Show business in New York a lofty dream to most. But to Christopher
Harrison BS'84, the goal of becoming a professional dancer on Broadway became
a reality in 1989 when he danced, sang, tumbled, and ice skated in eight
shows per week of Meet Me in St. Louis. He has performed in A Chorus Line,
Cats, West Side Story, and in numerous television specials, print and television
commercials, and worldwide tours. He holds his role as Donatello in Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles as his most amusing accomplishment.
Chris was a U cheerleader for two years, participating with its first nationally
ranked squad in the National Collegiate Cheerleading Championships. Pioneer
Theatre Company honed his dancing and acting talents, and he worked with
the Repertory Dance Theatre.
In 1990 he started his own dance company. Revisiting his athletic roots,
he used his knowledge to create a new movement form. With some of his fellow
champion gymnasts-turned-dancers, he founded ANTIGRAVITY, which has performed
in the Metropolitan Opera House, on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall, and
at Carnegie Hall. Harrison has become known in New York as the person who
successfully "wraps world-class athletes in a fine arts package."
In August 1998 he was named New York City's "Person of the Week" for donating
his time and talent to choreographing a performance with 32 inner-city children
for the Goodwill Games.
The dreams continue for this former Brigham City, Utah, resident but
reality has been good, too.
In September 1998 Alexis Bucknam BS'96 arrived in Denver to be a team leader
for the National Civilian Community Corps, dubbed the "Domestic Peace Corps."
As a senior at the U, Bucknam had been involved in the service-learning program
and the YWCA, where she first learned about NCCC, a service organization
founded in 1990 in the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the
1930s. More than 40,000 young adults serve with NCCC, helping to improve
the environment, education, public safety, and unmet human needs in communities
across the United States. In exchange for their service, volunteers receive
financial aid for higher education.
Bucknam's 13-member team is responsible for a 17-state region based in Denver
and stretching across the central United States. Earlier this year, the team
tutored children at an elementary school in Denver. Its primary focus was
to improve literacy and math skills, but volunteers also instructed children
in after-school enrichment programs, participating in a computer club, dance
classes, gymnastics, and field hockey. In February, the team moved to Grand
Forks, North Dakota, where flooding in 1997 destroyed most of the homes.
Bucknam's team worked with the Lutheran Disaster Response team, hanging sheetrock
in new homes for low-income families who lost everything in the floods.
"I feel that my life has come to a point where I can give back some of what
I've gained from higher education," Bucknam says.
Frederickson BS'59 MA'65 PhD'78 was recently honored as the Arts
Educator recipient of the 1998 Kansas Governor's Arts Awards. This
award is sponsored by the Kansas Arts Commission and Kansas Governor
Bill Graves and recognizes artists, arts advocates, art organizations,
and patron individuals and organizations across the state. Frederickson
has been a member of the Emporia State University faculty for 26 years,
where he has directed more than 60 theater productions. His production
of The Voice of the Prairie was one of six productions chosen
from a pool of 800 entries to be performed at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C., for the 1993 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre
John R. Tapia
MA'66 PhD'69 was recently inducted as a Distinguished Member
of the 70th Armor Regiment during the Regimental Investiture Ceremony
at Fort Riley, Kansas. He served as a tank platoon leader with the
70th Tank Battalion in the Korean War and was wounded five times.
Tapia is emeritus professor at Fort Lewis College, Colorado, where
he was chair of the department of foreign languages for 10 years.
He also taught at Western Michigan University and Southern Illinois
University. While at the U, Tapia was instrumental in organizing
Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honor Society, and, among many
other honors he has received, was awarded the Order of Don Quixote
by Sigma Delta Pi, which recognizes exceptional service in the fields
of Hispanic scholarship. Tapia and his wife, Bertha Cervantes
Tapia ex'69, reside in Prescott, Arizona.
David E. Dangerfield BS'65 MSW'67 DSW'72 was named the 1998 recipient
of the Norman S. Anderson Award, recognizing him for his distinguished service
to community mental health and for advancing clinical, administrative, and
training functions in the tradition of service exemplified by Norman S. Anderson,
M.D. Dangerfield was the first social work student to receive the Doctor
of Social Work degree from Utah's Graduate School of Social Work, and has
worked in the mental health field for more than 30 years in Utah, California,
and Wyoming, as well as in professional mental health training throughout
the U.S. and Canada. He has written many articles and is the co-author of
books in the mental health field.
Everett L. Frost BA'65 is chair-elect of the Western Institute Commission
of Higher Education. The commission provides professional development degree
opportunities in health and veterinary fields and in mental health, higher
education information, policy development, and technology through the Western
Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications. Frost is President of Eastern
New Mexico University in Portales. His wife is Janet Owens Frost BA'66.
Charles R. Brinkman BS'60 MS'61 PhD'66, a group leader at Oak Ridge
National Laboratory in Tennessee, has been elected chair of the American
Society for Testing and Materials Committee C-28 on Advanced Ceramics. This
122-member committee develops standards relating to the processing, properties,
characterization, and performance of advanced ceramic materials. He also
participates in the American Ceramic Society, the American Society for Metals
International, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
financial magazine, recently featured its selection of America's
top 300 financial advisors. Roger M. Smedley BS'73 MBA'75,
CFP with Smedley Financial Services, Salt Lake City, Utah, was among
those chosen. Worth selected its list by scrutinizing nominations
from its readers and people in the trade as to personal and professional
background, credentials, and company/client relationships. Worth
refers to its list as "America's cream of the crop."
Alan Marchant BS'75 recently became operations manager in marketing
and program development for Eastman Kodak Company's Commercial & Government
Systems division. Marchant has been with Kodak for 19 years as a research
physicist and manager, developing optical recording technology related to
both media and hardware. He holds 12 patents and is an author of a major
text on optical recordings. He earned an MBA from the University of Rochester
and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Marchant resides in Perinton, New York.
Philip Vise BS'76 is a regional marketing director for The Macerich
Company, a premier real estate investment trust based in Santa Monica,
California. Vise supervises the marketing programs at seven intermountain
Macerich properties in Colorado, Montana, and Utah. For 14 years he was corporate
marketing director for the Salt Lake City developer, J P Realty, Inc.
After six years as a U.S. Navy submarine officer and 18 years working for
Science Applications International Corporation in New Orleans, Charles
E. Morton, Jr. BS'73 and his wife, Carol, have left their secular careers
to become missionaries with Latin American Mission in Miami, Florida, where
Charles is vice president of administration and Carol is controller.
Alan G. Vitters MS'75 PhD'79 is included in Who's Who Among America's
Teachers for making a significantdifference in the lives of young people.
The U.S. Army has recognized his JROTC program as an "Honor Unit with
Distinction" for the third consecutive year, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently
cited research that Vitters had done earlier in his career while teaching
at West Point. Vitters lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
BS'86 was promoted to the position of process and quality engineer
for Blue Grass Cooperage, a division of Brown-Forman Distillery
Company, Louisville, Kentucky. He will be responsible for providing
process and quality engineering support to all manufacturing operations
at this division. Eller was previously plant engineer for the Albany
Sawmill for Brown-Forman. He also worked for four years in manufacturing
and served seven years in the United States Army Special Force.
Research curator at the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts William
South MA'86 is co-curator of "Stanton Macdonald-Wright: A Retrospective,"
an exhibit that will open at the North Carolina Museum of Art in April 2001.
South received a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of
New York in 1994, and is a recognized authority on Macdonald-Wright's career.
The satisfaction of having a first book published is great, but it turns
to euphoria when the book receives outstanding reviews and reader awards.
Such is the case for Adele EerNisse Budnick BS'86 who, under the pen
name of Adele Ashworth, has written the successful My Darling Caroline, published
in October 1998. With this book, Budnick is a finalist for the Virginia Romance
Writers Holt Medallion Contest in the best first book category, and is one
of seven finalists for the Romance Writers of America's Best First Book of
1998 Award. Her second book will be out in September 1999 and her third in
summer 2000. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband and two children.
Michael R. Pearson BS'83, program director at Utah Youth Village,
has been named president of the National Teaching-Family Association. Utah
Youth Village is one of 26 members of this association, each dedicated to
providing quality foster and group care for troubled children in the United
States and Canada. Pearson is a 14-year veteran of the Teaching-Family Model,
which is used in all Utah Youth Village programs.
Page layouts and graphics for Alabama-based Southern Living magazine
are the new responsibility of graphic designer Claudia Hon BFA'88.
Prior to joining Southern Living, Hon was production manager for Earl's
Communications in Hailey, Idaho, and from 1989 to 1997 she was art director
and designer for Omni Studios in Boise, Idaho. She now lives in Birmingham,
Susan Andrus Wood BA'88 MA'90 received the 1999 Donald C. Roush Award
for Teaching Excellence from New Mexico State University. The award is based
on information gathered from students, department heads, deans, and branch
campus directors. Wood teaches in the developmental studies program at NMSU's
Dona Ana Branch Community College, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
A professional artist
for the U's Continuing Education Department, David Meikle BFA'94
has had his painting of "Little Cottonwood Canyon in Autumn" accepted
by the New York Society of Illustrators for its 41st annual exhibit.
Fewer than one of 10 paintings submitted is accepted for this exhibit.
Meikle's painting will also appear on the cover of the Springville
Museum of Art's 74th annual Spring Salon exhibition catalog.
Angie Baker Nelson BS'94 will concentrate her practice on commercial
litigation with Parsons Behle & Latimer law firm in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998.
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