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Arts and Sciences

Rev. Peter A. Fiore, O.F.M., M.A. 1955, scholar-in-residence at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., has completed a new book, More Personal Journeys, published by Xlibris Press, a partner of Random House. The book contains essays by Father Fiore about six authors and the Christian faith that helped to give impetus to their creative output: Chaucer, Shakespeare, St. Augustine, Cardinal Newman, G.K. Chesterton and Graham Greene.

The art gallery at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., was officially named the Edward Carlos Art Gallery in honor of retiring Professor of Art and Art History Edward Carlos, M.F.A. 1963. More than 130 graduates contributed to fund the honor, which included purchasing a Carlos oil painting for the university. Besides stints as department chair and gallery director, Carlos taught for 36 years at the university.

Ann Marie Shea, M.A. 1964, of Worcester, Mass., appeared in the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre production of Red Elm in December 2005 and appeared in A Prayer for Owen Meany at Stoneham (Mass.) Theatre in January.

Michael J. Krajsa, B.A. 1971, faculty member in the business department at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., appeared on Public TV Channel 39 in October 2005 along with some of his students in the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) organization. The segment featured Krajsa and his students’ work in conjunction with Heifer International to help the village of Cuchuma, Peru. SIFE is a global nonprofit organization that teaches university students the principles and values of market economics and mobilizes them to create economic opportunity for others.

Patricia Montley, M.A. 1971, of Baltimore, announces the publication of her first book, In Nature’s Honor: Myths and Rituals Celebrating the Earth (Skinner House Books, 2005). She teaches playwriting in the Odyssey Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Angela A. Puglisi, M.F.A. 1974, M.A. 1976, M.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1983, is an education specialist with the U.S. government, a professional artist and a lecturer in the arts at Georgetown University and the Smithsonian Institution. She has recently been elected vice president of the Catholic Academy of Sciences in the United States.

Leo J. Smith, B.A. 1975, a semi-narian at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, N.Y., was ordained a deacon by Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, in November 2005.

Anne Armitage, M.F.A. 1976, of Beverly, Mass., is the set decorator for the film “Four Corners of Suburbia,” which had its world premiere at Los Angeles’ AFI Fest 2005 in November, followed by the film’s New York premiere at the Avignon/New York Film Festival.

Mary Ellen (Green) Hettinger, B.A. 1976, received the second-place award in the feature story category of the New Hampshire Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in September 2005. She received the award for her May 28, 2004, Merrimack Journal article on Roy Ingerson, a 90-year-old crossing guard. She and her husband, Scott, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in May 2005 with an Alaskan cruise.

Susan K. Proctor, M.F.A. 1977, is the new theater director for the Rockhurst University Theater in Kansas City, Mo. She earned her Ph.D. in theater theory from the University of Oklahoma in 1996.

Michael A. Garcia, B.F.A. 1980, was promoted to agency field consultant with State Farm Insurance in Fairfax, Va., in 2005. He has operated a State Farm Insurance agency in Alexandria, Va., since 1987. He and his wife, Valerie (Stanislawczyk) Garcia, a CUA drama student from 1979 to 1981, have two children in college, Adam and Stephanie.

Kathryn (Adams) MacDonald, B.F.A. 1982, established the Young Artists Theatre, a drama school and children’s theater in West Laurel, Md., in 1994, and remains owner and director of the facility, now entering its 12th year. The theater provides instruction and performance opportunities for area children and teens. She earned a master’s degree in film and video from American University in 2000 and a paralegal certificate in 2002. She married Jeffrey MacDonald in 2002 and they live in Columbia, Md.

Patricia Randell, M.F.A. 1982, received glowing reviews for her performance as the lead in the world premiere of A Strange and Separate People by playwright Jon Marans, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The play was directed by Joe Brancato at Penguin Repertory in Stony Point, N.Y.

Andrew Emerson, B.A. 1984, and his wife, Judy, announce the birth of their third son, Kevin Anthony, on Aug. 23, 2005. They live in Bethesda, Md.

Robert E. Farrell, M.S. 1985, Ph.D. 1989, received the 2005 Commonwealth College Excellence in Teaching Award at Penn State University. He was previously the recipient of the campus teaching award in 2002. Farrell has also published his third book, RNA Methodologies. He is an assistant professor of biology and lives in Seven Valleys, Pa., with his wife and four children.

Reserve Cmdr. Joseph R. Lyon USN, B.A. 1986, of Manassas, Va., has been selected to serve as the executive officer for the Navy Reserve’s Fleet Information Warfare Center Headquarters in Little Creek, Va. The unit is the Navy’s center for information operations including electronic warfare, information assurance, military deception, operational security and computer network operations.

Frederick R. Ablondi Jr., M.A. 1989, is the author of Gerauld de Cordemoy: Atomist, Occasionalist, Cartesian, published by Marquette University Press. De Cordemoy (1626–1684) was a Cartesian philosopher. Ablondi is an associate professor of philosophy at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.

Jane (Lawlor) Cournan, B.A. 1990, of Pembroke, Mass., and Amy Tripp, co-owners of, an up-and-coming accessories boutique, were selected to contri-bute several of their items for the celebrity gift bags at the American Music Awards in November 2005 in Hollywood, Calif.

Mark Gauvreau Judge, B.A. 1990, of Potomac, Md., is the author of God and Man at Georgetown Prep: How I Became a Catholic Despite 20 Years of Catholic Schooling (Crossroad Publishing Co., 2005). In the book he shares his experiences at three Catholic schools.

Anna M. Petronzio, B.A. 1990, and her husband, Jamie Schneier, announce the birth of their second son, Alexander “Lex” Petronzio Schneier, on April 29, 2005. He joins his brother, Charlie, 4. The family lives in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

Rob Rendely, M.A. 1990, and Peggy (Stortstrom) Rendely, M.A. 1985, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They have three children — Phillip, Donna and Beth — and live in Olney, Md.

Alicia Romero Schoshinski, B.A. 1990, and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of Marie Aurelia in May 2005. Marie joins her sister, Rose Lorraine, 3. The family lives in Falls Church, Va.

In the summer of 2005, Kevin P. McVicker, B.A. 1991, M.A. 1994, planned and implemented the public relations strategy for the book It Takes A Family by U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. McVicker booked the senator on dozens of radio and television programs.

CAO, one of the world’s leading cigar manufacturers, sent its national sales manager, Michael “Micky” Pegg, B.A. 1991, to the mound to throw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros game at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on July 18, 2005. His honorary pitch kicked off the start of “CAO Cigar Night at PNC Park.” Pegg lives in Nashville, Tenn.

Mark H. Rayder, B.A. 1991, and his wife, Laura, announce the birth of their fourth child, Charlotte Lynn, on Oct. 15, 2005. The family lives in Mount Vernon, Va.

The defense litigation firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin announced in December that Carolyn Kelly Bogart, B.A. 1992, J.D. 1995, has become a shareholder of the firm. She is a member of the casualty department and works in the firm’s Cherry Hill, N.J., office.

Jacqueline (Rushton) Gill, B.A. 1992, and her husband, John, announce the birth of their first child, John “Jack” Rushton Gill, on April 15, 2005. They live in Norton, Mass.

Laura (Rosage) Rasmussen, B.A. 1992, married Stephen Rasmussen on Oct. 8, 2005. She is a statistician in the statistics of income division of the IRS, and he is an aerospace engineer with Orbital Sciences Corp. They live in Burke, Va.

Janet (Myers) Sutherland, B.A. 1992, and her husband, Rob, announce the birth of their fourth child, Joseph Dylan, on Oct. 31, 2004. Joseph Dylan joins siblings Connor, 8, Emily, 5, and Max, 2. The family lives in Middletown, N.Y.

Leah Silver Kondes, B.A. 1993, and her husband, Brett, announce the birth of their third daughter, Phoebe Scarlett Kondes, on May 7, 2005. The family lives in Minneapolis.

Brenda (Lynch) Simoes, B.A. 1993, and her husband, Jay, welcomed their first child, Anna, on Oct. 25, 2005. They live in Arlington, Va.

Regina Verow, B.A. 1993, and Kevin P. “KP” McLaughlin, B.S.N. 1996, announce the birth of their second daughter, Teaghan Annie, on Oct. 4, 2005. The family lives in Annapolis, Md.

Marcie (Williams) Ament, B.A. 1994, M.S.W. 1997, and Andrew Ament, M.A. 1997, announce the birth of their son, Linus Ament, on Oct. 11, 2005. Linus joins sister Liesl, 3, and brother Theodore, 2. The family lives in Rockville, Md.

Christopher Conefry, B.A. 1994, and Erika Nicholson, B.A. 1994, were married on Sept. 17, 2005, and live in Hoboken, N.J.

Kathleen “Katie” Gough, B.A. 1994, married Murdo Macdonald on Dec. 3, 2004, in San Francisco. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in August 2005. She became an assistant professor in the theater, film and television department at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2006.

John B. Douglas, B.A. 1995, and Jennifer (Keegan) Douglas, B.A. 1993, announce the birth of their third child, Caroline Kelly Douglas, on Oct. 17, 2005. She joins brother J.D. and sister Keegan. The family lives in Haddonfield, N.J.

After completing her M.B.A. at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and travelling around the world for a second time, Heidi E. Zeich, B.A. 1995, has returned to CUA as its director of housing services.

Anthony C. Acocella, B.A. 1996, married Meghan Beal on Nov. 29, 2003. They have one son, Hudson Reid, 1, and live in Fairfax, Va.

Tiffany J. Hamilton, B.A. 1996, married Brian Burke on Nov. 18, 2005. They live in King of Prussia, Pa.

Jennifer A. (Fluharty) Jamieson, B.A. 1996, and her husband, Ian, welcomed a new son, Owen, on July 6, 2005. Owen joins brother Jack, 2. The family lives in Media, Pa.

Kelly M. (Noonan) Murphy, B.A. 1997, J.D. 2000, and her husband, Jack, announce the birth of their son, Cormac, on Sept. 13, 2005. He joins sisters Fiona and Killian, 4-year-old twins. The family lives in Scarborough, Maine.

Pamela (Cote) Green, B.A. 1998, M.A. 1999, graduated magna
cum laude in May 2005 from the Western New England College School of Law, which she attended on a full academic scholarship. She was managing editor of the law review and recently passed the Massachusetts bar exam. In October 2005 she married Jay Green and they live in Chicopee, Mass.

Brie Mustain Danner, B.A. 1999, and Todd Danner, M.Arch. 2000, announce the birth of their second child, Liam James, on Aug. 15, 2005. He joins his sister, Sabine, 2. The family lives in Wilmington, Del., where Todd has his own architecture firm, ArQitecture.

Elizabeth “Becky” Mintzer Nolan, B.A. 1999, earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Drexel University in September 2005. She is completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Villanova University. Becky and Gary Nolan, B.A. 1999, have a 2-year-old daughter, Jenna, and live in Wayne, Pa.

Colleen Nugent, B.A. 1999, married Ben Gugliotta on Sept. 5, 2004. They live in Owings Mills, Md.

Caitlin Moira Sgarlat, B.S. 2000, of Syracuse, N.Y., was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2005.

Stephen J. Finley, B.A. 2002, has been admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and has joined Hecker Brown Sherry & Johnson LLP as an associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

In November, Manhattan Theatre Source presented Screwups, a collection of short comedies written by Justin Warner, M.F.A. 2002, of New York City. Screwups is a tribute to misunderstandings, snafus, gaffes and the like.

Erika (Cunis) Ahern, B.A. 2003, and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of their first child, Miriam Gianna, on June 28, 2005. They live in Atlanta.

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