Aggie Insights
    VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 9 September 2008     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Jennifer Willmore

jennifer willmore

Through the help of USU Alumnus Jennifer Willmore and Project Amigo Scholars, eight students and an adult peer advisor from Colima, Mexico had the chance to spend their summer in Logan.The students, sponsored by scholarships from the Logan Rotary Club, lived with Willmore and other local residents during the summer months. During their stay, the students attended a variety of local activities and visited places like Deseret Industries and the USU Campus.  

Project Amigo Scholars provides students with an opportunity to improve their chances for a better life. Education is not always a priority in a country where it costs between $60-140 a month to attend public school. Many students in Mexico drop out after the third grade in order to work to provide extra income for their families. In Jennifer’s words, “When you get to know these kids and realize how amazingly bright some of them are, it sickens you to think how close a mind like that was to becoming unskilled labor instead of a lawyer, teacher, doctor, or an architect.”

Not only has this opportunity had a great impact on the students from Colima, it has also left a lasting impression on Jennifer and her family. Her children had the opportunity to learn about a different culture, as well as recognize the distinction between the US and other countries. Working with the students, Jennifer wishes she only had more time and resources to contribute to the cause.

Jennifer graduated from USU in 2005 with a Masters in Second Language Teaching (MSLT).  Currently, Jennifer teaches one class a semester at Utah State as an adjunct instructor. She has also taught Spanish at BATC, Snow College, Central Valley Medical Center, and for the Navy's Joint Language Training Center.

Although a busy wife, mother, and instructor, Jennifer still finds the time to volunteer at the Logan Library and be involved in the PTA at her children’s schools. Jennifer is married to James Willmore, a pharmacist at Logan Regional Hospital. They are the parents of three children: Audrey, Elliot, and Cecily. Together the family resides in Logan.

For more information or to get involved with Project Amigo, click here.

spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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Sign-up for the New 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 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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Aggie Family Day on the Quad-Saturday, September 13

aggie family day

A time-honored Aggie Tradition hosted by your Utah State University Alumni Association includes a variety of events for all ages and and free Aggie Ice Cream! Join us this Saturday, September 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE.

Activities include hands-on activities from each USU college, a mini clinic conducted by the Aggie Marching Band and the USU Spirit Squad, campus tours by the A-Team, hay rides and more. The Merrill-Cazier Library's BARN will also be available for tours and the Museum of Anthropology will be open as well. Some of the activities from the colleges and deparments include: chemistry and physics demonstrations, archeological digs, creating musical insruments and butterfly mobiles, exploring junior engineering, a football toss, cookie decorating, developing heroes, tractor guts, basic signing, fun fantastic fitness, diced math, memory read, big wheel of effort and more!

Aggie Family Day is prior to the Utah State vs. University of Utah football game. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m. for tickets contact the Utah State University Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1.


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USU Parent and Family Weekend Parent & Family Weekend

Parents and families of Utah State University students are invited to reunite for a weekend of activities Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13 during USU’s Parent and Family Weekend. The weekend is full of activities including a luncheon, Aggie Family Day On the Quad, a welcome reception with Aggie Ice Cream and an Aggie football game.

“Parents and families can visit their students on campus and experience a beautiful fall weekend in Logan,” said Aaron Andersen, associate director in the office of Retention and First-Year Experience at USU. “We have an exciting weekend planned, with events and activities in the community and on campus. We want to get the word out early so parents can make plans to join us.”

The weekend will start off with a welcome reception with Aggie Ice Cream Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at the David B. Haight Alumni Center. For complete information and to register for weekend events click here.



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Merit Citation Awarded to Linn Mills

Linn Mills

On Friday, August 29, Alumni Association President Paul Parkinson awarded an Alumni Merit Citation to Linn Mills at a banquet in conjunction with the Aggie Las Vegas Weekend.

Of all of the thousands of Aggies who have called Las Vegas home over the years, Linn Mills has a place all his own. Sure, we have had two governors who were well educated at USU, as well as a senator who today serves with distinction. But the Aggie with the longest-lasting “High-Profile” here is none other than the tall guy with the green thumb.

Since his moving to Las Vegas in 1968 with his new bride, Linn has miraculously made green things grow here. It is safe to say that no one knows better how to tame the desert sand than Linn. I am told he has appeared on television shows since the days of “black and white”. He’s probably also written more column inches in the local newspapers than “Dear Abby”. Chance are more exotic plants owe their good health and liveliness to Linn than exotic dancers owe their feathers to imported ostriches. You would be hard pressed to find an Aggie that has made a more noticeable mark on a town in 40 years than Linn has on this one. And with every step along the way, Linn has always been thrilled to make sure everyone knows he is an Aggie. He has done us all proud.


Merit Citation Awarded to Kay Toolson

Kay Toolson

On Saturday, September 6, Alumni Association President Paul Parkinson awarded an Alumni Merit Citation to Kay Toolson at a pregame event for the USU vs. Oregon game.

A native of Smithfield, Utah, Kay Toolson completed his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from USU in 1968 returning in 1970 to earn his M.B.A.

Kay joined the recreational vehicle industry in 1972 holding various positions until 1986.  At that time, Kay joined Coburg, Oregon-based, Monaco Coach Corporation and completed a management buyout of the company in 1993. He has served as chief executive officer for the company since 1986 and as chairman since July 1993.  From 1986 to 1995, Kay also served as the company’s president.

During Kay’s tenure with Monaco Coach Corporation, the company has grown from a small, specialty recreational vehicle manufacturer, recording $17 million in annual revenue to a 5,400-employee company that produces a broad spectrum of recreational vehicles and generates annual revenue in excess of $1.3 billion.

Outside of the recreational vehicle industry, Kay is an active local community member, giving his time to a variety of charities. He also serves on the board of Paragon Medical, Inc., a manufacturer of surgical instruments and implant components, based in Warsaw, Indiana. He has served as the Honorary Chair for the Relief Nursery, a Eugene, Oregon-based organization assisting families in need.

Kay lives in Eugene, Oregon, with Judy, his high school sweetheart and wife of 41 years, and their two labrador retrievers, Buck and Duke.

Kay has received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” and the “Professional Achievement Award” from the Huntsman School of Business. He is a sustaining member of the Old Main Society.


Nominate someone for an Alumni Association Merit Citation here.

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Alumni online community - Join a Group!


Over 40 groups have been formed in inCircle. Whether you were part of the A-Team, a graduate of the IT program or a member of a greek organization, you can connect with other Aggies online! Finding or creating a group is easy, just click on the "Groups" tab and reconnect!

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, or from the Alumni homepage click the online community link.

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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
  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 by clicking on "Access ID Lookup" and filling out the required information.

If you don’t know your password, go to 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 to get your A# to set up an account.

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Utah State Today Utah State Today

Utah State Today serves as an online information resource for the entire Utah State community. An electronic version of Utah State Today is sent each week and the site is updated on a daily basis. Subscribing to Utah State Today is a great way to stay up to date on all of the important current events and information on campus.

Visit the Utah State Today website.

Subscribe to Utah State Today.

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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 studentsThe multicultural students of Utah State University will host their first ever 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 or before October 10th!    

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Alumni Calendar Photo Contest
Alumni Calendar

Send us your photos of campus and Cache Valley for consideration in the 2009 Alumni Calendar. A negative or electronic file of at least 300 dpi and 10" x 10" must be available, but does not need to be sent with submission. Submissions by mail or email are acceptable.

The deadline for entry is September 30, 2008.

Mail your submissions to:

Utah State University Alumni Association
7500 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-7500

Emai your submissions to:


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

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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 August 2008 we have over 3,713 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


1917 Utah Agricultural College footbal team


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 at here.

Date Game Time Place
Saturday, Oct. 11 USU at San Jose State 3:00pm -4:30pm  PT Tailgate near the SJSU Spartan Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 18    USU at Nevada (Reno) 11:00am – 12:30pm PT  Tailgate near the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Stadium.
Saturday, Nov. 8 USU at Boise State 10:00am – 11:30am MT Tailgate Party at Stonehouse Restaurant (665 E. Park Blvd; 10 minute walk to Bronco Stadium)


Aggie Las Vegas Weekend- Recap

The August 29-30 USU Aggie Alumni trip and tailgate events were spectacularly successful!

Las Vegas proved not too hot, not too cold, but just right for Aggies this past weekend as we enjoyed record attendance numbers to the Friday, Aug. 29 Alumni Chapter dinner at Pampas Brazilian Grille, Saturday morning’s golf tournament at Highland Falls Golf Club…and finally, later that afternoon the USU Tailgate at Star Nursery Fields next to Sam Boyd Stadium prior to the USU vs. UNLV 2008 Season Opener!

Over 300 Aggies joined us at the tailgate enjoying food, beverages, Aggie ice cream and each other’s company. The attendance was one of the largest for “away game” tailgates ever!  Alumni traveled from Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona. We enjoyed our own “Aggie Pizzeria” through the cooking mastery of alumnus Steve Rushton (’80 Accounting) and his assistant chefs, Erin & Matt McMullin (’98 Animal Science) who grilled burgers and hot dogs!  Wenlee Jensen (’81 History) and her son, Peter, kept registration moving smoothly by welcoming alumni, distributing game tickets and answering questions. And so many other Aggie volunteers made the event a huge success!

Over 40 USU students bussed down from Logan the night before and mingled with alumni increasing excitement for the game and upcoming year.

Las Vegas Alumni Chapter President Paul Workman (’79 Journalism) was thrilled with the level of participation and noted that it would be an event to remember!  Paul Parkinson (’93 Liberal Arts), Alumni Association President, was astounded at the excitement generated by Aggie Alumni. Paul commented, “Paul Workman and the Las Vegas Chapter members brought the Aggies to a whole new level with the events of this past weekend! The work done by all of the volunteers was amazing.  A ton of volunteer hours went into making this happen.”

Thank you to all who joined us for the events of this past weekend as well as those volunteers who did so much to kick-off the 2008 football season in grand style.

Go Aggies! 

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Read the Classnotes

Chapter News

Chapter Presidents' Conference

The annual Alumni Chapter Presidents' Conference will take place on campus on October 2-3, 2008.�Chapters from across the county will be represented at meetings discussing local chapter events, chapter scholarship funds, and presentations from various campus administrators. To find your chapter president visit The Alumni Hall of Honor Banquet will be held in addition to the conference.�The 2008 Hall of Honor inductees are Jack & Charlotte Nixon, Max & Karen Peterson, Lee & Karen Lantz and Carlos & Annette Smith.

Sept 16 USU Alumni Social ath the Sonora Grill in Downtown Ogden
Sept 25 Salt Lake County Aggies at Pioneer Theatre Company's production of My Fair Lady
Sept 26 Alumni Night at the Seattle Mariners
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

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Travel Opportunities

New England Fall Foliage Cruise - SOLD OUT!

October 4 - 11, 2008

Discover the French Riviera!

February 25 – March 5, 2009
French Riviera

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! Click here for more information.

Sign up now! Call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-800-291-2586.

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Current athletic schedules for all Aggie sports.

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


Aggie Footbal Home OpenerFootball

Utah State will host in-state rival, University of Utah at their home opener this Saturday, September 13th. Kickoff time is 6:00pm. Saturday will be the 108th meeting between Utah State and Utah. This is the nation's 12th-most played rivalry in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (Formerly Division I).

For more information on the legendary USU-Utah rivalry click here.


Coach Guy’s radio show

Fall semester brings the return of Aggie football and the kickoff of the Utah State Brent Guy Radio Show. Every Thursday night for the next several weeks, Coach Guy and USU players will answer questions and interact with students during the forty minute broadcast.

The show runs from 6:05-6:45 p.m. and airs on 610 AM KVNU. Future radio shows will be held at the MarketPlace on the following dates: Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25


2008 Aggie Football Coach's Luncheons

The Kick-Off Aggie Football Coach's Luncheon was held on August 25, 2008 at Romney Stadium. Future lunches will be held over the next three months.All luncheons are sponsored by the Big Blue Scholarship Fund.

Logan Luncheons


The Copper Mill Restaurant
55 N Main, Logan


12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


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


September 8, 15, 22
October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 17


Wasatch Front Luncheons


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


12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


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


September 25, October 16, November 20

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Former Aggie Great Anthony Calvillo Continues To Have A Stellar CFL CareerAnthony Cavillo

It has been 15 years since former Utah State quarterback Anthony Calvillo has jogged on to the field of Romney Stadium and the current Montreal Alouettes signal-caller and second-leading passer in Canadian Football League history can still picture the mountains surrounding Cache Valley.

"The one thing I remember standing out was the location of USU and the scenery, Calvillo said.  I grew up in Los Angeles, so I wasn't used to being up in the mountains and experiencing the four seasons."

When it came to football season, Calvillo did some standing out of his own.

Calvillo, who played at Utah State from 1992 to 1993, is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA record book for career total offense per game with 265.4 yards.  He also holds the USU single-season total offense school record of 3,260 yards, set in 1993, as well as the school record of five touchdown passes in a game, which he accomplished twice.

While he acknowledges the records he attained during his college career, Calvillo said his favorite memory while playing at USU would probably have to be the Aggies 1993 Las Vegas Bowl victory against Ball State.

"I remember when we got back to Romney Stadium, there were maybe 2,000 to 3,000 fans there waiting to congratulate us," Calvillo said. "That memory is something that really stands out in my mind."

Since moving to the professional ranks, the now 15-year CFL veteran has been nothing short of spectacular.  Aside from recently becoming the second-leading passer in CFL history, Calvillo has also earned several CFL Most Outstanding Player honors throughout his career and has been named a CFL All-Star twice, once in 2002 and again in 2003. In 2004, he passed for 6,014 yards, becoming just the fourth player in CFL history to top the 6,000-yard single-season passing milestone. And as for Alouette team records, the former Aggie holds quite a few, including most career touchdown passes, pass attempts and pass completions.

For Calvillo though, all of this is just the icing on the cake compared to the time when he led the Alouettes to a CFL Grey Cup title in 2002.

"It's the ultimate high to play for the Grey Cup," Calvillo said.  "To have that Grey Cup ring on your finger and to be able to have it as something that you can pass to your kids, it just makes winning this championship a great memory and a great thing to accomplish.  That ring will be something that is in my family for forever."

Speaking of family, Calvillo and his wife Alexia are the proud parents of two girls, one age three and the other nine months.  And while he may not know for sure when he will hang up his pads or what he will do after his professional career, Calvillo is certain that when the time comes to make those decisions he will consult with his family.

"I'm pretty much year to year," Calvillo said.  "When the season is over, I'll sit down with my family and evaluate how my body is feeling and how my mind is feeling."

"I've always thought that I could go into coaching and teaching, and that's always an option, but as of right now I'm really not 100 percent sure on what I'm going to do."

According to Calvillo, it is possible that he would start his potential coaching career in the states, but as of right now, that notion is still something that is up in the air.

"It all depends on where the wind blows me," Calvillo said.  "I'm going to go where my family wants to be and where I feel I could do a good job coaching, but there are definitely going to be more opportunities here in Canada than going back down South."

The Alouettes' starting quarterback is hoping that someday the wind will take him back to Logan for a visit.  The CFL star has not been in the valley since 1995.

"Hopefully when I'm retired I will be able to come back and visit campus," Calvillo said.  "I would like to see all of the different changes that have been made."

Even with all the changes on the Utah State campus and in Cache Valley, one thing will remain the same, Anthony Calvillo will always be one of the greatest quarterbacks in school history.

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ESPN Extension Caps Off Terrific Last 20 Months for WAC

Back-to-back BCS appearances and a National Championship in baseball over the past 20 months have culminated in a contract extension with ESPN that will provide unprecedented exposure for the Western Athletic Conference as announced today by WAC Commissioner Karl Benson and ESPN Senior Vice President Burke Magnus.

The WAC and ESPN have had a tremendous partnership over the years and the success of the conference the past two seasons has been recognized by the television sports leader with the contract extension. With two straight undefeated regular seasons in football by Boise State in 2006 and Hawai‘i last year, along with Fresno State’s championship run through last June’s College World Series, ESPN has chronicled the WAC’s national success. Last season’s WAC title game between Boise State and Hawai‘i on Nov. 23 was the most viewed regular season ESPN2 game last year.

As part of the agreement that runs through the spring of 2017, over 300 regular season WAC contests and 45 championship events will be aired on the ESPN networks.Full Story

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Aggie Sports PropertiesAggie Sports Properties

Aggie Sports Properties (ASP) is entering its second year as the multimedia rights holder for athletics at Utah State University. ASP offers a one-stop shopping experience for businesses and corporations pursuing the benefits of a positive, brand-building association with the Aggies. ASP presents the following inventory to match anyone's commercial, promotional and advertising needs: signage and videoboards, in-game promotions, gameday sponsorships, game programs, print advertising, Olympic sports, online, group hospitality, Aggie Radio Network and KJZZ television broadcasts. Feel free to contact Landon Day of Aggie Sports Properties at 435-755-5886 x 2 if you have interest in aligning your brand with the Aggies.

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