The Sterling Silver Award, which is presented to an outstanding Southern Utah University student on Thunderbird Awards Night, has been given a personality this year by naming it after Elaine Christensen Southwick Meredith.
During her 26 years as an educator, Meredith taught English, speech, drama, physical education and music at Cedar City Junior High School and at SUU. During her nine years at SUU, she served for seven years as activity counselor and as dean of women."The similar award for male students is the R. Kenneth Benson Award, and we felt it was only proper that the Sterling Silver Award be similarly named for a person who contributed greatly to the standards of education at SUU," said Sterling vice president of student services. "That person is Elaine Southwick Meredith."
Meredith graduated from Brigham Young University with highest honors in 1925, and did postgraduate work there, at the University of Utah and at the University of Wisconsin. In 1979, she was the recipient of BYU's coveted Emeritus Award. She was presented with SUU's Distinguished Service Award at commencement exercises in 1987. Alumni from SUU have described Meredith's impact on their lives as "unforgettable."
She married Eward Webb Southwick, who died in 1971, and later married Leo G. Meredith, who died in 1986. Meredith, who currently resides in Salt Lake City, has three sons and one daughter, including Paul Southwick, executive vice president of financial affairs at SUU. In 1986, Meredith published a book, "A Lifetime of poetry," which presents her views and perspectives on a number of topics.