Jane Marquardt was one of 10 distinguished alumni and community members recognized at the 48th Annual Weber State University Salutes ceremony. The annual event took place during the school’s Homecoming Week to honor notable acts of community service, accomplishments, and/or leadership. Seven awards are handed out, of which, Marquardt was presented with the President’s Award.

University President Chuck Wight called the Honorees “champions of Weber State and shining examples of humanity.”

Marquardt thanked Weber State for “having offered me many opportunities over the decades to come to campus, participate in lectures and debates, and find my courage and my voice to be an advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people.”

She also noted that “the most important part of Weber State is the opportunities it provides for people to learn from each other and build relationships. I celebrate the people here tonight and the many relationships we have created and continue to create together.”

Marquardt was recognized for her long engagement with and commitment to Weber State University. In the early 1980s, Marquardt taught a community education course and served on the university’s board of trustees, and in 1993, she generously established the Phoenix Achievement Scholarship for women. Since it was established, it has provided financial assistance to over 25 students.

Jane and her spouse, Tami, also established the Marquardt Peace & Possibility Speaker Series as a part of the Weber State’s LGBT Resource Center which will celebrate its second anniversary next February.

In the community, Marquardt helped organize and present the first training on LGBT issues for all Utah judges. She has served and currently serves on many community boards for organizations, such as United Way of Salt Lake and Equality Utah.

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