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2010

UGRD Leavey Business '10
Bruce, Lindsay

Lindsay Bruce ’10 made appearances on this season's NBC reality show The Voice.

Her early accomplishments helped set her on a path that led to an appearance on “The Voice,” but it was a long, sometimes difficult journey. At 13, the Santa Rosa native wrote a book and a song about having lost her uncle on 9/11. In high school, she became an international model and local celebrity. All along, though, she wanted to write and sing her own songs, so after graduating from Santa Clara University, Bruce headed to Nashville to pursue the one dream that still eluded her.

But for Bruce, the journey was a humbling experience. She was a struggling songwriter in a town where everybody is a struggling songwriter. For five years, Bruce developed her craft, learned what she could and performed in nearly empty halls. Always optimistic, though, she pressed on. A break came after three years in Nashville and at the very moment she was thinking of giving up on Music City once and for all.
 
“It was kind of a perfect storm of bad things,” said the 25-year-old who made it onto one of the celebrity team's on The Voice, where singers compete for a recording contract. “My landlord was selling the house, my roommate was moving, the production contract I had was expiring and my job ended. I was basically getting ready to move back home.”
 
In one of the crazier turns of her young life, she ended up auditioning for “The Voice” coaches on TV in front of thousands of people. Her journey to that point made her feel that she had nothing to lose.
 
Read more on the Press Democrat.  
 
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:51A
'10
Alvarado, Ron
Ron Alvarado ’10 and Matt McDonald ’10 have launched Ficks, a "cocktail fortifier" that includes electrolytes, amino acids, and other goodies like milk thistle that are said to help keep the morning after from being a total nightmare. Think of it as a smoothie boost for your vodka tonic.
 
They came up with the idea while in college (where else?) and reached out to an organic and natural foods lab to create Ficks using natural ingredients and another company that makes the vitamin blend that goes into Vitamin Water. The pair launched an IndieGoGo campaign in October.
submitted Nov. 5, 2013 10:21A
'10
Akins Jr., Thomas

Thomas Akins Jr. ’10 came up with the idea for the mobile app called podStatus, a music player that takes a stab at music discovery for frequent Instagram users (and other social networks) who have songs on their iPhone to share music for friends to listen and discover. He writes that no other app brings this level of music discovery to Instagram where users can actually listen to the music. It also has an algorithm that only makes music suggestions based on what users already have in their music library and are listening to right in that moment.

submitted May. 4, 2014 2:12P
'10
Adams, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Adams '10 is back in the Bay Area after receiving his masters of fine arts from the New School for Drama in New York City. He's starring as the Prince in San Francisco Playhouse's production of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical which has a big-screen, Disney version in the works. It runs through Sept. 6.

Coincidentally, the Cinderella to Adams' Prince is Monique Hafen '10, one of his classmates in Santa Clara's theater arts program.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:58P

2011

GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Staff, Cassandra (Thomassin)

Cassandra (Thomassin) Staff MBA ’11 and her husband Adrian Staff welcomed their first child, Lucille Khoo Staff on March 9. They are happily raising Lucille in San Jose.

submitted Jul. 31, 2014 6:14P
'11
Silk, Lauren

Lauren Silk '11 has chosen to attend the University of Colorado--Boulder for her degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

submitted May. 13, 2014 9:49A
GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Bauer, Jennifer (Cooke)

Jennifer (Cooke) Bauer ’01, MBA ’11 married Jeffrey Bauer MBA ’11 on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Burlingame, Calif. Cindy (Barrango) Rodondi 01 served as a bridesmaid. Many SCU undergraduates and MBA graduates were in attendance from the classes of ’01 and ’11 respectively. The happy couple lives in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Jan. 17, 2014 3:11P
UGRD Leavey Business '11
Allbritten, Sarah

Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."

Contact Sarah
www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-allbritten/1b/77a/b29
submitted Jul. 9, 2014 6:30P

2012

'12
Valle, Maria

Maria Valle ’12 facilitated San Jose's second annual leadership conference for young women in the spring. The theme was "Strong Girls, Strong Women."

About 260 high school girls, their mothers, and grandmothers attended the conference at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Organized by the American Association of University Women and the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy, the meeting featured a series of panel discussions on economic, educational, and health equity for women—as well as discussions on crime and violence.
 
The week before the conference, Valle had taken a group of Andrew Hill students to Sacramento to lobby for health care for all and funding for schools. Valle is a secretary at Our Lady of Grace Nativity School.
submitted May. 4, 2014 2:43P
'12
Trasolini, Marc
Marc Trasolini ’12 began what appears to be an extremely promising career this year in Italy, where he started all year for Pesaro in the top division of the Italian Basketball League, and had, by all accounts, an outstanding first year making the transition from NCAA to the professional ranks.
 
 
“I had a really good year I think, based on moving to a different country and adapting to playing professionally,” said Trasolini. “I had very good numbers (10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds/game) for a rookie, and I have an option on my contract to return to Pesaro next season. But there’s a tremendous amount of movement in Europe with players moving all the time, and my agent is just seeing what’s out there.”
 
Read more at The Province.
 
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 12:10P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Spain, Ana (Valdes)

Ana Maria Valdes ’12 and Mark Spain ’13 were married on June 7, 2014, at the Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The couple met at SCU freshmen orientation and began dating their senior year. Other Broncos in attendance included bridesmaids Jessica Campbell ’11 and Marlynn Spain ’10, and groomsmen Anthony Sagariballa ’12, Dong Seon Min ’14, and David Sippel ’13. The couple resides in Seattle, Wash.

submitted Jul. 28, 2014 9:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Peng, Daniel

In May, Daniel Peng ’12 received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.
Starting in September, he will be stationed at a clinic in Hangzhou a city of about 6 million in the eastern portion of China.

His research grant proposal targets Type 2 diabetes, which is far more prevalent, but less understood than Type 1 diabetes. Together, the two forms of the disease affect about 29 million Americans. During his time in Hangzhou, he’ll be interacting with patients and clinicians to affect change.

“In terms of the research I’m conducting, this is not hard science,” he said. “It’s more of a public health project.”

Simple changes, Peng noted, can reduce the rates of diabetes. People can often create and maintain better health by eating more fruits and vegetables, and fewer high-fat foods and simple carbohydrates like white rice and potatoes. Another important factor, Peng said, is getting patients to understand and care about dietary restrictions.

Educating others comprises about half of his duties in China. He’s also going to be working to create a patient database that will help doctors understand the long-term affects of treatment.

Prior to his current job, Peng spent time working with diabetics of all ages at the Stanford University School of Medicine and at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.

submitted Aug. 9, 2014 8:23A
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Linzey, Claudette

Claudette Linzey ’12 recently began working at Barney & Barney, LLC as the Digital Media Communications Associate, joining Scott Terrill ’13, her former classmate. She is living in the La Jolla area.

submitted Jan. 7, 2014 9:11P
'12
Knudsen, Dana

Both Dana Knudsen ’12 and Tanya Schmidt ’12 who played volleyball for the Broncos are now playing professionally in Europe.  Dana in Murcia, Spain and Tanya in Germany.  Thanks to SCU for giving both girls the opportunities and growth to reach to a higher level.  Go Broncos!

submitted Jan. 31, 2014 11:49A
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Henninger, Bianca
The Houston Dash have acquired goalkeeper Bianca Henninger ’12 from FC Kansas City in exchange for the team’s third-round selection in the 2014 NWSL college draft, the team announced in January.
 
Henninger, recently on loan with FC Bayern Munich of Germany’s Frauen-Bundesliga, played four years at Santa Clara University before being selected by the Philadelphia Independence of the now-defunct WPS in 2011.
 
Henninger, 23, also played with the New York Fury of the WPSL Elite before being drafted by FC Kansas City in early 2013.
 
The Los Gatos, Calif. native was also a member of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup championship team and played in all 5 games for the Gold-Medal winning U.S. team in the 2010 CONCACAF U20 World Cup qualifying tournament.
 
“We made a great trade in solidifying our goalkeeping needs,” Dash head coach Randy Waldrum said. “Bianca played for me with our U-23's, and she is one of the best young US goalkeepers out there.”
 
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 10:44A
'12
Hanbury-Brown, Holly

Holly Hanbury-Brown ’12 is now an associate editor at Discovery Girls Magazine! Thank you to Steven Saum for teaching me so much about publishing a quality magazine with high standards and a mission to better our world. Shoutouts to Chuck Barry, Clay Hamilton, and Russ Morris too! Long live Bucky!

submitted Oct. 5, 2013 12:25P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Ghafourifar, Brienne

Brienne Ghafourifar ’12, the youngest college graduate at age 17 to raise $1 million in venture funding for her business, Entefy, is among four women chronicled in the upcoming documentary film She Started It, about women entrepreneurs.

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Frediani, Bianca

Bianca Frediani ’12 is co-owner of Bed Bandits, a company that makes and sells fire-retardant, hypoallergenic mattress toppers. For every three sold, a fourth is donated to a local shelter. It's a business model driven by compassion. "My dad was an Oakland firefighter for over 30 years," she told the Contra Costa Times, "running into fires to literally save people." She wants to make a difference. "I hope someday -- if this (company) becomes a big thing, that we can go to Third World countries and donate these mattress toppers to people who don't have beds."

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:28P
GRD Leavey/MBA '12
DeAngelis, Carey

Carey DeAngelis ’05, MBA ’12 and Ben Fredlake were married on November 16, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The couple resides in Phoenix, Ariz.

submitted Jan. 8, 2014 7:46P
GRD Law '12
Behn, W.

W. Martin Behn J.D. ’12 has joined Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh, LLP. Behn worked as an associate at a small boutique law firm in Palo Alto specializing in estate planning, estate and trust administration and probate, and charitable planning, according to a news release. He will work in the trusts and estates practice of the San Luis Obispo firm.

Behn grew up in San Luis Obispo. Between undergrad and law school, Behn was a law clerk at Société Générale Finance Equipment in Wuppertal, Germany, as well as a summer law clerk at Boehmert & Boehmert in Munich, Germany.

 
submitted Aug. 4, 2014 5:57A

2013

'13
Solis, Gabi

Gabi Solis ’13 attended the American Bach Solists Acadamy in San Francisco this past summer where she was a soloist in Bach's Mass in B Minor and Biber's Missa Salisburgensis. A late-night call this fall from the renowned music director Jeffrey Thomas included an invitation to perform with the professionals performing Handel's Messiah at Grace Cathedral Church in San Francisco and at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis in December 2013.

submitted Dec. 16, 2013 11:52A
'13
Saavedra, Jaime

Jaime Saavedra J.D. '13 joined the San Francisco office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Saavedra joins the firm as an associate with the Patent Team in the internationally recognized Intellectual Property Department. 

Dr. Saavedra focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, due diligence, licensing, and other intellectual property issues related to matters in the health and life sciences.

Before becoming an associate, Dr. Saavedra worked as a law clerk and as a summer associate in 2013 with the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he was a graduate researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he developed new and environmentally friendly methods of reducing a variety of functional groups including nitrile, halide and carbonyl functionalities. Dr. Saavedra has authored and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at several scientific conferences.
Previously, Dr. Saavedra was legal intern in the Munich office of a German intellectual property law firm during the summer of 2012 where he performed legal and organizational tasks in patent litigation, including European and U.S. patent search and interpretation of high technology, chemical and materials patents, as well as research on the proposed European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. During law school, Dr. Saavedra was a Research Editor of the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal and focused his studies on intellectual property law and related fields.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:20P
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