to right: Reese Wilde, Bob Peterson, and H. Davis Tubre
Think herding cats is tough?
With U of U alumni ranging in ages, occupations, and backgrounds, gathering
them together in a city far from their U home can be a challenge.
Fortunately, the various alumni chapters spread around the countryfrom
California to Connecticutare guided by a group of dedicated chapter
leaders who organize events promoting athletics, academics, community
service, and, along the way, camaraderie among fellow Utes.
How dedicated? The uncommon story of H. Davis Tubre MBA73, chair
of the Dallas-Ft. Worth alumni chapter, is a good example. Although Tubre
graduated from the University of Utah with an MBA in December 1973, it
was 1995some 22 years laterbefore he had the opportunity to
set foot on the University campus. He earned his degree at the business
schools European division in Zweibrucken, West Germany, where he
completed all of his course work.
Germany seems an unlikely destination for someone who grew up in a small
Louisiana town. But after receiving his undergraduate degree from Louisiana
State University, Tubre joined the U. S. Air Force to see the world.
In 1970 he found himself in Germany, serving as a logistics and supply
officer at the base in Zweibrucken. It was there he became interested
in learning more about the processes the Air Force used in the management
of its huge supplies of consumables and properties. Tubre decided to enroll
in the Us European Division MBA program, which he found both competitive
and convenient to his circumstances. (Some 1,700 students have graduated
from the program, which is no longer in operation.) It also offered some
of the Us best faculty the opportunity to teach for a semester in
Fast forward to 1987, when Tubre decided to set up home and shop in Texas.
(His consulting business, Aims First Technologies, provides Macintosh
and PC network support and video services for clients.) He soon discovered
a large number of U of U alumniover 800 at last countin the
Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area. A committed mover and shaker, he organized
an alumni group now called, appropriately, the Lone Star chapter.
In 1995 Tubre stepped onto
the U of U campus for the first time when he was invited to attend the
Chapter Leadership Conference. At this annual event, chapter leaders have
the chance to mingle with Association staff and other alumni colleagues,
compare notes, gather information, and experience the latest happenings
Since then, Tubre has continued
to be a hardworking leader, organizing family picnics, tailgate parties
and other social gatherings, and promoting community service programs.
For the past five years, for example, the Lone Star chapter has collected
donations and presented a check to the Us Bennion Center in support
of its community outreach projects.
Says Tubre, As a relationship-type person, I have enjoyed associating
with other alumni, not only those locally, but other grads from Houston,
Austin, and Oklahoma, as well as the U of U Alumni Association.
As chapter chair, he continues to work with the Lone Star chapter leadership
to diversify activities and increase participation.
Tubre is a life member of the Alumni Association and also supports the
Crimson Club and the Eccles School of Business.
by the Bay
Enthusiasm and organizational skills abound in
the recently established Bay Area alumni chapter. In October, the chapter
hosted a special event at a restaurant overlooking the Bay Bridge in San
Francisco. The speaker was Ute basketball coach Rick Majerus, who joined
a group of about 70 alumni and their guests for a reception and dinner.
The coach talked about his favorite topic, basketball, then fielded questions.
True to form, Coach Majerus was the life of the party, comments
chapter member Hannah Horsley HBA89. He visited each table to greet
everyone personally, and autographed copies of his autobiography as well
as Ute caps, basketballs, and other paraphernalia that were later auctioned
off to raise funds to launch the chapter.
Majerus (center) with Bay Area alumni.
In November, over 30 people
(including three brave BYU alumni) attended a Utah-BYU party in San Francisco
to cheer and/or boo as the annual Ute-Cougar football face-off took place.
At the same time, the chapter collected over 100 lbs. of food from a raffle
held to support the San Francisco Food Bank. Items auctioned off included
a football autographed by the Ute football team and coaches, and some
Utah football T-shirts. Special guests included Stewart Hansen BS94,
who played football for the Utes in 1991-92; Alysa Frenz BS98, an
all-American gymnast who competed for the Utes from 1993-96 (including
the National Championship teams in 1994 and 1995); and Sharon Oshita,
who served as head trainer for the womens gymnastic team for eight
years, from 1994-2001.
To commemorate the founding
of the University in 1850, the Alumni Association each year honors four
alumni and one non-alumnus/a who have distinguished themselves professionally
and individually by supporting the University and its mission, and by
serving the local and national communities. The 2002 Founders Day Banquet
honoring these distinguished alumni and honorary alumna was held on March
13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel. The 2002 honorees are:
S. Evans BS74, innovator, organizer, and humanitarian, established
a successful dental practice in Salt Lake City after receiving his degree
in dentistry from the University of the Pacific in 1977. Since 1982, when
he established the Andean Childrens Foundation, Evans has devoted
his efforts to providing aid to impoverished areas of the world. He has
been instrumental in establishing a number of charities and development
programs, including the Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Intercultural
Exchange (CHOICE), designed to mobilize volunteer participation in grassroots
village initiatives in developing countries around the world; the Rapid
Rural Appraisal and Action Management Program (RRAAMP), which helps local
populations establish sustainable self-help health and education institutions;
and the Engage Now Foundation, which encourages Americans to become involved
in alleviating world poverty. Evans has received the Social Innovation
award (1987) from the Candle Foundation; the Meritorious Service Award
(1989) from Rotary International; and the Distinguished Service Award
(1998) from the Utah Dental Association.
Evans and his wife, Melissa, are the parents of five children. They live
on a ranch outside of Oakley, Utah.
W. Fuller HBS76 graduated from the U as the outstanding senior
scholar in civil engineering, receiving an award from the American Institute
of Architects (AIA) for his undergraduate honors thesis. Since earning
his masters degree (in design) from Stanford University, Fuller,
founder and CEO of WET (Water Entertainment Technologies) Design, is widely
recognized as a leader in technological innovation in contextually
motivated water features (see Continuum, Fall 1999). Integrating
water with invention led to the evolution of WET Design and Fullers
signature vanished pool effect, or MiniShooter, which uses
compressed air technology. He has incorporated environmental and economic
savings in many of his designs for public spaces and owns 50 patents on
water control, lighting, and air compression devices. Fuller has designed
more than 100 fountains for venues ranging from Disneys Epcot Center
to Tokyo Dome to the Bellagio Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, which features
the largest fountain ever built. Most recently, Fuller designed the cauldron
for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, based on the Games theme of Fire
M. BS68 and Susan P. Jacobsen BA66 discovered common interests
as students while working together on projects at Highland High School
in Salt Lake City. That discovery led to marriage and eventually to the
founding of the California Family Foundation in 1984. The foundation is
dedicated to resolving educational, housing, and employment problems in
low-income communities in and around Palo Alto, California. It has taken
on projects such as the Beechwood School, now in its 15th year of operation,
which provides educational opportunities to low-income families. The foundation
also supports a housing program, which employs young men from the community,
providing them with training in construction trades while building homes
that are rented to low-income families.
In 1987 the Jacobsens proposed establishing a community service center
in collaboration with the University, tying activities to the ideals and
values exemplified by Lowell L. Bennion, a well-known community service
advocate. Since then, the Bennion Community Service Center has become
a major force in connecting the University with the community.
As an outgrowth of their involvement
with youth programs, the Jacobsens also assumed responsibility for operating
the Bennion Teton Ranch, a youth program for boys, originally begun by
Bennion in 1961. The ranch has been expanded to include programs in leadership
development, marriage enrichment, and community service for the students
and staff of BYU Idaho. In the fall of 1996 the Jacobsens acquired the
Quickwater Ranch to provide a similar summer program for girls.
Richard is a general partner in WSJ Properties in Palo Alto and member
of the University of Utah National Advisory Council. He and Susan have
Russon Ririe BS50 is co-founder and artistic co-director of
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, which she founded in 1964 with Joan Woodbury.
Ririe taught at Virginia Tanners Conservatory of Creative Dance
and at Brigham Young University before coming to the University of Utah
in 1955, where she remained for 40 years, retiring in 1995. She has choreographed
over 100 works for Ririe-Woodbury and other professional companies, and
is a national leader in the field of dance for children.
Ririe received a Fulbright award in 1985 to teach and perform at the first
national dance workshop in New Zealand. Other honors include the Universitys
Distinguished Woman of the Year award (1980), the Honors in Arts Award
from the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce (1982), the Plaudit Award from
the National Dance Association (1981), the Governors Award for Arts
in Education (1990), the Dance Education Award from the Utah Education
Association (1992), the Utah Alliance for Arts in Education Award for
artist, the Presidents Award from the National Dance
Association, and an honorary doctorate from the U (1999).
Ririe and her husband, O. Rhees Ririe BS50, have four daughters.
M. Fay, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA58),
is a woman of many firsts. She began a career in government
(1961) as a claims representative with the Social Security Administration
in San Francisco, and then became the first woman district manager of
the Social Security Administration in Arizona (1969). She was later appointed
Assistant Regional Commissioner (1978), and ultimately became the first
woman district director of the Internal Revenue Service (1981-1996), where
she fostered a number of innovative changes in the service, including
recruitment of minorities and women and the implementation of an important
American Cancer Society education program. Fay was also the first woman
to hold positions as officer in the Salt Lake Rotary and chair of the
National Board of Advisors of the College of Business and Graduate School
of Business (1986-1989). She has received numerous awards at the local,
state, and national levels for her achievements in program management
and Equal Employment Opportunity accomplishments, including the American
Society for Public Administrations National Equal Opportunity/Exemplary
Practices Award for making an outstanding contribution to a more equal
As major donors to health sciences, Fay and her husband have established
the Richard A. and Carol M. Fay Presidential Endowed Fay Medical Informatics
Center in the School of Medicine. She was honored in 2001 with the Distinguished
Service Award from the School of Medicines Alumni Association for
outstanding contributions to the school, the community, and the practice
of medicine. Fay has also served as a founding member of the University
Hospital Foundation Board, the Huntsman Cancer Institutes Pain Medicine
and Palliative Care Advisory Group, and the Department of Genetics Society
for the Advancement of Genetic Exploration (SAGE).
Fay is currently a member of the University of Utah National Advisory
Council and the Scholarship Committee of the University of Utah Womens