Alumni Spotlight -
John C. Nelson, M.D., Alumnus of the Year
alumnus, John C. Nelson, M.D., was recently named president-elect
of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of
Trustees. The prominent Salt Lake City obstetrician
and gynecologist is expected to become president of
the organization next year.
has been instrumental locally and nationally in addressing
domestic violence and child abuse. He was invited by
the AMA Alliance to act as a spokesperson for the "Stop
America's Violence Everywhere" (SAVE) campaign, and
assisted the American College of Emergency Physicians
in developing guidelines to evaluate sexual assault
to his leadership roles with the AMA, Dr. Nelson has
served as president of the Utah Medical Association
and Salt Lake County Medical Society. An active advocate
on the medical liability reform front, Dr. Nelson continues
his private practice and has active privileges at two
Salt Lake City hospitals.
Nelson said the top issues he hopes to address are
improving Medicare for senior citizens, providing health
care for 41 million uninsured Americans and mitigating
the recent maelstrom of malpractice lawsuits.
with Utah State's class of 1965 in biology, and Dr.
Tom Bahler was his pre-med advisor. He was a member
of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the honorary pre-med fraternity.
A student during the same era as Merlin Olsen (Merlin
was a senior when John was a freshman), Dr. Nelson
said he looks back on his days in Logan fondly.
For his years
of exemplary dedication to the health and well being
of the citizens of Utah, and his outstanding service
to his profession, the Utah State University Alumni
Association is proud to recognize Dr. John C. Nelson
as the 2003 Alumnus of the Year.
by Patrick Williams
Freshman's Nuclear Reactor
physics project by a Utah State University student that
creates small occurrences of nuclear fusion has been producing
something else lately: a media buzz. The nuclear fusion
reactor built by freshman Craig Wallace was the subject
of a recent feature story in the Desert News. The article
led to a mention of the experiment by Paul Harvey on his
nationally syndicated radio show, and the notoriety keeps
growing. (Herald Journal, 09/20/03)
tradition of Homecoming continues at Utah State University
this fall with the golf tournament, dance, parade and great
Aggie football. Now Forever: Living the Aggie Tradition is
this year's theme. Join us on Friday, October 10th for the
golf tournament at Logan River Golf Course and the Homecoming
Dance that evening in the Taggart Student Center. Saturday,
October 11th begins with the parade at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street,
the Alumni/Big Blue Club tailgate at 4:00 p.m., and Aggie football
against the Wyoming Cowboys at 6:00 p.m. in Romney Stadium. Call
1-800-291-2586 for more information on these exciting Homecoming
activities and remember, wear your Aggie blue to the game!
to the Buzzer
of Fall 1961
State University has launched a new campaign to get people
to “Think” Utah State. Recruitment publications have
a new look using the “Think” theme. Included are the
backlit billboards in the Salt Lake International Airport and
a new web design is on the way.
The new look is
heavily supported by market research. The image building
campaign began with research and focus groups conducted by
Dan Jones and Associates. As a result of the research,
Utah State Public Relations and Marketing created a marketing
plan for the next three years. The
plan concentrates on one of Utah State’s strengths each year.
During that year, publicity will focus on the theme while
highlighting all of Utah State’s outstanding programs. The
first year will focus on Utah State’s achievements in the
area of space, including the Space Dynamics Lab and student
experiments in space. The second year will highlight
land and water programs such as Genomes and the Utah Water
Research Lab. Human Services, including the Center
for Persons with Disabilities, Audiology, and Education will
be highlighted the third year.
Research and discovery,
alumni outcomes, residential campus, hands-on learning and
statewide engagement are all strong secondary themes that
will be promoted throughout the campaign. Another key theme
to permeate every message is the idea of academics first.
Almost any student on campus today can tell you that
Utah State's mascot is Big Blue. Most people, however,
don't realize that before 1989, there was no Big Blue, and
that since then, four have become mascots for professional
a student graduating from Ricks College contacted Cheer Squad
Advisor, Linda Zimmerman, inquiring about a mascot position.
At the time, USU had no mascot. While only the Big West basketball
tournament remained, this student persisted until he was
allowed to travel all the way to Long Beach for the tournament
(mainly so he would quit being a bother). Donning
an ancient and ugly royal blue suit, he dazzled the crowds
and was such a hit that the squad had to have him. This student,
whose name cannot be disclosed since he is now the professional
mascot for the Denver Nuggets, began one of the biggest traditions
on USU’s campus. A new mascot position and scholarship were
created, and his official name was naturally “Big Blue”,
which had simply been used in the development of the mascot
in reference to his new costume.
Since 1989, there
have been six different students in the Big Blue costume.
The first Big Blue is still currently the mascot for the
Denver Nuggets. The second Big Blue became the mascot for
the Salt Lake Golden Eagles (hockey). When the Salt Lake
Hockey team sold their franchise, this student moved to Fort
Wayne, Indiana and became the mascot for their hockey team
-The Comets. The third Big Blue went on to become the first
mascot in history for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While spending
time looking for the next perfect Big Blue for Utah State,
a member of the cheer squad filled in as Big Blue. This student
then became the professional mascot for the Denver Soccer
team. The fourth and fifth Big Blue both received degrees
from Utah State University and they now reside in the Salt
Lake City area. Current Big Blue is in his second season
with Utah State University. Four of the six mascots
were all on Utah State’s cheer squad prior to becoming
Big Blue is funded by both the Student Activities Department
and the Athletics Department. He receives a full scholarship
and keeps a very tight schedule. Not only will you see Big
Blue at all the games and campus activities, but he also
volunteers many hours to the community, local elementary
schools, hospitals, assisted living centers and private parties. Big
Blue’s favorite appearances are those with the Special
chapter scholarships this year brought 22 new students
to USU. These scholarship recipients were honored
at a dinner on September 24 at the Alumni Center. Utah,
Idaho, Arizona, and Las Vegas are just a few chapter
areas that raised support for student scholarships this
past year. Alumni Sustaining Memberships, Aggie
licenses plates (in Utah), and chapter events provide
strong support for scholarships. Here are a few
of those recipients:
Eleanor "Liz" Wheatley,
Box Elder County, Utah, wants to teach and share the
joys of music with children. A flute player,
she also can play the piano, piccolo and tenor saxophone.
Her love of children fits in with her chosen career,
as well as her hobby. She collects Pez candy dispensers
and has about 130 of them.
one of ten children, Elizabeth Rich, Summit County,
Utah, says she would not be at USU without her scholarship. “Words
cannot express the gratitude I feel,” she says. Loving
anything to do with design, she majors in interior
design and hopes someday to have her own interior design
most of his fellow scholarship recipients, Scott Lee,
Malta, Idaho, has a keen interest in outdoor activities. He
is hoping to attend law school and says he wouldn’t
be at USU without the support. His mother and
father went to USU and four siblings are Aggie graduates.
Engineering Building Dedication
new Engineering Building dedication will take place Thursday,
Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the George S. and Delores Doré Eccles
Foundation Display Center of the building on the USU campus. Utah
Lt. Gov. Olene Walker will be on hand for the occasion. Everyone
is invited to come early for a tour of the new four-story,
105,000 square-foot teaching facility that was built with a
combination of state, private and corporate funding. The
new building was designed by MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City
to take full advantage of modern technology-enhanced teaching
methods that emphasize team work and interactive learning. Click
here for more pictures »
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 $10 and will include the pre-game 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.
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 City Chapter, contact
Patty Halaufia at 1-800-291-2586.
Kermit 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 Press Club.
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.