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Kara Hannan McGinn ’01 (political science), and husband Michael welcomed a baby boy, Patrick Francis McGinn, into the family on May 19, 2012. Big sis Maura is two years old. Everyone is looking forward to visiting New Orleans and the campus soon!

Bryan Hymel ’01 (performance), Metairie, La., won the prestigious Beverly Sills Award that signals a star in the works. He accepted the $50,000 prize at the Metropolitan Opera, where he made his debut in December, jumping in to take over the daunting lead role in Berlioz’s The Trojans from another singer. The Sills award goes annually to a vocalist from 25 to 40 who has appeared in a featured role at the Met. His other major venues have included London’s Covent Garden the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He’ll sing Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Met next season.

Bryan Hymel ’01 (performance), Metairie, La., made his debut with the Met on Dec. 26 as a last-minute replacement, singing the daunting role of Aeneas in Berlioz’ epic opera, Les Troyens. His performance earned rave reviews from New York critics and accolades from his colleagues. Bryan had just completed a well-received run in Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable at London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and arrived in New York to step into the role.

Jacob Tomsky ’00 (philosophy), Brooklyn, N.Y., released Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles and So-Called Hospitality, which hit the New York Times best-seller list at No. 6 for nonfiction e-books. Jacob has appeared on several talk shows, including ABC’s Katie with Katie Couric, revealing secrets of the hotel industry. (jacobtomsky.com)

Michael T. Scripps ’00 (finance/history), and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed Adeline Elizabeth Scripps on August 21, 2012.

Jamie Peckenpaugh ’00 (communication), New Orleans, La., executive director for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, was named to New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch” list.

Dana M. Douglas, J.D. ’00, shareholder in the New Orleans, La., office of Liskow & Lewis, was selected to New Orleans CityBusiness’ Leadership in Law 2013. This year marks the second time that Dana has been recognized as a member of the Leadership in Law class—she also received the honor as an associate in 2007.

Dr. Kellie Axelrad ’00 (biology), New Orleans, La., dentist, was named to Gambit’s “40 Under 40” for 2012.