Alumni Spotlight - David G. Sant
Sant believes in supporting the institutions that prepared
him for his highly successful career in the telecommunications
and computer industries. He says the future of technology-based
companies relies on solid technical education programs
like the bachelor's and masterís degree programs he enjoyed
at Utah State University. David and his wife, Diann,
are major donors to the new Engineering Building and have
a history as generous supporters of the College of Engineering.
State University is not the only Cache Valley institution
to benefit from the Santsí philanthropy. David and
Diann made a significant contribution to the library in
Preston, Idaho, where they grew up. The couple met
at Utah State University when David was an electrical
and computer engineering student. They lived in
student housing, which was little more than an old Army
barracks, while David studied his master's degree.
has over 35 years experience in the telecommunications
and computer industry. He has worked for IBM, Rolm,
VMX, Stratacom, and numberous other start-ups. He
was a founder in two start-up companies. He has
specialized in newly funded companies in voice and data
communications. As the VP of Sales and Director
of Sales, he has built over 12 national sales organizations.
Now semi-retired, he consults for new firms that
are seeking venture capital.
Chair is New Lieutenant Governor - Gayle McKeachnie
A former Utah legislator and current chairman of Utah State
University's Board of Trustees, Gayle McKeachnie has been
named Utah's lieutenant governor. As former Gov. Mike
Leavitt leaves Utah office to run the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, new presiding officers have been announced.
The appointment of Gayle McKeachnie, 60, was announced by
former Lt. Gov. Olene Walker, who assumed the role of Utah's
governor last week when Leavitt formally resigned.
McKeachnie plans to continue his role as chairman of USU's
Board of Trustees. He was the majority whip in Utah's
House of Representatives in 1985 and 1986.
Accepts WAC Invitation
Utah State University has accepted an invitation for its athletics
teams to become members of the Western Athletic Conference.
The invitation was extended by the chair of the WAC Board of
Directors and WAC Commissioner after the Board unanimously voted
to issue the invitations.
New Mexico State
University was also issued an invitation to join the Western
Athletic Conference and accepted that invitation. Both USU and
NMSU will begin competing in the league in 2005-06 with the
exception of USU's women's gymnastics program, which will continue
to compete in the Western Gymnastics Conference. Until
2005-06, USU's teams will continue to compete in their respective
conferences (football in the Sun Belt Conference, gymnastics
in the Western Gymnastics Conference, indoor track and field
in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the remainder
of its sports in the Big West Conference).
Utah State fields
teams in 16 different sports including seven men's sports of
basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track and
field, outdoor track and field, and tennis; and nine women's
sports of basketball, cross country, gymnastics, indoor track
and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, tennis,
anticipation of the day our nation honors veteran soldiers,
Aerospace and Military Science at Utah State University have
scheduled significant events. Beginning November 8 with
the 23rd Army band and a military ball on the USU campus, soldiers
past and present came together to enjoy social activities and
conjunction with the ball, on Veterans Day November 11, from
11 a.m. Ė 2 p.m., the Cache Valley Veteranís Memorial will be
unveiled and dedicated in front of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
in remembrance of all faithful veterans. VIPís in attendance
will include the Honorable James V. Hansen, Maj. General Barney
Rawlings, and former USU President, George Emert. The dedication
will be preceded by an F-16 fly over.
the weekís activities, the 23rd Army band will be featured along
with the Sky View and Mountain Crest high school choirs in a
concert held on the night of the 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Kent
Concert Hall. As part of the activities, a piece of the
Pentagon will be presented to the ROTC by the Department of
Defense. In conclusion, on November 13, the Air Force
Band of the Rockies will provide instrumental numbers from 7:30
- 9:30 p.m. at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in honor of those who
served. All events are free, and everyone is invited.
For more information contact 435-797-6231.
Wiley - Night Runner
the Utah State football team goes on the road, their equipment
and Steve Wiley have already paved the way. For nine years,
this former Viet Nam veteran with a heart of gold has been driving
his GMC truck, racking up miles for USU. Hooked up to
a goose-neck trailer that is covered in Aggie logos (compliments
of George Zimmerman), Steve donates his time and the wear and
tear on his vehicle all because of a love for the Utah State
Aggies. Working four ten-hour days at Thiokol enables
Wiley to be at the stadium Thursday night before an away game.
After practice the trailer is loaded and he's on his way.
Always accompanied by his son-in-law, Brian Lee, and at least
one equipment manager, Steve has logged thousands of miles (over
10,000 so far this year) and driven to cities that include Lincoln,
Albuquerque, Seattle, Fresno, Manhattan (Kansas), Reno, Corvallis,
and even Lubbock, Texas. Sometimes his wife, Rhonda, or
son, Jeremy, go along for the ride. Any destination too
far away, Steve and the equipment travel on the chartered plane.
"Anything over 1200 miles doesn't give me time to get there,"
Runner" by many, including the team, it all began because
of a friendship with Head Athletic Trainer, Dale Mildenberger.
When faced with the problem of too much equipment weight on
a chartered flight to Las Cruces, N.M., Wiley agreed to drive
it. Since his son, Jeremy, was going to school on an Athletics
scholarship as a student trainer, Steve thought this would be
a good way to give back what he could. He had no idea
he would still be giving nine years later and counting.
Not only is Wiley an E.T.S. - Equipment Transportation Specialist,
a professional title given him by Mildenberger, but he's often
one of the first Aggie fans to offer encouragement. After
each game, win or lose, Steve takes an equipment bag from each
player and hands out a box lunch and a hug. The Aggie
reply: "Drive safe!"
Hall of Honor
last month's Homecoming Week ceremony, The Hall of
Honor for Utah State University's Alumni Association
expanded by five with the addition of the following
long-time, loyal Aggies:
Dennis '79, a Roosevelt, Utah, veterinarian,
who has provided leadership and continual service
to the Alumni Associationís Uintah Basin Chapter.
Lundahl '67, Alumni Association president
and Utah State trustee from 1990-2001, and his
wife, Mary Sue '64,
a 30 year kindergarten teacher and finalist for
Cache County Teacher of the Year. Lundahl is
a retired Thiokol chemist.
Moore '65, insurance agency president who
helped develop the San Diego Chapter into the dynamic
organization it is today.
Van Skyhawk '63, former Alumni Association
president and trustee who has been a prominent and
dedicated force in the development of the association's
Salt Lake Chapter. Cathy is a retired financial
planner who took up the triathlon at age 50 and won
a bronze medal in the Huntsman World Games Triathlon.
to the Buzzer
The 1910 Utah Agricultural College (UAC) Military Band
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.
Box Elder County
November 15, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, Box Elder County
Aggie Chapter will host a pre-game party at the Alumni Center.
Cost per person will be $12 and will include the pregame
meal and a ticket to the USU vs. Troy State football game.
Door prizes will also be given. Please R.S.V.P. to the Alumni
Office at 1-800-291-2586 (locally 797-2055) by November 13.
socialize with other Aggie friends in small groups around Utah
County at Aggie Alumni Scholarship Dinners. The cost is
$25 per couple. The next scheduled dinner will be hosted
by Brent and JoLene Bunnell on November 14. Please call
801-796-8235 if you're interested in attending. A January
gathering is also being planned.
New York City
organizational meeting will be held November 12 at 7:00 p.m.
(site to be determined). Anyone interested in being
involved with helping to organize the New York City Chapter,
contact Patty Halaufia at 1-800-291-2586.
L. Hall will lecture at the National Press Club on the JFK Assassination
Friday, November 14, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. Did investigators
of the murder of President John F. Kennedy get it right? A week
before the 40th anniversary of the assassination, President
Hall fills in the blanks. He was one of five Americans appointed
by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the
Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. Please join President
Hall for a presidential lecture and reception at the National
For more information,
call 1-800-291-2586. You may also contact the D.C. Alumni
Chapter President, Michelle Merrill, at 703-369-0834.
Please R.S.V.P. to 1-800-291-2586.
The Washington D.C.
Aggie Chapter will also host a high school open house on November
15. Please call 1-800-291-2586 for details.
Basketball Picked 10th In Big West Preseason Polls
University's women's basketball was picked 10th in the Big West
preseason coaches and media polls. The 10th-place projection
doesn't come as much of a surprise as USU will be starting its
first year of women's basketball since the program was discontinued
after the 1986-87 year due to state-wide budget reductions.
"I'm not surprised
at all with the media and coaches projecting us to finish last,"
said head coach Raegan
Pebley . "I think this will help us work harder and hopefully
we can sneak-up on some people." USU's roster is void
of any seniors and lists just two juniors, three sophomores
and nine freshmen, giving it the distinction of being the third-youngest
team in the nation. USU will look to the leadership of
the four players who spent last season on campus as red-shirts.
Freeman , Junior Stephanie Peterson-Grant, Junior Virginia
Jennings and Freshman Brittany
Tressler all spent the 2002-03 season enrolled at USU and
became familiar with Coach Pebley's system. "I think our
team will thrive on the challenge of overcoming the odds against
us," said Freeman. "This will give us a chance to put the pressure
on other teams. We have nothing to lose."
Utah State's first
game of the season is Nov. 21 against Southern Utah. Tip-off
is scheduled for 8 p.m. Season tickets are available through
USU's website at www.UtahStateAggies.com
or by calling the ticket office toll free at 1-888-U-STATE-1,
locally 435-797-0305, or in person at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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May 12-21, 2004 - (rescheduled from September 2003)
more information, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/china.html
or contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.
Peru: 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
begin at $2299.00 per person, double occupancy.
find more information visit www.usu.edu/alumni/peru.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