1st Quarter - Tonya Sorenson

Tonya was born and raised in Cache Valley. She worked at the USU Merrill Library for 13 years, first as a student worker, then as a classified employee. She has worked in the office of Undergraduate Admissions for the last 5 years. She has a bachelor degree from Utah State University. Tonya enjoys baking, reading anything WWII, going to movies with friends, and spending time with family. She especially loves being an aunt to 14 nieces and nephews.

Tonya is honored by her nomination. She is surrounded by amazing, supportive coworkers that she looks forward to working with each day. Tonya is proud to be an Aggie and enjoys helping students through the admissions process.

2nd Quarter - Ken Weeks

Ken Weeks has worked for USU Facilities for the past nine and half years in the HVAC shop as a tech IV. He has also serviced the Chemistry Building, USTAR, Maser Lab, Widtsoe Chemistry, and the LARC building. Prior to his employment at USU, he worked as a technician for Wangsguards for 24 years.

Ken has also served on the Recommissioning Team for two years, as well as the Customer Focus team for three years. As a member of the Recommissioning Team, he was responsible for analyzing building maintenance and make repairs, as needed. On the Customer Focus Team, he was responsible for encouraging employees to be more customer-service oriented and making sure customers were satisfied with their experience.

Ken was born in Rigby, Idaho; however, he was raised in Logan, Utah. He is the oldest of eight children. He and his wife, Debara, have been married for 39 1/2 years, and they have four children (two daughters and two sons) and six grandchildren.

In his free time, Ken likes to hike, camp, and be in the mountains. He enjoys scouting and was a scoutmaster for 10 years. He says he is a workaholic. In addition to his service at USU, he works part time for his younger brother, Jerry, at Four Seasons Heating.

3rd Quarter - Devon Whitney

Devon Whitney has worked for five years with USU’s Information Technology Department. Prior to joining USU, Devon lived in Tempe, Ariz., where he had worked in the computer industry for 22 years at his previous company. Devon made the move to USU, in large part, because of the people he met and knew he would be working with. He would like to acknowledge his appreciation to all of his coworkers at the Service Desk and Central IT for their hard work and everything they do to make USU such a great place to work. He would also like to thank everyone at USU he’s had the pleasure of working with.

When Devon is not at work, he loves spending time outdoors. During the summer months, he can be found tending his garden, hiking, and camping. During the winter, he loves to hit the ski slopes in Park City with his two teenage sons. Devon lives in Providence, Utah, with his wife, Gillian, and sons, Joshua and David. Soon to start his own computing career, Joshua will be attending USU next fall to obtain a degree in computer science. Devon also has a daughter, Brandi Rasmussen, who recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in English and education and is teaching high school in Chandler, Ariz.

4th Quarter - Karlene Coombs

Karlene Combs has worked at USU in the Purchasing department for 14 years. She began processing the mini po's and then moved on to pcards when they were first introduced to the campus. She is currently the Purchasing Card Program Administrator in Controllers

She was born and raised in the Bear Lake Valley in Sharon, Idaho. Karlene and her husband moved to Logan from Elko, Nevada to be closer to her family. She has been married for 43 years and has one, very cute little dog, Casey.

Karlene enjoys gardening and being outside in the fresh air with nature and also inside with all of her houseplants. She likes to cook and especially to bake, always love it when something turns out great. Her hobbies include music, reading and movies and hopefully will get to enjoy more of those when she retires October 1, 2013. She also enjoys do-it-yourself projects with her husband.