Aggie Insights E-newsletter
    VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 5 May 2009     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Billy Boen Billy Boen

Like so many USU alums, Billy Boen says that deciding to come to USU was one the best decisions he’s ever made.

Boen decided to come to USU because of the great campus life and the vast opportunities offered by the school of business. Eager to learn more about American culture and gain leadership experience, Billy joined the USU chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. In addition to his involvement with his fraternity, Boen also served as the president of PERMIAS, an Indonesian Student Organization, from 1996-1999. According to Boen, one of the biggest differences between studying overseas and studying in Indonesia was the quality of the professors. Boen remarked, “I wouldn't be who I am today, if the professors were not as committed to bringing the best out in their students”.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1999, Billy went on to receive a Masters of Business Administration cum laude from the State University of West Georgia, all by the time he was 22. Billy then moved back to his native Jakarta, Indonesia so that he could contribute and give back to his country the knowledge and expertise he gained while overseas. 

Now at the age of 30, Billy has reaped the benefits of his education with phenomenal success in the business world. He started his career in Indonesia working as a product line manager for Nike. In less than two years Boen had moved up to the position of sales and marketing manager. After a few years, Boen eventually took over as the General Manager for Oakley. Billy currently supervises over 500 employees as the head of the food and beverage division for the Hard Rock Café Jakarta, Hard Rock Café Bali, and Haagen Dazs, all of which operate as part of the MRA group. The MRA group has 35 operating units which run the Indonesian divisions of corporations such as Ferrari, Harley Davidson, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, FHM, Esquire, and Bvlgari jewelry.

Billy’s most recent triumph is the publication of his first book, Young On Top, a book directed toward people in their 20s and 30s who are looking to be successful in life and in the business world. In his book Billy offers advice such as 30 keys to success, some of which include being open minded, thinking positively, being on time, never giving up, and always going the extra mile. Although it took Billy two and a half years to finish the book, the fact that he is already a published author at the age of 30 speaks for itself.   

Always conscious of the needs that surround him, Billy recently founded the Share for Kids Foundation, a foundation that focuses on serving the needs of poor and orphaned children in Indonesia who have been affected by natural disasters and are in need of education and medical support. He is also the founder of the Indonesian Young Executives Community.

Naturally at ease in a group, Billy cites making friends as his hobby. “I like to socialize, meet new people, and network”. One important new person Billy met while at Utah State was his wife, Chatpalee Kiangsiri Boen. They are the parents of one little boy named James Chatphimuk. In December 2006, Billy and his family returned to the states and visited USU. Boen said that when he walked in the business building he was reminded of the amount of experience USU gave him during the crucial, preparation stage of his life. He also got a chance to catch up with some of his Sigma Chi brothers.  

Together the Boen family splits their time between Jakarta and Bali, “the island of paradise”.

Click here to read Billy's blog and find out more about his new book.


Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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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 from April 1, 2009 - August 31, 2009.

Your new USU Rewards MasterCard is available exclusively through the Alumni Association. Thank you for supporting us with our former Chase Bank Visa Card. Now that the Chase relationship has ended, 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 Benefit- Liberty Mutual Liberty Mutual

There are a variety of benefits available for being a USU Alum. Each month we will be featuring a specific benefit available to all former Aggies. For the month of May, check out the special savings available through Liberty Mutual.

Utah State University has teamed with Liberty Mutual to offer you Group Savings Plus®. This program allows you to purchase high-quality car and home insurance at a discounted rate through the convenience of checking account deductions or direct bill at home.

Click here for more information or call 1-800-524-9400 (Discounts and credits vary by state).

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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:


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USU ApplicantSearchTM- A Life-long Career Resource USU ApplicantSearch

USU ApplicantSearchTM, a cutting-edge and unique service designed to help match USU alumni with employers searching for great employees, has officially launched!

Designed to be useful whether you are an active jobseeker, a passive jobseeker, or not interested at this time (but possibly in the future), the service allows you to log in and create a comprehensive profile of your unique education, skills, experience, and preferences. You may upload your résumé, and complete a one-hour optional assessment of your thinking styles, behavioral traits relevant to work, and occupational interests. Best of all, there is no charge for this unique service!

Join the over 22,000 alumni of colleges and universities across the country, who have already participated!

Click here to create your profile. Use this same link to search the USU Alumni job board, and apply directly to jobs that you find interesting.
Click here if you are an employer who would like to request more information and a free employer login. 

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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

1971 Interfraternity Council

1971 Interfraternity Council

Front row: Peter Cook, Les Gravis, Don Hartel, Jeff Shulz, Doug Cranney, Morty Jenkins, Robert Souter
Row two: Bill Tennent, Dave Marcusen, Bob Gross, Lloyd Hann, Gary Cook, Brad Bell, Mark Warr, Harry Pewitt, Tyler McNiel

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

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Donny Osmond to Perform at Memorial Day Benefit Concert at USU

Donny Osmond

As Utah State's music department head, and soon to be theater arts department head, Craig Jessop has coordinated a benefit concert to raise funds in an effort to combat the tough economic times and support the students and faculty of both departments. The benefit concert will feature music star Donny Osmond, who will perform approximately 45 minutes of his acclaimed Las Vegas show playing at the Flamingo Hotel. Other performers will include the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, as well as rising artist Jessie Clark Funk.

The concert will be held on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 8:00pm in the Kent Concert Hall. Concert tickets are $48, $40, or $35.

A pre-concert "Dinner with Donny" will be held at 5pm at the newly completed Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan. Cost of the dinner is $250 per person or $2,000 for a table of eight. The dinner will be hosted by USU President Stan Albrecht and will be attended by Osmond.

To purchase tickets for the concert and "Dinner with Donny", visit the Caine School of the Arts Box Office online or call 435-797-8022. All proceeds from the dinner and concert will go to the USU Music and Theatre Arts Development and Scholarship funds.

Photo from Utah State Today

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

Mark your calendars! The 2nd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon has been scheduled for 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.

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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2009 Commencement Recap 2009 Commencement

On Saturday, May 2, this year's class of 2009 made the traditional processional from Old Main to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in the pouring-down rain. Commencement exercises were conducted by university president Stan Albrecht, while Utah Senator Robert F. Bennett served as the commencement speaker. Erin N. Cottle, valedictorian from the College of HASS, addressed the audience as the student commencement speaker.

2, 247 undergraduate students received bachelor's degrees. 470 graduate degrees were awarded at the graduate ceremony on Friday, May 1. Members of the Class of '09 came from 32 states and 18 countries.

Five honorary doctorate degrees were awarded to the following individuals: Robert F. Bennett, Senator for the State of Utah; Marc C. Bingham, entrepreneur and Utah businessman; Huey D. Johnson, pioneering conservationist and environmental policymaker; Bonnie D. Parkin, former general president of the Relief Society of for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Bertrand D. Tanner, eminent micrometeorologist and scientific entrepreneur. Tanner was honored posthumously.

Photo from Utah State Today

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A-Day Recap

A-Day 2009

A-Day began a hundred years ago as a day dedicated to cleaning up campus by removing the trash and debris revealed by the melted snow. This year marked the 100th Anniversary of A-Day: A Week of Service. The week of April 12th - 18th was filled with a wide variety of service projects, beginning on Monday with Campus Clean-up all day, as well as painting fire lane curbs red around campus. On Tuesday, students visited Legacy House to spend time with senior citizens and do activities with them. Students tied baby blankets for the hospital on Wednesday. All day Thursday there was a Jump Rope-A-thon for Cystic Fibrosis. Students then met on Saturday morning to clean the highway along the portion of Highway 89 that the Student Alumni Association has adopted.

A-Day 2009

Along with the service projects throughout the week, there was a wide variety of events and activities. Sunday night the intersection of 700 North and 800 East on campus was painted with the week’s logo. Tuesday night was the annual Midnight 5K fun run and mile walk. Despite rainy weather, a large number of students arrived to participate. Senior Celebration, a party for graduating students, was held on Wednesday night. The Comedy Sportz Improv Show entertained campus on Thursday evening. The culmination of events was the Day on the Quad all day Friday, which brought a wide variety of businesses and clubs along with several bands. The party didn’t end there! Friday night a large crowd of several thousand students gathered on the Quad for a dance party before True Aggie Night began at midnight. Several hundred couples climbed atop the A and under the light of the blue Aggie Pride light on Old Main and the lit A on the Mountain, they kissed and became True Aggies. There was even a proposal on the A!

Overall the week was a blast and a great success. Thanks to all those who organized, volunteered and sponsored to make it possible. To read more about the week, click here to read the ANAF Review – the newsletter of the Student Alumni Association.

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Davis County Aggie 5k Spring Run Off Davis County Aggie 5K

Join the fun with the Davis County Chapter’s Aggie 5K Spring Run Off Saturday, May 16, 2009. Registration begins at 7:00 am with the race commencing at 8:00 am. The race course starts at Utah Botanical Center’s Utah House, 920 South 50 West in Kaysville.

Everyone who pre-registers by May 14, 2009 will receive a t-shirt. Awards will be given to the top finishers in the men’s, women’s, teens’, and kids’ categories. After the race enjoy some delicious Aggie Ice Cream!

Click here to register online or call USU Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586. Proceeds from the event will go to the Davis County Scholarship Fund.

Be sure to check the chapter page for more upcoming spring and summer events.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009

7:00 am Registration
8:00 am Race Begins

Entry Fees:

$35.00 per family (includes 4 t-shirts, others available for additional charge)
$25.00 per individual
$20.00 Alumnus or USU Student
$25.00 Lazy Boy Division (not running but wish to donate)


RSVP by May 14, 2009.

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Denver Chapter 2nd Annual Aggie Family Picnic Denver Chapter 2nd Annual Aggie Family Picnic

The Denver Chapter will be holding its Second Annual Aggie Family Picnic on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 11:30am - 1:30pm. The picnic will be held at: Falcon Park in Highlands Ranch---8555 Fallbrooke Drive Highlands Ranch, CO.

Bring your own picnic and join your fellow Denver Aggies for some famous Aggie Ice Cream! Help support the Denver Chapter Scholarship Fundy by purchasing raffle tickets to win Aggie gear. Come rain or shine- they've rented the pavilions.

RSVP to or call Scott Bills at (303) 588-9104.

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Treasure Valley 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: By June 5 to Ken Ferguson at (208) 887-9419

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Executive Director of Alumni Relations Steps Down Alumni Association

Utah State University’s executive director of Alumni Relations, Wallace S. Odd II, announced he is stepping down to take a position in the private sector.

Odd accepted a position that involves work in international humanitarian efforts and economic development in Ethiopia. A USU alumnus, Odd served as executive director of Alumni Relations for three years. He was selected after a lengthy national search and returned to USU following extensive work in government and private sectors including the office of National Drug Control in the White House, president of a language translation company, senior executive with two civilian companies and a career in the U.S. Air Force.

In his resignation letter, Odd expressed his deep love for USU and his willingness to continue service as a volunteer. His resignation was effective May 1.


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Harrison Groutage Receives Professional Achievement Award Iva & Harrison Groutage

On Sunday, April 26, the USU Alumni Association was proud to present Harrison Groutage with a Professional Achievement Award for his continued pursuit of excellence and his commitment to the arts.

The life of Harrison Groutage reads like a long and colorful storybook.  A Cache Valley native, Groutage attended Utah State Agricultural College, now Utah State University, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Art.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of Utah in addition to his post-graduate work at the University of Iowa.  Groutage taught at Boise State University and the University of Utah before returning to USU where he had an illustrious career as a professor, a position he held for 32 years. During his tenure at Utah State, Groutage served as head of the Art Department for 10 years.  

Harrison Groutage is widely recognized for his artistic work in painting, printmaking, drawing and murals.  His work is included in over 500 private and public collections, and is recognized and honored in galleries throughout the nation.  He has participated in more than 80 one-man shows.  His works have received over 55 awards and honors, including the Utah Heritage Foundation Award for significant and unique contribution to art, the Aldro T. Hibbard Memorial Award for his painting “Mormon Country” displayed in the National Academy of Design in New York, and the Governor’s Award for 1999 Utah Artist of the Year.  Many of his paintings depict the varied and colorful landscape of Utah and the West. 

Mr. Groutage is married to Iva Lou Pilkington. Together they have three children, all of whom have graduated from Utah State University along with many of their grandchildren.  Mrs. Groutage is well known for her love of music, a love she passed on to her children.  In recent years, she has been recognized for her prize-winning quilts created with an eye towards unique color combinations and patterns. Her quilts have been featured in the American Heritage Quilt Show, and she has been a member of the Cache Valley Quilt Guild and the Utah Quilt Guild for many years. 

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A Legacy Five Generations Long and Counting

John Alexander and Celestia Snow Gardner followed their children to Utah State; little did they know the deep legacy they would leave for the university.  Even after many of their family becoming Aggies, one of their great-great grandsons still recognizes their significance at the university and in the community. John Alexander and Celestia Snow Gardner

The following stories are taken from John A.’s and his son, Robert’s, journals:

The couple had played a significant role in helping to settle the Pine Valley area in southwestern Utah. Four of their children had attended high school at the branch campus in Cedar City and then they started leaving for Logan to attend college. They taught school, received fellowships, did research for pay and saved their logging money for school.  John A. and Celestia loved Pine Valley, but they knew they would be left alone when all their children went off to college. So they sold their farm and moved to Logan, hoping to provide a home-base for their children.      

John A. tried farming in Logan, but he was getting too old, so he turned the farm over to a grandson. He then took a job as a night watchman at the college. John A. became a fixture on campus and liked to stake his cow on the lawn behind the college. In the morning, he could be seen going home from his nightly rounds, leading his cow.  Numerous jokes about him and his cow appeared in the school paper. Once, the famous Knute Rockne visited campus and John A. invited him to breakfast.  Celestia was probably unaware she was fixing an impromptu breakfast for a national hero, but her grandson, Alma Gardner knew better. He came hurrying to the house with three other men from the college football team and Celestia fed them all.  

And, when President E.G. Peterson and his wife arrived on campus to occupy the President’s Cottage, Mrs. Peterson was startled the first night by a red-bearded face in the window.  John A. made it as funny as he could in the telling. They soon became accustomed to his nightly knock on the door, asking if all was well. Berta, one of John A.’s daughters, once took a business course at the college, but could not practice because she didn’t have a typewriter. So, John A., with his keys to all the rooms, was able to let her in to practice after the building was closed for the night.

Rob and Nellie Gardner (John A. and Celestia’s son) along with their daughter Ellen and her two brothers, Herbert and Wilford

Robert and Nellie Barker Gardner

Rob, John A.’s son, was nearly 17 years old when he completed the eighth grade in Pine Valley. In the fall of 1905, he went to Logan and entered the Brigham Young College (now Logan High School) as a first-year high school student. After a few years, Rob returned to Pine Valley as principal of the two-teacher Pine Valley School.  At the end of the school year, he went back to Logan to join his parents and the rest of his family. He enrolled at the Utah Agricultural College and worked part-time as a carpenter with the maintenance crew on the college campus. In the spring of 1916, he received his Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Agricultural Chemistry and Agronomy. Much more important than the degree, however, was the promise of marriage from Nellie Barker, an honors student who had graduated the previous year.

Their three children Ellen (Jones), Wilford, and Herbert were born in Logan, and would all later graduate from USU. Rob took a laboratory assistantship at the college, which led to a research position with the Colorado Experiment Station at Colorado State University, where he stayed for the rest of his career, spending some time researching in Puerto Rico and Turkey.

After graduating from Utah State Agricultural College, Wilford went on to get his Master’s and a Ph.D. from Iowa State. He was granted the National Science Foundation Senior Fellowship at Cambridge University, England and University of Wageningen, Netherlands. Wilford then taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Arizona, Tucson and served as Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. When he retired, he and his wife, Marjorie, moved to Cache Valley where he taught as an adjunct professor for a time. The university now gives out an award in their name, The Wilford R. and Marjorie C. Gardner Junior Faculty Travel Fellowships, the intent being to enhance the development of junior faculty at USU by supporting international travel for education, research or service. 

Don and Lorraine Barton with their children, Cheryl, Cheryl’s son, Jacob, and Christie, at Rob’s graduation with his wife, Kirsten, and their little girl, Ashlee (not pictured: Don and Lorrain’s son, Dave Barton)

Rob and Nellie’s daughter, Ellen, had four children, all of which graduated from USU (Lorraine (Barton), Marilyn (Robbins), Charles and Marvin). While Lorraine and her husband, Don, attended the university several important buildings were constructed, including Romney Stadium, Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building and Business Building.

Lorraine also had four children and they all graduated from USU as well (Rob, Cheryl, Christie and Dave). Rob is now the Director of Computer and Information Literacy (CIL) at USU. He graduated with a BA in 2001, an MBA in 2003 and will be finishing his Ph.D. in 2010. His wife, Kirsten, also attended USU, graduating with an AAS in 2001 and a BS in 2007. Their two children, Ashlee and Brynlee, attend the Child Development Lab at the children’s house on campus.  Rob’s brother, Dave, graduated with a BFA in Art and designed the logo now used by Utah State Alumni Relations.

Out of all of Rob’s favorite memories at USU – from becoming a True Aggie with his wife on Homecoming right below Gov. Leavitt and his wife to watching his favorite Aggie Basketball team made up of Shawn Daniels, Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown and Brennan Ray – the most obvious is finding his great-great grandma and grandpa’s (John A. and Celestia) graves in the Logan Cemetery and getting to ride his bike past them every day on his way to work.

From John A. all the way down to Rob, this family has seen changes and certainly made their mark at the university.  Although most of them grew-up outside of Cache Valley – many outside of Utah – they’ve all seemed to find their way back to the place where it all began.  


Story by Whitney Watts


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Merit Citations

On Thursday, April 16, 2009 at the Timbermine restaurant, the Weber County Alumni Chapter presented three Merit Citations to Charles 'Chick' Hislop, Darnel & Marie Haney, and Lowell & Kathleen Peterson. These Aggies were honored for their significant contributions to their local community. Stan L. Albrecht, 15th President of Utah State University served as the keynote speaker at the event. 


Charles 'Chick' Hislop Charles 'Chick' Hislop

The name of Charles ‘Chick’ Hislop is inseparably connected with the sport of track & field within the state of Utah.  His influence has been seen and felt at the high school level, as well as the collegiate level.  Chick graduated from USU with his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in 1959.  He then returned to his alma mater to earn his master’s degree in 1971 in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.  His coaching career began at Ben Lomond High School, where he coached track & field for 10 seasons.  Then, in 1969 he was named track & field head coach at Weber State College – a position he would hold for 38 years, which made him the longest tenured coach in the Big Sky Conference.  Under his leadership, the Wildcats made it to 101 Big Sky Championships, winning the District VII Championships in 1990 and 1991 in cross country. 

In 1991 he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year. That same year Weber State took 4th place in the NCAA tournament.  In 1996 Chick was named as the Assistant Coach for the men’s track & field team representing the United States at the Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is widely recognized as the foremost authority on steeplechase training and technique.  So magnificent are his accomplishments that Weber State University named the track in Stewart Stadium in his honor on January 4, 2007 – the same day that Governor Jon M. Huntsman declared as Chick Hislop Day.  He was inducted into the Weber State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. 

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Darnel Haney

Darnel Haney and his wife, Marie, have been active in their community for as long as anyone can recall. Both attended Utah State University, with Darnel earning two degrees – his bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts in 1965 and a master’s degree in Sociology in 1973. While a student at USU on an athletic scholarship, Darnel played varsity basketball for two years and football for one season, a sport in which he earned his letter. Darnel’s education at USU prepared him for a noteworthy career. He worked for 16 years at what was then Weber State College as Associate Dean of Students, and also found time to teach seminars throughout the state to school teachers, police departments, highway patrol, civic and other groups on drug prevention, motivation, and cultural awareness. He then went on to become Director of Student Affairs at Elyria Community College in Ohio.

Upon retirement he started a new career in art, enjoying painting and sculpture. Together with his two sons, he painted two murals at the Ogden River Parkway, and in 2006 he painted one of the horses provided by the Ogden City’s Pioneer Days Committee. The horse is currently on display at Ogden’s Union Station.  Darnel currently serves on the Weber County Sheriff’s Citizens Review Board and the Aging Boards for both Weber County and the State of Utah. During his career in higher education, Darnel inspired and encouraged many students, including minority students who were having a difficult time adjusting to a different cultural environment. Even in his retirement he receives letters and calls from former students thanking him for the help and guidance he provided that enabled them to reach their educational goals. 

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Lowell Peterson

Lowell Peterson and his wife, Kathleen, have been active Aggies for many years.  Both attended Utah State University, with Lowell graduating in 1961.  Shortly after graduation, a lifetime of service began when Lowell was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 1979. He went on to become a Utah State Senator in 1981, serving in that role for 5 years.  Following his departure from the Senate, Lowell served on the Weber County Commission, serving two years as chairman.  Lowell was instrumental in the design and construction of the Weber County Fairgrounds and Golden Spike Arena, as well as the founder and organizer of the first ever Weber County Fair.  He was also involved in the construction of the David Eccles Conference Center and in the restoration of Perry’s Egyptian Theater, both located in Ogden. 

Lowell has served as president of the Weber School District Foundation and as a member of the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America’s Lake Bonneville Council.  Lowell returned to Utah State University in 1993 for service on the Board of Trustees where he served for eight years, spending the last two years as chairman. He has also been involved with Utah State University’s Utah Botanical Center. Lowell and Kathleen are members of USU’s Old Main Society and they are lifetime Sustaining Members of the Alumni Association, as well as members of the Big Blue Club. 

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Travel Opportunities Southern States Historical Tour

Southern States Historical Tour

May 2-9th a group of USU Alumni took part in the “Southern States Historical Tour” with Dr. Ross Peterson. During the 8-day trip they visited Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah, GA, as well as Charleston, SC. The tour group also made stops at 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.

Check the alumni website photo gallery in the next few weeks to view pictures from the trip.

Photo by Mike Lorey

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Hawaii Fall Trip: November 3-9, 2009

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.

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Cathedrals of Great Britain with Dr. Craig Jessop: June 2010

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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Current Athletic Schedules

Click here for the current schedules of all Aggie athletics.

Click here for the recently announced USU 2009 Football schedule.

Photo from Athletics website

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Summer Aggie Athletics Camps Basketball Camps

Click here for information about all summer Aggie athletics camps.

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USU Football Staff to Hold Free Women’s Clinic Football Camp

Utah State’s football coaching staff will host a FREE football clinic for women to learn football skills, techniques and the ins-and-outs of the game at Romney Stadium on Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 pm

Click here for more information.

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USU in Good Standing with NCAA Following Latest APR Report USU Athletics

The NCAA released its latest multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) on Wednesday, May 6. The APR showed that Utah State’s student-athletes are remaining in school and making progress toward a degree. The report is based on APR information submitted by member institutions for the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR annually, based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each student-athlete on scholarship.


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150 Student-Athletes Recognized at Annual Whitesides Luncheon Whitesides Luncheon

Utah State's athletics department recognized 150 student-athletes for achieving a 3.2 grade point average at the 16th annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or have posted a 3.2 GPA during the last two semesters. In all, approximately 45 percent of USU's student-athletes earned a 3.2 GPA to qualify for the awards.

The top honorees during the luncheon were volleyball player Rebecca Anderson, and track athletes Tyler Ellis and Alison Taylor. It is the first time in the 54-year history of the award that three student-athletes have been honored as Joe E. Whitesides Award recipients.


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Pair of Former Aggie Football Players Sign as NFL Free Agents

De'von Hall and Rob Meyers

Former Utah State football players Rob Myers and De’von Hall recently signed rookie free agent deals, as Myers inked with the New York Jets while Hall signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Myers, a tight end, and Hall, a safety, were both among 14 rookie free agents signed by their respective teams.

Myers, who had 21 receptions for 320 yards with three touchdowns, led the nation’s tight ends with 15.2 yards per catch his junior season of 2007. His season was highlighted by being named the John Mackey National Tight End of the Week on Nov. 21, 2007 for his career-best outing of 117 yards on four catches with two TD’s in USU’s win at New Mexico State. However, Myers missed his senior season of 2008 with a preseason injury.


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Former Utah State Football Coach Bruce Snyder Dies Bruce Snyder

Former Utah State head football coach Bruce Snyder died Monday after a 10-month fight against cancer. Snyder was 69.

Snyder was the Aggies' head coach from 1976 to 1982, compiling a 37-38-2 (.494) record, leading USU to a pair of co-Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) titles in 1978 and 1979, including an unbeaten conference record of 4-0-1 in 1979. Snyder was named the PCAA Coach of the Year in 1978.


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