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.…

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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.…

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Sharing hope, day by day

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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.”…

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Painter Drawn Back to Campus

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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.”…

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Having coffee with Matt Bloom: Happiness is . . .

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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.”…

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Documentary treasure hunt

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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

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Working hard on virtual play

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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

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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.…

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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.…

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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

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They have an indie jones

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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

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A Hunger for More: Filmmaker Jill Godmilow

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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

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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.…

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Music by Notre Dame alumni

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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.”…

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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.…

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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

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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.…

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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.

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One book to go, please

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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.…

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There Are Children Here

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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.”…

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At home in the Monkeyhouse

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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

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Playing Around: Letter from campus

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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

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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

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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.…

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New CDs from ND musicians

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Close Your Eyes, Josephine Cameron ’00MFA (Modo Records). Albums of lullabies, Cameron’s sister told her, can be boring. The singer’s response is her third CD, which she calls “lullabies for young and old.” The 13-track album contains such traditional songs as “Bow Down Low” and four original songs written by Cameron and Anthony Walton ’82. She accompanies all the songs with solo guitar. Samples and more information are available at www.josephinecameron.com

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Books in print & books in brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon’s First Years, Michael J. Collins, M.D., ’71 (St. Martin’s Press). A fast-paced memoir of the fear, heartbreak, humor and triumph of the author’s four-year residency in orthopedic surgery. Can that young boy’s leg be saved? How do you tell a woman she has widespread cancer? And when do you stop being bone tired? “We were learning that all the training and all the caring in the world were not going to solve every problem,” Collins writes. What he also learns is the role he truly plays as a doctor, a role in which compassion is integral to the treatment.

Commander of All Lincoln’s Armies: A Life of General Henry W. Halleck

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Music by ND people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Wonderfall, wonderfall. The brothers Bregande—guitarists/vocalists Dave ‘95 and Joe—and bassist John Fletcher ’92 have been playing music together since 1998. Music should make you move, the band members believe, and that pop sensibility comes through in their melodic, energetic CD. The musicians, who released the CD Monday Morning, Start Again

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Letter from Campus: Gung Hay Fat Choy

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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February 9 was the first day of the new year. Oh, perhaps not to most people at Notre Dame, some of whom may have spent January 1 recovering from their celebration of the night before. But for the Asian community on campus, it was the Lunar New Year and it was time to celebrate.

“It’s a big deal,” says Xiaoyue Zhang, a graduate student and outgoing president of the Notre Dame Chinese Friendship Association (NDCFA

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Taking a Leap with Sheldon

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

When Dave Kellett ‘96, drew the Four Food Groups of the Apocalypse comic strip for The Observer, his favorite character was Sheldon, a child prodigy who also was enrolled at Notre Dame. Kellett graduated, and so did 10-year-old Sheldon. Now the title character in Kellett’s online strip, Sheldon has become the second-richest person in America through his own software company. He’s also invented a talking duck.…

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