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Through the Years

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Jonathan Fairbanks BFA’53, vice president of research at Artfact, a global marketplace for fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate auctions, was recently honored with The Decorative Arts Trust Award of Excellence for Distinctive Contributions in the Field of the Decorative. Fairbanks is The Katherine Lane Weems Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and retired last year as president of the Decorative Arts Trust, a national nonprofit. He was also honored by the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass., as one of two “Luminaries 2009” for having “greatly influenced and shaped the cultural landscape of the New England region, in particular the craft field.” Fairbanks writes weekly newsletter essays for Artfact, more than 100 of which have been archived at

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Lloyd S. Cluff BS’60, director of the Geosciences Department of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, was recently awarded the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s highest honor, the George W. Housner Medal. In a letter to EERI upon receiving the award, Lloyd wrote, “I am deeply honored and grateful for this distinction… I especially appreciate receiving this honor in Salt Lake City, because Utah is my home state. While I was attending the University of Utah, I was introduced to the Wasatch fault and investigated my first destructive earthquake, the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake. These two factors caused me to get hooked on active faults and earthquakes.” LM

John Warnock

John E. Warnock BS’61 MS’64 PhD’69 has been named a resident member of the Mathematical & Physical Sciences Class of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. The co-founder of Adobe Systems, Warnock is retired as the company’s CEO and CTO but remains co-chair of its board of directors. The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Early members included George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, James Madison, and John Marshall.

Spence Kinard

Spencer Kinard BS’66 has been inducted into the Utah Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. After graduating from the U, Kinard went to work for CBS News in New York, where he also completed a CBS News fellowship at Columbia University. He returned to Utah in 1971 to work for then-CBS affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, where he remained until departing as vice president of news and public affairs in 1990. He was still a reporter for KSL when he was invited to become the new voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in January 1972. Kinard took over the helm at the choir’s Music and the Spoken Word broadcast that February and spent the next 18 years as the voice of the choir. He went on to become deputy director of the Utah Travel Council, where he worked for nearly 12 years until his 2006 retirement. Kinard is a past president of the U of U Alumni Association and past member of the U’s Board of Trustees (2005–08). He is also a past chair of the national Radio-Television News Directors Association.

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Vincent J. Faggioli BS’71 JD’78 has been named command counsel for the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC). AMC, a multibillion-dollar enterprise headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., is one of the largest U.S. Army Commands. As command counsel, Faggioli and his team of more than 300 attorneys are responsible for the provision of all legal services to the command. AMC has 60,000-plus civilian and military employees—including more than a quarter of the civilians working for the Army—and 149 worldwide locations, in 40 states and 50 countries. AMC business volume is among the top 10 corporations of the United States. Its principal business is to provide weapon systems, ammunition, and logistics services for the entire Army. Faggioli began his military career after graduation as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Utah ROTC program. He has been with the Army for 38 years, retiring as a colonel in the Army JAG Corps in 2000 before beginning his civilian career as an attorney for the Army. While in uniform, he served as Judge Advocate of U.S. Forces in Europe and in Korea. He has been a member of the United States Army Senior Executive Service since 2007.

Larry EchoHawk

Larry EchoHawk JD’73 has been appointed assistant secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. EchoHawk was most recently a tenured professor at the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. In 1977, he became general legal counsel for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall (Idaho) Reservation. A Democrat, he entered politics in 1982 by winning a seat in the Idaho State House of Representatives from Bannock County. Four years later he was elected Bannock County prosecuting attorney. A member of the Pawnee tribe, EchoHawk became the first Native American elected to a constitutional statewide office when he was named attorney general of Idaho in 1990; he served from 1991 to 1995. In 1994, he ran for governor but was defeated in the general election. Shortly after his 1994 defeat, EchoHawk accepted a faculty position at BYU. He has also served as stake president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at BYU and is of counsel at the EchoHawk Law Offices in Pocatello, Idaho.

Rod Fifield MSW’74 was named 2009 Social Work Leader of the Year by the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. Fifield is the director of social work at McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden. He became interested in medical social work after joining the Army, where he served as a captain in the medical service corps. Fifield has previously been recognized with honors including Social Worker of the Year in Utah, the Caring for Children award, a practicum service award, and a McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation award. Fifield, who is involved in numerous community service programs, has presented more than 400 lectures to community, civic, and church groups.

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Diana I. Brixner PhD’87 has been elected to a two-year term as a director of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. Brixner is professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy and executive director of the Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center, where she focuses on the design, conduct, training, and communication of pharmacoeconomic and outcomes research studies to demonstrate the value of pharmaceutical therapy toward rational reimbursement decisions. She spent time in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in marketing, sales, account management, and health outcomes; has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals; and is an internationally recognized speaker in her field. LM

Rich Shiba

Richard Shiba BS’89 is currently a final layout supervisor for DreamWorks Animation. He started work in the industry as an animator with Pacific Data Images (now a division of DreamWorks), where he worked on Shrek, Shrek 2, and Madagascar, as well as a Shrek 4-D ride attraction for Universal Studios. In his new role as a supervisor, he continues to do some layout work, and now counts among his credits Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, and, most recently, Monsters vs. Aliens, DreamWorks’ science-fiction/comedy about the confrontation between a government-sanctioned monster squad and extraterrestrial invaders. While the late March 2009 release of Monsters vs. Aliens ended more than a year’s worth of work, Shiba had only a brief respite before turning his attention to other upcoming DreamWorks Animation projects, including the recently announced Kung Fu Panda sequel.

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Glenda Christiaens

Glenda Christiaens BSN’93 MS’99, an associate professor in BYU’s College of Nursing, is president-elect of the American Holistic Nursing Association. Previously chair of the association’s national conference committee and its national education coordinator, Christiaens is one of two board-certified advanced holistic nurses in Utah. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Utah after 15 years as a phlebotomist. After obtaining her master’s in community health nursing from the U of U, she taught at the U for a year before taking the teaching position at BYU, where, in addition to community health, she teaches Integrative Healing Practices. She received a doctorate in nursing from Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2008.

Trevor Groth BS’94 has been appointed director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival. Groth had been a senior programmer at the festival since 2003. In his new position, he leads the team that sifts through the thousands of films submitted to the Sundance Institute each year and decides which ones to show at the festival. A native of Salt Lake City and former film student at the University of Utah, Groth has been a programmer at the festival since 1993.

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Carlton Brown PhD’07, RN, assistant professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing, has been named president-elect of the Oncology Nursing Society, a professional organization of more than 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers. Brown has been a member of the society for more than 17 years. He plans to spend time in Washington, D.C., working for better legislation to assist patients and the nurses who care for them. Both a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN), Brown joined the faculty at the University of Delaware in September 2008.

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