Domers in the news

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The Detroit Tigers couldn’t climb from the 2013 American League Central championship to the World Series, but Aileen Villarreal ’10 made a jump from media relations coordinator to the team’s director of media relations in just three seasons. Villarreal, a native of Montebello, California, whose first language is Spanish, came to the Tigers after a stint in the market development department of the Houston Astros. . . . In more baseball news, attorney Richard Nussbaum ’74, ’77J.D., a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, was named president of Minor League Baseball’s 16-team Midwest League. The league fields teams in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. . . . Two former Notre Dame golf medalists, Max Scodro ’12 and Mark Baldwin ’06, are continuing their play in the world of professional golf. This past summer Scodro participated in both the PGA Tour Canada, where he tied for 7th in the ATB Financial Classic, and the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. In August, Baldwin, who had been sidelined for a year with a knee injury, won the Manchester Open in Connecticut. . . . Overseeing the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is Paul M. Lewis ’80, ’83J.D., who was the minority general counsel to the House Armed Services Committee. As a special envoy for the Department of Defense, Lewis will focus on issues involving the transfer of detainees. . . . Comedian Michael Somerville ’94, who made his network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2012, was welcomed back to the show on October 4, 2013. The stand-up comic isn’t always happy with modern life. “There’s just too much technology . . . women are tagging their men like deer,” he said. . . . An English as a Second Language teacher at Partnership Academy in Richfield, Minnesota, Amy Laboe ’99 is using her 2013 Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant to spend six months in Mexico, where she is studying its system of education. . . . After helping with a six-year drive that raised $250,000, Joseph A. Vitacco III ’90 was able to oversee the rebuilding of a 1930s Kilgen pipe organ at his childhood parish, Brooklyn’s Our Lady of Refuge Church. Vitacco, who now lives in Washington, D.C., is the founder of JAV Recordings; the label features musicians playing famous pipe organs in North America and Europe. . . . Lessons in lacrosse were on the agenda for orphans at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Honduras, as David Earl ’11, Minnesota Swarm transition player and former ND lacrosse captain, held daily clinics in early September. Also on the week-long trip was Summit Orthopedics surgeon Dr. Peter Daly ’82, founder of Holy Family Surgery Center, located at the orphanage, who helped conduct more than 50 surgeries. The Swarm, owned by John Arlotta ’71, donated lacrosse equipment and jerseys to the orphanage. . . They finished 28th in October’s Head of the Charles Regatta, Women’s Senior Master Eights race, but the nine women who were part of the first female crew team at Notre Dame were most excited to gather for a reunion of 14 of the members of the 1973 team. The women also shared their story with the men’s and women’s rowing teams that were competing at the regatta. Jody Gormley ’77 told the regatta newsletter, “I think for any sport team it’s helpful to know your history and it helps you perform better when you realize that you’re carrying on a legacy of quality.” . . . A flash of light caught the attention of Lieutenant Commander Todd Nichols ’01, and the Navy pilot and his C-130 aircraft crew were able to locate a family of five that had been adrift for seven days in the Pacific Ocean, southeast of Guam, last May. The Micronesian family had used a Coca-Cola can to signal the plane, which stayed in the area until a transport ship diverted to the site arrived.