Violeta Herrera Mielich was inspired by her high school physics teacher to do something very unusual for women of her time. She was inspired to dream of higher education and a career in science. Violeta reflected on her first year as a Holy Names student, “In my freshman year I realized I had chosen the right place and that I could achieve my goal. The classes were small and the teaching staff was outstanding and supportive.” A member of the “Commuters Club” in the early 50’s Violeta traveled by bus, street car and train (on the Bay Bridge) from San Francisco to the Lake Merritt campus each day. She didn’t mind the travel time because she says, “It gave me more time to study!” After graduation she proceeded to do research at the UC Medical Center in San Francisco where she was involved in pioneer work in heart and liver transplants. She then began her career in the Clinical Science Lab at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose where she continues to work as a clinical technician. With her Holy Names degree she began a family tradition. Her son, Steve, and daughter, Katy, both attended Holy Names and her granddaughter, Breanna, began her first year at HNU this fall.