and one instructor were killed during a field trip on
Monday, September 26, 2005. The deaths occurred as the
15-passenger van the group was traveling in blew a tire
and rolled off the road near Tremonton, Utah. Two students
survived the crash and were flown to area hospitals.
The accident happened just
as USU’s Ag Week celebration began. Most of the Ag Week
activities were cancelled. One exception was the Ag Day
on the Quad which took place on September 28. During this
event, students were able to write condolence messages
to those who lost loved ones. A candlelight vigil was
also held on Tuesday, September 27, and a memorial fund
“This is a great tragedy
for the university and for the families involved,” said
Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht. “We
send them our love and support. The university will do
everything it can to be helpful and supportive during
this tremendous time of need.”
Those killed in the accident
are: Steven D. Bair, 22, Moses Lake, Wash; Dusty Dean
Fuhriman, 22, Tremonton, Utah; Justin W. Gunnell, 24,
Wellsville, Utah; Justin Huggins, 22, Bear River City,
Utah; Jonathan Dennis Jorgensen, 22, Hyrum, Utah; Curt
A. Madsen, 23, Payson, Utah; Ryan Wayne McEntire, 22,
West Point, Utah; and Bradley G. Wilcox, 26, Salt Lake
City, Utah. Instructor Evan Parel Parker, 45, Hooper,
Utah, also died in accident.
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for USU President Stan Albrecht has been cancelled in
light of the accident which claimed the lives of eight
students and one instructor. The inauguration will not
be rescheduled. All activities surrounding President Albrecht’s
inauguration have been cancelled also.
Professor Jim MacMahon was recently honored for his contributions
to the field of ecology. During the Ecologists Society
of America’s annual meeting in Montréal, MacMahon was
awarded the society’s Distinguished Service Citation.
The award acknowledged his long and distinguished service
to the ESA and larger scientific community.
In addition to his teaching
duties, MacMahon was named director of the university’s
Ecology Center on July 1, 2005. The center’s mission is
to support ecological research and graduate education.
Currently, the center is involved in projects with many
universities, foundations, and government agencies.
Gardeners Join TV Show In Helping Family
The hit ABC
TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition traveled
to Bountiful, UT, for their October 9 airing and USU was
along to help. Members of the USU Extension Master Gardeners
pitched in as the television series came to Utah to “makeover”
the home of Gordon and Lisa Harrison. The Harrison’s neighbors
submitted the proposal to Extreme Makeover because
of the generosity and kindness Mr. Harrison displayed,
despite suffering from a rare form of pancreatic cancer.
In early August, more than
40 Master Gardener volunteers, lead by Davis County Extension
Agent Shawn Olson and Horticulture Assistant JayDee Gunnell,
planted hedges, trees, flowers, vegetables, and raspberries
at the Harrison home. They also assisted with irrigation,
laying sod, and hauling dirt and compost. Among the plants
used were lavender irises. Lavender was chosen because
of its association with cancer awareness programs.
For more information and
photos from the show, check out the Extreme
Makeover Home Edition website.
year at Homecoming, Utah State University honors two individuals
as Alumnus of the Year and Grand Marshall. This year,
Hall of Fame Football Coach LaVell Edwards was named Alumnus
of the Year. Edwards played football for the Aggies in
the early ‘50s before beginning a successful career as
head coach at BYU. He is also a member of the USU HPER
Hall of Fame.
Rod Tueller was selected
as Grand Marshall for Homecoming 2005. Tueller was head
coach of the USU basketball team in the early ‘80s and
later served as athletics director for the university.
As head coach, he turned a struggling team into a powerhouse
that went 20-9 during the 1982-83 season and earned an
at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Today Tueller can
be heard as a commentator for USU basketball home games
on KVNU 610 AM.
Alumni Calendar Photo Contest
Send us your photos
of campus and Cache Valley for consideration in the 2006
Alumni Calendar. A negative must be available, but does
not need to be sent with submission. Submissions by mail
or email are acceptable. The deadline for entry is October
15, 2005. Mail your submissions to:
University Alumni Association
7500 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
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town comes out to enjoy the Homecoming Parade in
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
Save The Date
October 15, 2005 - Pregame
Tailgate party at Fresno State
22, 2005 - Idaho
Aggie Chapters Tailgate at Romney Stadium
12, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate
party at the University of Hawaii
Harvest Boutique at the USU Tooele Campus
More information on these events will be forthcoming.