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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.
Kumar Sathyanarayana Raju M.S. ’11 writes: “Blessed with a little angel on Dec. 16, 2011. Having an amaaaazing time with her. The new life in our family has also brought some new ideas for development in mobile platform. I am currently designing it with one of my friends and looking for Mobile App Dev experts. Thank SCU for all the great moments while I was at and away from campus. Go Broncos!”
Michael Ryan ’11 writes, "I started working for Tesla Motors in 2011 while finishing up my senior design project. Working up from a Product Specialist on the sales floor to a Store Manager in White Plains, it has been great having a mechanical engineering background from SCU. I encourage any and all Broncos globally to step foot into a Model S and feel the rush of electric propulsion. If you are in the New York area, please reach out to me. I would be happy to show you what electric vehicles are all about.
In Engineering 101 back in 2007, we were told to use the knowledge we obtained on campus for the good of mankind. I have now spoken and emailed over 50,000 people globally and seen owners grin at the sight of their new vehicles which have no tail-pipe. I'm excited to say that Tesla is now working on our second full production vehicle, a crossover called the Model X. Tesla vehicles, including the award winning Model S, have driven over 750 millions miles on electricity. The age of combustion for individual transportation will be coming to a close soon. With many more Broncos now at Tesla Motors, our alumni are on the front lines making a huge difference in the world of transportation.
I hope all is well in Sunny California. I opted to jump back to the temperate climate of the Northeast, but my attitude towards work, life and my fellow human being is always as positive and warm as the culture where I got my degree from in Santa Clara, California. Bronco for life!"
Michael Ryan MRyan@teslamotors.com 917-453-2540
Robert J. Rosser '11 spent last summer in Tanzania, Africa, teaching at the Rift Valley Children's Orphanage. He has recently moved to New York City and is working as a sales associate for Green Mountain Energy Company, aiming to convert all of Manhattan's small businesses to clean, renewable wind power.
Matt Renner ’11 and Matt Green ’15 have been appointed as application engineers by Future Facilities North America leading provider of data center design and operational management software. Future Facilities NA has relocated its headquarters to 2055 Gateway Place, San Jose, to meet the needs of its expanding staff and customer base throughout the United States and Canada.
“Over the last year, Future Facilities has experienced explosive growth from customers looking to get accurate visibility into their data centers,” said Sherman Ikemoto, General Manager, Future Facilities NA. “We’re delighted to bring on board Mr. Green and Mr. Renner – accomplished thermal engineers who will help us ensure that our clients’ data centers operate at peak efficiency.”
Last month, Future Facilities announced its participation in Facebook’s Open Compute Project, whose mission is to form an open IT hardware and data center design community. By open-sourcing its 6SigmaViewer, Future Facilities will enable adoption of streamlined communication between suppliers and end-users and encourage innovation from IT hardware and data center manufacturers. In effect, 6SigmaOpenViewer is positioned to become a common language for the Open Compute community that will help to overcome the barriers to communication traditionally found in the data center industry.
Fulgence Ratsimbazafy, S.J., STD ’11 writes: “Greetings from Madagascar. I will be in charge of the School of Social Communication and Journalism (a four-year program after high school that delivers a master’s degree and has about 300 hundred students) until the director returns from tertianship. Then I will return to my field of theology. From January 2012 after the Provincial Congregation, I will be the delegate for formation of the Province. I wish you all the best and blessings.”