Domers inthe news

Author: John Monczunski

Astronaut Michael T. Good ’84, ’86M.S. was a crew member on the Space Shuttle Atlantis’ final mission in May. Good served as flight engineer and performed two spacewalks during the 12-day mission, which attached a Russian-made module to the International Space Staton. A year ago, the Ohio native flew on a shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. . . . Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ’75M.A. was named to the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute. The institute offers fellowships and a series of programs to foster values-based leadership and to provide a neutral venue for considering the critical issues of the day. . . . The final segment of the final episode of Bill Moyers Journal was devoted to an interview with National Book Award-winning author Barry Lopez ’66. In introducing Lopez, whose works of fiction and of natural history have garnered critical acclaim, Moyers said, “He has set the gold standard for all of us whose work it is to explain those things we don’t understand.” . . . Veteran TV and film actor Sean G. Griffin ’65 will appear this summer at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum theater in the dark comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. TV shows Griffin has appeared in include ER and Malcolm in the Middle. . . .Bill Hanzlik ’80, former coach of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, received an honorary doctorate and was commencement speaker during graduation ceremonies at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver campus. Hanzlik, who played for Notre Dame and for the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics as well as the Nuggets, is the chief executive officer of the Gold Crown Foundation, whose aim is “to educate youth and community through sports and enrichment programs.” . . . Adrian Dantley ’78, an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets and an NBA hall of famer, took over for George Karl when he had to step down because of neck and throat cancer. The Nuggets’ season ended when the Utah Jazz eliminated them from the NBA playoffs. . . . Andrew Aris ’00, who played soccer at Notre Dame and professionally in Germany after graduation, has begun a charity and sports initiative through his nonprofit company, Spirit of Football. Traveling with one soccer ball through Europe and Africa, playing pickup games along the way to the World Cup competition in South Africa, Aris hopes to raise money for charity and to establish the legend of The Ball as the World Cup’s equivalent of the traveling Olympic torch. . . . New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg named Francis S. Barry ’97 as director of public affairs for the city. Most recently, Barry served as a senior policy and communications adviser to the mayor. . . . Domers in the Pesta family have launched an online arts and literary magazine, Fine Words Butter No Parsnips ( Produced entirely by family members, contributors include Abigail Pesta ’91, whose day job is editor-at-large of Marie Claire magazine; Jesse Pesta ’88, Page One editor at The Wall Street Journal; John Pesta ’65, a former Juggler and Scholastic editor, and now a writer; and Maureen O’Hara Pesta, former art editor of Chimes magazine at Saint Mary’s College, whose artistic work has appeared in this magazine. . . . Joseph Anderson ’88 has been appointed to a second five-year term as chief financial officer of the Diocese of Phoenix by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. . . . Mayor of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, James F. Nowalk ’74 was profiled in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. . . . Jon DeGuilio ’77, a former federal prosecutor in northern Indiana, was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge in the Northern District of Indiana, based in Hammond. Most recently, DeGuilio has served as executive vice president of Peoples Bank/Northwest Indiana Bancorp in Munster. . . . Daniel Kennedy Murphy ’88 served as the 2009 chairman of the Gator Bowl Association. At the 2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, Murphy presented retiring Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden the trophy for his last game and last victory in ceremonies televised by CBS. Murphy is senior vice president and treasurer of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. . . . Breaking Shells, the hour-long documentary film that was produced, directed and filmed by Julia Monczunski ’02, aired on South Dakota Public Broadcasting TV on June 16. The film follows two developmentally disabled men who are advocates for disability rights as they travel across the state of South Dakota spreading their message. For several years Monczunski was the moderator of Food for Thought, a South Dakota public radio program featuring interviews with writers and other artists. . . . John D. Lukacs ’99, a consultant to ESPN’s College Gameday program, is the author of Escape from Davao, which tells the true story of 10 American POWs and two Filipino convicts who escaped from one of Japan’s harshest prison camps during World War II. To tell the tale, Lukacs spent years combing through archives, interviewing survivors and traveling to the ruins of the prison camp in the Philippines. . . . Lynn C. Tyler ’81, a partner with the Indiana law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP, received the 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for an article he wrote on recent Supreme Court decisions regarding pleading standards. The Burton Awards competition is held in association with the Library of Congress to recognize excellence among law firm and law school authors. . . . The Breezeway House, a three-bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,800 square foot home in Salt Lake Ciyy, Utah, designed by Dave Brach ’92, is the first “certified passive house” in the western United States and was featured on USA Today’s Green House blog. The house includes such passive energy-saving solutions as solar heat and air-tight construction. . . . GQ magazine, whose editor-in-chief is Jim Nelson ’85, recently received a National Magazine Award for general excellence. Before entering magazine journalism Nelson was a producer and writer at CNN. . . . Retired St. Joseph County Judge Robert Miller ’42, ’47J.D. has launched an effort to assure that homeless veterans in the South Bend area receive proper burial and recognition for their service. A World War II and Korean War vet himself, Miller persuaded local funeral homes to donate their services and a cemetery to lease land for burial sites for $1 per year. Miller’s Vets, a drill team of homeless veterans organized by the retired judge, performs military honors at the services. . . . The Obama Administration nominated Katherine M. Gehl ’88, chairman of the board of Gehl Foods, Inc., to be a member of the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a government agency charged with helping U.S. business invest overseas, and promoting new and emerging markets for U.S. goods and services. . . . Jeffrey Vitter ’77 was recently named provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas. Previously he held a similar position at Texas A&M University and was the dean of science at Purdue University.