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    VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 6 June 2009     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Richard & Linda Eyre Richard & Linda Eyre

Richard and Linda Eyre are two Aggies who continually influence the success of individuals and families around the world. The parents of nine children, four sons and five daughters, Richard and Linda know a thing or two about successful parenting. Their own experiences and accomplishments as parents led to what is now a well established, celebrated literary and speaking career.

Born and raised in Logan, Richard had no trouble deciding that Utah State was the place where he wanted to attend college. Linda grew up in Montpelier, Idaho, and decided to come to USU after she was offered a music scholarship. Richard and Linda were very active Aggies during their time at USU. Richard played on the tennis and freshman basketball teams, and was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Blue Key. When Richard’s vie for student body president fell short, he spent his time running a national student campaign for presidential candidate George Romney. Linda was involved in her fair share of activities and organizations including Angel Flight Commander, Blue Key Darling, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi. She was also instrumental in establishing the Mortar Board at USU. Richard graduated from USU with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science while Linda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Richard and Linda both feel that the greatest part of parenting is seeing their children become great parents. In fact, Linda recently published a book with her daughter Shawni, entitled A Mother's Book of Secrets, Keys to Making Motherhood More Manageable, Meaningful and Magnificent. The Eyres never really planned on having a writing or speaking career. Linda described that she and Richard started writing about parenting to survive their own kids. Together they have authored or co-authored 33 books on parenting and life balance, and have made appearances on Oprah and the Today Show. The Eyres’ writing career took off when their book, Teaching Your Children Values, made it to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller’s List.  

In conjunction with their impressive publishing career, the Eyres also give around 100 speeches per year across the globe. Much of their worldwide travel has been with the Young President's Organization in Europe, Latin America, The Middle East, China, India, Southeast Asia and Australia. They have spent summers living in Japan, Mexico, and Kenya, doing humanitarian service at a Romanian orphanage, and building a log cabin in the wilderness of Eastern Oregon.

Both of the Eyres have enjoyed many distinctions and successes. Linda has been honored as the Utah Young Mother of the Year, and was named as one of America's Six Outstanding Women by the National Association of Women.  She also served on the Utah State Board of Trustees for four years. After he graduated from USU, Richard went on to obtain a master’s degree at BYU and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Over the years he has planned and ran many successful political campaigns in Utah to build Symphony Hall, restore the Capitol Theater, save the Hogle Zoo, expand the Central Utah Project, and renovate and expand the Salt Palace. Together, Richard and Linda developed and founded Joy Schools, a pre-school curriculum that has been subscribed to by more than 200,000 families worldwide.

True Aggies at heart, despite their busy schedule, the Eyres have continued to be involved with Utah State. They have sponsored many scholarships and recently founded the Richard and Linda Eyre Initiative for Work/Family Balance, which includes a new USU class designed to help students prepare for a successful marriage and parenthood experience. Although their travels will continue to take them far, a part of the Eyres will always reside at Utah State.

Click here to learn more about the Eyres.


Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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USU Alumna Among 'The TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People' Nora al-Faiz one of 'The Time 100'

USU Alumna Nora al-Faiz was among the individuals named as ‘The TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential’ for 2009. Earlier this year, al-Faiz was appointed as the Deputy Minister for Women’s Education in Saudi Arabia. In an interview with CNN, al-Faiz said, "I'm very proud to be nominated and selected for such a prestigious position. I hope that other ladies, females, will follow in the future."

Nora al-Faiz is the first woman minister in Saudi history. She received her bachelor’s from King Saud University and graduated with her master’s degree in education from Utah State in 1982. Al-Faiz’s appointment represents the small, but significant changes that have been occurring in the Saudi government under the rule of King Abdullah.  After her appointment, al-Faiz remarked "Now I am the deputy minister, and my door is open and accessible".

Click here to read the TIME magazine article.

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USU Alumnus Wins Prestigious Pushcart Prize Ben Quick

Ben Quick, who earned his master’s degree in American Studies from USU in 2006, recently won the prestigious Pushcart Prize for “The Boneyard”, an essay featured in the March/April issue of Orion Magazine.

The Pushcart Prize is a coveted award presented by Pushcart Press. Work by the prize winners, representing the best poetry, short fiction and essays published by small presses and magazines during the previous year, is assembled and published in an annual anthology. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to nominate up to six works they have featured. The annual anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976.


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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- GradMed® Short Term Medical Coverage

Featured Benefit- GradMed

There are a variety of benefits available to all USU Alumni. Each month we will be featuring a specific benefit available to all former Aggies. For the month of June, check out the benefits of GradMed®.

As a recent graduate, you may find yourself in need of temporary health insurance coverage.  We sponsor GradMed® Short Term Medical to help you fill your coverage gap and help protect you and your bank account from large expenses due to an accident or unexpected illness. Coverage can start the day after receipt of your application. 

Click here to get more information, receive a rate quote or apply for coverage.

Contact the plan administrator at 1-800-922-1245.

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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


1970 Engineering Week Queen & Attendants

Left to Right: Barbara Kowall, Sharon Sadler, Tina McMurdie

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

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

The 2nd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon is Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 11:00am – 10:00pm. Enjoy group discounted tickets. Plus, join the group at the Davis Pavilion at 6 pm for Aggie Ice Cream and more!

Click here to purchase your tickets today! Tickets will be mailed beginning June 15. No free parking is available for this event.

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

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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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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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Treasure Valley Chapter Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament & Barbecue Treasure Valley Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament & BBQ

For the 13th straight year, the Treasure Valley Scholarship Golf Tournament & Barbecue has been the prime fundraiser for an annual scholarship that goes to a Treasure Valley student to attend USU. Come out and support this Utah State event & have a great time visiting with Aggie friends from throughout Southwest Idaho. There will be lots of prizes awarded in both Men's and Ladies' flights, along with golf balls, shirts, clubs, sweaters, hats and other Aggie gear.

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009
Location: Eagle Hills Golf Course

8:00 am      Registration
8:30 am      Tee-off
12:30 pm    Barbeque & Prizes


$100       Hole Sponsorship, Advertising
$120       2 Golf, Barbecue, & Scholarship donation            
$60         1 Golf, Barbecue, & Scholarship donation
$25         Barbecue ONLY (per person)

RSVP: Ken Ferguson (208) 887-9419

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Oregon & SW Washington Chapter BBQ & Molalla Buckaroo RodeoOregon & SW Washington Chapter BBQ & Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo

Dust off your boots and cowboy hats for the Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo and BBQ. Kick off with a Backyard BBQ at the home of Dale and Linda Settje located within walking distance to the carnival and Rodeo.

Plus, participate in a raffle for Aggie Gear to support the Oregon/Southwest Washington Aggie Alumni Scholarship Fund to award scholarships to local students.

Click here to visit the chapter website.

Date: Friday, July 03, 2009
Location: 822 East 7th Street, Molalla, OR

3:00 pm      BBQ Starts
8:00 pm      Rodeo Starts


$15   per person for Rodeo
$5     per person for BBQ
Ages 6 and under FREE with paying adult

Menu: Hot Dogs/Hamburgers, Beans, Salads, Chips & Aggie Ice Cream
RSVP: Dale Settje (503)829-2086 by June 26

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Halaufia Will Direct USU Alumni Relations, Foundation Patty Halaufia

Long-time Utah State University administrator Patty Halaufia has been named head of the Alumni Relations office at the university. Halaufia, currently executive director of the USU Foundation, assumed her new duties as executive director of Alumni Relations Friday, June 5.

She will continue as executive director of the foundation, a position she has held since 2006. As foundation director, she re-energized the board, turning it from a 10-member board into a 30-member organization whose members are taking an active part in the university’s current capital campaign and its investment actions.

She served in the Alumni Relations office from 1994-2004, including five years as associate director and five years as assistant director.


Photo from Utah State Today

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Traditions Story- The Days of the Intercollegiate Knights & Spurs

1950 Intercollegiate KnightsUtah State has a long tradition of being a service oriented university. In earlier days, when USU was known as the Utah Agricultural College, male and female underclassmen had the unique opportunity to be involved in the national service organizations of the Intercollegiate Knights and the Spurs.

The Intercollegiate Knights started as a service organization for underclassman at the University of Washington in 1919. Originally known as the Knights of the Hook, this national honorary service fraternity officially became the Intercollegiate Knights in 1922. In 1924 students at Utah State University attempted to form their own IK chapter, but after a dispute with the school administration the university president declared “There will be no IK chapter on this campus”.

Intercollegiate Knights & SpursUndaunted by the lack of university support, the chapter re-organized off campus and became known as the "Be-no" chapter. Although the chapter was not initially recognized by university, the students embraced the Intercollegiate Knights. The sophomore young men that comprised the IK's were known for their exceptional scholastic achievements, dedication to service, and commitment to student activities. Deemed the "handy men" of campus, IK members regularly ushered at men's basketball games and assemblies, performed traditional armor initiations every winter, and were "prominent in the limelight of student activity" (1950 Buzzer). Members of the IK were recognized on campus by their sweaters bearing the IK emblem. 

In conjunction with the Intercollegiate Knight brotherhood, for several decades Utah State also had a Spur chapter, a national honorary service organization created for female underclassmen, on campus. The 1950 Buzzer stated that "the purpose [of the Spurs] is to promote school activities and their motto is 'at your service'".

1950 SpursEvery Tuesday sophomore co-ed's would wear their Spur uniforms consisting of a white skirt, white sweater adorned with a blue spur emblem, white shirt, blue necktie, spur pin, and blue and white saddle shoes. Every spring on A-Day, new members would be initiated into the Spur sisterhood with an early morning breakfast and pledge ceremony. Spur members were known for their brilliant personalities, leadership capabilities, and scholastic excellence. In addition to the many charity drives, activities, and dances organized and sponsored by the Spurs, these Aggie ladies were regularly seen at football and basketball games performing stunts as part of the regular half time show. Every fall the Spurs would also welcome new female residents into the residence halls.

Eventually, the national Spurs organization was dissolved and the Intercollegiate Knights "Beno" USU chapter was disbanded. Today Aggies continue their commitment to service through involvement with the Val R. Christensen Service Center and other organizations on campus. Although the days of the Spurs and Intercollegiate Knights are past, service will always be a heralded tradition at Utah State University.


Story by Clarissa Fidler

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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

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Current Athletic & Summer Camp Schedules

Click here for the current schedules of all Aggie athletics.

Click here for the USU 2009 Football schedule.

Click here for information about all summer Aggie athletics camps.

USU Football Ladies Clinic

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Four USU Track & Field Athletes Bound For NCAA National Championships

Parker, Larson, Strickland & Karren all headed to Fayetteville, Ark.Nick Karren, Krista Larson, Casey Parker & Steve Strickland

Utah State is sending four athletes to the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships Wednesday–Saturday, June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark., hosted by the University of Arkansas. Two seniors and two juniors are heading to face competition from all across the nation.

Seniors Nick Karren (400m hurdles) and Krista Larson (hammer throw) and juniors Casey Parker (high jump) and Steve Strickland (steeplechase) will be representing the Aggies this weekend in Fayetteville.

Larson earned an at-large bid to go the NCAA National Championships in the women’s hammer throw, while the other three eared their spots by finishing in the top three at the NCAA West Regional Championships.

“We’re ecstatic to be sending four athletes to the NCAA’s,” veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel said.  “All four are terrific kids and I’m so happy for them that all of their hard work and dedication is rewarded with the honor of representing Utah State at the National Championships.”


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USU’s Five Conference Championships Results in a Fourth Place WAC Commissioner’s Cup Finish

USU Athletics

Utah State completed one of its most successful athletic seasons in school history during the 2008-09 academic year with five conference championships, which resulted in a fourth-place finish in the seventh annual Western Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings that were announced by the league office on Tuesday.

During the 2008-09 academic year, Utah State won WAC titles in men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer, men’s basketball and men’s outdoor track & field.  Those five conference championships are the most for USU in its four years in the WAC, and tied for the most in school history.  USU also won five Big West Conference team titles in both 1994 and 1998.


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Aggie Men Are WAC Champions, Women Finish Fourth Aggie Men are WAC Champs, Women Finish Fourth

USU Men Nab Second Outdoor Conference Crown In Three Years

Utah State’s men’s team won the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium, as the Aggies won their second outdoor conference crown in the last three years.

“It’s always sweet to win at home, there’s nothing like it; you get to win it in front of the people you work with, the people that love you and the people that admire the program. I think it’s a treat for all of them because these kids are great kids and for them to win in front of their home crowd just makes it all the more sweeter,” an ecstatic Gregg Gensel, USU’s veteran head coach, who won his 23rd career Conference Coach of the Year Award, with his third such honor this year to go with his men’s and women’s cross country awards.

USU had 181 points, out-distancing second-place Idaho’s 138 points. On the women’s side, Utah State finished fourth with 112.50 points.


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