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Meghan (Madden) Woody '10 and Austin Woody '08 welcomed their son, James Hamilton Woody, on December 18, 2015 in Austin, TX.
Rochelle Stowe '10 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. Rochelle works to improve relationships with stakeholders, from elected officials to neighboring restaurant owners. Her projects are diverse and range from designing public meetings for wastewater infrastructure to building websites about regional mass transit expansion. She thrives on finding creative solutions to any public involvement challenge. Every weekend, she joins fellow Seattleites in pools around the city for some good old-fashioned water polo, reminiscent of the days she spent competing for the Broncos.
Patrick "Pat" Glenn '10, son of John F. Glenn '91 MBA, graduated from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA with an MBA.
Michelle (Donecho) Duchesne '05, M.A. '10 and Chris Duchesne '06 welcomed their first child, Elizabeth "Betsy" Lee Duchesne on March 23, 2016.
Andrea Borgen '10 was named a 2016 Young Gun by Eater magazine for being a young talent and trailblazer in the food and restaurant industry. Barcito is a 100-seat Argentinian-style, small-plates restaurant in downtown Los Angeles with a no-tipping policy.
Borgen opened Barcito last year as a homage to her Argentinian heritage — her mother was born in the South American country and she visits both of her grandparents there regularly. "We're not trying to recreate traditional Argentine cuisine," she says, adding that a more authentically minded establishment would grill a short rib rather than braise it like her kitchen does. But, as Borgen says, "what always appealed to me about bars and cafes in Buenos Aires is the cultural meaning that they have. Those classic corner bars are pillars of their communities." That's what Barcito is all about.
Part of being a community pillar, of course, is being a responsible employer. Dishwashers at Barcito make at least $11 an hour while cooks make at least $14. All her employees also receive health care, even though the size of her staff (currently 12) means she isn't required to by law. Borgen says she's able to do this due to her no-tipping policy, and if you want to understand why this is such a big deal, you need to know a little bit about labor law in California.
The state minimum wage is rising to $15 per hour by 2022 —€” and at an even faster pace in LA. Making that burden more challenging is the fact that, unlike in most states, California doesn't have a separate, lower wage for service employees, which means owners must pay waiters the full minimum, even if they earn tips. Obviously that's super expensive for owners, who have to pay more money to more people (duh), but what's less obvious is that it exacerbates the income disparity between waiters, who often do well for themselves because they can collect tips, and cooks, who often earn less because they cannot.
So to combat that disparity, more restaurateurs in Los Angeles are levying "mandatory tips" in the form of service or admin charges, which can be distributed throughout the house as the restaurant sees fit. On top of those charges, Los Angeles and San Francisco restaurants sometimes issue separate surcharges to offset the cost of providing health care, as well as additional lines on the check for optional, additional gratuity. This all means that the price on the menu is often much lower than what the diner ends up paying, and Borgen doesn't think it's a fair deal for consumers.
"It feels ludicrous," Borgen says of the health care charge. So she's taken a more challenging course of action: She's raised wages throughout her restaurant by baking the full cost of doing business — including health care and service — into the price of her a la carte items, so that whatever the diner sees on the menu is what the diner pays. Tipping is not accepted. This Danny Meyer-style "hospitality included" policy is increasingly normal in New York, where supplementary fees are illegal, but in California, it's quite rare, because it lets restaurants keep their prices artificially low.
"At the core, what's most important to me is the idea that a restaurant is a pillar of the community."
For achieving a high level of responsibility in his career and contributing to the betterment of our region through community involvement, Britten Sessions J.D. '11 was listed in the Top 40 Under 40 in the Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Sessions is the director of the only IP pro-bono clinic in the Valley, manages the IP department at Lincoln Law School, and is a patent attorney with the Zilka-Kotab law firm in San Jose. This past year, Sessions was recognized as a leading Intellectual Property attorney by Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars and received the IAM 300 as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world. He has published 8 books on intellectual property, 6 in the last year alone. Additionally, he has assisted companies in monetizing patent assets yielding over $80 million in returns. Sessions currently serves as the chair of the High Technology Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association.
Daniel A. Reyes '11 has published his first novel, The Essences, the first of a trilogy series. The Essences is a riveting story that follows the lowly angel Uriel as he gradually finds himself wedged in the early stages of a rebellion in Heaven. Tasked with a special duty from God, himself, he embarks on a journey of special importance all while trying to avoid the dark prophecy from being fulfilled. All while, Satan, God's most beautiful Archangel, embarks on a journey of his own, wishing to kickstart the dark angelic prophecy by stealing the archangels' weapons, the essences, including his own, the trident of persuasion. Now available on Amazon.com/1514491877. Daniel resides in Morgan Hill, CA.
Jessica Gagnon M.A. '11 just completed her PhD in education at the University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis was titled: "Born to fight: The university experiences of the daughters of single mothers who are first-generation students in the United Kingdom." She earned an uncommon unconditional pass/no corrections following her viva voca/defense. Her research was recently featured in The Times Higher.
Abby Longcor M.A. '12 was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40 list for 2016.
Longcor is the senior director of The Tech Museum of Innovation’s signature program, The Tech Challenge, which introduces and reinforces the engineering design process with a hands-on project geared toward solving a real-world problem. Along with her duties as director, she assisted in developing The Tech Academies program, which provides professional development to educators. Her focus on education is further demonstrated through her volunteer work with the League of Women Voters, helping the league develop an advocacy position to work more actively on higher education in California. As the director of The Tech Challenge, she leads recruiting to reach low-income students and girls. Currently, about 40 percent of registered teams come from socioeconomically disadvantaged schools, and about 45 percent of participants are girls.
Morgan Stinson '13 and Jack Schneeman '13 were married on April 23, 2016, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jack and Morgan first met while at SCU but later found out they grew up down the street from each other in the Twin Cities. Morgan is currently in Physician Assistant graduate school at St. Catherine University and Jack works in private equity in Minneapolis but will be getting deployed to Egypt this summer with the Minnesota National Guard. Wishing all you Broncos the best and greetings from the North!
Joshua Ronen '13 is currently completing his studies at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in pursuit of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. He is in his third year clinical clerkships in Los Angeles, CA. During his time at RUSM he has served as the president of the Student Government Association, representing a student body of 1,500 at the school's island campus in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Amanda Dewey '13 and Kristian Borofka '14 were married on June 18, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. They were married by Dr. Laura Ellingson, professor of communication and women's and gender studies. The bridal party included Allison Kamiya '13 and Sarah McClammy '14. Ushers included Devin Wakefield '13 and Kelsey Ford '14. Ceremony music was performed by Christopher Wemp '13 and Claire Kunkle '14.
Karl Cook '13 continues to ride horses professionally. He has been riding since age 8 and has won numerous competitions. He considered quitting the sport after some poor performances in 2012, but he realized he could not imagine life without horses. After spending two months training in France, he changed his sitting style and hand positioning, and is having success on the track.
Alina Adams '13 is the CEO of Artveoli, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup that makes buildings healthier by converting CO2 into fresh Oxygen. Along with her co-founder, Anastasia Neddersen M.S '10, the duo participated in the latest Tech Crunch Startup Battlefield, a venture pitch and demo competition in New York City.
Xiaoyun Yang M.S. '15 works in the operations department at Apple in Silicon Valley. She attributes her success to her studies at the Leavey School of Business. "I had a chance to dive into the finance world," Yang says, "learning about different subjects from good professors. The courses were very practical. They pushed you to your limits, taking a theory and trying to apply it practically. In most courses you had to complete a project, which meant rolling up your sleeves and working with team members. It challenged your analytical skills and people skills, and for an international student like me, it was a good transition to the American business world.”
Also helping with that transition, she says, was the significant degree of career counseling and support from the University’s career office. "You really got a taste of what you need to do to get hired in your field. The career counselors did things like setting up career panels, teaching you how to use Linkedin, and showing how to prepare for a job interview.”
The MS Finance program, Yang says, “really prepared me in terms of speaking, presentation, communication, and understanding what’s happening in the business world. But what I really treasure most about it was the people I met — the professors and outstanding students. They were great people who helped me become better.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.