2000s alumni

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. 

2003 - Molly Winter

June 04, 2016

Immortal's Spring, the third novel in a Greek-mythology-based trilology by Molly Winter (M.A., linguistics, ’03), was released this month by Central Avenue Publishing. Winter writes under the pen name of Molly Ringle. The first two books were Persephone’s Orchard and Underworld’s Daughter. Winter won the grand prize in the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for an intentionally bad opening sentence. She lives in Seattle with her husband and sons.

2009 - Willie Hiatt

January 04, 2016

Oxford University Press recently published a book by Willie Hiatt (Ph.D., history, ’09) — The Rarified Air of the Modern: Airplanes and Technological Modernity in the Andes. Based on his dissertation, The Rarified Air traces the development of Peruvian aviation. Hiatt is an associate professor of history at Long Island University’s Post Campus in Brookville, New York.