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Erik McAdams '14 has been selected as Fulbright fellowship alternate. If funded, Erik's project will address rural poverty in earthquake-prone Ecuador by analyzing the structural characteristics of houses in remote villages. He has been an active team leader for an engineering project in Uganda on solar panels and very involved in SCU's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, where he helped design a water distribution grid for a rural town in Honduras.
Judith Martinez ’14 launched her organization's first #CatalyzeCourage Summit, in March, for her brainchild InHerShoes. A registered 501(c)3 startup-nonprofit, InHerShoes is committed to catalyzing courage for young girls and women around the world to live lives of empowerment, exploration, and possibility. Posing the question: What would you do if you were 1% more courageous?, the organization brings together professional women with breakthrough performance who are changing the game in typically considered unconventional fields, and high school girls from modest means, and creates for them a day filled with wonder and endless possibilities at each Summit. The summit, which took place in Santa Monica, had more than 100 girls in attendance, represented five high schools in the Greater LA area, and 14 speakers.
Post-summit, InHerShoes has awarded five high school girls scholarships to become the first class of Catalyst Scholars. To become a scholar, applicants submitted a one-sentence idea to #CatalyzeCourage at their high school. Catalyst Scholar recipients receive mentorship from the InHerShoes team, as well as mentors in the field of their interest to create community projects that catalyze courage for their local community.
April Long '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, an organization based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), HIV Services, in Portland, Oregon, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.
Natalie Lays ’14, has won a Fulbright fellowship to be an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil, where her passion for other cultures and interest in global medicine will enrich the new experiences as a teaching assistant. After interning for five weeks in Brazil this past summer, Natalie was inspired by the dynamic culture and forward-looking mentality of the Brazilians she worked alongside. She anticipates that the Fulbright experience will help her pursue her vocation.
Melanie Lara '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 Akoyikoyi School, in Chuuk, Micronesia, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.
Kristine Kurtz '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, an organization based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at YMCA of Grays Harbor, in Grays Harbor, Washington, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.
Claire Kunkle ’14 is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Award. Claire, who was trained in the lab of Dr. Hohyun Lee in the SCU Department of Mechanical Engineering, will be attending UC Berkeley in Fall 2014 to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Energy and Thermal Science. She is interested in designing energy systems to benefit developing nations and hopes to use the fellowship to participate in local and international research. Ultimately, Claire wants to use her Ph.D. in academia as a professor and inspire future engineers towards their dreams.
Michael Howles-Banerji ’14 writes, "I got married in October 2014. We moved to Redmond, Washington, in January 2015 for my new job as a software development engineer for Microsoft."
Thomas Hessler ’14 has moved to Buffalo, New York, where he’s a member of the d!g co-working space. Hessler is technical operations manager at Trainersvault, based out of Los Angeles, and executive project manager for Cuore Technology, out of Santa Clara. He’s been charged with building out the business and tech teams at each of those companies, with the hires taking place in Buffalo.
Angelica (Wright) Galli ’11, M.A. ’14 and Justin Galli on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara. They celebrated with family and friends, including bridesmaids Caitlin (Gambee) Sappington ’10, Sarah Mathes ’11, and Elizabeth Kiikvee ’11. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and are currently living in Las Vegas, Nev.
Allison Federici '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 St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, in Tucson, Arizona, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.
Joey Eisenberg '14 is the new assistant director, Chapters & Groups, Alumni Relations, at Santa Clara. He graduated from this past June with a degree in political science. He and his family are from Bellevue, Wash., so he is eager to hit the ground running with our Pacific Northwest Chapters! Eisenberg studied journalism and news media at American University while interning for a semester in Washington, D.C. (another chapter he will manage). He was an orientation leader, search retreat leader with Campus Ministry, and a member of Associated Student Government during his time on campus.
Benjamin Damaree ’14 received a 2014 West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, demonstrate significant athletic contributions to his or her sport for a minimum of two years, and have a record of participation in campus or community activities. He or she also must submit a personal statement of intention to attend graduate or professional school for which this scholarship would be awarded.
Kelsey Dedoshka ’14, a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard, participated on the Career Aspirations Panel of the Aspirations in Computing program, a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. Aspirations in Computing is the only national-level talent development program for young women in computing and information technology.
Michael Davisson '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. His year-long placement is at United Community Housing Coalition, in Detroit, where he'll work for social change among an underserved population.
Samantha (Meredith) Chester ’14 and Peter Chester ’14 were married in Sacramento on July 26, 2014. The couple now lives in sunny Santa Clara.
Sara Broyles '14 writes, "I can't believe I just graduated! I'm so thankful for my amazing experience at SCU. Now it's time to enter the 'real world.' I move into my new apartment at the end of June and I start my full-time job in July—I'll be working at a PR agency in San Francisco. I couldn't be more grateful for all that Santa Clara has done for me. I feel confident in myself knowing that I have a solid foundation that will prepare me for the workforce and the rest of my life! Even as an official alumna, I know it's always a great day to be a Bronco."
Sara Broyles email@example.com www.linkedin.com/in/sbroyles/
Michael Bonino-Britsch '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. His year-long placement is at Fair Share Housing Development/Northgate II, in Camden, New Jersey, where he'll work for social change among an underserved population.
This summer, Jack Bird '14 traveled to Mexico, where he created an agroforestry program guide similar to one he produced the summer before in Zambia. He then went to Korea, where he presented a paper on the guide that he produced in Zambia.
Bird double majored in environmental science and political science at Santa Clara. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honors society, a participant in the honors program, and a Pi Sigma Alpha, a political-science honor society. He had the honor of being the recipient of the Nobili Award for outstanding male student.
Marianna Allen ’14 writes, "Just graduated December 2014! Looking at work options! Excited yet a bit apprehensive, too. So happy to be an SCU graduate!"
In 2012, Coach Mengis was inducted into the Santa Clara University Lacrosse Hall of Fame, where he played lacrosse for four years in the early '90s, earning Team Captain and Coaches Award honors. He is a two-time WCLL All Star and helped lead Santa Clara to the WCLL Final Four three years in a row. Before tearing his ACL partway through his senior year, Mengis was ranked in the NCAA National top 10 in points as an attack man.
Mengis has stayed active playing and coaching lacrosse. His philosophy stresses a positive attitude, mastering the fundamentals, and teamwork. He has been the head coach of the Los Altos High School Varsity since 2009, and for the last three years he led the team to a 32-4 division record, two league championships, and 3 straight playoff appearances.
Mengis is a program director for Team NorCal Lacrosse, where he has coached U11, U13, U15, and high school teams to considerable success in regional and national tournaments over the last six years. He has played a number of seasons with the Palo Alto Club Lacrosse team and has coached with the Fremont Spartans, Diablo Scorpions, and Palo Alto Tomahawks club teams.
Said Coach Mengis, "I am excited to return to my alma mater and help lead SCU back to a winning tradition in the MCLA."
He will be a great addition to the Bronco Lacrosse Program, and the team is looking forward to having a successful season.
Fairfield resident Lindsay Horvath J.D. ’05 has been retained as a broker associate at Intero Real Estate Services in Vacaville. Horvath brings a stellar education to her new position, including an undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a law degree from Santa Clara University. After passing the bar exam, she worked as a deputy district attorney over a period of about seven years in Riverside, Solano and Napa counties.
She says she changed careers because she has had a longstanding interest in real estate. "I've always had a passion for it, and I genuinely care about the housing needs of people. The opportunity presented itself, so I went for it."
Josephine Breen writes "three graduate sons, two graduate daughters-in-law, one new sophomore granddaughter, Mary Rielly."
William Barton MBA ’73 has been appointed to the state's 14th District Agricultural Association, Santa Cruz County Fair Board of Directors, by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. These positions don't not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. William Barton, 70, of Aptos, previously held several positions at Granite Construction Inc., served as a controller at Spectra-Flux Inc., and as a price estimating and budget coordinator at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company.