Weber State University Magazine Spring 2012 : Page 33

annual Dixon Awards H. Aldous LYNELL L. GARDNER, Executive Director of Alumni Relations When Lynell Gardner’s husband handed her a news-paper notice for an alumni director position at Weber State University, she hoped she would get an interview. “But I never anticipated getting the job,” Gardner recalls. That was 11 years ago, and Gardner not only got the job, she used her unique blend of spunk, intelligence, ingenuity and humor to forge an administra-tive style that was challenging to replace when she retired in April. Gardner put her wealth of experience to good use at Weber State. She cultivated affinity partnerships with businesses to boost WSU Alumni Association (WSUAA) assets. “With operating income from a dif-ferent source,” says Gardner, “we could use membership dues to increase the num-ber of scholarships we provide.” She also campaigned for the Alumni Association president to play a role at commencement ceremonies and lobbied to lengthen the WSUAA president’s term of office. She worked with campus departments to pro-vide more services to alumni and served her colleagues as chair of WSU’s Professional Staff Advisory Committee. During Gardner’s tenure, WSUAA created a donor recognition path at the Lindquist Alumni Center, resurrected lost campus traditions like the ringing of the Victory Bell, and established new ones such as the Wildcat Alumni Band. The Alumni Association also enhanced the WSU Salutes event and started a campus-wide recycling program. alumni.weber.edu Dawn M. Gatherum , professor of botany, and Lynell L. Gardner , executive director of Alumni Relations, are the recipients of the WSU Alumni Association’s 2012 H. Aldous Dixon Awards. DAWN M. GATHERUM, Professor of Botany What better name than Dawn for a profes-sor who, for 41 years, has illuminated the in-quisitive minds of students at Weber State? Dawn Gatherum planned to become a veterinarian, but a negative experience with college chemistry courses sent him searching for a new major. “I went into botany only to find I needed those same courses,” he says, “so I buckled down and finished chemistry.” Weber State hired Gatherum as a lab manager and technician in 1971, but he soon discovered his passion for teaching. “I filled in for faculty when they went on sabbatical,” recalls Gatherum, “and I just had a blast.” With an eye toward a full-time teaching position, Gatherum left Weber State temporarily to work on his Ph.D. He completed his course work in a single year. Gatherum is a tireless promoter of hands-on learning, organizing countless field trips to Utah, Oregon and Mexico. “It’s exciting to watch students recognize plants they’ve only seen in slides,” says Gatherum. Under his direction, WSU’s Botany Club grows and sells greenhouse plants to fund a student scholarship. Gatherum has directed the pres-tigious Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair of Utah for 12 years. The regional competition draws hundreds of junior and senior high school scientists to campus. Gatherum, who has served on numerous campus committees, will retire in June. Named in memory of the former Weber College president, the H. Aldous Dixon Awards have been presented annually since 1970 to honor faculty and staff who have demonstrated careers of excellence and have gone beyond the call of duty to support students. Dixon served as president of Weber College from 1919 to 1920 and again from 1937 to 1953. 33

43rd Annual H. Aldous Dixon Awards

Karin Hurst, University Communications

<i>Dawn M. Gatherum, professor of botany, and Lynell L. Gardner, executive director of Alumni Relations, are the recipients of the WSU Alumni Association's 2012 H. Aldous Dixon Awards.</i><br /> <br /> <b>DAWN M. GATHERUM, Professor of Botany</b> <br /> <br /> What better name than Dawn for a professor who, for 41 years, has illuminated the inquisitive minds of students at Weber State? Dawn Gatherum planned to become a veterinarian, but a negative experience with college chemistry courses sent him searching for a new major. “I went into botany only to find I needed those same courses,” he says, “so I buckled down and finished chemistry.” <br /> <br /> Weber State hired Gatherum as a lab manager and technician in 1971, but he soon discovered his passion for teaching. “I filled in for faculty when they went on sabbatical,” recalls Gatherum, “and I just had a blast.” With an eye toward a full-time teaching position, Gatherum left Weber State temporarily to work on his Ph.D. He completed his course work in a single year.<br /> <br /> Gatherum is a tireless promoter of hands-on learning, organizing countless field trips to Utah, Oregon and Mexico. “It’s exciting to watch students recognize plants they’ve only seen in slides,” says Gatherum. Under his direction, WSU’s Botany Club grows and sells greenhouse plants to fund a student scholarship. Gatherum has directed the prestigious Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair of Utah for 12 years. The regional competition draws hundreds of junior and senior high school scientists to campus.<br /> <br /> Gatherum, who has served on numerous campus committees, will retire in June. <br /> <br /> <b>LYNELL L. GARDNER, Executive Director of Alumni Relations</b> <br /> <br /> When Lynell Gardner’s husband handed her a newspaper notice for an alumni director position at Weber State University, she hoped she would get an interview. “But I never anticipated getting the job,” Gardner recalls. That was 11 years ago, and Gardner not only got the job, she used her unique blend of spunk, intelligence, ingenuity and humor to forge an administrative style that was challenging to replace when she retired in April.<br /> <br /> Gardner put her wealth of experience to good use at Weber State. She cultivated affinity partnerships with businesses to boost WSU Alumni Association (WSUAA) assets. “With operating income from a different source,” says Gardner, “we could use membership dues to increase the number of scholarships we provide.” She also campaigned for the Alumni Association president to play a role at commencement ceremonies and lobbied to lengthen the WSUAA president’s term of office. She worked with campus departments to provide more services to alumni and served her colleagues as chair of WSU’s Professional Staff Advisory Committee.<br /> <br /> During Gardner’s tenure, WSUAA created a donor recognition path at the Lindquist Alumni Center, resurrected lost campus traditions like the ringing of the Victory Bell, and established new ones such as the Wildcat Alumni Band. The Alumni Association also enhanced the WSU Salutes event and started a campus-wide recycling program.<br /> <br /> <i>Named in memory of the former Weber College president, the H. Aldous Dixon Awards have been presented annually since 1970 to honor faculty and staff who have demonstrated careers of excellence and have gone beyond the call of duty to support students. Dixon served as president of Weber College from 1919 to 1920 and again from 1937 to 1953.</i>

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