Alumni Spotlight - F. Ross Peterson - Professor of History, Utah
will be losing a teaching legend
when Dr. F. Ross Peterson (Bachelor of Arts ’65) leaves to become
the next president of Deep Springs
Dr. Peterson has been one of the most popular professors at
Utah State since he began here in
1971. He has taught African-American Studies at USU for
nearly three decades, as well as being a renowned historian
and author. Among his books is A History of Cache County,
which was published as part of Utah’s Centennial celebration.
his many years at USU, Dr. Peterson has been frequently recognized
for his service. In 1998, he received the Governor’s Award as
the outstanding Humanist in Utah. Dr. Peterson was chosen
to represent the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission
and spoke to the Utah Legislature on Human Rights in 2002.
He also received a Fulbright fellowship to teach African-American
history in New Zealand .
addition to his teaching, Dr. Peterson currently sits as a member
of the Utah State Board of History. In the past, he was
a member of the Utah Humanities Council, spending two years
as Chairman. For eight years, he served as USU Department
Chair. Dr. Peterson was also the founding Director of
the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies for ten years.
In 2002, he was named the Milton R. Merrill Chair in Political
Science. His tenure as president of Deep Springs College
will begin in July.
his accolades and honors, Dr. Peterson will be most remembered
as a remarkable teacher and mentor by the hundreds of students
fortunate enough to have known him.
It was USU
President Kermit Hall who summed up best what Dr. Peterson means
to Utah State University, “He’s not replaceable!".
on Dr. Peterson, check out the article in The
of Athletics Search
USU is in the process of
finding a new Director of Athletics. For this purpose, USU President
Kermit Hall has formed a seven-member committee to find and evaluate
all applicants. The search committee is asking for input of
any kind from all Aggies. Feel free to express your thoughts
and suggestions to the committee chair.
All feedback can be submitted by going
to the Athletic Director Search Committee page at www.usu.edu/ad/input.cfm
For more information about the Director
of Athletics search, visit www.usu.edu/ad/
One Hundred and Eleventh Annual Commencement for Utah
took place on Friday, April 30 and Saturday,
May 1. Graduation for master’s and doctoral candidates took
place Friday, with the undergraduate ceremony the following day.
Commencement was followed by the undergraduate college celebrations
and the alumni graduate picnic and reception.
than 3,600 graduates representing 38 countries received their diplomas
over the two days. The ages ranged from 19 to 77 years-old.
Floyd Armstrong, a 75 year-old graduate, received his master’s degree
in psychology. While 65 year-old Barney Wetmore, the oldest
undergraduate in the ceremony, earned his bachelor’s in psychology.
The commencement speaker was award-winning
broadcast journalist, Jane Clayson Johnson. Johnson was also
awarded an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters. Others
receiving honorary degrees were Ruth L. Novak (Doctor of Science and
Engineering), Merlin Olsen (Doctor of Business), and C.
Booth Wallentine (Doctor of Agriculture).
To view USU’s Commencement Scrapbook,
Basketball Coach Hired
Head Basketball Coach Stew Morrill recently announced the hiring of
new assistant coach Dave
Rice. Rice spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant at UNLV,
helping the Rebels to seven postseason appearances and an average
of 20 wins in the past eight seasons.
is an exciting addition to our coaching
staff,” Morrill said in a press release.
Rice was a player on UNLV’s 1990 National
Championship team and was a two-time UNLV Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
At UNLV, Rice was a political science major and Rhodes Scholar
candidate. He fills the position left open by the departure
of former USU assistant coach Randy Rahe.
excited to join Coach Morrill and his staff,” Rice said. “I
have followed the Utah State
program very closely and have been really
impressed with the quality of the program they have built both on
the court and in the classroom. As a player and a coach, I have
had the opportunity to come to Logan
and I have been aware of the great support of the fans and their community
to the Aggies.”
To better serve our alumni, the
Utah State Alumni Association forms partnerships with various service
providers. This is done to provide group savings opportunities
to USU alumni. Liberty Mutual Group is one such partner.
As part of a celebration of partnering
with their 300th alumni association, Liberty Mutual has introduced
a list of new insurance options. A
new opportunity for Liberty Mutual policyholders is to protect themselves
from Identity Theft! For just $25
a year policyholders can add this coverage to their homeowners/renters
policy. They can have the peace of mind that they are covered
for these expenses in the unfortunate event that they become a victim
of identity theft.
For more information about
the Identity Theft coverage call (800) 225-8281 or go online at
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
Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter is pleased to announce their Night
at the Hale Centre Theatre. All are invited to attend a performance
of “South Pacific” at the theatre in West Valley, UT on May 19, 2004.
Before the show, a reception will be held in honor of two friends
of Utah State University, Sumner Swaner and Emily Drake, as they receive
the USU Merit Citation award. The reception will be held at
the theatre beginning at 6:30 pm with the
show following at 7:30 pm.
For more information and to order tickets,
contact the USU Alumni Association at (435) 797-2055 or toll free
at (800) 291-2586.
Treasure Valley Aggie Chapter
Saturday, June 5, 2004,
the Treasure Valley Aggie Alumni Chapter will host their Scholarship
Golf Tournament and Barbecue. For the 8th straight year, the
Treasure Valley Scholarship Golf Tournament and Barbecue has been
the prime fund-raiser for an annual scholarship that goes to a Treasure
student to attend USU. The Tournament will take place at the
Eagle Hills Golf Course, with registration at 1
pm and tee-off at 2
pm. Lots of prizes, such as golf clubs,
golf bags, and vacation getaways, will be awarded.
and support this Utah State
event and have a great time visiting with
Aggie friends from throughout Southwest
Idaho. Please respond by May 24 to
guarantee your spot. For more information, contact the USU Alumni
Association at (435) 797-2055 or toll free (800) 291-2586.
Salt Lake County & Utah County Aggie Chapters
Salt Lake and Utah County Aggie Chapters are pleased to present their
Thanksgiving Point Shoot-Out Golf Tournament on June 21, 2004.
The event will benefit the Salt Lake and Utah County Aggie Scholarship
Funds. Set to take place at the beautiful Golf Club at Thanksgiving
Point, the 4-man scramble will begin at 1:30 pm on Monday with a Shot
Prices are $85.00 per golfer for all registering before June 1, and
$100 per golfer after June 1. The price includes green fees,
cart rental, and lunch. The deadline for registration is June
For more information, or to register,
contact the USU Alumni Association at (435) 797-2055 or (800) 291-2586.
San Diego Aggie Chapter
San Diego Aggie Chapter invites all to enjoy good food, old friends,
and Aggie fun at their Beach BBQ at the Bay on Saturday,
May 15, 2004. The event will be taking
place at Mission Bay
in San Diego.
If you would like to know more about
this and other San Diego Aggie Chapter events, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/sandiego
or contact Amber at email@example.com
Aggie Football Player Headed to NFL
Cooley is the most productive tight end in USU Football history, a
point not lost on the NFL. Cooley follows his former teammate
Kevin Curtis (drafted last year) into the NFL when the Washington
Redskins drafted him in the 3rd of seven rounds, 18th pick.
He went as the 81st pick overall.
being picked up by Utah State
on a scholarship, Cooley didn’t see much
playing time at first. It wasn’t until the second half of the
2002 season that he was able to make his
mark. That year he caught 62 passes, even while
missing two games and part
of another with a broken foot.
a result of the little playing time in his first three years,
Cooley never expected to go to
the NFL. “It’s somewhere I never really expected to be,
so it’s fun right
now,” he said. Since impressing scouts at the Senior Bowl and
working out at the NFL Combine, Cooley was looked over by several
pro teams, including a workout with Dallas Head Coach Bill Parcells.
In the end, the Redskins liked what they saw.
the end of the Cooley legacy at Utah State,
however. Chris’ younger brother, Tanner, has just signed with
after finishing up his high school career
at Sky View. This latest Cooley will follow in his big brother’s
footsteps as a tight end.
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 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 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).