Utah State University Celebrates
Stories of Aggie Impact

 Old Main

USU commemorated the 135th anniversary of its founding, welcomed new Old Main Society members, honored outstanding Aggies and President Noelle Cockett during the annual Founders Day and Old Main Society Celebration on March 2, 2023.

Program video: https://youtu.be/vj4Dx99B5nI
Event photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/utahstatealumni/albums/72177720306531347
Media release: https://www.usu.edu/today/story/utah-state-university-celebrates-stories-of-aggie-impact

Below are videos of the 2023 honorees:

Emeriti Old Main Award 2023: Sydney Peterson

Dedicating her entire professional career to Utah State University, Sydney Mitchell Peterson had a long and distinguished tenure at the institution before retiring in 2022. For more than 40 years, Sydney served in a wide variety of roles spanning many areas of the university.


Distinguished Alumni Award 2023: Melanie Rice-Moffat

It is said that one child, one teacher, one book, and one pen are all that is needed to change the world. Utah State University alum Melanie Rice-Moffat is doing just that as an educator who has worked tirelessly to teach the next generation of students who will one day become the world’s great leaders and influencers.


Distinguished Service Award 2023: Ellen Rossi

Ellen Rossi truly embodies what it means to be an invested citizen of Utah. Her belief in the importance of acting to implement change was shaped by generations of influential family members who came before her. Ellen is a fifth-generation Utahn who is deeply invested in the welfare of Utahns and the stewardship of the state’s natural resources.


Spirit of Old Main Award 2023: Beverley and Brent Robinson

Brent and Bev Robinson epitomize the Aggie spirit. The couple, who contribute to their communities, professions and causes in a variety of ways, always keep Utah State University close to their hearts. Theirs is a true partnership in both life and work.


Utah State “Alma Mater” 

Utah State “Alma Mater” new musical arrangement and lyrics for third verse by USU Professor Kevin Olson was presented during the event. Original music and words by Theodore M. Burton. Videography by Cory Evans and Caden Cheney; audio engineering by John Carter, 13/8 Productions; production and editing by Cory Evan. Music was performed by the USU Chamber Singers (directed by Cory Evans); Patrice Densley, vocal soloist; Tim Stewart, vocal soloist; Kevin Olson, piano; Ellie Evans, violin; Austin Weyand, electric/acoustic guitar; John Carter, bass/keyboard; and Cory Evans, drums/percussion.