SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Fall 2001)
Distinguished alumni to be honored at banquet
Every year at Homecoming, the Alumni Association sponsors the Alumni Banquet, at which SUU honors individuals who have positively impacted the well-being of the University community.
Four Alumni Distinguished Service awards and one Outstanding Alumni award are presented. This year's banquet is on September 28 in the Great Hall in the Hunter Conference Center. Activities will begin with a casual reception in the Whiting Room at 5 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6 p.m.
The recipients for the Alumni Distinguished Service Awards are Gary Giles ('57, Accounting); York Jones ('47, Engineering) and Evelyn Kunz Jones ('46, '76 Music); and Fred Esplin ('71, Communication).
Gary Giles taught accounting and business administration at SUU for 34 years before retiring in 1999. He also served stints as chair within the department. He was named educator of the year in 1979 and 1999.
Fred Esplin is the vice president of university relations at the University of Utah, and former general manager of KUED Channel 7 in Salt Lake City.
York Jones, a native of Cedar City, was named after the WWI hero, Sergeant York. After serving in the next World War, he attended BAC. York had a 33-year career with Utah International Construction Company. He has been invited on several occasions to lecture senior business management students. He has been honored for his authoritative stance as a historian. He and Evelyn were given the 1982 "For Years of Historical Research" award. Incidentally, York's grandfather, Lehi W. Jones, was one of the individuals who mortgaged their homes in order to get enough money to operate the fir st year of Branch Normal School in 1897.
Evelyn was also born and raised in Cedar City. She graduated from BAC and SUSC with degrees in music, physical education and business. She taught music at SUU for 20 years, and is one of the founders of the Orchestra of Southern Utah.
Walter M. Gibson ('51, Gen. Ed.) has been selected to receive the Outstanding Alum Award. This award acknowledges an alum who has dedicated and distinguished himself in a chosen profession. Since leaving BAC, Walter has established a long and distinguished career as an internationally recognized researcher in physics. Dr. Gibson, a native of Enoch, Utah, received his associate degree from BAC, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Utah. Walter is married to Alice, whom he met in Denmark. The couple has seven children and 15 grandchildren, one of whom attends SUU.
Tickets to the Banquet are $15/person and must be obtained in advance, by September 26, 2001.
Fifty year club welcomes the class of '51 at this year's Homecoming
A long-cherished tradition will once again return to SUU when the Fifty-Year Club meets this Homecoming, September 28, to welcome the Class of 1951 into this most elite club of alumni of Branch Normal College and Branch Agricultural College. Activities are slated to begin with a Social Hour at 10 a.m. in the Whiting Room in the Hunter Conference Center. A luncheon and short program will follow at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall. The Fifty Year Club is pleased to have Walter Gibson ('51, Gen. Ed.), of Vorheesville, N.Y., as the speaker. Since leaving BAC, Walter has established a long and successful career as an internationally recognized researcher in physics. He is sure to delight classmates with his comments on the adventures of his career, as well as memories from time on campus.