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Jack E. Pulwers, Ph.D. 1983 (A&S), of Fairfax, Va., was one of the experts invited to speak at the international conference Real to Reel: World War II in Film, Newsreels & Documentaries, held in New Orleans on April 10–12. He was a speaker at the April 12 seminar on the war’s combat photographers. Pulwers wrote the 2003 book The Press of Battle: The GI Reporter and the American People, a history of the reporters who covered World War II. The book is an expanded version of his CUA dissertation.

Michael Timothy Dougherty, B.A. 1985, J.D. 1988 (LAW), was named the citizenship and immigration services ombudsman of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He previously served as acting director of immigration policy and senior policy adviser for immigration at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy and Planning. He returns to DHS after working as legislative counsel to Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

MaryBeth Tomczyk Keller, B.A. 1985 (A&S), will serve as the assistant chief immigration judge for conduct and professionalism in the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review in Falls Church, Va.

Julia Strzalka, B.M. 1985 (MUSIC), of Fairview, Pa., received her school principal certificate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in July 2007.

Erik Thomas, B.A. 1985 (A&S), earned a master’s degree in teaching from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., in June 2007.

Rev. Charles Bouchard, O.P., S.T.D. 1987 (THEO), recently completed 18 years as president of Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. In July he will become vice president for theological education at Ascension Health, a Catholic nonprofit health care system based in St. Louis.

Joan Massel Soncini, M.S.W. 1987 (SOCSV), has written Virgin Gorda: An Intimate Portrait, published in 2007 by Virgin Island Books. The book includes Soncini’s 200-plus photographs and 35 personal interviews with people on the tiny Caribbean isle of Virgin Gorda, which is part of the British Virgin Islands. She is currently an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Social Work, as well as a psychotherapist and photographer. In addition, she had five photography shows in Italy, including the main one in Portovenere, from May 31 to June 30, 2008.

Peter Carton Jr., B.A. 1988 (A&S), joined Lane Co. as its Texas development partner for multifamily residential development. He and wife Susie (Driscoll) Carton, B.A. 1988 (A&S), and children Mackenzie, 11, Lachlan, 7, and Ryan, 2, live in Dallas.

George Kapusinski, B.A. 1988 (A&S), and wife Lynn had the opportunity to meet Pope Benedict XVI inside the Vatican the week before the Pontiff came to the United States in April. Mrs. Kapusinski was recognized by the Pope for her work on behalf of the Faith Journeys Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young people with separated or divorced parents. The meeting took place at the papal residence during an international conference entitled “Oil on the Wounds: A Response to the Aftermath of Divorce and Abortion.” The Kapusinskis live
in Catonsville, Md.

David Paterson, B.A. 1989 (A&S), of Manhasset, N.Y., and his mother, Katherine Paterson, have founded Arcady Bay Entertainment, dedicated to the creation, discovery, development and marketing of superior entertainment content for children and their families. They have struck an agreement with Killer Films for a three-picture development deal, beginning with an adaptation of The Great Gilly Hopkins, an award-winning novel by Ms. Paterson. David has written the screenplay.

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