Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 8 August 2006    

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Frank White

Frank White

Frank White is not your average CEO.

You're just as likely to see him flying across the Utah desert on an ATK (his bike building company) dirt bike as you are to find him in a board room. An unconventional leadership style, but nonetheless effective when it comes to building great bikes. After all, it was an ATK 450cc dirt bike that won the U.S. trial races in 2005 and the company's ATV is impressing in the ATV Moose National Motocross league.

Frank White, the nephew of Aggie sport great Ralph Maughan, was raised in Pasadena, California. His father, Dale, was an actor with roles on the Jack Benny Show and directed at the Pasadena Playhouse. It was Dale that would often take his son along for motorcycle rides through the California desert, foreshadowing a passion that would emerge after arriving at Utah State University on an athletics scholarship.

After graduating from USU with a Bachelors Degree in 1980, Frank found a construction job and returned to the West Coast. During the 1980's and early 90's, he designed reinforced bar structures that would become part of over 1,000 buildings. He was also involved in designing the structure for the LDS Conference Center.

But Frank's heart was with motorbikes and in 1992 he and his father decided to get into the business of building bikes. They took control of ATK, a bike company founded by Austrian engineer Horst Leitner. The company gets its name from Leitner's invention, the Anti-Tension-Kettenantrieb.

Briefly, Utah Senator Bob Bennett bought into the company, a move which led to Frank selling his share of ATK. But after ATK struggled, White was offered a chance to buy the company back, which he did.

He has other business ventures in the engineering and construction industries, but after seeing Frank White astride his ATK bike it's not difficult to see where this former national racing champion's heart really lies.

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Long-time Faculty Member Dies

Alice Colton Smith

Alice Colton Smith, a long-time faculty member at Utah State University, passed away on July 31.

After graduating from Columbia University in 1934, Smith married Whitney Smith and lived in Wisconsin and California before moving to Logan in 1946. She attended USU, earning her master's degree in sociology and began teaching in the sociology department.

Services were held for Professor Smith on August 5 and she was buried at the Salt Lake Cemetery.

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USU President Visits with Dominican Republic Students

Flag of the Dominican Republic

At a reception held at their house, USU President Stan Albrecht and his wife welcomed 30 Dominican Republic students earning master's degrees at Utah State. All the students work in government agencies in the Dominican Republic and are studying policy and administration through a joint program with Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo.

Utah State has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Dominican Republic. Back in August of 2005 the Dominican government spent $4 million dollars to fund the educations of 56 Dominican Republic students at USU. Previous to that, the Dominican Republic spent $1.5 million to bring 36 students to study at Utah State.

This latest partnership has been so successful that another group of Dominican Republic students will begin their education at USU in January 2007.

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New Faculty Appointments at USU

A number of new appointments at Utah State have made recent news.

USU Associate Professor Nancy Mesner was named associate dean for the College of Natural Resources and program leader for USU Natural Resources Extension. Mesner has been at USU since 1989 when she worked as a research tech in the Utah Water Research Lab. She later began teaching in the Watershed Sciences Department of the College of Natural Resources.

Professor Daryll DeWald has been named to succeed Professor Jon Takemoto as the head of the Biology Department. DeWald is the former associate director for research for USU's Center for Integrated BioSystems and has been active in Utah State's Multicultural Science Research Fellowship program.

Replacing Professor DeWald as associate director for research at the Center for Integrated BioSystems will be Professor Kenneth White. White teaches reproductive and embryo biology in the Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Department. Recently, he was involved with the production of the world's first cloned mules.

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USU Wrestling Reunion

Wrestling Reunion

A Utah State University Wrestling team reunion was held in June. In all, the reunion attracted 84 Aggies and their spouses.

Pictured are: Front row Gard VanAntwerp, Tracy Moore, Dale Gardner 2nd Steve Weight, Darrell Smart, Cordel Andersen, Alfred Castro, Chris Hansen, John Price, Gary Gomez, Larry Wagstaff 3rd Bob Broughton, Wayne Carlson, Steve Bankhead, Ron Mc Bride, Clint Judkins, Doug Gemin, Gary Lindley, Ken Coleman, Tim Vance, Bob Elkington, Chris Crosby 4th John Schebler, Bob Baker, Jim Bouwmwn, Tim Draper, Lee Roy Ligons, Chuck Whitney, John DiGiacomo, Bob Carlson, JL Coon, Rick Meinders, Tim Bandel, Russ Paulsen, Ken Kannagaard, Wayne Miner, Bob Berlage, Randy Maughan, Todd West, Sam Rogers, Steve Kyriopoulos. Missing from the picture is Mark Harris, Sam Bessinger, Dave Hagedorn, Greg Williams.

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2-for-1 Aggie Athletic Tickets Available

If you are a Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association, you are able to purchase 2-for-1 tickets to select Aggie sporting events. As football season approaches and you are making plans to cheer on the Aggies, keep these dates in mind:

Sep. 30th vs. Idaho 1:05pm

Oct. 7th vs. Fresno State 6:05 pm

Nov. 4th vs. Hawaii 1:05pm

Nov. 25th vs. New Mexico St. 1:05pm

These dates all have tickets available 2-for-1. Supplies are limited and there is a limit of one pair per Sustaining Member. Contact the USU ticket office to get this great deal at 435-797-0305 or toll-free at 1-888-U-STATE-1

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Back to the Buzzer


1969 Football Player Dana Schulz signs an autograph for a young Aggie fan. USU would go 7-3 in 1969 defeating Utah 28-13 and BYU 34-8.


Utah State University Alumni Relations sponsors many exciting events throughout the year. To keep informed about the most current ones, visit often.

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Read the Obituaries

Chapter News

Save The Date

August 19, 2006 - Weber County Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by the Weber County Aggie Chapter

For more information about alumni chapters and to find the chapter in your area, visit

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McKnight Hired as Assistant Softball Coach

Arleen McKnight

USU Softball Head Coach Candi Letts has announced the hiring of Arleen McKnight as an assistant coach. During her playing days, McKnight was on four national tournament winning teams before a career-ending knee injury. Moving from playing to coaching, McKnight and Letts coached together at the University of Mississippi from 1999-2001. Her hiring at USU represents a return to coaching after working in the athletic administration at Ole Miss.

Castillo Joins USU Volleyball Team

Sahara Castillo From Lima, Peru, to Logan, Utah, Sahara Castillo has come a long way enroute to her hiring as an assistant coach for the USU Volleyball team. She replaces Ryan Parker who resigned following the 2005 season. She spent three years playing for the Peruvian National Women's Volleyball team before playing at BYU-Idaho and BYU. Prior to arriving at Utah State, Castillo worked as the strength and conditioning coach at BYU.

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Travel Opportunities

Special USU Alumni Travel Offer

Kauai Condos

The Kauai Travel Authority, is proud to offer Alumni and friends $100 off per night in any of their luxurious Kauai condominiums during the months of September and October 2006. Just say "Go Aggies!" when you book to claim your discount. Check out their diverse inventory at or call toll free 1-866-695-2824 for more information. Mahalo! (some restrictions apply, subject to availability)

Yangtze River Cruise and China Tour

Great Wall of China

September 12 - 23, 2006
Discover this remarkable and interesting nation with the USU Alumni Association as you see and experience many of the important highlights of China, starting with its Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and more. You'll visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, take a fascinating three-day cruise on the Yangtze River, and conclude your trip in Shanghai.

Aggie San Francisco Weekend

Aggie San Fran

October 13 - 15, 2006
Enjoy a great deal on a Aggie football game in beautiful San Francisco. The trip includes a two-night stay at the Radisson Fisherman's Warf Hotel and game tickets to the USU vs. San Jose State game. A special deal on airfare is also available. In addition to the game, an optional Aggie Bay Cruise, Aggie Fisherman's Warf Dinner, and Alcatraz Tour will be offered.

Costa Rica Discovery Vacation

Costa Rica

February 21 - 28, 2007
Costa Rica is a little of the Garden of Eden and Jurassic Park all rolled into one. It offers incredible beauty, black and white-sand beaches, volcanoes, rugged rivers and friendly people and all sorts of activities from bird watching, sightseeing of its pristine beauty, exciting adventure such as zip-line excursions through the jungle, whitewater rafting, volcano hiking and much more. Costa Rica is spectacularly beautiful and it offers the vacation experience of a lifetime.

For more information on upcoming alumni travel events, visit or call the Alumni Relations office at (435)797-2055.

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