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    VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 6 June 2010     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Gail BedkeGail Bedke

Originally from the Northwest, Gail Bedke moved to Utah to be closer to her father. In Gail’s college search, the energetic, college-town atmosphere of Utah State University caught her attention. It wasn’t long before Gail was enrolled as an Aggie.

From the age of five, Gail dreamed of becoming a broadcast journalist; consequently, majoring in journalism was a natural choice. However, after a few introductory journalism and communication courses taken during her freshman year, Gail quickly learned the harsh reality of the broadcasting industry. Accepting the fact that success in the market is extremely difficult, Gail switched her emphasis from broadcast journalism to a public relations and corporate communications emphasis. An active member of the Chi Omega sorority, Gail lived in the sorority house three of her four years at USU.

Continuing to strengthen her ties to USU, Gail’s fist job related to her major was actually as a PR intern for the USU Athletic Department. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 1995, Gail began her successful career at O.C. Tanner. Earlier this year, Gail celebrated her 15-year anniversary with the company.

During her 15-year long career, Gail has worked in client relations, sales, and now sales management. Currently, she is the vice president of Strategic Solutions for O.C. Tanner. Serving in this capacity, Gail has the opportunity to travel around the world to help organizations maximize their recognition investment. Analyzing and improving an organization’s culture is one of her many areas of expertise.

“In my mind business success comes from working for a good company, working very hard every day, stretching your skill sets and always doing a little more than what is asked of you.”  

Due to her busy travel schedule, one thing Gail loves most is being at home in Park City, UT with her husband, Mitch, and their two boys, Meier and Christian. Earlier this year, Gail was selected as one of Utah Business Magazine’s “30 Women to Watch”, recognition she described as a fun honor in good company. She attributes the rewarding aspects of her career to employment with an incredible company, wonderful mentors, and exposure to a variety of opportunities.

Despite the changes along the way, Gail has no regrets about her choice to switch her major emphasis. The writing and communication skills she learned as an undergrad have been essential in her career success. From Gail’s perspective, “writing skills are somewhat of a lost art, yet still so essential in the world of business.” Aside from loving her major and gaining valuable experiences, Gail also made life-long friendships at Utah State.

A busy, seasoned professional, Gail still finds time to give back to her alma mater. In May, Gail joined the USU Foundation Board as one of its four newest members. The board assists with fundraising campaigns and programs, investing the endowment to increase the value of existing gifts and serving as an advocate for the university in communities. She will serve in this capacity for the next three years.

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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Utah State University Alumni Today Print DirectoryUSU Alumni Directory

The Alumni Association is working with Harris Connect to produce Utah State University Alumni Today---a print directory scheduled for publication in November 2010.

In addition to providing Utah State alumni with a wonderful networking tool, this publication will also serve as a lasting monument to the breadth of accomplishments of Utah State alumni around the globe. It will become a valuable record of Utah State history.

The project will also assist the Utah State University Office of Advancement in its efforts to gather and maintain the most accurate and up-to-date alumni records possible. We have historically published an alumni book about every seven to ten years--the previous two editions were published in 1991 and 2003, and a number of alumni have inquired about when we planned to publish an updated edition. That time is now.

Over the next several months, you will receive postcards, emails and/or phone calls from Harris asking for updated contact information. We would appreciate your cooperation in updating your contact information. All updates are returned to the University so that our database remains current.

Harris Connect is only collecting information for purposes of the directory. Your information will not be released to any third parties. You decide whether or not your personal information is published in the directory--make your wishes clear to the representative with whom you speak. It is a great way to stay connected to the Aggie community!

Frequently Asked Questions (click on the links below):

What is the Utah State University Alumni Today publication?

Why are you publishing an alumni book?

Who is Harris Connect?

How much will it cost to purchase Utah State University Alumni Today?

If my name is listed in the book, am I obligated to purchase a copy?

How do I ensure that I am included in the Utah State University Alumni Today publication?

Why is Harris Connect asking me to phone them directly?

Click here to learn more about the print directory and our partnership with Harris Connect.

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Utah Business Magazine Names USU 2010 Trailblazer Utah Business Magazine

In its most recent issue, Utah Business magazine named its 2010 “trailblazers” in an article by Heidi Kulicke and Candace Little. The list includes ten companies that “preserve Utah’s legacy,” and Utah State University is on the list.

“Setting the standard for today’s startups, Utah Business’ 2010 Trailblazers are a force to be reckoned with,” the authors write. “These enduring companies remained true to their goals and principles, and have demonstrated that old-fashioned values, like commitment to quality, hard work and determination, pay off in the long run. Today, these companies have solid reputations and are headed toward continued success. Join us as we congratulate 10 deserving companies who have blazed the way for others through times of treasure and turmoil.”

In addition to Utah State University, the list includes the Utah Food Bank, Mark Miller Dealerships, Mountain West Telecom, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, Cummings Studio Chocolates, Moreton & Company, Snowbasin: A Sun Valley Resort, Midwest Commercial Interiors and Utah Central Credit Union.

Photo from Utah Business Magazine website


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Featured Alumni Benefit - USU Theatre Arts at the Old Lyric Repertory CompanyFeatured Benefit

There are a variety of benefits available exclusively to USU Alumni Association Sustaining Members. For the month of June, discover the benefit of USU Theatre Arts at the Old Lyric Repertory Company (OLRC).

Enjoy outstanding summer performances presented by the USU Theatre Arts at the Old Lyric Repertory Company. Alumni Sustaining Members are eligible to receive $3 off tickets, up to four tickets to any show. Not available with any other offer. Show your membership card or request your USU Alumni Sustaining Member discount code if purchasing tickets by phone or online.

For performance dates and more information visit or call (435)797-1500.

Click here for more USU Alumni and Alumni Association Sustaining Member benefits!

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Over 1,000 Lifetime Members USU Alumni Association

We are pleased to announce that we have over 1,000 Alumni Association Lifetime Sustaining Members!

Every Lifetime Sustaining Member receives a granite Legacy Brick engraved with a customized message. Legacy Bricks are displayed in either the front walkway or courtyard of the David B. Haight Alumni Center. They also receive an exclusive gift. Plus, Lifetime Sustaining Members enjoy all of the exclusive benefits and services as Sustaining Members.

Recent grads receive a $200 discount if they join within the first three years of graduation.

Click here to find out more and become a Lifetime Sustaining Member today!

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Help Us Reach 4,500 "A" Plates 'A' Plate

Help us reach the goal of 4,500 plates in the state of Utah! Click here to purchase an "A" plate today.

The Alumni Association has sponsored the "A" plate program since2000. This program has one financial purpose: to provide scholarships to legacy students. Click here to learn more about the "A" plate program.

Current Number of "A" Plates: 4,392

So far in 2010, the total money raised from "A" plate sales is $33,325.

The total scholarship dollars provided is $631,435.

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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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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

June Buzzer

1950 - A group of female students practice for the annual dance contest.

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

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USU Army ROTC Reunion USU AROTC Reunion

Coordinated by graduates in the 1980s year groups, all years are welcome to attend this reunion. Bring your spouse or significant other, kids, and grandkids (playground, ball fields and zoo nearby) to this fun event. We're keeping this simple, so please bring your own food/drink.

Date: Saturday, July 3, 2010

Time: 4:00 pm-dark (try to arrive before 6:00 pm as some have to leave early)

Location: Willow Park - Lions Pavilion 450 West 700 South, Logan, UT
(reserved from 3:30-10:00 pm)

For more information, contact: Bob Diehl at 307-654-1245,

Photo by Stacy Braswell

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

Join Aggies for a fun-filled event at the 3rd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon! Meet USU Aggie football players, enjoy free Aggie Ice Cream, and enter a raffle for prize drawings.

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010

Time: 11:00 am - Park Opens; 6:00 pm - Aggie Family Day Event at Meadow Pavilion

Location: Lagoon Park

Cost: $33/Age 4 years & over; $28/Toddler (3 years & younger)

RSVP: By July 6th. Click here to register online.

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Aging Aggies Reunion Aging Aggies Reunion

Come one, Come all! The Aging Aggies Reunion is for all Aggies who attended USU in the late 70s through early 80s. Join members of the Greek Community in a combined alumni reunion weekend. Reunion committee members are: Michelle Hawes, Susan Bowers Ledford, Dick Wright, Bill Adams and many others.

Date: Thursday-Saturday, July 8-10, 2010

Time: Various activities throughout the day

Cost: See online registration

RSVP: Click here to register online.

For complete details: Visit the Aging Aggies Reunion Page

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Celebrate America Show Celebrate America Show

Come to the 11th Annual Celebrate America Show for a chance to see the amazing, velvet-voiced Celebrate America Singers, with the distinguished Larry Smith Orchestra, and the acclaimed (Rockettes-style) Dancers.

They will perform such timeless favorites as In the Mood, Pennsylvania 6-5000, and I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo. Don't miss what promises to be the best show ever!

Click here to visit the Celebrate America Show website for complete details.

Date: Wednesday-Saturday, September 8-11, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: USU Taggart Student Center Ballroom

Cost: $27-55 per person

RSVP: Purchase tickets from USU's Caine School of the Arts Box Office by calling 435-797-8022 or online at

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USU vs. San Diego State Pre-Game Party Save the Date

Save the Date!

The first Pre-Game Party of the 2010 Football Season will be held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 3:30-4:30 pm.

Check the Pre-Game Parties Page for more information coming soon!

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USU Homecoming 2010 Save the Date

Save the Date!

Utah State's Homecoming weekend will be held October 21-23, 2010.

The Homecoming football game will be played against Hawaii on Saturday, October 23 at Romney Stadium at 3:00 pm.

More information on activities and other Homecoming-related events will appear in future e-newsletters.

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Young Alumni Summer Social Young Alumni Summer Social

Date: June 25, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Eaglewood Golf Course
1110 East Eaglewood Drive
North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Cost: $15/Alumni Sustaining Members; $20/Alumni & Friends

RSVP: By June 24th. Click here to register online.

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Utah County Swim Party Utah County Swim Party

Date: Friday, July 16, 2010

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Location: Scera Pool - 701 South State Street, Orem, UT

Cost: $15 per family

RSVP: By July 9th for payment by mail. By July 15th for payment at the door.

Click here to register online.

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Weber County Car ShowWeber County Car Show

Save the Date!

The annual Weber County Car Show will be held on Saturday, July 17.

Check the Events Page for more information coming soon!

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Weber County Golf Tournament Weber County Golf Tournament

Save the Date!

The Weber County Chapter will hold a golf tournament on Saturday, August 21.

Check the Events Page for more information coming soon!

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Merit Citations - Jan ShippsJan Shipps

Jan Shipps has been involved with Utah State University, in one capacity or another for 50 years. In 1960, she and her husband, Tony, moved to Logan when he accepted a position as Assistant Librarian in the Merrill Library. Through living in Logan and attending classes at Utah State, she learned about the LDS faith and subsequently made the religion her academic specialty. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history in 1961 from USU, and then continued her education at the University of Colorado, earning her master’s and doctoral degrees in the same field. 

Jan is considered by many to be the preeminent non-Mormon expert on Mormonism. She has written two books and numerous articles on the religion, including The Story of a New Religious Tradition and Sojourner in the Promised Land: 40 Years Among the Mormons. She is currently working on her third book which will focus on the growth of the church since World War II. As professor emeritus, she was recently honored by Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis when she presented the institution’s annual Last Lecture. Jan is often called upon by national and international publications for insight and explanation on the LDS faith, and she holds the distinction of being the first non-Mormon and first woman to be elected president of the Mormon History Association. She has also served as the president of the American Society of Church History and as president of the John Whitmer Historical Association.

Jan has been a supporter of Utah State through not only financial giving, but donating her time and expertise to lecture as a guest of the History Department’s Religious Studies program. Jan’s expertise is so respected that she was asked by President Stan Albrecht to serve on the search committee for the inaugural professor of the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture in 2007. 

Photo by John Hamer

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USU Greats - The Price is Right Jay Price

Professor takes no paycheck. At least that’s what people at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business would say of Jay Price, a professor who hasn’t picked up a paycheck since he started teaching here 20 years ago. But don’t joke with his students about him being a “good for nothing” professor because, to hear them describe it, Jay Price is priceless. They say that because he was such a good teacher, example and mentor, they will never forget him.

Price worked in the Chicago office of Arthur Andersen for 39 years and was a partner when he reached mandatory retirement age of 62 in 1988. If the firm thought Price was ready to kick back and relax at 62, it was wrong. Price said other partners he knew went off to Florida to retire and play golf, but Price didn’t play golf.

“All my life I’ve always been a person who likes to keep busy,” he said. “I’ve never been very good at recreational activities.”

Before Price retired, Utah Power/PacificCorp had been one of his clients. Orrin Colby, who was, at the time, the controller for Utah Power, suggested he consider teaching at USU. That appealed to Price because he had once thought about going into teaching. He paid a visit to the USU campus met with Larzette Hale, head of the School of Accountancy, Dean David Stephens and several other faculty members. He was very impressed with the quality of the faculty and the program and decided to teach for a couple of years.


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Discover Career Success Discover Career Success

Great Work Great Careers--A Collaboration with the Stephen R. Covey Group

Career Services and the Huntsman School of Business are proud to announce an exciting collaboration with the Stephen R. Covey Group. Dr. Covey joined the faculty in the Huntsman School of Business to share with students and alumni his expertise as a decades-long global leader helping corporations in their quest for great performance. Co-written by Dr. Covey and Jennifer Colosimo, Chief Learning Officer at Franklin Covey, Great Work Great Careers focuses on helping college graduates, career changers, or anyone wanting to create their ultimate job and make an extraordinary contribution. The book coupled with a vibrant online networking community helps students and alumni discover the unique passion, talents, and strengths they have to offer and inspire them to make a difference only they can make (Marcus Buckingham, author).    

The pilot program launched this summer will culminate in an evening of networking and hors d'oeuvres on the lovely Utah State University campus. This event will enable the graduates of this innovative program the opportunity to put into practice the skills they learned from Dr. Covey, the fine faculty in the HSB, and the career coaches at Career Services.      

If you are interested in sharing your unique career path and stories while networking with these 40 enthusiastic and talented students/alumni, as well as staff/faculty on July 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., please RSVP to Maleah Christensen at, Fair Coordinator at Career Services, immediately. If you are coming from out of town and would like to take advantage of the wonderful recreational activities in Cache Valley, visit the Chamber of Commerce website or please call me—I’d be happy to point you in the right direction of your interests. Summertime in the valley is lovely.     

Donna Crow
Executive Director
Career Services

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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Tips from Liberty Mutual, USU Alumni Association Affinity PartnerLiberty Mutual

National Safety Month

National Safety Month focuses on preventative measures that employees can take to maintain an accident-free workplace. In keeping with that mission, here are some best practices provided by Liberty Mutual that you can incorporate into your daily routine to ensure the safety of you and your colleagues.

Preventing Slips and Falls

- Don’t carry items that you can’t see over or around, especially on stairs.

- Keep equipment, cables, boxes, and trash out of hallways and stairways.

- Notify maintenance about torn carpets and cracked or missing tiles.

- Ask maintenance to keep outdoor walkways and lobby entrances free of water, ice, snow, mud, and wet leaves.


- Adjust your chair’s height so that your wrists and arms are in a straight line and relaxed when you type on your keyboard or manipulate your mouse.

- Take 30-second breaks regularly to readjust your sitting position or stretch your back and limbs.

- Position your computer monitor at or below eye level and at arm’s length. Adjust natural and artificial lighting to minimize glare and reduce eye strain.

Heavy Lifting

- Never lift beyond your strength. Get help instead.

- Remove all obstacles in your way before lifting.

- Breathe in and then lift slowly as you breathe out. Keep the object close to your body, and avoid jerking and twisting motions.

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Travel Opportunities

UPR Cruise - Mediterranean Voyage of Discovery: July 26-August 10, 2010UPR Mediterranean Cruise

Join Utah Public Radio and NPR's Diane Rehm and Scott Simon on an exciting cruise through Greece, Italy and the Mediterranean. Proceeds from the cruise will benefit UPR.

Call CC Journeys at 800-491-1148 for more details.

Click here to download a brochure with complete details.

Athens Pre-Tour Extension: $795
Rome Post-Tour: $895
Florence Post-Tour: $1195

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Wonders of China Tour: November 4-18, 2010 Wonders of China Tour

China is a vast land of history, beauty, and people. Join the Alumni Association in visiting the cities of Guilin, Xi’an, and Beijing. Pick a package based on your preference to visit one, two, or all three cities. Some of the highlights include: seeing the eighth world wonder - terracotta warriors, hiking on the Great Wall of China, and visiting Olympic venues!

Click here to download a brochure with complete details.

Prices (airfare included):
Guilin/Xi’an/Beijing: $2,199
Xi’an/Beijing: $1,599
Beijing Only: $1,099

Visit the Travel Page for more information.

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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?

Sent By Notes
May 21, 2010
Scott Foster
Graduation: 2008
Scott Nelson Foster (MFA Painting & Drawing '08) will leave his current position at Utah State University this fall to join the faculty of Siena College as an Assistant Professor of Creative Arts.

While at USU, Scott has served as Exhibitions Coordinator. In that capacity he taught beginning and advanced courses in painting and drawing as a lecturer, while implementing programming and exhibitions featuring regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists and scholars. At Siena College, Scott will teach beginning and advanced courses in drawing and painting and contribute to the continuing development of an interdisciplinary Creative Arts program.

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!

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Current Athletics Schedules


USU's Karren Finishes 16th in Semifinals at NCAA Track & Field Championships Clint Silcock

Utah State track and field senior Nick Karren finished 16th in the semifinals of the 400 meter hurdles Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., hosted by the University of Oregon.

Karren ended with a time of 51.36, finishing sixth in the third and final heat, placing 16th overall as the top two from each heat as well as the next two fastest times advanced to Friday's final. Karren was in lane one and was thrown off stride at the first hurdle, as Aaron Younger of Rutgers in lane two tripped and fell.

"Nick ran well; he just would've had to run a PR (personal-record) today to advance," veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel said. "I'm really proud of him; he's had a great career at Utah State. Today, he just got beat by better people."

The senior's 16th-place finish matches the top place of his career, as he was a three-time NCAA Championships participant, also placing 19th in 2009.


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Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Honors Four USU Football Players with Preseason Honors Steve Strickland

Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook tabbed four Utah State players with preseason all-Western Athletic Conference honors, while picking the Aggies at the number seven spot in the publication's preseason poll. The magazine hits newsstands in early July.

Junior running back Robert Turbin, junior linebacker Bobby Wagner and senior punter Peter Caldwell were on the publication's preseason all-WAC list, while junior wide receiver Matt Austin was dubbed the Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Additionally, the publication picked the Aggies to finish seventh in the preseason poll, picking defending champion Boise State to repeat. BSU was followed by Nevada in second, then Fresno State, Louisiana Tech and Hawai'i at third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Idaho was tabbed sixth, followed by USU in seventh, New Mexico State in eighth and San Jose State ninth.


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Four Track Athletes Earn Academic All-District Honors Steve Strickland

Utah State had four track and field student-athletes earn academic all-district honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as seniors Steve Strickland and Erin Stratton, junior Dwayne Hansen and sophomore Daniel Howell were all named to the District 8 team.

Stratton and Hansen both earned first-team honors, while Strickland and Howell received second-team accolades. In fact, it is the third year in a row that Strickland has garnered second-team academic all-district honors from CoSIDA.

Stratton, a senior from Aurora, Colo., (Smoky Hill HS) has a 3.98 grade-point average in exercise science. During her USU career, she was a five-time Western Athletic Conference Indoor Champion in the 1,500m (2008), mile (2009), 3,000m (2009) and distance medley (2009, 2010). In all, she earned first-team all-WAC honors a total of 10 times and academic all-WAC honors eight times during her USU career.


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Former USU Track & Field Student-Athlete, Coach Darrell Gardner Passes Away Darrell Gardner

Former Utah State track and field student-athlete and assistant coach Darrell C. Gardner passed away in an accident earlier this week at the age of 51.

Gardner graduated from Utah State in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in physical education as well as earning his Master's degree in heath, physical education and recreation from USU in 1988. He was the recipient of the USU H.B. & Ethel Hunsaker Scholarship, as well as the 1985 Outstanding Senior Award for Physical Education, in addition to being the College of Education Media Representative in 1985.

He ran track for the Aggies, helping USU to a third-place finish in outdoor track and field in the Big West in 1985, which at the time was the Aggies' best finish in their nine years in the conference. He was also an assistant coach for the Aggie track and field team from 1986-1988.

Photos courtesy of Emery School District


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