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    VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 1 January 2010     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Laurel Alder Laurel Alder

Growing up in Cache Valley, going to Edith Bowen Elementary, and having a USU math professor as a father, Laurel Cannon Alder spent a significant amount of time on the USU campus long before she ever became a student.  The strong tie between the university and the community enriched Laurel’s childhood. As she describes, “Although Logan could be considered a small town, it has the wealth of people of a much larger place.” For Laurel, deciding to attend Utah State was simple.

Her time at USU was the best launching pad Laurel could imagine. She was able to customize her education to adequately prepare for her Arts Administration graduate program at Indiana University. Laurel cited the honors program, the liberal arts and sciences program, and the quality of the USU faculty as major influences in her development as an individual and scholar. As a student, Laurel was heavily involved in the performing arts, working with the HASS performance and lecture series while also aiding in most aspects of the theater program. Her senior year Laurel served as the Vice President of the Honors Program.

After graduating from USU with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, Laurel attended graduate school as one of six students chosen to receive the prestigious Jane Addams fellowship. As a Jane Addams fellow, Laurel dedicated herself to the study of philanthropy at Indiana’s Center on Philanthropy. While Laurel studied philanthropy, her husband Nate, also a USU graduate, was busy obtaining his master’s degree in public policy as well as his law degree.

Together, fresh out of graduate school, Laurel and Nate moved to Salt Lake City, where they had both landed their “dreams jobs”. Laurel started work at the Utah Arts Council as a community state partnership assistant, and Nate took a one-year position as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable J. Thomas Greene. In her new role at the Utah Arts Council, Laurel was able to consult, collaborate, and develop the state’s nonprofit art organizations. A highlight of her time with the Arts Council was in 1999 when Laurel served the Utah Nonprofits Association and the Utah Society of Fundraisers by launching Philanthropy Day. “It is an incredible event that continues to today, bringing together volunteers, boards, directors, staff, donors, leaders and interested stakeholders to celebrate the good in our philanthropic community.”

From her initial time with Utah Arts Council, Laurel has gone on to serve on a number of boards, councils, and clubs. This past year, she served as a member of the USU Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of HASS.  Today, Laurel serves as the Board Chair at Tanner Dance and as a consultant for a variety of community and arts organizations.

A busy multi-tasker, Laurel enjoys participating in a variety of activities. “I love being with my family most of all”. She also spends her time road biking, gardening, cooking, and exploring the outdoors. Laurel and her husband are both Liftetime Sustaining Members of the Alumni Association. Together, Laurel, her husband Nate, and her father have established three scholarships in the USU honors program. Laurel and Nate are the parents of one boy and two girls.

Nate Alder was also recently featured as an Alumni Spotlight in November 2009.

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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The Official MasterCard of Utah State University - 0% Balance Transfers
Official Mastercard of Utah State

Spend a little too much during the holiday season? Want to consolidate some of your credit card debt? Apply for the USU rewards MasterCard and receive 0% on all Balance Transfers for 6 months!

Not only do you receive 0% on all Balance Transfers, you also get 0% interest on purchases for 6 months.

Click here to apply & receive 0% on all balance transfers!

Your 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 USU MasterCard and get double points at most locations on campus (Athletics Ticket Office, Aggie Ice Cream, Bookstore, Dining Services, and more!)

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Featured Alumni Benefit - Campus RecreationFeatured Benefit

There are a variety of benefits available exclusively to USU Alumni Association Sustaining Members. For the month of January, discover the benefit of Campus Recreation.

The Campus Recreation staff would like to extend an invitation to USU Alumni Sustaining Members to take advantage of the recreation facilities on the USU campus by offering a discount to alumni members with their current Alumni Sustaining Member ID card.  

Discounted rates for Alumni with current Alumni Sustaining Membership card:

·        $4.00 daily rate
·        $25.00 month

To purchase discounted recreation passes, visit the Service Desk in the HPER building and present your Alumni Sustaining Membership card.

The Nelson Fieldhouse facility includes a squash court, running track, courts, shower and locker facilities and fitness center.  The HPER building includes swimming pools, gymnasiums, racquetball courts, locker and shower facilities.  

Visit for more information or call 797-PLAY.

PLUS, click here to check out all the recently updated benefits for Sustaining Members!

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2010 Alumni Association Calendar2010 Alumni Association Calendar

The 2010 Alumni Assocation Calendar was recently distributed by mail to all Alumni Association Sustaining Members.

The calendar is also available for purchase. Click here to purchase a calendar online.

The Alumni Calendar is just one of the many benefits for being a Sustaining Member of the USU Alumni Association.

If you are a Sustaining Member and did not receive a calendar, please call Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586.

Not an Alumni Association Sustaining Member? Click here to join today!

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Cathedrals of Great Britain Tour with Dr. Craig Jessop - Reserve Today!

Cathedrals of Great Britain with Dr. Craig Jessop

June 9-20, 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

The tour is limited to 46 people. Call (800) 291-2586 today to make your reservations!

Click here to download a brochure with full trip details.

Discounted Price: *$2,195 (plus air fare)

Full Price: $2,395 (plus air fare)

*Discounted price ONLY available for Alumni Sustaining Members

Not an Alumni Association Sustaining Member? Click here to join today!

Call Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586 for more information.

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Stand Up. Get Involved. You're an Aggie.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new commercial encouraging alumni to join the Utah State Alumni Association and become Sustaining Members.

The commercial airs on the local channel 30 CW during many of the Aggie basketball broadcasts.

Click here to view the commercial.

Click here to become a Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association.

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"A" Plate Numbers Going Up "A" Plate

For 2008, the Alumni Association made it a goal to have 4,000 "A" plates on the roads in the Utah. Although we fell slightly short of our goal, with a total of 3,838 "A" plates in 2008, the number of "A" plates has continued to go up over the past year.

We are proud to say that we reached a total of 4,254 "A" plates in 2009.

The Alumni Association has sponsored the "A" plate program since Spring 2000. The point of this program has one financial purpose, to provide scholarships to legacy students. To date, the total money raised from "A" plate sales is $97,475 and the total scholarship dollars provided is $589,860.

Thanks to everyone who purchased or renewed an "A" plate in 2009!

Click here to purchase an "A" plate today! Learn more about the "A" plate program here.

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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 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 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).

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


1951 Contestants for Winter Carnival snow King and Queen

Left to Right: Ted Seeholzer, Dick Burgoyne, Joyce Todd, Bry Nelson, Jean Tucker, Skip Nelson, Gerry Smith, and Amy Beckstead

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

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Alumni Tip-Off Parties USU Basketball Tip-Off Parties

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

*USU vs. San Jose State

(Box Elder and Weber County Alumni Chapters)

January 30, 2010, Party Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 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

Click here to register online.

Check the Tip-Off Parties page for more details!

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Jazz Night at the Sky Club Jazz Night at the Sky Club

Join the Caine School of Arts for fine dining, live music, and big band dancing at the annual Jazz Night at the Sky Club on February 12 & 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm. The event will be held at the Skyroom Restaurant on the Utah State University campus and will feature the USU Jazz Orchestra & Ensemble and jazz vocalists.

Tickets are $40 per person and will be available through the USU Ticket Office (435-797-0305) starting December 1, 2009. Proceeds benefit the Larry Smith Jazz Scholarship.

Visit for more information.

Click here to download an informational flyer.

Event presented by the USU Music Department, University Inn & Conference Center, and USU Catering.

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Founder's Day CelebrationFounder's Day


The 2010 Founder's Day dinner and reception will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm in the Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom, located in the Taggart Student Center (TSC).

More details about Founder's Day, as well as the alumni award recipients, will be announced in the February issue of Aggie Insights.

Click here to read about last year's alumni award recipients.

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3rd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon Aggie Family Day at Lagoon


Join us for the 3rd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon on Thursday, July 8, 2010.

Check back for discounted pricing, online registration and other details.

Registration will open by April 2010.

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The Power of Music with Dr. Craig Jessop - Tucson, AZ & Phoenix, AZ The Power of Music

Enjoy a delightful evening featuring two of our talented students from the Department of Music, followed by discussion on the role of music in a contemporary university with Dr. Craig Jessop. Light refreshments will be served.

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

January 22, 2010
Steinway Piano Gallery Tucson
3001 E Skyline Drive
Tucson, Arizona

January 23, 2010
Steinway of Phoenix
14418 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 183
Scottsdale, Arizona

Cost: $10 per person*

Time: 7:00 pm*

(*same cost and time for both events)

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Utah County Alumni Chapter "Sweetheart Dinner"

Join fellow Utah County Aggies for a "Sweetheart Dinner" on February 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm.

The dinner will be held at the Historic Utah County Courthouse. 

Cost: $45 per couple.

To RSVP, call Linda at 801-851-8470.

All proceeds will go toUtah County Alumni Scholarships.

Check the chapter website for more details.

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Merit Citation - Bill & Marty Bullen Merit Citation - Bill & Marty Bullen

For their continual service in the community and dedicated support of Utah State University, the Alumni Association proudly presented an Alumni Merit Citation Award to Bill & Marty Bullen at the USU vs. Western Oregon men’s basketball game on December 29, 2009.

Bill & Marty Bullen have been active in their community for as long as anyone can recall. Both attended Utah State University, with Bill earning two degrees – his bachelor’s in 1965 and his master’s in 1968, both in Economics. Marty earned her bachelor’s degree in English in 1966. 

Since graduating from USU, Bill & Marty have become actively involved in their community. Bill has been an active member of the Beaver Mountain Ski Patrol for nearly 50 years and is one of the longest-running members of the National Ski Patrol. He is the recipient of the “Minnie” Dale Award, the National Ski Patrol’s highest award. Away from the ski hill, Bill has served as past president of the Rotary Club, has been the past chairman and vice chairman of Logan Regional Hospital Governing Board, received the Outstanding Ag Businessmen Award from the Farm Bureau in 2001, and is president of Bullen’s Inc., an agricultural supply company in Cache Valley. Currently, Bill is serving on the National Advisory Board for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. 

Marty, a Cache Valley native, has been actively involved with many organizations. For more than 23 years, Marty’s involvement in CAPSA has been unmatched. Marty began volunteering with CAPSA in 1986 and was instrumental in organizing the financial and administrative functions.  Throughout the years, she has provided much needed stability in the organization by stepping in and serving as Acting Director when needed and has helped train and mentor newly hired Administrators. Her tireless commitment to CAPSA’s mission has impacted thousands of families in Cache Valley who have found a life free of violence due in part to the dedication of Marty. She has a unique ability to bring both professionalism and an incredible sense of humor to the workplace. She is known for her singing, dancing, and uplifting influence. In her free time, Marty enjoys playing tennis and reading. Bill and Marty are the proud parents of three children, all of whom attended USU.

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Fall '09 Commencement

Fall '09 CommencementApproximately 1,889 Utah State University students completed requirements to graduate during the university’s Fall Commencement exercises on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12, 2009. USU administrator and dean Carol Strong delivered the commencement address to undergraduates, and President Stan L. Albrecht moderated the ceremony.

The ceremony also featured student commencement speaker John Sallay, valedictorian of the College of Engineering. Sallay was selected by a committee comprised of other valedictorians from each of the colleges.

Click here to view the Undergraduate Ceremony Photo Scrapbook.

Click here to watch the Undergraduate Ceremony.

Click here for more information about Fall '09 Commencement.

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Safety Tips from Liberty Mutual, USU Alumni Association Affinity PartnerLiberty Mutual

5 Tips to Prevent Home Heating Fires

When it’s time to turn up the heat in your home this winter to battle the icy cold, follow these simple tips from your friends at Liberty Mutual to prevent the chance of fire:

  1. Hire a professional to inspect and clean your furnace. Maintaining your furnace and ensuring that it’s operating properly and efficiently will save you money and keep you free from worry.
  2. Open your windows when you first turn on your furnace. Choose a warm day to let your furnace burn off the dust and dirt that have collected on its heating element. A residual odor is not harmful, but if the furnace rumbles or produces black smoke, call 911 and evacuate the premises.
  3. Clean your chimney. Before you cozy up to the fireplace, open the flue and check for obstructions that can cause a build-up of harmful carbon monoxide. Hire a chimney sweep to inspect for creosote, a substance that gradually builds up as wood burns and can ignite in the chimney flue.
  4. Use electric heaters sparingly. Don’t let a space heater run for hours on end. Turn it off at night or when you vacate a room. Move bedding, clothing and other flammable items at least three feet away from the heater. And never leave children and pets unattended near a space heater.
  5. Handle propane-powered equipment carefully. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, store cylinders outside, and call 911 if you smell a strong odor of gas.

For more information on home fire safety, go to

For more information, please visit us at © 2009 Liberty Mutual Group.  All rights reserved.

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USU Greats - Jessica Barney Jessica Barney

Making a Difference in the World

Growing up in a small farming community didn’t stop Utah State University graduate, Jessica Barney-Tilahun, from pursuing her dream of seeing the world.

Since her journey began, she has spread knowledge of nutrition to Moldova, India, South Sudan and other countries around the world. She continues the effort now through her own Ethiopia-based consulting business as she works on a national nutrition strategy with the United Nations and the Ethiopian government.

Her time at Utah State University provided a valuable foundation for her future success. She was involved in the Peace Corps at USU and helped to organize events and activities with the student government. As a peer counselor at the counseling center, she realized how much she enjoyed working with people one-on-one. But it was from former USU professor Paul Savello that she gained her greatest inspiration. Savello was able to balance living in a small city in northern Utah with going abroad and doing the same kind of work that she hoped to do one day.


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Travel Opportunities

Cathedrals of Great Britain Tour 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.

The tour is limited to 46 people. Call (800) 291-2586 today to make your reservations!

Click here to download a brochure with full trip details.

Discounted Price: *$2,195 (plus air fare)

Full Price: $2,395 (plus air fare)

*Discounted price ONLY available for Alumni Sustaining Members

Not an Alumni Association Sustaining Member? Click here to join today!

Call Alumni Relations at (800) 291-2586 for more information.


Lincoln Sesquicentennial Tour, May 11-16, 2010Lincoln Sesquicentennial Tour


Join Dr. Ross Peterson as he leads USU Alumni through St. Louis, Springfield, Carthage, Nauvoo, and Hannibal.

Complete details will be available in mid-February.

Check the alumni travel page for more information.

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Class Notes Class Notes

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

Sent By Notes
December 16, 2009
Sidney McGuire Brown
Graduation: 1997

I recently became a lecturer/advisor in the Communication department at Dixie State College.

December 10, 2009
Victor Squires
Graduation: 1974 PhD

Victor Squires won a gold medal and citation for Science and Technology Cooperation This award is China's highest honor for a foreigner. He was the first Australian to be so honored.

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?

Click here 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 for the 2009-10 Aggie Basketball Media Guide


Basketball Flyer

Photo from Athletics website

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Annual Alumni Soccer Tournament Women's Soccer

Utah State women's soccer is preparing for its annual alumni soccer tournament which will be held Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stan Laub Indoor Training Center.

Last season, the Aggies had a record-setting 44 former players attend the alumni weekend.

Aggie Soccer Alumni need to RSVP for themselves and their immediate family who will be attending to USU assistant coach Marla Nelson at by Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.

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USU Equipment Manager Mike Bair Recognized With Regional Award Mike Bair

Tabbed Top Equipment Manager For Regional 8; Candidate For National Honor

Utah State Director of Athletic Equipment Mike Bair has been recognized as the 2010 District 8 Athletic Equipment Managers of America (AEMA) Equipment Manager of the Year.

District 8 is comprised of Athletic Equipment Managers in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Bair was selected for the award by the District 8 committee, headed by Dale Holse of Boise State.

"Mike is a one-man operation, he works really hard and does a great job. Often times he's under-appreciated, so it's great that his peers recognize his hard work with this award," said Dale Mildenberger, USU Senior Associate Athletic Director for Support Services.


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Three Aggie Soccer Players Earn NSCAA/adidas Scholar all-West Region HonorsLindsey Smart, Lauren Hansen, & Sydne Garner

Smart Earns Third-Team Accolades While Garner And Hansen Named To Honorable Mention List

Three Utah State soccer players earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Scholar all-West Region honors.

Senior defender Lindsey Smart was named to the third-team list, while fellow senior defender Sydne Garner and junior forward Lauren Hansen were tabbed to the honorable mention list.

Smart, a native of Sandy, Utah (Brighton HS), has a 3.81 GPA as a physical education major.  This is the second-straight season for Smart to earn NSCAA/adidas Scholar all-West Region honors after being a second-team selection last year.  Smart started in all 21 matches this season for USU, tallying one assist.

Garner, who is a Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS) native, has a 3.45 GPA as a master of business administration major.  This is also the second year in a row for Garner to be recognized with NSCAA/adidas Scholar all-West Region accolades as she was also an honorable mention selection last season.  Garner also started all 21 matches, logging two assists.


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Three Utah State Football Players And USU-Idaho Game Recognized By Bobby Wagner

Wagner Named To All-WAC List; Wagner, Turbin And Borel Tabbed To Top 30 Players List; USU-Idaho Game Tabbed WAC Game Of Year

Three Utah State football players were recognized by with Western Athletic Conference honors and the Utah State-Idaho game was the publication's WAC Game of the Year.

Sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner was named to the publication's all-WAC team while sophomore running back Robert Turbin and junior quarterback Diondre Borel joined Wagner on the WAC's Top 30 Players Regardless of Position list.

Utah State's thrilling 52-49 win over Idaho on Nov. 28 was tabbed by the publication as the WAC Game of the Year, after the Aggies and Vandals amassed 1,069 yards of total offense and 101 points. Turbin ran for three TD's and added two TD catches, tying a school record five total TD's. USU jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead, and built a 31-7 advantage before Idaho rallied to take a 42-38 lead, only to see the Aggies storm back and hang on for the monumental road victory, recovering the onside kick in the waning moments. It was USU's first road win since 2007, snapping a 12-game road losing skid.


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