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Twenty-seven Santa Clara University Alumni Serving as Jesuit Volunteers

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2010  – Twenty-seven recent graduates of Santa Clara University are spending the next year serving as volunteers in schools, health and legal clinics, and nonprofit organizations through two U.S. Jesuit Volunteer Corps organizations.

During their time as Jesuit Volunteers, they will be dedicated to living simply and working for social justice in a spiritually supportive community of other volunteers.

“The very fact that so many of our alumni choose this less-traveled path reflects well on their SCU experience,” said Fr. Jack Treacy, director of Campus Ministry at SCU. “Their commitment to dedicate this time to live in solidarity with those who struggle and live on the margins of society speaks to the core of SCU’s Jesuit values.”

SCU’s JVC volunteers are among nearly 500 young adults who started their year of  volunteer work in late summer, living in dozens of communities in the U.S. and six other countries across the globe. Their work saves the communities an estimate of well over $6 million each year, in comparison to the cost of a salaried employee.

“Jesuit Volunteers allow local organizations to provide more services and have a greater impact within their communities,” said Kevin O’Brien, president of JVC.

There are two JVC organizations, the national JVC and JVC Northwest. In the national group, SCU has 18 volunteers, the third-largest contingent of all 109 U.S. schools, behind Boston College with 30 alumni volunteers, and Gonzaga with 19.

In the JVC Northwest, SCU joins  four other Jesuit schools (Seattle University, Marquette University, College of the Holy Cross and Fordham University) with seven volunteers apiece. That’s just behind Boston College’s 11 volunteers and Gonzaga’s ten.

The SCU alumni who volunteered and where they are working:

Gabrielle Alexander — St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Louis
Julie Arcaro – San Francisco Network Ministries, San Francisco
Rachel Barmore – St. Louise House, Austin, Texas
Brittany Benjamin – Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter, Phoenix
Lydia Biddle – Holy Wisdom Academy, Milwaukee
Carolyn Chu —farms assistant--environmental justice, Tacoma, Wash.
Kaitlyn Devlin – Santa Cruz Catholic School, Tucson
Sarah Esparza – Elam Davies Social Services Center, Chicago
Mandela Gardner – Frannie Peabody Center, Portland, Maine
Molly Geisler  — case manager for homeless, addicts, Seattle, Wash.
Claire Griffin – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Boston
Ted Hough —Legal services, Hillsboro, Ore.
Mackenzi Kawachi – Emmaus House, Atlanta
Bianca McNeil - Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua
Myrna Mungal — teaching, Omak, WA         
Anne Murphy-Hagen – the Northwest Center, Washington, D.C..
Daniel Perry — immersion coordinator, Gresham OR     
Elizabeth Petrich – Spanish Catholic Center, Washington, D. C.
Katherine Quinn-Shea – Lakeview Pantry, Chicago
Sophia Ramatici – Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn.
Veronica Schauf – Bishop Foery Foundation, Syracuse, N.Y.
Colleen Sinsky  — financial assistance, Gresham OR     
Nathan Stepp – St. Martin De Porres High School, Cleveland
Katrina Tsao —case manager for homeless teens, Anchorage, Alaska
Alexandra Vander Poel – Ethel Lawrence Homes, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Stephanie Wessels – Coalition for the Homeless, New York
Elliot Zanger – St. Aloysius School, N.Y.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. Santa Clara offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s degrees in a number of professional fields, law degrees, and engineering and theology doctorates. Distinguished by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, Santa Clara educates leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion grounded in faith-inspired values. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education. For more information, see

Media Contacts:
Deborah Lohse
SCU Media Relations
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, Calif. 95053
(408) 554-5121

Alyssa Ross
Communications Manager
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
801 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-244-1733 x 15

Leah M. Nusse
Recruitment & Alumni Coordinator
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
P.O. Box 3928
Portland, OR 97208


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