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    VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 7 July 2009     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Janet Hugie Smith Janet Hugie Smith

A Logan native, Janet Hugie Smith graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in American History from Utah State University in 1967. During her time at USU, Smith was involved in a variety of organizations and honorary societies. A member of the Chi Omega sorority, Ms. Smith was also an active member of Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society) and Phi Kappa Phi (academic honor society). 

Following her graduation from USU, Janet received a fellowship to study African History at Stanford University, where she graduated with a master’s degree in 1969. After Stanford, Smith transitioned from the study of history to the legal realm, graduating from the University of Utah with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1976.

For over 25 years, Janet Hugie Smith has been a prominent force in Utah’s law community. Recognized as a “Legal Elite” by the Utah Business Magazine, Janet is ranked among the top 5% of attorneys in the state. Currently a Shareholder of Ray Quinney & Nebeker, Smith recently became the first woman to be appointed to serve on the firm’s executive management committee.  Janet has been with the company since 1983.

Janet specializes in Employment and Labor Law, and is consistently recognized as one of the best in her field. Smith is known as the “dean of employment law” at Ray Quinney & Nebeker. In 2006, Utah’s Board of Bar Commissioners awarded Ms. Smith the distinguished Dorothy Merrill Brothers Award for the Achievement of Women in the Legal Profession. A leader among the nation’s female attorneys, Janet co-founded the Women Attorneys Group at Ray Quinney & Nebeker.

Every year since 1989, Janet has been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment Law. As described by the Ray Quinney & Nebeker corporation, “the list is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey [which has been] developed and refined for nearly 25 years.” In addition to this distinction, Smith also maintains an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell, “the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics” (Ray Quinney & Nebeker site).

In addition to her regular legal work, Ms. Smith serves as the chair for the U.S. District Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure and is also a fellow and state chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

Photo from Ray Quinney & Nebeker website

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USU Alumna Wins 2009 Best of State Fiction Award Annette Haws

Annette Hawes, a USU Alumna and Logan native, was recently awarded the 2009 Best of State Fiction Award for her first novel, “Waiting for the Light to Change”. As outlined in The Herald Journal, “Best of State judging was based on excellence, innovation and cultural contribution among other criteria. More than 100 judges individually reviewed the nominations, with oversight by the independent certified public accounting firm Gilbert & Stewart, P.C.”

 The book was launched back in June of 2008. Since that time there has been an exceptional response from readers. This past April, “Waiting for the Light to Change” received the Whitney Award for Best Novel by a New Author.

Click here to see the Aggie Insights March 2009 story on Annette Haws.

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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 through August 31, 2009.

Your new USU Rewards MasterCard is available exclusively through the Alumni Association. 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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Featured Alumni Benefit- Long Term Care InsuranceFeatured Benefit- GradMed

There are a variety of benefits available to all USU Alumni. Each month we will be featuring a specific benefit for all former Aggies. For the month of July, discover the benefits of Long Term Care Insurance.

The Long Term Care Producer Group (LTCPG) has been helping USU Alumni with their Long Term Care planning and insurance needs for many years. They work closely with all of the top-rated Long Term Care insurance companies in America to be absolutely positive that Alumnus needs are met, and to be sure that if a Long Term Care insurance policy is the right answer, that the Alumnus gets the right policy, from the right company, for the right price.

LTCPG has arranged for permanent, premium discounts on Long Term Care insurance from most of the top-rated insurance companies for all members of the USU Alumni Association and for their immediate families.

Click on the following links to earn more about getting LTC insurance through Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company, Allianz Life Insurance Company, and LifeSecure Insurance Company.

For more information, call LTCPG directly at 800-788-8670.

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Alumni Social Networking Opportunities

Keep in touch and up-to-date with the latest, official news from your Utah State Alumni Association on the following social networking services:

  Find us on Facebook
  Follow us on Twitter
  Find us on Linked in
  Connect with USU inCircle

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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 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). Click here to read more about the legislation that allows USU to provide this great opportunity.

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


1968 Rodeo Club

Row One (top): J. Fain, D. Naegle, D. Obehansley, President; C. M. Alcorn, L. Allen, A. Childe, L. Winterton, B. Smith, L. Jensen, G. Ostler, B. Reynolds.

Row Two (middle): A. Carter, B. Gappmayer, J. Johnson, L. McGuire, S. McGuire, D. Sorenson, S. Wirthlin, C. Tidwell, P. Smith, L. Budge, Secretary; E. Sower, N. Tout, L. Nalder, Dr. J. B. Grumbles, Advisor; K. Shields, C. Hunt, T. Buchanan.

Row Three (bottom): L. Nalder, Treasurer; B. Wilson, C. Crozier, J. Leavitt, L. Cowley, L. Pancheri, S. Clayson, J. Stearns.

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

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10th Annual "Aggie Car Show" 10th Annual "Aggie Car Show"

The 10th Annual "Aggie Car Show" will be held at Liberty Park in Ogden on Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. This car show has become a fan favorite with entries from all over the state as well as outside of Utah. The show is FREE to the public.

Car Entry Fee: $15 (pre-registered), $20 (day of show), $10 (cars for sale)

Fee Includes:
*Poker run
*Music by Craig Chambers
*Door prize tickets
*Pioneer Days rodeo tickets
*Aggie Ice Cream
*Aggie t-shirt (first 100)

There will be 15 categories for trophies. Winning entries will be featured in the Ogden Pioneer Days Parade on July 24, 2009.

Click here to register online or call 1-800-291-2586.

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USU Alumni Band Summer Concerts Alumni Band

With a history of 47 consecutive seasons, Utah State University's Alumni Band has a rich tradition of bringing summer entertainment to Cache Valley. The dedicated musicians who contribute their time and talents to the band return for the 2009 summer season. Come enjoy free concerts during the months of July and August!

Concert Dates & Information:

* Sunday, July 19th- Concert on the USU Quad at 7:00 pm

* Sunday, July 26th- Concert on the USU Quad at 7:00 pm

* Sunday, August 2nd- Concert at the Kent Concert Hall at 7:00 pm

FREE Admission to all concerts.

Click here for more information.

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Celebrate America Show- "Yankee Doodle Dazzle" Celebrate America Show

The 10th Annual Celebrate America Show will take place September 2-5, 2009 at the USU Ballroom.

Come see the amazing, velvet-voiced Celebrate America Singers, with the distinguished  Larry Smith Orchestra and the acclaimed (Rockettes-style) Dancers. They will perform such timeless favorites as In the Mood, Pennsylvania 6-5000, and I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo. Don't miss what promises to be the best show ever!

Click here to download a flyer with more information.

Click here to visit the Celebrate America Show website.

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Save the Date: Homecoming 2009 Homecoming 2009

Utah State's Homecoming weekend will be held September 24-26th. Check the Homecoming website for updates and more information on activities and other events.

The Homecoming football game will be played against Southern Utah on Saturday, September 26th at 6pm at Romney Stadium.

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Save the Date: Football Pregame Parties USU Football Pregame Parties

Mark your calendars for the following Football Pregame Parties sponsored by the Alumni Association:

* Thursday, September 3rd- USU vs. Utah

* Saturday, September 12th- USU vs. Texas A&M

* Friday, October 2nd- USU vs. BYU

Check the Pregame/Tipoff Parties page for more details!

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Utah County Swim Party Utah County Swim Party

All Utah County Aggies are invited to a swim party at Scera Pool in Orem, UT on Friday, July 17, 2009! Bring the kids, have fun in the sun, and catch up with friends.

Date: Friday, July 17, 2009

Scera Pool
701 South State Street
Orem, UT



6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


$15 for the entire family

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Weber County Golf Tournament Weber County Golf Tournament

Come meet the USU golf team and play golf with other Aggies at the Weber County Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 15, 2009. The tournament will be held at Riverside Golf Course in Ogden, UT.

Visit the chapter site for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009

Riverside Golf Course
5460 S. Weber Dr.
Ogden, UT


1:30 pm

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Denver Chapter- Colorado Rockies Baseball Game Colorado Rockies Baseball

Come join fellow Aggies on Saturday, August 22, 2009 to watch the Colorado Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants!

Game starts @ 6:10 pm at Coors Field. Click Here for directions to the ballpark.

Visit the chapter site for more information.

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Phoenix Chapter- Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Game AZ Diamondbacks Baseball

Come join fellow Aggies on Saturday, August 29, 2009 to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Houston Astros!

Enjoy a pre-game social @12:15 pm.

Game starts @ 1:10 pm at Chase Field. Click here for directions to the ballpark.

Visit the chapter site for more information.

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A Letter from the Executive Director Patty Halaufia

Dear USU Alumni,

As the new Executive Director of the Utah State Alumni Association, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my excitement at the prospect of working again with alumni members, volunteers, and students. I have enjoyed my career at USU, and I am thrilled to be continuing my career here at the Alumni Association.

For the past four years, I had the wonderful opportunity to work in university advancement. While I will miss my colleagues and fellow staff members, I am looking forward to contributing my skills and abilities to help the Alumni Association better serve you, our esteemed alumni.

I want to remind you that the USU Alumni Association is here to serve the alumni and the university as a whole. As always, I would love to hear any of your feedback or suggestions on ways we can better serve you.

We look forward to hearing from you! Go Aggies!

Best Regards,

Patty Halaufia

USU Alumni Association Executive Director

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USU Greats- Marie Veibell

When Marie Veibell graduated from Utah State University in 1947, the campus had 29 buildings and 4,068 students, up from 920 in 1944 during World War II. During the last 61 years, USU has seen tremendous growth in these areas. Today there are nearly 200 buildings and more than 23,000 students and Ms. Veibell has enjoyed playing a small part in this growth. 

“People need a little help sometimes, and if you can help one person then they can help somebody else and it’s a great cycle,” she said. “I started giving just a little bit to Utah State a few years after I graduated, once I’d had time to get established, and I’ve given every year since.”

She enjoys reading about USU in the newspapers and seeing how it has grown and all the research its students and faculty are doing.

“It is interesting to see the campus grow and see all the new buildings popping up because that’s the reason I give—to help the university build itself up and offer more to its students and to the world. It can’t grow without money, and it takes donations from a lot of people to make a difference.”


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Southern States Historical Tour Photo Gallery

Check out the newly posted photo gallery of the May 2009 Southern States Historical Tour! Southern States Historical Tour Group

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Travel Opportunities


Hawaii Fall Trip: November 3-9, 2009 Hawaii Fall Trip

Join other Aggies in Oahu for fun in the sun and football! The base price of $1, 175.00 (plus tax) includes:

* Round-trip airfare to Honolulu from Salt Lake City

* 5-nights of accommodation at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

* Round trip transfers between the airport and hotel

Airline reservations are very limited. Make reservations today by calling Columbus Travel at 800-373-3328 ext. 2015.

Click here to download complete trip details.


Cathedrals of Great Britain with Dr. Craig Jessop: June 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.

More details to come!

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Class Notes

Read the Class Notes

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Current Athletic & Summer Camp Schedules

Click here for the current schedules of all Aggie athletics.

Click here for information about all summer Aggie athletics camps.

USU Football Season Tickets On Sale Now!

Photo from Athletics website

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Aggies Have Fair Showing At U.S. Nationals And Junior Nationals USU Track & Field

Three members of the Utah State men's track and field team competed at the United States Track & Field Nationals and Junior Nationals this weekend. Aggies senior Nick Karren, junior Steve Strickland and freshman Bryce Hall performed well in the 400 hurdles, 3,000m steeplechase and the junior nationals shot put and discus, respectively.

"Nationals is the biggest platform for track and field athletes and we are proud to have all three of them perform well and represent Utah State on a national stage," USU veteran head coach Gregg Gensel said.

On Thursday, USU junior Steve Strickland competed in the first round of the 3,000sc and clocked in at 8:57.45, collecting 18th. Strickland's time was not quite fast enough to advance to the next round of the competition. He missed qualifying for the next round by four spots. The 14th-place finisher, Adidas' Luke Watson clocked in at 8:45.23.


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Senior Hammer Thrower Earns All-American Honors At NCAA Championships

Larson Named America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the WeekKrista Larson

Krista Larson of the Utah State women's track and field team has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of June 8-14. The weekly USU award is chosen by a statewide media panel.

Larson, a native of Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-American honors by finishing ninth in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. She threw for a distance of 194-03 (58.21m), tabbing ninth-place and earning All-America status by being among the top eight American finishers. Larson launched her All-American throw on her sixth and final throw.

Larson becomes USU's first female overall All-American since Jennifer Twitchell earned the honor in 2007 at the Indoor National Championships and the first female for outdoor track and field since Shae Jones-Bair in 2000. Overall, Larson is the eighth Aggie woman to earn All-American accolades. Larson is the first USU female hammer thrower to earn All-American honors and only the third field athlete.


Photos from Athletics website

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93 USU Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-WAC Honors This Spring USU Athletics

The Western Athletic Conference announced its spring all-academic teams on Wednesday and Utah State had 93 student-athletes recognized as 58 earned all-academic team honors, while 35 more were named to the academic all-freshman/transfer team.

Utah State's 58 academic honorees from its spring sports were by far the most in the league as Fresno State was second with 43, followed by New Mexico State (41), Nevada (37), Hawai'i (31), Louisiana Tech (29), Idaho (26), Boise State (25), and San Jose State (20).


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