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A Fond Farewell

President Stan and Joyce Albrecht may have planned on a brisk walk in the 21-degree weather from Old Main to the Taggart Student Center ballroom Tuesday at 3:20 p.m. for their farewell reception, but something else happened along the way that slowed them down considerably.

Hundreds of university faculty, staff and students surprised the institution’s 15th President and First Lady by lining the sidewalk the entire way in a show of gratitude and appreciation for their 11 years and 11 months of service.

As they exited Old Main through the east doors facing the Quad, the ringing of cow bells and cheers from the crowd erupted. The Albrecht’s halted, a bit stunned, at the top of the stairs as smiles broke across their faces. On cue, the Marching Band began playing the Aggie Fight Song, but on this day, it was more a love song, as if to say: “Hail two Utah Aggies who played the game with all their might…how they stirred us onward.”