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Founders Day Award Recipients
Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipients
Jim D. Laub earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from USU before eventually becoming President and CEO of Cache Valley Electric Company. Under his direction, the company has become the 39th largest electrical contractor in the nation. In 1999, Mr. Laub was recognized by Ernst and Young as Utah Entrepreneur of the Year. He has also served as Vice President of the Sunshine Terrace Board of Directors and Chairman of the Development Committee. Over the years, his service to USU has been invaluable. He served as President of the Big Blue Club’s Board of Directors and has been a member of the Gamma Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1985, he was a member of the Executive Committee of Cache County Republicans, as well as co-chair of the Northern Utah Governor’s Club from 1986 to 1987.
LaDell Andersen began his college basketball career as a student at Utah State, where he earned Honorable Mention All American, All Conference guard, and Team Captain. He also served as Vice President of Sigma Chi Fraternity, as a member of the Student Council, and as a member of the Blue Key National Honor Society. Mr. Andersen competed in the Olympic Trials in New York City in 1952 before beginning his college coaching career at the University of Utah in 1956. In 1961, he returned to USU, where he was Head Basketball Coach for 10 years, leading the Aggies to six post-season tournament appearances. After two years of coaching professionally, he returned to become Athletic Director at USU. Some of his accomplishments include raising funds, enlarging the stadium, and establishing a women’s athletic department. After 10 years as Athletic Director, he left to become Head Coach at BYU for three years. For his achievements, he was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and named one of the Top 100 Most Accomplished People in the State of Utah, 1888-1998.
Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Jean C. Christensen graduated from Utah State in 1946 with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. Since that time, she has been a devoted community organizer, volunteer and leader. Mrs. Christensen established the Cache Volunteer Pool in Logan to provide enrichment opportunities for students. It was for this effort that she was awarded the Carnation Silver Bowl Community Service Award. She organized and served as President of the Utah Quilt Guild, planned and funded the Deseret Hospital and Quilt Museum with her husband, and served as President of the Alliance for the Varied Arts, as well as many other examples of her compassionate service and sense of community.
Jed H. Pitcher has dedicated himself in service to Utah and the University. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, followed by his graduate studies in Economics. Mr. Pitcher began his work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Utah in 1967. He recently retired as President/CEO, and Chairman of the Board. He has been a member of the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah State University Foundation Board, USU’s College of Business Advisory Board, and the USU Board of Trustees, where he served as Chairman. Through the establishment of a scholarship fund to aid College of Business students, he and his wife became members of the Old Main Society. Mr. Pitcher is also a Lifetime Sustaining Member of the USU Alumni Association and currently serves on the Board of Regents.
Nadine F. Gillmor learned the value of hard work while growing up on her family’s ranch. After her mother suffered a stroke and her father passed away, she was responsible for milking 17 cows and tending to 2000 chickens each day before boarding the school bus. Today, after her husband’s death, she owns and operates the thousands of acres known as the Lone Pine Ranch. She spends her time volunteering at the local 4-H Club, and fighting for the rights of landowners as well as the preservation of open space. Mrs. Gillmor has given generously to several educational institutions including USU, the Utah Boy’s Ranch, and UVSC, where she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. She has established a scholarship here at USU for the descendents of Summit County Alumni, is a member of the Old Main Society and a Lifetime Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association.
Head to Tournament as Top Seed
had three players earn first-team
All-Big West honors, while a fourth player earned second-team
all-league honors for the first time in school history.
Seniors Mark Brown and Cardell Butler, and sophomore Nate Harris
all earned first-team All-Big West honors, while junior Spencer
Nelson was named to the league's second team.
Farewell to a Teaching Icon
From the first Physiology and Anatomy courses he began teaching at Utah State Agriculture College in 1949, to his retirement from Utah State University in 1990, Professor Bahler helped foster a legacy of success that continues to this day. During his years at the University, an estimated 340 students went on to become physicians or dentists.
Even after his retirement, Professor Bahler’s work is still paying off. Last year, 85% of USU students who applied to medical school were accepted. Dental school admission rates at the University also exceed the national average.
The College of Science and the Friends of the Utah State University Medical and Dental Programs are planning an event to honor Thomas Bahler’s legacy. Professor Bahler will be remembered in a ceremony at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 4, 2004. If you would like to attend the event, contact the College of Science for more information at (435)797-2488.
Commercial Named Best in Nation
Produced in only 19 days, the ad is especially remarkable considering the cost added up to only $4,500. Ordinarily, such a commercial would have cost around $20,000. The amazingly low cost can be attributed to the countless hours of work by students and faculty at Utah State.
The winning commercial is part of the Public Relations and Marketing Office’s plan to revamp USU’s image. Already, work is being started on next year’s commercial which deals with Utah State’s water research programs.
Benefits Package for Alumni Sustaining Members
For more than 40 years, Park City Mountain Resort has been one of the nation's best ski areas. Enjoy over 3,300 acres of groomed runs and terrain parks. Now you can ski the best for less! Sustaining Members can purchase an adult lift ticket for $49 (limit of two per day) plus a child's ticket for $30 (limit of two). Show your card and purchase tickets at the ticket window. For more information on Park City Mountain Resort, visit www.parkcitymountain.com
Situated near beautiful Bear Lake, the Blue Water Resort offers a host of summer activities. Discounts are available on rooms, condos, and camping. Need something to do once you've booked your room? Blue Water also has discounts available on golf, Waverunner and boat rentals. View the gorgeous scenery at www.bearlake.com
Leaving on a trip? How does 10-25% off nationwide car rentals and hotel rooms sound? Sustaining Members receive discounts on a large number of travel services. For all the details, visit www.mmdiscounts.com
Play the gorgeous and challenging Logan River Golf Course. A special 2-for-1 admission for 18 holes with the rental of a golf cart is available to Sustaining Members. Limit 2 per customer per year. Check out the website at Logan-River-Golf-Course
These new discounts join a host of other benefits, such as special rates at the University Inn and rental of the David B. Haight Alumni Center, savings on select USU Athletics tickets, plus discounts to the Old Lyric Repertory Theatre and at the USU Bookstore.
To view all of the benefits and discounts, or to become a Sustaining Member, go to www.usu.edu/alumni and visit the Benefits and Services page.
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 Association News:
Cache County Winter Golf Tournament
The Cache County Aggie Chapter’s 4th Annual Winter Golf Tournament was a huge success. All who braved the snow had a great time. The tournament, held on Old Main Hill, raised $2,000 to be awarded as scholarships to Cache County students.
For more information, contact the Utah State University Alumni Association at (800) 291-2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Basketball Headed to Tournament
"I think this validates having women's basketball at Utah State and shows that we are going to be competitive from the start,” said Head Coach Raegan Pebley. “We have everyone coming back next season and this will give us something to build on."
The Aggies will face the fifth-seeded Long Beach State on Wednesday, March 10th.
Aggie Throws for the Olympics
James was a 4-time All-American in the Weight and Hammer Throw at USU, as well as All-American in the Discus. Previously, Parker won the National Outdoor Title in the Hammer (July 2003). Next up is the USA Olympic Trials in Sacramento in July. Pending the outcome, James will be headed to Athens in August to compete in the Olympic Games.
Romney Stadium Renovation
project’s scope will greatly increase the usage and utility
of the 35 year old structure and address the immediate safety,
health and sanitation issues. In addition, the renovation
will increase the capacity of the University to provide student
athletes the adequate facilities to meet their individual academic
and athletic goals.