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BYU to Spotlight 11 with Alumni Achievement Awards, Will Give Campus Lectures

Brigham Young University’s colleges and the David M. Kennedy Center have each selected an outstanding graduate to recognize with the Alumni Achievement Award. The honorees will give a lecture as part of the honor during Homecoming 2012.

They include the following:

Susan Bearnson Huff

The awardee from the David O. McKay School of Education sees her life’s work as improving the lives of children and adults. Susan Bearnson Huff, a Spanish Fork, Utah, educator has taught first and fourth graders, served as a clinical faculty associate in the BYU-Public School Partnership, is an elementary school principal, and a local and national educational consultant.

Her lecture: Oct. 11, 11 a.m. 115 David O. McKay Building, “Culture Rules: It’s Just the Way We Do Things around Here.”

Philip J. Carmack

Representing the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology is Philip J. Carmack, who has been on the forefront of the mobile technology revolution for years. The Santa Clara, Calif., resident invented the world’s first quad-core variable symmetric processing architecture, which uses a fifth companion core to deliver increased performance and lower battery consumption to mobile devices.

His lecture: Oct. 11, 11 a.m., 140 Joseph Smith Building, “Engineering in the Global Era.”

Steven L. Olsen

The senior curator of historic sites for the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been honored for his meticulous work including a preservation award from President Reagan’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a preservation award for the Newel K. Whitney Store in Kirtland, Ohio, and for the Joseph Smith farm from the Preservation League of New York State.

Olsen was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Museums Association and is being honored by the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences.

His lecture: Oct. 11, 11 a.m., 250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower, “Church Historic Sites and the Sacred Worldview of the Latter-day Saints.”

Jerold D. Ottley

During his tenure with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Jerold D. Ottley, the choice for the College of Fine Arts and Communications, was responsible for nearly 1,300 broadcasts of “Music and the Spoken Word” while participating in more than 30 commercial recordings and more than 20 major tours. In addition, the Salt Lake City musician put together programs for General Conference and concerts as well as keeping the 320-plus member choir ready to perform.

His lecture: Oct. 11, 11 a.m., Madsen Recital Hall, “You Want Me to Do What?”

Aaron H. Sherinian

Aaron H. Sherinian lives in Arlington, Va., and serves as the vice president of communications and public relations for the United Nations Foundation where he builds campaigns to mobilize political, public and financial support for global issues.

The honoree from the College of Humanities has diplomatic experience that includes tours as press attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador and deputy political and economic chief at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia.

His lecture: Oct. 11, 11 a.m., B092 Joseph F. Smith Building, ”The World’s ‘Renaissance 2.0’ Moment.”

L. Gordon Flake

As the executive director of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, L. Gordon Flake of Bowie, Md., seeks to influence policy makers and the policy environment to strengthen relationships and deepen understanding between the United States and Asia.

The former senior fellow and associate director of the program on conflict resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States will be honored by the David M. Kennedy Center.

His lecture: Oct. 11, 2 p.m., 238 Herald R. Clark Building, “2012 Political Transition in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula.”

Keith N. Hamilton

Keith N. Hamilton of South Jordan, Utah, became Utah’s first black cabinet member when Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. named him chairman of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. After graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, which is honoring him, he went on active duty with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he served as prosecutor and defense counsel.

Among other honors, he received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Commendation Medal.

His lecture: Oct. 16, 1 p.m. Moot Courtroom, “Go and Sin No More: Applying the Lord’s Model in Man’s Criminal Justice Decision Making.”

John K. Frischknecht

As a pioneer in cardiology in Utah County for 35 years, John K. Frischknecht of Mapleton, Utah, started a cardiovascular program at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in 1977 and at Mountain View Hospital in 1988.

The awardee from the College of Life Sciences is past president of the Utah County Medical Society and has been honored as State of Utah Doctor of the Year by the Utah Heart Association and Utah County Doctor of the Year from the Utah County Medical Association.

His lecture: Oct. 11, 11 a.m., Pardoe Theatre, “Coronary Artery Disease: A Historical Perspective, Current Treatment and Future Strategies.”

Andrea Brantzeg Thomas

The Marriott School of Management has selected Andrea Brantzeg Thomas as its awardee. The business executive’s career has included working for Pizza Hut in marketing and new product development and Frito Lay in brand management and innovation. At Walmart she is the senior vice president of sustainability.

Thomas, of Bentonville, Ark., was responsible for launching Tostitos Scoops and also worked on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. She worked for Hershey as vice president of global chocolate. 

She was recognized as one of the 2006 Champions of Innovation by Business Week.

Her lecture: Oct. 11, 11 a.m., W408 Tanner Building, “Aspire to be Inspired.”

Lezli Williams Matthews

Lezli Williams Matthews leads the University of Utah’s Burn Center as nurse manager and for 30 years has been a nurse at the U of U hospital as well as at clinics. She and her team in Burn Trauma ICU received the Pillar Award, an honor granted by hospital administration to the department with the highest patient satisfaction.

The College of Nursing’s choice also visits BYU almost every semester to share her knowledge about burns with upperclassmen.

Her lecture: Oct. 11,11 a.m., 270 Spencer W. Kimball Tower, “My 30 Years Learning the Art of Nursing.”

Daniel A. Young

Danny A. Young of Los Altos Hills, Calif., is director of business operations and strategy for Google where he leads project teams addressing strategic opportunities and designing efficient business processes. The selection by the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences has been involved in projects reviewing privacy, designing efficient processes for business development, setting quarterly corporate goals, and identifying growth barriers for the company’s display advertising business.

He also spent 11 years with Dell in several capacities, including head of marketing for Asia-Pacific/Japan.

His lecture: Oct. 11, 11 a.m. 1170 James E. Talmage Building, “Audacity, Curiosity, and Trust: Elements of a Successful Career.”

For more information, visit or call Charlene Winters, (801) 422-7579.

Writer: Charlene Winters

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