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Class NotesSee what extraordinary things USU Eastern Alumni have been doing!

Lynn Adams, 2001   

Graduated from CEU and BYU and went to work for PwC in Denver. After a year, he took a controller position with an entrepreneurial company in Provo. After a year and half, his company merged with another company and he moved into a CFO position that oversaw the financial functions of the merged companies. He is president/CEO of USA Installs. The company does in-home installations of video, voice and data products.

Harold Arceneaux, 1998   

Former CEU basketball player, was inducted into Weber State University’s 2014 WSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He came to CEU in 1996 as a freshman where he helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 28-5 record, winning the Scenic West Conference during the regular season. While at CEU, he shot 57.3 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from behind the three-point arc, helping him average 17.3 points per game. He played for professional teams on every continent, except Antarctica.

Kelly L. Andersen, 1955   

Andersen was honored with the "Litigation Award," an international award honoring the top one percent of litigation attorneys in 2015 and the Distinguished Trial Lawyer by the state of Oregon in 2014. He was named Oregon Super Lawyer six times, denoting he ranks in the top five-percent of all attorneys. Andersen came to CEU from Huntington, Utah, on an academic scholarship where he debated for Coach Neil Warren. Anderson won the most trophies in a single year plus the most trophies in two years as a debater. He also served as Freshman and Sophomore President, and graduated with high honors. He graduated from BYU's J. Ruben School of Law in 1979 and received advanced training from the National College of Advocacy at Stanford and Harvard universities. An avid outdoorsman, he summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Rainer and Mt. Shasta.

Thomas Arnett, 1955   

Wrote to the editor of Utah State Magazine in reference to an article on USU Eastern that resonated strongly with him as a native of Price and a graduate of USU and Carbon College (USU Eastern). He wrote, "After my years at Carbon College - AS degree, plus BS from Utah State and MBA from Stanford University … I am pleased and proud to say that the education I received from both Utah Schools was first rate."

Justin Bechaver, 2004   

Attended CEU in 2000 where he played baseball. He attended the Utah Crime Scene Academy hosted by CEU where he discovered, as well, that he had a passion for crime scene investigation and forensic science. He went on to study biochemistry at Eastern Oregon University. He completed a summer internship with the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services and the Bureau hired him where today he coordinates the state's Crime Scene Response Team.

Tom Bonerbo, 1983   

Graduated from CEU after playing football two seasons for the Golden Eagles under Coach Jeff Jorgenson. He earned his BA degree in English literature from Columbia University in 1986 and his MA in Athletic Administration from Idaho State University. In 2013, he was inducted into Fairleigh Dickson University's Sports Hall of Fame at Teaneck, New Jersey, where he was Sports Information Director for eight years. Bonerbo is an administrator and faculty member at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvannia. He worked sports media at two Olympics and major international sporting events and continues as a free-lance statistician at ESPN/Sports. He specializes in sports media operations in televised events.

Andrea Bringhurst Brown, 1996   

Graduated from CEU where she served on student government. Continuing her education at Utah Valley University, she served on student government and graduated with a BS in business management and MBA. In 2003 she published "Identifying College Choice Factors to Successfully Market Your Institution" in the College & University Periodical. She took a position at Dixie State University as director of Program Assessment and Institutional Research. She is on the executive board of Utah Women in Higher Education Network and president-elect of the exempt staff association at DSU. She is married to Mike Brown (1998), whom she met while attending CEU.

Matthew Bryner, 1999 & 2002   

Has a successful dental practice called Cortez Smiles, in Yellow Jacket, Colorado. While attending CEU, he worked as a math and chemistry tutor and a youth soccer coach for Carbon Recreation. He earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Southern Utah University and continued at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. There, he was honored as Operative Dentistry Student of the year. He is married to alumna, Leticia Chaides, who graduated with an Registered Nurse degree from CEU.

Steven Burge, 1986   

Steven Burge served as Student Body President, was a member of the forensics team under legendary coach Neil Warren, named History Student of the Year and served as Valedictorian of his class at CEU. He graduated from the U of U summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1989. Three years later, he graduated with a JD degree from the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. He returned to his alma mater, creating the criminal justice program at CEU where he was a tenured-faculty member. He was elected as a Carbon County Commissioner from 2003-2008 and left the college to become Vice President/Safety, Health and Environment at Savage Services until January 2016. He continues to travel the world, is writing a book and is a professional consultant.

Kennedy Byrd, 2005 & 2009   

Kennedy Byrd first attended CEU in 2003 when she received her Associate of Arts Degree in French and Theater. She later entered the nursing program and graduated with her RN accreditation. While attending CEU, she was in several theater productions including “Cactus Flower,” “Movie Game” and “The Crucible.” She was also active in the local student-nursing chapter and served as its president. Kennedy finished her academic career at the U of U where she earned her Doctoral Degree in Nursing. She practices as an Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake City. In her role as a hospitalist’s Nurse Practitioner, Kennedy treats adults with serious conditions requiring hospitalization.

Heidi Mason Carlson, 2002   

Heidi Mason Carlson was a member of the award-winning cheer program her sophomore year. The CEU team took third at the USA/UDA National competition at the Cache Center in Las Vegas. She was a single parent and brought “her little guy to tag along with her to every game.” After earning her Associate of Science Degree, she transferred to USU where she completed her BS degree in Psychology in 2005. She was part of a research preschool which focused on helping children with severe autism. She is currently a Licensed Social Worker and works for the State of Utah as a supervisor for the Division of Family Services in Price since June 2005. She and her husband Dustin are both Aggies and hope their three children decide to follow in their footsteps.

Maggie Copeland, 1979   

Maggie Copeland attended CEU from on an athletic scholarship where she played basketball and softball for Kendra Tomsic and earned “The Hustle Award.” She attended USU on an academic scholarship and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education where she secured her training at Logan’s Edith Bowen laboratory school. She taught fifth grade and middle school math six years in her native Moab. Copeland went on to work with the Montana Education Association for the next 27 years in the Montana University System.

Leon Covington, 1990   

Growing up in Inglewood, California, he was recruited by Basketball Coach Ronnie Stubbs where he was an all-conference performer and top scorer. After graduating, he accepted an academic scholarship to Lewis-Clark State College and continued his basketball career for his final two seasons; graduating with a degree in Sociology. He completed his master's degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and in 2014 accepted a position with the University of Washington. He partners with children's administration to teach competency-based courses to foster parents and state social workers. His daughter, Jasmine Covington, returned to his Price alma mater in Fall of 2014 and played for the women's volleyball team.

Nicholas Cox, 2010   

Graduated from USU Eastern where he was co-valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA and an ambassador. Continuing his education at the University of Utah, he is in his final year in pharmacy school and president of his class. While a Ute, he was awarded the William J. Baker Travel Award at the College of Pharmacotherapy, Saccomanno Higher Education Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Ewart Swinyard Honors Scholarship, Educational Resource Development Council Scholarship, Mortensen Scholarship, Frost Scholarship and named to the dean’s list with a 4.0 GPA and No. 1 in his class. He’s been published in “Nanotoxicology,” scientific journal. Cox is married to alumna, Whitney Oliver 2010, a member of USUE student government.

Kendall P. Crookston, 1982   

Is a professor of pathology and medicine, with expertise in transfusion medicine and coagulation, at University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He graduated from CEU in 1982 and finished a bachelor's in Microbiology at Brigham Young University. He earned both a MD and PhD at the University of Virginia as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. In addition to his responsibilities as faculty at UNM, he is director of both United Blood Services of New Mexico and the Special Blood Coagulation Laboratory at TriCore Reference Laboratories. He is an attending physician at the UNM Hospital Blood and Tissue Banks. He was honored at UNM School of Medicine as Teacher of the Year in 2002. Later, as a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen, he taught medical education and new transfusion technologies in Denmark.

Jake Erramouspe, 2008   

Jake Erramouspe received the CEU Presidential Scholarship, as well as the WAIMME and RMEL scholarships. He was active in the engineering and mathematics departments and participated in the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival in Moab. Erramouspe was awarded CEU’s Outstanding Mathematics Student and received the Governor’s Scholar Award while maintaining a 3.97 GPA. He earned an Associate of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed his Bachelor’s from USU in Electrical Engineering plus his MS and MBA degrees from the U of U in Electrical Engineering. Since 2014, he serves as the Eastern Division General Manager for Intermountain Electronics (IE) in South Point, Ohio. Jake previously worked for United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Hartford, Connecticut, as a project engineer.

Alison A. Evans, 2008   

Is director of human resources at Your Employment Solutions in Salt Lake City. She earned an AS degree at CEU in 2008, then graduated magna cum laude from USU with a BS degree in Human Resource Management in 2010. She began her career in human services at a staffing agency. While working, she earned her master's degree at USU, Kaysville Extension in December 2013. She has been working as Director of Human Services at Your Employment Solutions since 2013. Currently, she is working on a Professional in Human Resources Certificate that she hopes to complete in 2015.

Gypsie Delgado Everett, 2002   

Gypsie Delgado Everett graduated from CEU with an AS and criminal justice degree. She was ASCEU’s PR chair, inter-club council VP plus news editor and editor-in-chief of The Eagle newspaper, softball club president, SUN Center leader and outstanding journalism student. She was a two-time recipient of The Utah Coalition for the Advancement of Minorities in Higher Education Scholarship. After transferring to USU, she served as a transfer ambassador and graduated in 2008 with a BS in Journalism PR and minor in Human Resource Management. She worked at SLC’s Workforce Services as an employment counselor, Carbon County Corrections Officer and Assistant Chief Deputy Court Clerk where she was named Employee of the Month. In 2013, she accepted the Staff Assistant for Academic Advising at USUE and Academic Advisor position in 2014. She is working on her Master’s Degree in Social Work, which she hopes to complete summer 2017.

Scott Federick, 2009   

Received the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar award at the University of Utah for the Department of Communications on April 2, 2014, for his perfect 4.0 GPA. While at CEU, he was Photo Editor for six semesters and Editor in Chief his final year for The Eagle newspaper. He won several Utah Press Association awards for his sports photography and named top communication student his sophomore year.

Andrew Fry, 2000   

Andrew Fry was recently awarded principal investigator for the U of U over a U.S. Department of Energy research grant. He earned his Bachelor’s and PhD in Chemical Engineering at the U. His dissertation research was on fundamental reactions of mercury in coalfired utility boilers. In 2013 he became director of the industrial combustion and gasification research facility and Associate Research Professor at the U. He co-developed MerSim software. He also managed full-scale demonstrations of mercury abatement technologies on utility boilers.

Eddie Gill, 1998   

Former CEU basketball player, was inducted into Weber State University's 2014 WSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He came to CEU during the 1996 season. While a Golden Eagle, he averaged 6.1 points and 2.4 assists. He continued his basketball career professionally in the NBA, playing for seven seasons with seven teams. In April 2001, as a member of the Indiana Pacers, he was a part of the event that would become known as "The Malice in the Palace" between the Pacers and the Detroit Pistons.

Karl Holdaway, 1958   

Karl Holdaway started at Carbon College in 1957 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from USU in 1960, the same year he was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. His 20-year military career included time in Vietnam as commander of Mike Company, 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, during the massive Tet Offensive. He attended numerous military schools and was director of the Instructional Management School at Coronado, California, training USMC Formal School Instructors in classroom preparation techniques prior to retiring from the military in 1980. That same year he obtained an MBA from National University, San Diego, and then embarked on a successful 30-year career in residential real estate sales in the Houston area. He and his wife Janice have been married 49 years and have three sons. They reside in The Woodlands, Texas.

Kathy Christine Howa, 1980   

Played softball at CEU and after earning her bachelor's degree, became a Rowland Hall physical education instructor and softball coach. In 2002 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She knew the best way to eradicate the disease was help fund researchers. Howa founded her annual "Swing for Life," an all-volunteer nonprofit that has raised more than $1 million in cancer research funds while educating young men and women about cancer awareness and community service.

Ryan Jensen, 2007   

Ryan Jensen attended CEU on a theater scholarship. He was a founding member of the school’s improv team “Actors on the Spot” plus a student senator for English and arts. After graduating, Jensen moved to Logan on a presidential scholarship and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Geology from USU. He went on to work as an intern in California with Chevron on heavy-oilsteam floods. He was eventually offered a full-time position with Chevron and moved to Houston, Texas.

Scott Jensen, 1993   

Graduated from CEU in 1993, University of Utah in 1997 in accounting and earned both a JD and MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2000. He is the managing partner and owner of Kramer & Jensen, LLC, a certified public accounting firm in Denver, Colorado. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), his practice focuses on tax planning, research and return preparation for a variety of individuals and business clients. He is a licensed attorney in the Wisconsin and Colorado.

Dytania "Bubby" Johnson, 2012   

As a member of Florida Southern College, Johnson and his teammates handily defeated Indiana 77-62 to win the D2 basketball title championship. The team made 13 three-pointers to seal the victory in Evansville, Indiana at the Ford Center. He graduated his bachelor's degree in Communications. Johnson, a 6-foot 8-inch guard/forward from Silver Spring, Maryland, played for Coach Vando Becheli from 2010-12 and served as captain of the team. When not playing basketball for the Eagles, he coached eighth and ninth grade students from the area in an AAU basketball competition league. He also volunteered at Castle Heights Elementary School every Friday where he read to the students, graded their papers and tested their skills. He loved playing hoops with the students and would lift them to the net to make sure they made their shots.

Tracy Ralph Justesen, 1987   

Received his associate's degree from CEU in 1987. He went on to earn a master's from USU. He received his jurisprudence from Drake University and LLM from George Washington University. He was nominated by President George Bush to be Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Department of Education (DOE). He currently serves as Deputy Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the DOE.

Troy Justesen, 1987   

A 1987 CEU graduate, was CEU's 2007 commencement speaker and also served in the Bush administration with the Department of Education as the Assistant Secretary of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. He was principal advisor to former Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling on matters of career, technical and adult education, as well as workforce and economic development.

Skyler Masaji King, 2005   

Skyler King was a student admissions ambassador, played club soccer, full-time student recruiter and was the student’s choice Sophomore Student of the Year in 2005. Transferring to Weber State University, he was admissions ambassador and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing in 2007 plus earned his MBA in 2011. Moving to Washington State University, King graduated with his Doctorate Degree in Marketing in 2016. His dissertation is titled, “Product Recalls Conceptualized as a Social Dilemma.” He returns to WSU fall 2016 where he accepted a tenure-track marketing professorship.

Catherine Larsen, 1995   

Is Vice President of International Product Registration at 4Life Research in Sandy, Utah. At CEU she was a key member of the Jazz Band, Synthesizer Group and Chamber Choir. She continued her education at BYU and earned a BA in Near Eastern Studies with minor in Music. Larsen played the guitar and piano for BYU's International Folk Dance Ensemble for five years traveling the globe to perform at folk festivals. She graduated from BYU's J. Ruben Clark Law School in 2004. 4Life Research is a direct-sales company that produces dietary supplements. She represents the business world-wide as she seeks for approval from regulatory agencies to sell the 4Life Research products. Larsen has traveled to 66 countries for business or as a performer.

Joseph Martinez, 1985   

Joseph Martinez attended CEU on a theater/journalism scholarship and was involved in 20 productions. He was a writer and photographer for The Eagle, yell leader, choir, PEDS dance company, master of ceremonies of the Miss CEU Pageant and technical creator of masque club’s haunted house. Earning his degree at SUU in theater and communications, he spent three summers with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He performed two summers with the Utah Musical Theatre in Ogden, toured as an actor with the Missoula Children’s Theatre for a year and spent 13 years as MCT’s project coordinator. Working with the U.S. Air Force took him to Korea and Japan to instruct teachers, community theater groups and community-center personnel in producing and staging musicals, talent shows and pageants. In 2005, he was named Managing Artistic Director/Resident Director at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Phoenix. He returned to the Missoula Children’s Theatre in 2011 as Artistic Director overseeing its international tour, which visits 1,200 communities in all 50 states, five Canadian Providences and 16 countries, casting 65,000 children worldwide.

Nichole Gustas Martinez, 2009   

Graduated with a certificate in cosmetology and placed third in Utah's VICA competition. She works at the Swank Studio in Oceanside, California, and had her work featured in Modern Salon media where she gave an expose on "Color Correction: Fixing a Box-Fix Fail." Modern Salon Media is the industry standard for salon professionals at every stage of their careers. Martinez said the editor found her through postings she made on her Instagram account and published a story about Martinez's expertise in color correction. She specializes in Asian hair, cuts and barbering. She is married to alumni, Mario Martinez, a US Marine staff sergeant and Lean Six Sigma instructor.

Michael W. Marion, Jr., 1999   

Earned an associate's degree from CEU, a bachelors in Public Administration and a masters in Multicultural Counseling from San Diego State University. He earned an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. At CEU, he played two seasons for Baseball Coach Brain Zollinger, listed on several preseason All-America teams. Today Michael works at Cosumnes River College as the Dean of Counseling and Student Services in Sacramento, California.

Danielle Howa Pendergrass, 1997   

Danielle Howa Pendergrass was elected as Utah’s newest representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She serves as the key state contact for AANP, working closely with Utah State legislators in connection with nurse practitioner legislation and practice issues. She is a 1997 graduate of the nursing program at CEU. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Weber State, Master’s in Nursing, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the U of U and a Doctorate in Nursing from the U in 2013.

Teresa Quintana, 2009   

After graduation from CEU, she earned a BS degree from Southern Utah University in psychology and criminal justice with a forensic science emphasis. She volunteered with the Utah Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Canyon Creek Women's Crisis Center. Her psychology senior project examined the strength of pro-naturalist attitudes in relation to a person's level of religiosity. For her criminal justice capstone course, she researched and developed a policy on the effectiveness of the zero-tolerance policy for preventing school violence. She completed her MS in forensic science at SUU in August 2014. Her internship demonstrated impression and fingerprint evidence and she has authored a forensic firearm examination guidebook.

Jama Zubal Rand, 1972   

While at CEU, Jama Zubal Rand was a member of the Blue Debutants, Golden Eagle student newspaper and president of the Athletic Booster Club (ABC). She earned a Bachelor’s in English/Sociology/Elementary Education from Weber State, a Masters of Human Resource Economics from the U of U and a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership from Capella University. After nearly 30 years in human resource management, she is now Dean of Faculty for the Graduate School of Business and Human Resource Management at Strayer University.

Pricilla Santos, 2012   

A native of San Paulo, Brazil, Santos is working on her master's degree in foreign relations at American Marshall University where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. She played her junior and senior seasons of basketball at Shawnee State in 2012-2014. An All-American basketball player at USU Eastern, she led the nation with 29.7 points averaged per game, had a career high of 50 points in a single game and made 25 out of30 foul shots during the season. She scored over 42 points in six of her games for the Eagles and was named Player of the Year for the SWAC and two times named first-team All Conference. Her average points were more than any other woman in the country that year. She was perfect academically with a 4.0 GPA.

Dayana "Lucky" Siriwardhan, 2006   

From Sri Lanka, he graduated from CEU and received the Val Halamandaris Caring Award, Outstanding Business Student Award, Serving Utah Network Service-Learning Honor plus worked as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) IRS program. He was a member of the Phi Beta Lambda and Delta Epsilon Chai. In May 2009, he graduated cum laude with BS degree in Nursing from Andrew's University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. In July 2011, he earned an MBA in Health Management from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan and was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. He works in a neurology intensive care unit and served an internship at the Michigan House of Representatives.

KC Smurthwaite, 2012   

At USU Eastern, he served as editor of The Eagle where his sports columns garnered first place awards at the Utah Press Association's Best of Newspaper Competition and was named outstanding communication student and graduated with high honors. A year later, he graduated magna cum laude from SUU where he was named communication student of the year and given the KSUU Thunder 91 Radio Silver Voice Award. His senior paper was "Persuasive Tactics of Student Athletes in the Recruitment Process." He is completing his master's degree in sports education at USU where he serves as assistant softball coach and director of operations for the Aggies.

Mandy Braby Thurman, 1999   

Mandy Braby Thurman is Principal at Oquirrh Elementary in West Jordan, Utah. As a student at CEU, she was awarded the Val J. Halamandaris Caring Award in 1999. Braby was president of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and an advisor for the Price Youth Council. She finished a bachelor’s at the University of Utah and has earned two master’s degrees: one in teaching and learning from the U of U and administration degree from BYU. She began working as an elementary teacher in 2011 and became a principal three years later.

Vincent Tonc, 1971   

Vincent Tonc attended CEU on an honors scholarship while playing third base and pitching for Curt Jenson. His team was one win away from going to the NJCAA World Series. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from the U o f U. He has 20-plus years of experience in the mining technology field and environmental management with a number of government agencies, including the Department of Energy, EPA and NASA. Today he is projects manager at Battelle Energy Alliance, DOE Idaho National Lab, in Idaho Falls.

Shanielle Howa Ware, 2004   

While at CEU, Howa was a cheerleader and competed with PBL and DEX. She finished fourth nationally in parliamentary procedure with PBL. After graduation, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California earning her degree in Merchandising Marketing and interned at Rock and Republic while working at the Gap flagship store in Century City. Her first job was an allocation analyst at Hot Topic corporate office. She then moved to a start-up company, Metropark, where it grew from 21 stores to 72. As women's planner and managing all women's category financials, she learned about growing and developing a business. She is now women's planning manager with Pacsun, overseeing financials of a $350 million business with 600 stores. She graduated from California State University Fullerton where she majored in Economics.

Ben Warner, 2001   

Ben Warner attended CEU when he and debate partner, Scott Odekirk, became the first community college team to qualify for the National Debate Tournament. While at CEU he served as The Eagle editor and was named “Mr. CEU.” He earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Communication at Missouri State University. He coached debate at the University of Kansas where his team won the 2009 National Debate Championship. He earned a Doctorate in Communication in 2011 and teaches today at the University of Missouri.

Mason Winters, 2012   

Won Ireland's Welding Competition representing the United States. After 22 hours of intense welding, using equipment and consumables he was not used to, he prevailed and placed first. His instructor, Mike Tryon, said, "I can't tell you the amount of dedication and preparation this young man has overcome. Ireland's examiners were very impressed by Mason's performance, saying it was the best work they have ever seen."

Kevin J. Worthen, 1978   

Became the 13th President of Brigham Young University. While a student at CEU, he was co-captain of the basketball team under Coach Curt Jenson. After graduating, he continued his education at BYU where he obtained his bachelor's degree and graduated summa cum laude and first of his class from the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He served a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship for Justice Bryon. He is married to Peggy Sealey Worthen, also a CEU alumna.

Holly Martak Yocom, 1998   

Was named by Utah Business Magazine for the Top Forty Under 40 Program in connection with her work advancing the Utah Film Center as its executive director. She serves on board of directors of Planned Parenthood, Utah Women's Foundation and was the first female to receive the Roy W. Simmons Community Service Award from Zions Bank. As a student at CEU, she was a member of the cheer and song leading squad as well as a writer for The Eagle newspaper.

Gwen Peterson Young, 1985   

After Gwen Peterson Young graduated from the CEU, she eventually attended the University of Texas at San Antonio to earn a Bachelor’s in Biology in 2001, and a Master’s in Environmental Science in 2004. In 2007 she became the first woman to receive a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from UTSA. Today Young is employed by CPS Energy as a strategic research and innovation manager. She is the lead for the UTSA/CPS Energy Strategic Alliance – a research partnership initiated by then San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.