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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.
Candace Guthmiller ’16 taught geometry at Christian Brothers High School over the summer. She is currently attending University of California Davis - School of Law.
Patrick "Pat" Glenn '10, son of John F. Glenn '91 MBA, graduated from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA with an MBA.
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.