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Family Weekend

The College of Arts and Sciences will present at the following Family Weekend sessions.

Friday, February 24

College of Arts and Sciences Tours

Art & Art History Tours
10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Meet @ Dowd Art & Art History Building
Student Ambassadors will walk guests throughout the entire building and showcase studio classrooms in sculpture, ceramic sculpture, computer labs, printmaking, photography, drawing, and painting classrooms. At the end of the tour, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a self-guided walk through the current "Threshold" exhibition.

Studio and Digital Cinema Facility Tour
11 a.m.
Meet @ Vari Hall, Lobby
Join us on a tour of our digital cinema production center where you will have an opportunity to see where our students produce, direct, and edit their films. Our production space includes state-of-the-art editing bays running industry-leading Avid software and a studio with the latest cameras and lighting gear alongside traditional film equipment.

Imaginarium Tour
11 a.m.
Meet @ Heafey Hall, Front Entrance
The Imaginarium staff will provide a guided tour of the equipment, facilities, and resources within the Imaginarium, specifically featuring student projects in research and practice in the areas of virtual reality, mixed reality, 3D modeling, digital art, and visualization.

Theatre & Dance Tour
11:30 a.m.
Meet @ Mayer Theatre
Student Ambassadors will walk guests through the Mayer Theater, the Fess Parker Theater, and our Dance studios.

Sobrato Campus for Discovery & Innovation Tours
10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Meet @ Sobrato Campus for Discovery & Innovation, North Lobby
Come take a student-led tour of the new STEM campus to see state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities available to students. Tours will run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. departing from the SCDI North Lobby.


Two Faculty Presentations

Habitat Restoration: It’s Not Just for Plants and Animals Anymore
1 - 2 p.m.
SCDI 3302
Virginia Matzek, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Media Psychology: Understanding the Effects of Social Media, Immersive Media, and AI
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Vari Hall Wiegand Room
David Jeong, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication


Meet the Dean Reception and Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Forum

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Vari Hall Foyer
Featuring the students listed below.


Saturday, February 25

Job and Internship Support

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Benson Memorial Center, California Mission Room
Katy Korsmeyer and Sarah Hays

Featured Students

The following students will be at the Meet the Dean Reception and Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Forum. Stop by to see their exciting work.

Anna Snyder '23

Anna Snyder

Major: Studio Art; Minor: Art History

Title:  Serenity: A Study of Light and Shadow

Hometown: Campbell, California

Plans: I plan to study art abroad in Barcelona.

Lauren Stein '23

Lauren Stein

Major: Art History, Economics

Title: June Wayne and the Tamarind Institute: Lithography in America, working with Maggie Walter

Hometown: Bellevue, Washington

Plans: I plan to take some time off and work as a legal assistant before applying to law school next Fall!

Maggie Walter '23

Maggie Walter

Majors: Marketing, Art History

Title:  June Wayne and the Tamarind Institute: Lithography in America, working with Lauren Stein

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Plans: I plan to work in art and marketing post-grad.

Sebastian Acevedo '23

Sebastian Acevedo

Majors: Biology, Environmental Science

Title: Feather DNA Solves Sex Determination Mysteries and Identifies Cryptic Species of San Francisco Bay Area Birds

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Plans: After graduation in the Spring, I will be working as a biological field technician for The Peregrine Fund in Nome, Alaska. We will be conducting research on nestling Gyrfalcons, Golden Eagles, and Rough-legged Hawks, including blood and feather sampling. I am also a semi-finalist for a Fulbright fellowship and awaiting final confirmation in April. If accepted, I would be traveling to Iceland for more Gyrfalcon research in September and returning to the US in May 2024.

Emily Arias '24

Emily Arias

Major: Biology; Minor: Biotechnology

Title: Silk nanofiber to film transformation in leaf litter Embioptera

Hometown: Claremont, California

Plans: Accelerated nursing program.

Jwwad Javed '23

Jwwad Javed

Major: Biochemistry

Title: Impact of aromatic residue placement on the helical structure of short peptoid oligomers in aqueous solutions

Hometown: San Jose, California

Plans: Applying to graduate school and pursuing a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.

Lindsey Aquistapace '23

Lindsey Aquistapace

Majors: Communication; Minor: Creative Writing

Title: Communication Capstone Project

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, California

Plans: Lindsey and her Los Angeles accent plan to move back home after graduation to work in the entertainment industry.

Agustin Pace '25

Agustin Pace

Major: Economics, Italian Studies; Minor: International Business

Title: Weaving it Together: The work and life of an Italian-American student

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Plans: Still early for me but I don’t plan to pursue a postgraduate education for now. I would love to see myself traveling often. In Italy of course but around the world.

Maddie Moran '24

Maddie Moran

Major: English; Minors: Spanish Studies, Philosophy

Title: Workshops and the Arts to Promote and Advance the Teaching and Continued Maintenance of Spanish in the Washington Community

Hometown: Alamo, California

Plans: I aspire to attend law school and eventually become a lawyer, using my Spanish language skills to represent Spanish-speaking clients. I also hope to return to Barcelona, where I studied abroad, and teach English to native Spanish speakers (if I have time before law school!).

Nicole Rumfola '23

Nicole Rumfola

Major: Economics, Ethnic Studies

Title: Ethnic Studies, the Diversity Requirement, and Multicultural Education

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Plans: I am going into nonprofit education work or teaching in under-resourced communities.

Sean Chamberlain '23

Sean Chamberlain

Majors: History, Philosophy

Title: Historical Perspectives: Undergraduate Journal of History, working with Bianca Romero

Hometown: Foster City, California

Plans: I'm applying to law school for next year.

Bianca Romero '23

Bianca Romero

Major: History, French & Francophone Studies

Title: Historical Perspectives: Undergraduate Journal of History, working with Sean Chamberlain

Hometown: San Jose, California

Plans: I have applied to be a teaching assistant in France.

Frankie Fazlollahi '23

Frankie Fazlollahi

Major: Computer Science; Minors: Computer Science & Engineering, Mathematics

Title: DOxy, working with Katherine Dunigan, Adam Graham, Naveen Govindaraju & Tushar Shrivastav

Hometown: Campbell, California

Plans: I am doing the B.S./M.S. program from the school of Engineering for Computer Science and Engineering so I will be returning in the Fall to continue pursuing my Masters.

Naveen Govindaraju '25

Major: Computer Science

Title: DOxy, working with Katherine Dunigan, Frankie Fazlollahi, Adam Graham & Tushar Shrivastav

Hometown: Cupertino, California

Plans: None so far, planning on crossing that bridge once I get there.

Katherine Dunigan '23

Katherine Dunigan

Major: Computer Science; Minor: Spanish Studies

Title: DOxy, working with Frankie Fazlollahi, Adam Graham, Naveen Govindaraju & Tushar Shrivastav

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Plans: I have a job for post-grad as a Technical Software Consultant at Pariveda in Seattle.

Adam Graham '23

Adam Graham

Major: Computer Science; Minor: Mathematics

Title: DOxy, working with Katherine Dunigan, Frankie Fazlollahi, Naveen Govindaraju & Tushar Shrivastav

Hometown: Sacramento, California

Plans: I'm getting my master's degree in engineering management at SCU.

Tushar Shrivastav '24

Tushar Shrivastav

Major: Computer Science

Title: DOxy, working with Katherine Dunigan, Frankie Fazlollahi, Adam Graham & Naveen Govindaraju

Hometown: Saratoga, California

Plans: Research in Graduate School or Industry Career.

Peyton Clark '23

Peyton Clark

Majors: Mechanical Engineering; Minor: Physics

Title: Fourier-slice dual-comb spectroscopy, working with Skyler Weight

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Plans: After graduation, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in either Mechanical Engineering or Applied Physics hopefully at the University of Washington, and eventually work in R&D involving materials science. I’d also like to spend some of this time traveling and climbing mountains.

Michael Nguyen '24

Michael Nguyen

Majors: Neuroscience, Music; Minor: Biology 

Title: Effects of Early-Life Trauma on Lifelong Immune Health

Hometown: Milpitas, California

Plans: After graduation, I will be taking a gap year while I apply to medical school. During this time, I plan to find employment in a clinical setting and continue conducting research in order to be well-prepared for medical school and my future career.

Emma Rutter '23

Emma Rutter

Major: Neuroscience, Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Dance; Minor: Biology

Title: "Twenty-Ton Shield"

Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

Plans: Gap year to work and prepare for grad school

Skyler Weight '23

Skyler Weight

Major: Engineering Physics

Title: Fourier-slice dual-comb spectroscopy, working with Peyton Clark

Hometown: Bellingham, Washington

Plans: Traveling/interning and then applying to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in physics, applied physics, or electrical engineering.

Calley Lwin '23

Calley Lwin

Majors: Political Science, Spanish Studies; Minors: Biology and International Studies

Title: Miller Center Fellowship 2022: Innovation Works

Hometown: Falls Church, Virginia

Plans: Semi-finalist for the Fulbright ETA Program in Panama (waiting to hear back); applying for Peace Corps and the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program in Spain as well.

Kailyn Pedersen '23

Kailyn Pederson

Major: Political Science; Minor: Philosophy

Title: Innovation Works

Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois

Plans: Traveling and working.

Lucy Schmidt '23

Lucy Schmidt

Major: Political Science, Anthropology; Minor: Japanese Studies

Title:  An Examination of Austin, Tx and Silicon Valley Fitness Industry Social Media Engagements and their Impacts on Young Adults

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Plans: I'm hoping to teach English abroad; I am a semifinalist for a Fulbright English teaching assistantship in South Korea and have also applied to the JET program in Japan.

Delilah Garza '23

Delilah Garza

Majors: Psychology, Child Studies; Minor: Public Health

Title: Understanding the Role of Socio-Economic Status in Conflict

Hometown: San Jose, California

Plans: Master's programs in Marriage and Family Therapy

Robert Gamble II '23

Robert Gamble II

Major: Public Health Science

Title: Valeriote Goldman Fellow - Recovery Cafe

Hometown: San Jose, California

Plans: I will be taking a gap year to focus on skill development and resume building before applying for graduate school . I plan to continue pursuing Epidemiology but would like to get a tase of the work force and/or research experience before obtaining my Masters and eventually my PhD.

Setareh Harsamizadeh Tehrani '23

Setareh Harsamizadeh Tehrani

Major: Public Health Science

Title: Valeriote-Goldman Public Health Leadership Program- Abode Service

Hometown: Fremont, California

Plans: plan to take one to two gap years working for a non-profit and then continue my education by going to a Master in Public Health (MPH) program. I have currently been accepted to a part-time position as a Youth Researcher Leader at ACEs Aware.

Grace Leete '23

Grace Leete

Majors: Sociology, Child Studies; Minor: Urban Education

Title: Nurture Africa Apprenticeship Retention Research — Miller Center

Hometown: Danvers, Massachusetts

Plans: Still searching…

Judith Li '23

Judith Li

Majors: Economics, Sociology; Minors: Environmental Studies, Sustainability

Title: Social Entrepreneurial Solution to Water Access in East Africa

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

Plans: I have applied to grad programs in organizational behaviors.

Cindy Chen '23

Cindy Chen

Major: Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Dance, Biology

Title: "Figure Framework"

Hometown: Monterey, California

Plans: I’ll be working as an Associate Product Manager for Medline Industries! I’m aiming to go to business school in the next few years to break into healthcare consulting or administration while building the skills to get involved in arts philanthropy.

Ashley Cook '23

Ashley Cook

Major: Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Dance, Communication

Title: "E.O.N. [Edge of Now]"

Hometown: San Jose, California

Plans: Get a job in marketing/film industry - eventually form a dance film production company.

Brianna Morales '25

Brianna Morales

Major: Theatre Arts

Title: "She Kills Monsters" Production Pamphlet

Hometown: Sacramento, California

Plans: I plan on going to graduate school for acting or directing, then eventually becoming a professor at a university.