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    VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 1 January 2011     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Kaye Jorgenson Scott Ulbrich

Spotlight by Clarissa Fidler

After graduating from USU with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1969, Kaye Jorgensen took a clerk position in the personnel department of O.C. Tanner Company. Starting out she made $2.97 an hour. Today, over 35 years later;she is the Senior Executive Vice President of Human Resources and a Corporate Executive Team Member.

O.C. Tanner is one of the leading employee recognition companies in the world. They have assisted over 8,000 clients worldwide in their efforts to acknowledge employee achievements and contributions. This past year, O.C. Tanner Company won the Employer Diversity Award” bestowed by the Utah Diversity Connection and Salt Lake Society for Human Resources Management. Much of this success is attributed to Kaye's pioneering vision to create an organization based on inclusion and opportunity. Her vision has helped create a workplace that thrives on diversity. Today, O.C. Tanner employees 1,600 people from 56. Collectively, these employees speak 64 languages.

Her successful career with O.C. Tanner Company has earned Kaye multiple awards and recognitions. She is a prime example of a leader dedicated to serving her fellow peers with respect and understanding. In 1998 Kaye was honored to receive the Accolades to Utah Women of Achievement Award from the nonprofit Business and Professional Women's Utah Foundation. Utah Business Magazine named her one of “Utah's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2000. Six years later she was once again honored by Utah Business Magazine when she was selected as one of their 30 Women to Watch in Business.

An advocate for the betterment of individuals, service comes naturally to Kaye. A past president of Young Woman's Unitarian Association (YWCA) of Salt Lake City, she has also served on its Board of Directors for over six years. Overseeing successful fundraising drives for the YWCA has helped Kaye gain experience and expertise that she has shared with other organizations such as the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Kaye has maintained strong ties to her alma mater. In 2009, when she was honored with a Professional Achievement Award from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Kay had this to say about her Utah State experience: The four years I spent here were probably the greatest growth years of my life. When I come back here and when I see what's going on and when I see all of the students changing classes, I really feel like this is the future of our world and of our state.

In 2003 the Alumni Association recognized Kaye's career success and dedication to USU with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. She currently serves on the USU Foundation Board and the College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences National Advisory Board. Also a wife, mother, and grandmother, Kaye leads a rich and full life. She is married to Bruce Jorgensen, also an Aggie alumnus.

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2010 Aggie Family Legacy Award

Sorensen FamilyKen & Geri Sorensen Family

"Our family became Aggie supporters in 1964 when we were transferred from Northern California to Cache Valley, where Ken became a local businessman. Cache Valley was a great place to raise a family with terrific schools and caring teachers. We arrived with five children and added three more, all born in Logan. We soon became involved in community affairs and projects. As Jaycees and Jill's we helped with the concessions at the old Field house and football stadium. Our older children sold programs and pop at the games and in later years helped with the parking at the new basketball arena.  Both sets of grandparents, Leonard and Marie Johnson and Gerald and Maude Sorensen, retired to Cache Valley.  They joined Ken and Geri in faithfully attending Aggie games. 

Ken, for years, was involved in community service projects as a member of the Logan Lions and Chamber of Commerce and River Heights City Council and was known as "a get it done now" chairman.  He was a member of the Partners in Business at USU and ran a successful locally owned mortgage company.  Ken's siblings and family members now number about 300 and live all over the United States. They come to Cache Valley every three years for a Family Reunion. 

We have nine USU graduates in our family roster including our three oldest sons, Bruce, Gregg, Eric, plus our son in-law Duane Shaw and grandson Craig Stevenson. The most recent Aggie is our granddaughter, McKenzie, who received her diploma last week. Her parents, Eric and Kim Sorensen, are also USU graduates. The newest Aggie supporter is great-grandson, Jed, whose parents, Katie and Brad Wilson, graduated from USU. Their other sons, Blake and Kade, have attended Aggie games since birth. Family members who graduated from the University of Utah, Dixie College, ISU and the University of Phoenix cheer for the Aggies when in Cache Valley.  Son-in-law Bret Hancey, owner of Lynn's Audio Video, and his family have supported USU and the community since the early l950's.

All of our family love to ski and boat and of course enjoy Aggie ice cream.  We have also been fortunate to have great neighbors as role models who are or were professors or department heads at USU. Cache Valley has been a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and retire and enjoy our many dear friends and family.”

The USU Alumni Association presented the Sorensen Family with the 2010 Aggie Family Legacy Award on December 29, 2010.


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Featured Alumni Benefit - Hewlett-Packard Hewlett-Packard

HP Academy is HP's exclusive online store for education discounts on computing and printing products. Alumni, students, faculty, and parents can receive discounts up to 10% off starting prices on all HP and Compaq consumer products.

HP offers a broad line of consumer products, from configure-to-order notebooks and desktops to printers, handhelds, calculators, home servers, and more!

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

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2011 Alumni Association Calendar

The 2011 Alumni Association Calendar is available for $6.99 on the USU Bookstore website.

Purchase your calendar today!

Alumni Association Sustaining Members receive the Alumni Association Calendar as a free gift.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Sustaining Member and get your 2011 Calendar.

View pictures from the 2011 calendar here.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarships Alumni Association

Did your mom or dad graduate from Utah State? Are your grandparents True Aggies? The Alumni Association is pleased to offer Alumni Legacy Scholarships to children and grandchildren of our esteemed alumni.

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for an Alumni Legacy Scholarship:

* Be an incoming freshman or transfer student (can not have previously attended Utah State University)

* Be a child or grandchild of a Utah State alumnus

Click here to apply for a 2011-2012 Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

Deadline: February 1, 2011.

No transcripts are required for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

Your GPA and ACT scores will be verified with the Office of Admissions at Utah State. Only students admitted to Utah State University will be offered an Alumni Legacy Scholarships. Click here for more information.

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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


Winter 1953-1954: Snow sculptures on the Quad during the Winter Carnival

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

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Phoenix Aggie Family BBQ

Come and enjoy an Aggie Family BBQ! We will be holding a raffle for Aggie prizes at 12:15 pm. All money from the raffle goes directly to the Arizona Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Riverview Park, Ramada #4 - 2100 W 8th St in Mesa, near Dobson and the 202 (convenient parking in the north parking lot)

Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family - Includes hamburgers, hot dogs, and Aggie Ice Cream.

RSVP: By January 19. Register online here.

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Utah County Sweetheart Dinner with Dr. Craig Jessop

Come and enjoy an evening with other Aggies from Utah County at the Annual Sweetheart Dinner. Dr. Craig Jessop will be speaking after the dinner as he shares with us his past experiences and recent happenings as Dean of the new Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2010

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Historic Courthouse, 51 South University Avenue, Provo

Cost: $45 for couple, $25 for individual

RSVP:Only 150 seats are available. Register online here.

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WAC Basketball Tournament - SAVE THE DATE Save the Date

Save the date for the WAC Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas! The Alumni Association will be hosting a special Tournament Party.

Party Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Party Location: Orleans Hotel Ballroom

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

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Las Vegas Golf Tournament - SAVE THE DATE Save the Date

Save the date for the Las Vegas Golf Tournament!

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011

Location: Las Vegas National Golf Course

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

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"Raise the Barn" Campaign for the USU Welcome Center and Anthropology Museum

The new Welcome Center will be a first on campus, where visitors can receive complete information about Utah State University, meet with a tour guide, and purchase tickets for campus events.

In the expanded Anthropology Museum, young and old will be involved in the fascinating studio of human cultures, societies, and customs through the ages. Many valuable artifacts will be on display.


In December 2012, the decrepit but much-loved Art Barn will be “re-Barned” as the Aggie Barn, housing the brand new USU Welcome Center and a much-expanded Museum of Anthropology.

How can you help?  Let us count the ways.  One hundred years ago, Cache Valley friends and neighbors routinely joined forces to build barns, and we can do it again! 

Visit the USU Museum of Anthropology.  It’s FREE, and we’re open M – F, 8:00 – 5:00 and Sat, 10:00 – 4:00.  Saturday programs change every week.  For info:  

Share your Barn stories with our research team.  Whether your story unfolded 80 years or 8 days ago, we’d like to archive your experiences.  See our “Barn Blog” for great anecdotes your friends and neighbors have already shared. (  To relate your own, contact us at or 435-797-0219.

If you or someone you know created art in the Art Barn, we would like to talk to you about a Raise the Barn project we’ve just begun.  Please contact to learn more.

If you are a wood worker and like a fun woodworking challenge (like, say, crafting mini Aggie Barns), please contact the museum director at or 435-797-1496.

Honor a family member or friend with a significant financial contribution to the Raise the Barn fund.  A few high-profile space-naming opportunities remain.  Please contact the museum director at or 435-797-1496, for information on donation options. 

Watch for the official roll-out of our community-focused Raise the Barn campaign, where we’ll ask everyone to pitch in what they can.  If you just cannot wait to donate to this fun project, or to learn more about the Barn Raising, visit

Questions? Contact Holly Andrew:
(435) 797-0219

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Discover Career Success Discover Career Success

“My internship with Obelis in Brussels, Belgium offered an exceptional environment for gaining international business experience. It changed the way I see the world of business by involving me with clients, products, and services from all over the globe. It truly gave me a global vision.”

Jesse Randall
’09 BA, Economics and Finance

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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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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Civil War Battlefields with Dr. F. Ross Peterson: April 9-15, 2011 Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

Limited Space Available!

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.

Click here for more information.

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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 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

Eldon Drake

Eldon Drake
BS '43


Matriculating as a green freshman that Sept. Day in 1939, our '43 class never envisioned the turmoil in our academic lives, with the onset of WWII. But as true Aggies, we measured up to the challenges.

Spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, WWII 1943-46; 2nd Marine Division, South Pacific. Rank: Captain 10 years Active Reserve. Married Janice Felt, Huntsville, UT, 1945. Taught two years at Weber High School in Ogden, UT. Master�s and Ph.D. Iowa State University 1948-51 (Technical Journalism and Vocational Education). Prof. USU, 1951-86. Specialties: News writing: Press, Radio, T.V. Director of Field Experiences (Student Teaching) 25 year.

Post Doctoral: Michigan State Univ. ; Summer School Faculty, Calif. State Univ., Long Beach. Family: 3 daughters, Marilyn B.S. USU, Home Econ. Educ.; Sandy, R.N. Degree, Weber State University; Susan, Orthodontist Secretary; Son-in-law, DeeVon Bailey, USU Assoc. Vice President for International Research, B.S. & M.S., Ph.D. Texas A&M University. Gradchildren: Joseph, B.S. USU, MBA Univ. of South Carolina; Ann, B.S. and MBA USU; Eric, B.A. USU; Kenny, B.S. M.S. USU; Candis, USU. Six Great Grandchildren.

To have been on this beautiful, beloved campus as a student and faculty member for nearly 40 years has been an unbelievable dream for this farm boy of the Great Depression years of the 30's and 40's.


This month's obituaries can be found here.

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Current Schedules


Utah State�s Tai Wesley Leading The Nation in Field Goal Shooting For Second-Straight Week

Aggies also receiving votes in both polls this week.

LOGAN, Utah – For the second-straight week, Utah State’s Tai Wesley is leading the nation in field goal shooting after making 8-of-10 shots in his last game, while Utah State is once again receiving votes in both polls.
Wesley, a 6-7, 240-pound forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS) is currently shooting 66.7 percent from the field (84-126) to rank first in the nation.  Wesley also ranks third in the Western Athletic Conference in rebounding (8.6), fourth in blocked shots (1.13), fifth in scoring (15.2), 11th in assists (2.69) and 15th in free throw shooting (.709).
Wesley scored 21 points in his last game, including 15 in the second-half, leading Utah State to an 81-67 road win at Nevada.  Wesley added eight rebounds and three assists against the Wolf Pack.
After winning its ninth-straight game last weekend, which is a season-high, Utah State is once again receiving votes in both polls as it garnered nine votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and four votes in the Associated Press Poll.  Overall, USU is currently tied with Arizona and Gonzaga for 35th in the nation in the coaches poll and tied with Old Dominion, St. John’s and Tennessee for 39th in the AP poll.
As a team, Utah State currently ranks seventh in the nation in rebounding margin (+9.5), 13th in winning percentage (.875), 19th in scoring defense (59.4), 26th in fewest turnovers per game (11.6) and 27th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.30).  USU's 14 wins are tied for the 11th-most in the country, while its current nine-game winning streak is tied for the 11th-longest active streak in the nation.
Utah State (14-2, 3-0) will play a pair of road games this week at Boise State (11-5, 4-0) on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 8:15 p.m (MT), and at Fresno State (7-7, 3-1) on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. (MT).

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USU Soccer's Salmon Named To The NSCAA Scholar All-America Team Chandra Salmon

USU Soccer's Salmon Named To The NSCAA Scholar All-America Team. The junior midfielder is the first Utah State soccer player to earn the honor.

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State junior Chandra Salmon was named to the 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women’s College Scholar All-America Team it was announced Tuesday. She was among the 76 senior college players named to the team.

Salmon, a native of Provo, Utah, earned a 3.48 in human movement science to help lead the Aggies in the classroom. She is a two-time all-Western Athletic Conference Academic honoree. The junior was the only WAC player honored as well as being the only player from the Beehive State to earn the award. She is also the first Aggie to be honored as a NSCAA Scholar All-American.

As a team, Utah State captured the NSCAA Team Academic Award after posting a 3.32 grade point average. This is the eighth-straight year that the Aggies have been honored with the NSCAA award.

On the field, the midfielder earned first-team all-WAC honors for the third-straight season. She is the first Aggie to earn first-team honors her first three seasons. The defensive midfielder started every match this season. She played over 1,900 minutes this season. She was also named to the WAC all-Tournament team for her play in the tournament in Ruston, La.

The Aggies also had a very successful season on the field. Utah State ended the season with a 9-7-5 record, advancing to the WAC Tournament semifinal match. With a 5-2-1 record, USU was co-WAC regular-season champions with San Jose State.

Fans can follow USU soccer at and Utah State athletics at

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Utah State Announces 2011 Football Non-Conference Schedule

Aggie Football

Aggies To Play Six Home Games For Second-Consecutive Season.

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State Director of Athletics Scott Barnes has announced USU's 2011 football non-conference schedule, which will give the Aggies six home games for the second-straight season. It marks the first time since 1995-96 that USU have had consecutive schedules with six home games.

Utah State will play road games at Auburn and Brigham Young, while hosting Weber State, Colorado State and Wyoming. The Aggies will also have four Western Athletic Conference games on the road while hosting three conference contests, giving USU six home games.

The foundation of Barnes' scheduling plan is to continue to play a minimum of six home games each year and establish a more balanced approach, much like USU did in 2010.

The 2010 season was just the third time in the past 14 seasons that the Aggies played six home games, also doing so in 2008 and 1998, although six were scheduled in 2005, but the season-opener vs. Nicholls State was cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina. In USU's 116 seasons of football, the Aggies have had seven home games on the slate a total of only seven times: 2010, 2008, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1978, 1952.

"It is extremely difficult to establish momentum, build consistency in our program, and grow your fan base when you play the kind of schedule we have. Last year was a good example of what we will strive to match," Barnes said in reference to the 2010 ledger which had six home games, and did not include back-to-back road games. It was only the third time in the last 100 years that USU did not have consecutive road games, joining the 1920 and 2005 ledgers.

"With five non-conference opportunities we want to create a schedule that is both exciting for our fans and has better balance," Barnes said.

The 2011 non-conference schedule has Utah State playing at Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 3, as the Aggies will tangle with the Tigers for the first time ever and be USU's first Southeastern Conference opponent since Arkansas in 2006. Auburn is currently ranked No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings and faces No. 2 Oregon in the BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 10.


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