Old Main Society Dinner Honors Supporters
Thursday, Sep. 11, 2008
Close to 400 members of Utah State University’s Old Main Society are expected to gather at the Old Main Society dinner Friday, Sept. 12, as the university inducts new members and honors some of its most important supporters.
As part of the Old Main Weekend, the university bestows its most prestigious award, the Spirit of Old Main Award for lifetime achievements and loyalty to the university. This year’s recipients are Sunny and Hardy Redd, ranchers in southeastern Utah, for their dedication to service, visionary philanthropy and influence on the state of Utah and USU.
USU also has a new honor it will bestow Friday night, the first Spirit of Old Main New Generation Award. The inaugural recipients, honored Friday evening, will be Bountiful, Utah, residents Mark and Wendi Holland, who will be recognized for their many contributions to USU, their tireless service to the state and their commitment to the success of small businesses.
The Old Main Society was established in 1967 to recognize alumni and friends whose support makes possible the fulfillment of Utah State’s mission. Membership represents the pinnacle of recognition for those who express their belief in the institution through significant philanthropic support.
C. Hardy and Sonya “Sunny” Redd
An abiding passion for the land and the history that is shaped by it has influenced the lives of Sunny and Hardy Redd. Together they have helped shape the community of La Sal, Utah, the ranching community of southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, local and state politics, and the directions of state and community organizations.
Hardy and Sunny have spent their careers in ranching. Sunny still owns and manages the La Sal Mountain Guest Ranch. Their ties to the community and land have led them to active roles in the Republican Party, the Society for Range Management and the Utah Endowment for the Humanities. Hardy served three terms in the Utah State Legislature. Education has always held an important role in the lives of Sunny, Hardy and their children. When Sunny decided to get her master’s degree in education at Brigham Young University, she packed up eight of their 10 children and moved to Provo.
Hardy’s long involvement with Utah State University began as a student and has continued through service on the board of trustees and the dean’s council for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Hardy’s desire to understand the religious impulse aligned with history department head Norm Jones’s vision for a Religious Studies Program at Utah State University. Hardy persuaded his siblings as trustees of the Charles Redd Foundation to endow the first chair in this new program. Today, the Redd Chair is held by a distinguished professor. Others have raised funds for a chair honoring Leonard J. Arrington, a distinguished former professor at Utah State University. These new chairs coincide with the beginning of a nascent religious studies program with minors and majors in religious studies as well as annual lectures extending the program to the entire university community.
Hardy’s father, Charles, began the legacy of philanthropy that Hardy and Sunny have continued through their own gifts and those of the Charles Redd Foundation. Charles’s initial gift to Brigham Young University established the Redd Center for Western Studies, where a chair in western history, named for Hardy’s grandfather, was also established. Hardy and Sunny have carried on the family’s philanthropic tradition with gifts to enhance many programs, including Dialogue, The Journal of Mormon Thought and The Society for Range Management.
Mark K. and Wendi P. Holland
Whenever there is an event in Salt Lake City that involves Utah State University, you can be certain to see Mark and Wendi Holland in attendance. They actively maintain friendships from Mark’s time at Utah State. Their enthusiasm and support have bolstered the success of alumni events and programs such as the Aggie-to-Aggie connection where young Salt Lake alumni can come together in a social and networking environment. They have extended their good fortune by establishing a scholarship at Utah State University.
Mark is the chairman and CEO of Intermountain Staffing Resources. Intermountain Staffing Resources is among the largest staffing companies in the United States, with offices in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona. He is also the owner of Ascend HR Solutions, twice on Inc. magazine’s 500 list and currently the 35th fastest growing staffing company in America. Through these businesses, Mark provides small- and medium-sized businesses with personnel and other resources, including payroll, workers compensation, benefits and employee liability issues. Under his leadership, these two companies have grown and prospered.
As a student, Mark served as an ASUSU student officer and as student alumni president. He was awarded the Claude Burtenshaw Outstanding Leader Award, the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award and the Professional Achievement Award. Mark was the Young Alumni President and has served on the alumni chapter board twice. He has hosted several Dine with Alumni Events in Salt Lake. Mark is always eager to provide internship opportunities for human resources students. He is a regular visitor to campus and has twice been a guest lecturer in the Executive Leadership Class. Mark is currently the chair for the national advisory board for Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
Mark and Wendi are the parents of four children. They both enjoy outdoor activities, including mountain biking, traveling and hiking. They are very active in their church and community.
Writer and contact: Tim Vitale (435) 797-1356, firstname.lastname@example.org