Utah State Aggie Insights
February 2014

Utah State University Alumni Association

Alumni Spotlight - Marcie Young Cancio

Marcie Young Cancio

From a very young age, Marcie Young Cancio knew she wanted to be a journalist. She had been a part of her school newspapers since elementary school and knew that when it came time to attend college, she wanted to continue working as a journalist. As a Utah State alumna, Marcie’s mom invited her to tour USU during her senior year of high school. Her interests in journalism lead her to a meeting with journalism professor Dr. Ted Pease to gain a sense of the program at USU.

"He was on his way out for the weekend but stayed for well over an hour to talk with me about the communications and journalism programs," Marcie recalls. "I knew the JCOM department was the right fit immediately, and from that moment on I had a mentor I still stay in touch with today and consider a friend."

This meeting with Dr. Pease was only the beginning of Marcie’s rise toward an impressive career in journalism and marketing. While attending Utah State she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with in emphasis in print journalism and a minor in English.

Marcie also took full advantage of her time at university and created an eclectic educational experience including becoming an exchange student and studying abroad.

"I spent my sophomore year on a national student exchange program at the University of Maryland, where I was able to work as a press intern with a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C. and experience living outside of Utah for the first time." During her time in Maryland, Marcie also worked for the University of Maryland college paper, The Diamondback.

After experiencing life outside of Logan, her thirst for new experiences led her to spend her junior year studying in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands on an international exchange program. As a senior she jumped back into life in Logan as a dedicated Aggie, now with a wide range of unique adventures under her belt.

After experiencing life outside of Logan, her thirst for new experiences led her to spend her junior year studying in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands on an international exchange program. As a senior she jumped back into life in Logan as a dedicated Aggie, now with a wide range of unique adventures under her belt.

After her graduation in 2002, she moved back to Washington D.C. and worked at a large national law firm. This first out-of-college experience allowed her to combine her communications degree with her interests in Law. After her experience in the nation’s capital she determined to take advantage of the freedom that came from being in her 20’s. She moved to New York City and worked hard to establish herself as a journalist in the Big Apple.

"I received my master’s in journalism from Columbia University and began a career in journalism, working for The Charlotte Observer and the New York Post and business/trade magazines with Conde Nast."

Her work with Conde Nast lead her to return to her native Utah to work as the managing editor and later editor-in-chief of Salt Lake magazine. In 2013 she stepped into a new career in marketing communications with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah where she worked as Senior Marketing Manager. Her career in journalism and communications has lead her back to her roots in Utah but with an impressive resume of accomplishments that encompasses her work on the East Coast and her experience studying in Europe.

Many Utah State Students may find her variety of experiences an inspiring starting point for their own careers in journalism. Her advice to them is to, "experience as many new things as possible and be open-minded to whatever professional opportunities come your way. Enjoy your college years and realize this time is paving the way for who you will become both personally and professionally."

During her career as a communications guru, Marcie is also taking advantage of leadership opportunities as a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Utah. She currently lives with her husband, new born baby boy and dog in downtown Salt Lake City.

True Aggie Night on Valentine's Day

True Aggie Night

Become a True Aggie on Valentine's Day! Looking for something that will make this year's heart day memorable? Grab your signigicant other and head to the "A" at the top of Old Main Hill.
It's sure to be a night to remember.
More Info Here

A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance: Home Insurance You Can Depend On

Liberty Mutual

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Hall of Honor

Hall of Honor

Join other alumni and friends of Utah State University as we celebrate the induction of the 2014 Alumni Association Hall of Honor members! This year’s inductees include: Ralph & Jane Binns, Leah Parkinson Christensen, M.K. & Ellen Rae Jeppesen and Paul & Rebecca Parkinson. The induction luncheon will be followed by the USU vs UNLV basketball game. Join us!

• Saturday, February 15, 2014
• 11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Luncheon and Induction
• Sunburst Lounge in the Taggart Student Center Map
• Cost: $10 Adults, $7 for children 4-12 years old and $3 for children 3 and younger.
Register Here or call USU Alumni Relations at 435-797-2055.
RSVP early as there is finite seating for this event.
• Wear your Aggie gear and join us for the USU vs UNLV basketball game immediately following the event (tip-off 2:05 p.m. MT)
• USU vs UNLV - Tip-off 2:05 p.m.
• UNLV game tickets are on sale now. This game will likely sell out so please purchase your tickets early!
• Ticket price is $25 each and may be purchased online, over the phone (1-888-USTATE) or at the Spectrum Ticket Office.

Vote for out Student Section

Rock Your Colors

Your Aggies have the best fans in the country, including you. Help our students get the recognition they deserve by voting for them in 2014 Naismith Student section of the Year contest.
Vote Here

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)

Watch this video to learn more.

May 14 - 22, 2014 - Greek Isles Odyssey

May 14 - 22, 2014 - Greek Isles Odyssey

Embark on a glorious getaway to fabled lands steeped in golden sunshine, abundant ancient ruins and enduring cultural traditions on this Aegean adventure from Athens to Istanbul. Depart Athens for the lovely Greek Isle of Santorini, a striking display of volcano-carved land sprinkled with lovely whitewashed villages. Cruise to Kusadasi and explore this vibrant, Turkish port town or travel to the ancient city of Ephesus and walk through its beautifully preserved ruins. Savor the sweeping white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Rhodes, an island of fascinating archeological sites and stunning scenery, followed by Mykonos, a seaside medley of chalk-white homes brightened with red and blue shutters and doors. Rising from the slopes of Mt. Symvolo, find Kavala, a picturesque city boasting a spectacular Byzantine fortress. Before your exceptional odyssey comes to a close, experience a refreshing blend of lingering antiquity with modern vitality in Istanbul, the cosmopolitan city brimming with extraordinary mosques and palaces. Offered by our travel partner Go Next

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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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