Vol. 15 No. 2
Fall 2005

LM - Life Member (of the Alumni Association)
AM - Annual Member


Scott S. Parker BS’60 has been inducted into the prestigious Health Care Hall of Fame. Founded in 1988, the Hall of Fame has only 72 members, with just two individuals added this year. Parker was the president of Intermountain Health Care from 1975 until his retirement in 1998. He also has extensive experience nationally and internationally, having served as chairman of the American Hospital Association and the Hospital Research and Development Institute, president of the International Hospital Federation, and as a trustee for the National Committee for Quality Health Care. AM

Pat [Knous] Loewi BS’69 has been named president and chief executive officer for the Denver-based Kempe Children’s Foundation, an internationally recognized leader in the treatment, research, and prevention of child abuse. Among past leadership roles, Loewi had a highly successful tenure as president and CEO of Colorado Special Olympics. She also was a founding owner of radio station The Peak 96.5, where she conceived and directed the Peak Foundation, the nation’s first charitable foundation associated with a commercial radio station.

Marcia Madsen HBA’72 has been selected to chair a 14-member advisory panel mandated by Congress to review federal contracting laws, regulations, and policy. The Services Acquisitions Reform Act (SARA) panel is to develop a report within one year for Congress and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy recommending improvements in the government’s contracting system (rules of bidding, conflict of interest standards, contract administration procedures, etc.). Madsen, a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, has nearly 20 years experience in government contract law. She has served as chair of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law and was also president of the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association. LM


Jack A. Cranford PhD’77, associate professor and assistant head of the Department of Biology in the College of Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, received the National Academic Advising Association’s Certificate of Merit for Faculty Academic Advising. Cranford was recognized for his outstanding advising of students and administration of the department’s undergraduate advising program. Cranford has been teaching, advising, and conducting mammalian biology research at Virginia Tech since 1977. He holds life memberships in the American Society of Mammalogists, Sigma Xi, the Ecological Society of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.


Tracy L. Burr BS’81 has been named senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Schwan Food Company, a worldwide leader in the frozen food manufacturing and distribution industry. In addition to his current oversight of the company’s financial and accounting services, Burr now will be responsible for corporate shared services that include travel and office-management support. He previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company. AM

Robert B. Dimond BS’86 has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wild Oats Markets Inc., a leading national organic and natural foods retailer. Dimond has more than 15 years of financial planning and management experience in the food retail industry. Most recently he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Penn Traffic Company, one of the leading food retailers in the eastern U.S. With annual sales of more than $1 billion, Wild Oats currently operates 111 stores in 24 states and British Columbia.


Tom Hazuka PhD’90 received a $2,500 grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Hazuka, an English professor teaching fiction writing and literature at Central Connecticut State University, has published 30 short stories and two books, The Road to the Island (1998), about a son who returns to his hometown to search for his father’s hit-and-run killer, and In the City of the Disappeared (2000), set in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. He is currently working on a book about the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and a memoir about Chile. Hazuka went to Chile as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1978 and has revisited the country twice to conduct research.

Keith Jakob BS’92 (Chemistry) MS’95 (Engineering) PhD’01 (Business Administration) has been named the Ron and Judy Paige Faculty Fellow at the University of Montana-Missoula. The fellowship includes a two-year stipend for excellence in teaching, research, and service. Jakob is an assistant professor in the Accounting and Finance Department at the university’s School of Business Administration, where he primarily teaches business finance and investments. His research interests are in market microstructure, corporate finance, and mutual fund performance. Jakob has recent publications in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial Research, and the Case Research Journal. He also has served as a reviewer for journals including the Financial Review and the Journal for Financial Research.

Mitchell J. Moffitt BA’95, M.D., a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, was presented with the “Outstanding Young Pediatrician of the Army” award for 2005 by the Uniformed Services Chapter East. Each year the chapter selects one Army, Air Force, and Navy pediatrician to receive the award. Moffitt recently returned from a deployment to Iraq, where he served as a field surgeon with the 299th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division based out of Schweinfurt, Germany. He spent most of his time attached to the 126th Infantry in support of Operation Baton Rouge in Samarra, Iraq.

Pat Hanley JD’96 was appointed by Alaska Gov. Frank H. Murkowski as Anchorage district court judge, filling the seat vacated by retired Judge James Wanamaker. A former teacher in rural Alaska and commercial fisherman, Hanley had most recently been an assistant district attorney in the Anchorage district attorney’s office.

Arlen Lancaster BS’98 has joined the United States Department of Agriculture as deputy assistant secretary for congressional relations. Lancaster brings years of congressional experience to USDA, having worked since 1999 for Senator Mike Crapo, most recently as a senior policy advisor and as the staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Forestry Conservation and Rural Revitalization (since 2001). He previously worked for Senator Robert Bennett from 1998 to 1999, as well as in the Utah State Legislature in 1993.


Craig Arnold PhD’01 received one of two one-year residencies at the American Academy in Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The academy honored 18 writers with its 2005 awards in literature, totaling nearly $160,000, which recognize both established and emerging writers of fi ction, nonfi ction, and poetry. Arnold’s book of poetry Shells was published in 1999. His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Quarterly West, Open City, The Yale Review, The New Republic, and The Paris Review. His essays and reviews have been published in The Yale Review, Poetry, and The Austin Chronicle. Arnold is assistant professor of poetry at the University of Wyoming.

Felicia Canfield JD’03 is on the U.S. National Skeleton team, along with her husband, Brady. It’s rare that a husband and wife compete together at an elite international level; the Canfields are only the second husband and wife team to compete for a world cup. In January, they became the fi rst and only couple to both win gold at an America’s Cup event. Now both are hoping to make the 2006 Olympic team. Brady joined the Air Force as a physicist and first tried the skeleton at Lake Placid while stationed in upstate New York. Felicia initially learned skeleton to support Brady, pursuing her law degree and caring for their three children while he raced. Now her firm, Fabian & Clendenin, gives her time off in the winter to compete.

Laura Bissett Weiss BA’04 led production this spring on the “10th Intern Edition,” the student-created NPR newsmagazine, broadcast once each semester since 1999. Originally from Logan, Weiss was executive producer of the show, leading a team of 15 interns at National Public Radio’s Washington Desk. Weiss was editor-in-chief, opinion editor, and feature writer at The Daily Utah Chronicle while at the U. She graduated summa cum laude in English and political science.

Margot Singer PhD’05 has won the quarterly literary journal Shenandoah’s 2005 Thomas H. Carter Prize for “Lila’s Story,” an essay that can be found in issue 54.3 (http://shenandoah.wlu.edu). The prize is named for former student editor Tom Carter, under whose leadership Shenandoah grew to publish a cast of international writers including e.e. cummings, Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden, Ezra Pound, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor. Singer moved to Granville, Ohio in June to begin a tenure-track position as assistant professor of English at Denison University.

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