Utah State Aggie Insights
Summer 2012


Utah State University Alumni Association

Alumni Spotlight - David Miller

by Liz Wilson

David Miller

One of the newest buildings to grace the Logan skyline is the Blue Square luxury living community. This cutting-edge housing complex is a collaboration of three Aggie Alumni headed up by alumnus David Miller. This real estate venture is just one of many projects he has pioneered since his 1987 graduation from Utah State. In this venture David has collaborated with; Tom Ponich, a 1987 graduate with a degree in Journalism, and Mike Graham, the general contractor for the project. Mike graduated from USU in 1993 with a degree in environmental engineering.

David's degree in business with an emphasis in finance gave him an excellent foundation for the work he has done and continues to do, in the world of business. The idea for Aggie Blue Square began when David was doing one of his yearly visits to Cache Valley. Since graduating, he has made an effort to revisit Logan and Utah State University every year.

"One year I was driving around and I thought the buildings around campus haven't changed. There was some empty space by the stadium and I decided to acquire it," said David.

With this new property in a great location David began researching what other universities were doing with locations similar to this one on their own campuses. He found that the University of Florida, Notre Dame, USC and other schools similar to USU all had luxury living complexes but Logan did not. David said, "It's the missing component at USU today. USU doesn't have a place like this. It will be the commercial heartbeat of the university."

Unlike other places where students can live now, the Blue Square will be the first integrated multi-use commercial and residential building in the valley. Building one of phase one will have 89 beds and will have its grand opening August 27th, just in time for fall semester. Three separate building of phase one are currently under construction. Building two and three will be completed shortly after building one and will bring the total number of beds to 222.

What can students hope to find inside? David and his projects partner Mike Graham and Tom Ponich have been developing a housing complex that is state of the art and a first floor commercial space that Aggies are sure to love. For starters, this housing complex is right across from the stadium making it close to campus and an ideal location for anyone wanting to get a good seat for an Aggie game. Blue Square has 1, 2 and 4 bedroom apartment options. Each apartment is fully furnished and includes a flat screen TV and iPod docking station in every room. Each bedroom is private and has its own bathroom and walk in closest. The kitchens are also fully equipped with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and dishwashers. Some Aggies may be hesitant to hear the price of these luxury apartments, but Dave, Mike and Tom say the cost of the apartments is reasonable and all inclusive. All utilities are included in the price, which includes Wi-Fi, cable, and the luxury of being upstairs from numerous restaurants and shops.

The first floor of Blue Square will house a commercial center to which the Blue Square team hopes students will flock. Their hope is to get businesses like 'Bout Time Pub & Grub, Subway and a California based Mexican food restaurant called Roberto's to move into Blue Square as soon as it is ready.

"We hope students will come hang out at Blue Square [even from other apartments]," David explained. "We are also catering to faculty, staff and community members to come here and enjoy a drink out on the patio." David and the Blue Square team are hoping that it will become a mecca for students who, until now, have not had anywhere to go late at night. At Blue Square, students could grab a late night burrito and then stay to watch an outdoor movie in the soon to be completed amphitheater. Or Alumni can come and enjoy a drink with their family after seeing an Aggie football game. Tom is especially excited about the location near the stadium. He was the starting quarter back for the Aggies during the '85-'86 football season.

The outdoor living space is another unique feature of this complex. Speakers will pump music onto patios that will be dotted with fire pits in the winter and water features in the summer. A pedestrian friendly space, David, Mike and Tom hope that students and faculty will be able to make hanging out at Blue Square a common occurrence after classes or work.

"It's been a great experience to work on this project," said David. He, Mike and Tom are all Aggies who are eager to give back to their university and the Logan Community. Their mantra for Aggie Blue Square is built by Aggies for Aggies.

Several other projects are in the works as a part of Blue Square as well. Student internships, job opportunities and career networking are some of the prospects that the Blue Square team would like to extend to their fellow Aggies.

"I got my first job from a fellow Aggie," David said, "It was an Aggie to Aggie connection." And he hopes to share some of the same benefits with future Aggies as well.

The grand opening of building one of phase one in Blue Square will be August 27th. Students can sign up now or learn more by going www.bluesquareusu.com.

The Blue Square

The Career Aggie Network

Career Aggie Network

The Career Aggie Network gives you help with not only finding your first job, but developing your career as well. It also allows to you to also stay involved by becoming a mentor to a current USU student, and sharing your knowledge, experience and insight with the next generation of Aggies.

Read more to find out why you should care about the Career Aggie Network.

Aggie Reps

Aggie Reps

Designed to better connect Aggies with each other and with USU, the Aggie Rep program builds upon the work of alumni chapters and expands the reach and influence of USU alumni across the country.

Read more about what it means to be an Aggie Rep and how you can find one in your area.

Check out our NEW CHANGES!

New Changes

The USU Alumni Association has created some new features, designed to make your life-long experience as an Aggie, even better.

Some of these features include new programs like the Career Aggie Network and Aggie Reps, additional benefits for sustaining alumni members, a redesigned e-newsletter, a new Alumni Association blog and Pinterest account, and a switch to a quarterly e-newsletter. That means from now on, your newsletter will come to your inbox only once every three months. But don't worry, you may be getting it less often, but the content it contains will be even better than before - more relevant news, more videos, more fun.



Aggie Homecoming Weekend: September 23-29, 2012

Homecoming

Look for an official Homecoming 2012 email later this week - complete with access to this year's Homecoming schedule and registration form.

Registration for Homecoming begins July 11th! This year's theme is Celebrate! Celebrate the fact that once you're an Aggie, you're always an Aggie. Come back to campus to enjoy some of your favorite traditions. The All Aggie Reception, Homecoming Parade, and True Aggie night are just some of the events planned for this year, which promises to be one of the best ever.

Homecoming Honorees this year include Paul A. and Sylvia M Jones (Alumni of the Year) and Tamara E. Mumford (Young Alumnus of the Year). Come meet the honorees and catch up with old classmates. Then hit the town and visit your favorite Logan hang-outs.

Be one of the first to register for Homecoming and plan your trip back to Logan now!
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USU Chorale Reunion: The Bill Ramsey Years

USU Chorale Reunion: The Bill Ramsey Years

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.

For more information(435) 797-2055 or (800) 291-2586

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

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

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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"Always an Aggie" Blog

Always and Aggie

We also have a brand new blog with articles, blog posts, videos, pictures and more to help you make it through the daily grind of life. We'll be updating our blog regularly, so save it as one of your favorites to make sure you don't miss anything.

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Aggie ClassNotes


Catherine Manning, Class of 1999

Currently I am working at INTO Oregon State University - where I teach English as a Second Language. In my free time I have been working with my 2 year old quarter horse named Moza.

After graduating from USU, I returned to Connecticut to visit family. Then I taught at a private school in Massachusetts, and moved to Oregon in 2001. Three years later - I moved to Virginia to work jumper horses on the A circuit. In 2007 I got my Masters in Education from Pacific University. For the last year and a half I have been teaching at Oregon State University.


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