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2017 Honorees

Student Honoree - Emma Hyndman

  • Emma is a senior who will graduate with majors in Political Science and Women’s Studies.
  • She leads the Amplify Project, which shares stories from anonymous survivors of sexual assault in The Santa Clara student newspaper.
  • Emma chose the book Difficult Women by Roxane Gay as her selected read.

Student Group Honoree - Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP)

  • SCCAP is a chartered student organization at SCU committed to creating a more humane and just world. SCCAP offers students an opportunity to volunteer in their community and to take a first-hand look at social justice issues.
  • Several of SCCAP’s community service programs involve tutoring programs where volunteers help students learn to read and encourage them in their educational pursuits.
  • SCCAP was nominated by their advisor Lori Durako and is led by student directors Alaina Boyle and Elleni Hailu.
  • The poster features members of SCCAP holding their favorite books, including Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes were Watching God, The Road to Character by David Brooks, and Untold Stories: Life, Love, and Reproduction, which was previously featured as the University Library’s Book of the Quarter.

Faculty Honoree - Dr. Rose Marie Beebe

  • Dr. Beebe is an SCU alumna and has been teaching Spanish at Santa Clara for nearly 40 years.
  • Her book about Junipero Serra, which was co-authored with her husband, Santa Clara history professor Robert Senkewicz, was one of Choice Magazine’s top 25 Academic Titles for 2015.
  • She was nominated by 10 of her students for her enthusiasm and passion for reading.
  • Dr. Beebe chose Cervantes' Don Quixote as her selected read.

Staff Honoree - Rev. Laura Brekke

  • Laura is an ordained Presbyterian minister who focuses her ministry on interfaith engagement. Since 2013 she has served as Director of Religious Diversity at SCU.
  • She is known for modeling ways that students and everyone in our community can respectfully build understanding and relationships across religious differences.
  • Laura chose The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley as her selected read.

Alumni Honoree - Mariel Caballero '02

  • Mariel graduated from SCU in 2002 with a degree in political science, anthropology, and music. She later earned her Executive Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

  • Mariel is a leader both professionally and through her volunteer work in the community. Since 2013 she has worked for the County of Santa Clara Probation Department as a Program Manager of the Violence Reduction Program.

  • She is currently the Co-President of Santa Clara’s Chicano Latino Alumni Group, which brings together alumni of Latino backgrounds to create community from their shared experiences.

  • Mariel selected Little Women by Louisa May Alcott as her selected read.