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Thursday, November 7

9:00 am - 12:00 am    Blind Hollow Yurt Reservations

Student Activities / Campus Recreation

The Blind Hollow Yurt Reservations are open to everyone! Current full-time USU students will have first priority for reservations. The majority of weekends are full, but we still have plenty of week days available for reservation! For more information visit

Outdoor Recreation Center, More Info

10:00 am - 4:00 pm    Annual Graduate Exhibition -- Department of Art and Design

Arts & Entertainment / Caine College of the Arts

The annual Undergraduate Exhibition is here, giving the Department of Art & Design undergraduate students a chance to exhibit their work for all to see. This exhibit is in Gallery 102, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU's campus. A reception will be held Friday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

Chase Fine Arts Center, More Info

10:00 am - 5:00 pm    Hollow Bones Exhibition

Arts & Entertainment / Caine College of the Arts

Hollow Bones explores the connection between women and birds, going beyond the typical associations people have with femininity and birds. The exhibit features USU alumni Michelle Larsen, Holly Cobb and Lisie Beck Brundage. This exhibit is in the Tippetts Exhibit Hall and is free and open to the public.

Chase Fine Arts Center, More Info

10:00 am - 11:00 am    Building a Stronger Brain: Exercises to Make You Smarter

Workshop / Academic Resource Center

There are simple exercises that went done consistently make your brain respond quicker in learning situations. Come learn some tricks of the trade. Power-up techniques for students.

Taggart Student Center, More Info

11:30 am - 1:00 pm    Mindset

Workshop / Student Services

From earliest childhood, we establish a fixed or growth mindset. Those who foster a fixed mindset believe their abilities are limited and worry excessively about meeting the expectations of others, living in fear of judgment. They under-perform due to perfectionism and anxiety and avoid or make excuses. Those with a growth mindset believe anything is possible with effort. They are willing to take healthy risks and view challenges as opportunities. They perform to their ability and often exceed the expectations of others, but aren’t afraid to fail, viewing mistakes as key to learning.

Taggart Student Center, More Info

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm    Dave Furman - Visting Artist Lecture

Arts & Entertainment / Caine College of the Arts

The ceramic artist, Dave Furman will visit the USU Department of Art & Design on November 7-8, 2013. Part of this artist's visit will include a lecture about his work which will be held in the upstairs gallery of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. The lecture is scheduled to be one hour and start at 5:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, More Info

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm    Distinguished Geographer Lecture, Amazonian Dark Earths, Antoinette WinklerPrins

Lecture & Readings / Environment and Society

"Terra Preta do Indio." That's Portuguese for "Black Earth of the Indians" -- amazingly fertile, coal-black soil, created from ancient human activity, found in the Amazon Basin. How did it originate and does it provide evidence of long-vanished, advanced Amazonian civilizations? What could its fertility mean for tropical agriculure and are its carbon storage capabilities helping with climate change mitigation? Renowned Johns Hopkins University geographer Antoinette WinklerPrins visits USU Thursday, Nov. 7, and will explore these questions. WinklerPrins presents "Amazonian Dark Earths: Implications for Conservation and Development of the Region" as guest speaker for the Quinney College of Natural Resources' fourth annual Distinguished Geographer Lecture. Her visit is made possible by a grant from the Association of American Geographers Visiting Geographical Scientist Program and support from USU's Department of Environment and Society.

Engineering Building, More Info

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm    Fry Street Quartet

Arts & Entertainment / Caine College of the Arts

Utah State University's resident string group, the Fry Street Quartet, are presenting a concert on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Performance Hall on USU's campus. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff, free for USU students with ID.

Caine Performance Hall, More Info