Utah State University will give six Distinguished Service Awards and honor a seventh person as its Distinguished Alumnus for 1989 during a Founders Day program March 7.
Named to receive the Distinguished Service Award are Max F. Dalby, Joe Elich, Lyle W. Hillyard and Sara V. Sinclair, all of Logan; Ross E. Kendell, Salt Lake City; and Reece D. Nielsen, Hyrum.The award recognizes alumni and friends of the university whose attainments have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the university, and benefit to fellow citizens. Recipients are selected by a faculty/alumni committee and approved by the Institutional Council.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor given solely by the USU Alumni Association, will go to Vernon M. Buehler, Logan.
The recipients will be honored at a reception at 5 p.m. in the Sunburst Lounge and a dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom, both in the Taggart Student Center.
Tickets for the dinner are available at the Alumni House until March 3, said Jay Haws, director of alumni. The USU Alumni Association sponsors the events. The public is invited.
Buehler is director of the College of Business Partners Program, which is nationally recognized for bringing national and international business and government leaders to USU for speeches and seminars.
He is a 1941 USU graduate and holds a doctorate in economics from George Washington University. Before joining the USU faculty he retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army.
Dalby, retired head of the USU music department, was on the faculty for 28 years. He has also conducted the Cache Chamber Orchestra and directed popular summer band concert programs.
He served as president of the Utah Music Educators Association and western division of the Music Educators National Conference. He has been a conductor, clinician, adjudicator and soloist in 24 states, Europe and Canada. He was named Utah's Outstanding Music Educator in 1975-76.
Elich and his wife, a high school mathematics teacher, wrote textbooks integrating the use of calculators into the mathematics curriculum. Their books have been used in schools nationwide. He taught mathematics at USU more than 40 years and was Professor of the Year at USU in 1984.
Hillyard is chairman of the Joint Executive Appropriations Committee and Senate Judiciary Standing Committee of the Utah State Senate. He has been a member of the Senate since 1985, and was a member of the House of Representatives for two terms. The American Legislature Exchange Council named him one of eight outstanding state legislators in the nation in 1987. He is president of the Logan law firm of Hillyard, Anderson and Olsen.
Kendell is president and chief operating officer of Key Bank of Utah and Key Bancshares of Utah Inc. He started working for the bank as a junior executive trainee before graduating from USU as valedictorian of the College of Business and Social Sciences and Scholar of the Year in 1960.
He is also vice chairman and chairman-elect of the Utah Economic Development Corp., headed the Salt Lake Area United Way Campaign in 1988, and is chairman of the USU Alumni House Fund Drive.
Nielsen is chairman of the board and executive officer of the Intermountain Power Agency, owner of the Intermountain Power Project, a 1,600 megawatt electrical power generating project supplying approximately seven million people in seven states.
He is a director of the American Public Power Association, Intermountain Consumers Power Association, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and Zions First National Bank.
Sinclair is administrator of Sunshine Terrace Foundation Inc., a non-profit community-sponsored facility for people needing extended care, rehabilitative care or adult day care. She is regional vice president of the American Health Care Association and former chairman of the Utah Health Care Association. She is vice president of the Cache Chamber of Commerce and immediate past president of the Logan Business and Professional Women's Group.