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.
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
video of the memorial service is available to view online
at the Utah State University
homepage. A special memorial song is also available
Being Accepted in Honor of Victims
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
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
USU Provost Named
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.
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.
Coward will move to Logan with his wife, Andrea. The couple
has two children currently attending school in Florida
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
more information about the gallery, visit www.groutagegallery.com.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A Special USU Service Project
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
TSC 332 B, 0105 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
you have any questions, email email@example.com.
Calendar Thank You
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.
November 11, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate party at the
Polynesian Cultural Center
Harvest Boutique at the USU Tooele Campus
More information on these events will be forthcoming.