Aggie Insights E-newsletter
    VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 4 April 2009     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Steve Milovich

Steve Millovich

Throughout his impressive career, Steve Milovich has traveled well beyond his Price, UT roots. In February, Steve accepted the position of senior vice president of human resources for the Disney-ABC Television Group. Steve originally joined the Disney organization in 2002 as the senior vice president of corporate human resources, organization and leadership development for The Walt Disney Company.

A Utah boy at heart, Steve graduated from Utah State with a bachelor’s degree in economics and later went on to receive an executive MBA at Pepperdine University. With a variety of universities to choose from for his undergraduate education, Steve chose USU because of the superior business program and faculty. At the time, USU’s School of Business was one of the only Utah schools to offer an industrial relations and personnel program (now known as Human Resources)---Steve’s area of expertise.

As an undergrad, Steve was impressed by the quality and caliber of his USU professors. During his schooling he was able to associate with nationally recognized professionals and educators, such as Gary Hansen and Glen Marsden. Steve remarked that one of the best parts about his USU education was the ability to constantly apply what he learned in the classroom to real world experiences.

Steve’s education and experience have helped him gain a respected position in today’s business world. In addition to his established career with Disney, Steve has also held a number of high profile, executive human resources positions for companies such as Walker Digital, which developed, AlliedSignal/Honeywell International, Broadway Stores Inc., and PepsiCo. He got his start at the United States Steel Corporation. Steve also spends a significant amount of time conducting organization and executive development workshops and programs. He has served as an executive coach and mentor to executives in US, Asia, and Europe. 

His extensive professional career has left Steve with little time for hobbies and recreation. While his kids were growing up, family was Steve’s only hobby. When he wasn’t busy at the office or on a business trip training global executives, Steve would spend his time attending his children’s various activities, which included everything from baseball games to dance recitals. With his children now grown and attending college, Steve has found time out of his busy schedule to pick up the guitar. In fact, he has actually turned one of the sections of his three-car garage into a home recording studio, where he plays and records his own music for fun.

Steve and his wife Rose are the proud parents of two children. They currently reside North of L.A. in Valencia, CA, which in Steve’s words is California’s “little Cache Valley”, only “with much better weather”.


Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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The New Official MasterCard of Utah State University - Earn Double Points for Summer Travel!
Official Mastercard of Utah State

Planning your next vacation? Right now when you use your USU card for spring & summer travel you can earn DOUBLE POINTS on those expenses. Make your plans now to get the best deals and save... and earn double points! Offer good from April 1, 2009 - August 31, 2009.

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! The new MasterCard is available now!

Click here for details.

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One Alum's Statement Makes a Huge Impact Paul Sagers

Thanks to the overwhelming success of Disney’s High School Musical movies, East High School in Salt Lake City is known across the nation. Over the past two years, the real students and faculty of East High have been enjoying a different kind of success than the HSM Wildcats. Inspired by principal Paul Sagers, the EHS Leopard’s have worked hard to recommit themselves to fitness and living healthy lifestyles.

It all started when Sagers mentioned that he would like to lose 100 pounds in his interview for the principal position back in 2007.

In Paul’s college days, weight and activity level were not among his concerns. It helped that while he was at Utah State working on his bachelor’s degree (B.S. Speech, 1978), Paul also played football for the university. However, in Paul’s post –athletic years, poor health habits and inactivity have snuck up on him. Referring to his time off the field, Sagers told Deseret News, “You don’t keep the activity level up, but you keep eating. … You put on five or 10 pounds a year.” 

Principal Sagers completed his goal of losing 100 pounds in 2008 and celebrated by running a mile with 600 members of the student body at the end of the year. On March 28th, Sagers, along with EHS students, faculty, and community members, participated in the first Running of the Leopards 5K. The event was a huge success, drawing a crowd of over 500 student and community participants.

Next on Sagers’s list of physical fitness goals is running a half-marathon later this year. Thanks to Paul's simple statement, he has been able to make an impact not only in his own life, but also in the live's of an entire high school community.

Photo copyright 2009 by Jack Brittain

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Alumni online community - 3,000 Aggies Staying Connected


Since its debut in 2008, USU inCircle has approximately 3,000 alumni registered as users. A majority of these users are constantly updating their profiles, contacts, employment information, and social events, so they can stay connected to USU alumni across the nation. In February, inCircle launched an interface with Facebook, allowing users to add inCircle as an application to their Facebook account. Don't miss out on this great networking opportunity. Set up an inCircle account today!

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

The new community is open to all who attended (including current students), graduated from, or work at USU. To visit and set up your account go to, or from the Alumni homepage click the online community link.

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USU ApplicantSearchTM- A Life-long Career Resource USU ApplicantSearch

USU ApplicantSearchTM, a cutting-edge and unique service designed to help match USU alumni with employers searching for great employees, has officially launched!

Designed to be useful whether you are an active jobseeker, a passive jobseeker, or not interested at this time (but possibly in the future), the service allows you to log in and create a comprehensive profile of your unique education, skills, experience, and preferences. You may upload your résumé, and complete a one-hour optional assessment of your thinking styles, behavioral traits relevant to work, and occupational interests. Best of all, there is no charge for this unique service!

Join the over 22,000 alumni of colleges and universities across the country, who have already participated!

Click here to create your profile. Use this same link to search the USU Alumni job board, and apply directly to jobs that you find interesting.
Click here if you are an employer who would like to request more information and a free employer login. 

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Back to the Buzzer


Three Aggie sophomores pose on the "A" for the 1960 Buzzer.

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

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A-Day 2009: 100 Years of Service A-Day 2009: 100 Years of Service

A-day is a great opportunity to involve students, faculty, alumni, and the community in service. In its original form A-day was one single day where students cleaned up campus. 100 years later it has evolved into a week-long event.

This year's A-Day events will take place from April 13-18, 2009. The week will be kicked off with street painting the A-day theme on Sunday and will end Friday with Day on the QUAD. Various service projects will take place throughout the rest of the week. The money that is raised will be donated to a special group or individual that is chosen every year.

Click here for a complete list of events and daily schedules.

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Men's Basketball Annual End of Season Banquet Men's Basketball Annual End of the Season Banquet

Utah State will hold its annual men's basketball end of season banquet on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., at the Copper Mill Restaurant in downtown Logan. Cost of the event is $25 per person. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact the USU Athletics Department at (435) 797-1850. Reservations will be accepted until Monday, April 13, 2009.

At the event, Stew Morrill, the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, will address the audience, the team will honor its individual award winners, and a highlight video will be shown. USU will also recognize its two all-league players in Gary Wilkinson who was named the WAC's Player of the Year, and Jared Quayle who was named second-team all-WAC and to the league's all-newcomer team. USU will also recognize its three WAC all-tournament team players as Wilkinson was named the MVP, while Quayle and Tai Wesley were named to the all-tournament team.

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Alumni Commencement Picnic Alumni Commencement Picnic

Join new spring graduates and current alumni and friends for the Alumni Commencement Picnic on Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The picnic will be held on the HPER Field. In case of inclement weather, the picnic will be moved to the Nelson Field House.

The cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (12 yrs & under). Tickets will be available at the USU Card Office or Spectrum Ticket Office starting April 1.

Click here for more information about Commencement.

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2nd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon Aggie Family Day at Lagoon

Mark your calendars! The 2nd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon has been scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 11:00am – 10:00pm. Enjoy group discounted tickets and FREE parking (regularly $8.00 per vehicle).

Discounted tickets will be available starting June 15, 2009.

Last year over 700 Aggies came from all over the Wasatch Front and southern Idaho to enjoy a fun filled day with family and fellow Aggies. Don't miss out on taking part in this great event!

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Weber County Aggie Chapter Dinner

Join us for the Weber County Aggie Chapter Dinner on Thursday, April 16, 2009. President Stan L. Albrecht will serve as the special guest speaker. Merit Citations will be presented to Lowell Peterson '61, Charles 'Chick' Hislop '59 & '71, and Darnell Haney '65 & '73.

Entree selections include: Prime Rib, Halibut Steak or Teriyaki Chicken. Please indicate selection with RSVP.

All proceeds from the event go to the Weber County Scholarship Fund, supporting students attending USU from Weber County. Contact Alumni Relations at 435-797-2055 for additional information.

Be sure to check the chapter page for more upcoming summer events.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm

Timbermine Restaurant
1701 Park Blvd Ogden, UT

Cost: $30.00 per person

RSVP by April 13th to Lance Haycock: 801.430.4726 or 801.731.9868, or send an e-mail to:

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Weber County Cinco de Mayo Picnic

Cinco de Mayo Picnic

Join the Weber County Aggies on May 5, 2009 for an Aggie Family Cinco de Mayo Picnic at the 40th Street Park in South Ogden (40th Street and Adam Ave). Please bring a potluck item to share (paper products and drinks are provided). This will be a fun evening of eating, visiting, raffle prizes and a pinata!

Be sure to check the chapter page for more upcoming summer events.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

6:00 pm


40th Street Park in South Ogden



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Davis County Aggie 5k Spring Run Off Davis County Aggie 5K

Join the fun with the Davis County Chapter’s Aggie 5K Spring Run Off Saturday, May 16, 2009. Registration begins at 7:00 am with the race commencing at 8:00 am. The race course starts at Utah Botanical Center’s Utah House, 920 South 50 West in Kaysville.

Everyone who pre-registers by May 14, 2009 will receive a t-shirt. Awards will be given to the top finishers in the men’s, women’s, teens’, and kids’ categories. After the race enjoy some delicious Aggie Ice Cream!

Click here to register online or call USU Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586. Proceeds from the event will go to the Davis County Scholarship Fund.

Be sure to check the chapter page for more upcoming summer events.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009

7:00 am Registration
8:00 am Race Begins

Entry Fees:

$35.00 per family (includes 4 t-shirts, others available for additional charge)
$25.00 per individual
$20.00 Alumnus or USU Student
$25.00 Lazy Boy Division (not running but wish to donate)


RSVP by May 14, 2009.

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Traditions Story- The History of A-Day

Students installing a new sidewalk for A-Day- 1919

Although spring is sometimes slow in coming to Cache Valley, the weather has never stopped students from participating in a 100 year old tradition--- A-Day.

This long-lasting Aggie tradition started in 1910, back when Utah State was still the Utah Agricultural College (UAC).

A-Day was a designated day in the spring for students to have an opportunity to “give back to campus.” Some of the original A-Day projects included digging trenches, installing steps on historic Old Main Hill, and washing windows. The most common project was the construction of new sidewalks around campus. Many of the walkways on campus are a direct result of A-Day projects.

Forestry Club A-Day flap-jack stand- 1955

Eventually A-Day evolved into “Agathon”, a three day affair aimed at attracting high school seniors to the Utah State campus. During Agathon, campus clubs would sponsor a variety of events, projects, and booths. For instance, in 1955 the Forestry Club set up a flap-jack stand.

In the 1961 Buzzer, an outline of the events included a “Miss Utah State Contest, talk by a big-name speaker, dancing to a big-name band or singer, the Olympia Track meet, a musical show and various other activities…” Over the years, Agathon was dissolved, making way for the current A-Day tradition. To facilitate the same aims of Agathon, there is now one separate A-Day designated for high school seniors to come and experience campus.

Because the original A-Day tradition revolved around service, the week before A-Day is designated as service week. Students contribute over 1,000 hrs through participation in a variety of service projects. Some of the past projects include: writing letters to soldiers in Iraq, canned food donations, and Chuck-Your-Change for Cancer Research. 

Students resting on the Quad after A-Day activities- 1940

Today, A-Day is the largest campus-wide event held at Utah State and is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association. Activities are spread across an entire week, with the Friday of the week being designated the official “A-day” with a day on the quad. No tradition would be complete without “True Aggie Night”---held on the “A” at midnight on A-Day.

See the listing in the Events section for more info about this year’s A-Day.


Story by Clarissa Fidler

Photos from USU Historical Photo Collection

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Merit Citations

On March 13, 2009, merit citations were awarded to Dean and Joyce Adams and Peter Krueger. The citations were awarded at the Alumni Association Pregame Tip-off Party prior to the WAC Men's Basketball Tournament in Reno, NV.

Dean & Joyce Adams

Dean and Joyce Adams live in Reno, Nevada, where Dean is associate dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno, and Joyce is an academic advisor. Both received degrees from Utah State University, a PhD in Chemistry for Dean in 1972; and Bachelor of Science in Management and Human Resources for Joyce in 1992. True blue Aggies to the core, Dean and Joyce were instrumental in starting the Northern Nevada Aggie Chapter for Utah State University and both have served as president of the chapter. Natives of Grace, Idaho, all of their children and their spouses have graduated from Utah State, with the exception of one who is now attending.  They are Lifetime Sustaining Members of the Alumni Association, and in 2005 they were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Honor.  Dean and Joyce have demonstrated selfless service to Utah State University and created a great legacy of Aggies.  

Peter Krueger Peter Krueger

Peter Krueger graduated from Utah State University in Political Science in 1966 and has lived in Reno Nevada for many years. Since 1986, Peter has served as President and Senior Lobbyist for i3 Public Affairs, a government relations and lobbying firm with a philosophy of customer service, professionalism, and goal accomplishment. Under Peter’s leadership, i3 Public Affairs has become widely known as a “get it done” type firm. He has made an indelible imprint in the lobbying world and continues to be influential. When he is away from the office, Peter is a sailboat enthusiast, and has raced in many places around the world with his crew.  During his time as a student at USU, Peter was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Air Force ROTC.  He continues to support his alma mater, hosting President Albrecht and bay area Aggies this past summer at his yacht club in San Francisco.  Utah State University is grateful for Krueger’s continued support.    

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College of HASS Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series- Eric Hone Eric Hone

Friday, March 27, 2009 USU at the David B. Haight Alumni Center, alumnus Eric Hone gave a presentation to students, faculty, and alumni entitled From the Quad to the Octagon: Utah State’s Ultimate Training”.

In his presentation, Hone encouraged students to be well rounded by taking a taking a variety of classes, while also being involved in activities and organizations in which they are interested. He emphasized that confidence is a vital individual quality. In Hone's words, “Confidence will help you to take on big challenges. One thing you need to take from Utah State is confidence.”

Through his experience working with professional athletes and time with the Lewis and Roca firm, Hone has come to learn the value of taking risks, working hard, and being dedicated. Life requires each of us to have, what Hone referred to as “multidisciplinary training”, in order to be successful. For Hone, this disciplinary training includes: “academics, hard work, social, life balance, confidence, and loyalty and integrity”.

Hone graduated from USU in 1994 with a degree in political science. He later went on to receive his law degree from Duke University. Hone’s current practice focuses on business and construction litigation, as well as sports and entertainment law. He regularly represents professional athletes and major commercial construction companies.

Photo from Utah State Today

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Travel Opportunities Southern States Historical Tour

Southern States Historical Tour

USU Alumni Relations is thrilled to offer a “Southern States Historical Tour” with Dr. Ross Peterson May 2-9, 2009. This 8-day trip will take you to Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. Dr. Peterson, Vice President of Advancement and noted historian, will be your escort leading you through some of this country’s most turbulent and fascinating history. Tour stops include Margaret Mitchell’s home (author of Gone with the Wind), Stone Mountain, Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Site, Kennishaw Mountain National Battlefield & Civil War Museum, Jimmy Carter National Historical Site, Andersonville Prison, Fort Pulaski and Fort Sumter…and much more!

Our group limit is only 46 people for this bus tour so please make your reservations NOW! Join other Aggies in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure and experience a part of America’s history with one of the country’s premier historians, Ross Peterson!

Click here for more details, deadlines, and rates.

Photo by Mike Lorey

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Current Athletic Schedules

Click here for the current schedules of all Aggie athletics.

Click here for the recently announced USU 2009 Football schedule.

Photo from Athletics website

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Two USU Teams to Host WAC Championships

WAC Championships

Utah State Men’s Golf hosts the WAC Championship in Nevada

April 27-29, 2009 at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada.

Click here for more information.

Utah State hosts the WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

May 13-16, 2009 at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan, UT.

Click here for more information.

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46 USU Student-Athletes Receive Winter Academic All-WAC Honors Aggie Athletics

Utah State continues to perform well in the classroom as 46 student-athletes from its winter sports were named academic all-Western Athletic Conference it was announced by the league office Thursday.  Among those honored were 33 indoor track athletes (20-women, 13-men), nine basketball players (5-men, 4-women), and four gymnasts.

Utah State also had the most individuals honored in three different sports as the 20 women and 13 men honored from USU’s indoor track and field teams were the most in the WAC, as were the five men’s basketball players.


Photo from Athletics website

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Gary Wilkinson Named Associated Press All-American Gary Wilkinson

For the third year in a row, Utah State's men's basketball program has had a player earn Associated Press All-American honors as Gary Wilkinson was named to the honorable mention team it was announced Monday. Wilkinson was one of 62 student-athletes to receive All-America honors from the Associated Press and one of 47 to earn honorable mention honors.  

Wilkinson joins former Aggie greats Wayne Estes and Jaycee Carroll as the only players in school history to be named an All-American by the Associated Press.  Estes earned first-team AP All-America honors following the 1965 season, while Carroll earned honorable mention AP All-America honors following the 2007 and 2008 seasons.


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Aggie Men Lead Nation in Field Goal Shooting, End Season Ranked 31st Overall Aggie Basketball

Utah State's men's basketball team is once again the nation's top field goal shooting team. Utah State shot 49.6 percent from the field this past season to rank first overall, and shot 51.4 percent last year to lead the nation. USU also led the nation in field goal shooting during the 2004-05 season as it shot 52.5 percent.

Utah State also finished the year ranked 31st in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll with 15 votes.


Photo from Athletics website

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Strang, Silcock Earn All-American Honors At NCAA Indoor Championships

Become First Aggie Duo To Earn Indoor All-American Honors In Same Year Since 1998 Senior John Strang

Utah State's three track and field athletes competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships finished action well Saturday. Senior John Strang earned All-American honors in the heptathlon, while sophomore Clint Silcock collected All-American accolades in the high jump tying for ninth-place. Sophomore Sonia Grabowska also competed well in the pole vault, finishing 15th.

Strang finished in eighth overall in the heptathlon with a new PR, Utah State school record and improving on his Western Athletic Conference record of 5,532 points. Strang finished in eighth in the 60m hurdles tying his season best at 8.25 following up with a 12th-place finish in the pole vault clearing 14-01.25 (4.30m). In the final heptathlon event, the 1,000m, Strang finished in a new season best time of 2:50.51.


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