Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;




The School of Architecture alumni reception during this year’s New York City national convention was held at the historic Villard Mansion, now the Lotte New York Palace Hotel. As in the past, attendance was exceptional in numbers and hosted by Dean Michael Lykoudis and assisted by executive administrator Barbara Panzica and academic director and associate professor, Rome Program, Krupali Krusche. I’ll have to use more than one column to list all the attendees starting with Joyce E. Owens ’84, FAIA, RIBA, who was the third alumnus this year to be elevated to be a Fellow of the AIA that “recognizes architects who have made a notable contribution to the profession and to society.” Joyce has her own firm in Ft. Meyers FL. Debra Nauta-Rodriguez ’85, FAIA served almost three decades as deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Planning, Design and Construction in Washington DC. In August, she retired and became the university architect for Catholic U and associate vice president for facilities planning and management. Triple Domer Frank Musica ’73, ’78MBA/JD, senior risk management attorney for Victor O. Schinnerer & Co. of Chevy Chase MD, gave a convention credit course, “Technology's Dark Side — New Threats to The Practice of Architecture.” Also attending were Jason Arnold ’97 director of architecture, US Dept. of State, Overseas Building Operations, Washington DC; Connor Moran ’15 and Molly Ryan Visk ’16 of the architectural firm Ferguson & Shamamian in NYC; James H. Brooks ’76, director of architectural services for Mack-Cali Realty Corp of Elmsford NY; Mary ’75SMU and Robert J. Parme ’75 AIA, who is senior project architect with DGA, planning/architecture/ interiors of San Diego; fiancé Melissa and Timothy J. Galano ’15, who is with Robert A. M. Stern, NYC; Mike Thomas ’03, director of architecture, TWG Development in Indianapolis; James J. Ramentol ’75 AIA, principal with GRA Architects of Berkeley Heights NJ; and Kate O. Reid ’79 AIA, special assistant for architecture and design build, NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Engineering Command) in Norfolk VA. Leo Hansen ’78 AIA has his own firm in Ft. Lauderdale and has just published his latest architectural history textbook, Culture and Architecture. Howard F. Kelly II ’09 AIA is senior project manager for Brooks & Falotico of New Canaan CT and is president of the Fairfield Coast ND Alumni. Also attending were Laura A. B. Welsh ’98 and Alison Buersmeyer ’16 of G.P. Schafer Architects in NYC; Cherrie and Matthew S. Chalifoux ’81 FAIA, senior historic preservation architect at EYP Architecture & Engineering in Washington DC; Marc Bailly ’97 AIA, Bailly & Bailly in Seattle; Joseph G. Burns ’73 PE, SE, CE, FAIA, RIBA, managing principal at Thornton Tomasetti of Chicago; John G. Horky ’84 FAIA, principal at Kahler Slater in Milwaukee; Ali (Allison H.) Grobe ’05, project manager at Industrious, an office space provider in NYC; Nirui Kang ’17 and classmate, Yueting Zhang ’17, who are associates with Peter Pennoyer Architects in NYC; Sandra M. Pancoe ’84, senior applications architect with US Gypsum Co. in Westlake OH; Lucy Park ’05, senior associate with Davies Collaborative, Atlanta GA. Patrick Tedesco ’89 is with classmate John Patino in John’s architectural firm in NYC. William L. Smith ’86 RA is the construction project coordinator for DPW Engineering and Transportation for the Town of Brookline MA. To be continued. Gregory P. Benz ’76 of Mt. Desert Island ME is senior vice president at WSP (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff), a world leading engineering and professional services firm specializing in transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment markets. He was recognized recently by his firm with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll be on campus this fall helping with a transportation engineering course for the ND Engineering College. Joan M. Soranno ’84 FAIA of Minneapolis is a design principal at HGA. She received the AIA Interfaith Design Knowledge Community 2018 Frey Award in recognition to her contribution to the field of religious architecture. — Orlando T. Maione FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660;


Biological Sciences


This spring’s Notre Dame faculty awards banquet saw the recognition of several members of the Department of Biological Sciences, two of whom are alumni of the graduate school. Department alumni who studied or worked with these people may like to send congratulations and best wishes to the following people. T. Mark Olsen ’89MS, ’94PhD, associate teaching professor, was the recipient of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, CSC, Award for Excellence, among the University’s most prestigious awards. Mark did his undergraduate degree at St. Michael’s College near Burlington VT, which is the Alma Mater of at least two other alumni of the department: Wenceslaus L. “Wen” Kilama ’67MS, ’68MA, ’70PhD and Humberto Cosenza ’69PhD. (Does anyone know of others?) Professor Jeffrey Feder and Michelle Whaley ’93PhD were recognized for 25 years of service. People who know Michelle think she must have received her faculty appointment at age 10. Former department chairperson, John “Jack” Duman was honored to be named as professor emeritus, and medical entomologist Nicole Achee and cancer researcher Siyuan Zhang were promoted to research (full) professor and tenured associate professor respectively. Dr. Michael Pfrender, who came to Notre Dame as an associate professor from Utah State U in 2009 to direct the core facility in genomics and bioinformatics, was promoted to full professor. Congratulations to all, and best wishes for continued success, and to Prof. Duman, best wishes for a long and fulfilling retirement. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192;




Please note that the deadlines of Notre Dame Magazine have changed a bit. Columns are now due on the 20th of July, October, January and April. I’m pretending that’s why I only heard from one person this time and that on the old deadline of Aug. 1, I will have dozens of fascinating updates from alums all over the world. John Rossi ’60MS writes to announce his new book, Baseball and American Culture: A History, was due to be published by Rowan and Littlefield in September. We should buy many copies as it makes a great Christmas gift for that Cub fan on your list. John still teaches a course a semester and writes for American Conservative Magazine. Last year, this magazine did an article on John, which you can read online in the magazine archives. In it, he reminisces about his favorite professors, Fitzsimons, Shanahan, and Father McEvoy. I don’t think I have heard of Professor Shanahan before. Can someone fill me in? John also recalls hating the South Bend winters, but that’s because he has never spent a summer in Tyler TX. Thank you, John, and I’m looking forward to your book. If you are still waiting for a Christmas card from me, your wait is nearly over. Of course, by the time you read this, so will 2018. Tomorrow, July 23, I am adopting my second daughter. Trixie is a 2-month-old Havanese puppy. Her big sister Mamie is also a Havanese and 16 months. I never thought I was capable of raising a living being, but we are doing OK, except for the whole bankruptcy thing because I believe my girls should have every toy. I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with joy and gratitude. Write soon. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD;


Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;


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Master of Nonprofit Administration


Former MNA program manager Kim Brennan ’06 recently relocated to Illinois. After 18 years in South Bend, she and her husband Bill Brennan ’01MBA live in a beautiful apartment in Park Ridge, close to Bill’s workplace. We wish them countless blessings and much success in this next chapter. We also send love and congratulations as they celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this year. All MNA alumni are encouraged to submit your 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;


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Graduate Degrees


Jonathan D. Mahoney ’16JD, ’17MBA has joined Wooden McLaughlin LLP as associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office. Mahoney will become a part of the firm’s corporate law practice where he will advise entrepreneurs and businesses. He will also work closely with the firm’s real estate section. Steven H. Walker ’87BS, ’97PhD aerospace engineering, has been appointed director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He devoted 13 years to the agency and has more than 30 years of work in public service. He recently was given a Distinguished Alumnus Award from ND. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;