commons KEEPING UP WITH WHAT WESTMINSTER ALUMNI HAVE IN COMMON
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR
IT’S BEEN FOUR YEARS: Four years since I ﬁrst stepped on campus, dewy-eyed, but eager to enter the world of academia. Four years of watching the campus change, from the Richer Commons to the creation of the Bassis Center for Student Learning; from the addition of the Meldrum Science Center to new student housing at Westminster on the Draw. Four years of experiencing the challenges of a rigorous academic environment. And now, as winter turns to spring, glistening snow to budding bloom, I, like many others, look forward to Commencement this June. And as I look forward to new directions in my life, I ﬁnd that it’s time to say good-bye to four years of memories— good, fond, sad—and to four years of fun, challenges, and growth. Memories like that one time in class when the discussion moved to relevant topics of application and then wandered off on tangents of reality TV, the latest music videos, and who knows what else? Did I say that happened only one time? Well, here at Westminster it happened a lot. Or times spent in the Commons, eating lunch, hanging out with friends. Or the Honors softball games, where the students lost—again. Lunch with a favorite professor, chatting about everything and nothing. Or the times spent doing homework, studying the night away, commiserating with classmates. And after four years, we prepare for our next adventure, the “real world,” slightly less dewy-eyed, but just as eager. Here’s to the graduates, future and present—a celebration of conquering those four years. And to spring. —K ELLI E CAR R IGA N (’ 13)
JOH N MCCARTHY
For the Class of 2013 Spring Brings More Than an End to Winter
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SIX DEGREES OF GRIFFIN CONNECTION Take Advantage of the Power of the Westminster Network. It’s the Most Productive and the Easiest Way to Make the Connections You Need. Why Wait?
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Westminster alumni hire Westminster alumni. In fact, Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City has a community of more than 100 Grifﬁns. The more you’re involved and stay in touch with classmates, the stronger your alumni network becomes. This chart is a sample of how the Westminster network connects people.
THE CONNECTION KEY MET AND DISCOVERED THEY WERE GRIFFINS FRIENDS (OR MARRIED) THROUGH WESTMINSTER CONNECTIONS FOUND JOBS THROUGH WESTMINSTER CONNECTION
chad dorton (’00, MBATM ’09), Numira Biosciences and chair of the MBA Alumni Committee, met jessica mckelvie (’09) of Purr-Fect Solutions through a mutual friend. Jessica was a Chamber Singer with sharayah cook (’08, MPC ’11) of Amadeus Consulting. Sharayah is married to john cook (’10), law student at the University of Colorado–Boulder. John had worked for Goldman Sachs with tofi ta’afua (’01, MBA ’03), brian cheney (MBA ’06), and anthony englert (’09).
anthony englert (’09) was classmates with chase johnson (’10) of CHG Healthcare Services. Chase met
kyle powers (MBA ’06), CHG Healthcare Services, through an alumni program that partners students with alumni for career advice. When Kyle had an open position, he hired Chase—the same way he was hired
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chase johnson (’10) was classmates with tyson smith (’08), who was ASWC Vice President. Tyson worked in student government with cassi norman (’09) of Mother New York and seth longhurst (’07) of Essential Media Partners. Seth graduated the same year as
breanne nalder (’07) professional cyclist and nutrition counselor. Breanne met emily lewis (’02) when she was an indoor cycling instructor at the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center. Emily met kali (mower) stoddard (’09) of Odyssey House through an alumni-sponsored program that partnered students with alumni for career advice. After Kali was hired at Odyssey House, she helped Emily get a job.
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BRIAN CHENEY (MBA ’06)
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MARY BILJANIC (MPC ’05)
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EMILY LEWIS (’02) ODYSSEY HOUSE
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BREANNE NALDER (’07) PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST
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ESSENTIAL MEDIA PARTNERS
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YOUR PERSONAL LIFE AS WELL.
THE POWER OF CONNECTIONS IS NOT ONLY WITH ALUMNI, BUT FACULTY AND STAFF, AS WELL. WESTMINSTER REVIEW
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INAUGURATION DAY Westminster Community Installs Brian Levin-Stankevich as Its 17th President photos by Francie Aufdemorte
1. Dr. Tricia Shepherd, 2012 faculty senate chair, physics, chemistry professor 2. Pipers lead the inaugural procession. 3. Trustee Emerita Noreen Rouillard 4. Ashlee Szwedko took part in the festivities during the Campus Showcase. 5. Dr. Ronald Mano, accounting professor, processes with faculty. 6. Dr. Daniel Cruz, English professor 7. Dr. Brian LevinStankevich 8. The procession is led by Inauguration Committee Chair, Trustee David Simmons, and Chair of the Board, Tom Ellison. 9. Student leaders were invited to participate in the inauguration procession. 10. Matthew Levin-Stankevich, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, Henry Stanky, Joyce Stanky, Debi LevinStankevich, Stephen Levin-Stankevich
1. Color guard presents the ďŹ‚ag 2. Westminster Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Chris Quinn 3. Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert 4. Student Body President Ben Wilkinson 5. Faculty Senate Chair, Dr. Shamby Polychronis, education professor 6. Dr. Levin-Stankevich enjoys a moment of levity. 7. Westminsterâ€™s new president, Dr. Brian LevinStankevich 8. United States Senator Orrin Hatch and Dr. Levin-Stankevich 9. Chair of the Board, Tom Ellison, presents Dr. Levin-Stankevich with the Westminster Medallion in honor of his presidency. 10. Dr. Levin-Stankevich family: Matthew, Debi, Brian, and Stephen WESTMINSTER REVIEW
Dragons HERE How Did Westminsterâ€™s Veteran Soccer Coach Make Coach of the Year? By Slaying Dragons. BY RO B I N B O O N & J E R E M Y P U G H
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oach Dorich is an imposing ﬁgure. From across a soccer ﬁeld, he’s this thick, brick wall of man stalking the ﬁeld. By the looks of his shaved pate and his broad, old-school gangster build, you’d expect him to growl at you from behind clenched teeth. But underneath that hard-scaled exterior, he’s more Fred Mertz than Murder Inc, more Tony Bennett than Tony Soprano, and he has fought his way to the wilderness and back to make Westminster’s soccer program the envy of like schools everywhere.
DRAGON SLAYING Dorich doesn’t volunteer much, but if you ask him what he loves the most about coaching, he gets a big grin that crinkles all the way to the top of his head, like the Grinch planning to steal Christmas. “I love knockin’ those big teams down with my guys; I love slaying dragons.” And it’s true. Dorich is well known for ﬁnding talent and mentoring it along. He attributes his success to the excellence of Westminster students who choose the school to excel at academics ﬁrst—and to play soccer second. Dorich’s teams over the last 28 years have boasted a staggering 100 academic all-stars National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Athletes on their collective rosters, giving the hardworking coach a smart bunch of kids to develop into hard-ﬁghting players on the pitch. “These kids are good at school; they excel in the classroom. We take kids who wouldn’t have a chance to play at the big, powerhouse schools, recruit them for their academics, and then, then we make them into better soccer players...and we beat the big guys!”
DORICH’S OFFICE IS AS JUST AS UNGLAMOROUS AS THE MAN, FULL OF TROPHIES, PHOTOS, AND MEMORABILIA.
And some of the big guys didn’t take kindly to that. In fact, when Westminster beat an NCAA Division II school (read: stacked with European ringers), they never wanted to play us again because losing to us hurt their rankings, not to mention their pride. But some time after the drubbing, they did ask to come to Westminster for a tourney: to play two games on our ﬁeld with other schools and get free room and board. Guess what our answer was? “Nope,” Dorich chuckles.
IMMIGRANT SON The Dorich family arrived in America from Poland. His Polish/Czech/Slavic roots produce industrious, highly skilled, driven people who relish a challenge—the tougher, the better. Dorich’s ﬁrst job was in his father’s machine shop, where he worked Saturdays. But at noon, the men headed out for a beer and left him to his own devices. He ﬁxed whatever needed it, including lawnmowers. He learned to take nothing for granted. Anything he wanted, he’d have to work very hard for. Education was expected, mandated. That and a good work ethic helped him get things done and done right. Growing up in this strong immigrant culture made him a better coach, he says. And it probably made him a better engineer, too. That’s right. Dorich is a mechanical engineer who spent his off-ﬁeld career designing military communications equipment for local defense contractor Sperry Univac (now L–3 Communications). He boasts secret government clearance and a host of equally secret patents and designs for gear that, well, he can’t really talk about. “I tell my players that I have secret clearance, so if they can’t trust me, they can’t trust anyone.” He began his college soccer career at Edinboro State University in Pennsylvania in 1968, and he graduated from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (he also played and coached), having earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1975. Midstream in his education, Dorich also served his country during the Vietnam war. As a member of the
US Coast Guard stationed with the US Marines, he repaired electronics and managed construction and demolition. It was probably the only time in his adult life where he didn’t play (or coach) soccer. In 1984 Sperry Univac came calling, and he moved to Salt Lake, coaching soccer for Westminster. Soccer and engineering went hand-in-hand from then on. While the sheer love of soccer (“the fever,” as he calls it) was reason enough to coach, as it turns out, soccer was also a great way to offset the stress of a very high-tech engineering career. Decades later, walls of trophies, an MBA and an MBATM (technology management) from Westminster, and a Technology Management Certiﬁcate from Cal-Tech adorn his endearingly cluttered ofﬁce. He retired last year from his job as Director of Transition Engineering at L–3 Communications. But for the last 29 years (28 seasons), he has been Westminster’s men’s soccer coach. Now he’s full-time at Westminster, splitting his time between coaching and his job with the Admissions Ofﬁce, and he’s as happy as a striker taking a penalty kick. He refers to Westminster as his “second home,” and you can tell when he’s “home” by the big red pickup truck parked on the back side of Payne Gymnasium.
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Westminster plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) conference. If you’ve heard of the NCAA, the NAIA is a sort of little brother, but for smaller schools like Westminster. On November 30, 2012, the NAIA recognized athletes around the country and announced that during the 2012 season, Westminster ﬁnished with the most scholar-athletes, a total of nine. This is a considerable victory, because some of the NAIA schools Westminster competes against have twice the number of students. Dorich loves to win, but he’s really all about balance. Student-athletes are expected to graduate and get a job, not become professional soccer players (although some do), so while he pushes them to excel at soccer, he won’t overdo it. His ofﬁce walls are STATS / / C O A C H C H R I S D O R I C H lined with trophies and photos, but he’s proudest of the extraordinary 100 Scholar29 years men’s soccer coach Athletes. To be a Scholar-Athlete requires 20 years Executive Vice President of Utah Soccer Association junior or senior standing and a minimum Class A and B coaching licenses 3.50 GPA. Dorich prefers higher GPAs. State Coaching Director for Utah Soccer Association Soccer, after all, is a very cerebral sport. 21 out of 28 years qualiﬁed for NAIA Playoffs “For an electrical engineer, my old com265 career victories, which makes Dorich’s record pany wouldn’t even look at you without 22nd in NAIA history a 3.8 GPA,” he says. “The world has only all-time and 10th among active coaches gotten more competitive.” 18 winning seasons Among his soccer players who went on 10–6–2 for regular season to outstanding careers is a Marine Corps Since 2005, no losing seasons general, Charles (Chuck) Chiarotti (’85), United States Adult Soccer Association National Staff Coach psychology major, currently the Deputy
On a sunny day in 1997, Coach Dorich and his team, as they did every day, headed toward the ﬁeld for practice. Dumbfounded, they stood there looking at a plowed ﬁeld ready for planting, not soccer. It turns out that the ﬁeld had to be plowed to ultimately become a temporary parking lot because new construction was replacing the current lot. While this information was common knowledge in some departments, it had not been made clear to the athletic department. So Dorich scrambled to wrangle a new home for Westminster soccer at the West Jordan Soccer Complex, and for nine long years, they practiced and played soccer in exile. Practice for ﬁve days a week was held in Rose Park, about 10 miles from Westminster. On the weekends, the games were held in West Jordan, almost 20 miles away. Those 140 miles per week put a damper on enthusiasm. Fewer people attended the games, but the upside of this adventure was the quality of ﬁelds at the soccer complex. Compared to the (plowed) ﬁeld, one that had been designed for football, the complex had far better (and softer) surfaces that were designed speciﬁcally for soccer. Dorich says,“The West Jordan complex was just a great soccer atmosphere. We played a lot of really good games there. Sure, it was hard to get crowds, but players had some dedicated friends, and their families would all show up to cheer us on.” Probably no one at Westminster was happier, however, when the state-of-the-art Dumke Field opened in 2005. The team, the coach, and the fans reveled in their short walk, rather than their long drive, to root for the Grifﬁns.
our lives since the beginning. At times, I felt soccer took priority over everything else in his life, but I have long resigned myself to the fact soccer will forever be part of who Chris is.” Son, Brian, a chemist who is working on his MBATM at Westminster, echoes his mother, “Soccer has always been with us and with my dad. Soccer is his passion.” All of the years, the time, and the energy that Coach Dorich has given Westminster soccer is mind-boggling. He is as much of a ﬁxture on campus as Payne Gymnasium. His record is legendary. In an ofﬁce crammed with trophies, photographs, and memories—all evidence of his extraordinary talent and dedication—Dorich keeps it going from amid the clutter, holding court each year to a new contingent of unmolded young men, eager to slay dragons. “The future of Westminster is to provide excellence in critical thinking, the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it,” he says. “We should strive to impart these outcomes to our students: a high quality of knowledge, achievement, and competence. Educational endeavors are the future of the nations around the world. I will always have soccer fever. That is a fever that never dies. And soccer is a universal participation sport. While not as specialized as the NFL or the NBA, it provides an activity to a larger base of the world’s populations, and soccer can be used as a segue for world education.”
“NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR” IS NO JOKE Unless you are a rabid soccer/Coach Dorich fan, you may not know that he has yet another outlet for soccer: the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). This premier national (amateur) soccer organization’s tagline explains just part of what they do: “Soccer—your game for life.” When the varsity season ends, many college players play in the USASA. Recognized by the US Olympic Committee, the organization is also the governing body for soccer across the country. Dorich was recently named National Staff Coach for the USASA. At this high level, he will conduct Region IV Select Team training camps at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, as well as the National Select Team training camps at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. It’s probably that kind of “coaching in exile” grit and dedication to the sport (and to Westminster) that helped earned him the National Coach of the Year, Region IV by the USASA. Not only does your region (your peers) vote for you, but the rest of the country’s regions have to vote as well. He was honored, but surprised, to receive the national award. His wife, Kathy, a K–12 teacher, isn’t surprised. She, above all, knows his tenacity and dedication. “Chris and I will have been married 38 years this August. Soccer has been part of
TOP, COACH DORICH WITH COACH DOUG QUINT AT MCPHERSON COLLEGE, KANSAS. TOP RIGHT, SPRING CLUB TEAM AND 2012 “SUPER CUP” WINNERS. RIGHT, COACH LOOKS ON AS HIS PLAYERS ADVANCE THE BALL.
RESERVE OFFICERS’ TRAINING CORPS CHASE STODDARD (’16) decided to follow in his sister’s footsteps, and is now in his ﬁrst year at Westminster as an aviation major. According to his mom, Chase has always wanted to go into the Navy, ever since he was a small child. And because of Camber’s great experience with Westminster, Chase also began to further investigate enrolling at the only college in the state with an aviation program. Through Westminster’s partnership with the University of Utah ROTC program, he has received a full-tuition scholarship, and, like his sister, is enjoying his experience. As a partner of the University of Utah ROTC program, students who join ROTC and wish to enroll at Westminster are eligible for a room and board scholarship. The university ROTC program includes all branches: Navy (and Marines), Army, and Air Force. Visit http://milsci.utah.edu.
and what you go on to do. Students are successful not just at Westminster, but after college as well. Bigger schools are less personal, less real-world,” says Daynes. “It’s about sitting in the back of the classroom learning theoretical knowledge. Westminster is about small class sizes, personalized attention, and hands-on experience.” “If every one of my children wanted to go to Westminster, I would absolutely send them there,” says Keri. Her son, Chase (’16), is a ﬁrst-year student at Westminster studying aviation. Keri explains that because of Camber’s great experience, Chase also decided to attend Westminster. And because he always wanted to join the Navy, he is part of Westminster’s partnership with the University of Utah’s Naval Reserve Ofﬁcers Training Corps (ROTC). Chase has a full-tuition scholarship and, like his sister, loves his Westminster experience.
STAYING POWER Akosua Amankwatia (’14) was homeschooled in Ghana and then in Japan after a trans-continental move at age 16. She began searching for colleges to attend and found Westminster on a college-search website. On a whim, Akosua decided to apply. When she learned of a Founders’ Scholarship award, Akosua chose to enroll, crossing continents once more from her home in Japan to Salt Lake City. Although a bit shocked by American cuisine, she found the culture less so. And, especially, she enjoyed her experiences at Westminster. So much so, that even when her mom began to have ﬁnancial difﬁculties and could no longer afford Westminster tuition, she found she really wanted to stay. “I didn’t know
much about Westminster when I came,” says Akosua. “But what made me want to stay was the personal attention, the personal relationships.” While Akosua’s education prior to Westminster was a lot of memorization, her new education encouraged her to think critically and to problem solve. And the small class sizes, as well as her rapport with professors, were something Akosua didn’t want to give up. Akosua sat down with Director of Financial Aid, Sean View, and shared her ﬁnancial difﬁculties. View found a solution that allowed Akosua to stay at Westminster. Liz Key, Vice President of Enrollment Management emphasizes that, “Westminster is committed to making a Westminster education affordable, to help any student who will succeed at Westminster be able to afford Westminster.” Daynes adds that Westminster recognizes the challenges of today, remarking that Westminster has done a lot to curb rising costs in the past few years. Now Akosua is well on her way toward a neuroscience degree and hopes to attend medical school, further broadening her horizons by looking at schools outside the US. To learn more about Akousa’s journey, see page 44.
A NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH
After graduating from a small private institution in 2007, returning to school was something Holly Thatcher thought about, but didn’t seriously consider for several years. Dissuaded by thoughts of attending a large public university, she wanted a close-knit environment similar to her undergraduate experience, so when a colleague mentioned Westminster, Holly decided to look into it. Alex Tovey, an admissions counselor, contacted Holly and encouraged her to visit the campus. “I ﬁnally agreed to meet Alex when she told Each year, Westminster awards $170,000 of scholarship money to students who have demonme I could come in on a Saturday.” That strated achievement in a wide variety of activities—any and all accepted, from community availability changed Holly’s perspective. services to athletics to the ﬁne arts and beyond. If you have a passion and have done some“When I met with her and saw her passion thing about it, this scholarship is for you. The awards are parceled into 3 awards of $25,000, to help students and saw how amazing 15 awards of $5,000, and 10 awards of $2,000. The scholarship is open to all entering ﬁrst-year Westminster was, I knew it was something I students or transfer students. For more information on applying for an exemplary achievehad to pursue.” ment award, visit westminstercollege.edu/exemplaryachievement.
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R E C I P I E N T S O F T H E R . H A R O L D B U RTO N S C H O L A R S H I P F O R T H E 2 01 2 – 1 3 S C H O O L Y E A R
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business elise katter
business keaton austin
business joshua nordfelt
A native of Connell, Washington,
During her years at Alta High School,
Majoring in international business
Joshua is a lone Grifﬁn in a family of
Cydney is majoring in nursing and
Elise was very involved in a variety of
and minoring in French, Keaton is
Utes, but he has relished his experi-
minoring in Spanish, as she says, “to
activities, including student council,
the son of a graduate of Westmin-
ence here in small classes where he
better serve society in my occupa-
cheerleading, Future Business Leaders
ster’s Gore School of Business. Like
feels his professors can get to know
tion.” She competes on Westminster’s
of America (FBLA), and other clubs.
his father, he prizes the unparalleled
him as an individual, rather than as
varsity women’s basketball team,
At Westminster, where she majors in
opportunities he feels the school
one in a crowd. During his ﬁrst year
which requires her to manage her
ﬁnance and accounting, she’s joined
provides. He has particularly enjoyed
on campus, Joshua was a member of
time well. She teaches youth in her
the Associated Commuter Students
participating in the Finance Club
Westminster’s soccer team, but going
church and has found great joy in
of Westminster College, Garden Club,
and the Army ROTC program. In high
to school full time while working 35
training and supporting them in their
the Westminster dance team, and
school, he volunteered in Peer Court
hours each week at a local bank made
interests, goals, and direction in life.
Delta Mu Delta, a club related to her
and tutored children at an elementary
his schedule a little too tight, and he
Cydney is following in the footsteps of
major and her career goal of being a
school on Salt Lake’s west side. He
had to drop the team. A former LDS
her mother, a labor and delivery nurse,
ﬁnancial analyst. As Elise says, “I have
and his father were each working two
missionary who served in South Korea,
and has worked as a dental assistant.
set high goals and have dreams the
jobs to afford Keaton’s tuition, so they
Joshua, who was recently married,
She enjoys spending time with her
size of Texas. I know if I work hard, stay
are extremely grateful for the Burton
takes every opportunity to serve and
husband running, skiing, boating,
focused, and continue on the path I
Scholarship. He is currently in France
contribute to the area where he lives
cycling, and otherwise maintaining a
have set out for myself, I will reach
for a study-abroad semester.
whenever he can.
healthy and active lifestyle.
liberty lewis The ﬁrst in her family to attend college, Liberty is studying to be a nurse and considering pediatrics as her area of emphasis. She is a member of SNOW (Student Nurses of Westminster), and has been involved in many service-learning activities through her nursing courses. In addition to school and working part-time, she knits scarves and caps for children, infants, and adults for such charitable organizations as the Road Home and works summers at the University of Utah’s School on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies. Liberty was the Highland High School valedictorian, a Sterling Scholar in English, and is on the Dean’s List at Westminster.
OR NURSING MAJORS, HAVE FINANCIAL NEED, AND A GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF 3.7 OR HIGHER. WESTMINSTER REVIEW
HONORING A LEGACY: THE SHAUN MCCARTHEYTHEATRE AND AUDITIONING SCHOLARSHIPS shaun mccarthey’s (’86) talent in the performing
HARDSHIP AID KEEPS ACADEMIC DREAMS ALIVE McCarthey Family Invests in Emergency Relief imagine abandoning a college degree for want of $500 or $1,000. For some Westminster students, such an amount can bridge the gap between staying in school or dropping out. Thanks to the generosity of a prominent Salt Lake family, this will no longer be the case. Last year, the McCarthey Family Foundation established a $250,000 emergency relief fund for students with an unexpected ﬁnancial crisis. While more than 97 percent of Westminster students receive ﬁnancial aid, events such as a hospital stay jeopardize their academic goals. Akosua Amankwatia, a senior from Ghana, whose dream is to become a neurosurgeon, managed to pay for her ﬁrst couple of years at Westminster by working, receiving ﬁnancial aid, and help from her mother, who was working in Japan. But after an earthquake ravaged the country, her mother lost her job and could no longer help. “I soon realized I would have to transfer to another school. My professor, Bonnie Baxter, begged me not to leave.” With help from the Financial Aid ofﬁce and the McCarthey Emergency Fund, Amankwatia is back on track to graduate in June. The McCarthey family’s support reaches back decades. “We value the caliber of students who graduate from Westminster, enhancing the communities in which they work and live,” says Sarah McCarthey, a member of the foundation’s board. “Financial hardship should not prevent students from completing their degrees. We’re gratiﬁed that our support will help so many.” For Amankwatia, the aid she received will help her help others. “After medical school, I want to work with kids, especially those from minority groups who may not have access to medical care,” she says. “When I’m able, I’m going to give back to the college because I know it will go a long way to help a student like me.”
arts led him to ﬂourish under the wing of beloved theatre professor Dr. Jay Lees. McCarthey, who passed away from cancer in 2009, was the inspiration for his family’s establishing the Shaun P. McCarthey theatre and auditioning scholarships. Dr. Michael and Nina Vought, professors for Westminster’s nascent theatre major, credit the Shaun McCarthey scholarships for creating a real-life learning experience for students in their program. “We haven’t had funding quite like this before, and now we are able to recruit much more effectively,” says Nina Vought. “Recruitment scholarships are huge for our students. But having additional funding that allows us to be able to send our students to auditions is not only an important learning experience, it’s paramount in this industry.” The Voughts are learning that recruitment isn’t turning out to be all that problematic. “We had projected that it would take ﬁve to seven years to enroll 50 students in our program,” Michael Vought says. “We’re at 44 in our third year—we’re doing really well!” Both Michael and Nina recognize that their success comes on the heels of not only Jay Lees’ legacy, but Shaun McCarthey’s as well. “Jay was a champion of students who weren’t necessarily scholars, but who were incredibly talented in other ways,” says Michael Vought. “Shaun was one of Jay’s students who went on to become very successful, and because of the generosity of the McCarthey family, both of their legacies will be able to continue.”
SHOWN HERE IN THE 2012 PRODUCTION OF NOISES OFF, JARED THOMSON (’15) CENTER, NATALE MCANENEY (’15) RIGHT, AND MICHAEL CALACINO (’15) ON THE FLOOR, ARE ALL MCCARTHEY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS.
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ALUMNI AT GRANTTHORNTON CREATE ACCOUNTANCY SCHOLARSHIP in 2011, alumni working for the Salt Lake branch of Grant Thornton, an international ﬁnancial services ﬁrm, pooled their funds to establish the Grant Thornton/Westminster College Tax Institute Scholarship. With a generous match from the company, as well as Westminster’s Tax Institute, Master of Accountancy students now have access to $10,000 in annual scholarship aid, a rare gift for those pursuing a graduate degree. Steven Stauffer, CEO of Grant Thornton, believes the scholarship beneﬁts his ﬁrm as much as it helps Westminster students. “Grant Thornton is honored to support the Grant Thornton/Westminster College Tax Institute Scholarship. Within our ranks, we have an illustrious group of associates, managers, and partners, many of whom are proud to call themselves graduates of Westminster,” he says. “It is our privilege to support the school that has been such an integral part of growing the business community in Utah, as well as in growing the Salt Lake City ofﬁce of Grant Thornton.”
STEVEN STAUFFER, CEO OF GRANT THORNTON
GRATEFUL PROFESSOR SUPPORTS STUDENT NURSES as an alumna and professor of nursing for more than 30 years, Dr. Shirley Knox (’58) knows the value of a Westminster education. Increasingly, however, she has witnessed college costs burden students and their families. She decided to direct some of her pay to the School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship. Knox sees many of her students working jobs while juggling classes and clinical labs. “When I was a student, I didn’t need a scholarship. My parents paid $500 per year, including tuition, books, and my nursing uniform,” she says. “I nearly died to learn what my grandkids will pay. I hope that what I’ve given will help students work one less shift and rest a little easier.” Knox gives back because she’s thankful for the generous beneﬁts provided to employees. “When you consider the beneﬁts for Westminster employees, it makes sense to pay it forward,” she says. “My children were able to attend college because of Westminster, and when you receive that tremendous gift you should give back.”
WOMAN’S BOARD SCHOLARSHIP GIFT COMES FULL CIRCLE founded in 1911, the Woman’s Board of Westminster is a group of 85 women whose mission is to promote the wellbeing of students, acting as surrogate moms to those who may be far from home. Perhaps the most important contribution of the Woman’s Board in their nearly 100 years of service is fundraising for student scholarships. The annual Silver Tea is their largest and longest-running fundraising effort. To date, the Woman’s Board has given more than $700,000 to college priorities, $400,000 of that in scholarship aid to students. Elizabeth Cathcart (’37) was one of a long line of students who received a Woman’s Board scholarship. An employee of Shell Oil company for nearly 40 years, Cathcart recognized that the scholarship she received led to her long, successful career. So, when she passed away in July 2012, she left a portion of her estate to the Woman’s Board Scholarship so that future generations of students will be able to achieve their educational goals. “We are so thankful for Beth Cathcart’s generous gift,” says Corrine Reikhof, president of the Woman’s Board. “What a wonderful way to honor the legacy of the Woman’s Board while helping us continue our work for Westminster’s students.” Please join us for the 98th annual Silver Tea on May 11, 2013, in the Tanner Atrium of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Hats and gloves are encouraged. Vintage hat rental is available. Call 801.832.2730 for details.
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WESTMINSTER’S MATCHMAKING POWERS For Some, It was Love at First Sight. For Others, It Took Time. Westminster College has been the Backdrop for So Many Beautiful Love Stories of Students Who Met on Campus, Dated, Married, and Created a New Life Together.
drienne Shaw Smith (’10) and Tyson Smith (’08) met during Adrienne’s freshman year at Westminster. She was hired as a student worker in the ASWC ofﬁce and Tyson was student body vice president. They became very good friends that year and started dating at the end of spring semester. Adrienne says it’s hard to decide what their ﬁrst “real date” was, because they spent so much time together and were such good friends before they started dating. She does remember having dessert on campus with Tyson one night and then taking a drive up Lambs Canyon and thinking that she liked spending time with Tyson, even if they were just driving around doing nothing. “There wasn’t a day where the clouds opened and hearts rained down, and I thought ‘I am in love with Tyson,’” said Adrienne. “I think we said ‘I love you’ to each other about a year after we started dating, but I knew I was in love with him when I realized I could be myself around him.” Ray Bradford, student body president with Tyson, told him he would marry Adrienne. So conﬁdent was he in his prediction, Ray put a reminder in his phone to call them on each anniversary of his claim. For ﬁve years, Adrienne and Tyson would get a message from Ray that would say, “I told you; you are going to get married.” Sure enough, in September 2012, his prediction came true. Tyson and Adrienne were married at Red Butte Gardens with Dean of Students, Mark Ferne, as the ofﬁciant, and Ray as Tyson’s best man.
ecily (Elis) Sakrison (’03) remembers the exact moment she met Kellen Sakrison (‘02) during her sopho-
more year at Westminster. Kellen had taken the semester off to travel Europe with his cousin, and they were passing through Salt Lake to say hello to some of Kellen’s friends. Kellen knew her older roommate. “As she introduced us—he’s sitting on a low bookcase in our ‘Res 3’ living room—I knew without a doubt that he was someone who would be in my life forever,” Cecily said. When Kellen came back to school that spring, they ended up traveling in the same social circles. Kellen and Cecily dated through graduation and endured three years of a long-distance relationship while Kellen was in graduate school in Boulder, Colorado. Cecily and Kellen ﬁnally moved in together after he joined her in a move to Portland, Oregon. They married in 2008 in a beautiful wedding in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Their guest list included many generations of Westminster alumni, since Cecily’s parents, and her aunt and uncle, all met at Westminster. In 2011, Cecily and Kellen welcomed their sweet daughter, Aveline. As loyal alums, they’re already steeping “Avie” in Grifﬁn lore—campus was the site of her one-year photos and she attended many of the Reunion festivities by the side of her beaming-with-pride “Nana,” Laurel Shepard (’75), who serves on the Alumni Board. Share your love story with us. Email us at email@example.com.
amara Ward Burnside (’81) met her husband, Ron Burnside (’80), in 1979. Ron was on the basketball team, majoring in health and PE. Tammy was double majoring in ﬁne arts and elementary education. To say it was not love at ﬁrst sight is an understatement. But Ron was very persistent. They ﬁnally went out on a date to a hockey game. Tammy did not have a very good time because Ron was a cocky jock, and she vowed not to go out with him again. After returing from Europe, Ron asked her out again, and in a weak moment, she said yes. They were married on Friday the 13th, 1981, in room 13 of the Salt Lake Temple. The number 13 was Ron’s basketball number when he played guard under Coach Tom Steinke. Now married for 32 years, they have three children, all alumni: Brooke (’04 MBA ’08), Marina (’07), and Baylor (’10). Even Ron’s mother, Dr. Joan Burnside (’80), is an alumna.
Gary Friehauf (’64) and his
Nancy Golden (’72) is still enjoying selling real estate in active adult communities in the Phoenix area. Nancy keeps thinking about retiring for the second time, but is having too much fun. She and her husband, Jack McCleary, have been doing a lot of international and domestic travel.
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sister, Kathy (Friehauf) Reyes (’66), would like to let their classmates know their mother passed away in April 2012. Edith Friehauf was well known to many of their classmates who were guests at her home over Thanksgiving and other breaks. Gary and his wife, Sonia, are proud great grandparents of four children.
Ray Bradford (’07)
Jeffrey Gold (MPC ’10) is an award-winning
Linda L. Olson (‘66) is living
was named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list for ﬁnance. In 2011 Ray joined one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capital ﬁrms, Kleiner Perkins Cauﬁeld & Byers, where he focuses on investments for the ﬁrm’s digital practice. After graduating from Westminster, Ray earned an MBA from Stanford University. He went on to work for Amazon.com, where he helped grow the company’s cloud infrastructure business. He led multiple teams at Amazon, and he is named inventor on several patent applications.
screenwriter, playwright, and music composer. Jeff started out studying physics at the University of Utah; he went on to study at the University of Cambridge, where he joined the Cambridge Film and TV society, an experience that ignited his passion for the arts. He worked in ﬁlm until 1997, when he put the camera down to focus on screenwriting. Jeffrey joined the playwrights group with Salt Lake Acting Company, where he was mentored by playwrights Mike Dorrell and Julie Jensen. Jeffrey is currently Entrada Institute 2013 Artist-in-Residence. His play Fair Shake has been selected for the American Globe Theatre’s 19th Annual Fifteen Minute Play Festival, and he is a semiﬁnalist in 2012 New York Screenplay Contest.
in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. She retired eight years ago from a career in education. Linda is active in her community and church. She has an adopted daughter, who is now 42.
Michael Graham (’69) and his wife, Lorraine, have moved to Corvallis, Oregon, after spending 40 years living on the North Oregon Coast.
Mark P. Harner (’69) was promoted to senior vice president, special credits manager, for Central Paciﬁc Bank, which is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this role, Mark will lead the bank team in managing commercial loans, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and management and sale of OREO bank-owned commercial and residential properties in Hawaii and the mainland.
Janice Morgan (’80) is a happily retired, 78-year-young minister. Janice and her husband, Rob, are living in Pismo Beach, California.
Julia Benner Perry (’81) is living in Kentucky working as clinical coordinator at St. Claire for the Trover/Murray State’s Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program. After graduating from Westminster, Julia earned a certiﬁcate in nurse anesthesia from Eastern Maine Medical Center. She worked at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky, for 16 years as a staff CRNA. Julia and her husband, Jim, have one son, Creighton, who graduated from AldersonBroddus College in May 2012.
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Khosrow B. Semnani (’72) recently authored The Ayatollah’s Gamble: The Human Cost of Military Strikes Against Iran’s Nuclear Facilities. Published jointly by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Omid for Iran, the paper offers a detailed, scientiﬁc discussion of the human and environmental consequences of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. It is the ﬁrst serious attempt at exploring the consequences of a military strike on Iran and how such an attack will result in massive civilian casualties. In January 2013, Khosrow’s op-ed piece on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant was published in the New York Times, drawing a response by Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations. In 2012, Khosrow received Westminster’s Distinguished Alumni award for his global humanitarian work.
Distinguished Alumni Awards Join your Westminster Alumni Board to honor alumni who’ve done amazing work in their communities. This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Kim T. Adamson (’79), Solomon Awan (’07, MBA ’12), and Julie Balk (’83). Read their stories on page 58. 6:00 PM in the Tanner Atrium, Westminster College. Tickets: $40 per person—available at westminstercollege.edu. JUNE 1
Commencement Take a chance to honor the 2013 graduates and thank the friends and families who have supported them through the years. 1:45 PM at the Maverick Center, Salt Lake City JUNE 7
Golf Tournament Spend a morning on the green and help raise money for student scholarships. The tournament will be four-person scramble featuring licorice stick mulligans and more. Fee includes continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, range balls, and lunch. 8:00 AM – Registration 9:00 AM – Shotgun Start Jeremy Ranch – Park City $150 per person—register online at westminstercollege.edu/alumni. JUNE 14
Tavern Night Welcome the newest alumni of Westminster College and reunite with old friends at the tavern! Join us for good food, drinks, and conversation. 7:00–11:00 PM at Fiddler’s Elbow, Sugar House. Tickets: $25 per person—register online at westminstercollege.edu/alumni.
The Adventures of Elmore the Tugboat Sara Meek (’56) and her husband, Dee, are busy repairing their vintage 1890 tugboat, Elmore. The boat was badly damaged in November 2012 when strong winds ripped through northern Washington state. This marks the second time Sara and Dee have worked to restore Elmore. They purchased the tugboat in 1990 after reading an article about a couple who transformed a tugboat into a houseboat. Sara and Dee found Elmore and thought it would take a year to renovate her. However, after eight years of spending weekends working on the vintage tugboat, she was ﬁnally ready to set sail. Sara and Dee have sailed Elmore all over the Paciﬁc Northwest, including a trip to the Canadian Gulf Islands, up the Inside Passage to Alaska, and circumnavigating Vancouver Island.
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After School, Kinder Connections, Adult High School, and ESL.
Gia Throndsen-Whitlock (’02) held a showing of her art at the Café Nice in July 2012.
wife, Susie, welcomed their ﬁrst child on May 22, 2012. Sylvie Masson was born at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces.
Brent Winslow (’90) was honored with a Heart and Hands Award during Utah Philanthropy Day. Westminster College nominated Brent for his work chairing the annual aWestminster Scholarship Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held June 7, 2013, at Jeremy Ranch. Visit westminstercollege.edu/alumni for more information.
Betty Chambers (’91) just celebrated her 72nd birthday. Betty says she has many fond memories of her time at Westminster.
Kathryn Miller (’98) retired from Park City School District as community education ﬁnancial secretary. In this role Kathryn provided administrative support for
Mark your calendars now to join us for reunion weekend, September 26–28, 2013. All Alumni are invited to celebrate reunion at Westminster College. The fun-ﬁlled weekend includes career
Adam Mangone (’02) married Lindsey Keiter on September 22, 2012, at Ash Lawn-Highland, the historic estate of President James Monroe, in Charlottesville, Virginia. They met at Fuqua while they were both attending Duke for their MBAs. They currently live in Atlanta where Adam works for Bain & Co. and Lindsey for Deloitte Consulting.
Ed Roberson (’95) was recently appointed as regional sales manager–government at Integra Telecom, a provider of ﬁber-based, business-grade networking, communications, and technology solutions. Ed is responsible for Integra’s state, county, local, and select federal government sales and business development activities in a seven state region.
Eric Masson (’04) and his
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Many Westminster Alumni made the trip to Virginia for Adam’s wedding, including Chad Wilber (MBA ’12) , Annalisa Holcombe (’92), Joe Romney (MBA ’12), Staci Whitford (’92), Toﬁ Ta’afua (’01, MBA ’03), Aar-
on Mangone (’05), Brandon Harrison (’03) Amanda Harrison (’02) (not pictured)
Aaron Mangone (’05) will
and networking events
graduate from the Gonzaga Graduate School of Business with an MBA. Aaron has accepted a position with Boeing Airlines.
for students and alumni, athletic events, information sessions, and the ever popular OKTOBERFEST! “We love hosting reunion in the fall,” says Annalisa
Amie Smith (’05) is working
Holcombe, director of alum-
as support coordinator for people with disabilities and brain injuries. In this role, she advocates for her clients and helps ensure their health and safety needs are being met. Amie is fortunate to work from home most of the time, which allows her to spend more time with her two sons, Coen, four, and Liam, one. Amie married Joshua Smith on May 5, 2005, just three days after her last ﬁnal at Westminster. Amie enjoys running—she participated in a Ragnar relay last year in Las Vegas and is currently training for a half marathon and the Wasatch Back Relay.
ni, community and board relations. “Alumni get a little nostalgic for their college days during that time of year. Even better, the campus is full of life and our students and faculty are around to join us in our events.” Make sure you are on our alumni email list in order to receive updates of the events as they are planned. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list!
Westminster Weekend—Reunion Diana Dani (’06, MBA ’12) and Johan Van Duyvendijk (’05, MBATM ’07) are engaged.
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Nick Fuoco (’06) welcomed his ﬁrst child on October 29, 2012. Lucia Anna Fuoco weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces.
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Kasey Serdar (’06) earned a PhD in counseling psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently working a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Kasey is the ﬁrst Westminster College McNair Scholar to earn a PhD.
focuses on family law, criminal defense, and LGBT legal issues in cases across the state of Utah. In addition, Chris serves as the chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and as a member of the board of directors for the Utah Pride Center. Chris graduated from the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 2009 and practiced at a small Salt Lake ﬁrm for three years prior to starting his own practice.
Valerie Gonzales (’07) earned a doctorate in pharmacy from Creighton University.
Kathy Grossman (MPC ’08) now lives, writes, paints, Honorary alumnus and Vice President of Advancement, STEVE MORGAN, was spotted wearing his Westminster T-shirt while paragliding over the Swiss Alps near Jungfrau glacier in September 2012. We want to know where in the world you’re showing your Westminster spirit. Email your photos to alumnirelations @westminstercollege.edu to have your photo included in the next Westminster Review.
Megan Hoskins (’06) and Marc Maybee (’07) were married on October 8, 2011, in Ogden, Utah. Marc and Megan are living in North Salt Lake. Marc is working for Liberty Mountain as an assistant buyer, and Megan is the social media specialist for Mountain America Credit Union.
Chris Wharton (’06) opened a solo law practice in the summer of 2012. Chris Wharton Law
hikes, and builds mountain bike trails in Moab, Utah. She is starting her third year as managing editor of Leaven, a small magazine for volunteers with La Leche League International. Not one to hide her Westminster light under a bushel basket for too long, Kathy also edits the “Trail Happenings” column for Moab Happenings and is on the board of Moab Poets & Writers. She recently presented “The Beats: Their Poetry and Their Times” at MP&W’s monthly Poetry and Conversation Night.
CLASS NOTES Marie Martin (’08) completed a master of public administration degree at California State University, San Bernardino, in June 2012. She’s now working on a PhD in Higher Education Administration and Policy at University of California, Riverside.
Tyson Smith (’08) and Adrienne Shaw (’10) married on September 1, 2012. Westminster Dean of Students, Mark Ferne, performed the ceremony at Red Butte Garden, which was followed by a fun reception full of Westminster alumni. Read more about Tyson and Adrienne in the Love Stories feature on page 49.
Lily Barnet (’09) is living in Houston, where she works as an account development representative. On November 10, 2012 she married Cameron Pritchett.
Baylee Wilkins (MBA ’10) accepted a position as an audit associate with Grant Thornton LLP.
Will Attwood-Charles (’11) Brian Hin (’09) changed careers and is working in corporate sales development at the new Workday ofﬁce in Salt Lake City.
Ben Rackham (’09) was accepted into the PhD program in astronomy with full funding at the University of Arizona, his top choice program.
Megan Carney Zurkan (MPC ’09) gave birth to her second child, Myla, on December 28, 2012. Myla weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 18.5 inches long.
was accepted into the PhD in sociology program at Boston College.
Jessica Hawks (’11) is working on a joint master of social work and public health at the University of Utah. She expects to earn her degree in May 2014.
Meghan Nestle (’10) is in her ﬁrst year of the PhD in English literature program at Arizona State University.
Tracy Hansford (’11) is working in the education department for the Utah Symphony–Utah Opera.
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The Future’s so Bright, They’ve Gotta Wear Shades! Launching tomorrow’s leaders is simple. Including this sentence in your will helps future graduates achieve their potential: 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.
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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor granted to alumni. The recipients are nominated and selected by their peers for the contributions and impact they make in their communities. This year Westminster College will honor Julie Balk (’83), Solomon Awan (’07, MBA ’12), and Kim T. Adamson (’79). Please join us for the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on April 24, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Tanner Atrium of the Jewett Center for Performing Arts. TICKETS $40 per person, available at westminstercollege. edu
KIM T. ADAMSON (BS, Behavioral Science ’79) Kim Adamson has always committed her time to serving her community and nation. Prior to graduating from Westminster, she enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1974. Then in 1975, she entered law enforcement, working for various police agencies across the Salt Lake Valley. In 1997, she was appointed to the bench at the Salt Lake County as a Justice Court judge and now holds senior justice court judge status. Kim’s military career took her from Private to Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer 5, and her service included four combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. As a Platoon Commander during three of those tours, Kim led a team of Marines in the sobering mission of retrieving our fallen heroes. This year, Kim will retire from the US. Marine Corps Reserves. At Westminster College, Kim actively supports alumni, even providing the ﬁnal funding for the Kim T. Adamson Alumni House. Kim serves on the Westminster College Board of Trustees and previously served on the Westminster Alumni Board.
SOLOMON AWAN (BS, Business ’07, MBA ’12) When Solomon Awan ﬂed his home country of Sudan in 1987 at the age of eight, he never imagined that his journey would lead him to Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2007, Solomon graduated from Westminster with a BS in business with an emphasis in ﬁnance, and in 2012, Solomon received his MBA from Westminster. Solomon believes education could open doors and would allow him to help people of his native country. Throughout the years, he has been dedicated to helping children in his native country by donating school supplies. While at Westminster he coordinated fundraisers to get others involved in his mission. Solomon is currently the managing director for South Sudan Education for Change, an organization committed to building a primary school in South Sudan.
JULIE BALK (BS, Nursing ’83) As a certiﬁed nurse practitioner, Julie has worked in variety of clinical settings. She served as President of Utah Nurse Practitioners and received the Excellence in Practice Award for the State of Utah by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Julie is an active volunteer for local health fairs and has traveled to the Amazon jungle and the Solomon Islands on medical missions. She has been active in the public school system and served as a PTSA president on two occasions. In 2007, Julie returned to Westminster to teach. She is currently an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Julie also has clinical practice that provides onsite healthcare and wellness coaching to CHG, a healthcare stafﬁng agency. Julie earned a Master of Science and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah.
Reunion and Inauguration Brunch Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the Sugar House community came together for the inauguration of Westminster President, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich. Brunch on the commons was a highlight of the weekend festivities.
Above, back row: Jim Carter (’72), Laurel Shepard (’75), Chad Dorton (’00, MBATM ’09), Tyson Smith (’08). Middle Row: Megan Carney Zurkan (MPC ’09), Angie Schneider (’99), Adrienne Shaw Smith (’10) Anthony Englert (’09), Dan Smith (’10, PMBA ’12)Front Row: Michelle Barber Lyhnakis (MPC ’06), Nadeya Al-Jabri (’03, MBA’05) Lesley Manley (’06), Annalisa Holcombe (’92).
Michele Beckstrand (’06), Elvie Nelson (’79, MM ’84), and Robin Streeter (’74, MEd ’79) catch up at Reunion and Inauguration Brunch.
Bill Stone (’89) got a lesson in the ﬂight simulation lab from a Westminster aviation student during the Westminster Campus Showcase, which was held during Innaugration weekend.
William Jones (’79), Carol Jones, Garrett Jones (’01) and John Evans hit the links with Griff at the Westminster Golf Tournament.
Westminster Golf Tournament The Westminster Golf Tournament is a great excuse to get out on the green and support student scholarships. Mark your calendar for this year’s tournament, sponsored by Eureka Casino, Friday, June 7, 2013. Details at westminstercollege.edu/alumni.
Sean View (MBA ’11) shows off his Westminster spirit in purple and gold golf shorts.
Wood Moyle (MBA ’06) poses with Griff at the annual Westminster Golf Tournament.
This is what reunion weekend is all about— reconnecting with old friends.
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest is back! This year marked the return of Oktoberfest on the Westminster campus. Faculty, staff, trustees, and alumni enjoyed German food and music by the Disgusting Brothers. FAR LEFT: Newly inaugurated Westminster President and axe-man, Dr. Brian Levin-Stakenvich, right, joined Curt Crowther on stage with the Disgusting Brothers. LEFT: Zeke Dumke IV (’03) rocked authentic lederhosen.
Westminster Scholarship Gala Laurel Shepard (’75), Bryan Biehler, Stephanie Tobey (’98, MBA ’00), Nadeya Al-Jabri (’03, MBA ’05), Tyson Olcott (’13), Angie Schneider (’99), Anthony Englert (’09) at the Alumni Board Table at the Westminster Scholarship Gala held in September.
ALUMNI EVENTS Reunion Returns to Fall and A Good Time Was Had By All. Timed to coincide with the inauguration of Westminster’s 17th president, Brian Levin-Stankevich, Westminster Weekend returned to its traditional roots last fall. The reunion was interlaced with the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration and drew an unprecedented number of Grifﬁns and Parsons back to campus. The reunion events were punctuated with the revival of another alumni tradition: Oktoberfest!
BJ Van Roosendaal (’69) embraces with John McNaughton (’68) at the 60s Reunion Lunch.
Students, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered on the steps of Converse Hall before embarking on the “Westminster Legends Tour” during Reunion Weekend.
Trisha Teig, Jessica McKelvie (’09), Chad Dorton (’00, MBATM ’09), and Jason Farley (MBATM ’08) catch up at the All-Alumni REUNION Reception.
Gil Cordova (’62), Brent Bonny (’65), Jerry Johansen (’58), and Chris Segura (’64) at the 60s Reunion Lunch.
Inauguration festivities kicked off with the ﬁrst-ever presidential bike tour. Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich (in yellow) led a group of students and faculty on a bike tour of Sugar House and then up Emigration Canyon.
ALUMNI EVENTS Family Fun! Alumni, faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring their little ones to Westminster Kids Club Events. The Associated Students of Westminster College host kids club parties from August through April.
Sometimes, ﬂower babies are the best centerpieces.
Westminster Kids’ Club Chair, Clara Jane Hallar, poses with Griff and some of the kids at the Reunion Weekend Kids Club Party.
This cute kids clubber shows off her excellent cookie decorating skills at the February Kids Club party.
Happy holidays! Santa stopped at Westminster to take pictures with families at the Winter Kids Club Party.
Shaw-Smith Wedding Even though it wasn’t an alumni event, Adrienne Shaw (’10) and Tyson Smith’s (’08) wedding in September 2012 was a great reunion for the Westminster alumni, deans, and staff who joined them to celebrate their beautiful day.
ROW 1: CJ Arsenault (’07), Ray Bradford (’07), Adrienne Shaw (’10), Tyson Smith (’08), Alyson Vander Steen (’10), Ginny Beth Joiner (former Director of Student Life). ROW 2: Troy Holcombe (’14), Annalisa Holcombe (’92, Alumni Director) Karnell Black (Asst. Director of Student Involvement and Leadership), Jevan Sadler (’05), Brody Leven (’10), Dharav Shah (’07) Amy Burns
(’09), Aimee Frost (Asst. Director of Residence Life), Cassi Norman (’09), Brianna Bosworth. ROW 3: Brianna Walcott (’06), Chris Wharton (’06), Tisha Teig, (Director of Student Involvement and Leadership) Tyson’s Grandpa (not an alumnus, he just wanted to see why the big crowd gathered), Ben Haverkost (’07, MBA ’10), Ali Monjar (’10), Bryan Craven
(’10), Andrew Shaw (Adrienne’s dad), Robert Shaw (Dean of Education), Jennifer Mitchell (’06), Mark Ferne (Dean of Students), Chase Johnson (’10), Sam Johnston (’08), Stephanie Jones (’10), Kelsey Kasperick Hardy (’10), Lauren Kadziel (’07), Brad Kidmen, Nik Mijic (’12), Stefan van Duyvenjijk (’10).
Ways to Give Scholarship support has helped Hannah Losser pursue a degree in biology while focusing on her true passion: volunteering. You, too, can help deserving Westminster students follow their dreams by creating a scholarship. Here’s how:
Annual scholarship Scholarships can be created to support every kind of student, including those interested in a particular ﬁeld of study, future profession, community service, or athletics. You can name an annual scholarship for a little as $1,000 per year, payable over four years.
Endowed scholarship Whether you want to honor a loved one or a favorite professor, we will work with you to create a scholarship that will help deserving Westminster students in perpetuity. Your gift of $25,000, payable over ﬁve years, will forever provide scholarships for Westminster students.
Giving through your will The Converse Society, Wesminster’s planned giving society, honors those who have committed a gift to the college through their will or trust. You can create a scholarship through your estate, making Westminster a stronger institution and preserving the college’s culture of caring for future generations.
Corporate giving Creating a scholarship for Westminster students makes good business sense. Investing in scholarships strengthens your relationship with emerging talent, providing you with top interns and future employees.
To speak to someone about how you can make a difference in the life of a Westminster student by creating a scholarship, please contact the Ofﬁce of Advancement at 801.832.2730 or toll-free at 866.832.2730. You can also give online at westminstercollege.edu/giving.
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