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July 2004

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Jonathan W. Bullen- President of Eagle Gate/Provo College

Jonathan 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.

In 1990, 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.

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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.

New Athletics Director Named
The 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 Stuttgart, Germany.

“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.

USU Ranked as Top Ten Best Buy
Utah 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).

Utah State beat out such other notable schools as the University of Nebraska, the University of Kentucky, and Texas A&M University.

Name the Newsletter
The Alumni eNewsletter is looking for a great name.  Everyone is invited to send in suggestions for the newsletter’s new name.  One example would be California State University, Fresno's Bulldog Byte.  If we choose your idea, you win!   The winner will receive an Aggie blanket. 

Simply email your name ideas to alumni@cc.usu.edu.   Enter as many times as you wish.  Contest ends August 1.  Please include your name and email address with every entry.

USU 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.”

This 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 a year.

USU is 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.


Chapter News

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.

San Diego Aggie Chapter
Relax 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 ambergregory78@hotmail.com.

Utah 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) 291-2586.

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 more information.

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.

Golf Tournament
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
Former 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.

Travel Opportunities

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).

Panama Canal Cruise
February 6-15, 2005
Sail 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.

Branson, Missouri
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).
Norwegian Fjords Cruise
July 19-August 9, 2005
This 7 day cruise departs Copenhagen, Denmark and visits Norwegian ports including Flam, Bergen, and Oslo while also sailing the beautiful fjords.
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