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Key Media Mentions for October 2012

Friday, Nov. 02, 2012

A few recent Media Highlights (October 2012):

USU Provost Ray Coward to Retire – Herald Journal, Oct. 2

After six years on the job, Utah State University Executive Vice President and Provost Raymond Coward will retire at the end of the school year.

The current dean of the College of Agriculture, Noelle Cockett, will take over the position.

USU President Stan Albrecht announced in a prepared statement to faculty and staff Tuesday that Coward will be replaced by Cockett, who in addition to her role as a college dean serves as vice president for Extension.

Cockett is scheduled to officially take over the position July 1, 2013. Her new appointment has been vetted with the Faculty Senate leadership, deans and vice presidents, and the Boards of Trustees and Regents, Albrecht said.

Utah State Extends Andersen Through 2018 – Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 4

Gary Andersen has signed a contract extension that will keep him in Logan through the 2018 season, provide a pay raise for all of his assistant coaches and potentially earn him $765,000 annually with incentives.

The move was announced by Utah State on Thursday, and could be significant in keeping Andersen with the Aggies following this season, which is shaping up to be one of the best in school history.

"It is extremely important to me that we keep Gary and his staff in Logan long-term, and I know in my conversations with him this is exactly what he wants," said Utah State Athletics Director Scott Barnes. "We know what we have in Coach Andersen. We didn’t need to wait around until the end of the season to get this deal done.”

Andersen told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday that he had been growing weary of rumors suggesting he would leave the school after this season for a bigger program, particular in regards to recruiting. Other schools, he said, were beginning to use it against his program.

USU Celebrating Successful $400 Million Fundraising Campaign – Deseret News, Oct. 12

Utah State University officials are celebrating the culmination of a nine-year, $400 million fundraising campaign.

The fundraising total will be announced Friday night at a celebration in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom, but spokesman Tim Vitale said the university succeeded at raising more than the $400 million goal.

The campaign began in 2003 and was originally intended as a four-year campaign to raise $200 million, Vitale said. That goal was reached quickly, prompting USU President Stan Albrecht to extend the campaign and set a revised goal of $400 million.

According to university officials, the campaign's nine-year term has coincided with new buildings, scholarships and endowments at USU. More than 50,000 individual donors contributed to the campaign's success.

Utah State Soccer’s Norris Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist – Western Athletic Conference, Oct. 17

Utah State senior defender Natalie Norris was one of 10 NCAA women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were selected as finalists today for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. 

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

The Aggie senior is one of only two players from the Beehive State to be a candidate for the award along with BYU’s Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall. Norris is also the only player from the Western Athletic Conference to be named a finalist.

Norris is one in a line of USU greats to be nominated for this award, including Lindsey Smart in 2009 and Chandra Salmon-Christensen in 2011. The current Aggie senior is the first Utah State player to be named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

The defender has started every match of her four-year career at Utah State. Norris is the anchor of the USU defense that has allowed only 10 goals this season in 17 matches. She also has scored three goals for the Aggies this year for six total points.

USU Routs New Mexico State to Become Bowl-Eligible – Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 20

The first play from the line of scrimmage was perfect, a simple screen pass from Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton that Kerwynn Williams turned into a 76-yard touchdown.

Things only got worse for New Mexico State.

Utah State’s 41-7 win Saturday afternoon generally was expected. The way the Aggies went about it, though, hasn’t been seen at Romney Stadium in quite a while.

For the second consecutive season, the Aggies are now bowl-eligible. Only this time, it didn’t come down to the second-to-last game on the schedule. This Utah State team is 6-2 for the first time since 1982. The Aggies have now won seven consecutive conference games, the first such feat for the program since 1980.

USU, New Mexico State Picked As WAC Favorites – Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 24

The Utah State men’s basketball team faces high expectations coming into its final tour through the Western Athletic Conference.

Maybe more from others than from itself.

Utah State was picked to finish No. 1 in the WAC by the media and No. 2 by the coaches in the conference’s preseason poll. Junior guard Preston Medlin was also tabbed the preseason WAC player of the year in both polls.

Coach Stew Morrill was characteristically skeptical of prognostications.

"It’s interesting that we’re picked first and second after we finished fourth last year, and we scrambled around to do that," he said. "The challenge for us is we have to get new guys to figure things out, and mesh them all together."

(Herald Journal, 10/02/2012)
(Salt Lake Tribune, 10/04/2012)
(Deseret News, 10/12/2012)
(Western Athletic Conference, 10/17/2012)
(Salt Lake Tribune, 10/20/2012)
(Salt Lake Tribune, 10/24/2012)
(PR & Marketing, 10/31/2012)

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