Vol. 13. No. 2
Fall 2003

After 18 years as director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Ted Wilson BS’64 retires at the end of August. But the former Salt Lake City mayor, who was also an adjunct professor in the political science department, vows to find any excuse he can to visit campus from time to time.

In 1985, Wilson, who personally knew institute founder Robert H. Hinckley, was invited to lunch with Hinckley and R. J. Snow BA’62 MA’64, former institute director, and offered the directorship. “At that time two of my passions were brought together—teaching and politics,” says Wilson. His goal was to teach students the fundamentals of and respect for politics.

The Hinckley Institute has flourished under Wilson’s direction, becoming well known for many of its programs, especially its internships. Wilson has expanded the number of Washington, D.C., interns from 20 to 30 each semester, and has increased the number of local and legislative internships, bringing the annual total to about 200 interns. To date, about 3,500 students have served Hinckley internships, and a number of former interns have attained top political positions, both appointed and elected.

Through the Sam Rich International program, “students have had their lives changed by political study and service in the third world,” notes Wilson. Students have worked in London, Israel (now disbanded), and now in the twoyear- old fledgling program in Mexico.

But Wilson is particularly attuned to the India program and hopes to continue his participation in it. Students take classes on campus that acquaint them with the social, cultural, and political situations in the country, then spend three weeks traveling and working there. Student Jamie Sorenson comments: “Traveling to India with Ted Wilson was an experience of a lifetime. If you take a great friend, your favorite professor, and a loving parent who is only concerned about your welfare and put them into one, you have Ted. His love of India and the people made us want to love India more than we already did. It was the highlight of my life.”

Wilson has also brought two new scholarships to the Institute: the Scott M. Matheson Leadership Forum Scholarship, and the Pete Suazo Leadership Scholarship. In addition, he created the W.D. Rishel Loan Program with funds bequeathed by Rishel’s daughter, Virginia, with the stipulation that it be used for women interested in politics.

The Hinckley Journal of Politics, another of Wilson’s ideas, is made up of the best undergraduate student research papers covering politics and public policy. He has also increased interaction between the public and the institute through broadcast lectures and panels. The special lectures by practicing politicians, diplomats, and scholars are heard twice a week on KUER-FM and are broadcast once a month on the U’s learning channel 9, KULC-TV.

So, why retirement? Wilson says it’s time for a change, for himself and for the Hinckley Institute. “I still love this place,” he says. “I have worked with great students and others who make me remorseful that I am going. But there are grandchildren to enjoy, motorcycles to ride, and mountains to climb,” he says. “And it’s time to get started.”

—Nettie Pendley is Continuum editorial assistant.



Sondra Horton Fraleigh BS'62 was presented with the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) 2003 Outstanding Service to Dance Research Award. She is recognized for providing a voice for dance and leadership in the Eastern Division of the American Society for Aesthetics and serving as guest professor at universities in the United States, Japan, India, Canada, England, Jamaica, and Norway. Her research has been instrumental in opening new avenues of dance and somatic practices in these areas. Fraleigh's latest book, Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan, documents her 12 years of research in Butoh. She has also served as president of CORD.

Edward E. (Ward) Hindman BS'65 , a professor at the City College of New York, has been elected a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society for his outstanding contributions to the atmospheric sciences over the past 40 years. He designed field and laboratory instruments to measure cloud particles and made the first ice water content measurements in clouds. The AMS Council elects new Fellows each year from a slate of not more than two-tenths of one percent of all AMS members.

John R. Tapia MA'66 PhD'69, a World War II veteran, was recently presented with the French Jubilee of Liberty Medal and Diploma by the French government for his participation in the Normandy campaign and the liberation of France. He is a distinguished member of the 70 th Armor Regiment of the U.S. Army, and is past commander, chapter 608, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was awarded three Purple Hearts in World War II and four in the Korean conflict. Tapia is also vice chancellor of the International Academy of Poets and the "Laureate Man of Letters," as designated by the United Poet Laureate International. He is a member of the "Order of Don Quixote" through the Spanish National Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Now retired, Tapia lives in Prescott, Ariz.  

Max J. Evans BS'68 is the new director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration. Previously, he was director of the Utah State Historical Society and editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly. As director in Utah, he also served as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and was responsible for publications, the history library, a statewide grants program, and the state history museum. Evans was a founding member of the Conference of Intermountain Archivists and was a fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He was also editorial assistant for the Western Historical Quarterly, an archivist for the LDS Church Historical Department, and an archivist at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. AM


Laura Cowley Hansen BA'71 is a realtor with Ramsey Group Real Estate. She previously taught in the Salt Lake City School District and was on the reading and writing assessment committee for the district. Hansen has also been a Junior Team Tennis coordinator for the state of Utah and a member of the O.C. Tanner Scholarship selection committee. Her husband is Royal Hansen BS'72 JD'75 , a former Alumni Association board member. LM

LaVon B. Carroll PhD'72 recently received the Ogden City Mayor's award for literary achievement. She has received numerous awards for poetry and prose writing from the League of Utah Writers, the Utah State Poetry Society, the National League of American Pen Women, and the Springfield, Mississippi, Writer's League. AM

Eric Brandt Nielsen BFA'72 MFA'74 recently received the university dance educator of the year award for the state of Georgia. This award is given by the Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.   AM

Gary F. Kennedy BA'77 JD'80 has been elected senior vice president and general counsel for American Airlines. He has been with the company for 19 years--in the legal department for seven years, then in the corporate real estate department, where he became managing director, then vice president. Kennedy was associated with the law firms of Roe & Fowler and Suitter Axland Armstrong and Hanson in Salt Lake City before joining American Airlines. He lives with his wife and four children in Colleyville, Texas.    

Keith BS'78 and Jodi BS'95 Bradshaw have recently moved to St. George, Utah. Jodi was promoted to regional sales account manager for MacCall Management and the Crystal Inn throughout the Cedar City/St. George areas. Keith is semi-retired.   LM


Jerry Mark de Bruin BS'82 , senior vice president of pharmacy services for Rite Aid Corporation, is responsible for pharmacy marketing, managed care, clinical services, and pharmacy purchasing. Prior to joining Rite Aid, de Bruin was a chain drugstore veteran with 16 years of experience in managed care. He was a pharmacist for American Drug Stores, CEO and general manager of RxAMERICA, LLC, a pharmacy benefit management company in Salt Lake City, and vice president of managed care and pharmacy procurement for Albertson's Inc.

Robert D. Haws BS'86 JD'89 has joined the law firm of Gust Rosenfeld in Phoenix, Ariz. His expertise is education and employment law. He advises public schools in state and federal courts on difficult employment situations, special education, the open meeting law, contracts, public records issues, and controversial student issues. In the employment law area, Haws focuses on defending businesses against harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination allegations. At the U he was a Leary Scholar and was on the Law Review editorial board. He was previously a partner in the firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon.

Dow W. Jones BS'89 is vice president of global sales for a Bluffdale, Utah-based gear bag manufacturer, OGIO. He has 13 years of experience in sales management, including eight years with Targus, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of notebook computer cases and accessories. Jones was also vice president of sales for Utah-based Layton Companies, a construction and engineering firm, and began his career with Megahertz Corp., where he oversaw domestic and international sales. He lived for a time in London, England, to establish the company's European headquarters.  


Carolyn G. Buma BS'90 and Ann Christenson BS'00 are working for Fund Raising Counsel, Inc. (FRCI), a consulting firm assisting nonprofit organizations throughout Utah. Buma was formerly director of foundation and government support for Ballet West and has had over 13 years of experience in nonprofit management.   She will be a vice president at FRCI. Christenson, who worked for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, will be associate vice president. <two photos>

Kenneth E. Horton BS'90 was elected a member of Rader, Fishman & Grauer, a national intellectual property law firm in Salt Lake City. He has worked with a wide range of technological advancements and has more than 10 years of experience in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign trademarks and patents, particularly in chemical, biochemical, and electro-chemical technologies. Horton was a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He holds a J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, and an MBA from George Washington University.

Roz McGee MPA'90 , a first-time candidate, was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, District 28, in the November 2002 election. She has been a longtime member and leader in the League of Women Voters and was director of Utah Children, a statewide child advocacy organization. McGee's husband, Zell, recently retired from the U of U School of Medicine faculty.

Cord H. Luby BS'91 , navy lieutenant commander, was deployed to the Arabian Gulf for six months aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The carrier was one of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battlegroup and launched dozens of Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles during the conflict.

Scott Cheney BS'93 is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Salt Lake City, where he helps businesses and individuals with their financial planning. He came to Northwestern after teaching and coaching skiing and windsurfing in Alta, Utah; Mt. Hood, Oregon; the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon; and the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Brandi Burraston BS'94 was hired as marketing coordinator and office manager for Hamlet Homes in Salt Lake City. She will assist the company's vice president and director of marketing, organizing special events for Hamlet communities, communicating with sales representatives, and coordinating the placement of ads. Burraston formerly worked as operations manager for the Utah Heart Clinic. She received her MBA in marketing from Westminster College.

Kenner B. Kingston BS'94 MArch'96 , a principal architect with Architectural Nexus, has become the firm's first architect to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation. LEED is the highest rating standard for sustainable building projects, and is designed and administered by the United States Green Building Council. Kingston had a key role in the design/build team of OSHA's Salt Lake Technical Center. When the center is completed, it will become only the second LEED-certified building in Utah. Kingston is also a teacher at the U and at Salt Lake Community College.

Stephanie Stewart-Stack BS'95 is a realtor with Ramsey Group Real Estate, where she previously worked for five years as a licensed personal assistant to Georgia Ball, a Ramsey Group founder who recently retired. Stewart-Stack is married to Tim Stack BS'90.

Brandon T. O'Brien MBA'96 has been named vice president over finance with the Fonix Corporation, a provider of speech interface solutions. O'Brien, a certified public accountant, was senior auditor with a major independent accounting firm for over seven years. He was also financial reporting manager at Iomega Corp. His experience includes product line profitability analysis, cash flow projection models, budgetary projection models, the preparation and review of all SEC reports, and the processes and procedures for revenue recognition specific to high-tech companies.  

Elizabeth Sanders BS'98 of Clinton, Utah, and a graduate student in communication at the University of Rhode Island, is a participant in the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Foundation's annual summer fellowship program--one of 30 students chosen from over 600 applicants to participate in this program. The students are introduced to broadcasting, cable, advertising, and news media during their first week in New York City, then spend another eight weeks as interns working at major networks, advertising agencies, cable operations, and other national firms. Sanders ultimately hopes to work in entertainment, news production, or media promotions.   She is currently employed at Newport Harbor Corporation and was previously producer of the "Doug Wright Show" at KSL Newsradio in Salt Lake City.