Domers in the News

Author: Notre Dame Magazine staff

Unknown, a suspense film written by Matthew Waynee ’95 about five men locked in a warehouse with no recollection of who they are or how they got there, was recently released in theaters and is now available as a DVD. The film, whose stars include Greg Kinnear and Jim Caviezel, has been described as Memento meets Reservoir Dogs. Waynee, who teaches at USC, discussed his film after a screening at ND in February. . . . Harold Berliner ’45 J.D., who as a California district attorney in 1966 wrote the familiar Miranda police warning that begins “You have the right to remain silent,” was recently profiled in the The Union newspaper of Nevada County, California. Berliner, who had a family printing business specializing in art posters, books and religious cards, printed hundreds of thousands of Miranda rights wallet cards, which were used by police forces across the country. . . . William Sahm ’77, senior vice president of Precedent Commercial Development, was named president of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, while Rev. Theodore D. Rothrock ’82M.Div. was appointed president/chief executive officer of Saint Theodore Guerin High School in Noblesville, Indiana, and Rev. John P. Smyth ’57 was named president of Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois. . . . Rafael Carreira ’89, senior vice president for the Chicago real-estate development firm The John Buck Co., was recently profiled in the Chicago Tribune’s business pages. . . . Juan Manigault ’74, president of Workforce Development System, is a candidate for mayor of South Bend in the Republican primary election. If he wins, he will face the Democratic incumbent Mayor Steve Luecke in November. Luecke has been South Bend’s mayor for the past 10 years. . . . Christopher Anderson ’80, president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, was named chairman of the Massachusetts State Board of Education. . . . Last fall, Dan Quigley ’05MBA launched his web-based business, which allows online retail customers to “round-up” their transaction and then donate the change to a participating charity. . . . “Science Musings,” a weekly column by Chet Raymo ’58, ’64 Ph.D. that appeared in the Boston Globe for 20 years now resides online at Raymo is a professor emeritus of physics at Stonehill College and the author of numerous natural history books and novels. . . . Heather A. Hoffman ’03, a student at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine, received a $10,000 grant from the Achievement Rewards for College Students Foundation to underwrite orthopedic research on how women’s foot structure and athletic footwear relate to foot pain and foot injury. . . . Richard A. Sokerka ’71 received a Caritas Award from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey. Sokerka, who is executive secretary of the Paterson diocese’s communications office as well as editor/general manager of the diocesan newspaper The Beacon, was cited for his advocacy of social justice issues in the newspaper and his diocesan work. . . . James Rogers ’40, an FBI agent for 26 years, died on February 15. In his career Rogers was involved in a shootout with Top-10-Wanted criminal Gerhard Arthur Puff in 1952. He also was among a small team of FBI agents sent to Little Rock, Arkansas, to aid in the enforcement of the famous court order that ended segregation at the high school there. . . . Diane Galdikas Gulyas ’78 was named one of the 50 most powerful women in business by Fortune magazine. A group vice president with DuPont, Gulyas heads up the $6.8 billion unit of the chemical company that produces resins, polymers and films used in everything from golf balls to food packaging. . . . A new group home run by the Department for Persons with Disabilities, a charity agency of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, was named in honor of Dr. Lawrence Barnet ’56. He was recognized for more than 30 years of volunteer service on the behalf of mentally and developmentally challenged persons. . . . Teresa Earnhardt, widow of the NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt, recently named Max Siegel ’86, ’92J.D., a gospel music recording executive, as the president of global operations for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. In that capacity Siegel supervises the firm’s marketing, promotion, sales and sponsorship . . . Carlos Araujo ’77, ’79 M.S., ’82 Ph.D. was presented the Daniel E. Nobel Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his research leading to development of improved semiconductors used in cell phones, “smart” cards and other electronic devices. The University of Colorado professor was cited for his work on memory chips that are able to retain information after power is cut. . . . Rev. Frank Bussmann ’67 was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood last December. What is unusual is that his three children and ex-wife were in attendance. In a little-known exception, canon law allows formerly married men to be ordained if their marriage has been annulled, if they have been divorced for at least five years and their youngest child is at least 18 years of age. Bussmann is an associate pastor at Saint Peter’s Church in Jefferson City, Missouri. . . . Dr. Bernard Nahlen ’75 has been named deputy coordinator of the president’s Malaria Initiative. Nahlen, who is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, will assist in directing the $1.2 billion five-year initiative announced by President Bush in 2005 to control malaria in Africa. Previously, Nahlen served as senior adviser, monitoring and evaluation, at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. . . . Robert McAleer ’70 was nominated in January by Maine Governor John Baldacci to direct the Maine Emergency Management Agency. In 1991, as a U.S. Marine battalion commander, McAleer oversaw the emergency evacuation of 280 civilians from the U.S. Embassy in Somalia when rebels swept through the city of Mogadishu. . . .Stand-up comic Mike Somerville ’94 was profiled in the February 18 edition of The New York Times, which hailed him as an up-and-coming performer. The comedian, who earned an ND degree in marketing and formerly worked as an ad agency media planer, appeared on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly in March and has been a regular on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. . . . Robert Bradtke ’71, who joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1973, was appointed U.S. ambassador to Croatia last year. . . . The Indianapolis Star recently profiled Tim O’Brien ’95, president of Resource Commerical Real Estate, an office brokerage firm in Indianapolis.