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USU Homecoming 2013: 'Once an Aggie, Always an Aggie'

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013

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USU 2013 Alumnus of the Year Scott Fuhriman

Scott Fuhriman, Utah State University Homecoming 2013 Alumnus of the Year.

USU 2013 Homecoming Young Alumni of the Year, Cody and Elizabeth Bingham

Cody and Elizabeth Bingham, 2013 Homecoming Young Alumni honorees.

USU 2013 Homecoming Grand Marshalls Barbara and Dave Kragthorpe

Barbara and Dave Kragthorpe, Utah State University 2013 Homecoming Grand Marshals.

Utah State University honors several distinguished alumni during Homecoming 2013, “Once an Aggie, Always an Aggie.”

The 2013 Homecoming Honorees include Alumni of the Year — Scott Fuhriman (’att); Distinguished Young Alumni — Cody (’06 agri-business and agricultural systems technology) and Elizabeth (’07 agricultural education); and Grand Marshals — Dave (’55,’63 school administration) and Barbara (’att) Kragthorpe.

Scott Fuhriman

2013 Homecoming

Alumnus of the Year

Scott Fuhriman came to Utah State University in the early 1970s to study agricultural systems and technology. He enjoyed his time at the university and still bleeds Aggie blue. Scott, along with his brother, Michael, took over a family farm that has been in the family for 110 years in Pocatello Valley, Idaho. Scott and Michael have worked on the farm for decades and grow wheat, alfalfa and some specialty seed crops.

Scott was blessed with two children, Dusty and Dixy. In September 2005 Scott lost his only son, Dusty, in a tragic van accident that took the lives of eight students and one faculty member in the USU Agricultural Systems and Technology program. Instead of growing bitter at this terrible loss, Scott chose to give back. He took the money he had saved for Dusty’s college and established an endowed scholarship in Dusty’s name at USU. He attends the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences scholarship banquet every year and meets the students who are so much like Dusty, hard working, with strong ethics and great hope for the future.

In 2011, Scott also named a soil lab in the new Agricultural Science building after his son Dusty. Later in 2012, shortly after the loss of his father, N. Dean Fuhriman, Scott established an endowed scholarship for him as well.

Scott is very active in the community. He was recently re-elected to serve on the Farm Service Agency county committee for Oneida County in Idaho.  He will serve a three-year term and this will be his third and final term on the committee. He also serves on the board for the Idaho grain producers association, representing Oneida County. He has served in this role for the last ten years.

Scott’s generosity towards students and desire to give back to Utah State has also inspired others to give back. Scott encouraged his uncle, Carl Fonnesbeck, to start an endowed scholarship in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences earlier in 2013. Currently Scott and his brother, Michael, along with his uncle, Carl, are finalizing a gift of a 30-acre farm to the university. It is located in Clarkston, Utah, and has been in the family for more than 100 years. The farm will be used for research work by USU’s Agricultural Experiment Station. Scott is a true friend to USU and to the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

Cody and Elizabeth Bingham

2013 Homecoming

Young Alumni Honorees

Cody and Elizabeth Bingham are both alumni from Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Cody, a native of Jerome, Idaho,  graduated with bachelor’s in agri-business and agricultural systems technology in 2006; continuing on to earn an MBA in international food and agribusiness in 2008 from The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, England. Elizabeth, a native of Colfax, Wis., earned a bachelor’s in agricultural education in 2007.

During their time at USU both Cody and Elizabeth served as College of Agriculture student ambassadors, the organization through which they met, and Cody served as the ASUSU College of Agriculture’s student senator and ASUSU senator pro tempore during 2005-06. Both were involved in various clubs and organizations on campus and enjoyed many of the sporting activities USU offered.  Cody and Elizabeth both received several scholarships to support them financially and to return the favor have established their own scholarship to benefit current students in similar programs.

Since graduation Cody’s employment has had the family participating in production agriculture.  They spent two years corporate farming in Kennewick, Wash., after which opportunities arose for their family to return to Jerome and begin farming in partnership on the Bingham family farm. The 3,200-acre farm consists of irrigated row crops such as sugarbeets, corn, wheat and alfalfa.

Cody currently serves on the USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Alumni Council. In his home community he serves as a local advisor for Northwest Farm Credit, as an alternate on the Farm Service Agency County Committee, as a station director for the Northside Sugarbeet Growers Association and sits on the Seed and Research Alliance for the Snake River Sugar Company. Elizabeth currently serves as a member of the Jerome County Fair Board.

In their spare time Cody and Elizabeth love to travel to new places both near and far, and both recently became SCUBA certified. Cody likes woodworking and Elizabeth enjoys gardening. The couple has three sons: Keegan, 5, Oliver, 3, and Calvin, 1, who all love riding in the tractors and trucks.

Dave and Barbara Kragthorpe

2013 Homecoming

Grand Marshals

Dave and Barbara Kragthorpe have been supporters of Utah State University since meeting at the institution when they were students. After marrying in 1958, Dave and Barbara began giving back to USU in 1959 through the Buck-of-the-Month Club, the precursor to the Big Blue Scholarship Fund. And while their lives have taken them to various places throughout the country, the Kragthorpes continually supported Utah State. The couple is a member of USU’s Old Main Society, President’s Touchdown Club and the Merlin Olsen Fund. They are also life-time members of the USU Alumni Association and have financially supported the Alumni Association at the Legacy Level.

While at USU, Dave lettered in football and baseball. He was twice named to the All-Skyline Conference team and was selected for USU’s All-Century Team. He received both his bachelor’s in 1955 and a master’s, in school administration, in 1963, from USU.

Barbara attended USU from 1956-1958. While at USU, Barbara was an officer in Associated Women Students and Women’s Intramural Association, co-chaired the Winter Carnival and was on the USU yearbook Buzzer staff. She later went on to earn a bachelor’s from the University of Montana in 1967 and a master’s in educational psychology from BYU in 1972. She was a high school counselor for 17 years.

Dave began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Montana in 1964 and became head football coach at South Dakota State in 1969. He then served as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at BYU. Later he became head coach for Idaho State University Bengals in 1980. In 1981 the Bengals won the Big Sky Conference and Division 1-AA National Championship. In 1983, Dave stepped away from the sidelines to become athletic director at USU. After two years, he returned to coaching at Oregon State University and was honored as PAC-10 Coach of the Year in 1989. In 1994, Dave was hired by the USU Alumni Association to help revive the university’s alumni chapters program.

Dave has been recognized several times for his achievements and has been inducted into the USU Athletic Hall of Fame, Idaho State University Hall of Fame and has been honored by the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honored Dave for his for outstanding contributions to amateur football. Dave currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for Aggie Athletics.

Dave and Barbara have two sons, Kurt, a USU graduate, and Steve. Kurt is a prominent sportswriter for the Salt Lake Tribune, while Steve is a college football coach at Louisiana State University. The couple has three grandsons, Chris, Brad and Nik, all currently at LSU.

For more information on Homecoming week visit the Homecoming website.

Contact: Brandon Taylor, 797-8537,

Writer: Maren Cartwright, 435-797-1355,

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