The Brigham Young University Alumni Association will honor seven people during the Homecoming Spectacular Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center.
The Distinguished Service Award is given to BYU alumni who have given outstanding service to their profession, community, nation or church. Recipients include:- The Alumni Service to Family Award will be given to Steven H. and Claudia Dayton Goodman.
The Goodmans put together a family team of performers made up of the couple's 12 children. The family has performed at the United Nations Habitat II Conference in Istanbul and the U.N. World Food Summit in Rome.
In 1996, three of their children died in an auto accident. Rather than quit performing, the family decided to continue sharing their message of love worldwide.
- The Honorary Alumni Award will be given to Richard L. Bushman. The award recognizes people who have not attended BYU but who have rendered outstanding service to the university.
Bushman has served on the faculties at BYU, Boston University, the University of Delaware and Columbia University. He also supervised the founding of the Archive of Restoration Culture at the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute of Church History at BYU.
- David Checketts, president of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden, is praised as being more concerned about making a difference than about getting the credit he deserves. The former Utah Jazz president was honored in 1994 as a National Father of the year.
- Virgil Kovalenko, who completed 30 years of Navy and Air Force service including time in Vietnam, is one of the founders of the Veterans Association for Service Activities Abroad. The organization has helped hundreds of refugee families from Vietnam and other countries reunify and resettle.
- Janice Kapp Perry has written 600 songs, eight sacred cantatas and produced 33 albums and songbooks of gospel music. The mother of five children and 13 foster children, Perry recently collaborated with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch in producing two music CDs, "My God Is Love" and "Freedom's Light."
- Paull Shin, who was adopted following the Korean War at the age of 18, has served in Washington as a member of state and international trade and education groups.