|VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 6||June 2006|
In This Issue
USU Alumni Spotlight - Ann Louise Burr
Born in Logan, Ann Burr followed in her father's footsteps and became an Aggie. Her father, Dale Lewis, was a star tennis player and was eventually inducted into the National Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. When it was Burr's turn to attend USU, her original plan was to teach French and English, but she soon discovered a love for business.
Since her graduation from Utah State, Burr has held a wide range of general management and executive positions in the cable television and telecommunications industry. She currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Manager of Frontier Communications in Rochester, New York. She is also Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Citizens Communications, parent of Frontier, for its national advocacy and government affairs programs in 23 states, affecting Citizens' 2.3 million customers.
Prior to her role with Citizens, she served as Executive Vice President for Time Warner Cable in Stamford, Connecticut. Reporting to the Chairman, Burr had national responsibility for Time Warner's Residential Telephony initiatives, including Time Warner's joint venture with AT&T, and for Information Technology and Human Resources.
Burr was President of Time Warner Communications in Rochester, New York from 1995-1999. In addition to the successful cable television business, under Burr's leadership, Rochester was the first Time Warner Division in the nation to offer residential telephone service over its sophisticated hybrid fiber cable network. She oversaw the cable television, residential telephone, cellular, paging, broadcasting and broadband Internet services for the greater Rochester area.
From 1986 to 1995, Burr served as President of Time Warner Cable in San Diego, California as the company's first female Division President where, in addition to the successful cable television business, Burr launched one of the nation's first competitive local cable telephone businesses. Prior to assuming the position of President, she served as Time Warner's Vice President of Operations for Oceanic Cablevision located in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Burr has received numerous local and national awards. Among the most significant, in 1985 she was the recipient of the American Television Communications' Chairman's Award for Innovation, and in 1990 she was selected as the California recipient of the CATA "All Politics is Local" Award.
In 1992, she received Cablevision Magazine's President's Award for Excellence in the Public Interest for her support for education and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the National Academy of Cable Programming. Also in 1992, she was the Headliner of the Year for the San Diego Press Club and the recipient of the United Negro College Fund Frederick J. Patterson Award and the 1992 National Business Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Alliance of Business.
In 1993, she was honored with the cable industry's highest accolade, the National Cable Television Association's Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership. In 1996, she was inducted into the National Cable Television Pioneer Hall of Fame. In 2002, she received the Service in Technology Award from the Communications Technology Magazine for her work in the development of voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) services.
Burr is married to A. Vincent Buzard, a Senior Partner at the law firm of Harris Beach and most recent past President of the New York State Bar Association. Outside of work, she enjoys playing golf, sailing, and gardening. She also has three grown sons.
What We Do
What would become the Utah State University Alumni Association (USUAA) was founded in 1898 as a voluntary auxiliary for the Utah Agricultural College. Back then, the Alumni Association was responsible for a few hundred alumni, a big change from the over 120,000 USU alumni located around the globe today.
An interesting point to remember is that "alumni" doesn't only mean someone who's graduated from Utah State. Everyone who has earned at least 12 credits at USU is considered an alumni.
Headquartered out of the David B. Haight Alumni Center, the Alumni Association today continues to support and promote the interests of the university and its alumni. Among the areas the USUAA focuses on to fulfill its mission are: events and travel, alumni chapters, the Alumni Sustaining Membership program, and the Alumni Legacy Board.
Alumni Events and Travel
Headed by Director of Events Scott Olson, the Alumni Association continues a long tradition of sponsoring university events. Among these activities are: Founders Day, Aggie Family Day, A-Day (sponsored by the Student Alumni Association), Homecoming, and Senior Send-Off.
In addition, the Alumni Travel program has become popular over the years. Recently, the Aggies have traveled to Peru, Panama, Italy, Norway, and China.
Overseen by Director of Alumni Chapters Kim Larson, the Alumni Chapters program has seen tremendous growth over the last decade. Today there are chapters across the U.S. and the world. The program allows Aggies to stay connected to their alma mater regardless of where they live. Some recent chapter activities included fundraising golf tournaments, family swim parties, rodeos, scholarship dinners, and pre-game parties.
Alumni Sustaining Membership
The Alumni Sustaining Membership program, headed by Director of Marketing and Development Matt Stone, has seen exciting growth in the past few years. This program offers alumni another way to stay connected to USU while raising money for scholarships. In 2005, the Alumni Association was proud to award over 70 scholarships to incoming Aggies.
Becoming a Sustaining Member also allows access to a special list of benefits and discounts. Just a few of the benefits include: discounted car and hotel rooms, savings on skiing and golf, discounts off Dell electronics, and special rates for Aggie athletic and cultural events.
Alumni Legacy Board
In addition to the Alumni Sustaining Membership program, the Alumni Legacy Board exists to recognize those who have donated to the Alumni Association over the years. These donations also go toward alumni scholarships and help preserve and grow the academic excellence at Utah State University. The Alumni Legacy Board is located in the President's Hall of the David B. Haight Alumni Association.
New Connections With China
In the spirit of collaboration, a delegation from Utah State University spent ten days visiting the People's Republic of China in May 2006. Led by USU President Stan Albrecht, the delegation met with members of China's Ministry of Science and Technology, the Northwest Sci-Tech University of Forestry and Agriculture, and Xiamen University.
The trip culminated in the signing of two agreements designed to nurture collaborative research and academic exchanges with Chinese universities. As part of the agreement, USU's Center for Integrated BioSystems will establish a satellite facility at Xiamen University.
Engineering Students Win Competition
Aggie engineering students Brian Crookston, Jacob O'Bryant, Andrew Stromness, Jay Tucker, and Jay Winterton took first place in steel bridge design at the American Society of Civil Engineers Rocky Mountain Regional Competition held in April 2006. The members of the USU team faced off against 14 other universities in the event which tests the students' ability to design and build the best bridge. First prize was $1,000, $500 more than the team spent to create their bridge.
A New Face On An Old Tradition
Do you remember sliding down Old Main Hill during the winter, relaxing on a hot summer day out on the Quad, or enjoying a delicious scoop of Famous Aggie Ice Cream? Whether you're an alumni, faculty, or current student, chances are you remember those mouth watering memories of Famous Aggie Ice Cream you enjoyed here at Utah State.
Famous Aggie Ice Cream and True Blue Aggie Cheese, two of USU's unique traditions, are now offered online. Visit www.aggieicecream.com where you'll be able to order and ship Famous Aggie Ice Cream anywhere within the lower 48 states. Enjoy it with family and friends, and best of all, a portion of the proceeds goes to support students and their education at Utah State University. Visit www.aggieicecream.com for more information or contact us at 435.797.2112.
A New Look For The Alumni Website
The USU Alumni Association website has undergone major changes recently. The new site will be easier to navigate and more interactive for all visitors. The Alumni Association would like to thank USU Webmaster Ben Renard-Wiart for all his hard work making this new website a reality.
We'd love to hear from you. Send your feedback and suggestions on the new website to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to the Buzzer
A few words are said as the "A" is unveiled in 1917
Utah State University Alumni Relations sponsors many exciting events throughout the year. To keep informed about the most current ones, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/events/ often.
July 3, 2006 - The Portland/Northwest Aggie chapter is sponsoring a Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo and Backyard Barbecue on July 3, 2006. The event will kick off at the home of Dale and Linda Settje in Molalla, Oregon at 3:00 p.m. with the rodeo following at 8:00 p.m.. The festivities will also include a raffle for Aggie gear.
Tickets are $18.00 per person for the rodeo and BBQ, $4.00 per person for the BBQ only, and $14.00 per person for the rodeo only. Children under the age of six are free with a paying adult.
To make a reservation, or for more information, contact Dale Settje at 503.829.2086 or Marjorie Stetson at 360.944.0982. The deadline for registration is June 16, 2006.
USU Alumni Association
July 22, 2006 - It's no secret that soccer is the world's most popular sport. Now the USU Alumni Association invites all Aggies to see what all the excitement's about and join them for a ReAL Salt Lake soccer game. The game against FC Dallas will take place on July 22, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium, with a fireworks show to follow. Aggie Ice Cream will be served in the parking lot starting at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets are $10 per person and are located at the north endzone. To sign up or get more information, call Alumni Relations at 800.291.2586.
Utah and Salt Lake County Chapters
June 29, 2006 - The Utah and Salt Lake County chapters invite all Aggies to come enjoy a golf tournament at the TalonsCove Golf Club and help raise money for scholarships at the same time. The tournament will be played on June 29, 2006. Registration fees are $100 for an individual player, $400 for a foursome.
For more information, contact Kim Larson or Scott Olson at 800.291.2586.
Save The Date
July 4, 2006 - San Juan County Picnic sponsored by the San Juan County Chapter
July 8, 2006 - Aggie Dinner Cruise sponsored by the San Diego Chapter
July 14, 2006 - Aggie Swim Party sponsored by the Utah County Chapter
July 15, 2006 - 7th Annual Aggie Car Show sponsored by the Weber County Chapter
July 15, 2006 - Aggie Swim Party and Barbecue sponsored by the Summit County Chapter
July 17, 2006 - Eastern Idaho Chapter Picnic sponsored by the Eastern Idaho Chapter
For more information about alumni chapters and to find the chapter in your area, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/chapters/.
USU Takes Fourth in WAC Commissioner's Cup
Led by the USU men's cross country title, Utah State earned fourth place in the 2005-06 WAC Commissioner's Cup. The Cup is awarded to the school that performs best in the WAC's 19 men's and women's championships. The Aggies came in behind Boise State, Nevada, and Fresno State.
In addition to the men's cross country championship win, the Aggie men's basketball and track teams earned runner-up spots. On the women's side, the cross country, soccer, and volleyball teams each placed second in the league. This fourth place finish comes after the Aggies' first season in the WAC. Fourth place is also the best showing for USU in the last four years, including sixth, eighth, and fifth place finishes respectively in the Big West Conference.
Aggie Volleyball Announces 2006 Schedule
The 2006 Aggie volleyball schedule is set. First-year coach Grayson DuBose looks to improve on last season's 23-11 finish. The Aggies also tied for second place in the WAC and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, losing to Arizona in the first round. To view the 2006 schedule, click here.
Yangtze River Cruise and China Tour
September 12 - 23, 2006
Discover this remarkable and interesting nation with the USU Alumni Association as you see and experience many of the important highlights of China, starting with its Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and more. You'll visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, take a fascinating three-day cruise on the Yangtze River, and conclude your trip in Shanghai.
For more information on upcoming alumni travel events, visit www.usu.edu/alumni/travel/ or call the Alumni Relations office at (435)797-2055.