“U-News & Views,” The University of Utah Alumni Association’s online newsletter – April 2009
U-News & Views, The University of Utah Alumni Association’s Online Newsletter—April 2009

Alumni Honor Roll (in alphabetical order)

AM: Annual Member of the Alumni Association
LM: Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association

David K. Allred BS’84 has joined C.R. England as director of management services and corporate communications. Allred is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a former vice president of communications for the Utah Jazz. Most recently he was director of public relations for the Salt Lake City-based advertising and public relations firm Richter7. Allred is currently the professional advisor to the Parry D. Sorensen chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. He is a former recipient of the Quintus C. Wilson Alumni Achievement Award from the University’s Department of Communication and, in 2002, was the Parry D. Sorensen Distinguished Lecturer in the department.

Ali Andrus-Sagas BS’97 is being inducted into the University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame this month. As a freshman in 1994, Andrus pitched Utah to the College World Series and received second-team All-America honors. The Western Athletic Freshman of the Year set a number of school records that season, including most wins (32), winning percentage (.800), ERA (.061), shutouts (17), strikeouts (270) and complete games (35). Twelve years after completing her career in 1997, Andrus-Sagas remains Utah’s career record-holder for wins (89, tie), complete games (109), strikeouts (809) and shutouts (44). She threw six no-hitters in her career, including two perfect games, and was a first-team all-conference selection in 1994 and 1995.

Mike Belden BFA’98 is this year’s winner of the Bountiful/Davis Art Center’s Annual Statewide Competition for professional artists. Belden likes to work with thick rivers of paint—“It’s almost like I’m shoveling paint on, to see where the composition is going to go and what I need to do to make it strong, he says—and the layering on his winning entry, “Miles II,“ is about an inch thick. “There are probably two or three other paintings underneath that painting, Belden says, explaining that he wasn’t satisfied with his early attempts. One of the advantages of working with oil paint is that you can wipe it off the canvas. But Belden doesn’t wipe the canvas, noting instead, “I like the feeling of paint against paint, and against the history of the previous painting.

David P. Billings JD’07 has joined the Salt Lake City office of Parsons Behle & Latimer. Billings is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and concentrates his practice on litigation, bankruptcy, and appeals.

W. Bryan Bowles BS’74 MEd’96 PhD’04, Davis School District superintendent, served as the guest pronouncer for the Davis County student spelling bee in March, in which students competed for the chance at a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Bowles has been the district superintendent since 2002 and has participated with many other organizations geared toward the education of young people. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah since 2005.


Utah author Marilyn M. Brown MFA’92 has received the Outstanding Alumna award from the Brigham Young University Emeriti Alumni Association. After winning more than a dozen literary awards for 15 books and numerous poems, Marilyn and her husband, Bill, established the Marilyn Brown Novel Award, now administered by Utah Valley University.

Bill Bynum MBA’71, has joined the Seattle office of RBC Wealth Management. Bynum, a Certified Financial Planner, joins RBC after 25 years with Morgan Stanley. Bynum’s primary area of focus is on Building Clients’ Financial Security. Globally, RBC Wealth Management companies directly serve affluent and high net worth clients in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. AM

Harry Chen MS’78 PhD’81 was recognized for his contributions to science and engineering at the 2009 Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) awards in San Jose, Calif., on Feb. 21. As Integrated Product Team manager and technical fellow for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector, Harry Chen has helped the company field some of the nation’s most complex antenna systems for space applications. He led a team to develop Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Phased Arrays, successfully transitioning them from technology development to flight design and production for this next-generation military satellite communications system. Chen received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University before attending the University of Utah.

Isaac Chung MFA’04 returned to his alma mater in March as the University of Utah’s first Distinguished Young Alumni Lecturer. A Korean American filmmaker raised on a farm in Arkansas, Chung recently visited the U for screenings of his feature films Six Days (2005), an investigation of the underground evangelical Christian movement in China, and Munyurangabo, an exploration of the lives and travails of two post-genocide Rwandan teenagers, which was featured at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and won the American Film Institute’s top prize for narrative filmmaking that year; and a preview screening of Lucky Life, his current work-in-progress, which will also screen this year at the Cannes Film Festival. Munyurangabo was just acquired for North American release by the distributor Film Movement, in March, and DVDs of the film are already available on its Web site: www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=194.

A scene from Isaac Chung’s Munyurangabo, which is the first narrative feature shot in the country’s native Kinyarwanda language. Image courtesy of Film Movement.

Lloyd S. Cluff BS’60, director of the Geosciences Department of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, was awarded Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s highest honor, the George W. Housner Medal, in recognition of his sustained work in the application of geologic knowledge to critical facility and building safety, his support of effective public policies to reduce earthquake risk and hazards throughout the world, and for his service to the Institute. In a letter to EERI upon receiving the award, Lloyd wrote, “I am deeply honored and grateful for this distinction… I especially appreciate receiving this honor in Salt Lake City, because Utah is my home state. While I was attending the University of Utah, I was introduced to the Wasatch fault and investigated my first destructive earthquake, the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake. These two factors caused me to get hooked on active faults and earthquakes.” LM

Billy Cowan BS’60 is being inducted into the University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame this month. Cowan starred for Utah’s basketball and baseball teams in the late 1950s, lettering three years in basketball (1958-60) and two years in baseball (1959-60). He co-captained the 1959-60 Runnin’ Ute basketball team that beat USC in the NCAA first round, and after losing to Oregon in the West Regional semi-finals, came back to win the consolation game against Santa Clara. Cowan later embarked on an eight-year Major League Baseball career, playing with the Cubs (1963-64), Mets (1965), Braves (1965), Phillies (1967), Yankees (1969), and Angels (1969-72). He played in 493 games in his MLB career as both an outfielder and infielder (he played every infield position).

Blue Critchfield BFA’03 currently has an exhibit of his paintings on display at Ogden’s Universe City art center. Critchfield’s art combines lifelike images with surrealism. (At right, a self-portrait detail from a larger piece.) The exhibit shows his progression as an artist from when he was in art school to the present. Mortality and choices are among the topics of deep interest to Critchfield. His recent work “Rest in Peace of Mind” features a man with a doll on his head. The doll is holding a bullet, which Critchfield says is a symbol for how we are valuing or setting an example for the next generation. The man has a hard drive coming out of his mouth, and abstract paint symbolizing that his brain is overwhelmed and confused by the complexity of life. To top it all off, he’s underneath a graveyard. “Mortality, for him, isn’t something he sees. Maybe if he looked up and saw it, he’d shake off all the complexities and get down to business,” says Critchfield. Universe City is located at 2556 Washington Blvd. in Ogden.

Luther EllissLuther Elliss ex’95 is being inducted into the University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame this month. Elliss, a three-time all-conference defensive lineman, became Utah’s first Consensus All-American as a senior in 1994. The 1994 Utes went 10-2—the most wins in school history at that time—and cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history. A three-time all-conference selection, Elliss still holds Utah’s record for career tackles for loss with 47. He led the league in tackles for loss as a sophomore and in sacks as a junior. After his senior season, he was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions with the No. 20 overall pick. Elliss played 10 years in the NFL—starting for eight seasons—and played in the 2000 and 2001 Pro Bowls. He spent nine years with Detroit before playing a final season with the Denver Broncos in 2004. Elliss was recognized with the U of U Young Alumni Board’s Par Excellence Award that year.

John Elsholz ex’77 has been appointed vice president of academic medicine with eCardio Diagnostics, leading the company’s new initiative to provide a tailored offering to university-based health systems. Elsholz has worked in the area of cardiac rhythm management for more than 25 years. After studying atrial fibrillation in cardiovascular research at the University of Utah, he worked at Beckman and Space Labs in business and product development, then served in leadership positions with Lumedx and GE Medical. Most recently, Elsholz served as vice president of product development at Witt Biomedical before returning to the U of U to direct the acquisition and implementation of informatics for the cardiovascular service line.

David L. Feick MS’94 PhD’98 is the director of global market research at Yahoo! Inc. He was previously project manager at Socratic Technologies and a researcher at Valley Mental Health and at the Utah State Division of Services for People with Disabilities. He was also an adjunct professor at Salt Lake City’s Westminster College of SLC. In addition to his master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology, he holds a B.A. in economics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

David F. Felsburg MS’80 received a doctorate in Organization Behavior and Management in September 2008. He has now founded and remains active in four companies: Paloma Systems, Inc.; USVets Technologies, Inc.; Dove Land Trust; and Fishers of Men Ministries, LLC. LM

Ellen Fisher PhD’91 has been named the new chair of the Colorado State University Department of Chemistry, effective July 1. Fisher has been a professor of chemistry at Colorado State since 1993. Her research lies in the areas of analytical, materials, and physical chemistry, with a focus on understanding the chemical processes that take place during plasma processing and chemical vapor deposition. She is also working to improve solar cell efficiency, to develop composite nanomaterials, and to explore environmental applications for plasma chemistry. Fisher has been involved in many activities in the Department of Chemistry including the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. During her tenure as co-director, the department showed exceptional representation by women students and significantly improved its recruitment of underrepresented minorities.  She is also the cofounder and director of the Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) group. She performed post-doctoral work from 1991-93 at the Sandia National Laboratories.

Nancy Fox BS’85 MS’90 has been appointed the new director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for the University of Wyoming. Fox has more than 11 years of experience in environmental health and safety programs, including six years as director of the EHS office at Weber State University. Before that she worked as Utah State University as an industrial hygienist and training specialist. She has a strong background in chemical, biological, and occupational safety and is a certified industrial hygienist.

Gary Gilbert BS’91 has been named the Amp Line business unit manager at Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of high-end electric guitars based in Stevensville, Md. Gilbert joined PRS Guitars in 1998. He has played guitar since age 6 and in his work has enjoyed combining his additional music training received in the U of U’s jazz guitar program, his engineering skills from the U of U, and his MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Gary resides near Baltimore, Md., with his wife, Robin Katzke Gilbert BFA’91.

Ann B. Grant BA’62, RN, Ph.D. received the 2009 Judith Lewis Outstanding Educator Award from the California State University, Dominguez Hills, School of Nursing. Her award will be presented by the director of the School of Nursing during a reception this spring, and she will also receive recognition at the Annual Honors Convocation on April 17. Grant previously served as a dean of instruction, sciences, math, nursing, and P.E., in the San Luis Obispo County Community College District. Since 1999, she has been a faculty member at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she teaches the BSN and MSN nursing research classes. She also serves as a member of the French Hospital Medical Center board in San Luis Obispo, California. Grant is the author of The Professional Nurse: Issues and Actions, as well as numerous articles and research studies. She received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988.

Patti Harrington EdD’96, State superintendent of schools, has announced that she plans to leave the State Education Office on July 1. Harrington, 56, began her career as a bus driver in the Provo School District and then became a special education teacher, working her way through college. After graduating, she taught school full time, and was later principal of Sunset View Elementary School and principal of Provo High School before becoming Provo District assistant superintendent and then the district’s superintendent. She then began as a state assistant superintendent and finally was named state superintendent in June 2004. “Education has been my life for 32 years, she says. Harrington received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University before a doctorate at the University of Utah. She says that in retirement she plans to spend time with her nieces and nephews, maybe write a book, and to share her expertise in education any way she can.

Dustin “Dusty Harris BS’01 has been named to lead a new development and investment office in Salt Lake City for international real estate firm Hines. Harris transferred from Hines’ development office in Orange County, Calif., and will be responsible for sourcing and executing new development and investment opportunities in the Salt Lake area. Since joining Hines in 2005 in Orange County, Harris has been responsible for the entitlement, financing, development, construction, and leasing activities for an office building in Irvine, Calif., and was instrumental in acquiring two industrial buildings and leading the design and entitlement efforts for development of a six-building development project.

Lee Anne Hartley MFA’77, artistic director of Tucson’s FUNHOUSE movement theater, recently produced the modern-dance concert Tales to Be Told, adaptingliterary works by Dr. Seuss, Jean Genet, and Hartley herself. The mood shifts dramatically over the course of the concert, from Seuss’ philosophical hilarity in an adaptation of his Oh, the Places You’ll Go, to Genet’s dark subversions in The Maids, a reprise of Hartley’s piece from 1990, which was inspired by Genet’s difficult play of the same name. The Maids was Hartley’s master’s thesis at the University of Utah, where she studied under John Wilson, who taught at the UA most of his career.

Dennis V. Haslam BA’73 JD’76 has joined the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. He will serve clients in a wide variety of matters, including business, finance, management issues, and commercial transactions. Haslam is a former president of the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, serving more than 10 years as president of the latter organization. He also co-founded the Salt Lake City law firm Winder and Haslam. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah.


Joseph Hineman PhD’71, 86, is currently participating for the 18th time in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, competitive winter games sponsored by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the Disabled American Veterans. The Snowmass Village, Colo., games are being held his year from March 29 to April 3.

One of the oldest participants at the clinic, Hineman is an amputee who has for decades worn a prosthetic left leg (his left leg is amputated just below the hip joint). Until only a few years ago, he skied upright; he now “sit skis, using a specially adapted chair with skis attached.

Hineman read about the clinic in a veterans magazine and hasn’t missed one since he started attending in 1991. He appreciates that the event is an opportunity to meet other disabled vets, compare stories, and come away energized by people who share some of his challenges. At right, he displays the clinic medals he has won since his first competition in 1991.

Photo by Holly McQueen/The Des Moines Register

Joseph Houston BS’05 has joined the Great Falls. Mont., law firm of Jardine, Stephenson, Blewett & Weaver, P.C. Houston holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. While in law school he worked in the mediation clinic and was president of the student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Robert R. Hunt BS’86 JD’90 has been appointed dean of the College of Information Technology with Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu. Before coming to WGU, Hunt managed the Certification Exam Design and Development group at Cisco Systems, Inc., where he provided direction on exam innovation and security initiatives. In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP). An attorney and member of the Utah State Bar, Hunt co-founded Caveon Test Security in 2003 and served as vice president of legal services. Earlier, he served as director of Microsoft Certification Programs at Certiport, Inc., where he created an accredited test development operation and worked closely with Microsoft learning, product, and marketing groups. Hunt has published numerous works on the legal aspects of testing and has been a frequent speaker at testing and assessment conferences.

Jason R. Jones BS’98 JD’01 has been named equity partner with the law firm of Thorpe North & Western LLP. Jones has been with the firm since October 2001. His practice has focused on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents in the mechanical sciences and a variety of trademark and copyright matters.

Marc Wayne Judice MBA’74 has been named King Gabriel LXX by the Judice served in the United States Air Force from 1969-1974, after being commissioned in 1969. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1972 and the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1974. He obtained certification from the American Institute of CPAs in 1976 and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants in 1977, then received a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1977. Upon graduation from law school, Judice returned to Lafayette, where he entered private practice. He currently practices law with Judice & Adley, PLC. AM

Kenneth R. Lord HBA’77 MA’81, Ph.D., was ranked among the world’s top advertising scholars in the fall 2008 issue of Journal of Advertising. In the article “A Ten-Year Retrospective of Advertising Research Productivity, 1997-2006,“ Lord was ranked first among authors published in Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising, one of three leading advertising journals. He was ranked 18th among those published in all three leading journals (which also include Journal of Advertising and Journal of Advertising Research), and 39th among authors of advertising-related articles in 17 leading advertising, marketing, and business journals. Lord presently serves as associate dean and professor of marketing at The University of Scranton.

Mary Mackert BS’91, who was forced into polygamy as a teenager, courageously left her family’s polygamous sect in her early 30s (after she was threatened with a “blood atonement—having her throat slit—for being a disobedient wife), and now leads a one-woman, nonprofit crusade to coax FLDS followers away from their polygamist religious beliefs. Mackert raises goats on a modest 20-acre ranch near Bonners Ferry, Wa., just across the U.S.-Canadian border from where an estimated 1,000 Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints followers live in a community called Bountiful. The group’s Canadian leaders, Winston Blackmore and James Oler, currently face felony charges accusing them of violating that country’s polygamy laws. To learn more about the Bountiful community and Mackert’s fascinating personal story, read the Feb. 22 Spokesman-Review feature here. LM

Brad Mayne BS’78, CFE, received the Charles A. McElravy Award from the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM). The award is granted for extraordinary contributions to the association and the profession of public assembly facility management. Mayne has been a member of the association since 1987. His accomplishments include service on the Board of Directors, Board of Regents, Board of Education, Professional Development Committee, and Certification Board. He has also served on the IAAM Board of Trustees for five years as treasurer and chair-elect, along with as an instructor for the Public Assembly Facility Management School at the Oglebay Resort. “When asked to serve in any capacity, Brad always says yes. He is a staunch supporter of IAAM’s educational initiatives and a mentor to many. He sets, practices and promotes high ethical standards in his business dealings. His leadership is second to none,” says IAAM President Robyn Williams, CFE. AM

Bobby McFerrin ex’78, now a 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist, recently returned to Salt Lake City for two days of workshops at the University of Utah culminating in a concert, joined onstage by College of Fine Arts students, at Kingsbury Hall. It was while working as a piano accompanist in the U’s Department of Modern Dance that McFerrin first discovered that the instrument he really wanted to play was his vocal cords. His first vocal performances were at the Room at the Top club in the Salt Lake Hilton [now the Sheraton], he recalls. Commercials, movie scores and albums were all part of McFerrin’s career until the No. 1 single “Don’t Worry, Be Happy hit the charts in 1988. From there, Bobby McFerrin became a household name. But he wanted to do more, so he began conducting. In addition to working with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, McFerrin is now the creative chairman of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also collaborated with such jazz fusion giants as Chick Corea.

District Court Judge Tyrone Medley BS’74 JD’77 and former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards are being honored  at this year’s YMCA Sports Night of Champions, to will be held May 1 in the Salt Palace’s grand ballroom. Medley played basketball at the University of Utah. Former Utah Jazz president, general manager, and coach Frank Layden will be the master of ceremonies. For information about tickets, visit www.ymcasaltlake.org.

Suzanne Metz BS’96 is being inducted into the University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame this month. Metz, a 10-time All-American, competed for Utah NCAA Championship teams in 1992, 1994, and 1995 (the 1993 Utes placed third in the nation). On March 25, 1995, Metz broke the NCAA all-around record, scoring a 39.95. That mark, which still stands as a Utah record, included a 10.0 on vault and floor, and a 9.975 on bars and beam. Metz won all but one all-around competition going into the 1995 national championships, including the regional all-around title. She placed third in the all-around at the 1995 NCAA Championships. Metz remains the only all-arounder in NCAA history to make it through an entire season without a fall—hitting 56 of 56 routines as a senior in 1995.

Matthew Moscon BA’90 JD’94 has been appointed Litigation Practice Group leader at Stoel Rives LLP. He will oversee the management of more than 130 litigation attorneys across the firm’s 12 offices. He is the past vice chairman of the Litigation Practice Group and a former chairman of the firm’s Products Liability and Toxic Torts section. Moscon represents clients in lawsuits involving condemnation and property disputes, construction and development matters, product liability claims, and commercial contracts, among other areas.

R. Kimball Mosier BA’75 JD’80 has been named to fill the opening on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court created by the retirement of former Chief Judge Glen E. Clark. Mosier was appointed to the bench by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit located in Denver. Bankruptcy court judges serve 14-year terms. Mosier has served as a Chapter 7 trustee for the court for more than two decades and has practiced in the law firm of Parsons Kinghorn and Harris, where he specialized in bankruptcy law.

Robert “Bob” Mucci MPA’83 is the new executive director for the Benson/San Pedro Valley (Ariz.) Chamber of Commerce. Mucci started in February, moving to Benson from Salt Lake City with his wife, Laura. Mucci, who once worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Salt Lake, said he has the experience and background for the job, and hopes to make Benson his last stop. Laura has already put her stake in the community with the Cowgirl Up quilt shop. In addition to his master’s in public administration, Bob Mucci has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan.

Holly Mullen BS’81 has left Salt Lake City Weekly, the city’s largest-circulation alternative newspaper, after nearly two years as editor. Mullen, a Utah native, began her career nearly 31 years ago as a staff reporter at the Deseret News. She also worked as a journalist in other cities around the country, including Minneapolis-St. Paul and the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, before eventually returning to Utah just over a decade ago. Upon her return, she worked at The Salt Lake Tribune for about eight years before becoming editor at City Weekly in April 2007.

Art (BFA’55 BAr’56) and Martha Pasker ex’58 have received the Gold Caduceus Award from the Deseret Foundation. Art was founder and president of the Cottonwood Hospital Foundation in 1981 and later became president of the Cottonwood Alta View Healthcare Foundation, which he and Martha became Founder members of in 1996. Art went on to serve on the board of the Deseret Foundation and as president of AMICUS. Martha has served in many capacities for the two foundations, including as a member of the Healthier Communities Institute board. Both are currently Partner members of the AMICUS.


John Paulson BFA’74 MFA’76 has been composing/arranging and playing jazz saxophone and Bb flute for nearly 30 years as part of the John Paulson Jazz Quartet, which recently performed at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Paulson is also a professor of music at Saint Mary’s University in Rochester, Minn., where he has taught for 27 years, directing the music industry program and teaching woodwinds, jazz history, and other courses. His quartet regularly performs throughout the Midwest and has been featured live on Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Show. Paulson’s music has also often been highlighted on Leigh Kamman’s National Public Radio show “The Jazz Image.” As a freelance artist, he has performed with artists including The Temptations, Bob Hope, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Mel Torme, Andy Williams, and Johnny Mathis, as well as for the Pioneer Memorial Theatre and Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City. In addition to his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Paulson holds a D.M.A. in music education from the University of Washington. He has released several CDs and published numerous articles for The Saxophone Journal and Jazz Player magazine.

Leslie Rankin BFA’81 is the artist behind Las Vegas-based Glassic Art, which offers unique glass pieces that can be functional as well as decorative, depending on each client’s needs and desires. Most pieces made by Glassic Art are custom-designed after Rankin meets with the client, and she and her small, familylike team of artists can create nearly anything out of glass. Rankin’s portfolio includes tables, countertops, room dividers, shower enclosures, sink vessels, light fixtures, and decorative accents. Although she is now known around the world for her work, Rankin didn’t set out to become a glass artist. Attending the University of Utah on a ski scholarship, she received her degree in fine arts specializing in metal sculpture. But after taking a stained glass class, she discovered that metal didn’t captivate her the way glass did. She says she is enthralled by glass’ translucence and its ability to change in the light. “The art changes every half-hour. That’s why I love it so much, she says. It took 12 years for Rankin to perfect her method of coloring glass, and she refuses to share it with anyone. “The recipe is dying with me. Glassic Art’s showroom is located at 5850 S. Polaris Ave., Suite 700.

Roger B. Reese BS’89 has been named by First Western Advisors to lead a new division. Reese will lead First Western Advisors Insurance Services, which will provide insurance counsel to First Western Advisors’ clients and benefits and related services to other businesses. Reese has nearly 20 years of experience as an insurance agent. He previously operated his own agency, where he provided and managed group benefits to businesses and offered life, health, disability, long-term care, Medicare supplements, and dental insurance to individuals and families. Reese also worked at a law firm, where he designed and placed insurance with the clients of attorneys who specialized in estate and business continuation planning..

David T. Robbins BS’87 MBA’88 is the new vice president, corporate sales and business development, for Utah-based C.R. England, a global transportation and logistics provider. Robbins was formerly the vice president of England Logistics and also worked for General Mills.

Chris Shaffer BS’92 is the chief meteorologist at WCCO Television in Minneapolis, Minn.  He forecasts for the entire state of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin during the 5, 6, and 10 p.m newscasts.  But television isn’t the only medium he is a part of on a daily basis.  Shaffer also does daily weather reports for WCCO AM Radio, which boasts one of the largest coverage areas in the nation, and writes a daily weather column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  He got his start in broadcasting in Salt Lake City, at radio station 98.7 KCPX, where he was an on-air personality from 1990-1992. Shaffer recently received the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation, a professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts. 

Camille Siebenberg BS’03 has been promoted at the Salt Lake City CPA firm of Mantyla McReynolds. Siebenberg has been promoted to marketing and recruiting director. She works with the partners to plan company and client events and is involved in new-employee recruitment. She has been with the firm for 10 years, primarily as an executive assistant. Established in 1989, the firm now has seven partners and employs approximately 30 people.

Cory D. Sinclair BS’98 PhD’03 JD’06 has joined the Salt Lake City office of Parsons Behle & Latimer. Sinclair is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and concentrates on antitrust and damages-related issues. He previously spent time in the antitrust division at the U.S. Department of Justice and was recently a consultant on economic theory and antitrust law.

Margot Singer PhD’05 has been awarded the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction for her short story collection, The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2007). The $5,000 award, conceived by its principal benefactor, Dr. Alexander Mauskop, a New York neurologist, assists promising Jewish fiction writers. To learn more about the prize visit http://urj.org/rjprize. Singer’s collection of interlinked stories takes its title from the name of the western border region of the Russian empire within which Jews were required to live in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Singer's fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, including Shenandoah, AGNI, The North American Review, The Western Humanities Review, Third Coast, and Ascent. She won the 2004 Thomas H. Carter Prize for the Essay and has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes. She currently lives in Granville, Ohio, where she is an assistant professor in the English Department at Denison University.

Ryan Snow BA’98 JD’00 MBA’01 has joined England Logistics, a division of C.R. England, as vice president and corporate counsel. Snow is a member of the Utah State Bar and a licensed real estate agent in Utah. He previously worked for Garbett Homes as general counsel.

Randall Spratt BS’75 has joined the board of directors for Code Green Networks, a leader in comprehensive data loss prevention solutions. Spratt is executive vice president and chief information officer of McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK). Spratt has been with McKesson for more than 20 years, most recently as chief process officer for McKesson Provider Technologies. Prior to joining McKesson, he held executive positions at the startup Advanced Laboratory Systems.

Clifford J. Stocks BS’80 has been appointed chief business officer for Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader in the development of isoform-selective PI3 kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases. Stocks brings to Calistoga more than two decades of experience in the biotech industry, including 15 years at ICOS Corporation, where he served as an executive officer and vice president of business development. While at ICOS, he led acquisitions and joint venture activities as well as alliance formation, strategy, licensing and deal making. He played an instrumental role on the leadership team that developed and launched Cialis®, and was a key architect of the Lilly ICOS joint venture partnership leading to their $2.3 billion merger in 2007.

Terry Thatcher MS’75 recently performed at the St. George Tabernacle. Thatcher is well known for his piano and organ arrangements of LDS hymns, and his repertoire also includes works by Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn, Vierne, Gigout, Couperin, Boellman, Purcell, Stainer, Schreiner, and others. After switching from piano studies to classical organ at age 13, Thatcher studied with organ professors at USC, Occidental College, and Whittier College in southern California, and at Brigham Young University. He represented the Reuter Organ Company for five years, designing, installing, and maintaining 12 pipe organs totaling 150 ranks during that period. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at BYU and a master’s in educational psychology at the U and recently retired after 34 years as a school psychologist.

Rett C. Thorpe BS’96 has been promoted vice president of client services with Centershift, a leading Internet-based software solution provider to the self storage industry. Thorpe has previously served Centershift as a program manager and director of account management during his four-year tenure with the company. With this move, he joins the Executive Management team and will head up all activities related to account management, which includes managing the relationships with our clients. Thorpe has also served in management roles with iBahn, and AgencyWorks.

Sam Wessels BFA’08 had his work Cancer: The Musical chosen as one of three original musical theater works to receive two-week workshops at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre this June.  Wessels graduated from the University of Utah Actor Training Program. At the U, he appeared as Bobby Strong in Urinetown and Baby Face in Happy End, and also acted in and composed music for The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Winter’s Tale. He has written four musicals and is working on his fifth. His first musical, Notes on a Sunday, was produced by the U in 2008. Rectum! was given a staged reading this winter at the Salt Lake Acting Company.

Anthony White BS’03 BS’04 has been named the head football coach at Temple City (Calif.) High School. Only 27, White’s youth is not necessarily a drawback. He graduated from nearby Rosemead High School, where he was awarded the Wendy’s National High School Heisman his senior year, and he played in every football game at strong safety during his time at the University of Utah before graduating with degrees in political science and organizational communication. He also has a master’s degree in multicultural education from National University. White was an integral part of the Rosemead coaching staff this past season when the Panthers won the Mission Valley League title and reached the CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division title game. He coached three seasons at Rosemead and also had coaching stints at Hacienda Heights Wilson and Pasadena City College last year.

Michael K. Woolley JD’99 has been named associate general counsel for C.R. England trucking. Woolley is a member of the Utah State Bar and was formerly a shareholder at the law firm of Richards, Brandt, Miller and Nelson. He has also served as an associate attorney at Strong & Hanni and as a law clerk for both the Utah Supreme Court and the United States District Court, District of Nevada.

Joel L. Wright BS’87 has been promoted to director, tax controversies, at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Wash. His role includes defending Microsoft in state tax matters. Wright’s career at Microsoft has spanned more than 13 years in various roles in the tax department. Prior to Microsoft, he worked in the tax department of Pacific Telecom, Inc. in Vancouver, Wash. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in accounting, Wright also holds a master’s of taxation degree from Portland State University.

Ivar Zeile BS’89 is now providing a space for challenging artworks, both figurative and abstract, as director of the well-respected Plus Gallery in Denver. Zeile first began seriously promoting art in a nonprofit collaboration with sculptor Cordell Taylor BFA’92 and other Salt Lake City artists called Surface, which worked to finance and promote nontraditional art works or projects that wouldn’t be able to draw public funds or be attractive to a public venue. Zeile formerly did custom graphic design work and some visual art himself but now focuses his energies on his gallery.


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