Vol. 12. No. 4
Spring 2003
Robbi Dewey Comes Home New Board Members— Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Operation School Bell Chimes On Football Flashback Follow up
New Career Program Up and Running! Beehive Honor Society
Food Drive 2002 Ute Fan Clubs Give Games a Boost
Founders Day Distinguished Alumni & Honorary Alumnus

Robbi Dewey Comes Home
Combine talent, energy, and a gift for organization and you have the newest member of the Alumni Association staff, Robbi R. Dewey BS’95. She is a director of alumni relations and the alumni chapter coordinator, responsible for U of U alumni chapters throughout the country. Chapter leaders, take note: Dewey is here to help you unite your local U of U alums through an active, fun, and purposeful chapter. She plans to encourage each chapter to hold at least two social events each year, have an ongoing student recruiting and mentoring relationship with the local high schools, and perform at least one community service project a year. She will work to resuscitate inactive chapters and help to create new chapters, as well.

“It’s great to be back at the U,” says Dewey. “Since I got my degree here,” she says, pointing to the framed document hanging on her office wall, “it’s like I’ve come full circle. As an alumna and staff member, now I can give back to the University.” She hopes to instill that sense of connectedness in other alumni as well.

Previously, Dewey worked as alumni program coordinator for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, has been an organizational fundraiser, was on the staff at KUEDChannel 7, and has worked for nonprofit organizations for the past 14 years. She currently is on the development committee for St. John the Baptist School at the Skaggs Catholic Center. She and her husband, Steve, have a daughter, Angela, 12, whom they call “Taz”—for Tasmanian devil, “because she’s always on the go,” says Dewey, especially on the soccer field. The Deweys harbor a small menagerie of animals, including two golden retrievers, an aquarium full of fish, and a pet rat named (what else?) Mickey. Oh, and Dewey is a huge sports fan, wild about the Utes. You can find her at various athletic events throughout the year, sporting red and cheering on the home team. She is equally enthusiastic about urging on the alumni chapters, and welcomes contact with alumni who want to get involved in Association and chapter activities. She can be contacted at (801) 581-3857 or rdewey@alumni.utah.edu.

Operation School Bell Chimes On
Following last year’s success, the Association pitched in once again to help the Assistance League of Salt Lake with Operation School Bell (see Continuum, Spring 2002). In 2002 the Assistance League provided winter clothing to over 4,500 needy children at 140 schools throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Volunteers put in over 750 hours helping fit clothes on kids. This year, along with the Community Service Committee, headed by Manny Martinez ex’69, Emeritus Alumni Association board members pitched in to offer their experience in child handling and clothes fitting. Committee members Andrea Ence, Natalie Harris, Raymond Uno BS’55 JD’58 MSW’68, and Rick Webster BS’80 MS’83 were joined by Emeritus volunteers Reuel BS’54 (and Dorothy BA’65) Ware, Dick BS’50 (and Jean ex’53) Raybould, Lennox Larson BS’47, Frances Monson ex’56, Jeanne Wright BS’55, Elaine BS’56 (and Bill BS’57) Burrows, Regnal Garff BA’49 JD’55 MSW’56, Rhees BS’50 (and Shirley BS’50) Ririe, Jack BS’59 MSW’65 (and Patsy) McNamara, Flora Weggeland BS’52 PhD’75, and DeLyle BS’60 (and Judy BS’60) Condie.

Members of the Student Alumni Association also pitched in to help sort clothing and bundle it into bags. “It was just like a party,” says Dorothy Ware. “The camaraderie among all the alumni volunteers was wonderful.”

It was through the Wares, who volunteer at the Assistance League, that the Emeritus members got involved with Operation School Bell. Comments Reuel, “The kids are so appreciative. One boy liked his new Levis so much that he didn’t want to let go of them while I found a pair that would fit him better. Another boy told me that his family didn’t have clothes like these at home. I later found out that he lived in a homeless shelter. It is hard to describe the pleasure of performing a task that is so appreciated by the recipients. I think we all benefited as much as the kids.”

Connie Knowles, who heads Operation School Bell for the Assistance League, acknowledges that the demand for clothing has been greater this year than last—no doubt in response to the current economic slowdown. “The Assistance League has had to work harder to stretch its resources,” says Knowles, noting that funds are raised through donations and sales of used clothing at its thrift shop (located at 2060 East 3300 South in Salt Lake City). For further information about Operation School Bell, contact Knowles at 801-467-6353.

New Career Program Up and Running!
As noted in the Summer 2002 Continuum, the Alumni Association has teamed with Career Services to create a program focusing on career development, career exploration, and the job search. Workshops, a Web site specifically designed for the program, and a dedicated alumni career counselor are part of the package. Career specialist Julie Swaner BA’69 has taken over as head of the program, which includes one-on-one counseling, career position postings, networking prospects, development workshops, and a library, among other career resources. An orientation workshop is held each week to familiarize participants with the services and to introduce them to the unique array of job-search tools available.

The employer-based portion of the program was introduced at an Association sponsored lunch on Nov. 9, 2002. It is designed to forge new partnerships and develop greater awareness among local employers about the ready pool of candidates who are U of U grads. The event also resulted in a number of job openings, which have been posted on the Web site—accessible to those who sign up for the program. Employer/alumni networking nights are a new feature. Additional information, including online registration, can be found here, or contact Julie Swaner at 801-585-5036 or jswaner@sa.utah.edu.

Food Drive 2002
The good news is that the Utes beat the Cougars 13-6 at the annual pigskin skirmish on Nov. 23. The great news is that Utah also bettered BYU in the 10th annual food drive, collecting truckloads of food items and $7,620 in cash for the Utah Food Bank.

The bulk of the monetary contributions came from fans entering Rice-Eccles stadium to see the game, but donations were also collected at various sites around campus and at Smith’s stores.

“Even though the Utes and Cougars are bitter rivals on the field,” says John Fackler BS’89 BS’94 MPrA’95, director of business relations at the Alumni Association, “we have had this collaborative competition going for the past nine years, and it’s worked exceedingly well, to the benefit of those in need.”

The Utah Food Bank is a nonprofit agency that distributes goods to all 70 Utah food pantries. In turn, the pantries service 212 charitable agencies throughout the state. Agencies served by the pantries respond to more than 73,000 Utahns who request emergency service monthly. One-third of those needing help are children. For more information on how to volunteer at the agency or where to send contributions, contact the Utah Food Bank at 801-908-8660.

New Board Members— Student Alumni Association (SAA)
A new group of officers and board members is guiding the Student Alumni Association in 2002-03, including: President: James Thorup; internal vice president: Beth Brown; external vice president: Andrea Winger; new board members: Jason Barlow, Chad Dilley, Kelly Edmonson, Andrea Ence, Natalie Harris, Emily Jardine, Jessica Judkins, Ryan Lavigne, Jessica Morrow, Dan Olson, Jacob Olson, Ryan Plewe, Rico Snow, James Sorenson, and Tamara Thomas.

Some of the 2002-03 Student Alumni Association board members pose with the new SAA president, James Thorup (back row, center): (L-R, front row) Jason Barlow, Ryan Plewe, Scott Hammer, Dan Olson, James Sorenson, Rico Snow; (L-R, back row) Natalie Harris, Jacob Olson, Beth Brown, Thorup, Camille Parker, and Dan Richards.

Football Flashback Follow up

The first person to identify the man in the middle in the Football Flashback photo (see Continuum, Winter 2002) was Larry O. Bonner, who correctly noted the mystery man as Joseph H. Maddock, coach of the Ute football team from 1904 to 1909. Bonner and his wife, Rebecca Kunz Bonner BS’ 01, who are already members of the Alumni Association, will receive a year’s free membership, beginning in March, 2003.

In The University of Utah: A History of Its First Hundred Years—1850 to 1950, Ralph V. Chamberlin writes: “The coming of Joseph H. Maddock to the University as Instructor in Physical Culture and Athletic Director marked the beginning of a period not only of great football and track teams but of a notable advance and strengthening of athletics in general.” Maddock had been an All-American tackle at the University of Michigan and brought with him a “personal magnetism and contagious enthusiasm that inspired an unprecedented loyalty and fighting spirit among the athletes, students, and alumni,” writes Chamberlin. Maddock’s coaching, “noted for its hurry up style,” resulted in huge victories during the 1904-05 athletics season. The Utah footballers took on a team of Fort Douglas soldiers and beat them 107 to 5!

Perhaps the M on his sweater also stood for Marvel.

Beehive Honor Society

Wallace Boyack BA’66 MBA’66 is president of the Beehive board. He holds J.D. and M.A. degrees from Georgetown University, and is a partner in the law firm Boyack Ashton & Jenkins. He is married to Gaylynne Boyack. Candace Anderson Rideout BFA’65 is president-elect of the Beehive board. She is a realty sales consultant in Salt Lake City and is married to Stephen Rideout ex’68. Melyssa Davidson BA’88 has taken leave from her law practice (she earned her J.D. at the University of California-Hastings) to stay at home with her two children. Her husband is Kraig P. Moyes BA’91. David C. Gessel BS’83 is vice president of government relations and legal affairs with the Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association. He has a master’s degree from Rutgers University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is married to Diana Allen Gessel BS’83.

The Beehive Honor Society, founded in 1913, represents students who, as graduating seniors, are inducted into the oldest honor society on campus. The society will celebrate its 90th anniversary in April 2003. New board members are: by John Fackler

This year the U of U Student Alumni Association (SAA) joined forces with the athletics department to form the firstever Utah Football Fan Club (UFFC). The club turned out to be the bright spot in a somewhat disappointing football season. “We didn’t know how many students would join,” says Kim Raap, assistant marketing director of athletics. “We hoped for maybe 300 students and were almost overwhelmed when more than 800 signed up.” UFFC members not only got to sit in the best student seats and wear special UFFC T-shirts, but they also enjoyed pre-game barbecues, entertainment, and prize giveaways—all for only $20.

Scott Hammer, president of UFFC, explains, “We focused on getting groups such as ROTC, LEAP, LDSSA,
and the Greek houses to sign up and sit as groups. We went to freshman orientation and told students that this was what they were supposed to do.” The strategy worked. As the deadline to join approached, the Alumni House was besieged with applications. The UFFC board, made up of U students, spent long hours making sure that seating requests were filled. Many Ute fans and even coaches were surprised to see the increased student support. Red T-shirts and a sign denoting the UFFC area as “The Muss” reserved the section. “The football fan club had a great start this year,” says Raap. “Hopefully we’ll be overwhelmed again next year.”

And, of course, as football ends, basketball begins. For over a decade, the SAA has sponsored the Ute Fan
Club for basketball. Each season more than 200 students sign up. Basketball fan club members are required to attend at least 90 percent of home games in order to keep their reserved seats near the court. “We want to have an impact on the game,” says fan club member James Thorup, president of SAA. “If the students get loud, the rest of the crowd follows.” In fact, Thorup and many other students have established a tradition of standing up during the entire game.

Fan Club members serve two purposes: while cheering on the Utes, they (for better or worse, depending on your point of view) distract the opposition by making a ruckus. One zealous Fan Club member once showed up wearing a Barney the Purple Dinosaur outfit to taunt the other team. “We used to drive [New Mexico basketball player] Kenny Thomas nuts,” Thorup claims. “We even got him to laugh a couple of times.” But the most spirited antics of the Ute Fan Club are reserved for the BYU game. “The rivalry brings out the best in us,” comments Thorup.

—John Fackler BS’89 BS’94 MPrA’95 is director of business relations at the Alumni Association.

Each year, the founding of the University in 1850 is commemorated by honoring four alumni and one non-alumnus/a for their outstanding professional and personal accomplishments, their support of the University and its mission, and their service to the community. The 2003 honorees are:

Distinguished Alumni

  • For 31 years, H. Kent Bowen BS’67 has been a teacher, researcher, and administrator at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at Harvard University. At MIT he was a faculty member in both the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he held the Ford Professorship. In 1986, Bowen was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and named Scientist of the Year by R & D (Research and Development) Magazine. In 1992, he joined the Harvard University Graduate School of Business where he received the Bruce V. Rauner Professorship. Bowen and his wife, Kathleen, have five children.
  • Larry EchoHawk JD’73, a member of the Pawnee Indian Tribe, is presently on the faculty of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. EchoHawk was tribal attorney for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho and served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives. He became the first Native American in U.S. history to be elected as a state (Idaho) attorney general and to lead a state delegation to the Democratic National Convention. A former football player, EchoHawk became the first BYU graduate ever to receive the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award. EchoHawk and his wife, Terry, have six children.
  • Robert H. Garff BS’66 MBA’67 is owner, CEO, and former general manager of Salt Lake-based Garff Enterprises Inc., an automobile franchise and property-holding company with real estate in Utah, Idaho, and Hawaii. Garff served in the Utah State House of Representatives for 10 years. He has been a member of the board of directors of Intermountain Health Care, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Utah Symphony. He was also chair of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee Board of Trustees for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Garff and his wife, Katharine Bagley Garff BS’64, have five children.
  • Peggy Bennion Papp BFA’50 is a senior supervising faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and founder and director of Ackerman’s Depression and Gender Project in New York City. Papp is among the top three therapists in the world in her field. She is founder of the women’s Project in Family Therapy and has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She has maintained a private practice for over 30 years. She met her late husband, Joseph Papp, a Broadway producer when they worked together on a play. Together they started the Public Theatre and New York hakespearean Festival. Papp has two children, whom she calls her “most prized successes.”

Honorary Alumnus

  • Jack R. Wheatley, a retired contractor, is managing general partner in WSJ Properties, a development company, in Palo Alto, Calif. Wheatley has served as city council member and as mayor of Palo Alto. He has been a leader of community organizations such as the Stanford University Hospital and San Jose’s Technological Museum. He received the Inspiration award from the Technological Museum of San Jose and the Philanthropist of the Year award from the city of San Jose. Wheatley has shown his regard for the U by supporting the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Lowell Bennion Service Center, the Department of Radiology, and the Utah Pioneering Women in Medicine Endowed Chair. He and his wife, Mary Lois Cannon Sharp BFA’48, have six children.


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