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Utah State University Celebrates Tradition and a More Secure Future

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht will recognize more than 53,000 alumni and other donors who contributed to the university's comprehensive campaign, Honoring Tradition, Securing the Future, Celebrating Success.

Albrecht will host a celebration on Friday, October 12, where he will announce the final campaign number.

"Obviously private institutions have survived by doing this for many many years, so this tradition is out there. They basically live on return from their endowment and student tuition. Public institutions have been able to rely more on public support -- state support. But the pattern over a large number of years has been a loss of that state support. Our numbers continue to go down so we have simply had to find other ways to continue to move this institution forward and philanthropy becomes an increasingly important part of that."

During the campaign, 4 colleges have been named, more than 230 new endowments to support student and faculty were established, and 24 buildings constructed.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.