Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 7 July 2008     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Steve Palmer & Jason Budge

Steve Palmer & Jason Budge

Steve was studying Marketing at USU while minoring in Spanish, when he met fellow Aggie, Jason Budge, a Biology-Education major minoring in German. They met through their involvement in student government, Steve as Student Body President and Jason as Student Advocate VP. When they left Cache Valley, to transition into the business world, the friendship Steve and Jason had forged continued to grow and develop.

After working together at the same company for a few years, Steve and Jason decided to take a risk and start their own business. In an effort to solve an ongoing problem —finding an effective way to build, organize, and rotate a year supply of food— their company, Shelf Reliance, was born. Since its start over three years ago, Shelf Reliance has expanded to encompass all areas of emergency preparedness, including the launch of its own food line, THRIVE. In addition to providing excellent products and services, Shelf Reliance also helps sponsor several community charity events each year.

Steve and Jason find owning their own business extremely rewarding. Reflecting on their endeavor, Jason, a true entrepreneur at heart, describes the highs as very high and the lows as very low, but that the ride is never boring. Steve says that he has found very few things as rewarding in life, as what he and Jason have accomplished by starting Shelf Reliance.

In the coming years, Steve and Jason hope to give back to USU. Both men describe their USU education as being an essential component to their success in business and in life. Not only were Steve and Jason able to learn important skills in the classroom, but they also took advantage of the variety of opportunities USU provides to further develop their leadership and communication capabilities. Steve advises all Aggies that they “should never wonder whether they received a second-class education. I’m continually amazed at the number of successful business professionals I meet that are fellow alums.”

Steve and Jason are both married to fellow Aggies. Steve and his wife Amy are the proud parents of Blake, Allison, and Tyler. Jason and his wife Lindsay are the happy parents of Abigail, twins Lily and Grace, and just recently welcomed William, as the newest addition to their family. Both the Palmer and Budge families currently reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

To find out more about Shelf Reliance, visit
spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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Introducing the Official MasterCard of Utah State University
Official MasterCard of USU

Your USU Alumni Association is delivering a totally new rewards card available exclusively through the Alumni Association. Thank you for supporting us with the Chase Visa Card. We hope we can count on your support for the new Official MasterCard. Your involvement funds Alumni Association activities such as Aggie Family Days, Homecoming, chapter events and more! This new MasterCard will be available July 17. For more information or to request email notification of the availibility of the card, click here.


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Aggie Lagoon Day - Tickets still available

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. You must order your tickets through the Alumni Office to get the discount and parking pass. Tickets and parking vouchers may be picked up at the David B. Haight Alumni Center by Wednesday, July 16 by 5:00 p.m. Otherwise, tickets will be available at guest services (you will need to pay for parking and then get reimbursed). Visit the Aggie Family Day at Lagoon website here.

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Alumni online community iPod giveaway


Due to technical difficulties, the iPod giveaway drawing which was announced in the May issue of Aggie Insights was postponed. We will continue with the contest for those registered by July 31.

As a thank you to all who have registered for inCircle, and as encouragement to those who haven't, the Alumni Association will be giving away three 1 GB iPod shuffles and one Grand Prize 8 GB iPod touch! To be eligible all you need to do is register and make at least one connection with another alumnus. We will pick the winners on August 1, 2008, and notify them through their incircle contact information.

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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New Director Joins Aggie Alumni Association

Cecile Gilmer

The Utah State University Alumni Association welcomes Cecile Gilmer (former Director of Development, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, March ’06 – June ‘08) as the new Director of Events and Travel. 

“It’s a great time to be an Aggie with the incredible successes currently happening on campus,” said Cecile. “We need to find the best way to communicate to alumni the excitement and benefits of being a member of the Alumni Association.”

Cecile has had a lot of experience with marketing and sales, as her first job was being a marketing representative for The Disney Channel.  She was responsible for making sure Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy were all in their scheduled stops when they visited cities around the country.  Cecile has held several other positions where she was the head of the sales department, as well as being the travel director for numerous resorts and hotels. She has also had much success as an author, being broadcast on National Public Radio, and published in Good Housekeeping and in JANE magazine. 

“Cecile brings knowledge, professionalism and a great deal of energy,” said Wallace Odd, Executive Director of Alumni Relations.  “We welcome her, and look forward to a great working relationship.”

While holding the position of Director of Development for the College of HASS, Cecile increased funding for several programs in the college, including scholarships and fellowships in various departments.  She also planned and assisted in carrying out numerous events on campus and in the community.  Cecile has worked closely with the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation and the Museum of Anthropology. 

“What amazed and impressed me the most when I arrived at this university was the passion the staff, faculty and administrators had for Utah State as an institution, its history and their commitment to its future,” said Cecile.  “This excitement is illustrated daily by the programs developed for current students as well as alumni and friends of the university.  I’m thrilled to be an Aggie!”

As Director of Events and Travel, Cecile will work to expand the frequency and destinations of the Alumni travel trips, as well as increase attendance and participation at Alumni events such as Aggie Family Day, Founder’s Day, Homecoming and tailgate and tip-off parties.  She would also like to focus on increasing the marketing and outreach to alumni through expanding communications such as social networking, email and direct mail and encourage more alumni involvement with the university.
biography by Whitney Robins


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Celebrating our Success….and the campaign continues!


USU alumni are cordially invited to a milestone celebration of Utah State University:  August 6, 2008, at 7 p.m. in the Union Pacific Depot Grand Hall in Salt Lake City.

You have probably heard the news about Utah State’s Honoring Tradition, Securing Our Future campaign, and you’ve probably seen announcements of some major gifts to the university in recent months.  To celebrate those successes and to give you a glimpse into the next steps for our future, we ask you to join President Stan L. Albrecht for this gala celebration.  Come and meet remarkable students and faculty from each academic college, our regional campuses and university athletics.  Gather with other Aggies to see first-hand the impact that this campaign is having on your alma mater and in the lives of current and future students.

Light refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend.  Free parking is available in the lot directly east of the Depot.

Building on our SUCCESS
...the campaign continues

Wednesday, August 6, 2008
7:00 p.m.
The Depot Grand Hall
13 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT
RSVP by July 30, 2008 to 1-888-Old Main (888-653-6246).
Click here to RSVP online.


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World War I Veteran Honored

Tom Neibaur

On Saturday, July 26, the late Thomas C. Neibaur will be honored in his home town of Sugar City, Idaho, with the placement of a memorial stone in the city’s Neibaur Park. Tom Neibaur was the first Idahoan and the lowest ranking soldier to receive the Medal of Honor.  He was one of the most highly decorated men to come out of World War I.  Tom attended Utah State Agricultural College in 1921-1922 and 1923-1924. The Utah State University Press is publishing a book by Sherman Fleek on the life of Thomas Neibaur.

Tom Neibaur’s only surviving child, a daughter, will come from Ohio. She will present BYU-Idaho the letters Tom wrote about his experience, and the flag used to drape his coffin when he was buried in 1942. A free breakfast will be provided from 7 to 10 a.m. A program featuring three speakers will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30. The unveiling of the monument will take place at 1 p.m. The 25th Army Band will provide music.

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

This article will appear monthly with updates on our plate numbers

License Plate

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

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 May 2008 we have over 3,591 plates. If you don't have an "A" plate, but have always thought about it, now is the time. Click here to get your "A" plate online.

Learn more about the "A" plate program here.

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

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The 1940 Student Officers- Harold Steed, Bill Thomas, Kenneth Hill, Conway Sonne, Reid Olsen, Duane Hillam


Event Flyer

A major event flyer was mailed to many Utah and southern Idaho homes. Click on the image or download the flyer here.

To keep informed about the most current event details, visit


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Read the Classnotes

Chapter News

Merit Citations Awarded

Las Vegas Aggie Chapter President Paul Workman and Alumni Association President Paul Parkinson awarded an Alumni Association Merit Citation to Al Faccinto, Jr. at a June 6 dinner in the Monte Carlo Hotel. The dinner was part of a reunion weekend of 80 former football players and coaches gathered to honor former head coaches Bruce Snyder and Chris Pella. Al Faccino '72, is the President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM MIRAGE International. His responsibilities include all international marketing efforts for the Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Mirage Hotels. Al has also been involved with the Las Vegas Aggie Chapter for many years and played an instrumental role in the 2004 Alumni Golf Tournament and Banquet. He is also a Lifetime Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association.

The reunion weekend continued with a lot of conversation with some very tall tales. After golf on Saturday morning, a dinner was held in the ballroom.  Former assistant coaches Terry Shea, Kent Baer, and Dennis Schuler were also in attendance.   Dee Jones Att ‘83 And Joe Crum ‘84 co-hosted the event which was attended by USU Administrators Athletics Director Scott Barnes, Dale Mildenberger, and Ross Peterson.

Weber County Aggie Chapter presented Alumni Association Merit Citations to three Weber County residents for their significant contributions to their local community.  These awards were presented on April 19th at an alumni dinner held at Maddox. Chapter President Brent Parkin presented the awards to Representative LaWanna Shurtliff, George Hall and Daniel Nixon.

LaWanna "Lou" Shurtliff ’57, a ten-year member of the Utah State House of representatives and retired Ogden City School educator.  She is involved in many civic organizations. She served on the Golden Aggie Reunion committee for the class of 1957 last fall and is a sustaining member of the Alumni Association. George Hall ’76, founding partner of Elliott-Hall Company, a firm that focuses on energy exploration and production, has been very involved with the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International and other organizations. George is a lifetime sustaining member of the Alumni Association. Daniel Nixon ’85, a former residential developer and current owner of the largest self storage facilities in Utah, having developed over eight locations and is expanding his operations in Farmington and Salt Lake.  He is involved in leadership of many related associations. Proceeds from the event supported the Weber County Aggie Scholarship Fund.        

Seattle Aggie Chapter honored Richard Cole at an Alumni dinner May 30, 2008 in Bellevue. Chapter President Blair Busenbark presented Richard with an Alumni Association Merit Citation. Richard Cole '63 MBA '71 MS '72, is a long-time Redmond City Councilman. He is a licensed CPA and retired from The Boeing Company. Richard has worked tirelessly serving his community. He has held many positions on committees serving Redmond, King County and Puget Sound areas. He is also involved with the League of Women Voters and National Women’s Political Caucus. Proceeds from the event supported the Seattle Aggie Scholarship Fund.        

Nominate someone for an Alumni Association Merit Citation here.

Jul 18 Utah County Aggie Family Pool Party
Jul 19 9th Annual Weber County Car Show
Jul 19 4th Annual Summit County Swim Party & BBQ
Aug 02 5th Annual Weber County Golf Tournament
Aug 07 Wasatch County Aggie BBQ
Upcoming Chapter Events

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

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USU Football Staff to Hold Free Women's Clinic on July 30

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Utah State’s football coaching staff will host a free football clinic for women to learn football skills, techniques and the ins-and-outs of football at Romney Stadium on Wednesday, July 30.

Check-in and registration begins at 6 p.m. with the clinic starting at 6:30 p.m.  The clinic is open to all women 18 years and older.  Admission is free and includes a drawing for prizes. Participants should come dressed ready to be active and are encouraged to enter Romney Stadium from the southwest gate.

For pre-registration or for more information, contact the USU Athletics Office at 435-797-1850 or register the night of the event at 6 p.m., on the south end of the field.

Aggie Football Family Fun Night sponsored by Macey's

Family Fun Night

Aggie Football Family Fun Night
Saturday, August 16, 2008
4 to 7 p.m
Romney Stadium

Scrimmage begins at 4:00 p.m..
Games and activities on the South Concourse.
Team will be available for autographs on the field from approximately 6 to 7 p.m.

Jaycee Carroll Leads New Jersey Nets To Victory In NBA Debut

Jaycee Carroll

Former Utah State All-American Jaycee Carroll made his NBA debut Monday night at the Orlando Pro Summer League and led the New Jersey Nets to an 86-74 win against the host Magic. Carroll, who started at point for New Jersey and played 19:22, scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting from the free throw line. He was also 0-of-1 from three-point range. Along with leading the Nets in scoring, Carroll was also the team's top rebounder and assist man as he had seven boards (three offensive, four defensive) and five assists. FULL STORY

Utah State's Merlin Olsen Named To 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team

Merlin Olsen

Utah State football legend Merlin Olsen has been named to the 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team to commemorate the Sun Bowl Association's Diamond Anniversary. The team was announced Thursday by association president Joe E. Valenzuela. Olsen is one of 75 players honored by the Sun Bowl Association. Olsen and Utah State were in the 1960 Sun Bowl, losing to New Mexico State, 20-13. Led by Olsen, the navy-clad Aggie defense held their counterpart Aggies to just 44 rushing yards on 32 carries. FULL STORY

Utah State Leads WAC In Academic All-Conference Honorees Again

For the third straight year, Utah State has led the Western Athletic Conference in number of academic all-league honorees as the Aggies landed 130 student-athletes on the academic all-WAC teams in 2007-08. USU just completed its third season in the WAC as it joined the league in July, 2005.

Overall, it is the ninth time in the last 10 years that Utah State has had the most academic all-league honorees as it led the Big West Conference in 2000 and 2002-05. In 2001, the Aggies ranked second in the Big West in academic selections.

During 2007-08, Utah State had 130 student-athletes earn academic all-WAC honors to lead the league, while Boise State was second with 116, Fresno State was third with 107, Nevada was fourth with 103, and Idaho was fifth with 101. To qualify for the academic teams, student-athletes must post a 3.0 grade-point average and participate in at least 50 percent of the team's games. FULL STORY


Men's Basketball Announces 2008-09 Schedule

Utah State University's head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Wednesday the upcoming 2008-09 schedule as the Aggies will play a total of 31 games during the regular season, which includes five contests against in-state opponents and at least seven games against postseason teams from a year ago. Highlighting Utah State's non-conference schedule will be games against in-state rivals Brigham Young and Utah as the Aggies play the Cougars in Salt Lake City at Energy Solutions Arena on Saturday, Dec. 6 and host the Utes on Monday, Dec. 22. BYU has played in the NCAA Tournament each of the last two years, while Utah advanced to the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational last year. Click here for full story and schedule.

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Travel Opportunities

Las Vegas Weekend

August 28-31, 2008

Spend the weekend with your Aggies in fabulous Las Vegas! Aifare and lodging at the Luxor Hotel for two or three nights. Friday night banquet, pregame party and Aggie Football vs. UNLV game, tickets and transfers included. For more details click here.

New England Fall Foliage Cruise - SOLD OUT!

October 4 - 11, 2008

Discover the French Riviera!

February 25 – March 5, 2009

Join other Aggies on a fabulous trip to the renowned French Riviera.  Alumni Relations Travel is offering an amazing tour opportunity to the French Riviera with visits to Nice, St. Tropez – Cannes, Monaco, Grasse in France and a Ventimiglia, Italy! Sign up now! Call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-800-291-2586.

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