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Alma mater. The term literally means “fostering mother” in Latin and is dryly defined as a school, college, or university which one has attended or from which one has graduated. For many of you, Westminster College has been the best combination of both— the place from which you graduated, but also where you became part of this incredible community where faculty, staff, and students learn with and from each other.

Having been a part of the Westminster College experience for sixteen years in public relations and as an adjunct professor, I consider Westminster College my alma mater, too. I am honored to return to campus this spring as the new director of alumni and parent relations. Energized by the six years I spent working with the City Library in Salt Lake City, I have come back to the college with a fresh perspective and the sincere drive to help Westminster students and alumni connect and reconnect with this dynamic place and its people.

Westminster alumni have always been integral to the life of this college. Clearly, the alumni role is recognized and supported by the administration and the faculty. Many alumni serve as volunteers on the Alumni Association and other Westminster boards such as the Woman’s Board and Board of Trustees. Others give of their time, talents, and connections through career mentoring, event coordination, and connections with corporations and organizations. Westminster alumni consistently refer potential students. And many alumni contribute generously to the college.

What’s happening with Westminster College alumni? Planning for the Kim T. Adamson Alumni House continues, with the projected completion date in early 2006. Members of the Alumni Association Board are launching an Alumni Mentoring Program this spring for current sophomores and juniors interested in exploring a career field. The Alumni Golf Tournament planned for May 20 promises to be a fun time with local celebrities adding to the excitement. We’ve already begun to plan for a weekend of outstanding Homecoming activities on September 22–25, 2005 so mark your calendars now to return to the campus.We’re already planning to visit with alumni, prospective students, and Westminster friends in certain areas of the country with strong Westminster connections such as California, Arizona, Colorado, and states in the East.

Did your grandfather attend Westminster? Does your mother tell you about when she was a Westminster student? If so, then you’re what we call a Westminster Legacy, and we’d like to know about your family’s roots at Westminster College.We’re planning to hold a special reception this Homecoming to recognize your family connections to Westminster and want to hear about your Westminster family tree. Contact the Alumni Office at (801) 832-2748 or call us toll-free (877) 832-2070.

I’m so glad to have come back to my alma mater to rediscover what a dynamic and enriching community this is. Isn’t it time for you to reconnect with Westminster College, too? 

By Dana Tumpowsky

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Class Notes

Curtis Smart (’57) taught in
Colorado public schools for 20
years. He received an MA in 1972
and was assistant vice-principal
in middle school 5 years. Curtis
retired in 1982 and moved back
to southwest Colorado where he
worked for 14 years as an interpretive
guide and transportation
manager in Mesa Verde National
Park. He looks forward to
hearing from former classmates
with thoughts about a reunion
in 2007.

Kenneth Funk (’58) will retire
in 2006 and currently volunteers
with the ALS (Lou Gehrig's
disease) group in Sacramento as
a technology specialist since
1987. He visited Westminster
several years ago and was
impressed with the changes at
the school. Ken hopes to hear
from his classmates via the
online community.

James Cox (’65)
received his
Laureate Certificate from the
International Library of Poetry in
July of 2002. Authorhouse
published his book,
The Essence of Jim, in November
2004. The ISBN is 1-4184-9017-2.

Joanne (Atkinson) Beilke (’66)
was recently featured in an
article in the Statesman Journal
as a longtime volunteer of Keizer,
OR. As noted in the article,
Joanne was the first woman to
join the Keizer Rotary Club, first
female coach of Keizer Little
League, and served on
numerous boards including the
Board of Directors of Chemeketa
Community College and the
Chambers of Commerce for
Salem and Keizer.

Mike Hogben (’64) & Peg
(Hall) Hogben (’64) along with
Pookie the cat, moved to Nampa,
ID from Hamden, CT in May
2004 where landscaping and
putting the finishing touches on
their new home seems to take
up more time than full-time
employment. Mike retired April
16, but has yet to really enjoy it.
Both are looking forward to
living in a less hectic environment
where the population
density is significantly less. They
also look forward to attending
more alumni events in
upcoming years due to their

After teaching for 40 years,
Gwen (Aupperle) Koehler
has retired and fills up her
time hiking, swimming, biking,
and being a “grammy” to
Nicholas and Heidi, her grandchildren.
She and her husband
backpacked a section of the
Appalachian Trail last spring and
hope to do more in the future.

Eve (Buckle) Dorf’s (’68) art
show "Thanks for the
Mammogram” was on display at
Sutter Auburn Hospital in
Auburn, CA from September 14
to mid-November. She was one
of three artists featured in the
Art Can Heal program. As of
August 2004, Eve has been a 9-
year breast cancer survivor.

Katherine “Kay” (Barwick)
Mukhar (’70)
has lived in
Amman, Jordan for the past
thirty years after receiving her
MA from the University of Utah
in Middle Eastern Studies. She is
an international baccalaureate
English teacher and university
counselor for her students at
Amman Baccalaureate School.
Her three children are all university
graduates and she looks
forward to her three grandchildren
attending college.

Nancy Golden (’72) has established
a new company called
Golden and Associates located in
Phoenix, AZ. Nancy recently
retired from the Bureau of Land
Management as supervisor of
the IT Training Division. She and
husband Jack are downsizing
their home in Phoenix and
experiencing all the joys and
challenges of building a home.
They look forward to the move
and a new lifestyle (the new
community has an incredible
gym and spa).

Robert Horner (’73) attended
Loyola University School of Law
in Los Angeles. In 1976, he
graduated and passed the California
bar examination. He
progressed in the law field,
becoming chief deputy for the
city attorney’s office, the largest
municipal law office in the
country. Currently, he works in
private practice and as an
instructor in a variety of law
classes. Both of his children,
David and Lauren, are successful
in their educational pursuits.
Robert has traveled Europe
extensively for the past three
years with his wife, Celeste.

Stephen Bunker ('76) wrote to
thank the Alumni Office for the
e-newsletter. He remembers how
wonderful the school was then,
and how it makes him proud to
see it so successful today.
Stephen wanted to see if anyone
from his era remembers the
"slave week" and how much fun
they had during those days?

Jeannie (Schufle) Fagerstrom
is a video photographer for
the Medical School at University
of New Mexico. She is a single
mother of a sixteen-year-old son
and eleven-year-old daughter
and is very grateful for recently
meeting seven of her previously
unknown siblings, as well as her
birth mother.

Denise (Barrell) Love (’75/’94)
has been a workaholic since
receiving her MBA from Westminster.
She has been the
executive director of the
National Association of Health
Data Organizations (NAHDO)
since 1999 and moved its head-
quarters from DC to Salt Lake
City, where she writes and implements
federal grants as well as
provides technical assistance to
state and private health data
agencies across the nation. She
thanks Westminster for putting
up the online community and
acknowledges the “cool”Alumni site.

Jill (German) Moses (’76)
purchased a bungalow in Sugar
House with her daughter
Jeanette. She is currently the
head of the English Department
at South Jordan Middle School as
well as the technology integration
coordinator for the school. Her
daughter is a junior at Judge
Memorial High School where her
name regularly appears on the
honor roll, and she is active with
the school newspaper. Jill and
her daughter enjoy spending time
with puppy, Rosie, and cats, Mr.
Kitty, Brandy, and Lenny.

The Board of Directors at Golden
Phoenix Minerals, Inc. has
appointed William “Bill”
Thomas (’79)
to be its chief
financial officer after serving as
controller for over a year. Prior to
joining Golden Phoenix Minerals,
Bill was chief financial officer of
Hara Resources, Ltd.

Lynsee (Ohran) Cain (’77) now
resides in Alpharetta, GA and
works online as a chat hostess
while combating her mental and
physical handicap. She has two
adult children and her husband
Bob works at Ciena Corporation
as a software engineer.

Christine Nelson (’78), resident
of Salt Lake City, raised two
daughters, remarried, and has a
son considering matriculation at
Westminster. She teaches
theology, preaches, and leads
prayer in a number of churches
in various formats. Both of her
daughters now live in Utah with
their families. Her husband Bob
retired and they plan to “act” like
retired people and start some
traveling. Having overcome a
number of personal conflicts,
Christine’s graduation from Westminster
was one of her proudest
moments and she holds Westminster
close to her heart.

Elvira (Charles) Nelson
of Salt Lake City
completed a Master of Management
at Westminster and has two
sons. She retired from Northwest
Pipeline after 21 years in
accounting and management.
Since then, she has walked
across Spain, served actively on
the Utah AIDS Foundation, and
currently contracts for small
business and non-profit

Thomas Monroe (’80)
recently promoted to partner at
the Music Associates, LLC, located
in South Jordan, Utah, where he
took on exclusive booking for
Evander Holyfield's Real Deal
Records recording artists. He also
represents several international
recording stars including Won-G,
Rich Wyman, and Juice Newton.

Michelle Swift (’80) recently
graduated from Thomas Jefferson
School of Law in San Diego, CA.
While there, she made the Distinguished
Honor Roll and received
the Jefferson Medal for her
superior academic performance
in Health Care & Competition,
and the Association of Assisted
Legal Research (CALI) award for
her work in Health Care &
Competition Antitrust Law.

Nancy (Gardner) Perkins (’82)
lives in Salt Lake City and is celebrating
eighteen years of
marriage to her husband Layne.
They have two children, Christian
and Nathaniel. She worked for
IHC for ten years and is currently
a senior clinical auditor for the
Special Investigation Unit. Nancy
and her husband volunteer as
coaches for Impact United
Soccer. Her niece recently
graduated from Westminster
and her nephew is a current student.

Presently residing in Wheat Ridge,
CO, Terrell Williams (’82)
visited the campus in May 2003
to see the amazing changes over
the last 21 years. He is currently
working for several small new
companies after selling his
business to a company based in
India. He enjoys working from
home for the first time.

Williams recently accepted a
position at Keller Williams Realty
located in Lakewood, CO as an
Associate Realtor. After 12 years
building and running, and then
selling, his company, he decided
on a complete change of
direction. He’s gotten into real
estate full time, and is having a
great time with it.

Soraya Bhikoo (’84) currently
in Cape Town, continued her
education in medical school and
returned to South Africa. She
serves as a general practitioner
at a major hospital while
completing her residency in
pediatric neurology.

Donna Miller (’84) recently
accepted a position at SportsJet
in Phoenix, AZ as a Boeing 737
pilot. Prior to joining SportsJet,
Donna was flying Learjets for a
charter company out of Denver
after being furloughed from
American Airlines after 9/11.

Charles G. Chiarotti (’85) was
commissioned a second lieutenant
in December 1985 upon
his graduation from Westminster.
In October 2004, he assumed
command of the Marine Expeditionary
Unit Service Support
Group 22 at Camp Lejeune, North

Morton Ranch High School
English teacher and tennis coach
Scott Kaiser (’85) collaborated
with CrossPoint Community
Church Senior Pastor Bill Woolsey
to publish their first book, Scaling
Life’s Summits: Surviving the Climb
Without Losing Your Faith. The book
unites each hurdle with one of
the highest peaks on the seven
continents, uniquely tying the
challenges of reaching the
summits with a specific life
issue. Scott was previously an
award-winning sportswriter with
the Houston Chronicle.

Michael J. Pieper (’85) has
been named executive director
of the Republican Governors
Association where he will work
on an aggressive agenda of
improving education, increasing
access to health insurance,
creating new jobs, and building a
quality of life for our citizens.
Kenny Guinn, chairman of RGA
said, “Pieper brings a wealth of
experience in both the political
and policy arenas…his blend of
energy and ability will help
continue to grow the RGA.”

Jennifer Bass (’87) got married
to Wade Bass on June 12, 2004
and her son, who is eight years
old, recently earned his green
belt in karate. She has continued
to work for American Airlines as
a flight attendant for the past
sixteen years.

David Goularte (’87) is happy
to announce his marriage to
Maren Valentino on October 14,
2004. They reside in Glendale,
AZ. David owns a leadershipconsulting
firm based out of
Phoenix, AZ, and would love to
get together with other Westminster
alumni in the area.

Patrick Smith (’87) and Hollie
Sargent are happy to announce
their engagement. The wedding
ceremony will take place on July
29, 2006 in Fort Lewis,Washington.

Artist, Trent Thursby (’87)
has exhibited in significant
one-person and group shows
including a 1992 exhibit called
Out of the Land, which traveled
to the National Museum for
Women in the Arts in Washington
DC in 1993. She has been
included in both editions of
Artists of Utah and was chosen as
one of 20 Utah artists to be part
of the Women Beyond Borders
exhibit at Art Access Gallery
during the 2002 Winter Olympic
Games in Salt Lake City. The Utah
exhibit became part of an international
collection including
work from women in 33

Trent paints the human figure
from models in the winter and
paints landscapes plein air
(outdoor painting in natural light)
in the summer. In 2003 she
traveled to Namibia and
Botswana for two months,
painting and wandering the
landscape. “For me, painting the
landscape is the process of
responding to value, hue, and
relationship, seeing only differences
and similarities and
working in the moment. Plein air
painting is a meditation.”

Barbara Cunningham (’90)
currently the project coordinator
for the ISU Institute of Rural
Health’s Telehealth Idaho project
which works to increase access
to quality health care in rural
and frontier Idaho. Barbara has
been with the ISU Institute for
the past ten years and has
worked on this specific project
for the last three years. The
website to her project is

D. Keith Nay (’90) is happy to
announce the marriage of his
son, Aaron, to Kadie Kopf on
November 20, 2004 in San
Diego’s LDS Temple. The new
couple flew to St. Croix in the
Virgin Islands for their

After graduating from Lewis &
Clark Law School in 1998, Tracy
(Deere) Steele (’90)
moved to
Salt Lake City, took the bar exam,
and spent nine months traveling
and playing. In June 1999, she
moved to Washington, D.C.
where she joined a major law
firm practicing energy law. She
also married and had a son,
William. Earlier in 2004, Tracy
moved back to southern California
where she is currently
taking care of her son and
figuring out what to do next
with her life. She would love to
hear from her classmates at

Tracy Harman-Jensen (’91)
married two weeks after her
graduation and has a ten-yearold
daughter. After completing
an internship program at Unisys
Corporation, she worked for
Boren as a marketing analyst. In
1992, she started a career in text
book sales with W.H. Freeman
and Scientific American
Publishing Houses. She called on
professors in ten states and she
loved her job very much. She
has been a diabetic for 24 years
and was diagnosed with lupus
about ten years ago. Unfortunately,
she is now unable to
work, but recently visited Westminster
which brought back
many fun memories for her.

Julie A. (Carlson) Culverwell
(’91) has recently been awarded
Camas School District’s Teacher
of the Year/Certificated Staff
Special Recognition Award. She is
currently a reading specialist at
Dorothy Fox Elementary in
Camas,WA, and has completed
her Master of Education degree
in Reading and Literacy at
Walden University.

In 2001, Rick Jones (’91) left
WESCO Distribution to take a
position with the Siemon
Company, a network connectivity
manufacturer, as its regional
sales manager. In his first year
there, he was awarded Rookie of
the Year for outstanding
performance. In 2003, Rick was
awarded the top honor of the
Siemon Company, the
Chairman's Award.

Matthew M. Beard (’92)
recently moved back to the
United States after serving eight
years in the army as a Chinese
linguist and military intelligence
analyst. He works for the Titan
Corporation and is assigned to 
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in
Dayton, Ohio.

Tom Cornwell (’93) of
Eatonville,WA and his wife
Michelle are proud to announce
the birth of their daughter Tyson
Cornwell on July 14, 2004.

Julie Kilgore (’93) principal and
managing partner at Wasatch
Environmental in Salt Lake City,
has become a member of the
ASTM International Board of
Directors. ASTM International is a
management system of voluntary
standards for materials, products,
systems, and services. Julie also
serves as president of the Utah
Women's Alliance for Building
Community (UWABC).

Rolando Medina (’93) is
pleased to announce his job as a
patent attorney. He graduated
from the University of Pittsburgh
School of Law in May 2003 after
receiving his PhD in Neuroscience
from Yale in 1999. He passed both
the Massachusetts State Bar and
the US Patent Bar exams last year.
Rolando is currently working in
the Boston office of the law firm
of Fish & Richardson, specializing in
biotechnology patent prosecution.

Elizabeth Archuleta (’94)
received the University/ College
Outstanding Faculty Mentor
Award at the University of New
Mexico in fall 2004, and became
an invited member of the Board
of Directors for the American
Native Press Archives/Sequoyah
Research Center. Elizabeth has
two articles accepted for publication:
"Gym Shoes, Maps, and
Passports, Oh My!: Creating
Community or Creating Chaos at
the NMAI?" (American Indian
Quarterly, Spring 2005); and
"Securing Our Nation’s Roads and
Borders or Re-Circling the
Wagons?: Leslie Marmon Silko’s
Destabilization of Borders."
(Wicazo Sa Review, Spring 2005). She
has also presented at various
conferences in Pennsylvania and

William Cuthbertson (’94) was
elected president of the American
Library Association Student
Chapter for the Indiana University
network of campuses. He is
starting an internship with
Indiana University’s Geography
and Map Library working on
evaluation and management of
Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey’s organization
of the gall wasp, a study that
eventually led to Dr. Kinsey’s
research on human sexuality.
Cutherbertson’s American Library
Association student chapter for
the Indiana University network
of campuses won the Chapter
of the Year award for 2004-2005.
William will complete his MLS
from Indiana University in
May, 2005.

Christina Schmidt (’96) collaborated
with Melissa Larsen to
publish a new children’s book
titled, Because We Chose to Love You,
for children in foster care or with
a single parent, those who have
suffered sexual or physical abuse,
or who were adopted.

Yevgeny Pevzner (’96/’04)
recently graduated from Westminster
College again with his
master’s degree in education. He
works for the Granite School
District as an eighth grade science
teacher at Kearns Junior High and
loves his job.


Michael Santarosa (’96) and
Stephanie Veltman are happy to
announce their marriage that
took place on March 24, 2005 at
First Presbyterian Church in Sitka,


Karen (Harlow) Tafuri (‘97)
recently accepted a position at
First Western Advisors located in
Salt Lake City, UT as a certified
financial planner. She recently
was employed at Wells Fargo
Investments, LLC as financial
advisor 2. "I am a member of a
very successful investment team,
servicing high net worth clients.
We offer an independent
advantage, which means freedom
to choose investments based on
their merit. I have been in the
securities business since October
1981, and look forward to continuing
to share my knowledge and
experience with current, as well
as future clients."

 Marta Camargo (’99) of San
Jose, CA acknowledges the great
foundation her MBA provided to
pursue a PhD in Applied Management
and Decision Sciences—
Leadership and Organizational
Change at Walden University,
where she is starting her dissertation.
With her MBA, she was able
to secure a senior project
manager position in a software
company in San Jose after being laid
off by Novell due to the recession.

Andrew E. Drom (’99) has
recently been hired by Cavanagh
Services Group, LLC in Salt Lake
City as its executive vicepresident
in support of the
continued expansion of this
fast-growing transportation
and logistics small business.



Lucas Hill (’00) from Tucson, AZ
has completed his first year of
graduate studies in the School of
Information Resources and
Library Science. He has come to
be a great success, achieving high
academic achievement. This
semester, he is also beginning
service as a graduate assistant
within the department. He
expects to graduate at the
end of 2005.

Patrick Kibbie ('00) returned to
the campus to direct The Laramie
Project written by Moisés Kaufman
and fellow members of the
Tectonic Theater Project. The play
ran between April 7-9 and April
14-16 in the Dumke Student
Theatre. The Laramie Project
chronicles life in the town of
Laramie,Wyoming in the year
after the murder of Matthew
Shephard, using ten actors to
embody more than sixty
different people—from rural
ranchers to university professors. 


Natalie A. Martinez (’00)
completed her MA in English
Studies at Western Washington
University in 2004 and began her
PhD studies in Composition and
Rhetoric at Arizona State University
in Fall 2004. She received five
years of funding and a TA internship.

Jon Massimino (’00) recently
graduated from Georgetown
University Law Center and
subsequently passed the California
Bar Examination. He is
now an associate attorney at the
law firm of Fisher & Phillips in
Orange County.


Kate (Wilcox) Nance (’00)
graduated with a J.D. Magna
Cum Laude from the University
of California, Hastings Campus.

After graduating from Westminster,
Ashley Argyle (’01) spent two
years in Fairbanks, Alaska earning
an MA in English Literature. After
completing her degree, she
returned to Utah to teach
English composition at Salt Lake
Community College for a year
before entering a PhD program
at the University of Denver. She
is in her second quarter, taking
classes and teaching English in
a TA position.


Peter Boam (’01) is happy to
announce his new career with
Harley-Davidson that came as a
result of his MPC with emphasis
on MIS education at Westminster.
He wants to acknowledge
the help and support he
received from the faculty and is
very proud to be an alumnus of
Westminster College.


David Cuch (’01) was recently
featured in the Salt Lake Tribune in
an article titled, “Ute’s Past
Inspires His Future As Lawyer,”
where David discussed being
one of the few American Indians
at the University of Utah’s S.J.
Quinney College of Law.

Jessica Carlson (’01) accepted
a position as the transition
alcohol and drug supervisor at
ARTEC Valley Mental Health. She
has been with ARTEC's alcohol
and drug residential program for
three years. Jessica currently
lives in Sugar House with her
roommate Amy Young (’01).

In September 2004, Julia Hood
joined the Salt Lake City
Corporation at the Sorenson
Multi-Cultural Center as its
services supervisor and
volunteer coordinator where she
oversees the building and
recruits, trains, and schedules
volunteers for all of their
programs. Recently, Julia went to
Rosario, Mexico to help build a
house for a single woman and
her four children through AMOR
Ministries. She currently lives in
Sugar House with two
roommates, and still spends
time on the Westminster
campus in the gym and
the library.


Allison Manka ('01) wrote to
Professors Ty, Bonnie, Judy, and
Carolyn to thank them for
showing her how to make
science fun and meaningful. She
lives in San Diego and teaches
science at two elementary
schools where she uses the
lessons she learned from her
professors daily. Prior to her
current job, Allison worked in
Sea World’s Education Department
for about a year and a half.

Miroslav Nikolov (’01) and
Tofi Ta’afua (’01) would like
their classmates to know that
they still hang out at Kristauff’s
Martini Bar downtown. If you
would like to join or plan a
young alumni outing in the near
future, send Miro an email at Miro
accepted a position with the
Business Development Department
of NPS Pharmaceuticals
and Tofi is with Westminster
College Alumni Office.


Stephen Wightman (’01) is
proud to announce the birth of
a baby boy, Isaac, on August 29,
2003 in Voorhees, NJ.

Anne Pichette (’02) recently
completed her position with the
State of Montana's Department
of Labor and Industry as a
financial specialist. She continues
to work for the City of Helena,
MT in the City Commission/
Mayor's Office as the Coordinator
for the Community Youth
Advisory Council. Anne works
with young adults in grades 6-12
emphasizing leadership, youth
empowerment, and community


Dave Rathofer (’02) has been
accepted into the PhD program
at Argosy University near
Berkeley, CA. He is in a practicum
internship-based psychology

Peter Stravrides (’02) recently
sent his Westminster flight
instructors photos of his first
solo formation flight with the
Navy. Just two years ago, Peter
was only flying Pipers with the


Neil Thon (’02) is currently
serving a tour in Iraq and will
continue there until 2006. He is
in the 4bn 159th Aviation
Regiment. Neil says, “I’m
stationed at Ft. Bragg, North
Carolina, and love every minute
of army life. Just want to say
hello to all of my friends and
classmates, send me an email
and I will stay in touch, you
might even get some pictures
from here out of the deal.”

Wayne C. Cody (’03) started a
new job as the on-air host of
Native America Calling, a
program airing from Albuquerque,
NM. Native America
Calling is a live call-in program,
linking public radio stations, the
Internet, and listeners together
into a thought-provoking national
conversation about issues specific
to Native communities. It is
played by more than 30 stations
in the United States and heard by
more than 37,000 listeners in
Canada each week.


Kelli Coppens (’03) and
Anthony Mucci are happy to
announce their engagement. The
wedding ceremony will take
place on August 14, 2005 in
Lansdale, PA. Kelli works as a
proposal writer for an insurance

Toshiko Dignam (’03) attended
Westminster from 1999-2000
with a Sterling Scholarship in
Theatre. She is currently the
program manager for a Salt Lake
City non-profit group called One
H.E.A.R.T (Health Education And
Research in Tibet), an organization
that works in Tibet to reduce the
number of maternal and infant
deaths occurring during childbirth.
Toshiko still stays involved
at Westminster College; in both
2004 and 2005, she acted in
benefit performances of
The Vagina Monologues.

TechniScan Medical Systems, Inc.
(TMS), a developer of ultrasound
technology for breast imaging,
has added Jim Hardwick (’03)
to their software development
department. Prior to joining TMS,
Jim was with GE OEC Medical
Systems in Salt Lake City, where
he held various positions
including lead systems and
human factors engineer.

Damond Holsinger (’03)
moved back to his wife in Pennsylvania
after graduating from
Westminster with his MBA. He
misses Westminster, the “greatest
snow on earth,” and the
mountains, but being close to his
family, especially his three-yearold
son, is rewarding. He hopes
everyone in his class is doing well!

Casey Hollern (’03) currently
resides in northern California
where she works in an
optometrist’s office while
contemplating her future career path.
Ian Rasmussen (’03) is flying
the Boeing T-45C Goshawk for
the Navy. He is very proud to
announce that he was the only
student in his class of 24 selected
for the jets, and appreciates the
support he received from
Westminster College.

Robert Renfort (’03) and his
wife Mischelle were very excited
to have a new daughter, McKinley,
who turned one on March 21st.
Robert is also relieved to be
completing his master’s thesis
on “The Gender Wage-Gap &
Occupational Segregation:
Empirical Review of Women in
Male Sex-Typed Professions.” He
will graduate with his MS in
Economics in May 2005. Robert
wishes to express his thanks to
the Economics Department at
Westminster, particularly Dr.
Dick, for their teaching and


Steven W. Atencio
Virginia (Baker) Bailey (’29)
M. Elizabeth (Loertscher) Beeh
Fern L. Bennett (’38)
Bob L. Cicle (’56)
Paul N. Cotro-Manes (’49)
Anthony D. Cushing (’95)
Thomas C. Cuthbert
Stasia (Matthews) Decker (’96)
Kaye (Olson) Deneris (’79)
Janyce Fisher
William R. Gatherum
Sally J. Graham (’69)
Katherine (Carter) Hammill (’36)
Gerald C. Harris (’64)
Henry C. Hecker
Theodore W. Jorgensen
James S. Koji (’56)
Belle LaTurner
David Lewis (’79)
Ruth (Craven) Maulsby (’28)
Calvin H. Miller, Jr. (’05)
Ronald K. Morrison
William D. Patterson II (’52)
Maurice R. Puffer
Carrie (Collins) Pukey (’77)
Helen (McGuire) Russell
Howard P. Snethen (’50)
Lamonte R. Swenson
Paul J. Walker Jr. (’60)
Dr. Jean Wayman
Bert A. Whaley (’40)
Louris J. Williams (‘87)
Donald Wolfrom (’35)
Dennis A. Workman (’85)
Barry D. Wright (’51)


At Homecoming 2004, the
Westminster Alumni Association
Board awarded Representative
David Litvack (’94), Dr. Tom
Metcalf (’65), and Shirley Michel
(’87) with its most prestigious
award—the Distinguished Alumni
Award. This award recognizes the
exceptional achievements of a
Westminster alumnus/alumna
who has demonstrated
outstanding accomplishments and
contributions to his/her profession,
the community, and Westminster

This year, the Alumni Board calls
for nominations for 2005
awards. To nominate a fellow
alumnus/alumna, go to our
website at:

or send an email to
Please provide as much
information as you can about
the nominee including, but not
limited to, a mailing address,
phone number, email address,
employment, and volunteer
information. Nominees will be
reviewed during the summer and
the Alumni Awards will be
presented to the winners
during Homecoming 2005, which
is scheduled for the week of
September 22–25, 2005.