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Greg Angelos ’10 married Dana Honzel ’10 on Aug. 30, 2014 in beautiful Sunriver, Oregon. The wedding party included Nicole Barrack ’10, Sarah (Angelos) Henscheid ’04, Kelly Angelos ’07, Colin Niedermeyer ’10, Chris Hipple ’10, Stephen Sih-Choi ’10, Julio Gomez ’10, Matt Roeckel ’10. Other notable guests included Drew Honzel ’78. The newlyweds live in Corvallis, Oregon, where they are finishing their graduate degrees.
BlueLight, a mobile 911 app created by Preet Anand '10, is contributing to the White House "Smart Cities" initiative. BlueLight addresses the deficiency in 911 response times from mobile devices. Emergency response systems are still based on landlines; with a standard call from a mobile phone, it can take up to six minutes for responders to receive location information, often only as specific as within three blocks.
In areas where the BlueLight app is supported, it will route your call based on your position and provide your location. Otherwise, if someone is outside of the BlueLight network, it will make a regular 911 call. BlueLight pinpoints the location and reaches the closest responder – local or campus police or other appropriate emergency services. The service is available on over 250 college campuses as well as at sites such as corporate campuses and ski resorts.
“Emergency response is the most vital function of any community, and it is far behind the rest of the world technologically,” Anand said. “This service can make people safer.”
To earn a place in the $160 million Smart Cities Initiative, BlueLight was one of two winners of the Multi-City Innovation Campaign. As part of the Smart Cities program, BlueLight will test a pilot program in four cities beginning in 2016. Mountain View has agreed to be part of the program, and discussions are under way with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.
Anand was part of SCU’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team, which won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy contest to build a solar-powered home. Anand left SCU when he received a lucrative offer to become Zynga’s youngest lead product manager. However, the University’s Jesuit teachings and emphasis on the public good have always resonated with him, and BlueLight was a way to pair his skills with those ideals.
Giselle Marie Estabrook '10 and Carlo Giuliano Ammatuna '10 were married on April 25, 2015. Bishop Richard B. Higgins performed the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Included in the wedding party were maid of honor Jenna Abeyta Duston '09 and bridesmaid Julianne Tortolano '11 as well as groomsman Nick Calvitti '10. Giselle and Carlo live happily in Roseville, California.
Thomas Akins Jr. ’10 came up with the idea for the mobile app called podStatus, a music player that takes a stab at music discovery for frequent Instagram users (and other social networks) who have songs on their iPhone to share music for friends to listen and discover. He writes that no other app brings this level of music discovery to Instagram where users can actually listen to the music. It also has an algorithm that only makes music suggestions based on what users already have in their music library and are listening to right in that moment.
Jeffrey Adams ’10 is appearing in the new play Animals, presented by Wide Eyed Productions, which follows a group of “twenty-somethings” kicking around their suburban hometown. The play is running as part of the FringeNYC Festival 2012 at the Kraine Theatre in New York City in August. Adams is also working on his MFA at the New School for Drama.
Jeffrey Adams '10 is back in the Bay Area after receiving his masters of fine arts from the New School for Drama in New York City. He's starring as the Prince in San Francisco Playhouse's production of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical which has a big-screen, Disney version in the works. It runs through Sept. 6.
Jeffrey Adams '10 played the role of Happy in Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, Death of a Salesman. Adams spent much of his undergraduate studies dissecting the intricacies of the script and delving into its themes with each paper he wrote.
“I think it’s a beautiful play,” Adams told the Santa Clara Weekly. “I think it captures elements of every human emotion, and that’s something that’s hard to accomplish in a single piece of work. It has humor and tragedy, and I think it captures family dynamics in a really unique way... It makes you ask about what’s important to you. I think every performance should make the audience feel and make the audience walk away asking questions.” Death of a Salesman runs through April 26
Mikell Warms '11 is currently a graduate teaching assistant at Colorado State University.
Mark Vetto '11 is currently serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Syracuse, N.Y., with Catholic Charities of Onondaga County - Emergency Services.
Mark Vetto ’11 is in his second year as a Jesuit Volunteer with Mental Health Advocacy Project, in San Jose, Calif. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
Corina Morales '05 married Jeff Tunison '04 at the Santa Clara Mission on July 30, 2011. The wedding party included Jackie Morales '08, Gabriel Morales '06, Cara Cage-Atencio '05, Mary Howard '05, Pat Baldwin '05, Andrew Allamby '04, and Dave Fernandez '04. Other family and friends in attendance included Irma Gonzalez-Morales '79, Octavio Morales '79, Robert Gonzalez '79, George Gonzalez '90, Rose Gonzalez '83, Elizabeth (Gonzalez) Cargill '94, Danny Pariseau '07, Jared Atencio '04, Ashley Weber '05, Kaitlin Jernstedt '05, Kayla Villnow '05, Kimmy (Medica) Sam '05, Julian Sam '05, Dave Praklet '05, Anthony Soldato '05, Kit (DiJulio) Soldato '05, Patrick McCarthy '05, Jen Oddo '05, Tony Vieceli '05, Erika (Garcia) Hernandez '05, Shannon Pelton M.A. '11, Mike Koontz '05, Joseph Martinez '04, Matt Upton '04, Ryan Wood '07, Kirk Fonseca '04, Will Wetherly '05, Megan Nelson '04, and Joe Quilici '79. The newlyweds currently live in Livermore, CA.
Lauren Elizabeth Totah '11 serves in New Oreleans, Louisana with The Good Sheperd of Nativity Mission School through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The school supports students from underprivileged backgrounds with family incomes below the poverty line with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Donations and grants enable the school to cover the cost of tuition. Totah is teacher's assistant for the kindergarten classroom and a religious studies teacher for k-3 grades. She is the daughter of Paul Totah '79.
Hilary Titus '11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose.
Vivek Thakkar M.S. ’11 writes, "Got my dream job at Apple Inc. this year."
Cassandra (Thomassin) Staff MBA ’11 and her husband Adrian Staff welcomed their first child, Lucille Khoo Staff on March 9. They are happily raising Lucille in San Jose.
Lauren Simas '11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Yakima, Wash. She works as a legal assistant at Northwest Justice Project. Simas helps lawyers in the office with their cases by gathering relevant documents and communicating to the clients about what is going on. Along withe building cases, she is engaged in client advocacy; currently she is helping elderly, low-income clients move from a dangerous living situation. Another important part of her job is migrant farm worker outreach. During the harvest season she travels all around the state of Washington visiting labor camps and handing out information to agricultural workers about their rights.
Lauren Silk '11 has chosen to attend the University of Colorado--Boulder for her degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
In mid-2014, Madeleine Sears ’11 and Sowmya Ayyar ’00 co-founded Prafull Oorja: Holistic Practices for All, a charitable trust in Bangalore, India, sharing yoga and other healing therapies with alternative populations, primarily special-needs children. The two look forward to welcoming SCU Global Fellows in 2015 and continuing the SCU-India connection.