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2015

'15
Hunt, Daniel

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.

submitted Jun. 27, 2016 9:56A
'15
Hines, Nicole

Nicole Hines ’15 is an operations program coordinator with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.

submitted Mar. 25, 2017 5:43P
'15
Haschef, Anthony

Anthony Hascheff '15 is a Community/Economic Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay (and a Global Fellow to Indonesia in 2013, and recipient of the Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award). He writes, "I have been in Paraguay for almost a year and am starting catch my rhythm within my community and the projects that I am working on. I live in María Auxiliadora, a city of over 30,000 in the southern part of Paraguay, near the borders of Brazil and Argentina. "My main projects include: teaching English to community members, teaching high school students business and how to develop a business plan, advising small businesses on everything from budgeting to internet marketing, coaching the local high school basketball team, and most recently, starting a community organization aimed at developing youth leaders. "We recently completed our first full day camp where our participants set their own definition of the word ‘leader’, participated in team-building activities and learned new skills through a ‘learning stations’ circuit. Outside of the camp, I host Saturday morning activities where the local youth come to my house and do everything from make fictional news casts to discuss gender inequality. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you receive very little money so the toothy grins, positive energy, and “thank-yous” from children serve as your salary. And to be honest, I wouldn’t want to receive my pay in any other form.

"This job is definitely not without its ups and downs but seeing 40 kids running around in your yard, playing soccer and discussing what it means to be a leader makes it all worth while. Peace Corps truly is the hardest job you’ll ever love."

submitted Jan. 16, 2017 8:06A
'15
Garcia, Alex

The concept of "simple living" is more than a motto for Alex Garcia '15--it's a practice. She commutes to Mountain View for work at Google from Felton, where she shares a 400-square foot house with her boyfried. She defines "simple living as "finding joy out of non-material things and being practical about what I need. I don’t need super elaborate plans or things to feel satisfied. 'Simple living' is important because it has allowed me to be happy with what I have." To those wanting to live more simply, Alex suggests taking inventory of what they have and asking themselves, when faced with a purchase, “Do I have something that already serves this purpose?” She says this can lead to having "second thoughts about whether you really need a new sweater, or whether you really want to eat something super processed with a million unpronounceable ingredients."

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 1:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '15
Franceschini, Katherine

Katie Franceschini ’15 graduated with her Master of Arts in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California (USC ’17). She is returning to the South Bay to pursue a career in pediatric occupational therapy with a strong interest in pediatric mental health. 

submitted May. 15, 2017 5:31P
'15
Cresci, Matt

During his time at SCU, Matt Cresci ’15 balanced being a student and a racecar driver. Less than two years after he graduated, he was awarded a $100,000 Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship, which allowed him to race in the Global MX-5 Cup. Cresci has partnered with Slipstream Performance for the 2017 season.

submitted May. 19, 2017 4:07P
'15
Connelly, Liz

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.

submitted Sep. 12, 2016 10:49A
'15
Chalasani, Tejaswini

Tejaswini Chalasani M.S. ’15 coauthored the paper “Exterior prefabricated panelized walls platform optimization,” which has been accepted for publication in Automation in Construction.

submitted Feb. 5, 2017 7:08P
'15
Blanco, Matt

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.

 
submitted Sep. 27, 2016 8:26A

2016

'16
Unterreiner, Avery

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.  

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:36A
'16
Thomasson, Piper

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.

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:51A
'16
Supan, Nicholas

For a senior design project last spring, Nicholas Supan '16 designed educational lantern kits with a solar charging system and lesson plans for assembly to teach high school students in Ghana how to bring lights into their homes.

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 8:07A
'16
Sarchet, Tiffany

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.

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:47A
'16
Raquer, Hayley

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.

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:19A
'16
Price, Harrison

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. 

 
submitted May. 30, 2016 1:06P
'16
Poor, Aaron

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.  

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:45A
'16
Naguib, Ameera

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.

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:34A
'16
Morrison, Azadeh

Azadeh Morrison J.D. ’16 has won the annual Jan Jancin Award for top intellectual-property law student in the country from the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. While a law student, Morrison was on the Dean’s List and served as an Academic Success Program fellow as well as the associate editor of the High Tech Law Journal. She also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, the High Tech Excellence Award, and the Inez Mabie Award for Outstanding Graduate in 2016. Morrison worked as an intern in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic and as a judicial extern for the Hon. Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. On Nov. 1, she joined the patent litigation group at Cooley in Palo Alto.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:54P
'16
Mateo, Lizbeth

Lizbeth Mateo J.D. ’16 is an immigration-rights activist and organizer who continues to be interviewed by, quoted in, or published on Huffington Post, Telemundo, Univision, KPFA/Pacifica Radio, Hoy Los Angeles, TruthDig, and La Gran Epoca about her battle to stay in the United States under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Lizbeth was one of the first five undocumented youth to engage in civil disobedience and was part of the “Dream 9” from the “Bring them Home” campaign in 2013.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 10:50A
'16
Martinez, Marissa

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.

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:49A
'16
Lipman, Jenna

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." 

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:54A
'16
Leatherberry, Jacob

Jacob Leatherberry ’16 reports that the solar microgrid he designed with Nico Metais ’16 and installed in the village of Alafiarou in rural northeastern Benin, Africa, is still up and running. In fact, it has more than doubled. Following graduation in 2016, Leatherberry returned to Alafiarou with Constant Bossou, S.J. to expand this microgrid and build an upgraded version based on research he conducted at the Latimer Solar Energy lab on campus. With both microgrids expanding steadily, at least 315 people in Alafiarou now have lights and can charge their cell phones. Originally for senior design, the project was done under the advisement of Jim Reites, S.J., and electrical engineering professor Tim Healy.

 

submitted Feb. 5, 2017 5:45P
UGRD Leavey Business '16
Lacayo, Grace

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.

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:43A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '16
Khojasteh, Ryan

A first-year law student at UC Hastings, Ryan Khojasteh ’16 has been unanimously appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to the Immigrants Rights Commission. The commission advises the mayor and board on issues and policies related to immigrants who live or work in San Francisco. He thanks Professor Montfort and Professor Pellettieri for preparing him to achieve this goal. Khojasteh writes: “The values and lessons I have learned at Santa Clara created a sense of urgency within me to do whatever I could to combat the divisive and discriminatory rhetoric so often used throughout this tumultuous election cycle … What I would like for the Santa Clara community to take away from this is that if I can do it, anyone can.”

Contact Ryan
https://www.uchastings.edu/news/articles/2017/01/ryan-khojasteh-appointed-to-sf-immigrant-rights-commission.php https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuV3gkNhb48
submitted Feb. 13, 2017 2:56P
UGRD Leavey Business '16
Hinkston, Alana

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. 

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:26A
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