Class Notes | Obituaries
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Adam Whalen '15 says, "I graduated in 2015 with a BS in Biology and Public Health Science. I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a year-long intentional service organization that focuses on community, spirituality, simple living, and social justice. I live in Baltimore, MD with three other JVs, two of which graduated my year from Santa Clara as well (Patrick McDonell '15, Cameron Coulter '15). I am the Program Coordinator for Back on My Feet Baltimore. Back on My Feet is a national non-profit that uses running as a way to empower individuals who may be recovering from addiction, returning from incarceration, or at risk of becoming homeless. We run with our teams each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the year at 5:30 am. As Program Coordinator, I work with each Member to track their progress through the program, and help them to achieve their personal goals of education, employment, and sustainable housing on their path to self-sufficiency. And I'm just about to start training for my first half marathon in April!"
Since graduation, Malu Veltze '15 has been traveling throughout Southeast Asia for various humanitarian endeavors. In October, with a Canadian NGO in Nepal, Veltze photographed schools that were destroyed by the earthquake to promote awareness and raise funds to rebuild the schools. In November, she traveled to Cambodia and launched a 24-hour CrowdRise fundraiser called "86,402 seconds in Cambodia." It has since raised over $15,000 to bring eye exams and glasses to the local community. Now she is in Jakarta, Indonesia, working on a photo series.
Eric Stackpole M.S. '15, co-founder of OpenROV and creator of the OpenROV (open-source remotely operated vehicle) submarine, a low-cost underwater robot, was interviewed by YouTube channel, Tested, at the Maker Faire in May. The intention of OpenROV is to democratize underwater exploration by making tools capable of exploring the deep available to anyone. Stackpole has worked on numerous other projects that utilize telerobotics as a means for exploration, including piloting ROV submarines under the Ross Sea in Antarctica and developing low-cost spacecraft used to carry out scientific missions in low earth orbit. Check out his interview about OpenROV's new Trident Underwater Drone. Also read why Stackpole was named a White House Champion of Change, here.
Veronica Solorio ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Tucson.
Madeline Regan ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW with Low Income Housing Institute/Urban Rest Stop in Seattle.
In February, the Washington Post published an essay by Mohit Nalavadi '15, about how his studies at Santa Clara translated to life-affirming work with Engineers without Borders. In Honduras, he helped iterate designs to deliver clean water to a rural community in Honduras, and last year he assisted in engineering a more efficient way to make clay tiles in Rwanda. Back in Silicon Valley, Nalavadi contemplates the dichotomies of innovating here and elsewhere. He writes, "I still drive down 101, looking at all the tech companies, wondering if 'making the world a better place' is just a worn-out marketing campaign—or whether it is handing someone a wrench and saying, 'You can do this.'”
Patrick D. McDonell ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Public Justice Center, in Baltimore.
Genevieve Magnan ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with New Avenues for Youth, in Portland, Oregon.
Alyssa Kleiner '15, a recent soccer alum, has been acquired by the Washington Spirit from the Portland Thorns. In exchange, Portland is receiving defender Katherine Reynolds '10. Kleiner made her NWSL debut in 2015 and played in eight matches, including four starts, for Portland. At Santa Clara University, she helped her team to an NCAA Tournament as well as the 10th West Coast Conference championship. Says Spirit general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra, “I was impressed with Alyssa’s play last season. We believe that she has tremendous potential and will challenge for a starting role.”
Daniel Hunt ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee.
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.
Stephanie Goodman '15 has been offered a Fulbright grant for the 2016-2017 year to go to Ghana, where she plans to evaluate the effect of enrollment in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme on trauma-related mortality, and examine impediments to enrollment. Goodman was last in Ghana as a Global Fellow, in Kumsai working at an NGO in addition to serving as an EMT. Since March, she has worked as the Performance Improvement Coodinator at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford, so she believes that her experience analyzing hospital flow will inform her research in Ghana.
Cameron N. Coulter ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Cristo Rey Baltimore.
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.
Charlotte Coe ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Nativity Prep Academy in San Diego.
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.
Parker Atkinson ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia.
Dalan Angelo ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. He loves and misses all of his classmates and says, "XOXOXO."
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.