USU Alumni Spotlight - David R. Daines

David R. Daines graduated from Utah State University in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Two years later, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah and quickly put his education to good use. Following his graduation from the U of U in 1955, Daines served as a Federal judge and administrator in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1958, he left the bench to begin his own private law practice.

But it wasn’t long before Daines’ career brought him back to Cache Valley to continue his private law practice in Logan. He also served as district attorney until 1967 when he became an associate professor of business law at USU. Two years later, Daines moved from the College of Business to the College of Engineering, serving as the comparative international water law and institutions specialist. Much of his water law work centered in the Andes region. In addition, he also organized and conducted the 1975 Global Water Law Conference in Spain.

Spain and the Andes countries were only some of the many foreign countries to which Daines’ work would take him. In 1982, he became vice-president of the SRD Research and Development Groups, which provided assistance in the development of agricultural projects in third-world countries. This work took Daines to Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Hungary. He also consulted in Honduras and was the principal speaker at a Central American Water Law Conference in 1995.

Today, he continues to teach business law at USU and consult for his lawyer son and fellow Aggie, Chris. Daines’ wife, Ronna, graduated with a bachelor’s from USU and his other children are also Aggies, with the last one set to graduate this December.

USU Mourns Accident
Eight students 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 established.

“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.

For more information, visit www.usu.edu/mourning/index.cfm.

President's Inauguration Cancelled
The inauguration 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.

Biology Professor Honored
USU 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.

USU 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.

Homecoming Honorees
Each 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.

Reminder: 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:

Utah State University Alumni Association
7500 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

Email: alumni@cc.usu.edu

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Chapter News

Save The Date
October 15, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate party at Fresno State
October 22, 2005 - Idaho Aggie Chapters Tailgate at Romney Stadium
November 12, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate party at the University of Hawaii
November 12, 2005 - Holiday Harvest Boutique at the USU Tooele Campus

Note: More information on these events will be forthcoming.

Athletics

Aggie Baller Makes Remarkable Recovery
This year, Anne-Marie Torp will be on the hardwood for the USU women’s basketball team. This fact is remarkable when one considers that she underwent open heart surgery just last May.

The trouble began last November when a bout with migraines resulted in a mild stroke. Following an MRI, a hole in Torp’s heart was discovered. Following an operation to plug the hole in her heart, a second hole was found. This time, open heart surgery was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. After months of recovery and setbacks, the sophomore forward was given the green light by her doctors to rejoin the basketball team for the upcoming season.

 

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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