Domers in the News, Spring 2001

Author: Notre Dame Magazine

Condoleezza Rice ’75M.A. has been appointed national security adviser to President Bush. She served as Bush’s primary foreign affairs adviser during the campaign. The former Stanford University provost stepped down from her position on the Notre Dame Board of Trustees and all other boards. . . . Townsend Lange McNitt ’93J.D. was named special assistant to President Bush for legislative affairs in the U.S. Senate. The position is in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. . . . Former Clinton administration interior secretary Bruce Babbitt ’60 has joined the Washington, D.C., office of the Latham & Watkins law firm along with former deputy interior secretary David J. Hayes ’75, who rejoined the firm. . . . All four Domers in Congress were re-elected. They are Republican Peter King ’68J.D., New York; Democrat Tim Roemer ’81M.A., ’85Ph.D., Indiana, who later announced that he would not run for another term; Democrat Peter Visclosky ’73J.D., Indiana; and Republican Mark Souder ’74MBA, Indiana. . . . S. David Worhatch ’79J.D. of Hudson, Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland, lost the election for representative of Ohio’s 46th statehouse district. . . . Thomas F. Gordon ’63, former trustee and general counsel of Catholic Avila College in Kansas City, was named president of the college. . . . Annette P. Hasbrook ’85 has been named a flight director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Flight directors manage flight controllers in mission control and are responsible for management and execution of the flights and the planning and coordination leading up them. . . . In a poll seeking to identify America’s sexiest sports reporter, Hannah Storm ’83 of NBC Sports finished third with 14 percent of more than 220,000 votes cast. First place went to CBS’ Jill Arrington; second was Melissa Stark of ABC. . . . Mike Cloonan ’95J.D./M.B.A., president of Global Media, a video production company based in South Bend, served as an associate producer for NBC Sports at the Sydney Olympics. Tracy Warren ’99J.D. provided color commentary for NBC’s telecasts of all 10 U.S. women’s softball games at the Olympics, which culminated in a U.S. gold medal. . . . Federal Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams ’75J.D. was named Person of the Year for 2000 by Chicago Lawyer. . . . Beth Ann Fennely ’93 won a Pushcart Price for 2001 for her poem “The Impossibility of Language,” published in TriQuarterly. Her work is included in the forthcoming anthologies The Penguin Book of the Sonnet and Poets of the New Century. . . . Chicago Bears defensive lineman Jim Flanagan ’94 became the third Domer to win the Walter Payton National Football League Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as playing excellence. Flanagan shared the award with Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks. The two previous Notre Dame winners: Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann ’71 in 1982 and Chicago safety Dave Duerson ’83 in 1987. . . . Donald A. Wich Jr. ’69, ’72J.D. was named 1999 Advocate of the Year by the Broward County (Florida) Legal Aid Society. . . . Cincinnati attorney Edmund J. Adams ’63J.D. was named to the Ohio Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s public universities. Regents are appointed for nine-year terms. . . . Air Force Brig. Gen. Francis X. Taylor ’70, ’74M.A. was named Outstanding Advocate for Women in Law Enforcement by the organization Women in Federal Law Enforcement. Taylor is commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. . . . At the request of the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur, James R. Sweeney ’50, director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, conducted training seminars throughout Malaysia on intellectual property law, rights, infringement and enforcement. . . . Brian McAuliffe ’81 has been appointed director of finance and self-supporting ministries for suburban Chicago’s giant Willow Creek Community Church. Willow Creek has a congregation of 15,000 and a weekly offering of $400,000. . . . Chicago police recovered the stolen Heisman Trophy ring of football great John Lattner ’54. The ring had been taken from his locker at a Chicago-area health club a month before. . . . Air Force Lt. Kate Wildasin Lowe ’97 led the flyover of four F-16 fighter jets at halftime of the Notre Dame-Air Force game at Notre Dame Stadium last October. Of the 1,621 F-16 pilots in the Air Force only 21 are women. . . . Karl Peterson ’92 is president of, a new discount airfare website similar to It features six airlines that compete for a customer’s ticket request. . . . Terry Madden ’76J.D., chief of staff to U.S. Olympic Committee President Bill Hybl, will become chief executive officer of the new U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in April. In his new position, Madden will work closely with Anti-Doping Agency Chairman Frank Shorter and other members of the agency’s board. Their goal: to fight prohibited substances in international sport. . . . In January President Clinton traveled to Syracuse, New York, to deliver the eulogy for Jack McAuliffe ’39, longtime real-estate developer and civic and political leader in Syracuse. Mr. McAuliffe’s four sons include Terry McAuliffe, new chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a friend of the former president. . . . Also in January Nanette Rees Mullaney ’81 helped her mother, Mary Etta Rees, present President Clinton with a letter that Clinton’s late mother wrote to Mrs. Rees 55 years before. Mrs. Rees grew up in Hope, Arkansas, and was a high school friend of Clinton’s mother, whose name was Virginia Blythe at the time the letter was written. Mrs. Blythe wrote that her husband, William Jefferson Blythe, had been killed in a car accident three weeks earlier. Mrs. Blythe was pregnant with the future president at the time. Mrs. Rees gave the letter to the president at a private meeting in Chicago. The meeting was arranged with the help of one of Nanette’s classmates at Notre Dame, Tom Rosshirt ’81, a speechwriter in the Clinton White House. . . . Steve Odland ’80 has been named chairman and chief executive officer of AutoZone Inc., which sells auto parts and accessories at nearly 3,000 stores in 42 states. . . . The Philadelphia Inquirer did a story on Emily Malcoun ’95, a chaplain-intern at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was raised Catholic but has decided to convert to the Episcopal Church to pursue her goal of becoming a priest. . . . Kevin Warren ’90J.D., formerly vice president for football administration with the NFL’s Saint Louis Rams, has joined the Detroit Lions in the newly created position of senior vice president of business. . . . Michael Kelly ’83, ’87J.D. is vice president of the Minnesota Vikings. . . . John E. “Jack” Ryan III ’83 is the new publisher and editor of the Enterprise-Journal newspaper in McComb, Mississippi. He was formerly managing editor.