Class Notes | Obituaries
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Christopher Freeburg '11 is currently serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Ashland, Mont., at the St. Labre Catholic Indian School. Ashland is a small town of 500 people in the SE corner of the state. 95 percent of the students who attend St. Labre are from the nearby Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations and 78 of those students live in the dorms. Freeburg's workday starts after school with study hall. He writes: "I spend most of my time acting as a mentor and positive influence on these kids' lives, many of whom come from broken homes where they may experience verbal or physical abuse and witness substance and alcohol use on a regular basis. The rest of my time is spent immersed in the community, attending school functions, and learning about the history and culture (including attending sweats and pow-wows) of the local Native peoples."
Michael K. Foy ’11 has joined the law firm of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball LLP as associate attorney. Foy earned a political science degree at Loyola Marymount University in 2008 then went on to earn his law degree at Santa Clara University School of Law in 2011. He works in the firm’s business and commercial litigation department.
Kyle Fitzsimmons '11 is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Philadelphia, Penn., at Ready, Willing & Able.
Jackie (Goodall) Ellwood ’11, former marketing and musical theatre student, leader of Supertonic!, Pit Band member and jazz enthusiast, married her high school sweetheart, Ryan Ellwood, in February 2012.
Julie Connelly ’11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She works at The Harry Tompson Center, which provide day to day needs for the homelessness population such as: showers, phones, lunches, toiletries, laundry machines, and—most importantly—human interaction in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rev. Seong-uk Choi STD ’11 writes: “I am teaching a Special Ethics course including sexual ethics and professional ethics at the Catholic University of Pusan Theological College. I am so happy to share my experiences at JST with Korean seminarians.”
Antonio Castro '11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Tucson Community Food Bank in Tucson, Arizona.
Emily Burke ’11 is in her first year as the volunteer coach with the Bronco volleyball team, working primarily on camp and office work. She also works with practice planning. In the past year Emily coached at Archbishop Mitty High School as the JV head coach as well as coached club for Vision Volleyball club. She has worked at the Santa Clara summer camps for the past four years.
Pravin Boddu MBA ’11 published a satire on India, Drifting Democracy—India: from a Common Man's Perspective, which is available via Amazon CreateSpace.
Jennifer (Cooke) Bauer ’01, MBA ’11 married Jeffrey Bauer MBA ’11 on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Burlingame, Calif. Cindy (Barrango) Rodondi ’01 served as a bridesmaid. Many SCU undergraduates and MBA graduates were in attendance from the classes of ’01 and ’11 respectively. The happy couple lives in San Jose, Calif.
Dru Atkison '11 writes, "Working hard in the big apple!"
Kandace Arens '11 serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Wintonia, in Seattle, Wash.
Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."
Reena Aboumrad '11 married Tony Driver '11 at Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz, CA on June 29, 2013. The two met during Winter Quarter '10 in Professor O'Brien's Accounting 130 course.
Kristina Marie Woodcock ’12 has accepted a position teaching English in Nice, France.
Maria Valle ’12 facilitated San Jose's second annual leadership conference for young women in the spring. The theme was "Strong Girls, Strong Women."
Ana Maria Valdes ’12 and Mark Spain ’13 were married on June 7, 2014, at the Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The couple met at SCU freshmen orientation and began dating their senior year. Other Broncos in attendance included bridesmaids Jessica Campbell ’11 and Marlynn Spain ’10, and groomsmen Anthony Sagariballa ’12, Dong Seon Min ’14, and David Sippel ’13. The couple resides in Seattle, Wash.
Alessandra Czamanski Silva M.A., MFT ’12 writes, "Dear Psy fellows, I recently moved to Texas! I cannot believe that I left California, but life changes directions and we don't always know why. I am trusting the way and so far I am happy with what I have encountered in Austin. I really hope to find as good professionals as the ones I had the privilege to meet during grad school at SCU!"
Nathan Rogers ’12 presented the valedictory remarks at the 2012 SCU commencement ceremony. You can watch the video here.
In May, Daniel Peng ’12 received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.
Starting in September, he will be stationed at a clinic in Hangzhou a city of about 6 million in the eastern portion of China.
His research grant proposal targets Type 2 diabetes, which is far more prevalent, but less understood than Type 1 diabetes. Together, the two forms of the disease affect about 29 million Americans. During his time in Hangzhou, he’ll be interacting with patients and clinicians to affect change.
“In terms of the research I’m conducting, this is not hard science,” he said. “It’s more of a public health project.”
Simple changes, Peng noted, can reduce the rates of diabetes. People can often create and maintain better health by eating more fruits and vegetables, and fewer high-fat foods and simple carbohydrates like white rice and potatoes. Another important factor, Peng said, is getting patients to understand and care about dietary restrictions.
Educating others comprises about half of his duties in China. He’s also going to be working to create a patient database that will help doctors understand the long-term affects of treatment.
Prior to his current job, Peng spent time working with diabetics of all ages at the Stanford University School of Medicine and at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.