As trustee for the Hogle Zoo overseeing development, Pam Keller BS'62 is hopefully taking a well-earned rest after organizing the zoo's first fund-raising gala on September 11. Though the task of planning a full-scale gala from scratch could be daunting, Keller was able to draw on sources close to home: her daughter Maurine ex'89 organized a gala for the Tulsa Zoo in June. The Tulsa event served as an opportunity for Keller to learn more details about budgets, committees, and facilities. And, she laughs, "we could hold each other's hands."

That support must have helped, as the first Hogle Zoo gala was a sold-out success. Held in the Feline/Small Animal/ Giraffe Building, the event featured 40 participating restaurants and a silent auction.

So how did this mother-daughter team end up as "zoo gala specialists"? Pam Keller says she's always had "an incredible love for animals. They're an avenue through which you can teach children all kinds of values, such as respect and kindness." She remembers taking classes at the Houston zoo as a child, and when she and her husband, Paul BS'65, moved back to Salt Lake City from Chicago in 1990, she immediately began work as a docent at the Hogle Zoo.

Keller was not surprised when daughter Maurine began volunteering for the Tulsa Zoo. "She's a real go-getter, a real dynamo," says her proud mom. Working first as publicity chair, then as decorations chair for the annual Tulsa galas, Maurine now sits on the board of the Tulsa Zoo – comparing notes, no doubt, with at least one Hogle Zoo board member.

Sen Nishiyama BS'32 MS'34 continues to be a man of many accomplishments. Most recently he served as president of the Japan Society of Translators for the International Federation of Translators. Born in the United States, he became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 1935 and is a master at translating in these two languages. His interest in writing and literature has led him to become a life member of the Japan PEN Club, an international organization of writers. Nishiyama has had many books published in English and Japanese, is a lecturer and writer, and at this stage of his life still considers himself a "tennis buff." He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985.

Howard F. Bartlett BS'55 has spent a good portion of his professional career commuting between his home in Lehi, Utah, and places overseas, staying from six weeks to three months per trip. During that time – through June 1997 – he worked as a mining geologist. He recently accepted a consulting assignment with E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, a position involving more foreign travel.

Bartlett has lived in Peru, Chile, Brazil, and West Africa, and has commuted to Spain, Mexico, Ukraine, and Costa Rica. In addition to his professional work, he served as a legislative advocate for the Alumni Association's Legislative Relations Committee. LM

A. Laurence Lyon BS'58 MA'60 continues to receive critical acclaim for his many compositions and arrangements. He received his Ph.D. in music theory and composition from the Eastman School of Music in 1965, and now has some 250 published pieces of music to his credit. He has won the ASCAP standard music award in composition each year since 1986. Lyon is a pianist and a violist and taught strings for more than 20 years. His orchestral composition, "Festival Overture," was performed by the Utah Symphony and by the Oregon Symphony, and over 100 of his musical works have been performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Lyon is married to the former Donna Reeder BS'56, and they are the parents of four children. LM

Donald Runnells BS'58 was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, the eleventh member of a board charged with the responsibility of evaluating the scientific and technical validity of the activities undertaken by the Secretary of Energy to manage and dispose of the nation's spent nuclear fuel and high-level nuclear waste. Runnells is a professor emeritus and fomer chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado and has more than 27 years of teaching experience. He earned his M.A. degree in geology and his Ph.D. in geochemistry/geology from Harvard University.

Mike Korologos BS'59, a new employee of Harris & Love Inc., established a public relations division for the Salt Lake City-based marketing communications company. He is the former public relations director and spokesman for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. A widely published freelance writer, he has won writing awards from the Utah Travel Council, Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ski Utah, the Utah National Guard, and the University of Utah. He previously worked for the Evans Group and The Salt Lake Tribune.

Charles R. Brinkman BS'60 MS'61 PhD'66 was selected, along with Weiju Ren, to receive the Best Paper Award by the Composites Institute at the International Composites Expo 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee. Their paper covers research into lightweight materials for fuel-efficient automobiles, sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Automotive Technologies. Brinkman is group leader of the Metals and Ceramics Division at ORNL, where he performs research and development on metals, ceramics, and polymeric composite materials. He is a fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the American Society for Materials International. Brinkman and his wife, Carol, are the parents of five children and live in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mari Pearlman BA'68 is the new vice president of Educational Testing Service's teaching and learning division. This division administers the nation's primary certification examination for teachers, The Praxis Series, which is taken annually by more than 600,000 educators. Pearlman began her ETS career 17 years ago as a test developer. She had been executive director of professional education and development since 1996. Pearlman resides in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Kathy Wood Loveless BA'71 recently became Utah's first woman professional speaker to receive the Certified Speaking Professional designation, conferred by the National Speakers Association to accomplished speakers who have met strict criteria. She fills speaking assignments in Europe, the Far East, Africa, and throughout the United States. Wood is a magician and uses this art to teach management principles to large corporations. She began her widely varied career as a Hinckley Institute intern in Washington, D.C., and has since accumulated a number of firsts: first woman editor of a national magazine for the U.S. Department of the Interior, first public involvement officer for that department in Denver, Colorado, and first woman regional public affairs officer for the Bureau of Reclamation's seven-state Upper Colorado Region. Wood was Miss Utah to the Miss America pageant in 1958, where she won a national finalist scholarship. She is married to Scott W. Loveless BA'72, and they have two teenage daughters.

W. Dan Hausel BS'72 MS'74 was recently inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, for his lifelong contributions to the martial arts. In March he was inducted into the American Biographical Institute Millennium Hall of Fame for contributions to martial arts and the geological sciences.

Melinda Webb BA'73 accepted the position of program assistant in the Bainbridge College Learning Center where she will provide assistance to students, tutors, and the Learning Center Director. Webb earned her degree in Russian language and, in addition to her Learning Center assignment, works part-time at the Book Nook in Bainbridge. She and her husband, Stanley Webb MA'74 PhD'84, are the parents of four children.

Rick Gross MS'73 PhD'75 is vice president and director of Research and Development for the Dow Chemical Company. He previously worked as vice president and director of Michigan Operations and Core Research and Development, and continues to be responsible for Core Research and Development, a role he has held since 1995. In his new position, he serves on Dow's Corporate Leadership Team, Human Resources Committee, Global Diversity Committee, and Corporate Contributions Committee. In 1996, Gross received the Genesis Award for Excellence in People Development.

Randy Danielsen BS'78 was appointed director of the physician assistant program at the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He plans to continue the work he did with his predecessor, Richard Davis, by completing an online testing project and a satellite program for Native Americans. He will also continue to teach a professional issues class. Danielsen helped coordinate the program's first-year curriculum and class structure.

Guy M. Hicks BA'78 has been appointed vice president of marketing communications at the Platinum Software Corporation in Irvine, California. He will oversee all marketing communications activities, including media relations, advertising, direct marketing, demand creation, Internet marketing, special events, marketing collateral, and trade shows. Hicks has more than 15 years experience in corporate and marketing communications, and was a professional staff member on the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. He holds an M.A. from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the executive marketing program at the University of California at Los Angeles' Anderson School of Business, as well as the executive program in market strategy for high technology companies at Stanford University's School of Business. Hicks resides in Mission Viejo, California.

Scott Mietchen BS'84 MPA'91 was elected reporter of the general council of Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity at the fraternity's general convention and sesquicentennial celebration in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mietchen has served for four years as member-at-large of the general council and is the fraternity's delegate to the National Interfraternity Conference. He has also been advisor for the University of Utah chapter and founded the Utah Alpha Educational Foundation. Mietchen is director of major gifts at the U and an adjunct faculty member of the Center for Public Policy and Administration. He previously served as associate director of development for the Utah Symphony and as director of development and chapter services for the American Diabetes Association, Utah affiliate. Mietchen and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter and a son.

Micquelle Corry BA'87 joins the marketing communications agency Harris & Love, Inc. as public relations account executive. She will provide assistance with communication strategies to a variety of clients. Corry was formerly managing editor of Continuum magazine and alumni relations director for the U Alumni Association.

Robert K. Morris HBA'88 has been named partner of KPMG Peat Marwick, working from the Silicon Valley office in Mountain View, California. He specializes in electronic commerce and is a consultant for the information, communication, and entertainment industry practice. Morris will also be the partner overseeing all consulting activities for Hewlett-Packard. AM

Catherine A. Agnoli JD'91 was named a new shareholder in the law firm Parsons Behle & Latimer, Salt Lake City. She concentrates her practice on commercial and antitrust litigation. Agnoli was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1992.

Joann Smith Clark BA'94 earned recognition in June as a nationally certified teacher of piano by the Music Teachers National Association. This certification is based on stringent criteria developed and administered by the association's national certification board and must be renewed every five years. Clark has a large piano studio in South Jordan and is a church organist and accompanist. She served as president of the Sandy chapter of Utah Music Teachers Association and, for the past four years, has been the gold cup chairperson for the South Jordan chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Jason Andrew (Brown) BFA'95 has been named assistant director of the Reece Galleries in New York City. Andrew began working as gallery assistant at the Reece Galleries in 1997, where he was responsible for the Reece Sculpture Gallery and developed expertise in contemporary stone sculpture from Zimbabwe. As the new director, he will implement future exhibitions. Andrew's own "JesusBoy" paintings on Hotpoint refrigerators were recently included in the "Art as Spectacle" exhibition at the Katonah Museum in New York. His gestural drawings of dancers are in the collections of the Washington Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the State Ballet of Missouri, and in private collections of instructors at the University of Utah Ballet Department. He is also working for the director of the Downtown (NY) Arts Festival, and was awarded the Vermont Studios fellowship for residency in 1998. Andrew and Julia K. Gleich MFA'94 have founded Andrew/Gleich Productions, presenting multimedia dance and performance installations. He resides in Queens, New York.

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The latest appointee to the Colorado Supreme Court is U law graduate Nancy Rice JD'75. Recognizing her qualifications for this appointment, Colorado governor Roy Romer praised her "keen intellect, deep love of the law, and commitment." The Denver Post reported that "during her 11 years on the District Court, Rice handled 19 first-degree murder cases and four second-degree murder cases," and earned a reputation as a "tough sentencer."

The appointment comes as no surprise to those at the law school who have followed Rice's career. Says U professor of law John Flynn, Rice was "a memorable student because of her dedication to her studies, outstanding personality, and her tenacity. The College of Law proudly remembers her as one of our best."

Rice's introduction to the U law school came through an enthusiastic alumnus, Jack Gage JD'68, who convinced her that the Utah faculty was exceptional and that she should check it out before she enrolled in a school in her home state. She did, and immediately after receiving her bachelor's degree in political science and international relations from Tufts University in 1972, she entered law school at the U.

While still a student at the U, Rice helped to found the law school's second journal, the Journal of Contemporary Law, and became its first editor-in-chief. Two more journals have since evolved from that one. Rice gives credit to law professor Lionel Frankel who was her advisor and helped her with the Journal. For his part, Frankel describes his former student as one who "asserted leadership and took opportunities." She started the Journal when she realized that students needed an additional tool for publishing their work. "She saw a need, and saw that need as an opportunity," he says.

In the selection process, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission submits its three finalists (selected through a merit system) to Governor Romer, who then makes his choice from those three. Frankel points out that Rice "was the candidate of most of the judges." The Colorado Bar Association gave her a 94.7 percent rating for control of her courtroom and rated her in the 90s in five other categories. Still, Rice says she feels "humbled, of course, but honored and excited" about her appointment.

Rice grew up in Colorado and Wyoming and considers herself a "westerner." In addition to her law career, she and her 12-year-old daughter "do all kinds of things together," she says. "We ski, hike, and shop, and we travel to Europe every summer, generally to France." Her outside-the-courtroom interests include reading, music of all kinds, and playing the cello, which she began as a second-grader. She now plays in a string quartet made up of judges.

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