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    VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 10 October 2009     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Dr. Marion BishopMarion Bishop

You learn things as you go. This has been a guiding principle in the life of Dr. Marion Bishop. A Cache Valley native, coming to USU was a natural choice for Marion. Both of her parents are alums, as are two of her four brothers and paternal grandparents.

After graduating in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in English, Marion’s love for language and literature led her to New York University, where she completed a master’s degree and PhD in English and American Literature.  With several degrees in her possession, Bishop started teaching college English at NYU. From NYU, Bishop went on to teach at Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), Columbia College (Chicago, IL), and Bentley College (Waltham, MA).

During her time at Bentley, Marion, an already extremely accomplished woman, made a life altering decision. In her early thirties, Marion found a “confidence and clarity [she] had lacked as a younger woman”. Armed with the desire and confidence to pursue a dream, Marion decided to make a dramatic career switch and go to medical school. Although Marion enjoyed teaching English, as she put it, “I realized if I didn’t go for it I would hate myself and find myself at 60, full of regret.”

11 years after receiving her bachelor’s degree, Marion returned to Utah State University to complete the necessary pre-requisites for medical school.  During the two years she spent back at USU, Bishop founded Women in Medicine, a group dedicated to encouraging women to pursue careers in the health sciences. Marion attended four years of medical school at the University of Utah and in 2007, completed a three-year Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She now works as an ER doctor at Evanston Regional Hospital, in Evanston, WY.

Bishop is committed to encouraging young women to follow their hearts and heads; most importantly, she follows her own advice. She has received recognitions and awards in both of her career fields, as well as published articles and essays in both journals and books.

After years of living all over the country, Marion and her husband, Brian Jurena, have recently moved back to Cache Valley, where they are enjoying remodeling an old home and taking their young daughter for walks on the USU campus.

Dr. Marion Bishop is living proof of what can happen if you’re willing to learn as you go.

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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The New Official MasterCard of Utah State University - Practical Money Skills for Life
Official Mastercard of Utah State

Credit cards can be powerful financial tools for you and your family, and as with all financial tools, they need to be used carefully. Partners First and the USU Alumni Relations have worked together to create a helpful guide that outlines the basics of credit cards and the responsible use of credit.

Click here to view the Practical Money Skills for Life guide.

Your new USU Rewards MasterCard is available exclusively through the Alumni Association. A percentage of all your purchase comes back to USU and fund Alumni Association activities such as Homecoming, chapter events, student scholarships and more!

Don’t forget to bring your new USU MasterCard and get double points at most locations on campus (Athletics Ticket Office, USU Theatre Ticket Office, Aggie Ice Cream, USU Bookstore, USU Dining Services, and more!)

Click here for details.

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Featured Alumni Benefit- Career AGGIE

You may be a True Aggie, but are you a Career AGGIE?Featured Benefit

There are a variety of benefits available to all USU Alumni. Each month we feature a specific benefit for all former Aggies. For the month of October, discover the benefits of Career AGGIE.

The graduating class of 2009 left Utah State in a time of decreasing hiring for new college graduates following six years of double digit increases.  Due to the outstanding education received at Utah State, graduates launched their careers with government agencies or in the global marketplace, while others went onto attend professional and graduate schools across the country.  At this time the class of 2010 needs your help!   

Start by promoting the hiring of Utah State students and alumni for internship or permanent positions either as a hiring manager for your organization or in a conversation with your HR Department.  Career Services will happily arrange your visit to campus to: interview candidates, attend fairs and expos, visit classes/student clubs, and connect with key faculty.  If you are unable to make it to campus, please forward internship/job openings for notification to students and faculty.  Our online system, Career AGGIE, allows a large number of highly qualified students and alumni to view your openings online. 

Featured BenefitAdditionally, we invite you to join the over 1,500 alumni serving as mentors to current students.  You may answer their questions regarding your career path, share insights about your organization, and provide real-world advice based on your own career success.  

Lastly, Career Services is available to help you as you seek employment or change careers. You are welcome to use Career AGGIE and Applicant Search, two excellent online tools, to search job openings, research employers, network with fellow alums, and attend all fairs/expos.  The career coaches at Career Services can assist alumni at all professional levels. 

Visit our website at or find us on Facebook to make the Aggie connection for any of the services outlined above.  Anytime you visit campus, feel free to stop by—our favorite visitors are alumni who come back to hire our students. The career coaches at Career Services work diligently in helping students and alumni obtain meaningful employment over a lifetime.  

By Donna Crow, Executive Director, Career Services 

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$18.88 Club - NEW Young Alumni Giving Society $18.88 Club

Named in honor of Utah State University's founding year, the $18.88 Club is an exciting new giving society for young alumni (40 and under). As a member of the $18.88 Club, you have the unique opportunity to become a Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association and to give back to your alma mater through the Aggie Fund - all for a small contribution each month.

Click here for more information and to join online.

*All contributions of $18.88/month or more, or single gifts of $225 or more, are eligible for membership in the $18.88 Club.

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Complimentary Alumni 2010 Calendar for Sustaining Members2010 Alumni Calendar Preview

There are many benefits for being a sustaining member of the USU Alumni Association, one of which is a complimentary Alumni calendar.

Each year the Alumni Association chooses unique photos to provide you with a high quality, visually pleasing calendar. The upcoming 2010 calendar will have a vintage feel and include pictures of some of USU students' favorite memories and pastimes, such as the old bathtub races at the capitol building, pictured here to the right.

The calendar release date will be announced in a future newsletter.

Click here to find out more and become a sustaining member today!

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Liberty Mutual Alumni Discount Program Liberty Mutual

Watch your mailbox because Liberty Mutual will be offering an auto and home insurance program exclusively for Utah State University alumni.

You can learn about this program by going to, calling 800-524-9400, or calling your local sales office.

Plus, click the image below to vote for USU Football Coach Gary Anderson as the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Div I-A!

Vote Gary Anderson for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year

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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


1955 Student Council

Row 1 (L to R): Mark Blackham, Van Dunn, LaConna Purser, Sidney Peterson, Josh Nash, Burke Mattson, Ross Allen.

Row 2 (L to R): Gary Hansen, Don Hull, Hack Jolley, Lorna Mason, Bob Evans, Dave Frank, Dean MaeWelling.

Row 3 (L to R): Pat Hurren, Mike Hawie, Sandra Williams, Maceyo Vaughan.

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

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Aggie Homecoming 2009 Recap & Survey

Homecoming 2009

Homecoming Recap

USU alumni traveled from across the nation Homecoming weekend to celebrate a new and expanded multi-day Homecoming celebration the week of Sept. 21-26.

Click here for an extensive photo gallery of just some of the weekend's main events.

The annual Homecoming Parade Saturday on Main Street in Logan was led by Grand Marshal Eric Hipple and included other homecoming dignitaries: Alumni of the Year Gary and Karen Black and Young Alumnus of the Year Charisse Bremond Weaver.

New activities included a Silver Aggie Reunion, the Young Alumni Mixer and Classes Without Quizzes, which featured some of the university's most popular professors and guests teaching classes without the pressure of tests.

These new events were in addition to the traditional Homecoming Dance Friday night, the Aggie football game against Southern Utah University - which the Aggies won 53-34 - on Saturday and the always-popular "True Aggie Night" that was at midnight Friday.

One of USU's most beloved professors, Ross Peterson, taught Friday in a lecture titled "B.S. Baffles Brains: the Best History Lecture I Never Gave in 33 Years at USU." Peterson is well known by former students from across campus for his engaging wit, profound knowledge and entertaining teaching style.

Dr. Alan Parrish taught a class Friday about John A. Widtsoe, the father of Extension who changed the face of the American West with his work in irrigation and dry farming. Widtsoe was president of Utah Agricultural College (USU's former name) and the University of Utah and an LDS General Authority. Parrish wrote a book the life of Widtsoe.

Homecoming week also was scheduled in conjunction with College of Agriculture Week, so events Saturday included the traditional Ag Day barbecue - always a crowd favorite - featuring Utah's best agricultural products.

Aggie Homecoming Weekend Survey

We’re glad you could attend the first Aggie Homecoming Weekend and hope you enjoyed your time on campus, especially the exciting football game that ended with the Aggies first win of the season.   We’d like to know what you thought about the weekend to help us with our planning for next year.   We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes and complete a short survey about the weekend’s activities. 

Click here to take the Aggie Homecoming Weekend Survey.

Your comments are completely anonymous. Thank you. We appreciate your feedback.

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Homecoming 2009 Parade Float Winners

1st Place Winner:
USU Theatre Department Part 1
1st Place Winner:
USU Theatre Department Part 2
1st Place: USU Theater Department 1st Place: USU Theater Department
2nd Place Winner:
USU Ambassadors
3rd Place Winner:
USU Deaf Education Student Association

2nd Place: USU Ambassadors

3rd Place: USU Deaf Education Student Association

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"UP" Postcard Contest Winners

The University Advancement Services office would like to thank all alumni who participated in the "UP" postcard contest. There was an overwhelming response to the contest. 20 prize winners were chosen. The winners are located around the U.S. from Florida to Texas to the Wasatch front back to Cache Valley. The grand prize was a gift card for a free iPhone, other prizes included gift cards to the Olive Garden, Outback Steak House, Shell Gas Station, The Gap and many more.  Other prize winners won Aggie Gear including a blanket, t-shirts, sweatshirt and much more.

Winners were drawn at the Young Alumni Mixer during Aggie Homecoming Weekend.

Contest Winners:

Carolyn M. Hoefer

Jenny E. Run

Whitney Hales

Boyd A. Humpherys

Jeff R. Bryner

David Wampler

Steven V. Bender

David M. Ringle

Erin Nicole Cottle

Alan Fremont Hamisch


Nolan G. Harper

Matthew B. Hill

Jeffrey Scott Hunt

Patrick R. Jolley

Mari Vawn Tinney

Billie Reese

Derek M. Smith

Kyle M. Yost

Nathan E. Welch

Andrew Harris Burgon

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Hawaii Pre-Game PartyUSU Football Pregame Parties

Hawaii Aggies won't want to miss out on the Alumni Association Pre-Game Party on Saturday, November 7!

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Hawaii time)


Hilton Hawaiian Village

Cost: $30

If you are interested in attending this event, please e-mail Alumni Relations at Include Hawaii Pre-Game Party in the e-mail subject line.

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Alumni Tip-Off Parties - SAVE THE DATE!USU Football Pregame Parties

Join the USU Alumni Association and fellow Aggies for the following Tip-Off Parties:

*USU @ Northeastern - November 21, 2009, Party Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

*USU @ Long Beach State - December 18, 2009, Party Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

*USU @ Boise State - February 11, 2010, Party Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

*USU @ San Jose State - February 13, 2010, Party Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Check the Tip-Off Parties page for more details!

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Arizona Chapter Aggie Family BBQArizona Chapter Event

Saturday, Nov. 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Riverview Park, Ramada #4 (park in the north parking lot)
2100 W 8th St in Mesa, near Dobson and the 202.

Join fellow Aggies for a fun family BBQ on Saturday, November 7! There will be a raffle for Aggie prizes at 12:15 pm. All money from the raffle goes directly to the Arizona Chapter Scholarship Fund.

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

RSVP by November 2.

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Alumni in Business - Charlie DensonCharlie Denson

You might wonder how one rises from assistant manager of a local shoe store to become co-president of its entire $19 billion corporation. Charlie Denson of Nike answers that one quickly: leave the country.

Soon after graduation from Utah State, Denson found work in Portland at the first retail store of a young company called Nike. But the real turning point in his career didn’t come until 20 years later, when partly out of “curiosity,” he took a position in Amsterdam as GM of the company’s European operations.

Upon entering his new conference room for the first time, Denson was floored.

“There were about 40 people speaking about 25 languages,” he remembers.

As a member of the majority in America, he had never felt uncomfortable in his work, he says, but in the Netherlands, he was at a “significant disadvantage.” Denson’s European assignment taught him sensitivity to other cultures and philosophies, which he maintains as paramount to his further success.

“I learned there’s more than one way to skin the proverbial cat,” he says. “My way wasn’t always the right way.”


Photo from Utah State Today

Story by Jeff Carr

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Dancing with Wolves: Natural Resources Alum Seeks BalanceEd Bangs

Since graduating from Utah State University in 1974, Ed Bangs has spent his days on conservation’s frontline — and the conflict is intense. Yet recent developments point to progress in a long journey tackling tough challenges in a delicate balancing act: How can humans and wild predators co-exist?

Just this fall, Montana and Idaho began issuing wolf hunting permits. For Bangs, who led U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf recovery efforts over the past two decades, those actions by the two Rocky Mountain states represent a significant victory in an enormously controversial process involving divergent stakeholders.

These wolf hunts, activities not held in decades, indicate that the wolf population has successfully rebounded from the brink of extinction. Gray wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act in most of the United States. The wolf was delisted in April 2009 in Montana, Idaho, eastern portions of Washington and Oregon and in areas of the Great Lakes, although wolves regained protected status in the latter region after a court challenge.


Photo from Utah State Today

Story by Jon Paulding & Mary-Ann Muffoletto

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USU Greats- Kay ToolsonUSU Greats - Kay Toolson

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Distinguished Executive Alumnus award winner in 2007 has had an impact on the life of Dolly Parton.

That bit of notoriety, however, is not what prompted school officials to give Kay Toolson the Huntsman School’s highest honor.

Toolson is the chairman and CEO of the Monaco Coach Corporation, a company based in Coburg, Oregon, that makes recreational vehicles. Celebrities such as Dolly Parton and actor Jackie Chan have ordered custom-made vehicles from Toolson’s company.

When Toolson and a partner purchased the company in 1987, it was bankrupt. At the time it was a small, specialty recreation vehicle manufacturer, recording $17 million in annual revenues. Now it is a thriving 5,400-employee company that makes a broad spectrum of recreational vehicles. It generates annual revenues in excess of $1.3 billion. Toolson bought out his partner in 1993 and is now the company’s largest individual shareholder.


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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 9-20, 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 Class Notes

Read the Class Notes to find out what's going on in the lives of successful Aggie Alumni everywhere!

Have you received a recent promotion, been involved in a community event, or traveled to an exotic destination? Do you ever wonder what other Aggies from your graduating class are up to?

Add your own Class Note!

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Current Athletic Schedules

Click here for the current schedules for all Aggie athletics.

Click here to view the 2009 Football Media Guide.

USU Football Season Tickets On Sale Now!

Photo from Athletics website

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Former USU Basketball Player Ed Epps Passes AwayEd Epps

Former Utah State basketball player Ed Epps passed away this week near his hometown of Washington, D.C., after a long battle with stomach cancer.

Epps was a standout forward/guard for Utah State from 1969-71 as he helped the Aggies to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1970 and 1971. During the 1969-70 season, Epps hit a 22-foot jumper with 13 seconds left to beat Santa Clara, 69-68, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He then scored 10 first-half points against UCLA in the Elite Eight as USU's season ended just one game short of the Final Four. Utah State finished that magical year with a 22-7 record and a final national ranking of No. 16 in the country.

Epps, who prepped at Cardoza High School in Washington, D.C., transferred to Utah State after spending one season at Ft. Pierce (Fla.) Junior College. During his sophomore season at USU, Epps was the Aggies' second-leading scorer and finished the year averaging 13.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, Epps scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Aggies to a 97-94 home win against Brigham Young.

Story & Photo from Athletics website

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Aggie Football Joins TwitterAggie Football on Twitter

Fans can now follow Utah State football through Twitter.

Aggie head coach Gary Andersen and the USU football program can now be reached via its Twitter page, and fans can receive updates on Aggie football at the USU Football official Twitter page, on their mobile phone, via instant messaging or through e-mail.

The football program is one of the many Utah State programs as well as the Utah State Athletics Department to have Twitter pages.

"This is a great way to get information out to fans as well as recruits," Andersen said. "The more they know and learn about our program, Utah State and Cache Valley, the better."

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and receive updates, known as "tweets." "Tweets" are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to other people who are known as "followers." All users must create accounts to join.

Fans can follow the Aggie football program at Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at

Story from Athletics website

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