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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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.
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
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.
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.
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:
State University Alumni Association
7500 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
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October 15, 2005 - Pregame Tailgate party at Fresno
October 22, 2005 - Idaho Aggie Chapters Tailgate
at Romney Stadium
November 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.