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USU Alumni Spotlight - Carlos Smith

Much of the recent growth of the Utah State University Alumni Association can be traced back to the efforts of its executive director, though he’ll be the last one to admit it. When asked, Carlos Smith is quick to defer the credit to the Alumni Relations staff and countless Aggie volunteers.

Carlos was raised in Holladay, UT, the oldest of five children. When he wasn’t picking fruit to sell, he enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball and tennis. It was a tennis scholarship that brought him to Utah State University after he turned down a chance to play at BYU. While attending school, Carlos served as president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and as a student officer with ASUSU. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1957, but Carlos would say meeting his wife, Annette, was the best thing to come out of his years at USU.

After graduation, Carlos started a long and successful career as an entrepreneur. His first business was a Conoco station in Holladay, which he operated for 20 years before selling it. Following the Conoco, he continued to run his businesses, including owning an RCA franchise for 25 years.

But even during those busy years, Carlos found time to serve his alma mater. In 1979, he was elected Alumni Association president and served on the Board of Trustees. Later, in 1992, USU President George Emert asked Carlos to come back to the university full-time. For the next year and a half, Carlos was in charge of major gifts for alumni, in addition to organizing the Touchdown Club.

Then, in 1994, after being asked to write a new alumni constitution and bylaws, Carlos began his work as executive director of Alumni Relations. Some of his major accomplishments were to resurrect the floundering alumni chapters and create a self-funded alumni scholarship program. Today there exists volunteer-run chapters across the country and the world. As far as scholarships go, over 70 were awarded in 2005 to assist future Aggies in their education.

Carlos Smith will retire as executive director this spring. His immediate plans are to travel with his wife in their new Winnebago to see their grandchildren dance and play sports in Arizona and California.

And what are his thoughts about leaving Utah State?

“Most of all,” he says, “I’ll miss the Aggies.”

Founders Day 2006
The Founders Day celebration was held on March 3, 2006 to commemorate the university’s 118th birthday. As is the custom, five distinguished alumni were honored for their achievements and service. This year, the recipients were:

Distinguished Service Award

Martell Menlove started his career as an elementary school teacher for the Jordan School District in Sandy, Utah, and it didn’t take long for his career to progress. By the age of 36 he had advanced to superintendent for the Rich County School District. He currently is the superintendent of Utah’s Box Elder School District. In September 2005 Martell was named the Utah Superintendent of the Year. This prestigious award is given by the Utah Education Coalition, which consists of leaders from the Utah Elementary and Secondary Principals Associations, The Utah Education Association, the Utah School Superintendent Association, the Utah PTA, and the Utah School Boards Association.

Sumner M. Swaner has served on the boards of Utah Open Lands and the Utah Department of Commerce Landscape Architects. He has also been involved with the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Swaner Memorial Park Foundation. In 2002, he was asked to speak at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development. Sumner also looks to assist those who will one day follow in his footsteps. He has given generously to Utah State University and the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department. In 2003, Sumner and his mother, Dr. Paula M. Swaner-Smoot, pledged over $1 million to establish the Sumner M. Swaner Endowed Professorship and the Swaner Green Space Institute at USU. He also serves on the USU Foundation Board of Directors and as a HASS Advocate.

In a nine-year television career, Josey Barnes Wayman rose from model, to hostess of a daily program, to women’s program director. Before the age of thirty, she won three consecutive Lifeline of America broadcast awards, served as Western States Vice President of American Women in Radio and Television, and her biography appeared in both Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the West. Despite her busy professional career, Josey has tirelessly worked to help underprivileged children through Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs. In 1993, she was installed as a National Trustee of Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America. The organization honored her in 2001 with the National Service to Youth award and medal for her years of devoted service.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Robert Murray has worked in an assortment of businesses. He started as a division manager for Altamil Corporation, an aircraft and missile components manufacturer. He later became the general manager for the struggling PAX Company, a lawn and garden products manufacturer. After turning PAX around, Robert became an entrepreneur. He started with the Miller Floral Company, a grower and distributor of cut flowers and potted plants. He then became the president and owner of the Steve Regan Company, a distributor of farm supplies, fertilizer, and animal health products. The list of endeavors continues and is both impressive and extensive. The latest in his widely diversified array of companies is Alpine Confections, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of candy products.

In 1979, Melanie Poole Raymond began her work in the voting district as secretary and registrar, the latter position she held for ten years. During her time with the voting district, she served as president of the Logan City PTA, as director of the Big Blue Club, as president of the USU Alumni Association, and as a member of the USU Athletic Council, USU Institutional Council, and USU Alumni House Board. In the 1990s, Melanie continued to serve wherever she could. Along with her husband, Spencer, she became co-president of the newly formed USU/Community Associates. Following that, she spent three years as president of the Logan City School Foundation Board. In 1992, she served as the committee chair of Governor Michael Leavitt’s transition team and two years later became a member of the Appellate Court Nominating Commission for the State of Utah.

USU Welcomes Japanese Delegation
A delegation from Kakamigahara City and Chubu Gakuin University in Japan visited USU in February to tour the campus and build a relationship with the State of Utah. A special emphasis for the visit was to learn more about USU’s College of Education and Human Services. Specifically the delegation was interested in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education and the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation. One of the delegation, Ms. Taeko Katagiri, president of Chubu Gakuin University, is considering beginning similar programs at her institution. In addition to learning more about Utah State, the Japanese delegation said they “were also excited to eat ice cream”.

Aggie Drops Out of Iditarod
USU Geology Lecturer Sue Morgan put her outdoor skills to the ultimate test in dog sledding’s ultimate race. She, along with 83 other mushers, left Anchorage, Alaska, on March 4, 2006 in the 1,150 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. A native of Chicago, Morgan lived in Alaska before leaving to attend Utah State, where she earned her master’s degree in Geology.

Unfortunately, Morgan decided to withdraw from the competition on March 8 because of a possible injury she sustained. She made her decision at the Rainy Pass checkpoint located about 270 miles from the starting line. This was her first attempt at running the Iditarod.

USU Administrator Leaving
Juan N. Franco, USU’s vice president for Student Services, is leaving to accept a position at the University of Nebraska. Franco came to USU in May 2003 and immediately made an impact, being named Administrator of the Year in 2004. Previous to coming to Utah State, he worked with the New Mexico State Board of Regents. Franco’s new position in Nebraska is scheduled to start in July. A search for his replacement will begin in the near future.

Merrill Library Set To Be Demolished
A Utah State University landmark is about to come down. The Merrill Library, which has stood on the Quad for more than 60 years, is slated to be demolished beginning on March 13, 2006. The library was emptied following the completion of the new Merrill-Cazier Library in late 2005. Immediate plans are to return the land the old library sits on to green space. The demolition is planned to last until sometime this summer.

March's Featured Benefit
The Utah State University Alumni Association is proud to offer an exciting new discount to all Aggies! Everyone has an iPod these days, but now you can make yours stand out from the crowd with the new ifrogz™ coverz. The 100% silicone covers offer great protection for your iPod in a wide variety of colors.

Headquartered in Cache Valley, ifrogz™ was founded by two USU grads. Alumni can receive a 15% discount on their ifrogz™ order when they enter the promo code: USU1.

For more information, visit www.ifrogz.com or call 800.922.5401.

Alumni Online Store Now Available
The new USU Alumni Association online store is up and running! Ordering your unique Aggie apparel and gifts online is simple and safe. Aggies everywhere are invited to log on and take advantage of a special 20% discount on their purchase (expires April 1, 2006). Simply log on to www.usugiftshop.com to get started.

Alumni Calendar Desktop Background Downloads
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 computer’s 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.

To view and download your own desktop background, click here.

Back to the Buzzer
Students relax outside the newly completed
Merrill Library in 1938.


Gamma Kappa Chapter Of Sigma Chi Banquet
The Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Chi will be hosting its 80th anniversary banquet on Saturday, April 29, 2006. All Sigma Chi alumni and family are invited to attend. The day will begin with the Gamma Kappa Golf Tournament at Logan River Golf Course. Tee times will start from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The golf tournament will include a four man scramble, a long drive contest, and a closest to the hole contest with prizes. To RSVP, have a time and a foursome ready. The price is the standard greens fee of $32 per person with cart.

Social Hour will begin at the Sigma Chi house and take place between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The dress is formal and it is BYOB. Dinner will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be catered by Hamilton 's Steak and Seafood. Dinner will be buffet-style and will cost about $15 per person.

To RSVP or if you need any information contact Connor Cottle at cjcottle@cc.usu.edu

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

Washington D.C. Aggie Chapter
March 25, 2006 - USU President Stan Albrecht and his wife, Joyce, are holding a special event for all Aggies and friends in the D.C. area. “A Washington Celebration of Utah State University” will be held Saturday, March 25, 2006 at the River Bend Country Club in Grand Falls, VA. Meet with friends at the reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. and stay for the dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $50 per person.

For more information, visit www.usu.edu/develop/special/info.htm. To RSVP, call 1.888.OLD.MAIN.


Mens Basketball Finishes Up Regular Season
USU Men’s Basketball finished up their regular season with a home game against San Jose State. The 61-58 victory lifted the Aggies to a 21-7 overall record and a second place finish in the WAC. The Aggies also own the third best shooting percentage (50.1%) and the third best three-point shooting percentage (41.9%) in the nation.

Up next for the Aggies is the WAC Tournament and a rematch against San Jose State in the first round.

Aggies Take Care Of Business In First Round
Despite a second half run by San Jose State, USU was able to beat the Spartans for the second time in as many weeks and advance in the WAC Tournament. Their next opponent will be Louisiana Tech, who the Aggies swept during the regular season. ESPN2 will carry the WAC championship game on March 11, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. (MT).

Travel Opportunities

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.

Great Wall of ChinaYangtze River Cruise and China Tour
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.
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.
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