Old Main Weekend - A New Tradition Begins
Thursday, Sep. 07, 2006
Utah State University begins a new tradition Sept. 15-16 during the first “Old Main Weekend,” which features two days of activities designed to showcase the rich history and exciting future of the university.
This new event is an enhancement of the annual Old Main Dinner, the yearly gathering for members of the university’s Old Main Society, which honors those who have made significant gifts to support USU.
The weekend includes opportunities for Old Main Society members to see first-hand many examples of the successes at Utah State.
“Old Main Society weekend provides us the chance to really showcase some of the university’s most significant achievements for many of our most loyal supporters and friends,” said M. Scott Mietchen, vice president for university advancement. “They will get an up-to-date look both at the things that define us today as a great university and at some of accomplishments that will define that greatness in the future.”
The schedule includes walking tours of campus and visits to colleges to see student research projects, major college focus areas and presentations by top university professors.
Old Main Society members will get to tour the new Merrill-Cazier Library, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, the Edith Bowen Laboratory School and the Millville Predator Ecology Center. They also will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall.
Presentations showcasing top academic emphases are scheduled in each college over the course of the two-day festivities.
As part of the highlight weekend, the university will present The Spirit of Old Main Award during the Old Main Society dinner to Jim and Carol Laub for a lifetime of commitment, service and loyalty to Utah State University. (See an extensive feature on Jim and Carol Laub next week in Utah State Today.)
The weekend of activities culminates Saturday with Aggie Family Day, followed by a pre-game party before the start of the football game against University of Utah. Game time is 6 p.m. in Romney Stadium.
A number of sponsors have helped to make the weekend possible, including Qwest Communications, USU Charter Credit Union, Daynes Music Company, Jonathan and Julie Bullen, David Moore and Suzanne Pierce-Moore.