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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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stepanus Widjaja ’14 writes, "Got a job offer at Lumenous Device Technologies in Sunnyvale, providing high-precision medical device fabrication services."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.