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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridget Mackay J.D. '95 was recently profiled on Petaluma360.com for her commitment to the local community. Bridget served as a deputy district attorney for both Solano and Sonoma counties for nearly 10 years. When she switched to estate planning, Mackay found herself with time to devote to local causes.
One cause that appealed to her was an opportunity to join the Petaluma Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit local schools. She's now President of the Board of Directors. Mackay helps oversee two Alphabet Soup thrift stores and serves as the chair of the planned giving committee and has used her legal skills to develop the Planned Giving program, as well as helped the committee establish a system for donors to give through their wills, trusts, IRA’s and life insurance policies.
In 2014 she earned the title of Best Attorney in the Petaluma People’s Choice Award. Her hobbies: skiing, scuba diving, and traveling on vacation with her husband and two daughters, especially if the travel involves skiing or scuba diving.
Andrew C. Kim J.D. '98 has been appointed a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Kim has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Jackson and Abdalah from 1998 to 1999.
Elsa Mendoza Jimenez '98 is the interim director of health at the Monterey County Health Department. She has been in the public health sector for 15 years. Jimenez says, "I always wanted to work in a profession at which I would be able to help others, particularly those unserved or underserved. Public health has afforded me the opportunity to be able to work on initiatives that positively impact individuals, communities, organizations, and systems."
David R. Hayes '96 has been appointed to the board of directors of Symbility Solutions Inc., a global software company dedicated to developing applications for the insurance industry, based in Toronto, Canada.
Michael Becerra MBA '08 was a finalist in the 5th annual Mr. Marina Competition, a fun-spirited fundraising pageant for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which conducts blood cancer research and patient services. Becerra is a co-founder of Crewmix, an app using tech to bring fun groups together to create lifelong memories. He writes, "I am honored and humbled to be involved in the 2016 Mr. Marina competition! Not only is this event totally quirky and uniquely SF, but so many of us have had cancer touch our friends and loved ones. Together with the power of our network, we can support cancer patients and affected families...and accelerate the cure!" Becerra raised over $12,000 and all finalists combined raised $175,000.