Utah Tech University

Alumni Awards

Each year, the Alumni Association honors exceptional alumni for their dedicated service to the community and university.

2022 AWARDEES

Community Award

Community Award recipients provide leadership or service within the Southern Utah community through their career, service or volunteer efforts. By lending their knowledge, initiative and individuality in public service to the University and beyond, these awardees consistently elevate their community. Recipients must have lived or currently live in Washington County.

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A. Delmont Truman Dixie Spirit Award

Honorees of this award include alumni who have emulated the Dixie Spirit throughout their lives. Fully engaged in their experience as students, they’ve continued to stay involved with the University well past graduation. They enrich the lives of alumni and the community by contributing to the overall sense of belonging found on campus and beyond. Much like the pioneers who settled here initially, attributes of the Dixie Spirit Awardees include selflessness, tenacity, contagious optimism, grit, and persistence.

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Roene B. DiFiore Program Bureau Award

These award recipients emulate the valuable qualities instilled in Program Bureau members including teamwork, valuing differences, comradery, confidence, charisma, musicianship and goodwill. This award honors former Program Bureau members, leaders or affiliates who have continued to provide long-lasting support or involvement to the University, carrying on the legacy of the life-loving ambassador to the arts, Roene B. DiFiore.

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The Rebel Award

These alumni are honored with the Rebel Award for the loyalty they developed while attending, teaching, and/or coaching between the 1952-2007 school years. These Dixie College Rebels are recognized for standing up for traditions and preserving the school’s commitment to education, community, and service. They continue to serve as champions for the University by tackling obstacles and forging ahead in their lives and communities.  They have demonstrated their strong, individual spirits by overcoming difficult challenges as the Pioneers did in an effort to use Utah’s unique southern climate to produce cotton. These individuals still carry, and always will carry, loyalty in their hearts.

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Outstanding Trailblazer Award

These awardees, who have graduated from or attended, taught, or coached at Utah Tech within the last 15 years, are recognized for excelling in their careers or by serving their communities in a meaningful way. They are leaders, innovators, and influencers who are not afraid to blaze new trails in an effort to make a lasting difference for others.

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2022 Awardees

Community Award

Shauna Ottesen

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A. Delmont Truman Dixie Spirit Award

LaRee Jones

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Roene B. DiFiore Program Bureau Award

Hilda Cox Empey

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The Rebel Award

Kenny Miller

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Outstanding Trailblazer Award

Stephanie Sparks

2020/21 Awardees

Community Award

Kenny Neilson

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A. Delmont Truman Dixie Spirit Award

Margaret Truman Marshall

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Roene B. DiFiore Program Bureau Award

Merilee Webb

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The Rebel Award

Dave Rose

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Outstanding Trailblazer Award

Steve Cook

2019 Awardees

Community Award

Daniel McArthur

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Dixie Spirit Award

Elna Rae Page

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Roene B. DiFiore (Ms. D) Award

Susan Memmott Allred

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The Rebel Award

Buck Wilkinson

2018 Awardees

Community Award

Penny Barben

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Dixie Spirit Award

Diane Hafen

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Roene B. DiFiore (Ms. D) Award

June Stewart Jeffery

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The Rebel Award

Clark McMullin

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Distinguished Alumni Award

Dennis Udy

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Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award

Linda Lou Bills

2017 Awardees

COMMUNITY AWARD

Marcia Wade & Dorothy Orton

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DIXIE SPIRIT AWARD

Deven MacDonald

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ROENE B. DIFIORE (MS. D) AWARD

Ernie Doose

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THE REBEL AWARD

Roger Nuttall

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

Brent E. Snow

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DISTINGUISHED FACULTY/STAFF AWARD

Dr. Robert Prince

2016 Awardees

COMMUNITY AWARD

Kevin Ence

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DIXIE SPIRIT AWARD

Ron & Nora Axton

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ROENE B. DIFIORE (MS. D) AWARD

Mace Jacobson

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THE REBEL AWARD

Max Gregory Crowshaw

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

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2015 Awardees

COMMUNITY AWARD

Jennings Family

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DIXIE SPIRIT AWARD

Ken & Sherril Newby

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ROENE B. DIFIORE (MS. D) AWARD

Andrea Barlow Rounds

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THE REBEL AWARD

Jerry Anderson

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED FACULTY/STAFF AWARD

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2014 Awardees

COMMUNITY AWARD

Randy Wilkinson

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DIXIE SPIRIT AWARD

Dr. Ron & Susan Garner

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ROENE B. DIFIORE (MS. D) AWARD

John Blake

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THE REBEL AWARD

Ken Jolley

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED FACULTY/STAFF AWARD

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2013 Awardees

COMMUNITY AWARD

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DIXIE SPIRIT AWARD

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ROENE B. DIFIORE (MS. D) AWARD

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THE REBEL AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED FACULTY/STAFF AWARD

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2012 Awardees

COMMUNITY AWARD

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DIXIE SPIRIT AWARD

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ROENE B. DIFIORE (MS. D) AWARD

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THE REBEL AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED FACULTY/STAFF AWARD

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2011 Awardees

COMMUNITY AWARD

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DIXIE SPIRIT AWARD

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ROENE B. DIFIORE (MS. D) AWARD

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THE REBEL AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED FACULTY/STAFF AWARD

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2010 Awardees

COMMUNITY AWARD

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DIXIE SPIRIT AWARD

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ROENE B. DIFIORE (MS. D) AWARD

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THE REBEL AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

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DISTINGUISHED FACULTY/STAFF AWARD

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