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2008

UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Yee, Stephanie (Paulus)

Stephanie Paulus '08 and Joshua Yee '06, '09 were married on June 26, 2010 at the Mission Santa Clara by Paul Taylor, Young Adult/College Pastor at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto. The bridal party inlcuded Best Man Jonathan Lewis '08; Groomsmen Dane Yoshimura, Chris Salzmann '06, '10, and James Reavis '08; Maid of Honor Kaitlin Paulus; Bridesmaids Suzy Evans, Katie Clarke, and Shayna Yee; Ring Bearers Alex Paulus and Jacob Dally; and Flower Girl Maia Kawaguchi. Ceremony scripture was read by Kevin Hazard '06, Molly Shatzel '10, Andrew Caldwell, and Cameron Nitta. Music was played by Jake Dodson. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and then celebrated a second reception in Josh's hometown of Honolulu. They currently live in San Jose where Josh works as an electrical engineer at Linear Technology and Stephanie is looking for a position as a registered nurse after recieving her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May.

submitted Jul. 15, 2010 4:14P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Wong, Tom

Tom Wong ’08, who won the Orella Prize the year he graduated, just earned a Ph.D. in physics from UCSD. He has accepted a post-doc in Latvia to work with a computational scientist.  He commented that even though his Ph.D. was from a physics dept, his advisor was basically a mathematician and he uses (of all things) Fortran95 to write a lot of his software!  So all three majors at SCU (Math, Computer Science, and Physics) have served him well. , and the year he graduated (2008).

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 1:32P
'08
Wenger, Lindsay

Lindsay Wenger ’08 received her doctor of medicine degree from Oregon Health & Science University in June, 2013. She is beginning her General Surgery Residency at University of Nevada Affiliated Hospitals, Las Vegas, Nev.

submitted Jun. 27, 2013 10:56P
UGRD Leavey Business '08
Wacker, Susan

Susan Wacker ’08 and Aaron Forde were married on May 11, 2013, in Redding, Calif. Jim Voll officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Jane ’76 and Doug Wacker ’76 of Redding. She is a human resources manager at Target. She attended Santa Clara University.
The groom is the son of Virginia and John Forde of Redding. He is a project manager at Southern Pan Services. He attended Chico State University.
Bridesmaids were Jennifer Bartolo ’95 and Amy Huber. Groomsmen were Jared Forde and Chris Somers. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica. They will live in Covington, Ga.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:13P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '08
Veigas, Olvin

Olvin Veigas, S.J., STL ’08 is now director of the St. Thomas Institute of Philosophy, Theology and History in Moscow, Russia. He started the school year with 60 new students.

 
submitted Apr. 20, 2012 4:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '08
Triplett, Elizabeth (Stanislawski)

EB (Elizabeth) Stanislawski ’08 and Colin Triplett ’08 were married June 23, 2012 at Clos La Chance Winery in San Martin, California. EB currently works for The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and is presently pursuing her Masters at Santa Clara. Colin started, operated and expanded Mint Condition Fitness in Los Gatos, a boutique holistic fitness club. EB and Colin now reside in their lovely home in Santa Clara.

submitted Aug. 31, 2012 10:15A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '08
Sweitzer-Beckman, Mike

Mike Sweitzer-Beckman M.Div. ’08 writes: “Back in 2002, I began collecting letters from people who were serving prison sentences for committing acts of civil disobedience at the School of the Americas (now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). I wrote to prisoners and asked them to share their stories of what it was like to be in prison, and why they took actions that put them in federal prison. My goal was to show the commitment by these peace activists toward a nonviolent alternative. I also received some letters from people who had committed acts of civil disobedience at other anti-nuclear demonstrations, including nuclear test sites. I am donating these letters to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.”

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 4:53P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '08
Sweitzer-Beckman, Mike

 

Mike Sweitzer-Beckman M.Div. ’08 and Erica announce Ruth Grace Sweitzer-Beckman, born on July 26, 2012. They live in the Madison, Wis., area.

 

submitted Aug. 13, 2012 12:27P
'08
Sesma, Melissa

Melissa (Lomeli) Sesma ’08 is the new bilingual services program manager at the Monterey County Elections Department. Semsa, a Salinas native, will focus on voter education and will be a resource for the bilingual community and voters at large. She will help register voters, especially in underserved communities, and will assist with the recruitment of bilingual poll workers.

Semsa is an Alisal High School graduate and an alumna of Santa Clara University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and French.

Her goal is “to improve access to the ballot and election information in an effort to make Monterey County a region where people can be educated about the voting process and how they can participate,” according to an Elections Department newsletter.

To contact Sesma about what the Elections Department can do in your neighborhood or for a request of an educational presentation at your organization’s event call her at (831) 796-1478.

submitted Feb. 7, 2012 10:21P
GRD Law '08
Service, J.T.

J.T. Service J.D. '08, founder of Soul Focus Sports, organized the San Jose 408K Race to the Row, an 8K run on March 11, 2012.

Service got the idea for the race after his company was hired to produce the Giant Race for the San Francisco Giants, which offers half-marathon, 10K and 5K courses, all ending on the Giants home field in AT&T Park. 

"There was something about their connection with the people who felt it was their team and their city," Service said in an article published by the San Jose Mercury News. "About 85 percent of the people running were from San Francisco, and everyone would wear their Giants gear. I felt there needed to be something for San Jose replicating that feel."

The HP Pavilion was chosen for the start and Santana Row for the finish, he said, because they are two of the most prominent landmarks in San Jose.

The Pat Tillman Foundation is the charity partner; Service ran in the San Jose version of Pat's Run before it was discontinued locally and relocated to Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, where it is now held each April. 

The funds raised by The San Jose 408K will be used by the Pat Tillman Foundation for its programs, including the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides financial support for active and veteran service members and their spouses to complete degree programs.

submitted Mar. 4, 2012 10:31A
UGRD Leavey Business '08
Seggie, Amber (Valdivia)

Amber Valdivia '08 and Sean Seggie were married on May 15, 2010 on the Big Island of Hawaii.

submitted Jun. 4, 2010 9:35A
'08
Schmidt, Peter

Peter Schmidt ’08 married Emily Brown, Loyola Marymount graduate, on Sept. 7, 2013, at the Plantation Farm Camp in Sonoma County. They live in Sausalito.

submitted May. 4, 2014 1:01P
'08
Sanidad, Cristina

Cristina Sanidad '08 and Emmanuel Gallardo are engaged to be married in Phoenix, Ariz. in May 2014.

submitted Jun. 10, 2013 11:40P
'08
Rock, Rochelle

This year, May 2014, Rochelle Rock ’08 graduated from medical school and will be entering a residency at the University of Connecticut in Emergency Medicine.

submitted May. 15, 2014 12:39P
'08
Reynolds, Marcella

Marcella Reynolds ’08 writes, "For the last year I have worked at Table Mountain Rancheria as the environmental administrative assistant. I have now been promoted to environmental specialist within the Government Affairs and Environmental Department."

submitted Jan. 24, 2013 3:46P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Ramirez, Griselda

Griselda Ramirez '08 was recently hired by The Salinas Californian newspaper to report on news and feature stories from Salinas school districts and Hartnell College, and will also report on districts in north county and south county and California State University, Monterey Bay.

submitted Jun. 18, 2010 12:39P
GRD Law '08
Radhakrishnan, Niamh (Doherty)

Niamh (Doherty) Radhakrishnan J.D. '08 is now a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, based in the Los Angeles office.

submitted May. 3, 2012 1:39P
'08
Poulter, Stuart

Stuart Poulter '08 and Kristina Chiapella '09 were married June 30, 2012 at David Walley's Hot Springs Resort in Genoa, Nev. Stuart and Kristina celebrated their wedding with fellow SCU alums Ashley Gardner '09, Katelyn (Schlereth) Wood '08, Michael Wood, Michelle Pesce '09, Chad Dupic '09, Elizabeth Storelli '09, Stephen Smoker '09, Bethany Elias Jenner '08, Catherine Waite '08, Elizabeth Czapla '08, Lindsay Mohundro '10, Samantha Go '08, Lauren Roon '08, Kaitlin Thompson '09, Adam Boriotti '08, Deborah Thurtle '08, Krystal Wu '09 and Sam Baker '08.

submitted Jul. 6, 2012 9:13A
'08
Petersson , Viktor

Viktor Petersson ’08 is co-founder and CEO of YippieMove, a product from startup WireLoad that makes the email migration process as easy as possible. He was recently featured in an article on Tech Crunch, where he notes that YippieMove was designed to address his own needs as an SCU graduate who needed to move his mail from his student account before everything was deleted. Users of YippieMove enter their account details, and YippeeMove, which supports more than 100 email providers, handles the rest of the process without software installation. 

submitted Feb. 12, 2012 8:49A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Paz-Rangel, Ana

In 2013, Ana Paz-Rangel '08 began her graduate studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Latin American Studies.

submitted Jun. 10, 2014 5:03A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Ostertag, Katrina

Broncos Clayton Hoefer ’07 and Katrina Ostertag ’08 celebrated their wedding July 13, 2013.

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 1:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '08
Ogburn-Chow, Christina

Christina Ogburn-Chow MBA ’08 and her husband Daniel Chow - A son, Zayden Sui Yuen Chow, on April 4, 2013. The family lives in Foster City.

submitted Oct. 15, 2013 9:37A
'08
Meuleman, Laura

Patrick Welty ’08 and Laura Meuleman ’08 married in beautiful Park City, Utah on October 12. Alumni in attendence were Tara Almassy ’08, Mark Almassy ’08, Jesse Hailey ’08, Caitlin Bliss ’08, Natalie Cummins ’08, Pete Spisiak ’08, Jacob Jessick ’08, and Christ Proctor ’07. The couple lives in San Diego.

submitted Oct. 23, 2013 10:07A
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