Receives $4.5 Million Gift
On May 5,
Utah State University received a $4.5 million gift from
the estate of Ray L. and Eloise Hoopes Lillywhite. This
is the second largest individual gift in the university’s
history. Ray L. Lillywhite served as student body president
at USU before graduating in 1933 with a degree in political
science. His wife, Eloise, graduated with a bachelor’s
degree in Elementary Education in 1931.
The gift will be divided
up, with $2 million going to establish the Ray L. and
Eloise Hoopes Lillywhite Endowed Chair in Speech-Language
and Pathology in the Department of Communicative Disorders
and Deaf Education. Another
$2 million will be used to create the Ray L. and Eloise
Hoopes Lillywhite University Scholars Endowment. The
rest of the gift will enhance the existing Joanne Lillywhite
Christensen Scholarship Endowment in Speech-Language Pathology.
Win NASA's Moonbuggy Race
the College of Engineering brought home their first victory
in NASA’s 12th Annual “Great Moonbuggy Race” in Huntsville,
Alabama. The Utah State team, comprised of students from
the mechanical and aerospace engineering departments,
beat out 28 other colleges and universities in only their
second attempt to earn the $3,500 first place check.
Each school was to design
a human-powered vehicle that could fit into a space no
bigger than four feet by four feet by four feet. The vehicle
then had to be unfolded by its two drivers and raced over
a half-mile obstacle course. The USU vehicle completed
the course in 3 minutes 59 seconds.
The moonbuggy is the culmination
of months of planning and building by the USU team. As
each competition requires a new design, the moonbuggy
will find a home at the university where it will go on
rain couldn't dampen the spirits of graduating Aggies
and their families last Saturday, May 7. With rain falling
steadily all morning, USU candidates marched from the
Nelson Field House to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to receive
their graduation certificates. Former pro football
player and USU alumnus, Merlin Olsen, delivered the featured
address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony.
from 47 states and 36 nations were among the approximately
3,428 students to receive bachelor's degrees. For more
information on the 2005 graduating class click
Students weren’t the only
ones being honored at Utah State University’s 113th Commencement.
A number of prominent alumni were awarded honorary degrees,
Niranjan R. Gandhi (MS – Bacteriology ’70, PhD
– Public Health ’72) received a Doctorate of Agriculture.
Bernice H. McCowin (BS – Education ’49, ME – Family
and Human Development ’96) was bestowed with a Doctorate
David G. Sant (BS – Electrical Engineering ’62,
MS – Electrical Engineering ’64) was awarded a Doctorate
George Ralph Wanlass was bestowed with a Doctorate
view USU's Commencement scrapbook, click
New Library Gets a
The new USU library
currently under construction has now been given a name.
The Utah State University Board of Trustees approved a
recommendation to name the new facility the Merrill-Cazier
The 200,000 square foot
addition is due for completion in fall 2005. The library
will replace the 74-year-old Merrill Library, named for
the former vice president of academic affairs, which is
scheduled for demolition in 2006. The new Merrill-Cazier
Library is being built as an addition to the existing
Cazier Science and Technology Library. The Sci-Tech Library
was built in 1995 and named in honor of USU’s 12th president.
The $40 million Merrill-Cazier
Library will combine USU’s two libraries under one roof
and feature a 150-computer learning commons and 30 group
Names Their Teacher of the Year
Dr. Beth Foley’s
impressive achievements as an academic are easy to see.
It’s the way she got to where she is that surprises people.
What many don’t know about the 2005 Utah Statesman Teacher
of the Year is she paid for her doctorate degree with
prize money from a bikini contest. While working as a
kindergarten teacher, Dr. Foley entered the swimsuit competition.
The $10,000 scholarship made it possible for her to continue
The Boston native received
her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from the
University of Massachusetts before coming to USU. For
the last 12 years, Dr. Foley has taught in the Department
of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. The focus
of her work is literacy development for people with severe
Last year, Dr. Foley was
named the 2004 Teacher of the Year for her contributions
to her students and thousands of individuals with disabilities.
Awards Honor USU's Best
Main’s “A” glowed blue on April 16 in honor of those receiving
awards at the 48th annual Robins Awards. The night’s top
honor, the Bill Robins Memorial Award, went to Jay Price
for his academic excellence, leadership, and dedication.
The Val R. Christensen Service Award went to the Val R.
Christensen Service Center for the Center’s efforts in
raising money for the tsunami victims. Melissa Baggaley
won Female Athlete of the Year, with Spencer Nelson taking
Male Athlete of the Year.
For complete coverage of
the event, visit click
America Show Coming Up
Celebrate America Show” is an elegant evening of big-band
entertainment combining dinner, dancing, and a spectacular
Broadway-style show. The show is all new each year and
showcases entertainment that America loves, especially
the World War II Era.
Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner catered by the award-winning
Utah State University food services and entertainment
by the popular Celebrate America Singers and Dancers.
The evening concludes with dancing, or just listening,
to the music of big band greats performed by the impressive
Performances are September 8, 9, and 10. Public tickets
go on sale mid-July at the USU Ticket Office (888)878-2831.
Tables for ten are available at (435)753-1551 until July.
The Celebrate America Show is a not-for-profit corporation.
For more information, please see the website at www.celebrateamericashow.com.
Blue Book Now Available Online
was reported in the March issue of Aggie Insights,
Bo Roundy, a.k.a. Big Blue, was recently honored for his
years as USU’s beloved mascot. Roundy published a children’s
book, entitled My Friend Big Blue, based on his
experiences. To learn more about the book and to place
an order, visit www.myfriendbigblue.com.
Valley Magazine includes
stories from around the valley, including Utah State University.
For more information about the magazine, visit www.cachevalleymagazine.com.
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graduate gets ready for his graduation in 1915
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
Lyric Repertory Company Summer Schedule
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.
Cache County Aggie Chapter
10 , 2005 –
Cache County Golf Tournament on Old Main
Portland Aggie Chapter
2, 2005 - Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo
Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
20, 2005 – Utah/SLC Chapter
Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point
July 30, 2005
– Family Swim Party and Aggie Ice Cream
10, 2005 - USU vs. Utah Pregame
Southeast Idaho Aggie
3, 2005 - Barbecue
Treasure Valley Idaho
4, 2005 - Golf Tournament
Utah County Aggie
June 20, 2005
– Utah/SLC Chapter Golf Tournament at
July 16, 2005
– Aggie Family Swim Night at the Scera
Weber County Aggie
16, 2005 - Aggie Car Show
August 20, 2005 - Golf
More information on these events will be forthcoming.