey of students at the schools conducted by Dr. Laura Robinson. The final product was a report and webpage that was given out to students at the schools. Group 4: Quantitative Analysis of Legal Data for E4FC. This team recoded existing data from an on-line survey collected by E4FC about legal services and needs. After analysis the team wrote a report and provided charts the organization could use in many different contexts. [Eds. Congratulations!! The local organizations are grateful for your reports]


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Silicon Valley Notebook Volume 11, 2013

Investigations into Contemporary Social Issues: Delinquency, Violence, and Educational Challenges We are proud to present Volume 11 of Silicon Valley Notebook. The seven research papers included in the volume were written by students from the class of 2013. These papers reflect the substantive, theoretical, and methodological content of the Sociology curriculum. Originally prepared as part of the Research Capstone course (Sociology 121), the student authors further refined their work during the following quarter for inclusion in this volume. Taken together, our student authors investigated important contemporary social issues like delinquency, intimate partner violence, and educational challenges in poor and in immigrant communities, as well as in the environmental arena. Each student conducted rigorous quantitative analyses of national secondary survey data to test predictions grounded in sociological theoretical traditions. Qualitative interviews with sources knowledgeable about their respective topics supplemented the quantitative findings. Here are the list of papers and authors. Congratulations to the Student Authors!!

Social Problems of Delinquency and Violence Structural Risks and School Programs: Effects on School Crime Rates by Mary Dieuthy K. Nguyen Violence against Women by Intimate Partners: Cross-Regional Differences in Social and Cultural Vulnerabilities by Natasha S. Patel and Stephany A. Ruiz Environmental Education Gatekeepers of Global Warming Awareness: Education, Media, and Religion By Nicholas Michael Munson Education: Children of Low-income and Immigrant Communities Predictors and Barriers for Low-Income Students: Fragile Families, Quality of Kindergarten Education, and Early Academic Success By Laura M. Snowden Generational Differences in the Effects of Capital and Aspirations on Latino Parental Involvement in Children’s Academics By Michelle Laura Maddex Research Note Risk and Protective Factors in Adolescent Delinquency: A Research Note By Lindsey C. Evans and Alejandra M. Ramirez Generational Comparisons of Parental Involvement, Personal Efficacy, and Socioeconomic Aspirations of Children of Immigrants: A Research Note By Jessica Talavera-Rauh


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Faculty and Staff Notes Ms. Sandee Chiaramonte enjoyed a wonderful vacation with her son and family on a cruise of the Caribbean Sea, aboard a massive ship called the Oasis of the Seas. This ship holds a total of 8,000 guests and staff. We danced and played the night away. I highly recommend it to all….We had a blast!! Dr. Marilyn Fernandez continued to be busy this year, teaching our majors the sociological perspectives, tools, and skills that they can apply in their post-SCU lives. In addition to the Quantitative Methods and Applied Statistics for Juniors (n=42), she taught the Research Capstone, otherwise known as Sociology 121 (n=31) and Professional Socialization (Sociology 199, n=9) courses. The 31 seniors used a variety of national secondary survey data, supplemented with qualitative interviews (few, but conducted on their own), to write their capstone papers on topics that explored further an upper division cluster (Immigrant Communities, Deviance and Crime, Inequalities, or Families) that they had completed. Nine seniors soldiered (:-) on to refine their capstone papers in the winter quarter. They presented their papers at the 40th Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference which were then published in the department's own Silicon Valley Notebook (Volume 11): “Investigations into contemporary Social Issues: Delinquency, Violence, and Educational Challenges”. She made some progress on her next book on the role of caste in the new Indian Information Technology sector. Dr. Laura Nichols enjoyed another year in the department learning from and with students. Students in the Applied Sociology capstone completed projects for the organization E4FC in San Francisco, for a group of high schools in the central valley, and for SCU on student experiences with the new Core Curriculum Pathway requirement. Alums Kazimir Brown, Rick Navarro, Alejandra Moreno, Mary Boughton, and Bianca McNeil did a wonderful job describing their experiences since graduating and conveying advice. Thank you for always saying yes to such requests and for being such amazing representatives of SCU and the department. The work that Laura did with Fairfield University and Loyola University, Chicago, funded by the Ford Foundation about the experiences of students who are undocumented at Jesuit schools was presented in Washington, D.C. And to those of you in the Bay Area: check out the ASA this year: it will be in San Francisco in August and the Sociological Practice and Public Sociology section will have a number of talks that might interest you: asanet.org

2012-13 marked Dr. Chuck Powers's final year as department chair. It was a busy year and the department hired Dr. Patrick Lopez-Aguado as a new faculty member. One other concrete accomplishment for Chuck's last year as chair was reactivation of the department's Visiting Scholar program, helping to intellectually enliven the department and stimulate interesting programmatic dialogue. Chuck feels quite honored to have been given another opportunity to serve the department as chair (1994-2000 and 20112013) and won the College's chair award in 2012 (having also won it in 1998). But Chuck is grateful for placing the chairship in the very capable hands of Dr. John (Jack) Gilbert. Chuck wishes that you please join him in sending welcome thoughts and messages to Dr. Gilbert (jgilbert@scu.edu) as our new department chair. Many alums will remember Dr. Powers in part for his interest in the on-going improvement process in organizations. Right now we, Santa Clara's sociology department, are beginning another two year program review and contributing to that process is one of the many things Chuck is enjoying right now. Hearing from students and alums, as well as our other department stakeholders, is always an important and enjoyable part of the program review process. (The department is always eager to hear from you!) As a specialist in theory, Chuck also looks forward to the next few years in his work life at Santa Clara as a time for him to try to make continued contributions in scholarship, with continued focus on understanding the process of organizational improvement and societal change dynamics. Dr. Kichi Iwamoto (retired) writes: “I’m home safe and sound from China and Japan” were he was teaching English. Now that he is back in the states, he writes, “he is gearing up for fishing and hopes to catch some white sea bass”. Look him up on LinkedIn. Drs. Alma Garcia, Laura Robinson, and Regina DavisSowers were on leave and were not able to send you their updates. Stay tuned: their updates will be back in next year’s newsletter.


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ALUMNI NEWS with a community of intellectuals whose experiences are so broad and yet unique is more than what I expected coming in. Every day I am learning more and more and the professors and staff are amazing and so passionate about what they do. Last semester, I had the opportunity to work at PS 126 as an America Reads/Counts tutor. NYU has the largest program in the country and the experience was invaluable and humbling. It gave me an insight into the public school system, the changes and successes for teachers, students, as well as Lianna Adauto (Class of 2003) writes: My husband, Rashad administration. I also had the opportunity to attend Africa Nichols and I, welcomed our son, Camden Tomas Nichols, on Group meetings at the UN through The Gambia mission and it September 12, 2013.” [Eds. Congratulations] was great to see African representatives working together for the good of the whole continent. Demetra Kalogrides (Class of 2003) received a Ph.D. in sociMy goal this summer is to attend a study abroad proology from the University of California at Davis in 2008. Ka- gram (praying for a financial miracle, hahaha) in South Africa logrides has worked as a research associate in the School of which focuses on Education and Social Reform headed by Education at Stanford University since completing her gradu- Professor Teboho Moja who played a vital role in South Afriate studies. She conducts quantitative research related to edu- ca's educational reform. I am also applying for an internship at cation policy with a focus on achievement gaps, school segre- UNICEF and UNESCO to learn more about education and gation, and labor markets for teachers and school administragender equality in education.” [Eds. Martha, it is always so tors.” [Eds. It is so good to hear from you and do keep in good to hear from you…keep up the great work] touch] Lanesha Roberts (Class of 2011) writes: “I am working fullShannon Gleeson, (Class of 2004) writes: “Everything is go- time in San Carlos as a therapeutic behavior coach for at risk ing great on this side of the hill. I was promoted to associate youth 18 and younger for an agency called Edgewood Center professor last year, and am enjoying my research and teachfor Children and Families”. [Eds. This sounds like very reing. This January, my colleague John Park (UCSB) and I pub- warding work! Congratulations!] lished an edited volume entitled "The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants" (Routledge, 2014), and I am Lauren Marks (Class of 2012) Dr. Fernandez writes: excited to be the incoming chair-elect of the American Socio- “Lauren’s paper ‘Perceived Sources of Racial Inequalities and logical Association Labor and Labor Movements Section. I'm Class Standing: Impact on Justice Values of American Whites’ also running a modest amount, and hoping for more rain won second place in the Resource Center for Minority Data soon!” [Eds. Shannon, it is always a pleasure to hear from (RCMD) paper competition.” [Eds. Congratulations, Lauyou. Keep in touch] ren] Tomas Jimenez (Class of 1998) sent in by Dr. Alma Garcia: Tomas was invited to be part of a plenary session at the 2013 American Sociological Association meetings. Tomas is currently an associate professor of sociology at Stanford University. His most recent work will appear in this year’s American Sociological Review. [Eds. Congratulations Tomas, job well done]

Gillian Bogart (Class of 2006) writes: “I hope you’re doing well. I had an excellent summer in Indonesia where I advanced my Indonesian language skills and did a small ethnographic project about factory labor and the local economy in Salatiga, Java. Now, I’m writing to you from Santa Cruz, where I have successfully made it through my first two weeks of graduate school in cultural anthropology!! Thank you for your support.” [Eds. Congratulation on making it to grad school and do keep in touch] Martha Njie (Class of 2010) writes: “I am currently pursuing a Masters in International Education at NYU. I am in my second semester, and working towards completing the program December 2014. First semester of grad school was quite challenging because I have been out of school for three years. The challenges I faced was mostly getting to the "meat of the matter". I have always loved writing, but I always left my readers wondering about certain issues I brought up, so I'm working really hard on improving that and learning that I have to be much more focused and specific. Being able to attend NYU is still a dream come true for me, and engaging in discussions

Natasha Patel (Class of 2013) writes: “I am currently working part-time at two start-ups, at one I am collecting/cleaning data files for them and in exchange learning java to expand my data analysis abilities and the other is a volunteer internship in San Francisco where I am in the business development department conducting some market research.” [Eds. This is a good news...keep up the hard work] Alejandra Ramirez (Class of 2013) writes: “I was in El Salvador this summer and I've just been offered a position with the non-profit organization, Pencils of Promise in Guatemala! I'm leaving by the end of the month but would love to stop by your office to catch up ... (Update after she landed in Guatemala) Just letting you know that I have made it safe to Guatemala :) It was a long long long 17+ hour journey, but I'm here and I am safe. I have met me supervisors, and other co-workers. Everyone is very friendly, and are definitely making me feel right at home. The town I'm in is called Quetzaltenango, it's beautiful. It's got a very antique/colonial feeling to it and the locals have been nothing but friendly so far. How are things back in Santa Clara? [Eds. Enjoy the work and be safe]


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