Old Main Society Awards and Recognition

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Garkane Energy and Caffe Ibis recognized as Enduring Businesses that have become Mainstays in their Communities

Although 80 percent of the jobs in Utah are based along the Wasatch Front, rural Utah is dotted with successful, enduring businesses. Providing important services and valuable job opportunities, these companies are the backbone of small-town Utah.

We scoured the state and found numerous examples of such companies. Here are the inspiring stories of just a few.

To see the full article in the Utah Business Magazine (January 2013 Issue) click Here



Smith’s Food and Drug Stores contributed $1 Million to Schools

Salt Lake City - SMITH’S FOOD & DRUG STORES contributed $1 million to schools in Smith’s multi-state operating area through its Earn & Learn Program. In Utah, public and private K-12 schools received a portion of $611,394.16 in undesignated cash contributions based upon their level of support in the program.

Article courtesy of Utah Business Magazine (December 2012 Issue) see the article here



Best Companies to Work For in 2012

Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) knows a company is only as good as the people in it. “WCF strives to attract and retain the best talent. By treating employees with respect and compassion, WCF has been able to create a culture that fosters excellence,” says Greg Summerhays, director of public relations.

In order to make sure employees are happy, Workers Compensation Fund offers a wellness program with onsite gym, many company activities and recognition events, a retirement program, tuition reimbursement and generous time off. To foster a culture of caring, the company also gives employees time off every month for volunteer work.

The care WCF shows for its employees is evident, as the average length of employment is more than 10 years. Summerhays says the company works to recruit good people and promote from within. One employee says, “This is absolutely the best company I have ever worked for in terms of corporate culture, care and concern for the individual, both within as well as outside the company.”

WCF is the state’s largest workers compensation insurer. 388 employees

• Paid time off to volunteer
• Wellness program with onsite gym
• Retirement plan with 401(k)

Article courtesy of Utah Business Magazine (December 2012 Issue) see the article Here



Old Main Members Honored at Founders Day

Kay and Judy Toolson

Mary McAllister Bold

Janice Dee

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Old Main Society Member David Lancy is recognized with USU's Top Research Honor


David Lancy

Utah State University anthropology professor David Lancy is the 2011 recipient of the D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award, USU's most prestigious faculty research accolade.


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Old Main Society Member Jack Keller receives USU Merit Citation


Jack Keller

Dr. Jack Keller has a unique blend of engineering experience that includes teaching, research, consulting and humanitarian service. His more than 90 technical papers, 50 major reports, 9 handbooks, and two textbooks in the areas of irrigated agricultural development, water management, water resource planning and engineering, on-farm water management, and irrigation systems design indentify him as a leader in the field.


Click here to read the Alumni Newsletter article.



USU Great and Old Main Society Member Dave Kragthorpe was inducted into the
Utah Sports Hall of Fame

Dave Kragthorpe
Dave Kragthorpe

USU alumnus Dave Kragthorpe was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation on Nov. 16 at EnergySolutions Arena in recognition of his national achievements. His induction was announced in a Deseret News article published on Friday, Oct. 29. Athletes Tom Chambers, Mark Eaton, Tiffany Lott Hogan, and Lance Robinson also joined Kragthorpe as new Utah Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

Click here to see the article in the USU Aggie Insights Newsletter.



Old Main Society Member Herm Olsen recognized as Attorney of the Year

Herm Olsen
Herm Olsen

On October 22, 2010, Herm Olsen received the Utah Minority Bar (UMB) Award for the 2010 Attorney of the Year. The UMB's Award for Attorney of the Year goes to a member of the Utah State Bar who has demonstrated achievement or dedication to objectives consistent with the purposes of UMB, which include promoting the professional advancement of minority attorneys and the social and civic standing of the minority community; assisting minority attorneys and others in their professional pursuits; to promote the appointment of others in their professional pursuits; and to develop a support system for minority law students and for minority individuals seeking admission to law school.
Source: Herald Journal



Old Main Society Members inducted into USU Alumni Hall of Honor

Randy and Kathie Watts

Randy and Kathie Watts

Lynne and Dennis Sessions

Lynne and Dennis Sessions

Utah State University inducted new members into its Alumni Hall of Honor recently. The Alumni Hall of Honor recognizes alumni and friends of USU for their unselfish devotion and service to USU and the USU Alumni Association. Inductees have furthered the Alumni association with selfless service


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Utah State Athletics Unveils Merlin Olsen Statue

Merlin Olsen Statue Unveiling

Utah State University honored one of its greatest alumnus and the most decorated football player in school history with the unveiling of a larger-than-life-size bronze statue of Merlin Olsen on Saturday [Oct. 23, 2010] with a special ceremony on the South Plaza of Romney Stadium prior to USU's Homecoming football game against Hawaii.

Click here to see the Utah State Today article including a link to the video of the unveiling.


New Old Main Society Members Randall and Julianne Stockham cut ribbon on new
Hall of Honor

Student Athlete Academic Hall of Honor

Utah State University's Athletics Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for its newly completed Dr. Randall and Julianne Stockham Student-Athlete Academic Hall of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m., prior to USU's football game against Fresno State, which began at 6 p.m.

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Old Main Society Member and Geologist Jim Evans Named 2010 Outstanding
Graduate Mentor

Geology Professor Jim Evans receives 2010 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
Jim Evans

Geology professor James “Jim” Evans received Utah State University's 2010 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award at the university's 123rd Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony May 7, 2010. Evans was presented a plaque by USU President Stan Albrecht and Byron Burnham, dean of USU's School of Graduate Studies, during the ceremony.

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Old Main Society Member Kent Frandsen inducted into Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Kent Frandsen
Kent Frandsen

The Utah Broadcasters Association recently inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame – Doug Barton, president, Sanpete County Broadcasting and Mid–Utah Radio Inc.; M. Kent Frandsen, Logan, president, Cache Valley Radio and Canyon Media; and Don Gale, former executive with Bonneville International and president of Words, Words, Words.

Click here to read the article from the Deseret News.



Old Main Society Members Bill and Marty Bullen receive Merit Citation

Bill & Marty Bullen
Bill and Marty Bullen

For their continual service in the community and dedicated support of Utah State University, the Alumni Association proudly presented an Alumni Merit Citation Award to Bill & Marty Bullen at the USU vs. Western Oregon men's basketball game on December 29, 2009.

Click here to read the article from the January 2010 Alumni Newsletter.



Old Main Society Member Kim Corbin-Lewis promoted to full professor

         Kim Corbin-Lewis

Kim Corbin-Lewis

In the recent round of tenure and promotion at Utah State University, Kim Corbin-Lewis, chair of the Institutional Review Board, from the department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education was promoted to full professor. Corbin-Lewis specializes and teaches in the areas of speech science and disorders of voice, swallow and motor speech.




Old Main Society Member Marilynne Glatfelter will be recognized by USU's Women Center

Since 1986, the Utah State University Women's Center has acknowledged the accomplishments, activities and civic dedication of women over the age of 65 in Cache Valley with the "Women Over 65 Achievement Award."

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Old Main Society Member William Farrell Edwards recognized at Employee Luncheon

Utah State University's 17th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon was held Wednesday, March 31, and 308 employees were honored for their service to the University.

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Reception Honors Carnegie Professor of the Year David Peak, Old Main Society Member

Utah State University professor David Peak will be honored with a campus reception Thursday, Jan. 21, and all are welcome. The reception is held in the David B. Haight Alumni Center from 3-5 p.m., and is hosted by Ann Austin, vice provost for faculty development and diversity.

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OMS Member presents at Inaugural Professor Lecture Series

Utah State University professors Jeffery Hall, Susanne Janecke and C. Kim Chapman presented at the Inaugural Professor Lecture Series during the fall 2009 semester.

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Touching tribute to a giant of a man

Aggie great, Merlin Olsen, was recognized during the Aggie Basketball game on Saturday, December 5, 2009.

The playing field inside Utah State's Romney Stadium will be renamed Merlin Olsen Field in honor of the former NFL player and USU standout. University president Stan Albrecht and athletic director Scott Barnes made the announcement Saturday in a halftime ceremony during the Aggies' basketball game against St. Mary's. Barnes says a sculpture of Olsen will be unveiled in a plaza south of the stadium during an official dedication ceremony in fall 2010.



Old Main Society Member David Peak Named Utah's 2009 Carnegie Professor of the Year

Infect with passion. Decode the arcane. Encourage the unencouraged. Research is teaching.


These are among the "effective professor mantras" Utah State University physicist David Peak mutters to himself each day as he walks about campus.


“My colleagues might believe I'm nuts,” says Peak, who joined the Physics Department in USU's College of Science in 1994. “But these chants guide my daily interactions with undergraduates.”

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2 Old Main Society Members are recognized by the Merrill Cazier Library

Associate Vice President for Research Joyce Kinkead was given the annual Library Faculty Award in recognition of her donations to the Merrill-Cazier Library. The award was presented to her on Oct. 27.



O.C. Tanner VP is honored with Professional Achievement Award

Kaye Jorgensen
Photo by Steve Eaton

When Kaye Jorgensen started at O.C. Tanner in 1974 as a clerk making $2.97 an hour she had to promise to stay for at least two years if they gave her a job. In March 2009, the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business presented Jorgensen, who is now the senior vice president of human resources at O.C. Tanner, with a Professional Achievement Award.

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Old Main Society Member Vern Buehler greeted people at his 90th birthday Party

Vern Buehler

Photo by Steve Eaton

Michael Ballam, left, his son, Ben, and, his wife, Laurie, greet Old Main Society Member Vern Buehler at his 90th birthday party at the David B. Haight Alumni Center. Some 150 people attended the event in June 2009.



Dolores Gossner Wheeler honored for donation to Army

Dolores Gossner Wheeler made it possible for care packages to be donated to 350 Army Reservists serving in Iraq, despite the economic hardships endured by the farmers in Utah and Idaho involved in the care packages.



Homecoming will celebrate Alumni of the Year – Gary & Karen Black

Old Main Society Members Gary and Karen Black will be receiving the Alumni of the Year award at Homecoming, September 20–26th. For more information, click here to read the Alumni Newsletter that announces all of the awards for Homecoming, as well as announces many activities for your enjoyment.



May Commencement Teaching Excellence Awards Given

Through an extensive selection process involving both students and faculty in the various academic colleges, two Old Main Society members were recognized with teaching excellence awards at Utah State University's May Commencement. They included Dr. Kim Corbin–Lewis from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and Dr. Thomas Fronk, from the College of Engineering.



May Commencement Teaching Excellence Awards Given

Through an extensive selection process involving both students and faculty in the various academic colleges, two Old Main Society members were recognized with teaching excellence awards at Utah State University's May Commencement. They included Dr. Kim Corbin–Lewis from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and Dr. Thomas Fronk, from the College of Engineering.


Dr. Kim Corbin–Lewis is an associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Speech Science Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Swallowing, Voice Disorders and Disorders of Motor Speech and Swallowing. Over her 30-year career as a speech–language Pathologist, Dr. Corbin–Lewis has infused her teaching with “real life” clinical practice by delivering services to individuals with voice, swallowing and motor speech disorders. She celebrates the many accomplishments of her students and communicates the highest standards of professionalism. Thanks to state–of–the–art course content and challenging performance expectations, students leave her class well–prepared to provide evidence–based treatment to individuals with communication disorders.

Dr. Thomas Fronk, is an associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. He consistently sets high standards in terms of interacting with students and takes the time to give them personal and professional counsel that contributes significantly to their success as students working towards bachelor's and graduate degrees. He has an excellent perception of what students need in terms of a balance between theory and practical applications. His passion for teaching and helping students is evident and they know he is interested in their success as students and individuals.



Patty Halaufia named Head of Alumni Relations

Patty Halaufia
Patty Halaufia

Patty Halaufia was named head of the Alumni Relations office. She will continue as executive director of the USU Foundation.

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Old Main Society Member Elected Chairwoman of the Utah State University Board of Trustees

Old Main Society Member Suzanne Pierce–Moore was elected chairwoman of the Utah State University Board of Trustees May 15 during a regular session of the institution's top governing board.

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Old Main Society Member given Lifetime Achievement Award

Old Main Society Member Dinesh Patel was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grand America Hotel during the Utah Genius 2009 Awards Luncheon.



USU Community Awards Presented April 2, 2009

USU's First Lady Joyce Albrecht presents Old Main Society Members Dolores Wheeler and Vosco Call with the USU/Community Associates Award at Plaza 255 on Thursday April 2, 2009. Also pictured are OMS members and 2008 Co–USU/Community Associates Presidents David and Sheryl Bessinger and 2009 USU/Community Associate Co–Presidents Joan and Frank Scheffke.



Watts Family Recognized with Inaugural Aggie Family Legacy Award

Watts Family, members of the Old Main Society, recognized with the Inaugural Aggie Family Legacy Award.

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2008 Spirit of Old Main Recipients

At the Old Main Society Dinner on Friday, September 12, 2008 C. Hardy & Sonya S. Redd were recognized with the 2008 Spirit of Old Main Award and Mark K. & Wendi Holland with the 2008 Spirit of Old Main – Next Generation Award.

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2007 Spirit of Old Main Recipient

Utah State Today did an article on Vernon M. Buehler, our 2007 Spirit of Old Main Award Recipient.

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