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Lisa Brogan '10 married another SCU Bronco, Brian Brogan '10, on Oct. 24, 2014, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California.
BlueLight, a mobile 911 app created by Preet Anand '10, is contributing to the White House "Smart Cities" initiative. BlueLight addresses the deficiency in 911 response times from mobile devices. Emergency response systems are still based on landlines; with a standard call from a mobile phone, it can take up to six minutes for responders to receive location information, often only as specific as within three blocks.
In areas where the BlueLight app is supported, it will route your call based on your position and provide your location. Otherwise, if someone is outside of the BlueLight network, it will make a regular 911 call. BlueLight pinpoints the location and reaches the closest responder – local or campus police or other appropriate emergency services. The service is available on over 250 college campuses as well as at sites such as corporate campuses and ski resorts.
“Emergency response is the most vital function of any community, and it is far behind the rest of the world technologically,” Anand said. “This service can make people safer.”
To earn a place in the $160 million Smart Cities Initiative, BlueLight was one of two winners of the Multi-City Innovation Campaign. As part of the Smart Cities program, BlueLight will test a pilot program in four cities beginning in 2016. Mountain View has agreed to be part of the program, and discussions are under way with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.
Anand was part of SCU’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team, which won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy contest to build a solar-powered home. Anand left SCU when he received a lucrative offer to become Zynga’s youngest lead product manager. However, the University’s Jesuit teachings and emphasis on the public good have always resonated with him, and BlueLight was a way to pair his skills with those ideals.
Giselle Marie Estabrook '10 and Carlo Giuliano Ammatuna '10 were married on April 25, 2015. Bishop Richard B. Higgins performed the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Included in the wedding party were maid of honor Jenna Abeyta Duston '09 and bridesmaid Julianne Tortolano '11 as well as groomsman Nick Calvitti '10. Giselle and Carlo live happily in Roseville, California.
Natasha Cabiria Nanda M.A. '11, a daughter of Margaret E. Nanda and Kapil K. Nanda of Los Gatos, was married June 20 in Santa Clara to Nickhil Avinash Bhave, a son of Dr. Sujata A. Bhave and Avinash S. Bhave of Lexington, Mass. Michael Engh, S.J., performed the ceremony at Mission Santa Clara de Asís. On June 19, Pandit Prabhakar Sathe, a Hindu priest, led a Hindu ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Allison Kopf '11 recently won the $50,000 grand prize at TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield. As a sophomore computer science and engineering major, Allison co-led the 2009 SCU Solar Decathlon Team to its third-place victory. Allison is CEO of Agrilyst, a company that helps “greenhouse operators run their operations more efficiently by pulling in data from sensors in the greenhouse and information about crop yields and other metrics.”
Eva Blanco M.A. '11 is the new dean of Undergraduate Admission at SCU. "The desire to positively affect young lives and promote higher educational attainment drew me to college admissions. A strong sense of community and passionate students attracted me to Santa Clara. SCU changes lives and is located in a place that is equally transformative. Nothing compares to entrepreneurial spirit of the Silicon Valley and beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area!"
Eva volunteers much of her extra time to organizations and activities that she cares abouts. She's served as national chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Association, scholarship chair of the California Hispanic Professional Association, and grants committee member of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. "I also enjoy spending time with my loving husband, DJ-ing, finding my Zen with yoga, and visiting my family in Venice, CA (my hometown). Last but not least, I love exploring the Bay Area."
Michael Amato '07, M.S. '11 and Bianca Vallorz '07, tied the knot at the beautiful Mission Santa Clara on January 24, 2015! Even though the wedding was in the middle of winter, they were blessed with wonderful 70-degree weather and not a cloud in the sky! They currently live in San Jose, with Bianca supporting the local community working at Family Supportive Housing and Michael working at Apple.
Kathleen (Huber) Parker '12, M.S. '15 and Andrew Parker '12 were married at Mission Santa Clara on June 27, 2015. They celebrated with several Bronco friends and family including bridesmaids and groomsmen Kim Aagaard '12, Mari Katsura '12, Lizzie Mercado '12, Chris Barna '12, and Michael Busch '12.
Kamila Lambert '12 founded Edible Urban Farm, a business that empowers people to grow their own fresh, organic food. She sparked her interest in urban farming while working at Santa Clara University's community vegetable garden, The Forge. She wondered what was stopping people from turning their thirsty, unproductive lawns into beautiful, productive vegetable gardens. Brendan Ruiz '12 joined Edible Urban Farm after working as a youth garden educator at Middlebrook Center for Urban Sustainability. A lifelong interest in human ecology led Brendan to study anthropology at Santa Clara University and to grow his own food at his home in Santa Clara. When he's not farming, he enjoys climbing rocks, making music, and being an organism.
Sage Cho MBA '12 writes, "I just got a new job as an assistant director, Business Development, at Ernst & Young."
Abe Gupta and Vaishali Bhatnagar J.D. '12 wed on Valentine’s Day 2015 at Hayes Mansion in San Jose.
Thomas Tatum '13 has joined the firm White Oak Global Advisors as senior analyst of Originations. Tatum is responsible for supporting the originations team with preliminary diligence and analysis. Prior to joining White Oak, Tatum served as an analyst at Medley Management Inc., focusing on portfolio servicing and underwriting. Tatum began his career as an analyst at Balyasny Asset Management, responsible for idea generation and fundamental research. White Oak Global Advisors, LLC, is an SEC-registered investment adviser that directly originates private debt financings to middle market companies to support growth initiatives. White Oak’s product suite includes asset-based secured term loans, cash flow based term loans, unitranche facilities, rescue and debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings, in/out of court restructurings, acquisition and capital expenditure facilities and other structured finance instruments. With more than $1.8 billion of invested and committed capital*, White Oak has made 87 direct debt investments in companies with enterprise values between $50 million and $1 billion across a diverse range of industries and sectors. White Oak is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in New York, Denver and Atlanta.
*The Firm’s AUM is estimated as of 6/30/2015, and includes the regulatory Assets under Management in addition to the uncalled capital commitments of the separate accounts managed by the Firm.
Chloe (Wilson) Sommers '13 married Ron Sommers III (Boston College '13) on July 19, 2015, in Snohomish, Washington. The two met while serving as Jesuit Volunteers in Omak, Washington, after college. Ron and Chloe currently reside in Chicago, where Ron attends the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Chloe currently studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law as a recipient of the Civitas ChildLaw Fellowship. Both will graduate in 2018.
Brent H. Otto, S.J. M.Div. '14 is one of 28 Jesuits ordained into priesthood this summer by the Society of Jesus, the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. Otto, 35, grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts. In 2006, he was sent to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy and completed a joint master’s program in International and Global History from Columbia University in New York and the London School of Economics. He is a board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. He is working on his LST at the Jesuit School of Theology.
Leah Gonzalez '14 is currently working as a post-production assistant and is thrilled to be able to continue writing for Santa Clara Magazine as well.
Andrew Azzarello '14 writes, "Celebrating one year at Lockton Insurance Brokers!"
Franchesca Yamamoto '15 received the Charles and Barbara Hazel Outstanding Student in Economics Award. She was selected by Santa Clara department facutly for her academic performance in the discipline combined with strong leadership skills, commitment to service, and potential for professional success.
Kristin Wendel '15 received the Albert F. Bruno Outstanding Student in Marketing Award. She was selected by Santa Clara department facutly for her academic performance in the discipline combined with strong leadership skills, commitment to service, and potential for professional success.
Tuyet-Anh Ta '15 received the Professor O. Robert Anderson Outstanding Student in Accounting Award. She was selected by Santa Clara department facutly for her academic performance in the discipline combined with strong leadership skills, commitment to service, and potential for professional success.
Jessica Elaine Sullivan '15 received the Leavey School of Business Service Award. She was nominated by faculty for exemplifying the mission of the University, as well as for demonstrating academic excellence, leadership, and dedication to the Leavey School of Business. She is currently working as a digital marketing specialist at FireEye Inc. and volunteering in her local community.
Martin O. Silva, S.J. M.Div. '15 is one of 28 Jesuits ordained into priesthood this summer by the Society of Jesus, the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. Silva, 53, was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He received an MBA from Pepperdine University. Missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at San Quentin State Prison. After ordination, he will serve at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood, California.