Named distinguished alumna

SALT LAKE CITY — Relief Society General President Bonnie D. Parkin was honored March 5 with the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah State University Alumni Association. She was presented the award during the university's Founder's Day at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The university is located in Logan, Utah.

"Utah State has a rich tradition of excellence as well as a bright future and Bonnie Parkin has contributed so much to Utah State and to the community," said Scott Olson, director of Founder's Day events. "We are pleased to use this celebration to honor Bonnie as one of our outstanding alumni who has given so much."

The Relief Society general president graduated from Utah State in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She served as the Associated Students of Utah State University senior class vice president and as president of the Kappa Delta Sorority.

"It was at Utah State that I experienced growth and had incredible opportunities," responded Sister Parkin. "I'm honored to be an Aggie. I'm an Aggie through and through." (The university was formerly known as Utah State Agricultural College.)

The Bonnie D. Parkin scholarship fund, established by her husband, James, benefits students in the College of Education and Human Services. In 2003, Sister Parkin was awarded the Alumni Merit Citation.