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    VOLUME 8 | ISSUE 9 September 2010     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Jamilyn Manning-WhiteJamilyn Manning-White

Jamilyn Manning-White is no stranger to achievement. In her case, the statement "all the world's a stage" couldn't be more true. Far beyond merely the brink of a unique career, Jamilyn has already established herself as a young opera singer to watch.

Raised in a family that has always valued music and the performing arts, it was only natural for Jamilyn to dance and sing her way through her early childhood and teen years. She danced everything from tap, jazz, and ballet, and also took voice lessons from both of her grandmothers.

Growing up in Smithfield, UT, Jamilyn also found time to serve on the Smithfield Youth City Council, participate in the Cache Valley Community Theater, and be a Sky View High School Cheerleader. During 2001-2002, Jamilyn had the honor to serve as Miss Cache Valley. In the course of her reign she attended most elementary and middle schools in Cache Valley to promote youth literacy, an effort that earned her the Spirit of the Valley Service Award.

For Jamilyn, her teenage years in Smithfield were only the beginning. A full-ride scholarship to Utah State allowed Jamilyn to further develop and devote her time to her incredible soprano voice. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance in 2006, Jamilyn went on to Arizona State University where she received her master's and doctoral degrees in Opera Performance.

As a credit to her true talent, Jamilyn has won numerous singing awards. In 2008, she received the President's Award at the Jose Iturbi International Music Competition. She has been a Western Region Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions twice and a finalist for Opera Index. In 2009, Jamilyn received a National Award from the Music Teacher National Association.

This summer Jamilyn was chosen as one of 38 singers from more than 600 applicants to participate in Glimmerglass Opera's Young American Artists Program, an internationally recognized apprentice program for young singers. During the 2010 Festival, she played the role of Mrs. Jenks in Copland's The Tender Land, sang as a member of the chorus in Puccini's Tosca, and performed as a soloist in Steven Blier's Killer B's concert. She was also a part of the program for the 2009 season. For the fall, Jamilyn is scheduled to play the role of Frasquita in the Arizona Opera's production of Carmen, as well as Edith in the production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Studying Vocal Performance at USU, and then Opera Performance at ASU, paved the way for Jamilyn to take after her Grandma Manning and become the opera singer she is today. Although she is still in the early years of her career, there is not doubt Jamilyn will continue to experience success in her future roles.

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

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Alumni Print Directory - Thank you for updating your information! USU Alumni Print Directory

Thank you to those alumni who participated in the Utah State University Alumni Today print directory project. We appreciate your time in updating your information. We had an overwhelming response and look forward to this publication's release this November.

This comprehensive volume will include current names and academic information, as well as business, professional, residential and family information for consenting alumni. The new 2010 edition will also list alumni by geographic location with a career category for networking purposes. The print directoryalso includes photos uploaded by alumni in a Through the Years section and a What's Been Happening essay by alumni who opt to include biographical information.

For more information about the Alumni Directory Project, please visit

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Aggie Homecoming Weekend: Early Bird Registration

Don't miss your chance for discounted prices for many Aggie Homecoming Weekend activities including Football Tickets, All Aggie Homecoming Reception and the Pre-game Party!   Register online now!USU Homecoming 2010

Join us for many of our favorite Aggie traditions such as True Aggie Night, the Homecoming Dance and Homecoming Parade at this year's Aggie Homecoming Weekend: October 21-23. We will be including some of last year's most popular events as well as some new events that are sure to become favorites.

A new event added to this year's schedule is the All Aggie Homecoming Reception on Friday evening. This is the meeting place for all Aggies!  Join us for food, entertainment and a no-host bar at Hamilton’s Steak & Seafood. Come reunite with classmates and meet this year’s Homecoming honorees, then hit the town and visit your favorite Logan hang-outs.

The Homecoming Football game will be against the University of Hawaii on Saturday at 3:00 pm. We hope you will join us for the Pre-Game Party sponsored by the Young Alumni Association. Come and enjoy free activities for Aggies of all ages! The party will be held in the west parking lot of Romney Stadium---a central meeting spot for everyone coming to the game. Tickets to the food concession area are $6 per person in advance, $8 at the pregame party.

2010 Homecoming honorees:
Alumni of the Year - Gary & Marjorie Anderson & Margaret Anderson
Distinguished Young Alumna - Ms. Joey Blanch
Grand Marshals - 1960 & 1961 Football Teams

For complete details, visit the Homecoming website:

Click here to register for all Homecoming Events and get your early bird discounts!

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USU Earns High Marks as a Top 100 Public Institution of Higher Education USU Top 100

As Utah State University welcomes back students this fall, the institution can add a few more bragging rights to its continually rising, national reputation. The university was named as one of the top 100 public institutions of higher education, according to the latest edition of the influential U.S. News & World Report's university rankings, "Best Colleges 2011" released in mid-August.

USU is ranked 92nd in the nation under the best national universities category when compared against public universities only in the magazine's annual school rankings issue. To be placed into this category, the publication evaluated universities that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's and doctoral degrees and are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

"I am proud of Utah State University's placement," said USU Provost and Executive Vice President Raymond Coward. "It is a direct reflection of our institution's quality faculty and programs."

While the U.S. News and World Report ranking is impressive by itself, the university has also garnered attention on several other national lists during the past few months.


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Wonders of China Tour: November 4-18, 2010 - Sign up Now!Wonders of China Tour

China is a vast land rich with history, beauty, and culture. 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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Featured Alumni Benefit - Term Life InsuranceFeatured Benefit

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, so what better time to introduce a new benefit for USU Alumni.

Life Insurance Month offers a unique processing platform for easy quoting, applying and processing of term life insurance policies giving Utah State University Alumni safe, trustworthy access to the most competitive life insurance buying service in the country...quickly.

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Back to the Buzzer


Aggie Football (1940).

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

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Aggie-to-Aggie Networking Lunch Aggie-to-Aggie

Come network with fellow Aggie professionals. Visit with entrepreneur, Jason Budge ‘02, co-owner and co-founder of Shelf Reliance.

Bring your own lunch and business cards and we will bring the Aggie Ice Cream!

Sponsored by the Young Alumni Association.

Date: Friday, September 17, 2010

Time: 12:00 Noon

Location: Zions Bank Building, 18th Floor, One South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT

Cost: Free

RSVP: See who's coming and register online here

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Weber County Aggie Scholarship Golf Tournament Weber County Golf Tournament

Join fellow Aggies for the Weber County Aggie Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Ogden Golf & Country Club. The winning team from the Best Ball Tournament will represent Utah State University at the Acura Alumni Team Championship in Pinehurst, NC from November 5-7, 2010.

Date: Monday, September 20, 2010

Time: Registration - 8:00 am; Shotgun Start - 9:00 am; Luncheon & Awards - 2:00 pm

Location: Ogden Golf & Country Club - Click here for a map and directions

Cost: Best Ball Tournament Participants - Individual $110; Team $440;
Scramble Participants (non-qualifier) - Individual $100; Team $400

RSVP: By September 13th. Click here to register online.

Visit the Weber County Aggie Scholarship Golf Tournament website for complete details.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event?
Click here to register today!

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USU vs. San Diego State Pre-Game Party Pre-Game Party

Don't miss the first Pre-Game Party of the 2010 Football Season! Come cheer for your USU Aggies as they take on the San Diego State Aztecs.

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010

Party Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Game Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego, CA

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

RSVP: by Sept 17. Online registration available here or call the Alumni Relations Office1-800-291-2586

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Business Week 2010 Business week

Business Week 2010 will be held Friday, September 24, through Friday, October 1, 2010. In addition to three Dean’s Convocation events on Tuesday,September 28 (Roger Martin), Thursday, September 30 (Dr. Stephen Covey in the Performance Hall) and Friday October, 1 (Henry J. Eyring), the activities include a dance marathon, a benefit concert and BBQ, a 10-mile relay race, an alumni networking dinner, an alumni golf tournament at Logan Golf & Country Club and a tailgate party before the BYU game.

Any and all proceeds during Business Week will go to fund cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Business Week 2010 is sponsored by Business Council in conjunction with the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Dean’s Office.

Business Week webpage

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Aggie Homecoming Weekend 2010 Homecoming 2010

Utah State's Homecoming weekend is October 21-23, 2010.

Come back to campus and join us for many of your favorite Aggie traditions such as the Homecoming Parade, True Aggie Night, and the Homecoming Dance. The Homecoming football game will be played against Hawaii on Saturday, October 23 at Romney Stadium at 3:00 pm.

Visit the Homecoming website to find out more!

Click here to register online.

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Discover Career Success Discover Career Success

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

Insuring Against College Calamities

If you’re the parent of dependent college students living away from home, you may not be aware that your homeowners policy will cover their personal property and personal liability.

Personal Property Coverage

Although limits and coverage vary by state, as long as your children’s permanent residence is your home, their personal property is automatically covered anywhere in the world up to a limit of 10% of your personal property coverage limit or $1,000, whichever is greater. Under the terms of a basic policy, they’re covered for the actual cash value of their lost or damaged items.

To get the most from your coverage:

Take an inventory of your child’s personal property.

Keep the receipts of valuable items.

Make a video of the dorm room or apartment after you’ve set it up.

Personal Liability Coverage

Personal liability coverage protects your child against claims of unintentional bodily and property damage up to $100,000 per incident. Coverage includes medical bills for injured parties up to three years from the time of the incident, property damage up to $500 per occurrence and legal defense against claims brought on by injured parties.

A note about renters insurance
If your child establishes legal residency in a place other than your home and lives in an apartment, be aware that a landlord’s insurance policy covers only damage to the apartment building itself, not the tenant’s personal property. You should, therefore, purchase a separate renters policy, which provides personal property and personal liability coverage.

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

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Share Photos with the Utah State Flickr GroupFlickr

Show your Aggie pride by sharing your USU related pictures on the Utah State Flickr group! We recently added pictures from Aggie Family Day at Lagoon and the Aggie tailgate at the USU vs. Oklahoma game!

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

Click here to view and add photos.

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

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

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

Click here to update your records.

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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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Travel OpportunitiesWonders of China Tour

Wonders of China Tour: November 4-18, 2010

China is a vast land rich with history, beauty, and culture. 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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Civil War Battlefields with Dr. F. Ross Peterson: April 9-15, 2011 Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

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

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

More information to come!

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

Explore Gorongosa National Park in beautiful Mozambique!

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

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

Click here for a brochure with complete details and itinerary.

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Class Notes Class Notes

Have you received a recent promotion or participated in a community event? Do you ever wonder what other Aggies from your graduating class are up to?
<p><a href="" target="_blank" class="bluelink">Click here to add your own Class Note today!</a> </p>

Sent By Notes
Victor Roy Squires
Graduation: 1974
Armed with my PhD in Range Science I left for Iran to work on a World Bank project. This started a long period of consultancies for World Bank, UN and Asian Development Bank (ADB) and so on. After my return to Australia I resumed my career with CSIRO (the Australian Federal Research agency). After 22 years with 22 years I took up a position as Dean of Faculty of Natural Resources at the Roseworthy campus of the University of Adelaide. I retired in 1995 but continue to work (principally in china these days. After 2-0 years of work (off and on) in China I was awarded a Gold Medal and a citation for International Cooperation in Science and Technology. I have published a few books and my next assignment is in Tajikistan. So, my time at USU was not wasted!!
Kristopher Young
Graduation: 2002
I've been working in Haiti with an org,PROViDE (Participatory Response Offering Vitality in Devastated Environments) to reduce vulnerability and stimulate economies in developing countries. As incorporator and representative of PROViDE I have spent the last three months in Haiti conducting feasibility studies while developing partnerships with locals and local organizations for project development. To date I have linked with a group of Haitians and Haitian-Americans, Haitian-American Caucus (HAC) who are rebuilding a school to act as a community center; a locally renowned agronomist and his wife, Miradieu and Dula Estinvil, who have been working since the 1980's to enhance livelihoods through urban agriculture, and women's enterprise; a group of entrepreneurial herdsmen; and a group of fishermen who tragically lost equipment and employees in the quake. These projects all need a lot of attention setting up a framework and developing the long-term goals for their implementation. That said, if you are altruistic and looking to combine your valuable knowledge obtained at Utah State with the traditional knowledge of impoverished but driven Haitians in need please contact me.

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 Schedules 2010 Football Guide


Borel Earns National Recognition For Performance Against University of Oklahoma USU Football - Borell

Lone WAC Player To Collect Non-AQ Helmet Sticker

Utah State senior quarterback Diondre Borel earned national recognition for his performance Saturday night in the Aggies' near-upset of No. 7 Oklahoma before falling, 31-24, by receiving a helmet sticker from He is the lone Western Athletic Conference player to earn a helmet sticker among the non-BCS conferences list.

Borel was 17-of-36 for 341 yards (20.1 yards per completion) with two touchdowns. It was Borel's sixth career 300-yard passing outing, his 17th career game with at least one TD pass and ninth career game with multi-TDs and Borel now has 30 career TD passes.


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Utah State Announces 2010-11 Men's Basketball Schedule USU Basketball - Wesley

Aggies will play at Georgetown Dec. 4.

During the 2010-11 season, Utah State will play 17 games in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, a venue where it has won 51 of its last 52 contests. Overall, the Aggies have posted an incredible 176-13 (.931) home record under Morrill, which includes a 37-3 (.925) record in WAC play.

Highlighting Utah State's non-conference schedule will be a game against Big East Conference power Georgetown on Saturday, Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C. It will be the Aggies first regular season matchup against a BCS school since defeating Iowa, 75-62, in the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational. It is also the first time USU has traveled to a BCS school during the regular season since it played at Rutgers during the 1992-93 campaign. Utah State's game with Georgetown will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.


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Utah State Volleyball Receiving Votes In Coaches Poll

USU received nine votes to rank 32nd in the nation.USU Volleyball

With a 6-0 record and back-to-back tournament championships to start the 2010 season, Utah State's volleyball team is garnering some national attention as it received nine votes in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 poll to rank 32nd in the nation.

Utah State is one of three teams from the Western Athletic Conference to be included in this week's poll as Hawai'i is ranked sixth in the country and New Mexico State received seven votes to be ranked tied for 33rd. USU is also the only team from the state of Utah to receive at least two votes this week.


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