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Patricia Schultz (I’75)

Author, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Patricia Schultz

Schultz’s world opened up during her years on Georgetown’s international campus, when she learned from its diverse student population. She took a gap year to travel, worked as an au pair in Florence and studied abroad in Madrid. Schultz encourages students and travelers of all ages to “be curious,” a piece of advice she says she learned at Georgetown. Here, Schultz tells the story of her love affair with “the journey,” her first trips abroad and writing 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. She offers this wisdom to travelers of all levels: “The journey abroad reflects the one within—the most unknown and foreign and unmapped landscape of them all, the ultimate terra incognita.”

Schultz is the author of 1,000 Places to See In the USA and Canada Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. She is also executive producer of the Travel Channel’s show of the same name. Based in New York City, Schultz has written for Condé Nast Traveler, Islands, and Harper’s Bazaar. She has lived and traveled all over the world and estimates that she’s visited 80 percent of the places listed in her books. Forbes named her one of the 25 most influential women in travel.

Additional Resources

The Official Site: 1,000 Places To See Before You Die
http://www.1000beforeyoudie.com/

Library of Congress
National Book Festival 2007
http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4165

Yousef Al Otaiba (F’95)

United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States

Location: Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Yousef Al Otaiba

At the age of 18, Al Otaiba left his home in the United Arab Emirates to attend Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, his first visit to the United States. He remembers the “warmth, friendships, diversity and internationalism” of the campus. Seventeen years later, Al Otaiba was named the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States.

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States, took up his Washington, D.C.-based post in July 2008. Ambassador Al Otaiba had previously served seven years as the director of international affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. During that time, he was a senior counselor to His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

Additional Resources

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
http://www.uae-embassy.org/embassy/ambassador-yousef-al-otaiba

Andrew Jameson (F’90)

Former President, Maloof Entertainment Group
Partner, Irish Dreamtime

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Andrew Jameson

In the last five years, Andrew Jameson has produced a diverse range of projects from the worlds of scripted television, features, and unscripted television. Recently, he has been charged by Pierce Brosnan to guide his production company, Irish Dreamtime (IDT), into the television business; as such, Andrew helps lead IDT’s strategy and vision, and supervises all production and development. Moreover, Andrew is actively developing projects outside the scope of IDT, including several with Mark Burnett Productions as well as Ben Silverman’s Electus.

Prior to working with Irish Dreamtime, Andrew served as President at Maloof Productions, where he ran the day-to-day operations while creating strategic alliances for the company. In his tenure at Maloof, he developed and produced forty episodes of primetime television and a feature, in the process working with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Steven Soderbergh, Ben Affleck and Adam Sandler. Moreover, he sold projects to HBO, Comedy Central, ESPN, Spike, E! and Speed Channel.

Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at Steve Stabler’s Commotion Pictures, and held Business Affairs positions at Screen Actors Guild, Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox. He has lectured at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and is a member of the Producers Guild of America as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Additional Resources

Irish DreamTime: The Official Website
http://www.irishdreamtime.com

Andrew Jameson – IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1264836

Producers Guild of America
http://www.producersguild.org

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
http://www.emmys.tv

Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson (G’09)

2nd Battalion 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, U.S. Army
Honorary Co-Captain for the New York Giants, Super Bowl XLII

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson

In 2007, Army Lt. Col. Gadson was critically wounded by an improvised explosive device while serving in Iraq. Here, Lt. Col. Gadson tells his story and shares what he’s learned, lessons of faith and perseverance. During a rehabilitation stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Lt. Col. Gadson decided that attending graduate school at Georgetown would be part of his recovery plan. He was the first person to try Power Knees, the latest in prosthetic technology.

A few months after losing both legs and suffering severe injuries to his right arm, former West Point football player Lt. Col. Gadson was walking with Power Knees and playing a key support role to the New York Giants. After their 0-2 season start, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin invited Gadson to meet with the team and talk to them about “service, duty, perseverance and adversity.” For his example of leadership, courage and camaraderie, Gadson was named honorary co-captain of the Giants, who went on to win that year’s Super Bowl.

Additional Resources

Washington Post
“Testing Power Knees”
April 16, 2009
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2009/04/16/VI2009041604733.html

NY Daily News
“Lieutenant colonel Greg Gadson is Giants’ inspirational co-captain”
Jan. 21, 2008
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2008/01/22/2008-01-22_lieutenant_colonel_greg_gadson_is_giants.html

Bruce Simmons (B’69)

Retired Managing Director, Citigroup

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Bruce Simmons

As a finance student at Georgetown, Simmons was the quarterback and co-captain of the football team. Now, he mentors student-athletes and, since 1974, has interviewed prospective students as part of the Alumni Admissions Program. After his graduation, Simmons served as a U.S. Navy officer on the USS Albany before earning an MBA at Columbia University. He then began a 29-year career with Citigroup Inc., where he was responsible for the firm’s global relationships with corporate finance clients throughout the southeastern United States.

In 2003, Simmons retired as managing director and senior credit officer at Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking in Atlanta. A volunteer at Saint Joseph’s Hospital since 1983, he recently retired as chairman of the hospital board and now chairs the board of Saint Joseph’s Translational Research Institute. He also serves as a director of the Gwinnett Technical College Foundation and a member of the stewardship committee of Catholic Health East. Simmons regularly travels the country in support of Georgetown’s athletic teams. He has served on the board of regents and as president of the Georgetown Club of Georgia, and he received the William Gaston Alumni Award in 2005. The recipient of the 2005 Hoyas Unlimited Award for outstanding service to Georgetown Athletics, Simmons was an early supporter of the Multi-Sport Facility and co-chair of its fundraising committee. Together with his brothers Brad (B’74) and Brian (B’81), who also played football at Georgetown, Bruce established the Mary Jane and Winsor Simmons Athletic Scholarship for football student-athletes in the McDonough School of Business, in honor of his parents.

Additional Resources

Georgetown University Official Athletic Site
http://www.guhoyas.com/

Neil Ashe (B’90)

President, CBS Interactive

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C., during John Carroll Weekend 2010
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Neil Ashe

Ashe grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., and recalls choosing Georgetown because it was a “special, special place.” He fondly remembers professor George Houston and Rev. J. Donald Freeze, S.J. As the current president of CBS Interactive, Ashe is well-regarded in the interactive industry. He speaks eloquently on the idea that the Internet is an anomaly that “fades to black in the background” of our lives.

As president of CBS Interactive, Ashe is responsible for overseeing CBS Interactive’s business strategy and vision, including sales, marketing, product development, technology and international operations. Previously, Ashe served as CEO of CNET Networks until the company was acquired by CBS Corporation in May 2008. Ashe joined CNET Networks in 2002 as senior vice president of corporate strategy and development. In 2005, he assumed the role of executive vice president, and his responsibilities expanded to include the day-to-day management of community and lifestyle, business, channel and international divisions.

Additional Resources

CNBC
January 8, 2010
http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1380821188

Ann Sarnoff (B’83)

Former President, Dow Jones Ventures

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C., during John Carroll Weekend 2010
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Ann Sarnoff

Influenced by her older sister, Sarnoff applied to only one college. She fondly remembers the course titled “The Problem of God,” English classes, professor Michael Foley, playing field hockey and working at Yates. Sarnoff studied abroad at the University of Oxford during the summer of Prince Charles’ wedding to Princess Diana. While she was a student, Sarnoff worked at Pizzeria Uno and was named their director of marketing. She calls this her first job experience. In September 2010, Sarnoff was appointed chief operating officer of BBC Worldwide Americas.

Before joining BBC, Sarnoff worked at Dow Jones & Company where she was president of Dow Jones Ventures and senior vice president of strategy for Dow Jones. Sarnoff launched The Wall Street Journal’s executive conference business and FINS.com, a career site for financial professionals. He also reorganized the print and online classified businesses. Prior to joining Dow Jones & Company in 2006, Sarnoff served for two years as the chief operating officer for the Women’s National Basketball Association. Under her leadership, the WNBA developed a new brand campaign, expanded its marketing platforms and attracted new sponsors to the league. In 1993, Sarnoff began her media career at Viacom and held positions at MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CMT.

Additional Resources

Ann Sarnoff Appointed Chief Operating Officer at BBC Worldwide America
Sept. 8, 2010
http://press.bbcamerica.com/press-release.jsp?id=17665

BusinessWeek
“The Sarnoffs: Great-Uncle Dave Would Be Proud”
March 7, 2005
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_10/b3923126_mz016.htm

Linda Kildea, R.N. (H’84)

Georgetown University Hospital

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Washington D.C. John Carroll Weekend 2010
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Linda Kildea

As a longtime employee of Georgetown University Hospital, Kildea has been a firsthand witness to medical history. Kildea met her husband, a dental student, at Georgetown. The Kildeas are a true Hoya family. In the 1950s, Kildea was assistant to the legendary Dr. Charles Hufnagel, one of America’s most gifted surgeons and a pioneer in the surgical treatment of heart and great vessel disorders. While Hufnagel was inventing the first artificial heart valve and making enormous strides in kidney transplantation, Kildea was a head nurse in his operating room.

Kildea was trained as a clinical perfusionist, a role that required her to operate the heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery. Here, she recalls that people came from across the world for treatment from Hufnagel and his medical team. She was a part of the team that traveled to Panama, Copenhagen and Italy to train other surgeons. In this interview, she fondly remembers working for Hufnagel and reflects on the early days of open heart surgery and the great strides that have been made in the field of medicine.

David McMunn (G’74)

President, McMunn Associates, Inc.

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C., during John Carroll Weekend 2010
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)David McMunn

A Navy intelligence officer with an interest in Arab/Middle East studies, McMunn earned a master’s degree in history from Georgetown in 1974. Ten years earlier, before matriculating, McMunn was deployed to Vietnam for a six month cruise. Here, he tells the story of his time in Vietnam, which includes first-hand accounts of the Gulf of Tonkin, the Mekong Delta and an attack on his helicopter, when he was rescued by the “Spirit in the Sky.”

McMunn, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security, has more than 40 years of military and private sector experience in intelligence, maritime security and executive-level program management. He is the founder and president of McMunn Associates Inc., a consulting firm that provides policy support to the highest levels of the U.S. government and supports intelligence analysis and production, training, maritime security and emergency incident management requirements. McMunn has previously held senior executive level positions in Cabinet departments and military services, and has served in key national security positions in the White House. His assignments have ranged from director of border Security for the White House from 1990-1991 to naval attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Israel from 1975-1978.

Additional Resources

Foreign Policy Research Institute

http://www.fpri.org/

Doris Browne, M.D., M.P.H. (M’79)

Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps (Retired)

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C., during John Carroll Weekend 2010
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Doris Browne

During Dr. Browne’s first year in medical school at Georgetown, she took a course in oncology as an elective. Here, she describes how the camaraderie and warmth she felt among the patients and doctors led her to fall in love with the field. After graduating from Georgetown, she completed an internship, residency and fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Browne has achieved national and international recognition as an expert in the medical management of radiation casualties, women’s health and breast cancer. Her textbooks, book chapters and articles have been widely published.

Dr. Doris Browne retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after 27 years of service. She served as the senior scientific officer of the Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Group at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. She is president and CEO of Browne and Associates Inc. in Washington, D.C. Dr. Browne is affiliated with the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees, the Intercultural Cancer Council Governing Board, Leadership Washington, and Trinity Episcopal Church. She is a former member of the American Red Cross National Capital Chapter.

Additional Resources

District of Columbia’s Office of Veterans Affairs
http://ova.dc.gov/ova/cwp/view,a,1403,q,639614.asp

Bud Colligan (F’76)

Partner, Accel Partners

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Bud Colligan

Colligan remembers the mid-70s as “an exciting time,” due to the drama of President Nixon, Watergate, the Vietnam War and anti-war protests. After graduating from Georgetown, Colligan returned to his native California to accept a job with Bank of America. He joined the small team at Apple in 1983, where he assisted in the development and launch of the groundbreaking Macintosh personal computer, introduced the Macintosh in Europe, and then headed Higher Education Marketing.

At Accel Partners, where he has worked since 1998, Colligan focuses on software, digital media and internet investments. Prior to joining Accel, Bud co-founded Macromedia through a 1992 merger of Authorware and Macromind-Paracomp. Bud headed Authorware as president and CEO from 1989-1992. At Macromedia, Bud served as CEO from 1992-1997, taking the company public on NASDAQ in December 1993, and as chairman until July 1998. During Bud’s tenure, Macromedia grew from a small start-up to generating over $100 million in annual revenue. In 1996, Bud was named Software Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. In 2005, Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion. Colligan serves on the board of many organizations, including Pacific Community Ventures, an organization that provides capital and venture services to entrepreneurs in low-income areas throughout California.

Additional Resources

Georgetown Technology Alliance
http://www.georgetowntechalliance.com/

Apple Macintosh 1984 Super Bowl Commercial
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-715862862672743260#

Accel Partners
http://www.accel.com/

Scott D. Morse (F’74, MSFS’83)

Former President/Publisher, FedEx Trade Networks (WorldTariff)

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Scott D. Morse

During his time at Georgetown, Morse started a student travel business. In his early entrepreneurial years, he met Jack Leslie (C’76) and contributed to the early development of The Corp, or Students of Georgetown, Inc., the world’s largest completely student-owned and -operated business and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since his graduation from Georgetown, Morse has actively served in the Alumni Admissions Program. In 2006, he was elected to the Georgetown University Board of Regents. In 2008, he started the Georgetown Technology Alliance, which organizes lectures and networking for professional alumni in Silicon Valley. He organized the alliance’s coast-to-coast “telepresence” forums, in which alumni who manage technology corporations and current Georgetown students come together to discuss employment. Morse also serves as treasurer of the organization.

Morse is an international trade regulation expert who has changed the ways in which governments and corporations reference foreign customs duty and tax information. In 1991, Morse acquired Eurotariff (GB) Ltd., a loose-leaf publisher in the U.K., and named it WorldTariff, which merged with FedEx in 2000. At WorldTariff, he leveraged his expertise in international trade regulation to pioneer digitized multi-country customs duty and tax data for worldwide use. Noteworthy among his licensees were the European Commission for the exporters of the EU, JETRO for exporters of Japan and SAP for exporters of multinational corporations. In 2006, Morse retired from his position as publisher of WorldTariff. Morse has held annual MSFS alumni salons at his home in San Francisco since 2007, and he promoted the first annual gathering of MSFS alumni at John Carroll Weekend in 2009. He also created a need-based scholarship fund in 2001 for qualified MSFS students.

Additional Resources

Georgetown Technology Alliance
http://www.georgetowntechalliance.com/

The Corp
http://www.thecorp.org/

John F. Stapleton, M.D. (M’45, R’52, H’82)

Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University Medical Center
World War II Veteran

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) John F. Stapleton, M.D.

Dr. Stapleton describes the Washington, D.C., of 1942, when he arrived from Fordham University, as a “southern city.” Here, he recalls exploring the city and meeting his first cadaver. Stapleton belonged to the V-12 Navy College Training Program. While most of his class entered the Army Specialized Training Program and lived in barracks on campus, the Navy students could live off campus. When the war ended earlier than was expected, the Army and Navy assigned Stapleton to hospitals in Virginia for two years. There, he worked with patients who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. Later, Stapleton had the opportunity to work with Dr. W. Proctor Harvey and Dr. Charles Hufnagel.

In 1951, Harvey created a cardiology fellowship for which Stapleton was selected. In this interview, Stapleton tells of Harvey’s ethics and compassion for the individual, which made him “one of Georgetown’s heroes.” Stapleton recalls some of medicine’s firsts, from the heart valve replacement, to the first kidney transplant and development of the artificial kidney, to coronary angiograms, open heart surgery and bypass operations. In 1996, Stapleton authored Upward Journey: The Story of Internal Medicine at Georgetown 1851-1981, which chronicles the history of Georgetown Medicine.

Additional Resources

Georgetown University Medical Center
http://gumc.georgetown.edu/

Washington Post
“Noted Cardiologist W. Proctor Harvey”
October 17, 2007
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/16/AR2007101602178.html

Martin Dickinson (C’71)

Vice President of Development, Environmental Law Institute

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Martin Dickinson

On Oct. 21, 1967, when Dickinson was a first-year student at Georgetown, he helped to organize and marshal the March on the Pentagon, which he calls “one of the biggest things [he’s] been a part of.” Dickinson also remembers other protests and pickets, powerful moments when disenfranchised individuals shared their life stories. Dickinson spent the first part of his career as a labor organizer and political representative for the Hospital Employees and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which grew into America’s largest labor union. He then began a career in nonprofit work.

Dickinson organized workers at the grassroots level in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., and became the assistant political director under John Sweeney at SEIU. He was a leader in the AFL-CIO political arm during the Mondale and Dukakis presidential campaigns. Dickinson participated in the 1988 Democratic Convention, where the keynote speaker was another Hoya, President Bill Clinton (F’68). In 1989, Dickinson entered the nonprofit sector and worked in development for the Children’s Defense Fund. He has worked in fundraising at the Alliance to Save Energy and, currently, at the Environmental Law Institute.

Additional Resources

Environmental Law Institute
http://www.eli.org/

Jack Leslie (F’76)

Chairman, Weber Shandwick Worldwide

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Jack Leslie

Leslie’s strongest memories from his time at Georgetown include professor Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J., classes in liberation theology, President Nixon’s resignation, the filming of The Exorcist and student protests, especially one that involved placing lemons in front of the president’s office. Upon graduating from the School of Foreign Service, Leslie got a job with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, which launched his political consulting career. After the 1980 elections, he spent a year “bouncing around the world” and sharpening his craft.

A seasoned global communications professional and political operative, Leslie serves as chairman of Weber Shandwick, an international public relations firm. He was a senior aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy and a strategist on dozens of campaigns in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Leslie served as a communications crisis advisor to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the immediate aftermath of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, to American Airlines following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to the government of Colombia on narco-trafficking and terrorism, and to the state of Florida on the shootings of foreign tourists. After Sept. 11, he testified before the House International Relations Committee on U.S. public diplomacy programs directed at the Muslim world. President Obama appointed Leslie chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) in 2009.

Additional Resources

Weber Shandwick Worldwide
http://www.webershandwick.com/

George Mishtowt, M.D. (C’38, M’42)

Former Medical Director, U.S. Department of State

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

George Mishtowt, M.D.

George Mishtowt describes a very different Washington in the 1930s. He remembers the Great Depression, World War II and his service in the 82nd Airborne, Waco gliders, landing in Holland, moving into France and the Battle of the Bulge covered in snow. In 1955, he was hired as the first doctor to serve the State Department.

As a young boy, Mishtowt moved to Washington where his father was a naval attaché at the Imperial Russian Embassy. His mother had been a lady-in-waiting for the last tsarina. Because of their connections to the imperial government, it was no longer safe for the family in Russia . The family remained in the United States, and Mishtowt was awarded a full scholarship to attend Georgetown. He graduated from the College in 1938 and from the School of Medicine in 1942, where he was first in his class all four years.

Jim Welch (C’71, G’05)

Deputy Managing Editor, Sports, USA Today

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Jim Welch

Welch majored in government and international relations at Georgetown in the late 60s. During his senior year, he landed a job at the National Journal, where he served as a reporter during the Watergate scandal. Here, he shares behind-the-scenes accounts of the Olympic Games and reflects on the changing role of the newspaper industry.

Welch recalls how he eventually talked his way into an editing position at a daily newspaper in Vietnam. During a stint at The Burlington Free Press he reported on politics and served as an election observer in Nicaragua. Under the leadership of Al Neuharth, chairman of the board for Gannett Company, Welch helped to launch USA Today. He worked on the new venture for a few years before returning to The Burlington Free Press to serve as editor-in-chief. After six years in Burlington, Welch returned to USA Today as deputy managing editor of sports. In 2005, Welch returned to Georgetown to earn his master’s degree in leadership.

Additional Resources

USA Today
Careers Today: Career Pathways in Journalism
http://www.usatoday.com/educate/college/careers/journalism/careers/welch.htm

Norah O’Donnell (C’95, G’03)

Chief Washington Correspondent, MSNBC

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Norah O’Donnell

As the chief Washington correspondent for NBC News’ 24-hour cable channel, MSNBC, Norah O’Donnell has had a front row seat to history. Washingtonian magazine has included O’Donnell in its list of Washington’s 100 most powerful women. Here, she reflects on the foundation she gained at Georgetown and how her philosophy classes continue to inspire her.

O’Donnell covered the historic 2008 presidential election, anchoring throughout the primaries and reporting exit poll numbers. Her assignments took her around the globe, reporting from every continent except Antarctica with the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense. In addition, she covered the Florida recount, 9/11, the Pentagon and the war in Afghanistan. Prior to joining NBC, she was a staff reporter for Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper. Her first job after Georgetown was at The Hotline, a publication that, in her words, “people in the news business read.”

Additional Resources

MSNBC
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3080442/ns/
msnbc_tvmeet_the_faces_of_msnbc

Richard McCooey (C’52)

Founder, The Tombs

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Richard McCooey

Since his first year at Georgetown, McCooey had dreams of opening a restaurant near campus. The idea for The Tombs and 1789 Restaurant came from Nassau Tavern at Yale. In 1960 McCooey founded the trio of restaurants, including F. Scott’s, when he acquired the buildings, which then housed a Chinese laundry and Hilltop Cafe. Here, McCooey tells the story of gutting the properties, digging out a basement and the three years it took to obtain a liquor license. The Tombs and the upstairs 1789 Restaurant opened in the summer of 1962.

McCooey has worked in business for more than 50 years. He was the founder, owner and operator of The Tombs, 1789 Restaurant and F. Scott’s from 1961-1986. In 1963, McCooey was honored with the esteemed John Carroll Award, he and received Catholic Charities’ Caritas Award in 1992. Since 1986, he has been the founder, president and chief design consultant for Persona Studios, a restaurant design consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

Additional Resources

The Tombs
http://www.tombs.com/

Persona Studios
http://www.personastudiosdesigns.com

C. David Welch (F’75)

Former Assistant Secretary of State, Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) C. David Welch

With career Foreign Service officers for parents—one of whom attended Georgetown—Welch grew up around the world. Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service was a natural choice for him, and Welch entered the U.S. Department of State in 1977. After more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. Foreign Service, where he rose to the top rank of career ambassador, Welch joined the Bechtel Corporation as president of the Europe, Africa and Middle East regions. He is also manager of civil strategy and business development in Bechtel’s civil business unit in London. Here, Welch reflects on his time at Georgetown, his diplomatic service and the theoretical versus operational practice of international relations.

Ambassador Welch served as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2005-2008, during which he led U.S. diplomacy in the region and supervised American relations with the Arab Middle East, Israel and Iran. Ambassador Welch was the on-the-ground negotiator during the 2006 war in southern Lebanon. From 2001-2005, Welch served as the U.S. ambassador to Egypt at one of the largest American embassies in the world. He was assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs from 1998-2001. His overseas service includes two years as charge d’affaires leading the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and assignments in Jordan, Syria, and Pakistan. Ambassador Welch was a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House from 1989-1991.

Additional Resources

Bechtel Corporation
http://www.bechtel.com

U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum
http://www.us-saudiforum.com/

Charlie Capozzoli (F’53)

Olympian, 1952 Helsinki Games

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Charlie Capozzoli

Capozzoli is one of America’s greatest long-distance runners. In high school, he joined the track team. By distinguishing himself as a champion runner, he received a number of college scholarships. He chose Georgetown and, as a college student, continued to nurture his love for running. At the age of 18, Capozzoli started training for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. There, he set a new American record for the 5,000-meter race, though it wasn’t enough to qualify him for the finals. In 1952, Capozzoli won the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Championship for Georgetown.

On April 22, 2009, Capozzoli was inducted into the legendary New York Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame. He enjoyed a long and successful athletic career, highlighted by his defeat of the Irish champion distance runner, John Joe Barry, one of the fastest men in the world. In addition to running, Capozzoli wrote a book, Run to Win, Love and Sacrifice, about his experiences as a young Italian-American boy growing up in New York City. His second book is called A Love Story. Capozzoli has also worked in sales at Carte Blanche.

Additional Resources

Olympic Games
http://www.olympic.org/olympic-games

Lana Dajani (F’04, G’05)

Author, My Letter to President Barack Obama

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Lana Dajani

As a Georgetown student, Dajani took courses in English, government, religion, politics and Arab studies. She remembers a particularly inspiring human rights and international law class taught by professors Anthony Arend and Daniel Porterfield. Here, Dajani illustrates the process of writing her first book—from coming up with the concept in the middle of the night, to working with a fellow Hoya illustrator, to the final publication and book tours. Dajani grew up in Washington, D.C., and lives in Dubai.

Dajani, creator and author of The Ella Collection book series, is passionate about children’s education. She believes in using illustrated short stories to introduce real-world issues to children, so that they may positively engage with those issues as young adults. The first installment of the book series, My Letter to President Barack Obama, was inspired by the historic election of the United States’ first African-American president. The book discusses the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions and how individuals, no matter how big or small, can make a difference.

Additional Resources

The Ella Collection (Author’s Website)
http://www.theellacollection.com/

Georgetown Alumni Online
Career Spotlight
http://alumni.georgetown.edu/default.aspx?page=CareerServicesSpotlightDajani

The Hon. Robert T.S. Colby (C’49, L’51)

Judge, General District Courts, Alexandria, Virginia

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Robert T.S. Colby

Judge Colby earned both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Georgetown. He still has his notes from a political history class taught by Rev. Gerard F. Yates, S.J.. Colby remembers the days before Jack the Bulldog, when the school’s mascot was a Great Dane that “looked more like a horse.” His undergraduate and law school tuition cost $750 and $250, respectively.

Colby remembers Georgetown’s first radio station, which he says was “more of a transmitter.” He describes 1940s Washington, D.C., as a southern town that was still segregated; just outside Healy Gates was the “black neighborhood.” During the summer of 1946, a plane landed on Georgetown’s fields—and, luckily, missed hitting the cows that often grazed there. For over two years, Colby “played solider” during the Korean War. After graduating from Georgetown Law Center, he practiced law until 1967, when he became a judge.

Additional Resources

Virginia’s Judicial System
http://www.courts.state.va.us/

Rev. Raymond B. Kemp

Senior Research Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center
Georgetown University

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Rev. Raymond B. Kemp

A native Washingtonian, Father Kemp is community organizer, Catholic priest and professor. On Aug. 28, 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, Kemp was a student at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. The young seminarian attended the March on Washington, which made Kemp’s life’s purpose, his calling, clear. Kemp spent the next four decades infusing his sermons with King’s passion for social justice, and encouraging other priests to do the same, with his national Preaching the Just Word retreats, which he has led since 1992. Kemp eventually met King and worked with activists Saul Alinsky and the Berrigan brothers. Here, Kemp reflects on social justice, changes he’s seen and the election of President Obama.

Father Kemp is a tireless advocate for the poor and homeless. As a priest at St. Augustine Parish, located just north of D.C.’s historically black U Street, he was a firsthand witness to 1960s social activism. Following King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, riots broke out in the neighborhood surrounding Kemp’s church. During this period, Kemp was assaulted with teargas more than 10 times, and many speculated that he had been killed or stabbed. Since 1992, Kemp has taught Georgetown courses on race and class.

Additional Resources

Woodstock Theological Center
http://woodstock.georgetown.edu/fellows/raymond-kemp.html

Medill Reports Washington
“Georgetown priest uses Scripture to stir political action”
Jan. 30, 2008
http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=76275

NPR: The March on Washington
Marking the 40th Anniversary of the Historic Civil Rights Protest
http://www.npr.org/news/specials/march40th/

Martin Luther King, “I Have a Dream”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk

Michael L. Vespoli (B’68)

Former Olympian and CEO, Vespoli USA, Inc.

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Michael L. Vespoli

Vespoli learned of Georgetown through his church. Upon his admissions rejection, he made a successful appeal to Rev. Joseph Sweeney, S.J., then director of admissions. Here, Vespoli reveals that he still has both letters. Vespoli’s career in rowing started in 1964 when he joined Georgetown’s crew team as a walk-on. He went on to row with several national championship-winning teams and placed in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Vespoli’s team of eight American rowers won the 1974 World Rowing Championships in Switzerland. He later coached university teams and was a sculling coach for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, though he did not compete because of the U.S. boycott. In 1980, with help from his retired machinist father, he started Vespoli USA. In its first year, the company made 12 boats in total—now, they manufacture that many in a week.

Vespoli is a former member of the U.S. Olympic Committee for Men’s Rowing and a current consultant to the President’s Commission on Olympic Sports. He was an NBC rowing commentator at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He and his wife, Nancy, established the Vespoli Family Crew Scholarship at Georgetown in 2003. The scholarship provides financial aid to one or more intercollegiate rowers who demonstrate financial need. In 2000, Vespoli was honored with the “Power Ten” award, which is given to those who show extraordinary support for national and international rowing.

Additional Resources

Vespoli World Class Racing Shells
http://www.vespoli.com/

Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. (M’67)

Former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D.

A Philadelphia native, Dr. von Eschenbach attended the Georgetown University School of Medicine and served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. After completing a residency in urologic surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, he was a urology instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2006, Dr. von Eschenbach was named one of the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people. He was also named to Modern Healthcare’s 2007 and 2008 lists of the 50 most powerful physician executives in healthcare.

Dr. von Eschenbach was president-elect of the American Cancer society when President George W. Bush appointed him director of the National Cancer Institute. Four years later, he was appointed acting commissioner of Food and Drugs, and he immediately put forth an agenda to modernize the Food and Drug Administration. When he was confirmed by the Senate as commissioner in December 2006, Dr. von Eschenbach emphasized innovation by fostering creative projects, including the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative. Dr. von Eschenbach entered government service after an outstanding career over three decades as a physician, surgeon, oncologist and executive.

Additional Resources

Center for Health Transformation
http://www.healthtransformation.net/

George M. Taber (C’64)

Author, Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) George M. Taber

Taber entered Georgetown in fall of 1960. Here, he recalls the Kennedy years, a protest at the Indian Embassy and memories of the 60s, both fun and tragic. Taber also fondly remembers Georgetown’s campus at Christmastime. During his junior year abroad, Taber saw how journalism combined his passions for books, writing and politics. This prompted him to pursue a career as a finance journalist.

Taber worked at Time magazine for 21 years, where he was a national economic correspondent in Washington, D.C., after which he served as business editor. In 1988, Taber left Time to start a weekly New Jersey business newspaper, NJBIZ, which he sold in 2005. He has since focused his writing on wine. His first book, entitled Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine, was published in 2005. Taber was the only reporter present at a blind tasting in Paris, at which a group of French judges chose California wines over the best that France had to offer in both the red and white categories. This tasting, the subject of Taber’s book, put California wines on the map and inspired the 2008 movie Bottle Shock.

Additional Resources

George Taber
http://www.georgemtaber.com/

Martin Gerra (F’49)

Former Manager of International Economics, IBM

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Martin Gerra

Gerra was 14 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. At 17, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. His most vivid World War II memory is of winning a tennis tournament. He was discharged and came to Georgetown in January 1947 in hopes of starting an international career. Upon graduating in 1949, Gerra got a job at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For 12 years, he worked in the federal government in model building and econometrics. Then, Gerra joined IBM, where he saw the computer and electronics industry develop. Here, he shares the story of heading the research and development division for one of IBM’s departments. Gerra recalls working on a project to make a computer that could fit in an attaché case—a feat that their managers deemed impossible.

Gerra retired from IBM in 1988 after 25 years of service. He was primarily responsible for advising senior management of economic and business conditions, exchange rates and other factors affecting operations worldwide, as well as coordinating the activities of IBM economists in 19 countries. Previously, Gerra held a number of management positions in marketing, finance and planning for IBM. He also spent 15 months as special assistant to the president at Gallaudet University under IBM’s Faculty Loan Program. Gerra frequently writes and speaks on international economics. He has lectured in more than 20 countries.

Additional Resources

The Washington Post
Letters to the Editor
“Will the Fed’s latest action boost the economy?”
Nov. 11, 2010
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/11/AR2010111106708.html

Daniel Henninger (F’68)

Deputy Editor, Editorial Page, “The Wall Street Journal”

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Daniel Henninger

Starting out in the College, Henninger soon transferred to the School of Foreign Service where he immersed himself in studies of the Cold War, U.S. Foreign Policy and journalism. In the dormitories, he remembers the camaraderie and a level of “intensity and fun” that framed late night debates regarding politics, popular culture and ideals.

After Georgetown, Henninger landed an editing job at the “New Republic,” worked at the “National Observer” and then began his tenure as a feature writer for “The Wall Street Journal.” Before work on the morning of September 11, 2001, he stopped at Brooks Brothers, just across from the World Trade Center, to buy a cummerbund to wear at his son’s wedding. As the planes hit the towers, Henninger recalls sitting down to “watch as a journalist” until the dust cloud hit. He knew he had to bear witness, writing his account to appear the next day in the Wall Street Journal.

Additional Resources

Wall Street Journal
September 12, 2001
“I Saw It All. Then I Saw Nothing.”
http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=95001254

Wall Street Journal Opinion Archives, “Wonder Land”
http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/archive/

Joseph A. Almeida (C’05)

Winner of Teach for America’s 2007 National Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)  

Joseph A. Almeida

Two experiences during his student years stand out for Joseph Almeida: Meeting Sen. Joe Biden while ushering during Commencement and competing nationally with Groove Theory, Georgetown’s first co-ed hip-hop dance group. After graduating from Georgetown, Almeida joined Teach for America and began his service in Philadelphia. He currently teaches fifth grade math in New York City. In 2007, Almeida was recognized by Teach for America with the National Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award—what he calls one of his life milestones.

From a very young age, Almeida knew he wanted to teach. In high school he volunteered at a community center, during college breaks he worked as a substitute teacher and in the summers he volunteered at Outward Bound. Motivated by the desire to make a difference in young people’s lives, he says, teaching gives him a “great sense of collective action.”

Additional Resources

Teach for America
http://www.teachforamerica.org/

Georgetown’s Groove Theory
http://studentorgs.georgetown.edu/groovetheory/

Jim Whitaker (C’90)

Filmmaker and Director, Project Rebirth
Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Jim Whitaker

Shortly after 9/11, Jim Whitaker visited New York City. When he went to Ground Zero he felt despair and anger, but also sensed the determination and resolve of the first responders and volunteers working to clear the site and knew then that somehow New York would cope, the site would be rebuilt and that process urgently needed to be captured on film over the coming years. Thus, Project Rebirth was born.

Whitaker lives the phrase “men and women in service to others.” He began his career as a documentary filmmaker creating socially conscious films to raise money for nonprofits including Best Buddies. He also wrote and directed “Loaded,” an award-winning public service announcement against drinking and driving in memory of a Georgetown University classmate. The president of Imagine Entertainment, Whitaker’s Hollywood production track record includes American Gangster, 8 Mile, Cinderella Man and other acclaimed films.

Additional Resources

Project Rebirth
http://www.projectrebirth.org/

Parag Khanna (F’99, G’05)

Director, Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Parag Khanna

In 2008, Parag Khanna was named one of Esquire’s 75 most influential people of the 21st century. He is author of the international best-seller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish and basic Arabic and his research has taken him to close to 100 countries. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Explorers Club and was honored in 2009 as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

During 2007, Khanna was a senior geopolitical advisor to United States Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2002 to 2005, he was the Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution; from 2000 to 2002 he worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva; and from 1999 to 2000, he was a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is working towards his Ph.D. in international relations at the London School of Economics.

Additional Resources

Parag Khanna’s Website
http://www.paragkhanna.com

New America Foundation
http://www.newamerica.net

Remapping the World
One of TIME magazine’s “10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years”
By Parag Khanna | March 12, 2010
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/
0,28804,1971133_1971110_1971105,00.html

Frank J. Prial (C’51)

Former Wine Columnist, The New York Times, and Author, Decantations

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Frank J. Prial

Prial reflects on post-war Washington, D.C., the competitive English classes at Georgetown and the good fortune of knowing Rev. Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Prial’s first job was at a Howard Johnson’s, after which he worked at The Washington Post and dabbled in sports public relations before joining The New York Times. Prial was The New York Times’ wine columnist for 25 years, as the author of the weekly Wine Talk column.

Prial is the author of Wine Talk, published in 1978, Companion to Wine, published in 1992, and Decantations, published in 2001. As a wine writer, Prial elucidates what he calls “winespeak.” He has said that a person “should not have to be a budding enologist to enjoy reading about wine,” and believes that “there’s enjoyment to be had of a glass of wine without making a fetish of it or paying a lot for it.”

Additional Resources

News Articles by Frank J. Prial, The New York Times
http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/p/frank_j_prial/index.html

The New York Times
“AT LUNCH WITH: Timothy S. Healy; A Priest Finds a Bully but Secular Pulpit”
Sept. 30, 1992
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/09/30/garden/at-lunch-with-timothy-s-healy-a-priest-finds-a-bully-but-secular-pulpit.html?ref=frank_j_prial

The New York Times
“Campus Journal; Georgetown of Clinton, Meet Georgetown Today”
June 2, 1993
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/06/02/news/campus-journal-georgetown-of-clinton-meet-georgetown-today.html?ref=frank_j_prial

Jessica S. Lappin (C’97)

NYC City Council Member

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Jessica S. Lappin

The school’s “international flavor” drew Lappin, a native New Yorker, to Georgetown. She appreciates the liberal arts foundation the college provided and remembers her courses in government, French and theology, with a special fondness for “The Problem of God” and “History of Jazz.” Lappin spent her junior year in Paris. Upon graduating, Lappin turned her focus on politics from the theoretical to the practical and started working in local government. In 2005, she was elected to the New York City Council as a representative of the 5th District of Manhattan, which includes the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island.

Lappin, Chair of the Aging Committee, is a strong advocate for education reform, environmental protection and public safety. She was praised by The New York Times for her “steely resolve, dedication and energy.” In her first term, Lappin worked to address overcrowding in New York City public schools. As chair of a land use subcommittee, she successfully approved the construction of more than 20,000 new school seats in New York City. She is also a member of the council committees on education, transportation and cultural affairs.

Additional Resources

New York City Council Member Jessica S. Lappin
http://council.nyc.gov/d5/html/members/home.shtml

Catherine Kinney (Parent’02,’08, H’04)

Former President and co-COO, New York Stock Exchange
Member of the Board of Trustees, Former Member of the Board of Regents and Board of Directors

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Catherine Kinney

Kinney is a Hoya: her son and daughter are Georgetown graduates; she received an honorary degree; she has served on the board of regents and board of directors; and she is a current member of the board of trustees. Here, she explains how the Jesuit tradition has not only shaped her children’s choices, but how it has influenced her, too. Kinney joined the NYSE in 1974 and rose through the ranks, holding management positions in divisions such as technology planning, sales and marketing, and operations and regulation.

In 1986, Kinney was given the responsibility of managing trading-floor operations and technology, until she was promoted to group executive vice president in June 1995. When she became president and co-chief operating officer of NYSE Euronext, Kinney oversaw the global listings business and U.S. market data. . In addition to her board leadership at Georgetown, she is a member of the boards of the NYSE Foundation, U.S. India Business Council, and Catholic Charities. She served on the board of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company from 2002-2004.

Additional Resources

New York Stock Exchange
http://www.nyse.com/

Paul Caccamo (F’87)

President, AmericaSCORES

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Paul Caccamo

Caccamo applied to Georgetown early decision and arrived on campus ready to serve others and with dreams of “going international.” His Hilltop memories include Founder’s Day block parties, Homecoming rallies on Healy steps, Christmas Tree lightings and starting “Hands Across Georgetown.” He recalls when Jack DeGioia first came on board as the Dean of Student Affairs. After graduating, Caccamo joined Jesuit Volunteers International to work with a priest on the Marshall Islands. He then served as a teacher in China during the Tiananmen Square protests, before shifting his focus toward America’s inner cities. As president of AmericaSCORES, he uses sports to help kids transfer the concept of teamwork to the classroom.

Additional Resources

AmericaSCORES
http://www.americascores.org/

Georgetown Alumni Online – Career Spotlight
http://alumni.georgetown.edu/default.aspx?page=CareerServicesSpotlightCaccamo

Ranya Idliby (F’86)

Author, “The Faith Club”

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)
Ranya Idliby

At the age of 16, Idliby arrived at Georgetown from Dubai—already a “global citizen” who was born in Kuwait and had lived in London, the Middle East and outside of Washington, D.C. At Georgetown, she wrestled with issues of identity, home and parentage and embraced the notion of life-long learning.

Living in New York City when 9/11 happened, her first thought as a Muslim-American was of her children. She immediately reached out to Jewish and Christian mothers to start a children’s project regarding interfaith understanding. Quickly, the women realized that they needed to educate themselves first before they could teach the younger generation, and thus “The Faith Club” was born. Idliby’s eponymous book is a testament to the belief that “the only way we can really move forward is through dialogue.”

Additional Resources

The Faith Club
http://www.thefaithclub.com

Joseph R. Baczko (F’67)

Former Dean, Lubin School of Business, Pace University
Former CEO, Blockbuster and Toys R Us International

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Joseph R. Baczko

A German-born Hungarian, Baczko was raised in France and immigrated to the United States with his family in the 1950s. Baczko attended Georgetown in the ’60s, an experience he remembers as “exhilarating.” Baczko fondly recalls time spent with professors Quigley, Giles, Dobriansky and Karski, as well as the engaging student body. He married Kathy Adams (I’68) on the day after his graduation and worked on campus before joining the US Marine Corps and completing a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam. He then earned an MBA from Harvard University and became the CEO of Max Factor Europe at the age of 34. His international upbringing led to an interesting business career that took him all over the world.

Baczko is the former dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. He has served as CEO and president of Frank’s Nursery & Crafts, Blockbuster Entertainment, Toys R Us International and Max Factor Europe. He has also served as chairman of the board of visitors for Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Baczko is a former member and vice-chairman of the Georgetown University Board of Regents.

Additional Resources

Pace University, Lubin School of Business
http://www.pace.edu/pace/lubin/departments-and-research-centers/entrepreneurship-lubin/pace-pitch-contest/fourth-annual-pace-pitch-contest/speakers/#Baczko

Guy Adami

Commentator, CNBC’s Fast Money

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Guy Adami

Adami attended Georgetown from 1982-1986. Here, he reflects on his classes with Revs. Thomas King, S.J., and Otto Hentz, S.J., and professors Jim Lamiell and Jeane Kirkpatrick. At Georgetown, Adami strengthened his commitment to service for others. After Georgetown, he entered the financial industry, and is a current panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money.

Adami is the managing director of Drakon Capital, which delivers customized market analysis, portfolio strategy and idea generation for institutional money managers and hedge funds. A professional investor and noted media analyst, Adami authors a weekly newsletter for retail investors, Advantage Point, and contributes daily pre-market analysis and webcasts to optionMONSTER.com. Adami has also held leadership positions at CIBC World Markets, Goldman Sachs, Drexel Burnham Lambert and AIG International.

Additional Resources

Drakon Capital
http://www.drakoncapital.com

Wall St. Cheat Sheet
“Exclusive: Guy Adami Shares the Most Common Mistake in Trading”
March 24, 2010
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/knowledge/interview-knowledge/exclusive-guy-adami-shares-the-most-common-mistake-in-trading.html

Mark Dybul, M.D. (C’85, M’92)

Former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Distinguished Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Mark Dybul, M.D.

While a student a Georgetown, Dybul recalls having many conversations with then-President Tim Healy, S.J. Father Healy encouraged Dybul to “do something bigger” – advice that led Dybul to pursue his frontline service in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Ambassador Dybul formerly led the U.S. international health initiative dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS around the world. He oversaw the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under President George W. Bush and, in that role, oversaw all U.S. government engagement in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

After receiving his bachelor’s and medical degrees at Georgetown, Dybul completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 1995 and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1998. In 2008, Dybul received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Georgetown in recognition of his untiring dedication to discovering a cure for HIV.

Currently, Dybul is a distinguished scholar and serves as co-director at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law where he teaches, conducts research and writes on a full range of global health initiatives.

Additional Resources

University News
“Former Global AIDS Leader Joins Faculty”
http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=40145

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
http://www.pepfar.gov/

Tony Coscia (F’81)

Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Tony Coscia

At Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Coscia studied philosophy under Jesse Mann and learned about the practice of diplomacy from Donald McHenry and Jeane Kirkpatrick, the first female United States ambassador to the United Nations. In April 2003, Coscia was appointed chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Here, Coscia reflects on the impact of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York in 2007 and tells a first-hand account of the Hudson River plane landing. His wife is a graduate of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, and their two children also attended Georgetown—making the Coscias a true Hoya family.

Coscia, a former senior state government official, is leading the Port Authority through one of the most challenging times of the agency’s 87-year history. As chairman, he has broad policy oversight responsibility in connection with the agency’s diverse transportation businesses and $5 billion annual capital and operating budget. Coscia’s goal is to ensure the safety and security of the Port Authority’s facilities, to improve the critical transportation networks between New York and New Jersey and to rebuild the World Trade Center as a driving force for the economic recovery of Lower Manhattan and the region, in addition to establishing a memorial to those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Additional Resources

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
http://www.panynj.gov/

MSNBC
N.Y. jet crash called ‘miracle on the Hudson’
Jan. 15, 2009
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28678669/ns/us_news-life

Kathy Baczko (I’68)

Director, Clinton Climate Initiative, William J. Clinton Foundation

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Kathy Baczko

Having lived in France as a teenager, Baczko felt right at home on Georgetown’s international campus. She believes that “Jesuit values seep into life” at Georgetown. Here, she remembers the influence of Revs. Bill McFadden, S.J., and Joseph F. Sweeney, S.J., the lifelong friends she made—including Bill Clinton (F’68) and her husband Joe (F’67)—and the value of Ignatian retreats. Baczko is a community activist, and Georgetown is one of her primary “causes,” along with political campaigns, women’s issues and few special nonprofits. Baczko is director of the Clinton Climate Initiative at the William J. Clinton Foundation.

With three children as fellow alumni, Baczko is a “Hoya Mom”. She has held many leadership positions in the Georgetown community, including president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, member of the board of governors and board of regents, chair of the capital campaign kickoff, steering committee member for the “Georgetown Forever” capital campaign and member of the School of Languages and Linguistics Board of Advisors, where she advised against the reorganization that combined the school with the College. She has also been honored with the John Carroll Award and William Gaston Alumni Award.

Additional Resources

William J. Clinton Foundation
http://www.clintonfoundation.org/

C. Richard Schlegel, M.D., Ph.D.

Academic Chair and Professor, Department of Pathology
Georgetown University

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) C. Richard Schlegel

Dr. Richard Schlegel’s Georgetown laboratory developed the technology for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, patented in 2005. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the HPV vaccine for use in June 2006. Here, Schlegel shares the story of discovering the first vaccine for cervical cancer and describes his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop second- and third-generation vaccines for use in the developing world.

In 1980, Schlegel was an investigator at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), after which he served as senior investigator and, later, chief of the Cell Regulation and Transformation Section in the Laboratory of Tumor Virus Biology at NCI. In 1990, he joined the Georgetown University Medical Center as an associate professor in the Department of Pathology, and became department chair in 2003. He serves on the editorial board of Virology and is a permanent member of the NIH Virology Study Section. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University Medical School and was a resident and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the fields of pathology and virology.

Additional Resources

ScienceDaily
“Georgetown Research Leads To First Cancer Vaccine”
June 9, 2006
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/06/060608225351.htm

The Washington Post
“HPV Vaccine”
Jan. 17, 2007
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/01/16/DI2007011600929.html

Georgetown University
Office of the President
“Investiture of Dr. Richard Schlegel as Oscar B. Hunter Chair of Pathology”
Dec. 14, 2009
http://president.georgetown.edu/sections/speeches/85647.html

Paula Dobriansky (F’77)

Former Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer: Scott Fleming (F’72)
Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Paula Dobriansky

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, the former under secretary of state for democracy and global affairs under President George W. Bush, held the position for eight years – the longest tenure for that position in the State Department’s modern history. She shares how her father, the late Lev E. Dobriansky, professor of economics at Georgetown University, influenced her life and career.

At the State Department, Dobriansky’s portfolio encompassed a broad range of critical foreign policy issues, including democracy, human rights, labor, refugee and humanitarian relief matters and environmental/science issues. She led the U.S. delegation in international negotiations that focused on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the current global climate agreement for which first commitment period ends in 2012. She was also named Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and the President’s Special Envoy on Northern Ireland.

After leaving the State Department in 2009, Dobriansky joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a senior fellow.

Additional Resources

Belfer Center
“Ambassador Paula Dobriansky Named Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center”
http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/18874/
ambassador_paula_dobriansky_named_senior_fellow_
at_harvard_kennedy_schools_belfer_center.html

Robert J. Bies, MBA, Ph.D.

Professor of Management and
Founder, Executive Master’s in Leadership Program
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Robert J. Bies

Professor Bies speaks eloquently on Georgetown’s values, history and traditions. Cura personalis, a Jesuit precept that means “care for the whole person,” is a central theme for him as a teacher. Here he reflects on Rev. Leo O’Donovan, S.J., community-based learning, his academic research and the books he has authored. With a boundless energy, Bies covers a wide variety of topics ranging from President Lincoln’s leadership lessons to personal teachable moments and learning resilience. Bies embraces the Georgetown ideal of “making a difference in the world” through the courses he teaches and the students he inspires. He appreciates that stories have the power to move people to action—“speak to the heart and the mind will follow.”

Bies is professor of management and founder of the Executive Master’s in Leadership program at the McDonough School of Business. He co-authored Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge—And How to Stop It and is a frequent media commentator. Bies’ current research focuses on leadership, the delivery of bad news, organizational justice and revenge and forgiveness in the workplace. At Georgetown, he has received numerous awards and accolades for outstanding teaching.

Additional Resources

University News
“Social Entrepreneurs Combine Coursework, Community”
http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=49338

University Webcasts
“Revenge in the Workplace”
Expert commentary by Robert Bies
March 30, 2010
http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=50519

Anthony “Tony” Thomopoulos (F’59)

Former President, ABC Entertainment and Founder and Partner, Morning Light Productions

Location: Mr. Thomopoulos’s office in Beverly Hills, CA
Interviewer/Producer/Editor: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06) and Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)
Anthony Thomopoulos

After graduating from Georgetown, Thomopoulos worked his way from delivering mail at NBC headquarters in New York to running his own production company, Morning Light Productions. Through hard work and determination, he rose rapidly into senior marketing jobs. He landed his big break in 1973 when Barry Diller hired him to oversee ABC’s prime-time programming. When he left his position as president of the entire broadcast group in 1985, he became chairman of United Artists Pictures and supervised such productions as “Rain Man,” “Betrayed,” “Child’s Play,” “Baby Boom” and “James Bond XV.” Throughout his career, he carried life lessons and the inspiration he gained at Georgetown.

Additional Resources

Camp Axios
http://www.campaxios.org/

Ted Leonsis (C’77)

Entrepreneur, Filmanthropist, Vice Chairman Emeritus AOL

Interviewer: James M. Langley
Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Editors: Mark Jacobs and Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)

Ted Leonins

At the age of 16, when Ted Leonsis arrived as an undergraduate at Georgetown, he saw his first computer. At the age of 24, he sold his first company and started another company, Redgate Communications, the first acquisition of AOL. Then, before age 30, Leonsis had a near-death experience that further focused his life and distinguished career.

Listen to learn more about the success he credits to Georgetown – how his philosophy on creating a successful company, sports team and film stem from the teachings of Georgetown’s Joseph Durkin, S.J.

Additional Resources

Ted’s Blog
http://www.tedstake.com/

Alumni Spotlight: Ted Leonsis (C’77)
Georgetown University
http://alumni.georgetown.edu/default.aspx?page=NewsLeonsisStory

Ted’s List of 101 Things to Do in Life
From ESPN
http://espn.go.com/page2/wash/s/020312leonsis.html

“Leonsis’s ‘Filmanthropy’ Plants a Seed With Buddies”
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/24/AR2007012401887.html

Edmund Pellegrino, M.D. (H’79)

Chairman, The President’s Council on Bioethics; Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Location: Warwick Evans Room, Georgetown University Medical Center, School of Medicine Reunion 2008
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Edmund Pellegrino, M.D.

Dr. Pellegrino’s long and distinguished curriculum vitae includes positions as director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, head of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics at Georgetown; president of Catholic University; and president and chairman of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He has authored 24 books and more than 550 published articles and is founding editor of the “Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.” In 2004, Dr. Pellegrino was named to the International Bioethics Committee of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the only advisory body within the United Nations system to engage in reflection on the ethical implications of advances in life sciences.

Dr. Pellegrino’s Jesuit education shaped his life but also his career. He reflects on the duties and responsibilities of a physician and a physician’s promises to his or her patient, including honesty, compassion and suppression of self-interest.

Additional Resources

The President’s Council on Bioethics
http://www.bioethics.gov/

Jennifer Ann Delaney (G’05)

Former Executive Director, Global Action for Children

Location: Georgetown University Medical Center
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Jennifer Ann Delaney

As a prospective student, Delaney was attracted to Georgetown’s commitment to service and focus on social justice. Throughout her studies at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, she was particularly affected by a leadership class taught by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. While she was earning a master’s degree in policy management, Delaney served as executive director of Global Action for Children. She is a children’s advocate with more than 15 years of international business and development experience in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Delaney served as senior program officer for the Johns Hopkins Center’s Africa Alive initiative, which uses music and entertainment to teach young people about AIDS prevention. At the Hope for African Children Initiative, she played a key role in successfully advocating that 10 percent of the funding provided by the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 be dedicated to programs for orphans and vulnerable children. She has served on the board of the Firelight Foundation, the Children Affected by AIDS steering committee, and the Better Care Network Communications Group. For seven years, Delaney worked in Japan for Kyodo Tokyo Inc., one of Asia’s premier entertainment firms, where she negotiated concert tours and endorsement deals for major American and British performing artists for the Japanese and Asian markets.

Additional Resources

Georgetown Alumni Online
Career Spotlight
http://alumni.georgetown.edu/default.aspx?page=CareerSpotlightDelaney

Lisa Murkowski (C’80)

U.S. Senator (R-Alaska)

Location: White-Gravenor, Georgetown University
Interviewer: Scott Fleming (F’72)
Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Lisa Murkowski

Senator Murkowski remembers that although Georgetown was an international campus in the late 1970s, Alaska was still a novelty. She fondly recalls her economics classes. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, she became the first Alaskan-born senator to serve the state and the sixth senator from Alaska. On Nov. 17, 2010, Murkowski made history by becoming the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign, emerging victorious over her Tea Party opponent, Joe Miller.

The state’s senior senator, Murkowski is a third-generation Alaskan. The 33rd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has quickly assumed leadership roles in the Senate. She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee—the first Alaskan to serve on that panel—and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Additional Resources

United States Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Website
http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/

AP: “Murkowski Wins Alaska Senate Race”
Nov. 17, 2010
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/17/131391244/ap-murkowski-wins-alaska-senate-race

The New York Times
“Lisa Murkowski Beats Joe Miller in Alaska Senate Race”
Nov. 17, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/us/politics/18alaska.html

Mary Jordan (C’83)

Pulitzer Prize Winner and Former London Bureau Chief, The Washington Post

Location: Her Residence, London, U.K.
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Mary Jordan

Mary Jordan credits her career in journalism to her Georgetown education, including Fr. Healy’s poetry instruction and the encouragement he offered to pursue her writing. Most recently, Jordan and her husband, Kevin Sullivan, worked as The Washington Post’s co-bureau chiefs in London.

Jordan joined The Washington Post in 1984 after earning a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. After working on staff for the paper’s Style, Metro, and National sections, she became a foreign correspondent. She and her husband worked as the Post’s co-bureau chiefs in Tokyo from 1995 to 1999 and in Mexico City from 2000 to 2005. They won the George Polk Award in 1998 for coverage of the Asian Financial Crisis and the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for their coverage of the Mexican criminal justice system. As a way of focusing her writing, Jordan picks a theme for a year. One of her most rewarding and challenging trips was to Pakistan, where she witnessed and wrote about women’s struggles.

Additional Resources

The Washington Post
Articles by Mary Jordan
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/articles/mary+jordan/

Living Georgetown
http://alumni.georgetown.edu/default.aspx?page=LivingGeorgetownMaryJordan

Andrew Natsios (C’71)

Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 2001–2006; Former U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, 2006-2007; Distinguished Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Andrew Natsios

After graduating from Georgetown, Natsios served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987 and chaired the Massachusetts Republican State Committee for seven years. After serving 23 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a civil affairs officer, Natsios retired in 1995 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is a veteran of the Gulf War.

Later, as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Natsios managed the agency’s reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. He also served as the CEO of Boston’s “Big Dig,” the largest construction project in American history. Currently a professor of diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Natsios teaches the course “Great Famines, Humanitarian Assistance and War.” Listen and learn how early lessons at Georgetown prepared him for a career in international relations specializing in the diplomacy of disaster response.

Additional Resources

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
http://sfs.georgetown.edu/learning/graduate/

“Devastation in Haiti: After Reconstruction,” Newsweek, Jan. 22, 2010
http://www.newsweek.com/id/232080

Rabbi Harold S. White

Jewish Chaplaincy Director and Senior Jewish Chaplain, Georgetown University

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Rabbi Harold S. White

Rabbi White first came to Washington in the summer of 1968. For more than forty years, he has created an interreligious home at Georgetown, which started with a faithful question: “Why would a Jesuit university need a rabbi when Georgetown did not have any Jewish students?”  A Jesuit replied, “We want you to teach the Christian students about Jesus—that he was born a Jew, lived as a Jew and died a Jew—so the students will better understand the beginnings of Christianity and its relationship to Judaism.” The answer intrigued Rabbi White, and he soon became the first full-time rabbi hired by a Catholic university in the United States. He considers that unique role completely logical.

Over the years, Rabbi White has developed a deep appreciation for the connections between Judaism and Jesuit values. One of his favorite memories is the creation of the “Hallelujah Shabbat,” which he believes reflects a “shared spiritual journey” and embodies what he calls “uniquely Georgetown” traditions.

Additional Resources

The Washington Post
“On Faith: Why I Witness Interfaith Marriages”
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2006/12/
why_i_witness_interfaith_marri.html

The New York Times
“Pearl Bailey’s Love Is Remembered at Her Funeral”
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/08/24/obituaries/pearl-bailey-s-love-is-remembered-at-her-funeral.html

University News
“Keeping the Faith: Rabbi Inspires Interreligious Understanding”
http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=36488  

Georgetown’s Campus Ministry
http://campusministry.georgetown.edu/33829.html

Georgetown’s Jewish Student Association
http://www12.georgetown.edu/students/organizations/jsa/index.html

The Hon. Timothy A. Chorba (C’68)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Timothy A. Chorba

In 1964, Chorba began his studies at Georgetown alongside classmate Bill Clinton (F’68). He was inspired by the Jesuit cultivation of a “love of learning.” He remembers professor William J. O’Brien and his class on international law. During his senior year, Chorba applied for a Fulbright grant to study in Germany. In 1977, after graduating from Harvard Law School, he joined the Patton Boggs law firm, where he is a member of the public policy and business law practice groups. He helps domestic and international enterprises attain their business objectives in their work with the U.S. government and foreign governments. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him ambassador to Singapore, where he served until 1997.

While serving as ambassador, Chorba assisted U.S. multinational corporations with interests in Southeast Asia and worked to enhance a bilateral military relationship. He promoted the export of American goods and services and advanced U.S. political and economic interests. He successfully advocated for the Singaporean purchase of American aircraft and light rail vehicles. Chorba was instrumental in initiating the U.S.-Singapore Open Skies Agreement, which he signed on behalf of the United States.

Additional Resources

Council of American Ambassadors
http://www.americanambassadors.org

Patton Boggs LLP
http://www.pattonboggs.com/

John Rose, M.D. (M’50, H’73)

Former Dean, Georgetown University School of Medicine; World War II Veteran

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute during Main Campus Reunion Weekend 2008
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

John Rose, M.D.

In January 1943, Dr. Rose enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. He served as navigator of a B-24 in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and was awarded the Air Medal. After World War II, he received his bachelor’s degree from Fordham in 1946 and his medical degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown in 1950. He married his wife, Dorothy Anne Donnelly, a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Nursing, in 1948.

After an internship at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Dr. Rose completed a research fellowship and residencies in internal medicine at Georgetown and the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. From 1963-1973 and 1978-1979, Dr. Rose served as dean of Georgetown’s School of Medicine, retiring in 1991 as emeritus professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics. In 2002, he received the first “Founder’s Award” from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Additional Resources

Georgetown University School of Medicine
http://som.georgetown.edu/

Personal memoirs of World War II

H.R.H. Prince Turki Al Faisal (B’68)

Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom (2003) and United States (2005-2006)
Former Director of Saudi Arabia General Intelligence Directorate

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Prince Turki Al Faisal

Here, H.R.H. Prince Turki Al Faisal reflects on his time at Georgetown in the mid-60s. He recalls the questioning, introspection and even “extrospection” of his American friends. During his first year at Georgetown, he organized a conference on Islam. He says, “to have an Islamic conference at a Jesuit university was a breakthrough in those days.” From 1977-2001, Prince Turki was director general of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency. He was ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom in 2003 and ambassador to the United States from 2005-2006.

Prince Turki is a commissioner at the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. He is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation, and he serves as chairman of the board of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Prince Turki is the grandson of the late King Abdul Aziz Al Saud and the son of the late King Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

Additional Resources

King Faisal Foundation
http://www.kff.com/

International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament
http://www.icnnd.org/

Melinda Arons (C’98)

Chief Political Producer, ABC News’ Nightline

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Melinda Arons

Arons appreciates the caliber of the students Georgetown attracts and the network of graduates it produces. At Georgetown, she learned to “deal with important people,” which would become a necessary skill during her career in journalism. Here, Arons reflects on the power of storytelling, its ability to inspire people and its importance in politics. She describes the experience of working at Fox News on Sept. 11 and her responsibilities as chief political producer for ABC News’ Nightline, which include overseeing long-form “Day in the Life” interviews.

Upon graduating in 1998, Arons moved to London to work for the American Chamber of Commerce (UK). In 1999, she moved to New York and took a job as a production assistant at Fox News Channel and worked for primetime shows such as Hannity & Colmes. In 2001, Arons became a booker for Good Morning America at ABC News, where she covered the aftermath of Sept. 11. Arons became an ABC off-air reporter in 2004, when she covered the presidential election for the ABC Political Unit. In the summer of 2004, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for Ted Koppel at Nightline and continued to cover the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and George W. Bush. In 2006, Arons covered the midterm elections and produced the first network long-form television piece, which followed then-Senator Obama as he campaigned on behalf of midterm candidates. In addition to interviewing political candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani, Arons has produced entertainment profiles of Will Ferrell, Jay-Z and Clint Eastwood.

Additional Resources

ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com

Karl Hofmann (F’83)

President and CEO, Population Services International

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Karl Hofmann

Hofmann says he had his “eyes opened” at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and was particularly inspired by his economics professors. He sees the Jesuit values as good training for public service and appreciates how they have guided him throughout his life. After his graduation, Hofmann joined the Foreign Service and enjoyed a 23-year career as a diplomat, serving in the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Washington, D.C., and Paris. He met Nelson Mandela before Mandela became president of South Africa. Hofmann watched Secretary of State James Baker negotiate with his USSR counterpart on how to end wars fought by proxy. Here, he outlines what he believes to be the world’s most pressing issues: global public health problems, including family planning, the growing world population, the environment and political instability.

Hofmann is the president and CEO of Population Services International (PSI). The mission of PSI is to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable people in the developing world, principally through social marketing of family planning and health products and services, as well as health communications. Social marketing engages private sector resources and uses private sector techniques to encourage healthy behavior and make markets work for the poor. Working with low-income and vulnerable populations in more than 60 developing countries, PSI has implemented programs to address malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV.

Additional Resources

Population Services International
http://www.psi.org

The Hon. Christopher “Kit” Ashby (F’68)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Christopher “Kit” Ashby

Ashby remembers the turmoil and excitement of the 1960s. Because of his last name, he was housed near another freshman, Bill Clinton (F’68), in their dormitory. Their friendship grew over conversations at dinner, and both worked for U.S. senators: Clinton for Senator J. William Fulbright and Ashby for Senator Henry Jackson. Ashby was part of the Marine Corps detail during President Nixon’s second inauguration. Here, he remembers the events of 1968, from North Korean patrol boats capturing the USS Pueblo to Robert Kennedy’s assassination.

Appointed by President Clinton, Ashby served as the United States ambassador to Uruguay from 1997-2001. Ashby spent four years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer and served in Vietnam as a platoon commander. He has worked in international banking with Chemical Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank since 1973. In 1975, he was posted to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he became president-director of the Joint Venture Merchant Bank. In 1979, he was transferred to Madrid, Spain, to open the Chemical Bank operation there, and in 1981 became general manager for Spain and Portugal. In 1989, he returned to the United States, where he managed relationships with the United Nations, the U.N. Development Programme, the U.N. International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New York diplomatic community.

Additional Resources

The Whole World Was Watching: An oral history of 1968
http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/1968/reference/timeline.html

United Nations
http://www.un.org/en/

Ron Klain (C’83) and Monica D. Medina (C’83)

Ron Klain (C’83) – Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore and Presidential Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden

Monica D. Medina (C’83) – Former Director of Whale Conservation at the Pew Charitable Trusts Environment Group

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Ron Klain and Monica D. Medina

The story of Ron Klain and Monica Medina is a bona fide Hoya romance. They met on the day they moved into their dorms at Georgetown and had their first date the very next night. Their friendship grew during their early political careers on campus, when they ran for student senate together under the slogan, “a team for you, GU.” Medina was the second woman in the university’s history to be elected student body president. Seven years after Klain and Medina met, they had their wedding rehearsal dinner in Old North and were married by two professors, Rev. Rakousek and Rabbi White. Here, the couple reflects on Georgetown’s impact on their lives.

After graduating from Georgetown, Medina earned a degree from Columbia Law School and fulfilled her ROTC obligation as a legal advisor to the secretary of the Army. During her career in environmental law and activism, she has argued and won several landmark environmental law cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Medina currently serves as the principal deputy undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Klain attended Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and won the 1984-85 Sears Prize for the highest grade point average. After his graduation, Klain became a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Byron White. In the HBO film “Recount,” a depiction of the 2000 presidential election, Kevin Spacey portrayed Klain in his role as general counsel of Vice President Al Gore’s recount committee. Klain has served as Gore’s chief of staff and is the current chief of staff to Vice President Joseph Biden.

Additional Resources

NOAA’s Leadership: Medina
http://www.noaa.gov/medina.html

CNN Politics
“Who might replace Rahm Emanuel?”
Sept. 8, 2010
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-08/politics/emanuel.future_1_staff-top-job-democratic-party?_s=PM:POLITICS

HBO
“Recount”
http://www.hbo.com/movies/recount/cast-and-crew/kevin-spacey/bio/ron-klain.html

Carl Reiner (F’43)

Author, Actor, Writer and Director

Interviewer: Dr. Bernie Cook (C’90)
Location: Mr. Reiner’s Residence in Beverly Hills, CA
Producer: Chris Enochs
Editors: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06) and Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner, author, actor, writer, director and one of television’s most creative minds, has influenced nearly every major comedic talent for more than 50 years. The son of a watchmaker, he was born in the Bronx on March 20, 1922. In 1942, Reiner went into the U.S. Army and was trained as a radio operator. He later studied French on assignment at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in order to become an interpreter. In this conversation with Dr. Bernie Cook, Reiner describes Sid Caesar, “Your Show of Shows,” the legendary writing room, receiving his first Emmy, his novels, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and comedy and life in general.

Luis G. Fortuño (F’82)

Former Member of Congress, R-Puerto Rico; Governor of Puerto Rico

Location: U.S. House of Representatives Recording Studio
Interviewer: Scott Fleming (F’72)
Producer/Editors: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06) and Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Luis G. Fortuño

When he was in high school, Fortuño participated in a Model UN conference that was held at Georgetown. He entered the Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1978 and immersed himself in European and Latin American policy studies. As a Georgetown student, Fortuño worked on Capitol Hill with his congressman, and in 2004, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently serves as the governor of Puerto Rico. Here, he remembers Georgetown professors Luis Enrique Aguilar, Lev Dobriansky and Jan Karski, and recalls how Patrick Ewing learned to salsa at his place.

After graduating from the School of Foreign Service, Fortuño earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He entered public service in 1993 after the governor of Puerto Rico appointed him executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and president of the Hotel Development Corporation. In 1994, he became Puerto Rico’s first secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce. During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, he served on the Natural Resources Committee and was a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs. Fortuño is the current governor of Puerto Rico. On April 13, 2010, Governor Fortuño and Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock signed an executive order that provided for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the governorship of Puerto Rico.

Additional Resources

Puerto Rico Government
http://www.topuertorico.org/government.shtml

National Governors Association
http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=89d6ba7876b4e110VgnVCM1000005e00100aRCRD

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (C’93, L’97, G’98)

Member of Congress (D-SD)

Interviewer: Scott Fleming (F’72)
Location: U.S. House of Representatives Recording Studio
Producer/Editors: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06) and Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Stephanie Herseth grew up on her family’s farm in rural South Dakota and was raised by a family that was very active in South Dakota politics: Herseth’s grandmother served as secretary of state and her father was in the state legislature. As a three-degree recipient from Georgetown, Herseth credits the university for fueling her interest in the federal government and career in public service.

Additional Resources

U.S. Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
http://hersethsandlin.house.gov/

Hoyas in Public Service
Georgetown’s Office of Federal Relations
http://publicaffairs.georgetown.edu/offices/federalrelations/service/

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Maura Harty (F’81)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay (1997-1999) and Former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer/Editor: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Maura Harty

From an early age, Maura Harty knew she wanted to have a career in the Foreign Service. In grammar school, she recalls visiting the General Assembly at the United Nations. Then a mentor and guidance counselor encouraged her to apply to Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. At the SFS, she learned “not to just do good, but to be good” and to be of service to others, which led to 26 years in the Foreign Service with assignments in Mexico, Columbia and Spain. By age 37, she was appointed by Secretary Warren Christopher to be the U.S. ambassador to Paraguay. She recently retired from the Foreign Service as assistant secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Michael Shapiro (F’73)

Senior VP, Business Affairs, Washington Nationals

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer/Editor: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06) Michael Shapiro

Mike Shapiro attended Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service from 1969 to 1973. He describes those years as “very exciting times with the anti-war movement at the apex.”  He remembers working at the Cellar Door and becoming “radicalized.”  His long hair didn’t play well with the baseball coach, and Shapiro recalls “getting a little lost in the 60s.” After graduation, he attended law school and quickly landed a dream job as the general counsel for the San Francisco Giants. As his career hit some very high notes and taught him some important lessons, Shapiro never lost sight of the most significant value he learned at Georgetown: service to others.

Additional Resources

The Washington Nationals
www.nationals.mlb.com

Hoya Baseball
http://guhoyas.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/gu-m-basebl-body.html