Class Notes Noteworthy news from featured alumni.


Stan Martin

Stan Martin MBA’70—retired newspaper editor and publisher, former Army captain, Rotary leader, and longtime community volunteer—has been named Warwick, New York’s 2017-18 Citizen of the Year. During his 50-plus years in journalism, Martin worked in radio, television, and daily and weekly newspapers. He served as editor and publisher of Straus Newspapers, owners of The Warwick Advertiser, The (Monroe-Woodbury) Photo News, and The (Goshen-Chester) Chronicle. In the military, he served as an Army Signal Corps captain supervising communications sites in Northern Germany and Holland, providing support for NATO troops. Later he used the GI Bill to obtain his master’s degree at the U. He has been a member of the Nicholas P. Lesando Jr. Warwick American Legion Post #214 for 27 years and currently serves as a vice commander and quartermaster.

Peggy Fletcher Stack

Peggy Fletcher Stack BA’75 BA’80 (English) BA’80 (sociology), senior religion reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune, received the prestigious Cornell Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Mid-sized Newspapers (for the third time!) from The Religion News Association, at its 2017 convention in Nashville. Along with numerous other national, regional, and state accolades, Stack was honored as a co-author of one of the stories in the Tribune’s recent Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of sexual assaults at Utah colleges. The judges said her excellent writing and extensive reporting provide depth and clarity on contemporary issues and noted her “crisp, informative, and readerfriendly style.” Stack has covered the gamut of the religious—from the powerful to the common—with excellence and distinction since she joined the Tribune staff in 1991.


Paul M. Simmons

Paul Simmons JD’85, an attorney with the Salt Lake firm Dewsnup King Olsen Worel Havas Mortensen, has been named Lawyer of the Year by the Utah State Bar. As both an attorney and a legal scholar, Simmons has briefed or argued more than 50 appeals in Utah and federal courts, and has contributed numerous articles to law-related publications. He currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Model Utah Jury Instructions and the Utah State Bar’s Governmental Relations Committee. He received his juris doctorate from the U’s College of Law, where he was a member of the Utah Law Review and Order of the Coif legal honor society. He has been admitted to the bars of federal courts throughout the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.


Traci Statler

Traci Statler PhD’01, associate professor of applied sport and performance psychology at California State University, Fullerton, has been elected 2018-19 president of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the preferred organization for sport psychology professionals. Statler has worked with USA Track & Field and its national teams for 17 years and currently provides performance enhancement consultation and mental skills coaching. She also serves as the mental performance coach for the USA Women’s National Volleyball team. An active member of the association for the past 25 years, she previously served on its executive board and certification review committee. Statler received her undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her master’s degree from Fullerton, and her doctorate in exercise and sport science from the U.


Kathleen Shannon Dorcy

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy PhD’11—a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) registered nurse and director of nursing research, education, and practice—has been inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), marking the first time in SCAA’s history that a nurse has achieved fellow status. Dorcy joins nearly 2,400 international FAAN nursing fellows representing 24 countries. The honor recognizes her nursing achievements in education, management, practice, and research. Dorcy holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle University, a master’s degree in nursing in community health and ethics from the University of Washington, and a doctorate in oncology nursing from the U. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Tacoma, where she has taught for the past 25 years.

Kristin Riehl

Kristin Riehl MFA’10 has been recognized as an outstanding faculty member by Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, for her contributions to the university’s College of Arts and Sciences in scholarship, leadership, and service. She has taught at NSU since 2010 and is an associate professor and director of the dance program. She began formal ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dance method, continued her studies abroad at Bush Davies School of the Arts in East Grinstead, England, and returned to the U.S. to dance in New York City. She received a master’s degree in ballet with an emphasis in teaching and choreography from the U. “It is our job as teachers and artists to touch as many lives as possible,” she says.

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