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October 24, 2003 Feature

Utah State Blue Light Honors Outstanding Achievements

To demonstrate pride in the many accomplishments of Utah State University faculty, staff and students, the Utah State Blue Pride Light will be turned on Monday, Oct. 27, and the Carillon Bells will ring at 1:05 p.m. in the afternoon. Every four months the university designates a Blue Pride Light Night to recognize individuals for outstanding achievements.

Honorees this quarter are Utah State Cache County Extension Educator Hector Mendiola; Debra Spielmaker, Utah State Ag in the Classroom director; and the National Science Foundation Advance Grant Team.

Mendiola was awarded the 2003 OHTLI Award from the Mexican government for his work with Utah’s Latin communities. The award is presented to people of Mexican descent working outside of Mexico who have dedicated their lives and their efforts to the well being of their people. The award was presented to Mendiola by Mexican Consul Patricia Deluera.

Spielmaker, the Utah State Ag in the Classroom director, is reaching thousands of students and teachers across the country with the new Ag in the Classroom national Web site that was reviewed and recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Web site is featured on Science Netlinks, a comprehensive homepage for science educators.

The National Science Foundation Advance Grant Team is working to improve the climate for women at Utah State University. The team received a $3 million grant from NSF to guide the university toward its goal of enhancing diversity and improving the campus climate for women. Ronda Callister, a management and human resources professor in the College of Business, is the principal investigator for the grant. The rest of the team includes English department professor and Associate Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Christine Hult; James Powell, a mathematics and statistics associate professor; associate professor of biology Kimberly Sullivan; and assistant dean for the College of Engineering and Associate Vice Provost for Women’s Issues Christine Hailey.

The Utah State Blue Pride Light atop Old Main lights the Cache Valley night sky as a symbol of Aggie tradition, heritage and pride. The outstanding professors, staff and students honored are a part of this heritage and contribute to the high quality of Utah State.

Contact: John DeVilbiss,, (435) 797-1358
Writer: Maren Cartwright., (435) 797-1355




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