A capacity crowd in the USU Eastern Jennifer Leavitt Student Center at Friday night's Founders Celebration listens to the welcome of Chancellor Joe Peterson.
Above, a capacity crowd in the USU Eastern Jennifer Leavitt Student Center at Friday night's Founders Celebration listens to the welcome of Chancellor Joe Peterson. He took the occasion to introduce a special guest speaker, Johnny Reeves, right. Johnny is the great-great-grandson of G. J. Reeves, the Carbon School Superintendent who was one of the college founders 75 years ago. He told the audience his family has supported the college for generations.
The audience also heard from USU President Stan Albrecht, who said that 2013 has been a year of celebration for the entire university. The institution marked its 125th anniversary.
As with the college, Utah State University has gone through some name changes, Albrecht said, beginning as Utah Agricultural College.
It was one of many federal land grant colleges made possible by the Morrill Act, which was signed by Abraham Lincoln in July 1862 during the depths of the Civil War.
The president said the merger of USU and the College of Eastern Utah has combined the values of both institutions. It has enabled Southeastern Utah students to earn advanced degrees without leaving the area.
The college also honored 21 people for achievements and contributions. The complete list and biographies were published in last Thursday's paper.