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February 2004

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Philip Hwang, Founder of Televideo

K. Philip Hwang

Mr. 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 come true.

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.

Yearning 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 in 1971.

Restless 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.

Mr. 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 Academy of Achievement, an honorary doctorate from USU, as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the College of Engineering.

Today, 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
Utah 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.

$6 Million Dollar GiftKathyrn Caine Wanlass & Manon Caine Russell
Thanks 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 State University ’s history.

Kathryn 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.

Manon 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 Award.

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.

Aggie BasketballAggies 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 proven successful.

Big West Tournament Pre-Game Festivities
MascotJudging 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 .  

To add to the fun, the USU Alumni Association is sponsoring a golf tournament 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! 

Please RSVP by March 8 and direct any questions to the Alumni Relations Office at 800-291-ALUM (2586).

An Aggie on the Mars Rover Project
Mars manOne Aggie Alum is making his dreams come true . . . on Mars!

Roy Gladden (BS '98, MS '99 - Mechanical Engineering) is a Sequence Systems Engineer for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.  The focus of his work has been on several missions to explore Mars, inc
Mars Roverluding the 2001 Mars Odyssey, the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers, and the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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.

Alumni 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.  

To access the Job Board, visit the Alumni Relations home page at www.usu.edu/alumni and click on Aggie Job Board.

Discussion Board
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. The USU Discussion Board is now available for everyone interested in communicating with other Aggies.

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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.


Student Alumni News:

Student Alumni Etiquette Dinner
On 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 , AZ.

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.

Chapter News:

Los Angeles and Orange County Golf Tournament (Big West Tournament)
The 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.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 25, 2004.  Contact the Alumni Relations Office for more information at 800-291-ALUM (2586).

Cache County Winter Golf Tournament Winter Golf
Don’t 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.     Krag Thorpe

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 Utah Grizzlies
Friday, 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, call 800-291-2586.


yesDiscount Tickets
As a special thank you to all loyal alumni, the USU Alumni Association and Athletics are pleased to offer discount tickets to the Thursday, February 19, USU Men’s Basketball game.  The Aggies are home as they take on UC Riverside at 8:00 p.m.  Normally, these tickets would sell for $16, but will be offered through the following link for $8, (plus a $5 handling fee). The game will be televised on KJZZ and the telecast is sponsored by the Alumni Association.  Tickets are limited.  Act now to get this great deal.

Also make sure to watch the Aggies as they play at U.C. Irvine on Saturday, February 28 on ESPN2.

Reminder to Pick up Game Day T-Shirts
\PICTURES\IM_A0015.JPGJoin the crowd!  Thousands of Aggie fans already have their Game Day T-shirts.  You've heard sports writers mention them.  Pick up yours at Mr. Mac's (1300 North 200 East, Logan) or Tanaka's (55 West 1000 North #4, Logan).  If you are currently not in the surrounding area, please e-mail thecrew@cc.usu.edu or call 435-797-2912.

Additional Football Signings
The USU Football team had some holes to fill on their roster for the upcoming season.  On Wednesday, February 4, they filled those holes and then some.  In all, 25 players have signed letters of intent to play for the Aggies.
Visit for the complete list of new players.

Check out utahstateaggies.com for the latest news and information about Aggie Athletics.  If you would like to receive electronic updates from Athletics, e-mail Joli Hatch at joli.hatch@usu.edu.

Travel Opportunities

China China
May 12-21, 2004 - (rescheduled from September 2003)

To find more information, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/china.html or contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055.

Machu 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.  To find more information visit www.usu.edu/alumni/peru.html or contact Scott Olson at (435) 797-2055. 

CruiseWestern Mediterranean Cruise
July 10-18, 2004
Enjoy nine days aboard the Splendor of the Seas and explore the exiting ports at Barcelona, Spain; Monte Carlo/Cannes, France; Florence/Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy; Naples, Italy; and Valletta, Malta. Inside cabin prices begin at $2299.00 per person, departing from Salt Lake City.

London BridgeEngland and Scotland
October 21-29, 2004
Thrill to the sights and sounds of London and the surrounding area with this exciting package. Planned tours include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Stratford Upon Avon, a night at the theatre and much more.  You may also extend your vacation with an optional tour in Scotland at the end  of our London adventure! Prices begin at $1369.00 (land only).


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