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can connect with the community— the interaction between students and faculty has always been, and still is, at the core of the Westminster experience. And you will be reminded of its strength and power as you read the feature stories in this issue of the Review.

Normally I look forward to writing the president’s message for the front of each issue of the Review. Even though I suspect people don’t read it until after they have finished looking at the alumni notes or faculty news, it is still an opportunity for me to talk about new things the college is doing or discuss the way technology is transforming higher education or even comment on some overlooked provision in the strategic plan. It is, in short, a place to point to the changes we have made, the progress we have achieved, and the plans we are developing to continue to improve the educational experience Westminster provides to our students. But I can’t do any of that in this message. I can’t do it because this issue of the Review documents an indisputable fact: you can make all the changes you want; you can deploy every piece of available technology; you can even review, revise, or rewrite a strategic plan—but in the end, real learning is the result of an almost magical interaction between dedicated teachers and committed students. All the rest just sets the stage and then gets out of the way. That doesn’t make an administrator feel very good. But it is a very good thing for administrators to remember. And it is an important thing for you to know about Westminster: while we are always changing—we have, for example, deployed a number of new pedagogical models and developed a new vision for ways that the college

Jeff McCarthy takes off on his own version of a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance journey through both his fertile mind and the desolate landscape between Salt Lake and Austin, Texas. And while his account is incomplete—I found no mention of the country-and-western bars I am sure he frequented—it illuminates the way a true teacher’s mind operates. Every scene, every sensation moves through a pedagogical filter that finds what is relevant to student learning and then ponders how best to use that core nugget to engage students and make them want to explore the concepts that have been created. You’ll find that magical interaction described from a recent graduate's point of view in the article about the impact of the Master Track program developed for our Master of Professional Communication program. Participants—mentors, students, colleagues, peers, professionals— come together to provide the kind of experience that classroom instruction alone cannot duplicate. The fact that friends of the college are willing to invest so much time and energy in this program helps create its value. It also validates the value of having faculty who want to work with students rather than be left alone to pursue their own research interests. Our alumni and friends are so convinced that the individual attention they received— here at Westminster or at some point in their lives—mattered that they are ready to give back to make sure others get that kind of personal attention as well. You’ll also find that magical transformation in the tale of an old tradition as well as the story of two students whose lives were changed by Westminster. Then there is the feature about Karen Hendry, our resident historian and poet laureate, who recently

retired after 26 years of service to the college and our students. She was not a faculty member, but the kind of magical interaction that defines a Westminster education always surrounded her. Sometimes she was the one who was learning, sometimes she was the one doing the teaching, but whichever role she occupied, she was surrounded by a sense of wonder and warmth. After 26 years, she could have just said she had “seen it all before” and gone through the motions, but she brought an enthusiasm and sense of wonder to each encounter, a desire to learn how to make it better the next time, and a willingness to help others learn what she had long ago mastered. As an administrator, I’d like to think that what I do matters. And in many ways, it does. But as a one-time professor who earned a living in the classroom, I know that no meeting I attend, no conference I participate in, no essay that I write is as important to our college as those encounters that bring a student and a faculty member together and allow learning to take place and knowledge to be created. That is at the core of what makes Westminster the special place we all love. It is why Westminster has and always will have the power to change lives. And it is what I hope this issue of the Review will let all of us experience again.

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REWARD For the Teacher-Scholar Am I the only person who links archival research and high-performance motorcycles? Most people don’t. But then most people don’t ride fast bikes from Salt Lake to Austin to start their fellowships at the University of Texas. The archive is the world-famous Harry Ransom Center where, since WWII, the University of Texas has turned oil money into manuscripts, from a Gutenberg Bible to Shakespeare folios to Joyce’s Ulysses. Moreover, the Ransom Center has the means to support scholars who dream of studying those dusty pages, and this year I was given a full month to peruse and ponder as an Andrew Mellon

by Jeffrey McCarthy, PhD, Chair of Environmental Studies Left “The road is always better than the inn.” Cervantes

I could see it a different way: a college like Westminster is perfectly placed to translate faculty insights into the enthusiasm of learning.

fellow. The motorcycle is 100+ horsepower of Honda Interceptor, a red, white, and blue streak that’s happy to run at 10,000 rpm and will get you from 0 to 60 faster than you can say “Dewey Decimal System.”

In our better moments, we occupy the educational sweet spot. At Westminster, my research agenda goes directly to the classroom: it shapes my syllabus, it informs the essay topics I give my students, it positions me to get those students into good graduate programs, and most of all, it helps me to make each course an active inquiry into meaningful questions. In this environment, Westminster students participate in the field they study, and they become minds in conversation with other minds asking real questions and positing real answers.

The night before I left, two inches of snow weighted my driveway. I was packing saddlebags with cold hands and doubting this ride’s wisdom. But I knew from long experience that every voyage has its misgivings, and every worthy adventure, an uncertain outcome. After all, this was a kind of pilgrimage, and a pilgrimage demands effort and pain. I thought of Chaucer’s pilgrims rattling along to Canterbury. They did it in four days, and four days would be my ride to a holy place for scholars. Imagine that archive with its 12-million pieces: a set of relics, a place of academic miracles, a cathedral to the minds that have shown us what civilization means. And thinking of it, the Ransom Center actually holds a crazy-rare 1450 Canterbury Tales manuscript. If Chaucer’s pilgrims found their voyage a time for swapping tales, I knew mine would offer time to talk to myself about the merits of research, the sins of speed, and the life of a teacher-scholar.

Of course, I’m lucky to be so inspired by my job. I’ve been 20 years in higher education, and for me, efforts like my current questions about nature and society keep me plugged into engaged modes of student learning. It’s a bit like wrestling an unruly motorcycle all the way to Texas; sure it would have been easier to eat pretzels on Southwest Airlines, but in the long days, I was able to get personal with places I have only seen out the window. It’s like that for the teacher-scholar too, because in those lonely hours with books, and in the grueling sessions of revision, we show students what it’s like to make ideas matter. Riding and scholarship—each is the hard way that rewards. The scholar lives in direct engagement with ideas, and accepts the risks of an opinion, accepts the discomfort of uncertain outcomes amidst the welter of judgments. The motorcyclist acts in direct engagement with landscape and accepts vulnerability as the price for deep knowledge.

The worst part of the trip was Soldier Summit. No doubt about it. Not the Albuquerque traffic snarl, not the suicidal armadillo, not the oil on the Texas two-lane, and not even the Colorado windstorm—nope, it was 30 degrees in the high terrain between Spanish Fork and Helper, and 30 degrees is too cold in a bike’s bitter wind. There are two big problems with cold riding. First, any damp spot threatens to be ice, and unlike in your car where a little ice patch might make you wobble, from a bike, that wobble will throw you for a very personal tour of the asphalt. Second, with the wind chill you freeze into a leather popsicle, and your reflexes become molasses when you want them to be white lightning. I should mention that I’m not especially good at riding motorcycles. I’ve done a lot of it, but no one would mistake me for a natural, and I’m still right there to drop the bike at the curb or surprise myself into a miniwheelie leaving a stop light. So I don’t need a lot of extra challenges. Near Helper the flurries parted, and the thermometer crept above freezing, and the bike nosed me past the Johnny-Cash landscape of trains, sage, and coal mines.

Pretty heavy thoughts for someone mostly worried about tanks of gas and chapped lips. The bright lights of Moab made the redrock glow, and I hurtled my thawing core up the Colorado toward Castle Valley. There at Brooke and Terry Tempest Williams’ desert place, I talked books and wilderness into the night, and drank all the hot tea they could spare. In the morning, Brooke and I visited a small colony of prairie dogs, and while the frost sparkled away, we wondered if there would ever be an America to cherish people and wildness too. I said whatever hope I had came from students like Westminster’s environmental studies majors—engaged, thoughtful, active. He “amen”ed and talked of college as the place people learn to think for themselves. Later, leaning the Honda into a stout crosswind, I thought that Brooke was right, and I thought that Westminster students are glad to see intellectual adventure enacted at the same time we ask them to participate. Intellectual adventure was why I’d headed to Texas; that’s why I’d spend weeks reading DH Lawrence’s handwritten manuscripts, why I’d try to formulate my sense of Lawrence’s vision for a better England after the war, and why I’d locate his hopes for the culture in his hopes for nature.

After Helper, optimism soared in my little caravan of one because I could feel my extremities and look around. The Delmore Schwartz poem goes, “Time is the school in which we learn / Time is the fire in which we burn,” and I was burning along past ponderous truckers and lazy cars, but my mind had time to connect research to riding. I mean, why write all these articles? Why review books or serve on some journal’s editorial board? Because, I thought in an open stretch, these are the machine parts—the pistons and pipes—of the life of the mind. There are people in small colleges who distrust research, and with reason. They see all this publishing as a shadow of the big university’s squalid race for funding and as an obstacle to sharing actual knowledge with actual students. But balanced on that 4-cylinder rocket,

A day later and I was done with Colorado, impressed by Shiprock, and rocketing across New Mexico’s empty


test ideas and, if necessary, overturn them. This is the rhetoric of open democracy: debate, dissent, critique, and then renewal. All this is found in the testing questions and searching answers my colleagues pursue in the labs, at the computers, and in the archive. In the end, my best teaching is stuck to active inquiry the way my tires are stuck to a curve—by commitment and acceleration.

center. Two wide lanes, straight as a Texas Ranger, and views for miles. The vista reminded me of why I live in the west, and of Wallace Stegner’s challenge that we build here “a society to match its scenery.” Then a sign said “Alamogordo White Sands,” and I realized this open space hosted the world’s first nuclear detonation. Yes, I was in the White Sands Missile Range—32,000 square miles of desert beauty stretching away to my right, but holding a troubled history. In summer 1945, scientists working up north at Los Alamos created the plutonium bomb and tested it right here at a place they called “Trinity.” In the heat of war, this device was exploded on the Japanese who now make this motorcycle. And then, in the chill of the Soviet contest, other sandy stretches of our American West became the arena for nuclear testing; I recall a student presentation in environmental studies explaining that between 1951 and 1962, Nevada hosted nearly 100 above-ground nuclear tests. That meant riding across White Sands put me front-row to our history of making war on the landscape. I’d learned about that history from Terry’s book Refuge and the intimate story it tells of a Utah family, and of downwinder loss. There was beauty to this scene: the bright sands, the land so open people thought it could absorb any poison. But the beauty got tangled with destruction, and I ducked into the wind to carry on.

So what did I accomplish? I wrote a chapter about Lawrence and found an unpublished draft of his environmental essay “Pan in America.” In the drafts and manuscripts, I encountered one man’s search for a society that could love itself and nature too, just like Brooke’s wish among the prairie dogs. I pitched this to a seminar of visiting scholars and Texas faculty, and in the cross-questioning I told them about a recent Westminster senior thesis that investigated the figure of the horse in DH Lawrence’s late fiction. Here was undergraduate research emerging from my own writing and then re-invigorating my research in a happy feedback loop of inquiry. And in a curious twist, that Westminster student was applying to the Texas graduate program, so that afternoon I carried her letter across the courtyard to the English Department and handed it to the graduate director with extra words of praise. Walking back to my motorcycle, I thought that teaching is the most important work I do. And amidst the 50,000 University of Texas undergrads—swarming from crowded lecture to teeming library—I thought that the small-college teacher-scholar lives the educational ideal because a place like Westminster balances the daily relevance of pedagogy with the intense focus of scholarship. Yes, I thought, in the perfect college, research is a commitment to student learning, and then I did a little wheelie by mistake.

Of course I tried to be careful. A friend warned me, “Texas drivers don’t steer, they aim,” and the open country did let traffic drift from lane to lane. Luckily I’m agile. What concerned me was the armadillo rumor. Have you heard this one? When you really surprise an armadillo, the husky ironclad jumps straight into the air. While that might dent a pickup’s fender, if a motorcyclist startles one, the destruction is mutual. But is it true? In any case, I know it’s worth being careful on motorcycles. The Ransom Center also holds Lawrence of Arabia’s papers; T.E. Lawrence managed to survive desert warfare, camel racing, and English food only to die in quiet Dorset when he crashed his loud motorcycle. And he didn’t even have armadillos to worry about…tricky devils. Once amidst Austin’s cowboy boots, barbeque, and big hair, the Ransom Center was a perfect place to work and to draw some conclusions about risk and reward. The teacher-scholar is at the heart of the small-college’s Jeffersonian mission to educate citizens. In a country where the political factions don’t credit each other with sanity, in a time when the climate is changing and the economy is evolving, our students must become thoughtful social contributors. Scholarship in this context is not detachment, not ivory-tower escape, but the active deployment of intellect toward problem solving. At Westminster, learning is a process, not an incident. It happens in vigorous classroom debate about burning questions; it happens in meaningful undergraduate research closely attended by faculty who care. True learning in the liberal arts is discovering how to discover. True learning is developing the confidence to

Above An armadillo turns rumor into reality by demonstrating a "tricky devil" leap. 5



PALS TOGETHER May Day Celebrations

At Westminster Flipping through copies of the Etosian, Westminster’s old yearbook, you might easily look at all of the pictures of young women parading through campus, wearing matching long dresses and holding bouquets of flowers, and wonder exactly how many weddings took place at the college over the years. Surrounding photographs only add to the mystery: young men in swimming trunks playing tug-of-war over the creek, girls in gorgeous gowns kneeling to receive their crowns, and families gathering on the sidelines to watch their daughters weave around a ribbon-bedecked pole. As strange or old-fashioned as these images may seem today, they nevertheless tell the story of a well-loved, but often forgotten,

By Meghan Hekker ('10) and David Hales Left 1941 “Fairies on Parade”

Above The May Queen is crowned.

Above The men are ready for the tug-of-war at Emigration Creek.

their illustrious history, or of the significant connections between May Day and Victorian romanticism, May Day celebrations were still, in the words of one participant, “a very big thing.” They were a time for laughter and merriment, a time for the college and the community to come together and rejoice in warm weather and friendship.

tradition that was long-honored at Westminster: that of the May Day celebration. No one knows exactly when May Day became a holiday (although speculation places its origins among pagan rituals), but English men and women have enthusiastically celebrated the occasion since at least the mid-thirteenth century. According to dance historian Allison Thompson, the famed maypoles, covered in flowers and other vibrant vegetation, did not become part of the festivities for another 100 years, first appearing in the late 1300s. The practice of entwining ribbons around maypoles in the traditional “plaited maypole dance” took an additional 500 years to develop, beginning as romantic depictions of the past in nineteenth-century Victorian dramas. Soon, professional dance masters were teaching the dance to their students, and it became a popular activity in May Day celebrations throughout England. May Day festivals and dances spread quickly to the United States, especially among colleges, with the first recorded May Day celebration at an accredited American college taking place at Earlham College in 1875. Two young women at the college, influenced by a brief article and romantic illustrations of May Day dances that appeared in Harper’s Weekly in May 1874, decided the school should hold one of their own. College administrators actively supported May Day festivities as “a means to encourage solidarity and to create loyalty to the school, as well as to create a brand image for their college.” The festival rapidly permeated the American college scene and was held by students at colleges such as Barnard, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and, of course, our very own Westminster.

In order to gain a better understanding of exactly what May festivals at Westminster entailed, we spoke with Lois Wheatlake Fitzgerald, a student at the college from 1938 to 1940 (at that time, Westminster was a junior college, and students attended for just two years). We invite you now to step back with us to May 15, 1940, and experience the merry event for yourself: Encouraged by promising blue skies, students are beginning to move across campus with palpable excitement. After all, they are not so different from students today, and the May festivities include the added bonus of cancelled classes. Around nine in the morning, they spread themselves around the grounds for the Campus Clean-up, most of which involves plucking the plethora of dandelions that plagues the fields each spring. Weeding accomplished, everybody adjourns to the creek, which Lois laughingly remembers as “Nicotine Gulch,” for a tug-of-war between swim-trunk-clad upper and lower classmen. Amid much shouting and cheering, the juniors drag the seniors through the muddy water, and everyone heads off to lunch. After enjoying the traditional tuna casserole, the seniors take revenge by soundly trumping the lower classmen in a game of softball, and the students head home to prepare for the May Queen procession and dance.

Almost every year from 1918 to 1968, Westminster College celebrated May Day, though the event did not always occur on the first of the month. Known by various names over the years, including May Fete, Founders’ Day, Spring Festival, and Westminster Day, the festivities took place anytime between early May and early June (in which case they often became part of the commencement celebrations). While those participating in the festivals may not have been aware of

Two weeks prior, as recorded by a 1940s college calendar, “all the henhuzzies [had gone] a’ feudin’” and elected Margaret Stone as May Queen and Gay Baird and Lois Wheatlake as her attendants. Today, around four in the afternoon, these three ladies wait breathlessly, along with the other female students in Ferry Hall (currently the location of the Bill and Vieve 8

Gore School of Business), listening excitedly to the buzz of the growing crowd outside. As parents and siblings join the faculty and male students on the lawn, Lois recalls attending her older sister’s May dances and feels particularly thrilled to now play a part in them herself. The music begins; and Gay and Lois, carrying bouquets and wearing matching peach-colored dresses with puffed sleeves, follow Margaret out onto the field between Ferry and Converse Halls. Behind them glide the other young ladies, their flowing gowns creating the same image of “Fairies on Parade” described by the 1932 Etosian. Reaching her throne, Margaret kneels before Student Body President Verle Ashworth, who places the crown on her head as trumpets exalt in the background. Her coronation complete, the queen settles down to enjoy a pageant on the history of dance, held in her honor. As the celebrations draw to a close, the young ladies begin their final presentation. With a grace gained from weeks of practice in their physical education classes, the girls entwine around the maypole, intricately plaiting its ribbons to the tune of the Blue Danube Waltz, in the most famed of May Day traditions—the Maypole Dance.

school. During the May Day festival of 1931, a young woman visiting the college noticed a handsome young man doing handstands…which he later claimed he did to catch her attention. The ploy worked, and Vieve Walton married Bill Gore four years later. The two eventually became vital supporters of the college where they met. While not all May Day celebrations necessarily resulted in marriage, they did come to symbolize a love for and pride in Westminster that make up the heart of its student body even today. These festivities bubbled with a sentiment best expressed by the 1940s Westminster Day statement, “We’re all pals together,” an attitude as present in current water-balloon fights and talent shows as it was in the May Day tug-of-wars and Maypole Dances. Though it began as an old English tradition, the May Day festival became a celebration of everything a college like Westminster offers students beyond a formal education: an appreciation for fun and humor, a sense of loyalty, and, if one is as fortunate as the Gores and Lois Wheatlake Fitzgerald, the joy of friendships that last a lifetime. A note of thanks goes to Lois Wheatlake Fitzgerald for allowing us to interview her and providing us with so many interesting stories.

While even Lois refers to some of these May celebrations as “corny,” they have nevertheless played a significant role at Westminster. One area they especially affected is the performing arts, as the celebrations helped develop the college’s long devotion to, and passion for, music and theatre. From glee club to orchestra to drama, creative groups performed at every May Day fete, heightening the festivities with plays, operettas, and, of course, dance, and developing a rich performing tradition that still shines at the college today.

Meghan Hekker (’10) graduated with a double major in English and history, a minor in French, and an Honors degree. She is also busy saving and studying for graduate school, as she hopes to earn a PhD in medieval literature. David A. Hales is Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks. In July 2010, he retired from Westminster after 15 years. In both institutions, he has worked as a librarian, a teacher, and an administrator involved in curriculum change and development.

We would like to share one more May Day story that further reflects the importance of this celebration to our

Above The Maypole Dance begins by Ferry Hall. 9




Once upon a time, in July of 1985 to be exact, a woman left a career as a retail accounting secretary with the then-Fred Meyer store to come to work at Westminster College. She had heard that a new dean of students was looking for an administrative assistant. Twenty-six years, 11,000 graduates, four deans of students (the late Gary Fitzer, Susan Heath, Carolyn Perkins, and Mark Ferne), three college presidents (Charles Dick, Peggy Stock, and Michael Bassis), 52 midnight breakfasts, and 31 commencement ceremonies later, Karen Hendry retired in June.

“Since Gary Fitzer, a new chaplain, and I were all new to student services, we relied on our work-study student, Michelle Maxwell Ellison (’87), to train us on procedures regarding commencement, by Dana Tumpowsky Left As further evidence of the high esteem in which students held Karen, Christopher Wharton ('06), then President of the Associated Students of Westminster College, presented Karen with a (surprise) Honorary Membership Award in 2006.

convocation, orientation. . .and I’ve been here ever since,” Karen recalls. Michelle still calls Karen “Mom.” The feeling is mutual; Karen said Michelle holds a special place in her heart. Among the thousands of students Karen has known, she admits that there are some with whom she developed especially close bonds. By virtue of working in the dean’s office, she became involved in many of their lives—their trials, their academic, family, or social challenges—and she could also celebrate their successes, their romances, and the blossoming of their lives. “I have known so many bright and wonderful young people—and it’s come full circle: two former students, Chuck (’85) and Joan (’87) Chiarotti, had their daughter, Lia (’14), enter Westminster last fall!” Since Karen was hired, the student services staff has grown from 7 to 10 employees; athletics added 42 positions. Susan Heath, currently associate provost for student development, arrived on campus two months after Karen as the director of counseling and career services; and they have worked closely over the years. “It’s amazing how much Karen cares about the college and the students who come into the office,” Susan says. Karen has been immersed in the life of the college as unofficial historian, photographer, and chronicler of buildings, people, and traditions. It’s no wonder she garnered the first “Spirit of Westminster” award at the annual employee recognition gala in 2008. Karen’s love of history was clear when you looked at her desk. The boxes and files and piles of paper belied the fact that Karen knew exactly where information was: who was, for example, the senior class officer in 1973 (Art Miyazaki) or the queen of homecoming in 1978 (Dorothy Andersen). Her fascination with taking photographs of buildings and homes about to be demolished (including Ferry Hall, the site of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, which was taken down in 1986) grew. “I became curious about the people who had lived there. I ransacked antique shops for photos of the buildings, so I could know more about the lives of the people who lived in them. That led me to cemeteries, because the headstones offer lots of information,” she says. “Let’s face it; everybody’s story ends up there,” she gravely explains.

Her knowledge of the local cemeteries has earned her a place as a tour guide for local cemeteries, particularly Mount Olivet and the Salt Lake City cemeteries. Karen even conducted a sociology class on “Reading Salt Lake City as Text” and gave a cemetery tour as part of a National Honors Program conference. “Karen Hendry is a walking encyclopedia regarding the history of Westminster College, including many of its people,” says David Hales, retired Giovale librarian. “Whenever I could not find the answer to people’s questions in the archives of the Giovale Library, I would always turn to Karen. In working with her for more than 15 years, there were few questions that she could not answer. If she did not know the answer, she knew someone else who did, or she put on her research cap and found the answer in some little-known publication or in an old newspaper.” “Thanks to Karen, the Giovale Library archives now has copies of many important newsletters, fliers, notices, etc. pertaining to Westminster College that nobody else kept,” continues Hales. “It also houses many photographs that she took around Westminster College, such as the trees that existed between Converse Hall and Ferry Hall, the demolition of Ferry Hall, and the 100th anniversary celebration of Converse Hall, as well as many other photographs that historians in the future will be coming to the archives to research.” “My interests kept morphing,“ Karen says. ”Places, people, cemeteries tying all the stories together. Things became circular,” A clue to her enchantment with people and their stories was revealed as Karen talked some about her own family genealogy. She discovered through research that she is the six-times-removed grandniece of Hans Christian Andersen on her adoptive mother’s grandfather’s side. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” said great great. . .grandfather Andersen. Karen acknowledges that, saying that she finds stories everywhere. Conceived in Kansas, adopted in Missouri, and raised in Oklahoma, Karen finished high school in Idaho Falls and came to study ballet and English at the University of Utah. When ready to handle the information, Karen went looking for her birth family, finding her birth

Above Diane Forster-Burke, Marsha Morton, and Karen pose for a photo just before the Midnight Breakfast winds down. Faculty and staff receive apron stars for each breakfast they volunteer for.

A Resignation Poem

mother in time to share eight years together and gaining a half brother and sister. Though her birth father never responded to her letter of inquiry, she did get an email from a half sister (on her father’s side) three years ago with news of two more half siblings.

Dear Human Resources, Claudia’s retirement letter spoke of things Like walruses, sealing wax, cabbages and kings. So in the family tradition, here is mine, But I need to quote a different line:

Karen’s own family is also a warm Westminster blend of generations: Great Aunt Mary attended Westminster near the turn of the 20th century when it was the Salt Lake Collegiate Institute, and Karen’s husband, Clint, is the brother of former longtime Westminster staff member Claudia Marques (’93). The Hendrys’ daughters, Arielle (’03) and Andrea, grew up on the Westminster campus and knew many of the students. Karen remembers that the girls even performed as little fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Carpe diem is the current theme And retirement now is in my scheme: “Had we but world enough, and time” I’d spend my life here, making rhyme….. But time is ticking on and on And I think it’s time that I were gone; Into the sunset I’d like to ride Before I find the horse has died.

Karen’s farewell poems, crafted for longtime staff and faculty who left or retired, have become legendary on campus. She showcased her poetic skill early on when a college counselor left and she added a two-line rhyme to the farewell party invitation crafted by Residence Life Director Doug Noertker. The poem was a hit, and she thought, “What the heck? I’ll write a poem for student services staff who leave.” Then, when President Dick retired, she put her head together with Chris Quinn, music professor, to create a musical farewell. Prompted by then-archivist David Hales, Karen’s poems have been put together in a book for the college’s archives, and she submitted probably the most creative resignation letter ever (see sidebar)—at least at Westminster.

I’m contemplating having fun Before I’m decrepit and just plain “done”; A little geriatric mischief Will give my spirits quite a lift. And if I get too tired from that – Hey, I can stop and take a nap! Nearly 26 years is truly enough– But I’m not leaving in a huff. I do admit, I won’t feel a lack If every May, I don’t see BLACK. Over 11,000 graduates have come and gone In 31 ceremonies - mostly long. The job has made me cry and laugh, But the best part has always been “my staff.”

Joining her husband in retirement, Karen is looking forward to “time”—making inroads on her family research, spending more time with her grandson, Mikey, and her adoptive dad. “I hope to dance more,” as she continues to find her “soul’s nourishment” through interpretive and spiritual dancing with her church dance troupe. “I will miss the people here, of course, and being involved with people doing positive things, moving forward, and all the creativity and energy here. But, I’ll just come back often to attend more lectures, plays, concerts, and athletic events!”

I’ve known 3 presidents, and Dr. B. Kept his promise to stay till after me. Four Deans have endured my quirks and whines, The cluttered desk, my starting times. And lots of Housing folks have I seen – The best, of course, is Mr. Green. Changes come and changes go, And so will I when June flowers grow.

And she will continue to find those stories that help chronicle and preserve Westminster’s rich history. “I’m looking for the trowel Jeannette Ferry used on the cornerstone of Ferry Hall, the senior tablecloths that perhaps were lost in the Converse Hall fire, the stories behind the old pottery home that was on the site of the current Residence Village—and to find out if there is any connection and truth to the story of the loss of a little boy who lived in Hogle Hall who is rumored to be the ghost of Hogle Hall.”

June 17th of the coming year Sounds right to dance on outta here. The college events I will not shirk But they’ll be more fun when I don’t work! If I’m lucky enough for a farewell fling I’d love it in April, the heart of Spring, Before folks start to trip away – And my graduation crazies peak – in May. The college is a magic spot To work, to teach, or to be taught. The “whole shebang” I would not trade, And the memories will never fade!

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower,” wrote Hans Christian Andersen. Westminster thanks Karen Hendry for her quarter century of dedication to the lives of Westminster College as she flutters to retirement.

Thanks for a wonderful quarter-century!

Karen Hendry 13

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students/ Veterans Coordinator Commencement Queen Official Unofficial College Historian



DEEPER Westminster’s Master Track Program for Communication Students

It turns out, there is life after a master’s degree. I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to face my Sony digital camera or a Word file again, as I worked every single day during the fall and spring of 2007–2008 on my Master of Professional Communication (MPC) field project. As I photographed and catalogued all the MPC field projects from 1992 to 2007 under the fluorescent glare of Foster Hall 104, I kept dreaming of getting back to my painting career, my garden, my life. But Professor Helen Hodgson had other ideas. “Check out Master Track!” she badgered. “I think you’ll like it!” “But isn’t that mostly just for business-oriented people?” I asked. “Well, the MBAs have their own Master Track program, but this Master Track is designed specifically for MPC students. Business owners and communication

by Kathy Grossman, MPC (’08) Left Brian Deaver, VP and executive creative director at McCann Erickson and MPC Master Track mentor, with Martha Barton ('80), the driving force behind the MPC Master Track program

creative director for McCann Erickson; Karen Hale, communications director for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s office; Kate Reddy, co-owner of McKinnonMulherin information design company; Kim Smart, owner of Smart Copy, Inc.; Chris Thomas (’96), owner of Intrepid; and Steve Wiest, partner at Axis 41. Between the seminar Saturdays and meeting with a program director and a mentor, Master Track participants were discussing their communication careers at least three times a month.

leaders from the Salt Lake area come in and share their real-life experiences in starting and running their communications companies,” she responded. I’m too old, I thought. I’m too done with driving I-215 up from Sandy, done with drinking Shaw Center coffee, and really done with working with students and professors. But my paintings weren’t selling, I was suddenly single, and I needed help breaking into a real job. I decided to fill out the application. The words of Chalice Randazzo, a former Master Track participant, encouraged me:

My mentor Kim Smart and I discussed writing, marketing, and balancing family, friends, and work. We met at different coffee shops in the Sugar House area and several times at her home. I watched and appreciated her professionalism, the home office she’d set up, and her flexibility and reliability. I also met with Martha once a month, when I had to be punctual, brave, and ready to spill my professional guts. Perspectives on the experience are unique to each participant, as Melissa Thomas relates:

When considering whether to enroll in Master Track, I was worried about the financial and time costs of the program. But I found both these costs manageable and exponentially returned in the valuable professional contacts and advice I received. The Master Track program provided me the opportunity to learn about a new field without the hazards of leaving my current career. I made valuable connections with people in marketing and creative design/writing with whom I was able to have conversations that I could not have had elsewhere—from tips about my current job to guidance about a future career path. — Chalice Randazzo, MPC (’08)

Going into the program, I viewed my career options from a very narrow perspective. The guest speakers, group discussions, and meetings with my community mentor have allowed me to see a vast amount of opportunity. It opened my mind and allowed me to think in other directions for myself and also gave the students the chance to help others see various issues through the eyes of other people. The knowledge, friendships, and networks we developed are invaluable. I would recommend every student participate!

The MPC Master Track was designed specifically for MPC students, and Westminster College trustee and former advertising executive Martha Felt Barton (’80) was (and remains) the driving force behind it. Having served as a mentor in the MBA Master Track program for several years, she kept asking why Westminster didn’t offer mentoring opportunities for other master’s programs. In the summer of 2004, Barton offered to establish an MPC Master Track program, and the first group got underway a few months later.

— Melissa Thomas, MPC (’09)

At each Saturday seminar over muffins and fruit, we’d first update the group on our general career progress. The mentor of the month then presented professional stories and a portfolio. From public relations to marketing to writing, the mentors provided us with a wide range of professional career advice based on their own careers and business development. Each career journey had special twists and turns, opportunities and dead ends. Just as each of their stories was unique, we saw how our own frustrations and decisions were forming our professional sagas.

Master Track is not the same as Westminster’s Alumni Mentoring Program, which pairs undergraduate students with alumni. Nor is Master Track set up like a traditional class where students get together over a semester. The MPC Master Track groups meet monthly on nine Saturdays over two semesters, so students and graduates really get to know each other and witness significant arcs of professional and personal growth. Participants also meet with an individual mentor each month and then again with one of the program directors. The 2010–2011 MPC Master Track program directors were Barton and McCann Erickson Creative Director Jeff Paris. The directors and the mentors generously donate their time and considerable talents.

After lunch, one student chose a topic addressing a workplace or professional issue for the “hot seat,” and the group acted as career coach or personal board of directors. Some of the issues were gender, interviewing challenges, career choices, and age. As part of the guiding principles we’d set up for ourselves at our very first seminar, all discussions and opinions were kept confidential. Master Track is a time and place for candor and courage. Sharayah Cook describes how the experience contributed to her growth as a communication professional.

Using information provided by participants on the application forms and in individual interviews, Barton identified mentors whose knowledge and skills matched those of participants and invited them to serve. Mentors for 2010–11 were Carolyn Campbell, reporter, writer, and copy editor; Brian Deaver, VP and Executive


The MPC Master Track program is more than a networking

The Master Track program provided the “education” that I just couldn't get inside a classroom. Over the nine months, I learned how to foster a network with exceptional professionals, gained confidence in my abilities as a budding professional, and discovered where my talents can best be used in a professional context. The Master Track program was the perfect culmination of my MPC experience.

group that meets on a Saturday once a month. Rather, it’s a mind-expanding, career-motivating group of diverse people who meet to discuss careers and converse with

some of the top people in the communication field about topics ranging from writing to marketing to project

management. You are teamed up with a mentor who

can help you explore your career options and navigate

— Sharayah Cook (’08, MPC ’11)

life, inside and outside the office (or, in my case, the

classroom). My mentor’s experience and contacts with

people throughout the communication field have helped

A favorite ending to each seminar was a “gem” from Martha and Jeff. The gems were pithy concepts that our directors had learned from their career experiences: “Make your good email habits stand out,” “Where there’s mystery, there’s margin,” “Don’t panic,” and “Only say what you mean.”

me discover career options that I hadn’t considered

before. — Katie Palfreyman, MPC (’09)

Now that it’s months later and our Master Track group has scattered to the professional winds, I find myself missing the check-ins, the updates, and the gems shared by Martha and Jeff. Even for experienced professionals or older, non-traditional students like me, Master Track’s camaraderie and support contribute to a solid educational and professional experience that I will always treasure. I recommend Master Track to anyone interested in digging deeper into the professional world of communications and the possibilities for profound personal growth.

My own saga took a sudden turn in January, when I was approached about editing a journal for the nonprofit organization I’d worked with since 1985. I suddenly found myself a managing editor, independent contractor, and manager of a group of writers. As I worked through the paperwork and logistics of this new job, the Master Track sessions took on a new urgency, and I wanted to get all the information and support I could before our sessions ended in May. Confidence building has also been a major benefit for other Master Trackers, as Jason Sokol reveals: Martha and her team of spectacular mentors helped me build the confidence I needed to stand up for what I believe in and to go after all of my dreams. Match this with the excellent skills that I learned in the MPC program, and the MPC Master Track program served as the perfect balance to put my career into high gear. I entered the program after making a major career change. My BS was in education. After teaching school for four years, I decided to pursue bigger dreams. I quit teaching and took on a job working in a local grocery store while I attended the MPC and Master Track programs. Three years after graduating from Westminster, I am the Marketing Director for Associated Food Stores. I could not have accomplished this without Martha and my mentor, Jeff Paris.

— Jason Sokol, MPC (’08) In addition to our various meetings, our directors also organized two social, rapport-building opportunities. During a cooking class at the Viking Cooking School, we learned pretty quickly to trust our partners and listen to the cooking instructor as we chopped, diced, marinated, and roasted our shanks of veal for a rustic Italian dinner. Another bonding opportunity was an elegant sit-down affair at the Town Club in downtown Salt Lake, where friends and spouses shared a catered dinner on fine china. As with the breakfasts and lunches at our Saturday meetings, the costs of the cooking class and dinner were covered by the $500 program fee. Katie Palfreyman summarizes what a great value the program is:

Kathy Grossman (MPC ’08) paints, writes, and edits in Midvale. She is the Managing Editor for Leaven, La Leche League International’s journal for its breastfeeding counseling support volunteers. 17


Above Jaimee Allred (‘11)

2011 Neisen R. Bank Memorial Award Recipient Turned Hardship into Success scholarships. She was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, a merit-based award that reduced her tuition by $11,000 per year. Allred also received the Swanson Family Scholarship and the Burton Wheatlake Scholarship.

School was her escape. As a child, Jaimee Allred would leave a meth-addicted mother, abuse, and heartache at home to find comfort in the classroom. Ultimately, this escape propelled her to become someone that no one in her family would have expected: a graduate of Westminster College and the recipient of the Neisen R. Bank Memorial Award, given to students who overcome great challenges.

In addition, Allred found a work-study position in Westminster’s Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. Here she found role models and a support system she had never experienced before. Gary Daynes, then interim dean of the college’s Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, described Jaimee as one of his most trusted student employees. Daynes nominated Allred for the Neisen R. Bank Memorial Award because of her courage, her determination, and the example she set for others. The award is one of Westminster’s highest honors. “Jaimee deserves the award because she overcame challenges in her younger life and then excelled in powerful ways at Westminster,” Daynes explained.

Allred’s family moved all over the West, bouncing in and out of homelessness until Jaimee was placed in foster care at the age of 13. She eventually found stability with her grandparents in California. But Utah always felt like home, and she dreamed of going to Westminster. “Both of my parents are high school dropouts. My dad’s an alcoholic; my mom’s a drug addict. We really didn’t have a life,” said Allred. “I always thought I would go to college. But at the same time, in my mind that was just a dream—it wasn’t going to be a reality.”

Allred received the award and her bachelor of arts degree in sociology during commencement on May 28, 2011. After experiencing the foster care system first hand, Allred’s career goal is to make positive changes in that system through policy making.

Jaimee feared the cost of a college education but knew its value. With one-on-one help from Westminster's by by Arikka Von • Above: Jaimee Allred financial aid office, Allred applied for numerous 18



Thank You Alumni Mentors! This year more than 100 alumni volunteered their time and expertise to the Take a Griffin to Lunch and Alumni Mentoring programs. Through the Take a Griffin to Lunch program, students and alumni are partnered for a one-time informational interview. The purpose is to give students a chance to meet someone in the industry they’re interested in who has a similar educational background. Many times the partners meet again and start building a professional relationship.

The Alumni Mentoring Program pairs alumni and students in a year-long mentorship to foster both professional and personal development. Alumni and students meet monthly for career shadowing and discussions about maintaining work-life balance, managing competing priorities, and overcoming obstacles and fears. These programs would not be possible without the alumni who volunteered to help. Thank you to the following alumni who participated in these programs:

Take a Griffin to Lunch

Sean Mawhinney (’04)

Alumni Mentoring Program

John Soltis (’68)

Jonathan Newman (’04)

Tom Metcalf (’65)

Barbara Hoagland (’70)

Mel Opperman (’04)

Steve Crane (’70)

Jim Carter (’72)

Travis Ashby (’05)

Dick van Klaveren (’70)

Joe Muscolino (’75)

Jonathan Cracroft (’05)

Jim Carter (’72)

Laurel Shepard (’75)

Gregory M. Elliot (’05)

Ed Sweeney (’73)

Ron Wilkins (’76)

Oliver Hansen (’05, MBA ’07)

Cami Collett (’79)

Chris Chytraus (’77)

Carlos Linares(’01, MBA ’05)

Michelle Swift (’80)

George Condas (’79)

Sarah West (’05)

Trent Alvey (’87)

Elvie Nelson (’79, MM’84)

Brian Cheney (’06)

Jenn Millard (’90)

Gene Barton (’86)

Shana Hopperstead (’06)

Annalisa Holcombe (’92)

Greg Christopulos (’87)

Michelle Barber Lyhnakis (MPC ’06)

Julie Kilgore (’93)

Benita Pulins (’91)

Joshua Madrigal (’06)

Maria Coggins (’94)

Stacie Whitford (’92)

Brad Rutledge (’06)

Kirk Dansie (’96)

Chuck Diviney (’94)

Schaffer Sunderland (’06)

Wendy Hamner (’96)

Julie Scheid (’94)

Ryan Brass (’07)

Brian Pilling (’96)

Ray Strong (’94)

Breane Nalder (’07)

Lindsay Malechek (’97)

Kristin Jolley (’97)

Kayla Smith (’07)

Judy Fang (’99)

Gayla Napier (’97)

Rich West (MBA ’07)

Shauna Finley (’01)

Susan Jackson (’98)

Tyler Herd (’08)

Shamim Monshizade (’01)

Jennifer Evans (’99)

Brooke Niemeyer (’08)

Corbin Archer (’02)

Steve Nelson (’99)

Chad Dorton (’09)

Kim Cassaday (’02)

Angie Schneider (’99)

Anthony Englert (’09)

Mike Bills (’03)

Devan Garcia (’00)

Erika (Nemeth) Fetter (’09)

Zeke Dumke IV (’03)

Joan Grabarz (’00)

Tisha Gordon (’09)

Lee Payne, (’03)

Jefferson Itami (’00)

Mike Lewis (’09)

Engels Tejada (’03)

Julie Peck-Dabling (’01)

Jessica McKelvie (’09)

Matt Wilcox (’03)

Shauna Finley (’01)

Kali Mower (’09)

Don Coleman ('04, MBA '08)

Troy Hooton (’01)

Laura Thomas (’09)

Oliver Hansen (’05)

Marshall Paepke (’01)

Michael Webb (’09)

Steve Holloman (’05)

Brandon Soto (’01)

Carlos Aguilar (’10)

Shawn Packard (’05)

Amy Young (’01)

Tim Andrus (’10)

Rachel Anderson (’06)

Corbin Archer (’02)

John Cook (’10)

Danica Farley (MPC ’06)

Rebecca Jensen (’02)

Dennis Garrett (’10)

Michelle Barber Lyhnakis (MPC ’06)

Lisa Jones (’02)

Caitlyn Jones (’10)

Angela Sampinos (’07)

Adam Mangone (’02)

Vasili Lyhnakis (’10)

Chris Hoffman (’08)

Mike Bills (MBA ’03)

Mark Spute (’10)

Melissa Sweat (’08)

Bethany Matsumori (’03)

Amy Tam (’10)

Erin Linder (’09)

David Rip (’03)

Baylee Wilkins (’10)

Megan Carney Zurkan (MPC ’09)

Greg Takenaka (’03)

Nick Hanks (’11)

Marina Starling, parent

Ana Fonua (’04)

Kevin Townsend (’11)

Tofi Ta’afua (’10, MBA ’03)

Leslie Ashton (Friend of Westminster)

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Are You “in”?

Alumni Program Launches Exclusive Westminster Online Network

What separates Westminster from any other college in the world? It’s the people! Your classmates, faculty, and staff made your Westminster experience great. That experience is a common tie that connects you to more than 17,000 Westminster alumni. And now connecting with your Westminster network is easier than ever, thanks to inCircle.

CONNECTING IS EASY 1. Log onto inCircle, update your profile, and start making connections! Your profile includes a brief introduction, demographic information, hobbies, travel interests, and languages, as well as favorite movies, music, books, sports, and sports teams. The profile will also include your friends within the community, any groups you have joined, and journal entries and photo albums created within the community. In addition, the profile features networking options: what you are willing to offer the community (i.e., career advice, career opportunities, introductions, etc.) and what you would like to receive from the community.

2. Search a directory of alumni! You can search by name, employer, major, degree, class year, job function, industry, location, or keywords, as well as by what members can offer and what they would like to receive.

3. Join existing groups or create new ones!


Members can search and join existing groups or create new ones. Group members can have a discussion forum, post and comment on photos, and promote events. Groups can be open to the community or by invitation only. And members can promote events and collect RSVPs from within inCircle.

The career feature is one of the biggest differentiators of inCircle. Members can connect directly with premier companies interested in hiring Westminster alumni. The inCircle recruiting program gives members access to the staffing teams at many Fortune 1000 companies and has partnered with to expand the companies participating in the inCircle recruiting program. Exclusive job opportunities offered by members in the community and third-party companies are also available through inCircle. Additionally, members can leverage the network to find mentors, seek career advice, learn about a new industry, or connect with members in their area of practice or industry. Member profiles within inCircle include career background, social interests, contact information, and the member’s involvement in the community. Under “career” you may list current position, work history, educational background, skills, certifications, and associations. Members may also upload their resume as a PDF or Word document and add external links.

HOW IS INCIRCLE DIFFERENT FROM FACEBOOK? Don’t worry about having to maintain another social network website. Linking your Facebook profile to your inCircle profile is easy with Facebook’s inCircle app. Not only is inCircle exclusive to the Westminster community: the network is based on opportunities to connect. Members can post opportunities on just about anything from job announcements and inquiries to event invitations. Opportunities are then matched to people on the basis of information in their profiles. For example, a member can send out an opportunity to attend an event in Denver to other alumni who live in or near the area. Or an opportunity to provide information about a specific company can be sent to people who work at that company. Members can customize their profiles and select which type of opportunities they would like to hear about.


The only question left to answer is “Why are you still reading this?” Get online, get in, and get connected with your Westminster network at www.



Letter from a Graduate of the Class of 1936 We don’t often publish letters from alumni and donors in their entirety, but we had to share this one with you, with the author’s permission, of course.




Above Ann (Sarver) Merritt (’66) and Tony ) Merritt (’64)

Class Notes 1960s, 70s, & 80s Tony (’64) and Ann (Sarver) Merritt (’66) Some couples challenge long-standing conventions and beat the odds. Tony (’64) and Ann (Sarver) Merritt (’66) are one of those couples. They met and fell in love at Westminster in the mid-1960s when both were studying to become teachers. It was a time of political upheaval and changing social norms. Tony, who came to Westminster from Connecticut to play football, was working in the student union when he spotted Ann, a beauty from Idyllwild, California. Using his charm, he persuaded her to date him, and the rest is history. Almost 50 years later, they are the parents of two and grandparents of two—but, more importantly, they are still in love.

As a mixed-race couple, Tony and Ann received their share of well-meaning “advice” from those who thought they knew better. The dean of student affairs told them their love was fleeting and there would be too many obstacles thrown at them by “society” for them to have a happy life together. Steadfast in their love for each other, they eloped and were married in Park City. They have many happy memories of Westminster. One was serving as Mardi Gras King and Queen in 1964. Both also fondly recall their favorite professor, the late John Telecky, and credit him for teaching them the fundamentals of how to be a good teacher. Tony decided against pursuing a professional football career and instead earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Utah. After Ann graduated, Tony taught junior high and high school in Salt Lake and California, and Ann taught while they lived in California. After they had their two children, Ann stopped teaching because


Tony wanted her to have the opportunity to stay at home with them. Soon he realized that while he loved teaching, a growing family necessitated a more lucrative career, so he became a distribution manager with Ford. After several successful years with Ford, he worked for Toyota in California. Then Tony and Ann took another leap of faith: they moved to Arizona and invested in a new Toyota dealership in Mesa. At the time, it was a risky business venture, as Mesa was not a large market. Fortunately, success followed as Mesa— and the dealership—grew. They then decided to open a Lexus dealership. Along the way, Tony and Ann have helped Westminster College and many of their local nonprofits. Both say that Westminster gave them the solid base to grow as individuals and leaders. Their life story is a creation of love, determination, enormous amounts of hard work, and an unwavering belief in each other.

A L U M N I 1960s, 70s, & 80s Carol Anne Reddig (’67) is working as a retail consultant, after a long career in retail management. Kathy Long (’77) has made a career of voice-over and on-camera acting/ hosting. Kathy now has an in-home studio and is available for a variety of projects including e-learning, e-books, videos, slide presentations, etc. Kristian Jones (’87) is the CIO for i95 Technology Group LLC, a Googleauthorized Google Apps and Postini reseller. When Kristian was a student at Westminster, the computers were housed in a basement and took punch cards with rubber bands wrapped around them. Now Kristian helps businesses and schools around the globe migrate their communications and collaboration infrastructure to Google Apps.

1990s Tillie Wales Uribe (’94) received The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. The award recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. It is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. Tille teaches K–6 science at Escalante Elementary School in Salt Lake City. She was one of two Utah educators to receive the award in 2010.


including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Science Symposium during the Clinton administration, the Utah Division of Wildlife and Utah Geological Survey, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the US Geological Survey, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. As a contractor for the Department of Commerce, US Travel and Tourism Association, Patti procured a large print award, coordinated print schedules, performed extensive press checks, and served as the point of contact liaison between government representatives and the print provider.

Joanne Smith (’96) received a secondary teaching degree from BYU in 1997. At age 62, Joanne completed the two-year program in a year and maintained a 4.0 GPA. Joanne has been teaching for the past 15 years and currently teaches at the collegiate level.

it. His education and experience helped him find enough work as an independent marketing consultant to help him make ends meet for about a year and a half, until he found his next full-time job, a fun mix of marketing, PR, and business development at the Orem office of Phoenix-based Crexendo Web Marketing.

2000s Ryan Frost (’01) is president of Compass Lending Solutions. After graduating from Westminster, Ryan began a career as a mortgage loan officer. In 2004, Ryan started Compass Lending Solutions. Over the past seven years, Ryan has achieved his goal of providing Utahns with a mortgage lending experience that is different from what is offered at banks and credit unions.

Dominic Bria (’99) finished his MBA at Westminster and then lead the marketing department of a local company for eight years, At that point, Dominic decided it was time to move on. He took a job in Indiana right before the economy went south. Six months into the job, the company downsized, and he was laid off. Fortunately, he had been unable to sell his house in Utah and just moved back to

Ryan Frost

Your Legacy, Your Way At the White House, Tillie (front row near the empty chair, wearing a black shirt and grey skirt) listens as President Barack Obama congratulates the award winners.

Patti Eddington (’95) received an International Association of Business Communicators Award for her work on material for a Bureau of Indian Affairs symposium. She has coordinated the design and printing of a wide array of collateral materials for various clients

Including Westminster in your estate planning is simple. By adding this sentence in your will today, you can make a significant difference in the lives of tomorrow’s students:

“I give to Westminster College, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Salt Lake City, Utah, ___________% of my estate (or the sum of $___________ or property described herein) to be used for its general purposes.” For more information, contact Kaye

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A L U M N I Lindsey Adams (’01) married Mario Lupic in August 2010. Prior to the wedding Lindsey celebrated Griffin-style with a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Since four of the seven women on the trip were Westminster alumni, they posed with the griffin statue at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace.

Lindsey Adams and Mario Lupic

Dmitriy Kostyuchenko (’03) is married and living in Michigan after meeting his wife on the photo-sharing site, Flickr, which Dmitriy joined to support his passion for photography. On his very first day on the site, he became friends with Rachel from Michigan. After four years, a chance meeting in Chicago brought them together, and in a matter of hours, they realized the situation needed to change. Nine months later, Rachel moved to Utah, and three months after that, Dmitriy proposed, which was one year from their first meeting—to the day. The wedding was a surprise to everyone, including family. The photo below illustrates how Dmitriy and Rachel announced their surprise wedding to the world.


Linford, have grown Oozle Media into a million-dollar company with more than 150 local and national clients. In 2011, Travis and Scott created Half Price Utah. com, which is an aggregated Utah-based daily deals website that will also offer exclusive deals. halfpriceutah

Travis Ashby

Aaron Thompson (’05) recently accepted a position with the KSL Broadcast Group legal department. Prior to KSL, Aaron worked for six

years at Headwaters Incorporated, with a specialty in commercial property insurance and risk management. A few weeks after the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, Aaron and 19 other close associates traveled on back roads from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, across the Haitian border to one of the severely affected towns, Jacmel. While there, he and the others worked to demolish the remains, remove the rubble by hand, and help prepare the foundation to rebuild a school in a mountaintop village named Cité Lumière. Before Aaron and the others departed, he had the opportunity to work in the local Catholic orphanage. Since graduating from Westminster in 2005 with a degree in English, having previously earned a legal assistant certificate at the college in 1997, Aaron has served as the Utah Bar Paralegal Division Chair and currently serves as

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Dmitriy and Rachel announce their wedding with an edgy shot of their ring fingers.

Travis Ashby (’05)

is a co-owner of the internet marketing firm Oozle Media. In a little more than three years, Travis and his Oozle partner, Scott

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A L U M N I the division’s Government Relations Liaison to the Utah State Bar. Aaron’s paralegal career experiences have varied from working with the Utah Attorney General’s Office in the Commercial Enforcement and Consumer Protection division to working with various local and national political organizations, as well as gubernatorial, senate, congressional, and presidential campaigns around the United States. In 2008, Aaron worked as the State Director for Governor Bill Richardson’s presidential campaign in Utah. Aaron is currently running as a candidate for the District 4 West Jordan City Council.

Sarah Lyman (’10) is the media manager at Mountain Sports International, an action-sports-event production company in Salt Lake City. Sarah oversees all content produced for the company’s big-mountain freeskiing and snowboarding series. She also manages all of the company’s websites and a team of videographers, photographers, and editors. Sarah works with the live production staff, all the while being on the side of a mountain at ski resorts all over North and South America. Sarah’s also the in-house photographer and, in a pinch, acts as event photographer too.

Cody Bunderson (’08) is finishing

In Memoriam Frances Buza (’33)

died January 17, 2011.

Arden Lund (’48)

died March 11, 2011.

Betty Cornaby (’50) died April 12, 2011.

Edward Proctor (’51)

died February 24, 2011.

John Tew (’61)

an MBA degree at Regis University in Denver. Cody currently helps others with financial solutions, specifically in retirement planning and wealthaccumulation strategies. Cody is happy to help Westminster alumni with recommendations on transferring old 401Ks.

died May 8, 2011.

Gerald Dodd (’67) died May 2, 2011.

Margaret Brady (’68) died February 15, 2011.

Nissa Roper-Gailey (’08) is marking her second successful year as director of Community First’s Delta Youth Activities Center. The DYAC is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the local community through innovative youth-oriented programs. These programs focus on assisting racially diverse youth in building the resiliency they need to withstand the negative forces of poverty, violence, racism, and poor education. She is passionate about her work and hopes that the DYAC can continue to empower youth.


Albert Wallberg (’77)

died February 26, 2011.

Janet Hunsaker (’86)

died February 27, 2011. Sarah Lyman

Gillian Dickensen (’87)

died January 13, 2011.

Whitney Saxton (’87) died January 14, 2011.


Bruce Ackerson (’91) died February 14, 2011.

Jennifer Soto-Allred (’10) and Nathan Allred welcomed their first child, Aiden James Allred, on March 3, 2011.

Ryan Bishop (’12) died April 28, 2011.

John Gregersen

died February 6, 2011.

Angela Jenkins died May 5, 2011.

Aiden James Allred




The Year in Review

Students vs Alumni Lacrosse Game The Westminster lacrosse team played its annual game against alumni on October 1, 2010, and the alumni beat the students 10–5! Way to go alumni! Left: Winning alumni team members

Students vs Alumni Soccer Game The student vs alumni soccer game has become an anticipated annual tradition for soccer alumni. This year the game was held on October 1, 2010, and the alumni beat the students 3–1! Right: Future students (aka children of alumni) line up to shake Coach Dorich’s hand.

Budget Wine 101 On October 14, 2010, the Young Alumni Committee hosted “Budget Wine 101.” Alumni learned to taste and pair four red wines and four white wines. Each bottle cost under $10. Left: Jessica Gezon (’98) and Shawn George examine the wine.




The Year in Review

Napa Valley Weekend Westminster alumni spent a weekend in the Napa Valley. The 39 alumni and friends spanned six decades and came from four states. Left: Mikelle Daugherty (’03), Brent Daugherty (’05), Robert Cottle, and Carolyn Cottle in the Napa Valley

Theatre Night Last fall, alumni were treated to a special Theatre Night, an event that included a pre-show reception and a post-show question-and-answer session with the cast and director of The Spitfire Grill. Right: Alumni volunteers, faculty, staff, and student performers enjoy dessert on the set of The Spitfire Grill.

Parsons Party Westminster Parsons from the 1950s and 1960s gathered for an annual holiday party at the Adamson Alumni House, a great place to host holiday parties, as well as to reconnect with your friends. Left: The Parsons enjoy their annual holiday party.



The Year in Review Master Track Alumni Dinner On January 21, 2011, Master Track alumni hosted a dinner featuring keynote speaker Colleen Abdoulah, CEO of Wow! internet, cable, and phone services. Left: Mike Glauser, Shahab Saeed, Colleen Abdoulah, and Mike Lewis (’09), chair of the Master Track Alumni Committee

Beer 101: Tasting and Pairing On February 3, 2011, the Young Alumni Committee hosted “Beer 101: Tasting and Pairing.” After more than 60 alumni learned the art of beer tasting and pairing, they voted on their favorite pairing. Squatters’ “Captain Bastard’s Oatmeal Stout” paired with raspberries and chocolate won beer of choice. Right: Karen Tafuri (’97), Bill Tafuri, Michelle Barber Lyhnakis (MPC ’06), Chad Dorton (’00, MBA ’09), and Emily Foxley (’00, MBA ’09) participate in the event.

Westminster Banner Reveal at Fiddler’s Elbow On February 4, 2011, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered at Fiddler’s Elbow, a popular Westminster hangout, to celebrate the new Westminster banner hanging at the pub. Left: Cheers! The Westminster community celebrates.



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Coach Steinke and Friends Coach Tom Steinke was inducted as the first member of the Westminster Athletic Hall of Fame on February 11, 2011. Faculty, staff, alumni, and students celebrated Tom’s Westminster legacy and the graduating Griffins from the college‘s 17 athletic teams.

Senior Dinner Alumni welcomed the Class of 2011 at the annual Senior Dinner on April 15, 2011. Alumni brought back the tradition of the Westminster spaghetti dinner and toasted new graduates to welcome them to the alumni ranks.

Above: Weymouth Andersen (‘76), Coach Tom Steinke, and Ron Wilkins (’76) at the Athletic Hall of Fame event. Nominations for the 2012 Hall of Fame can be made at

Below: Kendall Brannen (‘13), Mamta Chaudhari, (’11), The Griff, Chris Roundy (’11), and Carolee Starling (’11) at the Senior Dinner



The Year in Review

Alumni Mentoring Program Capstone Dinner On April 21, 2011, alumni and students who participated in the Alumni Mentoring Program celebrated a year of great work with a dinner held at the Adamson Alumni House. Above: 2010–2011 AMP students and alumni mentors Top Row: Ian Coppock, Aubrey Hart, Connor Kay, LeAnn Peterson, Candice Dolan, Kory Cox; Fifth Row: David Mursener-Gonzales, Chris Roundy, Katrina Maurer, Devin Lane, Laura Ward; Fourth Row: Tom Metcalf (’65) Katie Jobst, Joi Logan, Mike Engellant, Eric Leis; Third Row: Victoria Garland, Chris Chytraus (’77), Kim Cassaday (’02), Mai Ho, Eric Nielsen, Sonee Osiek; Second Row: Melissa Sweat (’08), Danica Farley (MPC ’06), Tyson Olcott, Kim Harley, Yvonne Clark, Wendy Hamner (’96) Lee Payne (’03); Front Row: Kayla Whidden, Tofi Ta’afua (’01, MBA ’03) Corbin Archer (’02) Nic Mijic, Annalisa Holcombe (’92), Steve Holloman (’05), Don Coleman (’04, MBA ’08), Michelle Barber Lyhnakis (MPC ’06)

Snack of the Week The student alumni club, known as the A-Team, hosts the increasingly popular Snack of the Week, which provides food and alumni information to students throughout the academic year. Left: An average of 350 students mingle and enjoy snacks each week.



The Year in Review

MBA Alumni Monthly Lunch Reunion Weekend 2011

A monthly lunch meeting of MBA grads continues at local restaurants to create and maintain their alumni networks. Many of these lunches took place at Pago, owned and operated by Scott Evans (MBA ’06).

Hundreds of alumni came back to campus to celebrate Reunion Weekend, June 23-25, 2011. Reunion events included the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, Westminster Day at the Utah Arts Festival, Reunion Brunch, an Alumni Arts Show, a Tribute to Jay W. Lees, and Tavern Night.

Above: Chad Bello (MBA ’07), Altair Kaminski (MBATM ’10), Benjamin Haverkost (’07, MBA ’10), and Taylor Felton (MBA ’10) enjoying Pago in Sugar House.

Below: Alumni enjoy Reunion Brunch. View all the reunion photos at


Faculty News


Bonnie Baxter (biology) and the Great Salt Lake Institute ran a summer astrobiology course for high school earth science teachers this summer. They spent two weeks exploring the Great Salt Lake and making analogies between extreme life there and potential life in space. Peggy Cain and Susan Seymour (education) presented a paper entitled “Understanding Social Justice Learning in Context: The Usefulness of Complexity Thinking and Social Movement Learning Theories” in June at the Adult Education Research Conference/Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education in Toronto. Susan also presented “The Use of Life History Collage to Investigate Significant Learning Experiences of Women Development Leaders from India.” In April, in the United Kingdom published an article by Charles Ehin (Emeritus, business) entitled “Sociocultural Homeostasis and Business Success.” To read his article, visit item/3127/23/5/3.

Susan Gunter (Emeritus, English), who retired from the English department in 2010, was a plenary panelist at the International Henry James Society in Rome on July 6, 2011, speaking on “Consciousness and the Lens of Rome: Henry and William James’s Early Letters.” She has received another Fulbright, this time to Montenegro, where she will teach at the University of Montenegro from January to June 2012. She has also recently published another book, a memoir titled My Vacation at the Beach: A Love Story, and has started a writing and editing business: In May, Peter Goldman (English) presented a paper entitled “Hierarchy and the Market in Paradise Lost: The


Limits of Milton’s Modernity” at the fifth annual Generative Anthropology Summer Conference held this year at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. Peter was also awarded a 2011 Gore Summer Grant to work on a journal article on competition and hierarchy in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Peter and student Melanie Long received a Gore Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Grant to attend the fifth annual Generative Anthropology Summer Conference. Melanie, in consultation with Professor Goldman, completed an interdisciplinary research project that combined perspectives from her economics major and English minor. She gave a paper at the conference entitled “Merchantry, Usury, Villainy: Capitalism’s Threat to Community and Spiritual Integrity in The Merchant of Venice.”

Steve Hurlbut (business) presented at the Western Regional Conference of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning in February. His presentation was “Learning Goals, Curriculum Design, and Portfolios: You’ve Got to Start Somewhere.” In April, he was also a proposal reviewer for the 14th Annual Continuums of Service Conference of the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium, held in Seattle. The consortium is the largest service-learning conference west of the Mississippi River.

Chris LeCluyse (English) organized and hosted the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference at Westminster in April. He also completed a second season with his ensemble Utopia Early Music and sang the tenor solos in the Salt Lake Choral Artists’ performance of Bach’s Mass in B-minor.

Nicholas More’s (philosophy) article, “Nietzsche’s Last Laugh: Ecce Homo as Satire” appeared in Philosophy and Literature in April.

Mark Rubinfeld (sociology) presented papers and chaired panels at the Western Social Science Regional Association Meeting in Salt Lake City in April, the Popular Culture Association National Conference in San Antonio in April, and 32

the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in August.

Natasha Sajé (English) has poems that were published last spring or are forthcoming in the journals North American Review, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, Literary Imagination, and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. In May she traveled to Galway, Ireland, and met with Ted and Annie Deppe, poets who will be teaching at Westminster in spring 2012. Alumni are welcome to apply to their workshop! David Stanley (Emeritus, English), who retired in 2008, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at commencement and gave the commencement address. In his talk, David spoke about the folklore of Westminster and the importance of international service, using examples from his Peace Corps experience in India. In May, Michael Sutton (business) served as a lead member of an international roundtable panel associated with a new Knowledge Management Educational Forum initiative sponsored by George Washington University and Kent State University. The two-day roundtable took place following the 12th Knowledge Management Conference and Exposition in Washington DC.

Vicki Whiting (business) co-authored, with Emmeline dePillis and Kevin Townsend, a chapter titled “In Search of the Elusive Impact: The Difficulty of Identifying and Measuring the Impact of Social Enterprises.” It was included in Accountability, Performance, Measurement, and Performance Management in Social Entrepreneurship, published by Praeger, New York. She also co-authored, with Emmeline dePillis and John Hatch, “A Five Phase Approach to Poverty Eradication: An Educational Proposal for Sustainable Leadership and Sustainable Development,” which appeared in the Journal of Corporate Citizenship.


NEW FACULTY 2011–2012 School of Arts and Sciences Frank Black, PhD

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Russell Costa, PhD

Assistant Professor, Honors/Neuroscience

Daniel Cruz, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor, English Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Jared Larkin, MFA

Assistant Professor, Theatre

School of Education Sharlene Kiuhara, PhD

Assistant Professor, Special Education



Athletic News Men’s and Women’s Alpine Skiing

The Westminster alpine ski teams made the transition to the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) this season. The schedule saw the Griffins compete in four regular season events along with the RMISA Championships. The Westminster men finished fifth at the RMISA Championships with 159 total points. They were seventh in the giant slalom and responded with a fifthplace finish in the slalom event. The fifthplace finish was the best of the season for the Griffins. In the season-long alpine standings, Westminster earned 692 points and placed seventh. The team scored 325 points in slalom events and 367 points in giant-slalom races. Max Rolland was the top finisher in the season standings for the Griffin men. Rolland scored 140 points during the season and finished 21st in the overall standings. He earned points in six events throughout the year, and his 120 points in slalom events was good for 14th place.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences Jeffrey Bell, MNA

Assistant Professor, Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Donna Wahoff-Stice, MS

Assistant Professor, Nursing and Health Sciences

Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Steven Maranville, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor, Management

Douglas Peterson, PhD

Associate Professor, Management

Jin Wang, PhD

Dean, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business

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• NEWS Marc Perathoner finished 25th overall with 120 total points, including 69 points in giant-slalom events. Jens Christian Aune and Arnaud Favre tied for 26th overall with 115 points. Jonathan Midol, who was 31st with 89 points, led the Griffins at the RMISA Championships with 66 points. The Westminster women finished seventh in the season-long standings with 718 points. They won the seasonending RMISA Championships with 224 points, thanks to winning the slalom event with 112 points. (Note: Normally the team with the most combined points—giant slalom and slalom— wins, but because the giant slalom was cancelled, the women’s slalomevent points were doubled to 224.) Westminster also had a fifth-place finish at the Montana State (MSU) event. Kendall Brown was the top-finishing Griffin in the overall standings with 163 points and a 17th-place finish. She scored points in six events throughout the year. Brown finished 15th in the slalom standings with 113 points. Erika Holmberg finished 19th overall with 150 points and was followed closely by Camilla Fraschini who finished 20th with 146 points. Sandy Tschofen only scored in two races, but was third in the slalom at the MSU meet and finished second in the slalom at the RMISA Championships.

A T H L E T I C New Head Coach for Men’s Basketball Team


basketball programs in the country.” Hiatt becomes just the second head coach since the team was reinstated in 1999 and the fourth since 1956. After working one year as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho, he spent the past three seasons as the lead assistant to Connor. “We are very pleased that Coach Hiatt has agreed to become our new head coach and to lead our successful men’s basketball program,” said Westminster College Director of Athletics, Shay Wyatt.

Men’s Basketball

Adam Hiatt Adam Hiatt (’04) has been named the new head coach for the men’s basketball program. He replaces Westminster’s former coach Tommy Connor, who has taken an assistant coach position at the University of Utah, his alma mater. “Professionally, I am grateful and excited to be taking over as the head coach at Westminster College,” Hiatt commented. “On a personal level, I am losing a great mentor in Coach Connor. I feel fortunate that he has prepared me for this moment, and I am confident that we can continue to have success as one of the premier small-college

The Westminster men’s basketball team finished the 2010–11 season with a 21–9 overall record and was fourth in the Frontier Conference at 8–6. It was the ninth consecutive 20-win season for the Griffins and the 10th since the program was reinstated in 1999.

The team defeated Lewis–Clark State College 82–70 in the quarterfinals of the Frontier Conference Tournament. The season came to an end with a 68–62 loss to top-seeded Carroll in the semi-finals. Jake Orchard and Michael Stockton were each named first-team All-Frontier Conference, while AJ Reilly and Tanner Gregory were named to the second team. Stockton was named a third-team NAIA All-American, with Orchard being named honorable mention NAIA All-American. Westminster had nine players named Academic All-Conference and led the Frontier in that category for the second straight year. The team also had five Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athletes, which was the most among all men’s basketball teams in the country. New Head Coach for Women's Basketball Team

The Griffins set a school record by starting the year with 11 consecutive wins. They climbed as high as number 6 in the NAIA national polls and would eventually finish the non-conference schedule with a 12–2 overall mark. They finished two games behind the conference lead and were defeated with half-court buzzer-beaters twice during the season.

Shelley Jarrard Shelley Jarrard comes to Westminster from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), where she served as the lead assistant coach for the Bruins and played a pivotal role in SLCC winning back-to-back conference championships. During her two seasons at SLCC, her responsibilities included all on- and off-campus recruitment of prospective student-athletes, on-court development of the perimeter players, and coordination of the offense and defense, scouting and film breakdown. Jarrard also served as academic advisor for softball, volleyball, and women’s basketball. During Jarrard’s 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Utah from 1993 to 2004, Utah appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments, including its first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16. The Utes won eight conference Michael Stockton (‘11) 34


N E W S advance to the quarterfinals of the national championships for the first time in school history. The season came to an end with a 78–61 loss to number-1 seed, Union. Dani Evans, Michelle Pace, and Nicole Yazzie were each named first-team All-Frontier Conference. JD Gustin was named the Frontier Coach of the Year. Pace and Yazzie were also named honorable mention NAIA All-American. Westminster had six players named Academic All-Conference by the Frontier. They also had Evans, Nicole Lynch, and Pace named Daktronics/ NAIA Scholar Athletes.

Men’s and Women’s Golf

The 2010–11 golf season reflected vast improvements for the Westminster men’s and women’s golf teams. The Westminster women won the first Frontier Conference title in school history, advanced to the NAIA National Championships for the first time, and ended the year ranked 14th nationally. The Griffin men finished third at the Frontier Conference Championships.

Nicole Yazzie (‘13) championships and three conference tournament championships. In 1993, Jarrard earned a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University. During her playing career there, she was a four-year letter winner. A starter for Vanderbilt’s 1993 NCAA Final Four team, which ended the season at 30–3, Jarrard was named first-team all-Southeastern Conference and honorable mention All-America.

Westminster defeated Great Falls in the quarterfinal round. They dropped a 64–63 decision at the buzzer to number-5 seed Carroll in the semi-finals. Westminster earned the number 8 overall seed at NAIA National Championships and defeated Rogers State in the first round. The Griffins then defeated William Woods to

Women’s Basketball The 2010–11 season saw several firsts for the Westminster women’s basketball team. They finished the year 28–7 overall and 12–2 in the Frontier Conference. The 28 wins set a record for most wins in a season in school history. They were champions of the Frontier Conference for a third straight season. The Griffins went 13–3 in the non-conference portion of the schedule, including two wins over a Cal Baptist team that spent much of the year ranked in the NAIA top 10. Westminster climbed as high as number 8 in the NAIA poll that was released on February 7. That is the highest the team has been ranked in school history. After earning the top seed for the conference tournament,

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The women defeated Rocky Mountain College 632–672 in the championship match of the conference tournament. At the NAIA National Championships, the team finished tied for 14th with a final score of 1,298. They posted four rounds at 332 or lower, with a tournament-best 318 during the second round. Jenteal Jackson was named the Frontier Conference Player of the Year and finished tied for 24th at the national event. She became the first player in school history to win the Frontier award. Candace Dechant and Mikayla

A T H L E T I C Williamson joined Jackson on the All-Frontier Conference first team. Williamson finished tied for 31st at the national championships, with Dechant finishing tied for 71st. From the men’s team, Collin Wilkinson was named first-team All-Frontier Conference after finishing 10th in the final conference standings. Wilkinson posted 533 strokes during the conference regular season and is the first Griffin to make the all-conference team. Chloe McClintick, Bryce Till, and Matthew Van Wagoner were all named Academic All-Frontier Conference. Till and Van Wagoner were also named as Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athletes.

Men’s Lacrosse

The 2011 Westminster men’s lacrosse team finished 13–8 overall and won at least 13 games for the fifth time in as


many years of the program. The team finished 6–4 against teams that were ranked in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) top 25 and spent the entire season ranked in the top 12 of the poll. After suffering three straight losses to nationally ranked teams in March, Westminster responded with five wins in the next six games. They were a perfect 3–0 in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) West Division and won the division title for the fourth time. The Griffins then won the RMLC Tournament with wins over Colorado Mines in the semi-finals and Northern Colorado in the championship. Westminster qualified for the MCLA National Championships for the fifth time by winning the conference tournament. The Griffins were the number-10 seed and defeated seventh-

seeded Western Oregon in the first round. That win moved the Griffins to a perfect 5–0 in opening games at the national tournament. The season ended with a tough 9–7 loss against number 2 seed St. Thomas (Minnesota) in the quarterfinals. Braeden Daly, Marshall Serzen, and Gian Sexsmith were all named firstteam All-RMLC. Brett Bird, Josh Condas, Nolan Lynn, Dallas McLellan, and Jeff Peters were all named second-team All-RMLC. Jake Arthur was named third-team All-RMLC at attack, and Richard Snow was named an honorablemention defender. Mason Goodhand was named the RMLC Coach of the Year for the second time. Peters and Serzen were each named to the first-team MCLA All-American, while McLellan made the second team. Sexsmith was named an honorable mention.

Women’s Lacrosse

The Westminster women’s lacrosse team had the most successful season in school history in 2011. The Griffins finished the year at 17–7 overall and finished fourth at the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA) National Championships. The team spent most of the season ranked number 1 in the WCLA top-20 poll. Westminster started the season with eight straight wins and set the school record with that eight-game winning streak. They finished the regular season 14–4 and earned the top seed for the Rocky Mountain Women's Lacrosse League (RMWLL) Tournament. After defeating Wyoming in the semi-finals of that tournament, Westminster won the first conference championship in team history with a 15–14 overtime victory over in-state–rival Utah. The Griffins were the number-1 seed at the WCLA National Championship and defeated Wisconsin–River Falls 15–11 in the quarterfinals. Towson became the first WCLA Division II team to defeat the Griffins, with a 20–9 decision in the semi-finals. Utah picked up a 15–10 win in the third-place game to finish the year for Westminster. Chelsea Farrell, Sage Johnson, and Regan Lelli were all named first-team All-RMWLL. Kaicee Beal and Lindsey Mark were each named to the second team. Dechie Sumampong earned her first all-conference award as a member of the third team. Farrell, Johnson, and Lelli were all named as WCLA All-Americans from Westminster. They

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become the first players in Westminster women’s lacrosse history to receive the honor.

Men’s and Women’s Snowboard The Westminster women’s snowboard team won its third consecutive United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) national championship. Westminster has now won the team title in each of the three seasons the team has been competing.

The Westminster men finished second in the final standings for a third straight year. The women finished with 49 total points in the standings to claim the championship. Sierra Nevada College finished second with 117 points, and Virginia placed third with 209 points. Morgan Lendway finished second in the women’s individual standings. Lendway scored 10 points and finished one point behind Shipe Arielle of Sierra Nevada. Lendway had one first-place finish, with two seconds and a fifth. Desiree Diselrod finished third overall with 13 points. Claire Gentile and Lisa Swift finished fifth and sixth respectively. The men scored 78 total points, falling four points shy of Sierra Nevada for the title. Virginia tied with West Virginia for third overall. Mallam Prior led Westminster with his second-place finish in the overall standings. Prior scored 18 points and was four points behind Tim Rechetniak of Sierra Nevada. Billy Wandling posted a fourth-place finish with 25 points. Andrew Peabody finished seventh with 35 points.

Men’s and Women’s Track

The Westminster men’s and women’s track teams competed in seven events during the inaugural season of the program. The teams entered four indoor meets and three outdoor meets. The women had strong performances during the indoor season. Allison Perkins posted a time of 13:27.19 during the 3,000-meter run at the Mountain State Games. The 1-mile run best was set by Chelsey Fraser at the Bronco Invitational with a time of 5:52.20. Fraser also set record for the 800-meter run with a time of 2:33.80 at the Bronco Open. Katrina England finished the 5,000meter run with a time of 21:16 at the NNU Open to start the outdoor season. Fraser finished the 800 meter run at

Lindsey Mark (’11) the NNU Open with a time of 2:32.18. Tanisia Wilson posted the seasonbest times in the 200-meter dash and 100-meter dash at the NNU Open. She went 27.40 in the 200 and 16.76 in the 100. The men’s indoor season saw the team compete in four events. Jef Marsicola posted the best 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.47 at the Bronco Open. Oliver Lange had the best times for the Griffins in the other three events. Lange finished the 1-mile run in 4:32.62 at the Bronco Invitational. He went 9:20.76 at the Bronco Invitational in the 3,000meter run and 15:41.96 in the 5,000-


meter run at the Mountain State Games. In outdoor track, Westminster saw Marsicola set the top time in three events. He went 2:04.05 in the 800-meter run at the Utah Valley University (UVU) Invitational and 4:17.02 in the 1,500-meter run at the NNU Open. Marsicola finished the 3,000-meter steeple race at the UVU Invite with a time of 10:56.76. Lange had the top 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:13.59 at the NNU Open.



Submit Your



The Westminster College Athletics Department is now accepting Athletic Hall of Fame nominations for the upcoming February 3–4, 2012, event. Alumni are encouraged to go online, review the nomination criteria, and nominate former Westminster athletic greats! The nomination deadline is September

15, 2011.

Go to the Athletics Hall of Fame page for the story about the inaugural induction of Coach Tom Steinke, and link to the Hall of Fame nomination form at under the menu heading “Athletics.” For questions and more information, please contact the Athletics Department at




Campus News First in Utah to Receive STARS “Silver” Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Westminster received a STARS “Silver” rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Westminster is the first institution in the state to have achieved the rating. Since 2007, the Westminster community has worked to incorporate sustainability into all facets of campus life. The college established a Sustainability Task Force, included sustainability guidelines in its master plan, and supported dozens of student sustainability efforts through its Environmental Center.

Honored for Ethics in Education

At a ceremony celebrating the Sugar House Rotary Club’s 75th birthday, Westminster College was honored with the Ethics in Education Award on May 6, 2011. President Michael Bassis accepted the award presented at the Little America Hotel. The Ethics in Education award is given for achievement of high ethical standards as a core value in education. “We are honored to accept this award from the Rotary Club of Sugar House,” explained Bassis. “High ethical standards are among the core values of the entire Westminster campus community. Additionally, global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness are all part of the college-wide learning goals we have established for our students. We believe these attributes are the keys to success in our ever-changing world.” While the Rotary Club of Sugar House has served the community for more than 75 years, Westminster celebrated its 100th year in the neighborhood in January 2011.

Students Performed 45,000+ Hours of Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently honored the nation’s leading institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and

civic engagement. Westminster College was one of only three Utah institutions recognized with “Distinction” on the Honor Roll. The others were BYU and Utah Valley University. “We are excited to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth year, and for the third year with distinction,” said Julie Tille, Westminster’s Center for Civic Engagement director. During the 2009–2010 academic year, Westminster students performed more than 45,000 hours of service to the community. Examples include high school math camps for English as a Second Language students, taught by Westminster math students; weekly lessons for girls in the juvenile justice system, taught by Westminster psychology students; and the creation of an instruction book for elderly seniors to teach them how to use social media and email. All of the college’s clubs and organizations are required to complete at least one service project every year, and one whole day during First-Year Student Orientation is committed to community service. Additionally, hundreds of Westminster students provide service each semester. These activities are coordinated and supported by the college’s Center for Civic Engagement. “Westminster’s civic engagement efforts stretch from students’ first day on campus to well past graduation,” added Tille. “We introduce students to the full range of civic-engagement opportunities; they build on each other, helping students grow into lives fully committed to learning and to engaging in the challenges of community life. Westminster is dedicated to the service and service-learning work this honor reflects. It is wonderful to share this honor with our community partners who serve as co-educators for this work.”

Westminster Students Eye Sochi Olympics

For the first time in Olympic Winter Games’ history, women will participate in ski jumping beginning in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The announcement came from the International Olympic 39

Committee (IOC) on April 6, 2011. Previously, ski jumping and Nordic combined were the only events in the Olympic Winter Games that disallowed women’s participation. Westminster has five students on the US Women’s Ski Jumping team: Nita Englund, freshman; Avery Ardovino, sophomore; Abby Hughes, sophomore; Jessica Jerome, junior; and Alissa Johnson, junior.

September 16, 2011, premier

Nation’s Longest-Running Classical Greek Theatre Festival Finds New Home

For the last 40 years, the Classical Greek Theatre Festival (CGTF) has been sponsored by the University of Utah, but like Olympian counterparts of old, the torch has been passed from the U to Westminster. Organizers have fond memories of the past as well as big hopes for the new venue. Westminster is proud to be the new home of CGTF, the longest-running theatre festival of its kind in the US. And CGTF is also the only touring Greek festival in the country. “The Classical Greek Theatre Festival is a wonderful part of the culture scene in the Salt Lake Valley, and I’m so happy not only that it will continue, but especially that it will be here at Westminster College,” said Dr. Mary Jane Chase, dean of Westminster’s School of Arts and Sciences. “We have the nostalgia of 40 years of great theatre behind us and the anticipation of what’s to come in front of us,” said Dr. Jim Svendsen, who serves as classical consultant for CGTF. “It won’t be easy; there will be changes. And with those changes come challenges, but we’re excited.” In the fall of 2011, CGTF will present Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris, the further adventures of the eldest daughter of Agamemnon.

C A M P U S The story tells of a near-sacrifice of brother by sister, their moving reunion, and a thrilling escape plan almost foiled by the barbarian king. Although a tragedy by Greek standards, Euripides’ play in many respects looks like the Shakespearean romances with scenes of melodrama and even comedy.

Westminster Becomes Utah’s Only Hillel Affiliate

Westminster has been selected as Utah’s only Hillel—the Foundation for a Jewish Campus Life—affiliate. Hillel is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, serving students from more than 550 colleges and communities throughout North America and globally. Membership in Hillel at Westminster is open to Jewish college students from any school in the state. Currently, 35 students who attend Westminster, Salt Lake Community College, and the University of Utah are part of Hillel. The group is run by students with support from faculty advisors. “The student and community support for a Hillel chapter at Westminster is tremendous,” said Jen Simonds, advisor and associate professor of psychology at the college. “Westminster College and the United Jewish Federation of Utah, with Utah’s rabbis and Jewish congregations, are committed to the effort to strengthen a Jewish presence for college students in Utah.”


to its next level of excellence. As a hub of innovative, experimental, and international programming, the Gore School of Business will benefit from Dr. Wang’s mix of administrative skills and international expertise. “Jin brings a global context to the business school that is the future of business education,” explained Dr. Cid Seidelman, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition to helping us navigate the decisions and the direction of the school, we believe he can provide us with additional opportunities related to our college’s intersections in Asia.” “We believe Jin will be a wonderful addition not only to the college, but to the business community as well,” added Seidelman. “He has great promise for building the types of external partnerships and relationships we need.”

Director of New Ventures Named At a time when colleges throughout the country are striving to keep the cost of higher education affordable, Westminster has made the strategic decision to actively pursue new ventures to help offset educational costs. Rex Falkenrath has been named the college’s director of new ventures. He will work closely with the Strategic Ventures Committee, the Institute for New Enterprise, the Division of New Learning, and the deans and senior administration to identify, develop, and coordinate the college’s portfolio of new revenue opportunities.

“Given Rex’s significant experience in facilitating business development, we are very pleased he has taken on this new assignment,” said Dr. Cid Seidelman, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are confident that he will be an important catalyst in moving the college's new revenue strategy forward.”

MBA Students Take First Prize at Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

At the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (UEC), Westminster MBA students Jeff Bischoff and Nick Hanks won “Best Written Business Plan” and $5,000 for their company MASSOX with their idea for therapeutic socks. Bischoff and Hanks also took home the first-place trophy for “Best Brand Identity.” MASSOX manufactures designer dress socks containing patent-pending therapeutic acupressure massagers on the inside surface; they are made with 95-percent bamboo fiber. More than 130 teams from colleges and universities around the state competed in the UEC—a statewide, student-run entrepreneur competition. The field was narrowed to a group of 30 teams, four of them from Westminster.


Are You Already a Member? Have you remembered Westminster in your will or estate plan? If so, you are already a member of our Converse Society! Please let us know and begin enjoying the benefits of membership that include the following:

• Campus music, theatre, and sporting events tickets • Educational lectures and programs • Annual Legacy Luncheon tickets Dr. Jim Wang

New Gore School of Business Dean Brings Global Perspectives

After a nationwide search, Dr. Jin Wang joined the college as the new dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business on July 1. He brings the experience and vision to take the school

If you haven’t yet joined, please consider including Westminster in your planning by making a gift of a bequest, IRA, trust, or life insurance policy. To be acknowledged as a member, or for more information, contact Kaye Stackpole, director of gift planning, at, 801.832.2735, or toll free 866.832.2730.


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Above: Kay and Ed Kinney show their Westminster pride.

Living their Values

by Jennifer Cooper Kay and Ed Kinney value helping others. Kay cared for hundreds of elementary students during her 38year teaching career, and together Ed and Kay help their community by volunteering for organizations that range from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to the YMCA. To help students attend Westminster College, they established the Kay Bonham Kinney Scholarship. Kay’s values began at home with her parents and brother, Charlie, in Napa, California. The Napa Valley of Kay’s childhood was very different from the famous wine country of today. Prune trees filled the rolling hills instead of grapes. Napa’s natural beauty and closeknit farming community made it a special place for Kay and her family. At her pastor’s suggestion, Kay left

Napa to attend Westminster College, earning her degree in elementary education in just three-and-a-half years. During those years, she excelled academically, was president of Associated Women Students, and was a member of the concert choir. Kay recalled with fondness the time the choir traveled to northern California for a performance and her parents made dinner for all 50 of them. “Through their example, my parents taught my brother and me to lead generous lives full of hard work, good friends, and helping others.” After graduating in 1963, Kay returned to California. She received her master’s degree in education from Stanford University, where she met and married fellow student Ed Kinney. In their many years together, Kay and Ed have enhanced their already busy lives by volunteering for organizations 41

that hold great importance to them. Ed has devoted nearly 30 years of volunteer service to patients with cystic fibrosis at Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and each child holds a special place in his heart. When Kay and Ed established the Kay Bonham Kinney Scholarship in 2008, they chose to recognize students who demonstrate a commitment to volunteer service, just as they do. The Kinneys have also included Westminster in their estate plans. Their lifetime and legacy donations to the Kay Bonham Kinney Scholarship will ensure that their long-held values live on forever at Westminster. For more information, contact Kaye Stackpole at 801.832.2735, tollfree 866.832.2730, or kstackpole@

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Iphigenia in Tauris September 16, 2011

2011 Scholarship Benefit Gala September 24, 2011

Victor Victoria November 3–5, 10–12, 2011

Winter Weekend for Parents and Families Senior Recognition and Athletic Hall of Fame February 3–4, 2012

We will be nationally recognized as an exemplary community of learners, distinguished by our distinctive educational programs, our record of preparing graduates for success in a rapidly changing world, and our commitment to continuous improvement, effectiveness, and value.

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