Val R. Christensen Service Center
Service Center Signature Events
USU takes on colleges from the entire state every year during Week of Welcome in this epic competition to collect the most units of blood. Come save a life by donating your blood and help USU beat the state!
Volunteer Fairs take place once in the fall and once in the spring (see "Service Week"). During the fairs, volunteer-focused organizations from the community and from campus, showcase their services, promote upcoming events and recruit volunteers. Come explore the endless ways in which you can get involved as a volunteer!
Community Halloween Carnival
A free event for Cache Valley families sponsored by USU United Campus Volunteers. Halloween-themed booths sponsored by USU student groups provide something fun for every monster, witch, princess, and superhero in Cache Valley. Students can dress up and volunteer, student groups can sign up to sponsor a booth, community members can come have a scary good time. All are welcome to bring cans of food for the SNAC (Student Nutrition Access Center).
The most productive annual drive for food, clothing, and home products in Cache Valley, Stuff-a-Bus is a "season" of exciting charitable events. All donations go to support the local Sub for Santa nonprofit organization, the Cache Community Food Pantry, and USU SNAC (Student Nutrition and Access Center).
The Stuff-a-Bus Event Calendar consists of the following:
- Blitz Nights! Every Monday in November and the first part of December, hundreds of volunteers meet in the USU Romney Stadium Parking. Smaller groups are formed and each group finds out first hand why Cache Valley is one of the most generous communities in the country as they collect donations by neighborhood. Trucks, SUVs, Aggie Shuttles, and CVTD busses are stuffed with donations and dropped off to local community and campus food pantrys.
- Store Days: Stay tuned for announcements for which Stuff-a-Bus "Store Days", typically Saturdays, in November and December, when volunteers (including the USU Spirit Squad and Big Blue) will be at local grocery stores to collect donations. Santa, himself, also makes an appearance at every "store day"!
- Penny Wars: One week in December, departments on campus compete to collect cash donations. Support your favorite campus department, by promoting donations be made at that location. The winner is always notably rewarded and recognized!
Aggie Biggest Loser
During the first 9 weeks each spring semester, USU students and employees compete to become USU's "Biggest Loser" by losing weight and earning the most. Each week contestants participate in two activities. First is an education session where doctors, personal trainers, dietitians present instruction on healthy weight loss and living. Second is a workout session where contestants are exposed to a wide range of workout options so they can find one they prefer. Weekly prizes are given as well as grand prizes at the end of the competition. Are you the next Aggie Biggest Loser? Even if you are not competing in the challenge, this is an event you will want to check out!
Attending the Hunger Banquet held each year in February will be a genuine surprise! It is also sure to be a lot of fun and an eye-opening experience. Admission for some will be a lavish feast at a luxuriously-prepared layout. Admission for others… well… won't be quite the same! It is a surprise for everyone as assignments are random. Bring a date, come with a group, or come alone! Entertainment at the banquet will take you into the world of poverty in an unforgettable way and demonstrate just how closely it touches everyone.
USU Miss Amazing Pageant
A truly remarkable event, the Miss Amazing Pageant at Utah State University in March is a beauty pageant unlike any you are familiar with. Special needs individuals will display their talents and all they have to offer on stage. Come see first-hand the deep beauty of these special members of our community. Truly, one of the most entertaining events on campus each year. Come show your support, bring your friends, and experience an unforgettable evening at the USU Miss Amazing Pageant.
USU Service Week
Service Week in April is an exciting week-long series of volunteer opportunities and events that promote volunteerism as well as highlight campus volunteer programs and initiatives. Each year, a new list of events and activities are planned, but some Service Week events that you can expect to see include:
- Immigration Forum: This is a unique event in which accomplished immigrants from the community are invited to discuss their struggles in starting a new life in the U.S. The focus of the Forum is to share human experiences and to forge connections between people of all cultures. Come participate in the open discussion and learn more about different perspectives!
- Best Buddies Talent Show: Come laugh and cry. Come to be impressed and to be entertained in the most memorable of ways as special needs members of our community display their talents on stage. Bring your friends or make it a date, but don't miss the Best Buddies Talent Show!
- USU Service Summit: New in 2013 is what will become the central event of Service Week, the USU Service Summit. This event will be the culmination of a series of collaborative meetings during the year between areas on campus that regularly engage in service. Representatives from these areas together represent the Campus Service Steering Committee - also launched in 2012-13. Representatives from the Service Steering Committee will discuss at the Service Summit, hot topics in volunteerism and volunteer initiatives at USU. A keynote address may also be included on the summit program. In celebration and recognition of the generosity of volunteers everywhere, as part of the Service Summit, attractions such as music, entertainment, and refreshments can be expected.
Aggie Special Olympics Games
(Fall and Spring)
In addition to competitions year round at various locations across the state in which our Aggie Special Olympics compete, USU is also host to two competitive events each year.
- Northern Utah Area Swim Meet: Each fall, USU welcomes Special Olympians from Northern Utah to compete in a variety of swimming events. Medalists in these events will qualify for Special Olympics State Games. Volunteers are asked to cheer on and encourage athletes as they compete. Volunteers also record times, hand out medals, and together with the athletes, will have a memorable experience.
- Track: USU's signature Special Olympics event takes place each year during the last week of April. Athletes compete in a variety of track and field events. Come out and cheer on your Aggie Special Olympics team as they compete for qualification at State Games!