is retiringÖ again. As was reported in the January 2006
issue of Aggie Insights, Kragthorpe has been a driving
force within the USU Alumni Association. Most recently,
he was responsible for overseeing the Northern Nevada
and Idaho aggie chapters, a position he accepted after
retiring from alumni relations the first time in 2001.
Kragthorpe graduated from
USU in 1955 and went on to become a successful football
coach at Montana, BYU, South Dakota State, Idaho State,
and Oregon State. He also served as athletics director
at Utah State University before joining the Alumni Association
to head the aggie chapters program.
A retirement banquet was
held in January with Kragthorpeís friends and colleagues.
Today, he and his wife, Barbara, split their time between
Logan and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
State Honors Vernon M. Buehler
his service to Utah State University, Vernon M. Buehler
was honored with a special reception at the USU Presidentís
home. In the years since his graduation from Utah State
Agricultural College in 1937, Mr. Buehler has made a significant
impact at his alma mater. During his 21 years as a management
professor, he founded the nationally recognized Partners
in Business program. This program brings prominent figures
from the business world to USU to instruct students and
professionals alike. Partners in Business is still going
strong today after three decades.
Following his retirement
from Utah State in 1989 and the passing of his wife, MaRee,
Mr. Buehler set to work as a volunteer and philanthropist.
He served as a volunteer professor in Poland, Ukraine,
and Russia for three years. Later he traveled to Thailand
where he consulted with USUís Skills Development Project.
Locally, Mr. Buehler has
volunteered at Loganís Sunshine Terrace for over 20 years.
He also funds two endowments in the Partners in Business
Program and five scholarship endowments in the College
Hall's First Concert A Success
The new Manon
Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall hosted
its first event on January 14, 2006. The special concert
and gala reception marked the official opening of the
facility. The audience, which included President Albrecht
and his wife, Joyce, enjoyed a world class piano recital
from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Paolo Fazioli, the head of
the Italian company that built the concert hallís piano,
flew to Logan especially for the concert. Following the
event, Fazioli signed the piano.
Donates $10,000 To Internship Program
science departmentís internship program received a boost
in the form of a $10,000 donation from AT&T. L.J.
Godfrey, an Aggie himself, presented the check at a formal
luncheon at Hamilton ís Steak House. Over the past four
years, USU has sent 139 interns to Washington D.C., with
56 of those students accepting jobs in the D.C. area.
Though the program is successful it lacks an endowment
to assist with expenses. For this reason, donations are
Students Triumph At Rocket Competition
engineering students recently had the opportunity to test
their design skills at the university launch competition
near Green River, Utah. Students participated over several
years to build a rocket which they named Chimaera after
the mythical beast. USU was joined at the competition
by students from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
After reaching a height
of approximately 5,700 feet, the 25 foot long USU rocket
suffered a recovery system malfunction and crashed to
the ground. A similar fate befell the UAH rocket as well.
When the dust settled, Utah State was declared the competition
winner because of the studentsí professionalism and involvement.
The contest was organized
by USU Adjunct Professor Paul Mueller and the Experimental
Sounding Rocket Association. Also sponsoring the event
was the USU Space Dynamics Lab and Utah State University.
R. Gil Moore, a renowned scientist and former USU professor,
judged the event.
Stan Albrecht officially became USUís 15th president in
December 2005, his administration has already seen many
changes, tragedies, and triumphs. Now all Aggies can read
the new presidentís vision and goals for the future of
Utah State University. Transformation - A Celebration
of Utah State University was prepared from the text
of President Albrechtís inaugural speech.
your copy of Transformation here.
Alumni Online Store Coming Soon
The Alumni Association
is preparing to launch its own online store. The store
will feature special Aggie apparel and merchandise at
great prices. The launch is anticipated to occur sometime
If you would like to be
notified by email when the online store is available,
send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
and include "eStore Notification" in the subject
Alumni Calendar Desktop Background
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 computerís desktop
background, free of charge. This month, three of the photos
that appear in the calendar are featured. More desktop
backgrounds will be available in future issues of Aggie
To view and download your
own desktop background, click
to the Buzzer
at the Winter Carnival in 1940
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
14, 2006 - Join the Cache County Aggie
Chapter and your fellow Aggies at a Pregame Party on
March 4, 2006 from 4-6 p.m. The party will take place
at Hamiltonís as the Aggie basketball team gets ready
to take on San Jose State at the Spectrum. To reserve
your spot, contact Alumni Relations at 435.797.2055.
USU Aggie Tournament Party
Sponsored by the Northern Nevada Aggie
- Join us in Reno and
cheer on your Aggies as they battle for their first
WAC Tournament title! Travel packages are available
that include a three-night stay, round-trip airfare,
and admission to the USU Tournament Party at the Poolside
Terrace Room, John Ascuaga's Nugget, on Friday, March
10 3-5 p.m.
Contact Columbus Travel
for more travel information at 800.373.3328. For tournament
party tickets, call the Alumni Relations office at 800.291.ALUM
Portland Aggie Chapter
All Aggies are invited to the Sheraton
Portland Airport Hotel for a scholarship fundraising
dinner. The event will take place Thursday, February
23, 2006. A reception will start at 6:00 p.m. with dinner
following at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.
information, or to make your reservation, contact the
Alumni Relations office at 800.291.ALUM.
Aggies Athletes Excel On And Off
all-WAC teams were announced in January, with Utah State
athletes earning 35 spots. This mark places USU third
in the WAC, just behind Fresno State (37 selections) and
Boise State (36 selections). Behind USU were Idaho and
Hawaii, each with 26 selections.
For a complete list of
all the student-athlete selections, click
Coach Morrill Gets 400th Career
If thereís one
thing USU Basketball Head Coach Stew Morrill knows how
to do, its win. The popular Aggie coach became one of
only 27 active Division I coaches to achieve 400 career
wins. The milestone came January 30, 2006 against Hawaii.
Following the game, the team awarded Coach Morrill the
For their next game, the
Aggies will try to avenge an earlier season loss to New
Mexico State at home.
Bracketbuster Game Announced
will participate in the fourth annual Bracketbusters presented
by eBay. This year, the Aggies will take on Northwestern
State on February 18 at 8:05 p.m. (MT). The game will
be featured on ESPNU.
For more information, visit
the USU Athletics website.
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.
River Cruise and China Tour|
12 - 23, 2006
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. Youíll
visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xiían, take
a fascinating three-day cruise on the Yangtze
River, and conclude your trip in Shanghai.
more information on upcoming alumni travel events,
or call the Alumni Relations office at (435)797-2055.