Four graduates to be honored by Alumni Association

Author: Jacqueline W. Bingham & Shannon Chapla

Four University of Notre Dame graduates will receive special awards from the Notre Dame Alumni Association during ceremoniesFriday(Jan. 28) on campus.

  • Paul J. Kelly Jr., a 1963 graduate and U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals judge, will receive the 2005 Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Award, given annually to a graduate in recognition of distinguished public service.

p. Judge Kelly was a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981. He helped establish New Mexicos public defender program for indigent defendants and served on the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners and the New Mexico Public Defender Board.

  • Frederic Syburg, who received his masters degree from Notre Dame in 1962 and taught for nearly four decades in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, will receive the 2005 Rev. Arthur S. Harvey, C.S.C., Award for outstanding accomplishments in the performing arts.

p. Syburg taught from 1954 to 1993 and directed some 50 student productions including “The Importance of Being Ernest,” “Macbeth,” “The Tempest,” “Amadeus” and “Arms and the Man.” He was a member of the National Catholic Theatre Conference and served as the first vice-chairman of the honorary dramatic fraternity, Alpha Gamma Omega. An accomplished actor, Syburg performed in many Notre Dame and South Bend Civic Theater productions.

  • John David Mooney, a 1963 graduate and accomplished sculptor, will receive the Rev. Anthony J. Lauck, C.S.C., Award for outstanding accomplishments in fine art.

p. Mooney is the founder and director of the John David Mooney Foundation, a non-profit educational organization founded in 1980 to develop and promote public art as a relevant and enriching force in society. In an effort to showcase art outside of museums, he has created large pieces encompassing architecture and landscape for such clients as the Vatican Observatory, former British Prime Minister John Major, the Maltese government, and IBM in Chicago.

  • Samuel Hazo, a 1949 graduate and founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, will receive the Rev. Robert F. Griffin, C.S.C., Award for distinguished achievements in writing.

p. A National Book Award finalist and McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, Hazo served for 10 years as the first poet laureate of the state of Pennsylvania. He is the author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, including “The Holy Surprise of Right Now,” “Stills,” “Spying for God,” and “Feather and Mano a Mano.” Hazos latest book of poems, “Just Once,” received the Maurice English Poetry Award in 2003, and a new collection, “A Flight to Elsewhere,” will be published later this year.

  • _p. Contact:

_ * Mary Patricia Dowling, Alumni Association 574-631-4638, " "

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