WSU Salutes to Honor Outstanding Alumni

OGDEN, Utah – During the 40th Annual WSU Salutes program, Weber State University will honor outstanding alumni and friends for their contributions to campus and the community. An awards ceremony, hosted by the WSU Alumni Association, will be held Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning on the Ogden campus.

This year’s award recipients include Distinguished Alumni Calvin L. Murri and Thomas R. Kunz; Outstanding Young Alumnus Steve Starks; Emeriti Alumni Homecoming Royalty Vance C. and Nancy Hollist Pace; Edward (Ted) Boyle, recipient of the Emeriti Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award; Rodney H. and Carolyn “Mitzi” Brady, recipients of the Distinguished Service Award; and LaWanna (Lou) Shurtliff, 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 2009 WSU Salutes Recipients:

Distinguished Alumnus
Calvin L. Murri
Murri worked as a part-time driver for Wells Fargo while a student at Weber. This led to him becoming president and chief operating officer of Loomis, the nation’s largest cash-in-transit organization with more than 20,000 employees worldwide.

Distinguished Alumnus
Thomas R. Kunz
Kunz is president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organizations. Prior to starting with Century 21 in 1982, he owned an employment agency and served as president of a software company.

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Steve Starks

Starks, who graduated from WSU in 2003, is executive vice president for operations for the Larry H. Miller Group and managing director of Utah Policy Partnership. He served on the WSU Board of Trustees as student body president and recently was appointed to serve on the board again.

Emeriti Alumni Homecoming Royalty
Vance C. and Nancy Hollist Pace

Vance’s 30 year-career as a foreign service diplomat sent him and Nancy, who was once named the “Friendliest Girl at Weber College,” around the globe. The Paces, who both graduated from Weber College in 1959, attribute much of their success to their experiences at Weber.

Emeriti Alumni Lifetime Achievement
Edward (Ted) Boyle
Boyle, who graduated from Weber College in 1942, was vice president of CitiBank. His 30-year career in international banking provided him the opportunity to work closely with government officials and dignitaries around the world. A veteran, Boyle served as a bombardier pilot in WWII.

Distinguished Service
Rodney H. and Carolyn “Mitzi” Brady
Rodney and Mitzi served as president and first lady of Weber State College from 1978-1985. Education has always been important to the Bradys, and their service has benefitted many organizations. Rodney recently retired as CEO of Deseret Management Company.

Lewis W. Shurtliff Award for Contributions to Education
LaWanna (Lou) Shurtliff
Shurtliff taught in Utah schools for 30 years. She served 10 years in the Utah House of Representatives and was director of both the Utah Education Association and the National Education Association.

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