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    VOLUME 10 | ISSUE 4 April 2012     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Brian Hunsaker Brian Hunsaker

Spotlight by Liz Wilson

Utah State Professors have been known to inspire and propel their students to do great things. For alumnus Brian Hunsaker, professor Barbara Hales not only did that; she also introduced him to his wife. "I will be forever indebted to Professor Barbara Hales," he said. Along with his friendship with professor Hales, Brian was able to benefit from the sense of community that exists on the Utah State campus. Students who walk in the shadow of Old Main become part of a network of faculty and staff who are determined to see their students succeed. Brian's most close-knit campus ties were to his fellow players on the Aggie football team. Brian shared one moment of nostalgia he had with former Utah State president Stanford Cazier after a football game in 1982, his freshman year. "One of my favorite memories was ... when the Aggies beat BYU in Logan. President Stanford Cazier came down into the locker room and congratulated the team." Brian also noted that beating the University of Utah in Salt Lake City his junior year was another pleasantly memorable moment in his college career.

Brian gave the majority of his time to the football team and his athletic pursuits. His brotherly ties with his teammates were more than figurative when he took the field with his brother Jeff. Both brothers started on the defensive line all three years The Hunsaker's grandfather, All American Aggie Elmer "Bear" Ward, gave his two grandsons inspiration to join the team and continue his legacy. Brian also led the team as Captain and was all conference champion his junior and senior years. Both of Brian's parents as well as a sister and his brother Jeff graduated from USU. He hopes his children will carry on the Aggie tradition, perhaps in the Romney Stadium as well.

When not on the field, Brian took to Logan Canyon and other outdoor spots to take advantage of Logan's outdoor playground. "In the spring, we would go down to first dam and just hang out in the sun and [enjoy] the spring weather," Brian recalled. "Friends and I would go up [to the] Canyon and camp out, go hiking and barbecue and just enjoy the outdoors. Of course "The Beav" or Beaver Mountain was a great place to ski in the winter." Year round sports and activities were Brian's way of relaxing between classes in the Huntsman School of Business. Business was a natural path for him to pursue, his father being a businessman in the banking field himself. Brian was a natural in the business program graduating with a degree in Finance with a minor in Economics. Currently, Brian is president of Amussen, Hunsaker and Associates Inc. in Salt Lake City, specializing in investment management and financial planning for individuals and corporations.

The support of his family and university community has played an integral role in his career and personal success. "I count myself as very lucky and blessed. I was given an opportunity to go to school at a great institution like Utah State University. I had very supportive parents which I consider a great advantage to me." Brian explained, "My wife is very supportive as well. I have been lucky enough to be in a profession that I enjoy and am passionate about. I truly enjoy what I do." Passion for what you do is one of Brian's keys to success and happiness. His pearl of wisdom to fellow Aggies is to keep an open mind to all the possibilities you may have and explore different professions and careers. "Choose something you have an interest in and passion for," Brian advised.

A myriad of professors at Utah State helped him to explore his options, both professional and personal. "Obviously Barbara Hales had a big impact on my personal life as she introduced me to my wife," Brian repeats. "Dr. Ross Peterson has been a good friend and was a good influence on me while at Utah State. Professor Reed Durtschi was a great professor [and] I enjoyed his classes. Professors Allen Kartchner, Robert Malko, "Bi" Stephens, Craig Petersen & Alan Stephens were great as well. I had many great professors I can't name them all!" Brian recognized how rare it is to have so many caring faculty members who will do so much to help you succeed bother personally and professionally. Brian agrees this rare combination is unique to Utah State University. "Utah State University alums have a special feeling and passion for their time spent at Utah State University," Brian explained.

Now a graduate of roughly two decades, Brian still carries a torch for Logan, Utah and his alma mater. He and his wife have four children and they often travel the world together. One of Brian's life dreams was to take the skills he honed on the slopes of "the Beav" and put them to use on the European Alps. Brian was able to fulfill that dream with his oldest son last winter. Along with traveling Brian attempts to play the guitar. "I think I'm failing for the most part," he admitted. Brian loves to fly fish, play tennis and enjoys reading and investing. A true blue blooded Aggie family; he and his wife are both proud to admit that they are True Aggies.

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Utah State University Founders Day Video Podcast USU Founders Day

If you missed the USU Founders Day celebration, watch the video of the event here.







USU Greats: Ignoring Limits USU Greats

Utah State University undergraduate biochemist Bradley Hintze is not only excelling in his studies, he's a 2007 finisher of the nation's longest one-day bicycle race sanctioned by the United States Cycling Federation.

Impressive, yes. But even more remarkable is Hintze's perseverance in the face of significant physical obstacles. He has difficulty holding his head upright and walks with a limp. Lack of fine motor skills makes writing difficult and precision lab techniques impossible.

"I'd be a disaster at the lab bench," says Hintze, revealing his characteristically subtle sense of humor.

Born with mild cerebral palsy, Hintze's physical disabilities initially seemed minor. But at puberty, he developed cervical dystonia that became progressively worse. The neurological movement disorder of the neck, for which there is no known cure, causes Hintze's head to involuntarily twist and turn to one side.

"Brad has a great enthusiasm for science and I love having him in our lab," says Sean Johnson, Hintze's faculty mentor and R. Gaurth Hansen Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. "I am constantly amazed at his abilities and drive. I have never heard a word of complaint or frustration regarding his physical challenges. He doesn't seem to let anything prevent him from succeeding in whatever it is he wants to do."

In spring 2008, USU honored the Aggie senior with the university's Legacy of Utah State Award. The honor was created in memory of the agricultural students and instructor involved in the 2005 USU van accident. It is given annually to a student who embodies the true spirit, heart and soul of Utah State and demonstrates love and support for the university family, while leading with a vision of hope for the future.


Read more Utah State University Greats here.

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The Alumni Association is now on Facebook The Alumni Association on Facebook

The Utah State University Alumni Association now has its own page on Facebook. Here you can find information specific to Utah State Alumni. Find out about upcoming events, read news, and view pictures from the past Buzzers.

To become a fan of the USU Alumni Association click here.

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Old to New, USU Switches to Harris Online Directory Switch from inCircle to Harris O.L.D.

Out with the old and in with the new. Utah State University Alumni Association has made a switch from using the online community inCircle to using Harris Connect's Online Directory as a way to help USU Alumni stay connected with the university and with each other. The Online Directory allows users to search for classmates, update their profile and their information with USU, stay up-to-date with upcoming Utah State events, and register for events easily with autofill registration options.

For more information on joining the Harris Online Directory click here.

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Featured Alumni Benefit - Featured Benefit invites you to participate in this exclusive opportunity to receive great travel benefits everywhere you go.

  • Emergency Roadside Assistance (including)
    • Towing
    • Lockout Services
    • Jumpstart Services
    • Fluid Delivery Services
    • Flat Tire Services
    • Concierge Assistance
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Protection Program
  • Rental Car Discounts
  • Trip Routing

For more information click here and use promo code "goaggies"

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Nonresident Legacy 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 Nonresident Legacy 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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Back to the Buzzer


1952: Utah State Scabbard & Blade

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

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Davis 5K Aggie Spring Run-Off Aggie Pre-Game

Join other Aggies from Davis County and the surrounding area for this family friendly event. With over 300 runners in 2011, we are looking forward to a successful 5K Family Fun Run in 2012.

  • Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012.
  • Time: Check-in and registration, 7:00-7:45 am. Fun Run begins at 8:00 am.
  • Location: Utah Botanical Center, 920 S 50 W, Kaysville Utah
  • Cost: $30 per family, $25 for individual, $20 for current student and alumnus
  • RSVP: Register online here

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Aggie Family Day at Lagoon Aggie Events

Come and join other Aggies at the 5th Annual Aggie Family Day at Lagoon. Everyone is invited to come to the Meadows Pavilion at 6 p.m. to meet other Aggies, enjoy FREE Aggie Ice Cream and to enter to win door prizes. Discounted tickets can be purchased through the USU Alumni Association and your tickets will be available at the USU Will-Call table at Lagoon on June 29. All individuals are admitted to Lagoon-A-Beach.

  • Date: Friday, June 29, 2012
  • Time: Park Hours, 11 am – 11 pm. Alumni Event, 6 pm at the Meadow Pavilion
  • Location: Lagoon Park, 375 North Lagoon Drive, Farmington Utah
  • Cost: $33.95, 4 years and older. $28.95, 3 years and younger. Children, 2 years and younger, are free to enter (no rides).
  • RSVP: Register online here

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Machu Picchu & The Wonders of the Rainforest: Aug 26 - Sept 4 , 2012 Machu Picchu

Is Machu Picchu on your list of "must see" destinations? Don't miss this opportunity to visit the fascinating land of Peru with visits to Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. Discovered in 1911 by American Explorer Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu is one of the most renowned examples of Incan architecture. Thrill to the sights and sounds of the Amazon Rain Forest, watch Red-bellied Macaws near Lake Sandoval (an area known for its abundant wildlife), or explore the ancient history that makes up this enchanting land. View the brochure for complete itinerary and pricing.

Click here to download the tour brochure.

Click here to download the tour registration form.

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Utah State vs. University of Wisconsin - Madison: September 13-16, 2012 Wisconsin

See the sights in Chicago and attend the Utah State vs. University of Wisconsin football game in Madison, WI.

Click here to download the tour brochure.

Click here to download the tour registration form.

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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.

Click here to download the registration form.

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Tahitian Jewels - Oceania Cruises: Jan 27 - Feb 7, 2013 Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

Savor the tropical splendor of emerald-green palms, white sand beaches, and brilliant turquoise waters as you sail aboard the luxurious Oceania Cruises Marina to the most stunning destinations in the South Pacific, the gorgeous Polynesian islands. Experience a cruise with the finest service, accommodations, and cuisine at sea, where every port of call is an island paradise. Admire multihued lagoons around Moorea, be engulfed by tropical splendor at Huahine, "The Garden Island," and discover the region's cultural heritage on beautiful Raiatea. Watch a sunset on romantic Bora Bora, and wander the black sand beaches of Nuku Hiva. Sail to Hiva Oa, artist Paul Gauguin's idyllic island home, and enchant your senses with colorful sea life on Rangiroa before returning to Papeete on the lovely island of Tahiti. Set adrift, catch the breeze, and discover Polynesia's most beautiful gems on this exceptional voyage.

Click here to download the brochure.

Click here to download the registration form.

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USU Career Services Invites You to Connect with Students and Alumni Discover Career Success

As Utah State University (USU) graduates enter an uncertain job market, the advice of an alumnus provides valuable insight, encouragement, and networking opportunities.  In cooperation with the Alumni Association, you are invited to join Career Services' Student Alumni Mentor Network (SAMN), an exclusive network for USU alumni and current students.  By participating in SAMN you can:

  • Support students’ employment goals
  • Expand your own professional and social network by joining us on SAMN, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • Invite your employer to recruit USU students and alumni for internship, entry-level and experienced positions

Please feel free to stop by when you are on campus.  The career coaches at Career Services are excited to facilitate your campus visit and professional career success.


Donna Crow, Executive Director
Career Services & Student Success
University Inn, Rm. 102

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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Utah State Flickr Group Flickr

New photos from the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl pre-game party and the halftime presentation honoring USU at the Wichita State men's basketball game have been added to the Utah State Flickr Group.

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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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!

Alumnus Notes

Maureen Erickson
BS '02


After graduation I was hired by the Tooele County School District as a Kindergarten teacher which I have been doing for the past seven years. Three years ago I became one of ten teachers to implement the full day Kindergarten in our district. I prefer teaching the same class all day versus two half day sessions. My daughter, Alicia is currently an Aggie taking classes through the Tooele Extension. She has had some classes with my former professors. My favorite memories at USU Tooele are small classes and making good friends with people majoring in the same field.



This month's obituaries can be found here.

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Current Schedules


Utah State's Tanner Higham in Sixth-Place Following First Two Rounds of Wyoming Cowboy Classic Aggie Sports

Sophomore shot a collegiate low 4-under 66 during his first round before carding a 2-under 68 on his second 18-holes.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Utah State's Tanner Higham is currently in sixth-place with a 6-under par 134 (66-68) after the first two rounds of the Wyoming hosted Cowboy Classic held here at the North Course of the Talking Stick Golf Club Monday.

Utah State currently sits in 21st-place in the 23-team field with a 15-over 576 (287-289). San Diego and Kansas State are tied for first after the first two rounds at 15-under 545, while Colorado State's Mike Wuertz sits atop the leader board with a 12-under 128 (64-64).

Higham, a sophomore from Shelley, Idaho shot a collegiate low 4-under 66 during his first round before carding a 2-under 68 on his second 18-holes. Overall, Higham had nine birdies during the day and a scoring average of 3.83 on the par 4's to rank tied for fifth in the field.

Senior Chanse Godderidge (Smithfield, Utah) is tied for 96th with a 7-over 147 (74-73), freshman Brennan Coburn (Layton, Utah) is tied for 102nd at 8-over 148 (75-73), junior Kris Sayer (Idaho Falls, Idaho) is tied for 107th at 9-over 149 (74-75), and freshman Tanner Jenson (Parker, Colo.) is tied for 111th after shooting a 10-over 150 (73-77) Monday.


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USU Gymnasts Have Solid Outing Saturday At NCAA Regionals Aggie Sports

Landes Finishes 12th, Holliday 16th And Jones 20th In All-Around

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah State gymnastics' three gymnasts had solid outings Saturday night at the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Utah at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Freshman Sarah Landes finished 12th in the all-around with a 38.325, while senior Rebecca Holliday was 16th with a 38.125 and sophomore Paige Jones was 20th with a 35.400.

"I know that we were really excited to be here, and the kids are really young," USU head coach Jeff Richards said. "Paige (Jones) was here last year, and had a little bit of a rough meet. I know she tried to recover after the first two events. I know that she wanted to shine being so close to home. It was great to see Rebecca Holliday do well. She really shined tonight, and I was really proud of her. She had a great meet. Sarah (Landes), it was exciting. Going into the last event, I couldn't even watch beam. She had a shot to be the second all-arounder to go to nationals. It just wasn't in the cards tonight."

Landes was looking like she might have a chance to go to nationals as one of the top two all-arounders not on a qualifying team, before having a wobble and fall on beam in her final event. The freshman posted 9.775's on both floor (T22nd) and vault (T19th), along with 9.700 on bars (T16th) and 9.075 on beam (T40th).

Holliday scored a 9.650 on beam (T26th), 9.575 on bars (33rd), 9.550 on floor (T35th) and 9.400 on vault (40th) for her final score of 38.175 in her last meet as an Aggie gymnast. Jones struggled in her first two events, posting an 8.700 on bars (42nd) and an 8.050 on beam (42nd), before bouncing back with a 9.200 on vault (41st) and a 9.450 floor (38th).

No. 8 Utah won the regional with a 196.825 and will be joined at nationals by No. 5 Nebraska with a 196.525.

The three USU individuals rotated with certain teams, as Holliday rotated with Iowa State, while Jones was with Minnesota and Landes was with Utah. All three Aggies got large ovations from the Utah crowd during introductions, as well as during their performances.


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Friendly Competition Pushes Aggie Quarterbacks

Aggie Sports

Kennedy and Keeton Use Competition To Better Themselves, Help The Team

LOGAN, Utah -

By Megan Allen/USU Athletic Media Relations

Competition, whether conjugated as a noun, verb, or adjective, plays a large role in society, particularly that of collegiate athletics. It is a trait that has the power to bring out both the best and the worst in a student-athlete. It shows spectators what these athletes are made of, and what they are capable of.

In the case of the race for the starting quarterback spot at Utah State, senior Adam Kennedy and sophomore Chuckie Keeton are learning to use that competition to their advantage, while still having a friendly and comfortable relationship.

"When we get on the field, we're competing against each other pretty fiercely, but we know that at the end of the day we're both Aggies," said Kennedy, a native of Elk Grove, Calif. "When one of us comes off, we're there to help each other."

Keeton agreed, saying the competition between the two has built their relationship on and off the field, and pushes them to be better football players.

"We really just push each other, and that's all we see. It's the most friendly competition I've ever been around," said Keeton, a native of Houston, Texas. "I know he'll look after me if I do something wrong. If I do something good, and I'll do the same for him."

Matt Wells, who served as quarterback coach last year before adding the role of offensive coordinator to his title this season, has worked extensively with the two, and wants to see them become the best that they can.

"They're both great kids and great competitors. Football means a lot to both of them. They are sincere in their efforts to study and compete, and that makes my job easier," Wells said. "They are competitive by nature. It's a competitive room, but it's a friendly room. At the end of the day, they're all Aggies."


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Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Class

Aggie Athletics

The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame's 10th class is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.

LOGAN, Utah - A nine-time All-American in the weight throws, a three-time All-American in the pole vault, a two-time wrestling All-American, a softball All-American, one of the best men's basketball players in school history and three football standouts comprise the latest class of Utah State University's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, announced Monday.

The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame's 10th class is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.

The eight inductees include: Alfred Castro, one of just two wrestlers in school history to be named a two-time All-American; Eric Hipple, an outstanding quarterback; Brian Jackson, one of the best Aggie basketball players ever; Shae Jones-Bair, one of just two female track athletes in school history to earn All-American honors three times; James Murphy, a prolific wide receiver; James Parker, the most decorated student-athlete in Utah State history earning All-American track honors nine times; Kristie Skoglund, one of six Aggie softball All-Americans; and Emmett White, the NCAA's active single-game all-purpose yardage record holder.

"We are extremely proud of this class and the legacy each of them left at Utah State University," said Utah State Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. "This group joins 61 other outstanding individuals, along with three teams, to further ensure the proud tradition of Aggie Athletics."

A total of 69 individuals and three teams have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight members in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any inductees was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007, five more in 2008 to go along with the first-ever team inducted, seven more in 2009, six in 2010, and five in 2011 plus two more national championship teams.


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