Alumni Spotlight - Kay L. Toolson, Chairman/CEO of Monaco
native of Smithfield, Utah, Kay Toolson completed his Bachelor
of Science degree in Business Administration from Utah State
University in 1968. Following graduation, he accepted
a position with Xerox Corporation. Mr. Toolson returned
to Utah State University in 1970, earning his M.B.A. through
Xerox’s continuing education program.
Toolson joined the recreational vehicle industry in 1972
as Product Manager for Kings Highway Mobile Industries
in Los Angeles,
where he later held the positions of National Sales Manager
and Vice President. In 1982, Mr. Toolson joined
motorhome manufacturer Executive Industries as a minority
owner and Executive Vice President of Operations, a position
he held until 1986.
Kay joined Eugene, Oregon-based
Monaco Coach Corporation in 1986 and completed a management
buyout of the company in 1993. He has served as Chief
Executive Officer for the company since 1986 and as Chairman
since July 1993. From 1986 to 1995, Mr. Toolson also served
as the company’s President.
During Mr. Toolson’s tenure
with Monaco Coach Corporation, the company has grown from
a small, specialty recreational vehicle manufacturer recording
$17 million in annual revenue to a 5,700 employee company
producing a broad spectrum of recreational vehicles and
annual revenue in excess of $1.2 billion.
In addition to his role with
Monaco Coach Corporation, Mr. Toolson has also held various
leadership positions within the recreational vehicle industry,
including Family Motor Coach Association Commercial Council
President from 1984 to 1993.
Outside of the recreational vehicle
industry, Kay is an active local community member. Presently,
he is a member of the Board of Directors of McKenzie/Willamette
Community Health Foundation in Springfield, Oregon and has served
the Honorary Chair for the Relief Nursery, a Eugene, Oregon-based
organization assisting families in need.
Toolson lives in Eugene, Oregon , with Judy, his high school
sweetheart and wife of 36 years. Kay is a Lifetime Sustaining
Member of the Alumni Association and continues to be a strong
supporter of Utah State University.
USU Director of Athletics
Rance Pugmire, announced his resignation Friday, April 2. Retired
USU Vice President Fred Hunsaker has been acting director since Pugmire’s
leave began in February. Hunsaker will continue in this capacity
until a permanent replacement is found.
“Rance has made a significant contribution
and clearly has the potential to play a role in the administration
of intercollegiate athletics,” USU President Kermit Hall said in a
recent press release.
A national search for a new director
has come to Logan
and along with it comes A-Day. The
Utah State Student Alumni Association will
Week" from April 12 to the 16. A-Day
is a USU tradition, one day a year donated
by all staff and students to work on some campus improvement.
service project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 13 from 11:30
am to 1 pm on the Taggart Student Center patio. This year’s
project will be the assembly of school kits for Cache Valley Head
will be held Wednesday, April 14 from 7 pm -10 pm in the TSC.
Entertainment, prizes, and food will be
part of the event. Current graduates
get in free.
Friday, the actual A-Day celebration
begins at 10 am on the Quad. There will be booths
featuring games, crafts and food, as
well as live entertainment and a parachute ping pong drop. Later
that night, a benefit concert will be held with Ryan Shupe and
the Rubber Band performing at 7 pm at the TSC Stevenson Ballroom. All
proceeds will go to Brooke Jorgensen, a 10 year old River
Heights Elementary Student with cerebral palsy. The
concert will be followed by a dance. Finally, at midnight,
the week ends with another Aggie tradition as students become “True
Aggies” by kissing on the "A".
Changes for Taggart Student
due for a remodeling this summer. Recent pressure to make
the TSC more open for students prompted the proposed changes.
The plan includes the demolition of the Cashiers Office to make room
for a new student lounge. Also, the Utah Statesman offices will
be moved downstairs where the Bullpen is presently located. In
recent years, the Bullpen has faced diminishing use, prompting the
The modifications were unanimously approved
by ASUSU as they passed $25,000 for the project. Next, the plan
goes to President Hall and the executive committee. Once approved,
the remodeling is slated for completion by the middle of August.
Takes a Mission to "Mars"
USU student Jamon Nielson got the
chance to spend two weeks on Mars… almost. Nielson
was selected to live life as a “Martianaut” and conduct research with
USU technology while living in the Mars Desert Research Station in
Hanksville, Utah. During he two week “mission”, the six member
crew lived in an 8-meter cylindrical shelter. The only opportunity
the crew had to leave the shelter was in space suits to conduct experiments
and record data. Nielson’s crewmates consisted of two women
and three other men from areas including Oregon, Australia, Belgium,
The purpose of the Mars Desert
Research Station is to give participants a taste of astronaut
life while testing out equipment in a realistic environment.
In the end, researchers hope to find out if an actual
Mars mission is possible.
served as EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) commander. One
of his responsibilities was to conduct experiments with Lada,
a chamber that waters, measures, and even photographs
the plants inside. Nielson described Lada as “the most
sophisticated pot holder you would ever see”. Lada was
developed at the Space Dynamics Lab, and USU has built four
units, one of which is currently on the International Space
If a mission to Mars does become a reality
one day, Nielson hopes to be one of the lucky astronauts to make the
trip. He completed his master’s degree in physics and is working
on a second bachelor’s in aviation technology. Currently, he
is working as a research assistant at the Space Dynamics Lab and plans
to apply for the NASA astronaut corps next year.
To read Nielson’s complete report
and find more information, visit www.marssociety.org/mdrs/index.asp.
Comes to Campus
Contributing Student Editor Mitch Davis
There’s an extra spring in my step
as I float out of the rapidly emptying classroom. What could
be better than being done with school on a Friday? I’m greeted
with the answer as I step outside.
memory is still fresh enough to make one forget that spring has sprung.
A gentle wave of warm breeze introduces itself as I stroll across
campus. I’d almost forgotten that the sun visited this part
of the country. Now, it floods the sidewalks with light, held
back only by the shadows of trees and buildings.
The days when snow smothered the
Quad seem distant. I know the white stuff was here only
a few weeks ago, but I have trouble remembering it. The
birds chirp at me not to even try, and I agree.
I’m not the only one who sees the change.
Students litter the awakening grass, eager to be outside without going
numb. They flood the patio at the TSC, milling about, trying
to motivate themselves to get to class. It’s not easy, you see,
to sit inside once we know what’s being missed.
I glance at the other liberated
students, at the blossoms beginning to erupt on the trees by
the bookstore, at the blue sky stretching to the Wellsvilles,
and at the “A” silently awaiting A-Day and True Aggie Night.
I couldn’t stop myself from smiling if I tried.
It’s good to be an Aggie.
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Coach Morrill Receives Contract Enhancement
leading USU to a 25-4 season and the school’s first national ranking
since 1978, Aggie head coach Stew Morrill received a contract enhancement,
it was announced recently.
six seasons at Utah State,
Morrill’s overall record is 143-46 with five postseason appearances.
USU has three Big West titles and has won the Big West
Tournament three times in Morrill’s tenure. In 2001, the
team won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1970 when the
Aggies defeated Ohio State
in the first round.
I came to Utah State,
I thought this would probably be my last coaching job,” Morrill
said. “This gesture by Utah
makes me quite certain of that. Loyalty is a two-way street
and it is really nice when everyone involved understands that
Coach Morrill’s contract enhancement
does not include any additional years. Presently, he will
remain as head coach through 2012.
Assistant Basketball Coach Headed to University
Utah didn’t get
Coach Morrill, but they didn’t walk away empty handed either.
Randy Rahe, Morrill’s top assistant, is leaving Utah
He accepted a position on the staff of new Utah
head coach Ray Giacoletti. Rahe was
an assistant under Morrill for the past 13 seasons, seven at Colorado
State and the last six at USU.
Rahe’s departure comes right after Morrill
and his assistants received contract enhancements following the Aggies
25-4 season. So far no replacement has been named.
Blue and White Game
The annual Blue and
White football game is scheduled for Friday, April 16, in Romney Stadium.
The game will kick-off at 6:30 pm and mark the official end of spring
football 2004. The Blue and White game will provide a great opportunity
to preview Coach Mick Dennehy’s squad as they prepare for their
final year in the Sun Belt Conference. The spring game is open to
all and admission is free.
In conjunction with the
Blue and White game is the annual Football Alumni Golf Tournament
on Saturday, April 17. The golf tournament will be held at Logan River
Golf Course with registration starting at 8:00 am followed by a shotgun
start at 9:00 am. Cost for the golf tournament is $75 per participant,
which includes lunch at the course and a steak fry at Café
Sabor at 4:00 pm. Those interested in playing in this year’s
Football Alumni Golf Tournament can register by calling Vicki at (435)
New Turf for Romney Stadium
The Blue and
White game on Friday, April 16, will signal the end of the natural
grass playing surface inside Romney Stadium as construction crews
begin installation of a new synthetic surface on April 20. The installation
is scheduled to be completed by the end of June, far in advance of
the Aggies’ home opener against Idaho on September 11, 2004.
For the first time in Utah
State history, the football team will now be playing their home games
on a surface other than natural grass. The new surface will be able
to sustain large amounts of water and usage without affecting the
playing surface. In addition, the new turf opens the door for the
University to host more events inside Romney Stadium, vastly increasing
the usage Northern Utah’s largest venue for seating capacity.
Check out utahstateaggies.com
for the latest news and information about Aggie Athletics.
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.
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