Students Start Up
As fall quarter gets underway, the Mission Campus welcomes a talented group of new students.
Students have arrived back on campus and the academic community is settling into the daily routine of fall quarter.
Joining the Mission Campus this year is another group of talented new Broncos. Here are just a few of the new faces:
Helen Kassa ’20
Helen Kassa is an emerging social entrepreneur who has been involved in humanitarian and community services since she was an 8-year-old.
She is the founder of a humanitarian educational program in the U.S. and Ethiopia called Giving Hope to Kids Like Me, which uses education as a tool to help communities raise themselves out of poverty. And she participated with G.U.R.L.S. Lead, a leadership program that provides mentoring, training, and advocacy for girls and young women to help them become effective global leaders.
Kassa was recognized in May by Princeton University for the work she has been doing on education, poverty, and race.
Polina Edmunds ’20
Physical strength, artistry, and confidence make a skater great, says two-time U.S. figure skating silver medalist and Olympic and World team member Polina Edmunds. Her training (two to three hours a day, six days a week) includes conditioning and ballet practice.
The global attention of the Sochi games was intense, but the Olympic village had moments of levity. Athletes got around by bike, but U.S. figure skaters were prohibited by coaches out of concerns for safety. Other athletes would ask Edmunds if she wanted a ride on the handlebars. “No, thank you,” she'd say. Her next goal: making the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. “I’m proud to represent the Bay Area, and now I’m going to be representing SCU as well!” Grace Ogihara ’16
Riley Haase ’20
Riley Haase is in the incoming group of Johnson Scholars.
Riley is a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honors. He is an Eagle Scout and has also earned his Eagle Bronze Palm. He is an avid volleyball player and has played on his high school team for three years, a local club team for four years, and participated in many beach volleyball tournaments.
He is currently planning a charity volleyball tournament to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has served as a Youth Ambassador for JDRF since he was 7 years old, explaining the disease to local community leaders, seeking donations to help find a cure, and thanking donors for their support.
Throughout his senior year in high school, he served as the Youth Philanthropy Chairman for the One Drop Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to providing clean water and education on the use of clean water to those living in impoverished areas. In this role, he was responsible for raising awareness among youth about the significance of investing in clean water. He looks forward to receiving a well-rounded education encompassing philosophy, business, math, and literature while at Santa Clara.
In August, the School of Law welcomed 272 diverse, driven new students. They come from 24 states and six foreign countries, including China, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and the UK.
Some of those students are here through the innovative engineer-to-patent-lawyer program. Under the novel program, accepted students with an engineering or computer science background receive a chance to interview at several top Bay Area tech-law firms. This year, three students landed jobs and will be working full-time while attending law school part time. Deborah Lohse