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USU Alumni Spotlight - David Kragthorpe

If you love college football in the West, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of David Kragthorpe. He attended Utah State University where he excelled as a two-way tackle (’51-’54) for the Aggies. In addition, he was also on the baseball team. Despite all his athletic obligations, Kragthorpe graduated with double bachelors’ degrees in Physical Education and Recreation Education in 1955. A short time later, he returned to USU and earned his master’s degree in Secondary Education.

Following his education, Kragthorpe began a successful coaching career. He spent time on the sidelines as an assistant coach at Montana and BYU, and as head coach at South Dakota State. In 1980 he received a head coaching position at the struggling Idaho State University. After ISU had lost 17 straight games, Kragthorpe turned the program around and led the team to the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA Championship in only his second season.

In the 1983, Kragthorpe stepped away from the sidelines to take over as athletics director at Utah State University. After two years in this capacity, he returned to coaching in 1985, this time at Oregon State. For his success in Oregon, he was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

In 1994, he was hired by the USU Alumni Association to resurrect the university’s alumni chapters program. Despite officially retiring in 2001, Kragthorpe can still be found at his desk in the Alumni Office, overseeing the USU alumni chapters in Idaho and northern Nevada.

Kragthorpe is a huge supporter of USU and Aggie athletics. He is a member of the Old Main Society, Alumni Sustaining Membership program, Big Blue Club, and the Emeriti Association. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. His love of sports continues to live on in his children also. His son, Kurt, is a sports writer for the Salt Lake Tribune. Steve, another son, is the head coach at the University of Tulsa and recently led his team to a 2005 Liberty Bowl win.

Today, David and his wife, Barbara, split their time between Logan and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Search Begins For New Alumni Director
With the pending retirement of our long-time Alumni Director and loyal Aggie, Carlos Smith (Class of ’57), Utah State University has begun a search for a new Executive Director for Alumni Relations to continue the important work of connecting with our alumni throughout the world. The review of applicants will begin on January 20, 2006. The position is open until filled.

Utah State University, a nationally ranked land-grant research institution, is seeking a dynamic and highly organized professional to serve as its Executive Director for Alumni Relations. This position serves as the senior executive in charge of alumni relations at USU, providing vision and leadership for programs and activities that engage and meet the needs of alumni, former students, and friends of the university. The Executive Director will be a member of the Advancement executive staff, informing and advising the Vice President on key issues related to all alumni activities and provide key assistance in the University’s comprehensive campaign. Demonstrated abilities to work openly in a team environment are required. The director’s office is based in Logan, Utah, but the position requires extensive time for out-of-town travel, weekend and evening events. It is important that the individual has the ability to adapt, effect change, and manage innovation while embracing the traditions and heritage of Utah State University.

A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s preferred. Successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively in a team atmosphere with other advancement personnel, have excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills, and a proven record of successful management of budget, human resources, and personnel. In addition, the executive director should have the ability to motivate staff and ensure quality work from them; recruit, train and manage volunteers; understand the land-grant mission of Utah State University and the institutions role in local, state and global communities; have experience with fund raising, sales and/or marketing.

To learn more about the position, visit https://jobs.usu.edu.

USU Unveils New Website
Looking to improve the user friendliness of its website, Utah State University recently unveiled a completely redesigned homepage. The new page comes after nearly a year of work led by USU Webmaster Ben Renard-Wiart. The main reasons for the change were to improve the university’s image and make navigating the site easier.

Visit the new USU Homepage at www.usu.edu.

President Albrecht Becomes Official
President Stan Albrecht officially assumed the reigns of Utah State University at a special ceremony during the 114th commencement on December 17, 2005. Regents Chair Nolan Karras oversaw the ceremony. The original conferral ceremony was cancelled due to the van accident which claimed the lives of eight USU students and one instructor.

Upon officially becoming USU’s 15th president, Albrecht said he was “completely, totally, thoroughly, lock-stock-and-barrel invested in Utah State University ”. Before becoming president, he served as provost and dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Noelle Cockett Named Extension and Ag VP
Noelle Cockett was named by President Stan Albrecht as vice president for Extension and Agriculture. This is a new position that combines the administrative duties of university Extension and the College of Agriculture. Cockett will also serve as the dean of the College of Agriculture.

Before this new appointment, Cockett served as the interim provost since February. She has also previously served as the dean of the College of Agriculture. This new appointment will officially begin on January 15, 2006.

College of Agriculture Raising Funds For New Horse Arena
Utah State University’s College of Agriculture is looking to build a new horse arena and training facility. The State of Utah has already given $1 million for the project and the college is seeking another $2 million from private donors. The privately donated money will go to purchase land, paddocks, fencing, shelters, and watering systems. To learn more, contact the College of Agriculture at 435.797.2215.

Wells Fargo Donates $10,000
The Wells Fargo Foundation recently donated $10,000 to Utah State University to help support scholarships and a new program for the College of Business. Half of the money will go to establishing “Breakfast with Utah State University”. This new program will bring professionals from USU to Salt Lake to give presentations to the business community. The rest of the money will help fund two scholarships for students with business-related majors.

Alumni Scholarship Deadline Approaching
The deadline for applications for the alumni scholarship is February 1, 2006. Alumni scholarships exist to assist the children or grandchildren of Aggies in attending USU. To qualify a student must be: (1) living in an area with a chartered alumni chapter, (2) entering as a freshman or transfer student, and (3) a child or grandchild of a USU alum.

For more information about the scholarship, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/scholar.html.

Utah State University Open Houses
If you or someone you know is considering attending USU, come join us at an open house. Visit with President Albrecht, learn about USU majors, apply for admission and scholarships, and more. Both parents and students are invited to attend. For more information, call 800.488.8108 or visit www.usu.edu/admissions

The open house locations are: 

Jan. 19 - Davis and Weber Counties
Davis Conference Center
800 W. Heritage Park Blvd.
Layton, UT
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jan. 25- Utah County
Provo Library at Academy Square
550 N University Ave.
Provo, UT
6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Jan. 26- Salt Lake County
South Towne Expo Center
9575 S State St.
Sandy, UT
6:30-8:30 p.m.

WAC Tournament Packages
Come join us in Reno and help cheer on the Aggies as they take part in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Travel packages are available that include a three-night stay at John Ascuaga's Nugget, round-trip airfare and admission to the USU Tournament Party on Friday, March 10 3-5 p.m.

Contact Columbus Travel for more information at 800.373.3328.

Back to the Buzzer
Aggies cheer from the stands in 1966


Utah 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 often.




Chapter News

Cache County Aggie Chapter
January 14, 2006 - Come join the Cache County Aggie Chapter and your fellow Aggies at a Pregame Party on January 14, 2006 from 4-6 p.m. The party will take place at Hamilton’s as the Aggie basketball team gets ready to take on Idaho at the Spectrum. The event is $10 per person before Jan. 13, $12 at the door. To reserve your spot, contact Alumni Relations at 435.797.2055.

Save The Date
February 10, 2006 - Sweetheart Dinner
February 23, 2006
- Scholarship Fundraising Dinner in Portland
March 4, 2006 - Pregame Party at Hamiltons

Note: More information on these events will be forthcoming.


Aggies Win Gossner Classic
For the 12th time in a row, the Aggies walked away with the annual Gossner Foods Holiday Classic championship. USU bested Binghamton 81-47 in the final game. This was Binghamton’s first appearance at the tournament.

Jaycee Carroll scored 20 points while Nate Harris added 17 more. Binghamton did not have any players in double figures. The Aggies are 9-4 overall and 1-2 in WAC play. They next face Boise State at home.

Volleyball Player Receives All-American Honors
For only the second time in USU history, the Aggie volleyball team has an honorable mention All-American. Senior Zuzana Cernianska was picked by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for her exceptional play. Cernianska also earned All-WAC honors as she led the league with 4.5 kills per game. She also set a new USU single season kill record with 585.

In 2003, former Aggie volleyball player Erin Cartwright-Davis became the first USU player to receive an honorable mention.

Travel Opportunities

Acapulco and Mexican Riviera Cruise
January 28-February 5, 2006
Sail the beautiful Norwegian Star all the way to Acapulco from Los Angeles and experience Mexico’s vibrant culture along the Mexican Riviera. On this unique 8-day itinerary you can dance all night long in Acapulco, discover the colonial beauty of Puerto Vallarta, dive into the exotic underwater world of Cabo San Lucas and relax on the beaches and boulevards of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa.

Tour 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.
For more information on upcoming alumni travel events, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/travel.html or call the Alumni Relations office at (435)797-2055.
David Kragthorpe























Stan Albrecht
Noelle Cockett












































Jaycee Carroll
Zuzana Cernianska


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