Community Relations eNewsletter

April 2012

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Westminster Selects New President
Get Involved
Sugar House Local Card
Westminster Honored for Community Service
Sugar House Streetcar
Upcoming Events
Sugar House Art Walk April 13, 6-9pm.
Learn more at
Sugar House Merchants Association 
May 2 8:30am at Fiddler's Elbow
Converse Hall
Westminster Fast Fact
This spring five Westminster students are being paid to intern at local Sugar House organizations. The students are being paid through a grant from the Eskuche Foundation.  The organizations selected to participate in the program this semester are:
Sugar House Merchants Association

Sugar House
Farmer's Market

Liberty Height Fresh

Millcreek Cacao Roasters 
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Westminster College Selects New President
Westminster College recently selected Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, currently the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as our President Elect. President Michael Bassis recently announced his retirement, effective July 15, 2012. The presidential search committee, appointed by the Board of Trustees, selected Dr. Levin-Stankevich after a long selection process beginning at the beginning of this year.

Dr. Levin-Stankevich is currently the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he has served since 2006. In this role he initiated and led a broad-based strategic planning process and successfully moved new academic programs through the University of Wisconsin system. He obtained funding for three new campus construction projects (student union, academic building and recreation building) totaling over $100 million. He is the recipient of the NASPA 2011 President's Award and the 2006 Regents Teaching Excellence Department Award. Prior to his current position, Dr. Levin-Stankevich served as Interim President of Eastern Washington University.

Under the leadership of President Bassis and its Board of Trustees, Westminster College has developed a national reputation as a leader in higher education based on its distinctive programs, its ongoing transition from teaching to learning pedagogies, and its systems for assessing student learning pedagogies. During President Bassis' tenure, the college has established 19 new undergraduate programs and 9 new graduate programs, as well as project-based programs and an E-portfolio program. Further, the college has significantly improved its resource base and financial position. Accomplishments include raising over $63 million, construction and funding of five new facilities, and growth in enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

To learn more about our president elect, please visit

The Sugar House Merchants want you to get involved!
The Sugar House Merchants Association has formed committees including Events, Local Card, Marketing, and Membership.

The Events Committee is charged with the responsibility of planning, promoting, and implementing special events to benefit Sugar House Businesses and the Sugar House Community. This committee is co-chaired by Bob Evans of Sugar House Coffee and Deb Williamsen of Sterling Furniture.

The Local Card Committee is charged with launching the new Sugar House Local Card, which is a discount card offering community members who register their free card online discounts at Sugar House businesses. This committee is being chaired by James Adelman of The Joint in Sugar House.

The Marketing Committee is charged with creating a defined brand for Sugar House and expanding the reach of Sugar House businesses' voices using various forms of media. This committee is co-chaired by Mark Williamsen of Sterling Furniture and Annalisa Holcombe of Westminster College.

The Membership Committee is charged with growing the total membership of the Sugar House Merchants Association. The committee will increase non-member awareness through communication and direct contact visits and establish relationships that may grow into memberships. This committee is chaired by Roy Nydegger of the Sugar House Journal.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Sugar House Merchants Association, please email and/or attend a Merchants meeting at Fiddler's Elbow at 8:30am on the first Wednesday of each month.
What's Happening with the Sugar House Local Card   

The Sugar House Local Card is gaining momentum in the community. With special deals offered every month, the Local Card is a great opportunity to get a discount at your favorite Sugar House stores - and possibly discover a new store you haven't visited before.

Spearheaded by the Sugar House Merchants Association, Local Cards are free to community members. Local Cards can be picked up at several businesses throughout Sugar House and are free to register online. To learn more about the card, find out where to get your own, or sign up your business on the Local Card, please visit  
Westminster Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

For the sixth straight year, Westminster has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its commitment and achievement in community service.


Westminster students performed 67,000 hours of community service during the 2010-2011 academic year, a record high for the college. Projects included helping the homeless, teaching the elderly how to use computers and social media and numerous service projects focused on social issues. Students worked with refugee families, raised money for a local rape recovery center, taught math to girls in juvenile detention and participated in a variety of environmental clean-up projects.


All of the college's clubs and organizations are required to complete at least one service project every year, and one whole day during First-Year Student Orientation is committed to community service. Additionally, hundreds of Westminster students provide service each semester, all of which are coordinated and supported by the college's Center for Civic Engagement. 

streetcarPhase 2 of the Sugar House Street Car
The Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency presented at the March 7th Sugar House Merchants Association meeting at Fiddler's Elbow on the second Phase of the Sugar House Streetcar and locally preferred alternatives.
The first option presented in phase two (2A) would extend the Sugar House Streetcar from its end at the intersection of Sugarmont and McClelland along Sugarmont until the intersection of Sugarmont and Highland. This option will allow for the streetcar to better penetrate the Sugar House Business district.
The second option (2B) would extend the streetcar from the intersection of Sugarmont and McClelland south along Simpson where it would turn north to Monument Plaza at the intersection of 1100 East and 2100 South. The streetcar would then travel south on the other side of the street on Highland and turn west onto Sugarmont completing its loop to the core of the Sugar House Business District.
The third option (2C) would extend the improvements in option 2B to further north to 1700 South. This option is a possibility when considering future development of the streetcar and would allow a greater connection between the neighborhoods north of the business district, the Westminster College community, and the core of Sugar House.
Whatever option is chosen, the next phase will not occur for several years. More information on the Sugar House Streetcar is available at