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Alumni Spotlight - Dave and Barbara Kragthorpe
Dave and Barbara Kragthorpe have been supporters of Utah State University since meeting there as students. After marrying in 1958, Dave and Barbara began giving back to USU in 1959 through the Buck-of-the-Month Club, the precursor to the Big Blue Scholarship Fund. And while their lives have taken them to various places throughout the country, the Kragthorpes continually supported Utah State. They are members of USU's Old Main Society, President's Touchdown Club and the Merlin Olsen Fund. They are also lifetime members of the USU Alumni Association and have financially supported the Alumni Association at the Legacy Level.
While at USU, Dave lettered in football and baseball. He was twice named to the All-Skyline Conference team and selected for USU's All-Century Team. He received both his bachelor's in 1955 and a master's, in school administration, in 1963, from USU.
Barbara attended USU from 1956-1958. While at USU, Barbara was an officer in Associated Women Students and Women's Intramural Association, co-chaired the Winter Carnival and was on the USU yearbook Buzzer staff. Barbara was also a Chi Omega. She later went on to earn a bachelor's from the University of Montana in 1967 and a master's in educational psychology from BYU in 1972. She was a high school counselor for 17 years.
Dave began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Montana in 1964 and became head football coach at South Dakota State in 1969. He then served as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at BYU. Later he became head coach for the Idaho State University Bengals in 1980. In 1981 the Bengals won the Big Sky Conference and Division 1-AA National Championship. In 1983, Dave stepped away from the sidelines to become athletic director at USU. After two years, he returned to coaching at Oregon State University and was honored as PAC-10 Coach of the Year in 1989. In 1994, Dave was hired by the USU Alumni Association to help revive the university's alumni chapters program.
Dave has been recognized several times for his achievements and has been inducted into the USU Athletic Hall of Fame, Idaho State University Hall of Fame and has been honored by the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honored Dave for his outstanding contributions to amateur football. Dave currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for Aggie Athletics.
Dave and Barbara have two sons, Kurt, a USU graduate, and Steve. Kurt is a prominent sportswriter for the Salt Lake Tribune, while Steve is a college football coach at Louisiana StateUniversity. Dave and Barbara have three grandsons, Chris, Brad and Nik, all currently at LSU.
The Kragthorpe's have been chosen as this year's Homecoming Grand Marshals.
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Aggie to Aggie Networking Lunch
Aggie to Aggie Networking Luncheons are held quarterly in the downtown Salt Lake City area. They are open to all Aggies and friends, and create an opportunity for attendees to hear a great speaker, enjoy a lunch hour together and create or expand their personal network. Past events have included Men's Basketball coach Stew Morrill, Huntsman School of Business instructor Eric Schulz, and many other interesting speakers. Best of all, the Alumni Association always brings Famous Aggie Ice Cream!
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Aggie to Aggie event on Thursday, September 26th. The event will be held in the Founders Room on the 18th Floor of the Zions Bank Building, 1 South Main Street, Salt Lake City. Please visit www.usu.edu/alumni/events for complete information.
October 8 -19th 2013 - Tanzania Migration Safari
The annual movement of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti Plains is one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. Orbridge's Tanzania Migration Safari is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, encompassing this and other incredible wildlife excursions to world-famous national parks and reserves: Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and the acacia-dotted savannas of the Serengeti National Park. Accompanied by expert Orbridge naturalists in outfitted Toyota Land Cruisers, venture with a small group of travelers into the vast and varied terrain of East Africa. Experience thrilling moments viewing diverse and abundant bird and mammal species, while getting to know local people and learning about the tapestry of cultures around you. Then, restore your senses in extraordinary lodges and a beautiful tented safari camp. Join us on safari and witness marvelous dramas of life and survival unfold before your eyes.
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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