Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;



In October, I was at the New York State 2019 AIA convention. This year, as we first did in 2011, we held it jointly with New Jersey and Pennsylvania resulting in the Tri-State Conference. Also attending were Bruce D. Turner ’85, AIA who has his own firm in Vineland NJ and is currently the AIA Regional Representative for New Jersey as well as serving as the moderator for national AIA Strategic Council; Elizabeth C. Dillion ’05, AIA, who is a principal with Historical Concepts, Architecture & Planning, NYC; and Jules Dingle ’95, FAIA, principal of DIGSAU Architecture in Philadelphia. One of the major functions during the conference was the Tri-State Architectural Excellence Design Awards announcement and celebration. There were 129 submissions from all three states in the juried competition in multiple categories, and 23 awards were presented. Jules’ firm was the only one to receive four, in four different categories: two honor awards and two bronze medal awards. One of Jules’ partners in the firm is Mark J. Sanderson ’93. In April, more than 240 alumni and friends gathered in Rome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School of Architecture’s Rome Studies Program. It was founded in 1969 by the then chair, Frank Montana as a junior-year abroad program. Today, third-year architecture students spend the entire year in Rome. Graduate students spend a semester. With courses ranging from design studios, drawing and watercolor classes to architectural theory and architectural history, the programs emphasize urbanism and the traditional city, classical architecture and the design of contemporary buildings in a classical manner. Students also travel to various parts of Italy for day trips and longer field trips to historic sites with presentations by faulty members as well as time for sketching and free time to explore. The Rome Studies Program is the only foreign studies program among American university architecture schools required for all students. Paul R. Mortensen ’83 of Silver Springs MD has had his own firm since 2009 and has been the chief senior urban designer in the director’s office at the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission since 2014. Paul is also an adjunct professor and lecturer at the U of Maryland in College Park. Richard E. Hanpeter ’76 AIA, has had his own firm, R.E. Hanpeter, AIA – Architect, in Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of NY since 1992. The firm “represents an evolution and continuum of three generations devoted to fine craftsmanship, durable construction and innovative design.” His father and grandfather were German-born master cabinetmakers and when they immigrated to the US in the late 1920s, they established a general contracting, cabinet and furniture-making business first in New York City and later upstate New York. Richard’s firm provides a diverse range of projects that include single and multi-family residential commissions as well as commercial, institutional, restoration and highly technical projects on demanding sites throughout the northeastern US and Canada. His timber construction projects reflect the family heritage of creative wood detailing. Classmates, Kaitlyn E. Smous and Martin Weick ’11 of Nashville TN married in 2014 and opened their architectural firm, Nine 12 in Nashville. They specialize in residential and historic preservation projects. Bulbul Biswas Goswami ’89 MArch became asset manager for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. in San Francisco five years ago. She manages a multi-family housing portfolio that is financed with low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, and various types of government agency loans. — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; fax 631-751-7598; 631-246-5660;


Biological Sciences

Sarah Craig Pratt ’98MSA, daughter of the late professor of biology George B. Craig, recently wrote to say that she has retired from Notre Dame where she had been serving as a communications specialist and often wrote excellent articles for the College of Science magazine and its other news outlets. She could be depended upon to keep alumni well informed about activities in biological sciences. Sarah reports that she is keeping busy in her field and planned to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene near Washington DC the week before Thanksgiving where she anticipated seeing students, alumni and faculty from the department. In commenting on the previous report in the autumn, 2019 issue of this magazine regarding Notre Dame faculty in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), either previously elected (Frederick Rossini), elected as a faculty member, like George Craig, or elected just after departing ND for accomplishments while at Notre Dame (Ernest Eliel), Sarah reminds us that Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, was proud to have been associated with the NAS as the 1984 recipient of its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal, which honors extraordinary use of science for the public good. While on this topic, it is a pleasure to acknowledge that James J. Elser ’81 was elected to the NAS this past spring joining fellow alumnus and Nobel Laureate, Eric Wieschaus ’69, who was elected in 1994. Department faculty member, Zachary Schafer ’01, Coleman Foundation associate professor, returned to Duke U where he did his PhD, on Oct. 17 as the Hesburgh Lecturer for the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Eastern North Carolina. Schafer’s subject was how cancer cells metastasize throughout the body, focusing on his lab’s work involving breast cancer, a most appropriate topic in Breast Cancer Awareness month. The lecture drew attendance by several graduate alumni from biological sciences currently working in the Research Triangle area. Among these were Cassandra “Cassie” Buchheit Gorsuch ’15PhD and Gary Gerlach II ’15PhD. Cassie, a native of St. Louis, traveled to the western side of Missouri to study under the Jesuits at Rockhurst University in Kansas City before entering graduate school at Notre Dame and doing her thesis work in the Schafer lab. She is now working for a rapidly expanding start-up, Precision Biosciences in Durham NC, as part of its therapeutic discovery team. Gary, a graduate of Kalamazoo College and Cassie’s graduate colleague in a different lab at Notre Dame, is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Medicine. This follows his postgraduate appointment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York where he discovered a novel tumor suppressor leading to a move to Duke U. In an unfortunate construction related accident in Durham last April 10, the day of the city’s sesquicentennial, a gas leak resulted in an explosion killing two people and injuring 25. Damage to one of Duke’s animal care facilities negatively impacted Gary’s cancer project resulting in his relocation to UNC and a return to his earlier interest in renal disease. His current research focuses on diabetic nephropathy. Gary credits his mentor at Notre Dame, Dr. Rebecca Wingert, Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Associate Professor of Biology, as being instrumental in helping him discover his passion for research in the area of kidney disease and continuing to influence his career development. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192;


History Class SecretaryMary Linehan ’91PhD;


Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;

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Master of Nonprofit Administration

As I write this, Our Lady’s campus is in all its autumn glory. It has been wonderful seeing so many MNA alums, faculty and staff at the Mendoza Tailgates. The tailgates take place before the football games in the Mendoza Courtyard and Atrium providing a chance to connect with classmates, students, and faculty. A University of Notre Dame initiative aimed at increasing gender diversity on nonprofit boards is gaining momentum after its first event in August drew more than 60 women, said organizers of the BRITE Women Project (Board Readiness Initiative to Empower Women Project). The endeavor, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Nonprofit Professional Development Department at the Mendoza College of Business, seeks to equip women to provide transformational nonprofit board leadership that benefits their communities. The BRITE Women Project offered a three-day boot camp in October. It is a certificate program that featured sessions on financial, managerial and communication topics that are critical to effective board service. It also included four additional professional development sessions. Thank you to Cynthia Proffitt, MNA program manager, for sending updates from campus. Congratulations to the following August MNA degree graduates: John David Abrew, Walter Baker III, Ryan Bernard, Michael Joseph Bogdan, Jr., Nicholas John Chakos, Lacy Gillotti, Eliza Hernandez, John T. Launius, Sharla Lewis, Santiago Marquez, Kevin Odey, Nicholas Rokitka, Geoffrey Curtis Stookey, C. David Weaver and Katlyn Ziegler. Rosie R. McDowell ’93, ’07 MNA is the program director, University Stewardship Initiatives in the Department of Development. Current EMNA student, Liam McCauley is the finance manager for the School of Architecture at Walsh Family Hall and the University of Notre Dame. Best wishes as you begin your new endeavors. MNA alumni are encouraged to submit news for upcoming Class Notes. You may email me 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

John P. Slattery ’17 PhD is the author of a book, Faith and Science at Notre Dame, about the Rev. John Augustin Zahm, CSC, (1851-1921). Father Zahm was a Holy Cross priest, author, South American explorer, a science professor, and president of the University of Notre Dame at the age of 25. Through his scientific writings, Father Zahm argued that Roman Catholicism was fully compatible with an evolutionary view of biological systems. His views were unaccepted in his lifetime and he was prohibited from discussing them. This book charts the rise and fall of Father Zahm. Josephine Cameron ’82 PhD psychology has published a children’s book, Maybe Mermaid, a novel about growing up in Northern Wisconsin. Like many first novels, it incorporates many of the author’s own memorable experiences while growing up. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58 MA, ’62 PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;