Kragthorpe 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
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.
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.
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.
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 of Business.
Hall's First Concert A Success
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
political 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
Students Triumph At Rocket Competition
mechanical 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.
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.
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.
Online Store Coming Soon
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 in February.
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
Calendar Desktop Background Downloads
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 Insights.
view and download your own desktop background, click
Back 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
- 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 Hamilton’s as the Aggie
basketball team gets ready to take on San Jose State at
the Spectrum. To reserve your spot, contact Alumni Relations
Aggie Tournament Party
by the Northern Nevada Aggie Chapter
March 10, 2006 - 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.
Columbus Travel for more travel information at 800.373.3328.
For tournament party tickets, call the Alumni Relations
office at 800.291.ALUM.
- 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.
more information, or to make your reservation, contact
the Alumni Relations office at 800.291.ALUM.
Athletes Excel On And Off The Field
academic 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.
a complete list of all the student-athlete selections,
Morrill Gets 400th Career Win
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 game ball.
their next game, the Aggies will try to avenge an earlier
season loss to New Mexico State at home.
basketball 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.
more information, visit
the USU Athletics website.
more information on upcoming alumni travel events,
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
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. Youíll visit the Terracotta Warriors
in Xiían, take a fascinating three-day cruise
on the Yangtze River, and conclude your trip