Join the Emeritus Alumni Board!

Emeritus alumni (those who graduated 40 or more years ago or are age 65 or better) are invited to apply to serve three-year terms on the Emeritus Alumni Board. Board activities are rewarding and offer a unique way to stay connected to the university and other emeritus alums. Board application forms are available here.

Current activities

The Emeritus Alumni Board members hold positions on several Alumni Association committees and provide other valuable service:

  • Coordinate the annual Emeritus reunion
  • Sponsor a new annual health talk series
  • Select Distinguished and Honorary alumni award recipients for Founders Day
  • Designate Merit of Honor recipients
  • Lead the football stadium's Alumni Ambassador Program
  • Serve as advocates to the Utah Legislature on behalf of the university and higher education in general
  • Recruit high school students to the university
  • Organize and participate in a variety of community service programs, including tutoring
  • Raise funds for scholarships for deserving students       

Learn more about some of these projects at the Emeritus community page here.

Utah Football: Alumni Ambassador Program

Help us welcome football fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium! If you're interested in becoming an ambassador, click on the link below.

Board history and service

The Emeritus Alumni Board (originally called “The Half Century Club”) was founded in 1937 at a 50-year reunion of 16 members of the Class of 1887. In 1942 the club’s name was changed to "The Emeritus Club of the Utah Alumni Association," and it was opened to all pre-1892 classes. Each year, a few members leave the board after completing their three-year term and are replaced by the same number of new members. Application forms are available around December each year. Emeritus Board application forms are available here.


Emeritus Alumni Board, 2016-17

The Emeritus Alumni Board (EAB) is composed of alumni who first attended the University of Utah 40 or more years ago (or who are age 65 or older) and currently includes:

President: Shauna Young BS'64
President-elect: Cheré Romney BS'65 MS'83

Board members
Fares Arguello BS'68 MD'75
Douglas J. Hammer BS'70 JD'77
John "Jack" M. Hammond BFA’68
Julie B. Jensen BS’65
Larry V. Lunt BS'68 JD'70
Mary Ann Morgan BA’68 BMu'94
Richard W. Nielsen BS'66
Georgia G. Owens BFA'67
Cheri Reynolds BA'67 MA'74 PhD'83
Margo-Lynn Richards BS'65
Candace Rideout BFA'65
Dennis D. Russell BS’63 MD’67
Ford G. "Bud" Scalley BS’64 JD’67
Heidi S. Swinton BA'71
Mary C. Thornton BS'71

2016 Merit of Honor Awards

In 1971, the board's Merit of Honor Award program was begun as a way to recognize emeritus alumni who had given distinguished service to the University of Utah, their profession, and the local and/or national communities. More than 500 awards have now been presented to meritorious alumni at the annual Merit of Honor awards, which takes place each November. Learn about our 2016 honorees here.

2016 Emeritus Homecoming Reunion

The 2016 Emeritus Alumni Homecoming Reunion on Oct. 5 included dinner and a tour of the new Thomas S. Monson Center (formerly LDS Business College). The event sold out. For the complete Homecoming calendar of events, click here.

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