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LEAVITT TO JOIN IN AGGIE HOLIDAY HOOPLA

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Gov. Mike Leavitt, TV personality Bob Welti and Santa Claus will join thousands of other Utahns at the Delta Center on Saturday, Dec. 17, for the Aggie Holiday Hoopla.

Parties for all USU alumni begin at 5 p.m., including receptions for individual Aggie alumni chapters. At 7 p.m. the USU basketball team will play the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah University."This event is the major outreach project for Utah State this winter," said USU Athletic Director Chuck Bell.

A number of USU's academic colleges will have educational displays on the Delta Center's main concourse level, and student performing groups from both USU and SUU will be featured at halftime.

There will also be a charity basketball shootout during the half, with four contestants: Leavitt, USU President George Emert, Welti and Karen Logan, a former USU women's basketball coach and professional player.

Tickets are available through the USU ticket office at (801) 797-0305, the USU alumni office at 1-800-291-2586, and all SmithTix outlets. Tickets are $11 per seat. A family-of-five ticket is also available for $30 with additional tickets for the same family at $6 each. USU students can get up to two tickets for $1 each with a student activity card.