Tom Smart, Deseret News
The MUSS, Utah's student fan section, was formed in a partnership between the student alumni association and the athletic department.

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah Student Alumni Board and The Mighty Utah Student Section, better known as The MUSS, won five awards at the District 7 western regional conference of the Affiliated Student Advancement Programs of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The conference was held April 20-21 in Los Angeles.    

The MUSS, the student football section, was presented the Outstanding Tried and True Program award. The Student Alumni Board, consisting of 43 current U. students, received the Outstanding Student Organization award for its wide range of programming.  

The Utah vs. BYU Food Drive received the Outstanding External Program award. In the past three years, Utah fans have donated more than 1 million pounds of food and more than $260,000 to the Utah Food Bank.

Student Alumni Board President Sam Haslam, a senior majoring in exercise  and sports physiology, received the Outstanding Student Leader award. He is completing his third year as a board member and previously served as vice president. 

Director of Alumni Relations John Fackler received the Outstanding Adviser award. It was the third time he has received this honor. Fackler has served as adviser to the SAB and The MUSS since 2002.