Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;




I am honored and proud to announce that the 2017 AIA New York State (AIANYS) Honor Awards Jury awarded me the James William Kideney Gold Medal Award. It was presented to me in early November at the awards banquet held in Albany NY as part of the state convention. The medal established in 1981 “recognized as the highest award that AIANYS can bestow on one of its members, the purpose of the Kideney Award is to recognize a lifetime of notable contributions by an architect to the profession, the professional society, and the community. The Kideney Award is conferred on an AIANYS member who has demonstrated a lifetime of sustained community leadership, thus advancing the profession of architecture through making the community a better place to live. The Kideney Award winner will have also demonstrated an active interest and leadership role in the profession and professional society at the local, state, or national level.” (Over the years, I have served at all three levels in two states.) Prof. Duncan Stroik was host and executive producer of the documentary, A Conversation with John Burgee: The Architecture of Johnson/Burgee, which recently had its world premiere in Santa Barbara CA. (Saint Barbara is the patron saint of architecture.) The documentary explores the life and work of John H. Burgee ’56 and his partnership with Philip J. Johnson and the inspiration for their designs and the impact of their projects on American architecture in the second half of the 20th century. Well attend and well received, the one-hour program, produced with a grant from ND’s Office of Digital Media, was preceded by an outdoor reception at Hahn Hall, John’s performing arts building for the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara where John lives with wife, Gwen and son John. Other premieres will be scheduled for New York and ND. In the meantime, check out the trailer at Rick (Frederick) W. Wolnitzek ’70, Newport KY, retired from his private architectural practice in 2012 and started a blog:, a resource for architects. It offers a variety of electronic architectural office management tools. Browsing is free, but use is via subscription. His latest,, just launched this year is a recommended standard bookkeeping system for architects. It collates project time for invoicing automatically, projects can be added easily and it all resides in the cloud, so it's accessible anywhere. Lucien L. Niemeyer ’87, Washington DC, was confirmed as Asst. Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment. He will oversee the Department of Defense's entire installation portfolio. Previously he spent 15 years in the Air Force, then was a Senate staffer before starting his own real estate development consulting business. Also in DC, Edmond G. Gauvreau, FAIA, ’79 has a new title, Deputy Chief, Installation Support Div., HG US Army Corps of Engineers, same job, new title. Ed mentioned he ran into classmate William K. Herbert in Schenectady NY where after 30 years in real estate development, Bill, is now semi-retired but still consulting with his partners. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of classmate Robert A. Eckland, ’57, Bannockburn IL, who couldn't make this year's class reunion because of poor health and lost his battle with cancer shortly after the reunion. — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598;


Biological Sciences


No communiques were received this past quarter so this space will be used to inform alumni of a local ND alumni luncheon held on the first Friday of each month in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park (RTP). With the three universities that form the Triangle (UNC, Duke and NC State), the Research Triangle Institute, SAS Institute, EPA, and NIEHS, biotech and pharmaceutical companies large and small, it is likely that graduates of the Department will find themselves in the area at some point. Alumni and friends are always welcome to join the monthly luncheon held proximate to the Raleigh-Durham airport at the Hilton Doubletree-RDU Hotel which begins at 12:15pm. The ND Alumni Club of Eastern North Carolina has held the First Friday lunches continuously for over thirty years. Alumni visiting the RTP area at times other than the first Friday of the month are encouraged to contact your correspondents at the email or phone number below so local graduates of the Department of Biological Sciences might gather with visitors for a meal or beverages appropriate to the hour. — Joan S. ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613-6400; 919-848-2192;


History Class SecretaryMary Linehan ’91 PhD;


Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;


255 Hurley Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556; bus 574-631-7083;


Master of Nonprofit Administration


The MNA family has a lot to celebrate in this 175th anniversary of the founding of Our Lady’s University. Congratulations to Heather Anderson ’12 and her new husband, Dr. Daniel Bostock, who were married in Salt Lake City in September. I had the privilege of attending the blessed event with Yvonne Delgadillo, David Frea, Sukeshi O’Neal and Gini Van Siclen, who were all MNA class of 2012. On their honeymoon, the newlyweds visited Father Gaspar Selvag ’12 in Rome. We recognize and congratulate the August 2017 graduates of the MNA program; Juliet Buckstaff, Bingshuang Li, Guadelupe Gomez, Dennis Landon, Allison (Maddox) Slabaugh, Steven Sollmann, Allison Temnick, Colleen Turk and Michael Ziener. The Mendoza College of Business Recent Alumni Award recognizes a graduate business alumnus who graduated within the past seven years and has demonstrated commitment to the College of Business or to the Mendoza mission of “Ask More of Business” through service to the community. The 2017 winner is Keith Butler ’16MNA. Keith worked for 20 years as a lawyer when his career took a turn towards service-oriented organizations. He founded Valliant House, a residential treatment facility serving indigent women. He followed that effort by founding a home for men who were formerly alcoholics, called the Eagle's Nest. “Winning this award is validation that Our Lady’s University and Mendoza recognize that service to others extends beyond balance sheets. Nonprofits still have to make a profit to have the resources to stay viable to serve those in need,” stated Butler. “For me, this award has little to do with any of my past efforts. Rather it serves to motivate me to continue and improve my contributions in both size and scope. It is a call to use my God given talents, experience of a 35-year legal and business career and my financial blessings to better serve my fellow man.” To all mentioned in these notes, we celebrate with you and wish you blessings in the future. All MNA alumni are encouraged to submit news for upcoming Class Notes. You may email me directly at the address below. — Betsy Quinn ’12; 2110 Brummel St., Evanston IL 60202; 847-733-0557;

Political Science Class Secretary Charlie Kenney;


455 W. Lindsey, Room 205, Norman OK 73019; 405-325-3735;


Graduate Degrees


Rev. Richard S. Vosko ’75 MA, theology, recently received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Bonaventure U for his contributions to the field of religious art and architecture. Father Vosco, a priest in the Diocese of Albany NY, has been working since 1970 as a sacred space planner throughout the United States and Canada. Father Vosco’s work is continuously recognized for excellence in liturgical design. Clyde Pax ’62, PhD, philosophy, died on Oct. 27. He taught at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA for over 30 years. He is remembered as an inspiring teacher. He also taught at Fordham U and Clark U. He is the author of An Existential Approach to God, and several articles. He resided in Charlottesville VA. Samuel M. Filmbel ’08 PhD, neuroscience, has been appointed chief executive officer of Trek 10, Inc., Indiana’s fastest growing AWS cloud service partner. Fimbel, 38, has significant experience in operating and scaling high-growth companies and was named Outstanding Young Business Leader of the Year in 2015. Mat Rappaport ’98 MFA, is a photographer whose work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and public spaces including the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. His current work utilizes mobile video, performance and photography to explore habitation, perception and power as related to building environments. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58, MA, ’62 PhD, English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;