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2010

'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
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
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 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
Ronen, Joshua

Josh Ronen ’13 is currently completing his second year of medical school at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) on the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. By next summer he is on pace to start his third year as a physician-in-training, composed of clinical rotations at a RUSM-affiliate hospital location in California.

submitted Jul. 22, 2014 3:17P
'13
Ramos, Roberto

Former LEAD scholar at SCU Roberto Ramos ’13 has received a full-ride, merit-based scholarship to attend the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA—a very rare honor. Called the Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship, it pays full tuition for four years for at least 16 students. Recipients also receive special access to faculty and a research stipend of $5,000, among other benefits. LOT scholars are selected for one of two tracks—Research or Service to Underserved Communities.

submitted May. 22, 2014 10:35A
'13
Parayo, Julianne

Julianne Parayo '13 has won a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to teach English in Poland for 2014–15. She plans to use her English and Music training to explore her capacity for teaching English in a new environment and to participate in a powerful and artistic cross-cultural exchange. She chose Poland to explore its deep regard for both tradition and progress and to investigate how cross-generational dynamics transform a nation's culture.

submitted May. 13, 2014 9:44A
'13
Mukherji, Saayeli

Saayeli Mukherji '13, received a Fulbright fellowship to study at the Duisenberg School of Finance in The Netherlands to integrate ethics and business. She will dive deeply into international legal and financial regulations that help prevent global ethics catastrophes such as the 2008 Financial Crisis. Additionally, she plans to start an open forum on business ethics with contributions from Silicon Valley and Dutch professionals that will serve as a resource for future business leaders.

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:15P
'13
Jackson, Larry

Former SCU goalkeeper Larry Jackson '13 signed to work as a goalkeeper for the MLS's New England Revolution. Jackson, a native of East Palo Alto, was named the 2012 West Coast Conference Goalie of the Year at Santa Clara and to the 2012 Continental Tires NSCAA All-Far West Region Third Team.

Jackson stayed the course to make an MLS roster, playing the preseason with Chivas USA and also playing some last year with Colorado Rapids as their third goalkeeper.
 
"We have been working very hard over the last year to help Larry maintain his sharpness," said Bronco associate head coach Eric Yamamoto. "We have continued to keep the door open for Larry by getting him to trainings and tryouts all over the United States and in Europe. He is a great example of how many of our players excel in the game and in life, by persistence, hard work and continued belief in their talent. Larry is a huge talent and has the potential to play the game at the highest of levels. This step for him is just the next rung in the ladder to get him to be a regular first team player at a top professional league."
 
His senior year, Jackson played and started in 18 of SCU's 19 games, posting an 8-2-1 record in league play. He led the WCC with a 0.70 goals against average and six shutouts in league play in 2012. Logging nearly 1,700 minutes, he had 60 saves his senior year and led the team to an 11-5-1 record with seven shutouts.

 

submitted Apr. 24, 2014 10:11A

2014

'14
Wilmoth, Rachel

Rachel Wilmoth ’14 has been selected as a Fulbright fellowship alternate. If funded, Rachel’s project will be research into the mechanical and structural properties of sea urchin teeth on the nano-scale to understand their self-sharpening technique.  Tests available at the Nanomechanical Research Lab at the University of Auckland in New Zealand will allow Rachel to investigate ways to replicate self-sharpening on the macro-scale to improve the sharpness of tools such as knives or drill bits.

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:26P
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
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