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2008

'08
Schmidt, Peter

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.

submitted May. 4, 2014 1:01P
'08
Rock, Rochelle

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.

submitted May. 15, 2014 12:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Paz-Rangel, Ana

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.

submitted Jun. 10, 2014 5:03A
'08
Fonts, Augustin

Coming from Santa Clara’s School of Engineering, where “Engineering with a Mission” is the credo, Agustin Fonts ’08 and Ryan Leary ’08 feel right at home putting their ethics, values, and talents to work in their careers. Both are employed by a company whose software is transforming the way the world approaches household energy conservation. At Opower, Fonts is the international product manager and Leary is engineering manager, accountable for promoting good engineering practices and managing software release and testing by working with engineering services and QA release management for the company’s suite of products focused on energy efficiency, customer engagement, demand response, and thermostat management.

The company’s recent successful IPO was exciting, but both Leary and Fonts claim it is the founders’ mission to lower energy use that is most gratifying. Their careers in the energy industry really started when they joined the 2007 Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon team as undergraduates. After graduating, they founded their own start-up, Valence Energy, with other teammates.
 
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:14P
GRD Leavey/MBA '08
Amerman, William

William Amerman MBA '08 published his second novel, Sky1 - Foundation, available on Amazon, B&N, Apple and other eBook retail sites. http://www.amazon.com/Sky1-Foundation-The-Sky-Series-ebook/dp/B00IC9CS4W

Contact William
http://www.amazon.com/Sky1-Foundation-The-Sky-Series-ebook/dp/B00IC9CS4W
submitted Feb. 21, 2014 3:39P

2009

UGRD Arts & Sciences '09
Vallurupalli, Daniella (Klopocki)

Aneal Vallurupalli '09 married Daniella (Klopocki) Vallurupalli '09 on June 1, 2013 in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. Celebrating with a traditional South Indian wedding--and other fellow Broncos in attendance--the couple is thrilled to be another successful SCU love story. The couple met at SCU during summer orientation just before their Freshman year.

submitted Feb. 13, 2014 11:27A
'09
Linney, Claire

Claire Linney '09 has been busy. Last fall, as the head coach for the Salinas High School Boy's Water Polo team, she was named MBL Coach of the Year for the second time. She is also the assistant coach of the CSUMB Women's Water Polo team and a head coach at Otter Bay Water Polo club. Out of the water she is the librarian and the athletic director at San Benancio Middle School. In the spring she was inducted into the 2014 Aptos High School Sports Hall of Fame.

submitted Jun. 16, 2014 9:56A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '09
Kaprielian, Haley

Freshman Dorm: Sobrato

Haley Kaprielian '09 writes, "I moved to Los Angeles, Calif. in Nov. 2012 for a job as an Event Coordinator at Loyola Law School. I plan small events to multi-day conferences for students, alumni, and others in the legal field. I was previously working for the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara School of Law doing marketing and development. No, I do not plan on going to law school. :)"

submitted Feb. 25, 2014 7:42P
GRD Law '09
Jensen, Leslie (Maglione)

Leslie (Maglione) Jensen '06, J.D. '09 and her husband James welcomed their first child, Samantha May, on Jan. 17, 2014.

submitted May. 18, 2014 7:14P
GRD Law '09
Hanley, Matthew

The Traverse City-based law firm Dingeman & Dancer, PLC has added new attorney Matthew Hanley J.D. '09.
 
Hanley is a TC native, and attended Santa Clara University School of Law in California before moving back to Michigan.
 
He was admitted to the Illinois state bar in 2010, and to the Michigan state bar in 2012. He also has served as an extern for former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver, and as a law clerk for employers including the U.S. Department of Justice and CafePress.
 
Hanley specializes in healthcare law and civil litigation including personal injury, nursing home abuse and wrongful death cases.
 

submitted Feb. 14, 2014 12:30P
UGRD Leavey Business '09
Gardner, Caroline

In February 2014, Caroline Gardner ’09 will begin as a senior tax accountant at SRI International, one of the largest contract research institutes in the world. As a nonprofit, SRI is committed to discovery and to the application of science and technology for knowledge, commerce, prosperity, and peace. In her new role, Caroline will be responsible for tax compliance issues across the US and internationally.

submitted Jan. 28, 2014 3:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '09
Arntz, Kristina

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Kristina Arntz ’09 is currently attending Vanderbilt University working on an MBA in Healthcare. She has been happily dating Derek Brown '09 for the past 5 years.

submitted Apr. 4, 2014 4:54P

2010

UGRD Leavey Business '10
Nelson, Emily (Moellentine)

Emily Moellentine ’10 and Alex Nelson ’10 were married on Oct. 26, 2013 in Carmel, Calif.

submitted Feb. 7, 2014 1:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '10
Bruce, Lindsay

Lindsay Bruce ’10 made appearances on this season's NBC reality show The Voice.

Her early accomplishments helped set her on a path that led to an appearance on “The Voice,” but it was a long, sometimes difficult journey. At 13, the Santa Rosa native wrote a book and a song about having lost her uncle on 9/11. In high school, she became an international model and local celebrity. All along, though, she wanted to write and sing her own songs, so after graduating from Santa Clara University, Bruce headed to Nashville to pursue the one dream that still eluded her.

But for Bruce, the journey was a humbling experience. She was a struggling songwriter in a town where everybody is a struggling songwriter. For five years, Bruce developed her craft, learned what she could and performed in nearly empty halls. Always optimistic, though, she pressed on. A break came after three years in Nashville and at the very moment she was thinking of giving up on Music City once and for all.
 
“It was kind of a perfect storm of bad things,” said the 25-year-old who made it onto one of the celebrity team's on The Voice, where singers compete for a recording contract. “My landlord was selling the house, my roommate was moving, the production contract I had was expiring and my job ended. I was basically getting ready to move back home.”
 
In one of the crazier turns of her young life, she ended up auditioning for “The Voice” coaches on TV in front of thousands of people. Her journey to that point made her feel that she had nothing to lose.
 
Read more on the Press Democrat.  
 
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:51A
'10
Akins Jr., Thomas

Thomas Akins Jr. ’10 came up with the idea for the mobile app called podStatus, a music player that takes a stab at music discovery for frequent Instagram users (and other social networks) who have songs on their iPhone to share music for friends to listen and discover. He writes that no other app brings this level of music discovery to Instagram where users can actually listen to the music. It also has an algorithm that only makes music suggestions based on what users already have in their music library and are listening to right in that moment.

submitted May. 4, 2014 2:12P
'10
Adams, Jeffrey

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.

Coincidentally, the Cinderella to Adams' Prince is Monique Hafen '10, one of his classmates in Santa Clara's theater arts program.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:58P

2011

UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Silk, Lauren

Lauren Silk '11 was accepted to all eight graduate schools that she applied to. She has chosen to attend the University of Colorado--Boulder for her degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

submitted May. 13, 2014 9:49A
UGRD Leavey Business '11
Allbritten, Sarah

Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."

Contact Sarah
www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-allbritten/1b/77a/b29
submitted Jul. 9, 2014 6:30P

2012

'12
Valle, Maria

Maria Valle ’12 facilitated San Jose's second annual leadership conference for young women in the spring. The theme was "Strong Girls, Strong Women."

About 260 high school girls, their mothers, and grandmothers attended the conference at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Organized by the American Association of University Women and the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy, the meeting featured a series of panel discussions on economic, educational, and health equity for women—as well as discussions on crime and violence.
 
The week before the conference, Valle had taken a group of Andrew Hill students to Sacramento to lobby for health care for all and funding for schools. Valle is a secretary at Our Lady of Grace Nativity School.
submitted May. 4, 2014 2:43P
'12
Trasolini, Marc
Marc Trasolini ’12 began what appears to be an extremely promising career this year in Italy, where he started all year for Pesaro in the top division of the Italian Basketball League, and had, by all accounts, an outstanding first year making the transition from NCAA to the professional ranks.
 
 
“I had a really good year I think, based on moving to a different country and adapting to playing professionally,” said Trasolini. “I had very good numbers (10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds/game) for a rookie, and I have an option on my contract to return to Pesaro next season. But there’s a tremendous amount of movement in Europe with players moving all the time, and my agent is just seeing what’s out there.”
 
Read more at The Province.
 
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 12:10P
'12
Knudsen, Dana

Both Dana Knudsen ’12 and Tanya Schmidt ’12 who played volleyball for the Broncos are now playing professionally in Europe.  Dana in Murcia, Spain and Tanya in Germany.  Thanks to SCU for giving both girls the opportunities and growth to reach to a higher level.  Go Broncos!

submitted Jan. 31, 2014 11:49A
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Ghafourifar, Brienne

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.

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Frediani, Bianca

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."

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:28P

2013

'13
Saavedra, Jaime

Jaime Saavedra J.D. '13 joined the San Francisco office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Saavedra joins the firm as an associate with the Patent Team in the internationally recognized Intellectual Property Department. 

Dr. Saavedra focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, due diligence, licensing, and other intellectual property issues related to matters in the health and life sciences.

Before becoming an associate, Dr. Saavedra worked as a law clerk and as a summer associate in 2013 with the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he was a graduate researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he developed new and environmentally friendly methods of reducing a variety of functional groups including nitrile, halide and carbonyl functionalities. Dr. Saavedra has authored and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at several scientific conferences.
Previously, Dr. Saavedra was legal intern in the Munich office of a German intellectual property law firm during the summer of 2012 where he performed legal and organizational tasks in patent litigation, including European and U.S. patent search and interpretation of high technology, chemical and materials patents, as well as research on the proposed European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. During law school, Dr. Saavedra was a Research Editor of the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal and focused his studies on intellectual property law and related fields.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:20P
'13
Ramos, Roberto

Former LEAD scholar at SCU Roberto Ramos ’13 has received a full-ride, merit-based scholarship to attend the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA—a very rare honor. Called the Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship, it pays full tuition for four years for at least 16 students. Recipients also receive special access to faculty and a research stipend of $5,000, among other benefits. LOT scholars are selected for one of two tracks—Research or Service to Underserved Communities.

submitted May. 22, 2014 10:35A
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