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USU Alumni Spotlight - John Williams

Originally from Grace, Idaho, John Williams, President of Gastronomy, Inc., is a restaurateur by profession, but a preservation architect at heart. Many of the seeds for these joint interests were planted when he was a student at Utah State University.

Over the last twenty-five years, Mr. Williams has spearheaded the renovation and reuse of five historic Salt Lake City buildings. His dedication to these projects has not gone unnoticed. The National Trust for Historic Preservation honored him and his partners with its highest award, the National Trust Honor Award in 1998. Former Governor Bangerter praised Mr. Williams for his “significant contribution to the vitality and growth of the economy of the state of Utah, for providing outstanding leadership in the business community, and for premier achievements within the industry.”

Mr. Williams’ vision for historical preservation began in 1976 when he saw an exciting future for the condemned New York Hotel. He purchased the building and worked with architects, artisans and trades people to create a new life for the old hotel. Similar imaginative transformations followed, including turning the historical 1930 Firehouse No. 8 on 1300 East into the Market Street Boiler, and the old Salt Lake City High School into Club Baci, Baci Trattoria, and Café Pierpont.

Mr. Williams attended Utah State University, but his eagerness to follow his dreams interrupted his education. However, this has not diminished his love for the Aggies. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Williams also served as the inaugural chair of the Dean’s Advancement Council for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Today, he continues to serve as a member of the Advancement Council.

Stan Albrecht Named New USU President
USU 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, 2005.

President 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 in 1970.

“Selecting 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.”

President Albrecht is married to Joyce Albrecht, former associate vice president for University Advancement.

Founders Day Honorees
Every 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 Alumnus Awards.

This 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 or (800)291-2586.

2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipients

David Kragthorpe
If 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.

In 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.

Col. 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.

After 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.

Col. 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.

2005 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Jonathan Bullen
Jonathan 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.

Mr. 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.

Richard 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.

Mr. 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
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.

At Utah State, she has given generously to the Bonnie Dansie Parkin scholarship. In 2003, Mrs. Parkin was awarded the Alumni Merit Citation.

Did 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 LibraryMerrill love story chronicle. They will be sure to return the photo to you promptly!

Send your story and a picture to:
Utah State University Libraries
Attention: Kim Winger
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Or email it to kim.winger@usu.edu

Liberty Mutual Safety Tips
As 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.

New Alumni Sustaining Member Benefits
The 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 john.louviere@usu.edu. 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 available.

The Department of Campus Recreation houses and advises six major recreation and conservation programs: Intramurals, Outdoor Recreation Center, Utah Conservation Corps, 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 at www.usu.edu/camprec.

Big West Basketball Tournament
The 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.

The 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 are free.

For 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.

For 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

The Cowboy's Sweethearts dance at a 1959 Traveling Assembly.


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.

Community Events
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The 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.

“It has a little bit of everything: comedy, drama, romance, sword-fighting, and an amazing musical score,” says Dickamore.

The “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 at (435)752-0026.

Jazz Night at the Skyroom
Start 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.

Dine 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.

The cost is $29 per person. Contact the USU Ticket Office at (435)797-0305 for reservations and more information.


Check out the Classnotes section of the alumni website.  Included are 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 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
March 4, 2005USU 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 Golf Tournament

Los Angeles County Aggie Chapter
March 10, 2005 - Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser in Anaheim, CA.
Contact the USU Alumni Association at 797-2055 for more information.

Orange County Aggie Chapter
February 19, 2005 - USU vs. Cal State Fullerton Pre-Game Barbeque
Contact the USU Alumni Association at 797-2055 for more information.

Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
April 20, 2005“To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Hale Center Theatre
June 20, 2005Utah/SLC Chapter Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point
July 30, 2005 Family Swim Party and Aggie Ice Cream Night

Utah County Aggie Chapter
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.


Aggie Football Coaching Staff Coming Together
More new faces are making their way to Logan as new USU Football Head Coach Brent Guy puts together his coaching staff. For more information, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/newsletter/USUFootballCoaches.htm.

New Football Signees
In addition to the new coaches, Aggie football recently signed 23 new players to the team. Of that number, 21 are recent high school graduates and two are junior college transfers.

To check out the new additions, click here.

Big Blue Club Golf Tournament
The Big Blue Club invites all Aggies to join them for the Big Blue Club Golf Tournament. The event will take place on Feb. 28 in Mesquite, NV at the beautiful Falcon Ridge Golf Course. Tee-off is set for 10:00 a.m.

For more information, get in touch with Kathy Rigby at (435)797-BLUE or kathy.rigby@usu.edu.

Aggies in the NFL Wrap-up
The 2004 NFL season is in the books. This year, two former Aggies posted outstanding years.

Kevin Curtis was selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. This came after a hugely successful career at USU. As an integral part of the high flying, high scoring Rams offensive, Curtis finished the year as the team’s fifth leading receiver. He caught 32 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns.

A year after Curtis entered the NFL, Chris Cooley was drafted in the third round by the Washington Redskins. He enjoyed a phenomenal rookie season, starting eight games as the Redskins’ tight end. Cooley recorded 314 yards receiving, with six touchdown catches.

Travel Opportunities

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


John Williams
John Williams






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Stan Albrecht







David Kragthorpe

David Kragthorpe


Col. Doyle Rees
Col. Doyle Rees



Jonathan Bullen
Jonathan Bullen


Richard and Moonyeen Anderson
Richard and Moonyeen Anderson

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Kevin Curtis
Kevin Curtis
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Chris Cooley
Chris Cooley
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