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    VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 12 December 2009     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Marshall Crawford Marshall Crawford

Marshall Crawford has always been ahead of the curve. A keen mind, dedication to excellence, and charismatic personality have all served Crawford well throughout his life and career. As an undergraduate at USU, Marshall served as a student ambassador, one of the most highly-respected groups on campus. Being a student ambassador was influential in Crawford’s college experience in more ways than one. On one particular campus tour for prospective students and their parents, Marshall had the privilege to escort First Lady Betty Ford, wife of then President of the United States, Gerald Ford. Mrs. Ford took to Marshall so much, a few weeks later he received a phone call from the White House. It was none other than Mrs. Betty Ford herself, asking him if he would consider rooming with her sons, Steven and Jack. Naturally, Marshall accepted, and thus began his days rooming with the illustrious Ford brothers. Needless to say, Marshall has a good number of stories from his days at Utah State.

After graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1980, Marshall went on to the Harvard Business School, where he received his MBA. With his degrees completed, Crawford began his extensive career in the investment banking industry.

Throughout his professional life, Crawford has been involved in both the banking and education industry. He has served two terms as a commissioner for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, working to provide the best educational opportunities to students and citizens of Colorado. Previous to his current work in the banking industry, Crawford held the post of CEO of Digital Education Systems, an online technical education provider.

Today, Crawford employs his over 25 years of invest banking skills at J.P. Morgan. “J.P. Morgan is a leader in financial services, offering innovative and intelligent solutions to clients in more than 100 countries with one of the most comprehensive global product platforms available” ( Crawford currently manages J.P. Morgan's Denver Public Finance Office and is responsible for the firm’s public sector investment banking activities in the western United States.

Marshall is a member of several professional organizations and is a frequent speaker in the transportation industry on finance topics. He is married to Karin Crawford and currently resides in Colorado.

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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The Official MasterCard of Utah State University - Get $50 Cash Back
Official Mastercard of Utah State

During this season of giving, your Alumni Association would like to say thanks by offering you a $50 cash gift, just for trying the new USU rewards card!

Not only do you get 0% on purchases for 6 months, you also have 0% on all Balance Transfers for 6 months as well. Just in time for the holidays.

Click here to apply & receive your $50 gift!

Your USU Rewards MasterCard is available exclusively through the Alumni Association. A percentage of all your purchase comes back to USU and fund Alumni Association activities such as Homecoming, chapter events, student scholarships and more!

Don’t forget to bring your USU MasterCard and get double points at most locations on campus (Athletics Ticket Office, USU Theatre Ticket Office, Aggie Ice Cream, USU Bookstore, USU Dining Services, and more!)

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Featured Alumni Benefit - Shelf Reliance 10% Discount Featured Benefit

There are a variety of benefits available to USU Alumni and Alumni Association Sustaining Members. Each month we feature a specific benefit for all Aggies. For the month of December, discover the benefit of a 10% discount on Shelf Reliance products.

Shelf Reliance is a company started, owned, and operated by two USU alumni: Jason Budge and Steve Palmer. Their company specializes in food storage, storage rotation, and emergency-preparedness products. Shelf Reliance's goal is to help families prepare for whatever tomorrow may bring, so they feel confident if disaster strikes.

A wide variety of food storage shelves, food storage, emergency kits, and other similar products are available for purchase at

Enter USU10 at checkout to receive an exclusive 10% discount off all products (minus multi-packs, display and scratch & dent models).

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2010 Alumni Association Calendar 2010 Alumni Association Calendar

Exclusive Benefit for Sustaining Members

There are many benefits for being a sustaining member of the USU Alumni Association, one of which is a complimentary copy of our annual Alumni Calendar.

Each year the Alumni Association chooses unique photos to bring back fond memories as you organize your new year.

The 2010 Alumni Association Calendar will be distributed to all Sustaining Member by the last week in December. Watch your mail box!

Click here to become a Sustaining Member today.

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New Alumni Association Commercial

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new commercial encouraging alumni to join the Utah State Alumni Association and become Sustaining Members.

The commercial airs on the local channel CW 30 during many of the Aggie basketball broadcasts.

Click here to view the commercial.

Click here to become a Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association.

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Cathedrals of Great Britain with Dr. Craig Jessop: June 9-20, 2010

Cathedrals of Great Britain with Dr. Craig Jessop

Join Dr. Craig Jessop as he leads USU Alumni through a musical heritage tour of Britain's greatest cathedrals. Visit Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, Canterbury, and more for choral Evensong, plus experience traditional mystical sites.

The tour is limited to 46 people. Call (800) 291-2586 today to make your reservations!

Click here to download a brochure with full trip details.

Discounted Price: *$2,195 (plus air fare)

Full Price: $2,395 (plus air fare)

*Discounted price ONLY available for Alumni Sustaining Members

Not an Alumni Association Sustaining Member? Click here to join today!

Call Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586 for more information.

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$18.88 Club - NEW Young Alumni Giving Society $18.88 Club

Named in honor of Utah State University's founding year, the $18.88 Club is an exciting new giving society for young alumni (40 and under). As a member of the $18.88 Club, you have the unique opportunity to become a Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association and to give back to your alma mater through the Aggie Fund - all for a small contribution each month.

Click here for more information and to join online.

*All contributions of $18.88/month or more, or single gifts of $225 or more, are eligible for membership in the $18.88 Club.

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Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship Aggie Legacy Nonresident Scholarship

Keep the tradition alive! Did you earn a degree from USU? You can now send your child to Utah State and their out-of-state tuition differential will be waived. Stay connected through the next generation of Aggies. We'd love to have them here!

To qualify for the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship, a future Aggie must:

* Be admitted to Utah State University.
* Have at least one parent who earned an associate degree or higher from Utah State University. (verification required)
* Enroll at USU as a first-time student to the Utah system of higher education.

Time spent in Utah on the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship cannot be counted towards establishing resident student status. However, the waiver will be available to your student until he or she completes their degree(s).

If you have any questions, please email Corey Mikkelsen at or call the Admissions Office at (800) 488-8108.

USU is excited to offer this opportunity for alumni to keep the great Aggie Tradition alive!

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Back to the Buzzer


1959 USU Ski Team

Left to Right: Bob Lampkin, John Hall, Brent Thompson, Bob Smith, Roger Dick, & Darrell Guthrie-Coach.

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

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Alumni Tip-Off Parties USU Basketball Tip-Off Parties

Join the USU Alumni Association and fellow Aggies for the following Tip-Off Parties:

*USU @ Long Beach State
December 18, 2009, Party Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

*USU @ Boise State
February 11, 2010, Party Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

*USU @ San Jose State
February 13, 2010, Party Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Click here to register online.

Check the Tip-Off Parties page for more details!

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University Inn & Conference Center Holiday Rate University Inn Holiday Rate

The University Inn & Conference Center would like to offer you a Special Holiday Rate of two queen beds fro $49 (plus tax). This offer is good from December 13, 2009 - January 3, 2010.

Click here to download and print the holiday rate certificate.

Please present the certificate at check-in. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Limit one coupon per reservation. Not valid with any other offer.

The University Inn & Conference Center is conveniently located on the USU campus.

Click here to find out more about staying at the University Inn & Conference Center.

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Jazz Night at the Sky Club Jazz Night at the Sky Club

Join the Caine School of Arts for fine dining, live music, and big band dancing at the annual Jazz Night at the Sky Club on February 12 & 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm. The event will be held at the Skyroom Restaurant on the Utah State University campus and will feature the USU Jazz Orchestra & Ensemble and jazz vocalists.

Tickets are $40 per person and will be available through the USU Ticket Office (435-797-0305) starting December 1, 2009. Proceeds benefit the Larry Smith Jazz Scholarship.

Visit for more information.

Click here to download an informational flyer.

Event presented by the USU Music Department, University Inn & Conference Center, and USU Catering.

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The Power of Music with Dr. Craig D. Jessop Brandon Lee, Tennile Spencer, Dr. Craig Jessop, Greg Prince, & JaLynn Prince

Students, faculty, and staff showed the Aggie flag in our nation’s capital on November 22, 2009 at an alumni gathering at the home of USU supporters Greg and JaLynn Prince. Utah State students Brandon Lee, ’10, and Tennile Spencer, ’10, performed for approximately 100 Aggies and friends while Music Department Head, Dr. Craig Jessop, spoke of how his love for music was fostered by teachers throughout his educational and professional career. Brandon received a standing ovation for a piano rendition of Franz Liszt's "Mephisto" Waltz No. 1.

The event also recognized two longstanding supporters of USU. Greg and JaLynn Prince received their gavel and plaque for their recent induction into the Old Main Society. The Princes, though not USU graduates, have contributed significantly to USU’s Religious Studies Program. JaLynn's photo exhibition of India was recently featured in the Tippets Gallery here on the USU campus.

The event marked the beginning of what is hoped to be a semi-annual gathering in the Washington, DC, area to bring together the almost 2,000 USU alumni in the capital metro area.

Pictured from left to right: Brandon Lee, Tennile Spencer, Dr. Craig Jessop, JaLynn Prince, & Greg Prince.

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Alumni in Medicine - Dr. M. William Lensch '91 Dr. M. William Lensch

“To say we were poor would be generous,” says Willy Lensch of his time growing up on a small farm near Lehi, Utah. Good grades didn’t come easily through school, and in fact, he even withdrew from USU twice before eventually becoming the first member in the Lensch family to graduate from college.

According to the man himself, Lensch was a “terrible” student, but members of the faculty saw something in him. “It is easy to invest one’s attention where it has the greatest likelihood of contributing to success,” he says, looking back. “However, to take time to nurture someone where there is every indication of wasted effort is a different matter … I am a scientist today because there were people who cared about me when I was struggling.”

He isn’t struggling now. As an instructor at Harvard Medical School and a researcher and advisor at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Lensch is swiftly becoming one of the world’s foremost experts on stem cell use.


Story by Jeff Carr

Photo from Utah State Today

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USU Greats- Ruth Davis Manning

Ruth Davis Manning

USU Paramount in Life of 100-Year-Old Graduate

Shortly after Utah State University celebrated its 120th birthday in March, one of its early graduates will celebrate her own birthday—100 years, on April 14. Ruth Davis Manning said her greatest accomplishment is graduating from USU with a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition and child development. 

Mrs. Manning graduated in 1930 (42 years after the university was founded) from the School of Home Economics. Her graduating class had 150 people, 53 of whom were women, and total enrollment at USU was 1,247, compared to more than 23,000 today. She said there was never a question about whether she would graduate from college. 

“I was determined to graduate from Utah State,” she said. “And if you’re determined to do something, you’ve got to do everything you can to get it done. But the determination has to come first.”

Mrs. Manning’s enthusiasm for education and desire to share that love with others is apparent in her children. Her son, Fred, graduated from USU with a degree in elementary education, and he taught at North Park Elementary in Tremonton for 28 of his 32-year teaching career.


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USU Names Field At Romney Stadium 'Merlin Olsen Field' Merlin Olsen

An official dedication ceremony will take place at the end of the 2010 football season in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Utah State's 1960 Sun Bowl Team, led by Olsen.

To honor one of its greatest alumnus and the most decorated football player in school history, Utah State University is naming the playing field inside Romney Stadium `Merlin Olsen Field'.

In 2010, during the official dedication of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, a larger-than-life-size bronze statue of Olsen, which will be sculpted by nationally renowned artist Blair Buswell, will be unveiled in the southeast corner of the stadium.

"Susan and I and the entire Olsen family are pleased and excited at the announcement this week that the playing field in Romney Stadium is being renamed Merlin Olsen Field," said Olsen. "I share this special honor with great coaches and teammates. Remembering those days brings to mind some of the happiest and most productive days of my life."

"The Utah State University family is deeply honored to be a part of this important announcement today," said Utah State University President Stan Albrecht. "There is no one who has carried the USU banner so proudly and with such distinction over the course of a lifetime than has Merlin Olsen. He has touched and influenced millions of people, not just through his success in the athletic and entertainment fields, but through the personal generosity and humanitarian service that have been so much a part of his life, and that of his wife and partner, Susan."

Click here to view the video of the December 5, 2009 halftime presentation.


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Disney/ABC Television Exec Honored at USU

Steve Milovich

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has bestowed its highest honor on a former student who came from a small town in Utah and is now is the senior vice president of human resources for the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman presented Steve Milovich with the Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award at a banquet that drew more than 550 people at Utah State University on Sept. 17. The event, the 2009 Annual Fall Awards Banquet, offers friends and alumni of the school who have funded scholarships the opportunity to meet the students they have helped.

Milovich, who was raised in Price, Utah, oversees all the organization and human resource efforts worldwide at the Disney/ABC Television Group. That includes the ABC Television Network, Disney Channels Worldwide, cable network’s ABC Family, Disney/ESPN television and several other major areas.
Huntsman told the group Milovich believes business schools should teach the importance of ethical decision-making.

Huntsman told the group Milovich believes business schools should teach the importance of ethical decision-making.

“He believes in teaching students to be innovative thinkers, to understand the global marketplace and to be empowered with accurate analytical skills,” Huntsman said.

Steve was also featured as the Aggie Insights Alumni Spotlight in April 2009.


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Travel Opportunities

Cathedrals of Great Britain with Dr. Craig Jessop: June 9-20, 2010

Cathedrals of Great Britain with Dr. Craig Jessop

Join Dr. Craig Jessop as he leads USU Alumni through a musical heritage tour of Britain's greatest cathedrals. Visit Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, Canterbury, and more for choral Evensong, plus experience traditional mystical sites.

The tour is limited to 46 people. Call (800) 291-2586 today to make your reservations!

Click here to download a brochure with full trip details.

Discounted Price: *$2,195 (plus air fare)

Full Price: $2,395 (plus air fare)

*Discounted price ONLY available for Alumni Sustaining Members

Not an Alumni Association Sustaining Member? Click here to join today!

Call Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586 for more information.


Lincoln Sesquicentennial Tour, May 11-16, 2010Lincoln Sesquicentennial Tour

SAVE THE DATE! Join Dr. Ross Peterson as he leads USU Alumni on a tour of historic places in the life of Abraham Lincoln.

More details to come!

Check the alumni travel page for more information.

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Class Notes Class Notes

Read the Class Notes to find out what's going on in the lives of successful Aggie Alumni everywhere!

Have you received a recent promotion, been involved in a community event, or traveled to an exotic destination? Do you ever wonder what other Aggies from your graduating class are up to?

Add your own Class Note!

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Current Athletic Schedules

Click here for the current schedules for all Aggie athletics.


Basketball Flyer

Photo from Athletics website

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Aggie Fans Encouraged To Vote For Utah State’s Josh Flores For Rudy Award

Josh Flores

Vote Online For Aggie Sophomore Running Back

Utah State football fans are encouraged to vote for Utah State sophomore running back Josh Flores for the Rudy Award. Click here to vote for Flores.

Voting is open until Dec. 15. Fans can vote MORE than once per day, they just have to enter the security code shown after clicking on “Vote” on Flores’ nomination page.

Flores is one of 49 candidates for the Award, which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the blockbuster film “Rudy” in 27 seconds and against all odds on the Notre Dame gridiron in South Bend, Ind., enabling Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger to carve his name into college football lore.

Three Rudy Awards™ finalists will be chosen by the Selection Committee, as well as through fan voting online at, and honored at a breakfast to be held in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Convention on Jan. 11, 2010, at the Orlando World Center in Marriott, in Orlando, Fla. Rudy Ruettiger will personally present the awards.


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Utah State Student-Athletes Participate in Shop With A Jock Program

Shop With A Jock Program

34 Aggie Student-Athletes Plus Big Blue Team Up With eFORCE Software

Utah State Athletics and eFORCE Software teamed up for an Aggie Shop With A Jock Event. A total of 34 student-athletes from all 16 USU sports, plus Aggie mascot Big Blue, participated in the event.

People from all over Cache Valley nominated kids in need this Holiday season to participate in the event and 16 kids were chosen. The selected kids were given an opportunity to meet USU student-athletes representatives from all 16 of USU’s sports. The children were also able to get all their autographs. They also received Shop with a Jock T-shirts, got to ride on an official Aggie shuttle and go on a $100 shopping spree at Shopko.

“It was a lot of fun. It was great to see the kids’ excitement and to spend time with them,” USU football player Robert Turbin said. “They’re hard-core Aggie fans so it was fun to talk Aggie sports with them. It was great to see them smile and know that they had fun, and I know all the student-athletes had a blast.”


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Eight Aggie Football Players Collect Phil Steele All-WAC Honors James Brindley, Bobby Wagner, & Kerrwynn Williams

Senior Safety James Brindley and Sophomore Linebacker Bobby Wagner Named To First-Team; Kick Returner Kerrwynn Williams Tabbed To National All-Freshman Team

Eight Utah State football players were recognized with Phil Steele’s all-Western Athletic Conference accolades, part of the publication’s postseason awards list.

In addition to the all-WAC list, the publication announced its national all-Freshmen Team, tabbing kick returner Kerwynn Williams to the third-team list.

Senior safety James Brindley and sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner were named to the first team, while sophomore running back Robert Turbin was tabbed to the second team. Junior quarterback Diondre Borel and junior wide receiver Stanley Morrison were on the third-team offense list, while Williams was on the third-team special teams list, joined by junior punter Peter Caldwell and junior defensive tackle Sean Enesi who was named to the third-team defense list.


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Putting the 'Student' Back into Student-Athlete Nnamdi Gwacham

USU's "Dr. Nnamdi" Exemplifies Spirit of Hard Work in the Classroom

Look up the definition of “student-athlete” in the dictionary and you might just find a picture of Utah State wide receiver Nnamdi Gwacham.

Not only has the 6-foot-3 senior already graduated with a degree in exercise science, but he did so with a 3.63 grade-point average while competing for both the Aggie football, and track and field teams. Currently a graduate student, Gwacham’s list of on-field and academic accomplishments over the past four years is extensive.

On the football field he caught 20 passes for the Aggies in 2008, and is well on his way to another productive year this season. He was second team all-WAC in the high jump in 2007, and finished fifth in the event at the conference championships in 2008, again earning all-conference accolades.

A member of the Utah State Student-Athletes Mentors program, he also serves as President of both the Utah State Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the WAC Student Advisory Committee. He was also named a semifinalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy) Watch List, an award given to the nation’s top senior scholar-athlete in college football. Shortly before the season began, Gwacham was named one of 30 NCAA football student-athletes to be nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which is given annually to a senior who has shown notable accomplishments in the classroom, community and on the field.


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