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    VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 6 June 2011     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Becky Andrews Becky Andrews

Spotlight by Liz Wilson

Becky Andrews is a Cache Valley native who has always been an Aggie. She earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Utah State but she owes more than that to the University. Becky also met her husband of 27 years while attending USU. "He was there to help put me through my bachelor's degree, he was there to help put me through my master's degree. Now," says Becky, "27 years later [he is] still loving and supporting me in all I do."

Becky used the support of her family to overcome a unique life challenge that began while she was in school. Becky has Retinitis Pigmentosa which eventually left her blind. This challenge allowed Becky to explore the facilities on campus like the Disability Resource Center that helped her continue on with school. Her family also provided support and encouragement as she pursued her education. "As a student, [and] mom who was blind, they also helped read my texts, helped me find my classes and cheered me on in many ways," she said of her family. One of her favorite memories of campus was her graduation ceremony from the Master's program. "I had not yet gotten my first guide dog," Becky said, "and so my father dressed in his attire as faculty and was my guide. It was an amazing experience to share with my dad and walk through the beautiful campus of USU and reminisce."

While at USU, Becky studied business during her undergraduate work and earned her Master's in counseling. She is now a business owner and therapist, incorporating both degrees into her career. Becky is the founder of a unique counseling center called Resilient Solutions, Inc. & Resilient Center for Grieving Families. The center specializes in helping families and individuals find a place to find joy after pain and loss. RSI is recognized as one of the top places for grief and loss recoveries by local ministers and bishops, as well as by mortuaries, health professionals, and insurers.

Becky chose to use the word Resilience in the name of her business because she believes that her own ability to bounce back is what has allowed her to be so successful in spite of challenges. "We each have the ability, strength within ourselves to achieve our dreams." Becky said, "I hope I help others to believe in themselves and to work through the challenges in their lives." She also encourages others to believe in themselves and their abilities to overcome difficulties and make the best of things. One of Becky's favorite quotes by Helen Keller embodies her spirit of perseverance, "The human being is born with an incurable capacity for making the best of things."

This positive attitude that Becky possesses has helped her through her years of schooling at USU. Despite potential roadblocks she has reached out to help others. She is still an avid fan of Aggie basketball and football and she and her family continue to bleed Aggie blue.

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Tips from Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual

While you're away on vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is burglars invading your home and stealing your personal belongings. So before you leave, take these precautions. They'll help protect your property and give you peace of mind.

Lock all windows and use dead-bolts on exterior doors. Install security bars on sliding doors to prevent them from being lifted off their tracks.

Leave a few shades or curtains open to maintain a “lived-in” appearance.

Set light timers in a few rooms so that it appears people are at home when it’s dark.

Stop newspaper delivery so that papers don’t pile up at your door.

Store cash, jewelry and other valuables in a bank safe-deposit box.

Don’t leave an outgoing message on your answering machine announcing you are on vacation. Lower the volume on the machine and your telephone ringer.

Install outside lights, preferably with motion detectors.

If you can afford one, install and activate a security system. Or at the very least, put security system warning decals on doors and windows to deter intruders.

Finally, ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your property and to notify you if they suspect a problem. Even better, ask a friend or relative either to house sit or to stop by daily to collect your mail, put out your garbage, and check that everything’s okay. Don’t forget to exchange the favor yourself.


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Utah State Alumni Association Summer EventsGraduation

The Utah State Alumni Association has been busy planning a lot of events for Alumni this summer. The Davis County chpter held their Aggie Spring Runoff 5K last month that saw over 200 people participate. The other various Alumni chapters are currently organizing picnics, barbeques, swim parties, a car show, a night at the theater, a night at the Colorado Rockies, and a golf tournament later in the summer.

In addition all of the chapter events this summer, there is also the fourth annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon. Aggie families from all over can come spend the day at Lagoon and meet for a special Alumni event, that includes a raffle and free Aggie Ice Cream.

To see all of the Alumni Association events going on this summer, click here

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Featured Alumni Benefit - Liberty Mutual Featured Benefit

You’ve probably seen a mailing from Liberty Mutual in your mailbox. As a Utah State University Alumnus, you qualify for a special group discount* on your auto, home, and renter's insurance through Group Savings Plus® from Liberty Mutual. This unique program allows you to purchase high-quality auto, home and renters insurance at low group rates. See for yourself how much money you could save with Liberty Mutual compared to your current insurance provider.

For a free, no-obligation quote call 800-524-9400, click here, or visit your local sales office.

*Group discounts, other discounts, and credits are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state.

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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


1965: Sigma Kappa Sorority Sisters

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

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Denver Chapter Aggie PicnicDenver Chapter Picnic

Save the date for the Denver Chapter Aggie Picnic. Bring your own lunch and mingle with local fellow Aggies Activities, raffle and more...

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Falcon Park - Highlands Ranch
                 8555 Fallbrooke Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

RSVP: Friday, June 10, 2011. Register online here

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Aggie Family Lagoon Day Aggie Family Day at Lagoon

Join other Aggies for a fun-filled day at the 4th Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon! Meet USU Aggie football players, enjoy free Aggie Ice Cream, and enter a raffle for prize drawings. A special alumni event will be held at the Meadow Pavilion at 6 pm.

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Park Hours: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Alumni Event: 6:00 pm at the Meadow Pavilion

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

Cost: $35.00 for Single Day Passport (4 years of age and older) and $30.00 for Toddler Single Day Passport (3 years of age and younger). An entrance only, free pass is available for Toddlers only (2 years of age and younger). Lagoon doesn't provide for any other free passes.

Parking: $8.00 per vehicle and should be paid to the parking attendant upon arrival.

RSVP: June 22, 2011 Register online here

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Portland/Southwest Washington BBQ & Rodeo Rodeo

Dust off your boots and cowboy hats for the Backyard Barbecue and Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo. Also participate in an Aggie raffle to support the Portland/Southwest Washington Scholarship.

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2011

Time: BBQ: 3:00 pm Rodeo: 8:00 pm

Location: BBQ: Dale and Linda Settje House, 822 East 7th Street, Molalla, Oregon

Cost: BBQ: $5 per person

Menu: Hotdogs/hamburgers, beans, salads, chips and AGGIE ICE CREAM!

Rodeo: Tickets available at

RSVP: Contact Dale Settje ( or call 503-829-2086) by June 27

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Weber County Car Show Car Show

Come and join USU Alumni and the community on July 15, 2011 for the 2011 Aggie Car Show. New this year, the car show will be held at the Historic 25th Street in Ogden. View the cars from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Sponsored by the USU Alumni Association and Weber County Alumni Chapter. Contact Alumni Relations at 800.291.2586 or for more information. All proceeds go to the USU Weber County Scholarship Fund.

Date: Friday, July 15, 2011

Time: 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Historic 25th Street, Ogden, UT

Car Entry Fee:

$15.00 for pre-registered cars (July 13 deadline).
$20.00 for day of show.
$10 for cars being sold.
Free for public to attend.

RSVP: Register online here

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Utah County Family Swim Party Pool Party

Save the date for the Utah County Aggie Family Swim Party

Date: Friday, July 15, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Scera Pool, 701 S. State Street, Orem, UT

Cost: $10 per family

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Tooele County Aggie Family Night at the Deseret Peak Aquatic Complex Pool Party

Save the date for the Tooele County Aggie Family night at the Deseret Peak Aquatic Complex. More information to come.

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Time: TBA

Location: Deseret Peak Aquatic Complex, 2930 West Highway 112, Tooele, UT

RSVP: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Salt Lake Alumni Night at the Hale Centre Theatre Hale Theatre

Mark your calendars for a Salt Lake County Alumni Chapter event at the Hale Centre Theatre on Thursday, August 11th. This will be a very enjoyable evening and all Aggies are invited to join the Alumni Association for "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat". This is one of the most demanded performances at Hale Centre Threatre and tickets will sell out quickly. Don't delay and sign up today. Tickets and dinner are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limited Availability.

Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm, dinner & 7:30 pm, show

Location: Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City

Cost: $30 per person for adults (13 years of age and older), $20 per person for children (5-12 years old). No children under five permitted.

RSVP:First-come, first serve basis. Limited Availability. Register online here

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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 get together before the game by Coors Field Location and time details to follow.

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2011

Time: 2:10 pm

Location: Coors Field

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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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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Save the Date - Aggie Homecoming Weekend 2011 Save the Date

Save the date for Aggie Homecoming Weekend 2011

Date: September 23 & 24, 2011

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Discover Career Success Discover Career Success

When applying for an internship as part of my Ph.D. program, I wrote four mandatory essays, several cover letters, a clinical case description, and updated my curriculum vitae. As I was uncertain about how to best portray my professional credentials, I embraced the support from Career Services. With the assistance of my career coach, Derek Jack, I received constructive feedback on all my documents. Since English is my second language, the advice I received ensured my documents accurately reflected my qualifications and enthusiasm.

All in all, Career Services was instrumental in helping me prepare a strong and effective package of documented qualifications and in reassuring my sense of readiness. I secured 13 interviews and ultimately, a position at the University of Michigan.

Ellie Mendez
Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology

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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Civil Rights Tour with Dr. F. Ross Peterson: Aug 31 - Sept 5, 2011 Civil Rights Tour

Don't miss this opportunity to see the sites and learn about the events of this movement that continues to shape our nation with one of the foremost historians on the subject, Dr. Ross Peterson. Not only will you see the beauty and history of Georgia and Alabama, you will also enjoy great football as the Aggies of Utah State take on the 2010 National Champion Tigers of Auburn University.

Click here for more information.

You can sign up here

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Explore Gorongosa National Park: September 9-21, 2011Photo Courtesty of The Carr Family

Limited Space Available!

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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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.

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!


This month's obituaries can be found here.

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Current Schedules


Utah State Volleyball Has One Of The Top Recruiting Classes In NationUSU Volleyball ranked Utah State's most recent recruiting class as one of the top 55 in the nation as it was one of 25 schools to receive `Highest Honorable Mention' honors.

LOGAN, Utah - Following its first-ever Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship and its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament during the 2010 season, Utah State's head volleyball coach Grayson DuBose has put together one of the best recruiting classes in the nation and Western Athletic Conference according to ranked Utah State's most recent recruiting class as one of the top 55 in the nation as it was one of 25 schools to receive `Highest Honorable Mention' honors along with fellow WAC member New Mexico State. Hawai'i had the league's highest-ranked recruiting class at No. 12.

The class, which is voted on by select collegiate coaches from across the country, consists only of high school players and does not include junior college and four-year transfers.

DuBose, who is entering his sixth season at Utah State, will welcome seven newcomers to the program when fall camp begins in August, including six incoming freshmen. Those freshmen that made up this ranking include Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah/Westlake HS); Shan England (Cave Creek, Ariz./Cactus Shadow HS); Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz./Thatcher HS); Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah/Lone Peak HS); and Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah/Alta HS).

Utah State's other two newcomers include junior Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah/College of Southern Idaho) and freshman Alexis Walker (Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Falls HS).

In all, Utah State returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that finished the year with a 24-9 record, including a 9-7 WAC mark to place third. Those 24 wins for USU rank as the seventh-most in school history and the most since the 1982 season.

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USU Football's Season Opener At Auburn Will Be Nationally TelevisedFootball Team

Aggies' Game At Defending National Champions Will Air On Either ESPN Or ESPN2

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football's 2011 season opener at Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 3 will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2 and will kickoff at 11 a.m. CT at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, as the Southeastern Conference announced the first three weeks' schedules Thursday at the SEC Spring Meetings.

USU's game against the defending national champions gives the Aggies two nationally televised games, as USU's game at BYU on Friday, Sept. 30 will also be televised by ESPN.

The Aggies will tangle with the Tigers of Auburn for the first time ever and will be USU's first Southeastern Conference opponent since Arkansas in 2006.

The USU-BYU game is one of two games involving a WAC team already scheduled with ESPN on ESPN2. The other telecast that has been announced is Fresno State hosting Boise State in a non-conference game on Friday, October 7. The game will be shown on one of the ESPN networks. Other games to be televised on ESPN networks, along with starting times, will be determined later this spring. The WAC Sports Network will again broadcast several games during the 2011 season. Those selections will also be made at a later date.

Utah State will return 46 letterwinners (28 offense, 17 defense, one special teams), including 16 starters (nine offense, six defense, one special teams), from last season's 4-8 overall mark, and 2-6 in WAC play, in head coach Gary Andersen's second season at the helm of the Aggie program.

After its season-opener at Auburn, Utah State's home opener is on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT), taking on in-state foe Weber State, marking the first time that USU and WSU have squared off since 2001, and Utah State leads the all-time series, 11-1. The Aggie-Wildcat match-up will have special meaning for Andersen, who will be facing his mentor, Weber State head coach Ron McBride. Andersen played for McBride at Utah in 1985-86.

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Ryan McLane Named Marketing and Promotions Director In Utah State Athletics Department

Ryan Mclane

McLane comes to Utah State after spending the past two years as an athletics marketing graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

LOGAN, Utah - Ryan McLane has joined the Utah State Athletics Department as its Marketing and Promotions Director and officially began his duties at USU on Monday, June 6.

McLane comes to Utah State after spending the past two years as an athletics marketing graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma where he received his master's degree in education.

"I am very excited to officially begin my professional career in collegiate athletics," said McLane. "I am looking forward to the new responsibilities associated with the position and being a part of the Utah State family."

McLane is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and graduated from Robert Morris University in 2009 with bachelor's degrees in business administration. During his time at RMU, he worked as an athletics intern in marketing and promotions.

McLane replaces Jason Herbers who resigned last fall to take a similar position at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.

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Utah State Athletics Announces Contract Extensions For Basketball Coaches

Stew Morrill & Reagan Pebley

Morrill signed a six-year contract keeping him at Utah State through the 2016-2017 season, while Pebley agreed to a five-year extension running through the 2015-16 campaign.

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Friday that basketball coaches Stew Morrill and Raegan Pebley have both signed contract extensions to remain at USU.

"We are delighted that Stew and Raegan will continue leading our programs for many years to come," said Barnes.

Morrill signed a six-year contract keeping him at Utah State through the 2016-2017 season, while Pebley agreed to a five-year extension running through the 2015-16 campaign.

"Two things I've said since I arrived at Utah State is that it's a privilege to coach here and that this will be my last coaching job, and 13 years later I feel stronger than ever about both statements," said Morrill. "I want to thank Scott Barnes and President Stan Albrecht for giving me and our staff the continued security of a long-term contract."

Morrill, the winningest basketball coach in school history, has led Utah State to an incredible 324-103 (.759) record during his 13 years in Logan, including a 167-49 (.773) mark in the Big West and Western Athletic Conferences, and a 25-7 (.781) record in conference tournaments. USU has won six conference tournament championships and seven regular-season titles under Morrill.

During the 2010-11 season, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC title, advanced to its third-straight NCAA Tournament and won its second WAC Tournament Championship in the last three years. USU ended the season with a 30-4 mark, which is the best record in school history and tied for the most wins ever, while finishing the year ranked 25th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.

Following the 2010-11 season, Morrill was named the WAC's Coach of the Year for the third-straight season, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by


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