Aggie Insights E-newsletter
    VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 5 May 2010     

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HIGHLIGHTS

USU Alumni Spotlight - Bibhu Mohapatra Bibhu Mohapatra

Utah State Aggies reside across the globe. They work in a variety of industries and impact diverse groups of people. The world of fashion is not exempt from an Aggie influence.

Originally from the Indian state of Orissa, Bibhu Mohapatra is making an international impact in the fascinating industry of fashion couture. Specializing in women’s evening wear, celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Angelina Jolie have all worn Mohapatra’s sleek designs.

After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Bibhu traveled to the United States to work on his MBA right here at Utah State. After graduating from USU in 1998, he left Cache Valley and took another step closer to his dream of entering the fashion industry and moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). A year later, Bibhu graduated and was awarded the prestigious Anthony Muto Critic Award, as well as the Critic's Award for Best Evening Wear Designer of the Year.

Mohapatra continued on his road to success and became the assistant designer for Halston, a position he held for a year and a half before moving to the fashion house of J.Mendel. At J.Mendel, Bibhu quickly rose from assistant designer to design director, completely revolutionizing the label into “one of the most sought-after luxury fashion labels”. After almost 10 years with the company, he resigned to work on creating his own label.

Over the past several years, Western culture has seen an influx of Indian influence. In Mohapatra’s case, that influence finds life through his designs.  As cited in his biography on his personal website, Bibhu finds his inspiration from the “sumptuous Indian fabrics, vibrant colors, and the crafts of his native land”. In this year’s March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, writer Anne Monsky cited Mohapatra as an “up-and-coming New York talent [and] a name to know”. Fashion Group International also nominated him for the Rising Star Award in January 2010.

Prominent society members and celebrities have donned his unique designs for benefits, award shows, and special events. In 2007, Mohapatra was asked to design the wedding dress of equestrian champion Alison Beard for her wedding to Atlanta lawyer Tom Luzier. The Beard-Luzier nuptials were considered the wedding of the year in Tampa, FL. In 2009, many current and former southern debutantes chose evening gowns from Mohapatra’s first collection for the Reunion Ball held to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Atlanta Debutante Club's Bal de Salut.

Mohapatra’s chic designs frequently grace the covers and pages of prominent fashion magazines, such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, and WWD. His clothing collections are found in high-end stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Estis. He presented his first personal collection at New York Fashion Week in the fall of 2009 and recently completed his second ready-to-wear collection.

Definitely a “rising star”, the fashion world has only begun to see a glimpse of Mohapatra’s potential. This Aggie is definitely one to watch.

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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Featured Alumni Benefit - GradMed & AlumniMed+ Health InsuranceFeatured Benefit

There are a variety of benefits available exclusively to USU Alumni. For the month of May, discover the benefits of the GradMed® Short-term Health Insurance & AlumniMed+® Comprehensive Health Insurance.

GradMed® short-term health insurance is a valuable benefit provided by the Alumni Association. An ideal product for new graduates and alumni in between jobs, with GradMed you can choose a coverage period and deductible that meets your needs, protecting you from the expenses associated with an accident or illness. Coverage can begin as early as the day after receipt of your application. Visit the GradMed® website for more information.

AlumniMed+®, part of the Alumni Insurance Program, is comprehensive medical insurance that provides a long-term medical insurance solution with options for deductible amount, copay amount, and other optional benefits. AlumiMed+ allows alumni to choose between a PPO and a traditional plan, depending upon their state of residence. Visit the Alumni Insurance Program website for more information.

Click here to check out the updated benefits for USU Alumni and Alumni Association Sustaining Members!

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USU Spring 2010 CommencementUSU Spring 2010 Commencement

Utah State University graduates greeted actor and human rights activist Danny Glover with a rousing standing ovation Saturday after Glover told them that graduation day is the beginning of their moment to make their marks on the world.

Glover spoke in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during USU's 123rd Commencement Ceremony. He parlayed stories from a long life of activism and community involvement into a reminder to students that college graduation is a beginning, not an end — the time to start making their own histories, their own stories of action that will change the world.

"Maybe with all our force, with all our conviction, with all our humility — and with all our understanding — we can make something get done," he told the approximately 2,200 students in the 2010 graduating class.

He was one of five recipients Saturday of honorary degrees from USU. Others receiving honorary doctorates were: public radio pioneer Donald R. Quayle; business leader and public servant Scott R. Simplot; psychologist, community volunteer and environmental activist Dr. Paula Swaner; and long-time Utah media executive Dominic A. Welch.

Glover began his talk by highlighting the already remarkable record of service by the graduating class sitting before him, and he thanked the students and then the university for its long heritage of making a difference in the world.

Student speaker Natali Naegle, valedictorian for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, told her classmates it is up to them to use the creative talents they learned at USU to fix the seemingly insurmountable obstacles the world faces.

"It will fall to us, the innovators of tomorrow, to find creative solutions for these and other problems," she said, reiterating the problems Glover addressed in his own speech, including the economic climate and, particularly, global warming.

"We should let creativity become a propelling force, so the next great creative ideas come from USU students," Naegle said, "because it is better to dream big and fail, than to stay small and never reach our full potential."

FULL STORY

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52nd Robins Awards 52nd Robins Awards

The Robins Awards are among the highest honors awarded at Utah State University and are named in memory of visionary Utah State student body President William E. Robins, who held office in 1949. Robins and his wife died in a 1954 plane crash.

The featured award of the evening, the Bill Robins Memorial Award, went to Danielle Babbel. The award is presented to the student who excels academically, displays outstanding leadership ability and shows dedication to Utah State. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, double majoring in anthropology and geography with minors in Spanish and chemistry, Babbel has traveled to study in Huanchaco, Peru, Guadalajara and rural Campeche, Mexico, and Rwanda and been awarded numerous scholarships and accolades.

Beginning in her freshman year, Babbel became heavily involved in community affairs while participating in programs like STEP (Students Together Ending Poverty), the Environmental Coalition of Students, Amnesty International, Aggies for Compassion Towards Immigrants, Medical Unity (a club for students interested in medicine and the Latino community) as well as Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.

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Alumni Association Partners with Harris ConnectHarris Connect

Utah State University grads change emails, jobs and locations so often that it is hard to keep up with them. USU has contracted with Harris Connect to update contact information for all Aggie alumni around the world so that they can keep up-to-date on news and activities from campus. Harris will also help produce Utah State University Alumni Today, a beautiful hardcover publication that will allow USU alumni find their old university buddies and be used for personal and professional networking.

The easiest and fastest way to track down an old  school friend is through the Alumni Today publication as it will include up-to-date contact information. You will be able to reconnect with classmates and the publication will feature an introduction with full color pictures, prominent USU personas and a history of the  university. The publication will also include a section for photos and memories from your days at Utah State.

Harris Connect is the largest alumni publication company in America. Harris specializes in alumni publications and the data needs involved with this type of project. Utah State grads will be contacted - by phone, e-mail and mail - over the next few months to verify and update their contact information.

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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 since Spring 2000. The point of this program has one financial purpose, to provide scholarships to legacy students.

Learn more about the "A" plate program here.

Current Number of "A" Plates: 4,375

In 2010, the total money raised from "A" plate sales is $24,800.

The total scholarship dollars provided is $622,910.

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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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USU Alumni Association & PartnersFirst Agreement Ended
Official Mastercard of Utah State

On April 12, 2010, the partnership between the Utah State University Alumni Association and PartnersFirst ended. As a result, the benefits and support that Utah State University Alumni Association received as result of PartnersFirst cardholders’ purchases have been discontinued. The Alumni Association has no intention of pursuing another credit card partner at this time. 

Cardholders may continue to use their current cards for purchases, balance transfers, and cash advances.  As current cards expire, cardholders will be issued a new card from PartnersFirst without the Utah State University trademarks. Questions regarding account information should be directed to PartnersFirst at their toll-free number, 1-866-450-1402. 

We want to thank those who have supported the Alumni Association through the affinity card program.  We will continue to provide valuable benefits to our alumni and sustaining members.  Please visit the Alumni Association website www.usu.edu/alumni for a complete list of benefits and for other ways to support your Alumni Association.

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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 corey.mikkelsen@usu.edu 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

May Buzzer

1955 Horticulture students show their “mums” with pride.

Left to Right: LaMar Anderson, Robert Green, Jon Scholas, Duane Gull, and Max Williams.

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

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EVENT LISTINGS

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 http://csaboxoffice.usu.edu/

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Annual Ag Day BarbecueSave the Date

Save the Date!

The Annual Ag Day sponsored by the USU College of Agriculture will be held on Friday, October 1.

Check the future e-newsletter for more information.

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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 (time is TBA).

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

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CHAPTER EVENTS

Denver Chapter 3rd Annual Aggie Family Picnic 3rd Annual Aggie Family Picnic

Bring your own picnic and join your fellow Aggies for some famous Aggie Ice Cream and a raffle for Aggie Gear!

Date: May 15, 2010

Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Location: Falcon Park in Highlands Ranch - 8555 Fallbrooke Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO

Cost: FREE

RSVP: E-mail coloradoaggiealum@yahoo.com or contact Scott Bills at (303) 588-9104

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Southeast Idaho Chapter Spring Party Spring Party

Bring your family to the Southeast Idaho Chapter Spring Party! Hamburgers, drinks, and Aggie Ice Cream will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Date: May 15, 2010

Time: 5:00-9:00 pm

Location: FMS Park in Chubbuck - located just off of Rio Vista (Click here for a map)

Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family (additional scholarship donations accepted)

RSVP: By May 10th. Click here to register online.

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Davis County Aggie Spring Run-Off Davis County Aggie Spring Run-Off

Davis County Aggies pull out those running shoes and register for the 5th Annual Aggie Spring Run-Off!

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010

Time: 7:00 am Day-Of Registration*; Race starts at 8:00 am

Location: The Utah House - 920 S 50 W, Kaysville, UT

Cost: $30 Family; $25 Individual; $20 Aggie Alumnus/Student; $25+ LazyBoy

RSVP: Click here to download and fill out a registration form.

Mail your registration form and payment to:
Alumni Relations
7500 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-7500

*Race participants who register on the day of the race are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

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Tooele County Pool Party Tooele Swim Party

Come to a Pool Party for the USU Tooele Regional Campus and the Tooele Alumni Chapter. Canned food donations will be accepted at the door for the local food bank. So bring a can of food, play in the pool, and enjoy delicious Aggie Ice Cream!

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm (dinner); 8:00-10:00 pm (swim)

Location: Pratt Aquatic Center - 55 N 200 W, Tooele, UT

Cost: FREE

RSVP: By May 11th. Click here to register online.

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Las Vegas Chapter Golf Tournament & Aggie Scholarship Dinner Las Vegas Chapter Golf Tournament

Join Las Vegas Aggies for a golf tournament and dinner with head football coach Gary Andersen and many former players. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Las Vegas Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Click here to download a brochure with complete details.



Golf Tournament at Silverstone Golf Club

Date: June 12, 2010

Time: 9:00 am - Golf Tournament Check-in; 9:45 am - Tournament Begins

Location: Silverstone Golf Club

Cost: $90 per person



Aggie Scholarship Dinner at Monte Carlo Ballroom

Date: June 12, 2010

Time: 6:30 pm - Social Hour; 7:30 pm Aggie Scholarship Dinner & Raffle

Location: Monte Carlo Ballroom

Cost: $79 per person

 

RSVP for Both Events: By June 4th. Click here to register online.

Visit the Las Vegas Chapter Page for complete details.

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Young Alumni Summer Social Young Alumni Networking Social

Date: June 25, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Check the Events Page for more information coming soon!

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Utah County Swim Party Utah County Swim Party

Save the Date!

The Utah County Chapter will hold a swim party on Friday, July 16.

Check the Events Page for more information coming soon!

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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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CONNECTIONS

Merit Citations

Ambassador Lynn Hansen Ambassador Lynn Hansen

 Ambassador Lynn Hansen graduated from USU in 1960 with a BS in German, and minors in Russian and Physical Education. He later received a master's and PhD in German at the University of Utah and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  He met and married his wife, Faith Dye, in 1959 after returning from an LDS mission to Denmark. They have been married for over 50 years.

While attending Utah State, Ambassador Hansen was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. He was a commander in the Arnold Air Society, a Cadet Colonel and distinguished graduate of the Utah State Air Force ROTC, and received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Free University of Berlin. While attending USU, he was selected as Man of the Year.

Ambassador Hansen was appointed Ambassador by President Ronald Reagan and served until the first few months of the Clinton Administration. During his life-long career, he also taught at the US Air force Academy as the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of National Defense and Security. He has received numerous awards from President Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, Department of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency for his service to the country.  Ambassador Hansen served 23 years active service in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 1983 as a full colonel. He served one year in Vietnam and six years as liaison officer to Soviet Army in Germany. Throughout his military career, he received many decorations and awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Metal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Vietnamese Staff Services Medal, 1st Class.

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Rod Clark Rod Clark

Rod Clark is a true Aggie, through and through. A graduate from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Rod received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1965. He continued his education at USU and received his Master of Science in Psychology in 1978. Following Rod’s tenure as a student at USU, he began a full and dedicated career with Utah State. He worked in the Registrar’s office and was selected to be the Director of General Registration. Rod was then selected to serve as the Director of School Relations & Admissions.

All Alumni at USU have one thing in common: they are all Aggies. Each student comes to USU and has a very unique experience. It may be impossible to calculate the lasting influence Rod has had in the lives of the students he worked with. Rarely does one have the opportunity to dedicate an entire career to an organization.  Rod’s service, dedication, and commitment has truly changed lives and opened doors of opportunity for the students he served.

Since retiring from USU, Rod has remained active and involved. He and his wife Kirstine currently reside in Liberty, Utah. They are active members of the Weber County Alumni Association and have participated in numerous events and activities. Rod has generated many strong ties to the community and to students all around the world. He is a member of the Old Main Society, has been season ticket holder for basketball and football, and is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

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Scott and Trudy Young Scott & Trudy Young

Scott and Trudy Young’s service to Utah State University is unprecedented.  All Alumni in Weber County are very familiar with Scott and Trudy; they are truly admired by all.

Scott and Trudy both attended Utah State University where they met each other on a blind date. They have always appreciated this great university for the education they received and the start of a marriage, which has lasted for over 43 years and produced four sons and 14 grandchildren. Trudy received her Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Statistics, with a minor in Psychology, in 1971. Trudy enjoyed being involved with numerous volunteer activities while attending USU. Scott received his Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science in 1967 from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. While enrolled at USU, Scott played tennis for the USU Men’s Tennis team. He was also a member of the USU Air Force ROTC program.

Since graduating, Scott and Trudy have been actively involved in the Weber County Alumni Chapter. Both have spent many years helping with the local chapter and served as co-presidents of the Weber county chapter for over seven years. Additionally, they served on the USU Alumni Association Executive Board. Scott and Trudy were instrumental in starting the Aggie Classic Car show that has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships for Weber County students. In 2009, the Aggie Care show celebrated its 10th year anniversary.

Outside of the Alumni Association, Scott served as a Captain in the Air Force and worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Trudy worked as a school teacher before joining the USU Extension office in Weber County. They are now enjoying their wonderful life as retirees and grandparents.

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Family Legacy in USU's College of Agriculture Spans 100 Years Ag Family Legacy

If one were to pass Phyllis Smith on campus at Utah State University, he or she probably wouldn’t notice anything unusual about her. She appears to be just another student pursuing an ornamental horticulture degree in USU’s College of Agriculture. But if one were to take a minute to get to know her, they might find out that she has an interesting story to tell. Smith will graduate in May from the College of Ag exactly 100 years after her prominent grandfather, Robert Haslam Stewart, did in 1910. 

“I didn’t realize that I would be graduating exactly 100 years after my grandfather did until he was inducted into the College of Ag’s Hall of Honor in 2008,” she said with a smile. “It was then that I thought to myself, ‘this is pretty cool.’”

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Los Angeles Alumni Group Granted Official Club CharterLA Chinese Alumni Club

In the late 70s, a group of USU Alumni, originally from Taiwan, moved to Los Angeles, where many eventually started businesses. After connecting with other Chinese alumni through business interactions and social gatherings, they formed an unofficial group. Every time the group meets an alumnus in LA that is a native of China or other Asian country, they invite them to join the group. The group now has about 100 members and elects a president every year. This year it is Gloria Pei. Each year the group usually does an activity or dinner together.

A few weeks ago, Patty Halaufia, Alumni Association Executive Director, and Stan Albrecht, Utah State University President, traveled to LA to present the club with an official charter. The group is now recognized as an official club of the alumni association. The Alumni Association plans on working with them in the future to include more Chinese alumni and to facilitate information from the university for their group and to provide guests speakers as some of their gatherings.

Click here to view more pictures from this event.

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Discover Career Success Wilberto Nunez

“I am so grateful to Career Services for helping me obtain my summer internship with Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City as an infrastructure engineer. The interview was exactly what my career coach and I prepared for during our mock interview. The resources at Career Services were instrumental in helping me obtain this highly competitive internship.” 

Wilberto Nunez
Mechanical Engineering Intern
Goldman Sachs  

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:  www.usu.edu/career; (435) 797-7777; University Inn, 102.

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Tips from Liberty Mutual, USU Alumni Association Affinity Partner

Living GreenLiberty Mutual

From roofing to flooring, “eco-friendly” materials and devices can help you save money when you’re maintaining, repairing or improving your home. Even better, they help save the environment.

Join the Green Revolution and consider these simple ways to conserve energy and other natural resources:

- Use impact-resistant roof shingles made from asphalt, metal or simulated tile. They deflect hail, wind and fire better than asphalt and keep roofing material out of landfills.

- Replace appliances more than ten years old with energy-efficient models, which could save you hundreds of dollars a year according to the EPA.

- Install low-flow showerheads and toilets to conserve water.

- Exchange your most-used lighting fixtures for Energy Star models to help reduce greenhouse gasses.

- Switch to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, which can save more than $30 in electricity costs compared to an ordinary incandescent bulb.

- Substitute recycled plastic lumber for concrete, work and metal in decks, fences, swing sets and landscaping.

- Choose renewable flooring materials when you build or redecorate, such as bamboo, cork, reclaimed glass and salvaged wood.

- Lay carpeting made from natural, organic or fair-trade fibers that are friendly to the environment and hypoallergenic.

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Travel Opportunities

Cathedrals of Great Britain Tour with Dr. Craig Jessop: June 9-20, 2010Cathedrals 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.

Call Alumni Relations at 800-291-2586 for more details.

Click here to download a brochure with complete details.

Discounted Price: $2,195* (plus airfare)
Full Price: $2,395 (plus airfare)

Visit the Travel Page for more information.

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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.

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

Visit the Travel Page for more information.

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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?

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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ATHLETICS

Current Athletics Schedules

 

Two Former Members of USU Athletics Department Selected to NACDA Hall Of Fame Chuck Bell & Fern Gardner

Chuck Bell and Fern Gardner, along with 10 other inductees, will be recognized during NACDA's 45th-annual convention on June 23 in Anaheim, Calif.

Former Utah State University Athletics Director Chuck Bell and former student-athlete and women's basketball coach Fern Gardner have both been selected for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame. Bell and Gardner, along with 10 other inductees, will be recognized during NACDA's 45th-annual convention on June 23 in Anaheim, Calif.

From 1992-98, Chuck Bell served as the director of athletics at Utah State University. During that time, Aggie teams captured 23 conference titles, competed in a pair of bowl games and participated in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and the NIT.

During his time at Utah State, Bell instituted a three-year plan to fully comply with Title IX requirements, and graduation rates rose to 78 percent for student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility. Due to increased giving during his time, he oversaw new facilities built for softball, soccer, track and field, and an indoor football practice field and training building.

The Utah State women's soccer program was established under Bell's leadership, and in 2002, four years after he left the university, the soccer stadium was renamed the "Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field."

In addition to holding the AD job at Utah State, Bell also served as the director of athletics at Colorado State University (interim), San Jose State University and Delaware State University. Bell became the first Caucasian athletics director in the long history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) when he took the position at Delaware State in 2005.

Bell served on NACDA's Executive Committee (1999-2000, 1995-98) and was on the Directors' Cup Committee from 1998-2007. He also has served on the National Football Foundation Board of Directors and the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association Executive Committee.

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USU Recognizes 157 Student-Athletes at Annual Whitesides Luncheon Erin Stratton

Utah State's athletics department recognized 157 student-athletes for achieving a 3.2 grade point average at the 17th annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Luncheon Tuesday. To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or have posted a 3.2 GPA during the last two semesters.

In all, approximately 47 percent of USU's student-athletes earned a 3.2 GPA to qualify for the awards.

The top honoree during the luncheon was track athlete Erin Stratton. The senior from Aurora, CO (Smoky Hill HS) graduated Summa Cum Laude in December of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a minor in psychology. She was the valedictorian of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department with a 3.98 cumulative grade point average.

As a four-year letterwinner on Utah State's cross country/track and field teams, Stratton has claimed three Western Athletic Conference Championships as she won the mile and 3000m at the 2009 WAC Indoor Championships and the 1500m at the 2008 WAC Indoor Championships.

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Preston Medlin to Play Overseas this Spring with Athletes in Action Preston Medlin

Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin is one of 10 NCAA Division I student-athletes who will participate in a week long tour with Athletes in Action in late May and early June against teams from Poland it was announced Tuesday.

Medlin just completed his freshman season at Utah State as he appeared in 22 games and averaged 3.7 points, while shooting 40.9 percent from the field (27-66), 37.5 percent from three-point range (15-40) and 92.9 percent at the free throw line (13-14).

"I'm really excited about going to Poland, and I hear that everyone who has traveled over there with this organization has had a great experience," Medlin said. "I will be playing with some good collegiate players and against some really good competition, and hopefully it will help improve my game."

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Former Aggie James Brindley Signs Free Agent Deal with Seattle Seahawks James Brindley

Former Utah State football player James Brindley signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday evening at the completion of the NFL Draft.

"It's very exciting. It's one step closer to a dream come true," Brindley said. "I've been talking to a few teams all week, but the Seahawks' coaches have been calling and texting me a lot and showed the most interest. Before the draft was over, my agent called and said it was a done deal that I was going to Seattle."

Brindley, a native of Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS), was ninth in the Western Athletic Conference and 91st in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in tackles with 7.8 per game in 2009, despite missing two complete games and halves of two others with a leg injury. Brindley also ranked third among the league's defensive backs in tackles. Additionally, Brindley ranked third overall in passes defended with nine on six pass break-ups and three interceptions.

He earned first-team all-WAC honors from Phil Steele's College Football Preview in 2009. Before the 2008 season, he collected second-team preseason all-WAC Phil Steele's College Football Preview honors. Brindley was also a two-time academic all-WAC honoree.

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