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Alumni Focus

Stay in touch with your former classmates and share in the celebration of your accomplishments through our online Class Notes webpage:

Christy Andersen

’01, accounting. Audit manager for Bradshaw, Smith & Co., LLP Las Vegas, Nev.

Aliene Hyatt Overly ’62, general education. Retired English teacher. Cedar City, Utah.

Darryl Schwierjohn ’98, music. High school band director. Fort Davis, Texas.

Where has life taken you? I moved throughout the northwest

Who was your favorite professor? Dr. David Rees. He made me work

with my husband’s career with the U.S. Forest Service. I loved becoming the mother of five children (19

hard to learn all of the financial

grandchildren) and teaching English.

accounting rules. This stuck and

I have loved every minute of the

even today, some of my favorite

adventures that came my way.

things in auditing are researching

What is a memorable accomplishment?

how to record complex transactions and drafting financial statements.

While teaching in Kalispell, Mont.,

What are your SUU traditions?

I was selected as a national trainer

The tradition in my family is to attend SUU. My parents attended and all of my four siblings received

of a program that taught teachers of all grade levels how to help students become independent learners and

undergraduate degrees from SUU.

to find and develop their own study

It is a great school and now we are


waiting for the next generation to be

How did SUU shape you?

old enough to attend!

Do you volunteer in your community?

I worked part-time for Richard Gillis, who was the dean of students. I credit that man with the innate

What have you been doing since graduation? I moved back to Texas and am the director of bands at Fort Davis Independent School District where I teach students in grades 5-12. My wife, Terri, and I are the parents of two sons: Derek, age 9 and Ian, age 7.

What are your most memorable accomplishments? Earning my degree. SUU got me on track after transferring from South Plains College. I always wanted to be a band director and now enjoy working with students and helping them realize their potential in music and in life.

How did being involved on campus shape you?

Yes, I enjoy service projects

ability to relate to students, helping

Being so far away from my home

with my church. Most recently, I

them build their self-esteem and

in Texas, music groups provided me

volunteered at the Las Vegas Rescue

encouraging them to reach beyond

the opportunity to learn how to do

Mission (which serves meals to

their idea of success. Professor Elaine

things on my own and gave me the

the homeless) and assisted with a

Southwick also strengthened my

chance to meet new people and make

scouting drive for food.

desire to become an English teacher.

new friends.



SUU In View - Fall 2012  

The Fall 2012 issue of Southern Utah University’s alumni magazine.