Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 2000s
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Lauren Renfort ’03 married Chris Alberts on June 18, 2011, at Cordevalle Resort in San Martin, Calif. Also in attendance were fellow SCU alums Hadyn Renfort ’07 (Groomsman), Lane Renfort ’12 (Groomsman), Barbara (Dieckman) Orellana '03 (Bridesmaid), Janice (Yee) Swearingen ’03, M.A. ’06 (Bridesmaid), Julie Angelo ’09 (Bridesmaid), Christian Pfrommer ’03, Michael Maclaren ’03, Heather (Stark) Rainusso ’03, Lindsay Gray ’12, Jason Mueller ’07, Adam Suleman ’07, Andrew Swearingen ’03, M.S. '07, and Carlos Orellana ’01.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Nicki (Pichel) Nabasny ’03 writes that she and Mike Nabasny '03 moved to Chicago in July 2011. Nicki is currently the director of external relations at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Mike is director of sales, Midwest at Wildfire, a division of Google. They have a daughter, Mia, born Dec. 30, 2011, and are expecting their second child in August 2013.
Michelle Cwirko-Godycki '03 is the new associate director, Marketing & Communications for Alumni Relations. In this role, Michelle will oversee all marketing, communications, social media, and career networking strategies for Alumni Association programs, events and services.
Former NCAA All-American and two-time Major League Soccer (MLS) Champion Ryan Cochrane ’03 has been named assistant men's soccer coach at Santa Clara. Cochrane capped off an outstanding collegiate career at SCU by helping the Broncos reach the 2003 NCAA College Cup Final Four. He went on to enjoy nine-years playing professional soccer, which included winning a pair of MLS titles with the Houston Dynamo.
"There is no doubt Ryan is going to help this program grow and become better," said Santa Clara men's soccer head coach and Bronco Hall of Famer Cameron Rast. "First and foremost, his background as a player is exceptional. He just finished up his professional career and was already transitioning into coaching, so it's a natural fit."
A native of Portland, Ore., Cochrane became one of the most accomplished players in school history during his three years on SCU's Mission Campus (2001-03). Cochrane started every game he was available for, serving as the team's central defender. He earned Soccer America Freshman All-America honors in 2001 and All-America Honorable Mention recognition in 2002.
In 2003, Cochrane anchored a Bronco defense that posted 12 shutouts, went 16-4-4, won the West Coast Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA College Cup Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. He was named an NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-American in 2003 and a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
More recent, during his last two years playing professionally, Cochrane served as an assistant coach at the collegiate level with San Antonio's Trinity University in 2012 and at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. in 2011.
Steve Braccini '99, J.D. '03 and his wife, Teresa, welcomed their first child into the world on March 20, 2012, a son—Angelo Antonio Braccini. The family resides in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Steve is a trust and estate litigator with Hopkins & Carley, APLC in the firm's San Jose and Palo Alto offices.
Stephanie (Flint) Shaire '04, husband Michael Shaire and big brother Elliot welcomed baby Ethan on March 15, 2013. The family lives in Charlotte, NC.
Evan McLean '05 and Kristen (Harada) McLean '04 welcomed a baby boy, Cooper, on April 12, 2013. The family lives in San Jose.
In 2012 James Hatcher MBA '04 established consulting firm Core Strategies Co. Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand and resides there. Core Strategies provides consulting services to clients with business in the Middle East and Asia.
Ron Hansen M.A. ’95, M.Div. ’04 is this year’s recipient of the Evil Companions Award, which honors a writer who hails from the West or writes about it. Hansen is an Omaha native who teaches literature at Santa Clara University. He has earned numerous honors in his four decades as a novelist, essayist and short-story writer, including the status of creating one of the longer and more intriguing titles in contemporary fiction: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Meghan (Hanratty) Green '04 and Tyler Green '04 welcomed their second child, Nora Elizabeth, on March 20, 2013. She joins big brother Gavin. They live in Seattle, WA.
Michael Baranick '04 and Erin (Rieger) Baranick '04 welcomed their first child, Nolan James, on Oct. 4, 2012. The family lives in Seattle.
Timothy Reed J.D. '05 and I-Lan Emily Lin welcomed their first child, Gavin Weixiang Reed, on Sept. 9, 2012.
Angelina Ramos ’05, a former pop music star, now teaches a leadership class at ACE Charter High School in San Jose, Calif. From Union City, Ramos decided to leave the glamorous life of a singer after fifteen years to return to her roots in the Bay Area. Read more here.
Ned Matthews '05, Kristin Matthews '06, and their son Connor (2 years old) welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Sophia Claire, on April 10, 2013. The family lives in Santa Clara.
Beth Simas '05, daughter of Ted '70 and Rita Simas, married Matthew Marcinek on February 16, 2013 in Sacramento, California. In attendance were over 20 Broncos from the classes of '70, '04, and '05. The couple currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Daisy Huang M.S. ’05 writes, "Greetings from Fairbanks, Alaska! March is almost drawing to a close, but I am watching snow fall outside my window. I have just completed my PhD in mechanical engineering and applied physics. Best wishes to the Bronco family! I am attaching a photo of a yearling moose that has just destroyed my bird feeder."
Rebecca (Regan) Freeman '05 and Peter Freeman were married in Golden, Colo., on Sept. 22, 2012.
Kevin Collins J.D. ’05, after five years of prosecuting drunk-in-public and DUI jury trials in San Mateo County, has been assigned to the General Felony trial team, where he specializes in small amounts of narcotics and is assigned to the Minor Vendor Unit.
Rev. Robert Ballecer M.Div. ’05, who is known as the Digital Jesuit because of his knowledge of technology and his high profile online and on social media networks, was profiled in the San Jose Mercury News on Nov. 30.
Recently Ballecer was named director of the Center for Apostolic Technology, and for the last three years, he has served in Washington, D.C., as the director of national vocation promotion, overseeing the Jesuits' efforts to encourage young men to consider the priesthood.
Lindsey Hart ’06 and Jonathan Saxon on Oct. 27, 2012. The wedding party included SCU alumni Katie Reedy ’06, Kendall Craver ’06, Claire Bickenbach ’06, and Chrissie (Moreno) Smith ’05. Also in attendance were Maggie (Kaufman) Coffey ’07, Marisa (Randazzo) Fillmon ’06, Drew Gulick ’06, Francesca (Zanfini) Koscielak ’06, Brian Koscielak ’06, Varant Ovanessoff ’06, Alex Rhodes ’06, Blake Twisselman ’05, and Michael Vincent ’06. The couple lives in Chicago, Ill.