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  • Inside this issue:

    Letter from the Chair 2

    Field schools/Welcome Dr.

    Laura Hauff 3

    Faculty Notes 4-6

    Deans List/Anth Banquet 6

    Faculty Publications 7

    Student Field notes 8

    Alumni Reflections/Mailbag 9-10

    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 Ass from the 1790s to the 1830s. The crew in-

    cluded eight visiting students from across the country, as

    well as three SCU Anthropology majors: Helga Afa-

    ghani, Whitney Miller, and

    Cameron Waggoner (all Class

    of 2013). Recent SCU Anthro-

    pology 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 associ-

    ated with the barracks, and a deep pit dating to

    the mission period that contained several hun-

    dred shell beads, among other interesting finds.

    Not surprisingly, given that they were excavat-

    ing 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


    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 suc-

    cess. Remarked Helga Afaghani, Getting up early to

    spend eight hours in a dirt hole doesn't sound very excit-

    ing, 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 respec-

    tively. 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


    The Anthropologist Focus on Field Schools

    Santa C l ara

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  • All of our faculty members continue to be extremely ac-tive in both their campus and scholarly activities. Dr. Luis Calero continues his dedication to the Jesuit goal of edu-cating 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 Gul-lette 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 hu-manly possible with regard to teaching, campus archaeolo-gy, research, and campus leadership. Dr. Lee Panich began a new SCU archaeology field course during the summer (front page) while continuing research using archaeologi-

    cal data and oral histories in Baja California, Mexico.

    The 2012 Anthropology and Sociology Research Confer-ence was the highlight of the spring quarter! We invited Dr. Agustn 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 mov-ies on the side) outside of our jobs. The conference fea-tured 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 ( Please update us with your information so that we can feature you in future


    Best wishes for a Happy New Year,


    Michelle Bezanson

    Associate Professor & Department 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 de-stroyed SCU Anthropology. We have many exciting things to discuss so I will try to keep this as concise as possible. First, a big double CON-GRATULATIONS 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 de-partment for the past six years (a disproportionately lengthy term), her continued dedication to teaching and student suc-cess, and her commitment to campus, local, and world archae-ology. Second, she received the University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship. This is awarded to one SCU fac-ulty 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 demon-strates 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 Lisas com-

    mitment 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. Lor-na was honored for her engaged research, excellence in teach-ing, 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 biocul-tural anthropologist to the department. Our very popular in-structors, 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


    Sadly, this academic year marks the retirement of Dr. George Westermark. Dr. Westermark was committed to SCU Anthro-pology for the past 32 years and led the department to becom-ing a free-standing major with a large cohort of dedicated stu-dents and faculty. He is an active scholar and contributor and has been widely cited in the anthropology of law, conflict reso-lution and colonialism with publications in Ethnology, Ocean-ia, 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 Emeri-tus at Santa Clara University, a well-deserved honor. His re-tirement will likely involve traveling with his wife Kimberly,

    The Ashland Shakespearean Festival, hiking, and fishing.

    Letter from the Chair The Anthropologist Page 2

  • During second summer session 2012, Michelle Bezanson taught the Primate Be-havioral Ecology and Environmen-tal 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 sub-mitted 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, Modestos 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 pre-senting 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 behav-ior and seed dispersal experiment of Alouatta palliate in the neotrop-ics of Costa Rica.

    Gate, Gregory (Bioengineering, 2014): Examining butterfly popula-tions 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.