Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 5 May 2007     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - G. Russell Case

G. Russell Case

Artist G. Russell Case is as generous as he is talented. Last December, he spent several hours in Box Elder Middle School art classes, sharing his love of art with the students. For many people, that would have been enough. But Case had more to give and donated one of his paintings, valued at $15,000, to the school.

As a painter and as a person, G. Russell Case is an individual. His approach has always been such, whether hiking in the Wasatch Mountains above his Utah home or throwing the perfect fly cast on the Green River, he is a leader. As a painter his most important mentor is Robert Henri, through whom Case found freedom to make his own approach, a lesson few artists observe. His art contains the simplicity that all great painters seek; his interpretations reflect the artistic vision distilled through keen observation of great painters that came before. His subjects are of things observed today in travels throughout the west. He paints directly from nature to record color and light. His studio compositions are derivations of thoughts recorded outdoors. Truly, The Art Spirit can be found in the paintings of G. Russell Case. 

Expressing his own attitude toward subject matter, Case has made it clear that there in no value to be placed on literal translations of nature. His general scope is not realistic; rather his tendencies strive toward idealization. Thomas Moran was one of the first to declare this thesis when asked about using photography for subject matter. He said, “Of course, all art must come through nature or naturalism, but I believe that a place, as a place, has not value in itself for the artist only so far as if furnished the material from which to construct a picture.” More than anything, this is the philosophy of Case as he seeks subjects in the enchanting southwestern country, flooded with color an enchantment, where pictorial interpretations await only artist with natural skills and original thoughts. The Grand Canyon was there before Moran; the clouds were there before Dixon . California hills were there before Wendt and Redmond; Utah cottonwoods and farmhouses were there before Stewart. Russell has also discovered these subjects.

A graduate of Snow College and Utah State University, Russell has studied with Osrald Allred, Carl Purcell, Harrison Groutage, and Gaell Lindstrom. He is one of the few Utah experts in the philosophy of Robert Henri. He has had numerous one-man shows and won many awards for his works including the Golden Thunderbird Best of Show at the Maynard Dixon Country 2004 and 2003 invitational and Best of Show at the Phippen Museum 2001.

Russell resides in the small town of Brigham City, Utah . Russell and his wife Susanne have three children, two at home and one away at college.

To learn more about his work, visit

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2007 Robins Awards Ceremony

USU College of Education and Human Services

Each year the Robins Awards ceremony is a tradition that honors the best and brightest at Utah State University.

This year a new award, the Legacy of Utah State Award, was introduced and given to senior agricultural education student, Colby Champneys.

Among the other award winners were the Aggie Special Olympics Team (Organization of the Year Award), Scott Davis (Scholar of the Year Award), College of Engineering Professor Laurie McNiel (Professor of the Year), Noah Riley (Man of the Year), and Maure Lyn Smith (Woman of the Year).

The featured award of the ceremony is the Bill E. Robins Memorial Award. This year it went to Troy Smith, the ASUSU executive vice president.

For a complete list of Robins Awards winners, click here

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USU Named One of America's Best Value Colleges

Lyman and Vivian Willardson

After reviewing more than 650 public and private colleges and universities, The Princeton Review named 165 institutions to its list of “ America’s Best Value Colleges.” Utah State University is one of those to make the list.

The Princeton Review looks at a number of criteria when selecting schools, such as academics and financial aid. To visit their site click here.

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Hunsaker Returns to Utah State University

Fred Hunsaker

Glenn Ford, USU’s vice president for Business and Finance, will be leaving at the end of June to take a position at Linfield College in Oregon. A former VP for Business and Finance, Fred Hunsaker, will be stepping in as interim vice president.

Hunsaker retired from USU in 2003 after ten years at the University. In 2002 he was honored with the Leone Leadership Award. He has also worked in the banking industry and in politics as a member of the Utah House of Representatives.

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Win a $20 gift Certificate to the Alumni Online Store

Fred Hunsaker

Do you want $20 to spend on whatever you would like from the Alumni Association online store? If so just enter our drawing.

Simply visit the e-store and tell us what you would buy. Enter the product code or name on this entry form and you are entered to win. It's that simple.

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The new Aggie Academy for Legacy students

The Admissions Office at Utah State University is excited to announce the first ever Aggie Academy! Aggie Academy is a three-day retreat from June 18-20, 2007, for high school students who are the descendants of Utah State University alumni. If you have a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter who is between 14-18 years of age, open the doors of opportunity by sending them to USU! As part of the Academy, students will visit the beautiful campus of Utah State, experience famous Aggie Traditions and activities, and enjoy the surroundings of Cache Valley.

As part of Aggie Academy, your student will discover the many opportunities available at USU, become connected with campus and the surrounding area, enjoy various recreational activities on and off campus, and create friendships and memories with other Legacy students throughout the United States!

Important facts to know about Aggie Academy:

  • Begins at noon Monday, June 18 and concludes with lunch Wednesday, June 20
  • Space is limited; register soon
  • Registration closes Monday, June 4, 2007 (based on availability)
  • Cost of the event is $100 per participant (payable online when registering), which includes lodging, food, activities, and Aggie gear
  • Participants will stay in the newly constructed student Living and Learning Community
  • Please join us in continuing the Aggie Tradition within your family and community. Three days on the USU campus will give all participants the opportunity to share a common bond of Aggie Pride. We look forward to welcoming your family to campus and sharing all USU has to offer.

    For additional information on Aggie Academy, please contact the Admissions Office at 800.488.8108, email Craig Whyte, or visit the Admissions website at

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    Some Enchanted Evening - Outdoor Dinner Concert

    Begin an unforgettable evening with a sampling of the world's cuisine served in the cool shade of the Chase Fine Arts Courtyard Center at Utah State University. As the sun sets over Logan, music and lyrics will fill the warm summer air with the songs of past decades, reminding us of the time of sparkling entertainment and the magic that music has given the world. Enjoy a selection of music from Broadway and the Silver Screen from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s including songs from South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Music Man and many more!

    Featuring The Kicks Band directed by Larry Smith with vocalists Landon Smith, Becky Foster and Karlee Heaps.

    Fom complete detail including prices, menu and overnight package click here.

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    Back to the Buzzer


    Members of the 1971 Senior Council, from left to right; Terry Bau, Aziele Jensen, Mary Francis Elwood, Ladd Anderson, Von Stocking, Pat Rasmussen, John Perry, Patt Piggee, Gaylene Calder.


    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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    Read the Classnotes

    Chapter News

    The following events will take place in the few months:


  • May 17 - Weber County Picnic
  • May 19 - Eastern Idaho Swim Party
  • June 28 - Utah/Salt Lake County Golf Tournament
  • July 13 - Utah County Swim Party
  • July 14 - Weber County Car Show
  • For more information about these and other alumni chapters and to find the chapter in your area, visit

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    Aggie Student-Athletes Impress NCAA

    USU Athletics

    There’s more good news from Aggie student-athletes.

    According the NCAA’s latest Academic Progress Rates (APR), Utah State University student-athletes are both staying in school and making progress in earning their degrees. In fact, USU was among just four WAC schools that didn’t receive any warnings from the NCAA.

    A school’s APR is calculated annually and takes into account eligibility, retention, and graduation of every student-athlete on scholarship. Low APRs can lead to warning letters from the NCAA and penalties in scholarships and practice and playing time.

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    Travel Opportunities

    Travel with the Aggies to Hawaii

    In conjunction with the USU vs. Hawaii football game, enjoy a week in Hawaii for only $1,195 per person. This includes a direct flight from SLC to Honolulu (stopover in Los Angeles on the return flightfor those booking after May 1st), transfers, hotels and game tickets. You must book by June 1st to guarantee this price. For more information on this and upcoming alumni travel events, visit or call the Alumni Relations office at (435)797-2055.

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