Winners of the 12th Annual Utah State University Diversity Awards have been announced. The awards recognize individuals on campus or throughout the community who have made significant contributions to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity at Utah State.
Chuck Gay, Martha Whitaker, Jimmie Grutzmacher, Rebecca Nudd and Cameron Cuch are the 2005 recipients of the honor.
Chuck Gay will be honored in the category of administrator. He is associate vice president for University Extension and associate director for Cooperative Education. Gay is recognized for his efforts in bringing educational opportunities to the Latino community. He has worked closely with the Mexican Consulate to develop satellite-delivered programming from Mexico City to Utah and then throughout the United States. Gay is currently working with the Head Start program to develop Centers for Learning for both youth and adult Latino audiences, capitalizing on the satellite signals and classes delivered from Mexico.
Martha Whitaker, an associate professor in the elementary education department, will be honored in the faculty category. Whitaker developed and maintained Educators for Diversity which, at its annual conferences, draws more than 700 educators and experts throughout Utah to discuss ways to better meet the needs of diverse students in schools. She is co-founder and vice president of the Utah Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Her most recent accomplishment is the pending publication of a book she co-authored, Triple Takes on Curricular Theory. The book addresses issues of equity and justice in schooling and models the importance of a broader, more inclusive curriculum.
Jimmie Grutzmacher, a human resources specialist for facilities, will receive the award in the staff category. Grutzmacher worked extensively with the Utah State office of Human Resources in presenting English as a second language classes. She was instrumental in developing, implementing and tracking a compact plan strategy to enhance diversity within facilities. Her efforts have resulted in increased hiring of women and minorities. Grutzmacher's nominator described her as being "passionate about the importance of diversity and seeing that everyone who is qualified is given an opportunity to excel and improve themselves regardless of race or ethnic background."
Rebecca Nudd is an undergraduate student in liberal arts and science with minors in history and political science. She organized the Interfaith Service Club, a group where members of different organizations give service to others. With the help of representatives from different religious organizations throughout Cache Valley, Interfaith has provided service to Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, Hospice and others. Nudd has worked as a university ambassador and held office in the Student Alumni Association. With the cooperation of organizations from Utah State and throughout the community, Nudd organized "A Day of Sharing," held April 16. Volunteers will complete service projects throughout the community.
Cameron Cuch is the community award recipient, the first recipient in 12 years from outside Cache Valley. He is the Ute tribe education director and receives the award for his work within the Native American community and associated work with the Uintah Basin campuses and Utah State. As a grant administrator for the American Indian Teacher Training Program, Cuch spearheaded a three-year effort using a $1 million dollar federal grant to train and mentor Native American teachers in the elementary, secondary and special education programs at the Utah State-Uintah Basin campus. His efforts have created more diversity at Utah State. Thanks to his efforts, half of secondary education students at the Utah State-Uintah Basin campus are Native American.
Recipients will be recognized by Utah State President Stan Albrecht at a ceremony next fall. For more information about the awards, call David Ottley in the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity office at Utah State, (435) 797-1266.