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By Nancy Pfeifer

1930s

The University of Kentucky recently honored A.J. "Bud" Limb ('34) as its first All-American wide receiver. Bud played for the university in 1936.

The Scroll of Honor of the Knox-Lombard Fifty Year Club was awarded to Mildred Derry Dubois ('39) on October 18, 2003, during the club's annual homecoming luncheon. The award is given by Knox-Lombard College to those members of the club who have given outstanding service to their community or career. Mildred graduated from the college in 1941 and became co-owner and president of the D & D Investment Company. As well as her many hours of volunteer service to the community of visually impaired persons, Mildred has served on many boards and councils, including 33 years on the Westminster College Woman's Board and six years on the Salt Lake Chapter Board of the Red Cross. Congratulations to Mildred for her many contributions and accomplishments.

1940s

During the Westminster College 2003 Fall Phonathon, Rev. Harold S. Gilleney ('41) told student caller Jessica Garcia to be sure to put a note in the Review to let his friends know he's "still alive and kickin'!"

1970s

Babette "Babs" De Lay ('76) serves as principal broker for Urban Utah Homes and Estates as well as president of the Women's Council of Realtors. She has been appointed by Mayor Rocky Anderson and confirmed by the City Council as a Planning Commissioner for Salt Lake City. This is a volunteer job where Babs and other commissioners adjudicate planning issues for Salt Lake City. Babs also hosts a weekly public radio show on the history of women in music that you can hear at www.krcl.org every Thursday from to . She has been doing the program as a volunteer for 23 years. Babs also recently celebrated the birth of her fourth granddaughter, Dylan.

Bobbie Sensibaugh Ursin ('77) moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, to accept the position of Grant and Contract Administrator at Northern Arizona University. Bobbie's husband, David, will remain in Salt Lake City until he can find a position in Flagstaff, or until he is eligible for early retirement from his government job. Bobbie and David have owned property in Flagstaff for five years and have been looking for an opportunity to relocate. Currently, they are building a barn/workshop on their property and plan to build a log home in the future. The move to Flagstaff brought Bobbie closer to her parents and her sister's family in southern Arizona where she grew up.

1980s

Now married 20 years, Teri Nissen Safranek ('81) and Frank Safranek ('81) recently toured the Westminster campus with their daughter Emily (16). They were amazed and excited by all the changes made over the past 20 years, but they were also pleased to see that some things remained the same. Teri currently works as the program director for Workforce and Community Development at Palomar College, while Frank serves as the senior quality assurance engineer with MusicMatch.com.

The Kern River Gas Transmission Company announced that they have promoted Susan O'Donnell Flaim ('84) to Director of Administration. Susan formerly served as manager of Communication & Administration for Kern River. Prior to this, she worked for The Williams Companies, Inc., for 12 years in various management positions. Susan has 19 years' experience as a communication professional and was honored in June 2003 by the Utah Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators with the Communicator of the Year Award. She also stays active in community leadership and currently serves as the chair of the United Way of Salt Lake's Special Needs Committee and is a member of the YWCA Community Advisory Board.

John Gothard ('87) writes, "As many of my classmates know, I moved to southern California right after graduation. While there, I attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated from the California Western School of Law in 1991. Thereafter, I practiced law in Riverside, Palm Desert, and Indian Wells before deciding to return to Utah in April 2003. While in California, I met and married Wendy Myers. Our blended family now includes seven children and one grandchild. While four of the seven are grown and out of our home, we still have three rowdy little boys, ages 7, 4, and 18 months at home. Many of you may remember Monica Gothard, my oldest child, who also graduated from Westminster College and shared several classes with me. My family and I returned to Utah to be closer to some real mountains, enjoy four seasons again, and live in a better place to raise our three little boys. I am currently of counsel to Tesch Graham, P.C., a full-service law firm in Park City, Utah. I would love to hear from some of my Westminster classmates, especially The Westminster Players. I can be reached at 435-649-0077."

Charles F. Shoup ('87) currently works as director of facilities for a hospital in Dallas, Texas, where he earned his master's degree and lives with his lovely wife and their 13-year-old son. Charles attributes much of his success to the admissions staff at Westminster, who gave him a chance even though he was a nontraditional student. He and his wife write, "The bottom line is that it was the admissions people at Westminster who opened the door for [Charles] to begin making all this possible."

On July 28, 2003, Kim Williams Justesen ('89) received her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Vermont College. She currently serves as the regional advisor in Utah and southern Idaho for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She has also taught writing classes through the University of Utah's Lifelong Learning program for seven years.

1990s

On May 18, 2003, Shannan Stalnaker Yeager ('91) and her husband of seven years, Chris, became the elated parents of a baby boy, Augustus "Gus" Robert Yeager. Gus weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces, was 19.5 inches long, and arrived with a full head of blond hair. Now Gus is growing like a beanstalk, happily babbling away, intensely observing the world, and bringing infinite amounts of joy to his adoring parents.

Lucia Wiriapranata ('92) currently lives in Singapore, where she works as an information technology project leader for a premier department store.

Recently married to a lovely woman named Michelle Tyson, Tom Cornwell ('93) has moved to Eatonville, Washington, 20 miles west of Mt. Rainier.Tom was diagnosed with diffuse large b-cell lymphoma on September 27, 2002. Happily, he beat the cancer on May 13, 2003, after surgery, chemo, and radiation therapy. He returned to duty as a pilot for Alaska Airlines June 1, 2003.Tom and Michelle don't have any children, but they do have a cat named Otis and a dog named Ebony.

William Cuthbertson ('94) just began studies at Indiana University for a Master of Library Science and a Master of Information Science. Former classmates might remember William as Dr. Baar's administrative assistant from 1998 to 2000.

Denise Long ('94) was chosen as one of the Top 11 Educators of the Year by Wells Fargo and the Granite School District. Selected from among 4,000 educators throughout the Granite School District, the winning candidates were chosen for their exceptional application of the principles of teaching, including effective communication of the subject matter, a deep concern for the needs of their students, and their unique ability to cultivate a "Love of Learning."

Several Westminster College MBA alumni attended the wedding of Tamara Lynn Hannaway Nielsen ('94) and Michael Brod on April 6, 2002, in Denver, Colorado. Tamara now works as executive director of graduate programs for Colorado Christian University. Michael is thedirector of finance for the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority.

Michael J. Frasciello ('95) was accepted to the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Ph.D. program at Syracuse University. Mike is currently a technical editor and writer for Syrtis, the university's instructional technologies group.

After graduating from Westminster summa cum laude with a degree in business, Andalin Bachman ('96) went on to become a senior paralegal to support her true passion--music. The Desert Wind recording label recently produced Andalin's CD, Flute Fest, which has been picked up by the major international music distributor, Music Design. The CD was released October 9, 2003. Andalin is the recipient of the prestigious national "Selmer Award for Excellence in Jazz Performance" and has enjoyed scholarships from the Intermountain Collegiate Jazz Festival and the National Stage Band Camps. Her energetic and electrifying flute work is the synthesis of jazz, rock, classical, blues, new age, and exotic world music influences. Describing a Telluride Jazz Festival performance, the Denver Post called it "fiery, seductive, and strong!" About her musical success, Andalin writes, "Without my professional income and business training, this project would not be happening...A great college education (late in life) opened my eyes while there was still time to set up a game plan! There is not a single course I took at Westminster that did not in some way help to shape my future...Many thanks to the faculty and students at Westminster who contributed to make this dream come true!" Sound clips and more information about Flute Fest can be found at flutefest.com

Currently enrolled in a distance-learning master's program with the University of Michigan, Elizabeth Marcus Barchanski ('96) is pursuing a degree in special education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disabilities. Elizabeth currently works as the director of education at the Copper Hills Youth Center, a residential treatment facility in West Jordan, Utah.

Congratulations to Robyn Haas Dishner ('96) and her husband, Mark, on the birth of their first child. Their daughter Emma Corinn Dishner was born on March 13, 2003. Emma weighed in at 7 pounds 8 ounces.

Million Air of Salt Lake City appointed Michael R. Parker ('96) as its director of sales and marketing. Previously, Michael served as sales director for Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. At Million Air, he will be responsible for turbine aircraft sales and overall marketing of products and services.

The Intrepid Group, a creative, strategic agency offering services in public relations, crisis communications, marketing, community relations, and promotions, announced owner/officer, Christopher S. Thomas ('96), was named one of the nation's Top National Crisis Communicators for 2003 by PBI Media, publisher of PR News magazine. Christopher, who logged more than 10,000 calls from the media during the 11 months he worked with the Elizabeth Smart family, received the award at a New York City gala. The award is part of PBI Media's annual PR People Awards, which honor the top talent in corporations, PR firms, associations, and government agencies. In addition to the award, Christopher addressed the International Conference of the Public Relations Society of America in New Orleans in October. He also was the only non-military speaker who presented at a National Guard public affairs conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, also in October. Christopher provided crisis communication training to 300 public affairs officers, representing 54 states and territories, whose responsibilities include managing the media for families who lose a member in combat.

Lars-Erik Rundquist ('97) received a promotion to supervisor of training scheduling and records for Atlantic Coast Airlines, which is located in Washington, D.C. Lars resides in Virginia with his wife, Heather, and their two children, Arik (3) and Matthew (18 months).

Specializing in commercial and investment property, as well as residential sales, Ted Lacy ('99) works as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker throughout Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Nevada.

2000s

Now living back home in Dayton, Ohio, James Crotty ('00) has started a professional photography business. His stunning, vivid nature photography can be viewed at www.picturesqueohio.com. As well as snapping photos, James teaches speech communications at Sinclair Community College and journalism at Thomas More College. James has two daughters, Emma (4) and Chloe (2).

After leaving Westminster, Emily Levinson ('00) spent three years at the University of Denver College of Law. In May 2003, Emily earned her Juris Doctorate from the university; she took the Colorado bar exam at the end of July. Upon passing the bar, Emily plans to continue working for the same law firm she clerked with during law school, focusing on criminal defense and family law issues.

Jack Dolcort, M.D., M.Ed. ('01), serves as director for outreach and continuing medical education in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Jack and Grace Zuckerman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Westminster College School of Education, collaborated to write an article called "Unanticipated Learning Outcomes in Continuing Medical Education." The article has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.

Anne Peterson ('01) is four classes away from finishing her MBA at Northwest Nazarene University. She is looking into the possibility of starting her own marketing firm in Boise, Idaho.

Working on restoring her house keeps Lisa Walker ('01) extremely busy. Living in Sugarhouse with her boyfriend and her dog Wylie, Lisa currently works at eBay as a customer support representative in the Live Chat Department.

Don Farmer ('02) performed in the Hale Center Theater's production of Footloose in September. Singing and dancing his way to rave reviews, the Deseret News even featured an article about Don's performance in Footloose and his life as an aspiring actor. Don has also performed with the Desert Star Playhouse and had a lead part in the touring production of Tony and Tina's Wedding. Don works full-time at the Gap in order to fund his ambitions as an actor and performer.

Love Communications of Salt Lake City has added Adam Mangone ('02) to its staff as an account coordinator. Prior to joining Love Communications, Adam served as a retirement intern for Intermountain Health Care and a volunteer legislative lobbyist for the American Cancer Society.

After graduating cum laude from Westminster with a bachelor of science, Casey Hollern ('03) now plans to study mathematical modeling at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.

While enrolled at Westminster, Mary Kreifeldt ('03) participated in an internship program through the Gore School of Business where she worked at the Beehive Credit Union. On the last day of her internship, the president/CEO offered her a position created specifically for her. Mary remained an intern during May and began her full-time position as Beehive Credit Union's marketing specialist two days after graduation. Mary remarked, "I am very thankful to have found something in my field and even more thankful that I didn't have to throw myself to the sharks by pounding the pavement, surfing the net, or browsing the job listings in the newspaper."

In October, Westminster nursing student and Army ROTC cadet Leonard Jensen received a $1,500 scholarship established in honor of the highest ranking official killed in the September 11 attack on the Pentagon. Jensen traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Memorial Fund Scholarship at the annual Officership Luncheon. Maude's widow and Gen. Burwell B. Bell III, the commanding general for U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, presented the award. Maude was Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel for the U.S. Army. Jensen was chosen from cadets from 272 Army ROTC schools across the country. He participates in the University of Utah's ROTC program through a partnership between the U. and Westminster College. Jensen works as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Highland Care Center in Salt Lake City and plans to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Congratulations to Sheldon Richards, a financial services student, who passed the Chartered Financial Analyst Level I examination. He was the only Westminster student to sit for the May exam, and placed in the highest percentage in seven of the nine areas. This was Richards's first attempt at the exam. This year, 42 percent of 60,000 candidates passed the exam. According to Associate Professor of Finance Roger Ignatius, the majority of passing candidates have a bachelor's degree or an MBA. Richards is an undergraduate at Westminster and works at Fidelity Investments.


In Remembrance

1930s

Sadie Hurskainen ('36)

1940s

Robert G. Grimmer, Jr. ('40)

Grace Butler ('42)

1960s

Douglas F. Andreason ('60)

1970s

Reed M. Wallace ('73)

1990s

Melissa Welch Curtis ('97)

2000s

Angela B. Schmitz ('00)