Westminster Names Sorenson Legacy Foundation Fellows

Oct 21, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — Westminster College is proud to announce the following graduate students have been awarded prestigious Sorenson Fellowships, courtesy of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation: Kevin Lee, Victoria Felt, Kelly Waite and Kaite Williams.

The Sorenson Fellowships carry a $5,000 tuition scholarship and are awarded to qualified students with undergraduate art degrees who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. As part of their award, the fellows are required to develop a 15-hour arts education project that they complete in local schools or community settings.

About the Awardees

Kevin Lee grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he gained a strong appreciation for art and music. He received Bachelor of Arts degrees in communications and psychology from California State University Chico, and pursued a career in publishing before discovering the world of documentary photography. Among his many photo documentaries, Lee produced projects in Piedras Negras, Mexico, capturing life among the border town’s poorest residents, and travel pieces on Portugal, Israel and Jordan for the Associated Press and Pulitzer Publishing. Lee covered the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games for numerous media outlets and magazines. He currently resides in Salt Lake City with his family.

Victoria Felt is a photographer, illustrator, harpist and pianist. She is fascinated by how photography requires a strong understanding of the principles of art as well as the principles of chemistry and physics. This concept has inspired much of her work, and led her to use naturalists, conservationists and wildlife as her subjects. After she graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio photography, she joined AmeriCorps and the Student Conservation Association to pursue wildlife biology. She served a summer at Bryce Canyon National Park, working as a wildlife and botany intern. Sharing her love of wildlife and science with students was contagious, and led her to Westminster’s MAT program. Felt looks forward to sharing the joy of exploring the world with her students, through both scientific and creative investigations.

Kelly Waite graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in art history and considers herself a connoisseur of life and arts. Within the last year, she has explored new activities such as tap dance, gymnastics, skydiving, contemporary dance, painting and filmmaking. Waite is also a devotee of aerial arts including trapeze, Lyra and aerial silks. Waite is excited to enter the field of elementary education through Westminster’s MAT program. Her goal is to incorporate the arts fearlessly into her teaching practice.

Kaite Williams served as an ArtsBridge scholar during her undergraduate studies. There, she worked with a Beverley Taylor Sorenson art specialist, a graduate social work student and a class of sixth grade students at Lincoln Elementary. The six large mural panels they created were exhibited at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. After graduating from the University of Utah in 2010 with a BFA in art teaching, Williams had the opportunity to serve an LDS mission in San Antonio, Texas. Upon her return, she spent a year working for a local law firm before deciding to go into education as a profession. As an elementary school teacher, she hopes to use her background in visual art, piano, creative dance and drama/musical theatre as central components of her teaching practice.

For more information about the Sorenson Fellowship, contact Robert Shaw, dean of the School of Education at Westminster, at rshaw@westminstercollege.edu, or David Dynak, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Professor of Arts Education, at ddynak@westminstercollege.edu.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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