USU Alumni Spotlight
month's spotlight, Ralph B. Maughan,
practically needs no introduction. Seldom have
the lives of so many Utah State Aggies been touched by
Born and raised
in Hyrum, Utah, Ralph has always been one of those
exceptionally gifted athletes. While earning
a B.S. and M.S. at Utah State University, he lettered
in football, basketball, and track and field. He
was named to the U.S. Olympic Team and went on to become
the starting center for the Detroit Lions.
did not end on an athletic field but extended to a
field of a different kind - the battle field. World
War II brought unexpected challenges of enemy artillery
fire, frozen limbs, and shrapnel wounds. With
typical speed, he went from running a bulldozer one
minute to bazooka man the next and earned another frame
filled with metals. Two Battle Stars (Ardennes
and Rhineland), the Purple Heart, and a Bronze Star
are just a few of the many badges of courage awarded
to Cpl. Maughan.
returning home to the U.S. and his young bride, Byrnece,
Ralph completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Utah State
and took up a collegiate coaching career. He
started first at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and
then returned to his alma mater. Coach Maughan
served as a USU assistant football coach for 17 years,
4 years as an assistant basketball coach, and 37 years
as a track coach. Of those years, 34 were spent
as head track coach, earning him the distinction of
having the track
stadium bear his name.
of publications, presentations, and professional activities
are impressive. His greatest accomplishment,
however, is the positive influence he leaves behind
on a thousand other Aggies. He has taught us,
taught our sons and daughters, what it really means
to be a winner. At Utah State University, we're
very proud and honored to call him one of our own!
a former track athlete and current Deseret News columnist,
has written some wonderful articles about his former
coach. He has kindly agreed to share them through
the following links:
May 2002 article
about Ralph Maughan
Soldiers Serving in Iraq
month we want to recognize the sacrifices made by the many
Utah State Aggies serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq
and Afghanistan. We're unable to list the names of all
our alumni in the military, but we want to express our appreciation
to them and their families. To our soldiers, we acknowledge
your efforts and success. We value your tremendous personal
sacrifice and look forward to a time when we can welcome you
A number of Utah State students,
faculty and staff have also been activated and are serving
as part of the U.S. military team in Iraq. To read
the details, including President Hall's comments, visit the
following link: http://www.usu.edu/war/
Rich Gordin, Sports Psychologist
golf champion, Mike Weir, recently took time to credit his
sports psychologist, Dr. Rich Gordin, for helping him to
achieve his latest PGA victory. Dr. Gordin is a popular
Utah State professor in both the psychology department and
physical education and recreation department. He was
a recent recipient of the Meet The Challenge award, which
is given to those who provide great service to the USU student-athletes. Dr.
Gordin has been teaching at the university for 20 years and
a sports psychology consultant for the past 25 years. In
addition to working with Mike Weir since January 1997, Dr.
Gordin has also consulted for teams such as USA Gymnastics,
USA Track and Field, the U.S. Fencing Association, U.S. Skiing
and numerous professionals on the PGA Tour as well as the
mini tours. You can even find golf tips that will help
improve your game on the Mike Weir web site at www.mikeweir.com.
County Car Show
main event is a car show but the Weber County Alumni's annual
event includes Aggie football players in a flag football game,
a petting zoo, Aggie ice cream, games, clowns and other entertainment. The
July 19 event in Ogden's Liberty Park, 751 21st Street, raises
scholarship money for Weber County students who want to attend
USU. Admission is free. It runs from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. The car show includes classic vehicles, customs
and hot rods. Everyone attending gets to vote for his or her
favorite car. Winners and their cars will be featured
in Ogden's 24th of July parade.
To enter a car in the show, get donor information or have questions
answered, contact Trudy Young through e-mail at email@example.com or
phone (801) 399-8200.
Student Claims a Tent as Home
the 2002-2003 school term, Utah State student Ben Taylor
went about student life much the same as other USU students
with one exception: every night he hiked into Logan
Canyon and spent the evening in his tent. Even in the
frigid winter nights that everyone remembers from living
in Logan, Ben huddled down in his tent house and prepared
for class the next day. Since his story first ran in
the Deseret News in November, Taylor has experienced some
measure of notoriety, but still prefers a quiet life style
and outdoor living.
read the full stories, click on:
a follow-up: (Deseret News, 04/08/03) Click on: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,480034336,00.html
Alumni Center was built in 1891 as a model farmhouse. The
original section of the house served as the official residence
to 12 university presidents, beginning with Jeremiah W. Sanborn
in the early1890s and ending with Stanford Cazier in 1986. The
house was renovated to serve as a home to the Alumni Association
through a generous gift from Jon and Karen Huntsman and more
than 1,000 USU alumni and friends. When the remodel was complete,
the center was dedicated in honor of David B. Haight, USU alumnus,
General Authority for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints and father of Karen Huntsman.
the Alumni Center serves many campus and community groups
for various meetings and banquets, weddings have become one
of the most popular and frequent events, especially in December
and May through August. The brides love the charming reception
hall which opens onto a beautifully landscaped patio and
private yard surrounded by towering pine trees. Decorating
for a wedding here is minimal due to the historical charm
and naturally elegant atmosphere.
you're interested in scheduling a wedding, banquet,
reunion, business meeting, or any number of celebrations check
out our Web page at www.usu.edu/alumni/center.html for
further details on rentals and package offerings.
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.
Uintah Basin Golf Tournament
a great day of golf and help support scholarships on May 30th
at the Roosevelt Golf Course. Tee time is set for 9:00 a.m. The
format is a four-man scramble with the cost at $250 a team. If
you're interested in entering the tournament or would like
more information, please contact Kim Page at (435) 722-2294. All
proceeds go to the Uintah Basin Aggie Scholarship Fund.
and enjoy lunch, a round of golf and an awards dinner to
benefit the Salt Lake and Utah County Aggie Scholarship Fund.
It will take place on June 23, 2003 at Thanksgiving Point’s
nationally acclaimed course. The tournament begins at 12
noon for check-in with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Chosen
format is a four-man scramble. The cost is $340 per team
or $85 individual before June 1. After June 1, team
cost is $400 and $100 for individuals. Registration fees
include green fees, cart, luncheon, and awards dinner. If
you are interested in entering this tournament, contact Patty
Halaufia at 1-800-291-ALUM (2586). Hurry, to assure your
place before the deadline of June 16.
Joe Whitesides Scholar Athlete Luncheon Whitesides
USU's soccer team ranks as the most scholastic among student
athletes with 21 of its 26 members earning 3.2 or better grade
points for the past two semesters. But half of all student
athletes attended this year's Joe Whitesides Student-Athlete
Luncheon which honors athletes with grade points of 3.2 or
better. Several teams placed 60 percent or more of their athletes
in the scholar category. The
group of 157 individuals set a school record at this year's
event held on April 15th. Senior basketball player Mike Puzey
earned the top individual award with a 3.96 grade point average.
Headed to the NFL
State wide receiver Kevin Curtis was selected in the third
round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The former
walk on from Snow Junior College led the nation in receptions
per game in his first major college season in 2001. In
addition to Curtis, four other Aggies signed as free agents
with different teams. Jim Newton (Indianapolis), Casey Poppinga
(Pittsburgh), Jose Fuentes (Green Bay) and Ade Jimoh (Washington)
all signed following the official ending of the draft.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona Football Weekend
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. Land only packages will also
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. Call for pricing and cabin availability.
Peru: Empire of the Incas
This exciting tour includes visits to Lima, Cozco, the Sacred
Valley, Machu Picchu, Manu National Reserve and the Amazon. Exact
prices and dates available by July 1, 2003.
2004 - (rescheduled from September
find more information, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/china.html or
contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.
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.