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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


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 Tournament, and Athletics pregame parties. Visit the Events Page for upcoming event dates and details.


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


Lana Archibald, Staff Assistant and Alumni House Manager 
O: 435.797.9693

Lana is the staff assistant to the Alumni Relations team and enjoys building Aggie pride at all their events. She and her husband Steve are the parents of six children (2 of whom are Aggies, as are both their spouses) and grandparents of 16 future Aggies.


Ryan Baldwin, Alumni Relations (UT) & Director of Annual Fund
O: 435.797.2143

Ryan Baldwin is the Director of the Annual Fund and Engagement Coordinator for the Alumni Association at Utah State, primarily focused on the alumni base in Utah.

Ryan’s career began in California in healthcare sales before coming to Utah State University as a full-time MBA student and intern in the Athletic Development Department. He came back to USU after a year at Pacific Western Bank to join the Huntsman School of Business as Associate Director of Development. After three years in that role, Ryan transitioned to the Annual Fund and Alumni Association.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University (’06) and master’s degree from Utah State University (’11).


Sheldon Browning, Alumni Relations & Advancement;
O: 435.797.7399
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.


David Clark, Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations 
O: 435.797.9618

Dave Clark joined the faculty of Utah State University as the Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programs in the Huntsman School of Business in 2008 and currently holds the position of Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations.  

Prior to joining Utah State Dave held senior management positions in public and private companies including Vice President, Investor Relations at NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer at Prolexys Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

He earned his BS from BYU, an MS from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Utah. Dave is a founding trustee of the Utah Life Science Association and served as a member of the Governor’s State Advisory Council on Science and Technology.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Utah Technology Council and as a member of the board of the Cache County Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his eight years at USU, Dave’s Aggie roots include three children who hold USU degrees, and his wife, who received her MBA and PhD degrees from Utah State.


Scott Olson, Director of
University Events 
Having been active in student government for several years, Scott Olson graduated from USU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities and Social Sciences.  Now, with over 20 years of experience in Alumni Relations with the Career Aggie Network and the Alumni Travel Program, Scott plays an integral role in the overall success of the organization – keeping the USU spirit strong.  His wife Elaine Olson works for the Caine College of the Arts as assistant to Dean Craig Jessop.  Currently, Scott’s assignment as Director of Outreach and Engagement is preparing for campus events. 


Josh Paulsen, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Mobile: 435.797.8275
Josh Paulsen joined the alumni association team in June 2016. He “married into” the Aggie family when he met his sweetheart, Amy, after her graduation. Their family relocated to Washington State shortly thereafter, but family circumstances called them back to Cache Valley. They are overjoyed to raise their three children (Jane 11, Ben 10, Eliza 6) here. Utah State University means a lot to their family—with two generations of Aggies having gone before them. What he loves most about Utah State is the quality of students that it attracts and the sense of community on campus.

Josh loves the outdoors and is an avid athlete who has completed many endurance races, including Ironman Canada. To fuel all of physical activity, he occasionally kicks back and enjoys an Aggie Ice Cream (salted caramel being his favorite flavor).


Jacoba Poppleton, Strategic Communications, Alumni Relations, & Stewardship 
O: 435.797.8072

Jacoba M Poppleton’s career began at Utah State University as a graduate student of English. She re-joined the USU team in September 2015 after several years as a marketing manager at Journal Technologies, Inc.—a wholly-owned subsidiary of the publicly traded Daily Journal Corporation (DJCO). 

Jacoba is a writer and communicator who especially enjoys working with alumni and friends of Utah State. She 
earned both her undergraduate (’06) and graduate degrees (’09) in English from Utah State University. 

She has two delightful children. Dallas is nearly 17 and set to graduate in 2017; Wolfe is 5 and will start kindergarten in the fall of 2016.  

Sian Smith

Sian Smith, Alumni Relations & Assistant Director of Annual Giving
O: 435.797.1326
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!


Stand Up. Get Involved. You're an Aggie.

We offer both Annual and Lifetime Membership Programs that support the Alumni Association's commitment to promote the interests and welfare of Utah State University with a variety of events and programs.

Annual Memberships to the Alumni Association now come with your annual donation to USU.

Becoming a Lifetime Sustaining Member helps keep the Utah State experience alive for generations of Aggies while also providing alumni with exclusive benefits.

A Single Lifetime Membership is $500, paid through either installments or one lump sum. If you and your spouse are both Aggies, save $300 by signing up for a Joint (couple) Lifetime Membership for only $700.

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Show Your Aggie Pride!

Help us reach our goal of the most university license plates in the state of Utah!

Right now, we're in SECOND PLACE behind University of Utah and in front of BYU.

The Alumni Association has sponsored the "A" plate program since Spring 2000. The point of this program has one financial purpose, to provide scholarships to in-coming students.

Click here to purchase an "A" plate today, or learn more about the "A" plate program here.

Current Number of "A" Plates: 6,102

The total scholarship dollars provided is $1,116,545.