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John Maydonovitch M.S. '73 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
As chair of the Industry Advisory Board, he has provided outstanding leadership and secured donations to support engineering programs. In 1999, he established two awards to honor the late professor Gerald Markle, founder of the Applied Mathematics Department—one recognizing excellence in teaching, and one supporting student scholarship. As CEO of MCE, a local manufacturing company, he regularly recruits Santa Clara engineering students for internships, providing important mentoring and job experience, while exemplifying the Jesuit model of giving back.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:02P
Larry Bogner '73, MBA '77 reports that all is well with him and his wife Lynda in Napa.
submitted Apr. 16, 2014 2:35P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '74
Haston, Joanna (Fonseca)
Joanna Haston '74 writes, "Greetings, Class of '74! Lyn '74 and I look forward to seeing you at the Grand Reunion in October. Blessings."
submitted Mar. 27, 2014 6:08A
Steven Chiesa '75 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
For the past 26 years, Steven Chiesa has been a champion of student learning in the School of Engineering, not only within his own department, where he is associate professor of civil engineering, but also through his leadership as associate dean of Undergraduate Studies, a position he held for more than a decade. Throughout his tenure at Santa Clara University, Dr. Chiesa has mentored numerous student organizations and provided countless EIT/FE study sessions, and has received many University, school, and professional awards for outstanding teaching and service to his community. For his long and valued service to the School of Engineering and to the scores of students who have benefited from his teaching, advising, and generous offering of time and talent, Dr. Steven Chiesa was selected to receive this honor.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 3:54P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Patrick J. Maher ’78 has been elected as Section Representative to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Maher previously served as the Chair of the State Bar’s Council of Section Chairs for the last two years, and Chair of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section in 2010. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law.
submitted Apr. 1, 2014 11:39A
May, Maggie (Rodee)
Maggie Rodee May ’89 writes: "My husband and I relocated to Silver Spring, M.D. in 2012, after living abroad in Vicenza, Italy for three years. My husband Tony, is serving in the U.S. Army. I am currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in an adult nurse practitioner program."
On Facebook: Maggie Rodee May
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 12:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Laura Bertone '89 was recently interviewed by the newspaper Catholic San Francisco. With about 100 parish communities, the Archdiocese of San Francisco could well be the site of some 1,400 Masses and prayer and devotional services per week, and that’s a conservative estimate. Laura Bertone, director, Office of Worship for the archdiocese, helps all of it take place.
Laura spent 20 years around the world auditing for Bank of America but always felt called to liturgy. Her responsiblities include advising the archbishop on matters of liturgical policy; preparing and organizing all large archdiocesan liturgies such as chrism Mass, ordinations, and Rite of Election; and certifying and training lay liturgical ministers so that they are properly prepared. Laura said she is “amazed that I get to do this job. I work with and for great people and it’s an honor and joy to come into work each day.”
submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:33A
Aleksander Zecevic M.S. '90, Ph.D. '93 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
As professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University for the past 20 years, Dr. Zecevic also serves as associate dean for Graduate Engineering Programs. His research in the control of complex dynamic systems has resulted in a book and more than 40 publications in leading journals. His interest in the intersection between science and religion has opened the door to a constructive dialogue that transcends simplistic arguments of religious fundamentalism and radical secularism, and has resulted in the publication of two books on the subject, as well as the development of a unique course, "Chaos Theory, Metamathematics and the Limits of Knowledge: A Scientific Perspective on Religion." An excellent educator and a deeply thoughtful collaborator, Dr. Zecevic's search for truth, beauty, and knowledge honor Santa Clara's Jesuit tradition.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:08P
World-famous soccer athlete and champion of girls’ health, Brandi Chastain '91 will give the 163rd undergraduate commencement address on June 14. Chastain’s selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year.
Chastain is best known for scoring the penalty kick goal that won the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup and for her passionate celebration in the moments following. Her success earned her a spot as one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People that year, while the photo of her celebration was named one of the 100 greatest sports photos of all time by Sports Illustrated. She took home a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and a gold medal in 2004 games.
More recent, Chastain co-founded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative in 2005 with a mission to create programs and partnerships through which women athletes bring health, hope, and wholeness to the community. The initiative offers a free weekly after-school program for elementary school girls to develop self-esteem and good health practices with mentoring from women athletes from collegiate and high school teams.
“Brandi epitomizes the world-class leadership and fortitude that every Bronco is capable of achieving,” says SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “She is a dedicated and disciplined athlete who is also committed to strengthening communities by advocating for and empowering young girls.”
Chastain was named an All-American twice in soccer during her time as a student. She was also the assistant coach for the Santa Clara Broncos from 1994 to 2000 and is currently in her fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach.
She will receive an honorary Doctorate of Public Service.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:27P
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Timothy K. Shih Ph.D. '93 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
Since obtaining his Ph.D. at Santa Clara, Dr. Shih has become a full professor of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Central University, which is ranked among the top eight research institutions in Taiwan. Throughout his career, he has made major research contributions in the areas of intelligent distance learning and video technology on video repair and special effects production, garnering numerous international research and best paper awards. A prolific researcher, he has more than 480 publications and is the founder of theInternational Journal of Distance Education Technologies, where he served as coeditor-in-chief. He also served as associate editor and area editor for more than 40 journals, including IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:05P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '94
Rosanna Guadagno Loewald ’94 and her husband, Tonio Loewald, welcomed twin girls, Romilly Jane and Jaelle Marie in March 2008. Rosanna and her family are moving to Dallas, Texas, where Rosanna has accepted a tenured position as an associate professor of Emerging Media and Communication and an associate professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Dallas.
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 10:28A
UGRD Engineering '99
Jeffrey ’99 and Sarah Tarantino welcomed Edward "Teddy" Tarantino to their family on January 23, 2014. Teddy joined big sister, Katherine. Jeff also celebrated his 10th Anniversary with Erler & Kalinowski, Inc.
submitted Apr. 1, 2014 2:11P
Henderson, Therese (DiCola)
Therese (DiCola) Henderson '03 and Reed Henderson welcomed Lillian Reed on Sept. 26, 2013. Lily joins big sister Ella, 3.
submitted Mar. 28, 2014 10:16A
The Redding, California, law firm of Barr and Mudford has announced the addition of Catie Barr '10, J.D. '13 to its roster of attorneys.
Third-generation north state born and raised, Ms. Barr is also a third-generation lawyer. Her grandfather, Everett Barr, was born in Mt. Shasta, served as a trial lawyer for many years and then as a Superior Court judge in Siskiyou County. Her father, Dugan Barr, born in Yreka, came to Redding and has been practicing Personal Injury Law since 1967.
While in law school, Ms. Barr worked in the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s office, volunteered with the Innocence Project, a volunteer organization that hears appeals of individuals who it appears may have been wrongly convicted of a crime, and she worked as clerk for one of Santa Clara County’s Superior Court judges.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:38P