Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary — Kim Talianko;


Grassroots 2013, the AIA’s leadership and legislative conference and annual gathering of leaders for “an essential professional development resource for those wishing to lead more effectively,” was held recently in Washington DC. On the last day, AIA’s Board Knowledge Community (BoKnoCo) started their meeting to connect leaders of the 21 groups of specialized practice within the profession. I was appointed at the beginning of the year as one of the national directors by this year’s AIA president and attended the BoKnoCo two-day planning session. I ran into two Domers who are now AIA national leaders: Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, ’78, who is president-elect for Ohio and partner in the restoration architecture firm of Chambers, Murphy & Burge in Akron; and William J. Bates ’75, who was serving on the national AIA board of directors as regional director from Pittsburgh, where he is VP of Real Estate for Eat’nPark Hospitality Group. Lt. Colonel Michael Brennan ’92PhD is commander at the US Army Health Facility Planning Agency, Washington DC. David B. Kaahaaina Jr. AIA, CSI, ’87 is regional business development manager and senior architect at Allana Buick & Bers, Inc., Hawaiian Islands-Architecture and Planning. Gus Hinojosa AIA, IIDA, ’83, Dallas, and his firm HINOJOSA Architecture & Interiors, have won the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Design Excellence Award for the new SPCA of Texas, Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center. The design was featured in three Texas exhibits as part of the Latinos in Architecture 2012 Enlaces Exhibition. Gus was also honored with the 2012 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award. Daniel J. Rectenwald, AIA, ’84, Minneapolis, was promoted to chief operating officer of HGA Architects and Engineers. He will oversee daily operation of the firm’s design and business strategies across seven national offices. Dan spent most of his career focused on healthcare planning and design and is a board certified healthcare architect, American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). Gus Duffy, AIA, ’68, Studio City CA, is active with the San Fernando Valley chapter of the AIA and conducted an eight-week pilot IDP program focusing on the link between the AIA contract documents and the job site. The professionally guided study consisted of four evening classes, four jobsite visits, and self-study in between. Focusing on residential this time with a planned commercial/institutions next time, the study compared documents between owner/architect, owner/contractor, general conditions, etc., and compared them with actual field conditions. Congratulations to Carl Silliman ’13 for being selected as one of the students in the recent Notre Dame Magazine article, “A study in scholars.” Carl worked through the campus Kellogg Institute and received a Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship to study Tibetan architecture and urban planning so he could use his thesis to redesign a village in Mainpat, India, a cluster of seven Tibetan refugee camps that did not have any public space and failed to uphold Tibetan culture. Prof. Emeritus Norman Crowe, Albuquerque NM, was at a book signing for his book on the late John W. McHugh ’41, Travel Sketches: A Record of His Travels and Observations and a Guide to Sketching in the Field, when the Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, held an exhibit of McHugh’s paintings not included in the book. In a review of the book and exhibit in the Santa Fe New Mexican Art Supplement, “The McHugh sketches demonstrate a great sensitivity to well-designed buildings, most of them probably conceived in the vernacular.” The Santa Fe gallery shows the architect’s vibrant oil paintings, watercolors, and serigraphs. — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, ACHA, NARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598;

Biological Sciences

A welcome email communication and very pleasant telephone conversation with Laura T. Johnson ’08PhD brought a host of news about her career progression and that of some of her classmates. Following receipt of her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech, where she was involved in stream ecology studies, Laura was attracted to the laboratory of Professor Jennifer Tank, herself a VaTech graduate, for her doctoral work at ND. She then moved to a postdoctoral position at Indiana University in Bloomington in the lab of Todd Royer at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Laura has now been hired into a staff position with the National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR), located on the campus of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Her work at the NCWQR will focus on watershed phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment export and dynamics, and is part of the Tributary Loading Program specifically relating to Lake Erie and the Ohio River. Laura also sent news of some of her classmates and contemporaries in the department but is hoping that they and others will send in their own updates. Among these is Kathryn Docherty ’07PhD, out of Professor Chuck Kulpa’s lab, who has completed a second year on the faculty of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Clay Arango ’07PhD, from Professor Tank’s lab, will move into an assistant professorship in environmental studies at Central Washington University, where he had been in an adjunct faculty/research position since leaving ND. Also moving into academic positions is Denise Bruesewitz ’08PhD, out of the Tank lab, as has her lab mate, Tim Hoellein ’08PhD. Denise is at Colby College in Maine and Tim is now an assistant professor at Loyola University in Chicago. Another Tank lab alumna, Natalie Giffiths ’11PhD, is a research scientist at Oakridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where many department alumni have previously worked, including her own advisor. Since young graduates of the department are in stages of their career progression that usually requires changes in their positions and residences, it is important that this group, in particular, maintain updated information in the alumni directory section on the Notre Dame website. For the same reason, communications to this column of the Notre Dame Magazine are especially welcome from the department’s more recent alumni. — Joan S. ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613; 919-848-2192; fax 919-848-3166;


Hello, history fans. I’m sorry there was no column last issue. My house had been on the market for months. It sold all of a sudden and I had two weeks to move out, just at deadline time. But if you send me a few new tidbits, I promise to get them out in a timely manner. Duane Jundt ’89MA wrote as a “former UGHer” to share some important news. He has just been elected to the advisory board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. His article, “Never Draw Unless You Aim to Shoot: Theodore Roosevelt’s Frontier Diplomacy,” was the lead piece in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of the Wild West Historical Association. Duane is in the History Department of Northwestern College in Orange City IA. Two pieces of news come from our beloved Philip Gleason ’61PhD. In January, he and Maureen attended the AHA in New Orleans. At the concurrent meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association, Rev. Marvin O’Connell ’59PhD was presented with the association’s Distinguished Award for Scholarship. This honors his significant impact and lengthy contributions to the understanding of Catholic History. Father O’Connell did his PhD on the English Reformation under Monsignor Philip Hughes. After teaching at St. Thomas U in his native St. Paul, Father returned to Notre Dame in 1972, where he remained until his retirement as professor emeritus. Phil also refers us to an article by Rev. Steve Avella ’90PhD, “Papa Francesco: A New Era?” on History News Network, March 25. A special note goes to Bob Shaffern ’91PhD, who understands my Cub pain. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD;

Mathematics Class Secretary — Patti Strauch; bus 574-631-4177;

Master of Nonprofit Administration

Several graduates continue to use their MNA degrees as they assume new roles in the workforce. Charles T. (“Chuck”) Hurley ’01 has been named registrar of the University of Notre Dame by Thomas G. Burish ’72, provost. Patrick Britton ’09 is program manager for the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. Michael T. Benson ’11 was named the 12th president of Eastern Kentucky U. Dr. Benson will leave his post as president of Southern Utah U to begin as president of Eastern Kentucky on August 1. Congratulations also to graduates who recently welcomed new babies. Congratulations to Niki and Jason Fehr ’12 on the birth of Micah Fehr on Feb. 7 in Calgary, Canada. On Feb. 11, Max Robert Pocock was born to proud parents Andy and Megan Pocock ’12. Jennifer Brink ’09 and Justin Brink welcomed Madeleine Christie Brink on Feb. 18. And last but not least, Alex and Julia Naula ’09 welcomed Sofia Grace on April 26. — Anne Hayes; 105 Main Building, Notre Dame IN 46556;

Political Science Class Secretary — Charlie Kenney; 2724 Meadowbrook Dr., Norman OK 73072; 405-360-2090;

Graduate Degrees

Rev. Brian C. Ching, CSC, ’12MDiv, Rev. Mark F. DeMott, CSC, ’07MDiv, and Rev. Jarrod M. Waugh, CSC, ’12MDiv were ordained to the priesthood on April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart by the Most Rev. Daniel F. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria, IL. Father Ching is serving at St. Joseph Parish in South Bend; Father DeMott is serving at the U of Portland; Father Waugh is serving at Christ the King in South Bend. Michelle Lemiesz ’94MDiv has been named the new director of the Office for Divine Worship for the Diocese of Columbus OH. Prior to joining the diocese, she served as system director of spiritual care services, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus. Michael T. Benson ’11MA, non-profit administration, has been named president of Eastern Kentucky U. He will assume the presidency on Aug. 1. Benson, 48, has served as president of Southern Utah U since 2006. His undergraduate degree is from Brigham Young U. He also holds a doctoral degree in Middle Eastern history from Oxford. Sean Beachy ’00MA, architecture, has been named an Associate Principal at Wendel, an architectural and engineering firm throughout the US. He is committed to installing green design elements in his projects. Sister Emma Cecilia Busan ’69MA, art, is celebrating 70 years as an Ursuline sister. For 38 years, she taught in Kentucky schools and is now her order’s archivist in Owensboro KY. Sister Rita Lavigne ’68MA, business administration, is celebrating 60 years as an Ursuline sister. She has had a varied career in the Archdiocese of Kansas City KS. Paul W. Popiel ’95MA, music, is director of bands at the U of Kansas. He conducts the KU Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate program in wind conducting, and guides all aspects of the university’s band program. Edward Gozdowski ’74PhD, philosophy, executive chief of The Maritime Academy of Toledo for nearly 40 years, was feted by his students, both current and graduate, on Feb. 1 at the Maritime Academy. A staunch ND supporter, he made many contributions to the community of greater Toledo. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD, English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; res 716-691-4648;