Meet Charlie Denson,
co-President of Nike Brand. Mr. Densons first position
at Nike began in 1979, where he was assistant store manager
of "The Athletic Department" in southeast Portland,
the first Nike-owned retail store. Since then, he has held many
positions with the Nike company, including Vice President of
U.S. and European sales, and the General Manager of Nike USA.
Mr. Denson, along with Mark Parker, were handed day-to-day control
of the brand by Nike Chairman and CEO Philip H. Knight, in May
One of Mr. Densons
favorite aspects of Nike is, "Learning new things
new cultures, new people, new ways to do business. The most
rewarding parts of my job are seeing people succeed and observing
the cause and effect of the right decisions being made."
Mr. Denson received
his bachelors degree in Marketing from Utah State University
in 1978. While attending USU, he was a football letter winner
for the Aggies. Outside of work, he likes, "Golfing, running,
tennis, a fair amount of skiing, and the occasional whatever.
Also spending time with my wife, Trina, and our young sons,
Justin and Jackson, and not nearly enough time with my teenaged
daughter, Lindsey." Originally from Corvallis, Oregon,
he currently resides in Portland with his family. He remains
a loyal Aggie.
with Twelve Strangers
Though the phrase may sound intimidating and unusual, Dinner
with Twelve Strangers has become an excellent opportunity for
students to network with USU Alumni who have graduated in their
field of study. Alumni and faculty host dinners at their own
expense for the students and answer questions about their mistakes
and successes after graduation. Recent hosts have been Dave
and Suzanne Moore, Fred and Sharon Hunsaker, Bernice McCowin,
Andrea Saxton and Michelle Dunker. If you are interested in
hosting a Dinner with Twelve Strangers, please contact Patty
Halaufia at (435) 797-2053.
State receives Million Dollar Gift
A million dollar endowment was given to the Landscape Architecture
Department from 1984 graduate Sumner Swaner and his mother Paula
M. Swaner-Smoot. The endowment establishes a green space institute
and the Sumner Margetts Swaner Professorship. The institutes
mission is to provide education and scientific research in responsible
planning that incorporates community values, sustainable growth
and the conservation of open space. The Swaner family has pledged
more than one million dollars, and the universitys goal
is to raise an additional $715,000 for institute programs, graduate
student support and internships.
Library Funding Approved
One of the last items addressed by the Utah Legislature in the
closing session was the bonding of a new library for Utah State
University. USU will receive $40 million in funding for the
library project. Utah State plans to break ground for the new
building in the spring or summer and have the library completed
in 2005. The Merrill Library is one of the most dangerous
publicly occupied buildings in the state of Utah, and its
coming down as soon as we can get the new library put up,
said President Kermit Hall.
Students to Get Some Tuition Relief
The Utah House Education Committee unanimously passed out of
committee House Bill 75, a substitute bill that will grant tuition
waivers to nonresident students effectively countering the negative
impact of HB 331 on state universities. The Senate also signed
off on the bill during the last day of the 2003 session. HB
75 attempts to temporarily mitigate problems that were caused
last year when legislators passed a law that more than doubled
the length of time nonresidents had to spend in Utah to become
eligible for in-state tuition rates.
Utah State University
President Kermit L. Hall said passage of this bill will provide
an important five-year transition to ease HB 331s full
impact. HB 331 doubled the number of residency years and credit
hours required of out-of-state students before qualifying for
lower in-state tuition. Passage of the bill will help to shore
up Utah States revenue base by permitting the university
to continue to rely on out-of-state students to help subsidize
the in-state students. By being able to
provide tuition waivers in the proposed bill, the university
could focus on regaining students it lost. The number of out-of-state
freshman is down 25 percent from 2001. USU, which has a long
history of drawing students from Idaho, has been particularly
hard hit, losing more than $1 million in anticipated tuition.
USU commemorated 115
years of educating students from around the world during the
Founders Day celebration on March 7, 2003 in Salt Lake
City. The Alumni Association recognized six individuals with
the Distinguished Alumnus or Distinguished Service Awards. The
awards were presented to Lowell L. Peterson, Dr. E. William
and Audrey Jackson, Raymond Somers, Kaye T. Jorgensen, and Brady
Howell. Each of these individuals has demonstrated outstanding
service and commitment to their communities and the university.
Click on: UtahStateToday.usu.edu.
Dr. E. William and
Lowell L. Peterson
Within a year of his confirmation as head of the Federal Mining
Safety and Health Administration, David Lauriski 72
Att was put to the test. The Assistant Secretary of Labor
flew to Pennsylvania to help oversee rescue operations at the
Quecreek Mine. Nine miners were trapped underground for three-and-a-half
days after millions of gallons of water burst through a hole
accidentally drilled into an adjacent, abandoned mine. Lauriskis
agency is responsible for determining the causes of the accident.
Lauriski was nominated to the federal post by President George
Bush. He is a 30-year veteran of the mining industry with 15
years at PaciCorp and 14 at Kaisar Steel.
the free Utah State University online directory will be available
March 15th. All public records may be accessed at that
time. If you have not updated your profile, please do so. This
directory is your opportunity to network for jobs and connect
with old friends. Youll find the directory at alumnidirectory.usu.edu.
Watch for the Utah State Yellow Pages in the online community.
These Yellow Pages enable you to find the products and services
advertised by fellow Aggies. You can also post your own listing
or resume to promote your product or service for a nominal fee.
This will be available March 15th.
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
County Chapter News
How about an evening spent for a good cause and a good time?
The Davis County Aggie Chapter invites you to a Blue & White
Gala honoring Margaret Anderson, Jed Pitcher, and Claudette
and Dan Eastman for their contributions to the university and
community. The event will be held at the Wells Fargo Building
in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 19, 2003.
Entertainment will be provided by musical performing group "lokalgrown".
Proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for Davis County
students to attend Utah State University. For tickets call (800)
Come join the fun at the Eastern Idaho Aggie Chapter Merit Citation
Award Reception on Friday, March 28, 2003.
The chapter is honoring J. Richard Hinchcliff, Catherine Wright
Harrison, Neil Kunz, and Bruce Schmalz for their commitment
to the community and the university. The reception begins at
6:30 that evening at the O.E. Bell Historical Building in the
foyer located at 161 N. Ridge in Idaho Falls. There will be
appetizers, punch and aggie ice cream for all. If you are interested
in attending, please RSVP to Cheri Hart at (208) 535-0574.
When: Thursday, March 20, 7-8 p.m.
Where: Utah County Extension Office - Old Courthouse
Ballroom, 51 South University Avenue in Provo, Utah.
RSVP: by March 14 at 1-435-797-1158 or 1-888-653-6246.
Seating is limited.
Watch for further
travel opportunities in our next eNewsletter, including a September
Arizona football weekend.
American Heritage Tour
more information visit www.usu.edu/alumni/american.html
or contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.
find more information, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/china.html
or contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.
through February 16th, dozens of Aggies joined together for
a "Journey Down Under" to New Zealand and Australia.
Two weeks aboard the Legend of the Seas with various stops in
these beautiful countries provided a memorable journey for all
the travelers. Take a glimpse of this experience:
Annual Big West Basketball Tournament
The Big West Conference Mens and Womens Basketball
Tournament returns to the Anaheim Convention Center Arena for
the third consecutive year. The mens tournament will run
Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15.
For tickets call the Utah State ticket office at 797-0305 or
If you're planning
on attending the tournament, be sure to join us for the Alumni
Pregame Party. It will be held 3:00-5:30 pm on Friday,
March 14 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel located at 777
Convention Center Way. Parking is available at the hotel or
at the Anaheim Convention Center. The cost is $10.00 per person.
Activities include a Mexican buffet, prizes, scholarship raffles
and a cash bar. RSVP by March 12 to USU Alumni Relations
(435) 797-2055 or call Toll Free at 1-800-291-2586.
Football Scrimmage in Davis County
Come get an early look at the upcoming football season! Mick
Dennehy will take his Aggie football squad to Northridge High
School in Layton, UT for a spring scrimmage. The event is scheduled
for Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Check out utahstateaggies.com
for the latest news and information about Aggie athletics.
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