class notes

Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;

 

ktalianko@alumni.nd.edu

 

Architecture

 

The spring weather should bring a little surprise to visitors on campus. Thanks to Frank F. Fransioli ’76 of Conifer CO, a new butterfly garden will reappear adjacent to St. Joseph's Lake and immediately opposite the Grotto. Frank conceived the idea of planting the garden months before his 40th Reunion in 2016 and with the aid of some of his classmates was responsible for its construction and dedication. Over 100 alumni planted the garden on Friday and had it blessed and dedicated following a Mass at the Grotto on the Sunday of Reunion week. Classmates donated funds to purchase the plants and start building an endowment for the new Our Lady’s Butterfly Garden. Included are a wide variety of plants attractive to different species of butterflies as well as milkweed to support monarchs as they pass through South Bend on their transcontinental migration. When not celebrating the “renewal and stewardship of the natural world,” Frank is “actively retired.” AIA national president-elect for 2019, William J. Bates, FAIA ’75, and wife Maggie hosted a gathering of classmates in Pittsburgh in late October for a weekend of Rome reminiscing. More than 15 Arkies were joined by as many Saint Mary's classmates who shared the 1972-’73 year in Rome. The gathering organization and hosting duties were shared with Pittsburghers Bill and Maggie, classmate William P. Joyce Jr., Maria Fiducca and Christy Broadrick-Emmanuel, both ’75SMC. The group met for receptions, dinners and tours of the city and nearby Fallingwater and started planning for reconvening for the 50th anniversary of the ND Rome Program in April 2019. Margaret Derwent Ketcham '85 of Chicago is a licensed Illinois architect and a recognized artist and has her own firm utilizing all her talents. Daniel R. Mader, AIA,’77, chairman of the board of Fanning Howey, Indianapolis, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). The award is the most prestigious professional award bestowed to A4LE members “who make significant, lasting contributions to the educational facility planning industry throughout their careers.” Dan’s firm is a national leader in the planning and design of learning environments. The architecture, engineering and interior design firm maintains offices in Indiana and Ohio. Peter F. Vieira Jr. AIA ’90 has been named a principal at Payette, a leading architecture firm in Boston. Last year, Peter’s design for the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington U was recognized with an AIA Honor Award and a COTE Top Ten Award, the two highest honors bestowed on an individual project by the AIA. Also at the firm is Barry A. Shiel ’77, an associate principal. Patrick J. Endler ’90 is vice president of the civil engineering firm of Borton-Lawson in Wilkes-Barre PA, a Top 500 ENR firm with offices throughout Pennsylvania. Clients are in the transportation, oil and gas, industrial buildings, land planning and design, and electric utilities sectors. ND School of Architecture added five new faculty members this past year. I mentioned in last summer’s issue that Julio Cesar Perez-Hernandez will be an associate professor of practice. Joining him will be Judith DiMaio FAIA who will be a visiting professor and is returning after being Dean at the School of Architecture and Design at NY Institute of Technology. She served as academic director of the Rome program for four years. Asst. Professor Lisa LoGiudice ’06 has a master's degree from Yale. Asst. Professor Giuseppe Mazzone specializes in traditional drawings and digital technologies and has used “life sized 3D architectural and historical reconstructions in immersive, virtual-reality environments” in his doctoral research. And finally, Assoc. Professor John Odhiambo Onyango ’99MArch completed his doctoral studies at the U of Glasgow. — Orlando T. Maione FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598; omaione@optonline.net

 

Biological Sciences

 

Sincere appreciation to Edwin A. Hiss ’66, ’71PhD for so timely sending word of the death of one of the department’s most loved and respected faculty members, Prof. Emeritus Morton S. “Mort” Fuchs, on New Year’s Eve. Former department chairman, Prof. John “Jack” Duman, with support from College of Science writer, Tammi Freehling, associate director for marketing communications, are the authors of a fine piece for the ND website about Mort’s long and impactful career at Notre Dame which followed his graduation from Michigan State U for his undergraduate and both graduate degrees. Mort, Brooklyn native, began his doctoral research under Allen Fox, a luminary in genetics, at MSU and followed Fox to the U of Wisconsin to finish his thesis work. Specifics of Mort’s years at Notre Dame, including his extended service as department chair of the microbiology, biology and biological sciences departments, will not be repeated here. Rather, this submission will give the grad student’s perspective of Mort’s early Notre Dame tenure thanks to input from Ed Hiss, Prof. Edward A. Havell ’70PhD, Prof. Robert G. Summers ’65, ’68MS as well as your correspondents, who are especially saddened by Mort’s passing. Mort was Joan’s graduate advisor and was assigned by the graduate school to chair Phil’s doctoral defense. Comments received from the aforementioned can be easily summed up as, “Mort was a student’s professor.” Students, graduate and undergraduate, came first for Mort, who ran a well-funded, successful research program and, despite which, always had time for students. Following his undergraduate degree, Ed Hiss took a chance on the novice faculty member and became Mort’s first graduate student. This led to a successful academic career for Ed and a lifelong friendship with his advisor. Through Hiss, Ed Havell, Hiss’ grad school roommate, and their classmate Bob Summers became close to Mort and benefitted from his friendship, advice and guidance. They remember Mort’s love of the student-faculty softball games and other faculty and student social events. Also remembered was the way Mort would introduce himself to students on the first day of a course by writing his name on the blackboard, turning and looking at the class, and announcing that there was only one way to pronounce his surname. A graduate course in molecular genetics began with a slide of a mating pair of Aedes aegypti with Mort pointing to the slide and announcing that these were two mosquitoes “doing it.” You couldn’t have genetics without sex. It was no surprise when Mort received a University award for teaching undergraduates after he took over and revamped the general biology course. The only surprise was that the students liked a general biology course that had enzymes and enzyme kinetics as its core theme. But that was Mort; he could even make enzyme kinetics fun to learn. It wasn’t all about the students, however, Jack Duman refers to the great respect and friendship Mort’s faculty colleagues felt for him. Faculty and students alike suffered with Mort and his wife, Mary Anne, through the loss of their son, and Heidi’s brother, to cancer just weeks before he was to be married. Mort’s strength of character through the bad times as well as the good was a lesson we all learned from him outside of the classroom. May he rest in peace. — Joan S. ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; 919-848-2192; phil@ncsu.edu

 

History Class SecretaryMary Linehan ’91 PhD;

 

maryline113@yahoo.com

 

Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;

 

255 Hurley Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556; bus 574-631-7083; strauch.1@nd.edu

 

Master of Nonprofit Administration

 

The MNA program has endured many changes since its founding by our beloved Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, and it continues to evolve this year. The MNA office announced the creation of a new one-year, residential Master of Nonprofit Administration, designed for those desiring to enter the nonprofit sector directly out of college or a post-college nonprofit placement, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America. In this new, intensive program, students will gain a solid business education and acquire insights and strategies to elevate their careers into more effective and sustainable forces for good. This 10-month, on-campus program will begin in August 2018 with projected average age of 22 and will be aimed at students with an undergraduate degree and up to two years post undergraduate nonprofit work experience. Each student in this 36-credit-hour program studies while gaining nonprofit practicum experience across two semesters, fall and spring, to prepare to serve the world in the most effective way possible. The Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration is the new name for the program familiar to most alumni. Each cohort of working professionals invests a total of 10 weeks over two to four summers and develops a tight bond fostered by shared experiences and the collective desire to influence transformative change. Students work alongside peers who have the same desire to “do something.” As an Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration working professional in this 42-credit-hour program, students gain a solid business education and acquire insights and strategies to elevate their organizations into a more effective and sustainable force for good. The average age of this group is 35 years with 11 years of work experience, including a minimum of two years, post undergraduate nonprofit work experience. For more information about these programs, please contact the MNA office or visit the website. MNA alumni are encouraged to submit news. You may email me at the address below. — Betsy Quinn ’12; 2110 Brummel St., Evanston IL 60202; 847-733-0557; betsyquinn@alumni.nd.edu

 

Political Science Class Secretary Charlie Kenney;

 

455 W. Lindsey, Room 205, Norman OK 73019; 405-325-3735; ckenney@ou.edu

 

Graduate Degrees

 

James Donovan ’66 PhD engineering, died on Nov. 4. Robert Lynch ’68 PhD died on Aug. 12 in Dallas. Chinmoy Nath ’14 PhD civil engineering, died on Oct. 9 in Midland TX. Rev. Giles Pater ’77 PhD theology, died on Nov. 3 in Cincinnati. Ronald Ostrowski ’71 PhD philosophy, died on Nov. 16 in Sherrills Ford NC. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58 MA, ’62 PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648; mlahood@roadrunner.com