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Joshua Ronen '13 is currently completing his studies at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in pursuit of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. He is in his third year clinical clerkships in Los Angeles, CA. During his time at RUSM he has served as the president of the Student Government Association, representing a student body of 1,500 at the school's island campus in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Amanda Dewey '13 and Kristian Borofka '14 were married on June 18, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. They were married by Dr. Laura Ellingson, professor of communication and women's and gender studies. The bridal party included Allison Kamiya '13 and Sarah McClammy '14. Ushers included Devin Wakefield '13 and Kelsey Ford '14. Ceremony music was performed by Christopher Wemp '13 and Claire Kunkle '14.
Karl Cook '13 continues to ride horses professionally. He has been riding since age 8 and has won numerous competitions. He considered quitting the sport after some poor performances in 2012, but he realized he could not imagine life without horses. After spending two months training in France, he changed his sitting style and hand positioning, and is having success on the track.
Alina Adams '13 is the CEO of Artveoli, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup that makes buildings healthier by converting CO2 into fresh Oxygen. Along with her co-founder, Anastasia Neddersen M.S '10, the duo participated in the latest Tech Crunch Startup Battlefield, a venture pitch and demo competition in New York City.
Xiaoyun Yang M.S. '15 works in the operations department at Apple in Silicon Valley. She attributes her success to her studies at the Leavey School of Business. "I had a chance to dive into the finance world," Yang says, "learning about different subjects from good professors. The courses were very practical. They pushed you to your limits, taking a theory and trying to apply it practically. In most courses you had to complete a project, which meant rolling up your sleeves and working with team members. It challenged your analytical skills and people skills, and for an international student like me, it was a good transition to the American business world.”
Also helping with that transition, she says, was the significant degree of career counseling and support from the University’s career office. "You really got a taste of what you need to do to get hired in your field. The career counselors did things like setting up career panels, teaching you how to use Linkedin, and showing how to prepare for a job interview.”
The MS Finance program, Yang says, “really prepared me in terms of speaking, presentation, communication, and understanding what’s happening in the business world. But what I really treasure most about it was the people I met — the professors and outstanding students. They were great people who helped me become better.”
Eric Stackpole M.S. '15, co-founder of OpenROV and creator of the OpenROV (open-source remotely operated vehicle) submarine, a low-cost underwater robot, was interviewed by YouTube channel, Tested, at the Maker Faire in May. The intention of OpenROV is to democratize underwater exploration by making tools capable of exploring the deep available to anyone. Stackpole has worked on numerous other projects that utilize telerobotics as a means for exploration, including piloting ROV submarines under the Ross Sea in Antarctica and developing low-cost spacecraft used to carry out scientific missions in low earth orbit. Check out his interview about OpenROV's new Trident Underwater Drone. Also read why Stackpole was named a White House Champion of Change, here.
Alyssa Kleiner '15, a recent soccer alum, has been acquired by the Washington Spirit from the Portland Thorns. In exchange, Portland is receiving defender Katherine Reynolds '10. Kleiner made her NWSL debut in 2015 and played in eight matches, including four starts, for Portland. At Santa Clara University, she helped her team to an NCAA Tournament as well as the 10th West Coast Conference championship. Says Spirit general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra, “I was impressed with Alyssa’s play last season. We believe that she has tremendous potential and will challenge for a starting role.”
Daniel Hunt '15 is one month away from finishing up his year as a Jesuit Volunteer through JVC and will continue working in education in Milwaukee, WI.
Stephanie Goodman '15 has been offered a Fulbright grant for the 2016-2017 year to go to Ghana, where she plans to evaluate the effect of enrollment in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme on trauma-related mortality, and examine impediments to enrollment. Goodman was last in Ghana as a Global Fellow, in Kumsai working at an NGO in addition to serving as an EMT. Since March, she has worked as the Performance Improvement Coodinator at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford, so she believes that her experience analyzing hospital flow will inform her research in Ghana.
The Santa Clara Alumni Association welcomes Liz Connelly '15 as an assitant director. Liz will be focused on being an Alumni Relations regional expert, engaging our Bronco community and building relationships across the globe. Liz has spent her last year in Scranton, PA, with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She was the Community Health Program Assistant for an organization called United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA. She received the St. Clare medal when graduating from SCU, was a Honzel Fellow with the Markkula Center, and worked as the assistant resident director in Swig. Liz and her family are from Spokane, WA, but don't worry—her loyalties lie with the Santa Clara Broncos!
Liz will be managing the following chapters and groups: African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Chicano Latino, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, and Washington, D.C.
Avery Unterreiner '16 received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to community service. Avery was an English major with a double minor in Communications and Urban Education with her favorites being creative writing and eco-literature. She is in the University Honors Program, was an orientation leader, and has served a variety of leadership roles in both the Santa Clara Community Action Program and the Associated Student Government. As an OL, remembering how nervous she was to come to SCU, she shared with incoming students how they could love the school too. In addition, as a Global Fellow with the Leavey School of Business, she spent seven weeks interning in Kolkata, India, her first time out of the U.S. She embraced a lifestyle of valuing community and learning above busy-ness, which is different from the efficiency-based culture the US has. She is staying on at SCU to pursue a master's in teaching and hopes to eventually become an English teacher.
Piper Thomasson '16 was awarded the Gracelyn Rillorta Bateman Student Inclusive Excellence Award, given by the University Council on Inclusive Excellence to a current student or student organization that has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment at SCU. Piper, a double major in Dance and English, is champion for social justice within the SCU community. Among her achievements has been in her role as the Program Coordinator for GASPED (Gay and Straight People Educating for Diversity) and guiding such efforts as Rainbow Prom, Drag Show and others. She was a founding member of the Santa Clara Dance Coalition and is passionate about the arts. This passion led Piper to be awarded the Anna Halprin Dance Award, awarded to the dancer in the Theatre and Dance department who demonstrates excellence and inclusiveness in dance and promotes the art of dance outside the department, as well the Charles Lampkin Award, given to an African-American student in theatre, dance, music, or communication who demonstrates commitment to their study along with interest in other diverse subjects. During the summer, she will be the Program Director at American Dance Training Camps in Squaw Valley. She plans to move back to the Bay Area afterward to audition for dance companies with choreographers whom she's worked with while at SCU.
Tiffany Sarchet '16 was presented with a Student Life Award in recognition of her contributions to the overall quality of life in the University community. Besides serving as a community facilitator for two years and currently as the assistant resident director in the Cyphi RLC, Tiffany has served as a Campus Ministry music intern, a writing partner at the HUB Writing Center, and has worked as a liaison to Campus Safety Services to bring the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program back to campus. Her long-term plans include getting a master's degree in public policy or public administration and then a J.D. to practice law.
Hayley Raquer '16, a major in Biology with a minor in Biotechnology, was awarded the Saint Clare Medal. This award is presented to the female graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. Haley is graduating with a 3.918 GPA. She is a member of the University Honors Program, a current research assistant in the Biology Department, is a board member and co-founder of the Santa Clara University STEM Alumni Panel which attempts to build relationships between Santa Clara and the local biotech community, and is the President and Founder of SCU Women in STEM. One of her favorite memories from Santa Clara was spending two summers in the research lab under Dr. Leilani Miller. She is moving to Washington, D.C. in July for a two year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease where she will study autoimmune diseases in a molecular immunology lab. She plans to pursue her PhD after that. She advises students to "be open to opportunities when they present themselves" and wants to thank her parents and the biology department and faculty for their support.
Harrison Price '16 works at EnviroIssues, an agency dedicated to developing and executing comprehensive public involvement, strategic communications, and outreach plans and programs by tackling some of the thorniest public policy and environmental issues of our day. Harrison has a wide variety of past work experiences in multiple sectors, all centered around lessening human impacts on the natural environment. At EnviroIssues, he draws on both his education--as an envionmental studies major and an anthropology minor--and past work to understand, communicate and find solutions to environmental, transportation and urban development challenges. When Harrison is not in the office, he is either riding his bike, drinking coffee, or exploring Puget Sound.
Aaron Poor '16 was presented with a Student Life Award to recognize his contributions to the overall quality of life in the University community. Aaron designed his own major in Sustainable Development through the Leavey School of Business. Aaron has been an Orientation Leader, President of the Ruff Riders, a Center For Sustainability's LOCALS liaison, and is the outgoing Associated Student Government Student Body President. This summer, Aaron is returning to YMCA Camp Orkila in the San Juan Islands as an Assistant Director promoting youth development and outdoor education.
Ameera Naguib '16 received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to community service. Ameera is a Political Science major with a minor in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies. Through the Roelandts Grant, Ameera worked to develop a computer science curriculum for refugee girls living in Jordan. She has been asked to speak in classrooms and at various events on her experience in towns along the Syrian border, as well as her work in the Bay Area as a refugee resettlement caseworker. She now works as the team leader for a political science research fellowship on campus.
Marissa Martinez '16 was awarded the Gracelyn Rillorta Bateman Student Inclusive Excellence Award, given by the University Council on Inclusive Excellence to a current student or student organization that has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment at SCU. Marissa is a double major in English and Theatre. Marissa has been a champion for social justice within the SCU community. Among her achievements was her tenure as the Associate Director for the Multicultural Center, helping with SCCAP's first Beyond the Guilt Campaign, her involvement with a number of clubs and organizations including Barkada, and she wrote and produced a play that was performed in Fall Quarter on campus – HAPA Cup of Sugar. She was also a member of the Unity 4 movement. She is interested in public relations and event planning after graduation, and Marissa plans to stay involved in the Bay Area theatre scene and work on original plays.
Jenna Lipman '16 received one of two 2016 Alumni Association Board of Director's Service Awards, which provides financial support to seniors who are leaving SCU and going directly into a service program or project. Jenna will be spending two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Belize at a local Jesuit primary school, tutoring in math and reading and co-running an after-school program. She has been a student ambassador since her first year at SCU. She has also gone on three immersion trips through the Ignatian Center--to West Virginia, Nicaragua, and San Jose--where she actually first learned about JVC. Her study abroad trip took her to Delhi, India where she worked on the financial side of a local NGO that served victims of human trafficking and abuse. These experiences guided her toward an interest in economic justice and how she could combine her technical degree in Economics with her passion for the developing world. Grateful for her experiences both in the US and abroad, Jenna suggests, "Do something unique with one of your vacations. Have an opportunity to learn about issues outside of the classroom."
Grace Lacayo '16 was presented with a Student Life Award in recognition of her contributions to the overall quality of life in the University community. She has participated in various aspects of Campus Ministry, has been a community facilitator for two years, and is currently the assistant resident director for the Xavier RLC. One of her favorite SCU memories was the formation process during her second year as a CF because she says, "I finally felt like I knew what I was doing!" As a part of the Xavier RLC, Grace founded the Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors chapter at Santa Clara which forms a national community of students committed to advancing justice, peace and human dignity. Grace, originally from Nicaragua, was excited to have her family travel such a long way for her graduation. Her words of advice to students: "Stick to your goals. Work to make them happen. And appreciate the people that were there for you at all times." After graduation, Grace will be moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue a master's in health systems administration at Georgetown University. It's a 14-month program, beginning in July, that will set her toward a career in healthcare management.
Alana Hinkston '16 was presented the Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award, given to a graduating senior who exemplifies the ideals of Jesuit education, especially being a "whole person of solidarity in the real world" and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world. Alana Hinkston is graduating with a double major in Marketing and Communication and a minor in Retail Studies with a 3.789 GPA. Alana is a name probably all students recognize from the weekly email she sends, “This Week at SCU,” for Associate Student Government as Vice President of Public Relations. In addition to keeping the student body up to date on what is happening on campus, Alana lists being a Neighborhood Representative in the University Villas, an Orientation Leader, mentor for the LOOP Mentoring Program, planner for the Love Jones open mic night, and co-founder of the Unity 4 movement amongst her involvement here at Santa Clara. Her most rewarding moments at SCU have been seeing younger students get involved on campus. Her words of wisdom: "Your biggest enemy is yourself. The sky is the limit, and how are you going to get there?" In July, she will be moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota to work at the Target headquarters as a Marketing Associate, where she interned for 10 weeks last summer. She hopes to get her MBA in the near future.
Lucas Hill '16 was among five graduating seniors to receive the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of outstanding community service. As a first-year student, Lucas was awarded a Jean Donovan Fellowship through the Ignatian Center to live for one month at Baan Dada's Children's Home for disadvantaged youth in western Thailand. As a sophomore, Lucas organized on campus events Rainbow Prom and Drag Show as a program coordinator in the Santa Clara Community Action Program. During his third and fourth years at SCU, he participated in the Health Care Ethics Internship and Honzel Fellowship through the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, which gave him the unique opportunity to spend five hours per week observing health care providers serve their patients at local health care facilities.
Gus Hardy '16 is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2016, who will graduate with a double major in Religious Studies and Political Science and a minor in Catholic Studies. The honor is conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service. Gus is graduating with a 3.915 GPA and a double major in Religious Studies and Political Science and a minor in Catholic Studies. He is a recipient of the Santa Clara Presidential Scholarship, the Kathleen de Young Heffernan scholarship for excellence in Theology, and the Jean Donovan Fellowship. Gus has served as a Senator with Associated Student Government for two years, and as a Hospitality Intern and a Search Retreat Leader in Campus Ministry. He is also a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Fellow in the Leavey School of Business. After graduation, Gus will be moving to Missoula, Montana to work as a Jesuit Volunteer for a non-profit organization.