Alumni Spotlight - Jonathan W. Bullen- President of Eagle
W. Bullen was born and raised in Logan, Utah, where he
graduated with a degree in business from Utah State University
in 1978. He began his professional career as general
manager of radio station KVNU in Logan. He subsequently
became president of Cache Valley Broadcasting (CVB), then
later formed JWB Cable Company, which purchased the television
assets from CVB. In 1989 he sold his cable television
interests to Sonic Cable.
he began investing in real estate and is now one of the largest
stockholders of portfolio real estate assets managed by Wasatch
Property Management, with holdings and properties in Utah,
Arizona, Nevada, and California. In addition, he is
the owner and president of Provo College, Eagle Gate College,
and Evolution Fitness. He is also the owner and manager
of Bullen and Harris LLC, a management and investment company.
Bullen’s community service includes serving as the executive
director of the Capitol Arts Alliance from 1990-1992. The
Alliance spearheaded the renovation of the Ellen Eccles
Theatre and Bullen Center in downtown Logan. In addition
to serving as a trustee and board member of the Mormon
Historic Sites Foundation, he also serves as chairman of
the Utah State University Foundation and the Oquirrh Institute,
and is a member of the Utah Opera Chorus.
Bullen has served as counselor in an LDS bishopric, stake
high councilor, and Young Men’s president.
He is married
to the former Julie Harris of North Logan and they have four
children. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, biking
and singing. Mr. Bullen resides in Salt Lake City where
he is a loyal Aggie fan.
Athletics Director Named
search is over, and Utah State
has a new athletics director. Colonel
Randall W. Spetman, former Air
Force Academy athletics director,
began his new job on July 1.
Spetman first attended the Air Force
Academy as a student, earning three letters in football and winning
the heavyweight Wing Open Boxing Championship twice. He graduated
in 1976 and, after receiving his commission, served as an assistant
football coach at Air Force in 1977. Then in 1996, Spetman
assumed his duties as athletics director at the Academy, overseeing
the school’s 27-sport intercollegiate program.
In addition to his work at Air Force,
Colonel Spetman has enjoyed an active military career. He
is a command pilot and served as Chief of Bomber Planning in Desert
Shield and Desert Storm, as well as Chief, Command and Control
Division, Operations Directorate at the U.S. European Command in
“In Randy Spetman we have a new athletic
director committed to the success of our student athletes, both
academically and athletically,” USU President Kermit Hall said.
He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children,
Brian and Kim.
Ranked as Top Ten Best Buy
State University was named by Consumer
Digest as one of the best values for a public university. USU
earned the sixth spot on the magazine’s Top 50 Best Values for Public
Colleges and Universities. Over 200 institutions were evaluated
on criteria such as GPA of entering freshman and student-to-faculty
ratio. These factors were then compared with the cost of annual
tuition, room and board (USU $12,876).
beat out such other notable schools as the University of Nebraska,
the University of Kentucky, and Texas A&M University.
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Invention Could Save Airline Industry Millions
A Utah State University professor’s
invention could save the airline industry hundreds of millions of
dollars a year. Warren F. Phillips has taught in the mechanical
and aerospace engineering department for the last 30 years. By
using the principles he teaches, and his love of hang gliding, Professor
Phillips invented a new technology called Twisteron.
Twisterons work by twisting the wings
of an airplane during flight. This twisting motion reduces the
drag working against the airplane.
“Drag is what you pay for; it is a hindrance,” Phillips
explained. “In my hang glider the drag is what causes me
to eventually sink back to Earth. When an airplane like a
747 is flying at 40,000 feet, the engines are running only to overcome
the force of drag.”
new technology is good news for the airline industry. A 747
can burn about 75 gallons of fuel every minute. According
the FAA, US civil aviation aircraft are expected to burn more than
24 billion gallons of jet fuel this year alone. Phillip’s
invention could save the airline industry $400 million in fuel
currently looking into licensing the Twisteron technology to
commercial airline manufacturers.
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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.
Cache County Aggie Chapter
The USU Cache County Aggie
Chapter is pleased to present James Arrington’s production of Brigham
Live! The show will take place Monday, July 19, 2004, at 7:30
p.m. in the Evan Stevenson Ballroom at Utah State University. Brigham
Live! is an entertaining look at the life of Brigham Young, Utah’s
first territorial governor and early LDS Church leader.
Tickets are $7 per person and are available
at the USU Ticket Office or at the door the evening of the show. All
proceeds will benefit the Cache County Aggie Scholarship Fund.
For all the details, contact Patty Halaufia
at (435) 797-2053.
Diego Aggie Chapter
and unwind with the San Diego Aggie Chapter as they embark on their
Mexican Fiesta Summer Evening Cruise. Enjoy a dinner cruise
through San Diego’s pristine harbor on Saturday, August 14, 2004,
from 7:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. Join your fellow Aggies for a South
of the Border dinner and Mariachi bar.
The cost is $45 per guest, with proceeds
going to the San Diego Chapter Scholarship Fund. The ship
leaves promptly from the South Broadway Float at 7:00 p.m., so
everyone must be on board by 6:35 p.m.
Please RSVP no later than July 31 by
calling (800) 291-ALUM. For any questions or additional information,
contact Amber Gregory at (714) 235-1028 or email at email@example.com.
County Aggie Chapter
The Utah County
Aggie Chapter invites you to join them for the Aggie Family Scera
Pool Party. Come enjoy a night of family fun at the Scera Pool, 701
South State Street, in Orem on July 17 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The
cost is only $5.00 for the entire family. If you’re hungry,
bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy Aggie ice cream free of charge.
For more details, contact
Jolene Bunnell at (801) 370-8473 or USU Alumni Relations at (800)
Wasatch Front Young Alumni
The Wasatch Front Young Alumni
would like to announce their upcoming Night at the Stingers. Everyone
is invited to come and watch the game on August 9, 2004.
Check out next month’s newsletter for
Weber County Aggie Chapter
Aggie Car Show
The Weber County Aggie Chapter
presents its annual Aggie Car Show on Saturday, July 17, at Liberty
Park, 751 21st Street, in Ogden.
Admittance is free. Gates
open at 10:00 a.m. The Elks and Does are offering
a full breakfast and lunch at the park, along with many other vendors. There
will also be great door prizes, famous Aggie ice cream, 4-H clowns,
a petting zoo, and much more.
Vendor applications are being accepted
for businesses offering auto accessories, parts
or services, as well as food vendors. In addition, local
car enthusiasts are invited to
show their cars or trucks. Proceeds will provide scholarships
for Weber County Students wishing to attend USU
For applications and more information,
call Trudy Young at (801) 399-8200.
Come join the Weber County
Aggie Chapter Golf Tournament at the Schneiters Riverside Golf Course
in Ogden. Tee time is 1:00 p.m. on August 21 with a full barbecue
dinner at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $50 per person (includes golf,
cart, and barbecue), or $15 per person for just the barbecue. All
proceeds help provide scholarships for Weber County Students wishing
to attend USU.
For more information, contact Willie
Duersch at (801) 776-2209.
Former Aggie Helps Team Win ArenaBowl Championship
Aggie Joe Jacobs earned his third ArenaBowl Championship Ring, helping
the San Jose Sabercats edge the Arizona Rattlers 69-62. He
plays both offense and defense for the Sabercats, something he learned
to do while playing football at Utah State.
Jacobs was a four-year starter for the Aggies, earning Big West honors
in 1991 and 1992. He tied the school record for tackles for
a loss in a game with six, a stat that still stands today. After
spending a year with the Detroit Lions in the NFL, Jacobs played
a year in the Canadian Football League. He finally joined the
AFL in 1995.
“I was always on first defense, so when
the second defense was on the field, sometimes I would join the
offense to give the second unit a good look,” Jacobs explained.
On his way to winning his third ring,
Jacobs defeated another former Aggie, Lindsay Hassell, who plays
for the Rattlers, but is currently injured.
Men's Basketball Announces 2004-05 Schedule
A trip to Alaska and hosting
three in-state rivals highlight USU men’s basketball’s final season
in the Big West Conference.
For the complete 2004-05 schedule visit http://utahstateaggies.collegesports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/070204aaa.html
Romney Stadium Webcam
Construction on the new artificial
turf is completed. View the progress through the Romney Stadium
webcam. The camera is sponsored by the USU Athletics Department. To
see what’s going on visit: www.usu.edu/webcam/romney.cfm.
Check out utahstateaggies.com for
the latest news and information about Aggie Athletics.
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).
February 6-15, 2005
aboard the Coral Princess to visit the ports
of Limon, Grand Cayman, Belize and Cozumel and marvel
at the wondrous Panama Canal on the 10 day adventure.
May 10-15, 2005
Enjoy the excitement
of Branson, Missouri while seeing shows by Andy Williams,
the Sons of the Pioneers, the Osmonds and more. An optional
extension is also offered, visiting the historical sites
of Nauvoo (extension dates: May 15-18, 2005).
This 7 day cruise departs Copenhagen, Denmark and visits
Norwegian ports including Flam, Bergen, and Oslo while
also sailing the beautiful fjords.