Mike Falgoust’s life is an example of service and commitment to his students and to his country. As an 18-year-old, he joined the Air Force and was involved in flying missions during the Cuban missile crisis, Korean War, Vietnam War and others.
Upon his retirement in 1977, he pursued a master’s degree and was hired to teach mathematics at then-Utah Technical College. His master’s thesis and research explored the need for a college-based flight program to develop the influx of new pilots as airline travel increased in popularity. As a result, Falgoust developed the course work and curriculum for UVU’s aviation program, expanded course offerings as demand increased and helped get the program accredited while serving as the flight training program director.
But Falgoust’s dedication went beyond programs and classes. He and his wife, Serena, were committed to helping students at a personal level. They quietly stepped in to help students in need, whether it was in providing a place to stay, babysitting, meals or emotional support.
Falgoust’s dedication to UVU is an example of how a dedicated teacher can touch many lives and have a positive influence that lasts a lifetime.