Alumni Spotlight - Philip Hwang, Founder of Televideo
K. Philip Hwang is a model of perseverance and the desire
to succeed. From
his days working as a teenage houseboy for an American
Army unit during the Korean War, to becoming the Chairman,
CEO and Founder of his own multi-million dollar company,
Mr. Hwang never stopped working to make his dreams
Philip was born in North Korea in
1936. At 14 years old, the Chinese army pushed into
his homeland during the Korean War. To escape, he
stowed away on an American ship, working as a houseboy
for his room and board. Through his own determination,
he managed to gain the equivalent of a high school education.
to be successful, Philip finally made it to the United
States. A friendship with a former USU student led
him to Utah State University. In 1968 he graduated
with a BS in Electrical Engineering. While working
for the Burroughs Corporation in Detroit, he earned his
MS in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University
for greater opportunities, Mr. Hwang left Detroit for Silicon
Valley. With $9,000
he started a small company, manufacturing video monitors. It
wasn’t long before he recognized a need for high
performance, low-priced video display terminals. With
that in mind, TeleVideo Systems, Inc. was born in
March of 1979. The company was a success and grew
quickly. Today, TeleVideo has 43 employees
and last year’s sales were $100 million.
Philip Hwang has received many awards over the years.
Among his acknowledgements are Businessman of the
Year by the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, the “Golden
Plate Award” by the American
of Achievement, an honorary
doctorate from USU, as well as the Distinguished Alumnus
Award for the College
Philip lives with his wife, Gemma (MS ’68 Nutrition from
USU) and two daughters, Mary and Loretta, in California.
He is very grateful to America
for giving him the opportunity
to succeed. “Enterprise,
challenge, improvement make this a great country.
I like that. There is still so much I have to do.”
Founders Day and Distinguished Awards
State University will celebrate its one hundred and sixteenth
birthday on March 8, 2004. To commemorate the event, the
USU Alumni Association will hold the Founders Day dinner and
awards ceremony on Saturday, March 6. The occasion will
take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Little America
Hotel in Salt Lake City.
At the awards ceremony,
the Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Jean Christensen,
Nadine F. Gillmor, and Jed H. Pitcher. Also being honored
with the Distinguished Alumnus Award are LaDell Andersen and
Jim D. Laub.
Million Dollar Gift
to the stunning generosity of two Aggie Alumnae, USU will be
getting a new world-class recital hall. Kathyrn Caine
Wanlass and her sister, Manon Caine Russell, donated $6.3 million
for the construction of the hall. The sisters' contribution
is the largest individual gift in Utah
and Manon have strong family ties to the university.
Their grandfather, John T. Caine, helped establish USU in Logan.
Their father, George, headed the dairy husbandry department
for 39 years. It was their mother, Marie Eccles Caine,
that instilled a lifelong interest in the arts within the sisters.
earned her bachelor’s degree in English from USU, and later
earned her master’s from Stanford. Kathryn also studied
at Utah State for a year before completing her bachelor’s degree,
also at Stanford. In 1995, Mrs. Wanlass was presented
with an honorary degree from USU. In 2001, the USU Alumni
Association honored Mrs. Russell with the Distinguished Service
The recital hall will be the centerpiece
of the emerging College of the Arts. It is a gift to enhance
the educational distinction of the university and further the
arts far into the future. Construction
on the building is set to begin this spring with completion
planned in December 2005.
Climbing in the Polls!
The Aggies are now gaining
national attention. After breaking into the AP’s Top 25
Poll just over a week ago, the Utah State Men’s Basketball team
climbed to the 19th spot in this week's AP poll. The ESPN/Coaches
Poll ranks the Aggies at 23 this week. The last time Aggie
basketball was ranked was a 14-week run in the 1970-71 season
under LaDell Andersen. To go along with this great Aggie
excitement, sell-out crowds wearing blue fill the Dee Glen Smith
Spectrum and most even join in singing The Scotchman.
Coach Stew Morrill and his staff
continue to focus on one game at a time, a philosophy that has
West Tournament Pre-Game Festivities
from the phenominal year that Men’s Basketball is having, you
won’t want to miss the Big West Tournament. Beginning
on March 10, the best teams will join in the play-offs for the
conference championship in Anaheim
, CA .
add to the fun, the USU Alumni Association is sponsoring a golf
and pre-game party on March
12. The golf tournament begins with a 7:30 a.m. check-in
and is sponsored by the Los Angeles and Orange County Aggie
Chapters. (More information is listed in Chapter News.)
The pre-game party will be held at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel
Ballroom. The fun begins at 3:00 pm with a Mexican buffet,
auction, and raffle with exciting prizes. The Utah State
Cheer Squad, Big Blue, and USU Pep Band will also be in attendance.
Adult tickets are $10 with kids under 12 only $5. Join
in the Aggie excitement!
RSVP by March 8 and direct any questions to the Alumni Relations
Office at 800-291-ALUM (2586).
Aggie on the Mars Rover Project
One Aggie Alum is
making his dreams come true . . . on Mars!
Roy Gladden (BS '98, MS '99 - Mechanical Engineering) is a
Systems Engineer for the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. The focus
of his work has
been on several missions to explore
the 2001 Mars Odyssey, the
2003 Mars Exploration Rovers,
and the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance
Gladden knew from
a young age that he wanted to work in space travel. He
graduated from Tooele High School before making his way to USU.
Soon after receiving his degrees, Gladden was hired by
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. From that time forward,
he has lived his dream by working to explore Mars.
For more information
about the projects Gladden has worked on, visit http://zipcodemars.jpl.nasa.gov.
To access the Job Board, visit the
Alumni Relations home page at www.usu.edu/alumni
and click on Aggie Job Board.
The Alumni Job Board has
just been made available. This free service is provided
by USU Alumni Relations. Designed to bring employers together
with prospective employees, alumni and attenders have the opportunity
to post resumes and search job listings. Employers from
around the country are encouraged to list job openings.
Have you got a question
and you're hoping someone has an answer? Here you can
post your messages and reply to posts from other visitors.
Board is now available for everyone interested
in communicating with other Aggies.
to the Buzzer
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
Student Alumni News:
Student Alumni Etiquette Dinner
January 16, 2004, the Student Alumni Association held its annual
Etiquette Dinner. Nearly 60 students attended the social
hour and 3-course dinner. Held every year, the purpose
of the occasion is to prepare students for important events,
such as job interviews or formal dinners. This year’s
presenter was Jeffrey Hattrick of the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix
The evening began with a social
hour, where attendees were taught the importance of networking.
Following the social hour, diners were instructed in the proper
etiquette of eating a formal meal. Lessons in starting
and sustaining a conversation were also presented.
Los Angeles and Orange County Golf Tournament
(Big West Tournament)
Los Angeles and Orange County Aggie Chapters invite you to the
Aggie Shoot-Out Golf Tournament on Friday, March 12. The
tournament will be held at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton,
California. Check-in for the 4-Man Scramble will begin
at 7:30 a.m., with the Shot Gun Start at 8:00 a.m.
The cost is $150.00 per golfer
or $600.00 per foursome. Price includes green fees, cart
rental, continental breakfast, and a ticket to the Big West
Tournament pre-game event. All proceeds go to scholarships.
registration deadline is Wednesday,
February 25, 2004. Contact the
Alumni Relations Office for more information at 800-291-ALUM
Cache County Winter Golf Tournament
let a couple feet of snow stop you from enjoying a game of golf!
The Cache County Aggie Chapter is holding its 4th annual Winter
Golf Tournament. The event will take place Saturday, February
21 at 10:00 am on USU's Old Main Hill.
There is a $150 fee for each four
person team. This fee includes green or “snow” fees,
and lunch. All proceeds go to support the Cache County
Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Each four person team will divide
into twosomes. One twosome will play a scramble on the
front nine, with the other twosome playing a scramble on the
back nine. Prizes will be awarded to the winning foursomes,
closest to the pin and longest drive, plus many valuable door
prizes. To register, contact the USU Alumni Relations
office at 797-2053.
Salt Lake County Invites you to watch the
February 20, 2004, is Aggie Night at the Utah Grizzlies hockey
game, brought to you by the Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter. The
game will be held at the E Center at 7:00 p.m. with a special
dinner at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 and include the pre-game
meal, entry to the game, and snacks at intermission.
For tickets and more information,