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    VOLUME 10 | ISSUE 2 February 2012     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Mike Waggoner Daisy Scott

Spotlight by Liz Wilson

Mike Waggoner is one of the newest Lifetime Members of Utah State University's Alumni Association. Mike's latest contribution to his alma mater is just a drop in the bucket of his many efforts to give back to his community. While working on his Political Science degree Mike learned the value of community service.

His involvement on campus began with his membership with the Sigma Chi Fraternity which has been on the campus of Utah State since 1926. Mike served as president of Sigma Chi for two years. While serving as president, he helped live up to the standards of his house by heading up the Sigma Chi Derby Days week of philanthropy. During the Derby Days Mike worked to help raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. "Being in Sigma Chi was one of the highlights of going to USU," he said. The importance of giving service was one of the many great things Mike learned from his time at USU as well as from his mentor's in the Sigma Chi fraternity. "One thing I really learned from the fraternity is the importance of having a mentor," Mike explained, "[My mentors] helped direct me in my life choices and career path." While in Sigma Chi, Mike was directed towards getting involved with other organizations on campus as well.

"I was highly involved with ASUSU," Mike stated, "I was student body Executive Vice President. The more involved you can be, like with ASUSU or with any other organization, it helps you grow." Mike's advice to other Utah State students and alumni is to always make an effort to get involved. He emphasized that no matter where your interests lie there is always a club or organization on campus that you can join. Networking is another benefit of campus involvement that Mike hopes other Aggie's will use to their advantage.

One of the connections Mike made while attending USU was fellow Sigma Chi member Justin Hamilton. Mike said that he and Justin worked together to open another location of Justin's Logan based restaurant, Hamilton's. "He asked me to move down to Park City," Mike said of Justin Hamilton. "I helped with all the marketing and PR. I really enjoyed being in the restaurant business, it's definitely a lot of work. It's really rewarding, when you deeply care about a project like that."

One of Mike's mentors is Alumni Relations Director Patty Haluafia. "Patty has been one the greatest mentors I have," said Mike, "She really instilled the idea of giving back to an organization and USU. Even though I'm fairly young in my career, I like giving back." Now as a new Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association, Mike continues to give back even though he's no longer on campus.

Mike is now working for American Express. His current goals include completing a course in the Six Sigma business management program, a program designed to improve the productivity of business practices. He is also presently working on completing his degree at Utah State University.

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Utah State University Greats: Undergraduate Research Reigns at USU USU Greats

Since its inception in 1975, more than 500 students have conducted research supported by the Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) Grant program. From metal sculpture to chokecherry seed propagation and whirling disease in trout, real-life problems have been explored and solved by USU undergraduates.

Today, the results of these URCO projects are generating national recognition for USU's student researchers.

"URCO grants are designed to give students a chance to do independent research on a project of their own design," said Joyce Kinkead, USU's associate vice president for research. "Research is broadly defined; it encompasses creating a sculpture, composing a piece of music, doing archival scholarly work and working at the laboratory bench."

The grants, given by the Vice President for Research Office, award up to $500 per student and their academic department matches the award.


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 - From You Flowers for Valentine's Day Featured Benefit

Valentine's Day is Tuesday, February 14th! Why wait - order that special someone a gift today for guaranteed Valentine’s Day delivery, or “WOW” them at work with a beautiful floral arrangement and show the whole office how much you care! From You Flowers offers a wide selection of Valentine’s Day flowers, gourmet chocolates, teddy bears, and more! The perfect sentiment is only a mouse click away at or call 1-800-838-8853 and mention code 45D, and have our trained floral and gift consultant’s help you design a custom gift for your one-of-a-kind Valentine!

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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


1918: Love at Utah State

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

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WAC Tournement 2012 Aggie Events

Celebrate the WAC Basketball Tournament with the Utah State University Alumni Association. The Tournament Party will feature light finger foods along with a performance by the Aggie Spirit Squad and Pep Band - all for only $10 per person if you make your reservation by March 7 (cost will be $15 after March 7 and at the door). Come and make your own game signs, get pumped up for the game and enjoy Famous Aggie Ice Cream. Make your reservation today!

  • Party Date: Friday, March 9
  • Location: Orleans Hotel, Dauphine Room ( 4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV
  • Cost: $10 if registered by March 7, 2012. $15 after March 7 and at the door, so please register early
  • RSVP: Tuesday, March 7, 2012 Register online here

Join us for the Utah State University Golf Tournament on Friday, March 9 at Angel Park ( RSVP by March 7, 2012. Register online here

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

More information to come.

  • Time: 8:00 am
  • Location: Utah Botanical Center, 920 S 50 W, Kaysville Utah
  • Cost: TBD

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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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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!

Read all of the recent Class Notes to find out what's going on in the lives of successful Aggie Alumni everywhere!

Alumnus Notes

Kay Davis Fakhraie
BS '73
MS '75


In the last 36 years, I have worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist in three different school districts (one in Idaho, two in Utah). As a Speech Pathologist in the Box Elder School District, I implemented a speech, language & hearing screening program for incoming kindergarten students. Since 1979, I have worked in the Ogden School District and am always excited to return to school when August rolls around. Marrying Bahman Fakhraie in the Summer of 1975, I've had two children: a daughter, Fatemah, 27, and a son, Anayat, 24. Since both live outside of Utah, my husband and I have enjoyed traveling the country to visit them. My favorite memories at Utah State University are meeting my husband and introducing him to thanksgiving dinner. His relatives would all grab a fork when November hit the calender, in anticipation for my famous watergate salad and delicious turkey.



This month's obituaries can be found here.

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Current Schedules


Aggie Soccer to Host Alumni Event March 3 Aggie Sports

Former USU soccer players encouraged to attend upcoming alumni event.

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's soccer is preparing for its annual alumni soccer day which will be held Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stan Laub Indoor Training Center.

Last season, the Aggies had over 40 former players attend the alumni weekend. The event gave alumni the chance to scrimmage against current Aggies. Along with the scrimmage, the event also allows Utah State to honor the 2001 graduating class.

The event is free for alumni plus one guest and children under 18. Admission is $8 for any additional guests. Alumni need to RSVP for themselves and their immediate family who will be attending by emailing Utah State soccer at by Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

The alumni event is an excellent opportunity for former Aggies to re-connect with each other and to get to know the current USU soccer players and other alumni.


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Solid Performances Paces Utah State Track And Field To Capturing Five Event Titles On Saturday Aggie Sports

Aggies Place 24 In The Top Five Of Their Respective Events

NAMPA, Idaho - With five event titles as part of 24 top-five finishes, the Utah State men and women's track and field teams competed well at Jacksons Indoor Track for the Boise State Bronco Classic in Nampa, Idaho on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Collecting wins for the USU women with terrific performances in their respective events were freshman Rachel Orr in the high jump with a leap of 1.70m (5-07.00), sophomore Sam Nielson in the triple jump with a mark of 11.91m (39-01.00), senior Spela Hus in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 14.78m (48-06.00) and junior Bailee Whitworth leading a 1-2-3 Aggie finish in the 200m (24.32) along with fellow junior Aubrie Haymore (2nd, 24.75) and senior Katelyn Heiner (Tied for 3rd, 24.81).

It was the third week in a row for Hus to win the shot put, while it was the second-straight week that Orr and Nielson captured their event titles.

With a Western Athletic Conference season-best time in the 60m dash (6.85), sophomore Silas Pimentel claimed the Aggie men's only first-place honor with freshman Nic Bowens close behind in second with a time of 6.90. Pimentel also placed third in the 200m (21.67).

"One thing we like about this time of year is we are getting closer to the conference meet but we still have time to get better," said Aggie veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "We had some really great performances here with some personal-best marks and conference leading marks. Things are going well as far as the progression goes. We just need to stay consistent and continue to get better. The men and women are very focused and that continues to show as they improve each week."


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Utah State Has 47 Student-Athletes Receive Fall Academic All-WAC Honors

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Of its 47 academic all-WAC selections, Utah State had 16 student-athletes from football honored, along with 11 student-athletes from soccer, eight from volleyball, and six each from both men's and women's cross country.

LOGAN, Utah - The Western Athletic Conference announced its fall all-academic teams Tuesday and Utah State had 47 student-athletes recognized from the sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball to rank second in the WAC.

Of its 47 academic all-WAC selections, Utah State had 16 student-athletes from football honored, along with 11 student-athletes from soccer, eight from volleyball, and six each from both men's and women's cross country. Football's 16 honorees were the most in the conference in that sport, while volleyball's eight selections were tied for first.

New Mexico State led the WAC with 49 all-academic honorees, followed by Utah State with 47, Idaho with 43, San Jose State with 39, Fresno State with 33, Louisiana Tech with 30, Hawai'i with 28 and Nevada with 20.

Senior Brian McKenna, who competes in cross country, and both indoor and outdoor track, has now earned academic all-WAC honors 10 times in his career, as has senior cross country/track athlete Jessie Chugg. Fellow senior track athlete Ruth Hilton has earned academic all-conference honors nine times, while senior track athlete Daniel Howell earned his eighth academic all-WAC honor.

Student-athletes who are earning academic all-WAC honors for the fifth time include track athletes Brittany Fisher and Kaylee Campbell, while four-time honorees include track athletes Kyle McKenna and Stephanie Burt, volleyball player Liz McArthur, and soccer players Chandra Salmon-Christensen and Summer Tillotson.

Furthermore, of the 47 student-athletes to earn fall academic all-WAC honors, 34 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

To be eligible for the fall academic team, a student-athlete must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.


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Aggie Gymnastics Hosts San Jose State Friday On Think Pink Night

Aggie Athletics

USU Hosting Third Leg Of Four-Meet Homestand

LOGAN, Utah - THINK PINK NIGHT ON TAP - In its third leg of the current four-meet homestand, Utah State gymnastics (2-5, 0-1 WAC) will return to Western Athletic Conference action, hosting San Jose State (4-3, 1-0 WAC) in a dual meet on Friday, Feb. 10... Action for the dual between the Aggies and Spartans will start at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)... Friday is USU's "Think Pink" Night, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness... Live video and live results will be available through

PINK POM-POMS PRESENTED TO PINK ATTIRE - All fans who wear pink will receive free admission and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive pink and Aggie blue pom-poms. There will be donation sheets available at the USU marketing and promotions table located on the west concourse behind section S. All funds collected will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

AWESOME ALL-AROUNDERS - Friday's meet features two of the top all-arounders in not just the WAC, but their respective regions and the country as well, in SJSU's Thomasina Wallace and USU's Sarah Landes... Wallace, a senior, is tops in the WAC, fifth in the West region and tied for 20th in the nation with a 39.205 average, including breaking SJSU's record in the all-around with a 39.400 in the Spartans' meet on Sunday... Landes, a freshman, is third in the WAC, tied for fifth in the North Central region and tied for 41st in the country with a 38.994 average

THIRD IN A ROW - Friday is the Aggies' third-straight meet at home, the third of a four-meet homestand, USU's longest stretch of home events since 2004 when USU also had a stretch of four-straight home meets.


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