I apologize for not sending out a copy of the BBC Update last week. I still plan on generating weekly editions throughout the summer months and I hope to not miss again.
ALUMNI RELATIONS AND BBC CHAPTERS
I have received a few emails and phone calls regarding the last BBC Update where I indicated Alumni Relations and the BBC would combine efforts outside the Cache Valley instead of forming two separate entities. The concept under evaluation would create a new position of Vice President for Athletics within the current Alumni Chapter structure and include changing the naming of the various chapters to Aggie Clubs. The VP for Athletics would work in concert with their respective Aggie Club to promote the BBC mission and would report directly to the Athletics Department. The VP would also sit on the BBC Board of Directors to help facilitate and coordinate BBC activities outside the region (golf tournaments, fund drives, luncheons, auctions, etc.). The majority of the concerns expressed to me relate to a perception that Alumni Relations and the BBC have different missions; therefore, an amalgamation by the two would subvert the BBC's efforts to the will and wishes of Alumni Relations. That is not the case.
The sole purpose of the proposed combination is to enhance the efforts of both entities without confusing alumni and friends, while at the same time, eliminating the inevitable duplication of efforts: a veritable symbiosis. Yes, the VP for Athletics must be a strong individual who shares the vision of BBC expansion. Let's face it, the needs and wishes of Aggie fans outside Cache Valley are not currently being met to the level needed.
As far as Alumni Relations not being interested in USU Athletics, I can unequivocally state that I have yet to work with a department or organization on campus that has been more willing to work with me than Alumni Relations. Granted, their mission and goals may not exactly mirror those of the Athletics Department, but their willingness to listen and work with me extends beyond my wildest hopes. Those within Alumni Relations are also current BBC members (several at high levels), proving that their talk is not devoid of substance.
We need to understand that not all BBC members are alumni, and not all alumni are BBC members. However, the greatest common denominator of all giving to Athletics is "alumni" and a close working relationship between the two is vital to future success.
Unless, I am seriously mistaking, the proposed marriage between the two is nothing more than a sincere effort to better facilitate the successful expansion of the BBC outside of the Cache Valley. If the proposal does not reach that end, then a new direction will be taken.
AFCA RECOGNIZES USU FOOTBALL
A recently released report by the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) lists USU as one of only 24 colleges and universities across the country that graduated at least 70-percent of their student-athletes.
WBB KICK-OFF EVENT WITH THE STARZZ
On Friday, August 9, USU's women's basketball will combine efforts with the Utah Starzz to form a kick-off event for Raegan Scott-Pebley's newly formed program. The event will feature a pre-game dinner at the Delta Center, special guest speakers from the Starzz's organization and tickets to the game against the WNBA Champions, Los Angeles Sparks. The cost will be $30 and will include game ticket, meal and T-shirt. The event will be limited to 50-60 people and will be on a first come, first served basis. Those interested need to call Kevin Dustin at (435) 797-1860 to make reservations.
FOOTBALL MEDIA GUIDE
The 2002 edition of the football media guide is now at the printers and should be available towards the end of the month.
Signage for the 2002 football season is nearly sold out and sales for the new Dee Glen Smith Spectrum scoreboard are ahead of schedule. If you are aware of any businesses that may be interested in scoreboard signage, please contact Michelle at (435) 797-1360.
Speaking of the new scoreboard for the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, installation of the new device is scheduled for the first two weeks of August and should be fully functioning by volleyball season.
FOOTBALL KICK-OFF GATHERINGS
There is a 2002 football kick-off gathering scheduled for Layton on Wednesday, July 31. The event will be similar to the one held last year in Layton at the Marriott Courtyard and will be attended by Mick Dennehy, who will field questions regarding the upcoming season. More details will be forwarded when they become available.
MORE FOOTBALL GATHERINGS
There has been a request by an Aggie in Ogden to host a football barbecue in the Ogden area in late July or early August. Please let me know if there is enough interest in the Ogden (Box Elder) area to go ahead and set up an event.
BBC LUNCHEON DATES
The schedule for the BBC football luncheons in Logan has been set. Following are the dates for the luncheons:
Monday August 26 (Romney Stadium)
Tuesday September 3
Monday September 9
Monday September 16
Monday September 23
Monday September 30
Monday October 7
Monday October 14
Monday October 21
Monday October 28
Monday November 4
Monday November 11
Monday November 18
Monday November 25
NEW CAR COACH USU
Athletics would like to recognize Michael Day of Henry Day Ford in West Valley City as the newest Car Coach. Michael Day is an Aggie and currently has a daughter attending USU.