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2014

UGRD Engineering '14
Widjaja, Stepanus

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

submitted Jun. 18, 2014 10:13P
UGRD Engineering '14
Vosti, Lia

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."

 
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 3:13P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
Vo, Derek

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.

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:07A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
Sundrup, Eric
In June, Eric Sundrup, S.J., M.Div. ’14 was ordained a Jesuit priest at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee by the Most Reverend Richard Sklba, DD, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Milwaukee. A Cincinnati native, Father Sundrup's first experience of Ignatian contemplation and prayer during a high school retreat led him to discern a vocation as a Jesuit priest. While earning his bachelor’s degree in biology, Fr. Sundrup fostered his love for ministry through various university service groups. Following his graduation in 2003, Fr. Sundrup entered the Jesuits and quickly discovered a love of Spanish language and culture during a summer trip to Peru. During his Jesuit formation, Fr. Sundrup earned master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 2008. He was then missioned to the Instituto de Idiomas de Maryknoll in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for four months of intensive Spanish study, followed by a six-month teaching assignment at Colegio Miguel Pro in Tacna, Peru.
Missioned next to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Fr. Sundrup taught biology and also served as a college counselor. For the past three years, he 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 serving as a deacon at St. Raymond’s, a bilingual parish in Dublin, California.
 
One of the highlights of Fr. Sundrup’s Jesuit formation has been his work on The Jesuit Post, a website he co-founded in 2012 to explore the intersection of faith and culture for a young adult audience. The Jesuit Post’s first book of essays was published this year by Orbis Books. Following ordination, Fr. Sundrup will be missioned to St. Mary Student Parish at the University
of Michigan. “As I pack up to head to Ann Arbor, I’ve been looking back over my old photo files of many different places, people, and works,” he says. “Looking into people’s faces, I can’t help but feel intense gratitude for the countless men and women who have made my vocation and ordination possible. I am so thankful for the people who have supported and challenged me, the good friends who have laughed and cried with me. As I’ve learned over and over, God always goes above and beyond. All those faces provide a concrete witness to the diverse community that makes up the Church I have been called to serve. This wonderful, holy, crazy communion of witnesses will be in my daily prayers. It will be an amazing privilege to serve the people of God as a Jesuit priest.”
 
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 8:38A
UGRD Engineering '14
Stroud, Gina

Gina Stroud ’14, of Los Alamos, graduated magnum cum laude and completed the University’s Honors Program. She was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society. Stroud will begin her first year at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. 

submitted Jul. 21, 2014 9:09A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
Shea, John
In June, John Shea, S.J., M.Div. '14 was ordained a Jesuit priest at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee by the Most Reverend Richard Sklba, DD, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Milwaukee. A native of Willowick, a suburb of Cleveland, Father Shea developed an appreciation for the Jesuits, particularly through an eight-day silent retreat in his senior year of college. He went on to earn a doctorate in evolutionary biology at The Ohio State University, where he was active in the school’s Newman Center and discerned a vocation to the Jesuits. Three days after handing in his dissertation in 2003, Fr. Shea entered the Society of Jesus. As a novice, he worked with Catholic Charities serving refugee families in San Jose, California. He was next missioned to Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in applied philosophy. For his three-year regency assignment, Fr. Shea taught biology and conducted parasitological research at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. At the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, Fr. Shea earned a Master of Divinity degree. He also served as a deacon at the Newman Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a member of the ministerial team at the Apostleship of the Sea, a Catholic ministry operated out of the Port of Oakland, one of the nation’s busiest ports.
 
In an expression of gratitude on the occasion of his ordination, Fr Shea writes: “I’m most grateful for the many relationships that have formed me as a Jesuit priest. I’m grateful for my parents who first taught me how to love, especially to my mother who modeled compassion. I’m grateful for my brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and godparents who showed me how to give and receive love in good times and in bad. I’m grateful
for my many friends who have journeyed with me at my best and at my worst. I’m grateful for my teachers who inspired me to follow my passions, especially in biology. I’m grateful for my ministry with refugee families, seafarers, inner-city high school students and so many others. I’m grateful for my students who have shaped me into a better teacher. I’m grateful for God’s Creation where I find deep peace and joy. I’m grateful for the Jesuits who showed me how to pray, finding God in all things, from gelato to parasites to Doctor Who. I’m grateful for my Jesuit brothers who have given me their love, companionship and support. Finally, I’m grateful to God whose overwhelming generosity continues to fill my heart with grace and love.” 
 
After ordination, Fr. Shea will spend the summer at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Rapid City, South Dakota, before heading to Omaha, Nebraska, to begin a teaching position this fall at Creighton University.
 
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 8:50A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
Schroeder, Christopher

Christopher J. Schroeder, S.J., M.Div. '14, 32, has been ordained a Jesuit priest. This summer, he will serve at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize before returning in the fall to Berkeley to finish his Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

He is the nephew of a Jesuit brother and two diocesan priests, and was born and raised in St. Louis. A product of Catholic education, he attended his local parish grammar school and De Smet Jesuit High School, where he came to know and appreciate Jesuits as teachers, mentors and friends. The Jesuits at De Smet were some of the happiest, most successful people he knew, so after graduating from high school in 2000, Schroeder headed to Saint Louis University, where he started actively discerning his call to the priesthood. Recognizing very early that his call to the Society of Jesus was so strong that he didn’t want to wait a moment longer, Schroeder left college after finishing his sophomore year and entered the Jesuits in 2002. After two years at the Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota, he returned to Saint Louis University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and humanities and, later, a master’s degree in philosophy. During this time, he also spent five months in El Salvador for intensive Spanish language study and to work for Fe y Alegría, a Jesuit network offering education, training programs and development services primarily in Latin America. It was an unforgettable and soul-nourishing experience. For his three-year regency assignment, Schroeder taught theology at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, where he also directed the school’s Kairos retreat program. Missioned next to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, Schroeder earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at San Quentin State Prison. The experience of providing spiritual direction to incarcerated men has been transformative, he says, and has helped fortify his own spiritual life. 

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 8:58A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '14
O'Halloran, Nathan

Nathan W. O’Halloran, S.J., M.Div. '14, 32, has been ordained a Jesuit priest. He grew up on The Lord’s Ranch, a Catholic lay community founded in 1975 in a small, rural southern New Mexico border town. The son of Catholic missionaries who met and married at The Lord’s Ranch, O’Halloran and his seven siblings were home-schooled, which provided the opportunity for the children to help milk the cows, feed the livestock and cultivate the vegetables on the working ranch. Frequently, O’Halloran would cross the border into Mexico for prison ministry and to distribute produce from the ranch to the poor of Juarez. Profoundly influenced by the work of Jesuit Father Richard Thomas, founder of The Lord’s Ranch, O’Halloran began considering a vocation to the priesthood at an early age, although his vocation to the Society of Jesus remained unclear until later on. After graduating from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where O’Halloran earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology, he entered the Jesuits in 2003 at the Jesuit novitiate in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. Missioned next to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, O’Halloran earned a master’s degree in philosophy in 2008. For his three-year regency assignment, O’Halloran taught Greek and theology at Jesuit High School of New Orleans while also coaching the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team to the state finals. O’Halloran was then missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while also working as a chaplain at an AIDS hospice and serving as a deacon at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Oakland, California. O’Halloran credits the pro-life work of The Lord’s Ranch with saving the lives of many babies, including his two adopted siblings, Caleb and Rebekah. He hopes to continue this work in his future ministries.

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:15A
'14
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
'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
'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
'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
'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
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
'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

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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
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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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Barr, Catie

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
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