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    VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 3 March 2011     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Elizabeth Dowdeswell Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Spotlight by Liz Wilson

When most students attend a university they plan to get one degree maybe two. Elizabeth Dowdeswell has ten! Eight honorary doctorates are part of the vast list of recognition she has received during her distinguished career. Ms. Dowdeswell never imagined that she would have so varied a path after she graduated from college. "It's a good example of what much of my life has been which is serendipity," Ms. Dowdeswell said, "Things just fell into place. I went to do interesting things and they led to other interesting things."

Her quest for new and challenging experiences began with a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. She then went on to earn a Master's degree in Behavioral Science from Utah State. Elizabeth did not study on campus in the conventional way. She studied in Logan only during the summer months. This allowed her to take advantage of some of the best aspects of Cache Valley. "It was just a lovely location...there's a relaxed feeling about it," Dowdeswell said. One of her favorite memories of campus was, of course, the fresh Aggie ice cream.

After completing her graduate work, Ms. Dowdeswell went on to work in a variety of positions. Dowdeswell explained that, "Most of them are unrelated to what I studied. I really had a truly interdisciplinary education." With those two degrees in such different fields, it allowed her to transcend those two very different worlds. Her work has covered both fields of study and also branched out into completely new realms of work.

Elizabeth is currently the president and CEO of the council of National Academics in Canada. The council's main purpose is to perform independent assessments of the science that is important to public issues. These assessments range from the natural to social and health sciences allowing Ms. Dowdeswell to draw from her large pool of academic expertise in many of these areas.

She has worked in many fields to promote the involvement of the public in policy-making. She has also served as executive director of the United Nations Environment Program and as Undersecretary General of the United Nations, President and CEO of Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization, as well as Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth for the Province of Saskatchewan.

These positions highlight her extensive career path that also lead to her eight honorary Doctorates from many universities including the University of Saskatchewan, Utah State University, York University, University of Regina, as well as Charles University in the Czech Republic.

These degrees emphasize the continuing education that Ms. Dowdeswell receives on a daily basis. "I get to learn every day," she says, "who could ask for more then that?" Elizabeth credits her success to her ability to not only transcend disciplines, but to be flexible, creative and open to new ideas. As a graduate of Utah State, she has stretched her education to encompass anything she wanted to do. She was able to get "out of her silo", as she calls it, and to draw on experiences from both the right and left sides of her brain. She is a shining example of what a student can do with a good education and the desire to make something of it.

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March Aggie-to-Aggie Lunch with Travis Morgan and Jared Horner


Financial Consultants Travis Morgan from Zions Wealth Advisors and Jared Horner from Sterling Financial Group spoke at the Aggie-to-Aggie networking lunch on Tuesday, March 8. Hosted by the Utah State University Young Alumni, the Aggie-to-Aggie Lunch was held at the Zions Bank Building in downtown Salt Lake City.

Horner spoke about the economic factors currently effecting today's financial picture. He explained to the group of Aggies in attendance that sometimes the media skews the overall economic picture.

"The recession has caused two things, " Horner said, while showing a chart depicitng the current recession's history. "Saving has increased and debt is being paid down, which are both good things. Unfortunately when everyone does this at the same time like we are seeing, it causes a recovery slowdown."

Morgan spoke about the basics to having financial success. He said educating yourself in the basics is a big key to success. Educate yourself on how the stock market works. Educate yourself on what is a fair fee to pay a financial planner.A person who understands even a little about financial investing has that much of a better chance of being successful.

"Be proactive when it comes to your investments" Morgan said. "and don't just assume everything is okay. Ask questions,and make your financial planner earn his or her keep."

Morgan said maximizing a 401k is one of the best areas to start and also one of the easiest areas to invest.

Both Morgan and Horner stressed the idea to not invest based on emotion. Fear and greed drive people financially. These aren't good emotions to have when investing. They also advised people to plan on sticking with their investments for the long haul by not letting emotion get the better of them.

To read more about the Aggie-to-Aggie Lunch with Travis Morgan and Jared Horner follow @UtahStateAlumni on Twitter #aggie2aggie.

If you have ideas for topics for Aggie-to-Aggie or interested in attending the next Aggie-to-Aggie lunch please e-mail us at


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Featured Alumni Benefit - Utah Sports Deals & Aggie Deals Featured Benefit

Look for Aggie Deals coming April 2011. Aggie Deals will feature the best of Utah Sports Deals and Utah Golf Deals along with custom Aggie Deals on rental of the Alumni House, Homecoming packages and more!

Save Money and Raise Money - Utah State Alumni Association has partnered with Utah Sports and Utah Golf Deals to create great offerings for alumni while raising money for the Alumni Association. Every time you buy one of these great deals, on everything from Real Salt Lake tickets to golf rounds, your USU Alumni Association receives a percentage back. Click here to see today's Utah Sports Deal.

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


1964: Kappa Delta sisters in the front room of the Kappa Delta house

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

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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


Save the DateSave the Date

Davis County 5K - May 14, 2011

More information on the Events page








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 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

Robert B. Bradshaw
BS '41
MS '48


After I graduated from Utah State in 1941 I went to work coaching basketball and teaching PE in the high school in Orderville. My wife and I moved several times in those first few years. We lived in Castledale and Randolph before ending up again in Cache County.

When I was 27, I was drafted into the Army. I did my basic training at Camp Robert, California. After 16 weeks of basic training I boarded a troop ship for what I was told was the invasion of Japan. Before we arrived in Japan, President Truman ordered the bombs to be dropped and the war was over.

After the war I went back to USU and earned a Master�s degree on the G.I. Bill. I taught school for 31 years and worked as a motel owner operator. I have been a widower for years and for an old geezer I am in pretty good health!

Kurt Lindstrom
BS '81


Lindstrom Named Civilian Space Business Area Executive at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Kurt Lindstrom has been named business area executive for Civilian Space at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md. The appointment puts him in charge of APL's current civilian space science and technology programs, as well as business development activities for future space missions. Lindstrom had served as acting business area executive since May 2010, after becoming the deputy business area executive in July 2009. He came to APL in May 2008 after a 25-year NASA career that included headquarters roles as a program analysis branch chief as well as a budget director and program executive ? overseeing missions such as the Europa Orbiter, the Dawn asteroid orbiter and the New Horizons mission to Pluto. He also directed the NASA Management Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and served as a program manager at NASA Ames Research Center. The Applied Physics Laboratory has more than 50 years in the space business, drawing on a tradition that began with development of the world?s first satellite navigation system, Transit. APL has built instruments and missions to targets such as near-Earth asteroids, comets, Pluto, Mercury, the Sun, and our moon ? and APL continues to support NASA as it implements initiatives to explore the far reaches of our solar system. For more information on APL space programs, visit

Xavier Aguirre
BS '77


Living in Merida,Venezuela. University teacher


This month's obituaries can be found here.

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USU Men Are Co-WAC Champions While Women Place Second At WAC Indoor Track And Field ChampionshipsWAC Track Champions

Aggie Men Win Six WAC Titles, Women Register Eight Top Three Finishes

NAMPA, Idaho –Both the men's and the women's titles came down to the final event at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at Jackson Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho. When the dust had settled from the 4x400m relays, the results had a mirrored image from a year ago, as the Utah State men's team emerged as co-WAC champions, the Aggies' second-straight conference title, while the USU women repeated as runners-up.

Six men's individual titles for the Utah State men led the Aggies to the title, while the women finished second, getting eight top three finishers in the final day. The USU men tied host Boise State with 177 points each, marking the first time in the history of the WAC that two teams have shared the indoor conference championship. The Aggie women were one point behind five-time champion Louisiana Tech, 133-132.

"They battled hard. They just kept crawling back into it and gave us a chance to win in the end. The women's title came down to the last event and we just missed it by one point," USU veteran head coach Gregg Gensel said. "We had a lot of good performances on the men and women's side."

It was the Aggie men's second-straight WAC indoor title and their third WAC indoor championship in the last four years. Overall, USU has now won five of the last seven combined indoor and outdoor track and field titles, winning the 2008, 2010 and 2011 indoor championships while also collecting the 2009 and 2010 outdoor titles.


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Utah State's Brown, Coddington and Pebley Honored With WAC Postseason Accolades Ashlee Brown

Brown earned WAC Newcomer of the Year, Coddington named to the all-defensive team and Pebley voted WAC Coach of the Year.

LOGAN, Utah - Junior forward Ashlee Brown was voted the Western Athletic Conference's Newcomer of the Year and Raegan Pebley was named the WAC Coach of the Year as the league office announced its postseason honors Monday. Senior guard Alice Coddington was voted to the all-defensive team for the second-straight year.

"Our team is not about individual awards or accolades," said Pebley. "While we appreciate and are honored for those that we received, we have been, we are, we will still continue to be about our team's performance. I am proud of what we have accomplished, but there is still more to accomplish."

After transferring from UC Santa Barbara, Brown leads the Aggies with 15.5 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Brown is the fourth Aggie to earn all-WAC honors and the second to earn first-team accolades. In 2009, current assistant coach Danyelle Snelgro was the first Aggie to be named to the first team. Senior forward Amber White was named to the all-WAC second-team in 2010, while Ana Pares was earned second-team honors in 2009.

Brown is the first Utah State player to earn the newcomer of the year award. Last year, Nevada's Tahnee Robinson was voted the Newcomer of the year, and this year she earned a spot on the all-WAC first-team. Brown becomes just the seventh player to earn the Newcomer of the Year award in WAC history as the first award was given to Tulsa's Jillian Robbins in 2003-04.


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Senior Night Is Sweet For Aggie Gymnastics With Season-Best In 194.550-190.700 Win Over Cal State Fullerton Friday

Aggie Gymnastics

Dillon And Boone Honored On Senior Night; Both Post Career-High All-Around Scores

LOGAN, Utah - On Senior Night for Utah State gymnastics, it was USU's two seniors, Lyndsie Boone and Jackie Dillon, who shone bright in each posting career-high all-around scores to lead the Aggies to their season high team total and first Western Athletic Conference win of the season with a 194.550-190.700 victory over Cal State Fullerton Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

The 194.550 was the Aggies' highest score since a 195.175 at the 2007 WAC Championships and the highest regular-season score since a 194.675 earlier in the 2007 season. Friday was USU's first WAC win since March 7, 2008 vs. San Jose State. With the win, USU improves to 2-12 overall and 1-4 in WAC competition while CSF slid to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in WAC action.

Dillon won the all-around with a career-high 39.150 while Boone was second with a 38.975, also a career-best. The senior duo shared the spotlight and matched each other all night, as they made up half of a four-way tie on bars with a 9.825, a new career-high for Boone and a career-best tying score for Dillon. The pair also tied each other for second on vault and for third on beam, both with 9.750's. They were knotted even in the all-around with a 29.325 each before Dillon notched her winning score of 9.825 while Boone tied for sixth with a 9.650.

Freshman Rachel Vaske was fifth in the all-around and joined in on the career-best scoring outing, with a 38.625, her second career-high posting in the last three meets. Those were three of the nine career-high scores posted by the Aggies Friday night, as USU collected three event titles plus the all-around crown. It was Utah State's second meet this season with three event winners, but the first of the year with a total of four titles counting the all-around.

Junior Nicole Simoneau won the bars title, her seventh win in the event in USU's 10 meets this season, with a 9.850, her 33rd score of at least a 9.800 in 38 career meets and her 20th score of a 9.850 or higher in her career. Simoneau wasn't the only Aggie to have a good night on bars, as Boone and freshman Rachel Vaske posted career-highs while Dillon tied her career-best on bars, all posting 9.825's, to tie for second in a four-way logjam with the Titans' Taylor Kearns.

Freshman Cammi Muhr won the beam with a career-best tying 9.800, the same score that she posted on floor to tie for not only her career-high but also for second overall, joined by fellow freshman Paige Jones.

Junior Amelia Montoya competed for the first time since Feb. 11, missing the last three meets with an injury, but didn't miss a beat, posting a career-high 9.750 on floor to tie for fourth.


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Utah State's Tai Wesley Named WAC Player of the Year and Stew Morrill Named WAC Coach of the Year

Tai Wesley

Joining Wesley on the first-team was junior guard Brockeith Pane, while senior guard Brian Green was named to the second-team and senior guard Tyler Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team.

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Tai Wesley was voted the Western Athletic Conference's Player of the Year and Stew Morrill was named the Don Haskins Coach of the Year Sunday as the league office announced its postseason honors. USU also had three other players recognized as Brockeith Pane was named to the first-team and all-newcomer team, Brian Green was voted to the second-team and Tyler Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team.

Utah State finished the 2010-11 regular season with a 28-3 record, including a 15-1 WAC mark. Those 28 wins are a regular season school record and tied for the third-most in school history. USU is also just the seventh team in the 49-year history of the WAC to lose one or fewer league games and the first since Utah went 14-0 during the 1998-99 campaign. Overall, USU has won four-straight regular season WAC titles and is 55-9 (.859) in league play the last four years.

For Utah State, it is the third time in the last four years that an Aggie has been named the WAC's Player of the Year as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008 followed by Gary Wilkinson in 2009.

Wesley, a 6-7, 240-pound senior forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS) becomes the sixth player in school history to earn conference player of the year honors joining Dean Hunger (1980), Greg Grant (1986), Eric Franson (1995), Carroll (2008) and Wilkinson (2009).


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