Comic gets serious about romance

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

somerville.jpg

Comedian Michael Somerville ‘94 has a new gig—relationship columnist for Glamour Magazine. "Jake: A Man’s Opinion" has been part of the magazine since the 1950s and has been written by a series of single men over the years, but this is the first time the columnist is not anonymous.…

Read More

Producing a Winner

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

From Los Angeles, Gwen Uszuko ‘06 called her folks in Denver at 4:30 a.m. with the big news—she had just won the TV Guide Network’s America’s Next Producer reality competition.

“I made them sign a confidentiality agreement,” she says, her fake-serious tone quickly dissolving into laughter.

It’s that touch of humor that helped her beat out nine other contenders to win the show—and the perks that came with it: $100,000 in cash, “all kinds of equipment,” the use of a production office in Hollywood for a year and a first-look deal with TV Guide

Read More

A voice for African women

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

ogbolu.jpg

Pop into Barnes & Noble, grab a latte and browse the magazine shelves. In the midst of the hundreds of publications that survived the review process and got the thumbs-up for display space in the big-box bookstore, you might spot Kitu Kizuri. If it’s not sold out.

Kitu Kizuri

Read More

Cafe Choice: Creative work by Notre Dame people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

outside the box, John Garrett ’98. The debut comedy CD was recorded live last year at the Go Bananas Comedy Club in Cincinnati. “I’m an accountant with a sense of humor,” the comic says, allowing, however, that he and his fellow CPAs are “all huge dorks.” Here he riffs about slow cookers (“a microwave with a learning disability”), Humvee plates and NASCAR

Read More

A filmmaker-in-residence

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Gita Pullapilly ‘99, who has produced seven documentaries, was named a filmmaker-in-residence by WGBH’s Boston Media Productions. During the nine-month residency, which began in October 2007, she and director Aron Gaudet are doing post-production work on The Way We Get By. The feature-length documentary profiles three elderly troop greeters in Bangor, Maine, who show up day or night to talk to troops heading to or returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.…

Read More

Choices in brief: web extra (Spring 2008)

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Chipmunks in Action! photography by Les Voorhis, text by Julia Monczunski ’02 (Royal Tine Publishing Inc.) Child-friendly educational text highlights the playful full-color pictures of chipmunks in action in this book about wildlife. The photos were taken in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. To order, call 605-645-6326.…

Read More

Sharing hope, day by day

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

crossbk.jpg

During a jog around the Notre Dame campus in October 2006, several seminarians also exercised their brains. “We were reflecting on ways that we could try to share the hope and the joy that we experience with Holy Cross,” says Andrew Gawrych, CSC, ’02, ’07M.Div.

The beatification of Father Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, was on the horizon, and, Gawrych says, “We also wanted people to get to know him.”…

Read More

Painter Drawn Back to Campus

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

mcdanielphoto.jpg

It’s been more than 20 years since Richard McDaniel ‘84MFA has been on the Notre Dame campus, and the landscape painter can’t wait for his May visit. A big sycamore tree by the Grotto is calling his name.

“Is it still there?” he asks, his worry carrying over the phone lines from his Santa Rosa, California, home. “Oh, I really hope it is.”…

Read More

Having coffee with Matt Bloom: Happiness is . . .

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

bloom.jpg

On a day when the newspaper is running stories about the dangers of hypothermia, Matt Bloom is happy to leave his office and head across an icy Notre Dame campus to the bookstore café for coffee. Make no mistake, however. He’s crazy about his job.

“I love this,” the associate professor of management says. “Teaching is a privilege.”…

Read More

Documentary treasure hunt

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

iousa.jpg

Notre Dame graduates have been busy with documentaries. They’ve also been busy showing them at film festivals, from Sundance to Slamdance—and, when they’re lucky, scoring a deal to release the film to theaters. When you can’t catch them at your local multiplex, we suggest an Internet search for the following films, which generally are available on DVD

Read More

Cafe Choice: Creative work by Notre Dame people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Mighty Big Broom, Loose Caboose Band. Brothers Bill Carey ’77 and Joe Carey ’79 are back with a second CD of kid-pleasing original songs, from “My Very First Haircut” to “Legoland” and “Wake Up Sleepy Daddy.” The brothers use a variety of instruments and styles, from pop to jazz to country and blues on the 14-track CD.…

Read More

Working hard on virtual play

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

spoonhower.jpg

Jeff Spoonhower, a 1999 Notre Dame graduate, designs video games, but his son doesn’t play them. That’s because Sean is a toddler. Even as Sean’s coordination improves, he’ll have to wait to play the cool stuff his father has helped create—including Saints Row, Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow

Read More

Cafe choice in brief: web extra

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

A Fatal Waltz, Tasha Alexander (William Morrow). Publishing under a pen name, Tasha Gutting Tyska ‘92 continues her mystery series set in Victorian England. In this third book in the series, Lady Emily Ashton attempts to intercede when her best friend’s husband is arrested for murder. Her efforts to find the real killer lead to Vienna, where she discovers a dangerous plot.…

Read More

Cafe choice: Creative work by Notre Dame people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

What Though the Odds: Haley Scott’s Journey of Faith and Triumph, Haley Scott DeMaria ’95 with Bob Schaller (Cross Training Publisher). Haley Scott shares the emotional and physical details of a life that has a before and an after: the January 1992 bus crash that killed two of her Notre Dame swim teammates and almost paralyzed her, followed by her months of surgeries, depression, grief and, finally, spiritual awakening. See www.HaleyBook.com

Read More

They have an indie jones

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

trahan.jpg

About the time Erin Trahan (Notre Dame class of ’96) was born, the woman who would one day be her college professor was helping birth a different entity—a group for independent filmmakers and videographers.

“It really was the beginning of the whole independent scene,” says Jill Godmilow of the activist organization AIVF

Read More

A Hunger for More: Filmmaker Jill Godmilow

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

godmilow

The French New Wave cinema of the early 1960s, says Jill Godmilow, “made filmmaking look like anybody could do it.” So Godmilow and her painter boyfriend borrowed some equipment and made a feature-length film. “We made every mistake in the book,” she confesses. No matter. The Spanish-language film was sold to a distributor and a career was born. Now, 20-some nonfiction films and 20-some years later, the former self-described hippie who majored in Russian in college has just been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and her most recent award-winning film, What Farocki Taught

Read More

Books in Print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The Spirit of Notre Dame: Legends, Traditions, and Inspiration from One of America’s Most Beloved Universities, Jim Langford ’59 and Jeremy Langford ’92 (Doubleday). A foreword by Regis Philbin ’53 kicks off this gathering of the stories about the people and events that personify the spirit of the University, from Mario Tonelli ’39, who survived the Bataan Death March, to Tim McCarthy, whose puns delight home football crowds. The numerous anecdotes of visionary leaders, dedicated teachers, celebrated coaches, and hard-working students and staff all give testimony to the “optimism and possibility” of Notre Dame.…

Read More

Music by Notre Dame alumni

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

celebrate.jpg

Celebrate America: A Collection of 35 Patriotic Songs, The O’Neill Brothers (Shamrock-n-Roll).

The piano-playing O’Neill Brothers—Tim ‘94 and Ryan ’97—offer arrangements of such classics as “America the Beautiful,” " Amazing Grace," “My Old Kentucky Home,” “We Shall Overcome” and “Morning Has Broken” on this two-CD set. The brothers have stripped the songs of fanfare, says Tim O’Neill, to “let people hear them the way they were originally intended to be heard—as moving, emotional and absolutely beautiful reflections of a truly great nation.”…

Read More

Khalil F. Matta invesment Q&A

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

He may be a professor of management at Notre Dame, but that didn’t keep Khalil F. Matta ’80M.S., ’82Ph.D. from making what he calls “boneheaded investment decisions.” Although filled with humor, his Thou Shalt Not Invest Foolishly: Confessions of a Business Professor (1st Books) can be almost painful to read, as Matta again and again watches his investments go sour. But out of lemons, he had made lemonade — and investors may profit from a sip.…

Read More

Hornets and Leeches and Frogs,Oh My

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Jeff Morales ’86 is thinking about leeches and maggots. Which is a change from thinking about fearsome frogs or giant hornets. For a guy who loves “being out living in a tent and living in wilderness,” such singular beings are his bread and butter.

Okay, not literally. Morales doesn’t snack on the creatures, he films them. He recently finished his work as producer of Hornets from Hell

Read More

Prayer books for all occasions

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

While others wake up with a daily blast of caffeine, Father Wilson Miscamble, CSC, relies on the hauntingly familiar Saint Francis prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. “It gets me started in the morning,” says Miscamble ’77M.A., ’80Ph.D., ’87M.Div.

Using the prayers of others, the rector of Moreau seminary says, offers “a powerful instrument for communicating with the Lord.” And prayer books, in his view, can impart an enormous benefit by helping people articulate what may be inchoate thoughts.…

Read More

A better fight song?

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Every Notre Dame fan knows and loves the Notre Dame Victory March, but if the brothers who wrote it had gotten their way, Irish supporters would literally be singing a different tune today. Different lyrics too.

Read More

One book to go, please

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

compbk

Okay, so your name isn’t J.K. Rowling or Stephen King or Shelby Foote. None of your friends or relatives works for Random House. And finding an agent seems as convoluted a process as counting votes in Florida.

Richard H. Rupp ’56, ’57M.A. knows that story. The recently retired Appalachian State University English professor has published several nonfiction books. But when he finished his first novel, the travails began. “I got nowhere with 14 or 16 different publishers,” he says.…

Read More

There Are Children Here

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

langford

Jill and James Langford laugh when they talk about buying their expansive grounds in the country, a few miles south of Notre Dame. “We moved out there to be private — to get away from it all,” says Jim ‘59, an adjunct assistant professor in ND’s core course and former director of Notre Dame Press. Jill ’80, the owner of publishing company Diamond Communications, nods in agreement. “We had moved out here to do our own thing,” she says, “and felt a bit selfish.”…

Read More

At home in the Monkeyhouse

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

monkey

Back in his days as an advertising copywriter, Pat Byrnes ‘81 worked on campaigns for Cheez Whiz, Coors, Cap’n Crunch and SpaghettiOs. Hardly food for the soul.

Today, however, the man with a droll sense of humor is happily feasting at the cartoonist table. Several of his cartoons have been published in The New Yorker

Read More

Playing Around: Letter from campus

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

shakfest

It’s a clear July Saturday morning, and on a grassy area just south of the Hesburgh Library reflecting pool, two young men practice the thrust and parry of swordplay. As I watch, a young woman in a long medieval gown accosts me. “Wouldst thou like a potion?” she asks, smiling, “a love potion?” I shake my head no. “Then perhaps,” she says, taking a critical look at me, “a beauty

Read More

Making the Most on Film

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The women and a few men in the line look calm and hopeful. Most of their children, dark brown eyes wide with curiosity, bear signs that the poor of Mexico often believe is punishment for sins past: a cleft lip, an ugly scar, a burn mark.

Gina Vecchione ’97 and her sister, Ané, grew up hearing about these children from their father, Dr. Thomas Vecchione ’63. They also heard about the trips he and other volunteer members of the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team made to correct some of these medical and surgical problems. So in October 1999, the sisters went with the MOST

Read More

Two Authors Champion Women's Basketball

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

On its way to the 2001 NCAA women’s basketball championship, Notre Dame came from behind to beat the University of Connecticut in the semifinal game and then squeaked by Purdue University in the heart-stopping final. In the life-is-full-of-strange-twists category, Notre Dame graduate John Walters ‘88 then published a book on UConn’s team, while Purdue graduate Mark Bradford published a book on Notre Dame’s team.…

Read More