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McAdams, Erik

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. 

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:36P
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Martinez, Judith

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.

With guest speakers, keynote presentations, breakout dance parties, and group activities, InHerShoes strives to provide a safe-space and a launchpad; ask questions and stimulate answers; create a community of mentorship and action as a stand for girls and women everywhere to live a life and create a future they love as a Catalyst for Courage. Judith and the InHerShoes team is currently finalizing the venue for #CatalyzeCourage Summit 2016 to take place in San Francisco, CA.
submitted Mar. 20, 2015 11:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Long, April

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.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 3:10P
'14
Lays, Natalie

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.

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Lara, Melanie

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.

 
submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Kurtz, Kristine

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.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 3:06P
'14
Kunkle, Claire

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.

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 3:13P
UGRD Engineering '14
Howles-Banerji, Michael

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."

submitted Jan. 19, 2015 5:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Hessler, Thomas

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.

 
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 12:01P
'14
Herman, Julie
Julie Herman ’14 is a recipient of an National Science Foundation research fellowship award. Julie, who was trained in the lab of Dr. Justen Whittall in the SCU Department of Biology, will be joining Dr. Kathleen Kay's lab at UC Santa Cruz to pursue a Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The lab studies diversification and speciation in flowering plants. Julie is planning to study the evolutionary forces in the mustard oil biosynthetic pathway and possible coevolution of mustards and Pierid butterflies.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:38P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '14
Galli, Angelica (Wright)

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.

submitted Nov. 22, 2014 10:50P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Federici, Allison

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.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:42P
'14
Eisenberg, Joey

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.  

He will be managing events and chapter leadership for the following areas: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Marin, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, Washington, D.C.
submitted Aug. 26, 2014 11:55A
'14
Demaree, Benjamin

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.

 
Benjamin Demaree graduated with a 3.88 GPA, majoring in Bioengineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Demaree served as captain of his team, earned WCC Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011, and was named the Santa Clara University Cross Country Newcomer of the Year in 2010.
A Santa Clara Provost Scholarship recipient, Demaree was named to the Dean's list three times and was a two-time WCC All-Academic First Team selection as a sophomore and junior.
 
A member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, Demaree was a math and engineering tutor and served as a research assistant in the Santa Clara Department of Bioengineering. A member of the Santa Clara Athletics Bronco Leadership group, Demaree is also member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 11:53A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Dedoshka, Kelsey

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.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program engages young women interested in technology and computing. By generating visibility for these young women in their local communities, the program encourages their continued interest in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women's participation in computing and IT.
submitted Mar. 20, 2015 10:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Davisson, Michael

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.

 

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:37P
UGRD Engineering '14
Chester, Samantha (Meredith)

Samantha (Meredith) Chester ’14 and Peter Chester ’14 were married in Sacramento on July 26, 2014. The couple now lives in sunny Santa Clara.

submitted Nov. 23, 2014 2:56P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Broyles, Sara

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."

Contact Sara
Sara Broyles sara.a.broyles@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/in/sbroyles/
submitted Jun. 18, 2014 4:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Bonino-Britsch, Michael

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.

 

 

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:31P
'14
Bird, Jack

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.

Bird’s goal, according to his resume, is to “work with a socially and environmentally responsible organization aimed at promoting clean-energy technologies and sustainable business practices.”

 

submitted Aug. 4, 2014 6:14A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Allen, Marianna

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!"

submitted Jan. 5, 2015 8:18A

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Mengis, Greg
Greg Mengis ’94 is the new Broncos lacrosse head coach for the 2014–2015 season.

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.
 

 

submitted Aug. 4, 2014 6:08A
'wn
Horvath, Lindsay

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."

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 11:30A
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Breen, Josephine

Josephine Breen writes "three graduate sons, two graduate daughters-in-law, one new sophomore granddaughter, Mary Rielly."

submitted May. 4, 2014 1:39P
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Barton, William

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.

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 12:43P
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