As a new school year beings, I hope you quickly experience the welcoming environment that Utah State University offers. This promises to be another exciting year at USU both on our main campus in Logan, as well as at our several regional campuses scattered throughout the state.
Our facuty and our students continue to be recognized for their many noteworthy achievements. Two examples: USU student Madelyn Fife, an Honors student and Huntsman Scholar double-majoring in economics and political science, was one of only 54 students nationwide to win a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Madelyn is only the fourth Utah State student to receive this prestigious scholarship in the last 36 years. And Rich Etchberger, a wildlife science professor at USU’s Uintah Basin campus in Vernal, was named the 2015 Carnegie Professor of the Year for the state of Utah by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
The university has received many accolades in recent months including USU’s Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services being ranked as #8 in the nation among public Colleges of Education for total research dollars received. Several others of our colleges and departments were recognized for their growing excellence.
Before you get too far into your studies, be sure to take some time to explore our campus. Whether you are a new or returning student, you will notice some physical changes. USU opened the doors of the new Aggie Recreation Center in November that includes hardwood gym courts, an elevated indoor track, a multi-activity court, a 4,600-square-foot fitness center, group fitness studios and student lounges. As you attend Aggie football games you will be able to observe first-hand the major renovation of our newly named Maverik Stadium. Across the state new classroom buildings opened at USU-Brigham City, USU-Tooele and USU Eastern.
I want to thank each one of you for being a part of the USU community that means so much to me. After serving nearly 12 years as president of this wonderful institution, I have decided to retire and look forward to passing on the torch to the fortunate person who will be selected as USU’s 16th President.
With confidence that this will be an exciting and rewarding year for you, I offer you my best wishes for an enjoyable, successful year at Utah State University.
Stan L. Albrecht
Utah State University