Every issue we will
be featuring a newsworthy Aggie. This month we would like to
introduce you to Deanna Tanner Okun, Chairman of the United
States International Trade Commission. Chairman Okun ('85),
was nominated to the ITC by President Clinton on November 10,
1999, and confirmed by the US Senate on November 19, 1999. She
was sworn in as a member of the Commission on January 3, 2000,
for a term expiring on June 16, 2008. She served as Vice Chairman
of the ITC from June 17, 2000, to June 16, 2002. President George
W. Bush designated her Chairman for the term June 17, 2002,
through June 16, 2004.
Prior to her appointment,
Chairman Okun served as counsel for international affairs to
Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK) from 1993-1999, where she was
responsible for the international trade issues with which the
Senator was involved as a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
She also handled international energy and foreign relations
issues for the Senator in his position as Chairman of the Senate
Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Okun served as a legislative assistant to Senator Murkowski,
where she was responsible for his Foreign Relations Committee
work, with an emphasis on East Asian affairs. Prior to her work
with the Senator, Ms. Okun was an associate attorney and member
of the International Trade Group at the Washington, DC, law
firm of Hogan & Hartson. Earlier in her career, Ms. Okun
was a research associate specializing in trade at the Competitive
Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.
Chairman Okun holds
a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with honors from
Utah State University and received her J.D. with honors from
the Duke University School of Law. She is originally from Paul,
Idaho. Currently, Chairman Okun resides in McLean, Virginia,
with her husband, Bob Okun, and two daughters, Rachel and Kelsi.
Student Scholarships Available
make Utah State University your child's
or grandchild's first and only choice of education through Alumni
Chapter Scholarships. Don't wait, applications are only accepted
through February 1, 2003. Funds for these scholarships are raised
each year through the following programs:
- Alumni Sustaining
- Alumni License
- Additional individual
Some of our current scholarship
The funds for these
scholarships are raised within the chapter area. Students must
meet the following criteria to be considered for a chapter scholarship:
- Live in an area
with a chartered alumni chapter
- Be an incoming
freshman or transfer student (can not have previously attended
Utah State University)
- Be a child or
grandchild of a Utah State University
For more information
or to apply, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/scholar.html
it be great to network with thousands of Utah State Aggies worldwide?
The new Alumni Online Directory is a searchable database, free
to Aggies, that you can use for networking and will be coming
soon. More information will follow in the next issue of this
I didn't graduate! Am I still an alum?" Yes you are! According
to the constitution of the Utah State University Alumni Association,
members of the Association with full rights and benefits include
all graduates, present students and former students who have
completed at least 12 hours of class work at the University
(or any of its Extension Centers), faculty, and staff members
of Utah State University.
Student Loan Consolidation
Do you have a student
loan and would like to know how to refinance? It's easy! Through
the Alumni Loan Consolidation Program, Alumni and their parents
can reduce monthly student loan repayments by consolidating
their eligible Federal student loans. Alumni with more than
$10,000 in outstanding Federal student loans can take advantage
of the lowest interest rates in recent history. For more information
on student loan consolidation visit https://usu.alcp.org/.
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One Credit Card Program
University has partnered with Bank One to offer Aggies a convenient
credit card that also supports USU. Recent changes to the program
are being implemented to offer new low interest rates and also
allow you to earn rewards while supporting your alma mater.
You can help support USU and earn rewards like cash back, sky
miles and more. You can show your Aggie pride by calling toll
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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
If you have moved
recently, please update your information at: www.usu.edu/alumni/update.html
If you are interested
in participating in any of the current chapters, please visit
contact the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is not an
active chapter in your area and you would like to help organize,
or reorganize one, please e-mail the Alumni office at email@example.com.
Reorganization of Chapter Structure
Last fall, Alumni
chapters underwent a major reorganization. Where previously
there was only one vice president for each chapter, there are
now three: Academics, Advancement, and Athletics. The Vice President
for Academics promotes support for various academic programs
of the University, assists in the recruitment of students, and
works with local high schools. The Vice President for Advancement
promotes support for needed revenue in Aggie Chapters, organizes
and directs scholarship fundraising events, marketing of license
plates, sustaining memberships, and assists with identifying
prospective donors. The Vice President for Athletics functions
as a liaison between the Athletics Department and the Aggie
Chapter. They will strive to find alumni and friends who are
interested in Athletics and get them involved in chapter programs.
All three vice presidents report directly to the chapter president.
Chapter Web pages
Chapters are currently establishing individual home pages. Chapters
recently online include:
for your local chapterís home page.
Come and travel with
fellow Aggies and relive the history and excitement of early
America with a tour escorted by Utah State
University Professor Ross Peterson May 10-17, 2003. For
nearly 30 years, Dr. Peterson has been easily one of the best-loved
professors at USU. He served as the founding director of the
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies and has authored many
articles and books, including The History of Cache County. Dr.
Peterson has escorted many trips for the Alumni Association.
He brings knowledge and insight to our tours and offers travelers
a unique opportunity to look back in time at the locations where
history was made.
For only $1499 from
Salt Lake City, you can enjoy all of the sights of Washington
DC The price is based on double occupancy. For more information
or to make reservations, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/american.html
or contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.
are invited to join the USU Alumni Association on an incredible
adventure to experience the wondrous sights of the ancient Chinese
Emperors and Dynasties on September 10-19, 2003. Journey back
in time as you behold the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden
City and the historic Tiananmen Square. For only $1499 from
Salt Lake City, you will marvel at the sights of Beijing including
pagodas, pavilions, temples, courtyards, and shopping. For an
additional $499 extend your trip for a three day tour of Xian.
Prices are based on double occupancy. For more information or
to make reservations, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/china.html
or contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.
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