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75 Years of Transforming Lives





USU Eastern

The original three buildings at Old Carbon College, circa 1938.

Change is Afoot at USU Eastern (And Embraced)


The ability to adapt is the legacy of the old Carbon College that today has transformed into Utah State University Eastern.

orn 75 years ago in the depression years of the 1930s and reborn in the recession years of the late ‘00s as USU Eastern, it is a product of its surroundings, grounded in the toughness and work ethic of those who built the mines around it – people not afraid to work and certainly not adverse to risk. They may have to tunnel through tons of sedimentary rock to reach their goal, but they’ll get there, eventually. These are the people who have sent their sons and daughters to this homegrown college for them to grow their own opportunities at home and away. Glance through the list of alumni and one readily sees how successful this endeavor in higher education has been for Eastern Utah and how it has


transformed lives and changed professional and life goals. It is a role that the college the world in the process. specializes in and has since it first opened its doors. It comes Nelson Mandela said that from understanding that not education is the most powall students are alike. Some erful weapon at a person’s are late bloomers while many disposal for changing the others were simply not given world. It is a force for good the same opportunity and and a power that USU access to rudimentary Eastern not only respects, education. but also fully embraces. “We are very much a transition college,” said USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson.

The fact that USU Eastern provides an environment that nurtures extraordinary students while fostering students with extraor“We don’t need to out Y the Y dinary challenges is a or out U the U. Our value prop- distinctive attribute. osition has to do with transformation. It’s the thing we do It is the value proposition that that others don’t do as well.” Peterson talks about. It’s a college for prepared students USU Eastern gladly takes in a who want to become great students and a college with student demographic that is often not prepared for college an open door for less prepared and undecided students to or not often decided about

transform into prepared and decided. The formula seems to be working with USU Eastern graduating nearly twice as many of its students compared to all of its peer institutions and earning a top three in the nation recognition for student graduation and transfer rate success. Peterson said a second transformation distinction of the college has to do with workforce education. The college is unique in its two-fold mission of providing higher education and workforce education on its two campuses. Its technical offerings provide a way for students to transform from unskilled, unemployed or underemployed to skilled and employed at higher, family sustaining wage levels.

75 Years of Transforming Lives It’s all about changing lives in a way that changes the community and the world for the better, and that is not a hard sell for Peterson to make among community members. He has rolled out a two-prong plan to revive the Eastern Utah region over the past 18 months, including the Four-in-Four program; a joint university/community initiative to increase college enrollment to 4,000 in four years that builds new community alliances in the process.

makes a case for community partnering with the campus for much-needed building upgrades to improve the college’s overall curb appeal.

that a baccalaureate offered in Price or Blanding is a USU baccalaureate.

Four goal,” he said. “If we start cranking out 40 to 60 baccalaureates every year, people will start thinking of us not in terms of a small community college, but in terms of an emerging baccalaureate producer, like the young Weber State and Utah Valley University.”

As the community changes, adapts and grows, Peterson said, the college will be there every step of the way.

“It is our win,” he said. “It is our victory. It’s the university’s victory if Price and Blanding are able to rise up and provide this.”

It is a promise he can make because he knows that USU Eastern is, as USU President Stan Albrecht envisioned, part of one university that is geographically dispersed. The spirit of that message is

The potential of USU Eastern is to be a destination baccalaureate institution in the same way that Logan is a destination baccalaureate and graduate institution, he said. “We talk about the Four-in-

A second program he launched earlier this year is an ambi“As the community changes, adapts tious building program for the and grows... the college will be college. USU Eastern’s Building Vitality Campaign lays out the there every step of the way.” college’s vision for economic --Joe Peterson and educational vitality. It

Tons of sedimentary rock have never stopped anyone before in this region. If they support it and want it as badly as their chancellor does, they’ll roll up their sleeves and get there, eventually. _____________ Writer: John DeVilbiss

USU Eastern (John DeVilbiss photo)


USU Eastern

USU Eastern Week of Celebration Commences Oct. 21


available at the BDAC, Reeves from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring 114 and Enrollment Service’s the works of local authors and Eagle alumni at the USU Welcome Center. Eastern library. On Oct. 24 there is a free anniversary luncheon for On Friday, Oct. 25, students, students and employees on the employees and the community The college is celebrating the Highlights for Oct. 23 include JLSC South Patio. The event are invited to participate in 75th anniversary of the day its a free concert at 12:30 p.m. in includes a dessert contest with the college’s annual Founders doors were opened to the first the JLSC multi-purpose room prizes given for the top-three Celebration. And capping 100 students in October 1938. by the USU Eastern Choir and dishes. Entertainment includes off the week on Oct. 26, is women’s volleyball and men’s Marking this milestone will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the an oral history of Carbon College/College of Eastern basketball, free to students, food, festivities, concerts and BDAC by “Hotel California, employees and the community A Salute to the Eagles.” The Utah by retired Judge Boyd awards. in the BDAC. concert is free to the commu- Bunnell. A book reading is nity with a ticket. Tickets are planned for later in the day, he Diamond Jubilee of a grand little college is worth a big community celebration and Utah State University Eastern is ready to party Oct. 21-26.

Activities begin Oct. 21 with the theater production of “Zombie Prom.” Cost is 75 cents per person or free for those wearing a 75th anniversary T-shirt.

USU Eastern to Honor 21 Stalwarts at its Annual Founders Celebration Oct. 25


tah State University Eastern will honor donors, alumni and community members in five-award categories at its annual Founders Celebration, Oct. 25 in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center on the USU Eastern campus.

County Athletic Hall of Fame. The theme of this year’s celebration is “75 Years of Transforming Lives.”

Chelsey Warburton and Morgan Warburton Nelson.

Distinguished Service Awards This year’s Gold Circle Donors is given to the include Marc C. Bingham, “Building Vitality Anthony J. Basso, Bobby Campaign” steering Houston and Michael Milovich. committee and A reception begins at the “Save Carbon The college’s Outstanding 6 p.m. followed by a College Campaign” dinner and awards at 6:30 Alumnus Award goes to Wayne 1954 Student p.m.. Students, faculty, Mathis. Council. staff, alumni and community members are invited. The “Upon Their Shoulders Steering committee Award” is being given to Brad honorees include Tickets are $25 per person with a request to King. Renee Pressett BanRSVP by Oct. 18. asky, chair; Frank J. The “Athletic Hall of Fame” Peczuh, Erroll Holt, award is going to Chris T. This event, held regularly Jason P. Dunn and since 1988, combines the Randall and to the Warburton Albert Barnett. celebration of the founding of sisters: McKell Warburton, Members of the Cassie Warburton Hahl, the college with the Carbon 1954 student


council who will be honored include Richard Saccomanno (posthumous), Dominic Albo, Jr., Kazuko Niwa Okino, Dee Miller and Rex Guymon.

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October 21 - 26th




Choir Concert •

Anniversary Luncheon • 11:30-2pm

Hotel California Concert •

Alumni Book Reading • 7pm




11:00 12:00 1:00

12:30 pm

Volleyball Game & Men’s Basketball Scrimmage

2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 7:00 8:00

Zombie Prom •

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

Founders Celebration • 6 pm

USU Eastern Eagles Bring to Campus:

Music of the Eagles Hotel California: “A Salute to the Eagles”

band is appearing at USU Eastern in commemoration of the 75th anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the BDAC at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is free to attend as a present from the USU Eastern administration honoring the 75th birthday of the college.

Chancellor Joe Peterson said, “The 75th birthday celebration commemorates more than just 75 freshman classes — it also otel California is a five-man commemorates 75 years of great comgroup dedicated to the munity involvement. Over the years, the timeless music of the Eagles, the community has poured its heart and soul American rock band formed in Los into the college, and this free concert is a Angeles, Calif., in 1971 by Glenn small way to say thank you to the people Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon of Southeast Utah for all those years of and Randy Meisner. Eagle pride.”


The original Eagles band produced seven No. 1 singles, won six Grammys, five American Music Awards and six No. 1 albums.

Tickets are available at the USU Eastern BDAC. _________ Writer: Susan Polster


USU Eastern

Chancellor Joe Peterson with some of his hand-crafted pottery behind him.

The Man Behind the Potter’s Wheel of USU Eastern’s Future


f fate is the culmination of countless connected circumstances and choices, then kismet was keen for Joe Peterson to become the first chancellor of Utah State University Eastern.

is fueling the college’s future and etching its destiny as a catalyst for the entire Eastern Region of Utah. (See page 2 for his visions and goals for the college.)

Little did he know what lay in Patterns emerge early store for him as a boy growing up in Price in the late ‘50s and in his life that weave and blend in foretelling ‘60s. Back in those numberless days, the only destiny beckonways. ing him was a great serpentine wash that meandered along Peterson is now in his third the edge of town. year at the helm of USU Eastern, a college that has seen an abundance of change during “From my back door, beyond the trio of years since 2010 10th east, I saw wilderness,” when CEU merged with USU. he said. “I remember hours Change is certainly a force he of exploring up and down the respects. And as painful as wash through the sage brush it may be, it is the force that and grease wood behind our


house. We had places out there day, he blames Brad for the that were known only to us.” broken window that awaited his return. But no hard feelings, just mutual respect and One of those was Brad King, understanding obtained from the man who would one day decades of shared memories become his vice-chancellor. and experiences. “We played army in the wash,” King said, who remembers his future boss as a big, goofy, tall kid. “That was the big thing, that, and hunting for fossils on Fossil Hill.” The Kings temporarily moved into the Peterson home when Joe’s father took the family to Salt Lake City while he finished his graduate studies at the University of Utah. Brad stayed in Joe’s bedroom during that period and to this

“There is so much I admire about Joe,” Brad said. “He is very organized and focused and there is always an endgame in mind. He knows where he wants things to be in a year and five years out. To me, that’s a pretty remarkable thing.” Both of their fathers taught at the college; Brad’s father, LaVell, taught biology. And Joe’s father, Chas, taught

75 Years of Transforming Lives

Joe Peterson (third from left) in front of childhood home.

history at the College of Eastern Utah from 1958 to 1968. Chas Peterson later taught at USU in Logan from 1971 to 1986. Brad’s brother, Mike, went on to become interim-president of CEU from 2008 to 2010, handing the reigns over to Peterson just prior to USU’s official merger with CEU in July of that year.

of his life, despite his own early impatience with school. Out of sheer boredom in class stretching all the way back to grade school, he began drawing. That eventually led him to oil painting and recognition in the form of trophies and ribbons by the time he got to high school. In time, he shifted from an oil medium to clay.

degree in English from Brigham Becky, was born in Price where her father, the son of Young University in 1982. a Greek immigrant, was a His transition from the liberal coal miner, but she spent her arts into administration began childhood in Monticello. She when he was at Dixie College, was attracted to not only his where he became dean of arts boyish good looks, but to his and sciences and later interim intellect and work ethic. academic vice president. “They go hand in hand,” she said. “He is a life-long learner.” During that period, he began work on his doctorate that He keeps up on the Spanish eventually led to a Ph.D. in he learned as a Mormon higher education leadership missionary by reading books in and policy studies from the Spanish every night. “He looks University of Nevada Las Vegas. Later, he became vice up every word he does not know,” Becky said. “He loves president for instruction at Salt Lake Community College. to learn.” By then, his return to Price was almost fait accompli.

She said another quality that attracted her to him was his tenacity.

He was born in Monticello in “If Joe starts a project you a bare-boned clinic that today know it will be finished,” she serves as the pro shop at the said. “And when he starts on Monticello golf course. He something, he focuses comarrived on this Earth just down pletely on it; he never stops Both boys grew up in the the road from Blanding, the midway and he never lets go. His love of ceramics workings of the academy. other USU Eastern campus He’s a great project guy.” continues to this day as attestover which he now presides. ed by the hundreds of pottery Peterson’s role models cont. next page On the contrary, his wife, included his father, whom he items that occupy his home and office and the homes and saw transform from a dairy rancher into a history teacher. offices of friends and family. Others included his uncle, Levi Peterson, a gifted writer who While everybody expected him taught English for several de- to become an artist or an art cades at Weber State College; teacher, he said he fancied himself more a writer and his father’s older brother, began penning fiction while in Leon, who taught English in Thatcher, Ariz; and his father’s college in the tradition of his uncle. Once again he displayed father, Joseph Peterson, his great promise that included the namesake, who was a longpublication of several of his time school administrator in stories in “Sunstone” magazine rural Arizona. and in Utah-based journals, Yes, the patterns of academia such as “Dialogue.” He eventuJoe Peterson today, in front of childhood home. are plainly seen in the ceramics ally went on to earn a master’s


USU Eastern He displayed that perseverance and dependability as a boy delivering papers in Price through rain and snow, a route that took him up and down Main Street and marked his earliest association with the business leaders of the town. In his teens, he worked at Logan’s old Valley Discount grocery store — VD, for short, an endearing reference that he and his high school friends loved to joke about. He also knew somber times, such as watching his 21-yearold childhood friend die from Hodgkin’s lymphoma after 15 years of constant suffering. “We were good, good friends,” he said. “When we were four we ran away from home together. He had a dime in his pocket and he told me that if I got hungry, he’d buy me a Coke.” When Peterson’s son, Michael, was born eight years later, it was his friend’s name that he gave to him.

His loyalties flow deeply. They include family, friends and all things rural. And coursing throughout is an abiding belief that everyone, like that great wash of his childhood days, holds treasures and mysteries awaiting discovery. He said education is nothing less than such a portal. His large hands create sweeping gestures while he sits in his office arm chair framed by pottery he created. Those are hands that speak of how raw earthen material can be shaped and formed into objects of lasting beauty. It’s no stretch for him to talk about education as a power to shape, mold and transform lives and communities. It is not difficult to understand how that notion motivates him every day and how it led him to the office of the chancellor. “I have a sense that every person has within him or her some latent and unrecognizable

capacity,” he said. “It informs a lot in how I look at students, particularly students from rural Utah.” He sees the same capacity for the community and surrounding region. It’s almost visionary, said Alex Herzog, associate vice chancellor over student services. One of the first things he remembers Peterson doing when he became chancellor was to lead an effort to rewrite the college’s mission statement, transforming a two paragraph description down to one line:


He said Peterson also understands the new role that Utah State plays in all of this, having lived in Cache Valley and having once taught for USU in Roosevelt and Vernal. “He’s in a unique position to see both of those important aspects,” King said. “He is able to draw on them to forge a bright future for us.”

Looking back, one can see many mile markers along the way that pointed Peterson to the position he now occupies as chancellor, but destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a choice, said William Jennings It’s a vision to grow not only Bryan. “It is not a thing to be the college but the community waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” in a symbiotic relationship, Herzog said. Preparing people to create “That new mission statement and sustain the region is the was all him,” he said. “He real- destiny he envisions for USU ly gets it. He gets that his role Eastern and the community. is to not only think about the And he is not waiting around college but also the community for that to happen. He’s charging forward with the surrounding it.” same unwavering focus and dogged discipline that got him King said his friend from to where he is today. boyhood came into the job ______________ knowing where the college “With efficiency, innovation and excellence, USU Eastern prepares the people who create and sustain our region.”

and community have been and where it needs to go.

Joe Peterson, charging forward at USU Eastern.

ever lose sight of those things that have been our history – those things that are important to both the college and the community.”

“He always thinks about our heritage as we’re moving forward and transforming,” he said. “He does not want to

Writer/photos: John DeVilbiss

75 Years of Transforming Lives

Mayor Joe Piccolo:

USU Eastern Vital to Community Growth, Quality of Life


s your mayor, I am dedicated to building a stronger unity between our cities and other entities that will serve as a basis for a greater sharing of common interests, increased support for common causes and a greater influence on those responsible in government-decision making. Collectively, we have an opportunity to enter into unprecedented partnerships that will catalyze and escalate the mutual goals of our partner groups and organizations within our community.

an innovation and research center for future growth and partnerships. We are also excited to be part of the multiple-use building that is currently underway to add new classroom space on the existing campus. From the First Lady of Price, and the office of the mayor, we are excited to congratulate USU Eastern for 75 years and for its continued efforts in providing higher educational opportunities to our community.

I believe that the key to growth in Eastern Utah lies firmly in the I believe the vitality of this community hands of the growth of this have and are working with Workforce hangs on three major areas of emCollege, and furthermore, I Services to not only meet student phasis; they are retail trade, medical believe the College is ready to needs, but to allow community needs grow. services and higher education. to be met. The ultimate value of USU Eastern not Sustained support from my office Advisory councils on campus and the only falls within my belief as a major will be there when needed and I will alumni association are two of many portion for growth, it also qualifies aggressively seek to identify, underas a quality of life experience for tra- groups that connect the College with stand and meet the emerging needs of the community as well. Through these both the community and the College ditional and non-traditional students alike. A community that is educated partnerships, we derive value in the that may be encountered; I will be form of pedestrian safety; various is vibrant and healthy not only of mind involved proactively in the process and campus activities that connect with and body, but also in atmosphere. the solution. the community; and scholarship __________ USU Eastern historically has provided funding that benefits many, if not all, Writer: Joe L. Piccolo students on campus. an avenue for our workforce in the community and has been willing to flex and bend to the needs of our Currently Price city is promoting an community. A large portion of the addition to the campus that will be student population is not only academ- to the east of Cedar Hills Drive and ic, but also vocational in nature. They we believe it will eventually house Mayor Joe Piccolo believes key to growth lies firmly in the hands of the growth of USU Eastern.


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Staying Close, Going Far

Marx planned to major in marketing when she was in high school but chose to pursue a degree instead that could help her get a job in any field of business. “That’s what accounting is,” she said. “I’m hoping to open more doors with an accounting degree and eventually be a certified public accountant.” Thus, Marx was a perfect candidate to compete in the FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference.


Surrounded by her family, Collette Marx is a student, mother and employee.

tudents searching for colleges often look for the loudest, largest and most popular to attend. But Utah State University Eastern non-traditional student Colette Marx proves that the size of the school doesn’t affect the level of success students can achieve.

As a business major, she received two first-place awards in business communications and accounting at the 2013 Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in St. George recently. Marx went on to represent USU Eastern at the National Leadership Conference in June in Anaheim, Calif. A native of Price, Marx graduated from Carbon High in 1997. After participating in FBLA and taking concurrent enrollment classes, she continued to attend the College of Eastern Utah and received an associate’s degree with an emphasis in business. Almost 16 years later, Marx came back to find her small college transformed — the professors, the technology and even the name. She faced more than technical challenges coming back to school. Like many non-traditional students, she has a full-time career and a family to balance. Marx works internationally with a corporation that creates websites.

When she arrived at the competition, Marx felt out of place among so many traditional students.

“I work online,” she said. “We have a coupon website and we’re also building a website for a company that has nanotechnology.”

“I tried not to get intimidated.” she said. “These [other students] were smart, young and they just graduated.”

She loves working and fashioning websites and anticipates that she will continue with an online business career.

She competed against students from universities throughout Utah, including Utah State University in Logan.

The dream of going back to school to finish her education was always in Marx’s plans. Now that her four sons are in school, spanning elementary to junior high school, she believes it’s a perfect time to return.

Despite her doubts, Marx held her own, even coming from a smaller school. In fact, she saw it as an advantage.

“I think it’s good [for my sons] to see how important it is for me to go back; that education is really important,” she said. “I’m a role model.” And although it’s a bit tough helping her sons with their homework when she has her own to complete, she said it’s always worth it.

“I want to give credit back to the school and back to the teacher,” she said. “You’ve got smaller class sizes, it’s cheaper and you’ll get as good if, not a better, education.”


Though Marx didn’t place in the national competition, she said the experience was fulfilling, especially her wins at the state competition.

“I competed against big schools and took With her husband, Michael, diagnosed with first…You don’t have to go to a big school.” muscular dystrophy, Marx wanted more education to fall back on in case of a crisis. She is continuing to pursue her degree in accounting at USU Eastern and balancing “If there’s one thing I would tell any young time with her family. high school student or anyone graduating with an associate’s degree, just push “I’m heading towards where I want to be,” through and finish your schooling now,” she she said. said. “It’s so much harder later.” __________ Writer: Ashley Stilson


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USU Upper Level Degree Offerings Rise Significantly (70 & Counting)


one to more than 70 with additional programs added yearly.

Classes were held in the Mont Harmon Junior High School, with instructors

While what USU Distance Education offers in Price hasn’t changed, the ease with which students can access and earn bachelor’s and master’s-level degrees has increased dramatically. __________ For more information visit:

tah State University’s Regional Campuses and Distance Education organization has a legacy of serving students throughout Utah. USU began offering classes in Price about 1985.

flying or driving to Price from Logan. Through the years, courses were offered in multiple buildings throughout Price until settling into the G.J. Reeves Building, where classes are delivered. Today, USU Eastern has 220 students At that time, the only degree offered was enrolled in broadcast courses and 158 a bachelor’s in elementary education. students enrolled in online courses. The number of degrees and programs offered has grown from only





Elementary Education (1-6) English - Teaching History - Teaching Mathematics Education Psychology - Teaching Special Education Mild/Moderate Disabilities

BACHELOR’S DEGREES MASTER’S DEGREES Career & Technical Education (MEd)* Agricultural Systems Technology (MS)


ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES IT Support & Web Development (AAS)

BACHELOR’S DEGREES Accounting Business Administration Economics* Management Information Systems


Agricultural Systems Technology (MS) Human Resources (MS) Business Administration (MBA)


Entrepreneurship Hospitality & Tourism Management



Administrative/Supervisory Concentration* Alternative Teacher Preparation - Special Ed Secondary Education Secondary Teacher Education Program

Sociology Spanish*




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ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES Nursing (AAS) Criminal Justice (AS)




Communicative Disorders* Aerospace Engineering (MS) Communicative Disorders Computer Science (MS) & Deaf Education* Family Life Studies GENERAL DEGREES Family, Consumer, & ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES Human Development General Technology (AAS) Health, Education & General Studies (AS)* Promotion Psychology* BACHELOR’S DEGREES Interdisciplinary Studies(BS)* Social Work Liberal Arts



Elementary Education (MEd) Instructional Leadership (MEd) Instructional Technology (MEd)* Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences (MS)* Physical & Sports Education (MEd) Secondary Education (MEd) Special Education (MEd, MS) Education (PhD) Chemistry* Distance Learning Elementary Mathematics English as a Second Language Gifted & Talented Reading* School Library Media




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Team Making a Difference in Telling Why USU Eastern Makes a Difference

Enrollment team members from left to right: Kristian Olsen, Jessica Prettyman and Kevin Hurst. Wade Arave not available for photo. (Tyson Chappell photo.)


aking a difference, which is why students need to be at USU Eastern, is the underlying theme the four-person enrollment management office conveys to high school students as they visit every high school in Utah each fall to attract students to USU Eastern.


port students at the beginning of their collegiate journey because of our size and dedication to serving students.”

folks who want to pursue an advanced degree, but can’t afford to pack up their lives and move to another city.

Hurst, an enrollment manager, felt the merger between the College of Eastern Utah and Utah State University was a great deal for students.

Hurst said coming to Price is similar to an out-of-state experience for most Utah high school students.

Created last year in the reorganization of student services, the enrollment management office consists of Kristian Olsen, director; Wade Arave, and Kevin Hurst, enrollments managers and Jessica Prettyman, office manager.

“Just think, students get USU general education credits and a USU associate’s degree diploma at the price of a twoyear college tuition,” Hurst said. “It is by far and away the best value in the state.”

“The area is unique in its ethnicity and beauty that is very marketable to the rest of the state,” Hurst said. “We have a strong, friendly, and safe environment where both students and professors feel comfortable.

Olsen, the most recent addition to the team, joined in late August. The new enrollment services director said, “Every student who comes here has the opportunity to become more, to truly uncover their potential. We know we can better sup-

One of the benefits of the merger a lot of people don’t realize is bachelor’s, master’s and even a doctoral degree can now be earned right in Price. This is a wonderful benefit to the region, he said. Especially for those

“Plus there is ample opportunity to work one-on-one with professors as students add to their experiences and resumes,” Hurst said. “It makes students marketable as they move onto traditional four-year universities.”

Arave, an enrollment manager, says the opportunity for most students to get involved are only limited by the fields they choose to pursue. He said a good example of how professors care about their students and the institutions is professor Corey Ewan, Ph.D., in the theater program. He is offering a week-long camp to teach students how to audition. This is an invaluable skill in the theater world. Plus, he is putting together a traveling show to take to high schools as well as developing an associate’s degree in fine arts, one of only a few in the country. These are the kinds of quality professors students get to interact with at USU Eastern, Arave said. ___________________

Writer: Susan Polster

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New Instructional Building Will Bring Fresh Vitality to USU Eastern Campus “It’s our hope that education in the trades becomes more prominent to our students, and that the college is more prominent to local employers as the best source for skilled workers,” -- Joe Peterson for workforce development. Peterson explained that the renovated building will house a new program based on a partnership among the college, the Utah Department of Workforce Services and other workforce and economic development agencies. Peterson explained that the collaboration will blend the strength of the partner agencies and the college. Marc Bingham and Tony Basso are honored by USU President Stan Albrecht at a luncheon in their honor in Price.

“It’s our hope that education or an institution that’s close augmented by $250,000 each in the trades becomes more prominent to our students, to putting 75 candles on its from two donors — Tony and that the college is more Basso and Marc Bingham. birthday cake, USU Eastern prominent to local employers is looking mighty spry. The $1 million total should be as the best source for skilled enough to have a shovel-ready workers,” the chancellor said. You might even say it’s project ready for legislative looking like a million bucks, Having the facility located on approval. The new building because that’s how much money it has to plan the new would be sited in the location one of the busiest streets in Price, means that students central-instructional buildof the former Old Main. interested in job-related ing it wants desperately. training won’t have to search Preliminary plans call for for an office hidden someBefore an audience that filled the building to replace the the ballroom of The Tuscan dilapidated music building and where on campus, he added. Ristorante Italiano last spring, the student activity center, the oldest building on campus that The university is also taking Chancellor Joe Peterson and USU President Stan Albrecht is showing signs of advanced the initiative in economic told partners and friends from age. Just south of the Jennifer development focused on the community’s traditional across the region where the Leavitt Student Center, the mining base. It is a process of money comes from: $500,000 old arts building is being producing clean metallurgical transformed into the center from the state, which was


coke that is expected to add jobs to the region. The plant is already under construction at the former WITEC facility, which was once a mining complex for the now-closed Willow Creek Coal Mine. USU owns the intellectual rights to the coking process, which was developed by Combustion Resources Inc. of Provo. When it is in operation, the plant will produce coke briquettes after removing pollutants like sulfur from the feedstock. The chancellor said he was also enthusiastic about the Four-in-Four enrollment goal at the college. It means that USU Eastern has committed itself to having 4,000 students after four-enrollment cycles. To achieve that, the college revamped its recruitment and retention efforts and embarked on a more intensive outreach effort in its communities. One key element in raising the college’s profile is the new central-instruction building. ___________

Writer: John Serfustini, Sun Advocate Associate Editor


USU Eastern

Iyere’s Aim: Student Success word, success, is in his title is no small matter. He takes it seriously. The fact that USU Eastern is an institution of higher learning is also crucial. “Education is the key that unlocks the door to opportunities,” he said. And, the fact that USU Eastern is committed Peter Iyere helping students achieve to student success as success. (Tyson Chappell photo) evidenced by its ranking as third best in the nation in student graduation rates, eter Abeta Iyere hails from also played a role in his choice the Southwest Region of USU Eastern, he said. of Nigeria that offered few opportunities for young men growing up in the 1960s and “The mission and vision of USU Eastern align with my ‘70s. Today he possesses a doctorate in inorganic chemis- experience and professional try and X-ray crystallography goals,” he said.


from Brandeis University and is the newest to join the administrative ranks of Utah State University Eastern.

(Second note to students: he’s still setting goals.)

Some of his new goals include learning the culture and values of the college, establishing Students take note: rapport with colleagues and Challenges are no excuse students, developing plans for not setting and achieving (read on for more about his goals. penchant for planning) to use assessment to ensure that proIyere (pronounced Eey ere), grams are aligned with instituas the new vice chancellor tional goals and that students for Price Campus Student achieve intended learning. And Success, arrived at USU being there for students and Eastern eager to help students giving them little nudges in the understand and believe that right direction like his father they are bound for success. once did for him. And, he is at USU Eastern to As a boy he was actually more show them what it takes to interested in playing soccer get there. The fact that the


insight into the spirited than going to school. But his father had other ideas for him, disposition of the young Iyere. and getting an education was “I am very competitive by naone of them, he said. ture,” he said. “So, as a youth, I always aspired to be the best “My father’s confidence in me, regardless of my mischief, in anything I did.” motivated me to focus on my While in high school, where he schoolwork,” he said. was appointed Senior His father was his role model. Prefect (head boy) by the 11th He admired his great sense of grade, he was challenged by a peer in his class who humor and ability to handle outscored him twice in a row difficult situations. He in two class tests. As though admired his intelligence, despite his lack of formal educa- borrowing from the first tion. And it was a visit that he chapter of the ancient Chinese and his father paid to a friend military treatise “The Art of of his father’s that helped him War,” he enlisted the power of to connect the dots between observation and the laying of getting an education and living plans. a more comfortable life. He vividly remembers the day “I decided to make him my friend so that I could study of visiting that family and meeting one of the boys who with him to learn his study technique,” he said. “What I had just graduated with a learned from him propelled me bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He learned during to the top of the class, a position I shared with him on the visit how this young man’s newly acquired degree many occasions; it was a lesson that has remained helped him to land a job in government, get access to free useful to me to this day.” housing and a loan to buy a new car. He has stayed at the top of his game for the past 31 years of “That drew my attention to an illustrious career in higher the benefits of education,” he education that has included said. “At the end of our visit, teaching, research and adminmy father was pleased with istrative work at several colme because I promised to work leges and universities across hard to be like, or better, than the country. He comes to USU his friend’s son.” Eastern from Bryan College of Health Sciences where he was dean of the general studies It was a defining moment, division. and one that provides a little

75 Years of Transforming Lives Iyere said that he was attracted to USU Eastern because of its unique quality as a comprehensive-community college embedded in a land-grant research university. He likes the rural setting of a regional college that, at the same time, is part of the Utah State University system. It’s the best of both worlds, he said. And he likes the fact that everything he has done in his life has led up to this new opportunity to head student success at USU Eastern. He says he’s ready for it.

“The institution, widely recognized for its commitment to student success, has all the elements in place to leverage my knowledge and skills,” he said. “ I bring experience gained from many years of teaching and administration in public and private institutions.” And the elements that make his job especially rewarding are those that directly involve students, particularly those with special needs, to successfully complete their college education.

Yes, he holds four degrees, has dozens of professional activities under his belt, has received honors and grants and has authored more than a dozen publications, yet what matters the most to Iyere are the opportunities to inspire and influence students for the better.

became his favorite professor, found ways to stimulate his interest in the topic. “I still have the newspaper tucked away in the safest corner of my box of treasures,” he said.

It’s the little things, when added together, that make all He said the best compliment he the difference in success, he added. has ever received came from an undergraduate student, ma- ___________ joring in English, who wrote in Writer: John DeVilbiss the university newspaper that chemistry was his favorite subject because Iyere, who

Time Line: Carbon College to USU Eastern 1937 On February 20, 1937, Carbon College was established with the signing of Senate Bill 6 by Gov. Henry Blood.

1959 Carbon College was

1977 What started out as a

1998 The Jennifer Leavitt

placed under the administration of the Board of Regents of the University of Utah and separated from Carbon High School.

grant-funded training program became the College of Eastern Utah - San Juan Center. It began with about 40 students, 2 staff members and borrowed facilities.

Student Center (JLSC) is constructed.

1938 During the first week of 1962 The building of the October about 100 students enrolled in the first classes offered at Carbon College. The first president of the college was Eldon B. Sessions.

Geary Theatre is completed.

1980 The CEU-San Juan

Campus has its first gradu1964 The college’s name was ating class. There were 12 officially changed to College of graduates, all female. Eastern Utah. 1985 The Bunnell-Dmitrich 1943 WWII military service Athletic Center (BDAC) was 1969 CEU becomes reduces enrollment to 27 completed. independent when it ends its full-time students. branch relationship to the University of Utah. 1986 CEU-San Juan’s first 1953 The college faced its official building on campus is greatest challenge. At a opened for classes. 1970s Vocational-technical special session of the programs were significantly legislature, Gov. J. Bracken strengthened during the tenure 1995 The CEU-San Juan Lee proposed that Carbon of President Dean M. McDon- Instructional Technology College be closed and its lands ald. A new Career Center was Building is dedicated. and buildings sold. built to replace the original vocational building.

2003 The G.J. Reeves building is completed.

2010 College of Eastern Utah merged with Utah State University creating Utah State University - College of Eastern Utah (USU Eastern).

2012 USU-San Juan Campus changes name to USU Blanding Campus.

2013 USU Eastern’s official name shortened from Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah to simply Utah State University Eastern.


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Years of Gibby and the students who were part of it’s history.

USU Eastern Rock Star Grounded in Tradition


any high schools in Utah have letters on the mountains or hills near the town where they are located denoting their territory. Even some of the universities and colleges in the state have the same tradition.


While the “C” on the Wood Hill above Price represents Carbon High School, for years it was also associated with Carbon College as well, partly because of the same letters representing the two institutions and partly because until 1959

the two schools were on one campus.

“Gibby” as it is known today, is in its own way the But not long after the college predecessor of our modern was founded in 1937, a group electronic social network. The rock, which was named after of students went one better than just having a letter on the the Rock of Gibraltar that is located on the Southwestern hill; they adopted their own Coast of the Iberian Peninsula rock.

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(and owned by the British) has been a symbol of strength for not only the British Empire, but for one insurance company over the years.

on to become prominent figures in the community, decided that they would place a rock found in the lot near where Carbon High is now located on campus as a kind of mascot.

“It was right in front of the doors,” stated Bunnell. “You had to walk around it to get into the school.”

Between then and the 1960s the rock not only became a The idea came from Louis sign post for student idea and Bunnell, one of the first stuissues, it also became a place dents at the school, according where a lot of photos were to Boyd Bunnell his brother taken. Many a beautiful girl who was interviewed at the and good looking guy had their time the article appeared in the photo taken for the yearbooks “Sun Advocate.” and various publications over those years. However, Louis had a date the night he had planned to When John Tucker was move the rock, so he asked his president of the college brother Boyd (who later be(during the 1960s), he had the Regardless, it has held came a Seventh District Court rock moved without telling messages of humor to Judge in the area) and some of anyone he was going to do their friends to move it. messages of pain for it. It caused a controversy on campus, but the rock remained more than 73 years. “We used the Bunnell Garage for some time encased in glass in the library (it’s not In 1996 the rock, which was wrecker and put a big chain around the rock and lifted it clear whether it was in the old then situated in front of the up,” Bunnell told Miller. “Well library that was in the main old Reeves Building, created a the rock was so heavy, it building or the one built in controversy when an instructor suggested that the campus lifted the front wheels (of the 1968 that stands today). wrecker) off the ground. The get rid of the rock because he thought it was an eyesore other guys had to stand on the Then, some time later, it was and an embarrassment to the front bumper so it would stay taken out of the library and on the ground. Every time we stored away. college. While a few backed hit a bump, the front wheels him, there was a firestorm would come off the ground and Later Bunnell’s cousin, Bert, on campus about Gibby and who was the student body its meaning to the institution. I couldn’t steer.” president, got permission to Many said that Gibby was a The group eventually made it move the rock in front of the tradition that should not be to the college campus with the Reeves Building where it residdone away with. rock. Using logs and other ma- ed until only a few years ago terial, the young men backed when that building was torn Layne Miller, who wrote for the wrecker over the curb and down. Once again he used the the paper at the time, Bunnell Garage wrecker (precomposed a story about Gibby up to the front doors of the and how the tradition started. main building. They mixed up a sumably a newer and heavier It was 1939 and a number of batch of cement and the rock one) to move the rock. students, many of whom went was put solidly in the ground. Today Gibby sits outside the east doors of the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center on the lawn. It acts as it always has, as a place where students paint it with messages and causes they care about. Sometimes the messages change almost daily. Other times whatever is marked on the rock stays on for considerable amounts of time.

Once again, with sunlight upon its surface, the rock became an important part of the campus. Over they years, there have been contests over the painting of the rock and even one marriage proposal. The rock has been everything from a rallying point to a controversial billboard with not-so-popular inscriptions placed upon it. In fall 2011, the rock was used as a memorial to Brad Barton, the popular basketball coach who passed away. His jersey number from his college days at Weber State, 23, was the simple inscription on Gibby. The Gibby tradition lives on and it must be expected it will last as long as the college is here. But one question that has often been asked has never been answered.

How many coats of paint are on Gibby after over 70 years of painting and repainting? That could make for a good project for some student of science to evaluate and give the community an answer. ____________ Writer: Richard Shaw

Sun Advocate Publisher


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From Raisonettes to Raising Numbers at USU Eastern take me,” he said.

With a college degree in hand, he started his search for what he really wanted to do in life. “Because I had to leave in October for the Army Officer Engineer Basic Course, I had limited opportunities,” he said. “I was lucky to be selected “I didn’t think I would get it “It’s the people you to serve as a deputy sheriff because, at the time, I was not meet in life that help for Warren County, N.Y., and one to put myself out there,” define you,” he said. was a patrol officer for Lake he said. George, N.Y., during the tourist He had a drill sergeant who summer months.” After winning the position, the inspired him to consider student government sent him college if, indeed, he was to a student government con- All the while, Herzog thought thinking about a military ference to Washington, D.C., hard about his future. “I had career. a great college experience and he met President Ronald and knew I wanted to work “The limited conversations he Reagan. in higher education in some had helped instill the moticapacity.” “I will never forget standing vation in me that I could do more,” he said. “I still had a lot in the White House with Herzog gravitated back to to internalize before I went to secret service surrounding the working for the movie theaters college, but the army started president,” he said. “Reagan as a manager of a small talked about the Iran-Contra preparing me for my first Affair and exchanging arms for eight-screen cinema in Poughcollege experience. keepsie, N.Y., It was during services.” that time that an epiphany “With the GI Bill, I enrolled in overwhelmed him. two classes at the community Already an active member of U.S. Army Reserves since college: creative writing of “I had worked hard at creating graduating from high school which I earned a C plus and a cohesive team and morale real estate where I earned an and having served as a U.S. was good, but counting A,” he said. “My father was in Army drill sergeant, he enrolled Raisonettes during inventory real estate so I figured I could in the ROTC program at Clark- one night reminded me that I son University while attending help him.” needed to continue my educathe State University of New tion,” he said. “It’s not where I After passing the first two York at Potsdam College. In 1991, he finished his four-year wanted to be! classes, college was not as degree in labor relations, all difficult as it seemed and “From my varied work expeHerzog decided to enroll as a the while working part time at riences, I learned and knew full-time student. He registered a movie theater. He enjoyed I wanted to be in a helping for a college success class that work because he saw field,” he said. and that is where he decided every film that came out. The Army did take him and he left training that summer following graduation. He admits he did not have high expectations of himself.

Alex Herzog (Tyson Chappell Photo)


eclined in a leather chair, fingers intertwined behind his head while looking over campus from his second story window offering a panoramic view, Alex Herzog admits he has the best job in the world. After five years at the helm of student life at USU Eastern, Herzog believes it was his dad who encouraged him to get his college degree and pursue his dream. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., with both parents immigrating from Germany, Herzog never thought he would go to college after high school. Although not proud of this, he graduated 42nd in a class of 46. “I recognize now that I was just not motivated to learn,” he said. “I wasn’t inspired! “The school counselor once told my parents that they better hope the Army would


that he was going to succeed and earn a degree. He knew if he did not do something in college, he would not last for long. A freshman senator was needed, and he ran for the position.

75 Years of Transforming Lives in alumni relations and fund “Helping students succeed in college was raising, a position he wanted to experience, but found he the right fit for me. “I found a posting on the wall about this college that had a graduate program in college student personnel management,” he said. “Indiana State University accepted me and with $2,500 in my pocket, I drove west with the thought that ‘I am going to work in higher education.’” Herzog changed his course of study and earned a master’s degree in college student personnel.

was busy six days a week. The best part of the job, he remembers, was tailgating and golf.

witness the positive aspects of on the community as well as what USU Eastern has given the college. We made our first each graduate. goal of 2,150 students this fall, next year we will have His worst days are budget 2,600 and so on. cuts.

“We lose valuable services and employees who make a Working full time while writing positive impact on students,” his dissertation, Herzog took he said. time to send resumes out for dean of students’ jobs. “To He also dislikes the student me the job of dean of students conduct committee days was one where I could make where students have not the biggest impact on student adhered to the code of conduct success.” established by the college.

One of those resumes went to “I’ve learned it is not my fault, USU Eastern and that is where but it still hurts when a the Herzogs moved five years student is dismissed from ago. He continued west to begin school because I tend to dwell his first student services job on the thought, was there at Yavapai Community College “Being in this position is like something else we could have in Arizona where he was hall building a brick house,” he done?” said. “One learns from each coordinator and activity job, each experience, every specialist. He also advised His daily mantra is reflected level of education, every student government and in a sign hanging in his office relationship and each interleadership development. that comes from his mother’s action. There is a housing consignment store, with the component, student life, addiThe director of student words: “think bigger” by activities job at Southern Utah tional programing, all the while Peugeot. University opened and Herzog, keeping the student numbers who had recently married his growing.” “I am constantly wife Shawn, applied and got it Two times a year are the best, evaluating how we can Herzog says. do things better and After two-plus years there, he more efficiently. I also said he hit a glass ceiling in his “I like the energy and exask myself and others, career and needed to pursue a citement of the first day of ‘how will this affect the school,” Herzog said. “It’s doctorate degree. students?’” the start of something new. Change begins and the opporThe University of Nevada at tunity to improve students’ Reflecting on his short-term Las Vegas accepted him into lives begins as well as the goals, Herzog totally buys its educational leadership chance to up their stance in into the Four-in-Four program program where he earned his life.” outlined by Chancellor Joe Pedoctorate in education. He terson. I believe we can have had been on campus three He also likes graduation days 4,000 students in four years. weeks when he accepted a job because he said he gets to This will make a huge impact

Constantly busy, Herzog escapes through traveling to different areas of the country with his family. He likes to drive east on I-70 to Colorado, but if his wife gets her say, they head to a major metropolitan area because she loves visiting cities. Family has the most meaning to Herzog and he keeps in touch with his parents in New York, brother in Spain, sister in North Carolina, Shawn’s dad in Arizona, plus other relatives and friends through social media, Facebook and Path. Herzog hopes he affects and influences others every day. He likes the cards, emails and letters from students who thank him for always trying to make their lives better. His future at the college includes working with the athletic department that will add men’s and women’s soccer next fall, increasing student headcount and the building of the fine arts facility on the southwest corner of campus. “This building will bring great pride to the local community and university,” he said. ___________ Writer: Susan Polster


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Gallery East Promises Rich Array of Art, Photography

Artist, Patrick Wilkey


he works of Patrick Wilkey, associate professor of graphic design at Utah Valley University and owner of Visio Communications, are currently on display at Gallery East.

•Graphic Art by Patrick Wilkey (UVU Associate Professor) •USU Eastern Historic Photographs

Historical Photography Exhibit

November 11 – December 5

The historical photographs on display documents USU Eastern’s 75-year history, from its beginnings as a fledgling vocational and technical college to a strong traditional comprehensive regional college serving Utah’s eastern and southeastern communities. The photographs show not only the growth of the college campus, but also the many educational and social activities sponsored by the college. The photos include images of college theater productions, musical performances, debate and forensic teams, basketball, football and other sporting events.

Located on the northwest corner of the old SAC Building on the campus of Utah State University Eastern, Gallery East’s fall and spring displays promise patrons a Other selected photos show student rich array of photography and art. government activities, the college administration, faculty and students In addition to the Wilkey display, the and the construction of new gallery is also featuring a small exhibit of buildings on campus. historic college photographs, compiled by members of the Alumni Association. Both The gallery is free and open displays run from Oct. 7 – Nov. 7. to the public Monday through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 Wilkey’s exhibit is titled “Drawn-Out p.m. Words: The Illuminated Manuscripts _____ Project.” As principal and owner of the Writer: Susan Polster graphic design firm Visio Communications, he has completed designs for Evans and Sutherland, FranklinCovey, Gastronomy, Megahertz, Novell and others. Wilkey is a former classmate of Gallery East curator Noel Carmack at USU. “Patrick was an inspiring classmate and


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now I’m certain he’s an inspiration and mentor to his students. I am pleased to have his work shown at Gallery East. Any of our students who are interested in illustration or graphic art will find his work memorable.”

October 7 -November 7

•Photographs by Johnny Dunn (local


Spring 2014 January 13 – January 23 •10th Annual Statewide High School Art Competition

January 27 – February 27 •Paintings by Wayne Stevens (local artist) and Ceramics by Tori Meng Dastrup (CEU Alumna)

March 3 - March 27 •The Last Fifty: A Selection of Works by

Utah artists from 1962 to the present

April 7 – May 1 •USU Eastern Annual Student Art Show Illustration by Patrick Wilkey

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Theater Season to Bring Laughter, Drama, Music, Mystery


musical, a comedy, a drama and a mystery make up the 2013-14 USU Eastern theater season slated for performance on the Geary Theatre stage.

and graduate from high school. Ewan asks, “Will he succeed or will an over-zealous high school principal with a secret keep him from true love and a diploma?”


2014 theatre at USU Eastern opens with “Doubt,” the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley running from Feb. 13-22. “We will also present this play in a modiThe Real Inspector Zombie Prom fied-arena style on the stage, The rock ‘n’ roll musical “Zom- Hound bie Prom” opens the season Four weeks later, USU Eastern Ewan said. with theater chair Corey Ewan will present “The Real Inspecdirecting the Dana P. Rowe tor Hound,” by Tom Stoppard The Mousetrap book with lyrics by John on Nov. 14-23. The London The season ends with the proDempsey and Hugh Murphy. Times calls this existential duction of the classic Agatha The production runs from Oct. farce, “one of the funniest and Christie mystery “The Mouse10-21. most brilliant short plays in trap” set for April 10-19. the language. It is a hilarious Wade Arave will direct it in “Zombie Prom” is a cross spoof of Agatha Christie-like his first directorial job at USU between the musical “Grease” melodramas.” Eastern. Arave brings a wealth meeting the atomic age. It will bring back fond memories of a simpler time when a young person’s major concern in life was love, the prom and the atomic bomb, Ewan quipped.

of experience to the Geary Theatre stage with a strong background and expertise in directing. He is a former high school theatre instructor who now works as a recruiter at USU Eastern. This season promises to be our most ambitious theatre season to date with many opportunities to perform, Ewan said. “We are an artistic gem located in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah.” ____________ Writer: Susan Polster

Young Jonny Warner, who spells his name without the customary “h,” has fallen for pretty senior Toffee. However, complications arise when tyrannical principal Delilah Strict sees Jonny as a bad influence, threatening to destroy the “rules, regulations and respect” code of conduct she established at Enrico Fermi High School. Death cannot keep Jonny from pursuing Toffee to win her heart, take her to the prom

Cast of Zombie Prom rehearsing for their performance during the Week of Celebration. (Chris Barney Photo)


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Every Day Counts

Says USU Eastern Professor of the Year Upon return, the cadavers are cremated, placed in an urn and returned to any living family. The weekend before Memorial Day, a memorial service is offered in SLC where thanks and appreciation is given to the family members for allowing the bodies of their loved ones to be studied for the benefit of medicine and health.

  A professor who takes his wife on what he calls “death dates” was named USU Eastern’s professor of the year.


yson Chappell joined the faculty five years ago to instruct the anatomy, physiology and biology classes. While working on his doctorate at the University of Tennessee, he specialized in neuroscience (brain structure and function) and was also trained in human dissection and gross anatomy.

Where does one find a cadaver to study? He searched the Internet and found that the University of Utah medical school had a body-donor program with available cadavers (human bodies).

He completed the paperwork to secure the cadaver for USU Eastern, then asked his wife, Amber, to go on a “death date” However when he arrived on the Price campus, he knew his with him where they would stop for “burgers to die for at anatomy classes needed to work on a human body to more Crown Burger” as well as pick fully understand the concepts up a cadaver in Salt Lake City. he was teaching. He started with one male cadaver in his program and has Dissecting cats and animal since added a female cadaver hearts can be very plus replaced the first male instructive, “but nothing beats with another male. Cadavers the real things in a human are on a three-year-rotation anatomy course,” Chappell schedule from pick up to said. returning to the U of U.


them up so the only smell is from the preservative,” Chappell said. He has to spray the cadaver with a chemical regularly to continue to keep it preserved.

Growing up in rural Utah

Chappell was raised as a farm boy in Loa, Utah. In high school, he became interested When he returns to campus with the cadaver, no dissect- in psychology and knew that ing work has been done, so he something in this field of study fascinated him. But it has to cut the skin from the muscles and separate organs wasn’t until he was a junior to facilitate student viewing. year at Weber State that he took biopsychology, abnormal He does this on nearly the psychology and neuroscience entire body. courses which all led to a “In my class, students get to life-changing epiphany. see what the muscles look like below the skin,” he said. “They He says, “I fell in love with the get to see first hand how the study of the brain. In these courses I learned that there organs fit together and they also can see what the human are actual chemical and electrical signals that produce our brain looks like.” entire reality and when these Seeing the cadavers for the signals go haywire, people can first time has not set well with experience intense hallucinaa handful of his students. tions, visions and delusions. I love the hard science of the “I’ve had students pass out brain.” and get nauseous when they see the bodies for the first After graduation, he time,” Chappell said. “But that continued studying the brain to is pretty rare. Mostly people someday teach others about it. are just as fascinated and He was accepted into a doctorawestruck as I am every time I ate program at the University have a chance to dissect. of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn., “The cadavers are preserved where he studied neuroscience in formaldehyde before I pick and anatomy.

75 Years of Transforming Lives From the study of the brain to the study of photography Besides the brain, he loves photography. He purchased a three-megapixel camera to take photos of his newborn daughter and it was love at first sight of his daughter and the camera. He was taking digital images of the brain to aid in his Ph.D. research at the same time. “It was a perfect time in my life to get into photography because shooting digital was inexpensive compared to buying and developing rolls of film,” Chappell said.

“I love to shoot night shots,” he said. “We don’t spend enough time gazing into the sky at night to view the enormity of the cosmos. To contemplate the beauty of the night sky, the beauty of nature, the wonders of this pale blue orb we call Earth. “At night with one’s own thoughts…to think, to ponder, to have a chance to get to know yourself and think about your role in this life,” he said. “Purpose, meaning, to think about things of that nature, it’s all so fantastic; this life that we are all lucky to have.

“We are so lucky to be here, at this time in our species’ survival, to stare at the Milky Way He paid for graduate school by and to shoot star trails with taking photos of weddings and my camera,” Chappell said. “It families. is so peaceful at night. Nature fills me with much wonder and He continues to upgrade his amazement, I am happy to be cameras and equipment. here.”

Tyson Chappell was named professor of the year at the USU Eastern campus.

His favorite part of teaching is the challenge of students learning to conquer the study of anatomy and biology. “It’s tough, they struggle, but they learn,” he said. “I think they appreciate learning the subject. That makes me excited and appreciative of what I do every day. “I am really freaking crazy over these subjects,” he grins. “I am animated about the material that I am teaching and hope the students feel the joy and excitement of studying the human body like I do.”

do and that will benefit those around them. “If you can find a job like that, as I have done, you may, too, reach a state of bliss, happiness and peace in life,” he said. “One must continue to learn. Never rest on former degrees or education, but continue to push and strive for a better understanding of the world around us.” Every day is a great day for Chappell who said he appreciates the natural beauty of this area.

“I want to continue to be a better person and do better Chappell said he gets his things,” he said. “I want to be attitude about life by appreci- good for goodness sake alone. ating, loving, respecting and Every day counts in always accepting an evidence-based doing your best. You have to reality. live each moment and enjoy the journey because you will “Even when the evidence never get a chance to live might seem too hard to accept today again.” and too hard to learn, natural ____________ evidence can provide so much Writer: Susan Polster freedom and beauty to our understanding of this life,” he said. “The challenge is to push my students, for their benefit, by having them understand scientific material and evidence and that they need to acquire critical-thinking skills about the world around them in order that they, too, may see and experience the beauty of living in an evidence-based reality.” His advice to students is to take a lot of classes, push themselves scholastically and find something they love to


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College’s Turbulent 50s Recounted... ight years after the Great Depression and five years after the state took ownership of Dixie, Snow and Weber twoyear colleges from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gov. Henry H. Blood signed the legislation to create Carbon College on February 20, 1937.


In bills proposed by Gov. J. Bracken Lee that sailed through both houses in a special legislative session in December 1953, Senate Bill 29 closed Carbon College and Senate Bill 39 returned Snow, Dixie and Weber junior colleges to the LDS Church who founded them.

Price City Mayor J. Bracken Lee wanted to donate the ground for the college on the fairground’s property on 400 North and 400 East. The state appropriated $150,000 for the construction of the main building. A $122,000 federal grant plus $86,000 from the Carbon School District paid for the gymnasium while the old fairgrounds building, which housed cattle and horses, was to be remodeled into the music and drama building.

The inconsistency of Lee’s decision came to light because as mayor of Price city, he played a role in establishing Carbon College 16 years earlier, and then proposed to close it to save the state money.

However, 16 years later, time stood still at the college as one of the men instrumental in bringing a two-year college to Price would present legislation to close it permanently.

capitol city, and saving the taxpayers an infinitesimal amount, if any, in the process,” stated the “Sun Advocate” in a rare front page editorial. “We have become the victim of inexorable events in the unpredictable field of political maneuvering.”

two-year colleges to the LDS Church, the taxpayers voted 60 to 38 percent to overturn the law. Although 15 of the 29 counties favored the proposition, the large counties: Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Cache and Box Elder, voted against it. The voting in Weber, Carbon and Salt Lake counties was The bills were referred to especially strong against the by Weber County legisla- proposal. tors as the “greatest give away” in state history. “The verdict against closing Carbon College was decisive,” The presidents of Weber and wrote Carbon College’s Gomer Utah State Agricultural College Peacock in a statement of (Utah State University) met in gratitude. “With the exception Ephraim at a standing-roomof a very few individuals, the only public meeting where they continuance of Carbon College called for a statewide support was honestly and openly given of existing two-year colleges in by the citizens of Price, Carbon Utah and urged a unified front County, Emery County, and at the legislative session. most of Eastern Utah who Lee was startled over the worked hard and enthusiasrally to save the colleges. He tically to save the colleges... continued to vow that he was it is amazing what can be not against education, but was accomplished.” against waste and extrava____________ Writer: Susan Polster gance.

The immediate reaction to the transfers and closure of junior colleges in the education field for all Utah colleges was disbelief. “As chief executioner, Gov. J. Bracken Lee has done a memorable job in destroying our pride in a college; impairing the educational opportunities of the young people of this area; eliminating the only state institution in Southeastern Utah; Eleven months after the legiscentralizing educational lature voted to close Carbon advantages into the vast state College and transfer the three

... And How Three Student Body Officers Remembered It


hen Carbon College’s class of ’53-’54 student council officers were elected, they thought they would be planning dances, attending athletic events and hosting meetings. Little did they know they would play a significant role in saving the college from


being closed by the governor of Utah.

Christ of Latter-day Saints and Senate Bill 29, closing Carbon College. It was signed into law In a special legislative session on Dec. 18, 1953. As news in Dec.1953, Gov. J. Bracken spread of the transfer and Lee successfully passed closure of two-year colleges, Senate Bill 39 returning Snow, most educators in Utah were Dixie and Weber two-year in a state of shock over the colleges to the Church of Jesus hastily passed bills.

According to a time line in the college’s 1954 yearbook, the first mention of the college’s closure was on Dec. 26. “The 250 students at Carbon College were going to lose their school if they did not step to the plate and get signatures from voters to force a

75 Years of Transforming Lives referendum ballot,” the time line reads. “Carbon College faculty adviser J. Bryon Thompson met with Richard Saccomano, student body president, from Helper; Dominic Albo, student body vice president, Helper; Kazuko Niwa, student body secretary, Helper; Dee Miller, freshman representative, Price; and Rex Guymon, sophomore representative, Castle Dale.

adamant about closing the college. Miller intervened with, “If Lee said it, he did it.”

In organizing the students, Albo said, student body president Saccamanno had recently returned from the U.S. Marine Corp after serving his country in the Korean War, where he earned a silver star, the highest medal one can He told them they had 60 days earn. As a natural leader, he to get signatures from Jan. 8 was a few years older than the to Feb. 18, 1954, to stop their other students and took the bull by the horns in his quest college from being closed.” to save the college. Today, 59 years later, three of those officers: Albo, Miller and Saccamonno went to local Guyman, met in Salt Lake City service clubs and organizations recently to reminisce about the to help sponsor a billboard time they spent trying to save outside of Price to save the college. Albo remembers that the college. billboard being there for years Albo recalled that Lee was and looking up to Saccramanadamant that taxpayers’ no because of his leadership in money should not be spent this crisis. He said Saccamonon funding colleges. He was no was the real leader of the fiscally conservative. Lee really group. thought the college would All three officers remember close because he knew the LDS Church had no interest in traveling throughout the state [owning] Carbon College. The to acquire signatures. cultural population was not in Miller said he remembers this area and the people were setting up a public speaking completely different from the system on vehicles to drive around towns and communirest of the state. ties to get signatures so the Albo also talked about Lee referendum could be placed on having words with Carbon the November ballot. College President Aaron Jones at a basketball game about “We did not have any trouble the officiating. He said that getting signatures,” Miller little exchange between Lee said. “We would load three or and Jones may well have been four students in a vehicle and one of the reasons Lee was drive to a different area of

the state each day. Gas was 21 cents a gallon so students footed the bill for the gasoline in their own cars. Our goal was to drive to every small town to get the needed signatures. Then at night we would turn around and drive home.” Students at Dixie, Weber and Snow were also canvassing Utah’s cities and towns to get signatures to keep those schools from being turned over to the LDS Church. According to the law, signatures from all 29 counties were needed to get the referendum provision on the ballet in November. “We went to grocery stores, businesses with lots of employees and high traffic areas to get signatures,” Miller said. “We never went door to door because that would take too much time and energy for just a few signatures.” He remembers parking in LDS ward house parking lots and people coming to sign the petitions. “Everyone helped; it was big news in the state,” he said. “Many of our teachers drove throughout the state to help us get signatures. It was all the college personnel coming together on so many fronts. “We missed a lot of school during those two months,” he said. “Since teachers were also helping us, they seemed to look the other way when

grades came out that quarter. I don’t remember anyone failing because they missed pretty much two straight months of classes. Even students from Carbon High School went out to secure signatures.” At that time in the history of Utah, Miller said he does not remember a referendum initiative ever being reversed. “What we were doing was making history in this state and no one had ever organized something of this magnitude ever before,” he said. Guyman said he remembers talking to people to get signatures, and everyone knowing why they [the students] were there. “We did not have to tell them much, everyone already knew why we were there... They came by in flocks to sign our petitions,” he said. Miller said Guyman’s ’39 Chevy needed a quart of oil every 20 miles, so he spent more money on oil than on gas as they drove his car throughout the state. The timeline in the yearbook continued: “Feb. 18, hooray! We made it! Deadline for referendum drive reached withal 29 counties qualifying. Knew all the time we’d do it, didn’t you? March 4, committee appointed to help sell Carbon to voters. ‘Our fate is in the hands of the public.’” ___________ Writer: Susan Polster


USU Eastern

Real Pros: Coaches, Players from Stellar 2009-’10 Team Revisited

The 2009-10 Golden Eagles celebrate after winning the SWAC conference propelling them to national competition.


t was a Cinderella-esque season for the then College of Eastern Utah Golden Eagles in 2009-10. Throughout the season, the Golden Eagles amassed a 27-10 record, going 12-4 at home, 6-5 in away games and an astounding 6-1 playing at a neutral sight.

Assistant coach Brad Barton

replaced Craig as head coach. During the 2010-11 season, he led the Golden Eagles to a record of 16-13. Barton, 31, died unexpectedly on Oct. 4, 2011. Assistant coach Adjalma “Vando” Becheli, Jr., was

named as the head coach of After winning the Scenic West the Golden Eagles men’s program in 2012 where Athletic Conference title, the during his first season the team headed to Hutchinson, team had a record of 14-16. Kan., to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament. The Players Michael Glover Almost four years after that magical season, where are the After graduating from Iona College, Glover signed with players and coaches today? Hacettepe in Turkey. He Head coach Chris Craig recently signed to play with was most recently the head Metros de Santiago in the coach for the Midland College Dominican Republic as their Chaparrals during 2012starting-power forward. 13 with a 37-18 record.


Brandon Williams

Tony Dalton

Williams finished playing at USU Eastern during the 2010-11 season.

Dalton was named as a part of the All-Tournament team for the SWAC tournament. He went on to start at Carroll College his final two years.

Isaiah Williams

After leaving CEU, Williams played two seasons at Utah Valley University where he became the fourth player in UVU’s history to surpass 1,000 career points. Today he is projected to play pro in Europe. Cliff Colimon

Colimon went on to play at Eastern Washington from 2010-12. He signed with Ago Rethymno Agean and played there from 2012-13 and most recently signed with LF Basket in Sweden.

Aaron Hawk-Harris

Hawk-Harris played his sophomore year at USU Eastern and then went to Northern Colorado University where he averaged 1.9 points per game. Terrence Joyner

Joyner played the rest of his college career at Mississippi Valley State University from 2010-12. He has signed to play with Panelefsiniakos in Greece. Fernando DeFavari

DeFavari played for the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders from 2010-11.

75 Years of Transforming Lives Chris Mast

Mast finished his college career playing for Texas A&M from 2010-12. Jonathan Mills

sophomore year at USU Eastern in 2010-11. Leon Sutton

Sutton played for Montana State University. He plans to join a Brazilian team in January 2014.

Mills finished his college career with the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles from 2011-2013 and is Nick Thompson Thompson played for the currently projected to go pro outside of the United States. University of Oklahoma Sooners from 2010-11 where Jimmy Bosserman he was named a team captain. Bosserman played his He transferred to UVU where

he played from 2012-13 and has recently signed with Finke Baskets Paderborn in Germany as the starting center. Renan Custodio

Custodio played for Carroll College from 2001 to 2012 and then signed with Brusque in Brazil as their starting power forward.

mention. He played for the University of Hawaii Warriors from 2010-13. He made an appearance with the Angola National team during the 2012 Olympics in London. ______________ Writer: David Osborne

Valdelicio “Vander”Joaquim

Joaquim was named as an All-Conference Honorable

Men’s, Women’s Soccer Coming to USU Eastern


tah State University Eastern athletics will add, for the first time, men’s and women’s soccer beginning the 2014-15 school year.

said Dave Paur, USU Eastern athletic director. “Each team will consist of a maximum of 11 players on the field at any given time, one of which must be the goalkeeper.”

With this addition, USU Eastern will be the second team in the Scenic West Athletic Conference to sponsor soccer programs, the first being North Idaho College.

Before soccer can get underway, a long list of laundry items must be completed to make sure that the team and field are ready for play. Work includes filling in the east and west sides of the field that currently collects

The teams will play most of their games against opponents within the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region 9, which covers Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Eastern Montana. Region 9 has 10 men’s soccer teams and seven women’s soccer teams.

too much water. In addition, the sprinkling system boxes located on the playing field will need to be moved to an area right beside the track, Paur said.

time. Looking down the road, current facilities could support wrestling, softball or football.

Paur cringed, however, over the thought of adding a football program. “Football The college plans to hire a would cost us over $1 million coach that, hopefully, can dollars.” run both the men’s and wom- _____________ en’s teams, Paur said.

He said he does not anticipate any additional sports being added to the program at this

Writer: David Osborne

Field where future soccer teams will play.

“It is a great opportunity to sponsor soccer, we are hoping that it will bring between 40 and 50 students, but we don’t know quite yet,”


USU Eastern

Flurry of Changes Underway at USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum that T-rex, “everyone’s favorite dinosaur,” as he put it, was strictly a scavenger. In yet another recent paper, he provides evidence of a failed attack on a prey (duck-billed dinosaur) by a relative of T-rex, called Daspletosaurus. And if that’s not enough, in May, Carpenter’s exhaustive It’s crunch time for Ken Carpenter and USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum. historical treatise on the internationally acclaimed Dinosaur He has appeared on more than National Monument outside of To start with, Carpenter’s tah State University Eastern Prehistoric 30 television programs on distinguished background Vernal, Utah, was published Museum showcases things certainly lends itself to elevat- dinosaurs and other prehistoric in the “Annals of Carnegie long gone and dead but animals. ing the museum’s stature. A Museum.” From his impressive there is nothing irrelevant prolific researcher and writer, research on the Monument’s or lifeless about this little Carpenter isn’t far from where In the short time he’s been quarry bones heaped together gem of a museum and the he earned his Ph.D. at the director of the museum, he and sealed in primordial mud, wide window it opens into University of Colorado, and continues to do research and he found new lines of evidence the primordial world. for a reason. The region is rife records his findings in the strongly suggesting non-catwith paleontological treasures. early hours before heading into astrophic mass mortality. In A sense of relevancy is work. Already he has discov- short, drought could very well absolutely imperative to USU His research interests: dinoered a giant 4-foot clam that have doomed the dinosaurs. saurs of the Cedar Mountain Eastern Prehistoric Museum thrived some 85 million years Formation, biomechanics of director and curator of ago just south of Price. Last dinosaurs, paleopathology, Beyond his extensive research, paleontology Kenneth year he received the UniBio dinosaur reproduction and diwriting and fieldwork, CarpenCarpenter. He wants the Press Award for paleontologinosaur systematics. Location. ter remains awash in museum window of his museum to be Location. Location. cal research. responsibilities. His efforts a place where people cannot become readily apparent to only gaze into the past, but In the past year alone, he conPrior to arriving in Price, visitors who are now greeted glimpse into the future. Carpenter was curator of tinues to provide for peers by the famous Utahraptor and the public significant lower vertebrate It’s a matter of perspective hanging out in the lobby. “I paleontology and chief findings published in and that matters, a lot, to definitely plan to eat you” is prestigious journals such preparator at the Denver Carpenter. It is why visitors the stance this predator takes Museum of Nature & Science. as a whole new genus and today to the museum may with his imposing 9-inch long species of marine reptile, the toe claws. He is scientific advisor to have noticed some exciting National Geographic Society, Megacephalosaurus eulerti. transformations that have If you have seen “Jurassic BBC, NHK television and a occurred over the past few Park,” you get a feel for how consultant for “Planet In another paper published this years since he became director unnerving this nimble and Dinosaur.” year, he refutes the notion in 2010.



75 Years of Transforming Lives vicious predator might have been. Carpenter likes how Steven Spielberg got people thinking about what it would have been like to have lived among dinosaurs and wants to do the same thing for visitors to his museum.

A museum that engages visitors and urges them to think in new facets is what Carpenter said he is going for. He not only wants people to see and appreciate these amazing objects from the past, but also to better understand why they are so important today. For example, does climate change matter? Can it lead to extinction? These questions become even more relevant when framed against museum objects and information garnered from ancient times. Relevancy is Carpenter’s mantra. It is why he hired Tim Riley, curator of archeology, a year after he arrived. Riley is an archaeologist not only curious about what ancient humans left behind, but why. Plants and diet are a favorite topic of his. It is from his studies of ancient foods and plants that he has found a way to bridge the past with the present. It turns out that people of today share a lot more in common with people of the past than many may have guessed. To prove his point, he dishes up meals his research shows that

by visitors using their smartphones at various stations throughout the museum. What As with the Utahraptor, other pops up is information that provides more in depth detail major dinosaur displays in on display objects. Also being the museum are also being re-positioned to more natural incorporated is Braille text for the vision impaired, including That is exactly what the mu- poses. Coming soon are new portals for touching display stances for the Stegosaurus seum did with a new display items and artifacts where posof a pit house with a Fremont and Camarasaurus displays. sible. In addition, the museum Also imminent are new exhibits woman mannequin preparing is expanding its visitor’s base such a meal. By allowing visi- on Early Man and Ice Age tors to peer into an ancient pit mammals, including changes to by reaching out to the growing house, it is the museum’s way the museum’s famous Hunting- Hispanic population in the region. of helping them gain a better ton Columbian Mammoth. sense of the environment in All of these important changes Incidentally, surprising new which ancient meals were reflect a natural evolution that DNA evidence shows that prepared. is typical of most growing and some interbreeding with the And the same goes for visiting Wooly Mammoth occurred that emerging museums, Carpenter said. was not previously known, children who are now Carpenter said. actually able to climb into “We have entered into a more another pit house and professional era,” he said. “We experience such primitive lodg- No hanky-panky ing first-hand, Carpenter said. display, however, is in are seeing more high-quality exhibits meant to inform and the plan. engage visitors.” Keeping it real also means Carpenter envisions an swapping out as many as ever-changing museum that is That goes for outside the possible of the museum’s museum, as well, which not only interactive, but also existing bone casts with currently offers a cultural-amhighly accessible. New to the actual bones. Even though museum is the incorporation of ateur course. Riley said that casts are authentic QR codes that can be scanned by spring he hopes to have replications, people still like in place an archeology class where students can dig at actual sites. ancient people, such as the Fremont, actually consumed. It makes for some fine dining. And since he’s replicating meals, why not recreate an ancient kitchen too?

seeing the real things when they can, Carpenter said.

Any opportunity to put down a book and pick up a shovel is always more compelling in the learning process, he said, whether it be a student in archeology or a visitor to a museum, relevancy matters. __________ Writer/Photos: John DeVilbiss Tim Riley with food samples from the Fremont period.


USU Eastern

Caribbean Breeze

Blows Across USU Eastern Campus Student posing in front of world famous Arch.

Group of students at Arches National Park.

A cool Caribbean breeze blew through Price this summer with the arrival of 58 students from the Dominican Republic as part of an Intensive English program taught at Utah State University Eastern.


“It amounts to 10,000 kids all competing providing this unique opportunity for to go to USU,” he said. “They equate the intensive English learning. word ‘Utah’ with the best of the best of This fall semester saw its first eight the best.” undergraduate students of what the chancellor said he hopes is the beginning The Price Campus assemblage arrived on And not to disappoint, showing these June 6. Their classes ran from June 13- students some of the best of Utah while of many more in the coming semesters. Aug. 2. they were here was part of the plan and He said he is hopeful the program will continue to open doors for future D.R. an integral part of the program since it “It rocked the town,” said USU Eastern students to begin their undergraduate combined sight-seeing with teaching, Chancellor Joe Peterson. “We were excit- learning and application of their English studies at USU Eastern. ed to welcome the students here.” speaking and listening skills. For the college, when in the throes of Students who came to Utah from the Do- That meant every Friday during the winter, a warm Caribbean breeze would minican Republic had to compete against summer, the students traveled to popular be especially welcomed. some 10,000 classmates who participate scenic and education sites around the ___________ in their government’s English immersion area from Arches National Park to Salt Writer/Photos: John DeVilbiss program. The D.R. considers mastery of Lake City. English as an entry-level credential for working in their country, “so lots of them Peterson said the college was fortunate go through this program,” Peterson said. to be able to join forces with Logan in SU Eastern teamed up with Utah State University’s Global Academy in Logan to house and educate 58 of nearly 200 Dominican students.


75 Years of Transforming Lives

How Do You Value a College Education? C arbon College, as it was then known, and I came into the world at just about the same time.

Our arrival at the age of 75 has been an occasion for some reflections on my part. I have to say that the college has reached the three-quarter-century mark in a better condition than I have. Institutions have a capacity for renewal that is denied to mere mortals, and this is especially true of educational institutions. Each year brings a new “crop” of bright students eager to make their mark. Beloved teachers retire or move on and are succeeded by new people with new ideas and fresh aspirations. And so while I find in myself a distinct creakiness in the joints and diminishing vigor, hair and hopes, the College is experiencing a rebirth with a new identity and bold plans for new growth, but also with new challenges to be overcome in order to ensure a long, bright future. I am fond of a statement attributed to Brigham Young that defines education as power: “the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the

power to appreciate life.” By this definition, the two years I spent at Carbon College from 1956 to 1958 contributed much to my later life. The academic rigor of such memorable teachers as Verda Petersen, George Morgan, and Al Trujillo, combined with competition from some very bright fellow students, both drove and inspired me to a higher standard of intellectual performance that served me well in my later studies at BYU and Stanford and throughout my career.

who complete a degree or certificate program will, on average, earn many thousands of dollars more over a working lifetime than those who lack such qualifications. I am confident that my own education was a Edward Geary: “I urge all alumni and good financial invest- friends to consider what this College ment. But even if I had has been worth to (you).” not enjoyed a comfortrelatively modest cost is able income, I would still be beyond the means of many indebted to the College for prospective students without enhancing my quality of life, financial aid. It should be enlarging my outlook and inamong the College’s proudest creasing the number of things claims that every entering The College’s mission of in which I can find pleasure. In class in its 75-year history has offering both academic and short, making me more fit to included a substantial contintechnical/vocational fields of be a citizen in a free society. gent of students who are the study helped me to understand “Education is power to think clearly, the the diversity of worthwhile ca- power to act well in the world’s work, and the reer paths and provided a daily power to appreciate life.” reminder that this was not an - Brigham Young ivory tower, but laboratory of life and life’s work. The power The 75th anniversary of the first in their families to obtain to appreciate life requires a institution that is now Utah a higher education. Generous lifetime to achieve, but I can State University Eastern is contributions to scholarship see in retrospect that the Col- a good time for all Carbon funds will ensure that this adlege gave me a good foundaCollege and CEU alumni to mirable tradition continues for tion through involvement in the consider what benefits they the next 75 years and beyond. fine arts, an introduction to derived from their experiences the great thinkers and authors at the College and to think of A college is not old at 75, of the western tradition and how they might “pay back” but some of its buildings and insights into the wonders of for the value received. The other physical facilities are the natural world. best way is to “pay forward” showing their age and need to secure the same benefits for to be replaced or rehabilitatI assume we all understand present and future students. ed. As a public college, USU that the value of an education USU Eastern offers a wonder- Eastern depends heavily on cannot be calculated in purely fully inexpensive education appropriations from the state monetary terms—although in comparison to most other cont. next page statistics do show that people colleges, but even this


USU Eastern legislature. But it depends also on the support of alumni and friends to demonstrate to state officials that this community cares about its college and is committed to making it ever stronger.

period of years. In addition of monetary support, there are opportunities for contributing time and talents to serve the College and its students, including involvement in the USU Eastern Alumni Association.

Even small contributions are important because they demonstrate the breadth of the community’s support.

I urge all alumni and friends to consider what this College has been worth to them and what they can do to “settle their accounts� with the past and future. _____________

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