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Mervin Petersen '42 left USU with his degree in civil engineering and entered the U.S. Navy, where he spent four years in charge of the repair of damaged ships, among other assignments. He spent what he terms “the rest of my life” with the U.S. Geological Survey at various locations throughout the country. He’s now 92 and one-half years old, enjoys receiving Utah State magazine and is living with his son in Weatherford, Texas.


After 44 years of coaching and 662 wins, Frank Carbajal ’66 MS, author of the autobiographical On the Outside Looking In, was recently inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. As a southpaw pitcher in 1966 and 1967, Carbajal helped the Boulder Collegians win two of their four National Baseball Congress tournament championships. He played on the Greeley High School basketball team that won the state championship in 1956 and began his coaching career skippering the basketball team at Utah’s Moab High School. He worked as an assistant basketball coach at a number of colleges in California and left his mark at all levels of the game, including a stint as a Western Regional Scout for the NBA’s Utah Jazz. He was also head coach at Santa Barbara City College where he won four championships. Carbajal was previously named the Region VIII Coach of the Year, was inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Hall of Fame and the California Community College Hall of Fame. He played in two College World Series and saw 90 percent of his JC players graduate from four-year schools.


Ned L. Zaugg ’70, was inducted into the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association in February. He retired from Washington State University in December 2010 as emeritus Extension area dairy faculty and Skagit County Extension Director after a 17-year career at WSU. Upon graduation from USU, Zaugg was awarded an assistantship at Penn State University where he completed an MS degree in Reproductive Physiology in 1972. He was employed as the Laboratory Manager for Atlantic Breeders Cooperative in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1972-1975. After two years in private practice in California, he was employed as an Extension Dairy Specialist at USU specializing in dairy cattle reproduction and dairy youth development from 1977-1985. He later moved to Arizona, where the state’s large herds provided the setting for his work with dairy families and annual planning of the Arizona Dairy Days exposition. He and his wife, Emily, are parents of two daughters and two sons and grandparents to 12 grandchildren. In October 2011, he returned to his roots in the Davis County area to care for his wife and elderly parents, Wilford and Elva Zaugg.

Tabula Rasa,written by Rod Miller ’75, is this year’s winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Poem. Miller also received a Spur Award for Best Western Short Story for The Death of Delgado. Since 1953, Spur Awards have been given for distinguished writing about the American West and are among the oldest awards in American literature. This year, awards were given in 15 categories. Tabula Rasa, inspired by a passage from Longfellow’s Evangeline, laments the many westering pioneers lying in unmarked graves on the plains. “Thousands of travelers who died on the way west have, for all practical purposes, disappeared from history. They are gone, without a trace,” Miller says. “I imagined how one of those victims might view that fate, and the poem is in the voice of a lost pioneer, spoken from a forgotten grave.” “By coincidence, The Death of Delgado tells a similarly dismal story,” Miller says. “It is based on an actual tragedy from the early days of southern Idaho history, as told in a 1961 True West magazine article by Colen Sweeten, Jr. He kindly gave me permission to use the horrific accident recorded in his article—a man crushed by a horse in bizarre circumstances—as the basis for a fictional story.” Miller’s third novel, Cold as the Clay, is due for release early this summer by High Hill Press. His poems and short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and he writes magazine articles, book reviews, and essays for a number of publications. In 2005, Miller was a Spur Award Finalist for Best Western Short Story.


After graduation, Maureen Erickson ’02, was hired by the Tooele County School District as a kindergarten teacher where she has worked for the past seven years. Three years ago she became one of 10 teachers to implement the full-day Kindergarten in the district. She prefers teaching the same class all day versus two half-day sessions. Maureen’s daughter, Alicia, is currently an Aggie taking classes through Utah State’s Regional Campus in Tooele. She has had some classes with Maureen’s former professors. Maureen’s favorite memories at USU Tooele are small classes and making good friends with people majoring in the same field.

Brian Carter ’03 has joined the Harrisburg. Pa., law firm Skarlatos Zonarich LLC. Carter is handling matters involving commercial creditors’ rights and mergers and acquisitions. At USU, Carter, a native of southern California, majored in journalism, political science, and Spanish, and captained the men’s volleyball team. He is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. He is admitted to practice in California as well as Pennsylvania and previously was affiliated with the Harrisburg office of a Philadelphia-based firm. Carter is an Eagle Scout mentor, a committee member of Troop 249 of the New Birth of Freedom Council of the Boy Scouts, and a member of the Harrisburg Civics Educational Alliance. He is married and has three children.

The law firm of Parr Brown Gee and Loveless announced that Mary Ann C. May ’03 has joined the firm’s litigation group with an emphasis in employment law. May graduated cum laude from Utah State University in psychology. She earned her Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif, with Highest Honors, from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2010. At graduation, May received the Dean’s Award for highest cumulative GPA in her class.  During law school she served as an articles editor for the Utah Law Review and as a legal methods and ASP teaching assistant. Prior to joining Parr Brown, May served as a judicial law clerk for Matthew B. Durrant, Associate Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court.  In addition, she was a Quinney Research Fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, a judicial intern to the Honorable Michael W. McConnell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and a volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center.  Prior to earning her J.D., May worked as an EO Investigator for the University of Utah’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

David Hamblin ’06, ’08MS met his wife, Jill Griffeth, while at USU during the fall semester of 2003. David says “she was the secretary in the ECE department that school year, and luckily our off-campus lives crossed paths just enough for me to justify asking her out. We dated in the spring of 2004 and were married later that summer.” In 2005 David and Jill welcomed first child, Rasmussen (RJ), and David began employment at Hill AFB for the US Air Force. They bought their first home the following year, and in 2007, welcomed their second child, Aribella, into the family. “I returned to USU for graduate school in the Fall of 2007 as part of a sponsorship by my employer, where I was able to attend school full-time for one year while still maintaining my full salary and benefits,” David says. In 2009, third child, Knightley, was born, and David was given a new assignment at work as a systems engineer. “Life has been good to us, and we are proud to be an Aggie family!,” he reports.