Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;



Bon Voyage to Michael Lykoudis FAIA as he steps down as dean of the School of Architecture and starts his one-year sabbatical. When he returns, he will go back to teaching Design Studio. Welcome aboard to the new dean, Stefanos Polyzoides, who took over on July 1 and whom I profiled in my last column. Lykoudis’ 18-year tenure as dean leaves behind a prolific legacy which he is the first to state “is a complicated team effort.” High on his formidable list is the first new home for the 122-year-old program: Walsh Family Hall. The School of Architecture moved into its 100,000 square-foot building during winter break 2018-19. For a fantastic full-color tour of the facility, visit The Walsh Group web page for some excellent interior and exterior photos. Another accomplishment of the former dean, who still serves as jury chair, is the establishment of The Richard H. Driehaus Prize in 2003 “awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society.” The $200,000 prize quickly surpassed the Pritzker Prize in prestige and value. Also awarded at the same time is the Driehaus $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award “to recognize achievement in the promotion and preservation of those ideals among people who work outside the architecture field.” The School of Architecture award ceremony for both were postponed in March due to COVID-19. Congratulations to Holly Mizelle Johnson ’94, selected by the School of Architecture’s faculty as this year’s Orlando T. Maione Award winner. She has her own architectural design studio, HMJ, in Atlanta and is a 16-year member of the Architecture Advisory Council. She is a founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. These are exciting times for Michael J. Molinelli ’82, AIA, Briarcliff Manor NY, who has created a fantastic diversion from his successful architectural practice. It is a video blog called Architecture CodeX on YouTube. It is based on his numerous sketch books from his years of worldwide travel where he sketched many renowned buildings, new and old, by most of the famous architects living and dead. He has 12 so far and plans to have 24 by the end of the summer. No. 1 was the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport in New York by Eero Saarinen opened in 1962 and recently renovated and reopened. No. 2 is Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona where he shows his 1980 sketches of the then abandoned building and more recent sketches of a more complete building since work resumed decades ago. Space for this column prevents me from listing all 12, but visit the YouTube site for No. 11 Guggenheim Bilbao, No. 13 Notre Dame de Paris, and No. 15 the original World Trade Center to name a few. Asst. Prof. Nana-Yaw Andoh ’00, ’07 M.ADU is leaving his position at the Rochester Institute of Technology to begin a PhD program at the U of Michigan this fall. He also served on the diversity and inclusion task force since 2016. Denise M. Dauplaise ’91, AIA is with the Green Bay, A/E firm Berners-Schober Assocs., specializing in studies and code work. David B. Kaahaaina Jr. ’87, AIA is an architect with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu. Our prayers and condolences go out to Dante P. Fuligni57 and his family on the recent death of his wife Annette (Nan). — Orlando T. Maione FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598;


Biological Sciences 

As much as we appreciate contact from older alumni of the department, we encourage younger alumni to send a quick note about where they are working or recently have moved. This is especially important since people tend to move more frequently early in their careers. Having said that, it is a pleasure to report that one alumnus just became an octogenarian, and another is close behind on the same day, May 22. These are Wenceslaus L. “Wen” Kilama ’67MS, ’68MA, ’70PhD and James M. “Jim” Sidie ’63, ’67MS, ’70PhD. The alumni were contemporaries in the Department of Biology and enjoyed debating which of them could begin celebrating his birthday sooner, accounting for time zone variation. Wen probably had the edge, having been born in Bukoba, Tanzania, on the northwest coast of Lake Victoria. Jim was born on the same day (but one year later) in New Jersey. Wen had a long career in malaria research and control, following completion of his doctorate in the Mosquito Genetics Lab of the late Prof. George B. Craig Jr. Wen served many years as the founding head of the Tanzanian National Institute for Medical Research (the equivalent of the NIH) in Dar es Salaam that earned him an international reputation in the malaria field. Now retired, Wen and his wife, Ann, founded and manage a school for girls in western Tanzania, not far from Bukoba, near the frontier with Burundi. Jim Sidie spent his career on the faculty of Ursinus College in eastern Pennsylvania while also teaching in the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory summer program. Last spring provided the opportunity to celebrate Prof. Nora Besansky and Prof. Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey. Nora, the Gillen Professor of Biological Sciences and associate department chair, follows George Craig Jr. as the department’s second person to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She is recognized for her research on the genomics of malaria vectors, specifically anophelines. Thomas G. Burish ’72, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost (retired July 1 after 15 years in the position), was quoted by College of Science writer Deanna McCool, saying, “…Nora has had a tremendous impact on (her) field and significantly advanced our University’s pioneering efforts into vector-borne infectious diseases.” Crislyn, the Morris Pollard Collegiate Professor of Biological Sciences and outgoing chair of Biological Sciences after serving six years, was honored as the 2020 recipient of Notre Dame’s Faculty Award. The recognition is a University-wide award given to a single “faculty member who, in the opinion of his or her colleagues, has contributed outstanding service to the University.” Crislyn follows in the path of department colleagues Profs. Gary Lamberti and Jack Duman as the recipient of one of Notre Dame’s highest accolades. Further information on the honors that Professors Besansky and D’Souza-Schorey have received is available on the web pages of the Department and the College of Science. As if these awards were not enough, ND named biology/theology major Brady Stiller ’20 the valedictorian and biology/math major Love Osunnuga ’20 the salutatorian for the Class of 2020. Stiller spent his academic years and summers working in Dr. Jason McLachlan’s lab, alongside grad student Megan Vasen, and was named Outstanding Biological Scientist by the department. According to press reports, Love credits much of her success at ND to faculty members (and many grad students) including Michelle Whaley ’93PhD, Professor D’Souza-Shorey and Rhodes Scholar and U Penn Professor Robert H. “Bob” Vonderheide ’85, MD, D.Phil. Bob will be looking after Love as she begins her medical studies at Penn. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192; 



Good morning. It is July 27 and the gracious editors have already given me a week’s extension. I hate to skip another column, especially when I have such great contributors, but I have a once in a lifetime excuse. We buried my mother five days ago. I just don’t have it in me to be perky and cheery about our department. I am sorry. And, I am indulgent. My mother was a very reserved person and I seldom knew what she was thinking. But, one year I got her an ND watch for Christmas. It wasn’t fancy or expensive and, in fact, it could barely tell the time with gold hands on a gold face. But, my mom never took it off. Similarly, as more and more communication moved online, my mom remained devoted to this magazine. She loved that I wrote this column and would show it to her friends. I think that was because it gave her a chance to show off Notre Dame. I spent five years in South Bend, and my mom maybe visited 10 times, but Notre Dame was her campus. She loved the splendor of the campus and she loved what it represented as a Catholic intellectual center. I don’t really know how to end this. But, if my mom who saw the Dome 10 times in her life could be so true to the ND mission, then maybe we all could do a little more? Thanks for listening and to forgiving the absence of a column. I have a ton of news saved up for next time, and a request for Jamie Deming ’85MA ’89PhD to step forward and catch us up. Thank you. — Mary Linehan;


Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;

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


Master of Nonprofit Administration

“Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His words capture the essence of the challenges 2020 brought to our world. This year has forced me to navigate the remote educational landscape as a middle school teacher and a college professor. One assignment asked students to imagine that it was the year 2050 and they were being interviewed by a child researching the COVID-19 pandemic asking them to remember when they were young and went through it. They were to describe what the world learned. The overwhelming answers that emerged followed two strands. The first piece of wisdom was, “We learned that if everyone works together we can overcome tremendous challenges.” The second was, “Don’t take your friends and family for granted. You will never know how much you miss them until you can’t see them every day.” Out of the mouths of our youth. Certainly, there is hope for the future. While the world seemed to stand still, there are still exciting accomplishments to celebrate. Jack McBride ’16, was elected to the Arts Connect Houston leadership council. Arts Connect unites the Houston community to ensure access to high-quality arts education in creative writing, dance, music, theater and the visual arts for every student in the city. He was also elected to serve on the statewide board of directors for Equality Texas that works to secure equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Texans through political action, education, community organizing and collaboration. Congratulations, Jack. I send positive thoughts and prayers for all our alumni. You are encouraged to submit your news for 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

For the first time in 30 years, I do not have an ND student with a graduate degree to feature in this column. So, with your indulgence, I want to feature the English professor at ND who changed my life. In September of 1957, my first semester of graduate school at ND, I walked into the class of John Edward Hardy. The subject was 20th Century British and American Literature, the field I taught in college for 56 years. He was the protégé at LSU of Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, who championed the idea of doing a close textual analysis of each work studied. Hardy was a brilliant teacher of the novels we read. The intent of the author was of critical importance, not the author’s biography, his times, or chic new critical approaches. Works were chosen for their substance and relevance to the student’s life. He approached literature with love and understanding. What I learned from him I practiced for the rest of my career. There were many excellent professors at Notre Dame. Dr. Hardy was the one who changed my life. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58 MA, ’62 PhD, English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228;