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UGRD Arts & Sciences '09
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Kristina Arntz ’09 is currently attending Vanderbilt University working on an MBA in Healthcare. She has been happily dating Derek Brown '09 for the past 5 years.
submitted Apr. 4, 2014 4:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '10
Nelson, Emily (Moellentine)
Emily Moellentine ’10 and Alex Nelson ’10 were married on Oct. 26, 2013 in Carmel, Calif.
submitted Feb. 7, 2014 1:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '10
Lindsay Bruce ’10 made appearances on this season's NBC reality show The Voice.
Her early accomplishments helped set her on a path that led to an appearance on “The Voice,” but it was a long, sometimes difficult journey. At 13, the Santa Rosa native wrote a book and a song about having lost her uncle on 9/11. In high school, she became an international model and local celebrity. All along, though, she wanted to write and sing her own songs, so after graduating from Santa Clara University, Bruce headed to Nashville to pursue the one dream that still eluded her.
But for Bruce, the journey was a humbling experience. She was a struggling songwriter in a town where everybody is a struggling songwriter. For five years, Bruce developed her craft, learned what she could and performed in nearly empty halls. Always optimistic, though, she pressed on. A break came after three years in Nashville and at the very moment she was thinking of giving up on Music City once and for all.
“It was kind of a perfect storm of bad things,” said the 25-year-old who made it onto one of the celebrity team's on The Voice, where singers compete for a recording contract. “My landlord was selling the house, my roommate was moving, the production contract I had was expiring and my job ended. I was basically getting ready to move back home.”
In one of the crazier turns of her young life, she ended up auditioning for “The Voice” coaches on TV in front of thousands of people. Her journey to that point made her feel that she had nothing to lose.
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:51A
Akins Jr., Thomas
Thomas Akins Jr. ’10 came up with the idea for the mobile app called podStatus, a music player that takes a stab at music discovery for frequent Instagram users (and other social networks) who have songs on their iPhone to share music for friends to listen and discover. He writes that no other app brings this level of music discovery to Instagram where users can actually listen to the music. It also has an algorithm that only makes music suggestions based on what users already have in their music library and are listening to right in that moment.
submitted May. 4, 2014 2:12P
Jeffrey Adams '10 is back in the Bay Area after receiving his masters of fine arts from the New School for Drama in New York City. He's starring as the Prince in San Francisco Playhouse's production of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical which has a big-screen, Disney version in the works. It runs through Sept. 6.
Coincidentally, the Cinderella to Adams' Prince is Monique Hafen '10, one of his classmates in Santa Clara's theater arts program.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:58P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Lauren Silk '11 was accepted to all eight graduate schools that she applied to. She has chosen to attend the University of Colorado--Boulder for her degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
submitted May. 13, 2014 9:49A
UGRD Leavey Business '11
Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."
submitted Jul. 9, 2014 6:30P
Maria Valle ’12 facilitated San Jose's second annual leadership conference for young women in the spring. The theme was "Strong Girls, Strong Women."
About 260 high school girls, their mothers, and grandmothers attended the conference at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Organized by the American Association of University Women and the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy, the meeting featured a series of panel discussions on economic, educational, and health equity for women—as well as discussions on crime and violence.
The week before the conference, Valle had taken a group of Andrew Hill students to Sacramento to lobby for health care for all and funding for schools. Valle is a secretary at Our Lady of Grace Nativity School.
submitted May. 4, 2014 2:43P
Marc Trasolini ’12 began what appears to be an extremely promising career this year in Italy, where he started all year for Pesaro in the top division of the Italian Basketball League, and had, by all accounts, an outstanding first year making the transition from NCAA to the professional ranks.
“I had a really good year I think, based on moving to a different country and adapting to playing professionally,” said Trasolini. “I had very good numbers (10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds/game) for a rookie, and I have an option on my contract to return to Pesaro next season. But there’s a tremendous amount of movement in Europe with players moving all the time, and my agent is just seeing what’s out there.”
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 12:10P
Both Dana Knudsen ’12 and Tanya Schmidt ’12 who played volleyball for the Broncos are now playing professionally in Europe. Dana in Murcia, Spain and Tanya in Germany. Thanks to SCU for giving both girls the opportunities and growth to reach to a higher level. Go Broncos!
submitted Jan. 31, 2014 11:49A
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Brienne Ghafourifar ’12, the youngest college graduate at age 17 to raise $1 million in venture funding for her business, Entefy, is among four women chronicled in the upcoming documentary film She Started It, about women entrepreneurs.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Bianca Frediani ’12 is co-owner of Bed Bandits, a company that makes and sells fire-retardant, hypoallergenic mattress toppers. For every three sold, a fourth is donated to a local shelter. It's a business model driven by compassion. "My dad was an Oakland firefighter for over 30 years," she told the Contra Costa Times, "running into fires to literally save people." She wants to make a difference. "I hope someday -- if this (company) becomes a big thing, that we can go to Third World countries and donate these mattress toppers to people who don't have beds."
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:28P
Jaime Saavedra J.D. '13 joined the San Francisco office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Saavedra joins the firm as an associate with the Patent Team in the internationally recognized Intellectual Property Department.
Dr. Saavedra focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, due diligence, licensing, and other intellectual property issues related to matters in the health and life sciences.
Before becoming an associate, Dr. Saavedra worked as a law clerk and as a summer associate in 2013 with the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he was a graduate researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he developed new and environmentally friendly methods of reducing a variety of functional groups including nitrile, halide and carbonyl functionalities. Dr. Saavedra has authored and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at several scientific conferences.
Previously, Dr. Saavedra was legal intern in the Munich office of a German intellectual property law firm during the summer of 2012 where he performed legal and organizational tasks in patent litigation, including European and U.S. patent search and interpretation of high technology, chemical and materials patents, as well as research on the proposed European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. During law school, Dr. Saavedra was a Research Editor of the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal and focused his studies on intellectual property law and related fields.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:20P
Former LEAD scholar at SCU Roberto Ramos ’13 has received a full-ride, merit-based scholarship to attend the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA—a very rare honor. Called the Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship, it pays full tuition for four years for at least 16 students. Recipients also receive special access to faculty and a research stipend of $5,000, among other benefits. LOT scholars are selected for one of two tracks—Research or Service to Underserved Communities.
submitted May. 22, 2014 10:35A
Julianne Parayo '13 has won a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to teach English in Poland for 2014–15. She plans to use her English and Music training to explore her capacity for teaching English in a new environment and to participate in a powerful and artistic cross-cultural exchange. She chose Poland to explore its deep regard for both tradition and progress and to investigate how cross-generational dynamics transform a nation's culture.
submitted May. 13, 2014 9:44A
Saayeli Mukherji '13, received a Fulbright fellowship to study at the Duisenberg School of Finance in The Netherlands to integrate ethics and business. She will dive deeply into international legal and financial regulations that help prevent global ethics catastrophes such as the 2008 Financial Crisis. Additionally, she plans to start an open forum on business ethics with contributions from Silicon Valley and Dutch professionals that will serve as a resource for future business leaders.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:15P
Alyson Maureen McNamara J.D. '13 and Alexander Edward Cunny J.D. '13 are thrilled to announce their engagement to be married on Aug. 30, 2014, at the Dove Canyon Country Club in Dove Canyon, Calif.
Alyson is the daughter of James and Beverly McNamara of Coto de Caza, Calif. She graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in 2004. Alyson attended Chapman University in Southern California earning her bachelor’s degree in economics in 2009, and she graduated from Santa Clara University in 2013 earning her law degree. She is employed as an attorney at the law firm of Gauntlett and Associates in Irvine, Calif.
Alex is the son of Michael and Kathleen Cunny of Napa. Alex is a 2006 graduate of Napa High School. Alex attended Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo earning his bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in pre-law in 2010, and he earned his law degree from Santa Clara University in 2013. He is employed as an attorney at the law firm of Stewart, Manly and Finaldi in Irvine, Calif.
submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:23A
Former SCU goalkeeper Larry Jackson '13 signed to work as a goalkeeper for the MLS's New England Revolution. Jackson, a native of East Palo Alto, was named the 2012 West Coast Conference Goalie of the Year at Santa Clara and to the 2012 Continental Tires NSCAA All-Far West Region Third Team.
Jackson stayed the course to make an MLS roster, playing the preseason with Chivas USA and also playing some last year with Colorado Rapids as their third goalkeeper.
"We have been working very hard over the last year to help Larry maintain his sharpness," said Bronco associate head coach Eric Yamamoto. "We have continued to keep the door open for Larry by getting him to trainings and tryouts all over the United States and in Europe. He is a great example of how many of our players excel in the game and in life, by persistence, hard work and continued belief in their talent. Larry is a huge talent and has the potential to play the game at the highest of levels. This step for him is just the next rung in the ladder to get him to be a regular first team player at a top professional league."
His senior year, Jackson played and started in 18 of SCU's 19 games, posting an 8-2-1 record in league play. He led the WCC with a 0.70 goals against average and six shutouts in league play in 2012. Logging nearly 1,700 minutes, he had 60 saves his senior year and led the team to an 11-5-1 record with seven shutouts.
submitted Apr. 24, 2014 10:11A
Rachel Wilmoth ’14 has been selected as a Fulbright fellowship alternate. If funded, Rachel’s project will be research into the mechanical and structural properties of sea urchin teeth on the nano-scale to understand their self-sharpening technique. Tests available at the Nanomechanical Research Lab at the University of Auckland in New Zealand will allow Rachel to investigate ways to replicate self-sharpening on the macro-scale to improve the sharpness of tools such as knives or drill bits.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:26P
UGRD Engineering '14
Stepanus Widjaja ’14 writes, "Got a job offer at Lumenous Device Technologies in Sunnyvale, providing high-precision medical device fabrication services."
submitted Jun. 18, 2014 10:13P
UGRD Engineering '14
Lia Vosti ’14 was recently profiled in the St. Helena Star. Vosti plans to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota, a hub for biomedical device companies, and work in the biotech industry. She says that one of her most cherished memories at SCU was being part of the swim team. "While my degree in bioengineering can summarize, to some extent, what I have learned in the classroom," she says, "there is no way to quantify what I have learned from my relationships, travels, independence, and so much more these past four years."
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 3:13P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
Derek Vo, S.J., M.Div. '14 has been ordained a Jesuit priest. Vo, one of 10 siblings, grew up in Vietnam. At 21, seeking to flee the hopelessness of his war-ravaged homeland, he left Vietnam in search of economic opportunity. His quest for a new life took a detour when the boat he was on broke down and he wound up in a refugee camp in Thailand, where he spent the next three years. Arriving in America in 1988, Vo joined family in Oklahoma and enrolled in college, earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Oklahoma in 1994. After several years working in computer science, he took a new job just outside Dallas, where he joined a Christian Life Community and was exposed for the first time to Ignatian spirituality. Although Vo had considered a vocation to the priesthood when he was young, the events of September 11, 2001, had a profound effect on him. As he watched the Twin Towers fall and feared a similar attack against his hometown, Vo resolved to live a more meaningful life by serving God. After several years of spiritual direction, he joined the Jesuits in 2003. Following the novitiate, Vo was missioned to Saint Louis University for philosophy studies. For his three-year regency assignment, he taught math and computer science at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, while also supervising the school’s photography club. His formation has included three trips back to Vietnam to teach English and philosophy, work with the poor and offer retreats. For the last three years, Vo has been studying at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while also serving as a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison. The work at San Quentin was particularly gratifying because it allowed him to encounter “Christ the prisoner” in the men who help him strip away judgment, prejudice and fear to discover gentle forgiveness. Following ordination, he hopes to work in pastoral ministries.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:07A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
In June, Eric Sundrup, S.J., M.Div. ’14 was ordained a Jesuit priest at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee by the Most Reverend Richard Sklba, DD, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Milwaukee. A Cincinnati native, Father Sundrup's first experience of Ignatian contemplation and prayer during a high school retreat led him to discern a vocation as a Jesuit priest. While earning his bachelor’s degree in biology, Fr. Sundrup fostered his love for ministry through various university service groups. Following his graduation in 2003, Fr. Sundrup entered the Jesuits and quickly discovered a love of Spanish language and culture during a summer trip to Peru. During his Jesuit formation, Fr. Sundrup earned master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 2008. He was then missioned to the Instituto de Idiomas de Maryknoll in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for four months of intensive Spanish study, followed by a six-month teaching assignment at Colegio Miguel Pro in Tacna, Peru.
Missioned next to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Fr. Sundrup taught biology and also served as a college counselor. For the past three years, he has been studying at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Raymond’s, a bilingual parish in Dublin, California.
One of the highlights of Fr. Sundrup’s Jesuit formation has been his work on The Jesuit Post, a website he co-founded in 2012 to explore the intersection of faith and culture for a young adult audience. The Jesuit Post’s first book of essays was published this year by Orbis Books. Following ordination, Fr. Sundrup will be missioned to St. Mary Student Parish at the University
of Michigan. “As I pack up to head to Ann Arbor, I’ve been looking back over my old photo files of many different places, people, and works,” he says. “Looking into people’s faces, I can’t help but feel intense gratitude for the countless men and women who have made my vocation and ordination possible. I am so thankful for the people who have supported and challenged me, the good friends who have laughed and cried with me. As I’ve learned over and over, God always goes above and beyond. All those faces provide a concrete witness to the diverse community that makes up the Church I have been called to serve. This wonderful, holy, crazy communion of witnesses will be in my daily prayers. It will be an amazing privilege to serve the people of God as a Jesuit priest.”
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 8:38A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
In June, John Shea, S.J., M.Div. '14 was ordained a Jesuit priest at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee by the Most Reverend Richard Sklba, DD, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Milwaukee. A native of Willowick, a suburb of Cleveland, Father Shea developed an appreciation for the Jesuits, particularly through an eight-day silent retreat in his senior year of college. He went on to earn a doctorate in evolutionary biology at The Ohio State University, where he was active in the school’s Newman Center and discerned a vocation to the Jesuits. Three days after handing in his dissertation in 2003, Fr. Shea entered the Society of Jesus. As a novice, he worked with Catholic Charities serving refugee families in San Jose, California. He was next missioned to Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in applied philosophy. For his three-year regency assignment, Fr. Shea taught biology and conducted parasitological research at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. At the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, Fr. Shea earned a Master of Divinity degree. He also served as a deacon at the Newman Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a member of the ministerial team at the Apostleship of the Sea, a Catholic ministry operated out of the Port of Oakland, one of the nation’s busiest ports.
In an expression of gratitude on the occasion of his ordination, Fr Shea writes: “I’m most grateful for the many relationships that have formed me as a Jesuit priest. I’m grateful for my parents who first taught me how to love, especially to my mother who modeled compassion. I’m grateful for my brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and godparents who showed me how to give and receive love in good times and in bad. I’m grateful
for my many friends who have journeyed with me at my best and at my worst. I’m grateful for my teachers who inspired me to follow my passions, especially in biology. I’m grateful for my ministry with refugee families, seafarers, inner-city high school students and so many others. I’m grateful for my students who have shaped me into a better teacher. I’m grateful for God’s Creation where I find deep peace and joy. I’m grateful for the Jesuits who showed me how to pray, finding God in all things, from gelato to parasites to Doctor Who. I’m grateful for my Jesuit brothers who have given me their love, companionship and support. Finally, I’m grateful to God whose overwhelming generosity continues to fill my heart with grace and love.”
After ordination, Fr. Shea will spend the summer at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Rapid City, South Dakota, before heading to Omaha, Nebraska, to begin a teaching position this fall at Creighton University.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 8:50A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
Christopher J. Schroeder, S.J., M.Div. '14, 32, has been ordained a Jesuit priest. This summer, he will serve at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize before returning in the fall to Berkeley to finish his Licentiate in Sacred Theology.
He is the nephew of a Jesuit brother and two diocesan priests, and was born and raised in St. Louis. A product of Catholic education, he attended his local parish grammar school and De Smet Jesuit High School, where he came to know and appreciate Jesuits as teachers, mentors and friends. The Jesuits at De Smet were some of the happiest, most successful people he knew, so after graduating from high school in 2000, Schroeder headed to Saint Louis University, where he started actively discerning his call to the priesthood. Recognizing very early that his call to the Society of Jesus was so strong that he didn’t want to wait a moment longer, Schroeder left college after finishing his sophomore year and entered the Jesuits in 2002. After two years at the Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota, he returned to Saint Louis University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and humanities and, later, a master’s degree in philosophy. During this time, he also spent five months in El Salvador for intensive Spanish language study and to work for Fe y Alegría, a Jesuit network offering education, training programs and development services primarily in Latin America. It was an unforgettable and soul-nourishing experience. For his three-year regency assignment, Schroeder taught theology at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, where he also directed the school’s Kairos retreat program. Missioned next to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, Schroeder earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at San Quentin State Prison. The experience of providing spiritual direction to incarcerated men has been transformative, he says, and has helped fortify his own spiritual life.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 8:58A