GYMNAST HONORED: Denise Jones, who as a senior last April led the Utes to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, has been named the 2000 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Utah. She is one of 51 state winners. Ten finalists will be chosen in September, with the NCAA Woman of the Year named on October 15.
Jones was named an All-American on all four events and in the all-around at the 2000 NCAA Championships. She was Utah's top finisher in the all-around, placing sixth, and was the NCAA runner-up on floor. She was fourth on the beam, eighth on vault and seventh on the uneven bars. The award is based on athletic achievements, academics and community service. Jones, a National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Scholastic All-American, had a 3.96 GPA her senior year.
BIG BLUE CLUB: Big Blue Club Luncheons are set to resume for the 2000-2001 year. The first football luncheon of the new season is slated for Thursday, Aug. 24 at Green Street Social Club in Trolley Square. The Logan luncheons will take place at Copper Hill Restaurant. The Kickoff Luncheon will be at Romney Stadium on Monday. The luncheons feature members of the Utah State coaching staff and athletes sometimes.
TICKET SALES UP: Aggie football season ticket sales are at an all-time high for the upcoming slate that includes games against SUU and Utah as well as Idaho, Arkansas State and Idaho State. Aggie fans have already purchased 5,000 season tickets for the 2000 season nearly three weeks prior to the first home game. In fact, only a limited number of west side chairback seats are available. The highest season ticket total in the last five years was 3,271 in 1998.
NEW ACADEMIC COORDINATOR: Christina Wujeck has been hired as Utah State's assistant director of student-athlete services. She will be in charge of scheduling, advising and all other academic matters for USU's basketball, soccer, softball and track teams.
As a member of the student-athlete services staff Wujeck will be in charge of scheduling, advising, and all other academic matters concerning Utah State's basketball, soccer, softball, and track teams.
"I am pleased to have Christina on board as an academic coordinator," said Evans. "She brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the position and I believe that the student-athletes will really enjoy working with her." Prior to USU, Wujeck interned at Indiana State in the academic services office from August of 1999 until July of 2000. She graduated from Wichita State in 1997 with a BA in sports business and received her masters in sports administration from her alma mater in May of 2000.
Originally from Mendota, Ill., Wujeck played as a point guard for the Wichita State women's basketball team from 1993-97, serving as a team captain in her junior and senior seasons. Wujeck replaces Bre White who left USU to take a job with San Diego State.