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Oct. 12, 2005


Homecoming Event to Honor Community Leader Darrell Green

Ex-Washington Redskin Joins Eight Others Receiving Awards at Oct. 14 ‘Evening of Celebration’


Former Washington Redskin and youth charity patron Darrell Green will receive The Catholic University of America Alumni Association’s highest honor, the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal, during “An Evening of Celebration,” a dinner honoring CUA’s donors and Alumni Achievement Award recipients. The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 14, in the Great Room of the university’s Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E.


The event is a highlight of CUA’s Homecoming 2005 festivities. For more information about homecoming including a schedule of events, visit the Homecoming 2005 Website.


Since 1988, the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation has offered a wide range of academic and values-based educational programs to children from unstable homes and those who lack academic/community support. The foundation operates through eight after-school “Youth Life Learning Centers” in Washington, D.C., Richmond, Va., Nashville, Tenn., and Durham, N.C. Last year, more than 200 children were enrolled in the foundation’s programs. Green’s organization is supported by an assortment of local and national businesses, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, The Washington Redskins and The Washington Post Company.


Recently selected to chair the federal Council on Service and Civic Participation, Green is the part-owner of a handful of Washington, D.C.-area businesses. He also founded the Darrell Green Business Council for Youth, which brings together business leaders in support of his foundation’s service programs.


Green is a seven-time NFL All-Pro and the owner of two Super Bowl rings.


Former recipients of the Gibbons Medal include President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey. Created in 1947, the medal is given to individuals who may or may not be alumni, but have served the United States, the Catholic Church or Catholic University with great distinction.


Catholic University also will honor the following six distinguished alumni who have been chosen to receive the Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in their respective fields:


  • Michael Curtin, Esq., J.D. 1965, is a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans. Referred to around Washington as “the dean of the D.C. Trust and Estate Bar,” he has chaired the D.C. Bar’s trust and estate division, the Hearing Committee for the D.C. Board of Professional Responsibility

and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the D.C. Court of Appeals. He is listed in the reference book The Best Lawyers in America and was elected a fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 1979.


  • Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, B.Arch. 1963, is the founder of Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Designs (with offices in San Francisco and Manhattan). He was named one of the five most respected American designers by Interior Design magazine and was one of the first inductees into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. His clients include leading manufacturing firms HBF, Boyd Lighting and the Kohler Co.


  • Ed Gillespie, B.A. 1983, was the chairman of the Republican National Committee during the 2004 election campaign of President George W. Bush. He remains an adviser to the White House, while also working with his Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, Quinn, Gillespie and Associates. Gillespie served for more than a decade as top aide to U.S. House of Representatives majority leader Dick Armey of Texas and in 2000 was appointed to manage the Republican National Convention.


  • Odell Hobbs, M.A. 1967, is a pianist, composer and professional choir director despite having only two thumbs, one index finger and three partial fingers. Born with a disease that deforms the hands and feet, Hobbs has performed across North, South and Central America. He has directed choirs at a host of colleges and universities including Virginia Commonwealth and Florida A&M.


  • Carl Leukefeld, D.S.W. 1975, was one of the first social workers to expose the link between intravenous drug users and HIV/AIDS during the 1980s. The recipient of the 2003 Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award in Health and Mental Health from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation, Leukefeld served from 1982 to 1990 as deputy director and interim acting director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Division of Clinical Research.


  • Sister Ann Stango, S.C., M.A. 1977, served as vice president for Mission and Patient Support Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J., from 1995 to 2003. During that time, she was the principal advocate in a movement that ultimately caused the New Jersey state legislature to adopt a “Safe Haven Infant Protection Act.” Signed into law in 2000, the bill allowed new mothers to legally turn unwanted babies over to hospitals and police stations, rather than abandoning them. To date, the lives of 18 New Jersey babies have been saved as a result.


Two other alumni will be honored:


  • Robert Talbot, B.A. 1960, will receive the President’s Medal — the university’s highest award. After serving as for seven years as dean of CUA admissions, he was appointed in 1992 as director of athletics. In 2004, he was named senior development officer for “The Competitive Edge for Cardinal Athletics,” a fundraising campaign to improve the university’s sports facilities. Talbot has served CUA for 41 years.


  • Patrick Carfizzi, B.M. 1996, will receive the Young Alumni Award for his steady presence in performances staged by New York’s Metropolitan Opera. At the Met, he has performed roles in operas including La Boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro and Faust. The Denver Post describes him as “a standout who lights the stage with his star presence.”








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