UVU Stars Honored at Alumni Awards Banquet

Six stars were honored for their good work in advancing and promoting the University's goals and mission at Utah Valley University's Alumni Awards banquet, Sept. 5, 2014.

JoAnn B. Losee and President Holland

JoAnn B. Losee, who has been a generous supporter of UVU for many years, was honored with the Legacy Award. Losee and her late husband, Dick, have left their mark on the University with significant gifts for the Losee Center for Student Success, which houses UVU's student services, and the Ragan Theater, named after JoAnn's mother and which has become the venue for many important performances and speeches. The couple has also endowed two scholarships at UVU, one for media composition and production students and one for President's Award winners.

"The enduring impact of the Losees' philanthropy has touched the lives of thousands of students, opening for them the golden doors of opportunity through higher education. On behalf of the UVU Alumni Association and its nearly 200,000 members and friends, congratulations on earning this award," said Marc Archambault, vice president for development and alumni.

Barbara Barrington Jones receiving her award

Barbara Barrington Jones was honored with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. As a member of the UVU Foundation Board, Barrington Jones provides valuable insight, helping to move the University forward. A longtime leader in helping women and girls to realize their full potential, she made a $2-million gift for the new, expanded Wee Care Center, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, which provides child care to low-income students.

"Barbara Barrington Jones deserves this award along with every positive adjective we could possibly give her. She is a woman who wants to do good things for the world, and she's leaving a legacy that will never be forgotten," said Michelle Taylor, vice president of student affairs.

K.D. Taylor, who recently retired as dean of University College after a 21-year career at UVU, was honored with the Wilson Sorensen Lifetime Achievement Award. T.J. Fund, who recently completed seven years of service on the Alumni Board and who has served as a mentor for the Center for the Advancement of Leadership, received the Pinnacle Award. Clinton R. Pulver, the founder of UVU's famed Green Man Group, received the Young Alumni Award, and Zach Trujillo, who served as president of the Mighty Athletic Wolverine League, received the Distinguished Student Service Award.