USU Alumni Spotlight - Kathleen
by President Bush to serve as Director of the Bureau
of Land Management, Kathleen Clarke was unanimously confirmed
by the United States Senate on December 20, 2001. She
is the 16th person to hold the title of Director in the
agency's 56 year history, and is the first woman to be
appointed to the position. As Director of the BLM,
Ms. Clarke is responsible for the agency's stewardship
of 262 million acres of public lands, located primarily
in the West, and more than 700 million acres of sub-surface
mineral estate across the Nation.
to her appointment as Director of the BLM, Ms. Clarke
served as Executive Director of the Department of Natural
Resources in Utah. In that post she gained extensive experience
in resource management issues and led the Department's
efforts to build collaborative partnerships among federal,
state and tribal interests, local communities and private
organizations. Ms. Clarke's career in public service
also includes work in the legislative branch of the United
States government. On the staff of U.S. Rep. James V.
Hansen of Utah, she held the positions of Executive Director
of his Ogden, Utah Office and Director of Constituent
Services. She also served as an assistant to the late
Senator Wallace Bennett of Utah. A native of Bountiful,
Utah, Ms. Clarke graduated cum laude from USU with a BA
degree in Political Science in 1972.
Wife and Foster Mom to over 40 Babies
When USU head
basketball coach Stew Morrill first got married at age 29, he
knew he was getting an instant family. His fiance, Vicki, was
a widow with two young sons. What he probably didn't know is
that over the years he and Vicki would be foster parents to
42 babies (and counting).
As one of 12 children,
Vicki felt a special kinship to children which evolved into
action after she was widowed with two babies. When she contracted
what she thought was a life-threatening illness she says
she realized how easily children could become orphans. Soon
after marrying, she and Stew became licensed to provide cradle
care, which includes children from birth to five years. The
first child they took into their home would now be 19 years
old and there have been 41 children since. Some only
stay overnight. Some for months. "The longer you're
with them, the more you get attached," she says. "And it
doesn't get any easier to let them go no matter how often
you do it." But she adds that the rewards are huge
and she sees no end to her foster motherhood.
Vicki says she
knows it isn't always easy for the mothers, some as young
as 14, to give up their children, but praises them for having
the foresight to realize it is probably best for the babies. She
and Stew eventually had two children of their own and he
adopted her sons from the previous marriage.
from Your New Alumni Association President
president of the Alumni Association, Randy Watts,
hopes to get you involved. "Naturally,
we'd like to have more alumni helping us provide scholarships
to deserving students, but most importantly we want our thousands
of alums to feel connected to their university," Watts says.
the country allow alumni to meet old friends and fellow Aggies
and many of these also raise scholarship funds. Watts
compliments past alumni presidents for helping expand alumni
activities nationwide and said he hopes to kick that expansion
into high gear.
Among his priorities is locating the so-called lost Aggies.
These are the people who are no longer in the alumni
directory. And he'd like to see more alums become Lifetime
Sustaining Members of the Association. Lifetime Sustaining
Members have their names engraved on bricks that currently are
in the walkway and courtyard of the Alumni House. He wants
to see the patio in the courtyard covered with the bricks.
"I also want to
get more Utahns displaying the Aggie license plates," he
says. "That extra $25 a year for an Aggie plate goes
totally into scholarships."
The Vietnam vet
was at USU from 1967 to 1969 when he joined the Air Force.
He's a longtime fan and contributor to Aggie athletics and
is a member of the Old Main Society. Three of his four children
are Utah State grads and the fourth plans to complete his
USU degree in the near future.
With a current count
of more than 50, Alumni Association scholarships keep growing.
This fall, dozens of freshmen and transfer students will enroll
at USU with one year scholarships from Aggie chapters in Utah,
Idaho, and Arizona. Some chapters provide full tuition,
others give cash awards ranging from $500 to $6,000.
With support from
golf tournaments, Aggie license plates, car shows, and other
fund raising events, all alumni chapters have scholarship
endowments. Some are not yet large enough to provide
Hard to believe there
was a time in Aggie history when a large number of freshman
could be persuaded to wear beanies! The tradition was
a part of Utah State history. This picture was taken in
Loan Consolidation Program
A loan consolidation program is now available to Utah
State alumni. A new law passed
by Congress has enabled alumni to consolidate their student
loans, potentially lowering their payments significantly.
The Utah State Alumni Association is offering this benefit to
all qualifying alumni. To learn more, call (866) 311-8074
or go to www.usu.edu/studentloans
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.
Lake and Utah Counties
to join the fun on June 23, 2003 at Thanksgiving Point. Both
chapters have joined together to raise scholarship money
at this golf tournament. Additional
information about this event can be found in last month's
eNewsletter. To participate, contact Patty Halaufia
at 1-800-291-ALUM (2586). Hurry to assure your place before
the deadline of June 16.
forget to mark your calendars for the Weber County Car
Show July 19 in Ogden's Liberty Park.
To enter a car in the show, get donor information or have questions
answered, contact Trudy Young through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone (801) 399-8200. More details can be found
in May's electronic newsletter.
is invited to 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
by Friday, June 27 , 2003