Graduate Degrees

Accountancy Class Secretary — Kim Talianko;


Congratulations to Marianne Cusato ’97 of Miami for not only being the first architectural grad to be featured in the University’s What Would You Fight For series shown during home football games last fall, but also to be named to Fortune magazine’s “top women in real estate” as listed by its resident real estate expert and co-chair of the magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Summit.” She’s listed with notables Ivanka Trump and Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran. Marianne is renowned for her 308 square-foot Katrina Cottage, which won the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum’s 2006 “People’s Design Award.” She not only is a designer, author and lecturer in the fields of real estate and housing, she is also a visiting professor at ND and the U of Miami. Sean B. Beachy, AIA, ’00 is an associate principal/senior architect with the Wendel Companies, Alexandria VA office. He specializes in transportation facilities for the Buffalo NY firm that provides architectural, engineering, planning, energy and construction management services to its clients. James R. Kachik ’69 of Oakland CA is deputy director of the Alameda County General Services Agency and has executive responsibility for the county’s $1.3 billion capital construction program, as well as the sustainability, energy, hazmat and property/salvage programs with a staff of 45. In 2013 he earned his master’s in public administration. Gary V. Zimmerman, FAIA, ’57, ’58 of Hartland WI escapes the harsh weather with wife Susie by visiting Florida in the fall and Phoenix during the winter and spring. Their recent visit to Naples FL included a visit with classmate Frank L. Neubek and Don Flock’s widow, Patricia. Frank continues with a practice he limits to high-end residences in gated communities in southwest Florida. Gary’s upcoming trip to Phoenix will include visits with classmate Jack J. Pruss and his wife, Sylvia, as they escape from winter in Bellingham WA by residing in Mesa AZ, and the widow of John Chiaro ’56, Arlene Chiaro. ND Associate Professor of Architecture David T. Mayernik ’83 recently served as set designer for the Baroque opera Orpheus Descending for the Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago. David is not only a professor at ND and in the Rome Program but he is also a practicing urban designer, architect and writer. His role as a set designer is a natural extension of his talents. He paints in oils, buon fresco and watercolors. His drawings have been exhibited internationally, and his work has been featured twice in American Artist magazine. Sara A. Lardinois ’95 is a project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, conserving sites such as King Tut’s tomb, historic earthen buildings in Peru and Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla CA. Edmond G. Gauvreau, AIA, ’79 is chief, program branch, Installation Support Community of Practice, Army Corps of Engineers, Washington DC. He is the 2015 AIA chair of the Public Architects Knowledge Community. — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598;

Biological Sciences

A recent publication in volume 5 of the Frontiers of Immunology (Oct. 27, 2014), a review paper on macrophage subsets and their respective physiological differences, was coauthored by two former department members. The result was that welcome communication was renewed with former Notre Dame faculty member Ingrid Müller and Pascale Kropf `98MS, both now on the faculty of Imperial College London. Pascale did her master’s degree research in Dr. Müller’s lab on parasitic infections, specifically leishmaniasis, and then followed Ingrid to London where she completed her doctorate in the same lab, Imperial College ’01. Pascale is now a senior lecturer in immunology and also has appointments at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a senior lecturer, where Dr. Mueller is an honorary senior lecturer, and University College London. Her field research takes her mainly to southern Sudan and Ethiopia. Pascale, a native of Lausanne, Switzerland, relates that she cherishes her time at Notre Dame and looks forward to a return. — Joan S. ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613; 919-848-2192; fax 919-848-3166;


On this cold February day (as I write), let me begin by thanking the UGH community for all the prayers and good wishes for my recovery. After four surgeries at the Cleveland Clinic and the removal of almost half my trachea, I am well on the road to recovery. The prayers and support I received from you made all the difference and I am very grateful. One of the nicest messages I received came from Phil Riley ’71PhD, and I asked him to write an update for this column. Phil is a beautiful writer, and I quote at length from his report. It really touched me and, I bet, if you stick in your own advisor’s name, it will touch you in the same way. Phil reports that for four decades he has been teaching history at James Madison U in Harrisonburg VA. He says he was “ever so fortunate” to have Leon Bernard as his director. Phil continues: “though illness limited his mobility, Leon had a smile for all he met and a profound knowledge of early modern France as recognized by his receipt of the Koren Prize for the best article in French History and for the high praise for his The Emerging City: Paris in the Age of Louis XIV. Due to his wise counsel, good cheer, and scholarly example, I finally published my dissertation as A Lust for Virtue: Louis XIV’s Attack on Sin in Seventeenth Century France.” Phil also acknowledges the tremendous influence Professor Fitzsimons had on his career. Fitzsimons introduced Phil to the pride and challenges of teaching world history, and this led to his serving as senior editor for five editions of the two-volume set, The Global Experience: Readings in World History. Phil is involved in the JMU Catholic Campus Ministry and the ND Club of Charlottesville. He reports that, in October, Professor Brad Gregory, the Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern History at ND, came to JMU and delivered a brilliant and well-received Hesburgh Lecture, “Science vs Religion: The Compatibility and Complementary Flourishing of Catholicism and the Natural Sciences.” Great thanks to Phil for his report. It’s not always easy to find all the news that’s fit to print and I (sincerely) beg you to send me some news. An always faithful correspondent is David Fahey PhD, professor of history emeritus at Miami U in Ohio. David’s new book is, E. Lawrence Levy and Muscular Judaism. It is about sport, culture and assimilation in Britain from the 1850s to the 1930s. Levy founded and edited the weekly Birmingham Licensed Trade News and served as an agent for an organization of Midland brewers. Thus, he was an important piece to David’s ongoing study of alcohol and temperance. He is now working on a book about the drink controversy in England from Gladstone to Lloyd George. David is in frequent contact with Mike Lybarger MA, who has retired from Edgewood College in Madison WI. Mike’s wife, Mary, still teaches art at Edgewood. Please feel guilted into sending me stories. It’s what I lived for. Fourteen students received their PhDs in history from ND in 2014. Let them know about life outside the Dome. Thanks. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD;

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Graduate Degrees

Jenifer Batt ’75MBA is administrative coordinator of automated data processing for the VA Health Care Center of Western New York. She has spent 40 years with health care systems in administrative capacities, the last 15 years specializing in health care informatics. Prior to that, she served as director of nursing for Nursing PRN. Jenifer has undergraduate degrees in economics and business administration from Niagara U and a nursing degree from D’Youville College in Buffalo NY. Michael Varga ’85MA, economics, has won first prize for his short story, “Chad Erupts in Strife” in the Fiction Open sponsored by Glimmer Train Magazine. He was awarded $2,500 for the story, which will be published in Glimmer Train this year. Varga’s Peace Corps novel Under Chad’s Spell was published in 2014. His career in the US Foreign Service can be found at Many persons with graduate degrees from Notre Dame have major accomplishments. I would like to put them in this column. If you or anyone you know would like to praise ND by having your accomplishments recognized in this magazine, please submit them to me. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58, ’62PhD, English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;