Rolling out the blue carpet
By Lauren Murakami
April 30, 2006 | The blue carpet was rolled out for
the most coveted awards at Utah State University, the
49th annual Robin's Awards Ceremony took place Saturday,
April 22 at the TSC and was followed by the Blue Carpet
The Robins Awards recognizes those students, faculty
members, and organizations who have demonstrated excellence
and exceptional contributions to USU.
The night began with a reception held for the who's
who, or more accurately, the who's contributed the most
to USU, at the Student Alumni Center catered by Hamilton's.
The nominees and the presenters then proceeded to the
award's ceremony hosted by Reed Cowan, an Emmy award
winning newscaster for ABC 4 and an alumni of USU.
"I could not have asked for a better host or entertainment"
said Maren Barnett, Traditions Director. "They really
knew how to keep the program running. We were honored
to have Gerald R. Sherratt and Val R. Christensen attend
the evening and to present their awards."
Special guest, William
Joseph, a world renowned pianist who opened for
both Josh Groban and Clay Aiken, provided the entertainment
throughout the ceremony. He was accompanied by Aaron
Ashton and an outstanding violinist who has performed
and recorded for events and clients such as PBS, CNN,
and the 2002 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Ashton
is from Logan and an alumni of Utah State.
"It was nice to see the university bring in a world-class
professional" said Zach Ames, Robin's Awards Chair.
"William Joseph was absolutely amazing - definitely
the highlight of the evening."
The Robin's Awards are held in memory of Bill E. Robins,
who was the student body president of USU. His exceptional
contributions to USU and his vision helped to create
the Taggert Student Center. In 1954 Bill and his wife
died in a plane crash and the Sigma Nu Fraternity, of
which Bill was a member, established the Bill E. Robin's
The president of Sigma
Nu, Steve Morrill said, "I am happy of how the Robin's
Awards turned out. This year we were able to be as involved
as we have been in the past. We collaborated well with
the ASUSU Traditions committee in making sure our vision
of the Robin's Awards matched theirs. Sigma Nu started
the Robins Awards 57 years ago, and we are proud of
the success of the awards throughout the years and are
excited for next year."
Maren Barnett also felt like the Robins Awards went
well this year. "All I can say is that the President
and his wife, as well as many others who have attended
several Robins Awards, said this was the best ceremony
they have been too. I couldn't of asked for a smoother
program" Barnett said.
After the awards ceremony, the Blue Carpet Ball hosted
a multitude of entertainment opportunities. There was
big band swing music by the USU jazz band, William Joseph
and Aaron Ashton played around on the piano and violin,
there was also a DJ and a classic rock band.
"The Blue Carpet Ball, previously known Spring Formal,
was a great success and the beginning of a new Utah
State tradition. There was a good variety of entertainment
that seemed to please all in attendance" Barnett
Next year's Traditions Chair, Karilyn Flake, said
"Next year we will continue with the Blue Carpet Ball.
We will keep the ceremony pretty much the same, but
we hope to be able to invite more people to the ceremony
itself because as of right now it is by invite only."
Both the Robins Awards and the Blue Carpet Ball were
memorable not only for the winners of the awards, but
all in attendance.
For a complete list of Robin's Awards winners refer
to this article at Utah
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