Carmen Rose Hepworth Award

Carmen Rose Hepworth (’53, elementary education) dedicated her life to public education, civic engagement and Southern Utah University. She and her husband Mel ('50, elementary education) never had children of their own, but they influenced the lives of hundreds of students by serving as strong role models and loving mentors.

In memory of Carmen Hepworth, this award is presented by the Alumni Relations Office at Thunderbird Awards to an individual who demonstrates commitment to bettering the lives of others and strengthening SUU. 

Past Recipients

2019      Mary Jane Seaman ('41)
2018      Clair ('52) & Suzanne ('71) Morris
2017      Bud ('61) & LaRee Garfield
2016     Sally Hunter Jensen ('81)
2015      Ravenna Baker ('41)
2014     Mary Seaman ('44)
2013     Doug Bonzo ('56)
2012     Naomi Lunt ('41)
               Paul Lunt ('41)
2011      Dee Cowan (‘35)
2010      June D. Thorley (‘48)
2009      Homer S. Jones (‘29)
2008      Linda Wilson 
2007      Kent “Red” Dover (‘41)
2006      Steve Hodson (‘79)
2005     Conrad Hatch (‘42)
                Elva Hatch (‘43)
2004     Haymer Morris (‘48)
2003     Mary Ewing Anker (‘42)
2002     Charles Cooley (‘55)
               Donna Cooley
2001      Cyndi Gilbert (‘80)
2000     R. Kenneth Benson (‘56)
1999      Peg Thorley (‘49)
1998      Ada Carpenter (‘35)
1997      Roy “Pug” Urie (‘38)
1996      Maude Halverson (‘29)
1995      Carmen Rose Hepworth (‘53)
               Melvin Hepworth (‘50)
1994      Randy Phillips (‘76)
1993      Michael O. Leavitt (‘78)
1992      Brad Steinke (‘83)
1988      James M. Miller (‘59)
1987      RaNae Naegle Morris (‘49)
1986      Fred C. Esplin (‘71)
1985      Ellis L. Armstrong (‘32)