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Lauren Gardiner '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 served as a past co-chair and secretary of Igwebuike and has just finished her term as director of the Multicultural Center, where she helped to establish the Multicultural Center Scholarship, which will be awarded next year. One of her favorite memories was this spring's MCCBeary's award ceremony, which celebrated leaders and members of the MCC Staff and the various MCC clubs. She has studied abroad in El Salvador, is a Leavey Scholar, and was one of the leaders in the Unity 4 movement. She says that she has worked alongside some amazing people at Santa Clara and was honored to be with some of them on stage at the Senior Toast ceremony. Her words of advice: "Be patient with yourself and learn how to practice self-love." Lauren will be attending Columbia University for their postbaccalaureate premedical program.
After spending her last quarter at SCU as the only engaged student in her "Theology of Marriage" class, Abby Hazelitt '16 was married to Marc Deetjen this summer. On July 16th, 2016 the two tied the knot and now reside in Palo Alto. Marc is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and after work, Abby returns to SCU to lead a small group with an on campus ministry.
Eduardo Cuevas '16 received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to community service. Eduardo is majoring in History with a minor in English. As a contributing writer for The Santa Clara, Eduardo has written opinion pieces on Diversity, Inclusion, and Jesuit Education. He has been a Donovan Fellow to the East LA Community Corporation, assisted with tours, panels, and organizational planning at Raza Day for Latino high schools students, has been involved in MECha-El Frente, been an Immersion Trip Coordinator and a LOOP Mentor to First-Year Students. After graduation, he will work as an assistant paralegal at a corporate immigration firm in Santa Clara. He plans to attend law school in few years.
Shelby Crespi '16 received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to community service. Shelby was a Public Health Science major and Biology minor. She was a 2015 Global Social Benefit Fellow through the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship which took her to Africa. She has been a part of the Resilient Families Project (RFP) where she has co-led their intervention program entirely in Spanish. Her epidemiology class with Dr. Katherine Saxton was "definitely a transformative class," according to Shelby, and directed her toward what she will be study in graduate school. In the fall, Shelby will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Master in Public Health Program in epidemiology. Her advice to students: "Be open minded" and things may just fall into your lap that shape you to become a better person. She thanks all of her friends and family for making her experience at SCU such a positive one that she says she will really miss.
Jon Colarelli '16 was awarded the Nobili Medal, presented to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. Jon was a finance and psychology double major and urban education minor with an impressive 3.989 GPA. He was a member of the University Honors Program, a former community facilitator, and an assistant resident director for the Alpha RLC. His favorite memories at SCU have come with his involvement in Residence Life, including beach bonfires, dodgeball, dance lessons from Salsa Clara, camping with Into the Wild, and ice skating. He has also served as an intramural referee, a hospitality minister, lector, an acolyte through Campus Ministry, a student ambassador for the Santa Clara Chapter of Catholic Relief Services, and has received the Charles Dirksen Prize as a member of the Leavey Scholars Program. After graduation, Jon will be moving to Baltimore, Maryland, to serve incarcerated youth as a Jesuit Volunteer working as a paralegal for the Public Justice Center. He encourages students to appreciate everything that the University offers. "For many of us," he says, "there will never be another time where we are so surrounded by friends, mentors, and resources that are all dedicated to our growth and well-being."
Glen Bradley '16 was presented with a Student Life Award to recognize his contributions to the overall quality of life in the University community. Glen graduated with a major in Marketing and a minor in English. Glen has been a Search Retreat Leader, a Peer Educator, a Drahmann Center Tutor, a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Concert Choir, and an active member of the Santa Clara Community Action Program since his first year at Santa Clara. Siince 2013, he has also been a staff member of the Rainbow Resource Center and led SCQ (Santa Clara Queer, a student organization for LGBTQ+ students). He notes that his time at SCU has been dedicated toward integrating SCU's Jesuit identity and values with advocacy and ministry for the LGBTQ+ community. Glen was also awarded the Senior Leadership Award at the Lavender Senior Ceremony for the Class of 2016, which honors graduating seniors in the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Glen came to SCU as a gay man from the Midwest looking for a place where he could integrate and nurture all parts of himself.
Additionally, in July 2013, Glen studied abroad at Nottingham-Trent University through the US-UK Fullbright Commission Summer Institutes, and in fall 2014, at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad in Copenhagen. In August, Glen will begin working in Washington, D.C at New Ways Ministry through the Loretto Volunteers program, advocating for LGBTQ+ people in the Catholic Church.
Hannah Baker '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. After graduation, she will be hiking the Oregon and Washington stretches of the Pacific Crest Trail, and then Hannah will be spending two years with the Peace Corps. She is waiting to find out where in the world she will be serving and what she will be doing. Hannah was as a Community Facilitator in Casa Italiana for three years, which still stands as one of her favorite memories. At Santa Clara, she also realized how much she loved art history--so much so that she decided to major in it. Her senior thesis was "Why Have There Been No Great Roman Women Art Patrons?" written under her advisor Blake de Maria. She was fortunate to find faculty mentors who showed her what opportunities were out there for her, so her advice to students: "Tap your mentors." Hannah thanks her grandparents for all of their support.
Debbie Vander Zwaag '99, MBA '06 is a project manager at Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, in Watsonville. Prior, Debbie was with Novellus Systems (now Lam Research). She joined the Humane Society of Silicon Valley's board of directors in 2014. Debbie and her husband, Bill Johanson, a mechanical engineer with Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, have lived in Gilroy for more than 10 years. They have for two dogs (Lucky and Bear), two cats (Sophia and K-2) and two turtles, (Chard and Zin, whose names were influenced by the fact that Bill is an avid hobby winemaker). Debbie's volunteer activities include Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Seher Siddiqee '14 is a chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University and is a student at Hartford Seminary, where she is finishing her M.A. in Islamic Studies with an emphasis in Muslim-Christian Relations and Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. She was born and raised in the Sunnyvale, California. She spent much of her free time at SCU in Campus Ministry working with the Interfaith Council. Seher has been deeply involved in her local Muslim and Interfaith communities; being a part of both and building bridges is one of her biggest passions.
Heather Schlenger '04 is a recipient of CalCPA's Women to Watch Award. She is a tax senior manager at Moss Adams, where she handles tax planning, compliance and tax provision preparation for closely held food and agriculture operations as well as manufacturing and distribution organizations. She is a front-runner in women's leadership initiatives at Moss Adams, is on the local YMCA board as treasurer, and is a co-founder of the nonprofit Global Leadership Education Assistance Ministry, which seeks to eliminate poverty through education.
Alex Potts '89 is president and CEO of Loring Ward Group Inc. and of the SA Funds – Investment Trust. Previously, he was the COO of LWI Financial Inc. The Loring Ward serves and supports select financial advisors across the United States.
Louise Pon-Barry '01 is in her 14th year teaching and in her eleventh year at Kittredge School, in San Francisco. She earned her multiple subject teaching credential and MA in Education from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Pon-Barry enjoys working with kindergarten and first-grade children for their fresh and unique outlook on life. She strives to make the learning process enjoyable and exciting for each child. Ms. Pon-Barry’s website is available at: http://msponbarry.weebly.com.
Veronika Olah '04, Lauren Lopez '11, and Angelica Salinas '13 made an uncanny discovery that they make up three of only about a hundred Disney Adventure Guides in the world. Along with local experts, the guides ensure that travelers feel a connection to the people, culture, and traditions of each destination visited. Bringing Bronco spirit to their competitive positions as tour guides with talents for storytelling, Angelica guides in Wyoming, Lauren in Hollywood and San Francisco, and Veronika on the Danube River Cruise.
Santa Clara Librarian Angela Ocana '03 is a recent winner of the California Library Association’s Young Adult Services Award.
“I was nominated by teens who attend the Northside Library and the branch manager,” says Ocana, blown away by the honor. “BAYA, which stands for Bay Area Young Adult Librarians, gives this award of achievement to recognize the accomplishments of an exceptional librarian working in young adult services in a school or public library. The award comes with $500 and a one-year membership into BAYA.”
“Giving teens their own space, providing dynamic programming, and just being a mentor is very important,” Ocana says. “My biggest philosophy about working with teens is just to listen to what they are saying and to provide a safe environment for them to be themselves.”
Ocana has been overseeing Northside Library’s new teen library council, consisting of about 20 members. At meetings, teens give input on upcoming programs. “For example, teens from the library council came up with the idea for the epic Nerf wars at the teen blacklight party in May and they helped set this up,” Ocana says. “The blacklight party came with blacking out the room, and there were glow sticks, and glow-in-the-dark face and nail painting. We sprayed the Nerf bullets with glow paint and put them into Nerf guns, also sprayed with glow paint, and we played Capture the Flag.”
Ocana has also headed programs for adults at Northside Library, such as a lecture on craft liquor, a feng shui workshop, and a Jane Austen-themed tea party. At Central Park Library, Ocana worked on this year’s STEM Innovation Bowl and in a previous year, she organized Sustainable U, a program that encouraged simpler living with offerings such as a seed library and workshops on bread making, cooking seafood and gardening.
Mihir Nanavati '03 has joined the executive team of Redwood City, Calif.-based Kahuna, a communication automation company, as senior VP of product. Nanavati previously spearheaded numerous initiatives for Tradeshift, Hightail, and Adobe Systems. He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and Santa Clara University.
"The summer after I completed my M.A. in pastoral ministry, I went to Vietnam to teach English for the Diocese of Phat Diem," writes Gary Meegan M.A. '07. "This is my 10th summer there. I blog about my experience at garyinvietnam.blogspot.com. I do it to help people understand what the Catholics in the north of the country go through. They are very poor but proud."
Sheldon P. McFarland MBA '13 is vice president of Portfolio Strategy & Research at Loring Ward, a company that serves and supports financial advisors in the United States. His responsibilities include management of the Portfolio Strategy Group, oversight of the Investment Planning Center, and development of tools to support advisors.