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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).
Lindsay Wenger ’08 received her doctor of medicine degree from Oregon Health & Science University in June, 2013. She is beginning her General Surgery Residency at University of Nevada Affiliated Hospitals, Las Vegas, Nev.
Susan Wacker ’08 and Aaron Forde were married on May 11, 2013, in Redding, Calif. Jim Voll officiated.
Olvin Veigas, S.J., STL ’08 is now director of the St. Thomas Institute of Philosophy, Theology and History in Moscow, Russia. He started the school year with 60 new students.
EB (Elizabeth) Stanislawski ’08 and Colin Triplett ’08 were married June 23, 2012 at Clos La Chance Winery in San Martin, California. EB currently works for The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and is presently pursuing her Masters at Santa Clara. Colin started, operated and expanded Mint Condition Fitness in Los Gatos, a boutique holistic fitness club. EB and Colin now reside in their lovely home in Santa Clara.
Mike Sweitzer-Beckman M.Div. ’08 writes: “Back in 2002, I began collecting letters from people who were serving prison sentences for committing acts of civil disobedience at the School of the Americas (now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). I wrote to prisoners and asked them to share their stories of what it was like to be in prison, and why they took actions that put them in federal prison. My goal was to show the commitment by these peace activists toward a nonviolent alternative. I also received some letters from people who had committed acts of civil disobedience at other anti-nuclear demonstrations, including nuclear test sites. I am donating these letters to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.”
Melissa (Lomeli) Sesma ’08 is the new bilingual services program manager at the Monterey County Elections Department. Semsa, a Salinas native, will focus on voter education and will be a resource for the bilingual community and voters at large. She will help register voters, especially in underserved communities, and will assist with the recruitment of bilingual poll workers.
Semsa is an Alisal High School graduate and an alumna of Santa Clara University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and French.
Her goal is “to improve access to the ballot and election information in an effort to make Monterey County a region where people can be educated about the voting process and how they can participate,” according to an Elections Department newsletter.
To contact Sesma about what the Elections Department can do in your neighborhood or for a request of an educational presentation at your organization’s event call her at (831) 796-1478.
J.T. Service J.D. '08, founder of Soul Focus Sports, organized the San Jose 408K Race to the Row, an 8K run on March 11, 2012.
Service got the idea for the race after his company was hired to produce the Giant Race for the San Francisco Giants, which offers half-marathon, 10K and 5K courses, all ending on the Giants home field in AT&T Park.
"There was something about their connection with the people who felt it was their team and their city," Service said in an article published by the San Jose Mercury News. "About 85 percent of the people running were from San Francisco, and everyone would wear their Giants gear. I felt there needed to be something for San Jose replicating that feel."
The HP Pavilion was chosen for the start and Santana Row for the finish, he said, because they are two of the most prominent landmarks in San Jose.
The Pat Tillman Foundation is the charity partner; Service ran in the San Jose version of Pat's Run before it was discontinued locally and relocated to Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, where it is now held each April.
The funds raised by The San Jose 408K will be used by the Pat Tillman Foundation for its programs, including the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides financial support for active and veteran service members and their spouses to complete degree programs.
Amber Valdivia '08 and Sean Seggie were married on May 15, 2010 on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Peter Schmidt ’08 married Emily Brown, Loyola Marymount graduate, on Sept. 7, 2013, at the Plantation Farm Camp in Sonoma County. They live in Sausalito.
Cristina Sanidad '08 and Emmanuel Gallardo are engaged to be married in Phoenix, Ariz. in May 2014.
This year, May 2014, Rochelle Rock ’08 graduated from medical school and will be entering a residency at the University of Connecticut in Emergency Medicine.
Marcella Reynolds ’08 writes, "For the last year I have worked at Table Mountain Rancheria as the environmental administrative assistant. I have now been promoted to environmental specialist within the Government Affairs and Environmental Department."
Griselda Ramirez '08 was recently hired by The Salinas Californian newspaper to report on news and feature stories from Salinas school districts and Hartnell College, and will also report on districts in north county and south county and California State University, Monterey Bay.
Niamh (Doherty) Radhakrishnan J.D. '08 is now a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, based in the Los Angeles office.
Stuart Poulter '08 and Kristina Chiapella '09 were married June 30, 2012 at David Walley's Hot Springs Resort in Genoa, Nev. Stuart and Kristina celebrated their wedding with fellow SCU alums Ashley Gardner '09, Katelyn (Schlereth) Wood '08, Michael Wood, Michelle Pesce '09, Chad Dupic '09, Elizabeth Storelli '09, Stephen Smoker '09, Bethany Elias Jenner '08, Catherine Waite '08, Elizabeth Czapla '08, Lindsay Mohundro '10, Samantha Go '08, Lauren Roon '08, Kaitlin Thompson '09, Adam Boriotti '08, Deborah Thurtle '08, Krystal Wu '09 and Sam Baker '08.
Viktor Petersson ’08 is co-founder and CEO of YippieMove, a product from startup WireLoad that makes the email migration process as easy as possible. He was recently featured in an article on Tech Crunch, where he notes that YippieMove was designed to address his own needs as an SCU graduate who needed to move his mail from his student account before everything was deleted. Users of YippieMove enter their account details, and YippeeMove, which supports more than 100 email providers, handles the rest of the process without software installation.
In 2013, Ana Paz-Rangel '08 began her graduate studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Latin American Studies.
Broncos Clayton Hoefer ’07 and Katrina Ostertag ’08 celebrated their wedding July 13, 2013.
Christina Ogburn-Chow MBA ’08 and her husband Daniel Chow - A son, Zayden Sui Yuen Chow, on April 4, 2013. The family lives in Foster City.
Patrick Welty ’08 and Laura Meuleman ’08 married in beautiful Park City, Utah on October 12. Alumni in attendence were Tara Almassy ’08, Mark Almassy ’08, Jesse Hailey ’08, Caitlin Bliss ’08, Natalie Cummins ’08, Pete Spisiak ’08, Jacob Jessick ’08, and Christ Proctor ’07. The couple lives in San Diego.