OGDEN, Utah – A telecommunications professor emerita who helped pioneer online curriculum, and a long-time administrator known for his problem-solving skills are the recipients of Weber State University’s 2006 H. Aldous Dixon Awards.
Professor emerita Margaret O. Bennett and retired administrator Craige Hall will be formally honored at a luncheon hosted by the WSU Alumni Association
, March 22 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.
Bennett was instrumental in leading WSU into a more technologically advanced curriculum. She and the telecommunications department developed some of the first online courses offered at WSU, to better meet the needs of students at a time when computer technology was dramatically transforming business and industry.
Bennett served as a professor of business education from 1969-1990 and a professor of telecommunications from 1991-1999. She served as a department chair from 1974-1982 and again from 1987-1999. Her administrative duties included stints as acting associate vice president of academic affairs in 1990 and acting dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology
Bennett was honored with the Spirit of the American Woman in Administrative Education Award from Your Community Connection in 1990. She was named Utah business teacher of the year and Utah outstanding vocational teacher of the year in 1992.
Craige Hall’s talent, ability and dedication were utilized in a variety of roles throughout a 35-year career at WSU.
Initially hired in 1968 as a librarian and an assistant professor of library sciences, he went on to become the director of the Stewart Library
. His duties were later expanded to include director of computing services and telecommunications. In 1991, he took on the role of associate vice president for Administrative Services, acting as lead administrator for WSU athletics, facilities management, public safety, mail services and the Dee Events Center. During his tenure, Hall also served as interim director of facilities management and interim director of the WSU bookstore.
Hall was regularly called upon to step into challenging situations and fix problems. His ability to successfully tackle these projects made him an invaluable asset to WSU.
Away from campus, Hall served in important community positions including Weber County Historical Society president (1977-1979), Utah Library Association president (1983-1984) and Weber County Library Board president (1998-2000). Starting in 1972, Hall served on the Weber State Credit Union Board for more than 30 years, chairing the board for many of those years.
Named in memory of the former Weber College president, the H. Aldous Dixon Awards have been presented annually since 1970 to honor WSU faculty and staff members who have demonstrated careers of excellence and gone above and beyond the call of duty to support students. The 2006 ceremony marks the first time two awards will be presented honoring both one faculty and one staff member in the same year. Dixon served as president of Weber College from 1919 to 1920, and again from 1937 to 1953.
The public is welcome to attend the luncheon. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at alumni.weber.org or by calling the Lindquist Alumni Center at (801) 626-7535 by March 17.
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