|VOLUME 10 | ISSUE 6||June 2012|
In This Issue
Spotlight by Liz Wilson
Travis Hess is a Utah State graduate and an unconventional student. He never took a class in Logan, Utah. He graduated from the College of Eastern Utah, which is now an extension of Utah State University, in 2008. USU Eastern, as it is also known, is located in Price, Utah and provides many of its students with the opportunity to stay closer to jobs and family while still getting a degree from Utah State.
Travis took advantage of this opportunity, citing the fact that he didn't have to move to Logan as one of the benefits. When he moved to Salt Lake City, he continued taking classes through the Distance Education Program. "I really admired that about [the university]. It might be a small town in the middle of nowhere, but I can still get my degree from Utah State," Travis said.
On his way to earning a college degree, Travis faced come challenges that few people have. But it was not his challenges that made him unique; it was his reaction to them.
Travis and his family have battled with cancer many times. Three out of five of his children have battled cancer at a young age, and his daughter Alexis passed away from cancer at the age of three. Not only that, he also lost his father and his brother to cancer. Personally, Travis has been diagnosed with at least four different kinds of cancer over the course of his life. The Hess families' battle with cancer has had a major impact on all of their lives for both good and bad.
When Travis lost his daughter to cancer he was unable to cover the funeral costs. An anonymous donor gave his family $1,000 to help pay for her funeral. This one act of kindness not only helped his family in a time of need, it also inspired Travis to make a difference in the lives of others.
After that gift was received, Travis got the idea to help other families who were impacted by the death of a child to cancer. He knew his could not be the only family who would not be able to afford the funeral bills. In 2005 the Hess Cancer foundation was formed. Travis said the first year was very successful. "We had a family from Cambodia whose son had died. We raised $1,000 for them, the first year."
Since that time Travis's foundation has helped 22 other families. Now what does a cancer foundation have to do with Travis competing in triathlons? "The guy that set up the foundation really likes triathlons," Travis joked. "When I set it up I thought if I found a triathlon that would donate some money then we would be all set." So Travis and his team began looking for sponsors to donate money to his foundation. Travis has been competing in Triathlons for the past nine years, and has been sponsored by Aquaphor for the last five years.
TriUtah is a triathlon organization here in Utah that has helped Travis along the way. "I asked them if we could somehow have them donate some money. They said if you could get some volunteers for our race then we could donate some money. We asked Weber State to help and they got 75 volunteers to come run the race. We raised $2,500-$3,000 from that race."
Travis is currently trying to enter the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. This championship race is a fantastic way for him to do something he loves and to spread the word about his cancer foundation. There are only two ways that he can participate. First, if he qualifies. "I don't know that I ever would," Travis admits. Second, he can be voted in through the Kona Inspired Competition, which allows athletes to share their stories online, and lets the public vote for six additional people who will be added to the competition.
This is where our USU alumni can help. Travis is asking for your vote. His participation in the race will not only fulfill a lifelong dream of his, it can help raise awareness for the Hess Cancer Foundation and help families in need. To learn more visit Konainspired.com.
Travis is a great example of how hard work and a positive attitude can help overcome any obstacles. He believes that health and fitness can help battle cancer and he runs triathlons to prove it. "This is not something I did by myself. I had so much support from so many different people and places. The first one is my wife. She has been such an important support to me emotionally, spiritually, physically. My job has supported me. People who come to our events, who volunteer. This is more than just what one person is doing. I hope that I can be a good influence on these people. But they are also a good influence on me."
Travis lives with his family in Lehi, Utah.
Vote for Travis Hess at Konainspired.thismoment.com.
Before embarking on a study abroad trip to the Horn of Africa in summer 2008, Utah State University undergraduate Leah Hazlett says she didn't know what to expect.
"For me, going to Ethiopia was a phenomenal, life-changing experience," says Hazlett, a junior environmental studies major. "It's really shaped, and reinforced, the way I now look at the world, myself and American culture."
Her travel companions, Ashley Champlin, Kelly Sivy and Annie Wilson, concur. The quartet, all undergraduates in USU's College of Natural Resources, visited a variety of sites throughout Ethiopia as students in a special topics Environment and Society class. Entitled "Globalization: Human and Environmental Linkages in Ethiopia," the class was coordinated by faculty members Layne Coppock and Claudia Radel and a USU team of Ethiopian nationals.
"The experience opened my eyes to how different cultures have different values depending on their immediate needs," says Sivy, a senior conservation and restoration ecology major. "Sometimes it's a choice of feeding your family versus sustainability. I realized, when I approach global issues, I need to consider varied perspectives."
During the course of their nearly month-long visit, the four students evaluated the effects of globalization on four sectors of Ethiopia's economy: livestock production, wildlife management, cut-flower production and coffee production.
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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.
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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.
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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
Do you remember the great experience of singing in the Chorale under the baton of Dr. Bill Ramsey? Join with your fellow chorale members for a reunion and the opportunity to sing together once again with Dr. Ramsey as conductor! We will meet for a Reunion Dinner and rehearsal, and then perform on Sunday evening at the traditional Alumni Band Concert on the Quad at Utah State University.
- Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, 2012
- Location: Utah State University campus, Logan, UT
- RSVP: Register online here
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.
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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.
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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.
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Join us in Holland and Belgium for nine days, cruising for seven nights aboard a state-of-the-art AMA Waterways vessel during the best time of year! Meet local residents during the exclusive Village Forum for a personal perspective of the Low Countries' modern life and cultural heritage. Expert-led excursions include private canal cruises in Amsterdam and Bruges, the windmills of Kinderdijk, expert-led excursions to the prestigious Rijksmuseum, world-class Kroller-Muller Museum, famous Keukenhof Gardens, medieval Antwerp and the impressive Delta Works. A Pre-Cruise Option in Amsterdam is offered. This comprehensive, all-inclusive itinerary--an exceptional value--is continually praised as the ideal Holland and Belgium experience. Details and pricing available soon.
A voyage aboard the grand American Queen is a priceless experience in Americana, and this Mississippi River cruise through Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee brings an especially rich part of it to vivid life. Spend two nights among the cultural mosaic of New Orleans, then board an authentic steamboat bound for Memphis and discover the beauty of the river as you delve into the history, culture and epic grandeur of the pre-Civil War South. Tour the superb plantation known as Oak Alley and walk beneath its amazing canopy of oak trees three centuries old. Take in the many antebellum homes among scenic countryside in St. Francisville, and revel in antebellum splendor in Natchez, a glorious city rich with restored mansions. In Vicksburg, the "Red Carpet City of the South," view battle relics from the famous siege where Civil War generals Pemberton and Grant matched wits and wills. Stop in Helena, renowned as the home of King Biscuit Time - America's longest-running blues radio program, but its wonderfully preserved architecture offers traces of Helena's pre-civil war past. Arrive in Memphis and spend a day exploring its famed sights, from Elvis' Graceland to Beale Street, where the blues was born. Details and pricing available soon.
Encounter some of the world's most evocative cities in Portugal, Spain and France as you weave your way through the colorful tapestry of Western Europe. Depart from Lisbon and travel north along the Atlantic coast aboard the elegant yet intimate Oceania Cruises Nautica. First is Oporto, Portugal, where an urban liveliness provides a modern sheen to the Renaissance architecture of the city's cathedral area and to the preserved medieval authenticity of its Barredo quarter. In Spain, visit La Coruna and its still-working 2nd-century Roman lighthouse, or take in Santiago de Compostela with its legendary cathedral marking a 9th-century pilgrimage route. In Bilbao, witness amazing modern and contemporary art at the thrillingly designed Guggenheim Museum. Complete your European tapestry with two days in Bordeaux, France, the city punctuated by Gothic churches, broad avenues and 18th-century mansions; and the region marked by famed vineyards and glorious chateau-dotted estates. Spend a day sailing along French shores and into the English Channel before arriving in England and the port of Dover.
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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
Donna Crow, Executive Director
Career Services & Student Success
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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: www.usu.edu/career; (435) 797-7777; University Inn, 102.
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.
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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?
I currently live in Boise, Idaho and work at Micron Technology, Inc. as a Corporate Module Engineer and Project Manager. I married my best friend and sweetheart, Polly Watt, and we enjoy living in Idaho. We are avid outdoorsman and enjoy camping, backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, running, and walks along the river with our dog Snoop. Our favorite places to do these activities are in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Boise National Forest just two hours northeast of Boise. We also like trips down to southern Utah - Capitol Reef, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, and Zion.
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This Is Third Straight Year Howell Has Been Named To CoSIDA's All-District Team
May 31, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's track and field senior distance runner Daniel Howell was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District VIII men's track & field/cross country first-team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.
This marks the third straight year that Howell has received CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honors as he was also named to the 2010 second-team and 2011 first-team, while also receiving 2011 Capital One Academic All-American third-team honors. He also received academic all-district honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2010 and 2011, along with being a 10-time academic all-WAC honoree.
Howell has a 3.963 GPA majoring in wildlife sciences and rangeland resources. He is a 13-time first-team all-WAC honoree during Utah State his cross country and track career as he won the 3,000m and 5,000m at the 2012 WAC Indoor Championships, while also capturing the 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m titles at the 2012 WAC Outdoor Championships. Howell also placed fourth at the 2011 WAC Cross Country Championships.
At the first round of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Howell competed in two events placing 21st in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:03.38 as well as finishing 45th in the 5,000m 15:12.85.
The Academic All-District ® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
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Seventh-Straight Year That Utah State Has Been Represented At Prestigious Event, Second Time In Three Years From Volleyball Team
May 31, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball student-athlete Alyssa Everett has been selected to attend the 2012 NCAA National Career in Sports Forum, June 7-10, 2012 in Indianapolis, Ind. Over 650 student-athletes completed the application and 300 were selected to participate in the program.
Everett, a senior middle blocker from Perry, Utah (Box Elder HS/College of Southern Idaho) is majoring in physical education teaching and was accepted for the volleyball coaching track at the forum. She earned academic all-Western Athletic Conference honors as well as USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete award last year. On the court, she totalled 80 blocks in 23 matches, averaging 1.27 blocks per set.
The NCAA National Career in Sports Forum is an educational forum where selected student-athletes will learn and explore careers in sports, sports law, and sports entertainment with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. By achieving the following objectives, the forum is effectively marketing careers in coaching, administration, officiating, sports law and sports entertainment as viable professions. Additionally, the forum is working to dispel myths about careers in athletics, as well as, facilitate the opportunity to obtain information from future athletics professionals.
The Forum will provide student-athletes with the opportunity to learn more about careers in sports, particularly in intercollegiate athletics. Participants will examine the key functions of coaches and administrators within college sports, with an emphasis on communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting. The event is meant to help student-athletes consider how their personal values intersect with opportunities in sports and teach them how behavioral styles impact effectiveness. Each student-athlete will develop a plan for growth and career development and will have the opportunity to network.
Utah State Football Holding Two Summer Camps, Including A Youth Camp That Will Now Start In The Afternoon
The Youth Camp on Monday, June 11 will now run from 1:30 to 7 p.m.
May 30, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -Gary Andersen, Utah State's football coaching staff will be conducting two summer camps, including a youth camp that will now run in the afternoon and a high school camp.
There will be a Youth Camp on Monday, June 11, for kindergarten thru eighth grade. This camp is an excellent opportunity for the young player to learn the basics of football from the USU football staff. The $35 cost includes camp instruction, lunch, camp T-shirt and photo with Coach Andersen. Registration will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11 in the Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex at the north end of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium with camp running from 1:30-7 p.m.
The Aggie coaches will also conduct summer a high school camp Wednesday-Friday, June 13-15 for incoming 9th-12th graders, providing a quality experience for young men to learn and enjoy the game of football. The cost is $250 for overnight campers and $210 for commuter campers. A team rate of $225 per camper is available for teams with over 40 players. Campers will have an opportunity to develop their skills and understanding throughout the camp through various means of teaching. There will be individual instruction, team instruction, as well as the popular Goal Line Challenge, Lineman Competitions and 7-on-7 Scrimmages. Anyone who signs up for the High School Camp has the option of staying on campus or commuting. A $50 deposit is due by May 23.
For more information contact Zach Nyborg at (801) 879-5122 or email@example.com, or you can find registration forms online at: http://www.utahstateaggies.com/camps/ust-camps.html