Alumni and Community Relations

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

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)