Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 2010s
Jackie (Goodall) Ellwood ’11, former marketing and musical theatre student, leader of Supertonic!, Pit Band member and jazz enthusiast, married her high school sweetheart, Ryan Ellwood, in February 2012.
Julie Connelly ’11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She works at The Harry Tompson Center, which provide day to day needs for the homelessness population such as: showers, phones, lunches, toiletries, laundry machines, and—most importantly—human interaction in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rev. Seong-uk Choi STD ’11 writes: “I am teaching a Special Ethics course including sexual ethics and professional ethics at the Catholic University of Pusan Theological College. I am so happy to share my experiences at JST with Korean seminarians.”
Antonio Castro '11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Tucson Community Food Bank in Tucson, Arizona.
Emily Burke ’11 is in her first year as the volunteer coach with the Bronco volleyball team, working primarily on camp and office work. She also works with practice planning. In the past year Emily coached at Archbishop Mitty High School as the JV head coach as well as coached club for Vision Volleyball club. She has worked at the Santa Clara summer camps for the past four years.
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.
Pravin Boddu MBA ’11 published a satire on India, Drifting Democracy—India: from a Common Man's Perspective, which is available via Amazon CreateSpace.
Jennifer (Cooke) Bauer ’01, MBA ’11 married Jeffrey Bauer MBA ’11 on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Burlingame, Calif. Cindy (Barrango) Rodondi ’01 served as a bridesmaid. Many SCU undergraduates and MBA graduates were in attendance from the classes of ’01 and ’11 respectively. The happy couple lives in San Jose, Calif.
Dru Atkison '11 writes, "Working hard in the big apple!"
Kandace Arens '11 serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Wintonia, in Seattle, Wash.
Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."
Christine Ahlstrom '11 graduated with her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2013 from the University of Southern California. She is now a Student Services Advisor in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the USC Keck School of Medicine. She lives in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Reena Aboumrad '11 married Tony Driver '11 at Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz, CA on June 29, 2013. The two met during Winter Quarter '10 in Professor O'Brien's Accounting 130 course.
Kristina Marie Woodcock ’12 has accepted a position teaching English in Nice, France.
Maria Valle ’12 facilitated San Jose's second annual leadership conference for young women in the spring. The theme was "Strong Girls, Strong Women."
Brandon Gojenola ’13, MBA ’15 proposed to fellow Bronco Jaclyn Sunzeri ’12 in front of the Santa Clara Mission. Father Art will marry the two in the Mission on July 2, 2016. Brandon earned his MBA in 2015 and now works as a Marketing Operations Specialist at Juniper Networks. Jaclyn will earn her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2017. The two met in Walsh Hall in 2009.
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.
Alessandra Czamanski Silva M.A., MFT ’12 writes, "Dear Psy fellows, I recently moved to Texas! I cannot believe that I left California, but life changes directions and we don't always know why. I am trusting the way and so far I am happy with what I have encountered in Austin. I really hope to find as good professionals as the ones I had the privilege to meet during grad school at SCU!"
Tanya Schmidt ’12 is the new New York chapter co-president of the SCU Alumni Association. An English major with minors in religious studies and classics, Tanya moved to New York after two seasons of professional volleyball in Europe for a Master of Arts program at NYU in English and American literature. She enjoys pick-up volleyball and volunteering with an after-school cooking program at a school in Brooklyn.
Nathan Rogers ’12 presented the valedictory remarks at the 2012 SCU commencement ceremony. You can watch the video here.
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.