Stan Postma MBA’82 has joined the Salt Lake
City office of MWH (Montgomery, Watson, Harza) Global, a leading
provider of knowledge-driven services, as principal engineer. Postma’s
primary responsibilities will be business development and management
of large projects. Postma has over 31 years of engineering experience,
with a history of work on major public water, power, and transportation
projects throughout the Intermountain West.
Stephan Koplowitz MFA’83 is one of five
winners of the 2004 Alpert Awards in the Arts. Established in 1994,
the $50,000 fellowships are funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation
and administered by the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Koplowitz has directed and choreographed
critically acclaimed “site-adaptive” dance works for
the past 20 years. His projects usually involve 20-70 performers
and are set in architecturally significant urban sites.
Marc Probst BS’83 has been appointed vice
president of information technology and chief information officer
for Intermountain Health Care (IHC), a nonprofit health care organization
based in Salt Lake City. Prior to joining IHC, Probst was a partner
at Deloitte Consulting. He has also served as chief information
officer for the nation’s largest third-party administrator
and as a partner for Ernst & Young.
Jeffrey W. Shaw BS’83 was recently appointed
CEO of Southwest Gas Corporation, a natural gas distribution company
serving over 1.5 million homes and businesses in Nevada, Arizona,
and California. Shaw, a CPA, joined Southwest Gas in 1998 and held
various senior management positions before becoming the company’s
president in 2003. He is a member of several professional accounting
organizations, has served on the board for the YMCA of Southern
Nevada, and is active with Boy Scouts of America.
Mark Prus PhD’85 has been named dean of
the School of Arts and Sciences at State University of New York
(SUNY) College at Cortland. Prus joined SUNY Cortland’s Economics
Department in 1990 and has served as a professor, chair of the Economics
Department, and interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
He is an expert on prevailing wage laws and has published numerous
papers on women’s labor market experience, occupational sex
segregation, and wage inequities.
Barbara Haun BS’91, a sixth-grade teacher
at McMillan Elementary in Utah’s Murray School District, has
been awarded the 2004 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education.
Each year, the Utah PTA and KUED present the awards to six outstanding
educators and two volunteers from throughout Utah. Dedicated to
building positive relationships with students, Haun teaches important
life skills through character-building and problem-solving exercises.
She also attends at least one extracurricular activity for each
of her students in a given year.
Karen Mecham MPA’95 was selected as the
recipient of the 2003 Executive Women International (EWI) Legacy
Award. EWI is a networking and leadership development organization
for businesswomen with 85 chapters in the North America and Europe.
Mecham co-founded the Bringing Hope to Single Moms Foundation, an
award-winning program that provides information, emotional support,
and mentoring for single mothers in Utah and Arizona.
Jeffrey Gold BS’96 won the Jury’s
Choice Gold Medal for Excellence for his feature-length score in
the film Abby Singer at the 2004 Park City Film Music Festival.
Gold was also a producer, camera operator, and actor in Abby
Singer, which won the Fleur de Lis awards for Best Feature
Film and Best Independent Film at the 2003 New Orleans Media Experience.
Gold, a successful playwright, filmmaker, and composer, is an adjunct
faculty member at the U and Salt Lake Community College, where he
teaches film and screenwriting.
Doug Goodman MS’96 PhD’02, assistant
professor of political science at Mississippi State University,
received the Mississippi State Department of Political Science Outstanding
Professor Award for the 2003-04 academic year. Goodman teaches graduate
and undergraduate courses in public administration and political
science. He has written several published papers in his field and
co-edited the book Contested Landscape: Wilderness in Utah and
the West with Dan McCool—director of the U’s American
West Center—in 1999.
B. Craig Horwat MARC’96 has joined the San
Diego, Calif., firm of Smith Consulting Architects as a senior project
manager. Horwat is a licensed architect in California and Utah and
has eight years of experience working for architectural firms in
both states. Most recently, he was an architect for Architects Delawie
Wilkes Rodrigues Barker in San Diego. He also worked for Zagrodnik
& Thomas Architects, where he oversaw the renovation of the
San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center.
Douglas W. Jamison MS’99 will become president,
chief operating officer, and chief financial officer of Harris &
Harris Group, Inc. as of Jan. 1, 2005. Harris & Harris Group
is a publicly traded venture capital company that makes initial
investments in “tiny” technology (nanotechnology, microsystems,
and microelectromechanical systems). Jamison became vice president
of Harris & Harris Group in 2002. Prior to that, he worked at
the U of U Technology Transfer Office. He is a member of several
advisory boards and professional societies in his field. AM
Brenda Miller PhD’99 has been promoted to
the position of associate professor of English at Western Washington
University. Miller teaches creative nonfiction and fiction writing,
as well as literature classes in autobiography, memoir, and personal
essay. She has received three Pushcart Prizes for her creative nonfiction,
and her essays have appeared in multiple literary periodicals. A
trade edition of her McGraw-Hill textbook, Tell it Slant: Writing
and Shaping Creative Nonfiction, is scheduled for release this
Josh Ferrin BA’04, former Daily Utah
Chronicle cartoonist, received the 2004 John Locher Memorial
Award from the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, singling
him out as the best college editorial cartoonist of the year. A
political science major with a minor in Middle East studies and
Arabic, Ferrin had plans to go to law school when his lifelong habit
of doodling in class turned into a full-blown career. He is now
pursuing employment as a professional newspaper cartoonist.
LM: Alumni Association Life Member
AM: Alumni Association Annual Member
and Richard Henriksen studying at the U in 1950.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Evelyn Pay Henriksen BS’50 graduated the
same year as her husband, C. Richard Henriksen JD’50.
That may not seem remarkable these days, when there are nearly as
many women as men graduating from the U, and married students are
hardly a novelty on campus. In 1950, however, it was enough to catch
the attention of a local newspaper. The Henriksens were depicted
as an anomaly then, but Evelyn didn’t find her situation unusual.
Her U roots went back to her mother, Georgetta Paxman Pay
DPLM’08, and that education ethic has led to a veritable
U dynasty in the 54 years that have passed since the young Mr. and
Mrs. Henriksen picked up their degrees.
Richard (who passed away four years ago) and Evelyn had eight children
together, and every one of them graduated from the University of
Utah. Not only that, but all of their children have married U alumni,
and the tradition has continued with many of their grandchildren.
“I’ve had one of my children, daughters or sons-in-law,
or grandchildren enrolled at the U continuously since 1965,”
says Evelyn. In fact, 11 of her grandchildren and their spouses
attended the U this year. Three of those family members, Elizabeth
(Beth) Brown, Becca Henriksen, and Laura
Stoker, graduated in May. “It’s not that we
tell our kids that they have to go to the U,” says Evelyn’s
eldest daughter, Patricia (Tricia) Stoker BA’69.
“We encourage them to look around and make comparisons. More
often than not, they end up choosing Utah because it’s such
a great school.” All told, the Richard and Evelyn Henriksen
family boasts 36 University of Utah graduates and 43 U degrees,
as well as eight current or returning students, and three others
who attended classes at the U. Talk about a family of loyal Utes!