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Westminster Expands at Home and Abroad Summer 2010

P R E S I D E N T ’ S


Internationalization and Student Learning Westminster is committed to helping students learn the details of their discipline in ways that help them develop broader skills and concepts. We call those broader skills and concepts, “college-wide learning goals,” and we believe that every course, every professor, and every situation can contribute to the process of making students aware of them and able to employ them.

In addition to news about alumni, faculty members, athletic teams, and other assorted developments at the college, there are a number of longer stories in this edition of the Review: s 9OUWILLFINDASTORYTHATDESCRIBES our new initiatives in Sugar House that would allow us to expand beyond our current campus while helping Sugar House increase its vitality and attractiveness. The effort is designed not only to deal with the space limitations of our core campus. It allows us to take advantage of the opportunities for student learning that exist in our community and to help Sugar House in its desire to take on the look and feel of a college town. s 4HEREAREEXAMPLESOFTHEWAYOUR combination of academic training and hands-on experience have helped Westminster graduates succeed as entrepreneurs. s 4HEREISALSOATOUCHINGTRIBUTE to Professor Susan Gunter who retired this year. While she deserves all the accolades she has received, I also know that her devotion to our students and their learning is typical of the work that our faculty does. Those specific articles combine with a series of pieces that discuss our international initiatives to illustrate Westminster’s ongoing efforts to shift our emphasis from teaching to learning.

Let me give you an example. Given the ubiquity of global communication and the emergence of an international economy, one of our college-wide learning goals is focused on what we call developing a global consciousness. We offer classes that explore different social systems and help students become aware of the need to adapt to specific cultural norms in order to communicate effectively. But we go well beyond that. We know students can learn a lot more if they interact with different cultures. So we promote partnerships with other universities that allow our students to study abroad and directly experience a different culture. Those who can’t go abroad can learn from interacting with a student body on campus that includes an increasing number of students from other countries and cultures. We have made, and kept, a commitment to have at least 20% of our freshman class come from other countries and from underrepresented groups in our own country. And we then promote interaction between all students through programs like Learning Communities, the Language Living Room, and a Multicultural Club. Beyond that, the courses they take, the professors they work with, the Student Development staff they interact with, and a host of other resources are there to give students support, encouragement, and a safe place to explore their own feelings about experiences and people and customs which may be new to them.

By the end of the process, all of our students should have developed a global consciousness and a respect for diverse people and perspectives. Does that pay off in some way? As I remind myself before many meetings, there isn’t much I can learn by spending time with people who agree with me; but I can learn a great deal and understand an issue more completely if I listen to and argue with people who have different views. That is what internationalization is designed to do. And when combined with an urban campus, hands-on entrepreneurship, and teachers who care, I honestly think the experience Westminster offers creates a unique environment for learning and produces graduates who can succeed in a rapidly changing world with ever-evolving expectations. Internationalization and Westminster’s Mission Some people are surprised to see a small college in Utah focus so much energy and effort internationalization. But we realize that every element of our campus environment contributes to student learning. In that sense, our commitment to internationalization and diversity is more than a response to some ethical or ideological mandate—it is an element of a good education and an essential element of a Westminster education. Let me close then, as I often do, by reiterating that at Westminster our primary purpose is to prepare students to lead lives of learning, accomplishment, and service. To that end, as they achieve our college-wide learning goals, every Westminster student graduates with the skills and abilities that are critical to success:

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Contributors Michelle Barber Lyhnakis (MPC ’06) Michael Bassis Robin Boon Pamela Clem Jennifer Cooper Susan Cottler Joshua Fisher Annalisa Holcombe (’92) Joanna Pham (’13) Bob Seltzer +AYE3TACKPOLE Tofi Ta’afua (’01, MBA ’03) Dana Tumpowsky

Internationalizing Westminster:

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Editors Robin Boon Pamela Clem Helen Hodgson Laura Murphy Virginia Rainey Bob Seltzer


Roger Jones, Poolhouse Design


Getting to the Finnish Line

If Not Now, When?

Pikku Arkku/Little Ark Photography Mare Fackrell (AN+IM Michael Schoenfeld Dana Tumpowsky Mason West



From the Balkans to the Wasatch

10 Study Abroad:



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James R. Clark, Vice Chair Curt P. Crowther E. R. “Zeke� Dumke III Thomas A. Ellison "ING,&ANG

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Journeys From Cuba, Jordan, and Kenya


My Dear Susan


Helping Entrepreneurs Make the Grade

Growing into an 23 Urban Campus 26

Alumni News Class Notes In Memoriam


Faculty News


Athletic News


Campus News


Converse Society

Cover: Kimberly Cheney (’11) and Chantelle Bateman (’12) working abroad





Journeys From Cuba, Jordan, and Kenya Delvis Fernandez Levy He had no idea what to expect when he boarded the 'REYHOUNDBUSIN+EY7ESTAFTERASHORTBOATRIDE from Cuba. He only knew that he was going far from home. It was 1956, and 16-year-old Delvis Fernandez Levy didn’t speak English. By the time he arrived in Salt Lake City, his luggage had been lost, and he was sick from eating the only food he knew how to order: pancakes. In the four years it took Delvis to complete his bachelor’s degree, the Cuban Revolution would change his home, and his Westminster experience would change his life. Delvis’ journey to Westminster began in Santa Clara, Cuba. In the 1950s, most Cuban schools were closed or severely lacking. Out of 600 students who had taken final high school exams, Delvis was one of only 11 who passed. He knew he needed to leave to find the kind of education he craved, so he combed through encyclopedias to find a faraway place. Utah, with its deserts and mountains, seemed the perfect distance. His family raffled off their camera to raise the $70 needed for his boat ticket and bus fare. That was just about all the money he had. At first, the differences between his new home and the one he had left behind hit him hard. “I remember getting off at a bus stop in Wyoming and experiencing cold weather for the first time in my life. My wardrobe consisted only of the short-sleeved shirts my mother had made for me,” he recalls. “Later, when I saw the Wasatch Mountains for the first time, I became very sad because they were so different from the island landscape I had left behind. They reminded me how far from home I was.”

Above: Left to Right: Karen Thursby, Ruth Ann LaFrenz, Clarice Gunn, Dr. Myra Yancy, Alice Gunn, Ralph Gunn, Norrine (Gunn) Fernandez Levy, Delvis Fernandez Levy (’61), Jim Smith (’62) Henry Hecker, John Russell, Frank Zeidan, George I0eromninon. Children: Annette and Steven Simmons Left: The map’s dots illustrate our 2010 graduates’ home countries, the 2010 study-abroad countries, and the home countries of the alumni featured in the stories that follow.

Frank Zeidan

The bright spot in Delvis’ long journey was the kind and welcoming reception he received when he arrived at Westminster College. “I had nothing and knew no one,� he says. “Leonard and Pauline Fields, the Foster Hall dorm parents, stepped in and gave me warm clothes, a coat, boots, and everything I needed. Most especially, they were interested in my happiness and success. I no longer felt alone.�

In 1959, Frank Zeidan left his home, parents, and siblings to embark on a long journey from Jordan to Salt Lake City. His family in Jordan had dreamed of a life in the United States. While they awaited approval to immigrate, his parents selected Westminster as the college they wanted Frank to attend. He arrived alone, but as Delvis had been before him, Frank was warmly welcomed by the faculty and students at Westminster. Delvis was hand-selected to be his roommate so Frank could learn the ropes from someone who had made a similar transition. Already uent in Arabic, French, and English, Frank thrived in his classes and took full advantage of every learning opportunity available to him.

In rapid succession, Delvis mastered English, made many friends, and fell in love with Westminster freshman Norrine Gunn, daughter of Westminster CFO Frank Gunn. “I felt no animosity because I was different—only a common desire to share and learn from each other. The learning opportunities were abundant and didn’t occur just in the classroom: there were discussions in the dorms and over dinner at professors’ homes. Because of this small-community atmosphere, the best of humanity came through. The secondary differences didn’t seem to matter as much as the human similarities,� he recounts. After graduating with a degree in math in 1961, Delvis married Norrine and raised two sons. He went on to earn his PhD in math from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a math professor for many years, and he also served as an advisor for students from underrepresented groups. “Throughout my teaching career, I worked to provide the same care and support for students I had received at Westminster,� he says. “It is important and makes a difference, especially for students who are on their own or struggling in any way.�

After two years, Frank’s family was granted permission to immigrate to San Francisco. Frank then transferred to UC Berkeley to join them and later went on to medical school. He married Glenda, raised two children, and became an emergency medical doctor. Today, he is considered a pioneer for establishing hospital emergency room services as we know them. “Westminster was my introduction to the United States and provided a very safe and comfortable environment to grow and thrive,� he says. “It was a good beginning. I remember my friends and professors with great fondness in my heart.�

Even though Delvis created a fulďŹ lling life in the United States, he still longed for Cuba. In 1979, he returned for the ďŹ rst time in over 20 years and reunited with his 27-year-old sister, who was only four years old when he left. Food was scarce, and life was hard for his Cuban family. “I was like many immigrants who have images of home frozen in time in their minds. But the Cuba I knew was no longer there,â€? he sadly recalls. And relations between Cuba and the United States made the divide even starker in ways very personal to Delvis.

Joe Matolo Another alumnus who journeyed far from home to achieve an education is Joe Matolo, who was born ANDRAISEDIN+ENYA$URing his time at Westminster in the 1970s, he struggled not only with English, but with deciding among all of the educational opportunities available to him. Never before had he been able to pick the course of study on which he wished to embark. He also worked every evening at Holy Cross Hospital to help defray the cost of his education.

In 1993, his sister suffered a heart attack. In the two weeks it took him to obtain the necessary permission to visit her in Cuba, she passed away. It was then he decided to lobby for improved relations between his two homes. “I am appreciative of the opportunities I have had in the United States and for the many people along the way who have given their best to me,� he says. “In turn, I want to give my best to promote understanding and opportunities for peace between my two homes.�

“Because of the language barrier, I had to work twice as hard as the average student, but it was a very nurturing environment,â€? Joe recalls. “The classes were small and I got one-on-one help if I needed it, which I did quite often. Dr. Bob Warnock in particular was patient and helpful—I stopped by his ofďŹ ce frequently.â€? 4



Joe graduated in 1972 with a degree in biology and went on to the University of Southern California to pursue advanced degrees, also in biology. He recently retired after working nearly 35 years for the University of California at Davis hospital system. He remains in contact with the friends he made while at Westminster.

Westminster students are venturing out into the world: s 4HE#HAMBER3INGERSHAVETOUREDFOURCOUNTRIES since 2005: Spain, France, China, and Ireland.

Joe shares the sentiments of his predecessors. “I had friends and supportive professors at Westminster who made me feel welcome and at home. While I was different in some ways from other students, I was alike in my desire to learn and achieve my degree.�

s STUDENTSVISITEDSIXCOUNTRIESASPARTOF-AY Term Experience Trips in 2010 (Ireland, United +INGDOM 3PAIN )NDIA 4HAILAND AND0ERU  s STUDENTSEXPERIENCED.ATIVE!MERICANCULTURE with trips to Hopi and Navajo reservations during May Term 2010.

International Outreach Continues

s STUDENTSPARTICIPATEDINSTUDY ABROADPROGRAMS during the 2009–2010 academic year, studying in 23 different countries.

Westminster’s proud tradition of educating students from all over the world continues today. In fact, it is stronger than ever, with 31 countries represented by Westminster students. “One of Westminster’s college-wide learning goals is for all students to be globally conscious, socially responsible, and ethically aware. Closely related to this is our core value that all members of the Westminster community have respect for diverse people and perspectives,� says Cid Seidelman, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “To achieve these goals, it is critical that we learn from and with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints,�

The college is partnering with students and institutions around the world: s 7ESTMINSTERHASCURRENTPARTNERSHIPAGREEMENTS with three international universities: Donghua University and Nankai University in China; Universidad Piura in Lima, Peru, and the Payap University McCormick School of Nursing in Thailand. s #HINESESTUDENTSAREENROLLEDIN7ESTMINSTERgS Global MBA at the Glorious School of Business and Management at Donghua University. s SCHOOLSIN7AI )NDIA WILLHAVEACCESSTOBOOKS thanks to the Wai and Westminster Library and Literacy Project.

Westminster devotes resources not only to attract students from other countries, but to assist with their needs once they are here. “Westminster’s small class sizes and personal attention from faculty make it difďŹ cult for any student to get lost in the shufe. When English is not a student’s ďŹ rst language, and the student is new to the United States, his or her needs might be a little different from those of a US-born student. We work to identify and address speciďŹ c needs of our international students on as much of an individual basis as possible,â€? says Associate Provost for Diversity and Global Learning, Bridget Newell. “The Diversity and International Center recognizes the strengths, interests, and needs of our international students and strives to help them transition to Westminster and the US, and to ensure that their college experience is positive and meaningful. We want all students to be comfortable and happy and to beneďŹ t from Westminster’s unique environment for learning.â€?

s ADDITIONALPARTNERSHIPSAREINDEVELOPMENT with Bond University and Flinders University in Australia and with the International Management Institute in Delhi, India.

The world is also coming to Westminster: s COUNTRIESAREREPRESENTEDBY7ESTMINSTERstudents. s 4HENUMBEROFINTERNATIONALSTUDENTSWHOAPPLIED for admission for fall 2010 vs. fall 2009 has increased 88%, which leads us to believe that we will have more than the 80 international students who were enrolled last year. s UNDERGRADUATE#HINESEEXCHANGESTUDENTSFROM Nankai University have attended Westminster since 2007, and 19 MBA exchange students have attended Westminster from Donghua since 2008.

by Jennifer Cooper

Latest Developments


This summer President Bassis and Provost Cid Seidelman traveled to Argentina and Peru to follow up on and formalize relationships that had been DEVELOPEDBY!RIC+RAUSE $EANOFTHE$IVISION of New Learning, and David Stokes, Director of International Program Development. During their trip they signed preliminary agreements with three institutions: Universidad Argentina de la Empresa and Universidad CatĂłlica Argentina, both in Buenos Aires, and Universidad de Piura in Lima. As these agreements develop, they will promote student exchanges and, in general, expand learning opportunities for all of our students.

From the Balkans to the Wasatch

The Keusseff Family in 1916. Front row: Helen, Theodore Manoff Keusseff, Demitrius, Mary Lamont Keusseff, Stephen, Wilson. Second row: Ruth, Theodore, and John. Photo courtesy of Wilson Keuseff.

as a Presbyterian pastor in Panguitch for 11 years, then as a Sabbath School Missionary. He retired in 1937. The +EUSSEFFSHADSEVENCHILDRENˆlVEOFWHOMGRADUATED from Westminster.

When Westminster College was known as Sheldon Jackson College—from 1897 to 1902—only one student graduated. That sole graduate was not a Utah-born student, as one might expect, but rather one from 'RADETZ "ULGARIA4HEODORE-ANOFF+EUSSEFF"ORNIN 1866, when Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire, +EUSSEFFHADJOINEDTHEARMYASAYOUNGMANTOlGHTTHE Ottoman Turks.

"ULGARIAHASCHANGEDSUBSTANTIALLYSINCE+EUSSEFF immigrated. It had emerged as a kingdom in 1878 when it liberated itself from the Ottoman Empire, was enveloped in the Iron Curtain following World War II, and ďŹ nally embarked on a democratic path when Communist regimes in Europe started falling in 1989. In 2004, Bulgaria became a member of NATO, and in 2007, a member of the European Union.

$ISENCHANTEDWITHTHEFUTILITYOFCIVILSTRIFE +EUSSEFF IMMIGRATEDTOTHE5NITED3TATES ARRIVINGIN.EW9ORKIN the 1890s. He worked his way across the country to San Francisco, where he was attracted to a Methodist revival and resolved to devote his life to Christian service. Heading to Chicago to attend the Moody Bible Institute, +EUSSEFFRANOUTOFFUNDSIN3ALT,AKE#ITY(EWASTAKEN in by Reverend McNiece, pastor of First Presbyterian Church and an early college trustee, who helped make it POSSIBLEFOR+EUSSEFFTOlNISHHISEDUCATION

Since 2006, Bulgaria has again been represented on the Westminster campus, ďŹ rst by Milko Markov (’10) and then by Blagovest Amov (’11). Citing the rigid Bulgarian educational system, with its preset curriculum, professors trained during the Communist era, lack of exibility, and lack of creativity, as the reasons they didn’t want to pursue their studies there, both left their native Bulgaria to experience American-style academia. And both decided to study in the West. Blago had also heard from his brother, who was studying in France, about a far different style of education.

+EUSSEFFWORKEDHISWAYTHROUGH3HELDON*ACKSON College with money earned from construction jobs and lectures he gave, dressed in Bulgarian national attire, on conditions in Bulgaria. While in school, he met and married Mary Lamont, a native of Scotland, whose family had immigrated to Utah. From Salt Lake City, +EUSSEFFATTENDED7ESTERN0RESBYTERIAN 4HEOLOGICAL Seminary in Pittsburgh, eventually settling back in Utah

Milko, who is from the town of Haskovo, started looking for colleges in the West. “I was researching colleges on 6

Now roommates, these two proud Griffins speak English fluently, yet stick to their native Bulgarian when relaxing at home. They love Utah, but miss the gourmet specialties of their homeland, including white cheese, banitza (a traditional cheese filo pastry), and baklava. While a trip to Bulgaria may not be very convenient, these enterprising young men have found a place closer to home where they can delight in these much-missed delicacies: a Bulgarian restaurant just six hours away in Las Vegas. That type of road trip is new to them. Milko recalls how he found big cars and trucks a shock when he first arrived in the Unite States and how surprised he was that walking places was not the norm. Now, he has “adopted the habit of driving,” and both have enjoyed traveling through the United States during their free time. Both appreciate the education they have received at Westminster. They single out the small classes, approachable faculty, and opportunities to be mentored by experts in their fields as major reasons they like studying at the college. Blago also enjoys Westminster’s location close to Utah’s “gorgeous” mountains, where he snowboards whenever he can. “Westminster is a calm sea,” he says, “with all of the advantages a big city can offer.”

Theodore Manoff Keuseff was the sole graduate of Sheldon Jackson College in 1901. Photo courtesy of Wilson Keuseff.

!NDSO YEARSAFTER4HEODORE-ANOFF+EUSSEFF delivered the graduation oration at Sheldon Jackson College, Milko celebrated his graduation in May. Westminster looks forward to a continued Bulgarian presence on campus, at least until Blago graduates next year.

the Internet and found Westminster. I was impressed with its business program, so I applied and was accepted.” As an international business major, Milko initially planned to study management, but later decided to focus on entrepreneurship and small companies. He now works closely with the Institute for New Enterprise in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. Having graduated, he plans to take a year off before pursuing his MBA (but where, he hasn’t decided yet).

Information about Theodore Keusseff was taken from an article in the 1996 issue of the Review written by Westminster historian Dr. R. Douglas Brackenridge.

by Dana Tumpowsky and Pamela Clem

Blago’s first venture into foreign education was as an exchange student at a high school in Vermont, where this native of Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria) learned to enjoy the mountains and snowboarding while living with a host family that was seriously into winter sports. “I was looking for colleges and saw an ad for Winter at Westminster [our study-abroad alternative for snow enthusiasts],” he says. “That got me interested in Utah’s mountains and the school.” As Blago investigated Westminster, he found an admissions counselor who connected him with Milko, allowing the two Bulgarian natives to email and exchange information before Blago enrolled. An international business and economics major, Blago still has a year to decide what he’ll do when he graduates. Whether he goes on to graduate school or embarks on a business career, he already has an impressive internship under his belt: he interned with the Council of Ministers in Bulgaria in May 2009, where he assessed the impact of European Union regulations before implementing them in the country. “The plan is for Blago to be the next Bulgarian Minister of Economics,” jokes Milko. Milko Markov(’10) and Blagovest Amov(’11)


Getting to the Finnish Line

Nova Lindahl, Elizabeth Peterson, Peter Lindahl, and Vera Lindahl

years without being in financial debt to anyone. I am very grateful for that.

The following is an interview that Dana Tumpowsky, director of alumni and parent relations, held via email with alumna Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, who is working in Finland as a linguistics professor.

Tell me about your Westminster experience—favorite memories, favorite professors, etc. Coming back to Utah left me feeling a bit confused, but I felt I really found my niche at Westminster. Those were the perfect, quintessential, enlightening, “coming-ofage” years.

Tell me about what you do now. My title is yliopiston lehtori, which means university lecturer, although it doesn’t translate all that well into the US academic lexicon. The US equivalent, more or less, is associate professor. I am in the Department of Modern Languages/English at the University of Helsinki. I teach sociolinguistics, pragmatics, English linguistics— that type of thing.

I also remember feeling a bit confused during those first couple of weeks at Westminster about how I was supposed to behave. At Delta High School I had kind of adopted this rebel-girl attitude, but I quickly discovered that wouldn’t be necessary at Westminster, because these people thought like I did, and not only that—they were a lot smarter than I was! The first time I had this realization was in a course called “Western Civilization” (or something like that), taught by Susan Cottler and Michael Popich. I remember very clearly when Dr. Cottler was talking about the Bible as mythopoesis. Wow—mythopoesis! People in Delta didn’t talk like that! I was lucky to make some very good friends among my professors. Their openness and kindness were extraordinary. Good friends have been Elree Harris, Fred Fogo, Trudy McMurrin (the dearly departed), and David Baddley. Some of the classes that stick out in my mind were Georgiana Donavin’s Chaucer class (she was so rigorous and so smart), any class with Susan Cottler (although my favorite, of course, was the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which was not the giveaway class it might sound like), and Michael Popich’s philosophy course.

When you were a student, I remember you telling me that you fell in love with Finland during a high school trip you took through Rotary International. )CANTBELIEVEYOUREMEMBERTHAT9ES )WASASMALL town girl from Delta, Utah, and I was still a small-town girl after being an exchange student in a small town in Finland. But being exposed to a different culture and different people had a profound effect on me: it expanded my universe—pretty much the reason behind doing the whole exchange-student thing. I had to go back to Delta to finish my final year of high school, and I remember that was quite difficult because I had developed an independence in Finland that didn’t map very well onto the teenage life in Delta. I consider myself very fortunate to have been accepted at Westminster, and to have benefitted from the generosity of family trusts and other gifts (the Bradshaw Faculty scholarship, the Trustee scholarship, and the Eccles scholarship). I find it amazing that I was able to attend Westminster for four


I very quickly got into a community at the Forum, and that was pretty much my lair for the next four years. First, I was a staff reporter, then copy editor, and I was editor for two years. My first year at Westminster was also Fred Fogo’s first year there, so you can imagine how much fun that was. Honestly, the Forum at that time was like a little microcosm. We had all of these people who would just hang around in the office because it was fun; there was always something going on. We had a blast. We were very open creatively, and we were quite sassy, but it seems like we were encouraged to have that freedom, which I appreciated. Even the president at the time, Charles Dick, made it a habit to write to us every once in a while saying how much he enjoyed our shenanigans. I don’t know if you remember, but we got loads of letters to the editor, most of them concerning the rather off-color pieces written by [the late] Trevor Mavin (’93).

Tell me about your personal life—your husband and your daughter, Vera Valentina…. I met my husband through a mutual friend while I was living in Washington DC. We tried the long-distance thing for a little under a year, but I am not the most patient person in the world, so it was kind of like, “Oh, Finland? I can do that!” So I applied for a university post here in Finland and got it (my first post was in a university town called Joensuu). We were married in Edinburgh, Scotland, in April 2007. Our daughter, Vera Valentina, was born on Halloween in 2008. She is named after my own beloved grandmother, so luckily the name Vera works in all three languages that we use at home (Finnish, Swedish, and English). Here is something that fascinates me as a linguist: my grandmother was from a family of Danish immigrants, and so, of course, she spoke Danish. My husband, who is originally from Sweden, speaks a southern variety of Swedish (from the region called Skåne), which is very much like Danish. So, my daughter, Vera, is learning to speak a language that her great-grandmother Vera also spoke. And my grandmother and Peter’s grandmother could have spoken to each other in the same language, more or less. I just think that’s kind of cool—like a fullcircle effect.

After you graduated from Westminster, what led you back to Finland? I maintained connections to Finland over the years, mostly through the people I had lived with as an exchange student. To be honest, that was pretty much that, until I had an “aha!” moment in a class that was taught by Elree Harris and Michael Popich. I think the class was called “Introduction to Linguistics” or maybe “English Linguistics”—something like that. Anyway, I remember that Dr. Popich was showing us a family-tree diagram of the Indo-European languages. He asked us if anyone could think of a language spoken in Europe that wasn’t on the diagram. I thought for a moment, then said, “Wait a minute, Finnish is not on here. And I know something about Finnish.” I mean, of course I knew from my experience as an exchange student that Finnish was not an Indo-European language, that it was special and so on, but this was the first time I thought of it from an academic perspective. Of course you never realize the impact of these moments at the time they occur, but I now see this moment as a turning point. My interest in linguistics, or the scientific study of language, was firmly planted, and I would go on to write a dissertation on pragmatic features of Finnish. When I was accepted into graduate school at Indiana University Bloomington, Elree Harris advised me, “Now you should try to get a Fulbright,” and that’s what I did. It was a Fulbright that led me back to Finland the first time to gather data for my dissertation; I went back on a second grant, this time from the Finnish government.

What differences do you see with the university system and the culture of Finland vs. your own experience here and in grad school? No doubt the biggest difference is that students here don’t pay tuition. Everything is funded by the state; I am actually a civil servant here, as all universities are run by the national government through the Ministry of Education. To get into the university, students have to perform very well first on standardized tests that are distributed by the state, and then they have to pass another test to get into a specific university department. They get some small kind of allowance from the government each month for the time they are actively enrolled students. Perhaps the biggest cultural difference is the behavior of students in Finnish classrooms. When I taught undergraduate classes at Indiana University, the students were very talkative. Here in Finland, they kind of just sit there. Well, not all of them, but many of them do. Let’s just say that I don’t have the closeness with my students that my professors at Westminster had with us.

The craziest part of the story comes next. I had gone back to the United States and was working in Washington DC, at the Center for Applied Linguistics, finishing up the final stages of my dissertation. It was there, in DC, that I met a Finnish man and fell in love, and shortly after—lo and behold—I was back in Finland again. That was six years ago. Now I have a tenured position at the University of Helsinki, a Finnish husband, and a Finnish (and American—dual citizenship!) daughter. Who knows why, but this country seems to have a firm hold on me.

How has living in Finland changed you? I think I now have more tolerance for silence, as silence is not something that makes Finns uncomfortable, and they don’t feel a need to fill up conversational space with small talk. I still consider myself quite a typically social American, but sometimes I am happy to just sit back and observe and listen. I think Finland has taught me that.

by Dana Tumpowsky


Study Abroad: If Not Now, When?

Joanna Pham (’13) looks into her study-abroad possibilities.

through the safari of priorities) might just move beyond my recurring, yet relevant daydreams.

It’s a rather romantic concept, this idea of packing little necessities and a book of Bukowski into a warm suitcase and just disappearing for a few weeks, maybe even a few months. Images of standing in front of a grafďŹ ti-splashed bus stop waiting for the next one, or picking an arbitrary destination when purchasing a plane ticket often swallow me. The best part is that I know I am not the only one with these fantasies of such careless expeditions. When asking fellow students what they really want to be doing at the moment, my ears perk up every time I hear the word travel. Unfortunately, in a hectic environment of abstract economies; busy professors; intense studies; unread literature; vibrating nights ďŹ lled with coffee, papers, ďŹ nals, more coffee, and maybe even a job or two, the word feels slightly distant and unresponsive. Luckily, as a Westminster student, the idea of travel (even

May Term at Westminster offers not only an array of neat classes, but many opportunities to study abroad in countries such as Thailand, India, Ireland, Peru, and Spain. Just imagine: Westminster’s unique environment for learning—but in another environment. It’s quite tempting actually, this idea that, as a Westminster student, I can receive that same quality college education INANOTHERCOUNTRY+NOWINGTHAT)CANTPOSSIBLYBETHE only one who fantasizes about eating food, listening to music, touching fabrics, and speaking words beyond what I already know in a place I already know, I can’t help but think why not?


4HIS-AY (AN+IM ASSISTANTDIRECTOROFTHE-ASTEROF Public Health program, took a small number of students on a service-learning trip to Thailand. “Now’s the time to do it,” explains Han. “This is the right time to travel.” Han also points out that finding time to travel may be difficult now, but there’s a huge possibility that it will only be more difficult upon graduating and possibly growing up. After hearing these words, I pictured myself behind an office desk wearing a suit, burning my tongue while sipping steaming hot coffee. He was right. There is a slight chance that I may graduate from college and work a career or two or three and never have time to see different places. Why risk that somewhat despairing thought? Why not take the opportunity of being a gogetter college student and use the art of travel to my educational advantage? When will there be a better time to taste strange spices and fruits, hear more languages and dialects, or meet people who will possibly see me and find me strange, new, and appealing? It’s apparent why traveling is so significant to me, but why should any other student take the time to study abroad? According to Deyanira Ariza-Velasco, assistant professor of Spanish, there is a difference between touring and traveling. Traveling students will not only be able to have new experiences within the country they visit, but they will be able to immerse themselves in almost every aspect of that culture. It’s more than studying the language; it’s speaking the language. It’s more than seeing those sights; it’s embracing them with all the senses. It’s more than meeting new people; it’s being part of the population for that time period. These May Term trips prove to be not only a physical achievement (walking and backpacking for miles and miles), but an emotional one as well. Both Han and Deyanira have witnessed the experiences students encounter. They are able to see and appreciate things firsthand. Beyond service and volunteer work, they are able to have a change in mindset. For the most part, their perspectives change and sail away from what they already know and are comfortable with. “If the students are not uncomfortable at some point in time, I’m not doing my job,” states Han. He urges students to reach beyond their comfort zones. They become more aware that way. It’s another form of emotional growth that they are going to remember for the rest of their lives, even if that life does consist of wearing a suit and sitting behind a desk. They become knowledgeable and spread the word, which in the end could be the goal of it all: spreading the word. Han also explains that within travel is a connection between humans on many different levels, whether it be anthropologic, biologic, or spiritual. Not only do the students get to know the others they travel with a little better, they get to know the people they are helping. This is what makes the difference between traveling and being a tourist.

“Pilgrim: Santiago de Compos,” a May Term class in Galicia, Spain

to do, too many jobs to work, and, yes, traveling might be financially ambitious at the moment, but none of those things carry the same weight of worth. What’s taking some time off of work, or pulling out some more student loans, going to do? It’s not only beneficial to us as students, but as human beings just experiencing what’s actually out there. With that in mind, students can bring their new experiences back home and, again, spread the word. We’re good at that here at Westminster. So it’s set: I’m going to Brazil. Joanna Pham (’13) just finished her freshman year at Westminster majoring in English with a creative writing emphasis. Along with English she speaks Vietnamese, Laotian, and a bit of Thai, and has an ear for Cambodian. She plans to add French and Spanish to that list. Language encompasses her from every direction, and she utilizes it whenever possible, whether it is to speak poetry, create relationships, or remember dreams from the past night. Hopefully, her vivid daydreams of sailing oceans and fantasies of hot-air-balloon traveling will take her somewhere as a writer.

By the end of these interviews I became ardent, and somewhat anxious. In a romantic way, I was ready to climb mountains, wade in rice paddies, rummage rice fields, and get muddy. Sure, I have too much homework

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My Dear


29 May 2010

Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song, and I’ll try not to sing out of key.

Do you remember challenging me to teach an entire semester of American history through a medley of popular songs? I never forgot it, and I never did it. But on the special occasion of your retirement from Westminster, I am taking the dare.

Portrait of a Lady: The Adventures of Susan Gunter

It was twenty [one] years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. They’ve been going in and out of style, but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you, the act you’ve known for all these years…

Left: Susan Gunter

Back in the USSR: in Sofia, Bulgaria—an experience that fulfilled all her teaching and scholarly dreams. The students, who had nothing, loved to study (even as they had no books, paper, or anything else). Her colleagues were cordial, intellectual, and engaged and engaging. The hospitable Bulgarians (who have nothing) gave the Gunters all they had as they travelled around the country.

9OUDONTKNOWHOWLUCKYYOUARE ;ALMOST=BACKIN the USSR. When she returned, she continued to champion her students there: collecting money, books, anything that would support their desire to learn. Coming back to Westminster, There, beneath the blue

suburban skies then, would prove to be challenging. She almost screamed

Gimme shelter. Mad bull lost its way. Professor Susan Gunter, BA, MA, PhD (American literature). Susan arrived at Westminster in 1989 with her geologist husband, Bill, and two of their three sons, both of whom grew up to be giants. While feeding them whatever it was that made them so big, she started teaching here. It was not her first teaching job, however. She taught at-risk children in Cleveland and college students at the University of South Carolina. Westminster provided different opportunities for her, and she seized upon them with passion and relish, as she does all her interests. Susan worked every day to inspire students to understand literature—and to love it as well. And they loved her for it. Her success as a professor was the natural result of her brilliance, dedication, and professional demeanor.

To wit: Her homecoming coincided with Westminster’s transition from a teaching institution to a “community of learners.” The pedagogical paradigm shift occasionally intellectually mystified Professor Gunter. She had always thought of her students as learners and her role as leading them to knowledge. They weren’t her equal— few are—but she had been helping them learn for years without the “new” learning center, strategic initiatives, online evaluations, shifting LE requirements, learning communities, diversity councils, recruitment and retention strategies, and the alphabet soup of the NSSE, IRB, LE, and TLRC.

Like a rolling stone Like a rolling stone Like the FBI

I can show you, I can show you. Rain, I don’t mind. Shine, Then, the world looks fine. Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines, it’s just a state of mind?

And the CIA And the BBC

The intangibles of her triumph as a professor are mysterious—that is, she is mysterious in a compelling way. It is not just what she brings to the classroom, but more so what she leaves out—to allow students to investigate/ discover for themselves. She has steadfastly retained the intrigue historically associated with a college education.

""+ING And Doris Day, Matt Busby. Dig it, dig it, dig it, Dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it.

Something in the way she… The teaching did not just sustain her for 21 years; it inspired her intellectually. A world-renowned Henry James scholar, she published three works: Dearly Beloved Friends: Henry James’s Letters to Younger Men, Dear Munificent Friends: Henry James’s Letters to Four Women, and her most recent and celebrated Alice in Jamesland: The Story of Alice Howe Gibbens James. Her work took her to many conferences around the United States and Europe, and culminated in a Fulbright teaching award almost

Even with these developments, her decision to retire did not come easily. She still loves teaching, literature, and some of her colleagues. She derives great laughter from purple elephants, clickers, online evaluations that no one fills out, phenomenally boring faculty meetings (which she knits through), and officious official reports. And her big fat salary was always a bonus. With all of her other interests beckoning her, however, she


has decided to move on—primarily to continue writing.

support she gave her friends and colleagues. For us, then, it’s

It’s a steady job, but she wants to be a paperback writer, paperback writer.

Hey la, hey-la lo-ah, hello hello goodbye And for her

In addition to her scholarly works, she has published poetry and is currently feverishly editing her novel: The Juke Joint: The Life and Times of Mrs. Ann James. And there will be more scholarship. In August, she will open the William James Centennial at Harvard, where she will share the podium with Gore Vidal, Cornel West, and Harvard president Drew Faust, to name a few in High Society!

it’s oh-bla-di Oh-bla-dah Ob-la-di, ob-la-dah, life goes on bra Lala how the life goes on. Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right?

And there will be more Gunterisms: golf, knitting, wine, friends, and family. In fact, she has never met an activity she does not like: aqua aerobics, snowshoeing, biking, and bowling. She parties. A great wit, she is also deeply admired for her ability to laugh and talk simultaneously. Now, there will be time for all that and more: more books, operas, Beatles songs, plays, ďŹ lms, to devour.

Truly, and with love,

You know, time for life: Susan Gunter’s life. But we, the faculty, will miss Dr. Susan Gunter; for us, her greatest contributions were the unconditional love, leadership, and

Susan C is Susan Cottler, professor of history, and Susan Gunter's friend and partner-in-crime.

Susan Gunter and Susan Cottler

Quoted lyrics are attributed to the following songs and artists in the order illustrated:

“Penny Lane� by John Lennon and Paul McCartney h'IMME3HELTERvBY-ICK*AGGERAND+EITH2ICHARDS

“With A Little Help From My Friends� by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“Dig It� by George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr


“Paperback Writer� by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“Rain� by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“Hello, Goodbye� by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“Something� by George Harrison

“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da� by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“Back In The USSR� by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“Revolution� by John Lennon and Paul McCartney 15

Above: Westminster students developed business plans for two new, totally different companines: Red Moose Coffee Company and Techniscan, Inc.


Helping Entrepreneurs

Make the Grade MBA 628E Marketing New Ventures, a class led by Linda Muir in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, addresses the unique issues and challenges entrepreneurs face when bringing new products and businesses to market. Students study the marketing strategies and methods used by start-up, early-stage, and small-business enterprises, comparing conventional marketing with entrepreneurial marketing through use of the case method.

For a recent class, student teams jumped in and did some real-world marketing. They studied two very different companies: one a medical technology company with a revolutionary new way to image breasts, and the other, a new coffee house. Their mission? To develop a brandstrategy playbook for each company. Teams were assigned to make presentations to each company and to their classmates, with one team per company being declared the winner.

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more digniďŹ ed test. However, even more important was the accuracy of images. “The real selling point is that it is a great device and the accuracy is amazing,â€? says Tim Lawlor, one of the MBA students on the winning team. And “everything is networked; copies are sent around.â€?

While many of the teams were made up of entrepreneurs who had themselves started businesses, all of the teams had the additional advantage of working with an experienced brand consultant to help them through the process: Bill Cutting from TWIO Brand, an adjunct professor in graduate-level strategy classes at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. He met with the teams throughout the process, helping them deďŹ ne the service their clients required and providing them with design and public relations expertise. Cutting counseled each team to listen carefully to the client and to determine their business strategy. Then, they had to understand what the client was asking them to do and reconcile that with what really needed to be done.

Students understood the potential that shared images promised. WBU is designed so that images can be uploaded anonymously into a medical data base and shared with researchers and oncologists to analyze. “By getting one of these scans, women are providing valuable information that may be shared to better detect the types of cancer,� says Lawlor. The team also conducted an informal survey of 66 women to determine interest in donating the results of their scans to a database that would be used by researchers. An overwhelming 90 percent of the women said that they would donate scans in order to advance breast cancer research.

TechniScan Medical Systems When Gore Business School MBA students ďŹ rst visited Salt Lake-based TechniScan, Inc., to look into a brand strategy for its new automated warm-bath ultrasound breast imaging system, they were told that every 15 minutes, a woman dies of breast cancer in the United States. TechniScan researchers are hoping that their new technology will soon be in use to more accurately distinguish breast cancer and pinpoint the exact location of the lesion.

So, what did their brand-strategy playbook include? 4HETEAMSPLANWASTOLAUNCH7"5INTHE.EW9ORK tri-state area with a goal of installing the device in 6–10 high-volume clinics. To do that, they knew that they had to be able to demonstrate the device to potential users. The team suggested converting a large RV into a mobile demonstration clinic and wrapping the RV in graphics of the TechniScan logo and a WBU scan. Inside the RV, doctors on their way to work or on their breaks would be able to see the revolutionary device in action.

The company’s Warm Bath Ultrasound (WBU), currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States and abroad and pending FDA approval, is designed to provide physicians with a non-invasive, three-dimensional imaging tool that will aid them in breast imaging and may more accurately distinguish normal from abnormal breast tissue. This is a radical improvement upon the traditional hand-held ultrasound, which provides only a two-dimensional image. Neither form of ultrasound is designed to replace a mammogram, but rather to supplement it. Mammograms often do not reveal breast lesions in dense breast tissue. The challenge is akin to trying to see a snowball in a snowstorm. In those cases, ultrasounds are generally the next step.

The team recommended that TechniScan also join with other organizations in the ďŹ ght against breast cancer, INCLUDING3USAN'+OMENFORTHE#UREANDTHE!VON Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. They also suggested using social media to have someone from TechniScan answer questions and add a “faceâ€? to the TechniScan website. When the winning team made its presentation to TechniScan and their fellow students, they had pink balloons attached to the chairs in the Gore Auditorium. They also gave away pink ribbons. At the end of their presentation, they popped the pink balloons.

A great advantage to TechniScan’s technology is that it captures images using a more comfortable method than does traditional ultrasound. While both methods are radiation free, with WBU, a woman lies face down on what resembles a massage table. The table has an opening cut out so that her breasts can be placed into a warmwater bath with the imaging machine surrounding it. The water is used as a coupling medium through which the ultrasound waves pass.

Tracy Harden, director of marketing and communications at TechniScan, was impressed with the depth of the team’s research, their strategy, and the fact that they produced it all in just a seven-week time frame. “I will certainly be drawing off both proposals for ideas in the future—both for marketing and public relations strategies,� she says.

Perhaps the greatest advantage is that WBU is automated, is repeatable, and provides high-resolution 3-D images, yet it does not require a skilled ultrasound technologist. Traditional ultrasound, on the other hand, does involve a skilled technologist, but because humans are involved, no two traditional ultrasound tests are exactly the same. Once the winning team understood the product and its advantages, they quickly picked up on marketing points. First, the comfort factor was something they knew would resonate with women. Some also believed that it was a

Harden was particularly impressed with the survey that the winning team did. “Having something so tangible and relevant—donating your scan to researchers—has so much more meaning to women who want to help ďŹ ght breast cancer,â€? she says. “We didn’t know it would resonate as much with women as the Westminster study demonstrated.â€?


Red Moose Coffee Company

YOUTHDIRECTOR0ARTNERANDGIRLFRIEND 4HERESA+ELLY also found a full-time job with Real in community relations for its players.

The teams working with Salt Lake’s Red Moose Coffee Company had a totally different task. They helped OWNERS2OB+ARASAND4HERESA+ELLYDEVELOPALAUNCH strategy and ďŹ ne-tune the vision for their new coffee shop.

+ARASDREAMWASTORECREATEACOFFEEHOUSEREMINISCENT of those he had experienced in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he had worked as a soccer coach. Patrons would be able not only to get great coffee, but also to eat reasonably priced homemade food in a mountain-resort environment.

!NATIVE5TAHN +ARASHADTRAVELEDAROUNDTHECOUNTRY as a professional soccer player and soccer coach. He returned to Salt Lake City two years ago to work for Real Salt Lake, the city’s professional soccer team, as its

Westminster’s Three MBA Programs —Applied Learning to Fit Your Needs Maximum Flexibility

Technology Focus

According to recent studies, online and hybrid programs are growing in popularity. Responding to this emerging trend, Westminster has created a new Project-based MBA that combines a mix of online resources with limited oncampus workshops and seminars. It focuses on applied business projects through which students demonstrate not only what they know, but what they can do with what they know. Students complete ďŹ ve project sequences over 18–24 months and must demonstrate mastery of THESKILLSNEEDEDTOLEADTODAYgSDYNAMIClRMS/FFERING maximum exibility through a combination of online learning and face-to-face faculty interaction, the program employs real-world projects to enhance students’ existing knowledge and experience. The online learning format lets students control when and how they learn, while two-day sessions prior to the start of each project sequence connect students with each other, faculty, and the Westminster community.

The MBATM is for the engineer, scientist, or technologist requiring additional education in management. Through technology-speciďŹ c and management classes, students achieve the traditional MBA skill set with added expertise in technology. The program prepares graduates for technology-intensive ďŹ rms in such areas as the following:

On-Campus Experience

All MBA programs ďŹ t the busy schedules of working professionals, with exible scheduling and opportunities to start in spring, summer, or fall. These programs develop both professional and personal skill sets, including leadership, critical thinking, and professional communications. To ensure that students are prepared for today’s global business world, each program includes a mandatory 10-day international trip.

s Understanding intellectual property law s Financing technology-intensive projects s Managing project/product development s Leveraging intellectual property s Marketing technology products s Managing the technology team.

The traditional MBA, designed for working professionals desiring an on-campus experience, prepares students for executive decision-making in dynamic business environments. Core courses are interdisciplinary: students learn, for example, how ďŹ nance and marketing interact with other functional parts of business to achieve overall ďŹ rm strategy. Coursework incorporates case studies, teamwork, and individual presentations integrated with professional lectures, networking, and mentoring. Specializations include accounting, business economics, entrepreneurship, ďŹ nance, ďŹ nancial planning, international business, and marketing.

To learn more about Westminster’s graduate business programs, contact Ashley Williams, assistant graduate admissions director, at 801.832.2200


For Red Moose, “we wanted a comfy, cozy atmosphere that makes you feel like you are relaxing in a mountain SKILODGE SAYS+ARASh4HEREISNOTHINGLIKEITINTHE eclectic Sugar House neighborhood.â€? When Westminster students came to them in fall 2009, 2ED-OOSEHADNOTYETOPENED+ARASAND+ELLYBOUGHT THEFORMER3CANDIA+AFFEE(OUSEON%ASTAND South and opened in December 2009. The team believed that Red Moose had one very important thing going for it: location. “They really struck gold when they got that building,â€? says Tim Andrus. Because it was the former location of 3CANDIA+AFFEE(OUSE !NDRUSSAYSTHATPEOPLEUPAND down the Wasatch Front would know how to ďŹ nd Red Moose. An added plus was off-street parking. When researching Red Moose and its concept, students felt that the most important thing for them to understand was the owners’ vision. The team needed to KNOWHOW+ARASAND+ELLYSAWTHEMSELVES WHATTHEIR vision moving forward was, and how they planned to execute their goal and vision, according to team member 2YAN+ENDRICK “I felt they were a little confused as to who they were,â€? Andrus says, recalling that they were trying to be too much to too many groups. “They wanted moms, students, and grungy skiers.â€? After doing an exhaustive demographic study of the area, the team suggested that they narrow their market segment. As part of their brand-strategy playbook, team members worked closely with Bill Cutting from TWIO Brand. They developed mission and vision statements, along with a launch strategy and a long-term strategy that allowed for exibility. They tweaked Red Moose’s color palette to showcase colors they believed more strongly represented the brand, recommended using recycled brown paper, and presented website designs. A social-media strategy using Facebook and Twitter was also targeted to get the word out about the business. 7HENTEAMMEMBERSLEARNEDTHAT+ARASPLANNEDON having the menu only on a large blackboard, they suggested using old fashioned “hangersâ€? with menus printed on them that could be given to customers and distributed around the neighborhood. They also recommended adding a tear-off card to the hanger that could be punched every time a cup of coffee was PURCHASED+ARASPICKEDUPONTHATIDEA

+ARASISAPPRECIATIVEOFTHEWORKTHE7ESTMINSTER-"! teams did. “They put in a good amount of time. I still go back and forth to look at things [they suggested].� For their part, the students on the winning team enjoyed working on the project. “We got real-world experience,� says Brett Jolley. “This gave me a real opportunity to see how a design and marketing company interacts with business.�

Described as “homey, inviting, friendly, deliciousâ€? by one of its patrons, the cafe was crowded on a recent Friday afternoon. All of its parking spaces were taken, and it was ďŹ lled with a cross-section of clients: a family, two executives, several students working on their laptops, and a variety of others. Red Moose has apparently succeeded in becoming an “inâ€? place to meet.


MBA 628E students marketing new ventures: Sara Vaculin, Heiti Sin, Tim Lawlor, Kevin Gosnell, and Rebecca Pearson.



Growing into an

Urban Campus

Westminster College has experienced a steady growth in student enrollment for the past 20 years and, with roughly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, has just recently reached a student population benchmark that even 10 years ago would have seemed unattainable. The national and international reputation of the college continues to grow, and we are attracting a greater number of students from across the United States and abroad. While we are thrilled with the growth in enrollment and our ever-widening reputation, we have struggled with the challenges of confinement on our 27-acre campus footprint.

Left: Aerial view showing the core compus in the upper left, pedestrian corridors heading toward 2100 South, and the planed Woodbury and Wilmington Gardens projects.

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A rendering of the proposed Woodbury project at 2100 South 1300 East

s !SURVEYOFSTUDENTS FACULTY ANDSTAFF AS well as neighbors and other Sugar House community members

To meet these challenges, we are planning for campus growth and development using an exciting “urban campus” model that will enable us to secure residential, academic, and institutional support facilities in locations within the vibrant Sugar House community. The long-term hope is for Sugar House to take on the look and feel of a “college town.” Implementing this approach will require us to find creative solutions to parking and transportation issues and to proceed in partnership with other entities. At the same time, we know that there are many opportunities to renovate or rebuild current facilities to satisfy a number of our space needs. To address all of these issues, we are now engaged in a Campus Master Planning process assisted by VCBO Architects and Sasaki Associates.

s #REATIONANDMAINTENANCEOFAWEBSITETO inform and to provide a venue for questions s )NFORMATIONSESSIONSANDOPENFORUMS Throughout the process, several overarching goals began to take shape. The goals that will guide our new master plan were approved and ratified by the steering committee in March 2010 and are as follows: s !LIGNWITHTHESTRATEGICPLAN s -AINTAINTHEQUALITYOFTHECAMPUS s -AINTAINCAMPUSINTIMACY

To begin, we established a steering committee for the master plan, comprising 16 people representing different campus and community stakeholders. The team has engaged in a rigorous process over the last year that has included the following:



Core-Campus Issues and Uses Among the many other issues involved, we are working to maintain much-needed flexible classroom space on campus. To that end, the classrooms in Malouf and Dick, which will be vacated as our science faculty move to their new home in the Meldrum Science Center this summer, will be remodeled in order to accommodate the need for flexible classroom space. Additional core-campus goals include the following:

s -EETINGSWITHREPRESENTATIVESOFEACHOFTHE college’s departments to understand their inner workings and assess their needs for future growth s -EETINGSWITHNEIGHBORS s 7ORKSHOPSANDMEETINGSONSPECIALTOPICS in a collaborative setting

s !DDINGTOTHEVISIONOF#ONVERSE(ALLASTHE iconic image of the college by ensuring that



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it becomes the physical welcome center to campus visitors. s #REATINGASPACEWEHAVENOTYETAGREED on a name, but have considered student clubhouse and student resource center) to centrally house student support functions such as the writing center, math tutoring lab, ePortfolio lab, career center, spiritual life office, diversity center, and student clubs, among others.

Early Expansion Progress We’re already making progress on our first forays into the extended-campus area. Here are updates on some current initiatives. GARFIELD SCHOOL: Westminster submitted a bid to purchase the building in July 2009. It was ultimately accepted as the winning bid by Salt Lake City in September 2009. While we have maintained communication with representatives of the city on this parcel, we have yet to close on the property and have not actually signed an agreement. We expect to close on the property this summer.

s #REATINGACENTRALIZEDSTUDENTSERVICESAREA to house such functions as the registrar, START center, financial aid, academic advising, cashier, and student account services to more effectively and efficiently serve the needs of our students. s #REATINGMOREUSABLEOUTDOORSPACESUCH as the new Campus Commons) to serve large events and gatherings and to meet the need for flexible learning and gathering spaces.

WOODBURY: Over the course of the past year we have worked closely with members of the Woodbury development team to create a plan for a mixed-use project located at approximately 2120 South 1300 East. In addition to design work, we also queried students via survey and focus groups, met regularly and often with students and residence-life staff, and benefited from the advice of experts. Westminster will not own this property, nor will we incur construction costs. Rather, our plan is to enter into a long-term lease to provide upper-class students housing as well as classroom space. We are planning for occupancy in July 2012.

s #REATINGANDIMPROVINGTHEGATEWAYS to campus to distinguish the core campus, serve as visual cues, and tailor these gateways to particular modes of entry (i.e., automobile, bicycle, pedestrian). s 7ORKINGWITHTHETRANSPORTATIONCOMMITtee and transportation experts to develop a multi-modal program to address the issue of parking on and near the core campus.

WILMINGTON GARDENS/RDA PROPERTY: After the initial success of our collaboration with the Woodbury group on the project described above, we were approached by them and a consortium of other entities to join in a project proposal for development of the RDA property located on Wilmington Avenue in Sugar House. We began work last winter, as part of a team, on a proposal to create a development that would benefit the entire community, incorporating student housing, as well as a mix of affordable housing and market-rate housing; classroom and/ or other programming space; retail space for national as well as locally owned businesses; restaurants; a community garden; parking; and a mass transit hub. Our bid was ultimately accepted as first choice. Now the project team will work closely with the RDA for the next nine months to devise the best plan available for development of the property.

The steering committee has clearly stated that, even with the urban-campus model, core-campus activities and programs will include first- and second-year courses and programs, student-life activities, student services, and core academic functions. All Westminster students will take most of their classes on the core campus. The planning process is drawing to a close, although several important items remain, including further work with city officials and the Utah Transit Authority, as well as discussions with neighbors and community members. The first draft of the full plan was completed in June 2010. We will now present it to the campus and community for feedback, with ultimate ratification by the Board of Trustees planned for November 2010.

Left: Artist's rendering of the portion of the new Parley's Trail that connects Sugar house Park and Hidden Hollow under 1300 East. Right: A view of the trail next to the proposed Woodbury project. The trail begins at the mouth of Parley's Canyon and will ultimately connect to the Jordan River Parkway. 25


Update from the Alumni Board Chair Who are Westminster College alumni? There are 17,000 of us around the world. We are nurses, business people, teachers, researchers, ministers, professors, entrepreneurs—you name it. Our Westminster experience differed depending on the decade, the leadership, and the faculty, as well as what buildings and programs were on campus. But what has never changed is what is really important: the high quality of our education, our respect for each other, and the caring relationships we built here. As the college continues to gain a national reputation for what we already know happens in this special place, I can honestly say there has never been a time for Westminster alumni to be more proud. We invite you to stay in touch with us: register with inCircle to network with your classmates. Fill out your alumni census to make sure we can keep you informed. Get involved with the life and students here by attending campus and athletic events. Give back your time and talents through mentoring, providing student internships, hiring Westminster graduates, and making your annual alumni gift. Get back through recognizing the increasing value of your degree, accessing national Westminster alumni discounts, using Westminster facilities, and enriching your life. Tell your friends: recommend Westminster to your children and others, get your Westminster friends together at Reunion Weekend, and spread the word that Westminster is better than ever! The Westminster experience does last a lifetime. Aren’t we fortunate?

Tofi L. Ta’afua (’01, MBA ’03)


Tomorrow’s Alumni….. Today, One Snack at a Time! Westminster’s latest student tradition actually has its roots in the Alumni Program. Dana Tumpowsky, director of alumni and parent relations, wanted to connect with students before they graduated and find a way to create awareness of the services and benefits of the Westminster Alumni Program long before commencement. “We all know that, at Westminster, the best way to attract a crowd is to offer free food,” she says with a grin. And so, “Snack of the Week,” a new tradition, was born. The first Snack of the Week took place in the temporary alumni offices in Carleson Hall in spring 2007 and drew just 15 or so tentative freshmen. “At first, students en route to their dorm rooms were hesitant to come by,” recalls Michelle Barber Lyhnakis, MPC (’06), assistant director of alumni and parent relations. “They wanted to know what they had to do to get a strawberry dipped in chocolate or cookies and milk. All we wanted was to know their names, their majors and hometowns, and the quality of their experience at Westminster.” Today, Snack of the Week hosts between 250 and 300 undergraduate students each week, with student groups and local businesses vying for the opportunity to sponsor the gathering! The event is held on Thursday afternoons during the fall and SPRINGSEMESTERS USUALLYATTHE+IM T. Adamson House. “We serve snacks inside the alumni house if it’s cold or stormy, or outside on the north patio if the weather’s great, or even on the south lawn,” says Tumpowsky.

Each week an alumni theme provides information about the services and benefits of the Westminster Alumni Program, including access to campus facilities, alumni-sponsored programs such as Take a Griffin to Lunch, Alumni Mentoring, and more. “We are strengthening our Alumni Program by beginning the student outreach now,” says Tumpowsky. Studies show that involved students better understand how they can increase the value of their Westminster degrees and gain the benefits that come with being Westminster graduates. Snack of the Week has become more than a tasty tradition. A student alumni organization actually grew out of the weekly event. Called the A-Team: Student-Alumni Relations Committee, this high-profile, high-energy student organization serves as the official host for alumni-related student events, which include not only Snack of the Week, but also guitar hero nights, graduation fair (measuring for caps and gowns), coordination of the student speaker at commencement, selection and promotion of the class gift, and participation in Alumni Board and Reunion Weekend activities. Because involvement with the A-Team is a high-profile student leadership opportunity, it’s not surprising that the class agents for the past two years have come from the A-Team ranks: Stacey Thompson (’09) and Bryan Craven (’10). So whether a student has come to roast a hot dog, assemble s’mores, frost a gingerbread cookie, cool off with a purple snow cone, or grab a piece of pie a la mode, that student is also beginning to understand that the Westminster experience lasts a lifetime, thanks to the Alumni Program.

Alumni Board Chair, 2008–10

Members of the A-Team get ready to welcome students for Thursday afternoon’s Snack of the Week on the steps of the Kim T. Adamson Alumni House. Left to right: Bryan Craven (’10), A-Team President 2008–10, Ben Clark (’10), Devin Lane (’12), Amelia Prebish (’13). 26



Tap into the Hidden Job Market with your Westminster Alumni Career Network

Let’s Do Lunch “That one hour made my time at Westminster worth it,” says Ari Papanikolas (’09). Ari was one of 50 students who participated in the Alumni program’s first-ever Take a Griffin to Lunch event. The program partners, for a one-time meeting, current students with an alumnus or alumna working in a career or at a company the student is interested in. “I thought the program was great,” notes Brian Cheney, a 2006 graduate of Westminster’s MBA program. “I was able to meet with the student at a time that was convenient, and I felt my involvement was meaningful.”

Students interested in participating in Take a Griffin to Lunch filled out applications in February. When they returned from Spring Break in March, they had to attend a short information session held by the Alumni Office and Career Resource Center. “It’s important for students to know how to make the most of this opportunity,” says Jan Lyons, career counselor at Westminster. “We wanted them to be prepared with questions to ask and realistic expectations of the program. Most students don’t understand the power of networking and think it is awkward asking for a job. We wanted students to know the number-one rule is not to ask for a job. This program is about seeking information.”


3.6% Internet

Metcalfe’s law states that the value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system. Perhaps wc²? So stay in touch

17.5% Other

For alumni who are seeking a job, whether new graduates or those making a career change, the Alumni Program now offers alumni business cards. These cards will be printed with the college logo, your name and degree, major, and contact information. For only $5, you can order 30 cards online—just email your name and contact information to

3.9% Recruiters

Alumni can connect to each other online through the Westminster Alumni Group on LinkedIn (

In addition to web-based opportunities, the Alumni Program hosts an annual networking reception. Cocktails and Connections was held March 26, 2010, at the Salt Lake Country Club. This year, 100 Westminster alumni, faculty, and staff came to reconnect with old friends and make new contacts.

and increase the value of your Westminster Alumni Career Network.

23.8% Created Positions

A Westminster degree connects you to 17,000 people who share the same Westminster experience and outcomesbased education as you. The Westminster Alumni Program is working to strengthen the ties of the alumni network. “In response to the alumni survey, we developed the Alumni Career Network,” says Dana Tumpowsky, director of alumni and parent relations. “The network is based on providing opportunities to connect with each alumnus for career information and resources.”

“The Alumni Program works with the Westminster Career Resource Center to host discussions and distribute employment opportunities,” says Tumpowsky.

75% Networking

It is estimated that up to 75 percent of all job seekers land their positions through networking. That means employers fill positions with people they know or with people who are referred to them by colleagues. Finding a position this way is via the “hidden job market.” It does not advertise on the Internet or in the Sunday classified ads, so how do you tap into this hidden job market? Through networking!

The outcomes of Take a Griffin to Lunch were very positive and, for at least one student, did yield a professional experience. That student recalls, “I asked a lot of questions and learned a lot. And at the end of the meeting, my lunch mentor offered me an internship. I didn’t even have to ask.” “I was blown away with the response from students,” says Michelle Barber Lyhnakis, assistant director of alumni and parent relations, who administered the program. “We were considering 20 student-alumni pairs a success, and it turned out to be many more than that. We will definitely continue this program next year.” If you are interested in participating in Take a Griffin to Lunch in spring 2011, contact Michelle at 801.832.2755 or at




Reunion Weekend 2010 —a Blast, with a Twist of Science

Class Notes 1950s Ken Funk (’58) retired from his job as

 AND$ICKVAN+LAVEREN  Also, a host of golfers had a great time playing in the Alumni Golf Tournament, while others hiked Lamb’s Canyon with Professor Emeritus Ty Harrison. Many then enjoyed Tavern Night and the Alumni-Faculty Reunion-Class Brunch on the new Commons.

Scores of Westminster alumni and their families enjoyed Reunion Weekend 2010, which brought together reunion classes 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2005, as well as all science graduates.

A special feature of the weekend’s festivities was the ribbon cutting for the Dr. Barry Quinn Classroom in the Meldrum Science Center. Attendees were then treated to a special sneak preview of the new facility. The official grand opening celebration for the new building will take place Friday, September 10, 2010.

Activities included the presentation of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards to James Anderson (’74), Pat Iversen

For more about Reunion Weekend 2010, including pictures, please visit www.

a special education technologist for the San Juan Unified Schools in Carmichael, California, in June 2006. He taught there for 36 years. He also taught at the Utah School for the Blind from 1958 through 1966. He then moved to Reno, Nevada, where he taught the visually impaired until he left to complete a master’s program from 1969 through 1970 at what was then San Francisco State College. Lynne, his wife of 44 years, passed away from pancreatic cancer on March 12, 2005. +EN&UNKHASBEENADOCENTATTHE California State Railroad Museum for three years. He is also station master and museum host. The museum has one of the best collections of rolling stock and engines of the continental railroad era.

Ken Funk


Retired and current science and nursing faculty, with science and nursing alumni and current students at the Reunion Brunch on the Commons. First row: Lottie Felkner, Professor Emerita of Nursing; Michelle Swift (’80); Dr. Crystal Wallentine (’01); Dr. Camille Collett (’77); Alice Hemingway (’70); Dr. Barry Quinn, Professor Emeritus of Biology; Mollie Hess (’69); Dr. Kim Kutsch (’76); Collette AndersonMoore (’88); Margee Ruff (’74); Mamta Chaudhari (’11); Dr. Jim Hough (’79) Second row: Dr. Patrick Iversen (’76); Dr. Jeremy Wallentine (’01); Enid Vaag Wood (’77); Dr. Rick Wood (’77); Mike Hogben (’64); Dr. Christopher Cline, Physics; Dr. Tricia Shepherd (hidden), Chemistry; Mark Ruff (’74); Heather Cozad (’07); Cindy Spangler (’07); Chris Roundy (’11) partially hidden; Randy Ferguson (’11), partially hidden Third row: Christine Chytraus (’77); Rebecca Raybould (’77); Dr. Rick Campbell (’76); Dr. Ty Harrison, Professor Emeritus of Biology; Dr. Gothard Grey, former professor; Dr. Peter Conwell, Physics; Keith Nay (’90)


Dick Paff (’67) is attempting to set the world’s speed record for driving around the United States and making a basketball hoop in all 48 contiguous states. He began his adventure April 13, 2010. He will wear his Westminster basketball shirt in several of the states along the way, with his Utah hoop taking place in St. George.

1970s Jane (Brooks) Mayhew (’74) is divorced and lives in Renton, Washington. She currently volunteers at two gift shops in Valley Medical Center, as she has for the last four years. She is also active in her local church, Fairwood United Community Church, and is FORMERPRESIDENTOFTHE+ENT2ENTON Newcomer Group. She enjoys the spring season and gardening and has recently read Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom.

A L U M N I After graduating from Westminster with a BA in music education, Gary Giorgis (’76) earned an MA in curriculum and education from Michigan State University. He began his extensive overseas career in 1986, living and working on the US Naval base at Subic Bay, Philippines. From 1991 to 2001, he worked in Germany, teaching dependents of US soldiers. Then in 2002, he moved to Misawa, Japan, where he works on a US Air Force base teaching dependent children of US airmen and women. After a 28-year career teaching music, Gary has changed fields and is now an educational technologist. He is looking forward to retiring in St. George in the next few years and attending reunions in the future.

Brett Sullivan (’76) and his wife



Audrey Rowland Graham (’78, ’79) spent eight years as a visitor protection ranger at Joshua Tree, Mesa Verde, Canyonlands, and Arches national parks. She currently works with the Southeastern Utah District Health Department in early intervention (infant to three-year-old children with developmental delays) in Moab, Utah. In addition, she is in her sixth year as an elected official on the Grand County Council and is the current chair. She and her husband, Tim, have one daughter at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and one who is loving life at Westminster College.

1980s Donna Miller (’84) and Don Rudy (MBA ’95) reconnected last summer

had been living in Boston for 12 years, until he had an opportunity to work for +APLAN5NIVERSITYASEXECUTIVEDIRECTOR of admissions in their Chicago office. After a year in Chicago, they moved to Florida in November 2008. While they loved their year in Chicago, they love Florida, too! Brett is executive director IN+APLANS&T,AUDERDALEOFFICE AND they have purchased a home in Boca Raton. As you can imagine, he and his wife love winters in south Florida! Their children are both college graduates: Dan graduated from the University of Tampa in 2005, and he is now a writer for the St. Petersburg Times. Shannon graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2009 and is pursuing her career as a photographer.

at the Westminster Alumni Reunion. They began training together for the Bermuda Triangle Challenge: three races in three days, the third race being a full marathon. Don was sidelined due to an injury but went to Bermuda to support Donna in her races. She completed all three races, the last one marking her 17th marathon. They continue to travel and train together for future races.

John “Jackie� Robertson (’78)

Mark W. DeYoung (MBA ’86) has

RECEIVEDTHE$R-ARTIN,UTHER+ING*R Award for his work with former Mayor Deedee Corradini’s late-night basketball program aimed to mentor at-risk youth. John is employed at Rocky Mountain Power in Salt Lake City, where he is a labor relations consultant. In that capacity, he negotiates management policies with the company’s 3,000 unionized employees.

been selected to lead Minneapolis-based !LLIANT4ECHSYSTEMS!4+ (EISNOW president and chief executive officer of the aerospace and defense company, which has more than 18,000 employees around the world, including more than 3,000 in northern Utah. He has also been elected to the company’s board of directors. Mark started out 25 years ago at Hercules Aerospace, which was ACQUIREDBY!4+IN&OURYEARS LATER HEWASNAMEDPRESIDENTOF!4+S Salt Lake City Ammunition and soon assumed leadership of the company’s commercial ammunition business.

Donna Miller and Don Rudy in Bermuda


Scott Bradley (’87) is running for the US Senate as a member of the Constitution Party. Bradley has a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, a Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham 9OUNG5NIVERSITY ANDA0H$IN constitutional law from George Wythe University. Bradley hosts a weekly talkradio show focused on the Constitution. He is also author of a book and DVD/CD lecture series titled To Preserve the Nation.

1990s Beverly Christy (MPC ’95) retired in June after working 20 years at Westminster College. Most recently, Bev served as the director of the Career Resorce Center.

Michael Scott (’98) has been teaching in the justice studies program at Westminster on a temporary basis for the past two years. He was voted h0ROFESSOROFTHE9EARvBYSTUDENTS this year. Mike was quoted as saying, “It was one of the most touching and moving things that has ever happened to me.� After attending Westminster, Mike earned his juris doctorate at Emory University in Atlanta, worked in the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and was the City Prosecutor for South Salt Lake City. Mike was drawn to teaching and is planning to attend Arizona State to get his PhD in justice studies. When asked what it was like to come back to his alma mater to teach, he said, “I had so many inspirational Westminster professors; it was a privilege to come back and work to inspire students just as my professors had done for me.� Melinda A. Carpenter (’99) has three children: Megan, 19; Shelby, 17; and Jesse, 9. She has put her Westminster degree to work and is teaching KINDERGARTENAT+EARNS 3AINT!NN Catholic School in Salt Lake City. She spends her days teaching 30 students and having fun with them. In her spare time, she loves to work in the yard and read.


N E W S life, Russell Anderson, who recently left the Army.

Save the Date!

Krystle Cook (’05) was married to Blaine Jonathan Bassett on May 22, 2010.

Mark your calendars now for next year’s Reunion Weekend:

June 23–25, 2011 We’ll be celebrating the golden anniversary for the Class of 1961,

Melinda Carpenter with her husband, David, and their children, Megan, Shelby, and Jesse

2000s Reagan Tolboe (’00) is the director of alumni at Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School in Salt Lake City.

Krystal Cook (’05) with husband, Blaine.

Amber Dunn Da Silva (’02) and her

Tim Jensen (’05) is moving to

as well as reunions for the classes of 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, and 2006, with a special outreach to alumni involved in Westminster’s rich theatre programs. The weekend will also include the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Alumni Golf Tournament, and more!

Hall of Fame! As announced at last year’s Reunion 7EEKEND THECOLLEGEgS$EPARTMENT of Athletics is establishing a Hall of Fame that will honor athletes, coaches, and programs. We are finalizing nomination criteria, the review process, and annual-event details.

Stay tuned for more information! If you have any questions or comments, please contact alumnirelations@

husband, Renato, welcomed their second child, Danilo Elias, on December 5, 2009. Born seven weeks early, Danilo weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and spent two weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. Fortunately, he is very healthy and is growing quickly. Amber is now an associate veterinarian at a small animal clinic in Salt Lake.

Kelli (Coppens) Mucci (’03) and Anthony Mucci are expecting their second child, a boy, in mid-July 2010. They have a daughter, Eliza Mae, who will turn four this August. Eliza is very excited to become a big sister and meet her baby brother! The family resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Sarah Eccleston (’04) has relocated three times, not counting deployment to Iraq. She is an Active Duty Captain in the Army Nurse Corps. Upon graduation, she attended a nine-week Officer Basic Training Course in San Antonio, Texas. From there, she moved to Fort Hood, Texas, and worked in a busy medical-surgical unit for one-anda-half years. She then moved to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in San Antonio, where she attended a three-month critical care nursing course and then worked in the surgical-trauma ICU for three-and-a-half years. While working in the ICU, Sarah deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, for seven months with the 10th Combat Support Hospital. She recently moved to Fort Dix, New Jersey, where she will mentor and counsel army nurses currently in ROTC programs throughout the entire Northeast. She married the love of her 30

Monterey, California, to attend Naval Postgraduate School. Tim was deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Haiti after the devastating earthquake. Tim was married in 2008 to former Westminster student Traci Millward.

Louis Hurst (’06) has taken a position as GIS Analyst for the Washington State Patrol in Olympia, Washington. Matt Sherry (’06) and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of two-year-old Sofia. They live in Holladay, Utah, and spend most of their free time on bike rides with Sofia. After running two half marathons, Matt is training for his first marathon this fall. Matt is also the CEO of FlexoOne, a commercial printing company specializing in pressuresensitive (adhesive-backed) printing. The company was started a few months after he graduated (December 2006) and was a spin-off of a similar printing company. FlexoOne continues to grow, adding more staff and equipment.

Matt Sherry (’06); daughter, Sofia; and wife, Jessica




Danielle Oviatt (MPC ’06) has

Lynette Sieger (’08) is entering

worked as a rating veterans service representative (RVSR) for the Veterans Benefits Administration for a little over two years.

.EW9ORK5NIVERSITYS'ALLATIN3CHOOL of Individualized Study for an MA in Global Justice and Ethics this fall. Her studies will be concentrated in the areas of philosophy and economics. She owes a special thanks to her mentors Dr. Popich and Dr. Newell for all their support! She has been awarded A2ICHARD+OPPENAAL3CHOLARSHIPFOR the two years of her MA program. Also, she has been invited as a contributing author for 10 chapters of Springer’s forthcoming Encyclopedia of Global Justice.

Cassandra Best (’07) is currently finishing up her first year of law school at the University of Wisconsin and will spend her summer working in the criminal-based clinic there, providing legal assistance to institutionalized persons. Trevor Lang (’07) is currently studying at the University of Montana School of Law. He married Liz (Baldwin) Lang (’07) on June 18, 2009.

Greg Larsen (’07) is currently working as an Air Support Control Officer and Company Commander for Marine Air Support Squadron 1 in Cherry Point, North Carolina. He returned from a seven-month deployment to Iraq last August and was part of the last Marine units to operate in that country. His unit was responsible for the command and control of all aircraft to operate in the Al Anbar Province and all the airspace from the surface to 14,000 feet, as well as for coordinating all close air support and CASEVAC [casualty evacuation] requests within that battle space. On a personal note, Greg and his wife have four children ranging from 18 months to 10 years. He lives a great life in North Carolina, and although most of his family lives in Utah, he is able to see them about two to three times a year. He is currently working on his MBA with American Military University.

Making a Difference Including Westminster in your planning is simple.

Lynette Seiger

2010s Vasili Lyhnakis (MBA ’10) was recently promoted to director of leasing for the western United States for Phillips Edison Company. He manages a portfolio of 33 shopping centers in the western area.

In Memoriam Thomas Ashworth Billings (’38)

Jennifer Coons (’08) became certified as a registered microbiologist in consumer-product quality-assurance microbiology. Ms. Coons is a lab analyst I at Nelson Laboratories, Inc.

I give to Westminster College, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit in Salt Lake City, Utah, ________% of my estate (or the sum of $________ or property

passed away February 25, 2010.

described herein) to be used

John McDonald Brown ('50) passed

for its general purposes.

away on June 9, 2010, in Pahrump, Nevada.

Ryan L. Odenwalder (’04) passed

Greg Larsen (’07)

This sentence in your will can make a big difference for future students at the college:

away April 9, 2010. Ryan graduated early from Bingham High School, cum laude from Westminster College, and cum laude from Chapman University School of Law in 2009, where he was the Law Review notes editor and an Academic Fellow in Civil Procedure. He obtained the highest grades at the university in land regulation, water, and civil rights. He passed the California State Bar in 2009 and was employed as legal counsel for Morgan Drexen in Anaheim, California.


For more information, contact +AYE3TACKPOLEAT or kstackpole@westminstercollege.

Establish Your Legacy, Your Way.


Faculty News Larry Anderson served once again as a judge chair to the Utah Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Utah, March 26. Deyanira Ariza-Velasco worked with students who went on the Santiago de Compostela May Term Experience trip. She also attended a conference in Lima, Peru, to present her paper “Law of the Memory and Literature in the Spanish Civil War and the Colombian Conflict.� She has also been participating in a series of meetings and workshops concerning global consciousness, faculty teaching, and learning communities on campus. Richard Badenhausen, director OFTHE(ONORSPROGRAMAND+IM4 Adamson Chair, delivered a paper in February entitled “Double Take: The Theory and Practice of Collaboration in W. H. Auden� at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. He then traveled in May to the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco, where he chaired a session on T. S. Eliot and also presented a paper entitled “Traumatic Loss and Absence in The Waste Land.� He is spending the summer as the college’s Henkels Teaching Fellow, which will allow him to design an upperlevel cultural studies seminar called “Reading and Writing the City,� which will run next spring in conjunction with Westminster’s year-long, place-based campus theme devoted to the city.

Alan Davison has been publishing a daily blog, The blog is about a good-natured, philosophical donkey with a fondness for pumpkin pies. In April, Jonas D’Andrea spoke at the AMS Central section meeting at Macalester College in Minnesota, where he presented his paper “A Filter-based Construction of Fractal Wavelet Frames� in the special session on fractals,


convolution measures, and frames. He has also been invited to attend “The Legacy of R.L. Moore� conference on discovery and inquiry-based learning, to be held in Austin, Texas, this summer. Jonas is also excited to study image processing at the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) this summer.

Sean Desilets presented his essay “Touch of Evil and the Entropy of Evidence� at the Popular and American Culture Association National Conference in St. Louis.

Georgi Donavin started a two-year term as President of the Medieval Association of the Pacific. At the recent conference in Tacoma for the same society, she organized a session for the Gower Project (which she co-directs) and presented a paper in another session, “Romance and Rhetoric: A Presentation of Essays in Honour of Dhira B. Mahoney.� Her talk was entitled “The Light of the Virgin Muse in Anglo-Latin Meditative Poets,� a subject taken from her book on medieval English literature on the Virgin Mary, which is currently in the publication process at the Catholic University of America Press.

Peter Goldman was the chief organizer for the fourth annual Generative Anthropology Summer Conference (GASC 2010), sponsored this year in June by Westminster College AND"RIGHAM9OUNG5NIVERSITY0ETERS article “The Meaning of Meaning in +AFKASThe Castle� was published in Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology in April 2010.

Susan Gunter is the invited opening SPEAKERATTHE(ARVARD,IBRARYgS Centennial celebration of William James this August. She is also writing an essay on a letter announcing his engagement to his future wife, Alice Gibbens. Other luminaries in this symposium include Harvard president Drew Faust, writers Gore Vidal and Louis Men, Research $IRECTOROFTHE.EW9ORK0UBLIC,IBRARY Jean Strouse, and Cornel West. Susan has an essay coming out this fall in the Henry James Review, “Henry James, Peggy James, and Circulating Desire.�


James Hedges is the acting secretary of the Organizational Interest Group for the Western States Communication Association, and he has been an invited lecturer four times to discuss rhetoric in ancient Greek society for the Paideia book club in Salt Lake City. In May, Angela Hicks presented a paper as part of a symposium entitled “Adult Attachment: A Multilevel Approach� at the annual conference of the American Psychological Society held in Boston. Her presentation was titled “Adult Attachment, Positive Daily Interactions, and Emotional and Physiological Regulation.�

Robin Hyde, acting as the local coordinator for outreach events for the National American Chemical Society, organized this year’s National Chemistry Week, the largest event on record for the local group. While celebrating the anniversary of the periodic table at this event, around 700 children, along with adults, learned about elements. Partners FROM9OUTH#ITY!RTWAYS 4HE,EONARDO and the Mineral Collectors of Utah joined in the festivities.

Matt Kruback’s work is displayed in the Utah Ties Exhibition at the Central Utah Art Center, in the Statewide Juried Exhibition at the Bountiful Davis Art Center, and in Mirror Images: Great Salt Lake at Westminster College. In April, Chris LeCluyse performed in a concert of Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with the San Francisco-based early music ensemble, Magnificat.

Gary Marquardt chaired a panel on “African Forestry and Landscapes� at the American Society of Environmental History in Portland. He is currently writing a chapter on pedagogy in African history for an edited book on African studies in the classroom, due for publication in December 2010. This year, Jeffrey McCarthy was asked to join the Utah Fulbright board. He was also named Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow to the Ransom Center archives at the University of Texas,

FACULTY where he will pursue research on British literature in fall 2010.

Bridget Newell and Sara Demko presented at the National Conference on Students in Transition, speaking on “INTRnational: A Transitions Course for New International Students.� The presentation provided information about the successful pilot course designed to address the unique experiences of international students.

Michael Popich took the Ethics Bowl Team to the national competition in Cincinnati, where the team finished eighth out of 32 teams. He helped organize and then co-host a conference on “Making Peace in the Middle East.� Michael moderated the session on Iraq, “The Path Ahead,� which was held on Westminster’s campus. He also hosted the visit of Dr. Diana Eck (Harvard University), who gave the annual Tanner-McMurrin Lecture on the History and Philosophy of Religion.

Jennifer Ritter joined the editorial board of The International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research.


Mark Rubinfeld presented a paper at the Popular and American Culture Association National Conference in April. He also chaired four undergraduate panels that included four Westminster students among the presenters.

At the 16th National Conference on Students in Transition, Barbara

Smith and Susan Heath presented “Collaborative Mentoring,� which focused on the new role of faculty advisors at Westminster and how this collaboration with professional staff is working.

Natasha SajĂŠ spent spring 2010 on a

Rulon Wood co-wrote, with MPC

Camargo Foundation Fellowship (and a merit leave) in Casses, France.

student Carly Lane Brisbay, a paper entitled “Are Mormons Vampires?� and presented it at the Popular and American Culture Association National Conference in St. Louis.

Michael Scott (’98) was selected 0ROFESSOROFTHE9EARFORBY Westminster students. He was quoted as saying, “It was one of the most touching and moving things that has ever happened to me.�

Christy Seifert and student Sarah Pike presented their paper, “The Church of Edward: Religious Conversion and Twilight Hysteria,� at the Popular and American Culture Association National Conference held in St. Louis last April. Christy is also the recipient of the 2010 Civically Engaged Scholar through the Utah Campus Compact Annual Statewide Recognition.

Kim Zarkin made three presentations at this year’s Broadcast Education Association conference in April. She moderated a panel of Washington DC media-reform activists called “From Broadcast to Broadband: Public Policy and the Future of Media.â€? In her ninth appearance on the “Annual Telecom Updateâ€? panel, she looked at the state OFTHE&IRST!MENDMENT&INALLY +IM organized a panel called “Alternative 3ABBATICALS7HATTO$O7HEN9OU Don’t Want to Write.â€?

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Athletic News 2009–2010 Athletics Recap With five conference championships and seven national tournament appearances, Westminster’s Athletics Department had a very successful 2009–10 season. The highlight of the year included a second consecutive national championship for both the women’s alpine ski team and women’s snowboard team. Through the winter sports season, Westminster’s teams overall ranked 75th of 172 schools in the NAIA Director’s Cup Standings.


earned the No. 4 overall seed at the national tournament. The Griffins started the season 3–4 before garnering 10 consecutive victories. Following a road loss in conference play, Westminster posted a school record 14 consecutive wins, including an 80–74 victory against Evangel in the opening round of the NAIA National Championship. The winning streak and season both came to an end with a 65–51 loss against Azusa Pacific in the NAIA second round. Ben Walker finished third in the country in field-goal percentage, shooting 66.5 percent during the season. Walker led the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game and also collected a team-best 195 rebounds. Blair Prowse was second on the team in scoring, at 14.1 points per contest. He averaged 2.9 three-pointers per game to rank eighth in the NAIA. Weston Anderson averaged 12.7 points, with a team-leading 124 assists. Prowse was named an NAIA Third Team All-American and First Team All-Frontier Conference. Walker was also named First Team All-Frontier and was an Honorable Mention All-American. Anderson was also named First Team All-Frontier. Head Coach Tommy Connor was named the Frontier Conference Coach of the 9EARFORTHESECONDCONSECUTIVESEASON Westminster led the NAIA with six Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athletes. Anderson, Brandon Buford, Chris Cassity, Tanner Gregory, Conner Nielsen, and Walker all made the list by posting a GPA between 3.5 and 4.0.

Women’s Basketball Finishes as Frontier Conference Champ

Weston Anderson Below is a recap of the college’s 13 athletic teams’ performance during the 2009–10 season:

Men’s Basketball Falls in Second Round of Nationals The Westminster men’s basketball team went 27–6 during the 2009–2010 season and advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Championships. They won the Frontier Conference regular season and tournament championships for a second consecutive season and

falling 62–52 against Oklahoma Christian in round two.

The Westminster women’s basketball team ended the season at 27–7 and claimed a second consecutive Frontier Conference regular season championship. The Griffins were ranked a school-best No. 9 in the final coaches’ poll and earned a No. 3 seed in the NAIA National Championships. They advanced to the second round of the national tournament for the third time in four seasons. After starting the season 4–4, Westminster won 13 straight games. That was the second longest winning streak in school history. They finished 13–1 during the Frontier Conference season and dropped an 80–60 decision in the Frontier Conference Tournament Championship game to Lewis-Clark State College. The Griffins defeated Lambuth 67–55 in the NAIA National Championship opening round before


McKenzie Jessop Westminster led the NAIA in field goal percentage at 49.1 and had a 3-point FIELD GOALPERCENTAGEOF-C+ENZIE Jessop led five Griffins who averaged double figures in scoring at 13.0 points per game. Jessop also led the team with 238 rebounds and 104 steals. Her 3.2 steals per game was the fourth-highest TOTALINTHE.!)!.ICOLE9AZZIEPOSTED 13.3 points per game, while distributing ASSISTS+ESHIA#ATTENAVERAGED points per game and set a school record with 80 three-pointers in a season. Jessop was named the Frontier #ONFERENCE0LAYEROFTHE9EARAND4HIRD Team All-American. She became the third Griffin to be named the Frontier’s top performer and the fifth to make the All-American team. Jessop was also named the Frontier Defensive Player OFTHE9EARAND&IRST4EAM!LL &RONTIER #ONFERENCE9AZZIEWASTHE&RONTIER &RESHMANOFTHE9EARAND&IRST4EAM All-Frontier. Catten joined Jessop and 9AZZIEONTHE&IRST4EAM!LL &RONTIER while Allie Eastman was named Second Team All-Frontier Conference. Head Coach JD Gustin was honored by the Frontier Conference as the Coach of the 9EARFORTHESECONDTIMEINHISCAREER Five Griffins were named Daktronics/ NAIA Scholar Athletes this season. Catten, Dani Evans, Jessop, Nicole Lynch, and Michelle Pace were all

A T H L E T I C honored by the NAIA for posting a GPA between 3.5 and 4.0. This is the secondhighest number of recipients for a single season in Westminster history.

Women’s Alpine Skiing Finishes Second Year as National Champs The Westminster women’s alpine ski team claimed a second consecutive national championship after winning both events at the USCSA National Championships. Westminster won the slalom and giant-slalom events at the national championships. The Griffins have now won the championship in each of the two years of the program. Westminster won every event they competed in during the season. They opened the year by sweeping the three races at the Rocky Mountain Invitational. That was followed by another sweep at the Weber State Invitational. The Griffins qualified for the USCSA National Championships by winning the Western Regional. +ENDALL"ROWNWONTHE53#3! Individual National Championship by claiming both the slalom and giantslalom individual titles. Camilla Maria Franschini finished fourth overall, while Perrine Voisin was seventh. Brown and Ulrikke Nicolaisen led four Griffins named Academic All-American by making the First Team. Franschini and Voisin were each named Honorable Mention.



Women’s Snowboarding Earns Second Consecutive National Title The Westminster women’s snowboard team claimed a second consecutive national championship at the USCSA National Championships. The Griffins won the overall title after one first-place finish and two second-place finishes in the three events. Westminster had five total points, topping Sierra Nevada College and Duke by wide margins. This is the second straight national championship in just two years of the snowboard program. Desiree Diselrod finished second overall at the National Championships with 21 total points, anchored by a second-place finish in the boardercross competition. Claire Gentile finished fourth overall after winning the boardercross. Lisa Swift finished sixth in the final results. Westminster had three snowboarders named as USCSA Academic All-Americans. Diselrod and Gentile were each named to the Second Team, while Hallie Beaver was named Honorable Mention.

Men’s Alpine Skiing Places Second at Nationals The Westminster men’s alpine ski team finished second overall at the USCSA National Championships. The Griffins tied Sierra Nevada College for the overall title but finished second on tiebreakers. This is the second consecutive year that Westminster has finished one spot out of the title spot. Marc Perathoner won the USCSA Men’s Individual National Championship with a third-place finish in the giant slalom and a win in the slalom event. Lorentz Gedde-Dahl finished fifth at the national championships, while Jacob Ringbrandt placed 12th. Five Griffins were named USCSA Academic All-Americans. Jens Aune AND*URGEN+ARNERMADETHE&IRST4EAM while Gedde-Dahl and Perathoner made the Second Team. Ringbrandt was named Honorable Mention.

Men’s Snowboarding Places Second at Nationals

Hallie Beaver, member of Westminster's national championship women's snowboarding team.

The Westminster men’s snowboard team finished second overall at the USCSA National Championships. The Griffins finished second in each event to eventual national champion Sierra Nevada College. Westminster had six points in the overall standings, three behind Sierra Nevada and five ahead of third-place West Virginia. Westminster


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A T H L E T I C has now finished second to Sierra Nevada in each of the two years of the program at Westminster. Andrew Peabody was the top finisher for Westminster with a sixth-place finish. He finished ninth in the slopestyle and sixth in the halfpipe. Peabody also finished 10th overall in the giantslalom event. Westminster had three USCSA Academic All-Americans, with Robin Hill and Zach Lancaster making the Second Team and Mark Speicher an Honorable Mention Academic All-American.

Men’s Lacrosse Makes it to Semi-Finals in MCLA Nationals The Westminster men’s lacrosse team finished the 2010 season with a 13-8 overall record and won the RMLC West Division regular season championship. They advanced to the championship game of the RMLC Tournament and earned an at-large invitation to the MCLA National Championship. The Griffins then advanced to the semifinals of the national tournament, including an upset win over No. 2 Dayton in the second round.



Westminster spent much of the season ranked in the top 10 and at one point posted wins in 9 of 11 games. The team finished the season 4–1 on Dumke Field and was 6–2 against ranked opponents. They extended a perfect record in opening-round games at the MCLA National Championship to 4–0 and reached the semi-finals for the third time in four seasons.

the men came away with a third-place result. Each team finished third at the 2009 Frontier Conference Championships that were hosted by Westminster at Sugar House Park.

Dallas McLellan, Matt Lambourne, and Jacob Wayman were recognized by the MCLA for their performance during the season with the Griffins. McLellan was named a First Team All-American at goalie and becomes the first threetime All-American in Westminster lacrosse history. Lambourne was named a Second Team All-American at defense. This is his first All-American recognition, and he becomes the fourth Griffin in history to make it at defense. Wayman was named a Third Team All-American at midfield. For Wayman, this is his first All-American honor and the third midfield All-American in Westminster’s history.

Women’s Lacrosse Finishes Second Year with a 5–8 Record The Westminster women’s lacrosse team completed the second year of the program with a 5–8 overall record. They opened the year with three consecutive victories, including back-to-back wins on the road at Boise State. The Griffins finished 2–4 in Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse league games. +AICEE"EALFINISHEDTHEYEARWITH goals and 58 points. She posted at least four goals in a game 10 times during the season and scored in 12 of the 13 games she played. Sage West finished with 42 points behind 20 goals and a team-best 22 assists. Lindsey Mark added 24 goals, while Erika Rebentisch posted eight goals and nine assists. Jessie Mulvey made 83 saves in goal with a 34.9 save percentage. Beal was named First Team All-Conference, becoming the first Griffin to receive that honor. West was named Third Team All-Conference.

Women's lacrosse team member: Kaicee Beal Westminster’s Amanda Theobald placed second at the conference meet to earn All-Conference recognition for the second consecutive year. She also qualified for the NAIA National Championships for a second straight year and remains the only Griffins harrier of all time to qualify for the event. She placed 160th at the national meet with a time of 20:20 over the +COURSE David Bonomi, David Sondrup, and "ENJAMIN9OUNGWEREALLNAMED Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athletes. The women had Helen (O +ATHY(O AND4HEOBALDNAMED Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. All six were also named Academic All-Frontier Conference.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Place Third in Conference Championships

Men’s Soccer Advances to Post Season for 21st Year

The 2009 season was a new beginning for the Westminster men’s and women’s cross country teams under the direction of first-year coach Craig Binkley. The season began with a sixth-place finish by the men and a fifth-place result by the women at the Roger Curran Invitational. The women bounced back to place second at the Carroll College Invitational, where

The Westminster men’s soccer team advanced to post-season play for the 21st time in 26 seasons in 2009. Westminster completed the season with a 10–7–2 overall record and went an impressive 6–1–1 at home. After starting the season with three consecutive losses, Westminster went 3–0–1 in the next four games. They earned a 2–1 overtime

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AT H L E T I C • N E W S victory over No. 19 Mid-America Nazarene and a 3–1 defeat of NCAA D2 Adams State during that stretch. Along the way the Griffins knocked off a ND RANKED4HE-ASTERgS#OLLEGETEAM that eventually would play for the NAIA National Championship. the season was capped with a 1-0 loss against Great Falls at the Unaffiliated Conference Tournament in Omaha, Nebraska.

Women’s Soccer Places Second in Conference Championship The third season of women’s soccer at Westminster saw the Griffins advance to the championship game of the Frontier Conference Tournament. Although they dropped a 5–0 decision to Carroll College in that championship game, the Griffins completed the season at 9–10–1 overall, with a 4–2–1 mark at Dumke Field. Westminster picked up the program’s first-ever win over a ranked opponent when they shut out No. 23 EmbryRiddle Aeronautical 1–0. They also earned a 0–0 tie against No. 17 Carroll and twice put together four-game unbeaten streaks. The Griffins advanced to the conference title game behind a 1–0 win against Rocky Mountain College in the semi-finals. Corie Walch and Dayna Winter-Nolte each were named All-Frontier Conference, becoming just the third and fourth players to receive that honor in school history. Walch finished the year with three goals and two assists from her outside midfield position. Winter-Nolte made 17 appearances in goal and finished the year with 56 saves and five shutouts.

The Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Soccer Scholar Athlete team featured three Griffins. Maddie Maldonado and Elaina Pappas were recognized for a second consecutive season, while Danielle Rankin made her first appearance on the team.

Women’s Volleyball Finishes Fifth in Conference For the third consecutive season, the Westminster women’s volleyball team challenged themselves during the preseason. Westminster faced five teams ranked in the top 20 during the team’s first 12 matches, including the top three teams in the rankings. Although they finished just 3–9 during that opening stretch, they finished fifth in the Frontier Conference and 9–20 overall. Twice during the conference season, Westminster ran together three-match winning streaks and won four straight home matches without dropping a set. They pushed No. 19 Carroll College to a 15–13 fifth set in the home meeting. The Griffins had 12 matches go past three sets during the season and were 2–2 in five-set matches. Tahnie Blymiller led the Frontier Conference with 548 digs and was named the Frontier Conference Libero of THE9EAR%RICKA%VANSJOINED"LYMILLER on the All-Frontier Conference First Team after posting a team-best 291 KILLSANDHITTING4ALITA+RESSER was named the Frontier Conference Newcomer of the year, and Megan Evans was named to the All-Freshman Team. %RICKA%VANS +ATIE-C,INTOCK AND +ELSEY3CHAUFLERWEREALLNAMED Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Volleyball Scholar Athletes. This was the second consecutive year that Schaufler received the honor.

Spencer Luczak Dennis Sellis, Daniel Duke, Val Campbell, and Spencer Luczak all were named All-Unaffiliated Conference for their performance during the season. Sellis finished with a team-best eight goals and 21 points on the season. Luczak recorded four goals, and Duke led the team with 1,640 minutes played while recording three assists. Campbell appeared in 17 games between the pipes and made 82 saves with a goal against average of 1.39. Omid Adibnazari, Campbell, Duke, Tysen Gehring, Gary Gonzalez, James +UHN ,UCZAK *AMES-ILGATE #HANDLER Shields, and Justin Solomon were all named Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Soccer Scholar Athletes for 2009. This was the second time this honor has been given TO!DIBNAZARI $UKE +UHN -ILGATE AND Solomon.

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As a peer advisor for business and aviation students, Jonathan Galvan made a name for himself as one of the hardest-working students Westminster’s START Center has ever seen. His knowledge and expertise, along with his informal communication style, not only earned him the title of Westminster’s h3TUDENT%MPLOYEEOFTHE9EAR vBUT ALSOTHE3%/49TITLEFORTHESTATEOF5TAH Galvan was recognized at Westminster’s 3%/49!WARDS#EREMONYON!PRIL He received a certificate and a $150 check in recognition of the Westminster award. As winner of the state-level title, Galvan received a plaque and a $50 check.

Westminster Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service Gary Daynes

Gary Daynes Appointed Interim Dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business President Michael Bassis appointed Gary Daynes to the position of interim dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, effective for the 2010–2011 academic year. Daynes will replace Dr. John Groesbeck, who stepped down from his position as dean after three years of dedicated service. Dr. James “Cid� Seidelman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Westminster, said that Daynes’ vast experience will be of tremendous help in his new position. Daynes joined Westminster in 2006 as associate professor of history and director of the Center for Civic Engagement. In 2008 he was appointed associate provost for integrative learning. Some of the major initiatives to which he has contributed include the creation of the Center for Civic Engagement; the launch of Common Ground, the college’s annual place-based theme; and the pilot of e-portfolios as a tool to document student achievement of college-wide learning goals. “I fully expect to see great things from Gary,� said Seidelman. “His character and the leadership philosophies that he has developed in his years at Westminster will be of great benefit to the Gore School of Business.�

Westminster Celebrates Its Largest Graduating Class Ever More than 800 Westminster students

received their degrees during the college’s annual commencement ceremony on May 29, 2010, at the E Center. Approximately 470 undergraduates and 340 graduate students participated in this year’s event. The Class of 2010 included students ranging in age from 19 to 59 and was made up of students from 32 US states and 19 different countries: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, England, &RANCE )NDIA *APAN *AMAICA +OREA Liechtenstein, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Togo, and Uruguay. The majority of degrees were awarded in the areas of nursing, psychology, communication, marketing, and English. The Class of 2010 includes the college’s first-ever graduates from its innovative Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) project-based degree-completion program, as well as from the Master of Accountancy and the Master of Public Health programs.

This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced that Westminster College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its commitment to and achievement in community service. Honorees are chosen on the basis of a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. 7ESTMINSTERAND"RIGHAM9OUNG University are the only schools in Utah to be recognized on the Honor Roll with Distinction. From working with refugees to raising money for rape centers, Westminster’s service projects have focused on a variety of issues. During the 2008–09 school year, 66 Westminster classes included a service-learning component. Students participated in more than 42,000 community service hours, up from 33,000 hours the previous year.

Westminster’s Jonathan Galvan Named Utah’s “Student Employee of the Year�

Westminster Students Improve Educational Opportunities for a Small Village in India

In 2009, Westminster developed a student-employment task force to examine student employment more closely. The task force discovered that students employed on campus have a significantly higher retention rate than those working off campus. The group decided, among other initiatives, to focus on studentemployment recognition. The college was later awarded a grant to hold its

This year, Westminster launched a global literacy project entitled “Why Wai and Westminster?� The project was designed to help bring books and other resources into the hands of children, especially girls, in the small village of Wai, India.


After hosting awareness and fundraising events, a handful of Westminster students, faculty, and staff traveled to

CAMPUS • NEWS Congratulations to Westminster student Bryon Wilson, who won the bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in Men’s Moguls! “It’s been a pretty amazing ride," said Wilson, who broke through as a US Ski Team “B” team alternate due to an injury of a teammate. “A year ago, I was just trying to make the Olympics.” At the games, Wilson knew he needed a strong performance, and he perfectly executed a double full. “A double full up top is a pretty tricky trick,” Wilson said. “I knew I had to not rush it. I nailed it, and it felt really good. I just wanted to land that top air. Once I did that, I just kind of let it go.” Wai Photo Wai during May to work directly with local students and to help equip teachers with effective teaching and learning models. In the process, Westminster’s volunteers gained significant crosscultural and global consciousness. As part of the program, the Jadhav Library in Wai provided a physical space for the books collected by students. The library’s staff and supporters will provide the actual services to the Wai children, including a bookmobile-like service that will travel to 21 Wai-area schools. The distribution and circulation of books and other resources among all the schools will be phased in over a three-year period. The project will include in-person and virtual training and professional development for teachers and volunteers on a variety of topics, including learning theories and methodologies, as well as support for those with mental and emotional disabilities.

Students Promote Organ Donation and Set Guinness Record Thanks to ASWC, its 2009–2010 president Brody Leven, and the support of many of our students, Westminster triumphed in a challenge that the Quest of the Gift for Life Foundation posed to 12 Utah institutions of higher learning. The foundation is a Utah-based organization that solicits organ donations, recognition, and financial aid for people needing organ transplants.

that signed up the greatest percentage of its student body as organ donors. A strong ASWC campaign ensued, including an organ-donor booth at every ASWC event, to ensure that Westminster students were well aware of the challenge. Westminster then participated in National Make a Difference Day in October 2009 at Liberty Park. The Guinness Book of World Records certified the event for securing the most organ-donation registrations in one day. Westminster’s efforts were rewarded when the foundation awarded the college a check for $9,000 for the greatest percentage of students enrolled during the campaign. The funds will be used to establish an endowment that will help students deal with a range of issues that affect them as they attend college.

Bryon Wilson Brings Home Olympic Bronze Westminster had more current students competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics than any other school in the country

The challenge began in September 2009, when the foundation, founded by David R. Nemelka, offered $1,000 to each of 12 Utah institutions of higher learning to advertise and encourage students to sign up for organ donation. The foundation then offered to award two further grants: one to the college that signed up the most student organ donors, and the second to the college Bryon Wilson 39

A 21-year-old art major, Wilson hails from Butte, Montana. Twelve other Westminster student-athletes joined Wilson at the 2010 Winter Olympics. One additional student, Dylan Ferguson, was named to the team, but was unable to compete due to illness. Other Westminster students who were on the U.S. Olympic Team linclude the following: 1. Morgan Arritola (Women’s Cross Country)—Hometown: Ketchum, Idaho 2. Dylan Ferguson (Men’s Aerials)— Hometown: Amesbury, Massachusetts 3. Torin Koos (Men’s Cross Country)— Westminster Master of Professional Communication student; Hometown: Leavenworth, Washington 4. Jana Lindsey (Women’s Aerials)— Communication major; Hometown: Blackhawk, South Dakota 5. Zach Lund (Men’s Skeleton)— Aviation major; Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah 6. Megan McJames (Women’s Alpine)— Hometown: Park City, Utah 7. Heather McPhie (Women’s Moguls)— Hometown: Park City, Utah 8. Kaylin Richardson (Women’s Alpine)—Hometown: Edina, Minnesota 9. Lacy Schnoor (Women’s Aerials)— Marketing major; Hometown: Draper, Utah 10. Leanne Smith (Women’s Alpine)— Hometown: Conway, New Hampshire 11. Ryan St. Onge (Men’s Aerials)— Business major; Hometown: Winter Park, Colorado 12. Liz Stephen (Women’s Cross Country)—Hometown: East Montepelier, Vermont 13. Graham Watanabe (Men’s Snowboarding)—Business major; Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho 14. Bryon Wilson (Men’s Moguls)—Art major; Hometown: Butte, Montana

C A M P U S For the 2010–2011 academic year, Westminster will have more than 50 U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding athletes who attend the college through the Westminster/USSA grant program. Because Westminster believes in supporting athletes who want to pursue their athletic dreams, as well as their academic endeavors, the program allows all A, B, and C Team (USSA) athletes who qualify to attend the college tuition-free.


Westminster’s U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association athletes study a variety of subjects at the college and have an average cumulative GPA of 3.65. These studentathletes must balance their rigorous training and competition schedules along with their academic courses.

institution for these athletes to pursue THEIREDUCATION vEXPLAINED3AFIA+ELLER Westminster’s USSA program liaison. “Our faculty and staff understand the dedication it takes to compete at their level, and they work closely with these students to help them balance their tough schedules.”

“Because of nearby mountains and world-class training facilities, Westminster is really the ideal

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Through a Bequest, Dreams Come True

by Kaye Stackpole Edythe Somerville Mahan treasured her time at Westminster in the 1940s. Even though she was able to attend the college for only one year, that time made such a difference in her life that she wanted to help others have the same experience. To make that wish come true, she placed a bequest in her will that established her legacy at the college. The Edythe Somerville Mahan Scholarship has provided scholarships to Westminster students since 2007. Jazmynn Pok, the third in a blended family of eight siblings to attend college, was aware that money was tight and she would need scholarship aid to pursue her academic dreams. She is proud that she studied hard, earned good grades, and was able to attend Westminster because she received several scholarships, including the Edythe Somerville Mahan Scholarship. She wants to set an example for her younger siblings

and for other young people, letting them know that with hard work and dedication, college isn’t just a dream. It can be a reality. Through the scholarship, both women’s dreams have come true. Edythe’s gift helped Jazmynn attend Westminster and have the same wonderful college experience she’d had. Edythe understood hardship. She had to leave Westminster early to help support her mother following the death of her stepfather. After working for several years, she met and married a local physician. Throughout the years, Edythe always fondly remembered Westminster, her professors, and her friends. Jazmynn has also treasured her time at the college. As an environmental studies major, she learned how civic, humanitarian, political-science, and economic issues relate to the environment and health. She found her professors genuinely interested in working with her and encouraging her to be actively involved in her learning. While a student, Jazmynn worked 41

and also found time to volunteer. She established two internships at nonprofit organizations, serves as a board member of High Road for Human Rights, and volunteers at the Maliheh Free Clinic. Now, she is considering pursuing a medical degree or a graduate degree in public health. Jazmynn is grateful for the scholarships she received. “As a graduate, I understand how the Westminster experience continues beyond the classroom. Alumni have been so helpful, and I hope to someday return their gifts of kindness.” Edythe’s dream will continue making Westminster a reality for students like Jazmynn. Her bequest gift will assist students in achieving their dreams. To establish Your Legacy, Your Way, contact Kaye Stackpole at 801.832.2735, or kstackpole@ A few simple words can make a big difference in a student’s life.

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