Domers in the news

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Will the Cleveland Indians, that other team in the 2016 World Series, earn another run at the baseball championship this year? We’re bad at predictions here, but if that were to happen, Jeff Manship ’08 probably will not again be part of it. The right-handed pitcher signed with the Indians in 2014 and was one of the five relievers used by the Tribe in game 3 of its American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. In game 2 of the World Series, he was the fifth pitcher of the night. But Manship, who turns 32 this month and previously played for the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies, was not offered a new contract by the Indians. . . . A house designed by Chicago architect Patricia Craig ’82 was on the cover of the summer 2016 Cosmopolitan Home magazine. The New Buffalo, Michigan, multilevel house offers views of Lake Michigan, but because the weather in the area can get nasty, she says, “The materials used were designed to withstand yearlong harsh conditions.” . . . In September, Monty Williams ’93 was named vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs, a return to the team for which he played in the 1990s and served as a coaching intern in the 2004-05 season. . . . J.J. Wright ’14MSM, his wife, Alexandra, and their three children were blessed by Pope Francis at the September 25 Jubilee Mass for Catechists. The doctoral student in sacred music, who is studying at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway Center, recently released O Emmanuel, a Christmas album that features the Notre Dame Children’s Choir. . . . An apple is nice for the teacher. Just ask Michael Swoboda ’08M.A., ’15MFA, an associate professor of graphic design and digital media at St. Louis Community College, who received a Tiffany crystal apple box with his Emerson Excellence in Teaching award in November for his achievement and dedication to the field of education. . . . Maybe they don’t get to walk a red carpet, but several Notre Dame authors had reason to parade in 2016. Cat Rambo ’89, current president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, was a guest at the September Chinese World Science Fiction Conference in Beijing. While in China, she spoke at various universities about what is new in American science fiction. One of those new things is Neither Here Nor There, the Seattle area resident’s fifth collection of fantasy short stories. “V Is for Vegetables and Video Games,” by Kim Tracy Prince ’93, appears in So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real about Motherhood, a collection of essays from 60 moms who offer honest advice about parenting. Prince recently was hired as communications coordinator for the Las Virgenes Unified school district in Calabasas, California. When Stephane Dunn ’94M.A., ’00MFA, ’00Ph.D. received the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award by Sisters in Crime in September, it was a Notre Dame moment. The honor was presented to her by Leslie Budewitz ’84J.D., outgoing president of the crime writers’ organization and author most recently of Killing Thyme, third in her Spice Shop Mysteries. Dunn, a professor at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, frequently writes about issues of race and gender in American culture and in film. And Joel Freiburger ’95 of Chicago was named first runner-up in the 2016 James Jones First Novel Fellowship Competition for The Mapmaker’s Daughter. . . . Food allergies can be harmful, as Megan and Sean Quinn ’00 learned two years ago when their toddler Natalie had an anaphylactic reaction to eating a chocolate-covered cashew. Following that frightening day, the couple found an allergist who introduced Natalie to Oral Immunotherapy (OIT), which requires careful dosing of the patient with the allergen and can eventually desensitize them to the substance. To help others going through the complex process, Sean, an attorney in South Bend, and Megan, an anesthesiologist at LaPorte (Ind.) Hospital, developed the free OITWorks iPhone app. So far, of the couple’s daughters — Natalie, 5; Beatrice, 4; and Emerson, 6 months — only Natalie has shown signs of a dangerous food allergy. . . . A longer distance proved no problem for two-time Olympian Molly Huddle ’06, who finished third in November’s New York City Marathon. It was the first time since 2010 that a U.S. runner had earned a spot on the podium. Churning up the miles in her debut marathon wasn’t all Huddle accomplished last year. “I do love a good emoji,” she told Runner’s World in 2015. Problem was, she pointed out, “all the sports characters look like dudes.” Thanks to the steadfast work of Huddle and friends, that changed when the female runner emoji was released by Apple with its iOS 10 update. Even better, the update included several more active female characters, with a choice of different skin tones. . . . Among the honorees of the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Major General Harold “Harry” J. Greene Award for Innovation, which recognizes efforts taking place to protect the nation’s warfighters, was the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Lance Hopman ’97 was on the team that developed the SAM Junctional Tourniquet, a device designed to save soldiers from bleeding to death on the battlefield. . . . The awards keep rolling in for Nicole Farmer Hurd ’92. In August, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit College Advising Corps was named by Washington Monthly as an innovator in higher education. And in late September she was at the White House being honored as a Champion of Change for College Opportunity. The College Advising Corps, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, “works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underserved high school students who enter and complete higher education.” . . . Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos International (NPH) operates homes in nine Latin American and Caribbean countries for orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children. Chris Hoyt ’05 joined the team in 2013 and is chief operating officer of NPH Guatemala, which provides services for 300 children. In November, he was chosen to place the rose of peace in Guatemala’s Changing of the Rose of Peace ceremony. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the country’s Peace Accord, which ended a 36-year civil war, and coincided with the 1996 founding of NPH’s Guatemala home. The accord, Hoyt said, “exemplifies what every parent dreams of for their child: that peace triumph, that the good of the people outweigh the interest of few, and that each child can develop in an environment where they enjoy their childhood rather than tragedy, liberty instead of oppression, and opportunity rather than fear.” . . . The September canonization of Mother Teresa reminded Jon James ’64 of how she had set him on the path to fulfilling his purpose in life. The Chaminade University of Honolulu professor had a long conversation with Mother Teresa while visiting her Missionaries of Charity motherhouse in Calcutta in 1994; she also later wrote to him. The saintly woman, he told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, “told me that I was more than a humanitarian just raising money to help orphans . . . I must live among them and interact with them and concretely show them God’s love — see God in them.” And that’s what he does. Since his 2007 retirement, the man who co-founded the Premananda Orphanage Centre in 1998 lives there for four months of the year and concentrates on fundraising in the other months. Premananda, whose name means abode of love and joy, consists of a campus for girls, a rural farm center for boys and a nursery school. . . . Mason Bashaw Clelland ’12 is president of the Young Catholic Professional Houston Leadership team, a national nonprofit organization “founded in 2010 to help driven, Catholic professionals in their 20s and 30s connect with one another and grow in their Catholic faith.”