Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 11 November 2006    

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Joyce Leavitt Winterton

Dr. Joyce Leavitt Winterton

Dr. Joyce Leavitt Winterton is the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington , D.C. The Utah State graduate is responsible for the development and implementation of the agency's education information and outreach programs that strengthen student involvement and public awareness about NASA's scientific goals and missions. She will lead the Education Office in recruiting and inspiring the next generation of explorers and innovators who will need to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The strategies and programs include K to 12, undergraduate and graduate education. Joyce is also Chair of the Education Coordinating Committee for the ten NASA Centers’ education programs. She currently serves on the advisory panel for the National Research and Dissemination Centers for Career and Technical Education and the National Career and Technical Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Previously, Dr. Winterton was the Director of Education Programs for USA TODAY. She was responsible for the development of educational strategies, resources and partnerships for K-12 and collegiate programs. Joyce is also President/Founder of Winterton Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in working on joint projects with business/industry, education and government. Winterton Associates has served as the evaluator for National Science Foundation projects and U.S. Department of Education funded programs including six national skill standards projects.

Her previous experience in Washington, D.C. includes Team Leader of the Partner Development Team for the National FFA student organization, Executive Director of -- The National Council on Vocational Technical Education (a Presidential Advisory Council), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education at the United States Department of Education, the first Director of the Presidential Academic Fitness Awards Program and working as a Professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.

Joyce began her professional career as a high school teacher in Utah , a teacher educator and a home economist in business. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Home Economics Education from Utah State University . In 1978, she completed her doctorate in Teacher Education and Administration at Colorado State University in Fort Collins .

Joyce balances her life with grandchildren, family, snow skiing, horse riding, scuba diving, and traveling. She is from Neola , Utah and enjoys spending time at her home there.

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Alumni Association Honors Six Aggies

For their devotion to Utah State University and its alumni association, six Aggies were honored with the Hall of Honor award at the annual Chapter President’s Conference. Those six Aggies honored include: Marsha Carter, Dawn Craner, Dave and Barbara Kragthorpe, and Ross and Kay Peterson.

Marsha received her USU degree in 1996 before coming to work for Utah State University Alumni Relations. During her years as marketing director, she was instrumental in growing many of the successful programs that alumni enjoy today, including the Alumni Sustaining Membership program. A dedicated Aggie, Marsha has seen three of her four daughters graduate from USU.

Ms. Craner graduated from USU in 1967 after spending time as a cheerleader and member of the Kappa Delta sorority. During her tenure as Treasure Valley Alumni Chapter president in Idaho, she founded the USU alumni golf tournament that has become a tradition in that area. For her service, she received the Alumni Merit Citation from the Treasure Valley Chapter in 2006.

Dave and Barbara Kragthorpe have spent years in service to USU. After graduating from Utah State, Dave went onto a successful coaching career at South Dakota State, Idaho State, and Oregon State. Returning to Logan, Dave served as athletics director and later joined the Alumni Relations staff until his “retirement” in 2001. For the next five years, he worked as a volunteer for USU Alumni Relations before “retiring” again. In this, his second retirement, Dave works as a special assistant to USU Athletics Director Randy Spetman.

Barbara also attended Utah State and worked as a high school counselor at Sky View High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Peterson are both Aggies. Mr. Peterson taught in the History Department at USU, receiving the Faculty Diversity Award in 1998 and the Faculty of the Year award in HASS in 1974 and 1977. Currently, he serves as president of Deep Springs College in California.

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ASUSU Presents Diversity Awards to Five

As part of ASUSU’s Diversity Week celebration, five Cache Valley residents will be honored with the President’s Diversity Award. Juan N. Franco, Maria de Jesus Cordero, LuAnn Helms, Melissa Nuntapreda, and Bartell W. Cardon will each receive awards this year for their contributions to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity.

The award ceremony will take place in the TSC Sunburst Lounge at 4:15 pm on November 17. All are welcome and admission is free.

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USU Ranks #1 in Space R&D Spending

Space Rankings

For years, Utah State University has been a leader in space-related research and development. Now USU has the number to prove it.

With more than $54 million in expenditures, Utah State is ranked #1 among all U.S. universities in money spent on aerospace research and development. The stat, which is published by the National Science Foundation, means that USU beat out such prestigious institutions as Johns Hopkins University and MIT.

Utah State’s enthusiasm for space research is clearly evident in that USU houses the Space Dynamics Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain NASA Space Grant Consortium, the Center for Space Engineering, and the Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences.

Overall, Utah State saw an increase of $150 million dollars in funding, a rise of nearly 50 percent. This ranks USU among the top ten non-medical schools in the West.

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Enrollment Outlook Appears Promising

Utah State University

Utah State University reported an overall enrollment of 15,539 full-time equivalent students this fall. This number is positive evidence that the University’s three-year enrollment skid may be over.

The Fall 2006 enrollment is almost the same as Fall 2005, bolstered by one of the largest first-year classes of students in recent history. Also, out-of-state enrollments in the first-year class are up over 40 percent, making one in five first-year students from outside Utah. The amount of transfer students coming to USU is up 10 percent as well.

Another point of good news is that Utah State has been able to attain these numbers without lowering its academic standards.

In the future, the administration will continue to emphasize recruitment through open houses and personal visits to high schools across the West.

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WWI Hero to be Honored on Veteran's Day

A monument honoring World War I aviation hero and Cache Valley native, Russell Maughan, will be unveiled on Veteran’s Day, November 11. The dedication ceremony will begin at 11:00 am at the southeast entrance of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Flying alone in his Curtis PW-8, Maughan was the first man to fly “dawn-to-dusk” across the United States on June 23, 1924. With an average speed of 150 mph, the flight took a little over 18 hours to complete.

Maughan, a graduate of Utah State Agricultural College (now USU), also served in France during WWI. He is credited with shooting down four enemy planes and received the Distinguished Service Cross for shielding a fellow pilot’s crippled plane from attacking enemy with his own aircraft.

The Veteran’s Day ceremony will include a 21-gun salute and flyover by Hill Air Force Base.

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Special Bookstore Deals for Alumni Sustaining Members

USU Bookstore

The Utah State University Bookstore invites all Alumni Sustaining Members to the USU Bookstore’s PRIVATE Christmas Sale, Thursday, November 30, 2006, from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

Save 20% or more on Aggie Gear for the whole family, with more great savings available throughout the Bookstore.

The Bookstore will close their doors to the public at 5:00 and re-open at 5:30 for invited guest only. Remember to bring your Alumni Sustaining Membership card for admission to this exclusive event.

FREE Gift wrapping will be available that evening provided by the Logan High School Choirs. The discounts are only available in store that evening. Validations for the Parking Terrace will be available.

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Back to the Buzzer


The 1966 USU Men's Basketball team.


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

November 14
Recruitment Open House in Utah County 6-8 p.m.
Provo Library, 550 N University Ave, Provo

November 21
Recruitment Open House in Salt Lake County 6-8 p.m.
South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S State Street, Sandy

November 29
Recruitment Open House in St. George 6-8 p.m.
Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Dr, St. George

November 30
Recruitment Open House in Las Vegas 6-8 p.m.

December 16
Young Alumni Pre-Game prior to basketball game
USU vs. BYU in Provo (details to come)

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

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Aggie Sweep WAC Cross Country Championships

Coach Gregg Gensel

In a sport that is sometimes overlooked this time of year, the USU men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the WAC championships held in late October. Both Aggie squads won league titles, the first time a school has accomplished that since Rice won the men’s and women’s titles in 1999.

This year’s championship win is the second in a row for the men’s team since Utah State joined the WAC last year. This is also the second win for the women’s team, whose last championship came in 1998 in the Big West.

The men’s team placed five runners in the top eight to beat out second place finisher Boise State. Three runners from the women’s squad placed in the top group, edging out runner-up Nevada.

As for individual honors, Coach Gregg Gensel was named WAC Coach of the Year for his work with both the men’s and women’s teams. Runner Tony Jones was also honored with the men’s WAC Freshman of the Year award. This makes the second consecutive time that an Aggie has won the Freshman of the Year award as Seth Wold brought the prize home to Logan last year.

Up next for cross country is a trip to Albuquerque, NM on November 11 for the NCAA Mountain Regionals.

For more on the cross country win, click here.

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Ticket Giveaway for Alumni Sustaining Members

Utah State University Athletics and Alumni Relations are teaming up to send Alumni Sustaining Members to the USU vs. New Mexico State University game on November 25. For more information about getting your tickets, contact the USU Alumni Relations office at 800-291-2586.

If you’re not an Alumni Sustaining Member, visit

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Travel Opportunities

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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