March 5, 2004 Highlights
The Way In Air Quality Control: Emissions Testing At Utah State
the direction of Utah State University President Kermit L. Hall,
the university has already made progress in an effort to take
the lead in achieving better air quality. Utah State created
a long-term plan to keep its vehicles from contributing to the
below-average air quality in Cache Valley.
"This is a two-phase program," said John Pappas,
director of the Utah State University Motor Pool. "First
we will test the vehicles, and second, decide what we want to
do for those vehicles that have failed."
Emissions testing for university cars began Feb. 19 at the
Utah State Motor Pool and Feb. 23 at the Bridgerland Technology
The plan developed as a result of a partnership with Bridgerland
Technology and provides test vehicles to students in Mike Nield's
automotive class, where emissions' testing is part of the curriculum.
"This technology will help students gain marketable skills
to take with them into the job force," said Nield.
maintenance, as Pappas calls the endeavor, is required by the
state every six months. Motor Pool plans to employ the emissions
tests at these regular "check-ups" at no extra cost
to university departments. Records are kept for each of the
vehicles, and departments will make the decision to repair or
retire vehicles that don't pass testing.
After extensive research on different types of testing equipment,
Motor Pool decided to purchase its own equipment to test vehicle
emissions on Utah State's 692 vehicles. The equipment, an ESP
4 Gas Analyzer, was chosen because it won the 1999 bid from
Utah counties requiring emissions testing.
The analyzer works through a series of tests measuring carbon
monoxide, hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide and oxygen levels and
compares them to national standards set by the EPA. A test is
administered to check the gas cap for pressure and vacuum to
ensure there are no fume leaks. Gasses are measured at both
idle and full RPMs.
"In newer vehicles an on-board diagnostic test is given,
but our concern is for older vehicles," said Pappas. "We
have to test them by looking at tailpipe emissions. So far,
of the vehicles we've tested, only one has failed — an
Emissions parameters are tailored to each car and Utah State
Motor Pool shop supervisor Terrel Murray uses a special computer
that evaluates the vehicle's performance and prints a readout.
Current measures mean that Utah State will be ahead of schedule
if the EPA mandate for emissions testing in Cache County is
implemented, a possible case due to the above-average particulate
To Be Recognized During Utah State Founders Day Event
Distinguished award recipients share the spotlight with their
alma mater during Utah State University's Founders Day festivities
March 6 in Salt Lake City. Utah State's Alumni Association will
recognize five people with distinguished alumnus and service
awards during the banquet at the Little America Hotel.
Receiving the Distinguished Alumnus awards are LaDell Andersen
and Jim Laub. Jean C. Christensen, Nadine F. Gillmor and Jed
H. Pitcher will take home Distinguished Service awards.
familiar name in the Utah sports world, LaDell Andersen, will
receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. A native of Malad,
Idaho, Andersen graduated from Utah State in 1951 and began
his career the same year at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, N. M.
In 1956, he was appointed assistant basketball coach at the
University of Utah and in 1961, came to Utah State as head basketball
coach. He became the winningest coach in school history, taking
his team to six post-season tournaments and was voted Coach
of the Year six times. He later left Utah State to accept a
position with the Utah Stars in 1971, but would soon return
to Utah State, this time as athletic director, a position he
held for 10 years. Again he left Utah State, this time to become
head basketball coach at Brigham Young University for six years.
He currently is semi-retired, still acting as a scout and consultant
for the Utah Jazz.
State's second distinguished alumnus award recipient, 1974 graduate
Jim Laub, is president and CEO of Cache Valley Electric Company.
Under Laub's direction, Cache Valley Electric has grown into
one of the top 50 electrical contractors in the nation. In 1999,
Laub was honored by Ernst & Young with its Entrepreneur
of the Year award. Then, in 2003, Cache Valley Electric was
honored by the Intermountain Electrical Association as the Outstanding
Large Electrical Contractor of the Year, the tenth time in 14
years the company has received the award. Luab's interests are
not only in business as he has served as president of the Big
Blue Club, is a member of the Rotary Club and is a trustee for
Logan's Presbyterian Church. He has also served as a member
of Utah State's board of trustees and has been a long-time supporter
of the university and its mission.
first of three distinguished service awards will be given to
Jean C. Christensen of Salt Lake City. Christensen graduated
from Utah State in 1946 with a degree in clothing and textiles.
For 30 years she taught interior design, tailoring and creative
home sewing. She served on the board of directors for the North
Shore Senior Center in Winnetka, Ill., and as an advisory board
member for the Utah State University's Festival of the American
West. She organized and was first president of the Utah Quilt
Guild with a current membership of 1,000 and 60 chapters throughout
the Utah and in southern Idaho. Christensen served the Logan
community as president of the Alliance for the Varied Arts,
then served the state as a member of the Utah Arts Festival
Advisory Council. She, along with her husband, W. Boyd Christensen,
planned, organized and funded the recently completed Deseret
Hospital & Quilt Museum located at This Is The Place State
service award recipient Nadine F. Gillmor of Oakley, Utah, learned
the value of hard work early in her life. Growing up in the
Uintah Basin, she cared for 2,000 chickens and 17 milk cows
before boarding the bus for school each morning following the
death of her father. This experience instilled in her a love
of the outdoors that continues today. Gillmor currently operates
the Lone Pine Ranch, located on thousands of acres on pristine
land in Summit County. She has also been a vocal political activist,
challenging local, state and federal officials in the protection
of land owner's rights ranging from water, access, grazing and
development issues, as well as the preservation of open space.
Gillmor generously established a scholarship fund that is used
for descendants of Summit County alumni and 4-H students attending
Utah State University.
graduating from Utah State University in 1961, Jed H. Pitcher
has been involved in both business and community arenas. Starting
as a cost accountant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Utah in
1967, Pitcher quickly learned and advanced in the company, becoming
president and CEO in 1981. In 1994, he was given the additional
responsibility of chairman of the board. Due to Pitcher's direction,
the corporation became Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah,
joining with other plans in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He
also served on Utah State's board of trustees, where he served
a term as chairman. He has served as chairman of the National
Advisory Council for Utah Opera Company and was actively involved
with the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. He was a member
of the Bountiful Light and Power Commission Board as well as
the Davis District Foundation Board, while still having time
to serve as president of the Bountiful High School PTSA. Pitcher
also holds positions on many national boards and is currently
a member of the board of regents for the State of Utah.
For more information about Utah State Founders Day or about
any award recipients contact Scott Olson, (435) 797-0931.
Of Special Education And Rehabilitation Addresses State Legislature
25 students from the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation
at Utah State University visited the Utah House of Representatives
Friday, Feb. 27, to address the shortage of licensed special
The students developed a citation that was read to the representatives.
The citation described the dramatic shortage of licensed special
education teachers and called upon legislators to allocate more
scholarship funding to help train critically needed teachers.
"There has been a chronic shortage of licensed special
education teachers for more than 15 years," said department
head Ben Lignugaris/Kraft. "We need resources to prepare
more teachers, and it's hard to have sufficient staff to do
The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah
State University has been actively involved in remedying the
shortage of licensed teachers in the state. In a speech to Utah
State special education students last semester, Rep. Jim Dunnigan
encouraged them to become involved in the legislative process
to help meet the current shortage. Utah State remains proactive
in solving this shortage by not only incorporating the Legislature
into the problem-solving, but also producing licensed teachers
"Utah State University produces more licensed special
educators than all other programs in the state combined,"
said Lignugaris/Kraft. "We place 100 percent of our graduates
The need for licensed special educators in Utah is dramatic.
On a need scale from one to five, (five being the most needful),
Utah is between 4.3 and 4.7, said Lignugaris/Kraft.
prior to Sept 2002/
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