This archived article was written by: Katie Felice
A Utah State University Eastern staff member goes above and beyond a job title every day, to help students succeed and bring service to the school and was recently recognized for all of his hard work. In August, SUN Center coordinator, Terry Johnson, was awarded the Outstanding Staff Member award.
“It was totally unexpected.” he states. “There are so many others who are deserving of this award, but I am very honored.”
Although this award is a great honor, this is not Johnson’s first time being voted for an award. In 2012 he was first awarded the Outstanding Staff Member by the students.
Johnson grew up in the Carbon County area, until he had later left for a two-year mission in South Africa. He attended college where he was valedictorian at the College of Eastern Utah as well as Southern Utah University. Because of later work circumstances, he moved to New York for about a year and California but after a few years of city living, he and his wife realized that Price was their home and moved back.
He has been with the SUN Center for about 3 years and with USUE overall for a little over nine years. In the SUN Center he works with about 20 student leaders to carry out service projects and other activities.
“I love students and I love higher education.” Johnson says.
The most rewarding part about his job he explains is, “Having the chance to work one on one with students, which is why I am here.” He elaborates saying, “It is so rewarding to be able to see the fruits of your labor and know you have done something to get student in the right direction.”
From what students have said they seem to feel very positively affected by him. Hannah Murphy went on to say, “Terry is a sweetheart, he really cares about what students have to say and wants them to succeed.”
Mariah Davis explained her experience with Johnson saying,” I personally have gone to talk to him about things and he always puts situations into perspective for me and knows how to help.”
Together the girls agreed, “He is the kind of person who will do everything in his power to help you succeed.”