The Catholic University of America

Oct. 12, 2006

CUA to Recognize Alumni Achievement During Homecoming Weekend

Several Washington Metropolitan Area Residents to Receive Awards at Oct. 13 Dinner

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America Alumni Association will honor five distinguished alumni for outstanding accomplishments in their respective fields, during "A Cardinal Celebration," a dinner honoring CUA's Alumni Achievement Award recipients.

The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 13, in the Great Room of the university's Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, located at 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. It is one of a series of Homecoming and Reunions Weekend events being held Oct. 13 and 14; for more information, visit:

This year's Alumni Achievement Award recipients include:

  • John Haught., M.A. 1968, Ph.D. 1970, is a distinguished research professor of theology at Georgetown University. Specializing in systematic theology and the relationship between science and religion, the Falls Church, Va., resident is the author of more than a dozen books, including "God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution," which has sold thousands of copies. He is the recipient of the 2002 Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion and the 2004 Sophia Award for Theological Excellence.

  • Jack Pulwers, Ph.D. 1983, has excelled as a news, radio and broadcast journalist. He was the first to interview the Beatles during their inaugural trip to the United States, the first to interview Elvis upon his return from overseas military duty in 1960 and the first white reporter to interview Malcolm X. An expert in World War II history and military journalism, Pulwers has served as chief New York correspondent for ABC News and head of broadcasting for Armed Forces Television and Radio. The Fairfax, Va., resident is the author of "The Press of Battle: The GI Reporter and the American People," the first comprehensive history of the embedded reporters who covered World War II.

  • Harriette Gillem Robinet, M.S. 1957, Ph.D. 1962, is the author of a dozen children's books and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the Award from Friends of American Writers, the Carl Sandburg Award, the Midland Authors Award, the Edgar Award and the Jane Addams Book Award. She also holds two graduate degrees in microbiology. The Washington, D.C., native currently lives in Oak Park., Ill.

  • Carol Taylor, M.S.N. 1979, is an internationally known ethics consultant and educator. She currently serves as director of Georgetown University Medical Center's Center for Clinical Bioethics. In addition, she is a senior research scholar at Georgetown's Kennedy Institute of Ethics, an ethics committee member at Georgetown University Hospital and an assistant professor of nursing at Georgetown University. The Washington, D.C., resident is an editorial board member of "The American Journal of Bioethics," "The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly" and "The Aspen Reference Group Palliative Care Manual."

  • Aloysius Wickliff, J.D. 1949, spent nearly his entire career as a champion of civil rights and advocate of racial equality in the courtroom. The Houston resident served as campaign manager for Barbara Jordan, the first Southern black woman elected (in 1973) to the U.S. House of Representatives; he co-founded the Houston Lawyers Association - which raises law school scholarship money for minorities and offers them pro bono legal services - and he served as president of the Harris County Council of Organizations, a coalition of black civic groups.

In addition, Amy Joyce, B.A. 1996, will receive the Young Alumni Merit Award for her successful career with The Washington Post. After graduating from CUA and entering the workforce as a Post copy aide, the Washington, D.C., resident worked her way to becoming a weekly columnist for the Business Section. Considered an expert on job advice, Joyce is host of's weekly "Life at Work" online discussion and author of the book "I Went to College for This? How to Turn Your Job Into a Career You Love."

MEDIA: Coverage is welcome, but first please contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,