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    VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 12 December 2010     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Scott Ulbrich Scott Ulbrich

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Scott intended to spend his first winter break home from Utah State skiing with former ski racing buddies. Instead, he spent the days leading up to Christmas in a hospital bed with a severely broken leg. To add to his pain, Scott’s first semester grades arrived shortly thereafter. As he puts it, “It was pretty clear that the science wasn’t clicking with me.” Scott quickly realized he wasn’t particularly suited for a career in forestry.

Upon returning to USU—following a suggestion by his parents—Scott decided to fill the extra time in his class schedule that he’d left open for skiing with some business courses. Although he missed his first true ski season in Utah, the time Scott exchanged for business courses instead of skiing wasn’t a total loss. At the end of the semester he received straight A’s.

Today students at Utah State often comment about the favorable size of the university. Most describe satisfaction in being able to form personal relationships with professors who make it a point to take an interest in them and their career goals. Scott’s experience is no different.  

Guidance provided by a few business professors led him to a double major of marketing and finance. Scott says, “Were it not for [the] professors who took an interest in me I would have just ended up with a degree in marketing. I don’t think I could have had that kind of interaction with my professors if I’d been anywhere but Utah State.” At another university he would have been lost.

In addition to his rigorous studies, Scott spent the next few years hiking Logan Canyon and skiing Beaver Mountain. He also met his wife, Sue, a fellow Aggie. Scott graduate with his double major in 1976 and went on to obtain his master’s degree in finance from Colorado State University. 

After graduate school, Scott started his career in the financial services business working for a bank in Minneapolis. In 1984 Scott and his wife returned to Utah after Scott was recruited to serve as the Executive Vice President of First Security Corporation. After the company merged with Wells Fargo in 2000, Scott held the position of Senior Vice President until 2003 when he moved to Morton Financial Solutions. Today Scott is the President of Morton Financial Solutions.

Scott acknowledges that his USU business professors afforded him with opportunities to understand business from many different perspectives and help frame—in his mind—important factors for real world application. He says, “What I learned at USU about leadership and the ability to think through situations has helped me achieve whatever success I have obtained [combined with] the value of hard work.”

An important element of Scott’s success is his enthusiasm for volunteer work. He says, “I think giving back is a tremendous way to say thanks to your community and to make your community a better place.” This November Scott was honored to receive the Norma Matheson Volunteer of the Year award from the Utah Society of Fund Raisers and the Utah Nonprofits Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Salt Lake City and the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City, UT.

Although a busy businessman and avid volunteer, Scott still finds time for leisure. A golf enthusiast, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, UT, where he typically plays three to four rounds a week whenever the weather permits. This past fall Scott and his family took many trips up to Logan as football season ticketholders. Although he was “just the guy in the stands”, many of Scott’s longtime friends, who currently reside in Salt Lake City, played football at USU in the 70s and got him back involved with the team. He says, “This year we’ve really had a ball.”

Aggie alumni regularly acknowledge the impact their Utah State University experience has had on their life story. Scott speaks for many with this perfect description: “It was a great choice. I loved Logan. I loved Utah State. I still have very close friends today that I see every week from USU. It was a tremendous experience.” 

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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2010 Alumni Hall of Honor

Sydnee MadsenSydnee Madsen

“I was born and raised in Logan. I’ve been filled with Aggie pride as long as I can remember. The times that I have spent with my family at Aggie football and basketball games are some of most fun memories of my life. I have a great legacy of Aggies in my family. Not only did my parents (Ralph and Jane Binns) both graduate from USU, but my grandfather (Wayne Binns) was a veterinarian who taught and did research in the College of Agriculture at Utah State.

I was fortunate enough to receive a Presidential scholarship to attend USU. The University provided me with countless opportunities to succeed both on campus and in the community. While on campus, I was an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and a member of the Student Alumni Association Board.

The University’s Political Science department provided me with the opportunity to work as an intern in the office of Senator Orrin Hatch in Washington D.C. It was during this experience that I met my husband, Rich Madsen, who just happened to be a great-grandson of John A. Widtsoe (the 5th President of USU).

I graduated from USU in 1999, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, then worked in banking for several years. For the past 8 years, I’ve been busy as a full-time mom. We currently live in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake City. My children (Hannah 7, Harper 5, Isabel Grace 2, and Peter 3 months) visit Logan often and they are already proud to be Aggies!

I have continued my involvement with Utah State by being a Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association, serving on the Davis County Alumni Board and serving as President of the Young Alumni Association. One of the highlights of my experience as the Young Alumni President was organizing an annual “Aggie Ice Cream Party” for the families at the “Road Home” family shelter in Salt Lake City. It was a great honor for me to have the opportunity to serve as the Young Alumni representative on the USU Alumni Executive Board. It has also been exciting to help with the kickoff of the “1888” Club for young alumni.

I love to share my Aggie pride every chance I get!”

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Dennis & Lynn SessionsDennis & Lynn Sessions

Dennis was born in Tooele, Utah. He received a BS in Business from Utah State University in 1970 and completed a MBA degree in 1971.

Lynn was born and raised in Teton Valley, Idaho, and graduated from Teton High School. Lynn earned a degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University in 1969.

They opened a Best Western Hotel in 1971 and in 1974 they purchased Teton Hardware, which later became affiliated with ACE Hardware.

Dennis served as President of the Eastern Idaho Alumni Chapter for many years. He completed a two-year term as President of the Utah State University Alumni Association, served on the University’s Board of Trustees, and served for many years on the Alumni Executive Council.

In 2007, Lynn and Dennis established an endowment at Utah State University to provide a Leadership Scholarship for students graduating from Teton High School.

Dennis has served in many leadership positions including being President of the Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Innkeepers Association. He served on the Idaho Travel Council and the Idaho Centennial Commission. He has served in many leadership positions in the LDS Church.

Lynn worked closely with Dennis in the USU Alumni Eastern Idaho Chapter. She served her community through leadership positions with the Idaho Junior Miss Pageant, the United Spirit Association and the LDS Church.

Dennis and Lynn are USU Alumni Association Lifetime Sustaining Members and are members of the Alumni Legacy Board.

Dennis and his wife Lynn raised five children…four attended and one graduated from Utah State University. They are proud of their nine grandchildren.

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Randy and Kathie Watts

Randy and Kathie Watts grew up in Logan and graduated from Logan High School. They attended Utah State University in the early 70’s. They have four children, all of whom graduated from USU. Other family members who attended Utah State include Kathie’s father, Albert Johnson; Randy’s parents, Cal and Ann Watts; and many other family members.

Randy has been Mayor of Logan since 2005. He owns and previously operated, J.R. Construction and was Vice President of Cache Valley Builders, a family-owned business. He served as Vice President of the Sunshine Terrace Board of Directors and has served on the Zion’s Bank Advisory Board. He was on the Beaver Mountain National Ski Patrol for 21 years.

Kathie donates much of her time as a performer with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She has been an accompanist for many Logan High School musicals and has volunteered for Logan Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation for 20 years.

Randy has served as President of the USU Alumni Association and on Utah State University’s Board of Trustees. Randy and Kathie are members of the Old Main Society and USU Community Associates. They give generously of their time and financial support to Utah State Athletics and other programs. They are Alumni Association Lifetime Sustaining Members and members of the Alumni
Legacy Board.

In their rare free time, Randy and Kathie love to travel. Randy is an avid hiker and mountain climber and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Rainer. Kathie loves road biking. They have five grandsons and one granddaughter.

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Featured Alumni Benefit - From You Flowers Discount From You Flowers

Just in time for the holidays–during the month of December SAVE 20% on all regularly priced floral and gift items at From You Flowers!

Christmas bouquets start at only $29.99.

Visit our customized site or call (800) 838-8853 and mention code 45D to place your order and receive your discount today.

From You Flowers is ranked "Best Value" Online Florist by CBS News, Early Show. This year CNBC rated From You Flowers as the "Best Overall Quality & Price". 100% satisfaction guaranteed!

Click here to discover more benefits available to USU Alumni and Alumni Association Sustaining Members!

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Alumni Legacy Scholarships Alumni Association

Did your mom or dad graduate from Utah State? Are your grandparents True Aggies? The Alumni Association is pleased to offer Alumni Legacy Scholarships to children and grandchildren of our esteemed alumni.

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for an Alumni Legacy Scholarship:

* Be an incoming freshman or transfer student (can not have previously attended Utah State University)

* Be a child or grandchild of a Utah State alumnus

Click here to apply for a 2011-2012 Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

Deadline: February 1, 2011.

No transcripts are required for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

Your GPA and ACT scores will be verified with the Office of Admissions at Utah State. Only students admitted to Utah State University will be offered an Alumni Legacy Scholarships. Click here for more information.

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Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver

Keep the Aggie tradition alive!

Did you earn a degree from USU? You can now send your child to Utah State and their out-of-state tuition differential 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.


Fall Semester: August 1, 2011
Spring Semester: November 1, 2010

*Note: Awarding of the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship for fall semester will start on December 1 and will continue to be awarded monthly until the August 1 deadline.

Time spent in Utah on the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship cannot be counted towards establishing resident student status. If you would like to discuss other options, please email Corey Mikkelsen at

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2011 Alumni Association Calendar

The 2011 Alumni Association Calendar is available for $6.99 on the USU Bookstore website.

Purchase your calendar today!

Each year Alumni Association Sustaining Members receive the Alumni Association Calendar as a free gift.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Sustaining Member.

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USU Alumni Print Store Website Alumni Print Store

Celebrate the the holiday season by ordering your greeting cards from the new USU Alumni Print Store.

Share season's greetings with a little Aggie pride at:

5 x 7 Greeting Cards are only $1.69 a piece (minimum order required).

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Aggie Ice Cream Survey Christmas Cards

Do you like Aggie Ice Cream? Tell us by taking a short nine question survey about your favorite Aggie Ice Cream flavors.

Utah State is considering avenues that would open home delivery of Aggie Ice Cream, or expand retail offerings. A portion of the proceeds would go to support student scholarships in the College of Agriculture. Will you please answer the following brief survey to help gauge interest in this service among USU alumni and friends?

Take the Aggie Ice Cream Survey here.

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Back to the Buzzer


1950 - Members of the Newman Club prepare for Saint Nick.

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

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Phoenix Aggie Family BBQ

Come and enjoy an Aggie Family BBQ! We will be holding a raffle for Aggie prizes at 12:15 pm. All money from the raffle goes directly to the Arizona Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Riverview Park, Ramada #4 - 2100 W 8th St in Mesa, near Dobson and the 202 (convenient parking in the north parking lot)

Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family - Includes hamburgers, hot dogs, and Aggie Ice Cream.

RSVP: By January 19. Register online here.

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WAC Basketball Tournament - SAVE THE DATE Save the Date

Save the date for the WAC Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas! The Alumni Association will be hosting a special Tournament Party.

Party Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Party Location: Orleans Hotel Ballroom

More information coming soon. Check the Events page for details.

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Las Vegas Golf Tournament - SAVE THE DATE Save the Date

Save the date for the Las Vegas Golf Tournament!

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011

Location: Las Vegas National Golf Course

More information coming soon. Check the Events page for details.

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"Raise the Barn" Campaign for the USU Welcome Center and Anthropology Museum

The new Welcome Center will be a first on campus, where visitors can receive complete information about Utah State University, meet with a tour guide, and purchase tickets for campus events.

In the expanded Anthropology Museum, young and old will be involved in the fascinating studio of human cultures, societies, and customs through the ages. Many valuable artifacts will be on display.


In December 2012, the decrepit but much-loved Art Barn will be “re-Barned” as the Aggie Barn, housing the brand new USU Welcome Center and a much-expanded Museum of Anthropology.

How can you help?  Let us count the ways.  One hundred years ago, Cache Valley friends and neighbors routinely joined forces to build barns, and we can do it again! 

Visit the USU Museum of Anthropology.  It’s FREE, and we’re open M – F, 8:00 – 5:00 and Sat, 10:00 – 4:00.  Saturday programs change every week.  For info:  

Share your Barn stories with our research team.  Whether your story unfolded 80 years or 8 days ago, we’d like to archive your experiences.  See our “Barn Blog” for great anecdotes your friends and neighbors have already shared. (  To relate your own, contact us at or 435-797-0219.

If you or someone you know created art in the Art Barn, we would like to talk to you about a Raise the Barn project we’ve just begun.  Please contact to learn more.

If you are a wood worker and like a fun woodworking challenge (like, say, crafting mini Aggie Barns), please contact the museum director at or 435-797-1496.

Honor a family member or friend with a significant financial contribution to the Raise the Barn fund.  A few high-profile space-naming opportunities remain.  Please contact the museum director at or 435-797-1496, for information on donation options. 

Watch for the official roll-out of our community-focused Raise the Barn campaign, where we’ll ask everyone to pitch in what they can.  If you just cannot wait to donate to this fun project, or to learn more about the Barn Raising, visit

Questions? Contact Holly Andrew:
(435) 797-0219

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Discover Career Success Discover Career Success

As a first-year teacher, professional development is very high on my priority list. Based on the recommendation of Derek Jack, my career coach at Career Services, I was selected to represent Utah State University at the annual conference in Chicago for the American Association for Employers in Education. Opportunities like this are rare for first-year teachers, and I was very privileged to attend and learn from some of the most influential people in education.

A highlight of the conference was my participation as part of a panel of new teachers. This was a great networking experience to meet people from various universities and school districts across the country. I am proud to be an Aggie and of the exceptional education, training and mentoring I received in the Elementary Education program at USU. My career coach has been instrumental in preparing me for successful employment in my field. 

Tiffany Pasker
BS, Elementary Education, 2010

Connect with Career Services to:

- Hire USU students and graduates for internship and permanent positions.

- Share your career success as an alumni mentor.

- Connect with your career coach for personalized assistance in your career search.

Visit Career Services at:; (435) 797-7777; University Inn, 102.

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Share Photos with the Utah State Flickr GroupFlickr

Show your Aggie pride by sharing your USU related pictures on the Utah State Flickr group!

Flickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications available. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

Click here to view and add photos.

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Update Your Records Update Your Records (laptop photo courtesy of fotocromo)

Have you recently moved, changed your email address, or gotten married? Whatever the change might be, it's easy to keep your USU records current!

To update your records, simply complete the online form and we will make the necessary changes so you can continue to receive the Utah State University Magazine; invitations to our many alumni events; and information about our other exciting promotions and publications.

Click here to update your records.

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Civil War Battlefields with Dr. F. Ross Peterson: April 9-15, 2011 Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

Next April, join USU Alumni and Dr. F. Ross Peterson on a tour of Civil War Battlefields and much more. Highlights include visiting the Washington, DC area; Gettysburg; and much more!

A native of Montpelier, Idaho, and a graduate of USU with a PhD from Washington State University, Dr. Peterson taught history for 33 years at USU. In 2004 he became President of Deep Springs College in California. He has returned to Utah State University where he currently serves as Vice President for Advancement. Dr. Peterson established a distinguished reputation as a teacher, scholar, and historical guide. He has led many tours to Civil War battlefields, the nation’s capital and numerous other historical areas. Each of his tours features great stories, amazing facts, humor, wonderful interaction with the sites, and a commitment to the history of the nation.

Click here for more information.

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Explore Gorongosa National Park: September 2011Photo Courtesty of The Carr Family

Explore Gorongosa National Park in beautiful Mozambique!

One Aggie family from Idaho Falls, ID is busy making a difference in Mozambique. Brothers Ken, Steve, and Greg Carr have become major contributors to the restoration of Gorongosa National Park. In 1999, Greg founded The Carr Foundation---a non-profit organization dedicated to "the environment, human rights, and the arts". The Carr Foundation has partnered with the Government of Mozambique to rebuild, restore, and preserve the 4,000 square kilometer park.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience Gorongosa National Park.

Click here to watch an interview with Greg Carr on 60 Minutes.

Click here to watch other videos about the Gorongosa National park.

Click here for a brochure with complete details and itinerary.

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Have you received a recent promotion or participated in a community event? Do you ever wonder what other Aggies from your graduating class are up to?

Click here to add your own Class Note today!

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

Alumnus Notes

Kate Mitchell

Kate Kitchell
BS '85


The U.S. Geological Survey has named Kate Kitchell the director of its Southwest Biological Science Center. Kitchell, who served as the acting center director for the previous 16 months, assumed the role permanently November 6, 2010.

"Kate's knowledge of USGS operations, broad interagency background, and her success in building partnerships within and outside of the USGS are excellent foundations for her new role," said Mike Shulters, USGS Pacific Southwest Regional Executive. "We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Kate's caliber to take the helm of the Southwest Biological Science Center."


This month's obituaries can be found here.

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Aggies' Koskan Is A Rudy Award Candidate Koskan is a Rudy Award Candidate

Award Honors Division I Football Players Who Brought That `Something Extra' To The Team; Fans Can Vote Online until December 13

Utah State football player Levi Koskan is a candidate for the Rudy Award, to honor Division I football players who brought that `something extra' to the team.

A record 55 of the 120 Division I football programs submitted a nomination for the Rudy Award, and every Division I conference was represented for the Award, which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary Character, Courage, Contribution And Commitment as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the blockbuster film "Rudy" in 27 seconds and against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, enabling Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger to carve his name into college football lore.

Nominees will be chosen by our national selection committee consisting of such esteemed sports figures as June Junes and Chuck Knox. The selection process also incorporates a fan vote for supporters of the College Football Rudy Award.

Click here to vote for Levi for the Rudy Award by December 13.


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Aggies Blast Long Beach State, 81-53, Tuesday For Morrill's 300th USU Win Stew Morrill

Williams Nets Career-High 19 Points While Wesley Logs Double-Double With Career-Best 14 Boards

A career-high 19 points from senior guard Pooh Williams and a double-double from senior forward Tai Wesley with a career-best 14 rebounds led Utah State to an 81-53 win over Long Beach State Tuesday night in men's basketball action for USU head coach Stew Morrill's 300th win at the helm of the Aggies.

USU improved to 6-2 on the season, while LBSU evened its ledger at 5-5. The Aggies have beaten the 49ers in nine of the last 10 meetings and 10 of the last 12, including seven in a row at home, as Tuesday's win avenged a 75-62 loss at Long Beach last year.

Utah State won its 18th-straight home game at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, and 70 of its last 72 overall, improving to 180-13 under Morrill. The USU head coach is now 300-101 directing the Aggie program and is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached with 401. All-time, Morrill is now 518-239 in 25 years as a collegiate head coach.


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Utah State's Liz McArthur Named AVCA All-West Region Liz McArthur

McArthur was one of five players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn first-team AVCA West Region honors and the only player from the state of Utah named to the first-team.

Utah State volleyball player Liz McArthur was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) West Region first-team it was announced Tuesday. With her selection, McArthur is now eligible for All-American consideration, which will be announced on December 15.

McArthur was one of five players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn first-team AVCA West Region honors and the only player from the state of Utah named to the first-team.

Along with being named to the AVCA West Region first-team in 2010, McArthur was also named the Most Valuable Player of the WAC Tournament, a first-team all-WAC honoree, and received Academic All-District VIII third-team honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


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Aggie Spikers End Season with Loss to No. 4 California in First Round of NCAA Tournament USU Volleyball

Senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant had seven kills and six blocks for USU in the loss.

Utah State's volleyball team saw its 2010 season come to a close here Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against seventh-seeded and fourth-ranked California in three sets (25-15, 25-11, 25-20).

Utah State, who was making its fourth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, ends its season with a 24-9 record. Those 24 wins for the Aggies are the seventh-most in school history and the most since the 1982 team finished with a 28-19 mark.

Senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah) led Utah State with seven kills and six blocks, while hitting .545 (7-1-11). Senior setter Chelsea Fowles (Hollister, Calif.) added six kills, six digs and three blocks, and hit .500 (6-0-12), and senior libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah) had a match-high 16 digs.


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