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    VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 8 August 2011     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Todd Poulsen Todd Poulsen, photo courtesy of

Spotlight by Liz Wilson

The San Diego Chargers football stadium is where Aggie Todd Poulsen now calls home, at least from 9-5. Todd is currently head of ticket sales and services and the day-to-day supervision of the team’s ticket office. His career with major league sports all started with his Marketing degree from USU.  Todd said, "I truly believe the successes I have realized professionally and personally can be attributed, at least in part, to my involvement with Utah State."

Todd became interested in marketing during his high school years and joined the Distributive Education Clubs of America. His work in the DECA organization led to his participation in a state level competition. It was then that Todd was first able to visit the campus of Utah State. After visiting the campus Todd naturally developed a fondness for Logan and Utah State. When the time came for him to choose a college, the decision was an easy one. A decision, Todd said, that he will always treasure.

During his time at Utah State, Todd learned more about marketing as well as more about what USU’s campus has to offer. Todd remembers some of his favorite memories being  "Sitting on the Quad with my friends on crisp fall days, pulling "all nighters" cramming for tests, saving seats in the Spectrum for the USU basketball games, [and] working in the Field House trying to earn money to pay tuition." All of these things added to his great experience as an Aggie. 

Attending Utah State provided Todd with a leg up on his future career in marketing as well as some lifelong connections. "Utah State provided me with not only a great education but also lifelong friendships I have to this day", Todd said, "I became great friends with a fellow student, Danny Loveland. We are lifelong friends to this day."  Like many other Aggies, Todd Poulsen was able to make the most out of his experience at Utah State. While having fun at sporting events, attending class and making new friends, Todd was also able to keep site of his future goals by completing internships in his field. That is part of the advice he gives to his fellow Aggies, that staying focused and completing internships will help you make it in your chosen career field.

When looking for future candidates to work with him today at the San Diego Chargers stadium, internships are something Todd looks for on a resume.  

"In most cases, some type of previous work experience; whether internships, or minor league experience, is often the determining factor which separates one qualified candidate from another.  I believe an internship, or entry level position, should be viewed as just an extension of your education so if it takes another year or two of "education" to achieve your ultimate goals then it was time well spent." 

Todd's own experience completing an internship led to his first job after graduation at Hill Air Force Base. After working for Hill Air Force Base, Todd went on to work with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers as well as the Minnesota Timberwolves. Todd currently lives with his family in in San Diego where he continues his work in sports marketing.

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Merit Citation - Alvin WardleMerit Citation

Alvin Wardle was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on March 5, 1928. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad while attending high school. He joined the Army before graduating and served in a band in Germany. Upon returning home he enrolled at Brigham Young University where he became re-acquainted with Mary Elizabeth Gibbs, whom he had met in high school. They were married July 28, 1950. They have two children, Lindalee (deceased) and John. Alvin graduated from BYU in 1951 with a degree in German and taught for 2 years in Declo, Idaho. Then, in 1953, Alvin and Mary came to Utah State to pursue a Master of Music Education degree under John Phillip Dalby. During his time at Utah State he was a member of the Summer Music Clinic staff, and played in the Directors Band which later became the USU Alumni Band. From 1954 to 1959 he was Director of Bands in the Carbon County Schools and at the College of Eastern Utah, giving students there "a musical experience that can never be forgotten." In 1959 Dr. Max Dalby invited Al to join him as Associate Director of Bands at Utah State University. He has also served as brass instructor, associate and acting head of the music department, chairman of music education and curriculum, and chairman of the Summer Music Clinic for 26 years. He was a senator from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in the Utah State Faculty Senate for six years. In 1969 he completed doctoral studies at Florida State University where a former student, Dr. Cliff Madsen, was head of the music education department. Dr. Wardle has also done graduate work at the University of Colorado and the Eastman School of Music. He was chosen as president-elect of the Utah Music Educators Association, and then became president in 1979. He has been editor of the UMEA Magazine, Research and Higher Education Representative, and has presented many seminars and clinics. He is a respected adjudicator and has conducted many Honor Bands throughout the West. In 1981 he was presented the UMEA Outstanding Music Educator Award. It would be impossible to quantify the tremendous infl uence Dr. Wardle has had on music students at Utah State University and throughout the Western United States. He is an incredible teacher. From all of your students, colleagues, and friends, "Thank you for giving so much, to so many, for so long." For all his service and the distinction he brings to his alma mater, the Utah State University Alumni Association proudly presents this Merit Citation to Alvin Wardle.

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Merit Citation - Milton HaderlieMerit Citation

Milton K. Haderlie graduated from Utah State University in 1964 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management. While at USU, Milton met Elizabeth Bullock, who graduated in 1963 with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in English. They were married in August 1964. They have four children, all of whom followed their parents to USU. Milton was employed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as a Refuge Manager. His career took him to National Wildlife Refuges in Arizona, Utah, California, Oregon, Montana, and finally Idaho where he retired following 34 years of distinguished service. Elizabeth passed away in 1999 of cancer. To honor her memory, Milton set up a scholarship endowment at Utah State for students in Physical Education in Elizabeth's name. Following Elizabeth's passing Milton married Louise Winward, a native Idahoan. Between them they have five children and 11 grandchildren. In light of family events, Milton developed a keen interest in hearing disorders as three grandchildren were born with such disorders. They have been involved in ground breaking research and development for cochlear implants and the training of young children. Milton, Louise and their children have been very supportive in this effort at USU, making a difference not only for their own grandchildren but for countless other families as well. Milton is very proud of his degree and affiliation with Utah State University and has always been a strong and faithful Aggie - a love which he has passed on to his children. For his dedication to his chosen career and the distinction he brings to his alma mater, the Utah State University Alumni Association proudly bestows this Merit Citation upon Milton K. Haderlie.

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Aggie Pride Plates Number Continues to Grow Aggie Pride Plates

More than 4,900 Aggies are showing their pride in Utah State University with their Aggie Pride license plates and the number continues to rise. This program has raised more than $650,000 for student scholarships! Show your pride and make a difference, get your Aggie plate today!

For more information click here

Get your "A" Plate online

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Featured Alumni Benefit - Quick life Term Life Insurance Featured Benefit

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

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For a full list of Alumni benefits click here

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Save $200 and Upgrade to a Lifetime Sustaining Membership Featured Benefit

You can save $200 and recieve your exclusive upgrade-to-life gift and personalized brick in the David B. Haight Alumni House courtyard. Beginning January 1, 2012. Lifetime dues will increase to $700 for Single and $900 for Joint. Now is the time to upgrade and take advantage of the current membership rate.

For more information click here

For a full list of Alumni benefits click here

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Forbes Ranks Utah State University as one the Top Best Value Colleges USU

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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 Waiver, 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.

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

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Tips from Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual

Mold Prevention

When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.

The key to mold control is moisture control.
Fix leaks and seepage as soon as you notice the issue.
Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground.
Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove moisture to the outside.
Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
Turn off certain appliances (such as humidifiers or kerosene heaters) if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
Raise the temperature of cold surfaces where moisture condenses.
Use insulation or storm windows.
Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners to promote air and heat circulation and keep doors open between rooms
Carpet on concrete floors can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants to grow - use area rugs which can be taken up and washed often
Dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Dealing with Mold

Get rid of the excess water or moisture.
Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.
Contact a mold remediation specialist.


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Back to the Buzzer


1967: Air Force Cadets

Cadets in the Flight Instruction Program are briefed before a cross-country flight.

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

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Alumni Night at the Colorado Rockies Rockies Baseball

Save the date for the Denver Chapter Alumni Night at the Colorado Rockies. Rockies vs. Dodgers(**Note that it is an afternoon game this year**) We will have a non-hosted pre-game party before the game at Breckenridge Brewery by Coors Field. You can pick up your tickets, win prizes, and meet fellow Aggies at the pre-game party.

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pre-Game Party: 12:30 - 1:50 pm

Location: Breckenridge Brewery, 2220 Blake Street

Game Time: 2:10 pm

Cost: Tickets will be $30 each ($8 goes directly to our local Chapter Scholarship Fund)

RSVP: August 12, 2011 Register online here

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Eastern Idaho Alumni Chapter Summer Picnic Eastern Idaho Picnic

Come with your Aggie spirit and enjoy the evening with other Aggies. Special Guests: Dean Beth Foley, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services & Patty Halaufia, Director of Alumni Relations. Raffle for Aggie wear and other gear. Free Hot Dogs, Drinks and Aggie Ice Cream.

Date: Monday, August 22, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Tautphaus Park Shelter # 2 (North of Funland)

Cost: Free

RSVP: Register online here

Questions: Lynn Sessions, Chapter President: 523-3777

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Davis County Aggie Football Watch Party Davis Watch Party

Join Aggies from Davis County for the first USU football game of the year. On Saturday, September 3rd, USU will kick off the season in Auburn, Alabama. Come and cheer on your Aggies at the new USU Kaysville Education Center (west of the USU Botanical center). Aggie Ice Cream will be served (while supplies last). Activities and door prizes will take place during the game (which is being broadcast on ESPN).

Date: Saturday, September 3, 2011

Time: 10:00 am, kick-off. 11:30 am, catered lunch

Location: 80 E. Sego Lily Dr., Kaysville, UT 84037

Cost: $10 per person (adult and child)

RSVP: Register online here

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Weber County Aggie Scholarship Golf Tournament Golf Tournament

The winning best ball team will represent Utah State University at the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at Pinehurst, North Carolina (Courses 2 & 4), October 27-30, 2011. In 2010, the USU Team tied for 4th place at the National Tournament.

Date: Monday, September 26, 2011


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


Best Ball Tournament ($110 per person, $440 per team)

2-Net Best Balls of Foursome, open to men and women. Established USGA, no maximum point spread.  Alumni affiliation is appreciated, but not required for participation.

Scramble (non-qualifying, $100 per person, $400 per team)

4-Person Scramble, no handicap.

For more information, email call Karen Shepherd at 801-668-7865.


Registration deadline is September 20, 2011.
Participants: Register online here
Sponsors: Register online here

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Aggie Homecoming Weekend 2011 Aggie Homecoming 2011

This year's theme is Old and New - Forever Blue, Once an Aggie Always an Aggie. Come back to campus and join us for many of your favorite Aggie traditions such as the Homecoming Breakfast, Homecoming Parade, and True Aggie Night. We are also excited to welcome back the Class of 1961 and the rest of the Golden Aggies!

Last year we added a new event that became an instant Aggie favorite: the All Aggie Homecoming Reception. This is the meeting place for all Aggies! Join us for food, entertainment and a no-host bar at Accolade (located at Hamilton's Steak & Seafood). Come meet up with classmates and meet this year's Homecoming honorees, then hit the town and visit your favorite Logan hang-outs.

Date: September 23 & 24, 2011

Schedule: Click here

For more information, visit the Homecoming website.

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Discover Career Success

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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New Photos on the Utah State Flickr GroupFlickr

New photos have been added to the Utah State Flickr Group. Photos from past events like the Reno tailgate (2008), Texas A&M tailgate (2009), Oaklahoma tailgate (2009), BYU tailgate (2009), San Jose State pregame party (2009), Golden Aggie Reunion (2010), Aging Aggies Reunion (2010), and more.

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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Italian Reflections Luxury Cruise: November 7-15, 2012 Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

Explore Europe from Athens to Barcelona

Immerse yourself in Capri, with its stunning panoramas. Spend a day in Rome reveling in magnificent monuments from the Colosseum to the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Explore the fabled architecture of Renaissance Florence. See the sights and enjoy the views of historic old Marseille and visit the charming fishing port of Cassis. Pre-registration is going on now.

Click here to download the brochure.

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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

Ralph Rampton
BS '46


I'm 92 years old, a WWII Vet, retired FBI Agent. Started at Utah State in 1935, class of 1939, but graduated after WWII in 1946. I was known as "Junior" Rampton while in school, first name Ralph used after joining the Navy and FBI. Played a mean trumpet while in college for which I was recognized and employed with numerous orchestras locally and nationally. I was a member of Phi Kappa Iota fraternity, and married fellow student Bonnie Bea Reese while in second year of college (1938) who was a well known campus beauty and member of Alpha Chi Omega. During our 64 years of marriage we produced five children, four of whom graduated from Utah State in spite of our many residences elsewhere during their lives. Bonnie Bea died in 2002. I have only lived in Utah since 2000. Our oldest son, Ralph is a retired cardiologist, graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School, followed by Carolyn who graduated from Utah State and was active in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She married fellow student, Michael Maughan. Our 3rd child, Gregory is a retired FBI Agent and a Security Officer of the LDS Church and graduated of Utah State. Our next son Scott graduated from Utah State as did our final son, Michael, Scott is a purchasing Agent and Michael is a geologist.


This month's obituaries can be found here.

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Current Schedules


Utah State Football and Basketball Games Will Be Broadcast on KCSG Television Beginning This FallKCSG

During the 2011-12 academic year, KCSG TV will broadcast five Aggie football games and six basketball games.

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Thursday that USU Athletics will have a new home beginning this fall as select football and basketball games will be televised live on KCSG Television in cooperation with Cis-Com Productions.

In conjunction with Aggie Sports Properties, the school's Athletics multimedia rights holder, Utah State is entering its third year of a four-year contract with Cis-Com Productions to televise numerous football and basketball games live.

During the 2011-12 academic year, KCSG TV will broadcast five Aggie football games and six basketball games. Its first football broadcast will be on Saturday, Sept. 24 when USU hosts Colorado State at 6 p.m. Other football games to be televised live on KCSG include home contests against Wyoming (10/8), San Jose State (11/12) and Nevada (11/26), and a road game at New Mexico State (12/3).


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USU's Kerwynn Williams Named To Paul Hornung Award Watch ListKerwynn Williams

Aggie Standout Is One Of Three WAC Players, Lone Utah Player On 50-Player List For Award

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football player Kerwynn Williams has been named to the 2011 Paul Hornung Award Watch List. The award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football.

Last season as a sophomore, Williams, a native of Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), set four new NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) records, including single-season kickoff yards (1,444), most yards returned per game in a season (120.3 ypg) and career (112.0), along with most returns per game for career (4.26). Williams also led the Western Athletic Conference and ranked sixth in FBS in all-purpose yards per game (170.2 ypg) and also led the conference and ranked 21st in the country in kickoff return average (27.3).

"It is a tremendous honor to be named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List and be considered as one of the most versatile players in the country," Williams said. "I'm going to take this honor to heart and it is more motivation to work hard this season to try and be a finalist for the award."


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Utah State Ranks Among Most Economically Efficient Athletic Departments In Nation For Third Straight Year

Aggie Sports

During the 2010-11 academic year, Utah State won Western Athletic Conference championships in men's basketball, women's soccer, and men's indoor and outdoor track & field.

LOGAN, Utah - For the third year in a row, Utah State has been recognized as one of the most efficient athletic departments in the nation as it placed fourth for the Excellence in Management Cup, presented by Texas A&M's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA).

Utah State won the national championship in 2009 and finished third nationally in 2010.

The purpose of the Excellence in Management Cup is to determine which athletic departments win the most championships in accordance to financial expenditures. The EM Cup awards athletic departments that win the most conference and national championships, while at the same time have the lowest expenses.


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Aggie Football Family Fun Day Set For Saturday, August 27

Aggie Football Family Fun Day

Sponsored By Macey's Foods; Scrimmage, Autographs, Games And Ticket Purchase Available

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's sixth-annual Aggie Football Family Fun Day, sponsored by Macey's Foods, will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium in conjunction with the USU football scrimmage. The event provides fans a chance to meet USU football players and coaches, participate in games and activities as well as pickup season tickets.

Two Wasatch Front Football League (WFFL) youth games start the day's action, kicking off at 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Fans can also sign up for 2011 Jr. Aggies at the sign-up table located inside gates on the south concourse. Cost for Jr. Aggies is $25 and is open to kids currently attending pre-school through 8th grade.

Games and activities will get started on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium at 11 a.m., while USU football's scrimmage gets underway at Noon.

Following the scrimmage, fans can get their favorite Aggie autographs and play catch with a USU player on the field. There is no cost to attend the event and everyone is welcome to meet the Aggies, head coach Gary Andersen and the Utah State coaching staff that afternoon.


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