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Alumni Trip to Tuscany

CUA Service With a Smile!

Carols and Cocktails!
Second Annual Boston Holiday Party

Boston Chapter Alumni Gatherings

Alum Presents the Film He Scripted, Fought for and Produced: “Bridge to Terabithia” Based on His Mother’s Best-Selling Novel

Senators Club

Philadelphia Alumni Share Career Advice With Students

Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Get-Togethers

Class Notes:



Carol Nacy, B.A. 1970, M.S. 1975, Ph.D. 1977 (A&S), of Washington, D.C., was honored at the 10th anniversary celebration of the National Urban Technology Center in September 2006 as one of three D.C. trailblazers who have dedicated their careers to excellence in education, housing and health care and have closed the gap in delivery of services to families in need. She is CEO of Sequella Inc., a firm that has received more than $100 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to stem the spread of tuberculosis in the world’s poorest communities. The National Urban Technology Center was founded by Patricia Bransford, B.A. 1961 (A&S), to provide technology, life skills and academic proficiency to disadvantaged youth.

James C. Schaefer, B.Ch.E. 1972 (ENGR), of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has a consulting firm that helps companies rapidly improve their profitability. He continues to play tennis and recently hiked 33 miles inside the Grand Canyon.

Kathleen Holtz Deal, M.S.W. 1973, Ph.D. 1997 (SOCSV), of Falls Church, Va., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore.

David L. Gregory, B.A. 1973 (PHIL), has been named the inaugural holder of the Dorothy Day Professorship at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, N.Y., where he has taught since 1982. In addition, he co-chaired (and St. John’s co-sponsored) the Transatlantic Perspectives on Alternative Dispute Resolution conference in July at the Queen Mary University of London.

The Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor, an Eastern Orthodox monastery in Palmyra, Va., announces the publication of The Divine Services for Holy and Great Week by Father Kyrill (formerly Rev. Stephen J. Juli), B.A. 1974 (A&S), S.T.B. 1980 (THEO), S.T.L. 1991 (THEO). Published for the first time in English, the eight-volume work presents a comprehensive compilation of all the prescribed liturgical services of the Orthodox Church for each day of Holy and Great Week (Passion Week) and Pascha (Easter Sunday).

Angela A. Puglisi, M.F.A. 1974, M.A. 1976, M.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1983 (A&S), of Vienna, Va., presented the paper “De-Coding the Iconography of Mary Magdalen” at the Catholic Academy of Sciences conference at Catholic University in October 2006.

Mary Hilaire “Sally” Tavenner, B.A. 1974 (A&S), of Lorain, Ohio, has written her seventh book, Memories of Mom: They Called Her “Dutch,” published by Xlibris.

Ann L. Weber, B.A. 1974 (A&S), a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, was chosen to receive the UNCA Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest award for teaching. In 1998 she received the UNCA Distinguished Teaching Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the International Association for Relationship Research.

George V. Frisk, Ph.D. 1975 (A&S), professor of ocean engineering at Florida Atlantic University, has been named vice president-elect of the Acoustical Society of America. He’ll become vice president in June 2007. He is an expert on ocean and seafloor acoustics.

Roberta D. Liebenberg, J.D. 1975 (LAW), of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was one of eight women awarded a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania medal by Gov. Ed Rendell and first lady Marjorie Rendell in October 2006. This award is presented annually to women who have made significant contributions to the commonwealth. Liebenberg chairs the American Bar Association’s standing committee on the federal judiciary and co-chairs the Philadelphia Bar Association’s committee on women in the profession. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has appointed her to committees dedicated to eliminating bias in the justice system. She is a member of the law firm Fine, Kaplan and Black and concentrates on complex commercial litigation.

Patricia E. Scully, B.A. 1975 (A&S), of Greenbelt, Md., graduated from the George Washington University School of Law in May 2006 and passed the Maryland bar exam in December. She serves as a law clerk for Judge Lawrence Hagel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

For the second consecutive year, Mary Ellen (Green) Hettinger, B.A. 1976 (A&S), won the Best Feature Award (weekly newspaper category) from the New Hampshire Press Association for her feature writing for the Merrimack Journal.

S. Craig Holden, B.A. 1976 (A&S), of the Baltimore law firm Ober/Kaler, appeared in the 2007 edition of the reference book The Best Lawyers in America under the health care section.

Thomas E. Laux, B.S.E. 1976, M.M.E. 1979 (ENGR), of Springfield, Va., was named a Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service by President George W. Bush. Laux is the Navy’s program executive officer responsible for its new helicopters, land-based aircraft and training aircraft.

Susan Proctor, M.F.A. 1977 (A&S), of Kansas City, Mo., is director of the theater program at Rockhurst University.

John Koppisch, B.A. 1978 (A&S), has become an associate editor for Forbes magazine, handling coverage of Asia. He lives in Hoboken, N.J., with his wife, Maureen Sullivan, and two children.

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