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Grace Wu ’10 and Aung Lwin Oo ’11 welcomed baby boy James on Feb. 22, 2017. The family lives in Yangon, Myanmar.
Ruben Dario Villa ’10 is making headlines for his mosaic of Frida Kahlo. Titled Frida4587, the piece is made up of 4,587 pieces of Chiclet gum. Villa writes, “My Frida piece is an expression of my personality. It’s nostalgic. It’s vibrant. It’s catchy and kitschy at the same time.” In addition to his artistic pursuits, Villa works as a visual designer for Google Maps. It was this very experience that inspired the mosaic. He is also founder and CEO of Fúchila Fresheners, a Chicano and Latino pop culture–inspired line of air fresheners. (Fúchila is a phrase used when something is smelly or off-putting.) But Villa isn’t done yet. He’s planning to create another Chiclet mosaic of La Virgen de Guadalupe—and land a Guinness World Record for it.
Elizabeth (McCarty) Baumeister ’10 married William Baumeister on Aug. 12, 2017, at McArthur Burney Falls State Park. They live in San Jose with their two cats, Tormund and Nymeria.
In the fall of 2008, Marc Trasolini ’12, MBA ’16 and Kortney (Wynn) Trasolini ’12 met in a Business 70 class. They were both first-year students. Kortney was a 5-foot-4 accounting major, and Marc was a 6-foot-9 finance major, who also happened to be at SCU on a full basketball scholarship. They became friends and started dating in March 2009. Marc had a tremendous career at Santa Clara, averaging 12.5 points per game and 6.1 rebounds during his four years on the team (he is also ranked No. 9 in career points scored.) After graduation, Marc stayed an extra year to study for his MBA and play one final season of eligibility in basketball, and Kortney received a job offer at Price-Waterhouse, passed her CPA exams, and started her career. Leaving Santa Clara in 2013, Marc signed on to play professional basketball in Europe, and their long-distance relationship began. He played three seasons in Italy before Kortney was able to join him in Europe. During the summer of 2015, Marc proposed to Kortney in the Mission Gardens at SCU, where they had enjoyed many picnics together. After spending a year living and playing basketball in France, the couple married in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is Marc’s hometown. Their reception was held at the Marine Drive Golf and Country Club, with 185 guests attending. Marc and Kortney Trasolini currently live in Hokkaido, Japan, where Marc is playing pro basketball and Kortney has continued her accounting career as an independent accounting contractor.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated Elizabeth Mendez ’13 for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in Spanish. While at SCU, Mendez triple-majored in political science, ethnic studies, and communication. She works for NBC as a producer in New York.
Eric Blank J.D. ’13 has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as an intellectual property attorney in its Mountain View office. He is responsible for helping Schwabe stay on the cutting edge of the intersection of the global economy and the tech industry. Blank’s focus includes the prosecution of inventions and communicating with inventors and decision makers in high-tech environments through partnerships with clients in the field.
Kelsey Dedoshka ’14 joined Apple a year ago as a software engineer. She recently presented at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2017).
Sarah Wright ’15 is the 2017 recipient of the Dunlap & Ludwig scholarship, which is awarded to students who are committed to making a difference in their communities. Sarah is now pursuing her master’s in social work at the University of Southern California.
Matt Peters ’15 is the new assistant director for Chapters & Groups. Raised in Southern California, he spent two years with the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education in Portland, Oregon, teaching under-resourced middle school children while obtaining a graduate degree in education. As a student, Peters worked in the Housing Office and was a community facilitator in Dunne. He is thrilled to rejoin the Santa Clara community, where he will be serving the Asian Pacific Islander, Black, and Chicano Latino identity-based groups, along with the following regional chapters: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, and Washington D.C.
Nancy Orocio ’15 spoke at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Women’s Leadership Breakfast. As a “Dreamer” she highlighted her ability to overcome hardship and achieve success. She writes, “I talked about being an undocumented immigrant growing up in the Bay Area and how I was able to achieve my dreams despite these challenges. I was blessed to have the support of the Jesuits at Santa Clara University, mentors at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and my family to help me achieve my dreams. I now work as an immigration counselor for a nonprofit agency in San Jose.”
Brittni Vargas ’16 and Breana Vargas ’16 will be performing in the Portuguese version of Broadway’s Carnaval, with shows all over the Bay Area and California in February 2018. They are both starring in the production “Os Portugueses em Paris” under the group Do Carnaval Ao Céu.
Twitter @brittbreav Instagram @brittniannv, @breanamariev Youtube: Brittni and Breana For more information follow their group, Do Carnaval Ao Ceu, on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DoCarnavalAoCeu/
Francis Estacio ’16, M.S. ’17 and Taylor Mau ’18 presented a poster, “NanoGrid: A path to energy efficiency and renewable energy,” at IEEE SusTech 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jake Ososke ’17, M.S. ’18, Grant Mishler ’18, Dante Dalla Gasperina ’18, and Collin Walther ’18 are the winners of the San Jose Earthquakes Entrepreneurial Design Challenge, earning the grand prize of $2,000. The group presented an augmented reality app that leads attendees around the Earthquakes’ stadium while trying to get a soccer ball into a goal. More than 60 students and local Silicon Valley engineers participated in the SoE Fall Mentoring Reception this past week.
Alex Choulos ’17 co-authored a journal paper with researchers at Yahoo Research and Drexel University titled “Product review summarization through question retrieval and diversification.” The paper, published in Information Retrieval Journal, uses a recurrent deep neural network to measure the “answerability” of questions with respect to product reviews.