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Friday, December 02, 2005

Alumni Newsmakers: December 2, 2005

Double Eagle and Stamford (CT) Mayor Dannel Malloy '77, JD '80, is one of two gubernatorial candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Governor of Connecticut. The Norwich Bulletin has a nice feature on Mayor Malloy, including a discussion of the learning disorder that makes writing difficult for him. Malloy has overcome this and achieved great success in his career, serving as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y. and recently winning a 3rd term as Stamford mayor.

Plymouth County (MA) District Attorney Timothy Cruz '81 was sworn in last week as president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys' Association, an independent state agency that supports the state's 11 DAs and their 700 prosecutors.

Henry Gomez '85 has been named general manager of Skype North America, a new division of the Luxembourg-based Voice over IP service provider and eBay subsidiary. Gomez will report to Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom and is responsible for all strategy and business in North America.

Professional Philosophy Henrick Syse '91 was recently hired to serve as in-house ethicist for the Norwegian government's Petroleum Fund, one of the world's largest pools of investment capital. Syse advises on how the world's third-biggest oil exporter can best match profit and principle, with the goal of using the Petroleum Fund's investments to get companies to behave more ethically.

Luz Barrientos '01 is profiled by the MetroWest Daily. Barrientos, a Guatemalan immigrant who is now the only Hispanic teacher at Wellesley High School, is held up as an example of how "immigrants can achieve their dreams if they learn the language of their new homeland and, more important, if they believe in themselves."

Danvers High School basketball coach Jeff Shmase '85 has started his own business as an educational consultant with a focus on college admissions, standardized test preparation and college essay assistance.

Sports Alum Update

Today's New York Post has an article about Brian Gionta being targeted by the NHL's "dinosaur defensemen" who are increasingly trying to "rough up and intimidate the Devils' major scoring weapon."

Matt Hasselbeck recently participated in the J.C. Penney Afterschool Program at Shelton View Elementary School (WA), where he talked about the value of education and extracurricular activities.

The Oakland Raiders claimed former BC star cornerback Lenny Walls off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Tuesday.
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