|THROUGH THE YEARS|
Nick P. Sefakis BS’56 received the Hellenic Heritage Award from the Hellenic Cultural Association of Salt Lake City. The award honors leadership, community service, and dedication to the promotion of Hellenism. Sefakis was manager of the Water District of Salt Lake City for nearly 20 years, guiding the district as it negotiated construction of Little Dell Dam. He also served as parish council president for the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake, and as president of the Lions Club in Magna, Utah. Sefakis and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 47 years and have four children.
Ron Huntsman BS’57, a professor and CPA at Texas Lutheran University (TLU), has been honored with the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) 2003 Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes Texas accounting educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and distinguished themselves through service to the accounting profession. Hunstman is the Elton Bohmann Professor of Accounting and chair of the business administration department at TLU. Having been on the faculty since 1986, he teaches several accounting courses. In addition to his TSCPA honor, he was selected by the TLU Alumni Association to receive the 2003 Distinguished Faculty Award.
Preston Parker BA’68 has been recognized as Arizona Businessman of the Year for 2003. Vice President Dick Cheney was in attendance when Parker received a gold medal at a black tie gala in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Council. Parker, a former Utah Republican Party treasurer, chaired the Business Advisory Council last year. A Utah native, Parker was actively involved in promoting legislation to fund the Beautification Act, and he developed accounting and appraisal methods used to value billboards nationwide. He is president of Preston Parker CPA, PC, a Phoenix, Ariz., accounting firm.
Ann Weaver Hart BS’70 MA’81 PhD’83 has been named the University of Utah College of Humanities Distinguished Alumna for 2003. Hart has been president of the University of New Hampshire since July 2002. Previously, she was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. She also served as dean of the graduate school, accreditation liaison officer, and special assistant to the president at the University of Utah. Widely published as a higher-education researcher, Hart has authored five books and more than 75 refereed journal articles and book chapters.
Conan Grames BA’72 (LM) and David Wahlquist BS’78 were part of a delegation of attorneys sent to Nanjing, China, to establish a cooperation agreement between an American law firm, Kirton & McConkie of Salt Lake City, and a Chinese law firm, Top Hope. The agreement is the first of its kind in the Jiangsu Province, an area of 72 million people, with the second- largest gross domestic product in China. Grames is a senior member of the Kirton & McConkie International Practice Group. Wahlquist is a partner at Kirton & McConkie and a longtime member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators.
David H. Engleberg BA’73 MBA’78 has been named chairman of the board of directors of National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colo. Founded in 1899, National Jewish is the only medical and research center in the United States dedicated entirely to respiratory, allergic, and immune system diseases. Engleberg has served as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including List College in New York City and the United Jewish Appeal. A National Jewish board member since 1994, he was a health care executive for over 25 years, and is now a real estate developer and investor. A native of Salt Lake City, Engleberg lives with his wife, Charlene, in Englewood, Colo. They are the parents of four children.
Scott Douglas BS’86 will serve as the USA delegation’s assistant chef de mission at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. The United States Olympic Committee appointed Douglas to support athletes and attend official delegation functions as a representative of the United States. A three-time Paralympian, Douglas competed in wheelchair tennis in the Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), and Sydney (2000) Games, winning a bronze medal in doubles for the final match of his career in Australia. The Paralympic Games are an elite competition for athletes with physical disabilities, and the second-largest sporting event in the world, after the Olympic Games.
Robert E. Mansfield BA’88 JD’92, an attorney at the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, is the new president of the Utah Elephant Club. The club helps raise funds for the Utah Republican Party, facilitating party operations and assisting with candidate expenses. Mansfield is involved in many community and civic activities and serves both as a director and general counsel to several nonprofit entities. He is also a member of the University of Utah President’s Club Board of Directors.
Scott Terrill BS’93, a nineyear veteran at KTVX, has been named creative services director of the ABC television station. He will head the art and promotion departments and retain his duties as a producer. Terrill, a two-time Emmy winner, is a Bountiful, Utah, native and a graduate of Woods Cross High School.
Ken Jenson BA’94, Bren Postma BFA’97, and Vanessa di Palma BS’00 recently joined W Communications, an advertising agency serving businessto- business, business-to-consumer, and political clients. Jenson is a business-tobusiness and technology account executive with extensive experience in worldwide marketing, branding, and sales programs. Postma, W Communications’ senior art director, spent four years at the Euro RSCG/Tatham agency and holds several awards for his work in print, broadcast, and interactive media. Di Palma is the company’s event manager. Her background is in fundraising and public relations with organizations such as the Sundance Film Festival, Milwaukee Brewers, and State of Utah Olympic Hosting.
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