Domers in the news (Autumn 2008)

Author: John Monczunski

Thomas Moe ’75M.A., who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam with John McCain and later commanded Air Force ROTC at Notre Dame, was singled out by vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during her acceptance speech at the GOP convention. . . . The former dean of Notre Dame Law School, David T. Link ’58, ’61J.D. was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Dale Melczek of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana, in June. A widower and grandfather, the new Father Link said his first Mass at Notre Dame’s Sacred Heart Basilica the day after his ordination. He served as the ND law school dean from 1975 to ‘99. While on leave from 1990 to ’92, he became the first president of the University of Notre Dame-Australia. Later Link became founding dean of the University of Saint Thomas Law School in Minneapolis as well as provost at the University of Saint Augustine in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1988, he and *J. D’arcy Chisholm ‘56* put up their own earnest money to buy the building which would become South Bend’s Center for the Homeless. Link is active in prison ministry in the Gary diocese. . . . Marine First Lieutenant Jacob Cusack ’04 was awarded a bronze star this spring for training Iraqi intelligence officers and evaluating intelligence. As a result of his work, several corrupt Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement (DBE) commanders were replaced and suspects were identified in an assassination attempt against a DBE general. . . . Phillip Wilson ’89 was featured in a CNN news feature about ecofilters, simple water filtration systems made from clay pots and sawdust and painted with colloidal silver. The filters, which cost about $15 to make and produce two liters of clean water per hour, are made and distributed in Guatemala by a nonprofit organization founded by Wilson. . . . The Associated Press recently named John Affleck ’86 to the new position of sports enterprise editor, charged with strengthening global sports coverage. Affleck has held a number of positions with AP, most recently on a temporary assignment in Baghdad. . . . Matthew Robinson ’96, ’01Ph.D. of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was in charge of software used to control the robotic arm on NASA’s Phoenix Lander mission to Mars. The space probe touched down on the Martian north pole in May where it detected water ice. . . . Also involved in space program software development, Scott Roe ’84, an employee of United Space Alliance, was honored by NASA for his work supporting the space shuttle and the International Space Station programs. Roe’s software designs have streamlined and automated the shuttle flight design production process. . . . John J. Arlotta ’71, former president and CEO of Coram, Inc., a specialty pharmacy services company, is the new owner of the Minnesota Swarm, a team in the professional National Lacrosse League. . . . Beth Ann Fennelly ’93, an award-winning poet and associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi, has received a Fulbright fellowship to study and lecture in Brazil this coming spring. . . . Jessica Nelson ’08 received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Spain. . . . Araceli Ramirez ’00, ’02M.E., who directs Youth Outreach Services, a substance abuse treatment program for teenagers, was featured in a recent column by the Chicago Tribune‘s Mary Schmich about prospective Illinois budget cuts that would eliminate the agency. . . . Will McAuliffe ’07 was profiled in an Indianapolis alternative newspaper regarding his efforts to bring about a moratorium on capital punishment in Indiana. Upon graduation from ND, McAuliffe used money from a small trust fund from his grandparents to establish the advocacy group INCASE, the Indiana Coalition Acting to Suspend Executions. . . . In August, John Walsh ’73 and his adult daughter Emily participated in a 300-km walk in Kenya to raise money for the Makindu Children’s Program, a nonprofit effort that assists more than 400 children orphaned by AIDS. The program places the children with foster parents and provides food, medical care, school fees and job training. A blog about the walk may be read at . . . Frank Carver ’44, a lifelong advocate of progressive Catholic social teaching and Christian nonviolence as a teacher and activist, died in March. After retiring from teaching, Carver was known for his legendary hitchhiking journeys across the United States taking him to peace witnesses, religious pilgrimages, rallies and civil disobedience sites. He founded ND PeaceNet, an informal group of alumni advocating that the University disband ROTC and establish a chair in Christian nonviolence. . . . Michael O. Read ’65 received the Pope John Paul II Award from the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Catholic Foundation. Read was singled out for his years of volunteer work with several Catholic and secular charitable organizations. . . . Constance Barker ’73 was sworn in as a commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in July. The Mobile, Alabama, attorney had worked for a firm specializing in employment discrimination lawsuits. . . . David Kozera ’79, a district manager and pharmacist for CVS/Caremark Corp., was elected chairman of the State Board of Pharmacy of Virginia. . . . J*ohn G. Berger, Jr. ‘07* was among the 10-highest scoring candidates in the 2007 Uniform CPA Examination. In recognition of the achievement, Berger was named one of 10 recipients of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2007 Elijah Watt Sells Award. Currently he is a law student at Notre Dame. . . . Paul Lewis ’80, ’83J.D. was promoted into the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service and named director of the Office of Legislative Counsel. The OLC is the liaison on all legal issues between the Pentagon and Congress. . . . Vas Dev ’83Ph.D. was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of India for his achievements in malaria research. He directs the field unit of the National Institute of Malaria Research in Assam, India. . . . Dana Mangnuson ’02, a marketing associate with OppenheimerFunds in New York and an aspiring artist, was featured in The Grand Rapids Press in a story about how she copes with type I diabetes. Her final Notre Dame art project, a stainless steel chair covered with 2,190 syringes, is on permanent display at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The art piece, “Life Support,” represents a year’s worth of insulin injections. . . . Irish-born novelist Michael Collins ’87, ’91M.A. has joined the faculty of Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac. A film adaptation of his 2002 novel The Resurrectionists is slated to be directed by Oscar-winning director John Madden. . . . Anne Slowey ’82, fashion news director for Elle magazine, was interviewed in the South Bend Tribune regarding her career in fashion industry journalism. . . . Dr. William J. Richtsmeier ’69, chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York, was named to the “Best Doctors in America 2007-2008” database. . . . Peggy Foran ’76, ’79J.D., general counsel of Sara Lee Corp., was interviewed in the Chicago Tribune regarding her career path.