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USU Alumni Spotlight - Bob Welti

Utah State Agricultural College, now Utah State University, was a launching pad into an exciting world for Bob Welti when he graduated in 1948. Having some broadcast experience as a part time radio announcer at Logan’s KVNU, he obtained a job at the Intermountain West’s first TV station, experimental station W6XIS, now KTVX-TV. Because of his weather experience as a naval pilot in WWII he became a pioneer TV weatherman. He and his sportscaster buddy, Paul James, switched to KSL-TV in 1961 taking the ratings with them. Bob retired in 1991.

He is married to Georgia Fullmer, Miss USAC of 1947. They have five children and ten grandchildren.

Bob claims he never deserved the notoriety derived from appearing on TV in countless homes twice a day, five days a week for forty one years, but the result was demand for his services as an after dinner speaker and master of ceremonies. He received the USU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988.

Even though he is now pushing 80, he still does an occasional on-camera TV commercial, enjoys being recognized by strangers and loves USU for the great start in life it gave him some fifty six years ago.

USU Football Searches for New Head Coach
USU director of athletics Randy Spetman announced that this will be Mick Dennehy’s last season as head coach of the USU Football team. Dennehy will continue to coach the team in its remaining two games. He has one year remaining on his contract, which the university will honor.

This is Dennehy’s fifth season with the Aggies after coming here from coaching at the University of Montana. During his tenure at USU, he has a record of 18-36, with a 2-7 mark so far this year. Dennehy’s best season was in 2000, his first at USU, when the Aggies went 5-6 and finished in second place behind Boise State in the Big West Conference.

After receiving word of the decision, Head Coach Mick Dennehy released the following statement:

"(Utah State director of athletics) Randy Spetman has an incredibly tough job with his biggest priority being the building of facilities. I completely understand his decision and only wish that I could have done more to help him with this major undertaking.

Sheila and I have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Utah State University and the people of Cache Valley. Coming to work every day was a pleasure because of the quality of the people we had an opportunity to work with. I would especially like to thank the coaches and the players for all of their effort.

For the many records we set on the field and the tremendous amount of improvement the kids have made academically and off the field, we struggled in the bottom line and wins and losses are important. In the end, we didn't win enough.

I would like to wish Utah State University the best in the future."

A search committee has been formed to find a new coach. There is no word yet on Dennehy’s replacement.

College of Business Establishes $1.25 Million Chair
The USU College of Business recently established its first endowed chair as part of the college’s efforts to enhance its national reputation.  The creation of the George S. Eccles chair was made possible by the donation of $1.25 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.  This gift is the largest of its kind in the history of the College of Business.

According to Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley, the endowed chair position will help improve programs in the college at every level.  The chair will generate annual support for an outstanding faculty member and help attract people of national prominence.   These benefits will be responsible in no small part to the name attached to the new position.

George S. Eccles was renowned throughout the nation in the areas of business and banking.  With his help, prominent speakers from around the world were invited to visit Utah State University as part of the Partners in Business program.   Today, the College of Business is housed in the George S. Eccles Business Building.

The USU College of Business stands as the oldest business school in the West and one of the oldest in the nation.

New Alumni Benefit Added
The Alumni Association added a new benefit for all Sustaining Members.  Join now and take advantage of the many benefits and services that membership brings!

University Alumni Travel BenefitsUniversity Alumni Travel Benefits offers a condominium rental program featuring World Class resorts in over 80 countries for $349 a week!  Also available are discounts for brand name rental cars and hotels.  UATB is an independent, leisure travel benefit program for alumni, faculty and staff. 

View all the membership benefits at www.usu.edu/alumni/services.html.   To become a Sustaining Member, go to www.usu.edu/alumni/sustain.html.

Aggie Pride in Iraq
LTC Robert Dunton sent this email to the Alumni Association after the “Aggie Pride in Iraq” story was published in last month’s Aggie Insights.  With his permission, we reprint the email for all alumni.

"I have received many emails on the story of the 115th EN GP also, thank you so much for helping us get the story out.  I am currently home on leave for 15 days and what most people want to know is what is really happening in Iraq.   I tell everyone that what they see on TV is what is happening but it is not the only thing that is happening.   It is so strange to be in the land of plenty, but also very nice.  We are continuing to work on our highway project and numerous Iraqi police stations as well as more schools.

Thanks again for helping us share our story.

Bob Dunton"

Note: LTC Dunton returned to Iraq early in November.  After receiving positive feedback, we will include continuous updates in our newsletters.  If you have news from other Aggie soldiers and would like to share it, please send it to alumni@cc.usu.edu.

Back to the Buzzer

Old Main Hill at the Utah Agriculture College - 1923


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.



We invite you to check out the new Classnotes section of the alumni website.  Included are some recent postings.  Please feel free to add some of your own.  Click here to view the Classnotes web page.


Click here to view the Obituaries section of the alumni website.  This is a new project to keep alumni informed.  If you are aware of related news please send your information to alumni@cc.usu.edu.

Chapter News

Cache County Aggie Chapter
The Cache County Aggie Chapter will be hosting a Pre-Game Event at Hamilton's Steak and Seafood Restaurant.  The event will be held prior to the USU-University of Utah Basketball Game on December 4.  A Soup and Salad bar will be available for $10 per person from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. prior to the 4 p.m. start of the game.

More information will be available in future issues of Aggie Insights.

Eastern Idaho Aggie Chapter/Liberty Mutual
The Eastern Idaho Alumni Chapter and Liberty Mutual invite all Aggies to join them on the Aggie Basketball Express.  The destination is the USU vs. BYU basketball game on Wednesday, December 1, in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah.  The cost is $29.00 per person and includes a pre-game dinner, a chartered bus ride to the game, a game ticket, and Aggie ice cream.  There will also be a raffle and door prizes on the bus.

The bus leaves from the Fred Meyer parking lot (1555 Northgate Mile) in Idaho Falls at 4:00 p.m.  Seating is limited!  For more information, contact Nate Blanchard at (203)680-5039 or Cheri Hart at (208)535-0574.

Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
January 21, 2005Utah Grizzlies game
April 2005“To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Hale Center Theatre
June 20, 2005Utah/SLC Chapter Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point
August 2005 Family Swim and Aggie Ice Cream Night

Utah County Aggie Chapter
December 18, 2004Ice Cream Social and USU vs. BYU Basketball game
February 11, 2005 Sweetheart Dinner at the Utah County Rotunda Ballroom
June 20, 2005Utah/SLC Chapter Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point
July 16, 2005Aggie Family Swim Night at the Scera Pool

Note: More information on these events will be forthcoming.


Aggies vs. Arkansas State Television Coverage
Due to scheduling conflicts, KJZZ TV is unable to air the USU vs. Arkansas State football game on November 11.   There will still be television coverage on ESPN regional.

Women's Sports Auction and Luncheon
All lady Aggies are invited to come and support women’s athletics at Utah State University by participating in the First Annual "Get in the Game" Women's Sports Auction and Luncheon.  The event will take place from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on November 19 at Hamilton’s Restaurant.   Seating is limited, so book your reservation right away.  Call Kathy at 797-2583 for all the details.

Coaches Luncheon Schedule
Utah State University Basketball is gearing up for the new season, and all Aggies are invited to get in on the action. Join Stew Morrill at the Big Blue Club Basketball Luncheons beginning this December. The locations for the luncheons will be:

Iggy’s Sports Grill
677 S. 200 W.
Salt Lake City

Copper Mill Restaurant
55 N. Main

Luncheon Schedule

Monday, December 6

Iggy’s Sports Grill
Tuesday, December 7 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday, December 14 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday, December 21 Copper Mill Restaurant
Wednesday, December 29 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday January 4 Copper Mill Restaurant

Monday, January 10

Iggy’s Sports Grill
Tuesday, January 11 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday, January 18 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday, January 25 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday, February 1 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday, February 8 Copper Mill Restaurant

Monday, February 14

Iggy’s Sports Grill
Tuesday, February 15 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday, February 22 Copper Mill Restaurant
Tuesday, March 1 Copper Mill Restaurant

March – TBA

Iggy’s Sports Grill

Check out utahstateaggies.com for the latest news and information about Aggie Athletics.

Travel Opportunities

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 29-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.
Recent Trips

Aggies and friends at Stratford Upon Avon
Photo by David Herdman Photography

A group of Aggies recently returned from an alumni trip to England and Scotland.  Everyone had a wonderful time and learned a great deal about English and Scottish history.  With many ancestors coming from these countries, the travelers were fascinated with the rich heritage we all enjoy.

For more information on upcoming alumni travel events, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/travel.html.

Bob Welti




Mick Dennehy

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George S. Eccles
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LTC Robert Dunton
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