Notable and Quotable

Bravo, Chef!

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Fans of the Bravo reality cooking competition Top Chef got to witness the culinary chops of George Pagonis ’05. The show’s 12th season, filmed in Boston, began Oct. 15. Pagonis is executive chef and partner at Washington, D.C.’s Kapnos, the first Greek restaurant of celebrity chef Mike Isabella. Pagonis came to the restaurant in 2013 after having served as chef de cuisine at Isabella’s Graffiato, also in Washington. He has also worked in fine-dining restaurants in New York. After earning a degree in business administration at Mary Washington, Pagonis got a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. His first restaurant experience was at his father’s diner, The Four Seasons, in Alexandria, Virginia. … [Read more...]

Poet of Visual Arts

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The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have named Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda ’69 the winner of the second annual Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award. The award recognizes an outstanding book on the theme of visual artists or art. Kreiter-Foronda won for a book of poetry, The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, published in 2013. She was one of five finalists. Kreiter-Foronda studied English at Mary Washington and received its 2007 distinguished alumnus award. She was Virginia poet laureate from 2006-2008 and holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate from George Mason University. She received the award and spoke about her work and the art that inspired her at a ceremony in Richmond on Oct. 7, in conjunction with the Library of Virginia’s weeklong Virginia Literary Festival.   … [Read more...]

Marshall Center Names CEO

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Patricia “Pat” Magee Daly ’73 has been named president and chief executive officer of the George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Daly, who studied English and has been an attorney and business owner, aims to expand the center’s education and community outreach programs. She had been the Marshall Center’s executive director since 2011. Daly holds a law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and a master of laws degree in securities regulation from Georgetown University Law School. She has been a law firm partner and president of a finance company, and has held executive positions in businesses and nonprofits. … [Read more...]

Animator Gets Emmy Nod

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Alexander Cardia ’07 received a news and documentary Emmy nomination for his animation and design work on the PBS production Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, Superheroes is “the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy,” according to PBS. Cardia, who studied English, conceived all visual elements for the three-part series, including 2-D and 3-D animations, titling, and backgrounds. The news and documentary Emmys were awarded Sept. 30. … [Read more...]