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John W. Ryan BA’51, Ph.D., has a new and generous public affairs fellowship program established in his honor at Indiana University. The John W. Ryan Fellowships are designed to attract promising graduate students from around the world to IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Ryan served the university as a professor, vice president, and chancellor of regional campuses and, for 16 years, as its president. He was the founding chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and also held positions as interim president at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and as chancellor of the State University of New York. SUNY honored Ryan with the Chancellor John W. Ryan Fellowship in International Education in 2004.

Arthur L. RuoffArthur L. Ruoff PhD’55, Class of 1912 Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, was recently honored by Cornell with a symposium on the occasion of his 50th anniversary as a professor at the institution. The event, attended by 130, was organized by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Ruoff’s former students. A student of Henry Eyring while at the U, Ruoff was the recipient of the U of U Alumni Association’s Emeritus Alumni Board Merit of Honor Award in 2003. He was also named Distinguished Alumnus of the Chemistry Department of Purdue University in 2005. He and his wife, Enid Seaton Ruoff ex’54, met while attending the U. They have five sons: One is the CEO of a corporation, and the other four hold doctorates. Three are university professors, and one is a toxicologist with expertise in heavy metals.


Dan Jones MS’61 PhD’68 received the first Civic, Character, and Service Learning Award presented by the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education. The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah nominated Jones, who is an adjunct professor in the U’s Political Science Department. A 2005 bill created the Commission on Civic and Character Education, which strives to provide leadership for the state’s commitment to civic and character education in the schools and the community.

Raychel Haugrud Reiff MA’69 PhD’71 has published Charlotte Brontë, one of five books in a new series, Great Writers and Their Works, from Marshall Cavendish Benchmark Books. Reiff’s book contains in-depth analyses of Jane Eyre and Villette, a comprehensive list of Brontë’s works, a chronology of her life, and a filmography. Reiff, a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Superior since 1990, has lectured around the country on literature.


Laurie DiPadova-StocksLaurie DiPadova-Stocks MS’70, Ph.D., former deputy director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah (1997-1999), is the first recipient of the Distinguished Service and Contributions to the PNP Division Award, a lifetime achievement honor from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management. DiPadova-Stocks is dean of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs and associate professor of public affairs at Park University in Parkville, Mo. She was also recognized with the 2006 Distinguished Extended Learning Leadership Award of Excellence from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy (State University of New York at Albany), where she received her doctorate in public administration and policy in 1995. That annual award recognizes college alumni for exemplary leadership and significant contributions to the field of continuing professional education and extended learning for the public service.

Known as an outspoken proponent for the moral responsibility of higher education in a democratic society, DiPadova-Stocks also has a national reputation for advancing civic engagement and service-learning in higher education. Prior to her appointment at Park University, she served as founding director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University, where she launched NKU’s service-learning program.

While at the U, DiPadova-Stocks attracted funding from local and statewide charities and humanitarian groups for research on the impact of welfare reform on charitable organizations in Utah. She also secured a contract award from the state to develop and implement a welfare-to-work education and career development program. Additionally, she developed and managed the Academy Partners Service-Learning Fellows Program in a partnership between the Academy of Management, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. In partial recognition for her efforts, she received the Dan Wendleboe Award for Continuous Community Service from the U’s Lowell L. Bennion Center. Most recently, DiPadova-Stocks was appointed to the national council of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Dwight Kealoha

Dwight Kealoha MS’76 has been appointed chief executive officer for the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii. Prior to joining the BBB, Kealoha was vice president of Kuluku LLC and Kuhana Associates LLC. Kealoha also served as CEO and president of Unity House, the nonprofit labor union organization, and in positions at Kamehameha Schools as director of Information Technology and facilitator of Strategic Planning, as well as director of the Pauahi Leadership Institute. After a 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Kealoha retired in 1996 at the rank of Brigadier General.

Bruce Lindsey BFA’77 MFA’79, a nationally renowned architect and designer, has been named dean of the School of Architecture at Washington University. Previously head of the architecture school at Auburn University, Lindsey is known for his work with digital technology and environmental sustainability. In addition to his degrees from the U, Lindsey received a master’s in architecture from Yale in 1986. A year later he began teaching at Carnegie Mellon and in 1994 became head of its architecture school. The Engineering News Record listed his work as one of 1992’s 10 most important contributions to construction.

C. Kerry Stratford BS’79 cum laude MD’83 has been installed as president of the Utah Medical Association. Stratford, of St. George, practices family medicine and is a past president of the St. George Clinic, an independent group practice. Raised in Salt Lake, he was first educated as an engineer before receiving his medical degree. He has been a UMA treasurer and has served on the organization’s board of trustees, among other assignments. He is also vice chairman of the Utah Health Information Network.


Thomas G. Bernakis Thomas G. Burnakis PharmD’82 has been installed as president of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP). With 3,000 members, FSHP is one of the largest organizations of its kind, surpassed in membership only by California and New York. Burnakis lives in Jacksonville and is employed by Baptist Medical Center Pharmacy Department as clinical coordinator. He has previously served as president, chaired various councils and committees, and held other positions within the Northeast FSHP chapter.

Janice K. Binger BS’83 has been named president-ADM Natural Health & Nutrition division for Archer Daniels Midland Company. Binger joined the company in 2002, most recently serving as vice president for the division, with responsibilities for global sales and development of new products. Based in Decatur, Ill., Binger will now be responsible for the company’s vitamin E, sterols, and isoflavone businesses. Prior to joining ADM, she was vice president-Corporate Development for SPI Holdings and vice president-Sales and Marketing for SPI Polyols, Inc.

Steve HaycockSteve Haycock BA’85 JD’88, JAGC, USN, LL.M., has been named commanding officer of the Naval Legal Service Office, Europe and Southwest Asia. Commander Haycock has been executive officer of the command since July 2004. Headquartered in Naples, Italy, the NLSO provides defense services to service members on land and at sea between Iceland and Afghanistan.


Anne P. PetersonAnne P. Peterson MPA’00, a former Continuum magazine editor, has been awarded the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. fellowship from The John F. Kennedy Foundation to support her research and use of the archival, manuscript, and audiovisual holdings of the Kennedy Library in Boston. In her current research and writing of the history of the University of Utah’s A. Ray Olpin years, Peterson discovered links between the University of Utah and the founding of the Peace Corps. For her forthcoming book, she will research these further in the R. Sargent Shriver and Sterling McMurrin manuscript collections.

Nicole Walker MFA’01 PhD’06 has won a $20,000 2007 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. Walker is an assistant professor of creative writing in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Her manuscript Comeuppance was a finalist for the 2006 Juniper Prize for Poetry; her novel manuscript Because Quicksand Is What It Is was a semi-finalist in The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s 2006 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition; and two of her poems, “Hagionoma” and “Nine Stitches,” were finalists for last year’s Nimrod/Hardman awards and are forthcoming in Nimrod International Journal.

Sarah HoganSara Hogan BS’05 (Health Promotion and Education) was named Miss Black Utah USA 2006-07 by the Miss Black U.S.A. Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. In May 2007, she will represent Utah in the Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant in Gambia, West Africa, competing for a $20,000 scholarship. Hogan’s community service platform in the competition is advocacy for better policy and community action to achieve high quality affordable health care for all children.

Growing up as a daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Hogan was strongly affected by the untimely passing of a childhood playmate who fell ill and died from what should have been a preventable childhood disease. Her playmate’s story became the impetus toward Hogan’s dedicating her life to child health advocacy. In 1996, Hogan’s family relocated to Orem, Utah, where she graduated at age 16 from Timpanogos High School as the youngest member of her class and the Sterling Scholar in Science. At the University of Utah, she served as the first African American student body president and as a member of the Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Board. Through the Hinckley Institute of Politics internship program, she worked at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and served on the African American Outreach Task Force for the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In March 2006, she was selected by Sen. Robert F. Bennett BS’57 as a member of the Utah delegation to the Senate African American Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C. She has also volunteered with the National Conference for Community and Justice of Utah and the Fourth Street Clinic of Wasatch Homeless Health, Inc., among other organizations. For her community volunteer efforts, she was recognized as a Vital Volunteer by the mayor of Salt Lake County in June 2004.

Hogan is currently pursuing a master of Health Science in Health Policy with a certificate in Health Disparities and Health Inequalities from Johns Hopkins University, where she has served as a student assembly representative, alumni liaison, and the treasurer for the Black Graduate Student Association. She also currently works as a health policy analyst for the American College of Physicians, and conducts research with the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

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