Alumni Achievement Awards

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Brigham Young University graduates with significant professional accomplishments from each college will be honored with Alumni Achievement Awards during Homecoming.

Brigham Young University graduates with significant professional accomplishments from each college will be honored with Alumni Achievement Awards during Homecoming. The honorees will each give a lecture as part of the honor that will be targeted towards students, but open to the public.

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Sarah Jane Scott MS. CCC-SLP

David O. McKay School of Education
Lecture: Education Changes Lives
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 115 MCKB

When Sarah Baker Scott heard her BYU professor say “we are here to change lives,” it not only resonated with her, it changed her life, too. Even before finishing a master’s degree in speech and language pathology, her expertise and devotion to her craft improved lives every day. Today, this former director of rehabilitation services supervises and mentors clinical fellowship year (CFY) and graduate students. Scott “lives in the trenches” with families whose lives have been turned upside down by catastrophic accidents, disease, and disorders, and creates paths forward for her patients and families. The passion with which she has studied, competed in triathlons and other races, and undertaken to bless her family is equally present in her work and commitment to her patients and their improvement. Helping those who are helpless, forgotten, and isolated is particularly important to Scott. Scott’s other passions include reading, hiking, her family (husband Tracy and five children), and three grandchildren.

 

Christopher Musso

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering
Lecture: Thoughts on Career Success
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: JSB Auditorium

Chris Musso is president of Polaris’s Off-Road and Snow business, a $4 billion division that designs and sells several hundred thousand machines every year. Before joining Polaris, Chris spent 13 years at McKinsey and Company, where he was a Senior Partner and leader of the company’s Americas Product Development group. He was the founding partner of McKinsey’s Denver office and built it into one of their fastest-growing locations. Prior to his time at McKinsey, he spent five years leading a small engineering and modeling consultancy. Musso holds a doctorate in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) along with master’s degrees in materials science, business administration, and technology policy, also from MIT. He earned his bachelor’s degree in manufacturing from BYU, a program he supports by serving on its advisory board, sponsoring a capstone project, and mentoring students. Outside of work, Musso enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, and their 5 children, riding Polaris machines, mountain biking, and building things.

 

R. Clayton Brough

College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Lecture: 5 Things I've Learned in 50 Years
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 250 KMBL

It’s not easy to state what R. Clayton Brough’s (B.S. ’74, M.S. ’75) vocation is because he’s had several, and pursued all of them concurrently. For more than 30 years he taught public school (geography, journalism, and earth and physical science), was a television weather forecaster and climatologist, taught college geography classes for BYU and the University of Utah, and published seven books and many articles on science, theology, and family history. While raising four children with his wife, Ethel Mickelson, he did post-graduate work in climatology and years of research on Utah’s weather and climate. His dedication led to awards from BYU’s Mckay School and Taylorsville City. Since retiring he has become a serious family history researcher and officer of the International Brough Family Organization. Ever resilient, in 2004 he was beset by cancer and after chemo treatments returned to television and other jobs; in 2007 he underwent a televised operation on his heart. Today he continues family history work and enjoys seventeen grandchildren.

 

Jared Benson

College of Fine Arts and Communications
Lecture: Lessons Learned from a Creative Career
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: Madsen Recital Hall HFAC

Product designer, futurist, and creative Jared Benson is just the person you’d want to create the next autonomous vehicle, fitness wearable, or app. His digital chops began pre-internet at age 15 and grew in his BFA program. He helped launch CougarNet and Route Y, and worked with Adrian Pulfer at A/3 Following an internship in New York with Jonathan Hoefler, a love for typography led Benson in 2000 to launch Typophile, a global community for type designers. After graduation, Benson worked at Razorfish as Creative Director. In 2002 he started Punchcut, a San Francisco-based product design and innovation company focused on the future, where he continues to lead strategic projects and serve as Executive Creative Director. Benson’s family shares his creative passions: his wife is a maker, his son runs a fashion business, his second son is an animator, and his youngest son and daughter are both skilled artists. Benson loves backpacking, cycling, designing games with his kids, and serving with his family in the community.

 

Trevor Packer

College of Humanities
Lecture: Noticing the Unnoticed: Applying the Skills of a Humanities Degree to Fight Poverty
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: B092 JFSB

Trevor Packer genuinely believes in the transformative power of education. Since 2003, he has led the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, which—among other things—creates and manages the 38 available AP courses taken by 2.8 million students annually. In his commitment to improving the standard of living of all students, as evidenced by having doubled the number of low-income students in AP classes from one in ten to one in five, he is fearless. These classes help kids “regardless of their zip code” get into college, pay less for college, and be more successful in college. Packer’s passion for teaching, concern for equal opportunity, and trenchant analytical skills have made him an ideal leader to support the ongoing professional learning of 170,000 AP teachers worldwide. Much of his idealism he attributes to his experience at BYU, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in English. Among his loves are art museums, classical music, Europe, and teaching literature and writing.

 

Steven J. Lund

J. Reuben Clark Law School
Lecture: Circumstantial Evidence
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 205 JRCB

If something matters in Utah, there’s a good chance Steven J. Lund is involved in it. It could be as a member or chair of the Board of Trustees for Utah Valley University, serving on Utah’s State Board of Regents over higher education, or serving in the Quorum of Seventy and Young Men’s General Board. It might be as a co-chair of an IHC campaign to build new Primary Children’s hospital in Lehi, director of the Provo City Center Temple Open House and Dedication Committee, or on the board of the BYU Neal A. Maxwell Institute. A former president and CEO of Nu Skin, he now chairs Nu Skin Enterprises and helps its Force for Good Foundation, which has provided some 600 million meals to malnourished children in Africa and Asia. Lund attributes his learning at BYU as pivotal in his life’s choices, and friends made there as vital in his professional life. He and his wife, Kalleen, have four children and nine grandchildren.

 

Dr. Dustin Freckleton

College of Life Sciences
Lecture: Embracing Uncertainty
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 2102 LSB with overflow in 267 RB

Dr. Dustin Freckleton is founder and CEO of LVL Technologies, a healthcare analytics company focused on solving moonshot problems in consumer and patient health. He received his MD/MBA from the University of Texas at Houston and has an extensive research background in noninvasive patient monitoring and human performance. He started the company in 2012 after suffering a stroke from exercise-induced dehydration. Dustin lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Crystal, and four daughters.

 

Scott M. Smith

Marriott School of Business
Lecture: Roads Less Traveled
Time: Friday, Oct. 18, 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Location: 710 TNRB

It would take the statistical capabilities of a cutting-edge company like Qualtrics to measure all of Scott M. Smith’s accomplishments. It’s lucky, then, that Smith co-founded that company, run by two of his sons and recently sold to SAP for $8 billion. Following a PhD at Penn State he pursued an academic career in the BYU Marriott School of Management for more than 30 years, during which his books and publications on marketing and statistics became seminal, oft-cited works. He’s been a Fulbright Scholar in Moldova and received awards for his articles, papers, and research. However, Smith’s service extends beyond academia. He and his wife, Karen, have served missions in Hong Kong and Jerusalem, where they coordinated humanitarian services, and have been ordinance workers in the Provo and Hong Kong temples. Smith is a member of the Board of Trustees at Utah Valley University and a supporter of the Huntsman Cancer Center, UVU, and BYU. Together he and Karen have nine children, 30 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

 

Dr. Kelly Wosnik, DNP, NP-C

College of Nursing
Lecture: Rely on the Lord
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 270 KMBL

Dr. Kelly Wosnik, a nurse practitioner and founder of Bristol Health, first learned about medicine as a patient, not as a provider. Born with a genetic condition called Cleidocrianal Dysplasia (CCD) that affects teeth and most of the bones in the body, she underwent many difficult surgeries while growing up. Her experiences led her into nursing at BYU, where she was befriended and mentored by caring faculty. Wosnik has had wide experiences in her field, from home health aide to hospital emergency room charge nurse and from residential eating disorder programs to family practice medicine. Her Bristol Health clinic employs 20 people and bridges family medicine and psychiatry to meet its patients’ mental health needs. In 2017, to develop awareness for CCD and support those with that birth defect, she created the organization CCD Smiles, which Gaten Matarazzo from Stranger Things joined to help promote. Beyond meaningful service to her ward, community, and BYU, Wosnik loves her dogs, running half-marathons, playing piano, and spoiling her 11 nieces and nephews.

 

Jonathan Blake

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Lecture: A Risk Manager's Guide to a Faith Journey
Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 1170 TMCB

How does an insurance company plan ahead, when what’s ahead is unknown? You find yourself a Jonathan Blake, the vice president and lead actuary for the Hanover Insurance Group. His broad experience as a statistician and actuary began as a student at BYU, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. and M.S in statistics. BYU helped him both lay the foundation for his professional life and also solidify “the spirit of service and continuous learning.” His work has taken him to Ohio, Texas, and Massachusetts, but no matter the place he’s served conscientiously—at home, in the Church, and in the community. Professionally, as a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, he has contributed in numerous company actuarial positions and also as president, vice president, and board member of the Casualty Actuaries of New England. Blake and his wife, Julia, have six children. He enjoys golf, running, and hiking and playing games as a family.