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Alumni Spotlight - David Salisbury
by Liz Wilson
David Salisbury is a Utah State alumnus who attended USU on a track and field scholarship, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
"When I was offered a track and field scholarship at USU I didn't pause even a second to accept. I enjoyed my time with the team and that contributed to a most memorable overall experience."
Being part of the track team helped David balance his studies and also helped him learn the value of dedication and hard work.
"The most important lesson coming from my experience at USU is that your education is only the starting gate. After that it's about hard work, continuing to learn, and living consistent with your personal values. USU confirmed my set of values and that allowed me to build on a solid foundation and allowed me to deliver results consistently better than most."
With a good work ethic and a scholarship to USU, David began his college career with a desire to study electrical engineering. His family helped inspire him to work in the field of engineering.
"My Uncle graduated from USU shortly after WWII and he worked in the space industry. I was intrigued by his work and stories of his work on satellites and other space programs during our country's mission to reach the moon. I made the decision to follow his path and become an Electrical Engineer. Ironically, I didn't get into the space industry, but started working in the mining industry. I went underground, literally."
After he graduated with his bachelor's degree from Utah State he went on to earn an M.B.A. in International Business from the University of South Carolina. Both his degrees helped aid him in his long career both domestically and internationally.
Most recently David served as President and CEP of Resolution Copper Mining in Superior, Arizona, a Rio Tinto Group company. During his time there he worked closely with Senator John McCain on legislation to complete a large land exchange by the company and the Federal government.
Earlier in his career, he was Managing Director of the largest uranium mine in the world, located in Namibia. During his time working abroad and in the United States, David has used his engineering and business degrees to their fullest extent. Seventeen years of his career were spent with Rio Tinto in a senior or executive management role.
After 35 years in the mining industry, he took the opportunity to retire early in March of 2011. In January of 2012, David was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Passport Potash, Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company that is developing a Potash mine near Holbrook, Arizona.
"One of my retirement goals is to share my experience with smaller companies that are committed to building quality businesses. This new role allows me to reach my goal. I also serve as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Az."
In addition to passing on his professional knowledge, David made an effort to give back to his community as well. While living in Superior, Arizona he won an award on behalf of Resolution Copper Mine for their work with the Superior Substance Abuse Coalition. This organization was created in November 2006 as a grassroots effort to collaborate with the different sectors in the community of Superior to create a safe and drug-free community.
"It was basically my decision to involve our company in the Superior Substance Abuse Coalition. We wanted to make sure the kids had a fighting chance."
Now, David and his wife Roxanne have chosen to return here to Cache Valley to retire. "It was the best place we had ever experienced in our well-traveled career. We are delighted to be back in Cache Valley and in easy reach of USU and the many benefits it has to offer."
David is also a Lifetime member of the USU Alumni Association.
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Homecoming 2013 will be Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.
The schedule of events includes:
- Homecoming 5K
- Select college and department reunions
- Pre-game party
- Football game vs. Weber State
Save the dates. We'll see you there.
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USU in the News
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Date: Friday August 9th,
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Little America Hotel 500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City
Presenter: Maria Norton (EEJ College of Education)
At Utah State University's Sunrise Sessions, faculty and students share their research with alumni, community and business leaders from the Salt Lake area. Held quarterly in downtown Salt Lake City, these early-morning presentations detail how USU research is addressing pressing issues such as the obesity epidemic and hearing loss in children. All are invited to attend these events at no charge thanks to generous sponsorship by Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Learn more about Sunrise Sessions Here
Discover Southeast Alaska by Small Ship,
August 31 - September 7, 2013
Discover the awesome beauty,abundant wildlife, and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Orbridge's eight-day expedition aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream features access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska's Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, encounter its amazing wildlife, magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions - while learning about the traditions of Alaska's ancient cultures.
• See the spray of whales only yards away and venture into secluded inlets as you get up close to nature, whether from the decks of the Admiralty Dream or aboard its skiffs and kayaks.
• Accompanied by a naturalist Orbridge Expedition Leader, learn surprising details about animal behavior, glacier activity, and the wealth of natural spectacles along these protected waters.
• Learn about Alaska's culture and industry while exploring the Alaska State Museum, visiting a salmon hatchery, and enjoying an authentic Tlingit dance performance.
• Observe the diverse wildlife and dramatic scenery of Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a park ranger and Huna Totem Interpreter.
• Relax: included are all excursions, presentations, beverages including complimentary beer and wine with dinner, meals (seven breakfasts, five lunches, and seven dinners), and airport transfers for guests on suggested group flights.
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Lois I. (Mortensen) Watt, Class of 1976
Lois Watt Becomes President of Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17
Lois I. Watt, a resident of Federal Way, Wash., was recently sworn in as President of Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 (PTE 17).
Watt is a graduate of Utah State University (1976, political science)
In March, she was sworn in as President of the union, succeeding Allan Yamaguchi (who works at the City of Seattle). Watt has served eight years as the union's Vice President.
Watt is currently employed at King County Metro Transit (in Seattle) as Lead Customer Service Coordinator. She has worked at the county for 29 years. Local 17 is a union representing more than 8,000 public employees who work at state, county, and city governments and health districts in Washington. Local 17 also provides union representational services for the City of Portland Professional Employees Association (COPPEA), a union of 700 professional and technical employees.
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