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July 2003

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Mike SimpsonUSU Alumni Spotlight - Michael K. Simpson

Congressman and alumnus Michael (Mike) K. Simpson is using his grassroots background to bring about needed changes in Congress.  Currently serving his third term in the House of Representatives for Idahoís Second Congressional District, Mike was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee in 2003.  He is on three subcommittees: Energy and Water Development; Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies; and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.  These three subcommittees have jurisdiction over some of Idahoís most important institutions and services, including the INEEL, education, healthcare, veterans, water development, and the environment.

His political career began in 1980, when he was elected to the Blackfoot City Council. In 1984, he was elected to the Idaho Legislature where he served until 1998. His positions included Majority Caucus Chairman and Assistant Majority Leader in the Idaho House of Representatives, along with Speaker of the House from 1992 to 1998. Mike is a member of the Idaho Republican Party Hall of Fame.

Simpson was born in Burley, Idaho on September 8, 1950, and raised in Blackfoot where he spent his summers moving irrigation pipe. He graduated from Utah State University and Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, he joined his father and uncle at the family dental practice in Blackfoot. 

Mike is an avid golfer, sporting a handicap of six. He is a fervent reader and enjoys painting outdoor and nature scenes using graphite pencil, watercolors and oils. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 32 years.

MuleCloned Mules
Researchers at the University of Idaho and USU cloned a mule, the first cloned animal from the horse family on May 4.  Researchers hope the mule will help them understand cancer cells.  A second cloned mule was born two weeks after announcing the birth of the first.
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Kellie Schultz Wood, Alumni Association Vice President
A new vice president for the Utah State Alumni Association was voted into office on May 14 and resumed office July 1, 2003.  Kellie Schultz Wood ('81) has been to Aggie events with friends but she's jumping into full participation by taking on the job of vice president of the Alumni Association.  She brings a strong background in finance, a love for USU and a sense of civic involvement to her new job.

As Financial Manager of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah, she oversees the administrative duties of collection and investment of the court's funds as well as the budget and procurement functions.  Prior to her present job, she has worked in political campaign finance and as a corporate trust officer.  In the Junior League of Salt Lake City since 1987, she has served as president and on the board of directors and the community advisory board.  While a student at Utah State University she was involved as president of ASUSU Women's Association and as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor association) and Chi Omega Sorority.† She is married to Bob Wood and resides in Salt Lake City.

"Everyone's Eating at the Bird"
Many remember this historic landmark on campus, located at the corner of 800 East and 700 North.  This picture was taken from the 1951 Buzzer.

Class Notes
What have you been up to lately?† Help us let your fellow alumni know.† You can use e-mail to send us information on a promotion, a new job, a new wife or husband, or maybe a new baby.† We'll post your information on a new Class Notes section of the Online Community coming in August.  Just send your information to alumni@cc.usu.edu.

An Appeal from The Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences:


Does your child dream of working as a biologist, chemist, or engineer? †Let us help him or her realize that goal through a rewarding career in Food Science. †Our BS-level graduates enjoy high starting salaries (over $40,000/yr!), excellent placement opportunities, and great geographical flexibility in their profession. †To get more information on an exciting career in Food Science, visit us online at www.usu.edu/nfs/foodscience/, or call (435) 797-2126. †


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.


Chapter News:

EaglewoodDavis County
The Davis County Aggie Scholarship Golf Tournament is August 29 at Eaglewood golf course. The fourth annual tournament gets under way at noon with check-in and lunch at North Canyon Park Pavilion, 3900 South Bountiful Blvd.  The shotgun start for the four-man scramble is 1:00 p.m. at Eaglewood, 1110 Eaglewood Drive in North Salt Lake.  Registration is $65 per person prior to August 1 and $75 after.  Per foursome, the cost is $250 prior to August 1 and $300 after.  Cost includes green fees, cart, luncheon and awards ceremony snack.  Deadline for registering is August 15. Hole sponsorships are available at $300 with hole and foursome sponsorships at $400. Anyone interested in a hole sponsorship or in making a product or service donation should contact Patty Halaufia at 800 291-2586.  All proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for Davis County students attending USU.

Newport HornblowerSan Diego Chapter
Enjoy an enchanting evening with the Aggies as we sail around San Diego Harbor on a private luxury yacht, the Newport Hornblower.  The schedule is Saturday, August 16 on San Diego Bay.  The ship departs at 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $40 per person.   Dress is nice business casual.  Hors d’oeuvres, a light dinner and a beverage are included. A cash bar is available.  Space is limited so reserve your tickets today by calling (800) 291-2586 or via email at alumni@cc.usu.edu.  Ticket sales will be donated to the San Diego Chapter Madge G. Evans Memorial Scholarship fund.  For more information and directions, visit San Diego Chapter webpage.

Eastern Idaho Chapter
Bring your family and join in the fun of Eastern Idaho Aggie Family night on Thursday, August 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Riot Zone in Rigby.  Enjoy discount rides, catered food (hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks) and an auction and raffle.  All proceeds support scholarships.

Las Vegas
Don't forget the Aggie Vegas Weekend.  You can join fellow Aggies for dinner or golf on July 26th.  All proceeds go to scholarships.  To register or make dinner reservations, call Utah State Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586.


Aggies Do Well at NCAA Track and Field Championships
Four Aggies qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships held June 11-14 in Sacramento, California.  All four placed among the top 25 in the nation in their events.  Top USU finisher was Neil Warr who came in 15th in the javelin throw.   Joel Johnson placed 17th in the decathlon.  Freshman Kelli Burton was third among freshmen in the shot put and 24th overall.  Another 24th place was earned by Ryan Bruhn in the hammer throw.

Alum Takes First at USA Championships
Hammer thrower James Parker ('01) took first place in his event at the 2003 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Palo Alto, Calif., May 27-28. Parker won the event with a toss of 73.04 meters (239.07 feet).  The win entitles him to attend the World Championships this summer in Paris but he must make the world standard of 252 feet. He will have several national and international meets to make the distance and qualify for the World Meet.  The Layton, Utah native was a nine-time All-American at USU, including a four-time Big West Champion in the hammer throw.

Check out utahstateaggies.com for the latest news and information about Aggie Athletics.  If you would like to receive electronic updates from Athletics, e-mail Ken Beazer at ken.beazer@usu.edu.

Travel Opportunities

Arizona HotelArizona Football Weekend
September 12-14, 2003
Enjoy this weekend in Arizona which includes round-trip airfare from Salt Lake City, accommodations at the luxurious Tempe Mission Palms hotel, pre-game party and game ticket as the Aggies take on Arizona State.† Package price is $469.00 per person.† Land only packages also available for $219.00 per person.

TahitiCruise Tahiti

October 25- November 2, 2003
Sail aboard the Pacific Princess as she visits the enchanting island of Tahiti.† Ports include Papeete, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Moorea. Prices begin at $1895.00 per person, double occupancy, and include cruise, airfare and all taxes and fees.
MachuPeru: Empire of the Incas
March 17-24, 2004
This exciting tour includes visits to Lima, Cozco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Manu National Reserve and the Amazon.† Prices available July 1, 2003.

China China
May 12-21, 2004 - (rescheduled from September 2003)
To find more information, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/china.html or contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.
London BridgeEngland and ScotlandEngland
October 2004
Don't miss the spectacular sights of London, Oxford, Stratford Upon Avon, Bath, Stonehenge, and more.† Exact dates and pricing will be available at a later date.


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