Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 1 January 2008     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Dick King

Dick King

If Dick King (BS Business '72) is lacking in anything, it isn't experience. Vice President of Associated Foods, President of Associated Retail Stores, President of Albertsons Grocery, CEO of Labor Ready, and U.S. Army Officer are just a few of the many titles King has held throughout his extensive career.

Specializing in the grocery business, King gained his honored reputation through his vast experience of over 30 years. Currently, King is Vice President of Associated Foods, an independent supplier of wholesale goods to over 400 stores in the Intermountain West, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. King is also on the Advisory Board of Encore Associates and is an ExecuForce Member. Encore Associates' goal is "to effectively manage the process of change and emerge with successful business solutions to meet the needs of the retailers, manufacturers and consumer packaged goods."

King's past successes as President and COO of Albertsons were proven through his hard work with a $16 billion operation, nearly 1,000 stores, and over 100,000 employees. After his time with Albertsons, King became CEO of Labor Ready, a company specializing in dependable, temporary manual labor for light industry and small business markets. As CEO, King created and implemented a successful national sales program that not only improved profit, but also established a strong human resource function and management team.

King has served on over 16 Board of Directors and committees throughout his career. Ranging from the Advisors Council to the Idaho Supreme Court to the St. Alphonsus Hospital Foundation Board. Currently King serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Association of Food Chains, Associated Retail Stores Board of Directors, Advisory Board of Siminas Produce (Monsanto) and Utah State University College of Business National Advisory Board where he has started a scholarship.

Currently residing in Utah, With his wife Julie. They have two children and six grandchildren.

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A Call for Nominations

USU Alumni Association

The USU Alumni association is requesting name suggestions for our upcoming awards and programs. We are currently looking for nominations for:

  • Alumni Grand Marshal
  • Alumnus of the Year
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
  • To see the criteria for each award and past recipients Click Here. Or to submit a nomination Click Here. For consideration, please email nominations no later than March 1. For more information contact the Alumni Office at 1-800-291-2586

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    The Emma Eccles Jones Foundation Gives $25 Million

    USU Education

    The Emma Eccles Jones Foundation is making a $25 million gift to USU's College of Education and Human Services. The gift will be used for construction of an additional education and research building and to fund a number of endowed professorships in early childhood education.

    "The College of Education and Human Services is already renowned nationally, and this gift culminates a long-term relationship between the College, the Foundation, and its founder, Emma Eccles Jones," said USU President Stan L. Albrecht. FULL STORY>>

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    Research Funding Up $9 Million at USU


    Utah State University's total research awards increased to $132.7 million this past year, up $9 million from the previous year, for an increase of 7.8 percent. The latest research awards information encompasses fiscal year 2006-2007.

    In addition to the research awards, USU was awarded $18.5 million for student fellowships and financial aid in the past year, bringing the total for all awards to $151.2 million. FULL STORY>>

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    Alumni Basketball Tip-off party schedule

    jaycee Carroll

    The Alumni Association will be hosting Tip-off parties prior to some of the Men's Basketball road games. The upcoming parties scheduled are:

  • USU at San Jose State - February 18, 2008
  • USU at Boise State - March 6, 2008
  • For complete details on times, prices, and to RSVP online click here. All future Tipoff parties will also be on this site.

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    Fourth annual Jazz Night at the Sky Club

    jazz night

    Utah State University's Skyroom Restaurant will be reminiscent of a 1930's jazz night club Feb. 15 and 16 for the fourth annual Jazz Night At The Sky Club. The evening includes elegant dining, jazz music and dancing. All profit will go to fund the Larry Smith Jazz Scholarship. A Student Dance Only night will be held Feb. 14.

    Tickets are $38, and are available at the USU Ticket Office in the Smith Spectrum until Feb. 11. The University Inn is offering a Valentine's overnight package that includes two tickets to the show, a refreshing night stay in a comfortable room and a hot catered breakfast the next morning. A package for two is $149.95, before tax, and can be reserved at the University Inn & Conference Center toll free at 800-231-5634.

    For more information about Jazz Night at the Sky Club, contact Walker Stahle at 435-797-0075. The production is a combined effort of USU's Music Department, the Skyroom Restaurant, USU Catering and University Inn & Conference Center.

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    Back to the Buzzer


    1964 Ski club members get ready to hit the slopes.


    Utah State University Alumni Relations sponsors many exciting events throughout the year. To keep informed about the most current ones, visit often.

    Upcoming Chapter events:

    Southeast Idaho - Game Watch, January 26 - 3:30 pm at Senior Iguanas Restaurant

    Utah County - Sweetheart Dinner on February 9 - 6:30-8:30 at the Utah County Courthouse

    Salt Lake County - Masquerade! On February 16 - 7-11:00 pm at the City/County Building

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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 Gymnastics Opens Season Friday At Boise State

    USU womens gymnastics

    No. 33 Utah State will begin its 31st season of gymnastics when the Aggies travel to Boise, Idaho to take on No. 28 Boise State on Friday, Jan. 11... The Western Athletic Conference dual meet will start at 7 p.m. at BSU's Taco Bell Arena (12,400). FULL STORY.

    Aggies Game At Nevada Rescheduled For Monday, Feb. 11

    Stew Morrill

    Utah State's men's basketball game at Nevada has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. (MT). The game, which was to be played on Saturday, Jan. 5, was postponed due to severe weather conditions in the Reno area.

    With the game change, Utah State will now play six games in 17 days to start the month of February, which includes three straight road games in eight days as it will play at Nevada on Monday, Feb. 11, at Hawai'i on Saturday, Feb. 16, and at San Jose State on Monday, Feb. 18.

    Utah State, which will have played just two games in 17 days before its contest against New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 12, began the season with eight games in 16 days. USU's game against NMSU will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Net Utah beginning at 7 p.m.

    Taylor Richards Closing In On 1,000 Point Milestone

    usu womens basketball

    Utah State women's basketball player Taylor Richards is 20 points shy of 1,000 career points and currently holds the No. 5 spot on USU's career points list. Richards will become the fifth player in Utah State women's basketball's 20 year history to reach 1,000 points and the first since the program was reinstated in 2003. The women's hoops program at USU had been disbanded following the 1987 season due to budget cuts.

    Richards, a 5-4 senior guard from West Valley City, Utah (Hunter HS) currently has 980 career points and needs 41 points to tie Pam Shirley (1977-79, 1,021 points) at No. 4. The last person to reach the 1,000 point plateau in the Aggies' history was Margaret Johns in the 1982-83 season. Johns finished her career with 1,081 points and is currently in third on the USU career points list.

    All-time, Richards ranks first in assists (333), second in three-point field goals made (76), second in three-point field goals attempted (247), third in steals (142), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.296), tied for fifth in free throw percentage (.688) and eighth in games played (97).

    Richards was a preseason all-WAC second-team selection and is averaging 10.0 points, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She is third in the WAC in steals, tied for fourth in free throw percentage (.771), ninth in assists and 17th in scoring.

    The Aggie women's basketball team (5-8, 1-0 WAC) hosts Hawai'i (6-7, 0-0 WAC) on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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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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