Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 10 October 2006    

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Scott Shine

Scott Shine on Raceday

In the world of triathlons, there is no bigger race than the Ironman. For most, simply competing in the grueling event would be enough... but Scott Shine isn't most people.

The Utah State grad recently competed in and completed the endurance race (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike race, and 26.2 mile run) in 10 hours, 50 minutes, and 34 seconds. Quite a feat considering Scott only started running seriously three or four years ago.

"The Ironman Wisconsin is the peak of all triathlon endeavors," explains Scott. "It's a nice challenge."

Scott's wife, Jenny, was supportive of her husband's ambition, though admits to some trepidation.

"I thought I just married this man and now I'm never going to see him because he'll be out training," Jenny says, "but it ended up working out well."

But Scott was doing more than just competing. He was also using the event to raise money for Water For People through Team Hydrate, an organization he founded with Jenny. Water For People is an international non-profit group that aims to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to impoverished areas of the world. People were able to pledge money to Team Hydrate on a per mile basis.

For his efforts with Team Hydrate, Scott was named the Ford Everyday Hero by Ford Motor Company, which sponsors the Ironman. The honor means that Ford will donate an additional $1,000 to Water For People and Scott receives free entrance into another upcoming race.

Both Scott and Jenny are deeply involved in water issues. Jenny, also a USU graduate, works for the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils while Scott goes to graduate school to become a water resource planner.

As far as the future is concerned, Scott is not sure how long his racing career will last. One thing he is sure of is that Team Hydrate will continue to grow and change to help answer the needs of the world's water problems.

The Ironman Wisconsin will be aired on OLN beginning on October 29th. For more information about Team Hydrate, visit Visit Water For People's website at

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Students Killed in Van Accident Remembered

It was just a year ago that eight Utah State students and an instructor were killed in a van accident near Tremonton, UT. As part of the 2006 Ag Week, a remembrance gathering was organized to remember students Steven Bair, Dusty Fuhriman, Justin Gunnell, Justin Huggins, Jonathan Jorgensen, Curtis Madsen, Ryan McEntire, Bradley Wilcox, and instructor Evan Parker. Students Robbie Peterson and Jared Nelson survived the accident.

An 11 tractor procession was sponsored by the Agriculture Technology Club. Each of the tractors symbolized one of the people involved in the accident. The Old Main bells also tolled 9 times while the Aggie Pride Light was lit.

A website has been created for anyone to post thoughts and remembrances. In addition, a special song, "Thank God for What You Planted," is available to download. The song was specially created to remember those killed in the accident.

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Sherratt and Pitcher Honored

Gerald Sherratt

Aggie Gerald Sherratt has been named as the 2006 Alumnus of the Year by the USU Alumni Association. The former president of Southern Utah University and current mayor of Cedar City, UT, is also a member of the Utah Educators Hall of Fame, the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame, and received USU's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1974.

Sherratt was honored as part of this year's Homecoming activities. For more information on Gerald Sherratt, click here to view last month's Alumni Spotlight.

Also honored for this year is Utah Board of Regents Chair Jed H. Pitcher. He has been named the 2006 Grand Marshall of the Homecoming Parade.

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Ground Broken for New Agricultural Complex

Agricultural Complex Rendering

A new Utah State University Agricultural Complex will soon be going up near Nibley and Wellsville, UT. USU President Albrecht, Senators Hillyard, Knudson, Evans, and Representative Buxton were all on hand for the September 29 groundbreaking ceremony.

The $10 million, 20,000 square foot project will house a central common area, two wings of classrooms, laboratories and offices. Over 400 students and eight degree programs will be served by the new facility. Also included in the complex will be USU's veterinary care facility and the international sheep genome project.

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New Dean of International Affairs Named

Chris Fawson

Utah State University continues to expand its international influence with partnerships and programs in countries such as the Dominican Republic and China. To help continue that expansion, Chris Fawson, USU's economic department head, will now serve in the newly created associate dean of international affairs position. The new position will oversee strengthening the international efforts of the College of Business.

Fawson has spent much time abroad himself while working on projects with USU, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and several international banks.

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1964 Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a Sophomore women's scholastic honorary society composed of members having at least a 3.5 GPA for two successive quarters during Freshman year.


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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Nelson Leads Aggies to Homecoming Win

Riley Nelson

In a remarkable, last-second, come-from-behind win, the Utah State Football team beat Fresno State 13-12 in USU's Homecoming Game on October 7. The Aggies (1-5) led going into halftime 7-0, marking the first time since 2003 an opponent has been held scoreless in the first half.

After a Fresno State touchdown, safety, and field goal, the Bulldogs were up 7-12 in the waning moments of the game. Then freshman quarterback Riley Nelson led the Aggies on an 11-play, 80 yard drive that was capped off by a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Robinson with :55 left in the game.

Nelson finished the game 9-19 for 120 yards and two touchdowns. This game marked the first time an Aggie quarterback won in his first start since Anthony Calvillo did it in 1992 against New Mexico State.

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Travel Opportunities

Special USU Alumni Travel Offer

Kauai Condos

The Kauai Travel Authority, owned and operated by USU Alumni, is proud to offer Alumni and friends $100 off per night in any of their luxurious Kauai condominiums during the months of September and October 2006. Just say "Go Aggies!" when you book to claim your discount. Check out their diverse inventory at or call toll free 1-866-695-2824 for more information. Mahalo! (some restrictions apply, subject to availability)

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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