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GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '08
Kowert, Rachel (Kowert)

The world of video games can be a treacherous place for many parents. Always in the forefront of the press, the intersection of video games, violence and antisocial behavior worries many parents, but a lot of the studies released to the public give a very narrow glimpse into the effects of video games. Inspired by her time at SCU, Rachel Kowert M.A. '08 wrote her new book, "A Parent's Guide to Video Games," which sets out to provide moms and dads with a reliable resource of information and advice backed up by over 100 scientific studies on video games and the way they affect physical, social, and mental development among children. "A Parent's Guide to Video Games" investigates the issues of video game addiction, worsening ADHD symptoms through extended game play and the correlation between aggression and violent games. A graduate of the University of York, Dr. Kowert doesn't just look into some of the potential negatives of game play; she also investigates the positive ways that video games can impact children. This guide will help parents look at all the information the scientific community has gathered as they try to decide what games to choose for their children and whether they want their kids playing games at all. Her hope is that this book will become a guidebook for parents, teachers, and clinicians who are concerned about the ever increasing media consumption (especially of video games) for young children and adults.

Contact Rachel
Website: Twitter: @linacaruso
submitted Dec. 1, 2016 9:55A
UGRD Leavey Business '08
Bates, Amanda (Martin)

Amanda Martin Bates '08 married Daniel Bates on June 4, 2016 at Mission Santa Clara surrounded by their family and friends. Reception followed at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose. Fellow alumnae in attendance included: Allison Walewski '08, Grant Cassingham '08, Kiely Nose '08, Terri Bowles Reynolds '08, Hannah McCarthy Crowder '08, Andrew Shepard '03, Julianne Hausle Garnett '00, and Dave Garnett '98. Other alumnae include: Lisa Fiscalini Hausle '75 and Steven Hausle '74.

submitted Jan. 19, 2017 9:41P


Vallurupalli, Daniella (Klopocki)

Daniella Vallurupalli (Klopocki) ’09Aneal Vallurupalli ’09Paul Cecconi ’09Summer Lynn McCormick ’08, and Nicole Qaqundah ’07, members of The Saint Francis Foundation Associates, helped raise more than $100,000 for the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership with the nautical-themed fundraiser: The 8th Annual White Caps & Night Caps. Put on by the Associates, a group of young professionals within the Saint Francis Foundation which benefits Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and the community in which it serves. The event was held on October 22, 2016, at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco, and attracted 250+ people. The Associates have raised $216,000 for the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership in the last two years, and five of its 11 board members are proud Broncos (with Mrs. Vallurupalli serving as Board Chair).

Contact Daniella
submitted Nov. 14, 2016 2:27P
UGRD Leavey Business '09
Perna, Justin

Justin Perna '09 is engaged to Danielle Kieckhefer, and will be married in Chicago in August 2017. He currently manages the brokerage operations at TradeStation Securities, and is building a team in Chicago. Justin was the co-founder of the Santa Clara University men's ice hockey team in 2007.

submitted Sep. 17, 2016 2:37P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '09
Kowert, Rachel (Kowert)
see year 2008
Findley-Thorn, Kaitlyn (Bailey-Findley)

Taylor Thorn '08, MBA '15 and Kaitlyn Findley-Thorn (Bailey-Findley) '09 married in a public ceremony on September 3, 2016 in Orange County California, following a private ceremony at the Santa Clara Mission the week before. The two Broncos first met during the inaugural year of the SCU Pep Band. Their wedding was attending by 21 fellow Broncos, including 11 from SCU Pep Band: Andrew Willingham '08, Colby Johnstone '09, Ben Childs '09, Aaron Tennis '08, Jannee Campero '08, Christopher Furnari '08, Dave Harding '09, Nicholas Welter '09, Megan McCaleb '09, Claire McCaleb (Goldbach) '09, Kelly O'Donnell '09, Andrew Zembala '11, Jenny Sullivan '07, Kristina Schroeder '09, Tara Schaffner '11, AJ Perry '07, Brian Willingham '11, Alex Trimble '11, Barrett Bisignano '05, J.D. '12, Brittany Lowe '09, and Michael Prout '77.

submitted Oct. 24, 2016 11:47A
Baird, Paige (Fujiu)

Paige Baird (Fujiu) '09 and Kevin Baird are pleased to announce their marriage on October 28, 2016 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Other Santa Clara Alumni in attendance included Jordan Crary '09, John Beadle '09, Megan Allen (McCormick) '09, Erica Swoboda (Mawbey-Lance) '09, Mark Swoboda Jr. '09, and Alexandra Zaretsky '09. Paige is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at a private practice, and Kevin is the bassist of indie band, Two Door Cinema Club. They are looking forward to moving full-time to London, United Kingdom, in the spring of 2017.

submitted Jan. 18, 2017 10:43P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '09
Aguilar, Natalie (Lamar)

Natalie Lamar '09 married Michael Aguilar '09 on August 20, 2016. The couple met in Swig Hall their freshman year. Natalie is a pediatric nurse and Mike is a mechanical engineer. They live in Portland, Oregon.

submitted Nov. 25, 2016 11:58A


Wagner, Aly

Soccer star Aly Wagner '10 was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame for the Class of 2016. Wagner played for the U.S. Women’s National Team for ten years and scored the winning goal in the NCAA championship final, winning SCU the first ever outright National Title. She has also won two Olympic gold medals and played in two Women’s World Cups. To be eligible for the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, an inductee must have developed his or her skills in Santa Clara County, played or coached for a county team or school, and represented the county as an individual athlete or contributed in some extraordinary way to the greater San Jose community in a sports-related program or project. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 2, at SAP Center at San Jose. Aly still resides in the Bay Area with her husband Adam Eyre ’04 and their four children.

submitted Sep. 14, 2016 10:11A
Kim, Yudong

Yudong Kim J.D. '10 has joined Holland & Hart’s Boise office. Kim is a patent attorney and engineer who focuses on IP protection for clients with complex technology and processes. He has particular experience in the semiconductor technology industry, having worked for over two decades at Intel Corporation as a process R&D engineer and manager. Kim received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Korea University, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2016 8:35A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
WalkerLieb, Zach

Zach WalkerLieb '11 named top 30 Under 30 Realtors in the world by Coldwell Banker International for the year of 2016. Zach lives in his home town, fabulous Las Vegas.

Contact Zach
Cell: 702-743-9998
submitted Dec. 15, 2016 10:52P
Plescia, Marisa (Plescia)

Marisa Plescia '11 is currently living in France and Italy completing her graduate studies in cosmetic and fragrance chemistry. She has learned formulation of skin care products, color cosmetics, and perfumery and hopes to work in R&D.

Contact Marisa
submitted Nov. 7, 2016 1:42P
Patel, Amit
Amit Patel '09, M.S. '11 is a certified LEED Green Associate and Engineer in Training. He is a project engineer at SunPower Corporation, in San Jose, and an engineer and manager of the Drafting Department at A1 Solar Power. On campus in November, he and Angelica Escruceria M.S. '13 gave a talk to the Energy Club about their work designing residential and agricultural solar projects.


submitted Nov. 7, 2016 12:10P
Maples, Jason

Jason Maples J.D. '11, LLM '12 is a legal data expert for legal analytics and patent data science company Lex Machina. He previously served as a paralegal in the U.S. Army during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where he handled military, criminal, administrative and humanitarian law issues and managed journalists embedded with combat units. 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 8:35A
Berghoff, Kayla

Kayla Berghoff '11, daughter of Eric E. '86 and Madeline M. Berghoff '87, married Michael Dessel '11, son of Annette M. Naughten-Dessel '80 in the Santa Clara Mission on July 23, 2016, with Fr. Michael Zampelli presiding. Their wedding party included fellow Broncos Phillip Craig '11, sister Tessie Berghoff '18, Gregory Semenza '11, Karl Dupont '11, and brother Garrett Berghoff '16. The newlyweds are now living in New York City, where Kayla is working towards her M.F.A. in acting and Michael is a full time physical therapist.


submitted Sep. 21, 2016 4:51A


Rogers, Nathan
Nathan Rogers '12 may be construction manager on the Google Fiber project in Raleigh, North Carolina, but his real mission is to help others. In late 2015 Rogers co-founded Well Constructed, a 501(c)3 NGO dedicated to providing clean drinking water to Ghana's poorest rural regions. He took a week off from Google to launch the project in Bolgatanga, in the country's remote northeast. "The water situation is pretty bleak up there," he reported then; "I witnessed a physical altercation between three women, fighting for the last dirty water at the bottom of a dry stream... Our contractor completed construction and commissioned our first well, which will provide clean drinking water to about a thousand people."
By spring's end, Well Constructed had built seven wells serving about 7,000 people in Ghana's Upper East Region, all within 20 miles of the library built by SCU students. Rogers is currently taking a six-month leave of absence from Google to advance this and other projects, such as raising interest and awareness in STEM education and careers, working with Junior Achievement Africa to create a 12-week STEM Campaign for junior high and high school students in Sub-Saharan Africa, and teaching weekly coding classes to students in a small school outside the capital of Accra.
To contribute—a mere $100 provides clean water to 30 children who can remain in class longer instead of walking miles to fetch water—visit 
submitted Oct. 21, 2016 4:40P
Method, Greg
After graduation, Greg Method '12 and Joe Burke '12 set out to improve on an existing antiquated medical device product and completely redesigned the Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) device for use in post-surgical knee rehab. A connection was with orthopedic surgeon and five-time Olympic speed skating gold medalist Eric Heiden and customer Kinex Connect, they sold their startup and continue to work on the product.
They credit mechanical engineering Associate Professor Christopher Kitts and physics Associate Professor Philip Kesten with helping to instill an entrepreneurial mindset. "Dr. Kitts pushed us to think about commercial viability and assess industry need in creating a product that can be successful in a commercial environment, and Dr. Kesten helped cultivate the desire to keep moving forward, even when I didn't have anything other than an idea. Offering advice or just acting as a sounding board, he was a tremendous help in getting started. Those relationships are crucial. Mentorships, the support systems you find through Santa Clara—when someone believes you can do it, it helps you believe, too."
submitted Oct. 21, 2016 4:30P
Maples, Jason
see year 2011
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
DeMaria, Mike (DeMaria)

Mike DeMaria '12 recently launched a consumer mobile application on the iOS App Store, Grow Invest. The TechCrunch article can be found here:

Contact Mike
submitted Sep. 29, 2016 12:08P
Clarin, Ben

Ben Clarin M.S. '12 is a project manager at Electrical Power Research Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. The company brings together scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and the industry to help address challenges in electricity. Its ultimate goal is to provide society with safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity.


submitted Nov. 1, 2016 2:36P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Capovilla, Giordano

Giordano M. Capovilla '12 is enjoying his career at Deloitte in San Francisco, focusing on the growth of local technology companies. Having graduated a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he lives with brother Henry Eder '12 and brother William Rush '12, continuing to give back to the Iota Omicron chapter. He frequents the South Bay area, where he can be found front row of the Bronco basketball game supporting the new era of Coach Sendek.

submitted Jan. 11, 2017 9:16P
Blanco, Matt

Matt Blanco ’12, M.S. ’15, MBA '19 was invited to speak at the XXIV Annual Pacific Voice Conference, US Edition, held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in October. He also represented Santa Clara at the EU Edition of the XXIV PVC in Warsaw and Lublin, Poland, the same month.

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 8:26A
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