Old Main Society 2010 Program

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Spirit of Old Main New Generation Award

Paul D. and Rebecca J. Parkinson

It is an understatement to say that Paul and Rebecca Parkinson, recipients of the 2010 Old Main-New Generation award, have deep connections to Utah State University.


Paul and Rebecca met at USU at the beginning of their sophomore year. They spent the next 3 years side by side, as they completed their schooling together. Both Paul and Rebecca graduated cum laude in June of 1993 - just 2 weeks after their first son was born. Paul earned a bachelor of arts in humanities and social sciences/liberal arts and sciences from HASS, and Rebecca graduated with a bachelor of science in elementary education from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.


Rebecca and Paul were both members of the USU President's Leadership Council (now known as Ambassadors) for 4 years, and both were inducted into the Student Ambassador Hall of Fame in 2009. In 1992-93 Rebecca received the Outstanding On-Campus Student Award from the Elementary Education department.


Paul and Rebecca Parkinson
Paul and Rebecca Parkinson

Paul has been heavily involved in many aspects of the university, serving as the Alumni Association Executive Board President and a member of the Alumni Chapter Board. He is also a former member of USU's Board of Trustees.


Paul's family legacy is rich: his mother, Leah Dunford Parkinson Christensen, also an Old Main Society member, was Dean of Women from 1959 to 1966, and then later Alumni Association President. Both sets of parents attended Utah State, as well as all of their siblings and their spouses.


In 2001, the Parkinson's established the Paul and Rebecca Parkinson University Ambassadors Endowment, in appreciation of the financial assistance they both received while serving as USU Ambassadors.