2010: A Well-Rounded Year

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Reflecting on 2010, the Menlo community is thankful for the opportunity to share lots of good news from the past year.

Community Outreach

The Lift program, an innovative pilot program created in coordination with Citi and the Sequoia Unified High School District and designed to teach students essential financial management tools, was a stellar example of our efforts to help the community. We were honored to receive accolades for this unique partnership from politicians Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, State Senators Leland Yee and Joe Simitian, Assembly members Ira Ruskin and Fiona Ma, and numerous other local business and civic leaders.

The creation of the Menlo Incubator, organized by Gary Kremen, gives entrepreneurs a chance to develop their new ventures. A new SBA Advisory Board of external volunteers chaired by Geir Ramleth '87, SVP and CIO at Bechtel Corporation is working with the business dean and others to support AACSB accreditation, student recruitment and external issues. The Accounting Advisory Board was formed to work with curriculum, community outreach and internships.

The Spring 2010 Menlo College Advantage magazine included interviews with Michael Tomars '91 from the SEC and major art collector Bill Fletcher '42. A student wrote on the connection between Menlo's art community and business. Other articles included Career Conference keynote speaker Will Bernstein '92 on “Preparing Yourself for a Recessionary Job Market” and John Rooke '88 on “Making Connections.” Joy Branford '05, the Women's Luncheon speaker, addressed the value of staying focused on professional goals.


At the 2010 Commencement, an honorary doctorate was conferred on alumnus Bob Lurie '46, President/CEO of the Lurie Companies and former owner of the San Francisco Giants. The Commencement speaker was Intel's Chairman of the Board, Jane Shaw. Noteworthy events included our breathtaking annual Luau, the highly successful Speed Networking event, the second annual Señor Carlos López Memorial Soccer Tournament, and a keynote speech on Constitution Day by the Mayor of Atherton, Kathy McKeithen. The President's Executive Speakers Series was initiated by Barry Adelman, EVP, Dick Clark Productions, who spoke on “The Business of Entertainment.”

Student Achievement

The Menlo community is extremely proud of the three valedictorians, Jacquie Szalata, Deborah Black and Edith Besze, the recipient of The Board of Trustees Award, Katherine Fulp-Allen, and all of the students who were recognized for scholarship through awards presented at Honors Convocation. Scholarship student Sidra Iqbal was recognized by The Crain Educational Grants Program and the Curry Award for Girls and Young Women, for her highly self-motivated style of personal leadership despite tremendous obstacles. Freshman Ben Yura '14 organized aid for the San Bruno Disaster, and Hanna Malak '12, NAIA/American Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program participant aids civic leader Peter Carpenter in developing ADAPT, the Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team. Adam Koontz '12 tossed the first no-hitter in Oaks baseball history, and a cheerleading squad was established at Menlo. The Ethics in Action Club invited Stephan Greenberg, VP of JNL Universal Business Corporation and President of the Terra Firma Corporation to speak in the Business Ethics Class. These students are just a few examples of the many students of merit 2010. Dr. Jane Shaw, said in her Commencement 2010 speech, there is value to being “well-rounded” in the business world. 2010 was just that at Menlo College.

A Book on the Way

With a contribution to the annual fund at the President's Club level, alumni will receive Dorothy Skala's commemorative pictorial book Thinking of You, highlighting the history and people of Menlo College through Dorothy's perspective. The book will debut in 2011.

On to 2011

As 2011 draws near, we hope you will stay connected with us as we have another full and varied year planned. Happy New Year!