Albrecht Named New USU President
didn’t have to look very far for its new president. Stan
Albrecht, formerly the executive vice president and vice
provost, was unanimously voted Utah State’s 15th president
by the Utah Board of Regents. This appointment came after
former USU President Kermit Hall’s resignation. President
Albrecht officially assumed his new post on February 1,
Albrecht’s career in education spans many successful decades.
He received his bachelor’s degree from BYU, and his master’s
degree and doctorate from Washington State University.
After completing his education, he served in a variety
of positions at BYU, and as an administrator and professor
at the University of Florida. President Albrecht began
his career at USU as an assistant professor of sociology
a president is the most important assignment we have,”
said Board of Regents Chair Nolan E. Karras. “We are pleased
to name the right man at the right time.”
Albrecht is married to Joyce Albrecht, former associate
vice president for University Advancement.
year Utah State University holds the Founders Day celebration.
This event is conducted in honor of the founding of USU
on March 8, 1888. Part of the day’s festivities is the
Alumni Association’s Founders Day Banquet, which honors
the year’s winners of the Distinguished Service and Distinguished
year's event will take place on Saturday, March 5 at the
Little America Hotel Ballroom in Salt Lake City. The reception
will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner following at 7 p.m.
The cost is $40 per person and formal attire is encouraged.
All Aggies are invited to attend. Please RSVP to the USU
Alumni Association by Friday, Feb. 25 at (435)797-2055
Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipients
you love college football in the West, there’s a good
chance you’ve heard of David Kragthorpe. You might remember
him from his days as a two way tackle (’51-’54) at Utah
State University, where he also played baseball. Following
his graduation (BS ’55, MS ’63), Mr. Kragthorpe coached
the Idaho State Bengals to their first national championship
and was chosen Coach of the Year by the Pac 10 for his
success at Oregon State.
1994, he was hired by the USU Alumni Association to resurrect
the university’s alumni chapters. Today, despite officially
retiring four years ago, Mr. Kragthorpe can still be found
at his desk in the Alumni Office, overseeing the USU alumni
chapters in Idaho and northern Nevada.
Doyle “Dode” Rees
While his career may have taken him all over
the world, Colonel Doyle “Dode” Rees has always stayed
close to his roots. Born in Benson, Utah, Col. Rees attended
the Utah Agricultural College and earned the nickname
“High-Power” Rees as a lineman on the football team.
graduating from UAC, Col. Rees planned to attend law school,
but was called into military service at the outbreak of
World War II, just short of graduation. Following the
war, he was promoted to colonel in the U.S. Air Force
and became part of the Office of Special Investigations.
He also served in the Pentagon as commandant of the Air
Force Investigation School.
Rees retired from the Air Force in 1963, but his was not
the typical retirement. From his home in Logan, he worked
for the CIA as a special investigator, chaired the boards
of the Cache County March of Dimes and American Red Cross,
and established an ROTC Scholarship at USU.
Distinguished Service Award Recipients
W. Bullen was born and raised in Logan, Utah, where he
graduated with a degree in business from Utah State University
in 1978. Today, he is one of the largest stockholders
of portfolio real estate assets managed by Wasatch Property
Management, with holdings and properties in Utah, Arizona,
Nevada, and California. In addition, he is the owner and
president of Provo College, Eagle Gate College, and Evolution
Fitness. He is also the owner and manager of Bullen and
Harris LLC, a management and investment company.
Bullen’s community service includes serving as the executive
director of the Capitol Arts Alliance from 1990-1992.
The Alliance spearheaded the renovation of the Ellen Eccles
Theatre and Bullen Center in downtown Logan. In addition
to serving as a trustee and board member of the Mormon
Historic Sites Foundation, he also serves as chairman
of the Utah State University Foundation and the Oquirrh
Institute, and is a member of the Utah Opera Chorus.
and Moonyeen Anderson
Richard and Moonyeen Anderson have participated
in a long career of service, both to USU and their community.
Mrs. Anderson graduated from Utah State in 1958 with a
degree in social work, while Mr. Anderson followed a year
later with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Together, they have done much to support USU and the College
of Engineering, including an endowed scholarship and a
naming gift for the new Richard and Moonyeen Anderson
Wireless Communication Research and Education Center located
in the new engineering building.
Anderson enjoyed careers with Hewlett-Packard and the
Microwave and Communication Group. He currently serves
as a trustee for the Utah State University Foundation
and is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory
Board. Mrs. Anderson has used her education to serve as
a counselor with the LDS Church Social Service Program.
Bonnie Parkin has been called upon many times
to act as a leader to those around her. She served as
the ASUSU Senior Class Vice President and as President
of the Kappa Delta Sorority. Mrs. Parkin graduated from
USU in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
and has put that education to good use. She has been PTA
president, docent, and Utah Senate Page. Within the LDS
Church, she served on the Relief Society General Board
and in the Young Women’s General Presidency. Currently,
she presides as General President of the Relief Society.
Utah State, she has given generously to the Bonnie Dansie
Parkin scholarship. In 2003, Mrs. Parkin was awarded the
Alumni Merit Citation.
You Fall in Love in the Merrill Library?
As USU prepares to say good-bye to the Merrill Library,
the USU Libraries Office wants to capture some of the
memories that were made in the 75-year old building. Did
you find your true love in the library? If so, they hope
you will share those memories of how and when you met,
and how the Merrill played a part in your love story.
Additionally, if you have a wedding photo or a picture
of you both during your courtship, they would be honored
to include it in the Merrill
love story chronicle. They will be sure
to return the photo to you promptly!
your story and a picture to:
State University Libraries
Attention: Kim Winger
3000 Old Main Hill
email it to email@example.com
Mutual Safety Tips
a service to USU alumni, Liberty Mutual offers special
winter safety articles.
Click here for important safety information about
Snow Shoveling. Click
here for safety information about Sledding & Tobogganing.
Liberty Mutual is one of the USU Alumni Association's
valued partners. They offer discounted Auto & Homeowner’s
Insurance to all Aggies. For a free quote, call (800)524-9400.
Alumni Sustaining Member Benefits
USU Outdoor Recreation Center plans a variety of
single-day and multi-day trips, as well as specially arranged
trips for groups of five or more. The ORC also stocks
outdoor equipment for rent. Normally only students,faculty,
and staff at USU could enjoy all the ORC has to offer.
Now you can use your Sustaining Membership to take advantage
of the ORC’s trip offers and equipment rentals. For all
the details, contact John Louviere at (435)797-0556 or
You can also visit the USU ORC website at www.usu.edu/orc.
The Campus Recreation
staff would like to extend an invitation to USU Alumni
Sustaining Members to take advantage of one of the largest,
most comprehensive university recreational activity programs
Department of Campus Recreation houses and advises six
major recreation and conservation programs: Intramurals,
Club Sports, Informal Recreation and Recreation Instruction
Program. These programs are run by professionals, students
and volunteers. Check out all the Campus Recreation
sponsored events, activities, and volunteer service projects
West Basketball Tournament
Big West Basketball Tournament is coming up fast. Don't
miss the Aggie Pre-Game Party on Friday, March 11, 2005
at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in California. The event will
take place from 3-5 p.m. on the Sunset Deck, Fifth Floor.
Come and enjoy great tailgate food, raffles, and give-aways.
cost is $10 per person if you wear Aggie blue, $15 otherwise.
Students with USU ID and wearing blue can get in for only
$5. Children 6-12 are also $5, and children 5-and-under
more information about the party or to RSVP, contact USU
Alumni Relations by March 7 at (435)797-2055 or (800)291-2586.
For tickets to the game, call
(888)-USTATE1 or visit www.utahstateaggies.com.
more information on travel and hotel options, and to book
a reservation, contact Columbus Travel at (800)373-3328
and ask for the Big West Basketball Package Specials.
Back to the Buzzer
Cowboy's Sweethearts dance at a 1959 Traveling Assembly.
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
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Cache County Regional Theatre Company production of the
“Scarlet Pimpernel” is set to take the stage with
a current USU student in the lead role. Matt Dickamore,
an Interior Design major, plays the role of Sir Percy
in the retelling of the literary classic by Baroness Emmuska
Orczy. In the story, Percy leads his band of crusaders
in saving innocent citizens during the bloody French Revolution.
has a little bit of everything: comedy, drama, romance,
sword-fighting, and an amazing musical score,” says Dickamore.
“Scarlet Pimpernel” will be performed Feb. 18, 19 and
24-26 at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan. Tickets and
more information are available by calling the Eccles Theatre
Jazz Night at
your Valentine’s Day a little early with the Jazz Night
at the Sky Club, brought to you by the Utah State
University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. The orchestra
will be joined by featured vocalists and special guest
artist Larry Smith. The event takes place Feb. 11 and
12 at 7 p.m. in the Skyroom Restaurant.
in the authentic atmosphere of a 1930s nightclub as you’re
surrounded by the sounds of smooth jazz. Dance with that
special someone as the orchestra and vocalists serenade
you with the music of Bobby Darin, Duke Ellington, Glenn
Miller, and more.
cost is $29 per person. Contact the USU Ticket Office
at (435)797-0305 for reservations and more information.
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Cache County Aggie Chapter
– USU vs. Idaho Basketball Pre-Game Party.
Come meet the new USU President Stan Albrecht as the Cache
County Aggie Chapter hosts a Pre-Game Party at Hamilton's
Restaurant. The event will be held prior to the USU-Idaho
Basketball Game on March 4. A Soup and Salad bar will
be available for $10 per person from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
(prior to the 7 p.m. start of the game).
May 2005 –
Los Angeles County Aggie Chapter
- Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser in Anaheim,
Contact the USU Alumni Association at 797-2055 for more
Orange County Aggie Chapter
19, 2005 -
USU vs. Cal State Fullerton Pre-Game Barbeque
Contact the USU Alumni Association at 797-2055 for more
Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
20, 2005 – “To Kill A Mockingbird”
at the Hale Center Theatre
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.