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    VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 3 March 2008     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Curtis Condie

Dick King

We don't usually get too excited about a Western Athletic Conference coach that competes against Utah State, but in the case of Curtis Condie, we will make an exception.

Curtis Condie started his successful basketball career as team captain at East Los Angeles College where he led the South Coast Conference in three-point shooting at 58.3 percent. After playing two seasons, Curtis transferred to Utah State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and served as an administrative assistant for former Aggie head coach Larry Eustachy.

Curtis' coaching career has been nothing but a success. He started his career as head boys' basketball coach at two Utah high schools: Wasatch High and South Sevier High, where he was named Utah AA Basketball Coach of the Year (1996-97). Curtis' collegiate coaching career is highlighted by his time at Northern Arizona, where the Lumberjacks qualified for the Big Sky Conference tournament. Also at Snow College, Condie helped guide the Badgers to back-to-back Scenic West Conference titles, and was the only coach to recruit former New Orleans Hornet Jackson Vroman out of high school.

Curtis also spent four successful seasons as associate head coach at Utah Valley State. During the school's transition from a junior college to an NCAA Division I program, and with Curtis on the staff, the Wolverines compiled a 82-36 record and won 16 games in both of its last two seasons, playing a full NCAA Division I schedule. After UVSC, Curtis became the head coach at Texas A&M International University. Currently, Curtis is spending his first season as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech and is currently the only Aggie serving as a Division I assistant coach.

If you happened to see the USU at La. Tech game this year on ESPN, you would have heard the story of Curtis' 11 year old son asking before the game, "Dad, can I just wear my USU clothes and be their ball boy tonight?"

For his professional success, the Utah State University Alumni Association recently presented Coach Condie with a Merit Citation Award. Curtis and his wife Wendy have four children who are self proclaimed future Aggies, including daughters Taylor and Courtney, and sons Anthony and Preston.

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Alumni Association launches new online community

incircle

A new online community, just launched this month, will allow all alumni to expand their personal and professional network to include USU alumni. The online community, known simply as USU inCircle, will allow 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.

"Our new community will provide something unique and exciting for all of the university's alumni," says Matt Stone, USU Alumni Association Marketing Director. "It will offer alumni a convenient way to connect based on their interests and get a little something more out of being a USU alumnus."

This service is not intended to compete with or replace any of the social networking communities that exist outside of USU. "USU inCircle provides a community of individuals who have one outstanding arch; they are Alumni of Utah State. By having a community consisting solely of Alumni, Attenders, and USU Staff, there is a greater exchange of ideas and opportunity, which provides a better benefit to all who use it." says Stone.

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 https://usu.affinitycircles.com, 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 January 2008 we have just over 3,400 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 Alum & Stem Cell expert to speak on campus

USU sculpture

Photo by: B.D Colen

Utah State University Alum and former Alumni newsletter spotlight Dr. M. William Lensch, Affiliated Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, will be presenting two lectures early next month on USU's main campus. Both will be on April 1st in the Biology and Natural Resources (BNR) building in room 202A. The lecture titles and times are as follows:

  • Stem Cells, Cloning, and regenerative medicine: A 1,700 year perspective -- 9:30-10:30 am
  • Stem Cells - Platforms for discovery in Development and Disease -- 4:00-5:00 pm
  • These Lectures are open to the Alumni as seating is available. Dr. Lensch has given numerous lectures throughout the world and has been featured on major media outlets such as ABC and CBS news. He is a leading researcher and expert in the ever changing field of stem cell research.

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    Quinney $5 Million Gift Advances Natural Resources

    USU Alumni Association

    The S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation formally announced its donation of $5 million to Utah State University's College of Natural Resources during a Feb. 12 campus gathering. The announcement was made by The Very Reverend Frederick Q. "Rick" Lawson, grandson of the late S.J. "Joe" and Jessie Quinney and a foundation trustee, at a luncheon celebrating the family's longstanding support of the college and the university. FULL STORY>>

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    Space Dynamics Lab: 50 Years of the Space Age in Utah

    USU Education

    In 2007, we celebrated the golden anniversary of mankind's first small steps into outer space, with the surprise launches of Sputnik I and II in late 1957 by the Soviet Union. After a rocky start, the U.S. entered the race in early 1958 with successful launches of Explorer I and Vanguard I, and later pulled away to place human beings on the moon and explore our entire solar system.

    It is interesting to remember that at the time of the Sputnik launches, engineers and scientists from Northern Utah had already been probing the earth's upper atmosphere for the previous 10 years. FULL STORY>>

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    WAC Tournament party

    jaycee Carroll

    The Alumni Association will be hosting a pregame party on Friday, March 14th prior to USU's Friday WAC game. For complete details on times, prices, and to RSVP online click here.

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    Back to the Buzzer

    Buzzer

    Society of Auto Engineers - 1958
    Members of the society put into practice the techniques they have learned in classes



    EVENT LISTINGS

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

    Aggie family day at Lagoon

    Aggie family day at Lagoon will happen this year after a long absence. The date will be July 17th. Mark your calendars today. Details will follow on the Alumni website and in next months newsletter.

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    CONNECTIONS

    Classnotes

    Read the Classnotes


    Chapter News

    For more information about these and other alumni chapters and to find the chapter in your area, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/chapters/.

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    Athletics

    Scott Barnes named new Athletic Director

    Scott Barnes

    Scott Barnes, senior associate athletics director for advancement at the University of Washington, has been named the new director of athletics at Utah State University it was announced by President Stan L. Albrecht on Friday.

    Barnes succeeds Randy Spetman who left in February to become athletics director at Florida State University.

    "I think when you are looking for opportunities and you can match geography, family needs and certainly career goals all into one it's rare and I think Utah State absolutely hits the mark for us in that regard," said Barnes. "This is an opportunity for us to grow and effect positive change and continue the good work that has been done at Utah State and this is a wonderful situation for us. Our goal as a family was to find a small, college community and what we hear and know about Logan, it will be a wonderful fit." FULL STORY>>

    2008 Aggie Auction

    USU womens gymnastics

    Help support your Aggie student-athletes by attending the 2008 Aggie Auction. Sponsored by the Big Blue Scholarship Fund

      Place: Stan Laub Training Facility
      Schedule: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Silent Auction and Games
      7:00-7:45 p.m. - Dinner
      7:30 p.m. - Live Auction
      Reservations are required
      Several packages are available

    For more information, go to utahstateaggies.com and click on the Big Blue Scholarship Fund link on the left hand side of the page To make a reservation, contact: Cherie Child at 435-797-BLUE (2583) before February 29!!

    USU Men's Track Team Wins Indoor WAC Championship, Women Fourth

    Stew Morrill

    NAMPA, Idaho - Utah State men's track and field team won the team championship, while the women's team finished fourth at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.

    "We have great athletes who want to win," said USU head coach Gregg Gensel. "We did a good job of setting ourselves up in the preliminaries. We went after it today and got it done." FULL STORY>>










    WAC Announces WAC.tv Basketball Tournament Packages

    WAC tournament

    The Western Athletic Conference has announced details of streaming video packages available for the WAC Basketball Tournament, March 11-15.

    Individual men's and women's games -- with the exception of the men's final on Saturday, March 15th -- will be available live on WAC.tv. The men�s championship game will be available exclusively on ESPN2. Individual tournament games may be purchased for $7.95 each.

    All-tournament passes on WAC.tv will be available for $24.95, with all-access packages for just the men or women for $16.95 each.

    For more information, or to register and purchase packages, click here.



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    Travel Opportunities

    Fall travel is being planned right now.

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