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Alumni Spotlight - Winward Family
by Liz Wilson
Aggie Pride runs deep in the Winward family of Willard, Utah. Mom, Kali, and husband, Levi, both attended Utah State. Levi graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in biovetrinary science. "My husband got accepted to BYU and USU and he just didn't like Provo," said Kali, "We love Cache Valley!"
Kali and Levi were more than happy to pass on their Aggie Pride to their kids, Tanna and Tayton. Seven-year-old Tayton has been a fan of Aggie sports since before he could cheer.
The Winward family has been through a lot this last year and young Tayton has turned to his Aggie pride to give him something to smile about.
In November of 2012 Tayton was involved in an accident that caused burns on his body as well as upper airway. With his injuries in his airways, he is prone to infection and can easily get ill. His road to recovery is ongoing but his love for Utah State is one thing that has helped him keep moving along.
Before leaving the hospital on Christmas day 2012, Tayton wanted to pay a special tribute to USU. His injuries require him to wear burn gloves, and he requested that he get a pair in his favorite colors, Aggie blue and white. Throughout his recovery process, family and friends have been supportive of the Winward family through fundraisers and other projects. When the Winward family entered Tayton in a photo contest, his family across the country asked people to vote for him. "It was so cute! My little nieces and nephews in Texas were passing out flyers," said Kali. Due to Tayton's dedicated fans, he won the photo contest.
In addition to helping him win a photo contest, many other groups have tried to help the Winwards. At the end of March, Tayton was chosen to be the recipient of the Todd Morrison Alumni Tournament. Each year, alumni of Box Elder High School hold a basketball tournament to raise money to help children from Box Elder School District who have experienced misfortune.
The Tournament was one way community members in Northern Utah have banded together to help Tayton and his family. Many other individuals and groups have also helped the Winward family. "I just don't think I could ever get through this without the support that we have," Kali said, "They're having a fundraiser for us this weekend. It's just sweet how everybody is concerned over him; I never thought a little boy could do so much."
In addition to fundraisers, members of "Team Tayton" also organized a visit from his favorite mascot, Big Blue. After all he has been through Tayton has still made time to root for his Aggies declaring, "I'm the biggest Aggie fan there is!" The Winwards have tried to take Tayton to as many Aggie games as his health allows. They hope that soon they will be able to take Tayton back to school and to every Aggie game.
Throughout his surgeries and medical visits the Winward's came up with the perfect mantra to keep Tayton motivated, "I believe that we will win!"
To learn more about the Winward family visit their blog. leviandkali.blogspot.com/
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David Harris, Class of 1991
Logan Simpson Design Inc. is pleased to announce that David Harris, RLA, ASLA, has joined the firm as landscape design director in Tempe, Arizona.
Mr. Harris received his B.S. degree, in Landscape Architecture Environmental Planning from Utah State University in 1991.
LSD, one of the largest woman-owned environmental planning and landscape architecture firms in the West, has offices in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Fort Collins, Denver, Tempe, and Tucson.
Prior to joining LSD, Mr. Harris was part of the team that created Phoenix's highly recognized Civic Space Park. He also managed work for Diyar Al Muharraq, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he served as the project manager for the landscape and urban realm team.
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