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About the Alumni Association

The Utah State University Alumni Association was founded in 1898 as a volunteer auxiliary of the university. The university now has more than 220,000 alumni spread throughout the United States and in 100 other countries.

The Alumni House

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Alumni Association is to contribute to the success of Utah State University by providing opportunities for meaningful, lifelong involvement for its alumni, students, and friends.

To achieve this mission, the Alumni Association sponsors many activities for alumni and their families including: Alumni Hall of Honor, A-Day, Homecoming, Senior Send-Off, Alumni Golf Tournaments, and Athletics pregame parties. Visit the Events Page for upcoming event dates and details.

OUR TEAM

The Alumni Relations team consists of long-time Aggie advocates who are dedicated to the success and engagement of our Alumni. 

Taylor Ashcraft

Taylor Ashcraft

Annual Fund Coordinator

435.797.0309 || taylor.ashcraft@usu.edu

Taylor has joined the team as the Annual Giving Coordinator and is excited to serve the Alumni of Utah State University. He comes from a family of Aggies, with two siblings that have graduated and three more that are current students.

He graduated from USU last year with a BS in English Education and a minor in Psychology, and has loved his time here. As a student, he worked as a caller at the Aggie Connection Phonathon, and now his responsibilities include managing all of our student callers. He loves interacting and speaking with Alumni about Utah State and is so grateful for the generosity of our Aggie Family!

In his personal life, Taylor enjoys watching movies, listening to and making music, and playing/watching sports. He loves making people laugh, eating delicious food, and genuinely enjoys life. He has been married to the love of his life for 4 years and is excited for what the future brings!

Sheldon Browning

Sheldon Browning

Alumni Relations

435.797.7399 || sheldon.browning@usu.edu

Sheldon met his wife at Utah State and together they have a daughter and son who self-identify as Aggies and are still enthralled by Big Blue. Sheldon’s USU degree makes him the only Aggie from a large family, all of whom are first-generation college students.

He earned his MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Sheldon’s career includes working in corporate and at three different colleges. Sheldon loves an active lifestyle in the outdoors—a heli-ski trip is at the top of his bucket list.

Due in part to peer pressure, he recently took up golf and is surprised to say that he loves it. When it's cold or dark outside, he can often be found in the leatherwork shop in his basement, although he spends about as much time organizing as he does producing anything.

Sheldon’s family is at the top of his values list, and he spends time with them as often as possible. In addition to outdoor excursions, he enjoys family outings to movies, performing arts, and other cultural activities. Among his great Aggie memories were those mornings after a hard Cache Valley freeze. There were a handful of prime campus locations with hidden ice patches, at which Sheldon found deep satisfaction in spectating Aggies of all sizes as they abandoned all dignity in a battle against a mortifying spill.

Kim Larson

Kimberly Larson

Associate Vice President | Alumni Engagement

435.797.0373 || kimberly.larson@usu.edu 

 

 
Sian Smith

Sian Smith

Alumni Relations & Alumni Chapters

435.797.1326 || sian.smith@usu.edu

Sian is as big of an “Aggie” as there is and has been a proud football season ticket-holder for four years. Though born in the California Bay Area, she’s spent all of her adult life at Utah State University and has made Logan, Utah her home.

Sian may have called you during her freshman year while working for University Advancement as a student caller in the Aggie Connection Phonathon. She attended as many Aggie athletic events as she possibly could, logging 100+ hours waiting to get a seat in the Spectrum.

Sian graduated with a bachelor’s in liberal arts in 2012 and loves USU so much that she stayed on with Advancement and is continuing to share her talents with USU as manager of the Phonathon and helps with alumni events.

She’s always happy to meet and connect with her fellow Aggies. If you see her at a sporting event, be sure to say hello!

Young

Jonathan Young

Alumni Relations & Director of Annual Fund

435.797.0449 || jonathan.young@usu.edu

Jonathan Young is the Director of Annual Giving at Utah State University. He came to USU in January 2019, bringing more than 10 years of experience in non-profit and higher educational advancement. He believes in donor-focused fundraising that matches a donor's philanthropic vision to the university's goals.

Jonathan graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor of fine arts 07’ and an associate degree from the College of Eastern Utah (USU Eastern) where he was actively involved in student leadership at both CEU and USU.

Prior to working for USU, he was an annual giving specialist for LDS Philanthropies. In his 4 years there, he had various jobs functions, including social media, giving days and employee giving.

Jonathan loves to spend time outdoors and uses most of his free time camping and hiking the Utah landscape with his family and friends. He has also been helping Nanga, a Japanese gear company grow their presence in the US as their lead ambassador. He now lives in Smithfield, Utah, with his wife Jessica and four boys Kyson, Daxton, Ryker, and Nash.

Go Aggies!