USU Alumni Spotlight - Margaret F. Anderson

Margaret F. Anderson was raised in Brigham City, Utah, as the younger of two girls. After graduating from Box Elder High School, she attended Utah State University and studied Child Development and Elementary Education. Margaret put her education to good use as an elementary school and kindergarten teacher, most recently at VAE View Elementary School in Layton.

Margaret retired from teaching and turned her talents to a much “sweeter” line of work. As a self-described "super cocoa drinker", Margaret became an investor in the Stephen's Gourmet Hot Cocoa company. Stephen’s went on to win the BOSS (Best of State Statue) Award for food manufacturing and processing. Today Stephen’s food products are available in all 50 states.

Stephen’s was sold in 2005, and now Margaret splits her time between her home in Utah and her 200-acre ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming. She continues to be active in her philanthropic endeavors. The DeLonne Anderson Family Foundation, named for her late husband, is currently working with the Star Valley Medical Center Foundation Board.

Margaret is a life-long Aggie and has seen her children and grandchildren attend USU. She remains close to the university, giving generously to a number of university programs including scholarships for students in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and College of Business. She was a member of the Utah Botanical Center Foundation Board and is a sponsor of the Big Blue Golf Tournament. She is also a member of the Old Main Society along with many of her family. In recognition of her service, Margaret was awarded an Alumni Merit Citation in 2003.

USU Professor Who Helped Develop Tang Dies
Dr. D.K. “Chip” Salunkhe, a leader and pioneer in the nutrition and food science field, passed away in August at the age of 79. Dr. Salunkhe came to Cache Valley from India and became a founding member of USU’s Nutrition and Food Science and Technology Department. He worked on developing foods that would be suitable for astronauts during space flights. In the early 1960’s, Dr. Salunkhe and a number of colleagues began to research a way to change fruit juice into a powder form. This research led to the development of Tang, the famous drink mix that is still popular today.

Dr. Salunkhe retired as an emeritus professor at USU in 1986. He authored more than 500 scientific papers, 26 textbooks, and was recognized as one of the Institute of Science Information’s most cited scientists.

Dr. Salunkhe’s obituary can be found in the August 9, 2005 issue of The Herald Journal.

Aggie Named DSC President
The State Board of Regents selected Lee G. Caldwell as the 16th president of Dixie State College (DSC). Caldwell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Utah State University in 1972. Previous to this appointment, he worked as Executive Vice President of Academics for Dixie.

Caldwell was selected from a national search that considered 74 candidates from 31 states. He replaces retiring DSC President Robert D. Huddleston. Huddleston will return to teach at Dixie in 2006.

Before coming to Dixie State College, President Caldwell served on the administrations of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University, and the University of Utah. He also taught at the University of Utah and Sam Houston State University.

Space Dynamics Lab Wins Major Contract
Utah State University continues to solidify its place on the forefront of space research. The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), a nonprofit research corporation owned by USU, was awarded a University Affiliated Research Center contract by the Missile Defense Agency. The contract is worth up to $48 million dollars over five years. As part of the contract, the SDL will maintain a relationship with the Department of Defense for research, development, and other activities.

For more information on the Space Dynamics Laboratory, visit the SDL website at .

Upgrade to Lifetime Online
The Utah State University Alumni Association is pleased to announce that becoming an Alumni Lifetime Sustaining Member just got easier. The Alumni Sustaining Membership website is now up and running. To join, upgrade, or learn more visit .

All alumni who become Lifetime Sustaining Members, or any Annual Sustaining Members who upgrade to a Lifetime Membership, can choose a great free gift.

Polar Fleece Wrap up in this comfortable and WARM fleece jacket. The navy blue jacket is fully lined with nylon and features an adjustable waistband, two zippered front pockets, utility pocket on left sleeve, and inner zippered pocket. USU Alumni Association logo appears on front.
Taste of Cache Valley gift basket

Enjoy a taste of Cache Valley with this unique gift box of Cache Valley favorites. Items included in the box: Pepperidge Farm cookies (two kinds) and Goldfish snacks, Cox Honey, Gossner Foods’ Cheese Curds and shelf-stable flavored milk, Week’s Raspberry Jam, Lower's Beef Jerky, Bluebird Candy Pecan Roll and O'Aggie Bar, and Shaffer's Bakery Caramel Corn.

Golf Windshirt Show off your Aggie Pride with an Alumni Lifetime Member embroidered wind jacket. This jacket was designed for comfort with a water resistant microfiber outer shell and a breathable, soft mesh lining. Color is sand with navy trim.
Alumni Watch Keep time in Aggie style with a Relic brand watch. Details include analog movement, dial imprints, leather strap, water-resistant to 30m/165ft, USU Alumni Association logo.

Back to the Buzzer

The ROTC sets up a "big gun" overlooking the valley '28


Utah State University Alumni Relations sponsors many exciting events throughout the year. To keep informed about the most current ones, visit often.




Chapter News

Cache County Aggie Chapter
May 2005 Golf Tournament

Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
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
June 20, 2005Utah/SLC Chapter Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point
July 30, 2005 Family Swim Party and Aggie Ice Cream Night

Weber County Aggie Chapter
August 20, 2005 - Golf Tournament
This is a great way to help raise scholarship funds for students to attend Utah State University. The Tournament will be held at the Schneiters Riverside Golf Course in Ogden. Come enjoy 18-holes of great golf! Tee off time is at 1:00 p.m., followed by a scrumptious barbecue dinner hosted by USU alumni at 6:00 p.m. that day. Get your reservations in now to ensure your tee time. Click here to download a registration form.

Cost: $50/person which includes golf, cart and barbecue. (Barbecue alone is $15.00/person).
For more information, call Willie Duersch at (801)776-2209.

Save The Date
October 1, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate party at the University of Idaho
October 8, 2005 - Homecoming
October 15, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate party at Fresno State
October 22, 2005 - Idaho Aggie Chapters Tailgate at Romney Stadium
November 12, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate party at the University of Hawaii

Note: More information on these events will be forthcoming.


Spencer Nelson Competes at Rocky Mountain Revue
Spencer Nelson, the former Aggie basketball star, joined with other NBA hopefuls at the annual Rocky Mountain Revue in July. The Revue is one of the NBA’s premier summer leagues and this year featured Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, San Antonio, and Seattle, in addition to the Jazz.

Nelson moved from the power forward/center position he played at USU to the small forward position for the Revue. Despite the change, the former Aggie played well. Nelson tied for the highest field-goal percentage overall with .571 on 8-14 shooting. He was also the third highest rebounder on the team.



2005-06 Aggie Basketball Schedule Announced
The Aggies begin their first year of competition in the Western Athletic Conference after playing in the Big West for the last 27 years. The team opens up with an exihibition game against Occidental College on November 4.

For the complete schedule, click here .

Travel Opportunities

HawaiiHawaii and Aggie Football - Limited Space Still Available!
November 9-15, 2005
Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Hawaii and the thrill of Aggie football at the same time. The Alumni Association invites all Aggies to join them for a five-night stay at the Pacific Beach Hotel and cheer on the Aggies as they battle the University of Hawaii Rainbows.
For more information on upcoming alumni travel events, visit
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