2011 WSU Salutes 

WSU Salutes honors qualified candidates have led distinguished lives and demonstrated significant career achievements; have
contributed to the success and reputation of Weber State University; and have served their community, state, or nation  with exemplary dedication.

 

Distinguished Alumni Award

presented to an outstanding

graduate of WSU

 

 

Distinguished Service Award

presented to a non-alumnus who

has performed outstanding service

 

 

 

Lewis W. Shurtliff Award

presented to an individual

committed to advancing

education

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Alumni Award

presented to an outstanding

alumnus who graduated within

the past 10 years

 

 

 

Emeriti Alumni Lifetime

Achievement Award

presented to an outstanding alumnus

who attended at least 40 years ago

 

 

Emeriti Alumni

Homecoming Royalty

Honors two outstanding individuals who attended at least 40 years ago

 

WSU Salutes honors qualified candidates have led distinguished lives and demonstrated significant career achievements; have
contributed to the success and reputation of Weber State University; and have served their community, state, or nation  with exemplary dedication. Posthumous nominations will not be considered.

To view recipients achievement videos please click the names or photos below.

Distinguished Service Awards
W. Rolfe Kerr 

W. Rolfe Kerr is valued member of the Weber State family serving as Dean of Men from 1966 to 1968. After becoming Utah Commissioner of Higher Education in 1985, Dr. Kerr worked tirelessly to obtain necessary funding for additional faculty, facilities and technology to support Weber’s burgeoning student enrollment. He enthusiastically encouraged Weber’s efforts to establish new degree programs and gain university status in 1991. 
 
Lewis W. Shurtliff Awards
Jeanne N. Hall

Jeanne Nowak Hall ’69 exemplifies a lifelong commitment to advancing education and opportunity. The former Peace Corps volunteer is a certified school counselor who worked with at-risk students in the Ogden School District for nearly 20 years. Jeanne is a past board president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis. She spends much of her time securing funds to provide college scholarships and critical services for disadvantaged residents in Weber County and elsewhere.
   
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Alan C. Martin

Alan Martin ’05 used the technical sales training he received at WSU to launch a textbook rental operation out of an Ogden warehouse in 2007. Campusbookrentals.com has since mushroomed into a multi-million-dollar enterprise providing services to students on nearly 6,000 U.S. college campuses. Alan donates a portion of his company’s proceeds to Operation Smile.
   
Emeriti Lifetime Achievement Award
James C. Hurst

Elected Weber College student body president in 1958, James C. Hurst ’59 rallied student support for Weber’s push to achieve four-year status. He began his distinguished professional career as a counselor at Oregon State University and retired as University of Wyoming’s Vice President for Student Affairs in 2000. A true Wildcat at heart, Jim currently chairs WSU’s Student Affairs Advancement Council.
   

Emeriti Homecoming Royalty
James C. Hurst and Joan Rees Hurst

Married 53 years, 
James C. Hurst '59 and Joan Rees Hurst were Ogden High School sweethearts who became engaged while attending Weber College. As members of WSU’s Emeriti Alumni Council, Jim and Joan provided leadership for 2003’s Greatest Generation—an unforgettable series of lectures, exhibits, films and panel discussions honoring WSU’s World War II veterans. Jim and Joan have four Wildcat-friendly children—including current Dean of Students Jeff Hurst.
   
WSU President's Award
Barney B. Chapman

As a member of WSU’s Board of Trustees, Barney Chapman ’72 was instrumental in establishing a greater vision for community and legislative support for the university. In 1968, Barney began work at America First Federal Credit Union as a part-time teller. He retired 37 years later as senior vice president and chief lobbyist. Barney is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve colonel and has worked on the Utah League’s legislative committee. 
   
Distinguished Alumni Award
Kevin M. Kempin

Kevin Kempin ’90 graduated cum laude from the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics at Weber State University where he also played men’s varsity tennis. Inducted into WSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, Kevin is the president of Head USA, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of sports equipment.
   
Distinguished Alumni Award
Ufo Eric Atuanya

Born in Nigeria, Ufo Eric-Atuanya ’92 parlayed his WSU bachelor’s degree in political science and economics into international renown. Ufo is the founder and managing partner of Rimsom Associates, a strategic consulting firm. For nearly two decades, Ufo has used his considerable skills and diplomacy to enhance trade and investment, alleviate poverty and create sustainable wealth in his homeland as well as other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

To view a list of all the past Distinguished Service Award recipients click here.
To view a list of all the past Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients click here.
To view a list of all the past Emeriti Alumni Homecoming Royalty recipients click here.
To view a list of all the past H. Aldous Dixon Award recipients click here.
To view a list of all the past Lewis H. Shurtliff Award recipients click here.
To view a list of all the past Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipients click here.
To view a list of all the past President's Award recipients click here.

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