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USU Alumni Spotlight - Katie L. Dixon

Since earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Speech, and English from USU, Katie L. Dixon has worked to improve the lives of people all over the world. Following her 1945 graduation, she continued her academic career by studying foreign affairs at the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, American University, and Brigham Young University. Throughout her professional career, she remained close to USU by serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Partners in Business and on the Board of the Festival of the American West.

Dixon’s professional life includes a 20-year tenure as Salt Lake County Recorder, a position she held until her retirement in 1995. She also worked as Executive Director for the Utah Association of Retarded Citizens and Community Services Director for KCPX Channel 4. Dixon used her education in foreign affairs when she traveled abroad as a member of the National Association of Counties to study the political processes of countries such as the People’s Republic of China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Israel.

Wherever her career took her, Dixon committed herself to creating opportunities for women in the political process. She was instrumental in several national leadership societies opening up their membership to women. As a founding member of Women of the National Association of Counties, she was invited to discuss county issues with the Special Assistant to the President for Local Affairs.

Among her many awards and honors is an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Salt Lake Community College, the Distinguished Alumnus and Robins Alumnus of the Year awards from Utah State University, the Senator Arthur V. Watkins Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, and listings in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in American Politics.

Long-time USU Music Professor Dies
Max Foreman Dalby spent his life sharing the gift of music with all those around him. The long-time USU faculty member passed away on March 20, 2005 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, 9 children, 27 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Max had previously been married to Betty Marler until her death in 1992.

Max Dalby received a bachelor’s from Brigham Young University, a master’s from San Diego State University, and Ed.D from Utah State University. He performed the clarinet with the Utah Symphony during the symphony’s early years and conducted the 249th Army Ground Forces Band in the Canal Zone, Panama. Throughout his life, he served in numerous professional organizations and as conductor, clinician and adjudicator in 25 states, Canada, and Europe.

But it is for his years as an educator that many will remember Dalby. He joined USU as a faculty member in 1957. During his time at Utah State, he served as coordinator of music education, director of bands, head of the music department, conductor of the USU Symphony Orchestra, co-founder and conductor of the Cache Chamber Orchestra, and founder and conductor of the USU Alumni Band. In addition, Dalby gave thousands of private music lessons throughout his teaching career. For his years of service, he received the USU Distinguished Service Award in 1989 and was named Alumnus of the Year in 1994.

Contributions can be given to the Max. F. Dalby Endowment Fund in care of the USU Music Department, 4015 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4015.

New USU Board of Trustees Chairman Named
Richard L. Shipley begins his tenure as chairman of the USU Board of Trustees this summer. Shipley (BS – History ’68, MA – History ’69) is the former president and CEO of Shipley Associates, which he founded in 1972. For his professional accomplishments, Shipley was named Utah’s Small Business Person of the Year in 1992.

He has also been involved in improving education in Utah. Shipley is an Old Main Sustaining Member, has served on the HASS Deans Advancement Council, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity. In addition, he and his wife, Joyce, established the Lyle Shipley Scholarship Endowment Fund for graduates of Preston High School.

Shipley has been a member of the board since 2003. He will replace former Lt. Gov. Gayle McKeachnie as chairman.

Grad Continues Aggie Family Tradition
Mitch Davis (BS – English ’05) concluded his college career at USU’s 113th Commencement Ceremony and joins a long line of Aggie graduates in his family. Both Mitch’s parents, Brent and Ellen Davis, are USU grads, along with his brother, both sets of grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. But the Aggie that Mitch is most often associated with is his late great-grandfather, E. G. Peterson.

E. G. Peterson served as President of Utah State Agricultural College from 1916-1945. During his 29-year tenure, President Peterson lived in a small model farmhouse located on Old Main Hill. Today, this farmhouse is the David B. Haight Alumni Center, the same building that Mitch has worked in since coming to USU in 1998.

“It’s been great to have the opportunity to work in the same house my great-grandfather lived,” Mitch explains. “As a matter of fact, my grandfather was born in one of the offices right down the hall.”

Mitch has enjoyed his time working for the USU Alumni Association, where he writes the monthly newsletter, Aggie Insights . He plans to leave soon to pursue other career opportunities, but his family’s Aggie tradition continues. Mitch’s younger brother, Spencer, is currently an Engineering student at Utah State.

New Lifetime Sustaining Member Gifts
The Utah State University Alumni Association is pleased to announce an exciting new offer. All alumni who become Lifetime Sustaining Members, or any 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.

For more information about joining the Alumni Association or upgrading your current membership, contact the USU Alumni Association at (435)797-2055, (800)291-2586, or alumni@cc.usu.edu.

Romney Stadium Construction Update
Construction on a multi-phased campaign to renovate Romney Stadium is underway with the creation of a new entrance to the south side of the stadium. The first phase is one of four scheduled over the next couple of years with the total cost of the campaign expected to reach $28M.

Despite the unseasonably wet and cold weather the contractor of the project has had to deal with this spring, Phase I of the campaign is on target and will be finished by the season opener on September 3. Phase I includes a new concession area, restroom facility upgrades, ticket office, a plaza with wider concourses and eight “huge” pillars.

Romney Stadium Construction

Phase II of the campaign is expected to begin after the final home football game this season and be finished for the 2006 season. The second phase includes removing the existing press box and replacing it with a new, three story facility complete with skyboxes, club seating, elevators and press area.

Phases III – a complex in the north end zone that would house USU’s sports medicine, strength and conditioning, equipment room, football offices and new locker rooms, and Phase IV – a Hall of Fame on the south concourse, are scheduled to begin once the funding is in place. The majority of the funding for the campaign is coming through private donations and gifts.

To learn more about the Romney Stadium campaign, visit www.romneystadium.com.

Back to the Buzzer
Students get to work in the Engineering Building ('45)
Students get to work in the Engineering Building ('45)


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.

Old Lyric Repertory Company Summer Schedule
The Old Lyric Repertory Company announces a new summer line-up of shows. Enjoy fantastic performances of “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof”, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “The Fantastics”, and “You Can’t Take It With You”. For information on show times, tickets, and box office locations, visit www.usu.edu/lyric or call (435)797-1500.


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Chapter News

Cache County Aggie Chapter
Postponed - June 10 , 2005 Cache County Golf Tournament on Old Main Hill. The Tournament is rescheduled for September 23, 2005. More information will be available at a later date.

Eastern Idaho Aggie Chapter
July 27, 2005 - President's Visit at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls

Portland Aggie Chapter
July 2, 2005 - Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo and Barbecue

Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
June 20, 2005Utah/SLC Chapter Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point
September 10, 2005 - USU vs. Utah Pregame Party

Summit County Aggie Chapter
July 30, 2005 - Aggie Swim Party from 6-9 p.m. at the South Summit Aquatic Center

Utah County Aggie Chapter
June 20, 2005Utah/SLC Chapter Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point
July 15, 2005Aggie Family Swim Night at the Scera Pool

Weber County Aggie Chapter
July 9, 2005 - Aggie Day at the Mall from 10-2 p.m. at the Newgate Mall
July 16, 2005 - Aggie Car Show
August 20, 2005 - Golf Tournament

Note: More information on these events will be forthcoming.


Aggie Tracksters Head To NCAA Championships
Utah State University will field two competitors at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, CA. Mike Nielson and Tiffany Strickland will face the best athletes in the nation in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meter steeplechase, respectively. Nielson earned an at-large selection by virtue of his 13:56.76 time in the 5,000 meters set last April. His time represents the 18th best time in that event in the country. Strickland earned an automatic bid after placing third in the steeplechase at the NCAA Regional Championships held in May. Her time of 10:21.20 was a new school record.

The NCAA Track and Field Championships take place June 8-11.

New Assistant Basketball Coach Named
In a move to make an already excellent team better, USU Men’s Basketball Coach Stew Morrill announced the hiring of Don Holst as an assistant coach. Holst spent the last 15 years coaching at the University of Montana. He began his coaching career as an assistant to Coach Morrill in 1988 when Morrill was head coach at Montana. From 1999 to 2002, Holst served as head coach, leading Montana to the NCAA Tournament for only the fourth time in school history.

Travel Opportunities

HawaiiHawaii and Aggie Football
November 8-14, 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 www.usu.edu/alumni/travel.html.
Katie L. Dixon
Katie L. Dixon








Max F. Dalby
Max F. Dalby







Richard L. Shipley
Richard L. Shipley


Mitch Davis
Mitch Davis alongside portrait of E.G. Peterson
Photo by Julie Sagers





































































Tiffany Strickland
Tiffany Strickland
Photo by Matt A. Brown
Mike Nielson
Mike Nielson
Photo by John Zsiray
Don Holst
Don Holst
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