Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 10 October 2007     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Ted Epperly

Ted Epperly

(reprinted by permission)

CHICAGO - Ted Epperly, M.D., FAAFP, a family physician in Boise, Idaho, has been chosen president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Previously, he served three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. The AAFP represents nearly 94,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. Epperly was elected to the position by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP's governing body, during the organization's annual meeting in Chicago.

Epperly is chair and program director of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Boise. He is also clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

A member of the AAFP since 1980, Epperly has served in a variety of roles on the Commission on Education, including chair of the full commission and chair of the Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee. He has chaired the Reference Committee on Education at the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He chaired the Program Directors Workshop Planning Committee for the Family Medicine Residency Directors' National Workshop for three years. He currently serves as AAFP board liaison to the Commission on Practice Enhancement and was the AAFP board liaison to the Commission on Health of the Public in 2006.

Epperly has held all the elected positions in the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, including president. He joined the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians when he retired from the U.S. Army and returned to his home state in 2001.

Epperly earned his bachelor's degree at Utah State University, Logan, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash., where he served as chief resident. He completed a family medicine faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Epperly is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with certification of added qualifications in geriatrics.

Epperly's 21 years in the U.S. Army included service as a family physician, residency director, department chair, chief of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital emergency room during Desert Storm/Shield, commander of a field hospital, chief of staff, director of graduate medical education, and deputy commander of an Army medical center. He was a colonel when he retired. Epperly is a member of the editorial advisory board of the International Society for Men's Health and Gender and the editorial board of the Annals of Family Medicine. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine and American Family Physician. He was a residency assistance program consultant before becoming a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for family medicine, which is responsible for the accreditation of the nation's family medicine residencies, sport medicine and geriatric fellowships.

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Aggie Named as LDS Apostle

Quentin Cook

Elder Quentin L. Cook was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 6 October 2007. At the time of his call he was a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was called to that position in April 1998 having earlier served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Cook served as President of the North America Northwest Area, and also presided over the Philippines/Micronesia Area and the Pacific Area of the Church.

Elder Cook may be well-known to the tens of thousands who serve as missionaries, but he is also known in Cache Valley. Elder Cook was born and raised in Logan, where he met and married his wife Mary. Elder Cook graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Political Science in 1964 while Mary graduated in 1962. Elder Cook has always been a great supporter of USU and has said he has a special place in his heart for Cache Valley.

Why is this Alumni news? This newsletter is meant to inform and update Alumni with respect to lives, careers, and happenings of Alumni in a broad sense. The overwhelming majority of our readership comes from the state of Utah, and the religious majority of student body and Alumni are of the LDS faith. This is newsworthy not because of religious affiliation but the prominence of this position, regardless of our or your personal beliefs. No we are not BYU which is why we should be able to report stories and successes regardless of faith and background.

We apologize for any offense taken by this story and welcome your comments and suggestions, good or bad as they relate to our newsletter. Please be assured that when an Aggie reaches this level of advancement in any field, faith, or organization, we will report that too. In an attempt to better report to and about our Alumni, we have set up a submission form that anyone may use. It is at the top of this and every newsletter and can be seen here. We are Aggies and that is what we ALL have in common. Please send comments to

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USU to Receive Largest Gift Ever

basin campus

Utah entrepreneur and businessman Marc Bingham and his wife, Debbie, are donating $15 million to Utah State University's Uintah Basin campus to fund construction of an Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center. The gift will be the largest private gift in USU's history.

The building will become a state-of-the-art, high-tech educational facility to train students in business, entrepreneurship, accounting, engineering, water management, natural resources, environmental policy and other programs.

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Aggie Family day - October 13th

aggie family day

The annual Aggie Family Day, hosted by the Utah State University Alumni Association, will be on the Quad Oct. 13. Aggie Family Day is free and open to the public. Events include hands-on activities, a mini clinic conducted by the Aggie Marching Band and the USU Spirit Squad, and free Aggie Ice Cream, served by USU students and Ambassadors.

Activities include a tour of the water bug lab, insect collections, rock collections, computer robotics, chemistry demonstrations, instruction on the many uses of agriculture products, and math and physics games. "The goal is to get kids excited about learning," said Kim Larson, director of Alumni Events. "We want to teach children the importance of higher education and that learning can be fun." Aggie Family Day in on the USU conjunction with Parent and Family weekend sponsored by the Retention and First Year Experience Office. "With such a wide variety of activities there will be something for everyone to enjoy," Larson said. For information about Aggie Family Day contact Kim Larson at 435-797-8537.

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Football tailgate schedule

Kevin Robinson

We are halfway through the 2007 Football season and have a few more away game tailgates. We have had great parties at Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Utah and will continue with the following games:

  • USU at Fresno State - November 3, 2007
  • USU at New Mexico State - November 17, 2007
  • For complete details on times, prices, and to RSVP online click here.

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    Homecoming Practice Jerseys Still Available

    USU Jersey

    This year in honor of our Homecoming grand marshals, Sid and MacArthur Lane, commemorative practice jerseys were made honoring their playing days at Utah State. These were the jerseys you saw lining the street for the homecoming parade. On the front is the number 36 worn by MacArthur Lane and on the back is the number 56 worn by Sid Lane. There are still some available for purchase in sizes S/M, L/XL, and XXL. The cost is $20 and you may contact the Alumni office to purchase at 1-800-291-ALUM(2586). Click the image to the right for a larger picture.

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    Nationally Recognized Cancer Researcher Joins USU

    david ward

    Utah State University has recruited David C. Ward to join its Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative's Center for Advanced Nutrition. Ward is the deputy director of the Nevada Cancer Research Institute. He will give USU just under 20 percent of his time and will be appointed as an adjunct professor of chemistry.

    Ward is internationally recognized for his research in the fields of molecular cytogenetics, cancer genetics, virology and optical imaging technology. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and the first USU researcher to be a part of this organization. FULL STORY>>

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    Basketball tipoff parties - You decide

    tipoff party

    Your Alumni Association tries to provide opportunities for Aggies to come together and reunite. These opportunities often come around athletic events such as Football and Basketball games. As we approach the 2007-2008 Men's basketball season, we want your input into where we go.

    We have an idea of areas we can and cannot go to. To submit your requests or recommendations for pregame parties, please click here and cast your vote. We look forward to hearing from you.

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    Back to the Buzzer


    The 1910 Utah Agricultural College (UAC) Military Band.


    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

    Saturday, Oct. 13 - 12:00PM to 3:00PM
    Aggie Family Day

    Saturday, Nov. 03 - 12:00AM to 2:00PM
    Utah State at Fresno State Tailgate

    Saturday, Nov. 03 - 11:00AM to 1:00PM
    Phoenix Chapter Alumni BBQ

    Friday, Nov. 09 - 9:00AM recurring until Saturday, Nov. 10
    Alumni Chapter Presidents Conference

    Saturday, Nov. 10 - 9:00AM
    Alumni Chapter Presidents Conference

    Saturday, Nov. 17 - 10:30PM to 12:00PM
    Utah State at New Mexico State Tailgate

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

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    Men's Basketball To Hold Annual Blue-White Scrimmage

    USU Basketball

    Utah State's men's basketball team will hold its annual Blue-White scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

    During the Blue-White scrimmage, USU head coach Stew Morrill will run his team through two 10-minute sessions. At the conclusion of the scrimmage players will be available for autographs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.

    Jaycee Carroll Named WAC's Preseason Player Of The Year

    Utah State senior guard Jaycee Carroll was named the Western Athletic Conference's preseason Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media at the annual WAC Basketball Media Day on Wednesday october 10th, while USU is tabbed to finish first in the WAC according to the league's coaches and second according to the media. FULL STORY>>

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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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