Institutes December Graduation
a long time coming, but students graduating in December
will finally have a commencement of their own. For
years, thousands of students who finished their degree
requirements in December had to wait until the spring
to participate in the traditional commencement ceremony.
“Commencement is the culmination
of their time here at Utah State, but for some students
it has been inconvenient to return for the event,” Assistant
Provost Sydney Peterson said. “We hope that
adding a December commencement will allow more students
to participate. We want every one of them to
take part in the celebration!”
Students graduating in
December will receive a certificate of commencement
at the ceremony, with their diplomas reaching them
by mail at a later date. There will be a student
speaker and college valedictorians, but no honorary
degrees or faculty awards will be presented. The
processional route, due to weather concerns, has
yet to be determined.
The commencement ceremonies
are scheduled for December 18 in the Dee Glen Smith
Pride in Iraq
of the 115th Engineer Group, Utah National Guard, in
southern Iraq recently requested an Aggie banner from
the Alumni Office to hang in Camp Adder. The
mission of the 115th Engineer Group is rebuilding infrastructure
throughout the Dhi Qar province. This includes
completing the construction of Highway 1 that connects
Kuwait and Baghdad. The 115th EN GP has worked
with Iraqi engineers to rebuild schools and public
utilities and is working on expanding Camp Adder for
future rotations of American and other Coalition Forces.
Aggies of the 115th EN GP pose before the Ziggurat,
temple of the Moon God, near the ancient city
of Ur in Mesopotamia.
row from left to right: CSM Sid Cardon
(att 66, 69) MAJ Scott Reading, (PhD, 01’,
COS) LTC Robert Dunton (88’ BS, CNR),
MAJ Lynn Hinckley (BS 78, MS 94, CE &HS),
SPC Aaron Matthews (att 03) and CPT Patrick
Osmond (BS 92,’ CHA& SS).
Front row from left to right: LTC
Don Summit (BS 85’, MS
90’, CE), SGT Ron Hammond
(att 69-72), and SPC Ashley
Phillips (att 03’).
Not shown: CPT Dan Dygert
(96’ BS,CHA &SS),
MAJ Joel Miller (97’ MS,
CHA & SS), SPC Thomas Dannenberg
banner arrived and was the envy of U and BYU fans
here,” reported LTC Robert Dunton. “I have
posted a guard on it to ensure its well being.” The
Aggie banner was used in a ceremony on September
11 to honor the soldiers who have served in the
conflict. The dozen Aggies in this group
have decided to sign the banner and return it to
the Alumni Center when they come home next spring. Hopefully,
Aggies in other units will also participate.
Mott of the Al Toba tribe and LTC Robert Dunton
of the people in the picture were tribal members.
The Sheikh is holding a coin, that we gave him.
There is a tradition in the military to give
out unit coins to soldiers and leaders that have
served in the unit.”
Soldiers of the 115th
have developed a good working relationship with the
local tribal leaders and Iraqi police officers.
Willis and Command Sergeant Major Sidney Cardon
appear with Iraqi Police
ceremony was held recently to honor many of the
policemen. “The Iraqi Police are very brave
men that put their lives and their families’ lives
in harms way daily,” he said.
how we can help, LTC Dunton replied, "We have
received so much support from so many wonderful
people in Utah that we decided to use many of the
supplies for the tribes and the orphans in An Nasiriyah.”
and Utah are never far from our thoughts," said
Dunton via email, "and hopefully AFN (Armed
Forces Network) will give the Aggies some air time
Maughan Buehler - Homecoming Grand Marshall
Maughan Buehler’s formal
education began in a rural two-room schoolhouse
and continued at Utah State Agricultural
College. There, he earned a bachelor’s
degree in accounting, as well as a reserve
officer commission as a second lieutenant.
his leaving the army as a colonel, Vern returned
to Logan and Utah State University as Associate Professor
of Business Administration. He was later promoted
to Professor and Assistant Dean. In 1970, he
founded the College of Business Partners Program. Vernon
directed this program, which brings business, academic,
and government leaders to USU for lectures and seminars,
until his retirement in 1989.
his wife’s death in 1990, Vern became a consultant
at Weber State University ’s School of Business,
working with its international programs. It
was this service that led to his acceptance of a
UN professorship at an academy in southern Poland
in 1991. During the 1990’s, Vern served as
a volunteer professor in Poland, the Ukraine and
Russia, as well as consulting in Thailand.
the many awards he has received are membership in
the prestigious Cosmos Club, the Legion of Merit
and the Commendation Medal. Utah State University
honored Vern with the Distinguished Alumnus Award
in 1989 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2001.
G. Sant - 2004 Alumnus of the Year
G. Sant has never forgotten where he came
from. After growing up in Preston,
ID, David attended Utah State University
where he received his bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in engineering. Since his
graduation in 1964, he has made a lasting
impact on the telecommunications and computer
industry. David has worked for IBM,
Rolm, VMX, Stratacom, and numerous other
the years, David has done much to support USU. He
has said that it was the time that he gave back to
the university that helped him succeed in his life. David
has donated a significant amount of time and money
to the College of Engineering. He has served
as a member for the College of Engineering’s campaign
steering committee, as well as donating countless
volunteer hours to various fundraising efforts. So
great has been his support that the third floor of
the new Engineering Building has been named the David
G. and Diann L. Sant Student Success Center.
David’s generosity spreads beyond the borders of
the College of Engineering. Recently, a letter
reached David from a young Ogden woman whom he didn’t
know. The letter explained the woman’s difficulty
in paying the hospital bills for her infant son who
suffers from a severe brain disorder. After
one phone conversation, David wrote out a check to
pay the boy’s medical expenses. In addition,
David recently assisted with a scholarship fund designed
to help the children of soldiers killed in Iraq.
Now semi-retired, Sant
consults for firms seeking venture capital.
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Salt Lake County Aggie Chapter
2005 – Utah Grizzlies game
April 2005 – “To
Kill A Mockingbird” at the Hale Center
20, 2005 – Utah/SLC
Chapter Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving
2005 – Family
Swim and Aggie Ice Cream Night
Utah County Aggie Chapter
18, 2004 – Ice
Cream Social and USU vs. BYU Basketball game
11, 2005 – Sweetheart
Dinner at the Utah County Rotunda-Ballroom
20, 2005 – Utah/SLC
Chapter Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving
16, 2005 – Aggie
Family Swim Night at the Scera Pool
Former Volleyball Player Named
NCAA Woman of the Year
For the first
time in Aggie Athletics, a USU student-athlete has
been named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state
of Utah . Former USU volleyball player Erin Cartwright-Davis
was honored with the award, which recognizes outstanding
female student-athletes who have excelled in academics,
athletics and community leadership, and have completed
their collegiate athletics eligibility. Cartwright-Davis
was chosen from 276 candidates from all over Utah
During her playing days,
Cartwright-Davis was a two-time All-Big West selection,
a two-time all-academic honoree, and the 2002 and
2003 Big West Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
She was also named an honorable mention All-American
in 2003. This marked the first time in 23 years
an Aggie had received All-American honors.
Women's Football Clinic
come learn all you ever wanted to know about the
game of football! Utah State ’s Big Blue Club is
sponsoring an Aggie Women’s Football Clinic on October
14, 2004 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
The clinic is free of
charge and will be held on the turf at Romney Stadium.
All aspects of the game will be covered: learn
the plays, learn the rules, learn the skills, and
also meet the coaches and players
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn the ins and
outs of Aggie football. (In
case of bad weather the clinic location will be moved to the
Stan Laub Center.)
out utahstateaggies.com for
the latest news and information about Aggie Athletics.
aboard the Coral Princess to
visit the ports of Limon, Grand Cayman,
Belize and Cozumel and marvel at the
wondrous Panama Canal on the 10-day adventure.
the excitement of Branson, Missouri while
seeing shows by Andy Williams, the Sons
of the Pioneers, the Osmonds and more.
An optional extension is also offered,
visiting the historical sites of Nauvoo
(extension dates: May 15-18, 2005).
19-August 9, 2005
This 7 day cruise departs Copenhagen, Denmark and
visits Norwegian ports including Flam, Bergen, and
Oslo while also sailing the beautiful fjords.