Utah State Aggie Insights
December 2013

Utah State University Alumni Association

Alumni Spotlight - Brandi Cook

Brandi Cook

The Caine College of the Arts has helped hundreds of former students make major contributions to the arts. Brandi Cook is one of these accomplished alumni. Her parents, who hail from Logan, were her inspiration to attend Utah State University. The outstanding music program was also an incentive for her to stay in Logan for her college years. Brandi majored in Choral Music Education and became certified to teach choir in grades 6-12.

“I knew at 15 that I wanted to be a choir teacher. I remember sitting down with my teacher telling her I wanted to take her job when she retired,” said Brandi. Her ambition for teaching music was realized as she studied hard and became involved in many aspects of the Caine College of the Arts.

“While attending USU I was in the President's leadership council on a full tuition scholarship. I sang in choir, played the piano for jazz band and taught piano lessons for the youth conservatory. I also danced on several clogging teams in Clearfield one night a week. My junior year I took over a clogging studio as a teacher and studio owner. The hours in the day don't add up but somehow I did it! As a music major there were also many hours of practice and rehearsing.”

By becoming involved in extra clubs and organizations, Brandi was able to follow several of her interests at once and learn valuable time management skills.

“I developed good skills at USU. I had great professors. I learned to juggle a lot, something that doesn’t ever change as a choir director, wife and mother of 3 boys.”

With the aid of great teachers and mentors, Brandi has succeeded in paving a career in music education for almost a decade.

“I loved my professors. I learned so much from the choral/music education department and piano department.” Said Brandi, “I loved taking music education classes from Todd Fallis, who was also my jazz band director. Lane Cheney…taught me a lot of things, most of all pacing and that listening was so important. Cory Evans has been a great mentor to me since I have been teaching. I am now starting my 10th year at Kuna High School. In those 10 years, I have been able to grow with my students to be a confident director. I have 6 choirs and a thriving program.”

Brandi lives with her husband and three sons in Idaho.

Brandi Cook

Bowl Game Announcment

Bowl Game

Utah State Football is heading to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 26. Your Aggies will take on Northern Illinois University at 6:30pm PT in Qualcomm Stadium. If you’re heading to the game be sure to go early for the USU Alumni Association pregame event, or watch it home on ESPN. Game tickets can be purchased here.

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2014 USU Alumni Calendar


Get your's today, for only $5
They're here! The 2014 Utah State University Alumni Calendars are now available to purchase online.

In years past, this custom calendar was available only to Annual and Lifetime members of the USU Alumni Association and other select groups. While our Lifetime members still receive one each year as a benefit of their sustaining membership, the calendars are also now available to the public for purchase. And they're only $5 each.

Reminisce over the times you rushed to class in Old Main, or marvel at the impressive designs of the newest buildings on campus as you look experience new images every month. Take your calendar to work, or hang it in your home. Or get more than one and do both.

It's the perfect holiday gift for your Aggie family and friends, and for only $5 a calendar, it's an unbeatable price.

Get your's today, before they're gone.
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Aggie Songs

Aggie Songs

From the fight song to the "I believe..." chant, this new CD from the Caine College of the Arts has all your favorite Aggie songs. It's now avaliable on both iTunes and Amazon.

Aggie Plates

A Plates

Aggie License plates have raised over $1 Million dollars in scholarships. Your dedication to support USU through Aggie plates helps students get a quality education. Get your A plate today.

True Blue Pledge

True Blue Pledge

There is no better way to show your appreciation to USU and its donors than by making a contribution yourself. The True Blue Pledge is a 4-year commitment to support your university and your passions. Here's how it works:

$5 - as a Freshman
$10 - as a Sophomore
$15 - as a Junior
$20.xx - as a Senior (xx is year of graduation ie. class of 2014 would give $20.14)
$50.xx Total

For a short time, current Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors can make their True Blue Pledge at a discounted rate (through the end of 2013).
Sophomores - $45 ($10 now, $15 Jr. yr., $20.16 senior year)
Juniors - $40 total ($20 this year, $20.15 next year)
Seniors - $35 total ($15 in Fall, $20.14 in Spring)

May 1-4, 2014 - The Kentucky Derby

May 1-4, 2014 - The Kentucky Derby

Come experience the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby and all its great tradition, May 1-4, 2014. Recognized as one of the "top ten events to experience in a lifetime", the Kentucky Derby is the leading stakes race for three year old thoroughbred horses. One of the oldest continuously-held sporting events in the world, the "Run for the Roses" was first contested back in 1875. Don't miss the 2014 Kentucky Derby!

Click Here to download the tour brochure.
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Aggie Rewards

Aggie Rewards

Being an Aggie just got better! With Aggie Rewards, you can now earn points when you shop online. Not only that, but you can also get points for connecting with USU online. Then redeem your points for some amazing prizes, like two tickets to all the Mountain West Conference basketball home games. Sign up today to find out more and start earning prizes.



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Aggie ClassNotes

Lois Watt

Charles Carter, Class of 1979

Director of Land Use and Environmetnal Planning after 25 years in the Stanford Planning Office
Charles is retiring from his position as Director of Land Use and Environmetnal Planning after 25 years in the Stanford Planning Office (8/31/13). During his tenure, Charles worked on a number of facilities, environmental planning, and land use entitlement projects including the first Stanford parking structure, a number of Medical Center research and clinical facilities, Stanford Real Estate Develoment projects, the main campus General Use Permit, a Sustainable Development Study, a campus trail network and a Habitat Conservation Plan for two federally protected species. Charles joined the Planning office as a junior landscape architect and became licensed in California. With a City Planning background he eventually became Associate Director for Community and Environmental Planning reporting to the University Architect. After a reorganization he became Director of Land Use and Environmental Planning (LUEP) reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Land Buildings and Real Estate. The LUEP office was responsible for long range planning for 8180 acres of the contiguous campus including a Biological Preserve, a Medical Center, The Stanford Research Park and commercial properies such as Stanford Shopping Center. The office was also responsible for obtaining land use permits and approvals from local jurisdiction, preparation of environmental impact assessments under the California Environmental Quality Act and the oversight of all land use activities for the rural and agricultural campus lands. Charles and his wife Melanie (BS Family Life, 1979) recently bought a home in Santa Rosa, CA where they will relocate from Palo Alto (with an interim year in San Francisco). They have a son, Stephen, in East Glacier Montana, and a daughter, Victoria, in Brooklyn NY.

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