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SUU In View - Fall 2001 - Charting a new Millennium | Alumni | SUU
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SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Fall 2001)

Charting a new millennium - Generous donors show faith in the future of SUU

Academic Sanctuary Campaign LogoThanks to the generosity of several individuals, alumni and organizations, SUU's "Opening Doors" Capital Campaign is well beyond the halfway mark to its goal. In July 1997, the Campaign kicked off with a stated goal of $42 million. To date, more than $31 million have been raised to go directly to deserving and needy students through such programs as scholarships and research work; the learning environment in the form of items like the honors program and named professorships; and the physical landscape with expanded facilities and equipment. Last December, the amount of funds gathered hit midpoint, and so, went public.

"We are delightfully satisfied with where we are in the campaign," Stuart Jones, ('86, Political Science) vice president of University advancement, says, "and excited about the possibilities in the remaining 18 months of the effort. We are very grateful to all of the generous donors for their care and contributions to our beloved Institution."


The George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Foundation has announced a $2 million gift to SUU for the construction of a Living and Learning Center on campus for up to 300 students.

"This generous gift will provide a wonderful opportunity for students to have a first rate, on campus learning and living experience at SUU," President Bennion states. "The support of students in this fashion will have a most positive benefit to them and the University as SUU g rows to meet the vital challenges of the 21st century."

The Living and Learning Center will be built adjacent to Manzanita Court on the corner of 200 South and 500 West.

The Center will house up to 300 resident students who will reap the benefits associated with living on campus, close to the heart of the University experience. "The Eccles Living/Learning Residence Hall will add a significant new dimension to the personalized learning environment of SUU," Sterling Church, ('64, Elementary Education) vice president for student services, says. "It is our hope that the outstanding students who will live in this great new facility will learn life skills that will benefit them and the communities in which they will live throughout their lives."

Future Eccles Building Site
This corner green at the intersection of 200 S. and 500 W. (between Manzanita and Juniper Halls) will be the site of the Eccles Living and Learning Center.

The George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Foundation is a national foundation without geographic limitations. Contributions are made to established non-profit organizations and institutions whose purposes are consistent with the foundation's identified interests in the arts, community, education and medicine.

The Foundation's generous history of giving to SUU covers many years and includes major gifts such as the Eccles Coliseum and land acquisition from Iron County School District's middle school property. The University also receives from the Foundation on-going support for other vital programs.

The new Living and Learning Center will be named after the founders of the foundation, George S. and Delores Doré Eccles. Lisa Eccles, executive director of the Eccles Foundation, says of the gift, "My aunt and uncle were both interested in helping young people receive the finest possible education, so I am sure they would be honored to have this building bear their names."


Austin and Magda Jones have graciously named SUU as the beneficiary of a charitable trust established in their names. This latest Jones donation is in addition to their many years of support of the University's annual fund that has benefited numerous students through scholarships and other financial assistance.

Austin M. Jones (BAC, '40), was born and raised in Cedar City to H. Marvin and Lucy E. Austin Jones, both BAC graduates. His career as a radio and satellite communications expert took him across the globe. It was during the two years he was stationed in the Netherlands, with an U.S. Navy assistance group to the Royal Netherlands Navy's Air Arm, that Jones met Magda Markovics. A student of music, Magda is a native of Budapest, Hungary. The couple celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary this year.

He served in WWII as a radar specialist with a Navy amphibious unit, and later in the Korean War in an aviation patrol unit. He also worked for KSUB Radio, and with Western Airlines when the company established the first commercial air service to Cedar City. Philco Corporation (which eventually became Ford Aerospace) recognized his expertise and quickly recruited him to help restore its communication and radar capabilities that had deteriorated in the War. In the '60s, he was involved in Philco's Satellite Tracking, Command and Control as project engineer.

Jones retired in 1983 and since then, he and Magda have been enjoying traveling, reading- especially Western American History-walking and gardening.

This past May, SUU conferred upon Jones an honorary doctorate degree.


SUU is pleased to announce that Ed and Carolyn Rondthaler have named the University as a beneficiary in their trust in the amount of $1 million to create an endowed chair in the theatre arts department. This generous capital campaign contribution is in addition to the annual support they currently give to numerous University programs, such as the American Folk Ballet, the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival, as well as scholarships in the music and psychology departments.

In recognition of the Rondthaler's friendship and generosity, the University named a room in the Hunter Conference Center in their honor at a dinner held last April.

"We welcome the opportunity to support this University and community which contributes so much to our quality of life. We are particularly interested in the Performing and Visual Arts and believe that this bequest will enhance the excellence of this area of learning at SUU," Ed and Carolyn stated.

A decade or more ago, Ed and Carolyn came to Cedar City to see the natural beauty surrounding the community, to attend the Utah Shakespearean Festival and to stroll the SUU campus. In short order, they became smitten with the area.

As Ed neared retirement from his full-time work in Nevada, the couple decided to retire in Cedar City in 1997. In a short period of time their community service and leadership have been a great contribution to the community and the University. Carolyn became the project director on the remodeling of the Utah Shakespearean Festival's "Stage Management House" which is headquarters for 11 key people on the Festival's staff each summer. She is currently the president of the USF Guild.

Ed serves as a member of the Cedar City Music Arts Board which provides a marvelous slate of artistic performances each year to enrich the cultural life of the community, the public schools and the University. Nearly a year and a half ago, Ed became a member of the SUU Board of Fellows. Ed brings a rich background to this Board, having served as the treasurer of the Arizona State University Foundation Board for more than a decade.

President Bennion notes: "Ed and Carolyn Rondthaler's generosity in providing this important gift as part of our capital campaign will make a major difference to SUU and our students. The theatre arts program will benefit immensely with the establishment of an endowed chair and so will e very student participating in that program."


The Bradshaw House
The Bradshaw House at 321 S. 300 W. will become the new hosting center for SUU.

The children of Stanley and Christy Bradshaw have donated their parents' home to SUU. Dorothy and Stayner Thompson, Robert and Onda Bradshaw, Marian and Floyd Munson, and Gail and Jane Bradshaw, offered the home as a memorial to their parents and as a contribution to SUU's capital campaign.

The home will be used as the University's new hosting center. The first and current hosting center, also a former Bradshaw home, has provided the first look at SUU for thousands of students. The new hosting center is set to open sometime in the fall of 2001.

The Bradshaw family has supported the University in numerous endeavors including donations to the construction of the president's home. They have also established the Bradshaw Chevrolet Endowment.


Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Wendel Gardner of Carrollton, Georgia, have pledged two endowed professorships at SUU. Their latest contribution follows numerous rotating scholarships operating under the umbrella of the Dr. Arthur Wendel and Shirley Marie Maughan Gardner Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Wendel attended BAC and later graduated from Utah State University. He received his doctorate in animal husbandry from Kansas State University and later taught at West Georgia State University in Carrollton. Shirley is the daughter of Reese P. Maughan, a former English professor at SUU, and is active in genealogy work. The couple met when Shirley worked as a secretary at First Security Bank.

The first professorship endowment to come from the Gardner's estate will assist SUU's Division of education administration or education psychology in memory of Dr. Reese Perkins and Edna Maria Larsen Maughan. Dr. Perkins received his doctorate in education from the University of Cincinnati and was later hired by BAC to organize and implement the fouryear program in education. Maughan received her degree in education from BAC. She balanced teaching elementary school in Cedar City with being a wife, mother and homemaker.

The second professorship endowment, in memory of Arthur and Mary Ina Hunter Leigh Gardner, will benefit SUU's Division of Finance. Arthur received the equivalent of a doctor's degree in banking from the Pacific Coast School of Banking in Seattle. He worked as a cashier for Iron Commercial and Savings Bank, and then as an assistant cashier, cashier, board member and president of the Bank of Southern Utah. Arthur was made vice president of First Security Bank of Utah and manager of the First Security Bank in Cedar City, when the Bank of Southern Utah took over First Security Bank. Ina received a degree in nursing from the Normal School at the University of Utah. She was the first supervisor of nurses at the Iron County Hospital. Ina was also a wife, mother and homemaker.


In observance of his 58th birthday, the family and friends of Michael Carter announced a memorial scholarship endowment donation to SUU, in his name.

Michael was a former resident of Cedar City, a graduate of Cedar City High School and a 1967 graduate of CSU. He dedicated 30 years of his life to teaching math and physics in the Granite School District, including Olympus High School. He retired from Olympus High in 1998. Michael began part time at Salt Lake Community College, where he taught until his death on November 1, 2000, following a six-year battle with cancer.

The scholarship was established by Carter's wife, Linda, his children, and the Neal and Rea Carter family. His brother, Dr. Boyd A. Carter, and sister-in-law, Suzanne N. Carter, initiated the funding for the scholarship with a generous donation of 2000 shares of Colonial BancGroup stock. Michael's family and friends continue to donate money, hoping to make the donation a complete endowment within the next two years. "The Carter family has done remarkable work in soliciting donations to build the endowment," says Lori Blackner, director of scholarships at SUU.

The donors prefer that the recipient be a math or physics major, with a desire to teach the subject in the public school system, and an alumnus of Olympus or Cedar City High Schools.

Marcie Hastings, of Salt Lake City, is the first recipient of the Michael Carter Scholarship. Hastings is not only a recent graduate of Olympus High School, but also a former student of Carter's. Hastings will continue to benefit from his influence as an outstanding educator through the Michael K. Carter Memorial Scholarship.


David and Carolyn Higbee, who moved back home to Cedar City two years ago, have pledged $75,000 to the University. David is the vice chairman of the southern Utah region of the University's Capital Campaign.

David grew up in Cedar City, and attended CSU for one year. He continued his education at Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in political science in 1968. He received his juris doctor in 1971 from the University of Chicago Law School. David practiced corporate law for El Paso Natural Gas, Northwest Energy and The Williams Companies, until his retirement in 1998. Carolyn grew up in Mesa, Ariz. She received a degree in elementary education and Spanish from BYU in 1968. She is currently the president of the Cedar City Arts Committee. The Higbees have six children and four grandchildren.


Lynn and Tona Leany, great supporters of the SUU Rodeo Team, have set in motion, the University's campaign to raise an estimated $500,000 to construct a greatly- needed equestrian center. Land on the University's college farm, west of Cedar City, has been designated for the project. The Leanys have generously donated a 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 hatchback coupe to the cause. The bright red Corvette, in mint condition, has less than 7,000 miles, and is being auctioned off to initiate fundraising for the center. Lynn, owner of Century Steel, Inc.,

Photo: 1990 mint condition Corvette
This 1990 mint condition Corvette, shown here with SUU rodeo team member Kalene Leavitt, will be auctioned off to raise funds for the new equestrian center.

and a part-time resident of Cedar City, has long been interested in the Rodeo Team. In 1983, he established the Mark Leany Memorial Rodeo Scholarship, in memory of his son, who was an avid participant in the Rodeo program.

Adviser to the Rodeo Team, Jean Lopour, adds, "This indoor practice facility will be a terrific recruiting tool. It is a long needed facility to support and promote our program."

The new center will also benefit the equine-related educational programs at the University. The "Beginning Horsemanship" class is brimming with students each semester. "Given an adequate facility," Dan Dail, associate professor of animal science and biology department chair, notes, "we could easily double the number served in the program."

Those interested in contributing to the campaign for the SUU equestrian center can offer a silent bid on the Leany Corvette, or donate to the construction campaign, by calling Lori Blackner in the University Development Office at (435) 865-8436.


David Neil and Mary Alice Shamo Anderson have named SUU as the beneficiary of their $800,000 charitable remainder unitrust. David was born in his grandfather's home in Enoch, raised in Cedar City and attended CSU. He held a longtime career in school administration. In 1972, he started D.N. Anderson, Inc., a mechanical and electrical contracting company. He has his master electrician certification in Arizona, Nevada and the Kingdom of Tonga. The Andersons are the parents of five daughters and three sons, and have 34 grandchildren.

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