the last three years, Big Blue has been a fixture at athletic
and community events alike. But until now, few have known
the true identity of USU’s most recognizable personality.
That all changed during halftime of the USU vs. Idaho
basketball game on Friday, March 4, when the head came
off and Bo Roundy was introduced.
a relief,” said Bo after the game. “It was very hard to
stand in front of the crowd and get the attention.”
originally came to Utah State to play football, but a
shoulder injury ended his playing days. Undeterred, he
joined the cheer squad. After a year of cheering Bo heard
about the need for someone to take over the mascot duties.
Since that time, he has never missed an opportunity to
back at his career, Bo points to the relationships he
made as his fondest memories. He loved to join with other
mascots, such as the Jazz Bear, and perform for audiences.
He also enjoyed the freedom being in the Big Blue suit
why I do it," he explained. "I can be crazy
and people don't know who I am."
will finish the last few games as Big Blue before graduation.
After that, he will probably become a teacher, though
he doesn’t rule out putting on another mascot uniform
for an NBA team. For now, Bo has written a children’s
book, My Friend Big Blue, based on his experiences.
Anyone who would like a copy can pick one up at: Deseret
First Credit Union, Lee’s Marketplace, Mr. Mac, The Booktable,
or online at the USU Bookstore. A website for additional
online orders is coming soon.
Colonel John P. Stokes is a 1985 graduate of Utah State
University (B.S. Marketing). He is a Distinguished Military
Graduate from the Army ROTC Department and served over
13 years as an Army Officer in both stateside and overseas
He left active duty military
service to serve as a pilot for the U.S. Government performing
sensitive support missions worldwide. After the events
of September 11, 2001, Colonel Stokes reentered military
service as a C-130 Tactical Airlift Pilot for the U.S.
Air Force Reserve out of Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
January, he assumed command of the 746th Expeditionary
Airlift Squadron, a squadron comprised of Air Force Reserve
Command and Air National Guard C-130 aircraft and personnel.
Colonel Stokes recently sent the Alumni Association the
following story: “In
Afghanistan, C-130s are providing emergency airdrops of
food to supply U.S. troops on the ground whose travel
is hampered by snow and bad weather. I heard an awesome
story from last week of a Hercules (our plane’s name)
trying to get in to airdrop in bad weather. The crew descended
out of the clouds in order to proceed to the planned drop
zone below the clouds. The terrain in this area is very
mountainous so it is a challenging task. As the crew flew
to the planned drop site they could not find any markings
to identify the drop zone. As fuel was running low a crewmember
transmitted on the radio, ‘Do you have any Gatorade or
Kool-Aid?’ The answer from the ground was ‘Yes!’ They
were then asked to spread the purple Kool-aid over the
snow. The Herc rolled in for the drop again and was able
to identify the zone and get the entire load out for the
troops on the ground.”
appreciate all the prayers of faithful folks back home. Our
young men and women continue to amaze me at how well they
do their jobs day in and day out. Our country can truly
be proud of them."
Rankings and Awards
you know that the Princeton Review named Utah
State University “Best in the West”? Or that Consumer
Digest ranked USU #6 in the nation for “Best Value”?
These are just two of the many honors that the university
has received recently. For more information, go to www.usu.edu/usugreats/
to see more.
Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant
of USU’s own, Roger K. Kjelgren, was recently awarded
a Fulbright Scholar grant to Thailand for the 2005-06
academic year. Kjelgren is an associate professor of urban
horticulture in Utah State University’s Department of
Plants, Soils and Biometeorology. This grant will allow
him to spend six months teaching at Kasetsart University
in Bangkok. Following his time in Thailand, Kjelgren will
serve as a visiting lecturer at the University of Queensland
Fulbright Scholar Program was established in 1946 to help
build mutual understanding between the people of the United
States and other countries. Professor Kjelgren is one
of approximately 800 faculty and professionals traveling
abroad this year.
Alumni Sustaining Member Benefit
The Cub River
Lodge and Guest Ranch is nestled in the beautiful surroundings
up Cub River Canyon near Preston, Idaho, at Deer Cliff.
They offer year-round accommodations for lodging, camping,
hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, and outdoor recreation.
Enjoy breathtaking scenery, as well as ATV, horse, snowmobile,
and RV rentals, or relax in the swimming pool and hot
tub. USU Sustaining Members receive the first night
free on a four night stay.
The Cub River Lodge and
Guest Ranch is also available for receptions, weddings,
luncheons, seminars, workshops, family reunions, and more.
Sustaining Members get a 25% discount on facility rental.
Contact the Cub River Lodge
and Guest Ranch toll-free at (866)400-2124, or email them
from their website at www.cubriverguestranch.com.
view all the benefits and discounts available to our Sustaining
Members, click here. To
join online now, follow this
Alumni Travel Benefits Update
University Alumni Travel Benefits program offers world-class
condominium rentals at a discount to USU Alumni Sustaining
Members. For a limited time, Sustaining Members can receive
$50 off their reservation with a check-in during April
and May, 2005. Check the Alumni
Association’s benefits and services page for more
information. To join the USU Alumni Sustaining Member
program, click here.
Back to the Buzzer
Aggies take on Utah in 1970
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
May 2005 –
Los Angeles & Orange County
29, 2005 –
Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
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.
Aggies Finish Big at Track and Field
was made at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track
and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. Aggie Michael
Nielson became the first USU 3,000 meters champion, just
beating out Japheth Ng’ojoy from UTEP. Nielson’s
finish, combined with wins by Zach Lloyd in shot put and
Christian Lee in the pole vault, lifted USU to a second
place overall finish in the competition. Last month, Reece
Hulbert set a school record in the heptathlon and earned
a second place finish in that event. This was Utah State
’s first appearance at the WAC Championships.
All-Century Basketball Team Named
State University has a long tradition of success when
it comes to college basketball. Recently, the
USU All-Century Basketball team was named to celebrate
100 years of Aggie basketball.
Tony Brown (1999-2002)
Bert Cook (1950-52)
Wayne Estes (1963-65)
– also chosen as the All-Century MVP
Eric Franson (1991,
Greg Grant (1983-86)
Cornell Green (1960-62)
Shaler Halimon (1967-68)
Dean Hunger (1977,
Brian Jackson (1979-81)
Bob Lauriski (1971-73)
Jimmy Moore (1973-75)
Spencer Nelson (1999,
Marvin Roberts (1969-71)
Marcus Saxon (1997-98)
Nate Williams (1970-71)
For more information on
the All-Century team, click
2005 Aggie Auction
your support for Aggie Athletics by participating in the
2005 Aggie Auction. The auction will take place on April
23 in the TSC Ballroom at USU. Come bid on a variety of
merchandise, including show tickets and electronics. Check
out the Big
Blue Club website after March 15 for a list of the
auction items. For more information, or to donate an item
to the auction, call 797-BLUE or Tom Hale at 797-1828.
2005 Football Schedule Announced
football heads into the 2005 season with a new coach and
a new conference. Check out the season
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,
29-August 9, 2005
This seven-day cruise departs Copenhagen, Denmark
and visits Norwegian ports including Flam, Bergen,
and Oslo while also sailing the beautiful fjords.
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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.
more information on upcoming alumni travel events,