meet Al Faccinto, Jr., President and Chief Operating
Officer of MGM MIRAGE International. This company is
the international marketing division which oversees
marketing for Bellagio, MGM Grand, and The Mirage worldwide.
In 1971, Mr. Faccinto started
his career as a dealer at the Cortez Hotel in downtown
Las Vegas. Over the next 11 years, he worked his way
from dealer to Baccarat Manager at Caesars Palace.
By 1987, he was transferred
to Marketing where he was appointed Assistant Vice
President of International Relations. In 1989, Mr.
Faccinto was promoted to Vice President of International Marketing
with The Mirage, where he successfully built all aspects
of the Marketing Department. Today, as President of
MGM Mirage International, his responsibilities have
expanded to include all international marketing efforts
at Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Mirage Hotels.
born in Ohio, Mr. Faccinto moved to Las Vegas at the
age of five. He was named All-State in football, basketball
and baseball his senior year of high school. Al came
to Utah State University on a football scholarship
and received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education
in 1972. His
career was highlighted by playing in the North-South
Shrine Game in Miami, Florida after his senior year. He
currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
You've probably heard
the term, True Aggie, but you may not know what being a True
Aggie really means. It all began on the "A",
a structure in the form of the letter, "A". The "A" was
built in 1916 by a group of young men known as the Be-Nos. Its
purpose was to serve as the site of an initiation ritual
when a young man had to kiss a willing young lady from on
top the "A" under a full moon at midnight. The
ritual spread across the entire campus and became known as
a method by which one could attain True Aggiehood. A
person can still become a True Aggie with a kiss on the "A" (next
to Old Main) under a full moon at midnight by one who is
a True Aggie or on Homecoming or A-Day night by one who is
not. This tradition is sponsored by the Student Alumni
Association and has been attended by as many as 2,000 couples at
one True Aggie Night in the past.
Nearly 100 years after Wilbur
and Orville Wright completed the first powered airplane flight,
Utah State University engineering students, faculty members
and community volunteers discovered that they have the right
stuff, too. A modified replica of the Wright Flyer, built with
state-of-the-art composite materials at the Logan campus, successfully
took flight at the Historic Wendover Airport. The airport was
the ideal setting for the USU Wright Flyer’s first flight on
March 14, 2003. Click here read more about the Wright
A-Day 1919. Laying the sidewalk north of the QUAD. A-Day
was a USU tradition, one day a year donated by all
staff and students to work on some campus improvement.
The Student Alumni Association
will be celebrating a week of service April 12
through the 18 . This old time tradition has been
a part of the university since 1911. The main focus of
the week is to raise money for Brook Jorgensen, a nine
year-old girl from Logan who has Cerebral Palsy. The money
raised will go to help pay for the family’s medical expenses. Some
of the week’s activities will include a campus wide clean-up
and making boxes for the Head Start program. A-Day week
will end with a dance and concert from Ryan Shupe and the
Rubberbands, followed by the traditional True Aggie Night.
Alumni Las Vegas Weekend
All Aggies are invited to
join in the fun with the Aggie Vegas Weekend July 26,
2003. This is an opportunity for a fun weekend
for you and your friends. Las Vegas has much to offer, including
fantastic shows, shopping, great food, and fun in the sun.
This event is co-chaired by Aggie alumni, Al Faccinto, Jr.
and Dee Jones. Organized events include a 4-Man Scramble Golf
Tournament at the Siena Golf Club and a Scholarship Dinner
at Sergio’s Italian Gardens. All proceeds from these events
provide scholarships to students at Utah State University.
To register or make dinner reservations, call Utah State Alumni
Relations at (800) 291-2586 by Friday, June 27, 2003 .
This spring, 2,839
students will receive their undergraduate degrees from Utah
State University. Graduate degrees will be conferred
on approximately 750 additional graduates. If you would
like information about the schedule of events for commencement
weekend of May 2nd and 3rd, click the following
link: http://www.usu.edu/commencement/ .
Congratulations to all 2003 grads!
NCAA Basketball Tournament - The Big Dance!!
State’s men’s basketball team fell to Kansas, 64-61, in the
first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City, OK.
The Aggies had two shots to tie the game and send it into overtime,
but both three-point attempts were off the mark, denying the
Aggies a chance to take the game into overtime. After
defeating Utah State, Kansas eventually advanced to the NCAA
Athletics Department and Alumni Relations combined to hold
a pre-game party at a nearby restaurant in Bricktown, a popular
local area, prior to the game against Kansas. The event was
attended by alumni living in Oklahoma and fans who traveled
from Utah. In addition, eight avid Oklahoma
Sooner fans paid their way into the party in a demonstration
of the heated rivalry between Big 12 schools, vocally supporting
an Aggie upset. The pre-game party ended with a rousing
performance by the outstanding USU pep band and cheer squad,
attracting an appreciative local audience.
Utah State University
Alumni Relations sponsors many exciting events throughout
the year. To keep informed about the most current ones, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/events.html often.
Salt Lake Luncheon
with L. Tom Perry
lunch hour reminiscing about the university with Utah State
Alum Elder L. Tom Perry, member of the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He will be speaking at noon at the Joseph Smith Memorial
Building in Salt Lake on Friday, April 25, 2003 . Lunch
will be served. To reserve your spot, contact Patty Halaufia
at (800) 291- 2586.
Davis County Honorees
It was a night to recognize the outstanding achievements of
Jed Pitcher, Margaret Anderson, and Dan and Claudette Eastman
at the Davis County Blue and White Gala. The chapter honored
these individuals in Salt Lake City on March 19th for their
contributions to the University and their communities.
and Claudette Eastman
Eastern Idaho Aggie Chapter Merit Citations were awarded March
28th in Idaho Falls to J. Richard Hinchcliff, Catharine Wright
Harrison, Neil Kunz, and Bruce Schmalz for their commitment
to the community and the University. President Kermit Hall
spoke and Vice President Randy Talbot was also in attendance.
Appetizers and Aggie ice cream were served following the program.
Yellow Pages and Online Directory
Don't forget the Aggie
Yellow Pages located in the Alumni Online Community. This
service enables you to find the products and services advertised
by fellow Aggies. You can also post your own listing to promote
your product or service for a nominal fee. Resumes
may also be posted for professional job placement. In
addition, the free Aggie online directory is your opportunity
to network for jobs and connect with old friends. Youll
find both services at http://www.usu.edu/alumni/records.html.
Student Alumni Association
for Success and Resume Writing
it’s difficult for graduating college seniors to know what’s
appropriate to wear to a job interview and how to make the
transformation from a student’s wardrobe to wearing professional
attire. The Student Alumni Association assists students with
wardrobe questions and other career unknowns at Dress for
Success night each spring. This year's event was held April
2nd. Speakers at this popular event also present advice
about resume writing and other career tips.
find more information, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/china.html or
contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.
Watch for news about
a September Arizona football weekend in next month's eNewsletter. We're
also currently working on travel opportunities for 2004.
The date for this year’s Aggie Auction is
Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the Taggart Student Center on the
campus of USU. The annual auction is a fun event geared specifically
to raise money for the Big Blue Club in support of student-athlete
scholarships. The auction catalogue will go to press in a
little over a week and will soon be available to the public. Tickets
are $30 a plate, with entire tables available for reservation
at $300 for a table of 10. Please call Heidi in the Athletics
Department at 435-797-2583 by May 15th if you wish to attend. Reservations
for entire tables made by May 9th will be offered at a special
price of $250, a savings of $5 a plate. For this event,
reservations are required.
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the latest news and information about Aggie Athletics.
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