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'14
Lays, Natalie

Natalie Lays ’14, has won a Fulbright fellowship to be an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil, where her passion for other cultures and interest in global medicine will enrich the new experiences as a teaching assistant. After interning for five weeks in Brazil this past summer, Natalie was inspired by the dynamic culture and forward-looking mentality of the Brazilians she worked alongside. She anticipates that the Fulbright experience will help her pursue her vocation.

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Lara, Melanie

Melanie Lara '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at Akoyikoyi School, in Chuuk, Micronesia, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.

 
submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Kurtz, Kristine

Kristine Kurtz '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, an organization based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at YMCA of Grays Harbor, in Grays Harbor, Washington, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 3:06P
'14
Kunkle, Claire

Claire Kunkle ’14 is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Award. Claire, who was trained in the lab of Dr. Hohyun Lee in the SCU Department of Mechanical Engineering, will be attending UC Berkeley in Fall 2014 to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Energy and Thermal Science. She is interested in designing energy systems to benefit developing nations and hopes to use the fellowship to participate in local and international research. Ultimately, Claire wants to use her Ph.D. in academia as a professor and inspire future engineers towards their dreams.

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 3:13P
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Herman, Julie
Julie Herman ’14 is a recipient of an National Science Foundation research fellowship award. Julie, who was trained in the lab of Dr. Justen Whittall in the SCU Department of Biology, will be joining Dr. Kathleen Kay's lab at UC Santa Cruz to pursue a Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The lab studies diversification and speciation in flowering plants. Julie is planning to study the evolutionary forces in the mustard oil biosynthetic pathway and possible coevolution of mustards and Pierid butterflies.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:38P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Federici, Allison

Allison Federici '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, in Tucson, Arizona, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:42P
'14
Eisenberg, Joey

Joey Eisenberg '14 is the new assistant director, Chapters & Groups, Alumni Relations, at Santa Clara. He graduated from this past June with a degree in political science. He and his family are from Bellevue, Wash., so he is eager to hit the ground running with our Pacific Northwest Chapters! Eisenberg studied journalism and news media at American University while interning for a semester in Washington, D.C. (another chapter he will manage). He was an orientation leader, search retreat leader with Campus Ministry, and a member of Associated Student Government during his time on campus.  

He will be managing events and chapter leadership for the following areas: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Marin, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, Washington, D.C.
submitted Aug. 26, 2014 11:55A
'14
Demaree, Benjamin

Benjamin Damaree ’14 received a 2014 West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, demonstrate significant athletic contributions to his or her sport for a minimum of two years, and have a record of participation in campus or community activities. He or she also must submit a personal statement of intention to attend graduate or professional school for which this scholarship would be awarded.

 
Benjamin Demaree graduated with a 3.88 GPA, majoring in Bioengineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Demaree served as captain of his team, earned WCC Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011, and was named the Santa Clara University Cross Country Newcomer of the Year in 2010.
A Santa Clara Provost Scholarship recipient, Demaree was named to the Dean's list three times and was a two-time WCC All-Academic First Team selection as a sophomore and junior.
 
A member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, Demaree was a math and engineering tutor and served as a research assistant in the Santa Clara Department of Bioengineering. A member of the Santa Clara Athletics Bronco Leadership group, Demaree is also member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 11:53A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Davisson, Michael

Michael Davisson '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. His year-long placement is at United Community Housing Coalition, in Detroit, where he'll work for social change among an underserved population.

 

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:37P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Broyles, Sara

Sara Broyles '14 writes, "I can't believe I just graduated! I'm so thankful for my amazing experience at SCU. Now it's time to enter the 'real world.' I move into my new apartment at the end of June and I start my full-time job in July—I'll be working at a PR agency in San Francisco. I couldn't be more grateful for all that Santa Clara has done for me. I feel confident in myself knowing that I have a solid foundation that will prepare me for the workforce and the rest of my life! Even as an official alumna, I know it's always a great day to be a Bronco."

Contact Sara
Sara Broyles sara.a.broyles@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/in/sbroyles/
submitted Jun. 18, 2014 4:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Bonino-Britsch, Michael

Michael Bonino-Britsch '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. His year-long placement is at Fair Share Housing Development/Northgate II, in Camden, New Jersey, where he'll work for social change among an underserved population.

 

 

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:31P
'14
Bird, Jack

This summer, Jack Bird '14 traveled to Mexico, where he created an agroforestry program guide similar to one he produced the summer before in Zambia. He then went to Korea, where he presented a paper on the guide that he produced in Zambia.

Bird double majored in environmental science and political science at Santa Clara. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honors society, a participant in the honors program, and a Pi Sigma Alpha, a political-science honor society. He had the honor of being the recipient of the Nobili Award for outstanding male student.

Bird’s goal, according to his resume, is to “work with a socially and environmentally responsible organization aimed at promoting clean-energy technologies and sustainable business practices.”

 

submitted Aug. 4, 2014 6:14A

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Mengis, Greg
Greg Mengis ’94 is the new Broncos lacrosse head coach for the 2014–2015 season.

In 2012, Coach Mengis was inducted into the Santa Clara University Lacrosse Hall of Fame, where he played lacrosse for four years in the early '90s, earning Team Captain and Coaches Award honors. He is a two-time WCLL All Star and helped lead Santa Clara to the WCLL Final Four three years in a row. Before tearing his ACL partway through his senior year, Mengis was ranked in the NCAA National top 10 in points as an attack man.

Mengis has stayed active playing and coaching lacrosse. His philosophy stresses a positive attitude, mastering the fundamentals, and teamwork. He has been the head coach of the Los Altos High School Varsity since 2009, and for the last three years he led the team to a 32-4 division record, two league championships, and 3 straight playoff appearances.

Mengis is a program director for Team NorCal Lacrosse, where he has coached U11, U13, U15, and high school teams to considerable success in regional and national tournaments over the last six years. He has played a number of seasons with the Palo Alto Club Lacrosse team and has coached with the Fremont Spartans, Diablo Scorpions, and Palo Alto Tomahawks club teams.

Said Coach Mengis, "I am excited to return to my alma mater and help lead SCU back to a winning tradition in the MCLA."

He will be a great addition to the Bronco Lacrosse Program, and the team is looking forward to having a successful season.
 

 

submitted Aug. 4, 2014 6:08A
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Horvath, Lindsay

Fairfield resident Lindsay Horvath J.D. ’05 has been retained as a broker associate at Intero Real Estate Services in Vacaville. Horvath brings a stellar education to her new position, including an undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a law degree from Santa Clara University. After passing the bar exam, she worked as a deputy district attorney over a period of about seven years in Riverside, Solano and Napa counties.

She says she changed careers because she has had a longstanding interest in real estate. "I've always had a passion for it, and I genuinely care about the housing needs of people. The opportunity presented itself, so I went for it."

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 11:30A
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Barton, William

William Barton MBA ’73 has been appointed to the state's 14th District Agricultural Association, Santa Cruz County Fair Board of Directors, by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. These positions don't not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. William Barton, 70, of Aptos, previously held several positions at Granite Construction Inc., served as a controller at Spectra-Flux Inc., and as a price estimating and budget coordinator at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company.

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 12:43P
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