Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 11 December 2007     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Joseph Bailey

Joseph Bailey

USU recent Graduate Visualizes Big Picture in Summer Internship

Some of the world's best-known recent video games feature Interactive Data Visualization, Inc. (IDV) technology, SpeedTreeRT® the game industry's most popular virtual tree and plant software. This summer former USU student and Famous Aggie Ice Cream® sales & marketing coordinator Joseph Bailey (BA 04) is visualizing a greater picture for IDV as it launches Eye-Sys®, a revolutionary visualization software already used in a pre-release version by Lockheed Martin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Department of Defense, and others.

Eye-Sys lets engineers, designers, analysts, and others working with complex simulations to see and understand their data in new ways.

Mr. Bailey, working as an intern through University of South Carolina International Master's of Business Administration (IMBA) program is providing key marketing support to IDV this summer as he undertakes comprehensive research into the media, events, and constituencies of the visualization and simulation industry.

"As IDV prepares for the launch of Eye-Sys, Joseph is playing a vital role in ensuring we will reach many or most of those in the vast audience of potential Eye-Sys users," said Kevin Meredith, director of business development for IDV. "In less than three months, Joseph has uncovered a staggering number of media outlets, industry players and others who can help Eye-Sys succeed. His expertise and professionalism are a credit to himself and to (his Universities) outstanding business programs."

Eye-Sys® visualization software takes data from virtually any file format, integrates the data, and visualizes it in real time. Outputs include real-time, interactive simulations, diagrams, charts, and other user-defined outputs. IDV hopes to have several publications across industries write about this new design which promises even greater success for IDV in the future.

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USU receives its largest gift ever, again

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Jon M. Huntsman announced that he and his wife, Karen H. Huntsman, are giving nearly $26 million to Utah State University, USU's largest donation to date.

USU President Stan L. Albrecht said $25 million will go to the School of Business, and approximately $1 million will be used as scholarship support for USU students from Armenia.

In recognition of the gift, the College of Business has changed its name to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. FULL STORY>>

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USU Professor named Carnegie Professor of the Year in Utah


Here's a bet to take. Of all the nation's 2007 Carnegie Professors of the Year - one from almost every state - Utah State University Professor Lyle McNeal has the most unique "teaching-is-tough" story to tell.

One of McNeal's recent in-the-field lab experiences mixed one young student, one rowdy 400-pound ram and one much-loved professor's much-loved nose. It seems the inexperienced student let the ram into a holding pen prematurely, and all McNeal remembers is turning around and seeing 400 pounds of angry, thick-horned ram reared up on its hind legs coming down for a head butt. McNeal's nose took the blast, it exploded into pieces and off to the emergency room he went with a concussion...FULL STORY>> Back to Top

USU alumna's portrait unveiled at the Smithsonian

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Photo by: Cameron Peterson

A portrait of May Swenson, USU poet, was recently unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, a distinction shared by Brigham Young and Robert Leroy Parker, also known as Butch Cassidy, among other Utahns.

"The diversity of her work is really extraordinary because she writes both for adults and children," said Joyce Kinkead, English professor. "The breadth of her poetic level is quite incredible and she is regarded as a significant 20th century American poet." FULL STORY>>

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Utah State University's Fall Commencement, Dec. 14-15

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Utah State University's Fall Commencement exercises are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, with a total of 1,981 students who have completed requirements to graduate.

The graduate student commencement and hooding ceremony is Friday, Dec. 14, and the undergraduate ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 15.

Graduate students will assemble at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Nelson Fieldhouse for the procession to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The procession begins at 1 p.m., and the commencement and hooding ceremony begin at 1:30 p.m. For complete details visit the commencement site

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Back to the Buzzer


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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

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

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Kevin Robinson - What he didn't win...

Kevin Robinson

We wanted to report on the awards and recognition that Kevin Robinson received at the close of this past football season, but even in an e-newsletter we would run out of space. In addition to being named to three All-American teams, here is just a taste of what he has done while at USU.

For his career, Robinson had four punt returns for a TD. He also ranks third in the WAC and ninth in the nation in kickoff return with a 29.3 ypr average and has three kick returns for TD, only one of two players in the country to do so. He also is the only player in the country with four combined returns (three kickoff and one punt) this season. Robinson recently became the NCAA career all-purpose yards per play record holder, with a 16.16 average on 6,479 career yards in 401 career plays. For a complete list of his awards and accolades, follow this link to the USU football page.

Men's Basketball has five game home stand

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The USU Men's basketball team have five home games in a row beginning this Saturday, December 15th when they face Prairie View A&M. In the home stretch will also be the Gossner Classic. They will not have to go on the road again until January 5th when they face Nevada.

Ticket packages are available for this home game stretch plus the Idaho game on January 19th by contacting the USU ticket office at 1-888-USTATE-1.

Women's Basketball wins second straight

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Utah State women's basketball picked up its second straight win after defeating Northern Arizona, 65-51, Saturday afternoon at NAU's J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Aggies improved to 2-5 overall. After winning at Eastern Washington last Sunday, 74-55, USU picked up its second straight double-digit win Saturday, which hasn't been done since 2005 when the Aggies won at Cal Poly, 71-60, and then defeated Pacific, 67-48. The victory moves USU to a 5-1 record at Northern Arizona. Utah State is now 12-4 all-time versus NAU.

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Travel Opportunities


February 13 - 25, 2008

How does one describe "Legends of Siam?" Visions of ancient millennial temples, the timeless chants of Buddhist monks, flower markets, narrow canals and waterways, cuisine that bursts with flavor, shopping bargains galore, hill tribes clinging to traditional lifestyles, colorful costumes and festivals, floating down a jungle river in a long-tail boat stopping at remote villages, a real life setting that would be perfect for an Indiana Jones movie, and the "King and I," all grace your imagination. Thailand is a peaceful nation and has not experienced wars or political unrest for centuries, preserving the culture, architectural wonders and beauty of this ancient and beautiful land. An added highlight will be the opportunity to visit with USU Alumni in Bangkok. You begin to realize this is no ordinary adventure. This is one of those extraordinary, life-changing experiences. This is an adventure for "travelers," not for mere "tourists."

For more detailed information Click Here.

Tour Costs:
Thailand & Cambodia Land: $1,599.00
Air from Salt Lake City: $1,740.00*
Single Occupancy: $499
* Includes flights within Thailand. Flights form other cities available upon request.

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