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2008

UGRD Leavey Business '08
Jafari, Ashkon

Ashkon Jafari ’08 was recently invited to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and talk to White House officials about the critical issue of college completion and career readiness. “We are thrilled by our recent White House invitation! This step by the Obama Administration clearly reflects the urgency our country faces in improving college completion and making sure our workforce and economy stay competitive,” said Ashkon Jafari, co-founder and executive director of StudentMentor.org.

With nearly 50 percent of students not graduating from college, the national focus has moved from college access to college completion. This has been emphasized by the President over the course of several State of the Union addresses. The president underscored his pledge to make the United States the world leader in college attainment by 2020, promising to increase the percentage of people ages 25 to 34 that hold an associate’s degree or a bachelor degree from 40 percent to 60 percent. President Obama has even stated, “I want us to produce eight million more college graduates by 2020.”

StudentMentor.org seeks to achieve this goal by leveraging innovative technology at the core of its national mentoring program. Through this online platform, college students can conveniently search for, select and work with mentors to achieve their academic and career goals. StudentMentor.org’s mission is to increase college completion and enhance student career readiness thereby enabling a robust 21st century workforce and community.

Mentoring plays a huge role in reversing the trend of poor college completion rates, “According to a U.S. Department of Education study, students who met with advisors regularly during their freshmen year had 170% greater chance of completing their bachelor’s degree than those that did not.”

StudentMentor.org currently has over 2,000 mentors and provides its program to students from more than 600 universities nationwide. "We think this is just the beginning and can’t wait to scale our program to help tens of thousands of students every year complete college and prepare for the workforce,” said Stephanie Bravo, co-founder and president of StudentMentor.org.

About StudentMentor.org

StudentMentor.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase college completion and enhance student career readiness thereby enabling a robust 21st century workforce and community. StudentMentor.org seeks to achieve this goal by leveraging innovative technology at the core of its national mentoring program. Through this online platform, college students can conveniently find and work with mentors to achieve their academic and career goals.

submitted Jan. 12, 2012 2:04A
UGRD Leavey Business '08
Jafar, Ashkon

Ashkon Jafari ’08 is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of StudentMentor.org, the first-ever nationwide college mentoring organization. Since launching last September, the organization already has more than 1,100 mentors and students across the country utilizing our service and achieving their dreams. They have been featured on CNN/Fortune and in USA Today. Students know they want to accomplish great things in their careers, but don't know how to get there. It's this gap between education and career success that has fueled the quick growth of StudentMentor.org

submitted Feb. 15, 2011 11:17A
GRD Leavey/MBA '08
Hogan, John

John Hogan M.B.A. ’08 is the founder of TeenForce, a self-sustaining non-profit organization that helps teens, ages 13-20, gain work experience. Hogan had a successful 24 year career in the mortgage banking industry, including co-founding Princeton Capital, a Los Gatos based lender. The TeenForce concept was conceived during his work at SCU, and the business plan for TeenForce was developed by Hogan along with four classmates as part of the final coursework. He resides in Los Gatos, Calif. with his wife and daughter, a senior at Los Gatos High. Their son is a college freshman.

submitted Jan. 21, 2011 1:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Higgins, Josh

Josh Higgins '08 is a police officer with the City of Santa Clara.

submitted Sep. 1, 2010 2:42P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Groh, Moira

Moira Groh ’08 graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in May with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. She has accepted a dental residency position at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

submitted Jun. 25, 2012 10:39A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '08
Grey, Steve

Steve Grey M.A. '08 is heading to Nairobi, Kenya as a Kiva Fellow to work with Small and Micro Enterprise Programme (SMEP). He spent 20 years as a Silicon Valley high tech before getting his master's in counseling psychology at Santa Clara, and then traveling and volunteering in 26 countries between July 2008 and August 2009. 

submitted May. 10, 2010 4:17P
'08
Gillette, Keith

Keith Gillette LL.M. 08 is a partner with Archer Norris in Walnut Creek. His practice encompasses trial work in the areas of admiralty, intellectual property, and large-exposure tort litigation.

submitted May. 19, 2009 3:01P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Gardner, Mandela
Mandela Gardner ’08 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland, Maine at the Frannie Peabody Center, whose mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and provide support for people living with HIV/AIDS in Maine.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 1:11P
GRD Law '08
Gambhir, Nitin
Nitin Gambhir J.D. ’08 has joined international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP as an associate.  Gambhir’s practice focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation.  A 2008 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, Gambhir is admitted to practice in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California and the Central District of California, as well as the Federal Circuit.
 
With other recent appointments, McDermott has brought on board six intellectual property lawyers in its Silicon Valley office in March, which give McDermott increased technical proficiency, come amid a wave of competitor vs. competitor IP patent litigation involving many of the nation’s largest high-tech companies.

 

submitted Mar. 30, 2012 1:45P
'08
Foster, Christopher and Renee

Christopher Foster '08 and Renee Lucas '08 were married on January 1, 2011 in the Gonzaga University Chapel in Spokane, Washington, by Father Steve Kieta, S.J. '90. Also in attendance were the best man Christoffer Lee '08, grooms man Omid Faghiri '08, Grace Nixon '09, Jessica Inwood '07, Steven Mielsch '08, Lindsey Dunn '09Roey Rahmil '07 and Ashton Easterday '08. Christopher and Renee currently live in Berkeley, California.

submitted Mar. 31, 2011 9:28A
'08
Eschman, Chad

Chad Eschman ’08, Lauren Baines ’08, Matthew Johns ’09, Devin Bertsch ’09, and Scotty Arnold ’08 have been selected to participate in The Araca Project's fall productions in New York City. They are self-producing Eschman's new play, The Memory Tax, which runs off-Broadway September 2013 at The American Theatre of Actors. Find out more at www.thememorytax.com.

Contact Chad
thememorytax.com indiegogo.com/projects/the-memory-tax/x/4236614 twitter.com/TheMemoryTax#
submitted Aug. 15, 2013 12:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Engel, Andrew

Andrew Engel '08 writes: "After two incredible years in the Peace Corps in Tanzania (2008-2010) where I taught secondary level biology, I settled in Portland, Ore., and found a job as a pre-school teacher for a year. Though I loved the energy of that age, I have come back to secondary education, currently studying for an MA in Science Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University and will be teaching in a New York City public high school come September as a Peace Corps Fellow."

submitted May. 31, 2012 7:04P
'08
Dominguez, Dean Paul

Freshman Dorm: Graham 200

Dean Paul Dominguez '08 was awarded an MA in Philosophy from San Jose State University in 2012. He currently works as a Real Estate Broker for Re/Max Active Realty in Fremont, selling residential and commercial real estate. He is also a volunteer coach for the Collegiate Ethics Bowl Team and a volunteer teacher for the Philosophy for Children Program, both affiliated with San Jose State University.

Contact Dean Paul
www.linkedin.com/pub/dean-paul-dominguez/17/70a/2a7/
submitted Apr. 24, 2013 1:03P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '08
Dixit , Sharvari

Dr. Sharvari Dixit M.A. ’08 has been appointed as the director of the Global Research of Indian Diaspora at San Jose State University. She is also a teaching faculty at SJSU.

submitted Nov. 1, 2012 12:07A
UGRD Engineering '08
Demuth, James

James Alexander DeMuth ’08, son of Dennis Alden and Jodie Lynn DeMuth, of Friday Harbor and Bellevue, and Leah Christinne Reid of New Hampshire plan to marry in Pleasanton, Calif., in August. DeMuth, a 2004 graduate of Seattle's The Northwest School, attended Santa Clara University as an undergraduate, where he earned a bachelors of science in mechanical engineering, and then earned a masters of science in mechanical engineering at Stanford University (2010). He is a mechanical engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.

 

 

submitted Mar. 12, 2012 4:28P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '08
Darling, Jen

Freshman Dorm: Walsh

After graduating with her bachelor's degree, Jen Darling '06, M.A. '08 taught 4th grade in East Side San Jose for a year and realized that teaching was not her true calling. She went on to receive her Teaching Credential and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology & Alternative Education from Santa Clara University and now works happily back at SCU as a fundraiser.

Contact Jen
JDarling@scu.edu
submitted Feb. 16, 2011 9:37A
GRD Law '08
Dabkowski, Sara

Sara Dabkowski J.D. '08 was recently appointed to the position of deputy district attorney for Mendocino County.  She interned at the San Francisco and Santa Cruz District Attorney's Offices and is currently assigned to the traffic court in Ukiah. 

submitted Nov. 24, 2009 3:56P
GRD Law '08
Curtis, Michelle

Michelle E. Curtis '04 J.D. '08 and Joseph Harris, Jr. were married on July 28, 2012 in Tiburon, Calif. Bronco attendees included Betsy Conway '04, Jenny DeVoto '03, Leila (Khalil) Lewis '02, Hayley (Fullerton) Servatius '02 and Matt Servatius '02, MBA '11. The couple resides in San Francisco and St. Helena.

submitted Aug. 7, 2012 9:31A
'08
Cronk, Chandice

Chandice Cronk '08 announced in July that she will be in Spain this year after signing a professional contract to play basketball in Huelva, Spain for CB Conquero. The club is located on the southwest coast of Spain.

submitted Jul. 31, 2009 9:58A
GRD Law '08
Corica, Craig

Craig Corica '04 and Melissa (Meek) Corica '04, J.D. '08 welcomed their first child, Logan Michael Corica. He was born on April 17, 2011 and weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. The family resides in Alameda, Calif.

submitted May. 12, 2011 11:16A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Coblentz, Jessica

Jessica Coblentz '08 begins a Master of Theological Studies degree at Harvard Divinity School in Septemeber 2009. There, she will pursue a conentration in "Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion" from a Roman Catholic theological perspective. Also, Theta Alpha Kappa recently awarded Coblentz the 2009 Albert Clark Award for the best undergraduate essay in religious studies or theology.

submitted Jun. 3, 2009 11:49A
'08
Cmaylo, Anna

 

Anna Cmaylo ’08 returned to campus this summer to work the Bronco Volleyball Camps. As a student, Cmaylo finished as the career blocks leader for the Broncos. She was a middle blocker and a three-time All-American and was named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team three years. As a senior, she was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII third team. She has played professional volleyball in Europe for the last four years. She has been with Cheseaux, Switzerland (League A), Klagenfurt Wildcats of Austria (Austrian 1st League), and Dresden, Germany Bundesliga 1 (Champions League).

 

submitted Aug. 13, 2012 1:49P
'08
Carvalho, Sara (Sorto)

Sara Sorto ’08, M.A. ’10 married Dave Carvalho in Los Gatos, Ca on October 7, 2012. They live in Santa Clara where Sara teaches at Santa Clara High.

submitted Nov. 12, 2012 2:01P
'08
Burke, John

John Burke ’08 and Molly Fitzgerald ’08, were married in Boston, Mass., on July 27, 2013. Broncos in attendance were: Sam Fitzgerald '10, Andrew Engel '08, Matthew Paver '08, Andrew Guglielmi '08, Taylor Whelan '08, Brian Biniek '08, Michael Truettner '08, William Syme '08, Brody Angley '08, Laura Harding '10, Caroline Morrissey '09, Betsy Dalby '07, Austin Woody '08, Jeffrey Lombard '08, Scott Kirk '08, Russell Murphy '08, Timothy Chang '08, Jennifer Knutson '10, Molly Ganey '10, Caitlyn Connolly '08, Kendal Flatley '08, Alexandra Haggerty '08, John Burke '08, Molly Fitzgerald '08, Amy Freier '08, Timothy Lynch '08, Jacqueline Tash '08, Allison Paver '10, Wesley Sheffield '10, Patrick Flanagan '08, Salman Shariat '08, Meghan Woody '10, Maggie Burke '13

submitted Aug. 2, 2013 12:43P
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