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Allison Kopf '11 recently won the $50,000 grand prize at TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield. As a sophomore computer science and engineering major, Allison co-led the 2009 SCU Solar Decathlon Team to its third-place victory. Allison is CEO of Agrilyst, a company that helps “greenhouse operators run their operations more efficiently by pulling in data from sensors in the greenhouse and information about crop yields and other metrics.”
Gabriela Tunzi J.D. '12 and Martin Behn J.D. '12 were united in marriage on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Santa Clara Mission Church in Santa Clara, with Fr. Peter Abdella presiding. An outdoor reception was held at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View. Gabriela is the daughter of Dr. Marc Tunzi and Dr. Danielle Acton of Salinas. She is a 2005 graduate of Salinas High School and a graduate of UCLA and the Santa Clara University School of Law. Martin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Diane Behn of San Luis Obispo. He is a 2004 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Santa Clara University School of Law. Gabriela and Martin are both members of the California Bar. Gabriela works for San Mateo County; Martin works for a private law firm in Palo Alto.
Attendants for the bride included maid of honor, Dominique Tunzi, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids included college friend Vicky Sinnett-Smith, law school friend Crystal Roberts J.D. '12, and Whitney Behn, sister of the groom. Best man was Brendan Till, college friend of the groom. Groomsmen included law school friend Jake Smith J.D. '12, high school friend Max Benson, and Matthew Tunzi, brother of the bride. The couple make their home in the San Francisco Bay area.
Thomas Tatum '13 has joined the firm White Oak Global Advisors as senior analyst of Originations. Tatum is responsible for supporting the originations team with preliminary diligence and analysis. Prior to joining White Oak, Tatum served as an analyst at Medley Management Inc., focusing on portfolio servicing and underwriting. Tatum began his career as an analyst at Balyasny Asset Management, responsible for idea generation and fundamental research. White Oak Global Advisors, LLC, is an SEC-registered investment adviser that directly originates private debt financings to middle market companies to support growth initiatives. White Oak’s product suite includes asset-based secured term loans, cash flow based term loans, unitranche facilities, rescue and debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings, in/out of court restructurings, acquisition and capital expenditure facilities and other structured finance instruments. With more than $1.8 billion of invested and committed capital*, White Oak has made 87 direct debt investments in companies with enterprise values between $50 million and $1 billion across a diverse range of industries and sectors. White Oak is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in New York, Denver and Atlanta.
*The Firm’s AUM is estimated as of 6/30/2015, and includes the regulatory Assets under Management in addition to the uncalled capital commitments of the separate accounts managed by the Firm.
Chloe (Wilson) Sommers '13 married Ron Sommers III (Boston College '13) on July 19, 2015, in Snohomish, Washington. The two met while serving as Jesuit Volunteers in Omak, Washington, after college. Ron and Chloe currently reside in Chicago, where Ron attends the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Chloe currently studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law as a recipient of the Civitas ChildLaw Fellowship. Both will graduate in 2018.
Alexandria Shearer '13 has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to further her work on applications in heterogeneous computing. During her time at SCU, she was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and the University Honors Program. She was also a SWE ViaSat Scholar, a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar, and she won an NSF Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship. Alexandria expects to complete her Ph.D. at U.C. San Diego in 2018.
Paige Webster '14 has joined the Alumni Relations team as the new assistant director of Student & Young Alumni Programs. Paige graduated from Santa Clara with a major in sociology. She has spent the past year as an assistant director in the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy. Paige brings her Bronco passion, program development skills, and a creative lens toward engaging our students and young alumni to our team. Paige manages the Student~Alumni Council, as well as a group of young alumni ambassadors to implement a variety of events and programs. She will be working alongside Frankie Bastone '15 to bring about the 2nd Annual Young Alumni Soiree. Paige will also be working on the Grand Reunion classes of 2011 and 2016.
Campbell & Associates, a personal injury law firm, named John Thomas Ryan J.D. '14 an associate attorney based at the firm’s Eden office. Previously, Ryan served as a law clerk at Google Inc. in California.
Former Santa Clara standout John Lamble '14, winner of 81 career singles matches during his time as a Bronco, captured his first professional title in doubles over the weekend.
Partnering with Alan Kohen from Argentina, the duo rolled through the field at the USA F23 Futures event in Edwardsville, Ill. en route to the final on Sunday. In the tournament-deciding match, Lamble and Kohen came back to down the Great Britain pairing of Scott Clayton and Richard Gabb by a score of 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-7.
"I'm very proud of John and the momentous accomplishment that he has just accomplished in his professional career," said Santa Clara Head Coach Derek Mills. "John was a terrific player when he was a Bronco and I'm happy that he has continued his success at the next level."
While competing at Santa Clara, Lamble racked up three All-WCC Doubles Team awards, two All-WCC Singles accolades, and was a highly ranked player in the conference as well as the Northwest Region on a consistent basis. The Saratoga, Calif. native ranks second all-time on both Santa Clara's singles and doubles wins lists. In his final year on the Mission Campus in 2013-14, Lamble tallied 21 victories in singles competition and completed a near-perfect 15-2 mark in doubles action.
Chris Dasgupta '14 has joined SCU's Alumni Relations teamstarted as an assistant director of Chapters & Groups. Chris majored in political science/international relations and minored in philosophy. He has traveled to six countries so far and has lived and worked in both the UK and India. For the past year, he worked for an NGO that fights against human trafficking in Mumbai, India. Chris will be managing events and chapter leadership for the following areas: Central Coast, Fresno, India, Las Vegas, Marin, Monterey/Salinas, New York, Orange County, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. He will also be managing our three ethnic alumni chapters: African American, Asian Pacific Islander, and Chicano Latino... and will be working with Kendra Kliesen on the Class of 1976 Grand Reunion Committee!
Christine Cate ’14 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with San Diego Youth Services as a residential counselor and is also volunteering as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line.
Melissa Bica '14 has created a data mining tool called RendezView. Using Twitter data, the program helps data analysts by displaying relationships, patterns, and new insights that are often lost or missed when looking through a database or an Excel spreadsheet.
As a Computer Science PhD student at University of Colorado Boulder, Bica studies crisis informatics—a type of human-centered computing with real-world applications for social benefit. Bica got her first taste of using computer science for social benefit in a class at Santa Clara taught by Silvia Figueira, an associate professor of computer engineering and director of the on-campus Frugal Innovation Lab. Under the direction of Figueria, Bica and her classmates created computer applications for social benefit and the first of now many applications that aid the homeless.
Another experience, which was one of the most significant parts of her undergraduate career, was the fellowship she did through the Global Social Benefit Institute–which is housed under the newly renamed Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. In the summer of 2013, Bica traveled to rural India where she worked with two social enterprises, Anudip and iMerit, to provide technology training to women.
According to Bica, RendezView is still in the prototype phase, but ideally she would like to see it developed into a website that would allow users to upload their own data and run the program on it.
Amy Bernstein '13 was promoted to the position of public relations and marketing associate at SurfMedia. Bernstein leads media relations and marketing campaigns including media sponsorship and advertising coordination for a variety of non-profit clients across Santa Barbara County. Prior to joining SurfMedia in 2014, Bernstein interned with Special Olympics Santa Barbara, Direct Relief, and Breathe California, a nonprofit that raises awareness for clean air and healthy lungs. While studying at Santa Clara, Bernstein was the vice president of membership for The Communication Honors Society, where she recruited new members and promoted events. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading and finding new recipes.
Andrew Azzarello '14 writes, "Celebrating one year at Lockton Insurance Brokers!"
Adam Whalen '15 says, "I graduated in 2015 with a BS in Biology and Public Health Science. I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a year-long intentional service organization that focuses on community, spirituality, simple living, and social justice. I live in Baltimore, MD with three other JVs, two of which graduated my year from Santa Clara as well (Patrick McDonell '15, Cameron Coulter '15). I am the Program Coordinator for Back on My Feet Baltimore. Back on My Feet is a national non-profit that uses running as a way to empower individuals who may be recovering from addiction, returning from incarceration, or at risk of becoming homeless. We run with our teams each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the year at 5:30 am. As Program Coordinator, I work with each Member to track their progress through the program, and help them to achieve their personal goals of education, employment, and sustainable housing on their path to self-sufficiency. And I'm just about to start training for my first half marathon in April!"
Since graduation, Malu Veltze '15 has been traveling throughout Southeast Asia for various humanitarian endeavors. In October, with a Canadian NGO in Nepal, Veltze photographed schools that were destroyed by the earthquake to promote awareness and raise funds to rebuild the schools. In November, she traveled to Cambodia and launched a 24-hour CrowdRise fundraiser called "86,402 seconds in Cambodia." It has since raised over $15,000 to bring eye exams and glasses to the local community. Now she is in Jakarta, Indonesia, working on a photo series.
Veronica Solorio ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Tucson.
Madeline Regan ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW with Low Income Housing Institute/Urban Rest Stop in Seattle.
Patrick D. McDonell ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Public Justice Center, in Baltimore.
Genevieve Magnan ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with New Avenues for Youth, in Portland, Oregon.
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Suzanne (Lyons) Colvin '00, M.A. '15 loved her time at SCU so much that she decided to go back for more! Suzanne completed her master's in educational administration in June 2015. She is currently the Leadership Academy director and AP biology teacher at Presentation High School, in San Jose. Suzanne lives with her husband, Brent, and their cats in San Jose.
Charlotte Coe ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Nativity Prep Academy in San Diego.
Frankie Bastone '15 is SCU's new assistant director of Student & Young Alumni Giving. No stranger to University Relations, he was involved with the Senior Gift Committee, which he will now oversee, and worked in a number of different roles as a student employee with the Alumni Association. In his new role, Frankie will be responsible for the Student Philanthropy and Senior Gift programs; the Santa Clara Fund letter writing program; the Sprinksgiving event; Young Alumni giving one to four years out; and will partner with the assistant director of Student & Young Alumni Programs, in Alumni Relations, to administer the Young Alumni Soiree.
Hackworth Engineering Ethics Fellows Clare Bartlett '15, Nabilah Deen '15, and Jocelyn Tan '15 have published nearly 40 engineering ethics cases from Silicon Valley and beyond, intended to acquaint engineering students and professionals with the variety of ethical experiences of engineering as practiced "in the field." In this series, the best of these cases have been written, anonymized, and honed to highlight their ethical content, ranging from the mundane to the deadly. Since nearly all of the cases occur in the context of business, and therefore are also relevant for those seeking business ethics cases.
Parker Atkinson ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia.
Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, welcomes Nicholas J.C. Santos, S.J., Th.M. '02, Ph.D. to its Board of Trustees. Fr. Santos brings a wealth of experience in Jesuit higher education. He is an assistant professor of marketing at the College of Business at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, and the co-director of Marquette’s social innovation initiative. He advises Marquette’s Alpha Sigma Nu chapter as well as the student chapter of Changemakers, which expands social innovation and entrepreneurship among students to help tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
A native of Pune, India, Santos holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in businessfrom the University of Pune; bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, also in Pune; a master’s in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University; and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Marquette University.
Prior to entering the Jesuits, Santos was an accountant for a chemical distributor and transportation company. As a Jesuit, he taught for eight years at St. Vincent’s College of Commerce in Pune, which has a special emphasis on providing business education to low-income students. He spent three years as a visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellow at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and was also involved with the Global Social Benefit Incubator program of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara.