Outstanding Alumni to be Honored by WSU Salutes

OGDEN, Utah – During its 42nd Annual WSU Salutes program, Weber State University will honor outstanding alumni for their vast and varied contributions to campus and the community. The awards ceremony, hosted by the WSU Alumni Association, will be Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning on the Ogden campus. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a short biographical video of each award recipient. For additional information, contact the WSU Alumni Association at 801-626-7535.

This year’s award recipients are Distinguished Alumni, Ufo Eric-Atuanya and Kevin M. Kempin; Young Alumnus, Alan C. Martin; Lewis W. Shurtliff Award for Contributions to Education, Jeanne N. Hall; Distinguished Service, W. Rolfe Kerr; Emeriti Lifetime Achievement, James C. Hurst; Emeriti Homecoming Royalty, James C. Hurst and Joan R. Hurst; and the WSU President’s Award, Barney B. Chapman.

"We are very proud of our 2011-12 honorees,” said Lynell Gardner, executive director of WSU Alumni Relations. "They are proof positive that the Weber State experience brings out the best in people and propels them into bright futures and public service. We appreciate everything these individuals do for our university and invite everyone to join us as we recognize them."  

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Bios of 2011 WSU Salutes Recipients:

Born in Nigeria, Ufo Eric-Atuanya ’92 parlayed his WSU bachelor’s degree in political science and economics into international renown. He is the founder and managing partner of Rimsom Associates, a strategic consulting firm. For nearly two decades, Eric-Atuanya has used his considerable skills and diplomacy to enhance trade and investment, alleviate poverty and create sustainable wealth in his homeland as well as other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  

Kevin M. Kempin ’90
graduated cum laude from the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics at Weber State University where he also played men’s varsity tennis. Inducted into WSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, Kempin is the president of Head USA, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of sports equipment.  

Alan C. Martin ’05
used the technical sales training he received at WSU to launch a textbook rental operation out of an Ogden warehouse in 2007. Campusbookrentals.com has since mushroomed into a multimillion-dollar enterprise providing services to students on nearly 6,000 college campuses nationwide. Martin donates a portion of his company’s proceeds to Operation Smile.  

Jeanne N. Hall ’69
exemplifies a lifelong commitment to advancing education and opportunity. The former Peace Corps volunteer is a certified school counselor who worked with at-risk students in the Ogden School District for nearly 20 years. Hall is a past board president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis. She spends much of her time securing funds to provide college scholarships and critical services for disadvantaged residents in Weber County and elsewhere.  

W. Rolfe Kerr
is a valued member of the Weber State Family, serving as Dean of Men from 1966 to 1968. After becoming Utah Commissioner of Higher Education in 1985, Kerr worked tirelessly to obtain necessary funding for additional faculty, facilities and technology to support Weber’s burgeoning student enrollment. He enthusiastically encouraged Weber State’s efforts to establish new degree programs and gain university status in 1991.  

Elected Weber College student body president in 1958, James C. Hurst ’59 rallied student support for Weber’s push to achieve four-year status. He began his distinguished professional career as a counselor at Oregon State University and retired as University of Wyoming’s Vice President for Student Affairs in 2000. A true Wildcat at heart, Hurst chairs WSU’s Student Affairs Advancement Council.  

Married 53 years, James C. Hurst ‘59 and Joan R. Hurst were Ogden High School sweethearts who became engaged while attending Weber College. As members of WSU’s Emeriti Alumni Council, the couple provided leadership for 2003’s Greatest Generation—an unforgettable series of lectures, exhibits, films and panel discussions honoring WSU’s World War II veterans. The Hursts have four Wildcat-friendly children, including Dean of Students Jeff Hurst.    

As a member of WSU’s Board of Trustees, Barney B. Chapman ’72 was instrumental in establishing a greater vision for community and legislative support for the university. In 1968, Chapman began work at America First Federal Credit Union as a part-time teller. He retired 37 years later as senior vice president and chief lobbyist. Chapman is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve colonel and has worked on the Utah League’s legislative committee.

Lynell Gardner, executive director, Alumni Relations
801-626-7535 • llgardner@weber.edu
Kamri West, office of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • kamriwest@gmail.com