is a tradition held each spring since 1911 on the campus
of Utah State University. The Student Alumni Association
is the proud sponsor of this tradition and hopes to make
this year’s A-Day the best this campus has seen.
has evolved into an entire week of activities and service
projects, better known as A-Week, ending with the party
on the Quad known officially as A-Day. The purpose of
A-Day is to raise funds to support a non-profit organization,
such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation or the Cache County
Red Cross, or a family in need of financial help with
activities of A-Week this year include a movie night,
a comedy night, a midnight 5K fun run, Senior Celebration,
Lunch-4-the-Bunch, painting toys service project, a benefit
concert, a dance and concert, Day on the Quad, and ends
with a special True Aggie Night at midnight.
money raised goes to help the cause chosen by the Student
Alumni Association’s A-Day committee. SAA would like to
encourage everyone in the Cache Valley community and all
students of USU to get involved in this year’s A-Day!
Grad's Aggie Tradition
attending Utah State University is a family affair. That
tradition is especially true for David Hart and his family. David will graduate this May, continuing a USU family
tradition that stretches back to his Great-Grandfather,
Alfred Hart, and Great Aunt, Hermoine Hart. Both Alfred
and Hermoine were part of Utah State’s (then the Utah
Agricultural College) 1897 graduating class.
UAC student body (1897)
Alfred Hart (top row, fifth from
Hart (middle row, fifth from left)
David is quick to talk
about his family’s first Aggie. Alfred was a Botany major
who loved to recite Shakespeare and other literary greats.
He was also considered an “upstart student” when he began
parting his hair in the middle. This represented a major
divergence from the styles of the day and did not go unnoticed. “The
difference between me and you,” Alfred once told a professor
who criticized his hair, “is that I part my hair in the
middle and yours is just departed.”
Today, David Hart represents
the latest generation of Aggies in his family. Despite
ultimately graduating in Computer Science, David originally
chose USU for the superb treatment he received from the
Engineering Department. Now that his college days are
over, David continues to support the university. He hopes
to use his degree to find a job with a firm in his native
state of New Mexico.
Old Main Society was established in 1967 to recognize
individuals who have contributed to the university through
gifts of private money. Once a year, an annual banquet
is held to introduce new members, present The Spirit of
Old Main Award and honor those who have made significant
contributions to the University. This year's banquet was
held on March 31 to honor a number of its members and
induct 26 new ones. Among the honorees that night were
Stan and Judith Meyrick. The Meyricks, both USU graduates,
were presented with The Spirit of Old Main Award in recognition
of their selfless service to Utah State.
Meyricks have worked on the board of their local alumni
chapter, and Stan currently serves as a member of the
Utah State University Foundation board. In addition, they
have established two scholarships for USU students. The
Joseph Steven Meyrick Memorial Scholarship was created
in honor of their son, Steven, who passed away at age
21. This scholarship is awarded to special education students
who have a disability or someone with a disability in
their family. The second scholarship is named for Stan’s
mother, Agnes South Meyrick, and goes to students from
southeast Idaho majoring in Elementary Education.
Spencer Nelson Named
Mid-Major Player of the Year
the Aggies to a 24-8 season, a Big West Championship,
and a first-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Spencer
Nelson was named the mid-major Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
The 6’ 8” senior center averaged 16 points, 7.9 rebounds,
and 4.8 assists per game. Earlier this year, Nelson was
also named to the USU Basketball All-Century Team. For
more on Nelson’s career, visit the
USU Athletic website.
Relations Welcomes New Chapter Director
The Utah State
University Alumni Association is happy to welcome the
new Director of Alumni Chapters Kim Larson (BS Marketing
’00, MBA ’02). In addition to being an Aggie graduate,
she is also the former Director of Promotions for the
“Kim brings a wealth of
experience and knowledge to the Alumni Association, with
over five years of prior experience at this University.
She brings great enthusiasm and will relate well with
the chapters. Kim is going to be an excellent addition
to our staff,” said Carlos Smith, Executive Director of
the Alumni Association.
As the Director of Alumni
Chapters, Kim will help to oversee chapter activities
and scholarship efforts in over 40 chapters, eight states
and four different countries. Kim plans to help reorganize
chapters currently undergoing changes and to assist in
strengthening existing chapters.
“I’m excited to further
the goals of the Alumni Association,” said Kim, “the same
goals that attracted me to this position. By increasing
scholarship dollars, I hope to give more kids a chance
to attend Utah State University and promote Aggie pride.”
113th Utah State University Commencement is approaching
fast. The graduate student ceremonies will be held on
May 6, 2005, with the undergraduate ceremony held the
following day. For more information, visit the USU
USU Computer Wallpaper Available
USU Alumni Association is pleased to offer a complimentary
wallpaper for your computer screen. Simply download the
appropriate size wallpaper and enjoy. Other
images will be offered in the future.
(right click and then "Save
(right click and then "Save
- Download appropriate .jpeg file to your computer.
- Right click anywhere on your current desktop picture.
- Choose "properties" from the drop down menu.
- Choose the "desktop" tab from the menu.
- Choose "browse", locate the appropriate file,
and click "apply".
Back to the Buzzer
girl's gym class begins at the UAC in 1913
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
Cache County Aggie Chapter
14, 2005 –
Cache County Golf Tournament on Old Main
Los Angeles & Orange County
29, 2005 –
Portland Oregon Aggie Chapter
6, 2005 - The
Portland Oregon Aggie Chapter invites all USU alumni to
enjoy a scholarship fundraising evening. The event will
begin at the Shilo Inn with a 6:00 p.m. social followed
by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, with
rooms at the Shilo Inn available for $89. To RSVP, contact
USU Alumni Relations at (435)797-2055 or (800)291-2586. To book your room at the Shilo Inn, call (800)222-2244
and ask for the “Utah State Portland Alumni rate”.
Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
Now - Groutage
Gallery, named after Harrison Groutage, long-time
art professor at Utah State University, has recently opened
in Salt Lake City 's Sugarhouse area. The new gallery
features original paintings by Groutage, many of the Cache
Valley landscape. Also featured are original paintings
by Paul Butler, a former student of Groutage, and a USU
Alumnus. For more information, contact Dee Malan, proprietor,
and also a USU alum, at (801)518-3581, or Kim Larkin,
proprietress, at (801)201-1211. April
20, 2005 – The Salt Lake
County Aggie Chapter presents “To Kill A Mockingbird”
at the Hale Center Theatre. The performance begins
at 6:00 p.m. Cost: $25 per person
20, 2005 – Utah/SLC Chapter
Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point
July 30, 2005
– Family Swim Party and Aggie Ice Cream
Utah County Aggie
June 20, 2005
– Utah/SLC Chapter Golf Tournament at
July 16, 2005
– Aggie Family Swim Night at the Scera
More information on these events will be forthcoming.