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David Rodriguez ’05 and Christine Badal ’07 welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Eddie Alexander, on Jan. 11, 2014.
Tom Wong ’08, who won the Orella Prize the year he graduated, just earned a Ph.D. in physics from UCSD. He has accepted a post-doc in Latvia to work with a computational scientist. He commented that even though his Ph.D. was from a physics dept, his advisor was basically a mathematician and he uses (of all things) Fortran95 to write a lot of his software! So all three majors at SCU (Math, Computer Science, and Physics) have served him well. , and the year he graduated (2008).
Brent Haase ’08 and Hillary (Boller) Haase ’06 are the proud parents of future Bronco Louis William Haase, born Aug. 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM. 6 lb., 0.9 oz., 18 1/4 in. Louis joins big brother Ollie, a German Shepherd, at home in Greenwood Village, Colo.
Cristina Sanidad '08 and Emmanuel Gallardo were married in Phoenix, Ariz. on May 24, 2014.
Rob Bevegni ’04 married Stephanie Howell ’08 on Sept. 6, 2014, in Truckee, California. They live in San Francisco.
Brody Angley ’08 signed a two-year deal with Maccabi Haifa Basketball, making his debut in Israel Winner League. The 28-year-old point guard has recently won four championships in the last four seasons, on four different teams in Europe and Latin America. He brings to his new team the leadership, toughness, and high IQ that allowed him to win the rims in Switzerland LNA, Mexico Liga Nacional de Baloncesto, League of FIBA Americas, and Mexico LNBP.
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
Channing McCabe ’09 has been working with Santa Clara University since her graduation. After working three years at the Law School, she moved over to the Leavey School of Business, where she is the Senior Administrative Assistant. She has been working on obtaining her Master's in Counseling from the school and will be graduating in 2015! She enjoys continuing to work for the university while being a student and loves giving back to the new broncos on campus! She will be heading to Portland to present at the AASHE conference in October, 2014, on behalf of the SCU Workplace Sustainability Liaisons.
Julienne Syme Lorenzen ’10 and Robert Lorenzen ’09 welcomed their first child, Theodore James, on Sep. 5, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
After graduating from SCU, Paige Fujiu ’09 continued her education at Pepperdine University to receive her Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology Emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy and graduated with honors in 2011. In Los Angeles, Paige works as a Child and Family Therapist and has worked with populations from infants to adults, specializing in family systems, dealing with issues like anxiety, depression, attachment disorders, eating disorders, attention deficit disorders, substance use, domestic violence, child abuse, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsion disorder, and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, Paige will not be able to attend the reunion due to licensing exams. Paige has continued her passion for traveling the world and recently moved back to Los Angeles after living abroad in London for 5 months. Some of the places she's visited since graduating SCU include: Greece, Amsterdam, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Barcelona, Bilbao, Prague, Berlin, Budapest, Beijing, Xi'an, and Paris.
Lindsay Damrow ’09 became a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in June 2014. She will be working on the Armstrong/Eshoo Team based in Oak Brook, Ill.
Matt Adler ’09 is a Futures and FX Execution Consultant with Bloomberg Tradebook in New York. He recently completed his MBA from Stern Business School and has relocated to London, England for a two year assignment.
Megan Mills Fairbank ’10 married David Fairbank on July 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. The wedding party included Elise Norman ’10 and Kelly Weber ’10. The couple currently resides in Boston, Mass. They would love to hear from SCU alumni in the Boston area.
Chris Duchesne ’06 married Michelle Donecho ’05, M.A. ’10 on July 12, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis with a reception following at the Adobe Lodge. The wedding party included Matt Duchesne ’05 and Trey Miller ’13. The couple honeymooned in Maui and resides in Menlo Park.
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.
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.
Angelica (Wright) Galli ’11, M.A. ’14 and Justin Galli on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara. They celebrated with family and friends, including bridesmaids Caitlin (Gambee) Sappington ’10, Sarah Mathes ’11, and Elizabeth Kiikvee ’11. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and are currently living in Las Vegas, Nev.
Brooke Boniface ’11 is Santa Clara's new class giving officer in University Relations. Brooke graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara in just three years with a double major in Political Science and History. She was obviously an incredible student and has already supported our office’s efforts greatly through her student job in the call center, where she ranked No. 1 in credit card rates her first year and had an unbelievable 99 percent fulfillment rate during her second year. We also had the opportunity to feature her student story in an annual fund piece during her senior year, so several of you will recognize her face. In her “spare time”, she also served as Opinions Editor for The Santa Clara student newspaper. Following her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara, Brooke served in Teach for America for two years in Phoenix. Most recent, she was tremendously successful as an ad sales rep for Yelp. We are incredibly happy that she is coming back home to Santa Clara to join our Reunion Fundraising team.
Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."
Ana Maria Valdes ’12 and Mark Spain ’13 were married on June 7, 2014, at the Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The couple met at SCU freshmen orientation and began dating their senior year. Other Broncos in attendance included bridesmaids Jessica Campbell ’11 and Marlynn Spain ’10, and groomsmen Anthony Sagariballa ’12, Dong Seon Min ’14, and David Sippel ’13. The couple resides in Seattle, Wash.
In May, Daniel Peng ’12 received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.
Starting in September, he will be stationed at a clinic in Hangzhou a city of about 6 million in the eastern portion of China.
His research grant proposal targets Type 2 diabetes, which is far more prevalent, but less understood than Type 1 diabetes. Together, the two forms of the disease affect about 29 million Americans. During his time in Hangzhou, he’ll be interacting with patients and clinicians to affect change.
“In terms of the research I’m conducting, this is not hard science,” he said. “It’s more of a public health project.”
Simple changes, Peng noted, can reduce the rates of diabetes. People can often create and maintain better health by eating more fruits and vegetables, and fewer high-fat foods and simple carbohydrates like white rice and potatoes. Another important factor, Peng said, is getting patients to understand and care about dietary restrictions.
Educating others comprises about half of his duties in China. He’s also going to be working to create a patient database that will help doctors understand the long-term affects of treatment.
Prior to his current job, Peng spent time working with diabetics of all ages at the Stanford University School of Medicine and at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.
Brienne Ghafourifar ’12, the youngest college graduate at age 17 to raise $1 million in venture funding for her business, Entefy, is among four women chronicled in the upcoming documentary film She Started It, about women entrepreneurs.
Bianca Frediani ’12 is co-owner of Bed Bandits, a company that makes and sells fire-retardant, hypoallergenic mattress toppers. For every three sold, a fourth is donated to a local shelter. It's a business model driven by compassion. "My dad was an Oakland firefighter for over 30 years," she told the Contra Costa Times, "running into fires to literally save people." She wants to make a difference. "I hope someday -- if this (company) becomes a big thing, that we can go to Third World countries and donate these mattress toppers to people who don't have beds."
Chris Chang ’07 and Quyen (Le) Chang ’07, MBA ’12 married on Aug 30., 2014, in Maui, HI. The wedding party included Neha Sharma ’07, Gillian Rimicci ’07, Jenna O'Connor ’07, Jessica Kremer MBA ’12, Joanne Wang ’09, Martin Lewis ’09, Greg Moore ’08, Raymond Chiu ’08, and Mimi Pham ’16. The couple currently live in San Francisco.