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Marina "Lisa" Michaels '77 has written a friendly, compassionate book on forgiveness: The Forgiving Lifestyle: How to Forgive Everyone (Including Yourself). She writes, "The book is available on Amazon. Don't buy it because I'm a classmate; buy it because it's a great book."
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Col. Tom Eichenberg '76, M.S. '77 is looking forward to celebrating both his 40th class reunion and Santa Clara’s 100th anniversary of the national ROTC program, along with ROTC classmates who’ve wrapped up careers at the Pentagon.
After graduating from the program and completing his M.S. in applied economics, Eichenberg reported for active duty at Hawaii’s famed Schofield Barracks in October 1977—the same filming location as the movie From Here to Eternity. There he met his wife, Yvonne Kuwana, at a dinner at the Pearl Harbor Officers Club. One year later, the couple married at the post before relocating to Fort Polk, just outsideof Leesville, Louisiana.
After decades of dual civilian and military reserve careers, Eichenberg was recalled to active duty when his command came up for rotation in Iraq in 2005, requesting a job as director of the National Iraqi Assistance Center (NIAC), a walk-in humanitarian assistance facility with “30 dedicated Iraqis on staff, Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds, who all got along and risked their lives every day to come to work.”
While director, Eichenberg oversaw support staff at the NIAC in addition to Kuwait City and the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. “As a relatively small operation, we were at the lower end of thespectrum compared to the mega projects being run by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development,” explains Eichenberg, “so what we did had immediate results.”
NIAC projects included directing the Baghdad Job Fair, locating missing persons, assisting battered women and children through safe houses and counseling, and providing sewing machines to help local women make and sell scarves at local bazars in Baghdad. The sewing project was set up as a way for war widows and wives who had invalid husbands to earn a living. Their wares were also sold in the gift shop of the American Embassy in Baghdad. The Center’s medical section assisted patients who had nowhere else to go outside of the NIAC. The Missing Persons Section was the busiest section and was able to locate over 2000 missing Iraqis (38% success rate.) The Medical Section received the most publicity. Through funding from Rotary Club International’s Gift of Life Foundation, we sent over 50 children and their guardians to the U.S. for life-saving heart surgeries. The Medical Section also sent 5 children for corneal transplants to Anadolu-Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Istanbul, Turkey. We helped distribute over 5000 wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission in Irvine, CA. The Medical Section also ran the largest and most modern prosthetics clinic in Iraq.
While based in Baghdad, Eichenberg got the idea to form an impromptu SCU Alumni Chapter, which included Lieutenant General Joseph Peterson ’72 and Special Agent Bob Gorini ’71, after running into the latter as he sported an SCU t-shirt during an early morning gym workout.
His father, William L. Eichenberg ’41, served as an assistant professor of military science during WWII, brothers William L. Eichenberg ’65 and James R. Eichenberg ’77, and nephew James P. Eichenberg ’92 have all graduated from the ROTC program.
Eichenberg is planning on attending the SCU ROTC 100 Years Celebration on April 29th.
Robin (Senigaglia) Beck '77 has been selected for the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Santa Clara, Beck went on to earn her master’s degree from Stanford University. For more than 35 years she has led an exemplary career, highlighted by her time as Project Engineer and Engineering Manager at Aerotherm Corporation, and more recently as Lead Engineer at NASA AMES Research Center. As NASA’s Cognizant Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory thermal protection systems, she led the team that designed the heat shield for the Curiosity rover's spacecraft that successfully survived the heat of entry into Mars’ atmosphere in August, 2012. Since then she has continued to advance the development of conformal ablative thermal protection materials, and is lead or co-author on numerous scholarly research publications within her field.
Sally-Christine Rodgers '78 recently published Convergence: A Voyage Through French Polynesia, which chronicles the first leg of her sailing circumnavigation, with her husband and son.
Sally-Christine grew up sailing and has always loved the water. She worked in the marine industry heading up sales and marketing for a British life raft manufacturer, then had her own firm selling commercial and recreational marine products in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. She later started Port Supply International, a divison of West Marine (the largest marine supply company in the world). Concerned about the plight of the oceans, she has worked actively in Marine Conservation for decades, and served three terms as the first woman on the board of Oceana. Her family foundation focuses on marine conservation including California salmon, acidification, over fishing, and plastics in the ocean.
All proceeds from the book go to marine conservation (available at westmarine.com). Learn more about Sally-Christine's life on the water at convergencevoyages.com. Sally-Christine was delighted to attend Sylvia Earle's recent presentation at SCU.
Tim Beglin '79 has written Ring$ of Value, Run Your Business Every Day Like It’s For Sale. The book is geared toward business owners and entrepreneurs—helping them first understand how to calculate the value of their business and, second, how to drive exponential value into their business. The book is available for purchase through Beglin's consulting company website (targetadvisoryservices.com) and Amazon.com.
Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."
Angela “Angie” Robbiano ’80 MBA ’01 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” As a senior finance manager of one of the nation's biggest defense contractors, Robbiano enjoys tackling challenging projects.
Kelly (Rickon) Mitchell '81 has been inducted in the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Mitchell, a two-sport standout at Santa Clara, was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's rowing team. She was awarded a Congressional gold medal for the boycotted 1980 Olympic Summer games and went on to become the captain of the 1984 Olympic team, helping the Americans claim the silver medal as coxswain. During her junior season, she was also the coxswain for the U.S. women's team that placed sixth at the 1979 World Championships. A member of both the Santa Clara men's rowing and women's cross country teams, she has remained involved in sports. Mitchell, a coxswain for the 1979 and '80 Santa Clara men's rowing team, was chair of the ethics committee on the board for U.S. Rowing, a manager for the World University Games, area director for Southern California Olympians, and a member of ZLAC Rowing Club. She worked to help build the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, before going on to earn her master's in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from University of San Diego. She currently works as a development director at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where she lives with her husband and two sons.
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. ’81 is a partner and vice chair of the Gaming Practice Group at the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson in Las Vegas. His practice focuses on gaming compliance, licensing and regulation.
Cynthia Gonsalves '82 lives in downtown San Jose with her wife of two years, Emma Humphries. She is a senior technician at Evans Analytical Group making samples for transmission electron microscopy and measuring surface contamination on all sorts of wafers.
Phil Sullivan '83 writes, "I recently moved to the heart of the wine country, not far from the historical Jack London estate in the most scenic valley of the moon, where I spent my formative years on a 12-acre 'mini farm.' Now, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience of introducing newcomers and reacquainting with native/pioneering wine country families. It's great to be involved in real estate in the Sonoma/Napa areas!"
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Arthur Liebscher S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86 has been named by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He will assume office on 31 July 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, and as rector will become a member of the Board of Trustees of the University.
Heidi (Le Baron) Leupp '84 was recently appointed to the St. Ignatius College Prep board of regents. She is currently co-president of Sacred Heart Prep Atherton Parent Association.
Julia Harper Cooper ’84 was recently recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of 2016 Women of Influence in which one hundred women were selected from private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Julia has served in a number of key positions over her nearly 30-year career with the City of San Jose and is currently the director of finance.
Kathy Ventry '85 is in her third career as a licensed marriage and family therapist in Folsom, and is doing business as Peace Within * Anxiety, Trauma & OCD Treatment. She sees children through older adults, and also specializes in couples therapy. Kathy served 10 years in the Army followed by almost 18 years as a healthcare representative for Pfizer, with seven years as a neuroscience specialty representative. Kathy finds it rewarding and a blessing to now work in the mental health and wellness profession. She looks forward to relocating to Folsom from Elk Grove to have easier access to cycling and kayaking opportunities.
Therese Aylward-Kravetz '85 just published her first nonfiction book, Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety. The book tells her story and the story of her international students as they used alternative educational techniques such as drama, movement and improvisational comedy, among others, to accelerate learning and overcome the fight-or-flight response. Her website is www.thereseaylakratetz.
Barbara Small J.D. ’86 is a partner at GCA Law Partners. She handles the firm’s trusts and estates practice.
Michael Pola '86 and his wife, Liz Karr-Pola, live in San Francisco with their 3 boys. Mike is a managing partner at HSS-a healthcare consulting firm. Mike recently joined the SCU Alumni Board and is looking forward to catching up with old friends at the Grand Reunion.