This archived article was written by: Carlie Golden-Thayn
The cosmetology department instructor/advisers are heavily involved in campus as well as off-campus life.
Debbie Prichard and Linda Davis are both graduates of CEU and finished their master educator’s certificates. They admit to always taking additional classes to stay up on new and changing trends.
Prichard was born and raised in Carbon County, while Davis was born in Kenilworth and grew up in Huntington. They both like Price because it is home to them and are involved in the community. This is where they like to spend most of their free time.
Davis is involved with scouts and is a Cub Scout master. Prichard is working with the Cancer Society as well as Look Good and Feel Better, a make-over program for women in cancer treatment.
They love the theatre. They see many of the plays on campus as well as in the community. Their students do the hairstyles for many of the period plays for CEU and the Community Theatre. They are in charge of the stylists for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which is playing on the Mont Harmon stage.
Regarding classes, Davis’ favorite to teach are on chemical services such as coloring and waving.
Prichard likes to teach the classes that are based on skin care. The classes that they like to take are the ones that they are taking all the time to further their knowledge in this field. They both attend CEA conference every summer to help with their continuing education.
Prichard has been teaching at CEU 27 years and Davis 25 years. Once they decide to retire from CEU, they would like to continue doing service work in the community. They both said that this would not be for a little while longer.
For them the best part about teaching at CEU is the students. They like their department because it gives them a chance to get to know the students as individuals. Also their students represent different age groups, starting at 18 and continuing to grandmothers.
They meet people at all different ages. This way they get to see all the different stages in life; whether good or bad such as marriage, babies, divorce and even death. They experience it all.
Besides teaching, the cosmetology department sponsors a Fantasy Hair Contest, hair styling in December, all around makeover in spring as well as the annual Spring Fest.
They also take their students to state competitions and say that CEU always does well in competitions against other schools. Rarely CEU takes under third place. If students do well at state, they qualify to attend the Skills USA and compete again.
Both agree that CEU’s cosmetology department is a great department on campus with a host of successful graduates. The department offers services that help people feel better about themselves, and that is a good place to be.