|VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 8||August 2007|
In This Issue
USU Alumni Spotlight - Paul D. Parkinson, New Alumni Association President
20 years ago, Paul D. Parkinson was just graduating from Logan High School. Two months prior to graduation, his father, Paul C. Parkinson, had passed away unexpectedly, leaving the family with no insurance and very little money.
“I was fortunate to be awarded a 4-year scholarship to Utah State University at that time,” says Paul. “Otherwise I would not have been in a position to attend college and would have had to postpone my goals to a later date.”
After completing his freshman year at USU, Paul took two years off to serve a mission in Argentina for the LDS Church. During that time, Rebecca Johnson, who was raised in an agricultural family of seven children, was finishing high school at North Sevier High School in Salina, UT. Upon her graduation, she was awarded the same President’s Leadership Council scholarship that Paul had been awarded two years earlier.
When Paul returned home from Argentina in 1990, he enrolled at USU as a sophomore and quickly met Rebecca, who too was just beginning her sophomore year. And as they say, the rest is history.
“My wife and I were both beneficiaries of someone else’s generosity, and now we hope to perpetuate that goodwill that was shown to us in both money and time,” explains Paul. “That’s one of many reasons I feel so good about volunteering my time for the Alumni Association.”
Just as attending college was made possible for him through a scholarship, Paul also quickly recognizes that his career was made possible for him through an education.
“One of the very first requirements for my current career was a college degree,” Paul states.
Since 1996, Paul has been employed by Medline Industries, Inc., the world’s largest privately-held manufacturer of medical supplies. After earning the Rookie Representative of the Year award in 1997 and Sales Representative of the Year award in 2000, he advanced to the position he currently holds, Regional Manager, in 2004.
“Utah State and my college education have been a big part of the history of my life,” says Paul. “My mother, Leah Dunford Parkinson Christensen, was working here as the Dean of Women when she married my father. She later became the first president of this Alumni Association, and I believe that my sister, Helen Cox, and I were the only children attending alumni events at the time. I grew up on this campus. I was educated here. And most important to me, it was here I met my wife.”
Both of Paul’s parents attended USU. Both of Rebecca’s parents attended USU as well. In addition, Paul’s one sibling is an Aggie, along with all six of Rebecca’s siblings and their spouses.
Paul’s thoughts on his family’s USU tradition are clear. “We are a 100% Aggie family!”
Homecoming 2007 Dignitaries Announced
Four Utah State University alumni were named as dignitaries for USU’s Homecoming festivities Sept. 16-22.
Brothers Sidney and MacArthur Lane, Corey Christiansen and Rolfe Kerr will be honored for accomplishments both at USU and during their lifetimes.
"Homecoming is a time to remember the rich history of Utah State, and it is individuals such as these who carry those great traditions of excellence into communities across the country, even across the world," said Wallace Odd, executive director of Alumni Relations. "The Alumni Association is pleased to honor such outstanding people..."
USU Facilities Receives National Award for Excellence
Utah State University’s facilities organization received the Award for Excellence in Facilities Management from APPA (formerly the Association of Physical Plant Administrators). The award is the highest institutional honor bestowed by APPA, the association that serves educational facilities professionals in the United States...
Football tailgate schedule/Homecoming activities announced
The 2007 Football away game tailgate schedule has been announced. Starting with USU at Wyoming on September 8th. For a complete listing of away game tailgates, or to RSVP online click here.
Homecoming activities have also been announced and this year they are better than ever. The festivities begin on Sunday, September 16th with street painting and go through Midnight on Saturday, September 22nd. During the week and weekend there will be something for everyone including, a 5K, golf tournament, reunions, the homecoming banquet, an outdoor concert, the homecoming parade, fireworks, and of course, the Homecoming Football game with kickoff at 6:05. For a complete list of events and more information, click here.
Back to the Buzzer
From the 1970 Buzzer.
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/ often.
CELEBRATE AMERICA SHOW: Big Band Entertainment STUDENT NIGHT SHOW
The Celebrate America Show has been acclaimed as "better than a Broadway show!" ..."above anything we have seen in Vegas!" It’s even been called the "best show on the planet!" For sure, this is an exquisite event you don't want to miss!
Guests can expect a lavish evening of big band entertainment, including an elegant buffet dinner, a spectacular Broadway-style show, and dancing to music from the Glenn Miller era. You can even win a trophy in the dance contest that includes the Waltz, Cha-Cha, and Swing!
For more information, click here.
Thursday, Aug. 16 - 6:30PM
Hale Centre Theatre Event
Saturday, Aug. 18 - 12:30PM to 7:00PM
4th annual Weber County Golf Tournament
Friday, Aug. 31 - 8:00AM
Birch Creek Golf Tournament
For more information about these and other alumni chapters and to find the chapter in your area, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/chapters/.
Utah State Ranks Eighth in the Nation in Gender Equity Study
Utah State University’s Athletics Department ranked eighth in the nation in providing equal opportunities for women in sports, according to the fourth annual Gender Equity Scorecard that was recently released...
Travel with the Aggies to HawaiiThe Hawaii trip is sold out. We are excited for the 100 Aggies who will be joining us this October.
Legends Of Siam: Thailand & Cambodia
Pricing and further details to come, but mark you calendars today to travel with the Aggies on the Legends Of Siam: Thailand & Cambodia tour with visit to Laos February 13 - 25, 2008
Please call the Alumni Relations office at (435)797-2055, or visit www.usu.edu/alumni/travel/