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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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Rick Hagan '73, '77 writes, "I retired as director of Housing on August 3, which was also my 35-year employment anniversary at the University of San Diego. Being a time of reflection and counting blessings, I am very appreciative for the opportunity George Giacomini '56 provided when, in 1974, he entrusted me with the responsibility for supervising the residential life program at Santa Clara. Who would ever have dreamed of the amazing career that would result from that opportunity?!! I also want to thank Frank Oliva '74, Mike Radford '74, and Tom House '74, J.D. '77 for the support each of them provided me that led to such a rewarding career of working with college students for 40 years. However, now I am enjoying the flexibility retirement provides and spending more quality time with my wife, Suzanne, who continues to teach 3rd grade, plus our three children Ryan (28), Kelli (26), and Sean (24) who all live nearby in San Diego. I am already enjoying a fast start on my goal to do more traveling, with trips to Julian, Temecula, Anaheim for the D23 Expo, Mammoth, and Hawaii while beginning to plan for the European adventure Suzanne and I will experience together next summer."
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.
Robert Williams '78 writes, "Recently completed a beautiful second home in Brasada Ranch, in central Oregon. Looking forward to cool summer nights!"
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.
Mark Kelsey '75, MBA '79 is senior vice president of Pacific Midwest Regional Banking at Wells Fargo, as well as the board chair of the Pathways Foundation, the fundraising arm of nonprofit Pathways Home Health & Hospice. He is being honored with the Leadership in Healthcare Philanthropy Award at the One from the Heart Awards Breakfast, an annual fundraising event hosted by Pathways. Since joining the Pathways Foundation Board in 2001, Mark has generously shared his remarkable relationship-building and financial management skills.
Mark Hurtubise ’79 M.A., president and CEO of Inland Northwest Community Foundation, was recognized for the third year in row (2013 by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living as well as 2014 and 2015 by Inland Business Catalyst magazines) as among the “Power 50” who has the vision for affecting positive change in the North Idaho/Eastern Washington region. In October 2014, Inland Northwest Community Foundation was named “Philanthropic Organization of the Year” at an annual Spokane Philanthropic Awards reception.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced William M. Holt M.S. '79, executive vice president and general manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG) at Intel, has been named the 2015 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology or public policy.
"For the last four decades, Bill Holt has been a tireless advocate, innovator, and leader for the semiconductor industry, helping advance new technologies that drive our industry and power our economy," said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Throughout his distinguished career, Bill's expertise, skill, and unwavering determination have helped keep the semiconductor industry at the forefront of innovation. On behalf of the SIA board of directors, it is an honor to announce Bill's selection as the 2015 Robert N. Noyce Award recipient in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments."
Holt began his Intel career in DRAM development in 1974. Today, he is responsible for technology development and the company's worldwide manufacturing operations, including component fabrication, assembly and test, customer fulfillment, and supply chain management. Additionally, Holt oversees research and development in the areas of wafer process, package assembly and test, and design and technology computer-aided tools. Holt earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Santa Clara.
"It is a tremendous honor to join the ranks of Noyce Award winners, individuals who have built the semiconductor industry and made it a paragon of America's economic and technological strength," said Holt. "Throughout my career, I have focused on doing my part to advance the forward march of innovation, one step at a time. As I gratefully accept this award, I look forward to continuing to help our industry take the next step forward."
The Noyce Award is named in honor of semiconductor industry pioneer Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. In addition to the presentation of the Noyce Award, this year's SIA Award Dinner will feature former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as keynote speaker.
Longtime Bay Area baseball coach Lawrence "Mike" Cummins '79 has joined the San José State University baseball program as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. Cummins, a familiar name to fans of local baseball, brings more than 35 years of coaching experience to the Spartans, including 10 combined seasons as the head coach at Santa Clara and San Francisco State.
In his six seasons (2009-15) at the helm of San Francisco State, 14 Gators received All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) recognition, including the program’s first conference Freshman of the Year selection in 2013. SFSU’s 22 total wins in 2010 were the most since 2006, and the team’s 17 CCAA wins in 2014 and 2015 were the most since the Gators tallied 21 conference wins in 2004.
From 2003 to 2009, Cummins served as the head coach at Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, where he guided the Warriors to a 151-121 (.555) record. In 2007, Walla Walla was crowned East Region Tournament Champion and received a bid to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Championship Tournament.
Cummins had a 24-year coaching and playing stint at Santa Clara, including a four-year run as the head coach from 1997 to 2001. With Cummins on staff from 1988 to 2001, seven Broncos earned All-America honors, three were named West Coast Conference Player of the Year, three others won WCC Pitcher of the Year and two SCU rookies garnered conference Newcomer of the Year awards. He also played a role in the development of five Bronco catchers who went on to sign professional contracts, beginning with former Kansas City Royal Mike Macfarlane.
Prior to his time at Walla Walla, Cummins spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State.
A native of Monterey, Calif., Cummins played two seasons at Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to Santa Clara in the fall of 1977. He was a standout catcher on the 1978 and 1979 Santa Clara teams, helping the Broncos to an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 and earning Second-Team All-Northern California Baseball Association honors as a senior in 1979.
After graduating from Santa Clara in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history, Cummins signed a professional contract with the Salem Senators of the Northwest League, an independent Class A team, and batted .302 while leading the team in RBIs in his only year with the club.
Cummins began his coaching career in 1980 at Buchser High School in Santa Clara, where he guided the baseball team to a second place finish in conference. He also served as the head football coach of the junior varsity program at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif.
Cummins is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and Association of Professional Ball Players of America, and sits on the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award Committee.
Eileen Clark writes, "Many many happy memories of our daughter (Lorraine Clark '79) at Santa Clara. She loved it there. Thank you."
Peter Buckley '79 represents south Jackson County in the Oregon House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2004 following more than 20 years as a director, writer, actor, and producer in west coast regional theatre. He has been a House co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means, the Legislature's budget writing committee, since December of 2008. Peter lives in Ashland, with his wife, Joan Langley '80, who is the education director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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.
Natalie (Eblacas) Murphy '80, MBA '01 writes, "I have recently relocated to Bremerton, Washington, and am looking to connect with SCU Alumni in the area."
Scott Freeman '80 is the EVP of International for Bunim/Murray Productions. In addition, he is an executive producer on The Challenge for MTV and Valerie's Home Cooking (with Valeria Bertinelli) for Food Network.
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Thomas Deline '80 says, "I am a proud 1980 graduate of USC (now SCU) and St. Louis University School of Law in 1983. I was blessed in 1989 to marry Margaret 'Meg' Hencmann, and we are blessed to have our two oldest children attend and graduate from SCU, Elizabeth Deline '13 and Thomas 'Chris' Deline II '15. Our two younger children, Brian and Carrie, both chose another Jesuit university so that all four kids wouldn't be at SCU at the same time...we tried. Throughout the last 30 years it has never ceased to amaze me how all roads lead to Santa Clara. All the best to my classmates. Remember every day AMDG. TCD."
Jeffrey H. Cooper MBA '80 has been appointed to the board of directors of ProNAi Therapeutics, a clinical-stage oncology company advancing novel therapeutics for patients with cancer. Cooper has served as an independent consultant for life science companies since January 2014. Previously, he served at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals and BioMarin Pharmaceutical. He has also served as VP of finance at Matrix Pharmaceutical.
Joseph V. Capurro, Esq. ’80 has been selected by the State Bar of California for their 2016 State Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Award as Applicants’ Attorney in the field of Workers Compensation. The award will be presented on Friday, September 30, 2016, during a reception at the California State Bar Annual Convention in San Diego.
Joe has practiced in the field of Workers Compensation Law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1980. He is a sole practitioner at The Law Office of Joseph V. Capurro in San Jose, CA, and has represented injured workers before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, various California Courts of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court. He has been a certified specialist in the field of Workers Compensation for over 20 years.
He is an active member of the California Applicants Attorneys Association and is a member of the Board of Directors. He currently serves on several committees of the organization and is Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee. He is a frequent lecturer on matters involving Workers Compensation, particularly on the topic of recent case law developments. Additional memberships include the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group, and the American Association for Justice.
He and his wife Jackie have three adult sons, one granddaughter, and one grandson-to-be.
Tom Brysacz '80 loves his job as a family physician more than ever and is the luckiest man on the planet.
T.L. Brink '80 MBA has been selected as a Peer Online Course Reviewer for the California Open Education Initiative.
Tom Templeman '81 has joined Medivation as senior vice president of pharmaceutical operations. With more than 25 years of pharmaceutical experience, Dr. Templeman previously served as vice president of manufacturing, science, and technology at Hospira; as senior vice president, integrated supply chain at Liquidia Technologies; and in various leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, where he worked for 13 years in a number of capacities, most recent as general manager of Centocor Biologics, LLC and head of the global biologics supply chain.
Medivation, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of medically innovative therapies to treat serious diseases for which there are limited treatment options. Medivation aims to transform the treatment of these diseases and offer hope to critically ill patients and their families.