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Alumni Spotlight - Scott Watterson and Gary Stevenson,
Founders of ICON Health and Fitness
1977 two USU business majors started a small import business
called Weslo to earn enough money to pay for college.
Today, after celebrating their 25 th anniversary in business
together, Scott Watterson (1979 graduate), serving as
chairman and CEO, and Gary Stevenson (1979 graduate),
serving as president and COO, find themselves at the helm
of the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of fitness
products—ICON Health and Fitness, Inc. With offices around
the world, ICON has grown into a global force that earned
more than $1 billion in revenue in 2003.
proud to say I’m a USU graduate, but the greatest contribution
that USU has given to ICON is a constant source of dedicated
and innovative people who have helped us become who we
are today,” said Watterson. “This year has been a huge
milestone for ICON, made possible only by our employees’
ICON’s more than 5,000 employees produce over 90,000 treadmills
per month along with thousands of other fitness products
marketed through its multiple brands around the globe.
are very proud of our USU roots and our history of producing
the world’s most innovative fitness equipment right here
in Utah ,” said Stevenson. “ICON and its employees are
devoted to being first in fitness and giving everyone
the tools, the knowledge, and the ability to achieve a
lifestyle of sound health.”
Chapter Scholarships for the academic year 2004-05 are currently
available to incoming students at Utah State University. Applications
are available by calling the Alumni Relations office at (800)
291-2586 or download
from the Alumni website. These applications are due
by February 16, 2004. The value of this one year scholarship
ranges from $500 to Full Tuition, depending upon the funds raised
in each chapter. If you have questions regarding this
scholarship, please contact the Alumni Relations office.
Million Facility Bond Approved
Much needed change is on
its way for some USU facilities, including Romney Stadium.
On January 7, the USU Board of Trustees approved nearly $10
million for various building renovations around campus.
A portion of the money will go to upgrade Romney Stadium, including
renovation of the press box and upgrading the west side of the
stadium. Also planned are improvements to the Nelson Field
House and debt pay-off for the Western Surgery Center.
Funds will come from student fees over the next 20 years.
Lecture and Reception
||In commemoration of the 40th
anniversary of the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy, USU President Kermit Hall and the Utah State
University Aggie Alumni Chapter of Salt Lake County will
host a Presidential Lecture and Reception at the State
Capitol Building on Tuesday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m. President
Hall will share what lessons are to be learned about
public access to information when government is under
great stress. Dr. Hall was one of five Americans
appointed by the White House and confirmed by the U.S.
Senate to the JFK Assassination Records Review Board.
For more information on
the event, call the Alumni Relations office at (800)
Alumni Relations is excited to present a free Alumni Job Board
coming in early February. This complimentary Job Board
will provide alumni and students the opportunity to post resumes
and search job listings. Businesses are also encouraged
to post openings. In addition, a message board will also
be available. Watch
for more information in next month’s newsletter.
Godfrey has been appointed as the new Vice President of
Finance and Business. He takes the spot vacated by
the retirement of Fred Hunsaker last month. Godfrey
earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Utah State
in 1974 and a master’s degree two years later. Of
his new position, Godfrey says, "I'm excited to help
the university and I will do all I can to make Utah State
A Day in the Life of an Aggie
by Contributing Student
Editor Mitch Davis
blast of icy wind slices its way through me as I crest the top
of Old Main Hill. I pause for just a moment, gasping for
breath and resting weary legs. “The things I do for an
education,” I mutter to myself. On the other hand, no
cold equals no snow. The thoughts of cutting a path through
unbroken powder suddenly make the cold seem not so bad.
Perhaps it’ll snow again
today, I silently consider, trudging across the frozen, but
still green, Quad.
I first notice the stinging as
feeling returns to my ears as I bluster through the door of
the Ray B. West Building. Digging out of my coat, I slump
down into a desk. The other students who are brave, or
perhaps foolish, enough to sign up for a 7:30 a.m. class huddle
in their chairs, lost in their thoughts.
It isn’t long before weary brains
are brought back to life as the professor strolls through the
door. Another day to invest in the future, I say to myself.
I glance out the window at the white flakes beginning
to tumble and cover the ground. It’s good to be an Aggie.
Partnership with UHEAA
Utah State University is
pleased to announce a new partnership with the Utah Higher Education
Assistance Authority (UHEAA). UHEAA helps provide financial
and informational assistance to both Utah residents and students
attending school in Utah through the Alumni Loan Consolidation
The partnership enables Alumni
and their parents to reduce monthly student loan repayments
by consolidating their Federal student loans. Alumni with eligible
outstanding Federal student loans can take advantage of the
lowest interest rates in recent history. More
Visit with Thai Alumni
Recently Thailand alumni welcomed
USU representatives with a grand gala. A reception and dinner
at the Royal Sports Club in Bangkok, held December 20, was hosted
by Choopong Kiangsiri. Vice President Randy Talbot and his
wife, Susan, and the Jan Benson family were among the guests from
Utah State. Nearly 70 people attended the event, which included
presentations of gifts and a musical program.
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
Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
Presidential Lecture and
Reception at the State Capitol Building Tuesday, January 27,
2004 at 5:30 p.m. For more information or early RSVP, call (800)
Aggie Game-Day T-Shirts
Athletics V.P. Tyler Olsen and his Athletics student organization,
The Crew, have introduced a concept this year called Game-Day.
They are offering very inexpensive t-shirts for only $7 or crewneck
sweatshirts for $15 in an effort to draw students, alumni, and
fans together to show Aggie pride and celebrate game-day everywhere.
Game-day t-shirts and sweatshirts can be purchased at Mr. Mac's
(1300 North 200 East, Logan) or Tanaka's (55 West 1000 North
#4, Logan). Both retail stores are selling them without
commission to support the Aggies. Other businesses are
invited to participate. If you would like to pick up one
of these game-day shirts or stock some in your location but
are currently not in the surrounding area, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 435-797-2912 for more information on how to get involved.
Utah State Men’s Basketball
is off to an amazing start with a 74-67 road win over UC Santa
Barbara Thursday night. This is the seventh straight win
for the team as they remain undefeated in the Big West (2-0)
and improve to 10-1 overall this season. Next up for the
Aggies is a trip to Cal Poly on Saturday, January 10.
new junior college players have signed to play with the Aggies
next fall. Among the new Aggies are two offensive linemen, a
wide receiver, a tight end, an outside linebacker, and a cornerback.
Here is a rundown of the new players:
Brookter - 6’2”, 220 lbs. linebacker from
Fresno (CA) Community College.
Brad DeLadurantey - 6’3”, 320 lbs.
offensive center from Cerritos (CA) Junior College.
Lawrence Lovelace - 5’11”, 185 lbs. wide receiver
from Chaffey (CA) Junior College.
Leslie Mongo - 6’0”, 185 lbs. cornerback from
Santa Rosa (CA) Junior College.
Justin Schlimgen - 6’3”, 295 lbs. offensive
guard from Moorpark (CA) Junior College.
Ryan Wilson - 6’3”, 240 lbs. tight end from
American River (CA) Junior College.
says head coach Mick Dennehy, “we feel really good about this
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 email@example.com.
Opportunities - New Mediterranean
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.
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
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! The details,
including price and itinerary, will be available
on our website beginning Monday, January 19,