WSU Salutes to Honor Outstanding Alumni

OGDEN, Utah – During the 39th Annual WSU Salutes program, Weber State University will honor outstanding alumni for their contributions to campus and the community. An awards ceremony, hosted by the WSU Alumni Association, will be held Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.
This year’s award recipients include Distinguished Alumnae Jodi L. Smith and Billee K. Petersen; Emeriti Alumni Homecoming Royalty Richard E. and Gloria J. Myers; Vickie L. McCall, recipient of the Emeriti Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award; and Utah Rep. Brad L. Dee and Sens. Dan R. Eastman and Sheldon L. Killpack, who will be honored with the Lewis W. Shurtliff Award for Contributions to Education. 

“We are very proud of these individuals and appreciate everything they do for our university and the community,” said Lynell Gardner, executive director of the WSU Alumni Association. “We invite everyone to join us as we honor them.”

The awards program, which will feature biographical videos, is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the WSU Alumni Association at 801-626-7535.

Bios of 2008 WSU Salutes Recipients:

Distinguished Alumna
Jodi L. Smith
Smith graduated from Weber State College in 1983 with a 4.0 grade point average. From there, she attended the University of Utah, where she was the first female to rank at the top of the university’s medical school class. Today, Smith is an academic pediatric neurosurgeon at Indiana University Hospital and an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Emeriti Alumni Homecoming Royalty
Richard E. and Gloria J. Myers
Richard graduated with honors from Weber College in 1952. He later attended the California College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated with highest honors. Gloria also was an honor student, graduating from Weber State College in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gerontology. The Myers have long since been avid Weber supporters and are known for their civic, cultural, community and professional achievements.

Emeriti Alumni Lifetime Achievement
Vickie McCall
An award-winning realtor, McCall, who graduated from Weber State College in 1968 with an associate’s degree in political science, is also an advocate for Utah’s defense industry. A past president of the Utah Defense Alliance, she has chaired the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leader Group.

Distinguished Alumna
Billee K. Petersen
Petersen graduated from Weber State in 1968 and later taught in the college’s nursing program. After years in the health care industry serving as a hospice nurse, a nurse practitioner, executive director of a home health agency and founder of a free geriatric screening clinic, she now gives back to the community as an American Red Cross disaster health nurse.

Lewis W. Shurtliff Award for Contributions to Education
Rep. Brad L. Dee and Sens. Dan R. Eastman and Sheldon L. Killpack
Dee, Eastman and Killpack all attended Weber State and have since maintained close ties with the university. Through their service and leadership, they have shown great dedication to higher education and served as role models to WSU students.

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Amy Hendricks, office of Media Relations
801-626-6346 •
Lynell Gardner, executive director, Alumni Relations
801-626-7535 ·