Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 2010s
Maung Aung Lwin Oo ’11 and Wai-Sze (Grace) Wu ’10 were married on Dec. 27, 2014, in Hong Kong, where Grace is from, and had another reception on Jan. 29, 2015, in Mandalay, Myanmar, Aung's hometown. The couple will move to Yangon, Myanmar, in later 2015. The couple loves to hear from SCU alumni in Myanmar.
Eric Pressberg ’10 was nominated a Peace Corps Malaria Hero. This competition honored individuals from across Africa that consistently went above and beyond the call of duty to fight malaria. Pressberg had been living and working in Zambia since 2012 as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving as an aquaculture specialist being active in his community.
In addition to his primary project of working to build fish ponds and encourage aquaculture to ensure food security, Pressberg worked with a local community health worker to interview individuals and gather data on mosquito net usage. Upon discovering that mosquito nets were often misused, they created a poster to promote proper usage. Over several weeks they toured the community, photo-documenting cases of proper usage. The best photos were turned into a poster that now hangs prominently at the local clinic.
Pressberg is now a graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Brittany Luckham ’10 received a PsyD, Doctor of Clinical Psychology with Concentration in Family Forensic Psychology on May 2, 2015 from Azusa Pacific University. She will begin a Fellowship with Children's Hospital Los Angeles in September.
Julienne Syme Lorenzen ’10 and Robert Lorenzen ’09 welcomed their first child, Theodore James, on Sep. 5, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.
Marisol Jimenez Gradilla ’10 will celebrate her 5th year wedding anniversary on April 8, 2015.
Megan Mills Fairbank ’10 married David Fairbank on July 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. The wedding party included Elise Norman ’10 and Kelly Weber ’10. The couple currently resides in Boston, Mass. They would love to hear from SCU alumni in the Boston area.
Chris Duchesne ’06 married Michelle Donecho ’05, M.A. ’10 on July 12, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis with a reception following at the Adobe Lodge. The wedding party included Matt Duchesne ’05 and Trey Miller ’13. The couple honeymooned in Maui and resides in Menlo Park.
Lisa Brogan '10 married another SCU Bronco, Brian Brogan '10, on Oct. 24, 2014, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California.
Kate Bradley '10 is pursuing a degree in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has taken her abroad to Kenya and Sri Lanka, and has more recently turned to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She hopes to continue to have the opportunity to work abroad in developing nations.
Justin Thomsen ’10 and Adriana Asdourian ’10 were married at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. The wedding party included Lindsey DeMicheli ’10, Samantha Duarte ’10, Giuseppina Chiaramonte ’10, Nicholas Gable ’10, and John Howard ’10. In attendance were Michael O'Sullivan ’10, George Durando ’09, and Benjamin Petrick ’10.
Greg Angelos ’10 married Dana Honzel ’10 on Aug. 30, 2014 in beautiful Sunriver, Oregon. The wedding party included Nicole Barrack ’10, Sarah (Angelos) Henscheid ’04, Kelly Angelos ’07, Colin Niedermeyer ’10, Chris Hipple ’10, Stephen Sih-Choi ’10, Julio Gomez ’10, Matt Roeckel ’10. Other notable guests included Drew Honzel ’78. The newlyweds live in Corvallis, Oregon, where they are finishing their graduate degrees.
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.
Jeffrey Adams '10 played the role of Happy in Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, Death of a Salesman. Adams spent much of his undergraduate studies dissecting the intricacies of the script and delving into its themes with each paper he wrote.
“I think it’s a beautiful play,” Adams told the Santa Clara Weekly. “I think it captures elements of every human emotion, and that’s something that’s hard to accomplish in a single piece of work. It has humor and tragedy, and I think it captures family dynamics in a really unique way... It makes you ask about what’s important to you. I think every performance should make the audience feel and make the audience walk away asking questions.” Death of a Salesman runs through April 26
Vivek Thakkar M.S. ’11 writes, "Got my dream job at Apple Inc. this year."
In mid-2014, Madeleine Sears ’11 and Sowmya Ayyar ’00 co-founded Prafull Oorja: Holistic Practices for All, a charitable trust in Bangalore, India, sharing yoga and other healing therapies with alternative populations, primarily special-needs children. The two look forward to welcoming SCU Global Fellows in 2015 and continuing the SCU-India connection.
Michael Ryan ’11 writes, "I started working for Tesla Motors in 2011 while finishing up my senior design project. Working up from a Product Specialist on the sales floor to a Store Manager in White Plains, it has been great having a mechanical engineering background from SCU. I encourage any and all Broncos globally to step foot into a Model S and feel the rush of electric propulsion. If you are in the New York area, please reach out to me. I would be happy to show you what electric vehicles are all about.
In Engineering 101 back in 2007, we were told to use the knowledge we obtained on campus for the good of mankind. I have now spoken and emailed over 50,000 people globally and seen owners grin at the sight of their new vehicles which have no tail-pipe. I'm excited to say that Tesla is now working on our second full production vehicle, a crossover called the Model X. Tesla vehicles, including the award winning Model S, have driven over 750 millions miles on electricity. The age of combustion for individual transportation will be coming to a close soon. With many more Broncos now at Tesla Motors, our alumni are on the front lines making a huge difference in the world of transportation.
I hope all is well in Sunny California. I opted to jump back to the temperate climate of the Northeast, but my attitude towards work, life and my fellow human being is always as positive and warm as the culture where I got my degree from in Santa Clara, California. Bronco for life!"
Michael Ryan MRyan@teslamotors.com 917-453-2540
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.
On Nov. 15, Robbie McGowan ’11 married college sweetheart Caity Happ ’11. They had a wonderful reception at Willow Heights Mansion in Morgan Hill. Several of their college friends attended the blessed ceremony. They currently live in Campbell and are adjusting to married life quite well.
Stephanie Lam ’05, MBA ’11 received top honors for her oil painting African Child III at Salon at the Triton: A 2D Art Competition and Exhibition. This distinction also won her a solo show at the museum in 2016.
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.”