Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 10 October 2008     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Ron McBride

Ron McBride

Despite being active all his life, Ron McBride has spent his first few months of retirement recovering from open heart surgery. Although not an ideal situation, Ron is doing well and is taking his place among other Logan High School fans this football season. It’s a different view than the one McBride has been used to for the past 21 years, serving as the Logan High School Athletic Director. After his many years of service, McBride officially retired at the end of the ‘07-‘08 academic year.

Athletics have always been an important aspect of Ron’s life. An all-state athlete in high school, Ron continued his athletic career at Utah State University. While working on a bachelor’s degree in Health & Physical Education, Ron was a wrestling letterman for four years. His junior and senior year he was a national qualifier. During his time at Utah State, Ron also worked as an assistant coach for the Aggie wrestling team. Graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 1968, Ron later received his Master’s degree in Physical Education from USU in 1986.

Ron has been at the forefront of grizzly athletics for over 30 years. After getting his start at Clearfield High, Ron first became involved in LHS athletics when he took over as wrestling and cross country coach in 1975. The highlights of Ron’s coaching career at Logan High include 10 regional titles, five second-place state finishes, and a 3A state championship. His 21 years as Athletic Director are marked with many accomplishments, including the substantial upgrades to the Logan High’s sports facilities made over the past five years. Though now officially retired, there is no doubt that Ron McBride will continue to leave an indelible mark on the Cache Valley community.

Married for 36 years, Ron and his wife Mary currently reside in Wellsville, UT. They are the parents of three sons: Matt, Chad, and Brandon and the grandparents of three.

spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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Official MasterCard of USU

The new USU Rewards MasterCard comes complete with an outstanding rewards program. You earn 1 point for each dollar spent for which you can redeem your points for 1% cash back, travel on any airline with no blackout dates, and valuable merchandise or gift cards from major retailers. Best of all, you can also redeem for great USU memborabilia, Aggie gear, events and experiences! A rewards catalog will be announced in a future issue of the Aggie Insights e-newsletter.

Your new USU Rewards Mastercard is available exclusively through the Alumni Association. Thank you for supporting us with our former Chase Bank Visa Card. Now that the Chase relationship has ended, 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 is available now! Click here for details.

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2008 HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES

2008 Hall of Honorees

Meet the 2008 inductees to the Alumni Association’s Hall of Honor.  These alumni and friends of Utah State University were recognized for their continual support and service to USU and its Alumni Association.

The Alumni Hall of Honor Banquet was held on October 2, 2008 at the David B. Haight Alumni House in conjunction with the Alumni Chapter Presidents' Conference.








Lee and Karen Lantz

Lee and Karen Lantz Lee and Karen Lantz know what it is to be an Aggie.  The couple was greatly involved while attending USU. Lee was a member of the Army ROTC and lettered in football and Karen danced and cheered on the sidelines as an Aggiette.

Karen earned a Bachelor’s degree in English in 1970 and the following year Lee earned his Bachelor’s degree in marketing. 

Lee is currently the President of A.R. Lantz Co. Inc, a seafood importing company and Karen is a high school English teacher.

Both are members of the Old Main Society and Lifetime Sustaining members of the Alumni Association.

 

 


Jack and Charlotte NixonJack and Charlotte Nixon

These Aggies have been supporting Utah State for over 30 years.  The Nixons have supported many projects on campus, including donations to the new Performance Hall.

Jack earned a Master of Business Administration in 1970 and together with his wife Charlotte, owns, Nixon and Nixon Inc, a Century 21 affiliated real estate business since 1965.

In 1986, Jack received a Professional Achievement Award from the College of Business and Charlotte received an Honorary Alumnus Award in 2004.

Jack and Charlotte are members of the Big Blue Touchdown Club, Old Main Society and are Lifetime Sustaining members of the Alumni Association.


Max and Karen Peterson

Max and Karen Peterson

While working as the director of libraries at Utah State University from 1967 to 2000, Max Peterson was recognized as the Utah Librarian of the Year.  During that same time, his wife, Karen, worked in Admissions, Nursing and the Huntsman School of Business.

Between Max and Karen and their three children, the Peterson family has earned seven degrees from USU.  Max earned a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in political science in 1960.  He then went on to earn a Ph.D from the University of Arizona.  Karen earned a Bachelor’s degree in American studies in 1979 and a Master’s degree in English in 1988.  All three of their children have also graduated from USU.

Both Max and Karen are Friends of USU Library Board members, and Old Main Society members. They have served as Alumni Chapter Board members, and are Lifetime Sustaining members of the Alumni Association.


Carlos and Annette SmithCarlos and Annette Smith

While attending Utah State, Carlos and Annette Smith were very involved with many organizations and clubs.  Carlos was an ASUSU officer and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.  Annette was vice president for the Association of Women Students and a member of Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Kappa Phi.

In 1957, Carlos graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and Annette graduated in 1958 in elementary education.  Annette also earned a Master’s of Education in 1995 from USU.

Carlos was president of the USU Alumni Association and owned and operated an RCA franchise for 25 years.  He also served as the executive director of the Alumni Relations Department for 12 years. Annette was a school teacher for the Granite School District.

The Smiths are members of the Big Blue Club, Old Main Society and Lifetime Sustaining members of the Alumni Association. All four of their children graduated from Utah State.


Writer: Whitney Watts


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Old Main Society Dinner Honors Supporters

The Old Main Society

On September 12, 2008, members of the distinguished Old Main Society gathered together for a dinner to induct new members and bestow two prestigious awards. Sunny and Hardy Redd received the Spirit of Old Main Award for their dedication and philanthropic efforts on behalf of USU. Later that evening, Mark and Wendi Holland received the first ever, Spirit of Old Main New Generation Award. Full Story

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2008 Homecoming Award Recipients Announced

The 2008 Homecoming events will bring all Aggies together with the theme “United by Tradition: Once an Aggie, Always an Aggie.”  Homecoming is the week of October 19-25, 2008. Events sponsored by the Alumni Association include the Golden Aggie 50-year Reunion, Homecoming banquet, and the Homecoming dignitaries’ reception and breakfast.  The Student Alumni Association will co-sponsor the Homecoming parade.

Three awards are given each year at Homecoming to people who have displayed outstanding traits of leadership and character, and whose accomplishments have brought honor to the university.  The 2008 award recipients are Haven J. Barlow, Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal, Ron Jibson, Alumnus of the Year and Voice Male, Young Alumni of the Year.


Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal- Haven J. Barlow
(BS, Business Administration, ’44)

Haven J. Barlow

While serving as a senator and representative for 42 years in the Utah State Legislature, Haven J. Barlow helped introduce the legislation to make Utah State Agricultural College into Utah State University.  He was also the president and founder of Barlow Real Estate, a real estate and insurance company he started in 1950. 

While attending USAC, he wrote for the school paper and served as editor of the yearbook.  Barlow also joined the U.S. Navy at USU and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in accounting.  Barlow received the Distinguished Service award in 1986 and a Professional Achievement Award from the College of Business in 1988.

He is an Old Main Society member, a member of the Utah Botanical Center Advancement Board and Pi Kappa Alpha.  Barlow has generously supported the Botanical Center and a scholarship in the College of Business.

In the 42 years that Barlow spent in the Utah State Legislature he held the title of senior senator for the state of Utah and was president of the Utah State Legislator for six years.  One of his major accomplishments was the legislation creating Davis County’s first state education institution, the Davis Applied Technology Center in Kaysville.  He was also instrumental in the creation of the Ogden Weber Applied Technology Center and establishing the Air Force Museum at Hill Air Force Base.  Barlow was the chief sponsor of the constitutional amendment permitting the present Freeport Law that created thousands of Utah Jobs.  He was also a major supporter of the building of Abravanel Hall, restoring the Capitol Theatre and renovating the Kearns Mansion.

Maurice Abravanel once said, Barlow “turned total neglect to wholehearted support for the arts in Utah.”

Barlow’s contributions to the arts, including the Utah Symphony & Opera, Ballet West and Davis County Arts council, will continue to enrich the state of Utah for many years.


Alumnus of Year- Ron Jibson
(BS, Civil Engineering,’78)

Ron Jibson

Ron Jibson, a native of Logan, has been giving back to Utah State for many years through his service on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and chair of legislative affairs. He has been instrumental in working with legislation to successfully obtain and maintain the Governor’s Initiative for Utah State University engineering programs. Jibson is also on USU’s President’s capital campaign steering committee.

This past summer, Jibson was named President and CEO of Questar Gas and Senior Vice President of Questar Corporation. He has responsibility for distribution of natural gas services to 880,000 customers in Utah, Southern Idaho and Southwestern Wyoming. Jibson has been with Questar Corporation for the past 27 years where he began as a design engineer.

Jibson is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association, Western Energy Institute and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.  He also serves locally on the United Way of Salt Lake Board of Directors and the Utah Shakespearean Festival Board of Governors.

In 2003, Jibson received the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and has also been a guest speaker during USU’s Engineering Week. Jibson enjoys supporting the arts, sports, education and youth.  He has generously supported USU and continues to support the College of Engineering.


Young Alumni of the Year- Voice Male

Voice Male

This all male a cappella group, originally composed of nine, began performing in 1994 at Utah State University’s LDS Institute of Religion.  In the fall of 1996, the group of nine became the current six, which includes, Mike Bearden, John Huff, Phil Kesler, John Luthy, Richard McAllister and Mike Willson.

The group of six men, with their families, now live in Utah, Alabama, and South Carolina.  Their current positions include an instructor in the School of Law at the University of Southern Carolina, assistant professor at Alabama State University, commercial real estate, accounting, marketing and computer specialist.  Even though they each have their separate lives, they continue to get together and enjoy their hobby of singing.

Voice Male is known for their smooth harmonies, amazing percussions and quirky humor.  During the years they have enjoyed singing for a variety of groups, corporate events and concerts.  They performed as the special guests at the 50th Anniversary Robins Awards in the spring of 2008.


Writer: Whitney Watts

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InCircle: Alumni online community - Post an Announcement!

incircle

Trying to get other Alums in your area together to watch an Aggie game? Looking to hire Aggies or relocate? Want to plan a reunion of old intramural teammates? It's easy to communicate in the InCircle community! Just click on the "Announce an Opportunity" button on your InCircle homepage and fill out the form. You can also post messages under the "Forums" section of the "Discussions" tab.

USU inCircle is an online community that for Utah State alumni. You can search through inCircle for fellow alumni by city, employer, industry, class year, and more. Other features include the abilitiy to post and search employment listings, join and form alumni and interest groups, register for events, and discuss just about anything you want to with fellow Utah State friends.

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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Call for Nominations for Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest award presented annually by the USU Alumni Association and is given to the individuals who have, throughout their lives, best utilized their knowledge, initiative and individuality in service to the university, the public or their profession.

For a list of past recipients, click here.

To nominate someone for this award, click here.

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Alumni Calendar Photo Contest
Alumni Calendar

Thank you to everyone who sent photos of campus and Cache Valley for consideration in the 2009 Alumni Calendar.

Didn't receive your 2008 Alumni Calendar? Become an Alumni Sustaining Member and the calendar is free! Click here for more information.

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Aggiemail Accounts

All USU Alumni are eligible for an Aggiemail e-mail account. Aggiemail allows you to connect to current and former members of the USU community. 

To set up an Aggiemail account:

  1. Go to www.usu.edu/myusu
  2. Login to Access (Banner) with you’re A# and password
  3. Click on “Personal Information”
  4. Click on “Aggiemail” to set up an Aggiemail account

Contact the IT Help Desk at 435-797-4357 if you need help with your account.

If you don't know your A#, it can be looked-up at www.usu.edu/myusu by clicking on "Access ID Lookup" and filling out the required information.

If you don’t know your password, go to password.usu.edu and click on "What is my default password?" You can also change your password from this site.

For alumni who graduated before 1980, contact the registrar's office at www.usu.edu/registrar to get your A# to set up an account.

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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 September 2008 we have over 3,706 plates. If you don't have an "A" plate, but have always thought about it, now is the time.

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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Back to the Buzzer

Buzzer

1959 Homecoming Royalty. From left: Elissa Walt- attendant, Sharon Baxter- queen, and Nan Grace- attendant.

Buzzers are now available online! Click here to go to the Buzzer Yearbooks Collection at the USU Digitial Library.

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EVENT LISTINGS

Event Flyer

A major event flyer was mailed to many Utah and southern Idaho homes.

Click on the image or download the flyer here.






 

Away Football Pregame Parties

Please join us for these away football pregame parties. Details available here.

Date Game Time Place
Saturday, Oct. 11 USU at San Jose State 2:30pm -4:00pm  PT Tailgate party near the SJSU Spartan Stadium in Lot 7A
Saturday, Oct. 18    USU at Nevada (Reno) 11:00am – 12:30pm PT  Tailgate party in Wolf Pack Alley next to MacKay Stadium.
Saturday, Nov. 8 USU at Boise State 10:00am – 11:30am MT Pregame Party at Stonehouse Restaurant (665 E. Park Blvd; 10 minute walk to Bronco Stadium)


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Homecoming 2008: October 19-25, 2008

United by Tradition: Once an Aggie, Always an Aggie

Homecoming 2008

2008 Homecoming festivities begin on Sunday, October 19th with street painting and continue through to the football game on Saturday, October 25th. During the week and weekend there will be something for everyone, including a 5K run, Golden Aggie Reunion, Mr. USU contest, the Homecoming banquet, the Homecoming parade, HURD tailgate party, and of course, the Homecoming Football game with kickoff at 1:05 vs. Fresno State.

For a complete list of events and more information, click here.

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Multicultural Student Reunion

multicultural students

The multicultural students of Utah State University will host their first multicultural reunion during USU’s Homecoming Weekend. All multicultural alumni are invited to join them for a weekend of fun and excitement. This year’s theme is: “Reliving the memories of the Aggie experience.”

The excitement begins on Friday, October 24th with activities and live music on the Quad, multicultural reception, Homecoming dance, and True Aggie Night.  Saturday morning get started with breakfast and a formal welcome, Homecoming parade, tailgate party, and the Homecoming football game (Fresno State vs USU). Later that evening, there will be a multicultural dinner, with entertainment provided by the USU multicultural student clubs. Following the dinner, all are invited to attend the Homecoming After Party.

The cost for the dinner and entertainment is $15 per person or $25 per couple.  There is no cost for children under 10 years of age. 

There are a limited number of free tickets for the game and tailgate party, so please RSVP with Jimmy Moore via email at jimmy.moore@usu.edu or johnny.lopez@usu.edu before October 10th!    

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2008 SAA Reunion

SAA Reunion

Join former Student Alumni Association Members for a reunion after the Homecoming Football game!

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Location: David B. Haight Alumni House
Cost: $15.00 includes appetizers and dinner
Events:

6:00pm Mix & Mingle

 

6:30pm Dinner- catered by Justin Hamilton (former SAA member) and Hamilton's Steakhouse

Please bring any photos or scrapbooks! We will have some tables to display them.

Please RSVP to the Alumni Relations Office at 1-800-291-2586.

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Aggie Family Day Recap

Over 2,000 Aggies – both old and young – gathered on the Utah State University Quad September 13 for a fun-filled, Aggie Family Day. The USU Alumni Association sponsored the event that led up to the Aggies’ home opening football game against the University of Utah.

Several academic colleges and departments and other campus organizations participated in the event with information booths and activities for Aggie families.

The day’s activities included wagon rides for children, a football toss, an archeology dig, creating musical instruments, inflatable toys, and chemistry and physics demonstrations. Free Aggie ice cream was also available for all those who attended.

The alumni association would like to thank those who participated in and attended the event.

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Upcoming Recruitment Open Houses


Utah State is holding a series of upcoming recruitment open houses to help our future students apply and learn more about life as an Aggie. At open houses, future Aggies get a chance to:

  • Learn about majors in all seven colleges.
  • Apply for admissiona and bring complete transcripts.
  • Receive a scholarship on the spot.
  • Talk with experts about housing, financial aid, honors, and student life.
  • Enjoy Famous Aggie Ice Cream.

See below to find an open house near you!

All alumni are encouraged to come and meet prospective students and enjoy Famous Aggie Ice Cream. If you would like to volunteer at the open houses contact Corey Mikkelsen, Alumni Recruitment Coordinator, at 1-800-488-8108 or by email at corey.mikkelsen@usu.edu

 

Utah

City Date Location
Logan October 29, 2008 Taggart Student Center Ballroom (Cache Valley)
Provo November 5, 2008 Provo City Library at Academy Square
Layton November 11, 2008 Davis Convention Center (Davis/Weber)
Salt Lake City November 12, 2008 South Towne Exposition Center
St. George December 2, 2008 Dixie Center

Arizona

City Date Location
Mesa October 28, 2008 Phoenix Marriott Mesa

Idaho

City Date Location
Boise October 14, 2008 AmeriTel Inn
Burley October 14, 2008 Burley High School
Idaho Falls October 15, 2008 Shilo Inn
Pocatello October 16, 2008 Holiday Inn
Preston October 21, 2008 Preston High School

Wyoming

City Date Location
Star Valley October 22, 2008 Star Valley High School

Nevada

City Date Location
Las Vegas December 3, 2008 Aliante Library, North Las Vegas & Henderson Convention Center

For more details, click here.

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Benefit Concert at Old Main Amphitheater

A group of MHR 3110 students will be holding a benefit concert at the Old Main Amphitheater on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 5:00-8:00pm. Earlier this month, this group of students worked together, along with several campus service groups, to bring new life to the formerly condemed amphitheater. The students chose this project to preserve the history of the site and promote the future use of the location for campus and community activities.

Admission costs for the concert are: $3 for adults, $1 for children. Children 3 and under are free.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Jon M. Hunstman School of Business Micro Loan Account to help small businesses in Peru.

All students, alumni, and community members are invited to the event!

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CONNECTIONS

Classnotes

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Chapter News

Chapter Presidents' Conference

The annual Alumni Chapter Presidents' Conference was held on campus on October 2-3, 2008. Chapters from across the country were represented at meetings discussing local chapter events, chapter scholarship funds, and presentations from various campus administrators. Chapter Presidents also had lunch with over 50 of the recipients of the Alumni Legacy Scholarship. To find your chapter president visit www.usu.edu/alumni/chapters.


Chapter Presidents' ConferenceChapter Presidents' Conference Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipients and the Student Alumni Association Executive Board; : Chapter Presidents and Alumni Association Executive Board Members representing Utah, California, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada chapters;


Merit Citations Awarded to Brenda Case Scheer & Tahna Mazziotti

On Wednesday September 24, 2008, Salt Lake County Chapter President, Bauna Davis, awarded Alumni Merit Citations to Brend Case Scheer and Tahna Mazziotti. The awards were distributed at a reception held prior to attending the Pioneer Theatre production of My Fair Lady.


Brenda Case Scheer

Brenda Case Scheer is the dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah. Prior to being hired as dean in 2002, Scheer was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Cincinnati.  She is a nationally recognized authority on urban design and the development of cities. She won the prestigious Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism Prize for her writing, and she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  

Scheer serves on several boards, one of which is the Advisory Board of Utah State University’s Landscape and Environmental Planning Department.  She also serves on the boards of Envision Utah, Artspace, the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and on the editorial boards of Housing Policy Debate and the Journal of the American Planning Association. Scheer was appointed to the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Advisory Committee, the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts Board and the United States GSA National Register of Peer Professionals.  She was a key participant and designer for the Salt Lake Chamber’s Downtown Rising project, and in 2007 she received the Chamber’s Pathfinder Award. 

Since becoming dean at the University of Utah, Scheer has established new degrees in urban planning and moved the college into a much more visible leadership position in the community.  She has a long record of professional practice as an architect and urban designer as a principal of Scheer & Scheer, Inc., where her projects include award-winning master planning, urban design, public buildings, and mixed use projects, including two downtown housing projects in Salt Lake City. For her vision in shaping our world, the Salt Lake County Chapter of the Utah State University Alumni Association proudly presents Brenda Case Scheer with a Merit Citation.


Tahna Mazziotti

One Aggie, Tahna Mazziotti, knows that “deaf people can do anything other people can do, except hear.” That is why she traveled to Ghana in June 2007 at her own expense with Signs of Hope International, a non-profit organization whose main goal was to help teachers learn American Sign Language.  She was there for two months at a primary (first through sixth-grade) deaf school teaching ASL to teachers and their 440 students. 

Mazziotti, who earned both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Utah State University in 2006, is a middle school teacher at the Jean Massieu School for the Deaf in South Jordan.  She heard about Signs of Hope International through advertisements looking for people who knew sign language and were service-minded.  That certainly describes Mazziotti.  That’s when she decided it would be a great experience to help others using her field of work. 

While she was in Ghana, Mazziotti saw the school needed help year-round.  Many of the students don’t know places, animals or objects because they’ve never they rarely venture out of their community and see new things.  She said the students don’t receive enough help to graduate, but, even if they do graduate and go on to college, their time would be wasted because there are no interpreters on that level.  

Mazziotti’s trip to Ghana is one she’ll remember forever.  She believes this trip was just a small step in the right direction in helping these teachers and students. For her service to the hearing impaired in our community and the world, the Utah State University Alumni Association, Salt Lake Chapter, proudly presents this Merit Citation to Tahna Mazziotti.  

Nominate someone for an Alumni Association Merit Citation here.

Oct. 11 USU vs. San Jose on ESPNU at 4:30 PST
Nov 1 Aggie Family Picnic in Phoenix
Upcoming Chapter Events

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

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Travel Opportunities

The 2009 Alumni Travel Opportunities will be announced in a future newsletter!


 

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Athletics

Current athletic schedules for all Aggie sports.

Schedule for upcoming Alumni Association pregame parties at away football games.

 

2008 Aggie Football Coach's Luncheons


There are still several Footbal Coach's Luncheons to attend throughout the months of October and November. All luncheons are sponsored by the Big Blue Scholarship Fund.

Logan Luncheons

Location:

The Copper Mill Restaurant
55 N Main, Logan

Time:

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost:

$12.00 per lunch for Big Blue Scholarship Fund Members (show membership card)
$15.00 per lunch for Non-BBSF Members

Dates:

October 13, 20
November 3, 17


Wasatch Front Luncheons

Location:

Homewood Suites
423 West 300 South, Salt Lake City
Free parking in the terrace beneath the hotel

Time:

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost:

$12.00 per lunch for Big Blue Scholarship Fund Members (show membership card)
$15.00 per lunch for Non-BBSF Members

Dates:

October 16
November 20

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Jaycee Carroll Named Multiple Sclerosis Utah Collegiate Male Athlete Of The Year

Jaycee Carroll

Former Utah State basketball player Jaycee Carroll was named the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah State Chapter Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year, as selected by the MS Society selection committee.Carroll was honored at the 30th Annual MS Dinner of Champions on Sept. 10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Carroll was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press this past season after leading the Aggies to a 24-11 record and its first-ever Western Athletic Conference regular season championship as USU finished with a 12-4 league mark. He also led USU to its ninth straight 23-win season and ninth straight postseason appearance as Utah State played in the National Invitation Tournament.

Carroll, who was named the WAC's Player of the Year in 2008, finished his senior season leading the nation in three-point shooting at 49.8 percent. He was also second in the nation in free throw shooting (91.9) and 13th in scoring (22.4).

For his career, Carroll ranks fourth all-time in NCAA history in three-point shooting at 46.5 percent, is 12th in three-pointers made with 369, and 52nd in scoring with 2,522 points. He also holds 10 school records at Utah State, including being USU's all-time leading scorer.

"This is a tremendous honor for a very deserving student-athlete," said Utah State head basketball coach Stew Morrill. "As Jaycee has a chance to reflect on past recipients he will gain an even greater appreciation for the significance of this award."

Carroll graduated from Utah State this past spring with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and is currently playing professionally oversees in Italy for Siviglia Wear Teramo

Carroll is the seventh Aggie to be honored by the National MS Society in the past 15 years. Morrill was named the Sportsperson of the Year in 2000, as was former basketball coach Larry Eustachy in 1998 and former football coach Charlie Weatherbie in 1994. Former basketball greats Tony Brown, Spencer Nelson and Nate Harris were also named the Collegiate Male Athletes of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2006, respectively, while former Aggie golfer Jay Don Blake was named the Utah Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year in 1980, as well as being named the Professional of the Year in 1989.

Utah State has also had two teams honored by the MS Society as the 1978 volleyball team and the 1980 softball teams were both named Utah's Team of the Year after winning national championships.

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