Domers in the news

Author: John Monczunsk

Tom Merriman ’84, an investigative reporter with WJW-TV in Cleveland, won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism. The award honored his investigation into the Cleveland Municipal School District’s transportation department, which found millions of dollars in waste, mismanagement, and the use of inflated data in state funding reports. . . . A short story by Tony D’Souza ‘00MFA, “Club Des Amis,” appeared in the September 5, 2005, edition of The New Yorker. . . . Robert Henke ’88 is the new chief financial officer and assistant secretary for management of the Veterans Affairs Department. . . . Enrique Marshall ’80M.A., ’87Ph.D., general manager of the Chilean central bank, was nominated by Chile’s president to serve on the bank’s board of directors. . . . Judge Kathleen Blatz ‘76 retired from her position as the first female chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. She said she wanted to spend more time with her three sons and husband. . . . Sarah Badics ’03 and her fiancé, David Wieland ’01, won $100,000 on a special engaged-couples edition of the TV show_ Who Wants to Be a Millionaire_. The episode aired last November. . . . Regis Philbin ’53, host of Live with Regis and Kelly and the original host of Millionaire, has agreed to host ABC’s revival of the classic show This Is Your Life. . . . Mary Wittenberg (nee Robertson) ‘89J.D. was race director of this past year’s New York City Marathon. . . . Congressman Peter King, ‘68J.D., R-NY, was selected by House leaders to lead a committee seeking to determine how federal funds are distributed to help communities prepare for terrorist attacks and natural disasters. . . . Amy Carroll ’96 was named staff director of the Environment Technology and Standards Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science. Her areas include the Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. . . . Paul ‘94J.D. and Jamie Moses ’94J.D. appeared on The Today Show and other TV shows to promote their book Opposite Schmopposite: Opposites Attract But Complements Last. The book aims to help families maintain healthy relationships and understand why like people are a better fit in the long run. . . . Fashion magazine Elle wrote about Kate Robinson ’02, who has started her own clothing label, Evie Kilcline, available in the retail stores Wink in Houston and Montmartre in New York. . . . Tasha Gutting Alexander ’92 returned to Notre Dame to promote her first book, And Only To Deceive, a novel set in Victorian England with a plot involving stolen antiquities. The book has already entered its second printing. . . . The opening track of pop singer Shakira’s newest CD, Oral Fixation vol. 2, features Seraphic Fire, a professional chamber choir founded by Patrick Dupre Quigley ‘00. . . . The Seattle Post profiled John “Jack” Steidl ’41, age 86, one of the few remaining military veterans able to play taps on a bugle at military funerals. . . . The PBS series Mini-Med School TV featured a heart operation performed by Patrick McCarthy, M.D., ’77. of Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. McCarthy operated on a South Bend man who had been told he needed a transplant. McCarthy instead performed three surgeries in one—a triple bypass, repair of two leaky hear valves, and reconstruction of the heart wall to remove an aneurysm. . . . Ryan Yurcaba, ‘04M.Arch. and Kelly Andrews Scibona ’02 are members of the architectural firm Historical Concepts of Peachtree City, Georgia, which designed this year’s Southern Living Idea House. The concept appeared in the August 2005 issue of Southern Living Magazine. The design is a for a new traditional neighborhood in Atlanta called Glenwood Park. . . . Jeffrey Brenzel ‘92M.A., ’01Ph.D. was appointed Yale’s dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid. . . . The Press & Dakotan newspaper in Yankton, South Dakota, wrote about Shaunti Althoff ‘00, ’02M.Ed. and her work in organizing relief for Mercy Cross Middle and High School in Biloxi, Mississippi. She taught there as part of Alliance for Catholic Education program from 2000 to 2002. . . . Joseph P. Pons ’44, whose family business, Country Life Farm, is the oldest commercial thoroughbred breeding farm still operating in Maryland, died at 83. The farm’s notable thoroughbreds included Cigar, the 1995 and 1996 Horse of the Year and North America’s all-time leading money winner. . . . Robert Smith ‘72M.A. and Air Force Major Anne Skelly ’82 work together as the speech-writing team for the new deputy secretary of defense, Gordon England. . . . The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP named John F. Farraher Jr. ’90 a new shareholder of its Boston office. . . . Rabindra Kar ’83 wrote a guest column for Asia Times, “The flip side of outsourcing to India.” . . . Conseco insurance hired Christopher J Nickele ’79 as executive vice president for new product development. . . . 1st Source bank promoted Senior Vice President Joseph Kuzmitz ’95MBA to manager of the Business Banking Group. . . . James G Berges ’69 retired as president of Emerson, an engineering and technology company based in Saint Louis. He had been president for almost 30 years. . . . Chicago Magazine named Paula M. Dwyer ’82 a 2005 Illinois Super Lawyer for her work in elder law. . . . The Buffalo News profiled the Rev. Michael H Burzynski ’79M.A., ’81Ph.D., who is said to have one of the largest collections of relics of saints in the country. . . . Richard J. O’Melia ‘39, former vice chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board, died at the age of 88. . . . Martin Kress ’70 was named was named executive director of the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He had been deputy director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. . . . King County Judge Mary Yu ’93J.D. was named state judge of the year in Washington by the Washington chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.