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UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Reiley, Carol

Carol Reiley ’04 has written a children's book, Making a Splash. Combining her engineering problem-solving skills with a desire to help kids unlock their potential, Reiley tested drafts of her book in classrooms and homes across the country before crowdsourcing its publication. For now, Reiley hopes Making a Splash will help young readers understand that “it’s not about how smart you are; it’s about how smart you can become,” and to view failure as a stepping stone to greater things, not a stumbling block. Read more in fyi.

submitted Feb. 9, 2015 2:03A
Pope, Nikki

Nikki Pope J.D. '04 co-authored Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction, published by Post Hill Publishing (2015). It features a foreword by Professor Cookie Ridolfi (School of Law) and a chapter written by Paige Kaneb (Northern California Innocence Project). Nikki writes, "Pruno is a collection of stories by and about men and women who were wrongfully convicted and spent years, and in some cases decades, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Although what happened to these men and women is heartbreaking, their stories are uplifting and inspiring. They and their family members and friends were able to find moments of hope in some of the most hopeless places. All relied on faith of some sort to get them through their ordeal and out the other side. Most people are surprised to learn that exonerees are not entitled to the support services that are provided to parolees or ex-convicts and most do not receive any compensation for their wrongful incarceration. For these and other reasons, half of the proceeds from the sale of Pruno will be shared with the exoneree storytellers and the authors are donating a portion of their proceeds to organizations that assist the wrongfully convicted before and after their exonerations. Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope is available at online booksellers or in bulk through their publisher."

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 5:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Moran, Jeff
Jeff Moran '04 received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English teaching assistant in Colombia. While an SCU student, Moran, from Stockton, Calif., performed in nine mainstage productions and was an actor, director, or playwright in dozens of student-created pieces. While getting his master’s in teaching English as a second language, the 32-year-old became interested in “the connection between language and culture,” which he hopes to explore during his year as a Fulbright scholar in Colombia. He also plans to work in a service project to help build sustainable social change.
President Michael Engh, S.J. said of the recipients: “Their accomplishments and intellectual endeavors represent the best of Santa Clara University. They, like Santa Clara, have a special appreciation for the international exchange of ideas and culture as a source for positive global change.”
submitted Apr. 30, 2015 12:45P
UGRD Leavey Business '04
Lee, Sara (Pfaff)

Sara (Pfaff) Lee ’04 and Matt Lee ’04 welcomed their second child, daughter Brooke Emerson, on Aug. 12, 2014. Brooke joins big brother Parker, 3.

submitted Mar. 5, 2015 9:09P
UGRD Engineering '04
Krueger, Paul

Paul Krueger '04 and Kathryn (Finneran) Krueger '05 welcomed a daughter, Samantha Mae Krueger, on March 2, 2015. The family lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.

submitted Jun. 4, 2015 8:30A
GRD Engineering '04
Gunther, Norman

Norman Gunther ’59, Ph.D. ’04, continues to be part of SCU's Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory, which has advanced world-class research and scholarship in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies. Gunther collaborates with fellow graduates of the program, advancing the methodologies used to characterize surface nanostructures of thin films used in semiconductors, and advising current graduate students as an applied mathematician.


submitted Mar. 2, 2015 12:30P
Cook, Sonia

Sonia (Mungal) '04 and Jeffrey Cook '04 welcomed their first child, a son, Felix Loving Cook, on December 27, 2014. Baby Felix is the first nephew of Sarah (Cook) '08, Scott Stevens '06, and Myrna Mungal '10. He is also the first grandbaby of Dean Godfrey Mungal, School of Engineering. The family is looking forward to taking him on his first SCU campus stroller tour this summer!

submitted Jul. 14, 2015 2:06P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Chesterton, Emily (Sargent)

Stephen Chesterton ’04, Emily Sargent Chesterton ’04, and big brother Peter (age 3) welcomed Grace Elizabeth into the world on Sept. 22, 2014. The family lives in Rockville, Maryland.

submitted Mar. 6, 2015 3:23A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Campbell, Kym

Kym Campbell '04 is the founder of Smart Fertility Choices, a website aimed at empowering women with the knowledge they need to battle infertility by covering a range of topics from natural fertility solutions and emotional support to assisted reproductive medicine and fertility preservation. She writes, "After four years of quietly struggling with infertility myself, I became motivated to be a voice for those dealing with the very common issue. Through the Smart Fertility Choices website and podcast I hope to be an advocate for women struggling with this difficult issue."

Contact Kym
submitted Oct. 21, 2015 9:55P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Wall, Christopher

Chris Wall '05 is an attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP in the Pacific Northwest. He lives with his wife, Claire, on Vashon Island.

Contact Christopher
submitted Sep. 22, 2015 2:58P
UGRD Leavey Business '05
Nguyen, Thai-Huy

Thai-Huy "Peter" Nguyen ’05, upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in education in May, will be joining the faculty of Seattle University's College of Education as an assistant professor of Student Development Administration in fall 2015. He and his partner will be moving to Seattle this summer.

submitted Mar. 4, 2015 11:43A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Marcinek, Elizabeth (Simas)

Beth (Simas) Marcinek '05 and her husband, Matthew, welcomed Evan Lee on May 12, 2015. It is the first child for the couple and third grandson for Ted Simas '70 and Rita Simas.

submitted Jul. 21, 2015 3:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Lam, Stephanie

Stephanie Lam ’05, MBA ’11 received top honors for her oil painting African Child III at Salon at the Triton: A 2D Art Competition and Exhibition. This distinction also won her a solo show at the museum in 2016.

“I’m so impressed by the artwork in this show and so humbled to have had two of my pieces accepted,” said Lam. “I can’t wait to share what evolves from this series of African children; I’m already planning a trip to several African countries to further develop the work for the 2016 solo exhibition.”
submitted Jan. 18, 2015 5:05P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Kunkel, Ryan

Ryan Kunkel '05 and wife Eleanor welcomed their daughter, Audrey June, on December 23, 2014. They currently live in Walnut Creek, CA.

submitted Aug. 9, 2015 9:11A
Gallardo, Andrea

Andrea Friaz Gallardo '05 completed her medical residency at U.C. San Diego, combined family medicine and psychiatry training, and has joined Kaiser Permanente in Gilroy full-time. She is happy to be back in the Bay Area after nine years away in Southern California.

submitted Sep. 19, 2015 4:01P
DeMartini, Megan (Koppes)

Chris DeMartini ’05 and Megan (Koppes) DeMartini ’05 and big sister Abby (3) welcomed another future bronco Madelyn Grace on Aug. 1, 2014.

submitted Mar. 25, 2015 8:51P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '05
Berg, Keely (Nelson)

Keely Elizabeth (Nelson) Berg '04, M.A. '06 husband Chris, and big sister Annabelle welcomed a second child, Andrew William Berg, on March 6, 2015. The happy family of four resides in San Jose.

submitted May. 21, 2015 3:28P


Payer, Katie (Roberts)

Katie (Roberts) Payer '06 and husband Brian welcomed a healthy, happy baby girl, Caroline Valerie, on March 19, 2015. The family of three lives in Denver, Colorado.

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 9:05P
Mei, Mayka
Mayka Mei '06 consults on all things marketing, community, and content for lifestyle brands and technologies. Working in the startup space since her Bronco days, Mayka tweeted as Incubus, ran the No. 2 biggest fashion brand on Twitter, and presented fan-building techniques to international audiences in Cannes. Mei currently writes for the Alumni Association's online magazine, Illuminate. She blogs irregularly at and tweets more regularly at @mayka. 
submitted Apr. 22, 2015 12:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '06
Larson , Kelsey (Swanson )

Kelsey (Swanson) Larson ’06 and her husband, Brent, welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Linnea Mary, on April 12, 2014. Kelsey is an attorney with the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles. Brent is the chief resident physician in pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The family lives in Burbank.

submitted Feb. 28, 2015 6:21P
Hendrickson, Daniel

Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., M.Div. '06 will be Creighton University’s 25th president as of July 2015. Hendrickson was born and raised in Fremont, Nebraska. He moved west to attend Marquette University, graduating with a B.A. in psychology and theology, before entering the Society of Jesus.

He has master’s degrees from Columbia, Fordham, and Santa Clara universities and his Ph.D. came by way of Columbia. Hendrickson has served on the Board of Trustees of Creighton University, Boston College, and Xavier University—all Jesuit institutions—and in the provost’s office at Marquette University.
Scott Heider, search committee member and chair of the Heider College of Business Board, said, “Fr. Hendrickson brings a keen understanding of the value of a Jesuit education. His global teaching experience and his scholarly agenda, focused on Jesuit teaching, makes him particularly well-prepared to deepen Creighton’s connection to its mission.”
submitted Dec. 30, 2014 11:24A
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