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    VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 4 April 2011     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Wayne Linn Wayne Linn

Spotlight by Liz Wilson

Born in the Mid-west, Wayne Linn has made a home in dozens of places around the world. Wayne began his travels when he enlisted in US Army in 1947. His career in military was the first step toward his lifetime of service to his country and to others. Years of education went into his lifetime of work in the field of Fisheries.

Dr. Linn began his education at Mankato State Teachers College, which would later become Minnesota University. While earning his degrees in Biology and Chemistry, he met his sweetheart and future wife, Fae Anderson. His years of education also included a Master's degree in Fisheries from Oregon State. In 1958 he and his wife moved to Cache Valley where Wayne earned his Ph.D. from the USU Fisheries department. During his time in Logan the Linn's small family grew while they lived on campus.

The beautiful vistas of Cache Valley offered a wide range of research opportunities as he studied how to understand and manage freshwater fish populations. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Linn moved on to various research projects in Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Teton National Park where he gained a greater understanding of nature and how he could help others better understand it as well.

As an expert in the field of fisheries, Dr. Linn decided to take his talents to those who could most use his help. In 1973 he joined the United States Peace Corps and served in Malawi East Africa as Chief Fisheries Officer while his wife, Fae, worked in healthcare. In Africa, Wayne put his USU education to good use helping the local people make the most of their local resources and eradicate hunger. Dr. Linn is pleased to have been a part of the legacy of the Peace Corp; this year marks the Pease Corps' 50th anniversary.

His extensive career in the field of aquatic ecosystems was passed on to many others eager to do good in the world. Dr. Linn worked as a professor at Dakota Wesleyan University, Southern Oregon college (now Southern Oregon University), and at the University of Swaziland in South East Africa. Now retired, Wayne and his wife enjoy traveling around the world and seeing new things. They have three children.

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Videos from USU Founders Day

Anthony Kinninger - Utah State University Distinguished Alumnus Award Anthony Kinninger - Utah State University Distinguished Alumnus Award

Video bio of Anthony Kinninger, recipient of Utah State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award. USU Founders Day 2011.

Don J. Wang - Utah State University Distinguished Alumnus Award Don J. Wang - Utah State University Distinguished Alumnus Award

Video bio of Don J. Wang, recipient of Utah State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award. USU Founders Day 2011.

Janice Dee - Utah State University Distinguished Service Award Janice Dee - Utah State University Distinguished Service Award

Video bio of Janice Dee, recipient of Utah State University's Distinguished Service Award. USU Founders Day 2011.

Mary & Mark Bold - Utah State University Distinguished Service Award Mary & Mark Bold - Utah State University Distinguished Service Award

Video bio of Mary & Mark Bold, recipients of Utah State University's Distinguished Service Award. USU Founders Day 2011.

Kay & Judy Toolson - Utah State University Distinguished Service Award Kay & Judy Toolson - Utah State University Distinguished Service Award

Video bio of Kay & Judy Toolson, recipients of Utah State University's Distinguished Service Award. USU Founders Day 2011.



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Featured Alumni Benefit - David B. Haight Alumni Center Featured Benefit

Offering beautiful surroundings, the David B. Haight Alumni Center is a wonderful spot for your event. A 10% discount on rental of the Alumni Center is available to paid in full Lifetime members. The center is great for receptions, weddings, dinners, luncheons, and workshops.

Click here to discover more benefits available to USU Alumni and Alumni Association Sustaining Members!

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Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver

Keep the Aggie 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.


Fall Semester: August 1, 2011

*Note: Awarding of the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship for fall semester will start on December 1 and will continue to be awarded monthly until the August 1 deadline.

Time spent in Utah on the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship cannot be counted towards establishing resident student status. If you would like to discuss other options, please email Corey Mikkelsen at

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Back to the Buzzer


1970: Flight Tech Club

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

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SEED Golf Tournament Las Vegas Golf

Scramble golf tournament with the USU Men's Basketball Team. There will be 10 teams of four people each. Each team will have a basketball player on it.

Date: Friday, April 15, 2011

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Birch Creek Golf Course
                Smithfield, UT

Cost: $95 per player.

RSVP: Email

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Weber County Dinner with Special Guest John D. ElwellWeber County Dinner

Join other Aggies from Weber County for the Annual Scholarship Dinner. John D. Elwell will be our special guest and will be sharing his experiences with the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). WISE is a satellite built at USU Space Dynamics Laboratory and is being used to map the Sky in Infrared Light. John is the WISE Program Manager and will be sharing some remarkable pictures and stories of WISE.

Date: Friday, April 29, 2011

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Ogden Golf and Country Club
                 4197 S Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT

Cost: $25 for sustaining members, $28 for non-sustaining members

RSVP: Registration


6th Annual Aggie Spring Run-Off Family 5KSave the Date

All proceeds benefit the legacy scholarship fund.

Date:May 14, 2011

Time: 8:00 am (Check-in from 7:00 - 7:45 am)

Location: "Utah House" and Utah Botanical Center, 920 S 50 W, Kaysville UT

Cost: $30 per Family, $25 per Individual, $20 per Aggie Alumnus/Student, $5 per High School Student

RSVP: Register here by May 11, 2011

Aggie Family Lagoon Day WAC Tournament 2011

Save the date for the Aggie Family Lagoon Day

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Time: all day

Location: Lagoon
                 375 Lagoon Drive, Farmington, UT 84025-2554

Cost: TBA

RSVP: Coming Soon!

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Discover Career Success Discover Career Success

"I graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Technology in May 2010, and I threw together a very basic resume assuming that my credentials would land me a job instantly. Boy, was I wrong! After spending so much time working on this degree, I neglected to invest any time in marketing myself. I was confident that if I could interview with an employer, I could land a job. What I needed, however, was a way to get that interview. Understanding how employers identify and select candidates was foreign to me, and I needed some help navigating the process. I met with my career coach, Derek Jack, at Career Services. After several one-on-one coaching sessions and a few "wake-up calls," Derek helped me create a resume and develop interview techniques that effectively marketed my skills and resulted in several interviews. If not for Derek's coaching, I would have made some big interviewing mistakes. I now have an excellent job with tons of potential as an instructional designer with CollegeAmerica Services. I would never have gotten the attention my skills deserved had it not been for the insight and coaching that I received from Career Services."

William Fullmer
MS, Instructional Technology, May 2010

Connect with Career Services to:

Discover Career Success

- 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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Share Photos with the Utah State Flickr GroupFlickr

Show your Aggie pride by sharing your USU related pictures on the Utah State Flickr group!

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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Explore Gorongosa National Park: September 9-21, 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 to watch an interview with Greg Carr on 60 Minutes.

Click here to watch other videos about the 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?

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!

Alumnus Notes

Robert B Bradshaw

Glen Howlett
BS '58
MS '65


I earned a teaching certificate in Industrial Arts and a minor in mathematics in August of 1958 from USU. I began my teaching career at Monticello High School. After my first year of teaching I accepted a contract at Mount Jordan Junior High School. In 1965 I earned Masters Degree in Industrial Education. I taught at Hillcrest High School for 16 years teaching woodwork, cabinet making and carpentry. During my teaching career I was privileged to serve for more than 12 years in local and state professional association positions. Those experiences were very rewarding to me. I learned a lot about career training and how our schools can contribute to the challenge of preparing young people for their future. During summer s and weekends I was lucky enough to be able to use my skills to do home construction, repair and remodeling to supplement my income. Since my retirement in 1993 I have been very interested in meeting many of my past students who have found success in the careers they have chosen. I have always been a family man and have enjoyed special activities, traveling and vacationing with family and friends. I have been active in the LDS Church and have served in many and varied positions. I have enjoyed life and my career and would be happy to do it all over again.

Bill Dickey
BS '62


Bill Dickey, Head Coach, College of San Mateo was inducted into the California Community College Football Coaches Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bill Dickey was an outstanding high school athlete at Putnam High school in Oklahoma City, and continued to be outstanding at South San Francisco High School being selected to an All American High School team. He continued to shine in football when he played on the College of San Mateo 1959 Championship team and was selected to the JC All American team in1959 as an offensive guard and linebacker. He transferred to Utah State University and played in the 1960 Sun Bowl and the Gotham Bowl in 1961, and was All League in 1961. Bill coached at several high schools in Logan while he was earning his masters degree and in 1964 he got a teaching position at South San Francisco High School. He volunteered to coach the CSM offensive and defensive line and in the spring coached the Frosh-Soph baseball team and won the league championship. Bill's career at San Mateo as a Player was 1958-59, and as an Assistant Coach, 1965- 1967 & 1985 & 1994. In between his Assistant Coaching years he was the Head Coach from 1968-1970, and 1975-1984. In his years at San Mateo his coaching record was 78 wins, 48 loses, and 3 ties. His teams won 3 championships and the Valley Bowl Championship, and Bill was Conference Coach of the Year in 1972 and 1981. Interspersed between his different tenures at College of San Mateo, he was the Offensive Line Coach at Stanford in 1971 when they defeated Michigan in the 1972 Rose Bowl. In 1972 he moved across the Bay to coach the Linebackers at Cal. 1974 Bill return, to Utah where he coached the Offensive Line at the University of Utah, He returned back to the College of San Mateo and coached and thought there until he retired in 2005. Bill took a leave of absence from CSM in 1983 thru 1985 to coach the Special Teams Coach for the Oakland Invaders of the USFL. The Invaders made it to the playoffs in 1984 and in 1985 the Invaders played in the USFL Championship Game. Bill and his wife Sue live in Foster City and have 2 sons, Chris and Jeff.


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Utah State's Stew Morrill Named Jim Phelan National Coach of the YearWAC Track Champions

Morrill led Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season WAC title with a 15-1 league mark to go along with its second WAC Tournament Championship in the last three years. USU finished the year with a school-record tying 30 wins and played in its third-straight NCAA Tournament.

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Friday at the Final Four in Houston.

Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

Morrill was also named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the third-straight season and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year for the second year in a row in 2011 after leading Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season WAC title with a 15-1 league mark to go along with its second WAC Tournament Championship in the last three years. USU finished the year with a school-record tying 30 wins and played in its third-straight NCAA Tournament. Its 30-4 end of season record this year is the best in school history.

As a collegiate head coach, Morrill has been named conference coach of the year six times, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, in 2000 and 2002 when Utah State was a member of the Big West Conference, and 2009, 2010 and 2011 as a member of the WAC.

During Morrill's tenure, Utah State has won at least a share of seven regular season league titles to go along with six tournament championships. Utah State also owns the nation's fourth-best winning percentage during the last 12 years (.774), and has posted 12 straight 23-win seasons and advanced to 12 straight postseasons (8-NCAA, 4-NIT), both of which are school records.


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Quinn Breaks Utah State Record In 5000M At Mondo Mid-Major Challenge Ashlee Brown

Aggies Garner Four Event Titles As Part Of 20 Top-Three Finishes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Utah State track and field junior Kim Quinn set a new school record in the 5000m with a time of 16:43.51 at Sacramento State's Mondo Mid-Major Challenge in Sacramento, Calif. on April 8-9. Overall, the Aggies brought home four event titles as part of 20 top-three finishes at the two-day meet.

Quinn broke Lida Ripplinger's record of 16:46.76 set in 2005 by more than three seconds as she finished third in the event. With the time, Quinn also holds the top spot in the Western Athletic Conference this season, more than 12 seconds ahead of the next best time.

Winning their event for USU was junior Joe Canavan (shot put), senior Eric Larson (1500m), freshman Kyle McKenna (5000m) and the 4x100m relay team (41.33), which consisted of senior Armahd Lewis, sophomore Silas Pimentel along with freshmen Tanner Hunt and Parker Bluth.

Canavan remained undefeated in the shot put during the outdoor season as he had a throw of 17.07m (56-00.00), while Larson also stayed undefeated in the 1500m crossing the finish line with a time of 3:48.49, just ahead of fellow senior Hunter Nelson (3:48.67). McKenna won his first event of his Aggie career with a time 14:33.18 which stands at the second-best time in the WAC this season.

Senior Clint Silcock ended in a three-way tie at the top of the high jump event with a leap of 2.15m (7-00.50). Silcock received a third-place finish on a judge's decision. Junior Damian Szade placed second in the long jump with a mark of 7.09m (23-03.25), while sophomore Spencer Hall ended in third-place of the discus with a toss of 47.90m (157-02.00) and in the hammer with a mark of 51.89m (170-03.00).


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Rob Rusnack Named Associate Athletics Director For Business Affairs At Utah State University

Aggie Gymnastics

Rusnack comes to Utah State after spending the past fours years as Associate Athletics Director for Budget and Planning/Chief Financial Officer at Columbia University.

LOGAN, Utah - Rob Rusnack has joined the Utah State Athletics Department as an Associate Athletics Director for Business Affairs it was announced Friday. Rusnack replaces Jeff Crosbie who took a similar position on the USU campus.

Rusnack comes to Utah State after spending the past fours years as Associate Athletics Director for Budget and Planning/Chief Financial Officer at Columbia University where he oversaw the development and submission of the annual budget and monitored the financial performance of 31 sports programs.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Utah State Athletics family," said Rusnack. "I look forward to bringing my experiences from an Ivy League Athletics Department to Utah State where athletics and academics play an integral role in a nationally recognized athletics program. I would like to thank Director of Athletics Scott Barnes for giving me the opportunity to bring my family to Logan and work for Utah State University."

Rusnack also worked for the Columbia University Management and Budget Office where he supervised the University's central administrative budget; over $600 million in operating revenues and expenses. He also managed the operations and budget submissions of 30 administrative units including the Athletics Department.


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Aggie Football Scrimmaging Monday

Tai Wesley

USU In Action In First Full Scrimmage Of Spring

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football will have its first full scrimmage of the spring on Monday from 3-4:30 p.m., scheduled for Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, but could move to the Stan Laub Indoor Facility if inclement weather. The scrimmage was originally scheduled for Friday, but postponed until Monday due to weather.

The Aggies scrimmaged during part of a practice last Friday, April 1, but Monday's scrimmage is the first full scrimmage of spring drills.

Monday's scrimmage is open to the public and all practices are tentatively open to the public, but they must remain off the field. When the Aggies are on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, fans must remain in the stands at all times. All open practices are subject to change. All practices are scheduled for Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, but will shift to the Stan Laub Indoor Facility if there is inclement weather. Practices are currently scheduled to be open to the public, but are subject to change.

Monday's scrimmages is part of the Aggies' spring drills, which conclude with the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 23.

The Spring Game will kick off at 2 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Admission will again be free to the public and further details along with events surrounding the Spring Game will be released at a later date.

For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or online 24 hours a day at and clicking on the "buy/renew tickets" under the "tickets" drop down menu.

Fans can follow the Aggie football program at or on the USU football blog at Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.

USU Football Spring Practice Schedule

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