Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 7 July 2006    

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Kleon Kerr

Kleon Kerr

"That's my neighbor."

Ask 95 year-old Tremonton, Utah, resident Kleon Kerr why he went to Utah State University and that's the answer you'll get.

After attending Weber State, where he wrestled, he graduated with a bachelor's from George Washington University in 1937. Then Kleon returned to Utah and started looking at Utah State. When he asked others if he should attend the university, he was told not to go "unless you bring your pony", a reference to USU's reputation as an agricultural school.

But Kleon decided to become an Aggie anyway and graduated with a master's degree in Education in 1947. Obtaining a master's degree is a feat all on its own, but Kleon earned his while working as a principal at Bear River High School.

In addition to his education career, Kleon was also active in politics. He worked for Senator Watkins for a time as an executive assistant. From 1948-53, he served as mayor of Tremonton. He would also serve two terms in the Utah House of Representatives and two terms in the Utah Senate. His two brothers also served in the Utah legislature. Kleon was even nominated for Governor, but decided against running and withdrew to support another candidate.

His work in the fields of education and politics drew him many accolades, including being listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in the West" and "Who's Who in Education".

After retiring from education and politics, Kleon, now in his seventies, went to work for the Utah Travel Council. He drew on his knowledge of the area in his work as Information Specialist at a nearby visitor's center.

Today Kleon continues to be active. He has published a number of books of poetry, including the award winning "Dear Mayor".

He lives with his wife, Katherine "Blondie" Kerr, and one of his two daughters in Tremonton. He and his wife also have a son and a number of grandkids. Both of his daughters and many of his grandkids have also received their degrees from Utah State.

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Jed Pitcher Elected Chairman of Board of Regents

Jed Pitcher

It was announced in June that Jed H. Pitcher has been elected as chairman of the State Board of Regents. Pitcher, appointed to the Board in 2001, had been serving as vice chairman. This election comes as a result of previous Chairman Nolan E. Karras serving two consecutive terms and no longer being eligible for reelection.

Pitcher is the retired chairman of the board of Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah and the former president and COO of The Regence Group. He continues to be involved in the Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah Community Board, the Sunshine Terrace Foundation Board of Directors, and the Lakeview Hospital Board of Directors.

Pitcher graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

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Aggie Legend Ralph Maughan Dies

Ralph Maughan

Aggie sports legend Ralph Maughan has passed away at the age of 83. Maughan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Byrnece Maughan.

A decorated veteran of World War II, Ralph Maughan returned to Utah State as a coach for the football, basketball, and track teams. USU's track stadium bears his name, a tribute to his 37-year tenure as track coach.

Maughan was the subject of an Aggie Insights Spotlight in May 2003. Click here to view that spotlight.

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Paper Airplanes Take Aggies To Austria

Randy Fischer

At Red Bull's Paper Wings Worldwide Paper Plane Contest in Salzburg, Austria, two USU students showed they had the "right stuff".

Aggies Randy Fischer and Greg Morris represented two of the four American students that earned all-expenses paid trips to Austria. Regional contests were held at universities all over the U.S., including Utah State, where Randy and Greg qualified.

In Austria, Randy competed for the longest airtime, coming in fifth out of 45. Greg competed in the largest distance contest, and despite throwing his arm out the day before the contest, finished eleventh out of 45. Each had to fold their airplanes out of internationally sized A4 paper right before the contest using only their hands.

Randy is an avaiation technology professional pilot major, while Greg is working toward his degree in avaiation technology management.

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New Research VP Named

Jeff Broadbent

Following the retirement of Ann Aust, the Vice President for Research Office announced that Jeff Broadbent will step in as associate vice president of research. A professor of dairy microbiology, Broadbent began his new duties on July 1, 2006.

An Aggie for more than two decades, Broadbent earned his bachelor's degree in biology from USU in 1987 and a doctorate in 1992. Since then, he has served as an assistant professor and associate professor before becoming a full professor in 2003.

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Back to the Buzzer


The 1949 debate team after a successful out of state trip that had them beating many of their opponents. Among those they defeated, USC and Stanford.


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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Chapter News

USU Alumni Association

July 22, 2006 - It's no secret that soccer is the world's most popular sport. Now the USU Alumni Association invites all Aggies to see what all the excitement's about and join them for a ReAL Salt Lake soccer game. The game against FC Dallas will take place on July 22, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium, with a fireworks show to follow. Aggie Ice Cream will be served in the parking lot starting at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets are $10 per person and are located at the north endzone. To sign up or get more information, call Alumni Relations at 800.291.2586.

Save The Date

July 14, 2006 - Aggie Swim Party sponsored by the Utah County Chapter

July 15, 2006 - 7th Annual Aggie Car Show sponsored by the Weber County Chapter

July 15, 2006 - Aggie Swim Party and Barbecue sponsored by the Summit County Chapter

July 17, 2006 - Eastern Idaho Chapter Picnic sponsored by the Eastern Idaho Chapter

July 22, 2006 - Aggie ReAL Night in Salt Lake City sponsored by the Alumni Association

August 5, 2006 - Denver Aggie Alumni Kick-off Event

August 9, 2006 - "Beauty and the Beast" at the Hale Theatre sponsored by the Salt Lake County Chapter

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

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Letts Named As Softball Coach

Candi Letts was named as head coach of the USU softball team by Randy Spetman in June. She inherits a club that went 31-67 under previous Head Coach Lonny Sargent.

Letts arrives in Logan after an assistant coaching stint at Northern Illinios University. Prior to NIU, she served as head coach at the University of Mississippi and Colorado State University.

WAC Names 59 Aggies To Academic Teams

Kristen Guymon

Continuing a tradition of academic excellence, the Western Athletic Conference named 59 Aggies to WAC Academic teams. Among the student-athlete honories were tennis team senior Andrea Baker with a perfect 4.0 GPA in exercise science and track standout Kristen Guymon, also with a 4.0 GPA. In all, USU has seen 115 student-athletes named to WAC Academic teams this year.

For a complete list of all 59 Aggies click here.

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Travel Opportunities

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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