Weber State University Magazine Spring 2014 : Page 38

WSU Salutes Photo by Zac Williams ’01, ’13

WSU Salutes

{DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS}<br /> <br /> After graduation, Mike Malaska ’76 “wedged” his WSU business degree into the world of professional golf, becoming a prominent figure in the PGA. Honored as the PGA Southwest Section Player of the Year in 2010, Malaska is also a highly sought after instructor.In 2011, he was named PGA Teacher of the Year and is the current director of instruction for Jack Nicklaus Golf Academies worldwide.<br /> <br /> {OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNUS}<br /> <br /> Late in his college education, Brett Jones ’09 decided to become a teacher. He majored in both English and Spanish teaching with an English as a Second Language teaching minor. Jones has worked as a Peace Corps teacher-trainer, a junior high school teacher and an instructor on a Sioux reservation. Currently, Jones is the program coordinator for Playworks. He spends most of his spare time volunteering.<br /> <br /> {DISTINGUISHED SERVICE}<br /> <br /> Bonnie Clark ’81 taught high school in Cache County and later served as president of two parent-teacher-student associations in Weber County. She is a past chair and current board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis. At Weber State, Bonnie and her husband, Jeff, established scholarships in the College of Applied Science & Technology and the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics.<br /> <br /> {DISTINGUISHED SERVICE}<br /> <br /> A fearless civil rights crusader with a 30-year career, Bettye Gillespie served on the state’s advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She fought to shatter racial and gender stereotypes, and in the 1970s championed the push to give girls the right to wear pants in Utah’s public schools.Gillespie has received more than 30 awards, including the NAACP’s prestigious Rosa Parks Award.<br /> <br /> {EMERITI ALUMNI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT}<br /> <br /> As a dentist, Leon Clark ’57 knows firsthand the importance of having a healthy smile and has traveled the globe offering his professional services to people in need. In 1972, he performed dentistry at a Korean orphanage. Since then, Clark has treated patients at orphanages, clinics and hospitals in the Philippines, Tonga, Guatemala, El Salvador, Israel, Ethiopia and Vietnam.<br /> Clark also served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.<br /> <br /> {PRESIDENT’S AWARD}<br /> <br /> Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell ’96 is an advocate of initiatives that seek to transform Ogden into a true college town. He encourages local residents to support WSU events and invites WSU students to frequent local businesses and participate in Ogden’s many recreational activities. Caldwell helped facilitate the university’s recent efforts to establish campus facilities in downtown Ogden.<br /> <br /> {LEWIS W. SHURTLIFF AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATION}<br /> <br /> Louenda Downs ’78 has made it her life’s work to provide quality instruction at Utah public schools. After teaching elementary-age children for seven years, Downs accepted positions where her influence could spread beyond a single classroom. Elected to the Davis Board of Education, she also served on the Utah Board of Education State Association Board. Downs is currently a Davis County commissioner.<br /> <br /> {EMERITI ALUMNI HOMECOMING ROYALTY}<br /> <br /> Forever Wildcats, Dean Hughes ’67 and Kathleen Hurst Hughes ’66 have accomplished much since graduation.Dean published his first novel at age 35 and has since written more than 90 books. He retired as an English professor in 2008.Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in English education, and later completed a graduate program in special education.A schoolteacher and administrator for 30 years, Kathleen retired from the Provo School District in 2002 to serve in the Relief Society General Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.<br /> <br /> {STUDENT HOMECOMING ROYALTY}<br /> <br /> WSU students Tessa Diamond ’16 and Nicholas DeYoung ’14 are no strangers to service and leadership. Diamond served in WSU’s Emerging Leaders program and is an active member of the WSU Student Alumni Association. She is vice president of the WSU Student Involvement and Leadership organization.DeYoung co-chaired the student organizing committee that aided the Special Olympics Utah 2011 Winter Games. He is currently president of the Student Alumni Association.<br /> <br /> To nominate outstanding individuals for the 2014 WSU Salutes awards, visit

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