Crystal Crest 30th Anniversary Celebrates WSU’s Exemplary Talent

OGDEN, Utah – Outstanding students, faculty and staff of Weber State University will be honored in Academy Awards style at the 30th annual Crystal Crest Awards on April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms.

The ceremony was established in 1982 as the crowning awards event of the year. It was designed to include the community and showcase the best the university has to offer in 13 areas, including academics, athletics, teaching, alumni, service and personality.

Retired associate vice president of Student Affairs Toni Weight was one of the original organizers.

“We wanted Crystal Crest to be a coveted award for anyone who received it,” Weight said. “We wanted it to encourage people, to motivate them to give the best they could in their areas on campus.”

Chemistry professor Edward Walker was the first “Master Teacher” recipient, and he said he’s tried to live up to that honor every day as he has continued to work with students both in the classroom and in the lab.

“We can never lose sight of the fact our primary mission at Weber State is to teach students,” Walker said. “I would never want to put anything ahead of having the best teaching. At WSU students get time with their professors and know them and talk to them individually. It’s an open-door relationship. Weber State has the best of everything, so I was very honored to be recognized at such a great school.”

The Crystal Crest evening is a formal affair with top-quality entertainers from both on and off campus. Each of the five finalists in all the categories is recognized and then a campus or community leader announces the name of the winner, which is closely held until the moment of recognition.

“We just want to make sure we show the class and elegance that these high-caliber honorees deserve,” said Nancy Collinwood, director of Student Involvement and Leadership, who has chaired the event for 10 years.

Country-music legend Tanya Tucker entertained the crowd the first year. This year’s entertainer and master of ceremonies is stand-up comedian Anthony Griffith. He has made 25 national comedy-television appearances, including “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and Comedy Central. He also won an Emmy Award for his role in the television drama “Our Father.”

The event is free, and the public is welcome. 

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Nancy Collinwood, director of Student Involvement and Leadership
801-626-6349 •

Edward Walker, chemistry professor
801-626-6162 •

Toni Weight, retired associate vice president of Student Affairs
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Allison Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 •