Alpha Phis stick together, even after graduation! Junior Katie Scheer spent the summer working with two Zeta Gamma Alumi, Mari and Tierney. The three of them tell us all about their past three months:
From left to right: Katie Scheer, Mari Tollan, and Tierney Siler
Blach Construction Company is an established, mid-sized commercial builder and construction manager. The company has been serving the Bay Area since 1970 and has won numerous awards including one of the Best Places to Work and the Associated General Contractors of California best safety program. Their commitment to consistently exceed high expectations is ingrained in their culture and much like Alpha Phi, Blach has been regularly named among northern California’s most philanthropic companies.
Tierney joined the company as an HR intern in 2010 while she was a senior at Santa Clara. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and Communications and began soon after as a full time HR Associate. She was recently promoted to Senior HR Associate for all of her hard work over the past three years. Tierney has focused her time at Blach to recruiting and under her leadership the program has truly excelled. She has been asked to speak about the program to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Foothill/De Anza Community College, Santa Clara and at the upcoming national AGC HR Conference.
Mari began her internship in June after graduating from Santa Clara with a degree in Civil Engineering, primarily focused in Environmental Engineering and Construction. While at SCU she was affiliated with many of the on campus engineering groups including the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and the Association of Computing Machinery. Mari is spending the summer on a construction site working closely with her project team and various trades to complete their project - Blach’s new headquarters in San Jose. She will be heading back to Santa Clara in the fall to begin her career as a SCU graduate student working towards her Master’s in Engineering Management and Leadership with an emphasis in Construction and Project Management.
As a native Nebraskan who made her way out to sunny California, Katie began her internship this summer after completing her sophomore year at Santa Clara as a Civil Engineer. She is currently your Vice President of Risk Management, working closely with the executive council and the social team to ensure safe and fun events. Last summer, she devoted her time to being an orientation leader. This involved working with classmates, faculty, parents, and incoming students to represent, promote, and support the mission and values of the University. This past year, she was a member of ASG and worked as the Associate Music Director for APB. While at Blach, she has been working on the College Terrace Centre project just a block away from Stanford’s campus in the City of Palo Alto. This building complex has been nominated, by the Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures Award 2014, for “Building of the Year” under the mixed use category.