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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
GRD Leavey/MBA '12
Chang, Quyen (Le)
Chris Chang ’07 and Quyen (Le) Chang ’07, MBA ’12 married on Aug 30., 2014, in Maui, HI. The wedding party included Neha Sharma ’07, Gillian Rimicci ’07, Jenna O'Connor ’07, Jessica Kremer MBA ’12, Joanne Wang ’09, Martin Lewis ’09, Greg Moore ’08, Raymond Chiu ’08, and Mimi Pham ’16. The couple currently live in San Francisco.
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 10:30P
GRD Law '12
W. Martin Behn J.D. ’12 has joined Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh, LLP. Behn worked as an associate at a small boutique law firm in Palo Alto specializing in estate planning, estate and trust administration and probate, and charitable planning, according to a news release. He will work in the trusts and estates practice of the San Luis Obispo firm.
Behn grew up in San Luis Obispo. Between undergrad and law school, Behn was a law clerk at Société Générale Finance Equipment in Wuppertal, Germany, as well as a summer law clerk at Boehmert & Boehmert in Munich, Germany.
submitted Aug. 4, 2014 5:57A
Satre Meloy, Aven
Aven P. Satre Meloy '13 is among this year's list of 32 Rhodes scholars. The Rhodes Scholarship will enable Satre Meloy to pursue a master of philosophy in geography and the environment at Oxford University in England. He has been interning in the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change.
“The Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious honor recognized world-wide, and we are very proud for Aven,” said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “His commitment to ethics, leadership and social justice personify Jesuit ideals."
Satre Meloy majored in Political Science and Environmental Science with a minor in International Studies at SCU. While at SCU, he won the Nobili Award in 2013, worked with the Center for Sustainability and became a Hackworth Fellow for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics where he worked on issues of academic integrity. He also worked with One in Four, a sexual assault prevention peer education group.
“Aven represents the very best of the Jesuit ideal of a person for others. He is smart, generous and committed to justice for the human and natural world. I know I speak for many at Santa Clara when I say I could not be happier for a talented young man,” said David DeCosse, director of the Campus Ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Satre Meloy received a Fulbright grant to teach American culture to university students in Turkey, and conduct research on Turkish peoples' experiences as Muslims living in secular, democratic state. He had previously studied in Turkey as part of the Leavey School of Business Global Fellows Program.
submitted Nov. 24, 2014 9:31P
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
Josh Ronen ’13 is currently completing his second year of medical school at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) on the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. By next summer he is on pace to start his third year as a physician-in-training, composed of clinical rotations at a RUSM-affiliate hospital location in California.
submitted Jul. 22, 2014 3:17P
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '13
The Reno Bighorns acquired eight players in the NBA Development League Draft, including Kevin Foster ’13 in the fourth round. Six-foot-two Foster played for Santa Clara from 2008 to 2013 and made 431 3-point field goals, tied for the fourth-most all-time in NCAA Division I history.
submitted Nov. 7, 2014 1:56P
GRD Leavey/MBA '13
Cumming, Evangeline (Maynard)
Evangeline "Vangie" Maynard Cumming ’96, MBA ’13 married Stephen Ballard Cumming in a beautiful ceremony in Palos Verdes, Calif. Alumni in attendance included her brothers, Paul Maynard ’89 and Ryan Maynard ’91, and friends Valeri Yee ’96, Christy Duncan-Anderson ’96, Dawn McIntosh M.S. ’10, and Sonya Duffin ’98.
submitted Dec. 7, 2014 2:37P
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 Arts & Sciences '14
Amanda Weiler '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at Windy City Habitat for Humanity, in Chicago, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.
submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:59P
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Naomi Villalpando '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at Part of the Solution (POTS), in Harlem, New York, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.
submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:56P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Dominique Troy '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at My Friend's Place, in Los Angeles, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.
submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:53P
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
UGRD Engineering '14
Gina Stroud ’14, of Los Alamos, graduated magnum cum laude and completed the University’s Honors Program. She was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society. Stroud will begin her first year at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
submitted Jul. 21, 2014 9:09A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Meghan Shoven ’14 is Santa Clara's new assistant director, Donor Relations. In this role, Meghan will be responsible for enhancing our donor recognition programs at SCU, from creating a new program this fiscal year to recognize loyal donors to developing the structure and benefits of the President's Club, assisting the Planned Giving Team with the Bergin Society, and, longer-term, revitalizing our Founders and Nobili Societies. Meghan will also coordinate donor recognition for capital construction projects, working collaboratively with University Operations.
Most recent, Meghan has been working with the American Cancer Society as a Senior Manager for Relay for Life and Distinguished Events Specialist. She has been responsible for orchestrating Laureate Society donor events, creating a corporate-based Silicon Valley Gala, and managing five successful volunteer-driven non-profit fundraising events in the Bay Area. Previously, Meghan was part of a team at Stanford responsible for developing and coordinating all aspects of training and professional development programs for the Office of Development.
submitted Oct. 22, 2014 8:26A
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