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    VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 3 March 2010     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Lorena Keough Lorena Keough

Lorena Keough (Lorena Aitken) was first exposed to Utah State at a young age. In the 70s, Lorena and her family lived in Logan, while her father, Percy Aitken, attended the university to obtain his master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. When it came time for Lorena to decide where to pursue her undergraduate education, USU was the natural choice.

When she first arrived on campus, Lorena was surprised to find such international diversity. A foreign student originally from Bolivia, Lorena said she found “other Bolivians already in Utah, as well as students from other Latin American countries, Asia, and The Middle East”. During her time at USU, she was a member of the Foreign Student Council and Blue Key Society. A particularly memorable moment for Lorena was when she made the front page of the Utah Statesman after she was selected as “Miss International” in 1982.

At USU, Lorena was a double major in both Business and French. Her desire to work on her language skills led her to study abroad in both Canada and France. In 1985, Lorena graduated Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree from USU’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. She later continued her education at Penn State University, where she completed the post graduate Executive Development Course.  

Lorena’s solid, educational foundation led her to a distinguished professional career within the Life Sciences Industry. She spent an impressive 17 years working for the Health Sciences Division of Eastman Kodak in Latin America, Canada, and the United States. The last six years at Kodak, Lorena served as the General Manager and Vice President for the Health Imaging Division in Latin America. A key contributor to Kodak’s success, Lorena was the first female VP in Latin America. In addition to receiving the Kodak Management Excellence Award, she was also recognized for doubling the Health Imaging Business in a 5 year period. Lorena says one of the most rewarding parts of her profession is helping “companies enter Latin America and select[ing] their top management for the Region”.

After leaving Kodak to spend more time at home with her family, Lorena entered the consulting field. During this time, she had the opportunity to spend a season working as the Director of Marketing & Sales for Miami’s Orange Bowl. Lorena then joined Ken Clark International as the Regional President for Latin America. She is currently the Managing Director at the Miami Office of Diversified Search for Odgers Berndtson – the sixth largest retained executive search firm in the world. 

As the mother of a teenager and a five year old, Lorena’s non-working hours are typically filled with her children’s extracurricular activities. In her free time, she enjoys walking on the beautiful Florida beaches and spending time with her husband and children.

A woman with a diversified, professional career, Lorena has lived in a variety of places and had many adventures. Although she is now far from Utah State, Lorena’s time in Logan has a special place in her cache of life experiences. 

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WAC Tournament Alumni Parties

The Alumni Association will be holding three parties during the WAC Tournament.

Check the Tip-Off Parties page for more details!


WAC Tournament Rally PartyUSU Basketball

Rally with other Aggies at a no-host breakfast prior to the Noon tip-off between USU and Boise State in Reno, NV!

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Location: Flavors! the Buffet at Silver Legacy Resort & Casino

Cost: $8.99 per adult, $5.99 per child


WAC Tournament Watching Party

Come to the USU Alumni Center to watch the Aggies take on Boise State!

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Time: Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tip-off at 1:00 pm

Location: David B. Haight Alumni Center, internet feed via

Cost: Free Admission; Donations accepted for snacks and beverages


WAC Tournament Alumni Party

Join the USU Alumni Association and fellow Aggies for the WAC Tournament Alumni Party!

Date: Friday, March 12, 2010

Time: 3:30 pm - 5: 30 pm

Location: Silver Legacy Resort & Casino's Silver Baron Room

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

RSVP: Click here to register online.

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Featured Alumni Benefit - USU inCircle Online DirectoryFeatured Benefit

There are a variety of benefits available exclusively to all USU Alumni. For the month of March, discover the benefit of the USU inCircle Online Directory.

USU inCircle isn't only an online community, inCircle is an Online Directory you can use to find and contact other Aggies. Whether it's an old friend or someone in your same line of work, USU inCircle can help you make and keep strong, social connections. USU Alums have the option of including their current email address, phone number, residence, job, employer and more on their personal profile.

If you are not already a member of the USU inCircle community, click here to sign-up.

Start using USU inCircle as an easy-access Online Directory today!

PLUS, click here to check out the updated benefits for Alumni and Alumni Association Sustaining Members!

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"A" Plates Update 'A' Plate

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.

Current Number of "A" Plates: 4,300

To date, the total money raised from "A" plate sales is $105,725.

The total scholarship dollars provided is $598,110.

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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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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The Official MasterCard of Utah State University
Official Mastercard of Utah State

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!

Click here for more information.

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Back to the Buzzer


1969 Robins Awards Committee

Row one:  Burke Christensen, Rosemary Mix, Cathy Cannon, Debbie Steed, Sue White, Rose Ann Crowshaw, John Caine.

Row two: Dennis Yeates, John Talcott, Mike Meservy, H. B. Calder, Doug Christensen, Kirk Schmalz, Roger Jones.

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

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3rd Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon - SAVE THE DATE

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

Discounted pricing, online registration and other details coming soon! Check the Events page for details.

Registration will be available in April.

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Tooele 5K Run Tooele 5K

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010

Time: 8:00 am for walkers, 8:30 am for runners

Location: USU Tooele Campus - 1021 West Vine Street, Tooele, UT 84074

Cost: $15 per person

RSVP: Click here to download a registration form.

Race day registrations will be accepted that morning from 7:00 to 7:45 (race day registrations are not guaranteed a t-shirt).

All proceeds benefit the USU Tooele Scholarship Fund.

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Weber County Dinner with Dr. Craig JessopDr. Craig Jessop

Join Weber County Aggies for a delightful dinner and evening with Dr. Craig Jessop, Head of the USU Music Department.

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Rickenbacker’s Restaurant - 4282 S 1650 W, Ogden, UT 84405

Cost: $25/Sustaining Member; $30/Alumni & Friends

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

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Weber County Picnic Weber County Picnic

Weber County Aggies, mark your calendars and don't miss the Weber County Picnic!

Date: Monday, May 3, 2010

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: 40th Street Park, South Ogden, UT

RSVP: More information coming soon! Check the Events page for details.

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Davis County 5K Run - SAVE THE DATE Save the Date!

Save the date for the annual Davis County 5K Run on Saturday, March 15, 2010.

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

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Merit Citations

James R. Nottingham - Presented with a Merit Citation on February 11, 2010

James R. Nottingham is an Aggie through and through. In 1991, he graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and then went on to earn a master’s degree in the same field in 1993. While at Utah State, Jim worked for the Space Dynamics Laboratory. He continued his education at National Technological University, earning a master’s degree in Management of Technology in 2003.  

His professional career has taken him all around the world. He worked for Hewlett Packard (HP) from 1992-1997 as an engineer and scientist. Jim worked briefly for In-System Design, Inc. before returning to HP. Jim has worked primarily in the Research & Development area at HP, both as a Project Manager and a Section Manager. In 2007, he was appointed Director of Engineering, where he has consistently reduced operational expenses while maintaining timely delivery of several new products.

Jim has continued to remain close to his alma mater, serving on the Electrical & Computer Engineering Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and lending his support to the college’s outreach program – Engineering State. Jim has also been instrumental in creating a valuable partnership between Hewlett Packard and Utah State University.


K. Boyd Baugh - Presented with a Merit Citation on February 13, 2010

K. Boyd Baugh is a terrific example of what it means to be a graduate of Utah State University. A native of Logan, UT, Boyd was active in the ROTC program while attending Utah State. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and was honored as a Distinguished ROTC Graduate. Following a tour of active duty serving his country, he began his post-college career with Thiokol Corporation. Boyd then accepted a position with a school furniture company, a position that launched his career for the remainder of his professional life.

In 1973, he founded Pivot Interiors, a company that is now considered a leader in the office furniture industry. In 2000, they were recognized as the nation’s largest Herman Miller dealer. Boyd served as President and CEO for 25 years. He is a past president of the National Office Furniture Dealers Association and has served on the board of governors for the Independent Office Products Association. He also served on the executive committee for The Employers Group of California.

Even while his professional career flourished, Boyd found time to stay involved with his alma mater. He has served as President of the Bay Area’s alumni chapter and was also a member of the National Advisory Board for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at USU. He and his wife, Donna, also a graduate of Utah State University, are members of the Old Main Society. 


Lane Thomas - Presented with a Merit Citation on February 13, 2010

Lane Thomas, originally from Spanish Fork, UT, graduated from Utah State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Upon completing his degree at USU, Lane and his wife, Annette, moved to Spanish Fork, where he began his career in the banking industry.

Shortly after moving to Spanish Fork, Lane received a new position with First Security Bank and moved to the Uintah Basin. While living in the Uintah Basin, Lane continued his support of Utah State University. He served as the Uintah Basin Alumni Chapter President and also served on the Uintah Basin Advisory Board.  Following this dedicated service, he also served on the USU Alumni Executive Board.

Lane and his family eventually moved back to Spanish Fork, where he is currently working as the Business Relationship Banking Manager for Wells Fargo. He currently volunteers with the Utah County Alumni Chapter Board and is actively engaged with the Big Blue Scholarship Fund.

The Thomas’ love and commitment to USU runs deep. All three of their children have attended USU, as well as two of their children’s spouses. Lane is a committed Aggie and has taught his children to be loyal to USU. He reflects the true passion and appreciation of being an Aggie.


Louise C. Clyde - Presented with a Merit Citation on February 13, 2010

Louise C. Clyde was born in Beaver, UT on Christmas Eve of 1918. Raised on a farm five miles outside of Beaver, it was often difficult to get to school during the winters. However, this did not stop Louise’s dedication to her education. As a result of her hard work and her parents' steady support, Louise was the valedictorian of her high school graduating class.

Enrolling at Utah State University, Louise received a $30 scholarship to help with her tuition. To offset the additional costs of education, she took out a loan and was hired to work in the Education Department. Louise met Blaine Clyde at Utah State and was married on September 20, 1940. She and Blaine both graduated from USU in 1941. Following graduation, Blaine and Louise moved to Springville, UT and built their first home in 1950.

Since moving to Springville, Louise has always been involved in civic and church groups. She is a volunteer and benefactor at the Springville Museum of Art. She is a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and the Cultural Arts Club. As a 4-H leader for her daughters, Louise was actively involved with the activities of her children.

Blaine and Louise have donated a significant amount of funds to their community and various institutions of higher education in Utah. They have established two scholarships at Utah State University: one in the Engineering Department, where Blaine was a graduate, and one in the English Department, where Louise was a graduate. Louise and her late husband Blaine are members of the Old Main Society. Additional scholarships have been established in their name at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. As a result, many scholarships have been awarded to seniors at Springville High School.

Blaine and Louise started a tradition of donating works of art to the Springville Museum of Art and have donated 31 paintings and sculptures over the years, including some of the gems of the museum's collection. When the museum's new wing was built, Louise made a major donation. One of the galleries is named in honor of her and her husband. Today, Lousie continues her and her husband's tradition of giving. 


Brigadier General James D. Johnson - Presented with a Merit Citation on February 19, 2010

Brigadier General James D. Johnson has led a lifetime of service to his family, community, and the nation. A proud Utah State University graduate and Lifetime Sustaining Member of the Alumni Association, General Johnson’s service is admired by countless friends and associates throughout the United States. 

J.D. graduated from USU in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He later continued his education at the University of Utah, where he earned his master's degree in Human Resource Management in 1977. 

Brigadier General Johnson’s lifetime of service in the military began in 1969, when he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at Utah State University. Following Officer Basic Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia, he was assigned as a basic training officer at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He was ordered to Vietnam as an advisor and served with Advisory Team 88, Mobile Advisory Team 135 in Kein Hoa province South Vietnam until his release from active duty in July of 1971. Brigadier General Johnson joined the Utah National Guard in 1979 and served in a command with a variety of assignments, culminating as the Corps Artillery Commander.

Prior to General Johnson’s retirement, he was serving as the Vice Director of Plans, Operations, Logistics, and Engineering for the U.S. Joint Forces Command. After retiring, he was hired as a military contractor and served in Kabul, Afghanistan as mentor to the Afghan 1st Deputy Minister of Defense and the Assistant Minister of Defense for Installation Management and Military Operations. Most recently, General Johnson served as the Commander of Joint Task Forces for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. As the Commander, he was the senior military leader for the planning, coordination, and execution of military support for the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. As a result of his dedicated service, Brigadier General Johnson was honored with The Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety.

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USU Students Working to Create Scholarship for Haitians

Utah State UniversityChris Gow, Joey Stocking, and Scott Clawson, all USU students, are working with several campus organization to provide hope for Haiti.

The recent earthquake has opened the flood gates to humanitarian aid, yet many are skeptical if the aid will get to the right people. Furthermore, just sending aid to the country only acts as a band-aid to the more overarching problem: why is Haiti so poor to begin with and what needs to be done as a long-term solution? The Haitian Scholarship Program is designed to create a long-term solution to the problems found in Haiti by creating future leaders. The aim is to seek out some of the brightest and most ambitious Haitian individuals and have them educated at USU. The objective is that these graduates will return to Haiti as educated and empowered leaders armed with necessary tools to reverse the culture of poverty in their respective communities.

The goal is to have four Haitian students enrolled and ready to start school in the Fall 2010 semester, but they would like to grow the number of Haitian Students attending Utah State University every year by two students, eventually having at least eight Haitian students at the school each semester. The estimated total cost for one student to complete an undergraduate degree is $109,200. 

This is an opportunity to invest in human capital by educating Haitians. This is not a short term give a man a fish solution, but rather an honoring of the old adage which says teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Join in our effort to bring sustainability and trust to a population so close to our borders. 

If you are interested in helping the Haitian Scholarship Program, please contact Chris Gow at or Adeli Nol at

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Tips from Liberty Mutual, USU Alumni Association Affinity PartnerLiberty Mutual

 For every step of your life, Liberty Mutual has Solutions.

Liberty Mutual Solutions is an online resource for every phase of life. Whether you’re starting a family or adjusting to an empty nest, Solutions offers tips and tools to help you make the right decisions at every milestone along the way.

On the Solutions website, look for these engaging features:

* Practical advice on a variety of topics, such as coaching your kid’s sports team, buying a new car, or making home improvements. You can even share articles on your Facebook page.

* Quizzes and educational videos on important issues such as home security, fire safety, and green living.

* Checklists to help you manage your time so you can focus on what matters most.

* Money-saving discounts on home security products such as Broadview, and automobile services such as CarFax.

Click here to visit the Solutions website.

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Travel Opportunities

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

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to join Dr. F. Ross Peterson and Dr. Bryon Andreasen to learn of the life of Abraham Lincoln and important historical highlights in Missouri and Illinois. Included is St. Louis and the Arch; Springfield, IL for an in-depth presentation of Abraham Lincoln; visits to Carthage and Nauvoo, IL to the historical sites of the LDS Church; and a steamboat cruise on the Mississippi River in Hannibal, MO.

Click here to download a brochure with full trip details.

Discounted Price: $775* (plus air fare)
Full Price: $875 (plus air fare)
Airfare: $475


Cathedrals of Great Britain Tour with Dr. Craig Jessop: June 9-20, 2010 - SOLD OUT!!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 currently SOLD OUT. To be put on a waiting list please contact Alumni Relations at 800-291-2586.

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 for both trips ONLY available for Alumni Sustaining Members
Not an Alumni Association Sustaining Member? Click here to join today!

Check 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?

Click here to add your own Class Note today!

Sent By Notes
March 3, 2010
Ben Read
Graduation: 1968
Weber State has awarded Ben the Employee of the Year Award and the prestigious H. Aldous Dixon Award for distinguished service in meeting the needs of students and achieving career excellence.

A USU graduate in accounting, Ben Read has been employed by Weber State University for 28 years and is currently the payroll manager.
February 20, 2010
Steven Joseph Egli
Graduation: 1999
Steven Egli (USU BA 1999, MBA University of California, Berkeley 2004) was recently promoted to Associate Director at the investment bank Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P.

Steve and his wife Sarah Leeper live in Mill Valley, California. Steve and Sarah both work in San Francisco. Steve's focus is on advising financial institutions on mergers, acquisitions, and capital raising transactions. Sarah is a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where she practices regulatory and corporate law.

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 Athletic Schedules

Click here for the current schedules for all Aggie athletics.

WAC Tournament

Local Basketball Product Enjoying Final Days of Life-Long Dream Jared Quayle

It happens in every driveway, on every block, in every neighborhood, within every city across the country.  Young boys and girls play their favorite sports for countless hours, improving their technique in hopes of one day fulfilling that life-long dream of playing for their favorite team.

Growing up in the shadows of Utah State University, Jared Quayle too spent many hours playing the sport he loved and dreaming what it would be like to one day be part of the greatest thing he had ever witnessed, playing basketball for the Aggies in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

As a prep standout at nearby Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Quayle was excelling in the sport he grew up loving and earned first-team all-state honors his senior season as he led the Bees to the championship game of the 4A state tournament.

Despite all the success he experienced in high school, Quayle's dream of playing college basketball for Utah State seemed to be fading away into the night as the Aggies had no interest in the slender shooting guard.


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Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley Among Five Aggies Who Received Postseason WAC Honors, While Stew Morrill Earns Second-Straight Coach of the Year AwardStew Morrill

For the first time in its five years in the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State had two players earn first-team all-league honors in Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley, while head coach Stew Morrill was named the Don Haskins Coach of the Year for the second-straight season as the men’s basketball postseason awards as selected by the league’s nine head coaches were announced Sunday.

In all, Utah State had five players named to various all-conference teams as Nate Bendall and Brian Green were both named to the all-newcomer team, while Pooh Williams was tabbed to the WAC’s all-defensive team.

For the second straight year, Utah State steamrolled its way to a 14-2 league record as it won outright WAC Championships each year, along with its co-regular season title in 2008.  USU’s 28-4 WAC mark during the past two seasons is the best two-year stretch by any member of the league since Utah went a combined 26-2 in conference play during the 1998 and 1999 seasons.


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Aggie Men Win WAC Indoor Championship, Women Second USU Athletics

Utah State Men's track and field team won the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, while the Aggie women finished in second-place, their best finish since joining the WAC in 2005.

The men won the Indoor Championship in 2008 and in 2009 they took second place. This weekend they were able to re-take the title with 154 points by beating defending WAC Champion Boise State who finished second with 144.5 points.

After finishing in fourth-place for three consecutive years, the Aggie women battled to claim second-place with 104.5 points at this year's championship meet. Louisiana Tech won its third-straight WAC Championship with 175 points, while the Aggies topped third-place finisher Idaho, who had 102 points.


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