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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.
Website: www.rkowert.com Twitter: @linacaruso
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.
Daniella Vallurupalli (Klopocki) ’09, Aneal Vallurupalli ’09, Paul Cecconi ’09, Summer 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike DeMaria '12 recently launched a consumer mobile application on the iOS App Store, Grow Invest. The TechCrunch article can be found here: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/29/grow-launches-its-app-for-socially-responsible-investing/
https://www.facebook.com/michael.demaria.1987 https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-demaria-40ab3b95 https://twitter.com/growinvesting http://growapp.us/
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.
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.
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.