July 2006

Honorable Mention - Achievements of U of U Faculty, Staff, and Students

Kawehi Au, a third-year medical student at the University of Utah, recently received a 2006 Minority Scholar Award from the American Medical Association for her excellence in academics and service to the community. Au is one of 10 students in the country to be awarded the $10,000 scholarship, which the AMA awards because currently less than 7 percent of physicians in the United States are African American, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino. After graduation, Au plans to pursue a career in pediatrics and help the people of her native Hawaii, working in both rural Hawaii and a women and children's hospital in Honolulu.

The 2006 Recipient of the Homer Higbee Award is Bill Barnhart MS'71 , director of the International Center at the University of Utah. The Homer Higbee Award recognizes NAFSAns currently involved in associational activities who have donated at least ten years of distinguished service to NAFSA and who have acted as mentors to colleagues in all aspects of the field. Bill Barnhart has been heralded as “an unsung hero who serves selflessly.” He has worked in international education for over 25 years. He started out in 1975 at the U and is currently director of the International Center which he founded in 1981. Each year Bill and his staff of 22 provide services for 2,300 international students and scholars, and over 2,000 American students in over 40 study abroad programs.


Scott Chaffin ex'81, director of broadcasting at KUED-Channel 7, has been named the Programmer of the Year by the Public Television Programmers Association. The award recipient is chosen by programmers from stations throughout the PBS system. With 32 years of public television experience, Chaffin is past president and former board member of the Public Television Programmers Association. He also has served on the PBS Communications Advisory Committee, the P.O.V. Editorial Selection Committee, the Public Television Outreach Alliance Advisory Committee, and the Pacific Islanders in Communication board. He currently serves on boards for the Utah Coalition for Crime Prevention and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s primetime research project.


Cody Dingus has been named creative manager for Strategex Integrated Marketing. Dingus comes to Strategex from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, where he was communications and art director.


Ryan Doud, a senior in film studies, is in the semifinals of the nationally based short film competition Film Your Issue with his 60-second film, “Democracy,” a fake commercial that portrays democracy as a product marketed as a cure for any country suffering from tyranny or terrorism. The winner will receive an internship with Disney. Films move on in the competition based on votes from viewers and a panel of judges that includes actor George Clooney and former news anchor Walter Cronkite. The film can be viewed and voted for at http://www.msnbc.com or http://www.filmyourissues.com.


Doug Elisaia is in his first year as the head strength coach for University of Utah athletics. He was promoted to the post in January. Elisaia was born in America Samoa and came to the United States to play football for a small college in Iowa. After college, he stayed in the Midwest, becoming a defensive line coach at McPherson College in Kansas before moving to Wayne State in Michigan. His last three years before coming to Utah were spent at the University of Kentucky.


Joseph E. Gonzalez has joined the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah as Director of Development. He will focus on completing the library’s Renovation-Innovation Capital Campaign and soliciting major gifts. Prior to joining the Marriott Library, Gonzalez served as Senior Donor Liaison for BYU’s Lee Library.


Ali Hasnain, former Associated Students of the University of Utah president, has been appointed to the Utah State Board of Regents as its one student body representative. The board is the governing body for the Utah system of higher education and oversees the establishment of policies and procedures, executive appointments, planning, budgeting and proposals for legislation. Hasnain, a senior in political science and economics, will serve a one-year term. As student body president, he attended Regents meetings all last year, lobbying for student priorities. His first exposure to the Regents was while covering stories for The Daily Utah Chronicle during the 2003 academic year.


Rosemarie Hunter PhD’04, a University of Utah associate professor of education, has been named special assistant to the U president for campus community partnerships. A licensed clinical social worker, Hunter, 49, will serve as the new director of University/Neighborhood Partners (U/NP), a reciprocal learning, action and benefit effort between the U and Salt Lake's west-side community. A native of Pennsylvania, Hunter also received a master's in social work from BYU in 1986 and an educational administration certificate from the U in 1996.


Angie Jacobs has been named the University of Utah's softball coach. Jacobs was an assistant coach at Saint Mary's (Calif.) College (1990-92), San Jose State (1992-94), and Oregon (1994-96) before becoming a Ute assistant in 1996-98. She returns to Utah from a record-setting eight-year stint at the University of Miami in Ohio. Her Miami teams won a school-record 172 games in eight seasons; won a school-record 34 games in 2005; and made the school's first-ever NCAA tournament appearance that season. Jacobs played amateur and professional softball and also was a player/coach in Italy. She is currently pursuing a second master's degree in kinesiology at Texas Woman's University.


Ute shortshop Ryan Khoury (left) was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Khoury became the U's all-time hits leader and was No. 5 in the country for his batting average, .438, this season. He was named the 2006 MWC Player of the Year, the District VIII Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and a 2006 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Division I All-American, one of only two MWC baseball players on the ABCA All-America first team. His infield teammate, second baseman Tyler Kmetko, was picked up on day two of the draft, as the Arizona Diamondbacks made him their 37th-round selection.


Congratulations to KUER’s award-winning newsroom. Several reporters were honored at the recent Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards banquet, including KUER’s Jenny Brundin, Tasha Cook, Doug Fabrizio, Elaine Clark, Mike Anderson and Dan Bammes.

Best Radio Reporter
First Place: Jenny Brundin, KUER’s News Director
Second Place: Tasha Cook, KUER’s All Things Considered host and reporter

Radio Spot News
Third Place: Dan Bammes, KUER’s Morning Edition host and reporter

Radio Non-Deadline Reporting
First, Second and Third Place: Jenny Brundin

Radio Documentary
First Place: Doug Fabrizio, Elaine Clark, Mike Anderson (RadioWest)
Second Place: Doug Fabrizio, Elaine Clark, Mike Anderson

Radio Series
First Place: Jenny Brundin, Higher Ground Learning, Voices of Youth Moab
Second Place: Tasha Cook, Dan Bammes
Third Place: Dan Bammes

Radio Feature
Honorable Mention: Jenny Brundin

Radio Public Affairs / Talk Show
First Place: Doug Fabrizio, Elaine Clark, Mike Anderson

Radio Best Use of Sound
Second Place: Doug Fabrizio, Elaine Clark, Mike Anderson

News-Oriented Web site
Third Place: Chad Johnson (kuer.org)


Kate Lowder has been named one of the top 20 administrative professionals in the nation in the Swingline 2006 Admin Pro of the Year competition. Lowder, who works at University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, is among a group “who keep their offices running most efficiently,” Swingline said. Nominations were submitted by friends, family and co-workers and were judged based on their creativity and relevancy to the contest. The top 20 were selected based on their accomplishments as professionals in the administrative field.


Lily Marsden, a first-year medical student, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the YouthLinc Young Humanitarian program in recognition of humanitarian service. Last summer, Marsden attended to patients eight hours a day at a clinic in in Yanamono, Peru. During the school year, she volunteered with the Maliheh Charity Clinic, a medical center for the working poor, setting up two to three dermatology clinics a month. She also did similar work at the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City. For the past two years, she has acted as the master of ceremonies at the annual Lowell Bennion Community Service Center's Hunger Banquet, which last year generated six large boxes of food for the food bank and about $1,000 for Oxfam America.


Steve Parker has been named to the HPCwire annual “People to Watch” list recognizing some of the most influential and interesting luminaries driving the changing landscape of high performance computing. HPCwire writes of Parker, “As Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, Steve Parker specializes in HPC environments, focusing on tackling the toughest multi-scale, multi-physics computational challenges.” Parker, who serves as the chief software architect for the U’s Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions, says “HPC is going to play an integral role in tackling many of the world's toughest scientific challenges as we continue through the 21st century, and will shape our national policy, our laws, and even our health.”


University of Utah sophomore golfer Dustin Pimm qualified for the match play portion of the British Amateur Golf Championship, tied for 52nd place after the stroke-play portion of the event, before being eliminated. The top 64 golfers from stroke play advanced to match play. The tournament opened with 288 amateur golfers from all over the world.


Sterling Richards became the first University of Utah diver ever to earn first-team All-American honors at the 2006 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. In addition to national recognition, the Ute senior went undefeated throughout the 2006 season and picked up the only conference title for the Utah men's team at the MWC Championship. He was also named the 2006 MWC Men's Diver of the Year for the second time since 2004. The accomplishments are even more impressive considering Richards didn't begin diving until his junior year at Woods Cross High School. The one-time gymnast took up the sport when a series of debilitating back injuries forced him to quit gymnastics.


Reza Safarpour has joined the board of directors of the Fourth Street Clinic, a nonprofit organization working to end homelessness by providing health care and housing support services. Safarpour is a pharmacist with the University Hospital and has been a clinic volunteer for the past four years.


Airial Salvo, a leader as a freshman on the 2005 Ute volleyball team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, was named to the 2006 USA Women's National Volleyball A-2 Team. The 11 team members were selected following a 2006 USA Women's National Team Tryout in January at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Salvo was part of a Utah freshman class that was ranked in the top 10 nationally.


Kim Smith was selected by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2006 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft. Besides winning four consecutive Mountain West Conference player-of-the-year awards, the Ute forward also became the University of Utah's career scoring leader. Other accolades include third-team All-America recognition from the Associated Press. Teammate Shona Thorburn was selected by the Minnesota Lynx as the seventh overall pick in the Draft. Thorburn, named an AP Honorable Mention All-American, finished her Ute career as the all-time leader in assists in both Mountain West Conference and Utah history.


Don Willie, an incoming freshman, won the top prize, a $5,000 scholarship, from the YouthLinc Young Humanitarian program. Willie's humanitarian experience includes helping overseas troops, Ute Indian foster children, special needs students and people in Ghana, Africa. One of his most extensive projects was Boxes for Battalions, which involved sending care packages to the troops in Iraq. A total of 120 boxes full of the packages were sent to the 115th Maintenance Company, along with $3,000 in donations.

Find out more about University of Utah faculty, staff, and student achievements at Recognizing U, a U of U site created to showcase their outstanding efforts and congratulate the honorees and recipients for their excellence.



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