College gives credit where it's due at Founder's Day
USU Eastern and its community paid tribute to those who have given time, talent and money to make the college what it is today at the 73rd Annual Founder's Day event Saturday.
Neil L. Warren, is a graduate of Carbon High and Carbon College. He later became an award-winning debate coach at the renamed College of Eastern Utah. He received the honor of Outstanding Alumnus. He was also heavily involved in theater at the college, the high school and the Castle Valley Community Theater, having acted or directed 130 local productions.
Receiving Outstanding Alumni recognitions were Joe and JoAnn T. Goodrich, who met while attending CEU in 1970. Joe went on to earn a degree in manufacturing engineer at Weber State University and eventually became plant manager for Utah Power and PacifiCorp in Utah and Wyoming.
JoAnn received her degrees in communicative disorders from USU. She worked as Director of Deaf Services in southern Utah with the Utah School for the Deaf.
After their retirement in 2002, they embarked on a post-career series of international humanitarian and educational service projects. Their service took them to Egypt, China and Alaska.
Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame were LaDona Richmond Rukavina and Jared Fernandez.
Rukavina, recognized as a born competitor, participated in sports before women's programs were not as well-recognized as they are today.
Nevertheless, she found a way to compete. She began with the Mithell Mummies fast pitch softball team in the late 1940s, rejoining the reorganized team in 1978.
She also golfed with her father in the 1950s, a sport she continues today at age 81.
Fernandez, an excellent baseball player during his years at Kearns High School, came to play for CEU and coach Dave Paur in the 1991 and 1992 seasons. He was team captain, All Conference, and was voted best pitcher. He also spent time playing center field as well.
He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1994, later moving to the Cincinnati Reds, the Houston Astros and then the Philadelphia Phillies.
He closed out his career pitching for the Hiroshima Carp, where he became the first knuckleballer to pitch in Japan.
Although he made the 2000 Olympic team, he was sidelined by a broken arm.
The Upon Their Shoulders Award, which recognizes long-time employees of the college, went to Vicki Kulow and Steven Belnap.
Kulow worked for 32 years at the college, beginning as a shipping and receiving clerk. She was later given additional responsibilities as Equal Opportunity Officer and Purchasing Director.
While working full time, she managed to earn her associate's degree from CEU and bachelor's from USU.
Belnap came to CEU in 1968, right after graduation from Brigham Young University. He began in the treasurer's office as an assistant, then became assistant business manager.
Later, having completed a two-week course in Fortran, he was judged the person most able to establish an administrative computing function at the college.
He then returned to the business office.
USU Eastern also honored those who gave given financial support to the college over the years. Gold Circle Donors Awards this year went to Dennis and Susan Deaton, Michael and Clyda Harrison, the LaVell and Mayzell King Family, and Grady and Jeanne McEvoy.
While living in Price for 14 years, Dennis Deaton served on the College Institutional Council
The Harrisons, both active in civic and community affairs during they time in Price, sponsor an annual scholarship for a deserving student.
LaVell King was a biology teacher at CEU for 36 years. In 2001 the Kings established an endowment that will eventually fund a perpetual scholarship in their name.
The McEvoys, long-time supporters of the college have been instrumental in the campaign to raise funds for a new Arts Building on campus.