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Notre Dame de Namur University

Dedicated service, proud history, and boundless generosity. Celebrating anniversaries of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Ralston Hall Mansion, and “Mr. Ralston.�

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT We have many things to enjoy and look forward to March 21, and Salon Viarot on April 18. The art gallery this spring semester. First and foremost, this is the will be showing Jack Jefferson’s work beginning midbicentennial of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. March and running through mid-April. Please take a moment to peruse the cover story on It just wouldn’t be right to discuss milestones these extraordinarily strong, tenacious, and spiritually and anniversaries without mentioning Bill Price. rich Sisters who, beginning in 1804, conceived and Bill has been a dedicated Notre Dame de Namur realized a vision of dedicated service and practical University employee for 10 years. Please also take education. the time to read through the story in this magazine I would also like to take a moment to recognize about the remarkable man who is so fondly referred three important members of the Sisters of Notre to as “Mr. Ralston.” Dame and of our community who passed away in 2003 – Sr. Rosemarie Julie Gavin, Sr. Joan Marie Sincerely, Donohoe, and Sr. Ann Louise Schlitt. These three Sisters had an enormous influence on College of Notre Dame. They will be greatly missed but surely remain with us in spirit. John B. Oblak, Ph.D. This year marks the 140th anniversary of Ralston President, Notre Dame de Namur University Hall Mansion. This historic event will be celebrated at the President’s Gala on March 20. That same evening we will honor Dennis Pettinelli with the NDNU Community Spirit Award. We will also honor several generous friends with the Namur Reflection Award. All proceeds for this event will benefit the ongoing maintenance of the mansion, which is a national historic landmark. This is the inaugural year for our men’s lacrosse team. Our players have been practicing long and hard and are ready for a season full of competition and excitement. The women’s softball team is also poised for another successful season. We are so proud of our athletes and their hard work. In mid-December, President Oblak, Dean of Enrollment Katy Murphy, and others I hope to see many of you at some of these attended three NDNU men’s basketball games in Hawaii. They also recruited games. The athletic schedules are posted students and hosted a reception for high school counselors from Oahu schools. online for your convenience. Pictured above are (standing from left to right): Lynne Tsuda, Punahou School; There are some wonderful performances Janiece Bacon Oblak, NDNU stewardship; Dr. Oblak; Jean Fukuji, Radford High and exhibits in the upcoming months here School, Judy Watanabe, Leileihua High School; Darlee Kishimoto, Punahou at the Notre Dame de Namur University School; Lillian Yonamine, Waipahu High School; Lauren Shimuzu, Leileihua High Theatre and Wiegand Gallery. The Ralston School, Margaret Bailey, Nanakuli High School, Amy Sata, Kamehameha Schools; Concert Series will be showcasing Dennis and Katy Murphy. Kneeling are Christopher Obenchain, and Myron Arakawa, both of Punahou School. Lee and Chee-Hung Toh, duo pianists, on

NDNU Magazine, PUBLISHER Mark Lewis MANAGING EDITOR Karen Plesur SENIOR WRITER Leslie Baikie-Khavari CLASS NOTES Manny Nungaray

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PRODUCTION Jeanene Denegri-Nielsen Jeanne Gomez Moore-Wallace Press PHOTOS NDNU Public Relations Archives Special thanks to all who contributed to this magazine.

CONTENTS Letter From the President .........2 Development News ..................3 Campus News .......................4-5 Anniversaries.........................6-9

School Updates .................10-11 Student News.........................12 Alumni News ............................13 Class Notes..........................14-15

Cover: Stained glass window of St. Julie Billiart in the Cunningham Memorial Chapel, designed by Sr. Margaret Mary Hoffman, created by Gabriel Loire.


DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Donor Profile:

The Nancy Dunning Jefferson Endowed Scholarship

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ancy Jefferson, born in New York in 1922, was the daughter of a prominent surgeon. During her 12 years at Tod Hunter School, founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, Nancy found that basic rights for women, people of color, and the disadvantaged were very strongly supported by Mrs. Roosevelt. The fundamental principle – that everyone deserves a chance – stayed with her all of her life, and was reflected in her scholarship gift to the University. After graduating from Connecticut College during WWII, she joined the women’s branch of the Marines. When the war ended, she moved with her husband, Wayman Jefferson, a submarine officer, to Port Arthur, Texas. This was a very happy time in Nancy’s life. Her husband was a brilliant chemical engineer for Texaco, and their family grew to include daughter Ann, son Mac, and daughter Eleine. Her life changed completely when her husband tragically died at age 33, leaving 30 year-old Nancy to raise three children on her own. After a brief stint with her family in Connecticut, she returned to San Francisco, where she and her husband had lived during the war. Nancy moved to Menlo Park in 1956 and went to secretarial school, since professional jobs in business were generally not open to women. For 20 years she worked as an executive secretary for Allstate, Saga Foundation, and Menlo College. During this time, when her children were still quite young, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but was treated successfully. When her three children had completed college and graduate school, Nancy became determined to obtain an MBA. She

attended College of Notre Dame, graduating in 1974, the first woman to earn an MBA here. She felt that Notre Dame offered its graduate students both a strong academic program and a supportive environment that fostered cooperation among the students. She was delighted with the quality of the faculty and her fellow students. Upon receipt of her MBA at age 52, with a strong desire to run her own business and to help other women, Nancy became an associate of Washington National, handling insurance and estate planning. She liked to joke that she was an overnight success in her chosen field, and that it only took her 10 years! Nancy became extremely successful, focusing on emerging women’s professional groups for lawyers, doctors, realtors, and others. Her presentations at continuing education seminars at Stanford and other institutions were very well received and she was proud of her accomplishments. In her mid-sixties, Nancy had a recurrence of cancer, which this time was terminal; she died in 1988. Despite hardships, she felt that her life had Following are excerpts of thank you letters from two fall 2003 recipients of the been truly blessed, and she very much wanted Nancy Dunning Jefferson Endowed Scholarship: to give back to the communities that had nourished and supported her. With great “Thanks to the support of the Nancy Jefferson Endowed Scholarship, I am able to fulfill a lifelong pride, she allocated a significant part of her dream. I will receive an MBA degree from Notre Dame de Namur University . . .” estate to Notre Dame de Namur University Patricia Ramos-Terrazas to help future women return to school and “Without this scholarship I would not be able to afford graduate school and my dreams would pursue their goals. For more information about scholarships have to be put on hold. Being a student in the MBA program, especially now in a time of economic and scholarship endowments, contact the uncertainty, gives me confidence about my future and that of my two year-old daughter.” Office of Development and Public Relations, Maria Gladin NDNU, at (650) 508-3757.

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f you’d like your name to be forever associated with one of the new residence hall’s suites, buildings, lounges, or courtyards, now’s the time. As a fund-raiser, NDNU’s Development Office is offering naming opportunities to interested individuals. The hall, which is scheduled for completion in August of 2004, will

be a state-of-the-art facility featuring suites for 200 students, a resident director apartment, multi-purpose lounge, and outdoor congregational spaces. For further information, contact Steve Kinney, Vice President of Development and Public Relations, at (650) 508-3581.

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CAMPUS NEWS

The Bohemian Staff and Administrative Reorganization

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n fall 2003, President Oblak asked me to work together with the three Vice Presidents as an Organization Review Committee to assess the

staff and administrative positions in all areas of the University. Despite the encouraging enrollment

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he Bohemian, NDNU’s art and literary magazine produced solely by students each spring, features fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, one-act plays, and any form of visual art that can be represented two-dimensionally. Historically, The Bohemian included work from NDNU students, staff, and alumni, but as of this spring submissions will be open to faculty and local artists as well. The magazine is available on campus or by subscription by contacting Patty Fox, coordinator for the School of Arts and Humanities, at pfox@ndnu.edu. Submissions should be directed to bohemian_work@yahoo.com or bohemian_ndnu@yahoo.com.

in (especially) the freshman class for fall, 2003, President Oblak concluded that, in advance of the 2004 start of the debt service on the bond for the construction of the new residence hall, NDNU needed to lower its operating expenses significantly to assure a balanced budget for the current fiscal year and going forward. As personnel costs represent over 65% of the operating budget, the realignment to the operating budget would need to occur in salary savings. While reducing operating budget expense was an underlying goal of the reorganization, the Organization Review Committee was also charged to do this within the context of preserving all vital functions of the University. Twelve staff/administrative positions were dropped from the operating budget; eight additional staff employees elected to leave the University at the same time, accepting the same benefits package offered to the employees who were involuntarily laid off. While achieving the necessary cost savings to the operating budget, the reorganization also represented the first layoffs in NDNU’s history. Even though such measures are now commonplace among other regional schools, notably Stanford and Berkeley, it was particularly painful for this campus. Was it worth it? The staff reduction combined with the voluntary retirements and other cost savings will position us well beginning with the 2004/05 budget. The 20 positions will represent a considerable reduction in the operating expenses of the University. Meanwhile, we remain true to our mission, our vision, and our core principles. The spirit and overall excellence of NDNU are constant and immutable. We will continue to build and nurture our Centers of Excellence. We will continue to provide fascinating and inspirational commencement speakers like the terrific tandem in store for this May, Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean, and Mike Farrell, ex-cast member of M*A*S*H and current social activist. As the restructuring begins to pay dividends, the campus will also continue to work on reconnecting and strengthening the ties to this community that bind us all together. Lucille Sansing Provost

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NDNU Receives Bequest From Goodrich Estate

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r. Albert “Tyll” Goodrich, who died on June 19, 2003, has left a legacy at NDNU beyond the impact he made as a teacher. He designated a portion of his estate for scholarships for students with financial need who are majoring in music or in theatre. In January of 2004, NDNU received a check for $335,651 from his estate. The gift, one of the largest scholarships ever received at NDNU, will be invested and the income it generates Dr. Goodrich in full academic each year will benefit sevregalia from the University of eral students in theatre Madrid. and music. In addition to enjoying the theatre and ballet, he loved to travel and made 13 trips to Europe, several of which were opera tours. His love of opera enticed him to become an usher with the San Francisco Opera for many years, as well as a regular subscriber, which means that he saw each opera twice, much to his delight. Dr. Goodrich began his career in the admissions office at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. With an MA from Middlebury, and a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Madrid, he was well qualified to chair the Spanish Department at NDNU. Dr. Goodrich was a faculty member at NDNU for 13 years, retiring in 1992. Fluent in Spanish, French, Finnish, and Italian, he enjoyed taking Italian classes at SFSU (including studying Dante) and then he tutored NDNU students in Italian, especially those who were singing opera. With a wonderful smile and sense of humor, Tyll Goodrich continues to warm the hearts of students and faculty at the University.


CAMPUS NEWS

Sister Rosemarie Julie Gavin, 1917-2003

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ister Rosemarie Julie Gavin, one of Notre Dame de Namur University’s most dedicated and influential teachers and administrators, passed away on November 23, 2003 in Mercy Retirement Community in Oakland. She was 86. In an NDNU career that spanned nearly 50 years, Sr. Rosemarie Julie saw the first four-year degrees awarded in 1954, founded and directed the department of education, initiated a training program for Montessori teachers, started a fifth-year program for secondary school teachers, established the college’s evening division, developed the Tutorial Center, and served as the academic dean while continuing to teach in the English department. Beyond the campus, “Sister R.J.,” as she was affectionately known, was active with the California Council for English teachers, sat on the Board of Directors of the California Council for Education

of Teachers, served as an officer of the National Catholic Education Association, and took part in numerous San Mateo County conferences, forums, and planning councils. “Sister R.J. almost single-handedly created one of the most highly regarded teacher education programs in the country,” said Dr. John Oblak, president of NDNU. “Not only was she tenacious and determined, but she set the standard for what it means to devote one’s life so effectively to an institution and to an ideal, the ideal of enlightened excellence in education.”

After attending College of Notre Dame from 1935 to 1937, Sr. Rosemarie Julie completed her undergraduate degree at USC and began teaching in local parochial schools. Following her doctorate in education from Stanford, she returned to NDNU in 1952. At the time of her retirement from the University in 2000, NDNU’s School of Education had trained over 3,000 teachers working in more than 95 percent of the public and elementary schools of San Mateo County. In recognition of her many contributions, Gavin Hall, home of the art therapy department and faculty offices, was named for her. Those wishing to honor Sr. Rosemarie Julie’s memory may contribute to the Gavin Endowed Scholarship for Teachers, c/o Office of Development, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA 94002, or to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 1520 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA 94002.

Thinking – and Teaching – Outside the Box

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eaching is a profession that runs in my family. In addition to countless aunts, uncles and cousins that are teachers, my mother, father and sister are all educators. I often jokingly refer to it as “the family curse.” For the longest time, I attempted to avoid what I considered my fate. I wanted to be a doctor, a psychologist, an international negotiator, a circus performer, anything but the familiar. I considered it far too predictable and far too tame for my tastes. I was going to be the one who was different. Then the strangest thing happened. Due to a variety of circumstances, I found myself teaching at an outdoor science school. Each student came with unique perspectives and experiences that forced me to think beyond my set objectives and lesson plans. Some were prepared to write dissertations on the oak woodland ecology. Some had no clue what tree bark was. It was a challenge to keep them all motivated, focused, and intrigued. It wasn’t tame; it was exciting. I decided to apply to Notre Dame de Namur’s teaching credential program

because I needed more experience and training to better serve my students. Working with a diverse student population required an education that is both rigorous and innovative. Notre Dame de Namur University has such a program. Unfortunately, such an excellent program comes at a cost. After receiving my acceptance letter, I was forced to look at the bottom line and to seriously consider the fact that I might not be able to afford to follow my dream. On a whim, I applied for the Sister Rosemarie Julie Gavin scholarship, hoping for a small financial boost. Months passed, bills piled up, and I had all but written off my chances of receiving the scholarship. Then came an unexpected phone call. I was informed that I was indeed the chosen recipient of the scholarship. I simply could not believe my ears! This scholarship means that I will be able to pursue my future goals. Although outdoor educators are amongst the most amazing teachers that I have ever met, they are not compensated equitably with their classroom-teaching peers. Currently, a naturalist has to be a person who can “afford” to be an educator. With a Notre Dame de

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Namur University education, I would like to be a more effective guide to student experiences at outdoor schools by becoming a better teacher. Through this, I hope to help establish a standard of teaching excellence that will bring more attention to the importance of outdoor schools. As a result, I would like to help further legitimize the field of outdoor education. So, it appears that it is settled. I am going into the family business after all. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the rest of my life. 2004

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hen St. Julie Billiart founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de

Namur 200 years ago, she envisioned a community of women living simple, prayerful lives, engaged in a ministry of education and service to the poor with special care for women and children. It was her hope that her Sisters would go throughout the

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world to the most abandoned places, reaching out to those in need. Today, St. Julie would certainly be proud. The

Sisters of Notre Dame serve on five continents and represent

numerous cultures throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

In life, St. Julie was Marie Rose Julie Billiart born to a peasant

family in northern France in 1751. During her childhood, she worked regularly with the reapers, rode to the market with her father, and made lace with the village women. The trauma of an attempt on her father’s life caused her to become paralyzed and eventually lose her ability to walk. During the French Revolution, Julie’s reputation for holiness made her a focal point of the revolutionists’ wrath. She fled to Compiegne where she had a vision of her future work, the founding of a religious congregation marked by the Cross. 6 NDNU

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Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Celebrate 200th Anniversary

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n 1804, Julie Billiart and Francoise Blin de Bourdin vowed themselves to God as Sisters of Notre Dame and promised to devote themselves to the education of young girls, especially the poor, and to the development of teachers. When she was forced to leave her homeland, she moved with the Sisters to Namur in Belgium. It wasn’t until after her death that a bishop from Ohio asked the Sisters to move to Oregon and then to San Jose, California. It was in San Jose that the Sisters began their educational ministry at Notre Dame High School. The school was later chartered by the state of California as the “College of Notre Dame,” the first college in the state authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees for women. The College relocated to Belmont in 1922. Today, Notre Dame de Namur University strives to serve as a microcosm of the world in which St. Julie envisioned her Sisters to serve. The Sisters are proud and grateful that NDNU shares their mission with such vitality and courage. As part of the celebration of their 200th anniversary, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in California renewed their vows this February at a festive liturgy and reception. The Sisters also welcomed four new Associates, Karla Brown, Marie Ricotti, Barbara Sterner, and Carol Ann Wenzel, who publicly committed themselves to live in the spirit of St. Julie and to share in the Notre Dame mission. Another highlight of the liturgy was the presentation of the Saint Julie Billiart Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. This award was established in 1992 to recognize individuals who embody St. Julie’s vision and values, and

whose partnership with the Sisters assures that the Notre Dame mission among the poor and most abandoned will flourish. The Sisters were pleased to present the award to Kate Wakerly, President of the Wakerly Family Foundation in Mountain View. Through their foundation, the Wakerly family has supported local, national, and international causes, working with others to build a better world community. Through her long-time association with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Ms. Wakerly has generously supported Notre Dame ministries in California, Chicago, and Nigeria. The Sisters are planning several anniversary events that will be announced during the year including a trip to Namur. Sponsored by NDNU, alumni and friends are invited to join the Sisters for a 10-day tour of some of the most significant places in France and Belgium that mark the beginnings of the order. As part of the tour, there will be the first official reception of delegates from Belmont, Namur’s Sister City, on June 28. Cities included in the tour are Compiegne and Amiens in France, and Namur, Bastogne, Ghent, and Brugge in Belgium. For details regarding the trip to Namur, contact Sister Roseanne Murphy, Alumni Relations Director at (650) 508-3551. For further information regarding other anniversary celebrations, contact Shyrl McCormick, Community Relations Director for the Sisters of Notre Dame at (650) 593-2045, ext. 350.

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The White House of the West

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o celebrate NDNU’s unique heritage, one needs only to walk through the

doors of Ralston Hall Mansion, which has embraced countless reflections in its mirrored hallways, marking nearly a century and a half of change. This year the University commemorates the 140th anniversary of William Chapman Ralston’s 1864 purchase of what was once known as the White House of the West. The welcoming mansion that has become the cornerstone of our campus has seen a

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number of reincarnations. Originally the home of Count Cipriani, a Corsican patriot, it was next transformed into a grand “summer home” by Ralston. After Ralston, it became the primary residence of a California senator, then a finishing school for young women, and then a sanitarium before its purchase by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Ralston was a successful silver and banking magnate of the 1800s who was often

referred to as “the man who built San Francisco” or “California’s first citizen.” Much of his wealth was acquired while he served as president of the Bank of California. He amassed his fortune during the burgeoning “Comstock Lode” of 1859. The silver strike brought thousands of prospectors to search for the “blue-dust” of Nevada.

When the mining stocks declined precipitously in 1875, so did the Bank of California. Deep in debt, Ralston was forced to sell his estate to his business partner Senator William Sharon. The day he signed over the estate, Ralston went swimming as he did every afternoon in the San Francisco Bay. Later that evening, he was found dead in the Bay at age 49. There has always been speculation that he might have committed suicide or suffered a fatal heart attack and drowned.

After Ralston’s death, his wife and children went to live in a smaller home near the estate. The Sharon family lived in the mansion until 1895 when a friend of the family bought the mansion and established Radcliffe Hall, a girls’ finishing school. The estate again

changed hands in 1900 as the mansion was transformed into the Gardner Sanitarium, which closed after World War I.

The mansion remained vacant for a year until the

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur purchased the property in 1922 and relocated their College of Notre Dame from San Jose. The Sisters renamed the mansion Ralston Hall. During the University’s centennial in 1966, Ralston Hall Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior. In 1972, the 50th anniversary of the Sisters’ purchase of the estate, it was officially designated a California Registered Historical Landmark. Through all the changes, the doors of Ralston Hall Mansion have remained open to reflect elegance and warmth, and the University that has become its home.

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Ralston Hall Mansion’s 140th Anniversary The Priceless “Mr. Ralston”

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f there’s one catch phrase that doesn’t apply to Bill Price, it’s “No more Mr. Nice Guy.” Whether it’s Christmas gifts

particularly difficult time

for everyone on his campus mail route deliveries, pink roses

for Bill. His

for Sr. Rosemarie Julie’s funeral, or a few bucks for a needy

girlfriend of

student, you can count on Bill. As his boss, Lori Jacobi, says,

six years was

“Bill will do anything for anyone. His generosity is astounding.”

killed in a

This June, Bill, now affectionately known as “Mr. Ralston,” will celebrate his 10th year as a full-time employee of NDNU.

motorcycle accident. Following

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Dividing his NDNU time between the mail room (full time)

stints as a mechanic

and security (part time), he spreads his own special brand

for Western Airlines

of cheer as he makes his rounds. According to Lori, “Bill has

and warehouse work for

a wonderful way of making everyone with whom he comes

British Leyland, Bill started

into contact feel warm and special with a ‘Hi big guy!’ or

working part-time for NDNU. Life was good and he and his

‘Hi Dolly!’ and a handshake, high five, or hug.”

wife Barbara settled down with their two daughters. Suddenly,

Bill was born in San Francisco and moved to San Mateo

when he was seven. After running track and playing baseball, football, and basketball for Hillsdale High, he joined the Air

tragedy struck again. Daughter Jill and her husband were killed in a car accident in 1993. Bill and his wife decided to raise the three grandchildren –

Force in 1961. One night while guarding a radar site about 35

all under the age of five. Even though there is a lot of love in

miles west of Danang in Vietnam, Bill remarked to a fellow

the house, it’s not been an easy road. Bill’s wife suffers from

soldier, “It’s awfully quiet out tonight.” Moments later a

scleroderma, a disease that gradually hardens the organs,

bullet tore through his left shoulder. Bill was sent home

muscles, and skin. Despite the bumps in his life, Bill remains ever cheerful.

and discharged in May 1965.

While in the Air Force Bill played basketball and was

spotted by San Francisco (now Golden State) Warriors scout

“I have a lot of love for the people here,” he says. “I was inspired by the Sisters and their warmth and generosity.”

Bill Abbott. He

And while his own generosity is often manifested with cash

liked what he

for a hungry or otherwise needy student, he’s also pretty

saw and invited

effective with friendly advice. By his own conservative count,

Bill to try out

he’s talked two or three students into staying in school telling

for the team in

them, “You don’t want to be a blue-collar guy like me. Get

the St. Mary’s

that degree.”

gym. Two weeks

Bill’s an ardent supporter of NDNU athletics, especially

later he was on

basketball. Men’s basketball coach George Puou recalls how

a Warriors team

one year for Christmas Bill gave all the basketball coaches

that included

whistles with their names engraved. “Bill is an awesome

Rick Barry,

human being,” notes the coach.

Al Attles, and

Awesome is an adjective echoed by manager Lori. And

later, Wilt

Christmas seems to be the perfect forum for the depth and

Chamberlain.

breadth of his giving. This Christmas he gave Barbara a new

Bill mostly rode

ring and asked her to renew their wedding vows. Says Lori:

the bench and

“Bill’s positive approach to life, well after so many others

left the team in

would have been completely deflated, really lifts the spirits

1966. This was a

of everyone around him like a giant helium balloon.” 2004

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SCHOOL NEWS

School of Arts and Humanities

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he first half of this academic year has been remarkable for the generosity of friends and supporters. Their loyalty and hard work has blessed the School of Arts and Humanities with scholarships in the Departments of Religious Studies, Theatre Arts, Music, English, and the School at large. Their largesse also resulted in computers Dr. Christine Bennett for the Graphic Arts program and The Bohemian student literary magazine, curtains and lighting for the theatre, and a video series for Religious Studies! We are deeply grateful to former faculty member Tyll Goodrich and former student Judith Peake Mathews (’84) for their bequests, Shirley Morrison for her superbly successful efforts in raising funds for her recently endowed scholarship, and Dana Carvey for his wonderfully entertaining performance in October. We celebrate these gifts and those of others for they not only enable us to augment our programs for our students, but also provide a tremendous vote of confidence and moral support for our faculty and students. Cultural highlights of the year so far have been the appearances of award-winning poets Ellen Bass and Doren Robbins, inspiring performances by our faculty in the Music Faculty Gala,

highly favorable reviews for the theatre department’s Rose Tattoo and the art exhibits in the Wiegand Gallery, a moving Christmas concert by Viva la Música, a lively and fun musical theatre dance review, all culminating in the theatre department’s 18th annual gift to the Belmont community of The Music of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Students and faculty in the music department are already off to a running start for the new semester, giving two performances of The Magic Flute in mid January in partnership with Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera of San Francisco, and the Art Department has just opened its exhibit of sculpture and drawings by renowned sculptor Paul Harris. The University also hosted the annual Bay Area Latino Film Festival for the first time on campus in November and looks forward to continuing that event in future years. Currently our Center for Social Justice faculty team is planning a thought-provoking series of events focusing on the topic of the death penalty leading up to the theatre department’s spring 2005 national premiere production of the play, Dead Man Walking, adapted for the stage by Tim Robbins. All in all, the arts and humanities are alive and well at NDNU, bringing a richness of cultural experiences to the campus and the community beyond.

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enry Roth has been selected as the new dean for the School of Business and Management, effective January 5, 2004. Roth brings outstanding experience and connections from the private sector. Most recently he served as Vice President and Treasurer of eBay, helping to transform the start-up company into the leading-edge financial institution it is today. While at eBay, Roth put together the company’s first comprehensive treasury and financing policy that built global relationships in such areas as investment management, foreign exchange trading, cash flow management, banking relationships, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and disaster recovery and business continuity. During this time of unparalleled growth for eBay, he found himself managing a $1.7 billion investment portfolio and an $80 million per month net cash inflow. Roth also served as senior vice president at Visa International, and vice president and manager of finance at Bank of America. At both institutions he won respect and support for implementing new policies, investment procedures, and capital planning processes. During the past year, Roth has been an instructor within NDNU’s School of Business and Management teaching such courses as “Financial Analysis and Decision-Making,” “Entrepreneurial Finance,” and “Economics of Developing

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Countries.” He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and psychology from American University, and an MA in economics from Pennsylvania State University. His past board memberships include the Diabetic Youth Foundation (19941997), eBay Foundation (1999-2000), Half Moon Bay Little League (1999-2000), Henry Roth and King’s Mountain Elementary School Education Fund (1995-1997). Rounding out the portrait of this modern-day Renaissance man, for relaxation Roth enjoys reading, music, photography, computers, mathematical modeling of markets, poetry, outside physical labor, and a wide assortment of sports. “NDNU’s business school has a great faculty and tremendous spirit,” notes Roth. “I look forward to further harnessing that energy, particularly for developing our Center of Excellence, and for bolstering our research reputation.”


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School of Education and Leadership

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ollowing are some of the school’s most recent highlights. The Reading programs, under the leadership of Dr. Joanne Rossi, continue to grow. NDNU has recently obtained approval from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer a full Reading Specialist Credential. This will extend opportunities for our alumni Dr. Judith Greig and other teachers interested in literacy instruction to receive advanced preparation. For more information, contact Dr. Rossi at (650) 508-3613 or jrossi@ndnu.edu. The Multiple and Single Subject Credential programs have been busy implementing changes resulting from recent legislation. These changes emphasize assessment of teaching performance, enhanced collaboration with local schools, and increased preparation for teaching English learners. Dr. Deb Cash and the faculty of the Human Services program are interested in developing a master’s level program that would create opportunities for further study and an advanced degree for their graduates. If you are interested in contributing to the

development of this program, please contact Dr. Cash at (650) 508-3598 or dcash@ndnu.edu. Author and NDNU alumna, Eileen Barsi, was honored in a joint venture with Human Services and the Master of Arts in Gerontology Program. The first graduates of the Special Education program are now serving in schools, extending NDNU’s service to students in need of assistance to succeed in school. One size does not fit all, and thus NDNU has been working to provide a variety of options for preparation in educational technology or educational administration. The most recent option is a Master of Science in Educational Technology Administration. Liberal Studies programs remain one of the larger undergraduate majors at NDNU and continue to prepare undergraduates with the content knowledge needed for elementary teachers. Interest in service to society through education remains strong at NDNU. Finally a bit of faculty news: While Dr. Kristin Geiser is on leave to nurture her young family, former faculty member Dr. Kim Tolley has rejoined us full time for the year to ably shepherd the Advanced Studies programs.

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DNU’s School of Sciences proposes to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as the infrastructure for its Center of Excellence, the Center for Science and Society. The Center for Science and Society has three goals: to institutionalize “longitudinal studies” in the form of continuously offered courses designed to collect, analyze, make public, and archive data relevant to civic problems; increase engagement and enrollment of NDNU students in science courses; and, discover solutions to difficult civic problems. To this end, GIS, a technologically advanced analytical tool, will be incorporated into special courses. We will build relevant data archives, providing NDNU students and faculty with the increasing ability to analyze difficult and pervasive communitybased problems (e.g. juvenile obesity; drug use, crime rates). We propose to combine inquiry-based learning, communitybased learning, and problem-based learning oriented toward social justice, to transform our science curriculum. Our goal is to transform the way we teach and the way students learn, creating a powerful mechanism for change within individuals and society. In the spring of 2003, we piloted our first GIS course, an epidemiological study of obesity and diabetes rates in children in San Mateo County, taught by Dr. Neil Marshall and Eugen Radian. As well as continuing the obesity study in Fall 2004, NDNU is incorporating GIS in an undergraduate sociology class, Dr. Don Stannard-Friel’s Inner City Studies, using GIS to study multi-layered factors defining the inner city.

In a collaborative effort with our computer science department, we plan to make an interactive website with this information available to the county and maintained by NDNU. Variables to study and track in this class are rates of crime, types of crime, drug use, types of drugs, tracking of AIDS in the Tenderloin, and use of social services. We plan to use GIS as a learning tool in the classroom, not as a skill to learn. This is Dr. Lizbeth Martin a novel and important application of GIS, which is usually taught as an applied software tool in the geosciences. We intend to use this as a new pedagogical device to analyze major social problems within an interdisciplinary perspective. No one has looked at obesity in this way, nor domestic violence, nor drug abuse, nor the spread of influenza. By creating a shared database, one department can benefit from the work of another; data can be collected once and used many times to solve many different problems. NDNU envisions taking this tool and expanding its use across our science curriculum, emphasizing healthful living in all its aspects (physical, psychological, sociological, and political). In an increasingly global society, most of the problems facing the world today exist in a geographical context. World hunger, terrorism, poverty, and health care are just a few of the largely unsolved social ills that lend themselves to this kind of inquiry.

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STUDENT NEWS

The Write Stuff

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hat do you suppose a professional writer does in her spare time? That’s right, she goes back to school for a master’s degree in, what else, creative writing. Pam Gullard, author of a collection of short stories as well as two books focused on local history, is adding to her already impressive credentials by pursuing an MA in English here at NDNU. “Notre Dame has been very welcoming,” says Pam. “There’s a tremendous diversity of ages and interests in an environment where people appreciate each other’s point of view. Believe me, that’s so refreshing.” The feeling appears to be mutual. Dr. Sylvia Rogers, Pam’s advisor and Director of NDNU’s Master of Arts in English (MAE) Program, observes that, “Pam has a strong intellectual spark and curiosity that translates into a highly creative approach to whatever she’s studying.” Pam’s first book, History of Palo Alto, was co-written with Nancy Lund (Scottwall Associates, San Francisco, 1989) and covered the time of the Ohlone Indians on up through the town’s incorporation in 1925. Seven years later she tried her hand at fiction with Breathe at Every Stroke (Metropolitan Books, a division of Henry

Holt, New York, 1996) where she explored communication between people who know each other well but have trouble communicating. Last year Pam teamed up again with Nancy Lund to produce Life on the San Andreas Fault: A History of Portola Valley (Scottwall Associates, San Francisco, 2003).

In it, they examined the conflict of private ownership and development versus the desire for open space. What makes local history so attractive? “I really like knowing where I live,” notes Pam. “It’s so much more deeply colorful to

truly understand the layers of history in your region.” She intends to dig into yet more layers soon. Pam is currently researching the history of another small Peninsula town, and taking another run at fiction, this time with a novel. Writing was always a recurring theme in her life. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in philosophy, Pam edited scientific speeches by the likes of Nobel Prize winner Murray Gell-Mann for the Boston-based American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Part of her modus operandi when she was editing and writing for various publications was to arrange with her employers a schedule that allowed her to write in the early morning and come in to work at 10 a.m. “My writing was bad then. I didn’t even show it to anybody. But amazingly enough, if you keep at it, it gets better.” Eventually, after a number of rejections, she had a story published in the highly regarded Iowa Review in the mid-1980s. “Since they were staffed by grad students, I thought they’d be kinder,” recalls Pam. “And they were.”

Colleen Labadie

Fighting Cancer in the Trenches

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t’s not every day that you get a chance to cure cancer. But by the time MBA student Colleen Labadie gets her degree in May, she will have played a not insignificant part in that quest. As a clinical data coordinator for Genentech, Inc., Colleen builds databases for clinical trials of new drugs. One of the more recent drugs, Avastin, is designed to combat colo-rectal cancer. Avastin blocks a tumor’s ability to get nutrients so it can feed itself. Recently filed with the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA was impressed enough to ask Genentech to fast track it. Colleen is no stranger to cancer research. After earning her BS in molecular biology from UC San Diego, she did three years of cancer immunology research at the prestigious Scripps Institute. “While at Scripps,” notes Colleen, “I learned the fundamentals behind researching cancer in a laboratory environment.”

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These days, she helps manage a team of people who prepare patient data collected from various doctors. This information is checked and rechecked to ensure a patient’s story makes sense. For example, do ages match up with all other references to ages, or are there trends in a patient’s spiking hypertension and, correspondingly, was any more or less medicine administered? The data is then sent to biostatisticians for further analysis. Colleen started at NDNU in January 2002 and is the first full-time Genentech employee to score an MBA internship in the Sales and Marketing Department. “An MBA will broaden my skill set,” she explains. “I want to be more strategic and to continue familiarizing myself with all aspects of cancer drugs, from the bench to the commercial realm.” When she finishes her degree, Colleen will look for a position in product development and management.


ALUMNI NEWS

The Road to Namur: A Bicentennial Journey – June 21- July 2, 2004

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otre Dame de Namur University is offering a special trip next summer and we hope you are a part of it. Come join us on a journey through northern France and Belgium, tracing the early history of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who are celebrating 200 years since the beginning of the congregation in 1804. Attention will be given to the places important to the life of St. Julie Billiart, foundress of the congregation, and to some of the historical events important in our history. We will visit the place of her birth,

Be a Part of The Spring Clean – March 27, 2004 Now you can get and give away at the same time! We have joined “Auction Drop,” a company that accepts donations of articles worth at least $50 and not weighing more than 150 pounds. They will sell the articles on eBay for us, take a percentage, and give the University the rest. You will receive a tax receipt for your gift from the University after your donation is sold. So join us on March 27 at the Taube Center on campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and bring those things that you don’t want anymore anyway. You can help the University by giving them away while you get a tax write-off. We’ll even supply the donuts and coffee for your efforts! See you on March 27.

Cuvilly, and Amiens where Julie and two of her companions consecrated themselves to religious life. Then we will go to Namur where the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Notre Dame will welcome us and share the excitement of the anniversary. While we are in Namur, we will be invited to a civic reception to solidify the relationship between the citizens of Belmont and our Sister-City, Namur. It will be the first “official” visit to Namur for Belmont citizens after their delegates arrived here last April. From Namur, we

will visit Bastogne where the school of the Sisters of Notre Dame became the refuge for U.S. troops during the Battle of the Bulge. This is a very special year for us and we hope that you will be part of our journey through time and space to celebrate our history. We look forward to having you with us. For more information, contact Sr. Roseanne Murphy, SND, Director of Alumni Relations (650) 508-3551.

From These Tiny Seeds n October 22, sixteen alumni met Everyone agreed that it would be a great for “Lunch with the President” at way to develop contacts with alumni nearthe Esquire Grill in Sacramento. The by and to help the University. Other chappurpose of the luncheon was to bring the ters in the offing are in the Modesto area alumni together to meet President Oblak where Michael Stangio, BA ’73, has offered and to hear the latest developments at the to help and, tentatively, San Jose where University. James Davis, BS ’92, MBA ’94, Rebecca William-Wong will help to inauformer President of the NDNU Alumni gurate it. The hope is that other chapters Board, has offered to help develop an will sprout up in the next few years. alumni chapter in the Sacramento area and was very pleased with the response he received from some of the members of the group. Current plans call for hosting some events that would bring more alumni together to network, keep in touch with the University, help with recruitment efforts, have a “Lunch with the President” once a year, and sponsor a fundraiser for scholarship money for a deserving student from the area. Alumni Chapter, Modesto

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Henry Gee

From Contracts to Crayons

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DNU’s teaching credential program enabled Henry Gee to make a dramatic career change from managing environmental waste clean-up projects at Northern California military bases, to teaching third graders in Millbrae. “I was an engineer for 28 years going into early retirement, but I felt I was really too young to retire,” said Gee, who in his mid-fifties had always thought about teaching as a career. “I looked into various programs at state schools and without a doubt NDNU’s program was the ideal way to go,” added the San Mateo resident, who graduated with a Multi-Subject CrossCultural Language and Academic Development degree from NDNU in January 2002. “I tell everyone that if they’re thinking of going into teaching they should go to NDNU. The small classes enable you to have great personal contact with the professors that you just can’t get anywhere else.” Previously, Gee managed the San Francisco Bay Area Navy Base Closure Cleanup Team Environmental Program. While there he supervised as many as 25 environmental engineers and handled approximately $100 million annually in contracts among the various naval bases in the region including Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Alameda Naval Air Station, Naval Station Treasure Island, and Moffett Field Naval Air Station. Smaller bases included the Housing Facility in Novato and the Naval Hospital at Oak Knoll in Oakland. The cleanup program involved working with federal and state environmental protection agencies and the public on the best approaches to clean up the bases in order to convert them to civilian housing, commercial, or recreational space. The goal was to develop cleanup projects that would be cost effective and minimize the health risks based on the type of re-use. “Treatment in place or capping versus the traditional ‘dig and haul,’ where one digs out the dirt and hauls it to a landfill is the best scientific solution, but sometimes it’s not the most practical,” explained Gee. “It was a delicate juggling act working with the various public entities as the military, naturally, was highly scrutinized in its efforts.” The functions Gee was involved in transferred to San Diego in 2000 when the major cleanup projects were completed and bases were being transferred to various cities such as Vallejo, Alameda, and San Francisco. Instead of moving, Gee chose to take “early retirement” and switch careers. His wife, Laura, and adult son, Nolan, wholeheartedly agreed with his decision. Gee’s third grade class at Spring Valley School in Millbrae is also glad he made the change. “NDNU enabled me to make a major career change, one which I love,”said Gee, whose strong background in science and math benefits his students. “It’s always fun working with kids. Knowing that I can make a difference in their lives is what does it for me. Seeing their eyes light up when they understand a concept is what I enjoy.”

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Class Notes

Keep your fellow alums up-to-date! Send your news to the Alumni Office, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA 94002. Please include your name at the time of graduation, your graduation year, your degree, and your phone number. You can also help us keep our records current by including your occupation and title, your work and home street addresses, and your work and home e-mail addresses.

’58 Mariel Franz Miskel is the office manager for husband Leonard A. Miskel, CPA, APC, and currently treasurer of the Venture Downtown Lions Club.

’60 Diane Lovegrove Bader, BA Music retired from the regular classroom (fourth grade) but returned as a part-time music teacher in the Arcohe School District. Her 6th grandchild was born in July. She wrote her Sweeney family genealogy and went to Ireland in June, where she met many family members and enjoyed the beautiful country.

’62 Sheila Emigh, BA French, has just retired in June, after 40 years of teaching. Patricia Bunker Maguire, BA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program holds a Lifetime Teaching Credential and has taught 17 years in both public schools and with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (her first career). She then taught the basics in the remedial program at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA while accomplishing her second career of full-time mom to daughter Kathleen and son Douglas. Patricia is now training for her third career with the goal of ultimately attaining performance level singing the stratospheric Der Holle Rache Knocht in Meinem Herze from Mozart’s Magic Flute.

’64 Patricia Hanton Camarena, BA French, retired from teaching in San Francisco and is now working for SF Zoological Society. She also enjoys traveling more now.

’66 Maria Gallo, BA Home Economics, received an award for 25 years of catechism ministry at St. Pius from Bishop McGrath.

Bonnie Bradshaw McPartland, BA, is a retired teacher and is active in community service working with guide dogs and therapy dogs at Delta Society Denver Pet Partners.

’68 Marilyn A. Badurina, BA Art, said the class reunion was wonderful.

’69 Karen Anne Donner, BA French, is currently employed as a teacher at Anaheim Union High School District.

’76 & ’79 Jeff Mayor, BM Music, MM Piano Performance, continues as the department chair at Orange Coast College and is composing a choral work for the college choir’s spring concert.

’77 Bonnie Lively Providenza, BA English, says she is adjusting to the empty nest.

’79 Barbara Hendryson, BS Psychology, whose poetry collection, Luminosity, is just out from Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, Kentucky, has had over 100 poems published in literary magazines. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, including a Literary Artist’s grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation in 2002.

’80 & ’94 Don Cox, BS Business, MPA Educational Administration, has been the principal at Hoover Elementary School in the Palo Alto Unified School District for four years.

’81 Moira Jones, BA Music, gave two fundraising concerts last year. She sang Irish traditional songs on St. Patrick’s Day for Louison House to assist the homeless and sang the music of Shakespeare’s time to benefit the Shakespeare program at a local elementary school.


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’83 Anne M. Greenfield, is employed by the San Jose Diocese. Blackfriars Press will be publishing her book, Songs of Life: Psalm Meditations from the Catholic Community at Stanford, in Feb. 2004. It contains five or six literary reflections in various styles for each psalm, and others from authors connected in some way to Stanford University. Each psalm is accompanied by a black-and-white art photo taken in and around Stanford’s Memorial Church.

’89 & ’91 Steven Fuentes, BS Business, MBA. is now the associate superintendent of schools at San Bruno Park School District.

’90 Jane Gringauz, BS Math, BS Biology, is teaching mathematics and statistics at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

’92 Kimberly Huegle Marenco, Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, has taught many years in the Millbrae/Redwood City Districts and is now enjoying the Pleasanton area.

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status (which means “all but dissertation”) studies for a doctorate in Counseling and Organizational Counseling. She spends her free time traveling and has been to every state in the U.S., all of Canada, and most of Mexico. In the last three years she has cruised the Yangtze River, visited France (Paris, Normandy, St. Malo), and this year will travel throughout Italy.

’97 Miguel E. Leon, BS Intensive Business, is employed as a software sales consultant for Oracle Corporation.

’99 Raylene M. Blandino, BS Biology, graduated with her master’s from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA. Is currently employed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center as a Master Physician Assistant.

’02 Erlinda T. Galeon, MA Gerontology, does community work for the California Federation of Women Club. She is the club president for the Philippine Association of University Women/ USA and is the chair of education and libraries for the GFWC/ CFWC Golden Gate District.

Dale M. Weatherspoon, BS Intensive Human Services Administration, who lives in San Jose, was appointed to pastor of the First Unified Methodist Church of Redwood City, effective July 1, 2003.

BIRTHS

’94 & ’98

Carol A. Hague, MBA ’98, married Simon N. Hague in 2002.

Daisy Jiminez, BS Human Services Administration, MPA Health Services, is the director of human resources for the San Mateo Union High School District. She is currently in ABD

Catherine Raye-Wong, BA English ’88, and her husband welcomed Amy Hui Tian RayeWong on October 24, 2002.

MARRIAGES Kimberly Huegle Marenco, Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, ’92, married Mario Marenco in 2003.

In Memoriam Alyce Chicorp Petersen, ’32 Madeleine Renovard Rebarchik, ’47 Beverly Ford, ’62 Maureen Galvin Patterson, ’67 David E. Bowen, ’74 Betty L. Gedman, ’89 Richard Patrick, ’93 Patrick Daniel Rich, ’03

Karen D. Thomas Paul Oleson Faculty/Staff Sr. Rosemarie Julie Gavin, SND Father Wayne Maro Sr. Joan Marie Donohoe, SND Sr. Ann Louise Schlitt, SND

Matthew Stannard

Dispatches From the Front

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ost Americans spend their Christmas/New Year’s holidays with friends, family, and/or vacationing. Matthew Stannard ’96 and son of sociology professor Dr. Don Stannard-Friel, spent his in Iraq. Matt is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and has been covering police, courts, and crime for the past few years. Before he began his undergraduate work at NDNU Matt was in the Coast Guard and once played a key role in seizing $750,000,000 worth of hashish. Following his degree in Comparative Cultures, he enrolled in an intensive one-year master’s degree program at the Columbia University School of Journalism. NDNU Magazine caught up with Matt when he was still in Iraq and corresponded with him via email. How did you get the Iraq assignment? I made an utter pest of myself for 18 months and took every opportunity I could find to write about the war, so I would be up to speed if the call came. What are your personal thoughts on Iraq and the war? This is a country filled with people – Iraqis and Americans – trying to accomplish an almost unbelievable mission: rebuilding a nation ravaged by 30 years of war, despotism, and economic sanctions while living close together under incredibly tense conditions. The most interesting thing to me has been to discover how all of the Iraqis I meet are less interested in politics and religion (though they care deeply about those things) than they are about the dayto-day needs of security, fuel, and electricity. I honestly think that if there were some way the Americans could just make sure the lights stayed on all day and round up all the thieves, a lot of the street battles would go away. It’s an opinion many of the soldiers and coalition officials I have met share, though it is a far from easy task. How, if any, have your initial perceptions of Iraq changed? I was surprised at how this is clearly a first-world country in a state of incredible disrepair, not a third-world country that has never seen better. I also have been very impressed at the generosity, courtesy, and manners of the Iraqis I have met, from those who like the American presence to those who openly support the people attacking American troops. I came prepared for verbal or physical attacks upon my person, but in mosques, homes, businesses, and government offices, I have been offered tea and food and invited to stay, and have never felt threatened or in danger. What did you get out of Columbia “J School?” An excellent, intensive introduction to the basic reporting tools I use every day, and the opportunity to work with some of the best editors in the world. What did you most like about NDNU? The personal connections I established with my professors and the chance to stretch with assignments that were not just cookiecutter projects. The classes I took from Dr. Abbas Milani, in particular, have been absolutely critical in my understanding the culture and religion of Iraq. Finally, the wide variety of classes I was able to take as an interdisciplinary major has given me an incredibly useful background for my work, both here and in California.

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Events Calendar March 10

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Jack Jefferson Art Exhibit Wiegand Gallery; Tuesday – Saturday; noon – 4 p.m. through April 17; Opening Reception March 16 Smart Lunch Program Mystery Writers Panel, sponsored by the Alumni Association; Taube Center; 10:30 a.m.

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St. John’s Bible An 8-year calligraphy project presentation; Raslton Hall Mansion; 7:30 p.m. Creative Writers Series George Kerthey; Ralston Hall Mansion; 7:30 p.m. Classical Concert Jacques Littlefield’s Estate; Portola Valley Jack Jefferson Reception Wiegand Art Gallery; 2- 4 p.m.

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Distinguished Speaker Series Michael Scanlon, General Manager & CEO of SamTrans; Ralston Hall Mansion; 7:30 p.m.

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Celebration Marking the Persian New Year A talk about the role of Iran in the evolution of world civilization, and Persian music; School of Sciences fundraiser; Ralston Hall Mansion; 7-9 p.m.; reception follows; (650) 508-3771

March - July 2004

President’s Gala Celebrating the 140th Birthday of Ralston Hall Mansion; 6 p.m. Ralston Concert Series Dennis Lee and Chee-Hung Toh, pianists; Ralston Hall Mansion; 3 p.m. Catholic Scholars Series Rev. Richard Gula, SS, on “The Ongoing Renewal of Catholic Moral Theology,” sponsored by the Alumni Association; Ralston Hall Mansion, 7:30 p.m.

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Lysistrata A bawdy anti-war comedy; NDNU Theatre; 2 p.m.

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Giants vs. Dodgers Alumni Fundraiser SBC Park; lunch 11:30 a.m.; first pitch 1:05 p.m.

15,16, Musical Theatre Showcase 17, 18 NDNU Theatre; 7:30 p.m. 18

Ralston Concert Series Salon Viardot; Ralston Hall Mansion; 3 p.m.

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Community Collaborations Day

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Lysistrata A bawdy anti-war comedy; NDNU Theatre; 7 p.m.

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“Spring Clean” Day Alumni fundraiser for collecting items to sell at auction; Taube Center; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Lysistrata A bawdy anti-war comedy; NDNU Theatre; 7:30 p.m.

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Lysistrata A bawdy anti-war comedy; NDNU Theatre; 8 p.m.

“On the Road to Namur” Sponsored by the Alumni Association; a visit to Namur, Belgium

For further information call: Distinguished Speakers Series (650) 508-3726 Music Performance (650) 508-3429 Theatre Performance (650) 508-3623 or (650) 508-3575 Wiegand Art Gallery (650) 508-3595 Alumni Hot Line (650) 508-3693

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