CRSM Alumna: Becoming an architect of social change

Meet Katia Astudillo, a 20-year-old Class of 2015 CRSM graduate whose bold vision is driving her to create a promising career in architecture. A junior at University of Illinois at Chicago, she spent her summer interning for JGMA, the progressive Chicago architecture firm that is transforming the former Waukegan K-Mart into into a vibrant and innovative education facility that will … Read More

Change maker is finding her calling in the classroom

Putting in long hours every day in the classroom, Ariel Filion spent her summer teaching reading and creative journaling to fifth graders through junior students in a Boston school. “Ms. Ariel,” to her students, the Class of 2015 CRSM graduate is a junior at Colorado College. Her commitment not only to teach, but to advocate for marginalized students, drew her … Read More

Engineering Success: Ambitious alumna is trailblazing a career in technology

Meet Klarizsa Padilla, a member of the Class of 2013 who just graduated with a computer science degree from Georgetown University. This fall, she is headed to Columbia University in New York City where she is pursuing a second Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. As a mentor for Georgetown’s Women Who Code organization, a Google student ambassador, an … Read More

CRSM Alumna and East Coast College Student Committed to Giving Back

Meet Anissa Garza. A graduate of the Class of 2015, she is a sophomore at Bates College in Maine who is double majoring in psychology and religious studies. This fall, she will head to Tarragona, Spain for a semester, inching closer to her dream to one day earn a doctorate in psychology, become a clinician or researcher and, eventually, a … Read More

Alumna Committed to Helping Immigrants

At 11-years-old, Mayra Tenorio immigrated to Beach Park from Mexico with her mom and younger sister, Xiomara, also a CRSM grad, with the hope and goal that she would have a better opportunity to go to college. Fast-forward to today. The 23-year-old Class of 2011 alumna graduated in 2015 from Swarthmore College, where studied Sociology & Anthropology and Gender & … Read More

Duke University Takes Alumna On Journey to Her Dreams

As a freshman at Duke University, Kala Juett already is an exemplar of a strong, smart young woman and leader destined to play a significant role in society, regardless of her chosen career path. If there is any question about that, consider that she is one of only 18 female freshman selected for the Baldwin Scholars Program, chosen because school … Read More

Trailblazer: First-Gen College Grad Sprints into Entrepreneurial Career

At 24, Baltazar Pizano is poised in the first half of 2017 to launch a promising start-up, join his father in his entrepreneurial efforts, and pass the CPA exam — with an ultimate goal of a long-term career in private equity. Less than two years after graduating with honors from Loyola University, this millennia and Class of 2011 CRSM graduate is currently … Read More

Making Serious Business Out of Giving Back

At 22, Nelly Garcia is on a mission. The Cristo Rey alumna is a merchandising associate at American Hotel Register Company in Vernon Hills, the largest supplier of hotel products. Nights and weekends, she’s earning her MBA in management and human resources at Robert Morris University, where she graduated in three years with a degree in business management and a … Read More

Calling The Shots: Alumnus sets sights on career in public health

When Sebastian Rodriguez projects the mirror of his life a decade into the future, he sees himself working alongside the elite cadre of disease detectives and innovators on the front lines of public health at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. His career goals and commitment are precise and fully visualized: to combat disease and prevent environmental risks. … Read More