Domers in the News

Author: John Monczunski

While President Barack Obama gave the ND commencement address on May 17, astronaut Michael T. Good ’84, ’86M.S. was high above, orbiting the Earth as a crew member of the space shuttle Atlantis. The Air Force colonel, who took a Notre Dame pennant with him on the shuttle mission, was part of a team sent to repair the Hubble space telescope. In a complicated spacewalk, Good and his partner replaced several gyroscopes, making it possible for the telescope to precisely point at distant space objects. . . . Astronaut Kevin A. Ford ’82 is scheduled to pilot the space shuttle Discovery on a mission in August. . . . In May, Obama named two Notre Dame alumni as ambassadors. Miguel H. Diaz ’92 M.A., ’00Ph.D., a professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, was named U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Former Indiana Congressman and member of the 9/11 Commission Tim Roemer ’81M.A., ’85Ph.D. was named ambassador to India. . . . The H1N1 swine flu pandemic has increased demand for the drug tamiflu, which was co-invented by Matthew A. Williams ’91Ph.D. Tamiflu is the leading antiviral flu drug. . . . Hollywood actors Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell play the roles of John Crowley ’92J.D. and his wife, Aileen, in a film about the New Jersey couple’s efforts to find a cure for their children’s genetic disease. Crowley, which began shooting in April in Portland, is based on the best-selling book The Cure by Geeta Anand. . . . Brothers at War, a feature-length documentary by Jake Rademacher ’97, opened in Chicago and six select cities last spring. The film chronicles the experiences of his brothers, Captain Isaac Rademacher and Corporal Joseph Rademacher. To make the documentary, the ND alum embedded himself in four combat units during two separate trips to Iraq over three-and-a-half years. After viewing an early cut of the documentary at an ND reunion, David Scantling ’91, chief executive of the private equity firm Scantling Technology Ventures, signed on as executive producer of the film, which received the Grand Jury Prize and Best Documentary title at the Solstice Film Festival in Minneapolis, among other awards. . . . Justin Brandon ’04, Brian McElroy ’05 and Dan Schnorr ’05 had a screening of their film The Road to Fondwa at Notre Dame in April. Some proceeds from the documentary about life in a Haitian village will go toward education in Haiti. Brandon served as producer and co-director of the film, McElroy as executive producer and Schnorr as co-director. . . . Steve Juras ’96, creative director of the Chicago design firm Mode Project, was part of the team that designed the Obama campaign’s “O” logo. He also recently helped to develop new logos for the federal government’s economic recovery programs. . . . Stephen Schapanski ’71 has been named chief judge for the eighth judicial district in Colorado. . . . An article by attorney Jim Thunder ’72 on Pope Benedict XVI’s rationale for declaring Blessed Franz Jagerstatter a martyr was published last spring in The New Oxford Review. Jagerstatter was executed by the Nazis for refusing service in the German army. . . . Gerard M. Anderson ’81, president and chief operating officer of DTE Energy, has been elected to that company’s board of directors. He oversees all of the company’s electric, gas and nuclear operations. . . . Anthony F. Earley Jr. ’71, ’79M.S., ’79J.D. chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, has been named to the board of directors of Ford Motor Company. . . . Father Patrick McCormick ’64 has been serving with the U.S. Army as command chaplain in Kabul, Afghanistan, since 2008. This summer he will move to his next assignment, the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe, Hawaii. . . . Dave Casper ’74 recently was named to the San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. . . . The new “broadcast voice” of the San Francisco ’49ers NFL football team is Ted Robinson ’78. . . . Celeste Volz Ford ’78 and Amy Guarino ’83 have been named “women of influence” in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Ford is the founder and CEO of Stellar Solutions, Inc., an engineering services firm, while Guarino is vice president of business development for Marketo, Inc., a marketing automation firm . . . .Venus Quejada Day ’92 appears on the cover of the April/May “ageless beauty” edition of Supermodels Unlimited magazine. . . . Philip Iapalucci Jr. ’91MBA, former director of audit and advisory services at Notre Dame, has been named vice president and chief business officer of Southwestern Michigan College. . . . Andrew Serazin ’03, who earned a doctorate in medical science as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, spoke on campus in April about his experience as program officer in global health discovery with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. . . . Robert Kloska ’90, who has served as director of campus ministry at Holy Cross College, is the new vice president of mission advancement at the college, which is across the highway from Notre Dame. . . . Peter Wernau ’97, president and CEO of Wernau Asset Management, Inc., has been re-appointed to the board of directors of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund by Governor Deval Patrick. The trust fund leads efforts in the state to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. . . . . Father Bob Lombardo ’79, who left a career as an accountant with PriceWaterhouseCooper to become a Franciscan priest in 1990, is making an impact on Chicago’s poor West Humboldt Park neighborhood as director of the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. With significant volunteer help from the Notre Dame Club of Chicago, the mission has established a variety of aid programs, including a monthly mobile food pantry and clothes distribution program. A chance meeting and conversation on an airline flight between Lombardo and Lindy Reilly ’77, ’80M.A., the wife of Bob Reilly ’77, ’79 MBA, a board member with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, led to a new YMCA for the community. A former mission building shuttered since 2001 was renovated last year and opened in January as the new Kelly Hall YMCA. . . . D’arcy Chisholm ’56, a successful California real estate businessman who returned to his alma mater in 1980 to serve as assistant director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Pastoral and Social Ministry (now the Institute for Church Life) died in May from a stroke. Chisholm was one of the key founders of South Bend’s Center for the Homeless. In 1988 he and his friend, Notre Dame Law School Dean (now Father) David T. Link ’58, ’61 J.D., put up the earnest money to purchase a building to house the homeless center. . . . Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly ’70 Ph.D., provincial superior of the Ursuline sisters’ eastern province of the United States and former president of the College of New Rochelle, died in March. She was widely respected as an innovative leader in Catholic higher education.