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Showing class notes submitted in the last month by graduates in the 2010s
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.
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.
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.
Kristin Swenson ’07 married Graham Wilson on Sept. 3, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, which is where they reside. The wedding party included Ana Raab ’07, Lisa (Porter) McGaffey ’07, Erin Kunse ’07, Alix (Bogehold) Watson’07, and Laura Brown ’07.