Utah State Aggie Insights
January 2014

Utah State University Alumni Association

Alumni Spotlight - Scott Beckstead

Scott Beckstead

Scott Beckstead attended Utah State as part of a family legacy. Both his parents and his siblings were all proud to be Aggies. Scott graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a prelaw emphasis and a minor in Philosophy. While completing this rigorous degree program, Scott was helped along by many Utah State professors.

“Dr. Doug Alder was the head of the Honors Program; he, more than any other adult in my life at that time, helped me abandon my immaturity and become a serious and thoughtful student. Professor Mike Lyons in the Poli Sci department fueled my keen interest in public policy, and Professor Thomas ignited a strong desire to study the law.”

By studying public policy, Scott says "I was able to combine my passions for reading, writing and arguing". He says becoming a lawyer was an obvious choice.

“I have always been fascinated by current events and public policy, so I chose a course of study that prepared me for a career in law and public policy.”

While at USU, Scott gained experience as a student senator for the College of Social Sciences and was a part of the Honors program. He describes his memories from Utah State as among the very best of his life.

“I enjoyed the academic challenges, enjoyed testing and challenging myself, and truly loved becoming fluent in the language of public policy and the law. I also made lifelong friends at Utah State, people who I still communicate with and see whenever I can.”

“I credit the undergraduate education I received at Utah State, and the law degree I received from the University of Utah, with all that I have achieved and accomplished. The knowledge and skills I acquired forged me into a skilled advocate, both for clients when I practiced law, and now the animals in my work for The Humane Society of the United States.”

Currently Scott is Senior Oregon Director for The Humane Society of the United States. Using his legal and public policy skills and experience, he works to advance the cause of animal protection in Oregon. When the Oregon legislature is in session, he lobbies to pass stronger laws to protect animals from cruelty and abuse.

“Because I am a lifelong horseman with a strong affinity and passion for horses, I also work for the organization on national programs to protect American horses from cruelty, abuse, and slaughter. I’m a dog person, cat person, cow person…. But above all, I am a HORSE person! Bottom line: if it’s got more than two legs (or none at all), I will make it my buddy and stand up for it no matter what. ”

Scott’s passion for animals and his love of working in public policy have allowed him to blend his work in a field he is passionate about. His undergraduate time at Utah State was a great stepping stone that helped him find a career he could excel in and be proud of.

“My professors and friends at Utah State helped open and expand my mind, to trust in my own intellect, and to develop my own understanding of the world and how it works. Growing up, I wasn’t particularly interested in academic excellence, and was a mediocre student. At Utah State, that all changed, and for the better. I studied hard because I really enjoyed learning and exploring new ideas. I took great pride in my academic achievement, and with each accomplishment, became determined to do even better.”

His advice to fellow Aggies?

His advice to fellow Aggies? “Surround yourself with friends and peers who share your ambitions and your desire to excel. Get to know your professors, and talk to them often about your questions and problems. And work hard: at least two hours of study time for every hour in class!”

Scott Beckstead

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
• 12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Luncheon and Induction
• David B. Haight Alumni 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.

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

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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.

Buy Them Here.

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.
Buy it Here.

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.
View our other travel opportunities here.

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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