Even though it’s only
22 years old, the Alumni House has recently had a facelift.
In April, “U-News & Views,” the Alumni Association’s online newsletter, was launched into cyberspace.
The goal of the newsletter is simple: to keep U of U graduates and friends engaged and informed about what’s happening at the U. Which is a lot.
The cyber-letter includes
feature stories—about research, people, events, and activities—along
with some news from the Alumni Association, athletic highlights, a calendar
of events, and a few tidbits (opinion polls, interesting statistics, and
fun facts) about campus life.
In 1913, the Beehive Honor
Society was formed to pay tribute to graduating seniors who demonstrated
leadership, scholarship, and service to the University and the community,
while maintaining a good academic record. In 2003—90 years later—this
honorable tradition continues.
On occasion, an outstanding person from the University community is selected for honorary membership. There are presently 19 such honorees. This year the society bestowed honorary membership on retiring Hinckley Institute Director Ted Wilson BS’64 to commemorate the society’s 90th anniversary.
On April 10, 21 new members were inducted into the Beehive Honor Society, including: Steven Behling, Rick Henricksen III, Laura Jacobson, Jessica Judkins, Elizabeth Kanell, Randall Lloyd, Benjamin Lowe, Kristien McDonald, Amanda Meredith, Jessie Morris, Michael Nelson, Christina Olson, Christopher Otto, Daniel Owen, Haley Petersen, Jessica Peterson, Cory Peterson, Chris Tayler, Brenna VanFrank, Christopher Welch, and Andrea Winegar.
A crowd of more than 300 guests gathered to honor four Distinguished Alumni and one Honorary Alumnus being recognized for their respective lifetime achievements at the Founders Day banquet on Feb. 19, 2003. (See Continuum, Spring 2003.) Also acknowledged were former U.S. Representative James V. Hansen BS’62, the Distinguished Service honoree, and, Silvia Salguero, the Founders Day Scholarship recipient.
The president referred to the U’s graduates, friends, and supporters in the audience as “an extended family,” which, he said, is “the lifeblood of our institution. All of us at the U are aware of it, and very grateful for it.”
The first president of the University of Deseret (before it became the University of Utah), John R. Park, made a surprise appearance to remind history of the U, observing that there had been “many changes” between 1850 and now. In his time, Park mused, “we had students attending from all parts of the city. Nowadays, there are students from almost every county in Utah, all 50 states, and more than 100 foreign countries.”
Founders Day sponsors
included Deseret News, KSL-5 Television and the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints Foundation, Leon BS’74 MBA’67 and Karen
F. BS’64 Peterson, The Tempest Company, University of Utah Hospitals
& Clinics, and Wells Fargo Bank.
Silvia Salguero undoubtedly had no idea she would end up with a full scholarship to the U the day she and her family arrived in Park City— in the middle of a snowstorm and without warm clothes—in December 1995. The family had emigrated from Michoacan, Mexico, in search of a better life.
In January Salguero began eighth grade at Treasure Mountain Middle School, where she attended only one term. Then it was on to Park City High School, where she worked diligently. “I knew I wanted a good education,” she says. Finding time to study was difficult, however, since she was responsible for cooking, cleaning, and caring for her six younger siblings every day while her parents worked. She did her homework late in the evenings.
With encouragement and support from her teachers, plus a lot of hard work, Salguero graduated from high school with a 3.4 grade point average. She received four scholarships and intended to go to college to become a nurse. With the help of her high school teacher and mentor Gerry Maak MBA’83 and the encouragement of her parents, Salguero applied to the University of Utah. She was accepted and began to attend classes but, as a nonlegal resident, wasn’t eligible for in-state tuition. Since she couldn’t afford out-of-state tuition—three times the cost—even with her scholarships, she had to drop her classes and return her books.
While she may have lost her scholarships, Salguero never lost hope, even while working as a housekeeper in Park City to help her mother pay the bills. (Her father had returned to Mexico and the family was living on only one salary.)
In 2002, she got some unexpected help from the Utah State Legislature, which passed a bill granting the children of undocumented immigrants residency status, allowing them to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Suddenly, Salguero’s future took on a brighter hue.
With assistance from the Park City Educational Foundation and the Alumni Association, which awarded her the 2003 Founders Day Scholarship, Salguero is able to return to the U to pursue her degree in nursing.
“Today, I see a new
door opening, not only for myself, but for others just like me,”
says Salguero. “I want to prove that as long as a person tries,
as long as a person doesn’t give up hope, anything is possible.”
The Alumni Association presented
awards to the following outstanding individuals at its annual Spring Awards
The Young Alumni Association (YAA) each year presents its Par Excellence Award to a former student who has attended the U within the last 15 years and has given outstanding service to the University, the community, and his or her profession.
The 2003 award recipient is Mark John Ott BA’85 MD’89, chair of the Department of Surgery at LDS Hospital and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Utah.
Ott returned to Utah from the East Coast in July 2002 to participate in the expanding field of cancer care in Utah, which he describes as “a great opportunity.” He also wanted to have more flexibility in balancing his surgical oncology practice with teaching and research.
“I love this area and owe a great debt to the University of Utah for giving me the education that led to further opportunities back East,” Ott says.
Ott began his medical career as instructor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University, where he completed an internship and residency in general surgery and served as research and clinical fellow in surgical oncology. He was then an instructor and assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and also served as assistant surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.
In 2002 Ott was listed in Boston magazine as one of “Boston’s Best Doctors.” He received the Young Clinician Award from the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), which allowed him to attend the World Congress of Gastroenterology in Vienna, Austria.
Over the past 15 years, Ott has been “heavily involved in the lives of young people” as an advisor, coach, and scoutmaster for youth through his church and Boy Scouts of America affiliations.
He is married to Emily Johnson BS’85, whom he met at the University of Utah, where she graduated with an honors degree in business finance. They have five children.
The University of Utah Alumni Association is proud to honor the 2003 Merit of Honor Award recipients, presented by the Emeritus Alumni Association. Each has given distinguished service to the nation, the community, the University, and their respective professions.