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Family Weekend 2018

Family Weekend was a huge success. The College of Arts and Sciences had a number of sessions which drew large attendance and great positive feedback.

There were two faculty presentations on Friday:

Virtual  Reality and Digital Story Telling
Takeshi Moro, Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History 

Professor Moro and his research student will demonstrate new methods in 360-degree video experience in the new Imaginarium Lab, located in the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building. His project focuses on creating immersive interview experiences with the local Japanese American Senior partners: Yu-Ai Kai and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.

A Research Training Incubator at Santa Clara - BioInnovation in Action
Christelle Sabatier, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology & Tracy Ruscetti, Lecturer, Department of Biology

Students that engage in the practice of science through independent laboratory research experiences develop critical skills necessary for success in their educational and professional path. In the Training Incubator, students from diverse backgrounds and interests have the opportunity to pursue their curiosity about the natural world, design expirimental approaches to their questions, and communicate their findings. Drs. Ruscetti and Sabatier will share their vision for this unique laboratory at SCU and present some examples of student driven scientific discoverioes that have emerged from the incubator.



On Friday afternoon, Dean Debbie Tahmassebi hosted the Research and Creative Expression Forum featuring some of our exceptionally talented students: 

Double Major: History and Philosophy

Cedric Brenninkmeijer is originally from the Netherlands, but grew up around the world, spending a majority of his youth in Asia. He is inspired and engaged by the stories that people and cultures have to share. If not travelling to other countries or hanging out with friends, you'll find him reading books across many genres late into the night. He has applied to U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University for East Asian Studies. In the meantime he is looking for job positions in HR as a backup. His plans for after college are not set in stone, but he has and continues to do his best to ensure his options are open, whether pursuing his passions at graduate school or finding more traditional work.

Double Major: Ethnic Studies and History; Political Science Minor

Emma Chen hails from Edina, MN, and during her time at Santa Clara has served as a member of the Costume Construction Crew for SCU's Theatre & Dance Department, Personalities Editor for The Redwood, and co-editor of the 2018 edition of Historical Perspectives. Emma’s accolades include winner of the 2017 Nina Liebman Prize awarded by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; winner of the 2017 Giacomini Prize in History; and Honorable Mention at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference. After graduation she plans to take a year to test out internships in various fields and prepare for applying to graduate programs either in Ethnic Studies or in Costume Design.

Double Major: Child Studies and Psychology

A local student from Cupertino, CA, Gilly Dosovitsky is in her final quarter at Santa Clara University and will graduate in March. While at Santa Clara she has spent a lot of time in various research labs both in the Psychology and Child Studies departments as well as independently. She is passionate about issues relating to child and family well-being and look forward to pursuing a career in this field after graduation and plans to continue her education by pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Child Psychology.

Double Major: Communication and Political Science

Bridget Flaherty is from Appleton, Wisconsin. She is passionate about the arts as well as volunteer work, which she has gotten actively involved in during her time at SCU. She is an active member in Supertonic!, an a cappella group at SCU, as well as on the Leadership Team for the Student Ambassadors on campus. Additionally, she reflects on her amazing experiences studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and how this shaped the rest of her academic aspirations during her time as an undergrad student. She will enter the workforce after graduation and hopefully work for a Foundation or Nonprofit; her plan is to apply for Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) within two years of graduation. Her words to live by are, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." -Pablo Picasso.

Double Major: Studio Art and Art History 

Ciaran Freeman has been an active member of the Department of Art and Art History since first arriving at Santa Clara from Berkeley Heights, NJ in fall 2014. He has exhibited his work on and off campus including at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto and at Mission College in Santa Clara. In spring 2016, he presented his paper, "Set in Stone: Nationalist Narratives in Early 20th Century Mexico," at the de Saisset Museum's annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium. Following his sophomore year, he was awarded the Brooks Fellowship as well as an Undergraduate Student Research Travel Award to study 21st Century sculpture techniques at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO. As a junior he started the SCU Student Art League, creating more opportunities at a grassroots level for people who make and appreciate art on campus. He took a quarter off to look at art across Europe and attend a two-week winter residency at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland. In 2017 he was awarded "Best in Show," marking the first time a student has won "Best in Show" in two different mediums. He was also awarded the Art History Symposium Award for his paper presentation "The Avant-Garde and Kitsch: A Tale of Two Hats." For his work in the department, he was awarded the Mary F. and Gerald P. Sullivan, S.J. Scholarship. In the summer before his senior year, he was awarded a Jean Donovan Fellowship to write about the intersection of art and social justice for Commonweal Magazine in New York City. He was also awarded the Provost Office's Undergraduate Research Grant to head the artistic direction of a book project through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education's Thriving Neighbors Initiative. In fall 2017, he was the Student Artist-in-Residence at Recology in San Francisco. At the culmination of his Residency, he exhibited his first solo show in January 2018. Across campus, Freeman works as an Assistant Resident Director in Casa Italiana and has served as an immersion coordinator for trips to San Jose, the Arizona Border, and Guayaquil, Ecuador. He plans on taking a year off before entering into an MFA program in Visual Art.

Major: Neuroscience

Aidan Gallegos was born in Orlando, FL, and moved to Boston, MA, at the age of 5. He developed a musical interest at the age of 8 when he started playing the piano; he began playing the guitar a year later at the age of 9. What really sparked his interest in music was watching and listening to his dad, who is a professional jazz musician and a professor at Berklee College of Music. From seventh grade all the way through senior year of high school,he was involved in a pre-college Saturday program at the Berklee College of Music and had the opportunity to study both privately and in ensemble settings with full-time Berklee faculty. At SCU, he is a Neuroscience major on a pre-med track, and he plan to also minor in Spanish and Music. Aidan’s long-term goal is to be accepted to medical school, work as a pediatric neurologist in a hospital, and help children who have autism, cerebral palsy, and brain or spinal cord tumors. 

Major: Environmental Science; Biology Minor. 

Coming from Juneau, Alaska, Zachary Gianotti has always been interested in nature and the outdoors, but it was a summer job working as a naturalist on a whale watching company that drew him into ecosystem thinking and environmental science. On campus, he is a student assistant for the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and a leader with the outdoor club on campus, Into the Wild. Last year he was an Environmental Ethics Fellow for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, looking at the intersection of land, social and environmental justice, and the diverse motives of activists. He is interested in applied science, i.e., science that can be used to help solve societal problems. After graduation, he intends to work for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) for a year. Following that experience, he would like to work in industry for a time before returning to graduate school.

Junior Graduating December 2018

Major: Theater and Dance; Directing Emphasis

Lee Harrold is a wide-eyed nerd aspiring to democratize storytelling. An actor, director, and writer, he considers human experience the most valuable and often-sold stock of the 21st Century. With an interest in Theater Arts and Virtual Reality, Lee, who hails from Auburn, Washington, hopes to land an internship at a VR start-up in Seattle this summer. He is currently developing an online platform to meld the two, and you can find him on LinkedIn for updates! He was the director of Charisma earlier this quarter, and after graduation plans to use motion capture and virtual reality to create a live interactive storytelling platform.

Major: Psychology; Communication and Public Health Science Minors

Vanessa Kalach, who comes from San Diego, is the oldest of three girls and the first person in her immediate family to attend a four year college. She was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. when she was five years old. Her major and minors led her to a Pathway in Global Health which has sparked her interest for researching how institutionalized racism and socioeconomic differences influence mental and physical health in the future. She plans to conduct research studies to better understand how these differences influence mental health and how we can increase the accessibility for mental health care amongst populations that struggle to obtain the resources they need. Her research experience in the lab of Dr. Kieran Sullivan began by completing a pre-existing project she had started with two students who graduated before being able to publish their findings about online communication and relationships. She and colleague Amrita Ram presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Conference in San Diego last quarter, and they are now working to write up their findings and hope to publish their paper by the end of 2018. Aside from research, Vanessa also holds the position of Education and Advocacy for SCU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. She is also involved with Psi Chi and was nominated to form the inaugural class of the new Psychology Honors Program. She is planning to apply to a few graduate schools such as UCLA, USC, and Boston College, however, would love to take a year off to get involved in another research project at a university closer to home such as in UCLA or SDSU, and gain more clinical hours in a therapeutic setting (maybe at a behavioral therapy clinic for children diagnosed with autism), making her a stronger applicant for graduate school by giving her a better sense of what specialized grad programs she would like to apply for. 

Double Major: Political Science and Religious Studies; French and Francophone Studies Minor

Katherine Meyer, from Wheaton, IL, had the opportunity to Study Abroad in Strasbourg, France during the fall quarter of her junior year. She currently serves as a Research Assistant for Dr. Naomi Levy in Political Science. Last summer, she participated in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates in Civil Conflict Management and Peace Studies at the University of North Texas. Her research findings from the summer were submitted and accepted for publication in the fall 2017 issue of the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics; in addition, Katherine will present the project at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference this April. For next year she has applied to Master's programs in international affairs or [specifically] conflict resolution. After finishing school, she hopes to perform research for a non-profit organization focused on conflict transformation.

Triple Major: Biology, Spanish, and Public Health Science

Hailing from Portland, OR, Jason Nguyen is passionate about using his education and skills to support marginalized groups in order to ameliorate the disparities in our society, especially in health and health care. On campus, his passion has manifested in his involvement with organizations that support first-generation college students; Vietnamese-American students and students of color in general; children affected by a parent's cancer, and the LGBTQ+ community. After he graduates, he plans on obtaining a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology before attending medical school.

Double Major: Psychology and Biochemistry

Amrita Ram was born in Bellevue, WA and has stayed in the area her entire life. She entered Santa Clara as a Biochemistry major but quickly realized that she also loved Psychology. She is extremely passionate about working to improve the quality of life of the general population, and hopes to complete a Master’s in Psychology. Although not entirely sure what she will do after that, she is excited for the many possible options! Her research experience in the lab of Dr. Kieran Sullivan began by completing a pre-existing project she had started with two students who graduated before being able to publish their findings about online communication and relationships. She and colleague Vanessa Kalach presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Conference in San Diego last quarter, and they are now working to write up their findings and hope to publish their paper by the end of 2018. Beyond her research, Amrita is also a Neighborhood Representative at the Villas and the Secretary for SCU's chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She is also currently in training to receive her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification to begin work as a Behavioral Therapist at Trumpet Behavioral Healthy, for children with Autism and other behavioral disorders. She is extremely excited for the future and looks forward to the research that she will completing at SCU. 

Major: Biochemistry

From Santa Cruz, CA, Jacenda Rangel was inspired by the biology of the ocean as a young girl and decided to become a scientist. She was admitted to SCU with a strong determination to achieve a degree in biochemistry and she is one quarter away from doing so. Her first year here, she traveled to Nicaragua to volunteer in rural communities by providing much needed medical care. It was this trip that drove her to combine her love of science with her love of helping people. After graduation, Jacenda will apply to a Master's program in specialized nursing, and she hopes to continue scientific research, as well.

Recent Graduate December ‘17

Major: Communication; Art History Minor 

Hannah Vincent is a recent graduate of Santa Clara University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. She grew up on a farm in the small town of Dos Palos, CA. In the future Hannah wishes to combine her interest in agriculture and her knowledge in communication to work in the field of agricultural communications and marketing. 

Emma Chen '18 and Cedric Brenninkmeijer '18

Bridget Flahery '18

Ciaran Freeman '18

Zach Gianotti '19