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USU Alumni Spotlight - Tracee Gross

Tracee Gross traces her love of politics back to her days as an undergraduate at Utah State University. Today she works as deputy legislative director for Senator Conrad of North Dakota. I recently had the opportunity to ask Ms. Gross about her professional life, as well as her time at USU.

A.I. Why did you choose USU?

T.G. The first thing that drew me to USU was a scholarship offer. When I visited USU prior to making a decision on whether to attend, I noticed immediately that I felt at home on the campus. It was a very welcoming environment, and I truly enjoyed the four years I spent at USU.

A.I. What caused your interest in politics?

T.G. My interest in politics came as the result of two influences. The first was casting my first vote in the 1992 presidential election on the USU campus. The second was my internship with Congresswoman Karen Shepherd...
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Memorial Service Held for Accident Victims
A memorial service for the eight Utah State University students and one instructor killed in a van accident in September was held on Monday, November 7, 2005. All university classes and most offices closed down from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. to allow students and faculty to attend the service held in the Spectrum.

President Albrecht opened the service which was attended by the victims’ families. Also speaking were Interim Provost Noelle Cockett and L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Music for the memorial was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.

A video of the memorial service is available to view online at the Utah State University homepage. A special memorial song is also available for download.

Donations Being Accepted in Honor of Victims
In the wake of an accident which claimed the lives of eight USU students and one instructor, a number of memorial funds have been established to accept donations. The university has set up a fund to help support the families of the accident victims as well as a memorial scholarship fund. To learn more about these funds, and to donate, visit www.usu.edu/mourning/donations.cfm.

In addition, Jenny Weller of North Ogden established the “USU Accident Survivors Fund” to help the accident’s two survivors, Jared Nelson and Robert Peterson. Donations to this fund can be made at any America First Credit Union or either of the two Alliance Credit Union branches in Ogden.

New USU Provost Named
After a nationwide search that began in February, USU has named the new provost. Raymond Thomas Coward, the former dean of the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University, will serve as the new provost and executive vice president. This position makes Coward the chief academic officer at Utah State and second in command to the president. This change is in response to former USU Provost Stan Albrecht becoming USU president. Noelle Cockett has been serving as interim provost and will return to her duties as dean of the College of Agricultural on January 2, 2006.

Coward began his career in academics as an 8th grade biology teacher in Princeton, N.J. He served as a professor or administrator at several institutions around the country, including the University of New Hampshire, University of Florida, University of Vermont, Purdue University, and most recently at Penn State University.

Provost Coward will move to Logan with his wife, Andrea. The couple has two children currently attending school in Florida and Georgia.

Gallery Shows Off USU Artists
As a professor of art, Harrison Groutage spent three decades sharing his love of art with students at Utah State University. In March 2005, Kim Larkin and USU grad Dee Malan opened the Groutage Gallery in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City to honor the artist’s work. In addition to showcasing Groutage, the gallery also features works by retired USU professor Adrian Van Suchtelen, and former Groutage students, including guest artist Steve Kropp and artist-in-residence Paul Butler.

For more information about the gallery, visit www.groutagegallery.com.

November's Featured Benefits
Medicare-D Seminar
If you or your loved ones are interested in knowing more about the new Medicare-D program then join the USU Alumni Association at a special information seminar. Open enrollment for the program begins November 15, 2005. Twelve-year Senior Insurance and Medicare Specialist Jon Christopher will cover everything you need to know about the new drug benefit program. If you or your loved ones are over 65 years of age, you need this information.

Click here for a list of seminar days and times. There are a limited number of seats available, so please call 800.884.6138 to reserve your place.

Special Bookstore Sale
The Utah State University Bookstore invites all Alumni Sustaining Members to the USU Bookstore's PRIVATE Christmas Sale, Thursday, December 1, 2005, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Save 20% or more on Aggie Gear for the whole family, with more great savings available throughout the Bookstore.

We will close our doors to the public at 5:00 and re-open at 5:30 for invited guests only. Remember to bring your Alumni Sustaining Membership Card for admission to this exclusive event.

Gift wrapping will be available that evening for a nominal fee. The discounts are only available in store that evening. Validation for the parking terrace will be available with a purchase of $5 or more.

Join A Special USU Service Project
The holiday season is fast approaching and the Associated Students of Utah State University would like to invite all Aggies to help make the season a little brighter for the less fortunate. “Stuff a Bus” aims to collect toys, canned food, and money for families in Cache Valley. The service drive will begin November 14 and run through December 2, 2005. A bus will be parked on campus on November 30, and in the Wal-Mart parking lot for students and community members to fill. For those living outside the valley who want to help out, donations can be made by check payable to: V.R.C. Service Center. The address to send donations is:

V.R.C. Service Center
TSC 332 B, 0105 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

If you have any questions, email valrservice@cc.usu.edu.

Alumni Calendar Thank You
Thank you to all of those who submitted photos for the upcoming alumni calendar. The winners will be announced in an upcoming issue of Aggie Insights.

Back to the Buzzer
A shot of "the barn" in 1961


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.




Chapter News

Save The Date
November 11, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate party at the Polynesian Cultural Center
November 12, 2005
- Holiday Harvest Boutique at the USU Tooele Campus

Note: More information on these events will be forthcoming.


WAC Basketball Preseason Polls Announced
The Western Athletic Conference preseason basketball polls are out and the USU men’s team is picked to finish second in both the media and coaches polls. The men’s team returns four starters and five letter-winners, including Nate Harris, Chris Huber, Cass Matheus, David Pak, and Jaycee Carroll. Last year’s team finished with a 24-8 record and won the Big West Championship. The men’s team is also ranked 46th in the country.

The Aggie women’s team was picked seventh by the media poll and ninth by the coaches. The team went 14-14 last season and qualified for the Big West Tournament in only its second season. Ali (Aird) Marchant, Brittany Tressler, and Taylor Richards all earned honorable mention all-Big West honors last year and will return to the squad this year.

For more on Aggie basketball, visit the USU athletics website.

Travel Opportunities

Acapulco and Mexican Riviera Cruise
January 28-February 5, 2006
Sail the beautiful Norwegian Star all the way to Acapulco from Los Angeles and experience Mexico’s vibrant culture along the Mexican Riviera. On this unique 8-day itinerary you can dance all night long in Acapulco, discover the colonial beauty of Puerto Vallarta, dive into the exotic underwater world of Cabo San Lucas and relax on the beaches and boulevards of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa.

Tour of Italy's Great Cities
May 9 -17, 2006
Join fellow Aggies on this nine-day trip through Italy. Visit the highlights of Rome, Florence, and Venice; stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa; marvel at Juliet's Balcony in Verona; and drive through the Chianti wine region of Tuscany.
For more information on upcoming alumni travel events, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/travel.html or call the Alumni Relations office at (435)797-2055.
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