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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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Biddle, Lydia

Lydia Lorraine Biddle ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Milwaukee, Wisc. at Holy Wisdom Academy, a Catholic school serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

submitted Jan. 12, 2011 1:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Benjamin, Britany
Brittany Rose Benjamin ‘10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Phoenix, Ariz. with Central Arizona Shelter Services, a nonprofit that provides shelter and supportive services to homeless adults and families.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 12:38P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Barmore, Rachel
Rachel Barmore ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Austin, Texas at St. Louise House, an apartment style long-term supportive housing program. Its mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for homeless women and their children.

 

submitted Jan. 12, 2011 1:02P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Arcaro, Julie
Julie Arcaro ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Francisco, Calif. at the San Francisco Network Ministries, which provide a wide range of effective and compassionate service including computer training, affordable housing, kids programs, a safe house for prostituted women, memorial services for poor and homeless people, pastoral care for those with AIDS, and political advocacy regarding issues that affect the Tenderloin and its people.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 1:12P
'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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Alexander, Gabrielle
Gabrielle Rose Alexander ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in St. Louis, Mo. with St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 12:59P
'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 appearing in the new play Animals, presented by Wide Eyed Productions, which follows a group of “twenty-somethings” kicking around their suburban hometown. The play is running as part of the FringeNYC Festival 2012 at the Kraine Theatre in New York City in August. Adams is also working on his MFA at the New School for Drama.

submitted Aug. 12, 2012 2:07P
'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

UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Winters, Emmett

Emmett Winters '11 and Alyson Okamura ’10 on May 25, 2012, at The Modern Honolulu in Hawaii.

submitted Aug. 11, 2012 4:47P
GRD Engineering '11
Warms, Mikell

Mikell Warms '11 is currently a graduate teaching assistant at Colorado State University. 

submitted Aug. 9, 2011 2:40P
'11
Vetto, Mark

Mark Vetto '11 is currently serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Syracuse, N.Y., with Catholic Charities of Onondaga County - Emergency Services.

submitted Oct. 19, 2011 1:56P
'11
Vetto, Mark

Mark Vetto ’11 is in his second year as a Jesuit Volunteer with Mental Health Advocacy Project, in San Jose, Calif. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.

submitted Oct. 10, 2012 11:18A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '11
Tunison, Corina (Morales)

Corina Morales '05 married Jeff Tunison '04 at the Santa Clara Mission on July 30, 2011. The wedding party included Jackie Morales '08, Gabriel Morales '06, Cara Cage-Atencio '05, Mary Howard '05, Pat Baldwin '05, Andrew Allamby '04, and Dave Fernandez '04. Other family and friends in attendance included Irma Gonzalez-Morales '79, Octavio Morales '79, Robert Gonzalez '79, George Gonzalez '90, Rose Gonzalez '83, Elizabeth (Gonzalez) Cargill '94, Danny Pariseau '07, Jared Atencio '04, Ashley Weber '05, Kaitlin Jernstedt '05, Kayla Villnow '05, Kimmy (Medica) Sam '05, Julian Sam '05, Dave Praklet '05, Anthony Soldato '05Kit (DiJulio) Soldato '05, Patrick McCarthy '05, Jen Oddo '05, Tony Vieceli '05, Erika (Garcia) Hernandez '05, Shannon Pelton M.A. '11, Mike Koontz '05, Joseph Martinez '04, Matt Upton '04, Ryan Wood '07, Kirk Fonseca '04, Will Wetherly '05, Megan Nelson '04, and Joe Quilici '79. The newlyweds currently live in Livermore, CA.

submitted Sep. 15, 2011 7:10P
'11
Totah, Lauren

Lauren Elizabeth Totah '11 serves in New Oreleans, Louisana with The Good Sheperd of Nativity Mission School through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The school supports students from underprivileged backgrounds with family incomes below the poverty line with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Donations and grants enable the school to cover the cost of tuition. Totah is teacher's assistant for the kindergarten classroom and a religious studies teacher for k-3 grades. She is the daughter of Paul Totah '79.

submitted Oct. 14, 2011 11:47A
'11
Titus, Hilary

Hilary Titus '11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose. 

submitted Oct. 19, 2011 1:53P
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
Simas, Lauren

Lauren Simas '11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Yakima, Wash. She works as a legal assistant at Northwest Justice Project. Simas helps lawyers in the office with their cases by gathering relevant documents and communicating to the clients about what is going on. Along withe building cases, she is engaged in client advocacy; currently she is helping elderly, low-income clients move from a dangerous living situation. Another important part of her job is migrant farm worker outreach. During the harvest season she travels all around the state of Washington visiting labor camps and handing out information to agricultural workers about their rights.

submitted Oct. 19, 2011 1:26P
'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 Engineering '11
Sathyanarayana Raju, Kumar

Kumar Sathyanarayana Raju M.S. ’11 writes: “Blessed with a little angel on Dec. 16, 2011. Having an amaaaazing time with her. The new life in our family has also brought some new ideas for development in mobile platform. I am currently designing it with one of my friends and looking for Mobile App Dev experts. Thank SCU for all the great moments while I was at and away from campus. Go Broncos!”

 

submitted May. 9, 2012 2:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Rosser, Robert

Robert J. Rosser '11 spent last summer in Tanzania, Africa, teaching at the Rift Valley Children's Orphanage. He has recently moved to New York City and is working as a sales associate for Green Mountain Energy Company, aiming to convert all of Manhattan's small businesses to clean, renewable wind power.

submitted Jan. 11, 2012 7:37A
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