State Receives $5.3 Million Gift
State University ’s presence in Vernal just received a
tremendous boost thanks to life-long Vernal resident Bob
Williams. Williams, the owner of a trucking business,
recently deeded a $5.3 million dollar land gift to USU,
the second largest private gift in school history. The
138-acre gift borders the Maeser Highway just south of
Uintah High School.
all this very nearly didn’t happen. The land had belonged
to the Merkley family for over 130 years, but had recently
been sold to a developer and was destined to become a
high-density housing subdivision. When Williams heard
about the planned development, he worked tirelessly to
prevent this from happening. Due to his efforts, Williams
was able to gain control of the property and immediately
gave it to the university.
gift comes at a very advantageous time for the Uintah
Basin. The region has seen a growth in the number of university
facilities in recent years. According to USU President
Stan Albrecht, this land gift “will one day house a full-fledged
Uintah Basin campus”.
Poet Laureate Ken Brewer Dies
Utah ’s Poet Laureate Ken Brewer passed away at his home
on Wednesday, March 15, 2006. Brewer taught at Utah State
for many years, but poetry was his gift and he shared
his gift with the world for over 40 years. In 2005, he
was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but he continued
to write, even about his failing health.
more on Ken Brewer, see the article in the Spring 2006
issue of Utah State Magazine or visit www.utahstate.usu.edu.
memorial service is planned for the end of April.
Dean Of The College of Business Announced
Beginning July 1, 2006, Douglas D. Anderson will take
over as dean of the College of Business. He will replace
Caryn Beck Dudley, who accepted a position as dean of
Florida State University’s College of Business.
a family tradition, Anderson attended Utah State and received
his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science
in 1973 and a master’s degree in economics two years later.
He later earned another master’s degree, this time in
public administration, and a Ph.D. in political economy
and government from Harvard University. After graduating,
he continued on at Harvard as a faculty member, teaching
business strategy, operations management, and international
political economy at the Harvard Business School.
1987, Anderson co-founded the Boston-based Center for
Executive Development which designs seminars and workshops
for companies. He has also consulted with companies in
the US, South America, Europe, and Asia.
USU Graduate Program Named One Of Nation's
In recent rankings by U.S. News and World Report , USU’s
College of Education and Human Resources was named as
one of the top graduate programs in the country. Utah
State was tied for 35th with Temple University, the University
of Florida, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Individually, the college ranks third in funded research
dollars generated with $30.6 million in research grants
received in 2005.
more information on the ranking, read the Utah
State Today article.
Utah State University ’s Vice President for Research Office
held its second annual Research Week on April 3-7, 2006.
The five-day event served to highlight the many aspects
of the university’s research efforts. Included in the
week was the awarding of the D. Wynn Thorne award, USU’s
highest research honor. For 2006, the winner was Economics
Professor DeeVon Bailey for his work in agribusiness economics.
more information on Research Week, visit the VP for Research
Office website at www.usu.edu/research.
The Utah State University Student Alumni Association is
please to present the “A” Day Round Up. The week long
celebration will begin Monday, April 17, 2006 with an
“A” Day BBQ at the Alumni Center. More events will follow
each day until the week culminates on Friday with the
Day On The Quad and True Aggie Night. All the proceeds
from the events will go to support the Cache Valley Red
more information on the festivities, click
Library Demolition Gallery
The Merrill Library is coming down. The demolition
is proceeding quickly and the university landmark will
soon be gone. Click here
to view a photo gallery of the demolition.
Calendar Desktop Background Downloads
The Alumni Calendar has become a much sought
after item because of its beautiful and unique photos
of campus and Cache Valley. Now those beautiful shots
are available for your computer’s desktop background,
free of charge. This month, three of the photos that appear
in the calendar are featured.
view and download your own desktop background, click
Back to the Buzzer
Scotsmen play in 1966.
Orchestra Reunion Concert
40 years, the Scotsmen’s Orchestra is coming home. During
the 1960’s, John Skinner and the 18-piece big band was
a popular attraction on campus. Now 16 of the original
Scotsmen have reunited and are coming back to Logan for
a free concert at 7:00 p.m. on June 12, 2006 at the Kent
Concert Hall. Enjoy the timeless classics, as well as
new songs with this one-of-a-kind group.
more information on the Scotsmen’s Orchestra, contact
John Skinner at 916.481.0334.
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
County Aggie Chapter
April 22 , 2006 - Help raise scholarship money for Davis
County high school seniors. The USU Alumni Spring Runoff
will take place Saturday, April 22, 2006 at the Utah House
(920 South 50 West, Kaysville, UT) at 8 a.m. Registration
will run from 7 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. The cost to enter is
$25 for a family, $20 for an individual, or $15 for an
alumni/student individual. The first 100 families to register
will receive a T-shirt, and awards will be given to the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each category. Aggie
Ice Cream will be served!
more information, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/davis/index.html.
May 8, 2006 - The Utah State University Young Alumni Board
is in the process of reorganizing. If you would be interested
in serving with the Young Alumni, or are just curious
to learn more about the organization, a special dinner
will be held Monday, May 8, 2006. The complimentary dinner
will take place at the Costa Vida in Layton, Utah (768
W 1425 N) at 6:30 p.m. Advanced reservations are required
by May 4 and can be made by calling the Alumni Relations
Office at 800.291.2586.
more information about alumni chapters and to find the
chapter in your area, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/chapters.html.