Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 9 September 2006    

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Gerald Sherratt

Mayor Gerald Sherratt

At 74 years young, Gerald Sherratt is still going strong.

The current two-term mayor of Cedar City, UT, has overseen much of the recent growth in the southern Utah town. For example, to help support Cedar City's moniker as the "Festival City USA," Sherratt created a two-week Christmas festival to follow the Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespearean Festival that wraps in October. He began the Utah Summer Games, the state's largest amateur sports event. He was also instrumental in bringing a new airport terminal and railway spur to town. Currently, Sherratt is overseeing efforts to bring fiber-optic cable to Cedar City in an effort to make the town more attractive to high-tech industries.

Born in California, Sherratt moved to Utah and graduated from Cedar City High School, where he was named Man of the Year. He attended the Branch Agricultural College for several years and then headed north to Logan and Utah State University. He studied education, earning his bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1953 and his master's in educational administration a year later.

Sherratt left Logan for a time to serve as commander of basic training for the U.S. Air Force in Texas, but eventually returned to Utah State as assistant to the president and then as vice president of University Relations. He founded the Festival of the American West and wrote the pageant The West: An American Odyssey, which was presented each summer for 30 years. He also founded the Robins Awards and was instrumental in the formation of the Old Main Society. He wrote the proposal that resulted in USU's Kellogg Center.

In 1982, he became president of a Southern Utah University and during his fifteen-and-a-half year tenure, Sherratt took the struggling SUU and turned it into one of the state's best teaching colleges, constructing 15 new buildings and increasing enrollment from 1,800 to 6,000.

For his lifelong commitment to hard work and service, Sherratt has been recognized many times. Among his honors are membership in the Utah Educators Hall of Fame and the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame. At Utah State he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1974.

With no sign of slowing down, Gerald Sherratt continues to do what he does best: turning challenges into successes.

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Former USU President Dies in Accident

Kermit Hall

Former USU President Kermit Hall died August 13 while swimming near his vacation home in South Carolina. He was 61.

President Hall served as president of Utah State for four years before leaving to take the reins of the State University of New York at Albany in 2005.

Following his death, the pride light atop Old Main was lit and remained on through the night in remembrance of USU's 14th president.

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USU Begins New Tradition

USU Pride Light

To celebrate Utah State's past and showcase its future, a new tradition will begin at USU. Old Main Weekend will take place September 15-16 and compliment the Old Main Society's annual Old Main Dinner. The Dinner allows Aggies to honor those who have made generous gifts to Utah State.

The Weekend will include tours and academic presentations, culminating with Aggie Family Day and the USU vs. U of U football game. There will also be the presentation of The Spirit of Old Main Award to Jim and Carol Laub for their lifetime of service to Utah State University.

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Aggie Couple Gives Generous Gift

David and Amie Dunkley

Thanks to David and Amie Dunkley, the Utah State University marching band will be looking and sounding better than ever.

The couple recently gave a generous $150,000 gift to buy the Aggie marching band new uniforms and instruments. The Dunkleys also donated to the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall.

According to Music Department Head Bruce Saperston, the gift will go a long way in the band's recruiting efforts.

During halftime of the USU vs. University of Utah football game on September 16, the Dunkleys will be honored and the band's new uniforms displayed. The ceremony will be part of USU's new Old Main Weekend.

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USU Ranks High on National List

Beating out the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, USU was named among the top 25 public colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly. The magazine also ranked Utah State in the top 50 public or private universities in America.

The rankings were based on an institution's effective use of tax dollars and the quality of its graduates. Three main indicators were used: how well a college performs as an engine of social mobility, how well it fosters scientific and humanistic research, and how well it promotes an ethic of service to the country.

Utah State University Executive Vice President and Provost Raymond Coward was pleased with the rankings. According to him, USU beat out many, more notable, public universities.

And the accolades don't end there.

U.S. News and World Report ranks USU's College of Education and Human Services among the top in the nation. Consumer Digest ranked Utah State 6th in the nation on its list of "Best Value" institutions.

Click here to view the complete Washington Monthly list.

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1955 Football pre-game pep rally. To see this years Alumni pre-game parties, click here.


September 14, 2006 - Cafe Sabor Scholarship Night

Cafe Sabor and the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Utah State University will hold their annual Cafe Sabor Scholarship Night September 14, from 5-10 pm.

A large portion of Cafe Sabor's proceeds from this event will be donated to a Utah State University Scholarship fund. The scholarship will benefit a Utah State University student with significant financial need. The scholarship will be awarded through the USU Office of Multicultural Student Services.

For more information on supporting this event please contact Johnny Lopez at 435-797-2326 or by e-mail at or go to

September 23, 2006 - USU vs. BYU Tailgate Party

Calling all Aggies!

USU alumni, friends, and family are invited to a tailgate party before the USU vs. BYU football game on September 23 in Provo. Beginning at 11:00 am, the party will take place at Helaman Field, just south of LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Among those attending will be USU alum and former BYU coach LaVell Edwards, as well as USU President Stan Albrecht and his wife.

The cost is $8 per person and includes a great tailgate burger, but not game tickets. RSVP by calling 435-797-2055 or 800-291-2585. To pick up game tickets, call 888-878-2831 or visit

September 30, 2006 - Utah Agriculture Products Barbecue

As part of Utah State University's Ag Day, the twelfth annual Utah Agriculture Products Barbecue will kick off on Saturday, September 30. The event will feature a feast of Utah-produced food with everything from meat to dairy products to vegetables. Live country music will also be featured and the Barbecue will be followed by the USU vs. University of Idaho football game.

Cost for the Barbecue is $8 per adult and $5 for children eleven and under. The proceeds will go to help build a scholarship endowment for USU's College of Agriculture.

For information about tickets, call the Utah State Ticket Office at 888-878-2831 or 797-0305. For further information about this event, call Lisa Allen at 435-797-2215.

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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Introducing WAC TV


Now you never have to miss another WAC game.

The Western Athletic Conference now offers Subscribers can get true television quality picture streaming over their high-speed internet connection. Hundreds of WAC games will be available.

For more information and to sign up, visit

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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)

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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