Alumni Awards Banquet Honors Seven Individuals

The Alumni Awards Tradition

Each fall for the past 16 years, the Alumni Awards Banquet has honored individuals for their contributions in advancing and promoting the University's goals and mission. UVU students, staff, and faculty nominate the award winners. The Alumni Association then selects the winners. This year’s banquet thanked seven individuals for playing integral roles in UVU’s continuing success.

Christopher Layton Clark

Christopher Layton Clark
2016 Wilson Sorenson Lifetime Achievement Award

Clark is an associate professor of theater. He is also the former chair of UVU’s Department of Theatrical Arts for Stage & Screen. He is as passionate about helping students succeed as he is about his craft. His leadership and tutelage have led to the theater program’s extraordinary success.


J. Brent and Kathryn P. Wood

J. Brent and Kathryn P. Wood
2016 Legacy Award

The Woods founded Clear Horizons Academy, which increases educational opportunities for children with autism. They have been generous supporters of UVU. Their cornerstone gift for UVU’s forthcoming autism building is recognized in the naming of the Clear Horizons Academy Floor and the Hurst Wood Foundation Floor.

Steven Hortin

Steven K. Hortin
2016 Distinguished Service Award

Horton helped take UVU’s Business & Economic Forum from concept to reality and secured crucial sponsors. By promoting the forum to professional groups and associations, he has expanded its base, leading to its remarkable success. He is a member of the Gift Planning Advisory Board and has assisted UVU's gift planning efforts for more than a decade. He has also mentored UVU students and has supported their travel to competitions.

Bret Butler

Bret Butler
2016 Pinnacle Award

In his two terms on the Alumni Board, Butler volunteered at many alumni events. He is a 1999 graduate of the Woodbury School of Business and has served as president of the Woodbury School's alumni chapter. He has been a frequent speaker at campus events and a mentor to UVU students.

Andrea Jensen

Andrea M. Jensen
2016 Young Alumni Award

Jensen is a 2011 UVU graduate in public health and an environmental health educator for the Utah County Health Department. She has already established an outstanding career and was recognized with the Rookie of the Year award from the Health Education Association of Utah. She is a frequent guest speaker in UVU public health classes and a valuable mentor to UVU students.

Nathan Northcott

Nathan Northcott
2016 Distinguished Student Service Award

As a Foundation ambassador, Northcott initiated a community outreach program to promote UVU to local businesses and to increase student patronage. He completed the Center for the Advancement of Leadership program and was named 2014 Male Student Leader of the Year. He has held several leadership positions at UVU and has been named Tutor of the Month.

Key Pieces in UVU’s History

During the awards banquet, senior director of alumni relations Kevin Walkenhorst commented on how each of the honorees is a key piece of UVU’s history. 

“Your involvement in this university, whether as alumni, board members, donors, students, faculty, or even as friends and family of those we recognized tonight, plays a role in the growth and success of this campus and its students,” said Walkenhorst.

Thank you to our Alumni Award winners and all of our supporters for making UVU 75 years strong!