|VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 2||February 2009|
In This Issue
USU Alumni Spotlight - Colleen Later
Colleen Later’s life has been one fun ride. A 76 year-old grandma and great-grandma, Colleen paints 12-14 hours a day, six days a week. An early riser, Colleen begins painting in her Bend, Oregon studio at 5:00am and doesn’t stop until 6:00pm. When the weather is nice, Colleen paints her iconic flower images in the comfort of her beautifully tended garden. She is a natural colorist, whose attention to tight detail complements her unique style of contemporary realism.
Not one to be afraid of taking risks, at the age of 17 Colleen left her family home in Santa Monica, CA to elope with the older boy-next door, Bud Later. When they wed in Yuma, AZ, Bud told Colleen that he didn’t want kids.They have seven, not to mention 38 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Colleen and Bud have worked hard to form a strong partnership throughout their marriage. In earlier years, Colleen traveled across the country at Bud’s side, acting many time as his secretary, while he gave lectures on real estate. Over time, their roles have switched. No longer working in the real estate business, Bud now acts as Colleen’s agent-manager.
Although she did not graduate from high school, Colleen did not let that stop her from gaining an education. Working diligently to get her GED, Colleen decided to go to college at the age of 42. To start off, Colleen took some introductory level courses at James Madison University, University of New Mexico, and Dixie State College. By then, Bud’s business had taken the Laters back to Northern Utah, and with five of her seven children already enrolled at Utah State, Colleen joined the Aggie ranks.
The years Colleen spent earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Art were some of the best years of her life. In her own words, “Getting my education at Utah State was the best thing that ever happened to me, besides marrying my husband and having seven children”. During her time at USU, Colleen studied under Utah’s foremost landscape artist, Harrison Groutage, the art department head at the time. Remembering her time as a student of Groutage, Colleen remarked that he used to say to her, “Later, if you put one more brush stroke on there I’ll flunk you!” Colleen attributes much of her success as an artist to the tutelage she received from great teachers like Groutage and Larry Olson. At USU, Colleen not only gained incredible skill as an artist, she also built great confidence in herself as an individual.
In recent years, Colleen has diverted from her usual floral themed paintings and delved into painting a much different subject, motorcycles. Colleen lends a unique style to her motorcycle paintings by including images of the client’s family members in the chrome of the motorcycle. Articles about her unique paintings have made headlines in the Deseret News and Mormon Times. While painting motorcycles has pushed her artistic ability, in Later’s opinion, “It doesn’t matter what you paint, as long as you love [to do] it”. After painting for over 30 years, Colleen Later is still enjoying an amazing ride.
To find out more about Colleen Later and view her work, please visit her website.
Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler
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USU Alum Recipient of Fulbright Scholarship
For most of 2008, Leslie Hadfield lived in King William's Town, South Africa working on completing a dissertation on the Black Consciousness Movement. Hadfield was able to live and study in South Africa after receiving a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship in modern history. A current doctoral student at Michigan State University, Leslie first became interested in African history and the Black Consciousness Movement during her time as an undergraduate at USU. She graduated from Utah State with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in political science in 2002. Read her full story in Utah State Today.
USU Professor Alum attends Presidential Inauguration
USU Alum Jeff Doyle, also a professor and Eccles Chair in Capital Markets Research in the Jon Huntsman School of Business at Utah State, recently attended the historic presidential inauguration. Accompanied by his 12 year-old daughter, Mikayla, Doyle braved the crowds and frigid weather on Inauguration day to witness the monumental event in history. Over 1 million people squeezed into the national mall for the event. While waiting for the ceremony to begin, Doyle and his daughter talked with a diverse group of people who had come from all over the nation. Doyle expressed that at the inauguration there was “a sense of America as one people, even with how different we are”. Although he voted for Ron Paul, Professor Doyle remarked that he has always been impressed with Obama. Needless to say, attending the inauguration is something Jeff and Mikayla will remember for the rest of their lives.
Alumni online community - Facebook Interface Set for February 23rd!
The Alumni Association is pleased to announce that inCircle will be interfacing with Facebook on February 23, 2009. All alumni, recent graduates, and current students will benefit from this new upgrade. Interfacing will allow Facebook users to add inCircle as an application to their Facebook account, allowing users will be able to access inCircle directly from Facebook. The new inCircle application will also let users upload any missing information, such as their current address, email etc., directly from their Facebook profiles to their inCircle account. More information and details will be available soon!
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. In all, over 140,000 people are currently pre-registered. Within the first week of the launch, 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.
Alumni goal: 4,000 "A" plates in 2008 Recap
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. In 2008, the Alumni Association set a goal to have 4,000 "A" plates out on Utah roads.
We hit 3,838 "A" plates in 2008, up 400 from 2007. This was just short of the 4,000 "A" plates in 2008 goal. As a result of these "A" plate sales, almost $100,000 will be added to the legacy scholarship program. The Alumni Association would like to thank everyone who purchased an "A" plate in 2008.
However, we have 65,000 alumni in Utah and we need your help. If you don't have an "A" plate, or if you had an "A" plate in the past and have not renewed, now is the time. Tell your family and friends to show their Aggie pride and help give deserving students a chance to attend USU by purchasing an "A" Plate today!
Back to the Buzzer
Members of the 1957 Women's Intramural Council: President Nancy Frasier (seated), Almeda White, Sharon Slater, LuWanna Harris, Georgia Christensen, and Winnifried Parker.
Buzzers are now available online! Click here to go to the Buzzer Yearbooks Collection at the USU Digital Library.
Jazz Night at the Sky Club
The Music Department of the Caine School of the Arts, in conjunction with USU Catering and the University Inn & Conference Center, are sponsoring a Jazz Night at the Sky Club, February 12-14, 2009. Proceeds from this event benefit the Larry Smith Jazz Scholarship.
Come and experience a charming evening of nostalgia in a 1930’s nightclub atmosphere. The evening will begin with a lavish gourmet dinner and the sultry sound of jazz vocals and guitar duo. Live music performed by the talented Utah State University Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz vocalists along with guest performances by Professor Emeritus Larry Smith and others, will rock the Sky Club to the unforgettable tunes of the Big Band Era.
Enjoy an unsurpassable atmosphere for swing dancing and VIP treatment in beautiful Cache Valley.
|Student Night- Dance Only||Dinner & Dancing|
|Date:||Thursday, February 12, 2009||Date:||Friday & Saturday, February 13-14, 2009|
|Location:||USU Skyroom Restaurant||Location:||USU Skyroom Restaurant|
|Cost:||$7 per single, $10 per couple||Cost:||$39 per person|
Tickets are now available. Call the USU Ticket Office at 435-797-0305.
For an exceptionally complete experience, take advantage of the University Inn's overnight package, including tickets for two to Jazz Night at the Sky Club, a one-night stay in a relaxing hotel room, and hot breakfast the following morning.
Package price is $157.95+ tax, with upgrades available. Reserve at the University Inn at 800-231-5634 or online.
Meet the New Aggie Football Staff in Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front Aggies, don't miss a great opportunity to meet head football coach Gary Anderson and his staff in Salt Lake City on Thursday, February 19, 2009. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and mingle with other Aggies while receiving information about recruiting and the upcoming football season. Event sponsored by The Woodbury Corporation.
|Date:||Thursday, February 19, 2009|
|Location:||Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Airport 2177 West North Temple|
|Cost:||$5 per person|
RSVP by calling the USU Athletics Department at 435-797-1850.
Join with fellow alumni, students, faculty, and the public to celebrate the 121st anniversary of the founding of Utah State University. Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Saundra S. Buys and John R. Miller. Distinguished Service Award recipients are Mike Dmitrich and L. John & Barbara S. Wilkinson.
Founder's Day events will take place on Friday, March 6, 2009 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom located in the TSC. Admission is $40 per person. Semi-formal attire required. Seating is limited. Parking available in the Parking Terrace located at 850 East 700 North.
RSVP by Friday, February 27, 2009. Click here to RSVP and pay online, or call 888-653-6246.
Mark your calendars! The 2nd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon has been scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 11:00am – 10:00pm.
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. This year we hope to have an even bigger turnout. Of course, no true Aggie event would be complete without Aggie Ice Cream. In 2008, over 37 gallons were enjoyed at Aggie Family Day at Lagoon. Don't miss out on taking part in this great event. More details to come soon.
College of HASS Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series- Catherine Goodman
USU alumna Catherine Goodman was the second speaker in the newly established: Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. On Friday, January 16th, Goodman gave a presentation entitled, “Career Path/Life Path: Getting There from Here” to a crowd of over 50 students, faculty, and alumni at the David B. Haight Alumni Center.
Graduating cum laude from USU in 1990, with a degree in English and minor in French, Catherine has spent over 18 years working across the country in financial marketing, communications, and branding. Catherine and her husband, actor Terrence Goodman, have lived in Utah, L.A., New York City, and Iowa. Currently, Catherine serves as the national marketing director for Summit Financial Resources based in Salt Lake City. Some of her former positions include: vice president of marketing for Bankers Trust, assistant vice president of marketing for the Zurich Group, and project director for Carbon Smolan Agency.
While at USU, Goodman learned many valuable lessons that helped her grow as an individual and as an employee. One of the most important of those lessons was to value people over all else. Catherine stated that working in the writing lab on campus helped her see that one’s greatest satisfaction comes from helping others. Her parents taught her that, “you can do it happy, or you can do it sad” and that “there is no such thing as fair”. Goodman acknowledged that these, and other life lessons, have helped her be successful in what she identified as the three core areas of life: education, career, and family.
In her presentation, Goodman offered advice to students about the importance of vital attributes in the workforce. Catherine stated that almost any skill can be taught, but attitude and work ethic come from one’s character. She encouraged those present to not be afraid to ask for things and to do what works best for them. Another piece of advice Goodman offered was to do the jobs that no one else wants to do. Catherine encouraged students to work and/or volunteer while in school, in order to experience what it’s like in the real world and gain skills that can only be obtained beyond the classroom setting.
Following her formal presentation, Catherine took time for a question and answer session. Goodman reflected on the benefits of receiving a liberal arts degree, stating that being a part of the College of HASS helps one develop empathy and be able to relate to people at a deeper level. One of the highlights of her HASS education at Utah State was learning effective communication skills, which have allowed her to compete verbally and in writing at all levels throughout her impressive career.
Check the College of HASS website for information about the next speaker in the Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series.
Revisit Your Memories of Utah State University
The University Inn & Conference Center invites you to revisit your fond memories of Utah State University. Attend campus or community events, and USU’s full service guest hotel will have a cozy room ready for you at the end of the day! Enjoy covered parking, wireless internet, and Aggie Ice Cream on us!
Upcoming events and activities include:
*USU Men’s & Women’s Basketball
*Bar J Wranglers, Ellen Eccles Theatre
*The Hot Club of San Francisco, Ellen Eccles Theatre
*Skiing and recreating in beautiful Logan Canyon
*Sledding below Old Main
Ask for your Alumni Discount at the University Inn & Conference Center, and welcome home to Utah State University.
Traditions Story- Open House
Called in the 1942 Buzzer, “[a] combination of circus, indoor track meet, and church-party game session”, the USU Open House tradition originated during the 1933-34 school year. Open House provided an opportunity for opposing fraternity brothers and men’s clubs to match their athletic skills against one another, all in an eager effort to impress the ladies and win top honors.
In the years prior to the dedication of the Nelson Fieldhouse, the annual Open House was held in the Smart Gymnasium, situated northwest of Old Main just below the President’s House. The venue of Open House switched to the fieldhouse in 1940. The event was typically sponsored by the Physical Education Department or Intramural Council.
Open House was conducted similar to the Olympics, complete with an opening ceremony of sorts, where all participating teams would make a grand entrance into the Nelson Fieldhouse. Participants were followed by candidates for Open House Queen and officials. Before competition began, members of the military department would conduct a flag-raising ceremony.
As was customary for any significant campus event, a queen of Open House was chosen each year. Each fraternity or club participating in Open House would sponsor a queen candidate. Two attendants would also be chosen among the eligible ladies.
In the 1954 Buzzer, the requirements for queen were outlined as follows: “The girl to reign as Open House Queen should have a lively personality, charming appeal, a genuine interest in other people, and a pleasing appearance”. In addition to having the honors of reigning as queen, the girl chosen would also traditionally receive a letterman’s sweater.
Participation and events varied throughout the years. Some of the team events included: volleyball, sack races, knee basketball, badminton, ping pong, box hockey, a shoe scramble, and a dizzy-izzy relay. Other contests that proved to be among the highlights of the evening were the team pyramid challenge and obstacle course.
Unusual challenges were often mixed in with traditional sporting events. One of these unique challenges was tire wrestling, a competition where two opponents would have their feet constrained by a car tire and attempt to wrestle one another. At the end of the night, one lucky club or fraternity would walk away with the prestigious Open House trophy and title. Awards were also presented to each of the winners of the individual contests.
In an effort to parallel the men’s open house, some years a Women’s Open House was also held on a different evening. The all-female event consisted of a dance contest sponsored by the women’s intramural department. Entries focused on: character, creative, social, tap, and folk dancing. Elaborate costumes and beautiful choreography were among the established judging criteria. Participants included sororities, as well as various women's clubs and organizations across campus.
Story by Clarissa Fidler
Chapter News & Events
Join us for the Weber County Alumni Dinner and meet USU's new football coach!
|Date:||February 25, 2009|
|Location:||Sonora Grill 2310 S Kiesel Ave Ogden, UT|
|Cost:||$30 per couple, $15 per person (includes soft drink and entree)|
Mingle & Free Appetizers at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sonora Grill 2310 S Kiesel Ave Located in the new Downtown Junction. Guest Speakers: Scott Barnes, USU Athletics Director and Gary Andersen, USU Head Football Coach. Raffle and auction will also be held. All proceeds go toward the USU Weber County Scholarship Program.
Join with the Box Elder County Aggie Chapter to enjoy USU's last regular season game!
|Date:||Saturday, March 7, 2009|
|Time:||6:00pm (game time is 7:05pm)|
|Location:||Champ Room in the Spectrum, 3rd floor|
$25 for basketball ticket and reception
Check the Alumni Association Chapters page for more chapter news and events.
Southern States Historical Tour
USU Alumni Relations is thrilled to offer a “Southern States Historical Tour” with Dr. Ross Peterson May 2-10, 2009. This 9-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!
Price and further details to come! Please check back later in February to register for this exciting and once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Watch for information about other travel opportunities in a future newsletter.
Photo by Mike Lorey
Current Athletic Schedules
Click here for a current schedule of all Aggie sports.
Away Game Basketball Tip-off Parties
Aggie basketball is having another great season. Be sure to attend the next away game tip-off party. It's fun for the whole family. For additional details, check the Alumni Association Pregame Parties page.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
|USU @ Boise State- SOLD OUT|
|Place:||The RAM Restaurant|
709 E Park Blvd
|Cost:||$5.00 per person (includes Taco Bar and Aggie Ice Cream)
Free for children 10 years and younger
|Parking:||Available at RAM Restaurant|
|Tip-off:||7:05pm MST at Taco Bell Arena|
|Game Tickets:||Contact Boise State Ticket Office at 208-345-2929|
|Friday, March 13, 2009||WAC Basketball Tournament, Reno, NV|
|Place:||Silver Legacy Resort Casion, Rum Bullion Patio|
Silver Legacy Hotel Accommodations
|More Details:||Coming Soon!|
Utah State Men's Basketball Ranked 17th in the Nation
Utah State’s men’s basketball team continued its climb up the national polls this week and is now ranked 17th in the nation in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll released Monday. USU is also ranked 21st in the latest Associated Press poll.
The No. 17 national ranking for Utah State is its highest-ever in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, which began ranking college basketball teams in 1993. The only other time USU has been in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll was during the 2003-04 season when it climbed as high as 21st in the nation in consecutive weeks in early March.
The No. 21 ranking in the AP poll is the highest for a Utah State team since Feb. 9, 2004 when that Aggie team was ranked 19th in the nation.
Utah State is ranked in the top 25 for just the second time in the last 31 years as the last time a USU team was ranked was during the 2003-04 season when it was ranked for six straight weeks. Prior to that, USU’s last national ranking was during the 1977-78 season when it finished the year ranked 17th in the United Press International poll. Along with improving on its national ranking, Utah State also extended the nation’s longest winning streak this year to 18 straight games after defeating New Mexico State, 78-59, and Louisiana Tech, 60-52, at home last weekend. That 18-game winning streak is also the second-longest in school history trailing only the 1999-2000 team that won 19 straight games.
The Aggies have also won 15 straight WAC games dating back to last season, which is the most consecutive WAC wins since Nevada also won 15 straight from 2006 to 2007. USU’s 11-0 start to league play this year is the third-best in school history and the best by a WAC team since Utah went 14-0 in the conference during the 1998-99 season.
Utah State is also tied with Oklahoma (23-1) for the most wins and best record in the nation. USU is one of just three teams in Division I basketball with one loss along with No. 1 Connecticut and the second-ranked Sooners.
With its win against Louisiana Tech Saturday night, Utah State is now the only team in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 10 seasons. Gonzaga and Kansas entered the 2008-09 campaign with nine straight 23-win seasons. During the last 10 seasons, USU has averaged 24.5 wins and its 76.8 winning percentage since 2000 is tied with Florida for the fourth-best in the nation.
Utah State also continues to lead the nation in field goal shooting at 50.6 percent and has shot 50 percent or better from the field 15 times this year. USU finished the 2007-08 season as just the fourth team in NCAA history to lead the nation in both field goal (.514) and free throw (.792) shooting.
Senior forward Gary Wilkinson, who was named the WAC Player of the Week on Monday, leads the team in both scoring and rebounding as he is averaging 17.3 points and 7.4 boards per game, while shooting 60.8 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the free throw line. He currently ranks second in the WAC in free throw shooting, is third in scoring and field goal shooting, and fourth in rebounding.
Utah State returns to action this Thursday, Feb. 12 when it plays at Idaho (101-2, 4-5) at 8 p.m. (MT). USU’s game against the Vandals will televise live on Altitude (Comcast Ch. 61).
Utah State has won 11 straight regular season road games dating back to last year, which is a school record. USU also has the best road record and most road wins in the nation this season with its 9-0 mark.
Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2009
An induction ceremony and dinner honoring Utah State's seventh Hall of Fame Class was held on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., at the Evan Stevenson Ballroom in the Taggart Student Center on the USU campus.
The 2009 class includes former wrestling coach Bob Carlson (1969-87), basketball player Greg Grant (1983-86), football and baseball player Dave Kragthorpe (1951-54), football players Tom Larscheid (1959-61) and John Pappas (1966-68), and track athletes Alisa Nicodemus (1991-93) and Ralph Roylance (1947-50).
Carlson spent 19 years as Utah State's head wrestling coach without enduring one losing season as he guided the Aggies to an impressive 224-75-1 (.748) record and led the program to nine top 20 finishes. During his tenure as USU's head coach, he had 41 student-athletes participate in the NCAA Tournament and 23 win Pacific Coast Athletic Association championships.
Grant was Utah State's all-time leading scorer for 22 years (1986-2008) as he accumulated 2,127 career points. As a senior, Grant was named the Big West Conference Player of the Year as he led the league in both points (22.6) and steals (2.4). Along with being the second-leading scorer in Utah State history, Grant ranks first all-time in steals (226), second in rebounding (1,003), second in field goals made (852), second in field goals attempted (1,604), and seventh in assists (308).
Kragthorpe was a two-time all-Skyline Conference Eight performer and is a member of Utah State's All-Century team. During his collegiate career, he also spent two seasons as a catcher on USU's baseball team. Kragthorpe has also spent many years in Utah State's Athletics Department, including serving as its athletics director from 1983-84.
Larscheid was a two-time first-team all-Skyline Conference performer and a two-time honorable mention All-American. He still holds school records for rushing yards per attempt for both a season (8.4 ypc in 1960) and career (7.0), and ranks second all-time at Utah State with 40 touchdowns and 248 points scored. As a junior in 1960, Larscheid finished second in the nation in rushing with 1,044 yards becoming the first player in Utah State history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau.
Nicodemus was the first female track athlete in school history to earn All-American honors three times. As a sophomore in 1992, she claimed her first All-American honor by finishing 14th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. As a junior during the 1993 indoor season, she claimed two more All-American honors as she finished third in the mile and fourth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Pappas compiled a 14-5-1 (.725) record as Utah State's starting quarterback from 1966-68. He concluded his career with 30 touchdown passes, which still ranks seventh all-time at Utah State, and threw for 3,606 yards which ranks 10th all-time. During his senior season in 1968, Pappas averaged 16.8 yards per completion, which still ranks as the school record, to go along with 16 touchdown passes.
Roylance was the first track athlete in Utah State history to earn All-American honors as he finished third in the javelin at the 1949 NCAA Championships. Along with being a four-year letterwinner on the track team (1947-50), Roylance also spent two seasons playing football for Utah State (1948-49) as a running back on offense and in the secondary on defense. As a running back, he averaged nearly 7.0 yards per carry, which was a school record at the time.
A total of 50 individuals and one team have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight additions in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any members was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007, and four more in 2008 to go along with the first-ever team inducted.
The 2009 inductees were also recognized in conjunction with Utah State's home basketball game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Gary Anderson Inks 20 in First Utah State Signing Class
New Aggie Head Coach Signs 20, Including Six In-State
First-year head football coach Gary Andersen signed 20 student-athletes to letters of intent to play for Utah State, as Andersen unveiled his first Aggie class Wednesday evening at a sold-out signing day reception and banquet held at the Copper Mill Restaurant.
Of Andersen’s 20, six of the signees are from Utah signees, as well as seven from California, two each from Hawaii and Arizona in addition to one each from Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon.
“The biggest things we talked about in the beginning were accomplishing goals in three areas. We needed to recruit Utah, get Polynesian players in here and start working on the missionary program. I think we did that. We got six in-state kids, six Polynesian kids and three kids that will go on missions prior to joining our program. It is about where you want to be in terms of kids that will be starting right off and missionary kids,” said Andersen, who was named USU head coach in December.
The class consists of 12 high school players, two junior college transfers who will have three years of eligibility for USU and six junior college players who will be juniors in the fall.
“The next thing we had to go through as a staff was filling our immediate needs as well as our needs for the future,” Andersen said. “When you break it down and evaluate the film I think we filled those needs in a lot of different ways. There are some kids we will sign down the road that will fill those needs exactly. I think with the JC (junior college) kids that are coming in here we certainly bettered ourselves.”
The group includes 10 defensive players, nine offensive players and one who is both. Full Story
Click here for the complete 2009 Signing Class Roster and Bios.
42 Utah State Student-Athletes Receive Fall Academic All-WAC Honors
The Western Athletic Conference announced its fall all-academic teams on Friday and Utah State had 42 student-athletes recognized marking the third straight year USU has led the conference in academic all-conference honorees from the fall sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball.
Of its 42 academic all-WAC selections, Utah State had 11 student-athletes from both football and soccer honored, along with seven student-athletes from volleyball and women’s cross country, and six from men’s cross country. Boise State had 39 fall academic all-WAC honorees, followed by Hawaii (36), Fresno State (32), Idaho (32), Nevada (29), New Mexico State (29), San Jose State (29), and Louisiana Tech (20).
Utah State had two student-athletes earn academic all-conference honors for the fourth time in seniors Caroline Berry (cross country) and Otis Nelson (football). Berry graduated from USU last fall with a degree in corporate wellness and Nelson will graduate this spring with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Student-athletes who earned academic all-conference honors for the third time include Vanessa Gledhill and Ashley Johnson from cross country, Candice Clark, Ali Griffin, Alyssa Lowry and Lisa Willardson from soccer, Alan Bishop and Nnamdi Gwacham from football, and Rebecca Anderson from volleyball.
Furthermore, of the 42 student-athletes to earn fall academic all-WAC honors, 33 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.
To be eligible for the fall academic team, a student-athlete must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.
Click here to view the list of Honorees.