Return From Iraq
As was reported
in the October 2004 issue of Aggie Insights, a group of
Aggies with the 115th Engineer Group, Utah National Guard,
were stationed in Iraq. Their mission was to rebuild the
infrastructure throughout the Dhi Qar province, including
the completion of Highway 1 which connects Kuwait and
Baghdad. The USU Alumni Association sent an Aggie banner
to these Aggies last year and the banner was used in a
ceremony to honor the soldiers serving in the conflict.
On August 29, 2005, several
of the Aggie members of the 115th EN GP returned to the
David B. Haight Alumni Center to present the Aggie banner
to the university. Among the Aggie troops in attendance
was CSM Sid Cardon. For his outstanding leadership, CSM
Cardon was recently named the Utah National Guard Non-Commissioned
Officer of the Year. Accompanying CSM Cardon were MAJ
Scott Reading, LTC Robert Dunton, MAJ Lynn Hinckley, and
SGT Ron Hammond. After remarks by USU President Stan Albrecht,
Alumni Relations Director Carlos Smith, LTC Robert Dunton,
and retired Air Force Colonel and USU Director of Athletics
Randy Spetman, the servicemen presented President Albrecht
with the banner. The banner was signed by all the Aggies
of the 115th EN GP.
The signed Aggie banner
will be on display at the David B. Haight Alumni Center.
the New Library
touches are being completed on the new Merrill-Cazier
Library for its upcoming opening. The new library will
replace the aging Merrill Library and greatly expand the
existing Sci-Tech Library to over 300,000 square feet.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on October 13
at 12:30 p.m., but the Merrill-Cazier will be open to
the public as early as September 19.
The Merrill-Cazier Library
will feature an auditorium, café, wireless internet, and
a state-of-the-art Information Commons. The Information
Commons will house 150 workstations for patrons’ research
needs. The library will also feature 30 group study rooms
where only six were previously available.
Perhaps the most impressive
part of the new library will be the automated storage
and retrieval system (ASRS). The ASRS will house the library’s
collections in a five-story rack structure. When an item
is requested, a crane moves along the racks, locates the
item, and delivers it to a library staff member. This
new system is fast, accurate, and decreases the cost of
storage for the library. The ASRS represents the first
of its kind in Utah libraries.
For all the information
and history on the new Merrill-Cazier Library, go to http://library.usu.edu/yournewlibrary.
Republic Ed. Minister Visits USU
As part of
the Presidential Higher Education Program for Superior
Students, Dominican Republic Minister of Higher Education,
Science and Technology Ligia Amada Melo de Cardona made
a recent visit to Utah State University. Cardona was accompanied
by 56 Dominican Republic students set to begin their college
career at USU.
The Presidential Higher
Education Program for Superior Students was established
to assist Dominican students in attaining an education
at Utah State. During the first phase of the program,
the Dominican government invested $1.5 million to pay
tuition, room, board, and books for the inaugural group
of 36 students in June 2000. USU President Stan Albrecht
traveled to the Dominican Republic last April to sign
the second phase of the program with Dominican President
Leonel Fernández Reyna. This new phase will provide $4
million to fund the education of these latest Dominican
Minister Amada de Cardona
was accompanied by her grandson, Juan Luís Lozada Cardona.
Lozada is a USU graduate and president of the newly formed
USU Dominican Republic Alumni Chapter.
Reacts to Katrina
Katrina wrought tremendous devastation to the Gulf Coast
and Utah State University is pitching in to help those
affected. Lynn Wright, USU’s emergency management coordinator,
traveled to Houston with representatives of the Cache
Valley Red Cross to help relief efforts there. Also, USU
Assistant Professor Kelli Cargile Cook and her husband,
Robert, traveled to Camp Williams near Salt Lake City
to lend a hand. Refugees from Louisiana and Mississippi
are being housed at the facility. Cook kept a record of
her experiences at Camp Williams that is available to
read at www.usu.edu/features/katrinarelief/campwilliams.cfm.
Donations are currently
being accepted for “Katrina Relief” at the USU Service
Center. A concert is also being planned during Service
Week with all proceeds going to relief efforts. For more
information on “Katrina Relief”, visit www.usu.edu/features/katrinarelief.
Utah State University Alumni Association would like to
remind all Aggies of Aggie Family Day on September 24,
2005. Come enjoy a wide variety of activities for kids
and adults alike. Stay and cheer the Aggie football team
on as they play UNLV that evening. Discount tickets to
the game are available for $7 on the Quad during the day’s
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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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
Cache County Aggie Chapter
Cache County Golf Tournament BYOW (Bring
Your Own Wedge) at 6:00 p.m. on Old Main Hill. The cost
is $35/person or $140/team and includes golf, barbecue,
and Aggie ice cream. Cost for dinner is only is $10/person.
For more information or to register call the USU Alumni
Center at (435)797-2055.
Save The Date
1, 2005 - Pregame
Tailgate party at the University of Idaho
8, 2005 - Homecoming
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
More information on these events will be forthcoming.