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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

News from the vast wasteland:

"I'm here to propose that we replace the bad old bargain that past FCCs struck with the media moguls with a new American Media Contract. It goes like this. We, the American people have given broadcasters free use of the nation's most valuable spectrum, and we expect something in return. We expect this:
1. A right to media that strengthens our democracy
2. A right to local stations that are actually local
3. A right to media that looks and sounds like America
4. A right to news that isn't canned and radio playlists that aren't for sale
5. A right to programming that isn't so damned bad so damned often."

--Michael J. Copps. Federal Communications Commission, 2007 (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson)

USU College of Business honors Eagle Gate College president

January 30, 2007 | LOGAN — The College of Business at Utah State University has decided to honor someone with a Professional Achievement Award who knows quite a bit about the business of college.

Jonathan Bullen is the majority owner, CEO and president of the Eagle Gate College Group, an organization that has four campuses in Utah, attended by 1,500 students.

Douglas D. Anderson, dean of the College of Business, said that Bullen, a USU graduate, exemplifies the type of leadership the college wants to recognize with its Professional Achievement Awards.

“Why would a college honor someone who runs his own college?” Anderson said. “The Eagle Gate College Group does an effective job meeting the needs of its students even though those needs may be different than those of our own students. Mr. Bullen has also been a strong supporter of Utah State University and its goals. In fact, he is the chair of the Utah State University Foundation.”

Bullen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Utah State University in 1978, the same year he graduated from the NAB Management Seminar at Harvard. His career since then has been varied and successful.

He became the owner and CEO of JWB Cable Co. in 1986 and sold it four years later to Sonic Cable of California. In 1990, he began investing in real estate and now owns more than 12,000 residential apartments and more than 2 million square feet of office space in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Washington and California. He is also the owner and manager of Bullen and Harris LLC, a management and investment company.

Anderson said that Bullen, who received the Distinguished Service Award from USU in 2005, has also led in a volunteer capacity a number of key civic organizations that have had a positive impact in Logan.

“The Capitol Arts Alliance, for example, spearheaded the renovation of the historic Ellen Eccles Theatre and the Bullen Center,” Anderson said. “Bullen was the executive director of that alliance from 1990 to 1992. His contributions to the community have been impressive and we are pleased we can honor him with this award.”

The award will be presented by Anderson on Jan 25 at a luncheon during a Partners and Business “Customer Service and Marketing Seminar.” The seminar, which runs on Jan. 24 and 25, will be held at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU campus. More information about the seminar is available by phoning (435) 797-2279 or visiting: http://www.partnersusu.org/Seminars05/CSM/default.htm.


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