Weber State University Magazine Fall 2013 : Page 24
The wsu magazine | Fall 2013 | class notes Meet your Weber State University Alumni Association 2013-14 leaders Four Tops 24
WSUAA’s Four Tops
Meet your Weber State University Alumni Association 2013-14 leaders<br /> <br /> <b>Andre Lortz ’91</b><br /> President, WSU Alumni Association<br /> <br /> Named Weber State’s “Outstanding Accounting Graduate” his senior year, <b>Andre Lortz</b> earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1991. Never one to rest on his laurels, Lortz completed a master’s program the following year. He is a certified public accountant licensed in Utah and California, and was appointed chief financial officer for FJ Management Inc. in 2008. When he’s not busy safeguarding the fiscal well-being of his company or conducting official Alumni Association business, Lortz is a bit of a thrill-seeker, compulsively searching for his next gut-hurling, brain-scrambling, gravity-defying spin on the nearest roller coaster.<br /> <br /> WEBER STATE HERO: I actually have several: accounting professors <b>Rick Crosser</b>, <b>Ron Mano</b> and <b>Richard McDermott</b>. <br /> <br /> FAVORITE QUOTE: “Do, or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda <br /> <br /> FAVORITE MOVIE: <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> <br /> <br /> LAST BOOK READ: <i>The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World</i>, by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart <br /> <br /> FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION: Almost any amusement park. <i>(See? We told you he really likes roller coasters!)</i><br /> <br /> <b>Adam Stonehocker ’07</b><br /> President, WSU Young Alumni Council<br /> <br /> When not brushing up on Russian — a language he picked up during an extended stay in Yekaterinburg — <b>Adam Stonehocker</b> can usually be found doing one of three things: leading his team at AdRoll, an online advertising and retargeting platform; romping with his beloved golden retriever, Chloé; or trying to decide where he and his wife, <b>Jodi ’09</b>, should eat dinner (generally a toss up between Tona, Sonora Grill and Aroy-D). Stonehocker served as the WSU Student Alumni Association’s marketing director before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing.<br /> <br /> MOST MEMORABLE WILDCAT MOMENT: Watching <b>Dave Patten</b> and the men’s basketball team win the 2007 Big Sky Conference championship to go to the NCAA tournament. It was so fun to rush the court and celebrate with the players. <br /> <br /> WEBER STATE HERO: <b>Damian Lillard</b>. He’s an outstanding basketball player and an even better person. I admire his work ethic. <br /> <br /> FAVORITE QUOTE: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” — Henry Ford <br /> <br /> FAVORITE AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE: “Tatsu” at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. That ride has you face the ground like you’re flying, then spins you at high speeds. Your body doesn’t know what to do! <br /> <br /> MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT: I was born in La Crosse, Wis.<br /> <br /> <b>David Olsen ’71</b><br /> President, WSU Emeriti Alumni Council<br /> <br /> Born and raised in Brigham City, Utah, <b>David Olsen</b> enrolled at Weber State College in 1965 with every intention of majoring in political science. By accident he wound up in a police science class and enjoyed it so much, he changed his major. Putting himself through college with the help of scholarships, law enforcement grants and a part-time job at a grocery store, Olsen was among the first to graduate from Weber State’s newly created police science program, now known as the Department of Criminal Justice. Lured by the offer of gainful employment as a criminal investigator with the U.S. Treasury Department, Olsen moved to San Francisco, where he met his wife, Melinda. The couple moved to Ogden in 1998 after Olsen retired.<br /> <br /> MOST MEMORABLE WILDCAT MOMENT: Celebrating WSU’s 50th anniversary of Division I men’s basketball. Hearing stories from former players and coaches during the “Evening With the Legends” event brought back many memories of my days on campus. <br /> <br /> WEBER STATE HERO: Former WSU president <b>Ann Millner</b> because she did so very much to advance the cause of Weber State here in Utah and throughout the country. <br /> <br /> WHAT’S ON MY IPOD: Nothing! I don’t have one; I’m a dinosaur. <br /> <br /> FAVORITE AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE: The “Matterhorn Bobsleds” at Disneyland <br /> <br /> LAST BOOK READ: <i>John Adams</i> by David McCullough<br /> <br /> <b>Nicholas DeYoung ’14</b><br /> President, WSU Student Alumni Association<br /> <br /> In 2010, WSU student <b>Nicholas DeYoung</b>, fresh from a two-year stint in Honduras, was just minding his own business, putting his nose to the academic grindstone, when friends convinced him to co-chair the student committee that coordinates the Winter Games for Utah Special Olympics. Unable to stop volunteering for things, DeYoung moved on to the WSU Student Alumni Association, where he eventually worked his way to the top. DeYoung is now a senior, majoring in zoology, and hopes to attend medical school after he graduates in the spring of 2014. He is Weber State’s reigning Homecoming King, marking a return to the tradition of electing student royalty that had been on hiatus since 2002. <br /> <br /> MOST MEMORABLE WILDCAT MOMENT: So far, participating in a leadership conference in Nashville <br /> <br /> FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: The Lucky Slice <br /> <br /> FAVORITE QUOTE: “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just illusions.” — Michael Jordan <br /> <br /> WHAT’S ON MY IPOD: Lots of country music <br /> <br /> MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT: I’ve aways wanted to ride a bull in a rodeo!