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Nigel Hey BA’58 has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), “for meritorious service in the communication of science through four decades of sustained accomplishment in public affairs, science writing, editing, and publishing.” Each year, the AAAS council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” Hey is a media relations professional and writer who specializes in science and technology and their applications in commerce and defense. His latest book is The Star Wars Enigma, published in hardback in 2006 by Potomac Books and in paperback in October 2007. The book charts the genesis, development, and purposes of President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.


Robert F. Miller MD’67 has been selected by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) to receive the 2008 Proctor Medal, ARVO’s highest honor. This award is presented annually for outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. Miller was chosen for his seminal discoveries into the basic mechanisms through which nerve cells of the retina communicate. Miller holds the 3M Bert Cross Chair in Visual Neuroscience and is professor of ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. (Read more about his research at

Dan Bailey BS’69 has stepped down as head athletic trainer after 36 years at California State University, Long Beach. From renowned NBA coach Tex Winter to legendary NFL coach George Allen, both of whom are former coaches at LBSU, Bailey worked with the best in the school’s history. Bailey began as an assistant trainer in 1971, when he worked part-time stints as an athletic trainer and physical therapist. An alumnus of USC as well as the U of U, Bailey has also worked extensively with the USA rowing and men’s water polo teams and served as the athletic trainer for the men’s U.S. water polo squads during the 1984, 1996, and 2004 Summer Olympic Games.


Brig. Gen. Jack B. Egginton BS’77, the former deputy director of operations at U.S. Central Command, has been named deputy at England’s Royal Air Force (RAF) 3rd Air Force, returning to England for a second tour in his 30-year career. The F-16 pilot served as the chief of the operations division at 3rd Air Force from August 1998 to November 1999 and as the commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, which included more than 90 combat aircraft and 6,000 personnel, from July 2003 to August 2004. Egginton, who has been nominated for a second star, has also served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Anne Taylor BS’78 MS’80 has been named vice chair and regional managing partner of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, leading the company’s eight-state Mid-America Region, which includes more than 3,500 partners and staff in offices in Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Tulsa, Little Rock, New Orleans, and several cities in Texas. In her 20-year career with Deloitte, Taylor has served as U. S. chief strategy officer, national managing partner of Deloitte’s Management Solutions & Services Practice, and global leader of e-business. Most recently, she was leader of Deloitte’s Gulf Coast practice. Taylor joined Deloitte in 1987 through the acquisition of a software consulting firm in which she was a principal.

Janice Raymond BS’79 MS’83 is director of Nutrition Services for Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System, a nonprofit healthcare organization with four hospitals and multiple clinics in two counties. In running a food service operation with a $7 million budget, Raymond has been responsible for the oversight of 23 dietitians and diet technicians as well as food service staff providing 2,500 meals a day via two dining rooms, four deli/espresso operations, and catering. Raymond worked at the University Medical Center for eight years, including serving with the artificial heart team in 1982-83. She says, “My University of Utah degrees and experience gave me a great foundation and are a big part of my career success.”


Alex Priskos

Alex Priskos BS’82 has been appointed manager of the First Stage Office within the Exploration Launch Projects Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. As part of the Senior Executive Service—the personnel system covering top managerial positions in approximately 75 federal agencies—Priskos will lead the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the first-stage propulsion element for NASA’s Ares I crew launch vehicle. The Ares I is part of a new space transportation system NASA is designing to carry humans back to the moon by 2020.

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Richard C. Young BS’83 is cofounder and CEO of the Environmental Performance Group, Inc., a consultancy focused on helping businesses and organizations develop meaningful and value-added environmental sustainability programs and environmentally friendly products. Specializing in carbon and ecological footprinting, sustainability planning, and eco-product development, the company is the first of its kind in Utah and one of only a handful of sustainability consulting firms in the U.S. Young has more than 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and was previously a senior vice president and director for Kleinfelder, Inc., a national consulting firm that specializes in environmental and earth science engineering. LM

Robert Flowers BS’86 has stepped down as a top Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official to serve as emergency management chief for Salt Lake County, Utah. Flowers had spent the previous year leading FEMA’s regional office in Denver, which oversees Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Before that, he served as Utah’s commissioner of public safety and directed security at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He holds a master’s degree in homeland defense and security from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Mark C. Hampton BA’86 MS’92 PhD’02 was recently appointed the associate dean for management and finance in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. In 1992, Hampton began a full-time administrative position at the University of Utah as a planning and policy analyst, then as the manager of the University budget, and finally as director of the Office of Institutional Analysis. He came to Virginia in 1999 to serve as the director of institutional effectiveness at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and has since served as director of research information systems and, most recently, as associate vice provost for strategic planning and director of the Center for Institutional Effectiveness at Virginia Commonwealth University. LM

Sally Watkins MSN’86, Ph.D., RN, has been named the director of Nursing Practice, Education, and Research by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), the state’s oldest and largest professional nurses’ association and union. Watkins has more than 30 years of nursing experience, including 15-plus as a nursing administrator at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, most recently as the vice president and chief nurse executive. In addition, since 1984 she has been a nursing educator in a variety of roles, including clinical faculty member at the University of Washington School of Nursing in both Seattle and Tacoma, as well as the Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing. Watkins has been an active member of the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives and is a recent past president of the organization. AM

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Maureen E. Mays BS’88 MS’92, M.D., director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation and assistant professor in the Department of Cardio-vascular Medicine in the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, has been awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL). She is one of only 337 physicians in the United States and Canada to have achieved that distinction. Certifica-tion by the nonprofit ABCL recognizes professional commitment to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and docu-ments expertise in lipid management.


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Curt Waisath BS’91 is cofounder, CEO, and president of Gold Canyon (, an Arizona-based maker of scented candles and accessories for home décor. In 1997, Waisath left the security of his CPA job at a major accounting firm to start the company with his wife, Karen. Today, Gold Canyon produces an 85-page catalog and more than 25,000 independent demonstrators sell its products through home parties. The company generated more than $85 million in revenue in 2006. It gives back to the community through the nonprofit Prayer Child Foundation, to which it has donated more than $1 million.


Nicholas James “Nick” Peterson BA’01, a dental officer in the U.S. Navy, recently served a humanitarian mission running a field dental clinic in Cambodia with a detachment from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. The 31-year-old Salt Lake City native first discovered his humanitarian impulse as a religious missionary in Guatemala, where he gained a great appreciation for Latin American culture, the Spanish language, and cultural diversity, and began to see dentistry as a possibility for continuing his service to those in need. Later, while attending Case School of Dental Medicine, he organized five group trips to the Caribbean as a student leader for the Dominican Republic Humanitarian Project. Nick and his wife of nine years, Rebecca, are the parents of three boys.

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