2000s alumni

2005 - Nicole Berry

January 02, 2019

Nicole Berry (M.A., art history, '05) is executive director of The Armory Show, the New York art fair hosting 200 galleries from 30 countries and offering lectures, presentations and commissions. The 25th annual show runs March 7 - 10, 2019.  Berry became director of the Armory Show in 2017. She previously served as deputy director of the Armory Show and the Expo Chicago art fair.

2003 - Mike Bezemek

November 05, 2018

For Mike Bezemek (B.A., geology, ’03), outdoor adventure was as important as academics to his college experience. Bezemek, a freelance writer and photographer, has crafted a career that combines his passion for natural landscapes with his love of literature and writing. 

2002 - John Hennigan

October 01, 2018

John Hennigan (B.A., individual major, '02)  is currently appearing on "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" on CBS. Hennigan, under the names Johnny Impact, John Morrison and Johnny Nitro, has been a professional wrestler since 2004. He co-wrote and starred in the 2017 movie in Boone: The Bounty Hunter and has done several other movie and television acting roles. 

 

2007 - Hasan Minhaj

March 12, 2018
Comedian Hasan Minhaj (B.A., political science, '07) will host a weekly talk show on Netflix beginning later this year, a first for an Indian American. 

2002 - Steven Farmer

October 03, 2017

Steven Farmer (B.S. '94, Ph.D. '02, chemistry) recently published his first book. Strange Chemistry: The Stories Your Chemistry Teacher Wouldn't Tell You (John Wiley & Sons, July 2017) focuses on the darker, wilder side of chemistry. The book covers broad subjects that touch on everyday life, including the chemistry of poisons, illicit drugs, explosives, foods, common household products, and radiation.

2003 - Jacob Smith

May 10, 2017

Attorney Jacob C. Smith, (B.A., political science, ’03) recently joined Reynolds Law, a business and estate planning firm, in Vacaville. He graduated in 2014 from University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he received Witkin Legal Institute awards for business associations and legislative drafting and was inducted into the Traynor Honor Society and the Order of Barristers. He served four tours in Afghanistan with U.S. Army special operations and received two Bronze Star medals. 

2007 - Michael Bott

May 04, 2017
An NBC Bay Area/KNTV series of reports on the misuse of school police officers—produced by Michael Bott (B.A., international relations, ’07)—won a 2016 Peabody Award. The award judges cited the investigative team's "tenacious efforts and hard-earned findings in uncovering a disturbing trend in student civil rights violations and for its contribution to the larger conversation about rebuilding trust between police and their communities." Watch the series, "Arrested at School." Follow Bott on Twitter at @TweetBottNBC.

2008 - Jimmy Franco

April 10, 2017

Jimmy Franco (Ph.D., chemistry, ’08) is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. As assistant professor there since 2011, Franco was recently granted tenure and promoted. His research focuses on developing new treatments for tuberculosis, histoplasmosis and other diseases, and identifying engaging methods for teaching chemistry and biochemistry. Before joining Merrimack, Franco was a visiting professor at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
 

2004 - Christina Bueno

December 04, 2016

Christina Bueno (Ph.D., history, ’04) wrote The Pursuit of Ruins: Archaeology, History, and the Making of Modern Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2016). She is an associate professor of history and Latino/Latin American studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.