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Manuel Villalobos

Bachelor of Arts: Politics

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Hayward, California

My Greatest Supporters

I would like to acknowledge my mom, dad, sister, and brother as the people who gave me the most educational and moral support throughout my time at Saint Mary's. My family's support was just as important to my success as my own hard work, and because of that, I would like to thank them for all that they did when I struggled.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite memory at Saint Mary's has to be the time I first met my group of friends just because they became my close friends for the rest of my time at Saint Mary's.

My Next Chapter

My next steps are all related to making sure that I am the most prepared I can be for the career I want to pursue.
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Mariam Nino

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: Multiple Subject Teacher Education

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Pleasanton, California
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Makenna Messina

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: 4+1 & Communication

Minor

Digital Studies

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Redmond, Washington

My Greatest Supporters

Throughout the past four years, my biggest support system has always been my family. My Mom and Dad encouraged me to work hard and pursue my passion of on-campus leadership. My two sisters, Marisa and Madison constantly showed me their never-ending support and love throughout my collegiate journey. Thank you to my family for pushing me to be the best version of myself!

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

One of my favorite memories at Saint Mary’s is subsequently an experience I’m most proud of. During the Spring of my first year at SMC, I was the only female, first-year student hired as a Resident Advisor. Throughout all the highs and lows of being an RA for the past three years, I found value in my leadership style and was able to work with the most wonderful residents, duty teams and RDs!

My Next Chapter

As I take on this next chapter of my life, I am excited to see the values and experiences that I have obtained throughout my collegiate journey transpire into my future aspirations. I am currently enrolled in a 4+1 leadership program here at Saint Mary’s where I will graduate with a MA in Leadership & Organizational Development in May 2022!!

Clubs and Activities

Residential Experience, Resident Advisor
Residence Hall Association, Chair
Bias Incident Report Team, RA Student Representative
Gael Sisterhood, Membership Chair
Associated Students, Senior Week Committee Member
KSOE Strategic Planning Committee, Student Representative

Favorite Quote

“Keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things… your curiosity will lead you down the path of success”.
— Walt Disney

Michael Yee

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration: Finance & Business Analytics

Minor

Computer Science

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

San Francisco, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters are my family and friends, especially those I've made through APASA.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite Saint Mary's memories are those I've made with my close-knit group of friends from traveling to Fullerton, camping trips, Asian Cultural Night performances, etc.

My Next Chapter

Ay who knows.

Clubs and Activities

Saint Mary's College Men's Volleyball
Asian Pacific American Student Association
Rheem Blvd Dart League
Orinda Tennis Champion's League
Donald Elementary Basketball Association
Kickball Turf Field Activities Federation
7-11 Platinum Members Alliance

Favorite Quote

"I beez in the trap"
— Nicki Minaj
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Mitchell Warren

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Davis, California

Michael Zahn

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Upland, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters would have to be my ma and pa, Michael and Lisa, as well as my siblings Matthew, Lauren, and Taylor and my friends. They have been with me through my ups and downs and have pushed me to be the man I am today. My parents have given me the opportunity to be able to attend private Catholic school. They have sacrificed so much so I can have premium education.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

I have a few actually. My first memory would have to be hosting movie nights in our freshman dorm of De La Salle with Trent Greenman as well as being a practice player for the women's D1 Volleyball team with this great man. Second, hitting the golf course with my buddies was always a good time (especially during classes).

My Next Chapter

I will be attending Graduate School at Loyola Marymount University in Southern California where I will pursue a Masters in Urban Education with a focus in multiple subjects. I will be placed at St. Anthony of Padua school for the next two years. I am excited to learn and grow more as a Catholic man during this process.

Clubs and Activities

-Men's Volleyball
-Knights of Columbus
-Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society
-Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
-Student Assistant for the Career and Professional Development Center
-Practice Player Women's Division 1 Volleyball
-Resident Advisor
-Student Tutor for TASC
-Eucharistic Minister for the Mission and Ministry Center

Favorite Quote

“I think it’s more than whether or not you win or lose. It’s having that opportunity on that final round, final nine, to come down the stretch with a chance to win.” -Phil Mickelson
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Madison Roethler

Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology: Exercise Science & Dance Choreography

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Portland Oregon

My Greatest Supporters

My mom, dad, and sister have given me endless love and support throughout my time at SMC, along with my incredible friends.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite SMC memory is being a part of the SMC Dance Company concerts. The constant energy, excitement, support, and love that is in the theater during show week is incredible and I am very lucky I was able to be a part of that.

My Next Chapter

I plan to continue working as a Physical Therapy Aide at Tice Valley Physical Therapy while preparing to move to New York City next year to pursue a career in professional dance.

Clubs and Activities

SMC Dance Company

Favorite Quote

"You can't start a fire without a spark"
— Bruce Springsteen
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Madeline Bird

Bachelor of Arts: Anthropology

Minor

Performing Arts: Dance

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Atwater, California

Melissa Goan

Bachelor of Arts: Sociology & Women's and Gender Studies

Minor

Law and Society

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Santa Rosa, CA

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters were my parents, professors, mentors, college roommate of three years, Noelle, and my partner, Bryan. Thank you for believing in me and being here every step of the way. Your love and generosity has been such a gift, and I couldn't ask for a better support system.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite memories are the ones when I felt most connected to the Saint Mary's, Bay Area, and global communities. I loved being a part of 8pm, student-led liturgies and supporting cultural nights on campus. I grew the most serving as a MICAH Summer Fellow, living in Alameda, and I found my vocation while participating in Lasallian Service Internship in the Philippines.

My Next Chapter

For the past two months, I've been serving as the Cal OES Statewide Coordination and Technical Assistance Project Manager at the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento. I am excited to be doing work that aligns with my interests in violence prevention, advocacy, and social justice, and I am thankful to be employed, despite all the uncertainties of the pandemic. Onward and upward!

Clubs and Activities

Honors Program and Commission
Mission and Ministry Center
CILSA
Collegiate Seminar Program and Governing Board
Center for International Programs (January Term Abroad)
Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honors Society)
Liberal Arts Bridge Ambassador
Office of Community Life
Student Coalition Against Abuse and Rape
One Love Campus Ambassador
Peer Advocates for Wellness

Favorite Quote

"May the spirit of love instill honesty and integrity in our hearts forever"
— Former Volunteer at Bahay Pag-asa Youth Center
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Mylan Biltz

Bachelor of Science: Biology

Minor

Performing Arts: Music

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Fresno, California