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Alumni Spotlight - Travis McNiven
by Liz Wilson
This summer a group of Aggies had their visions become reality when they broke ground on the The Horse Station. This project has been years in the making and I spoke with alumnus Travis McNiven to learn more about the role he played in its inception. The Horse Station will be the first Equine Complex in Cache Valley that will encompass every aspect of equine life. Located in Franklin City Idaho, just across the border from Logan and Utah State University, the Horse Station ground breaking took place June 28th, 2012. Travis purchased the 167 acre plot in 2011. "For a number of years I have been working to bring an Equestrian Complex to Cache Valley. It is very exciting to see it becoming a reality."
Ernest Bleinberger of the Smithfield firm Strategy 5 is the master developer on the plan. "Travis and his family play perhaps the most critical role. Basically they purchased the property that they're building the property on. I have a contract with him and his family to build on his behalf." The Horse Station will be a fully functioning horse stabling complex complete with veterinary facilities, as well as an arena for competitions. The complex will be able to host events like polo matches, dressage competitions as well as rodeo and other sports. There will be no gambling. In addition to horse facilities, Travis and his team plan on building a condominium complex which will be ideal for horse lovers to move into, potentially for snowbirds coming up from Arizona. Horse enthusiasts could live at the Horse Station in the summer months and have their horses stabled and cared for. Or others could rent horses for trail riding and other activities. A hotel, small museums, restaurants and other facilities will round out this one of a kind complex. Ernie agrees that Cache Valley is horse country and he and Travis are proud to bring such a unique project to this area.
For Travis, working with horses has been in his blood since he was young. He works for America's Cowboy, a Ranch Management Consulting, Big Game Hunting, Summer Horseback Vacations, and Western Entertainment company in Wyoming. He also is owner of Travell Enterprises, a farm and ranch real estate development, investment and management company. Travis earned a degree from Utah State in 2004 that helped facilitate his work with horses, agriculture and land management. He graduated with a bachelor's of science in Animal Science with an emphasis in Animal Industries and two minors one in Political Science, one in Agri- business Management. During his undergraduate career Travis also studied abroad at the Royal Agriculture College in Cirensecter, England. His opportunity to learn overseas led him to receive and International MBA in Food and Agribusiness from the Royal Agricultural College in 2006.
Travis said, "I've always had an interest in the triad of agriculture, business, and policy. People usually associate business and policy together, but often fail to include agriculture. In the world today, business, policy, and agricultural issues go hand-in-hand."
Currently Travis is using his love of business policy and agriculture in his work as a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Senator John Barrasso, of Wyoming. In Washington D.C., Travis works primarily with issues including agriculture, public lands, natural resources, and Indian affairs. He participates in all aspects of the legislative process and works with federal, state, and local officials, private industry, stakeholders, special interest, and constituents.
With a degree from Utah State, Travis has been able to gain valuable experience that helped him in his career success. "There a many professors who were instrumental during my time at USU," Travis admitted, "but I would be amiss if I didn't personally acknowledge Dr. Donald Snyder for serving as my major professor and Dr. Randy Simmons for opening to me the world of policy. Additionally, I would like to thank College of Ag faculty Tami Spackman, Jean Edwards, and Lisa Allen for imparting the needed information professors do not know." Travis came to Utah State because it is a land grant university. "I wanted to go to a land grant university so I could have research opportunities, as well as a first class education. And, being born and raised at the base of the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, I felt at home here in Cache Valley."
Travis currently lives in Washington D.C. but travels out West frequently to do business with his companies as well as work on the Horse Station project.
To learn more about the Horse Station project or to get involved visit www.thehorsestation.com/
11 Ways to Avoid an Awkward College Send-Off
Life as a college newbie has its challenges. For many, the adjustment to foreign surroundings, unfamiliar friends and a new diet of Top Ramen and Pop-Tarts gives them enough time out of their comfort zone to last a lifetime.
As parents, it's our responsibility to help make that transition as smooth, or as awkward (depending on your preference) as possible. Should you choose to try and make life easier for your child when you drop them off for their first day at college, here are 11 things to remember.
1. Saying "hi" to everyone you see can be more than just a friendly gesture. It doesn't matter if you're a naturally friendly person. Outwardly greeting every living thing within a 20-yard radius of you and your family is not a great way to start off your son's new life as a "cool" college student. In fact, it can be (gasp) embarrassing. College kids are social creatures, but they like to socialize on their own terms. You don't need to do it for them.
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Aggie to Aggie Networking Lunch
Aggie to Aggie Networking Luncheons are held quarterly in the downtown Salt Lake City area. They are open to all Aggies and friends, and create an opportunity for attendees to hear a great speaker, enjoy a lunch hour together and create or expand their personal network. Past events have included Men's Basketball coach Stew Morrill, Huntsman School of Business instructor Eric Schulz, and many other interesting speakers. Best of all, the Alumni Association always brings Famous Aggie Ice Cream!
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Aggie to Aggie event on Tuesday, November 13. The event will be held in the Founders Room on the 18th Floor of the Zions Bank Building, 1 South Main Street, Salt Lake City. Please visit www.usu.edu/alumni/eventsfor complete information.
Tahitian Jewels - Oceania Cruises, Jan 27 - Feb 7, 2013
Savor the tropical splendor of emerald-green palms, white sand beaches, and brilliant turquoise waters as you sail aboard the luxurious Oceania Cruises Marina to the most stunning destinations in the South Pacific, the gorgeous Polynesian islands. Experience a cruise with the finest service, accommodations, and cuisine at sea, where every port of call is an island paradise. Admire multihued lagoons around Moorea, be engulfed by tropical splendor at Huahine, "The Garden Island," and discover the region's cultural heritage on beautiful Raiatea. Watch a sunset on romantic Bora Bora, and wander the black sand beaches of Nuku Hiva. Sail to Hiva Oa, artist Paul Gauguin's idyllic island home, and enchant your senses with colorful sea life on Rangiroa before returning to Papeete on the lovely island of Tahiti. Set adrift, catch the breeze, and discover Polynesia's most beautiful gems on this exceptional voyage.
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"Always an Aggie" Blog
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Stephen Macauley, Class of 2008
Award winning literary scholar Stephen Macauley Ph.D a former graduate student at Utah State University will deliver the Marcus Garvey lecture in Literature at The British Council in Kingston Jamaica on November 8th 2012.
Macauley has presented papers at various academic conferences in The United States of America and Europe.He presently coordinates community based writing and service Learning at the Lowell Bennion Center at The University of Utah.
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