Class Notes | Obituaries
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Tanya Schmidt ’12 is the new New York chapter co-president of the SCU Alumni Association. An English major with minors in religious studies and classics, Tanya moved to New York after two seasons of professional volleyball in Europe for a Master of Arts program at NYU in English and American literature. She enjoys pick-up volleyball and volunteering with an after-school cooking program at a school in Brooklyn.
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.
Morgen Oswood ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Kansas City, Mo. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
Rachel O'Hanlon ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with St. Ignatius School, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
Elizabeth Nuss J.D. ’12, who was sworn in as a member of the California State Bar in November, joined Gaw Van Male, a law firm specializing in wealth preservation, business law, and related litigation in Napa.
Meghan Neville ’12 writes: "Living in Milwaukee."
Cynthia Martinez ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with Colegio Pan y Amor, in Managua, Nicaragua. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
Alumni Gustavo Magaña ’12, J.D. ’15 and Melanie Reyes ’12 were wed on Nov. 1, 2014. Alumni in attendance: Melissa Minato ’12, Albenis Curiel ’12, Iman Latif ’12, and Farhan Choudhury ’13. Current Law students in attendance: Diego Aviles J.D. ’15, Joseph Nave J.D. ’15, and Andrew Goetz J.D. ’15. The mass was presided by Father Michael Engh.
Claudette Linzey ’12 recently began working at Barney & Barney, LLC as the Digital Media Communications Associate, joining Scott Terrill ’13, her former classmate. She is living in the La Jolla area.
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!
Jenny Jin ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with Messmer Catholic Schools, in Milwaukee, Wis. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
Kristi Hockenson ’12, a Stryker endoscopy supplier quality engineer, was nominated for Employee of the Month within weeks of being hired, for her leadership in discovering and handling a potential health and safety concern for customers. She placed parts on shiphold, quarantined product, and implemented a course of action allowing Stryker to meet sales goals and clear back orders. Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies.
Holly Hanbury-Brown ’12 is now an associate editor at Discovery Girls Magazine! Thank you to Steven Saum for teaching me so much about publishing a quality magazine with high standards and a mission to better our world. Shoutouts to Chuck Barry, Clay Hamilton, and Russ Morris too! Long live Bucky!
Victoria (Watson) '12 and Steffen Hack '11 married on July 21, 2012, at the Mission Church. The ceremony was presided by Fr. Michael Engh, S.J. The wedding party included maid of honor Danielle Espinal '12, and bridesmaids Julia Hill-Wright '12 and Sarah Safir '12. Additional broncos in attendance were Whitney Nelson '12, Kortney Wynn '12, Jackie Winslow '10, Arthur Gallanter '12, Lena Gipson '11, Josh Fredkin '11, Amy Castello '15, Edward Sousa J.D. '84, and Mike Murphy '80. The newlywed couple is currently living in Santa Clara.
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.
Brienne Ghafourifar '12 made MOGUL's 35 Under 35 list of women for her work in tech and for being the youngest college grad to have raised $1 million in venture funding. The award recognizes women who have shown outstanding leadership and innovation. She is the co-founder of Entefy Inc., a Palo Alto tech startup focused on reinventing digital interactions and rewriting the code of communication.
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."
Charles Franz ’12, Greg Method ’12, and Keegan Wada ’12 won 2nd place in the ASME Innovation Showcase on June 2 with their design for improving the braking system of long trains. The team will be using their winnings to assemble a commercial-grade prototype for a 100+-car train.
Justine Folk '12 and Benjamin Williams '11 married on Sept. 15, 2012, in Rocklin, Calif. The wedding party included fellow Broncos Michael Kawamoto '11, Elizabeth Hatch '11, Sarah Esparza '10, and Bianca Frediani '12. The newlyweds are now living in Vacaville.
Claudia Flores '12 joined Congressman Mike Honda (D-Santa Clara) at the State of the Union Address in January. Flores is an immigration rights activist and Congressional fellow who was allowed to stay in the United States thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).