History of UCET 1980 – Present

UCCE––the Utah Council for Computers in Education grew out of Mike Bailey's masters degree project and was organized in about 1980 by Mike, Clark Baron and Larry Christensen. Cathy Olds was secretary until 1999. At the 1993 conference, held at Hunter High School, a new constitution was adopted, changing our name from UCCE (Utah Council for Computers in Education) to UCTE (Utah Coalition for Technology Education. USOE disapproved of this name, since there was already a UCTE (Utah Council of Teachers of English). We agreed to revise our name to UCET at our first summer retreat held at SUU's Cedar Canyon center. The new constitution was written primarily by Todd Stubbs, at the time our newsletter editor, who later served as UCET president.

Kurt Johnson became treasurer in about 1994 or 1995, after serving as an elected board member. Deloss Christensen was the next treasurer (he had also served as an elected board member), followed by Rick Cline and Robert Gordon. Somewhere along the line, we adopted a policy that past presidents are granted life membership. The only other individual who is a life member is Cathy Olds (Box Elder) who was voted a life member by the board when she retired as secretary in 1999.

Presidents are elected to a three year sequence serving as president-elect, president, and finally past-president. The years shown are the individual's term as President, since the three-year sequence has sometimes not been precisely followed.

Dani Sloan 2017-18 (UEN)
Michael Hakkarinen 2016-17 (UEN) Conference held at University of Utah
Katie Blunt 2015-16 (Canyons) Conference held at University of Utah
Tricia Jackson 2014-2015 (Park City) Conference held at Riverton HS
Charice Black 2013-2014 (UEN)
Robert Gordon 2012-13 (Canyons)
Jared Covili 2011-12 (UEN) conference held at Jordan High School March 2-3, 2012 Keynote speakers: Rushton Hurley, Rulon Gardner
Bonnie Muir 2010-11 (Jordan) The conference was held March 4-5, 2011 at Jordan High School; keynote speakers were Kevin Honeycutt and Jaime Casap (Google)
Paula Espinosa-Wells 2009-10 (Pinnacle Academy) The conference was held at Murray High School with Anne Collier as the keynote speaker.
Rachel Lee (Murphy) 2008-09 (Granite) The conference was held at Taylorsville High School with Dr. Tim Tyson as the keynote speaker
Ross Rogers 2007-08 (UEN) The conference was held at Taylorsville High School with David Pogue as the keynote speaker.
Seth Sorensen 2006-07 (Nebo) The conference was held at Murray High School with David Warlick as the keynote speaker
Kelly Dumont 2005-06 (Jordan) The conference was held at South Hills Middle School with Marc Prensky as the keynote speaker
Dave Harlan 2004-05 (Nebo)(finished Cindy's term) and 2004-05 The conference was held Hillcrest HS with BernaJean Porter as the keynote speaker
Cindy Wright 2003-2004 (SUU) Resigned due to being appointed dean of technology at SUU (she also broke her leg while traveling overseas) The conference was held at Cottonwood High School with Bernie Dodge as the keynote speaker.
Nadean Nielsen-DeMill 2002-03 (South Sanpete) The conference was held at Cottonwood High School with David Pogue as the keynote speaker.
Kathy Webb 2001-02 (UEN)(appointed) In 2000, no one ran for president elect. Kathy was appointed Pres-elect by the board, then served the usual sequence. Kathy had served as an elected board member 1993-95. The conference was held at Cottonwood High School with Cheryl Williams as the keynote speaker
Jolene Morris 2000-01 (Grand) This was Jolene's second term as president; she had served only four months in her first term in 1993. Jolene retired from Grand SD while she was president or past-president. The conference was held at Riverton High School with John Kuglin as the keynote speaker.

 

About this time, we changed the start/end times for board terms. Terms had begun with the end of each conference. Since we achieved 501(c)3 status due to the dilligent work of Brent Woffinden, we received legal advice that our terms should coincide with our fiscal year, July 1-June 30. Since then, all officers have begun their terms on July 1.

Rick Gaisford 1999-00 (Granite) The conference was held at Copper Hills High School with Bernard Percy as the keynote speaker.
Brent Woffinden 1998-99 (Granite) The conference was held at Copper Hills High School with Vicky Dahn as the keynote speaker (Guy Durrant, past president, was conference chairman). Jay Blain (current GEA president) had run against Brent (for pres-elect) with the campaign slogan "Please vote for Brent."
Guy Durrant 1997-98 (Daggett). The 1998 conference was held at Copper Hills High School with Steve Wozniak as the keynote speaker. Todd Stubbs was conference chairman
Todd Stubbs 1996-97 (Alpine and BYU) the 1997 conference was held at Bingham HS. Keynote speaker was ??.
Jayanne Unander Dec1994-Mar 97 (Granite) (Jayanne finished Bill Athey's term; then served her own term.) The 1995 conference was held at West Jordan High School with D. Zundell as the keynote speaker. The 1996 conference was held at Northridge High School with John Kuglin as the keynote speaker. During this time, Dr. Curtis Fawson was appointed to serve as Pres-elect Pro-tem. The second year, Dr. Fawson served as Past-president Pro-tem. (From the 1996 conference program) The constitution was then amended to provide for a more orderly appointment process. Dr. Fawson was the first state director of the Educational Technology Initiative (ETI). He then returned to teach at BYU. He is the only person to have served as both president elect and past president who was never president. Dr. Fawson then served as president of Southern Virginia University. He died of cancer in 2003 at the young age of 60.
Bill Athey 1993-94 (SEDC) (Finished Jolene's term; then resigned in December of his own term) The conference was held at West Jordan High School with Perry Reeves as the keynote speaker.  Bill resigned when he left SEDC for a technology sales job in Casper, Wyoming.

Jolene Morris 1993 (USOE)(1st time – resigned in June because she changed employment)
Dale Porter 1992-93 (Morgan) The 1993 UCCE conference was held this year at Hunter High with D. Zundell as the keynote speaker.

Early information about UCCE was provided by Cathie Olds.
Richard Dotson 1991-92 The conference was held at BYU with Tom Greaves as the keynote speaker
Kent Wood 1990-1991 This was the first ETI/UCCE conference. It was held at the Expo Mart with D. Merrill as the keynote speaker
Dave Lundstrom 1988-1990 Conference held at BYU with M. Engle and H. Long as the keynote speakers
Dick Chappell 1988 No conference held.
Vicky Dahn 1987-1988 Conference held at SLC Marriott with Dave Moursund (founder of ISTE) as the keynote speaker.
Mike Bailey 1986-1987 Conference held at the SLC Sheraton with A. Bork as the keynote speaker
Paul Merrill 1985-1986 Conference held at the SLC Sheraton with K. Brumbaum as the keynote speaker
Robert Ives 1984 -1985 Conference held at the Excelsior with H. Long as the keynote speaker
Wayne Childs 1983 Conference held at the Utah Technical School (college) with L. (Leland ??) Burningham as the keynote speaker
Garth Gooch 1982 Conference held at Timpview High School
Dave Walton 1980-1981
Mike Bailey, Clark Baron, Larry Christensen (founding members 1980) Conference held at Mt. View High

For many years, UCCE/UCET published a monthly magazine called The Interface. As our conference grew, we adopted the informal slogan "UCET––we're not just a magazine anymore."

 

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