|VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 1||January 2009|
In This Issue
USU Alumni Spotlight - Linda Walton
Through the guidance of wise parents, Linda Walton learned at an early age the importance of charity and being an active member in the community. Her list of credentials and involvement in a variety of organizations is astounding.
Linda is the current board chair for the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, an adjunct faculty member in the Communications Department at Utah Valley University, and co-advisor of the Interfaith Student Association at UVU, where she serves as a chaplain. She is also an accredited fellow with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a volunteer at the Food and Care Coalition, and a member of the Immigration Advisory Committee.
Among her many accomplishments, Linda recently received the ATHENA Award from the Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Network. ATHENA International is a professional women’s organization aimed at supporting, developing, and honoring women leaders. Recipients of the ATHENA Award must demonstrate professional excellence, provide valuable community service, and assist women in fulfilling their full leadership potential.
Spending her early years in Garden Grove, CA, Linda was in third grade, when her family moved to Orem, UT to help her asthma. When it came time for college, Linda received a scholarship from Utah State University and chose to attend because of USU’s location and great reputation.
Always one to be involved, during her time at USU Linda was a member of Sigma Delta Chi---the society for Professional Journalists, the SPURS---a women’s service organization on campus, and the Kappa Delta Sorority. Her senior year, Linda was the Kappa Delta president, while also working on the school newspaper staff.
Linda graduated from USU with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1976. After working in the newspaper realm for eight years, Linda no longer wanted to remain a neutral reporter. As she described it, “I wanted to ‘fix’ things, and I was better able to do that in public relations.”
In 1985, Linda founded The Walton Group, Inc., a public relations firm dedicated to providing effective communication and marketing for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Linda maintains her current involvement in the community while acting as owner and president of the company.
Married to USU alum Brad Walton, Linda and her husband are the proud parents of one adopted son and the grandparents of two girls. They currently reside in Highland, UT with their three cats.
Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler
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Inaugural Aggie Family Legacy Award- J.A. "Pop" Watts Family
On Tuesday, December 30, 2008, descendants of J.A. "Pop" Watts were honored at a reception in the Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom, where they received the Inaugural Aggie Family Legacy Award. This new award recognizes a family that has had significant impact on USU by family members being students, participating in USU groups/activities and philanthropic giving.
Following a welcome by Alumni Association President, Paul D. Parkinson, the group enjoyed a musical number by Winston K. Watts, '66 BS, '75 M. Ed. After dinner, Parkinson and Utah State University President, Stan Albrecht, presented the award to members of the Watts family. Remarks were given by Calvin R. Watts, Att. '42. Following the event, the Watts were honored at halftime during the USU vs. Houston Baptist University basketball game in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum.
The Watts Family is a remarkable group of individuals. Utah State University has had the privilege of having over 200 Watts family members graduate, attend, or currently attend USU.
There are been Watts descendants who have been members of the Honor Society, ROTC, Athletes, Student Alumni Association, USU Ambassadors and President Leadership Council members, Mortar Board, Aggiettes, Cheerleaders and Songleaders, members of the Greek system, academic clubs and so much more.
Watts family members have supported USU through their service as members of advisory boards in nearly every college of campus, at the Women’s Center and the Botanical Center, Alumni Chapter and Executive Board members. They are Old Main Society members, former USU Board of Trustees, AC Women’s Club and Big Blue Board members, Hall of Honor and Grand Marshal honorees.
Members of the Watts family are doctors, nurses, city government officials, homemakers, teachers, pilots, restaurateurs, attorneys, engineers, songwriters, innkeepers, scientists, realtors, interior designers and so much more. The breadth and impact of this family is hard to state…but we are grateful for it.
USU Alum's Talent Showcased in Disney's 'Bolt'
Anyone who has been to the movies during this past holiday season is likely to have heard the talent of USU Alum Mark Walton. In Disney's latest film, 'Bolt'---a story about a dog who thinks he's a superhero---Walton is the voice of Rhino, a big, furry hamster who is Bolt's number one fan. Walton graduated from USU with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997 and attributes much of his success to the mentorship of former USU art department head, Glen Edwards. Mark's art work has appeared in other Disney films such as "Tarzan", "The Emperor's New Groove", and "Meet the Robinsons". Full Story
2009 Alumni Association Calendar Available Now
Sustaining members of the Alumni Association recently received the new 2009 Alumni Association Calendar. The calendar is available for purchase at the USU Bookstore in the Taggart Student Center. The calendar contains beautiful images of the USU campus at various seasons, as well as images of surrounding landscapes of Cache Valley. Photos courtesy of Dick Spencer, Donna Berry, Jared Thayne, and Boyd Crookston. Pick your calendar up today!
Alumni Legacy Scholarship Applications Available
The 2009 Alumni Legacy Scholarship applications are now available.
The deadline for applications is February 1, 2009. Scholarships will be awarded in mid-March.
*Student must be an incoming freshman or transfer student
*Be a descendant of an alumnus of USU (12 or more credits)
*Fill out an application and submit a transcript
For more details and to fill out an application, click here.
Alumni online community - Interfacing with Facebook set for February 10th!
The Alumni Association is pleased to announce that inCircle will be interfacing with Facebook on February 10, 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
A Look at the Current Total
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 set a goal in 2008 to end the year with 4,000 "A" plates on the roads in Utah. Money obtained from "A" Plate sales provides thousands of dollars to give back to the legacy scholarship program. In December 2007, there were 3,438 plates on record.We are still waiting for the final December total, but as of November 2008, we had 3,541 plates.
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. Show your Aggie pride and help give deserving students a chance to attend USU by purchasing an "A" Plate today!
Back to the Buzzer
1958 KVSC- "The Voice of the State University" staff members take a brief look at their scripts before radio broadcast time. From left: Bill Angus, John Gee, Paul Olson, Jeanne Winn, Jerry Allen, and Ray Allen.
Buzzers are now available online! Click here to go to the Buzzer Yearbooks Collection at the USU Digital Library.
Xtreme Snow Stampede Alumni Challenge
Elkhorn Ridge Estates, a brand new community on Malad Summit in southeastern Idaho, is in the process of establishing traditions that will foster and maintain strong family and community ties in the surrounding region. Embedded in nature and perfectly positioned to allow its residents to enjoy the spectacular scenery and abundant recreation, Elkhorn offers rural living without roughing it.
One such tradition is this year’s inaugural winter festival, the Xtreme Snow Stampede. The festival includes a day of snow machine races at the base of the majestic Elkhorn Mountain. The races are divided up into various classes, providing fun and family participation, including a Powder Puff for children up to age 14, the Junior, Intermediate, Power and Veterans runs, and the most exciting heat, Alumni Challenge.
In the Alumni Challenge, riders from Utah State, Weber State, Idaho State, and BYU-Idaho will race to bring honor to their alma maters. This is more than a race for school colors and more than a post-collegiate competition. It is a way to establish intergenerational school pride in youngsters and to encourage them to attend the universities with which their parents have a connection. The entry fee for participants in the Alumni Challenge will be $40. There will be a winner take all cash prize of $1,000.00 that will be awarded to the Alumni Association of the winning school. A traveling trophy will also be awarded and will remain with the winning school until next year’s Xtreme Snow Stampede.
To pre-register for the event, visit www.elkhornridgeestates.com.
Any questions or for more information, contact Wayne Scholl.
|What:||Xtreme Snow Stampede Alumni Challenge|
|When:||Saturday, January 31, 2009|
Elkhorn Ridge Estates
|Entry Fee:||$40 per person|
|Limitations:||20 riders from each school|
|Prize:||$1,000 cash prize awarded to the Alumni Association of the winning school|
The third annual Ice Fishing Derby at Devil Creek Reservoir, will be held just two weeks prior, on January 17, 2009.
Bridgerland Literacy Scrabble® Scramble
The University Inn & Conference Center, University Catering of USU Dining Services, and the Taggart Student Center are proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Bridgerland Literacy Scrabble® Scramble.The event will be held in the TSC Ballroom on Friday, January 16, 2009. We want to thank you for helping us raise money and awareness for Bridgerland Literacy.
Utah Scottish Association Robert Burns Supper
Join the Utah Scottish Association to celebrate the 250th birthday of the famous Scottish bard, Robert Burns. Dinner will be followed by the usual Burns Supper format: Selkirk Grace, Presentations of the Haggis, Address to A Haggis, Toasts to Lassies and Laddies, The Immortal Memory, and Favorite Burns Poetry. Burns' poetry will be read and his songs sung, with Scottish music and dance among the evening's entertainment.
Overnight lodging packages are available. For more information contact Dianne Siegfreid at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the Association's website at www.utahscots.org.
|Date:||Saturday, January 17, 2009|
|Location:||USU International Lounge|
Gathering at 6:30 pm
$22 Association Members
|To Purchase Tickets:||Call University Catering at (435) 797-1707|
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.
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
*Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration with Craig Jessop, Kent Concert Hall
*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.
Merit Citation Awarded to Lee & Shari Badger
At a reception on January 5, 2008, Keith Larsen, President of the Cache County Chapter of the Utah State University Alumni Association, proudly presented a Merit Citation to Lee & Shari Badger for their dedication to the university and community.
No two people embody the term ‘True Aggie’ more than Lee and Shari Badger. They carry within them the spirit of Utah State University and this spirit is evident in everything they do, from their professional life to their leisure activities.
Lee and Shari are the owners of Lee’s Marketplace, a chain of grocery stores meeting the needs of residents in Smithfield, Logan, and Ogden. Their journey began when they purchased Jack’s Foodtown in Smithfield in 1981. Since that initial purchase they have moved and expanded their Smithfield location, opened a new store in Logan in 1999, and purchased another in Ogden in 2007, which now carries the Lee’s Marketplace name. Until September 2008, Lee served as Chairman of the Board of Associated Foods Stores, the west’s leading cooperative wholesale distributor that supplies groceries and other products to about 600 independent markets in eight western states.
Lee and Shari met when they were students at Utah State University. Lee was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and Shari was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Their love of the university is never-ending, with both serving as members of USU Community Associates, as well as being longtime supporters of USU Athletics. Since 1996, they have been contributors to the Big Blue Scholarship Fund and season tickets holders in basketball and football. The Badgers have also supported Utah State gymnastics, sponsoring receptions following meets. Lee and Shari continue to contribute generously to many other areas on campus, including: USU Libraries; Student Services; the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services; and the College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. They are also Lifetime Sustaining Members of the Alumni Association.
The Badgers are also involved in their community. Lee is a member of the Smithfield Lion’s Club, serving twice as president, and has also served as the District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America. They are the parents of three children, two of whom have attended or graduated from Utah State.
Legacy Story- A Legacy Over 150 Years Old
When Peter Maughan arrived in Cache Valley, and established the first permanent settlement in the area in 1856, he had no idea how his move would affect his family. Over 150 years, numerous descendants of his have called Cache Valley home while becoming Aggies.
Maughan’s great-granddaughter, Marjorie Hales Anderson, is just one of his descendants who has attended Utah State University. While at USU, Marjorie was a member of the Sponsor Corps, a woman’s group founded in 1922 to enable women to participate in the Drill and Ceremony activities and assist the young cadets on campus. According to Shawn Harris’s book, West Point of the West, the Sponsor Corps was the first known association of female auxiliaries to the military training programs in the nation. Her junior year, Marjorie began dating Jarrett Anderson, a young Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) man from Provo, Utah. One of their favorite memories while attending USU was dressing up in their uniforms for the military parade held during Agathon. Jarrett and Marjorie were also very active in their respective fraternity (Sigma Chi) and sorority (Chi Omega).
“We had a lot of good times at Utah State!” Jarrett said.
On January 10, 1958, Jarrett and Marjorie were married and five months later they graduated together. Jarrett graduated in Political Science/Pre-law and Marjorie in English Education. That same week, Jarrett was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army. Fortunately, he never left the country and soon took a deferment to leave the Army and pursue a law degree. After completing law school, Jarrett served active duty in the Army as a Captain Judge Advocate General (JAG).
Jarrett maintains a private law practice in Glendale, California. Until she retired in 2003, Marjorie taught English at Glendale High School. Jarrett served as the Alumni Chapter President for Southern California from 1983-1986. He was recognized as a “Friend of HASS” in 1991 and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1997. In 2001, Jarrett and Marjorie were inducted into the Old Main Society. They have three children, none of which attended USU because, Jarrett says, “They’re California kids – they like the sun!”
Although their children did not attend USU, it is by no means the end of this legacy. Marjorie’s grandfather, Weston Vernon, was also an Aggie. He taught philosophy at the Utah State Agricultural College (USAC) in the late 1920s. His six children, four girls and two boys, also attended the university, one of which happened to be Marjorie’s mother, Lais Vernon Hales. Lais’s husband, Lee Hales, attended and graduated from USU, as did their children: Lee Hales, Jr., Weston, Clinton, and Marjorie. Marjorie’s four sisters also attended, but did not graduate. Lee Hales, Jr. and his wife, Barbara, currently reside in Logan. Now retired, Lee Hales, Jr. was a lawyer in Cache Valley and Barbara taught speech at the university. They have been very active with the Big Blue Club and the Aggie Auction.
Peter Maughan most likely never realized the great legacy he was starting when he entered Cache Valley in 1856. The residents of Cache Valley probably didn't recognize his impact either. What a great legacy started by a pioneer beginning!
Story by Whitney Watts
Check the Alumni Association Chapters page for chapter news and events.
Travel opportunity in Hawaii, including attending the USU vs. Hawaii football game. Dates and Details TBD once football schedule is announced in February/March 2009!
Other travel opportunities will be announced in a future newsletter!
Current Athletic Schedules
Click here for a current schedule of all Aggie sports.
Away Game Basketball Tip-off Parties
Aggie basketball is back for another great season. Several away game tip-off parties are on the schedule and promise to be fun for the whole family. For additional details, check the Alumni Association Pregame Parties page.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
|USU @ Boise State|
|Place:||The RAM Restaurant|
709 E Park Blvd
|Cost:||$15.00 per person (includes dinner and Aggie Ice Cream)
$8.00 per person for children 10 years and younger
|Parking:||First Hour is FREE; Complimentary Validation for 2nd hour; Gateway Parking Garage prices after that apply.|
|RSVP:||By Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Alumni Relations: 1-800-291-ALUM (2586), 435-797-2055 or Register Online
|Game Tickets:||Contact Boise State Ticket Office at 208-345-2929|
|March 10-14, 2009||WAC Basketball Tournament, Reno, NV|
Join us in Reno to support the Aggies!
Please keep checking the website for more information as details and dates will be confirmed as the season continues.
Catching Up With The Carrolls
For Jaycee and Baylee Carroll, life at their new home is a world away from what they were used to as students at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Literally.
The family recently moved to Teramo, Italy, where Jaycee is playing basketball in the Italian "Serie A" league, Italy's highest professional league. As a starter on the Teramo Basket club, Carroll is leading his team in scoring at 18.5 points per game, while pulling down 5.6 rebounds and dishing out 1.7 assists. He is also shooting 51.1 percent from the floor, including over 50 percent from behind the three-point line (through Dec.14). Meanwhile, Baylee, who was a cheerleader for four years at Utah State, is adjusting to the language and culture found in Italy and is enjoying her new role as a full-time mom.
Last week, the Carrolls took some time out of their busy schedule to talk about life in Italy.
How have you adjusted to living in Italy?
Jaycee: We really enjoy living in Italy; there's a lot of really cool and unique experiences we've had here that we could never have if we didn't leave the country. But at the same time, there are days when we're homesick; we miss being around our family; we miss our friends; we miss our restaurants; the food and things like that. But on the flip side, we've had some cool experiences. To go to the Coliseum in Rome, the Adriatic Sea, the Fountain of Trevi; everything we've done is just a bonus for us.
Baylee: The food, the language, and the culture (are so different). The people here are totally fine with pizza and pasta. They don't want to try anything else. Their dreams are to eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They love their food. I've always liked Italian, but I'd like a hamburger every once in a while, or some Mexican. The (women) walk everywhere in high heels, and the guys wear nice church clothes walking around. Every day they wear church clothes and dresses. It's pretty crazy. They have little cars and little streets. Their streets are so tiny, they're like one lane in the United States. They park wherever they want; they stop in the middle of the road, and as long as their flashers are on they think it's ok. It's crazy.
How has becoming parents changed your lives?
Jaycee: It's been the biggest growing experience of my life, and it all happened in a four-month span. I graduated from college, got my first job, moved out of the country and had a baby, so it's definitely been a big change for us.
Baylee: I tell Jaycee every morning, "This is the coolest thing ever." Our baby is so good, and she's been so much fun. I can't even explain it, it's been such a cool experience, and I love it every day when she wakes up and just smiles. It's the most amazing thing. To be in another country with her, and when she gets older and sees all the places she's been before she even knew how to say "boo," it's just crazy.
What was your reaction when Jaycee told you he had an offer to play in Italy?
Baylee: This summer, we were just open minded with him going with NBA teams and trying to get an offer there. When an offer came from France, we thought about it and we prayed about it, and we decided we'd wait to see what else came. We were still waiting on the New Jersey Nets to see if they were going to take him, and more offers came in, but nothing really felt right. So when this offer to go to Italy came, we just prayed about it and thought about it and it seemed like a good idea. We both decided, "Hey, we're going to Italy," we were just positive and open minded about it.
What are the main differences between European basketball and American basketball that you've seen?
Jaycee: It seems like in European basketball, there's a lot more emphasis on team and what we have to do to stop a team from beating us. In the States, it seems like there's a lot of emphasis on individual players and what it would take to stop an individual player in order to beat a team. I played at Utah State, where team was emphasized a ton, but there are some different rules and different ways they call things that I've had to adjust to. They call traveling a little differently over here than in the States. It took me all of preseason to kind of figure out that I can't do some of the things I was able to do at Utah State because of the way they call traveling. Goaltending's a little bit different, too, so there's a few different rules that take some adjusting to.
How have the Italian fans reacted to your success?
Jaycee: The fans have been great, they've really welcomed us in to Teramo. When Bella was born, they had a huge banner up in the stands that said, "Welcome Baby Bella", and things like that, which makes us feel really good. I'm leading my team in scoring right now, and the fans and my teammates just think it's a great thing. It's just been great, we've met new friends and we continue to build those relationships.
What's been your favorite part about playing in Italy?
Jaycee: My favorite part has been the basketball. It's a new challenge, a new team, new people, new style and a new, fun way to play basketball. The biggest thing we've enjoyed is we live about an hour and a half, two hours from Rome, and we've taken three different trips to Rome just to sightsee. That's something we enjoy a ton. We've been to Vatican City, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Fountain of Trevi. We're planning on going to the Sistine Chapel, so we really enjoy that part of the experience.
What lessons did you learn from Coach Morrill and his staff that have helped you?
Jaycee: I learned how to work as a team to get a high percentage shot. At Utah State, I think we led the nation in field goal shooting last year, and I think we led the nation in two out of the four years. I know they're leading the nation in field goal shooting this year, which means that guys aren't taking a lot of bad shots. It means good, open, high-percentage shots, and that's the biggest thing I've learned that's helped me over here.
What do you miss the most about playing at Utah State?
Jaycee: I got so comfortable at Utah State and Logan, it really felt like home. I miss playing in front of the Spectrum crowd, that was a ton of fun. And friends and family coming to all my games, I definitely miss that. I really enjoyed playing for Coach Morrill. I have a good coach here, and all that's going just fine, but I really like the way Coach Morrill did things. I miss his style and his rules, and things like that a little bit.
What are your future plans?
Jaycee: Our goal is to continue working to get into the NBA next season. That was part of the reason for coming here, to be a stepping-stone to get back to the NBA.
By Dave Archer, Utah State Athletic Media Relations