Domers in the news

Author: Notre Dame Magazine staff

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach ’91, a 19-year veteran fighter pilot who flew 88 combat missions in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and was interviewed by the BBC in August regarding his lawsuit to stop the U.S. Air Force from removing him from service because of his homosexuality under the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” policy. . . Ken Klukowski ’98, a constitutional attorney who is a contributor to Fox and Fox Forum as well as a senior legal analyst with the American Civil Rights Union, has joined the Family Research Council as director of its Center for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the book, The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency. . . . Comedian Eric Hunter ’88 portrayed the celebrated 1980s New York subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz in an episode of the cable TV series Aftermath with William Shatner. The episode aired August 2 on the Bio channel. . . . Dan Saracino ’69, ’75M.A., retired in June after 13 years as assistant provost for enrollment at Notre Dame and head of its admissions operation. Under his leadership, Notre Dame’s undergraduate population was significantly enhanced academically, became more diverse racially and internationally, and acquired a stronger service orientation. . . . John J. O’Connor ’76, vice chancellor and secretary of the State University of New York and president of its research foundation, in May was awarded the Saint Mary’s College President’s Medal in recognition of his 12 years of service as chair of the Saint Mary’s board of trustees. . . . The Nevin Shakespearites, a Shakespeare troupe of fifth graders from the Nevin Avenue Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles founded two years ago by Rhonda Czapla Sivaraman ’02, was featured in a story in the Los Angeles Times about their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. . . .* Dr. Tim Cordes ’98,* the valedictorian of his ND class, was profiled in the June 2-8 edition of the Madison, Wisconsin, publication CT: The Cap Times. The story chronicled Cordes’ challenges as a blind medical student. Currently he is completing his residency in psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine. He also holds a Ph.D. in biomolecular chemistry from UW-Madison. . . . John Connor ’92, chief of the Will County State’s Attorney’s Major Crime Unit, is part of the team prosecuting Drew Peterson, the infamous former Illinois police officer charged with murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Suspicion over Savio’s death, which originally was ruled accidental, arose after Peterson’s fourth wife mysteriously disappeared. Connor led the grand jury investigation into both Savio’s death and Stacey Peterson’s disappearance. . . . WNBA star Ruth Riley ’01 was named the female 2010 recipient of the Rotary Club of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s 17th annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award, recognizing her efforts with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to prevent malaria in Africa. Riley plays for the San Antonio Silver Stars . . . Former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown ’88, became the 43rd ND player inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame. . . . The New Orleans Hornets basketball team named Monty Williams ’93 head coach in June. The 38-year-old, who played in the NBA for 10 years and was captain of his ND team, is the youngest head coach currently in the NBA . . . . Claire Connolly ’00 produced the film Postales, which had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. The feature film is a cross-cultural love story that follows a street kid from Cuzco, Peru, and an American girl whose parents are planning a real estate development in a Cuzco slum. . . . Gerry Quinn ’04M.S. (aka Gearoid O Cuinn), the founder of ND’s hurling club (hurling is an Irish sport akin to lacrosse), was featured in a BBC story chronicling a group of cyclists who rode from Glasgow, Scotland, to Gaza to raise money for Palestinian burn victims there. Israeli authorities turned the group away at the border. . . . Chuck Toeniskoetter ’67 spent the summer riding his Harley from San Jose, California, to Washington, D.C. The cross-country trip was an effort to raise funds and publicity for a stroke diagnosis awareness billboard campaign. Toeniskoetter, who made a full recovery from a stroke he suffered in 2000, is the founder of the Stroke Awareness Foundation. . . . President Obama named Edward J. DeMarco ’82 acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. . . . Harriet Rex Smith ’71MFA was recently profiled in the Ashland (Oregon) Mail Tribune. The 89-year-old artist, who has taught at Purdue and Valparaiso universities, has painted more than 100 paintings inspired by images from the Hubble Space Telescope. . . . Florida governor Charlie Crist recently named Assistant State Attorney Andrea Ricker Wolfson ’95 to be a judge in the Dade County court. . . . Dan Asleson ’05MBA is the new CEO of the South Bend YMCA. He had served as a director of the Boy Scouts of America and as a YMCA director in the Quad Cities area of Iowa. . . . Brian Conniff ’84Ph.D. was named dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Scranton. . . . Civil rights attorney Stephen Dane ’78 was sworn in as the 110th president of the Toledo Bar Association. His law practice is concentrated in such areas as fair housing, insurance redlining and equal credit opportunity. . . . Chris Yura ’03, who played football at Notre Dame, and worked as a model in New York City and abroad, is the CEO of SustainU, a clothing company “focused on economic, social and environmental sustainability” that markets clothing made in the USA of 100 percent recycled material. The company recently was granted a license by the University to market ND-related apparel. . . . Mike Rozembajgier ’94 was interviewed in The Financial Times discussing McDonald’s June recall of 12 million Shrek drinking glasses, which had unsafe levels of cadmium. He also commented in Fortune magazine on the importance of recall planning and execution. Rozembajgier is the vice president of recalls at ExpertRECALL, a strategic recall management firm. . . . Charles Lanktree ’74MBA is CEO of Eggland’s Best, the egg-producing firm with 110 million chickens and $650 million in retail sales.