Summer 2015

Cover Story

Freed at Last

Franky Carrillo Jr., now pursuing his LMU degree, was freed In March 2011 after spending 20 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

A Conversation With Nathalie Sánchez ’07

Nathalie Sánchez ’07 is a full-time teaching artist with P.S. Arts and works in two Los Angeles charter schools. She is co-founder of Ceramic Studio 153, in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Sánchez earned her bachelor’s degree in the College of Communication and Fine Arts with a double major in studio arts and art history. Follow her @Ceramics153. She was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

A Conversation with Jennifer Ramos

Jennifer Ramos, associate professor of political science, studies the causes and consequences of political change, U.S. public opinion and foreign policy, drone warfare, and religion and foreign policy preferences. She is the author of “Changing Norms Through Actions: The Evolution of Sovereignty” and teaches in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Ramos was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.


Earl Weaver, the great Baltimore Orioles baseball manager, once said, “Nobody likes to hear it, because it’s dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same — pitching.”

JVC or Start My Career?

Chat is an LMU Magazine feature that links current students with alumni by using social media to get alumni answers to student questions.

Dear LMU — Letters From Our Readers, Summer 2015

Letters From Our Readers, Summer 2015

Dispatches Winter 2015

1971 Ricardo Navarrette [LibArts] is vice-president of student services at Santa Rosa Junior College, in Santa Rosa, California. His wife, Luz (Armendariz) [LibArts ’73], has a private hynotherapy practice and teaches a course at the college. 1973 Maureen (Shannon) Diekmann...

In Memoriam Summer 2015

Victor Matheus [BusAdm ’36] on Feb. 18, 2013 Bolton Minister [BusAdm ’40] on Oct. 17, 2014 Robert Hayes [LibArts ’41] on Jan. 24, 2015 Frank Reilly [LibArts ’43] on Feb. 7, 2010 James Bell [SciEng ’44] on June 2, 2014...

Michael John ’77

Michael John is an actor, stage-fight trainer and expert in theatrical uses of combat weapons — has made his living wielding knives, daggers, pistols and swords. He has appeared in movies, TV and stage productions. As a Romulan in charge of weaponry, he has been blown up in Paramount’s television series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” He has performed frequently with the LA Opera, including a production of “Billy Budd” in 2014 in which he played the whip master.

Freed at Last

Franky Carrillo Jr., now pursuing his LMU degree, was freed In March 2011 after spending 20 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

Freedom Restored: Franky Carrillo Jr.’s Day in Court

In 2011, after 35 years as a lawyer, I was graced to witness an extraordinary occasion of restorative justice that took place in a Compton courtroom.

Charles Higgins

Charles Higgins teaches in the Department of Finance and Computer Information Systems in the College of Business Administration and has twice won Faculty Member of the Year awards. He is an investment practitioner and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an academic honor society in the field of business. Higgins also has taught at Claremont Graduate School, the University of Redlands and Mount St. Mary’s College. Higgins’ research interests deal with the term structure of interest rates from mathematical and computational aspects of investing to the utilization of derivative instruments. He is also interested in linguistics and foreign languages, science, travel and railroading.

Rite Now

Commencement is a rare moment that is both end and beginning. The day seems stretched by its gravity, its hours elongated by ceremony. But the rite, a tenuous instant in time, passes. It doesn’t last long.

New Zealand

I haven’t worn deodorant in four months. And forget about makeup. My sense of vanity — and perhaps my sense of smell — were flung to the wayside when I started hiking 3,000 km across New Zealand with my dad.

Bonding in Fire and Snow

Rod Quartararo ’73 and Jean Sever ’73 — you could say their bond was forged in fire.

A Mom’s Advice

A novelist learns that her mother is a truth-teller.

New Life Sciences Building

Coyotes in Westchester

Coyotes — our wild neighbors — live an accommodating lifestyle along the bluff and in the nearby wetlands. They may be adapting to the natural surroundings better than the humans.

Kevin Shinnick ’91

“It never crossed my mind to get on the [escort] boat,” says Kevin Shinnick ’91. Back in September 2013, the California local swam for 18 and a half hours across the English Channel, beginning at Dover, England, and ending in...

Silicon Beach: The Next Wave

L.A.’s Silicon Beach has spread to Playa Vista, the LMU neighborhood, with the arrival of powerhouse corporations such as Google and Yahoo.

The Burcham Tributes

When David W. Burcham came to LMU after leaving his post as dean of Loyola Law School, he displayed his penchant for walking around campus and speaking with people in all walks of university life. When named president, he asked for a university-wide day of service to Los Angeles as part of his inauguration events. It is impossible to picture David W. Burcham apart from the people around him. We asked members of the LMU community to share their thoughts about him and his presidency.—The Editor.

The Burcham Years

When David W. Burcham was elected president in 2010, LMU had selected a leader from within the university community known equally for his commitment to the institution and its people.

The Romance of Education

Timothy Law Snyder Named LMU’s 16th President

Timothy Law Snyder, LMU’s 16th president, brings with him experience accumulated at three Jesuit institutions: Loyola University Maryland, Georgetown University and Fairfield University.

Unmanned Man

In February 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration released proposed regulations governing civil unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones. Mark Pestana ’75, a former NASA research pilot, consulted with the FAA as it formulated its rules. Pestana is an expert in aircraft user interfaces and has flown drones to fight fires. We spoke to him about the emerging technology that will impact privacy laws, aviation safety and the nation’s economic health. Pestana was interviewed by Doug McInnis.

World Limit

The Jesuit contribution to the sciences can be gauged by 35 Moon craters named for scientists and mathematicians of the Society of Jesus.


Technological change is reshaping the music biz and rerouting revenues. Who is singing odes of joy or songs of lament?