Utah State Aggie Insights
May 2013

Alumni Spotlight - Bryan Bostick

by Liz Wilson

Bryan Bostick

Summer is here and you may be looking for things to keep your little Aggies entertained this season. If you're looking for books to add to your summer reading list why not add a book written by a fellow Aggie? Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado.

Alumnus Bryan Bostick is a children's author whose book series may just be the thing to keep your kids entertained this summer. Bryan graduated from the University of Utah with his bachelors and went on to earn a master's degree in Psychology from Utah State in 2007. During High School, it was his experience at a USU extension campus that led him to earn a degree from USU. "I went to Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah. Next door to the school was the USU extension. It was there, through concurrent enrollment, I became familiar with many outstanding mentors and faculty members. It was because of this positive experience that I returned to Utah State to complete my master's degree." Bryan completed his degree by attending the USU branch in Kaysville This allowed him to take classes without relocating and made it possible for him to continue working full time.

"My overall experience at USU was challenging, invigorating, and quite frankly fun! In addition to learning and growing academically, I made some great friends and life-long associations." One those associates was Dr. Caroline Barcus.

"The first night I met Dr. Caroline Barcus for my group counseling class I was terrified and thought there was no way I would survive the term! Over the ensuing weeks, I realized my initial thoughts were unfounded. Dr. Barcus stands out as one of the most memorable teachers I've had. She had a way of digging down deep and eliciting genuine responses from her students. In other words, you couldn't hide. She caused me to truly think about myself in a new light and face some of my own biases I didn't even know were there. I had to miss "The Office" on Thursday nights to attend her class, but it was well worth it."

Bryan says that earning his degree helped him learn the patience, work ethic and writing skills that are essential to him as an author.

A volunteer opportunity with the Boys and Girls Club of America is what inspired Bryan to work with children. "It didn't' take me long to realize I loved working with and teaching youth. I worked as an elementary school teacher for a few years and seeing many of the tough issues kids deal with, I decided to work with kids on a more individualized basis through school counseling. USU provided the perfect program, at the perfect place, at the perfect time."

You may be wondering how a Psychology student becomes a successful children's author. Writing was something Bryan always had a passion for, and working as a child psychologist was a great way to work with kids on another level. While working as a teacher and later a school counselor, Brian continued to write on the side. "Our day jobs provide us with the means to pursue our dreams and are a gold mine of potential writing material," Bryan explained. What advice would he give to aspiring writers? "The publishing industry is a tough nut to crack. It takes most writers many years to get their foot in the door. My main advice is to continue to hone your skills, improve yourself through education, and allow others to see your writing. With enough time, patience, and work, you'll catch a break. Don't give up!"

In addition to being a writer, Bryan is also a husband and father of two. His favorite flavor of ice cream is Aggie Bull Tracks.

Bryan's latest book, Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado was released in the fall of 2012. In conjunction with the book launch, a portion of proceeds went to North Davis Prep Academy, the school where Bryan worked as a teacher and counselor. He is currently working on the third and final book of the Huber Hill series. To learn more about his books visit his website http://www.huberhill.com

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Homecoming 2013


Homecoming 2013 will be Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.

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- Parade
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- Pre-game party
- Football game vs. Weber State

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Aggie to Aggie Networking Lunch

Aggie to Aggie Networking Lunch

Aggie to Aggie Networking Luncheons are held quarterly in the downtown Salt Lake City area. They are open to all Aggies and friends, and create an opportunity for attendees to hear a great speaker, enjoy a lunch hour together and create or expand their personal network. Past events have included Men's Basketball coach Stew Morrill, Huntsman School of Business instructor Eric Schulz, and many other interesting speakers. Best of all, the Alumni Association always brings Famous Aggie Ice Cream!

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Aggie to Aggie event on Tuesday, May 22nd. The event will be held in the Founders Room on the 18th Floor of the Zions Bank Building, 1 South Main Street, Salt Lake City. Please visit www.usu.edu/alumni/events for complete information.

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European Tapestry - Oceania Cruises, June 12 - 20, 2013

European Tapestry - Oceania Cruises, June 12 - 20, 2013

Encounter some of the world's most evocative cities in Portugal, Spain and France as you weave your way through the colorful tapestry of Western Europe. Depart from Lisbon and travel north along the Atlantic coast aboard the elegant yet intimate Oceania Cruises Nautica. First is Oporto, Portugal, where an urban liveliness provides a modern sheen to the Renaissance architecture of the city's cathedral area and to the preserved medieval authenticity of its Barredo quarter. In Spain, visit La Coruña and its still-working 2nd-century Roman lighthouse, or take in Santiago de Compostela with its legendary cathedral marking a 9th-century pilgrimage route. In Bilbao, witness amazing modern and contemporary art at the thrillingly designed Guggenheim Museum. Complete your European tapestry with two days in Bordeaux, France, the city punctuated by Gothic churches, broad avenues and 18th-century mansions; and the region marked by famed vineyards and glorious château-dotted estates. Spend a day sailing along French shores and into the English Channel before arriving in England and the port of Dover.

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Lois Watt

Lois I. (Mortensen) Watt, Class of 1976

Lois Watt Becomes President of Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 Lois I. Watt, a resident of Federal Way, Wash., was recently sworn in as President of Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 (PTE 17). Watt is a graduate of Utah State University (1976, political science) In March, she was sworn in as President of the union, succeeding Allan Yamaguchi (who works at the City of Seattle). Watt has served eight years as the union's Vice President.
Watt is currently employed at King County Metro Transit (in Seattle) as Lead Customer Service Coordinator. She has worked at the county for 29 years. Local 17 is a union representing more than 8,000 public employees who work at state, county, and city governments and health districts in Washington. Local 17 also provides union representational services for the City of Portland Professional Employees Association (COPPEA), a union of 700 professional and technical employees.

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