Bob Peterson (l.), treasurer, and Davis Tubre (r.), president of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter, greet Eva Hunter, a U Bennion Fellow working in Dallas for the summer, at the airport. Nice shirt, Davis!


The Alumni Association is happy to welcome its newest chapter -- in Connecticut. Chapter president Brett A. Coffman BS'95 reports that the group has several activities planned for the upcoming year:

  • November 21, 1998: Utah-BYU football game on a big screen
  • February 6, 1999: Great Barrington, Mass., ski day and lunch
  • May 15, 1999: Connecticut River cruise
  • August 16, 1999: Beach summer picnic

For information on these activities or on how to join the Connecticut chapter, contact Brett Coffman at (203) 288-5589.

Dallas/Fort Worth

Davis Tubre MBA'73 of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter tells us that the group's second annual summer picnic was a "fun success -- even with the 100-degree heat that blanketed the state." Thankfully, loyal chapter supporters John and Forrest Meeks Petricca offered their air-conditioned home for the event. John BS'81 is a former U football player and Forrest BS'72 was a cheerleader at the U. The picnic, which also included a fund-raising auction, was attended by some new chapter members, including George Brantzeg BS'53, Gary and Carol Cannon McFarland ex'62 , Wade Walker BS'83 MBA'86, DeDe and Craig Lemmon ex'77, and Mark Haddad BS'91.

Picnic-goers were also happy to welcome Eva Hunter, the U's Bennion Fellow who served in their area. Hunter's service work for the Bennion Community Service Center was at the Dallas Children's Hospital, where she worked with children with AIDS and related medical problems. She even played on a Dallas soccer team, which, unfortunately, was not an indoor league.

In addition to hosting Bennion Fellows who serve in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the DFW chapter also raises money for the Bennion Center. This year Davis Tubre presented a grateful Irene Fisher, director of the Center, with a $400 check.


Oklahoma Utes celebrated the season of giving a little early this year. U student Jared Lars Hjersted of Yukon, Oklahoma, was selected to receive the Oklahoma Chapter Alumni Association Book Scholarship. This $200 award can be used to offset the cost of textbooks. According to Greg Hanger BS'85, treasurer, and Kimberly Hanger BA'83 MA'85, scholarship and social vice president of the Oklahoma chapter, Hjersted was chosen among students from Oklahoma who were admitted to the U this year. Applicants wrote an essay explaining why they decided to pursue a degree at the U and how the degree would help them attain their career goals. Hjersted, who began studying chemical engineering at the U this semester, wrote, "I felt confident that Utah could offer the academic opportunities I required, and from many visits to the area, I have grown to love the location. Ideally I had always dreamed of attending a college with a mountain setting, and I found no other quite like the University of Utah." Perhaps Hjersted should consider a career in recruitment.

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