Domers in the News

Author: Notre Dame Magazine staff

Boxer Mike Lee ’09, a three-time Bengal Bouts champ who is 6-0 as a pro, was in the marquee event at “Fight Like a Champion,” the first-ever pro boxing match at ND’s Purcell Pavilion. All profits from the September 16 boxing match were donated to ND’s Robinson Community Learning Center, an educational resource for children and adults in the South Bend community, and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, which funds scientific research at Notre Dame on Niemann Pick disease. . . . In July actor Eric Hunter ’88 portrayed tobacco company whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand on the Bio channel program William Shatner’s Aftermath. Wigand, who testified about the ways tobacco companies manipulated the nicotine level in cigarettes, was the subject of the 1999 movie The Insider, which starred Russell Crowe as Wigand. . . . Augustus Francis “Gus” Stuhldreher ’43 (hon.), a first cousin of Four Horsemen running back Harry Stuhldreher ’25 had a surprise private commencement ceremony in July at his Ohio retirement community when he was awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree more than 50 years after his ND academic career was cut short by World War II. . . . U.S. Navy Lieutenant Joseph Heieck ’05 recently received the Bronze Star for his service as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan with the Naval Special Warfare Task Unit TRIDENT. . . . Ashley Barlow ’10, who was a standout point guard on Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team, has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. . . . Katie Brophy ’06 was recently named head women’s golfing coach at Georgetown University. A two-time captain at Notre Dame, she had been an assistant coach at Indiana for the past five seasons. . . . Xavier University athletic director Mike Bobinski ’79 was named chair of the NCAA’s Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2012-13 season. . . . Amanda Clarke ’94, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, recently received the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior’s Wager Medal. The award recognizes her ground-breaking work in comparing model results to field observations. . . . Stephen L. Weber ’69Ph.D. recently retired as president of San Diego State University after 15 years at the helm of the California school. . . . John Powers ’74, former mayor of Spokane, has been named executive director of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, which promotes economic development in Kitsap County, Washington. . . . Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed Thomas G. McNeill ’81 to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission, which provides legal appeal services to indigent clients. . . . Marty Loesch ’87, ’91J.D., ’92LLM, ’94M.A., former attorney and inter-governmental affairs director of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Olympia, Washington, has been named chief of staff by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire. . . . Michael G. O’Grady ’87 was named chief financial officer of Northern Trust Corporation. Previously he had been managing director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group. . . . A classically inspired architectural design by Daniel Cook ’07M.Arch. won a competition sponsored by the National Civic Art Society for a traditional alternative to the proposed Frank Gehry modernist design for the Eisenhower Memorial to be constructed in Washington, D.C. Cook’s counterproposal includes a classical arch inscribed with the words “Peace through Understanding.”. . . Influential Chicago architect Douglas Garofalo ’81, who was among the first in the United States to use computer technology in building design, died July 31 of a brain tumor. A story on his cutting-edge work appeared in the autumn 2006 issue of Notre Dame Magazine. . . . Orland Park, Illinois, trustee and Notre Dame regional director of development Brad O’Halloran ’76, ’09MBA has been named to the board of directors of Metra, which oversees Chicago’s commuter rail system. . . . Sculptor Jerry McKenna ’62 and TV personality Regis Philbin ’53 were recently inducted into Irish America magazine’s Irish American Hall of Fame. . . . Father Frank “Rocky” Hoffman ’84MBA is the executive director of Relevant Radio, which produces radio programming for the church’s “New Evangelization” effort. He also hosts “Go Ask Your Father,” a Relevant Radio question-and-answer program about Catholic doctrine. Additionally, the Opus Dei priest writes a column for Our Sunday Visitor. . . . William Delaney ’76 was recently sworn in as president of the Rhode Island Bar Association. . . . Dave Doemel ’75, the boys’ basketball coach at Christian Brothers’ Academy in Albany, New York, has been named athletic director at the school. Under Doemel the basketball team won the 2010 Class AA New York State championship. . . . Aaron Hernandez ’10, a former Notre Dame Marching Band drum major who just finished his first year at the Marquette University Law School, was featured in an El Paso Times story about NASCAR interns. Hernandez, who hopes to specialize in sports law, worked last summer in NASCAR’s legal department. . . . Sarah Fisher ’86 is the founder of +Works, a parent-driven, grassroots, nonprofit organization combating bullying among school children. . . . Nancy Scribner Ruscheinski ’84 has been named chief innovation officer at Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm. . . . The third time was the charm for Brian Dupra ’11, a right-handed pitcher who in high school turned down a draft offer from the Texas Rangers in order to attend ND on a baseball scholarship. The pitcher, who throws a fastball in the low 90s, was drafted again at the beginning of his senior year by the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round, but turned Major League Baseball down a second time in favor of education. Finally, after graduating from ND, he was drafted this past June by the Washington Nationals and has begun his pro career. . . . A feature about Therese J. Borchard ’94M.A. and her battle with depression was the cover story recently of the Catholic magazine St. Anthony’s Messenger. Borchard writes Beyond Blue, a spiritually based blog about mental health for the Beliefnet website. . . . U.S. Navy Commander Joseph Carrigan ’93 recently assumed command of the USS Russell, a destroyer based at Pearl Harbor. . . . Kristin Zielmanski ’03 was recently awarded the Atlanta Bar Association’s Kerry Harike Joedecke Atlanta Young Lawyer of the Year Award. . . . Legendary Milwaukee newscaster John E. McCullough ’55 died in July. He had been the main news anchor at WTMJ-TV for 21 years before retiring in 1988. . . . John D. Cox ’70, ’74M.S., president of Advanced Technology Solutions, LLC, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association, recognizing his leadership in addressing environmental health issues. . . . Perry Vieth ’82J.D. hopes to dig up a profit as co-founder of Ceres Partners, LLC, a farmland investment fund. He is joined by Brandon Zick ’01, senior portfolio manager, and Paul Blum ’76Ph.D., chief operating officer. Based in Granger, Indiana, the firm acquires and manages farmland in the Midwest. The company was profiled in the September issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine.