Alumni Spotlight - Pam Coats - Executive Vice President of Creative
Affairs, Walt Disney Feature Animation
Coats’ (Bachelor of Fine Arts ’80) career at The Walt Disney
Company began in 1989 with an entry level position on The
Rescuers Down Under. During Rescuers she
was promoted to associate production manager. In 1991,
she was promoted to the position of production manager for the
For her first stint as producer,
Coats transferred to Feature Animation Florida to oversee the
Roger Rabbit short Trail Mix-Up, and in 1993 went on
to produce the film Mulan, which was released in 1998.
She was also the executive producer on Runaway Brain
(1995), a Mickey Mouse short.
returned to California
in 1998 and decided to go into an overhead position instead
of a show specific position. As the executive vice president
of creative affairs for Walt Disney Feature Animation she is
responsible for the care and feeding of all the stories in all
their phases—from purchasing new material, developing in-house
material, supporting and hiring key creative artists, above
the line talent, etc. As head of development she has overseen
the release of feature films: Tarzan, Toy Story 2, Dinosaur,
Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Monsters Inc., Lilo and Stitch,
Treasure Planet, Finding Nemo, Brother Bear and Home
on the Range. She has also overseen the release of
animated shorts: John Henry, Destino and soon to be released,
Talbot, vice president for University Advancement at USU, recently
announced his resignation to become the executive director of the
University of Florida’s alumni association. Talbot is a native
of Florida and formerly served as vice president of Constituent Programs
at Florida State University. He will officially leave his post
on June 15.
past two years, Talbot has directed the university’s fund-raising
and development efforts at Utah State.
In the past year alone, the university has seen contributions
rise to $24 million, with a subsequent increase in donors and gifts.
Of his time at USU, Talbot said that
he has developed “a fondness for the good people I have had the pleasure
of working with”, and that his stay at USU has been “personally fulfilling
and professionally rewarding.”
A search committee is being formed and
hopes to have a replacement by October.
Repertory Company Announces Summer Season
Old Lyric Repertory Company will mark the beginning of its summer
season on June 17. The Company will present four shows this
season, which will run through August 7. Moon Over Buffalo
will be the summer opener, followed by Song of Singapore, Enchanted
April, and The Hollow.
“We are excited about the talent we are
lining up to produce this entertaining and substantial bill of plays,
and look forward to a season of summer fun,” OLRC Artistic Director
Colin Johnson said. “As always, we look forward to seeing our
loyal patrons and new faces this summer, joining us in the comfort
of our refurbished theatre where you can see four hot shows in one
Alumni Sustaining Members receive 2-for-1 tickets to all shows.
For details, visit the Old Lyric Repertory Company website at www.usu.edu/lyric
or call (435) 797-0305.
Dean Named for College of Education
State President Kermit Hall has named Dr. Carol Strong as interim
dean for the College
and Human Services. The position was left open by the departure
of former dean, Gerry Giordano, who left to become provost and vice
president of Academic Affairs at the University
of North Florida.
He served as the college’s dean since 1998, helping the program
become one of U.S. News and World Report ’s Top 50 colleges.
time in the College
Human Services was a time
of great professional growth and personal
enrichment,” said Giordano.
“I will deeply miss the relationships, at many levels, that
with stellar students, faculty, staff and
alumni and friends of the college.”
successor, Dr. Strong, is the current associate dean of research and
a trustee professor for the College
and Human Services. She has taught at Utah
since 1976, holding numerous administrative and faculty positions.
In her time at USU, Strong has been nominated and received
over 45 professional and student-sponsored honors, including Outstanding
Scholar/Researcher of the Year, Eldon J. Gardner Professor of the
Year, and Robin’s award recipient for Professor of the Year.
She will act as interim dean while a university search committee seeks
a permanent replacement.
Association Awards New Scholarships
Utah State University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the
awarding of 61 new student scholarships for Fall 2004. These
scholarships are provided through the Aggie
license plate program, Sustaining Memberships,
and chapter sponsored events.
USU Meets Student Retention Goal
first-year students are returning for their sophomore year than in
previous years, helping USU meet its retention goal set over two years
ago. With 75 percent of first-year students coming back this
year, the school met its goal in half the predicted time. This
puts USU on par with peer institutions such as Penn State and the
University of California-Davis.
USU President Kermit Hall attributes
the success to the investment of millions of dollars to hire much
needed faculty and advisors. “By the time this hiring season
is finished we’ll have added about 100 new faculty members and about
ten new advisors and counselors,” explained Hall.
Still, there is more work to be done.
President Hall believes that the ideal retention rate for USU
is somewhere in the low 80 percentile.
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
Weber County Aggie Chapter
Weber County Aggie Chapter presents its annual Aggie Car Show on Saturday,
July 17, at Liberty Park
As the kick-off event of the Ogden Pioneer Day Celebration, the Aggie
Car Show generates scholarship funds each year for Weber
students wishing to attend Utah State
Most recently, three full-year tuition scholarships, valued
at more than $10,000, were awarded.
FREE admittance for the
public starts at 10:00 a.m. The Elks and Does are
offering a full breakfast and lunch at the park along with many other
vendors. Local talent arranged for by Meredith Ashton (Class
of '72) will entertain throughout the show. USU Associate Athletic
Director Kevin Dustin, and WSU Coach Jerry Graybeal, are bringing
athletes to challenge each other to a co-ed flag football game in
the park. 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. Pre-registration for vehicle entrance
fee is $15 or $20 on the day of
the event. This price also includes rodeo tickets, Aggie ice
cream, t-shirts, and dash plaques.
For applications and more information,
call (801) 399-8200.
Utah County Aggie Chapter
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
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
at (801) 370-8473 or USU Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586.
USU Track and Field Sends Two Athletes to NCAA
pair of Aggies will be heading to Austin,
Texas to represent
USU Track and Field at the 2004 NCAA Championships. Senior Ryan
Bruhn and sophomore Kelli Burton will both be making their second
consecutive trips to the national event.
be competing in the hammer throw, an event he placed 3rd in at NCAA
West Regionals and 2nd at the Big West Championships. Meanwhile,
Burton will be
throwing the discus, for which she placed 6th at NCAA Regionals and
3rd at the Big West Championships. In the 2003 NCAA Championships,
both Aggies placed 24th in their respective events.
The preliminary competitions will be
held on June 9, with the finals on June 11.
Romney Stadium Webcam
For anyone interested in seeing
how the construction on Romney Stadium is going, USU has installed
a webcam in the stadium. 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.
Enjoy nine days
aboard the Splendor of the Seas and explore the exciting
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.
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).
of these exciting travel opportunities are in the process
of being refined, so check next month's newsletter for
A wonderful opportunity to cruise the Panama Canal and
visit several surrounding ports.
Enjoy the unique experience of Branson with terrific entertainment
provided by many legends of music, dance and comedy.