Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 4 April 2008     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Kay Swan

Kay Swan

Dr. Kay T. Swan, an established educator and entrepreneur, recently served as a delegate at the United Nations 52nd Commission for the Status of Women. At the commission, Kay represented the International Federation of Home Economists (IFHE). The commission, dedicated to promoting gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide, included 192 women delegates from around the globe. During the two week conference, Kay participated in discussions and the formation of policies aimed at protecting women against atrocities such as female mutilation and violence. In Kay's words, "It was a phenomenal experience. Listening to their heart aches and understanding their problems, is my formula as a beginning towards achieving peace in the world."

After completing her undergraduate at BYU and her Masters in education at Weber State, Kay graduated from Utah State University in 1994 with a PhD in Family and Human Development. Kay accredits her time at USU as being influential in her current involvement with family and human development at the international level. While at USU, Kay started holding educational retreats for couples on campus at the University Inn. This experience attributed to Kay's formation of her current business, West Haven Institute, an organization centered on providing creative educational experiences for families.

In addition to her service with the IFHE, Kay serves as the chair for the Utah Commission for Women and Families. She has served as a delegate to the National Democratic Convention and White House Conference on Families. In 2006, Kay ran for the Utah House of Representatives. This spring, Kay will begin teaching courses at Brigham Young University in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences.

Kay was born and raised in Warren, UT. She now resides in Roy, UT with her husband, former Utah state senator, Karl Swan. The couple has 11 children and 50 grandchildren.

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Aggie Family day at Lagoon is back

aggie family day

A beloved Aggie tradition is back! Aggie Family Day at Lagoon is coming your way on Thursday, July 17, 2008. Enjoy group discounted tickets and FREE parking sponsored by your USU Alumni Association.

That evening please join us at the Davis Pavilion for Aggie Ice Cream and raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship Program. Tickets are available June 2. Call the USU Alumni Relations Office at 435.797.2055 or 1.800.291.ALUM (2586) to purchase your tickets. Visit the Lagoon day website here for pricing and more details.

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Alumni Activities for commencement

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The Alumni Associations will be sponsoring a number of activities in coordination with the 119th commencement. The first event will be the annual senior celebration. The details are as follows:

  • Wed. April 16, 7-9 p.m.
  • TSC Ballroom
  • Free for graduating seniors, $5 for guests.
  • RSVP to Alumni Office at 797-2055
  • On Graduation day, we will be sponsoring the Alumni picnic:

  • Saturday, May 3, 2008
  • 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • HPER Field, in case of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Nelson Fieldhouse
  • $7.00/adult, $4.00/child
  • Available at USU Ticket Office or TSC Card Office
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    New Alumni online community a success


    The Alumni Associations new online community, launched last month, has already seen more than 1,000 people register and the formation of 40 groups. The members have also com from 47 of the 50 states and several other countries.

    The online community, known simply as USU inCircle, allows you to search for fellow alumni by city, employer, industry, class year, and more. It also will allow you to post and search employment listings, join and form alumni and interest groups, register for events, and discuss just about anything you want to.

    The new community is open to all who attended (including current students), graduated from, or work at USU. In all over 140,000 people are currently pre-registered. Within the first week there was a range of registered users over 40 class years apart. To visit and set up your account go to, or from the Alumni homepage click the online community link.

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    Alumni sets goal: 4,000 "A" plates in 2008

    This article will appear monthly with updates on our plate numbers

    USU Alumni Association

    The Alumni Association has sponsored the "A" plate program since the Spring or 2000. The point of this program has one financial purpose, to provide scholarships to legacy students.

    Who are legacy students and how can they qualify for a scholarship? Legacy students are the children or grandchildren of Aggies, your kids and grand kids. These scholarships are given by all of our Alumni Chapters to the legacy students from their respective areas, for example the Salt Lake County chapter will award scholarships to students only from Salt Lake County.

    USU Alumni Association

    How does the "A" plate fit into all of this? In addition to showing your pride in USU, the $25 plate fee is a donation that goes 100 percent directly into the scholarship fund for the county in which your car is registered.

    But can my $25 really make a difference? Last year the Alumni Association awarded over $190,000 in legacy scholarships. Nearly half of that funding came from the "A" plate program and Alumni like you making the choice to show your pride and support scholarships.

    How can I get an "A" Plate? We have made it easy for you. We have made the "A" plate available in every motor vehicle department throughout Utah, you can bring in your current registration and they will give you a new plate right on the spot (The DMV adds a one time $10 transfer fee). You don't even have to wait for your renewal to come up. If you want to make the donation directly to the Alumni office, you can visit our "A" plate page here and we will send you the form to take to the DMV. If you are buying a car from a new or used car dealer, simply ask them for "A" plates when you are finishing the paper work and they will take care of the rest for you.

    The Alumni Association has set a goal in 2008 to end the year with 4,000 "A" plates on the roads in Utah. This will provide at least $100,000 to give back to the legacy scholarship program. As of February 2008 we have approximately 3,500 plates. If you don't have a plate but have always thought about it, now is the time.

    Do you have a custom "A" plate and want to show it off? Click here.

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    USU Hits Campaign Goal After Just One Year; Campaign Continues Full Force

    USU Education

    In addition to celebrating its 120th birthday Saturday, March 8th, Utah State University celebrated another landmark moment at its Founders Day party.

    USU President Stan L. Albrecht announced at the celebration that the university had exceeded its $200 million comprehensive campaign goal only one year after the announcement of the campaign's public phase. FULL STORY>>

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    Utah State Home to 'Golden' Scholars

    Goldwater group

    Utah State University students Tamara Jeppson and Jodie Barker-Tvedtnes were named 2008 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Aggies Sydney Chamberlin and Cody Tramp were awarded honorable mentions in the prestigious competition. FULL STORY>>

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    Back to the Buzzer



    You knew where to buy ice cream cones and paced a beaten path to the right hand door of the Animal Industry building. After a tennis match, baseball on the quad or noon hour, you sat on the banister waiting your turn to enter the swinging door that opened to a wonder of chocolate milk, orangeade, cheese-crackers and the ever popular cones.


    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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    Aggie Men Become Fourth Team In NCAA History To Lead The Nation In Both Field Goal And Free Throw Shooting

    jaycee carroll

    Utah State's men's basketball team accomplished a rare feat during the 2007-08 season, becoming just the fourth team in NCAA history to lead the nation in both field goal and free throw shooting, as the NCAA released its season-ending statistics on Wednesday.

    For the year, Utah State shot 51.4 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. It is the second time in the last four years that USU has led the nation in field goal shooting as it shot 52.5 percent in 2005 to rank first overall. Utah State also finished the 2007 season second in the nation in free throw shooting at 78.0, which was a school record. FULL STORY>>

    Men's Basketball To Hold Annual Banquet On April 15

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    Utah State will hold its annual men's basketball banquet on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m., at the Copper Mill Restaurant in downtown Logan. The cost of the event is $22 per person.

    Head coach Stew Morrill will address the audience regarding the 2007-08 season, the team will honor its award winners, and a highlight video will be shown.

    Utah State advanced to its ninth straight postseason this year as it participated in the National Invitation Tournament. The Aggies finished the year with a 24-11 record after winning a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference regular season championship. USU is also one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last nine seasons.

    Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact the USU Athletics Department at (435) 797-1850. Reservations will be accepted until Friday, April 11.

    Chris Jones Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

    Chris Jones

    Utah State's head basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Monday the hiring of Chris Jones as an assistant for the Aggies. Jones replaces Don Verlin who was recently named the head coach at the University of Idaho.

    Jones spent a total of seven years at the University of Utah in a number of roles, including most recently as an assistant coach for two seasons under Ray Giacoletti and current Utes head coach Jim Boylen. Jones also served as the director of basketball operations at Utah for two seasons.

    "I am very excited that Chris Jones is joining our coaching staff," said Morrill. "We are getting a quality coach who has lots of experience with basketball in the state of Utah. Chris is a high-energy, get-it-done kind of guy. He understands the demands of this business and has the drive and skill, plus the experience necessary to perform all the tasks required of an assistant coach at the Division I level. I know he will be a huge assist for our program." FULL STORY>>

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    Travel Opportunities

    Fall travel is being planned right now.

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