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The Herald Journal Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

Business Students Present Marketing Plans to Logan Downtown Alliance

Students from the Huntsman School of Business presented to the Logan Downtown Alliance and Mayor Holly Daines on Wednesday with their ideas on how to market local businesses toward students. “These are freshman students, and they’ve been working for about six weeks on these presentations,” said Bret Crane, a professor at Utah State University. “I think they have some great ideas that will give businesses an insight into the minds of students and how to market to this large demographic.” Crane said the he believes Main Street is an extension of the university where students go and form their shopping habits in the community. The groups presented to businesses such as the Ellen Eccles Theatre, Stacked Pancakes, The Utah Theatre, Even Stevens and S.E. Needham Jewelers. ... Many of the groups admitted that students aren’t familiar with businesses in downtown Logan. Rather, students tend to go to places like Café Rio, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s, or big businesses like Walmart or The Larry H. Miller Megaplex. “Students are creatures of habit, and they go to the same place over and over,” said Cole Peterson, whose group looked at Stacked Pancakes. All the groups offered ideas for promotions and events that could help businesses expand their notoriety to students. “We tried to get really creative in the way that we solve these problems,” said Mitchell Howe. Social media presence was the biggest message to businesses from multiple groups.“Our generation is really focused on experiences, not buying,” Dylan Greer said. “Downtown needs a new aesthetic with photo-ops that appeal directly to selfie-seeking millennials.” “We want to strengthen and elevate downtown,” Crane said. “People see the downtown as they drive through our city. It’s the heartbeat of the community.”

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Interfaith Initiative at USU Invites Individuals to Meet With Local Clergy

Conversations with Clergy is a new interfaith initiative at Utah State University that invites students to speak with local church leaders about issues going on in their own lives. ... Those who are exploring issues of faith, one’s identity or choosing to convert or remove religion from their lives are invited to meet with local clergy in Old Main each week. “Anyone is invited to come and speak with us, whether they are religious or not,” Glass-Coffin said. “College is a time when students are actively engaged in identification and trying to figure out who they are, what they believe and whether or not organized religion fits in their life,” Glass-Coffin said. “Spiritual and religious identity is a large part of that.” ... USU currently doesn’t have an office of spiritual and religious life like many universities in Utah, so Glass-Coffin works out of the anthropology department where she also teaches. Glass-Coffin is an ordained interfaith minister and said that students don’t need to worry about being swayed toward one religion or another when they visit. “Our clergy members are trained individuals who know how to listen and walk beside the students who need help,” Glass-Coffin said. “We have a mental health issue on campus, and many students may just need someone to talk to about the bigger questions in life.” ... “We really hope students make use of this service,” Glass-Coffin said. “Issues don’t need to be centered around religious organizations. We are excited just to discuss the bigger questions with students.”

The Herald Journal Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Washington Policymaker Discusses Nuclear Energy at USU

As Democrats roll out their Green New Deal spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, nuclear energy has become a hot topic of debate on both sides of the issue. Washington representative for the American Nuclear Society Craig Piercy spoke at Utah State University about the future of nuclear energy Monday. “Nuclear energy doesn’t make sense if you don’t care about the climate,” Piercy said to an audience in the Eccles Science Learning Center in Logan. “There is no deep decarbonization without nuclear energy. Period. ”Sponsored by the USU College of Engineering, Piercy’s lecture, “The Future of Nuclear Energy: Policies, Politics, Paths Forward,” focused on the idea that nuclear energy is fundamental for carbon-free energy. ... Piercy said that in order for a green deal to succeed, it has to take nuclear energy into consideration. ... Piercy said that Utah is a perfect place geologically and in the political sphere to enact change around nuclear energy, admitting that Utah and Idaho have long been eyed as a location to dump nuclear waste while repositories are being built. “The world will move forward with or without us,” Piercy said. “Utah has a unique opportunity to embrace the future and secure its economic prosperity. What ultimately stops these repositories from being built are the state’s political leaders. It may be in Utah ultimately, but it will only move forward here if the citizens and leaders say they are OK with it.” ... “Many say that we have 12 years left before the effects of climate change are irreversible. We need to make a significant change and a generational change,” Piercy said. “How do we lift 2 billion people out of energy poverty peacefully without cooking the planet? This is the question.”

The Herald Journal Friday, Feb. 08, 2019

Black Lives Matter Utah Organizer Speaks at USU

Lex Scott, leader of Black Lives Matter Utah and the United Front Civil Rights Organization, spoke at Utah State University on Friday about the movement and her plans for this year. The speech was sponsored by USU’s Black Student Alliance. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Scott said at the beginning of her presentation.Scott was born in Denver and raised in Salt Lake City. Both she and her husband attended USU, as well as her parents. Scott got involved with protesting after Mike Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. “I was there in Ferguson and people would come and vandalize and loot and then leave and make our movement look bad,” Scott said. “My chapter of BLM is independent because it is a movement, not an organization, and I don’t need a certificate to validate my activism.” In Salt Lake City, the Utah chapter of BLM has helped to get live data available online from the police department about who they are stopping and why. The movement has also helped set up a complaint button on the police department’s website and has initiated more deescalating training for police officers.“Black Lives Matter doesn’t hate police officers,” Scott said. “We hate police brutality.” ... Scott has also helped register inmates to vote in Salt Lake. She is currently renovating a bus that will be turned into a mobile black history museum.“To be a person of color in this day and age is to be a teacher,” said Khairo Robinson, the public relations manager for BSU. “It’s not every person of color’s job or every trans person’s job to educate others. We need allies to take some of the work and help answer questions.” ... The Black Student Union meets weekly on campus and will be hosting its annual Soul Food Dinner on March 1.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Feb. 07, 2019

USU Students Present Plans to redesign Union Station in Ogden

Students in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning department at Utah State University are always in the middle of a project, but for Caroline Lavoie’s students, the last few months have been spent creating a plan to repurpose the Union Station rail yard, neighborhood and business district in historic downtown Ogden. It’s proven to be quite an expansive undertaking. “My class is an urban design studio where senior students start to learn how to work on larger-scale projects with real clients,” Lavoie said. “These projects start in the summer, and we contact planning departments looking for opportunities and say that we would like to work with them.” ... The plan is elaborate and expansive, but it includes things like river restoration, a reconfiguration of 24th Street and new trails in the area. ... The teams had very close interaction with the City of Ogden during the semester, and their final model of the area is on display in the foyer of the third floor of the Ogden Municipal building. City officials in Ogden will be looking over the plan and making changes for the next 12 months before discussing the possibility to implement it.“The City Council hired a national consultant to work on the project,” Lavoie said. “They joked about not needing to hire anyone because the students did all the work, so that was fun to hear.” ... Todd Johnson, LAEP’s practitioner in residence, said that “it’s amazing the students came together for the benefit of the city when they haven’t ever done anything like this before.” The 22 students worked with graduate students and alumni, and Johnson said it is the “cross-pollination” of talent that makes the projects so successful.“It’s students teaching students,” Johnson said. ... “The class comes in on the first day, and they are overwhelmed and wide-eyed, and it is amazing to see when things start to click, and that turns to excitement,” Lavoie said. “When we work at this scale, collaboration is key.”

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2019

USU Faculty Senate OKs Proposal to Reduce Emissions

The Utah State University Faculty Senate unanimously approved a recommendation to reduce greenhouse gases Monday, sending the proposal to administrators for further deliberation. “The science of climate change has advanced tremendously in the last couple of decades,” said Patrick Belmont, co-writer of the greenhouse gas resolution. “We are trying to provide feedback on an issue that has been presented to us by multiple people in the community.” In 2007, former USU President Stan Albrecht signed a commitment to become a carbon-neutral university by the year 2020. Now, 12 years later, the new resolution written by a committee of 25 people hopes to eliminate coal on campus, convert lighting to low-energy LEDs and take aggressive steps to increase renewable resources to 50 percent. ... “We can lead by example,” Belmont said. “Students want to see this change and want to see the university do something about it.” The decision on how to move forward is ultimately up to President Noelle Cockett and Provost Frank Galey.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2019

USU SEED Program Wins National Recognition in Entrepreneurship

The Small Enterprise Education and Development (also known as SEED) program in Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business sends student interns to several countries to teach entrepreneurs to grow their own businesses. Last week it won the Excellence in Co-Curricular Innovation award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurs.Mike Glauser, executive director of the Huntsman School’s Center for  Entrepreneurship, said there is nothing like USU’s SEED program anywhere. “We actually train students for one full semester in small business consulting and entrepreneurship and micro-finance,” said Glauser. “Then we send them to a country for a full semester so it’s not just a 10-day global trip.“They actually live in a country for an entire semester after they’ve been trained. Then they teach dozens of families, individuals and families, how to start and build businesses.” The SEED program sends student interns to Ghana, Peru, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.During their semester abroad interns help write business plans, launch new ventures, set goals, create budgets, develop accounting practices and organize inventory management systems.

The Herald Journal Monday, Feb. 04, 2019

Former Sen. Jeff Flake Decries Partisan Divide During USU Speech

A recently retired U.S. senator visited Utah State University on Monday evening to share his view of a deepening partisan divide. The USU Institute of Government and Politics hosted former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who spoke about the importance of avoiding polarized partisanship at the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium. Flake said politics needs to go back to constituents who value those able to delegate and on occasion compromise. He went on to say that Congress had to stop looking at the person on the other side of the aisle as an enemy. He said the responsibility as elected officials is to put the country over any party. He said the responsibility of voters is to support good candidates and support those who recognize the principle of putting country before party. ... “If we can’t keep the government open, then we certainly can’t tackle the other big challenges that are out there for us,” Flake said. Flake said the future has to be better than the present because political opponents are being treated as enemies.“Students can break that cycle,” Flake said. “Support candidates and support elected officials who are reaching across the aisle, who are not engaging in any partisanship so students can set a good example.”

The Herald Journal Monday, Feb. 04, 2019

USU's Japan Club Celebrates New Year and Start of Spring

The Japanese holiday of Setsuban is a celebration that lets individuals ward off their demons with beans, literally. “Setsuban is celebrated annually on February the third before the beginning of spring in Japan. Typically, a demon dressed in red shows up, and attendees throw beans at it chanting what translates to ‘demons out, happiness in,’” said Ky Voorhees, the Utah State University Japan Club vice president. The Japan Club hosted an event Saturday welcoming spring and the new year. The club’s purpose is to spread Japanese culture through the community, and for the past six years it has marked spring’s arrival with the treat-making tradition of mochitsuki. ... “Logan really doesn’t have any Japanese culture,” said Ray West, the club’s president. “We do events like these so people who don’t know about the culture can come and learn. Making mochi takes a lot of effort, and that’s why we have created our own little community here, and we celebrate the new year with ethnic Japanese foods.” ... The Japan Club plans on hosting more events throughout the year, including Japanese movie nights. The club is active on Facebook, where they announce all their upcoming events.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Feb. 01, 2019

USU Extension Food $ense Program Strives to Help Utah Families

Utah State University Extension Food $ense SNAP-Ed, a research-based program meant to help recipients of food stamps and other low-income Utahns prepare affordable and healthy meals, can be an important resource after the longest government shutdown in American history. ... “For those whose ability to eat has been affected by the partial government shutdown, Food $ense SNAP-Ed has resources to help you,” Jiménez said. “Not only do we want everyone to have access to food, but we want everyone to have access to nourishing foods. ” The Food $ense SNAP-Ed program offers free, hands-on classes throughout the state to help individuals and families learn how to make nutritious and delicious meals with ingredients they already have on hand. Participants also learn meal planning and shopping techniques that will help them stretch their food budget, food safety habits and strategies for being active with limited resources. “One of the best ways to access our materials is by going to our website,” said Heidi LeBlanc, Food $ense SNAP-Ed director. “Using that website as a starting point, you can find links to our blogs and social media sites. You can also find recipes and information if there are classes in your area. These resources have helped many eat better while stretching food dollars or cooking with what is on hand.”

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

New Far-left Club at USU Looks to Diversity, Local Politics

At Utah State University, students interested in being politically involved have their choice of a few clubs: the conservative Young Americans for Freedom, or the centrist College Democrats and College Republicans. Diego Mendiola decided to expand that list. “There’s just not that much diversity here,” said Mendiola, the leader of USU’s chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, a new club on campus. “That’s just a fact, not a derogatory statement. A lot of students have ideas that align with certain groups’ concerns. If you think college and health care is too expensive, we have that in common.” Mendiola said he set out to start the school’s first far-left club for the community and to create more empowering individuals. ... “I want people, especially younger people, to be more politically involved. I want them to learn how to be a participating citizen,” Mendiola said. “If you have tools to express your feelings to the community and to the Legislature, you will be able to make a difference.” Focusing on local politics and attending city council meetings are the immediate goals. ... The organization hosted an opening social last week and plans to organize more events around city council meetings and local politics. Mendiola said that everyone is invited to come out to their gatherings. “We want to extend an olive branch to far-right and Republicans to be more open-minded about what we are trying to achieve. We aren’t a hostile group. There are a lot of ideas about what is considered far left, but we are not trying to be antagonizing. We want to give people a voice,” Mendiola said.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

New Title IX Staff Introduced to USU at Open House

Hilary Renshaw and Alison Adams-Perlac were welcomed as new additions to the staff of Utah State University’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office Thursday night. USU Provost Frank Galey spoke at an open house introducing the new staff members, praising the work that they have done in focusing the office. “I’m sure this great blend of expertise and enthusiasm will help transform our campus,” Galey said. ... “I’m really excited for the opportunity to be a part of such a big effort and assist change,” Adams-Perlac said. “I hope we can work to improve the process and tighten the timeframes and procedures of assisting victims of sexual assault.” ... “Everyone works really hard, and there’s a lot of work to do,” Renshaw said. “We want to build trust with our students and faculty and create a safe environment.” The new staff in the AAEO office comes after a year filled with several high-profile sexual violence incidents, including investigations in the music department. Both Renshaw and Adams-Perlac are confident that they will be able to move forward this year with changes that will better help students, staff and the community. “I’m excited to help our office do our best to keep the campus safe for everyone,” Adam-Perlac said. “I want anyone in the community to know that if they have concern that someone might be a victim or that someone is harming another, report it to us. Have faith in our process, and let us help.”

Deseret News Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

USU Title IX Office 'A Place Where People Will Feel Heard and Understood,'

Utah State University held an open house of its Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office Thursday, which was intended to introduce the university community to new staff and initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assault, sexual misconduct and discrimination. ... Amanda DeRito, USU's sexual misconduct information coordinator, said the university's overarching goal "is to make sure we're doing our best in preventing sexual violence. When it does happen, we want to make sure we have the best policies and best processes in place to deal with it in a fair way where people feel like they're heard and we can really support victims as they go through the process." Attendees had the opportunity to meet USU's new Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity office director, Alison Adams-Perlac, who started Jan. 2; the university's new Title IX coordinator, Hilary Renshaw; and prevention specialist Emmalee Fishburn, among others. ... Additionally, USU's victim advocacy office will offer its "Start by Believing" campaign this spring, which focuses on listening to and believing survivors of sexual assault, DeRito said. "There's a lot of people who just don't know how to respond if someone discloses something to them. Often we're well meaning but we say things that can discourage a victim from going to the police or going to Title IX. So we have a campaign aimed and at helping people understand how to respond," DeRito said. ... "The first thing we do is try to educate students to know when something isn't right and to be active bystanders. Research shows the best that's the best way to do prevention work so we spend a lot of time doing that," DeRito said. When a sexual assault or other offense occurs, the university strives to surround victims with the resources they need to heal, she said. Some people may just want counseling or to talk to an advocate, and don't feel comfortable going to police. "Whatever their choices are, we respect that and we just want to make sure they know what their options are and that they're easy to get to," she said.

Deseret News Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

USU's Jon M. Huntsman School Wins National Entrepreneurship Award

Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has won a first place award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for its Small Enterprise Education and Development program, known as SEED. The program sends student interns to Ghana, the Philippines, Peru and the Dominican Republic to teach local entrepreneurs professional skills and help them grow their small businesses. The award was for excellence in co-curricular innovation. ... Students who intern with SEED study entrepreneurship, micro-finance and small business consulting for one semester, and then visit a country for three months. They help individuals write business plans, launch new ventures, set goals, create budgets, develop accounting practices and organize inventory management systems. The students are mentored and then solidify their learning by mentoring others through the new venture creation process.

The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

USU Professors Discuss Global Women's Rights Violations

In an effort to bring awareness to women’s rights violations around the world, a panel entitled “Talk of Transgressions: The Whispers from Women around the World,” was hosted at Utah State University on Friday. Three USU professors presented on current, global examples of violence against women. Marisella Martinez-Cola addressed the high number of missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States.Crescencio Lopez spoke about the violence occurring in Mexico and how women were disproportionately affected by it. Gonca Soyer told the audience of how the rights of people, especially women and children, were being violated in Turkey because of the failed coup attempt in 2016. Following these stories, the audience participated in a moment of silence. Afterward, a few attendees asked what could be done in response to the stories. ... Soyer said sometimes when she speaks on these issues, people respond by asking her why they should care about what is happening across the globe when there are issues in their own home. “Let me remind you that it can happen to anyone, any of us, and at any time,” Soyer said. “Just because we are free here doesn’t mean that we are going to be here and free tomorrow. It’s always important to know and be knowledgeable about these issues.”

The Herald Journal Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

'Science Unwrapped' Examines Ways Germs Affect Course of Humanity

Bonnie Waring believes the future and the past revolves around taking a closer look at microbes. Waring is a microbial ecologist and biogeochemist at Utah State University.  “Microscopic organisms have influenced some major historical events,” Waring said. “They influence the health of our bodies and our environments and only recently have we had the technology to identify different types of microbes.”Waring spoke in the Eccles Science Learning Center on USU campus Friday as part of the College of Science’s Science Unwrapped lecture series. This year is the program’s 10th anniversary, and they are celebrating the “Powers of 10” as their theme. “We usually see about 400 attendees from kindergarten to senior citizen,” Mary-Ann Muffoletto of USU’S College of Science said. ... Waring’s lecture covered historical events such as colonizers weaponizing diseases to conquer land and plagues. She discussed how healthy bodies need microbes and the possibilities of changing the way people think about agriculture and microbes. Before her presentation she spoke about vaccines and the flu.

Deseret News Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

USU's Research and Graduates Studies Split into Two Offices

Utah State University’s board of trustees has approved a recommendation to divide the Office of Research and Graduate Studies into two separate entities: the Office of Research and the USU School of Graduate Studies. “We decided to make these changes following months of discussion and after receiving a great deal of feedback from our deans and faculty members from across campus,” USU President Noelle Cockett said in a statement. “These modifications will help improve efficiency and better meet the needs of our growing institution moving forward.” Larry Smith, who has been acting as the interim vice president for research and dean of graduate studies, will continue serving as interim vice president for research, and he will continue to report to the president’s office. ... A search for a permanent vice president for research is expected to be announced by Cockett and Galey within the next nine months.

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

Utah State Online Education Once Again Ranked Among Top 20

For the fifth straight year Utah State University is rated among America’s Top 20 schools with outstanding online bachelor’s degree programs. In its 2019 online degree rankings, U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) recognizes USU as the 15th best bachelor’s programs nationwide and third best graduate education program. ... USU offers seven online bachelor’s degrees and 12 online master’s degrees with four more launching in the fall. In addition to its 100 percent online degree programs, USU Online also delivers over 500 individual online courses every semester to nearly 13,000 students in Utah and around the world.

The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Exhibit at USU Library Highlights Stories of Turkish Refugees

Pictures of a water-soaked journal with pages covered in words from a foreign language, a child’s first Barbie doll and an unworn wedding dress are displayed in the basement of the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University. These images, along with others, are part of a photo exhibit called “What I Brought in My Luggage.” The stories and objects featured in the exhibit belong to people displaced from Turkey after the failed coup attempt in 2016. “Exhibits like these are really cool because they tell a story in very visual ways,” said Melissa Brimhall, the volunteer coordinator at Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection. ... Because the worldwide number of refugees is so high, Brimhall said, it can be hard to imagine what the crisis looks like for individuals. ... Mehmet Soyer is an assistant professor at Utah State and helped bring the exhibit to the university. Soyer is from Turkey and has seen how the political climate in his home country has affected his friends and associates. ... Soyer said he hoped those who attended the exhibit would come away with a greater perspective of the challenges faced by people globally. “Freedom is not given (to) you with a golden tray,” Soyer said. “There should be a struggle to change something in history.” ... The photo exhibit will be on display until Feb. 4 during library hours. The library is open 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday.

The Herald Journal Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

USU Hosts Conference for Women Physics Undergrads

Utah State University was one of the 12 campuses chosen to host the American Physics Society 2019 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics this weekend. USU welcomed 154 undergraduates from six different states, including Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and New Mexico, to attend the conference held concurrently across the U.S. The APS, the largest association of physicists in the country, noted a lack of women in the physics field and decided to sponsor this conference to help women in the field, USU Physics Assistant Professor and CUWiP Organizer Oscar Varela said. “One of the goals of the conference is to discuss what their degrees, physics degrees or physics-related degrees, will be useful for in terms in the job market or further studies in the graduate level,” Varela said. ... The conference’s goal is keep the students interested in continuing to pursue careers in science.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

USU Interns Ready for Work at the 2019 Legislative Session

The Internship office at Utah State University is a busy place this time of year, arranging for students to be in Salt Lake City to work with Utah State Legislature. ... There are 14 USU students working in the State Capitol for 45 days, from January 28 until March 14. Those involved will be getting a firsthand look at the Utah State Legislature in action. ... All of the interns are employed by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel and are assigned to one or more legislators during the general session. ... USU students have a variety of responsibilities during the legislative session. Interns could write speeches, interact with constituents, attend committee meetings, track legislation, interact with government agencies, compose correspondence, research public policy issues, and perform other legislative-related duties.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

Classes Begin In New Life Sciences Building at USU

This week, as spring semester begins at Utah State University, classes are officially being conducted in the new Life Sciences Building on campus. ... It’s been over a year and a half since the new building was announced and the ground for it was broken. Dean of the College of Sciences Maura Hagan said the technology and audio-visual equipment throughout the building will better prepare students for post-university employment. ... Hagan said the environment created in the new building replicates what would be found in state-of-the-art research labs throughout the state. Another aspect of the building Hagan is excited about is the number of student study spaces. ... In the new building, there are dedicated spaces for both quiet, individual study and collaborative work.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

Patrick Mason is New Arrington Endowed Chair at USU

Historian Patrick Mason, a Utah native, is the new Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture, coming to USU from California’s Claremont Graduate University. He said the new assignment includes teaching a range of courses including Mormon History and the History of Christianity. “But then also a significant part of this, and one of the main purposes of most endowed chairs, is to facilitate research,” said Mason. “So my position is structured in such a way that I should have ample time to get into the archives and do lots of research and writing.”

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

Policy Director for USU's CPD Named to National Post

The new President-elect of the AUCD — the Association of University Centers on Disabilities — is Dr. Sachin Pavithran, Director of Policy at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD).  He has a plan for his two-year term. ... “Getting more voice for people with disabilities, to really educate and also not just advocacy but also play a big role in the field, when it comes to research, when it comes to influencing policy,” said Dr Pavithran. “Having better access for people with disabilities to play that kind of role in the field at large.”

UB Media Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

USU-Uintah Basin Student Receives URCO Research Grant to Study Air Quality

Makenzie Breitenbach, an undergraduate student at Utah State University (USU) Uintah Basin, was awarded the Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity (URCO) grant to perform research on local emissions and air quality. She is working with the team at the Bingham Research Center to carry out the research, partnering with scientists and experts to ensure she has all the resources she needs to complete the work. ... Breitenbach is one of many students who have earned the URCO grant to gain hands-on research experience during their undergraduate career at USU-Uintah Basin. The campus works regularly with students to provide a lot of research and internship opportunities in a variety of fields. Breitenbach’s research lines up with her degree in biology and human health emphasis. ... Through undergraduate research and internships, students are more prepared to enter the workforce and make an impact wherever they find a job.

Standard-Examiner Sunday, Jan. 06, 2019

USU Library to Open Transcontinental Railroad Exhibit for Anniversary

The sesquicentennial of the driving of the Golden Spike is still more than four months out, but folks from the Utah State University library are getting a jumpstart on the momentous anniversary. Staffers from USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah Division of State History will soon open a new transcontinental railroad exhibit on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol building in Salt lake City. Titled, “A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah,” the exhibit opened Friday and remain on display through June 2019. ... Built between 1863 and 1869, the line connected the Pacific Coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern U.S. railway. The railroad revolutionized the American West with a dependable transportation system that brought Western states economic prosperity through the relatively inexpensive and speedy movement of both goods and people.The railroad played a major role in the history of Northern Utah, specifically Ogden. ... According to USU’s marketing office, a grand opening will be held from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 23, featuring a short ceremony and guided gallery walks through the capitol. A companion exhibit presented by the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association will also be on display. According to the USU press release, the exhibit was funded by a $55,000 grant from the state’s history office.USU Special Collections and Archives photograph curator Dan Davis said the aim of the exhibit is to not only tell the story of the railroad’s impact on Utah, but to also highlight the people who built it.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

USU Extension Food $ense Program Hosts Hunger Discussion on College Campuses

Utah State University Extension Hunger Solutions Institute, a project under the USU Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) program, recently hosted the Hunger Solutions Discussion, an event where diverse groups discussed hunger on college campuses and brainstormed to find solutions to the issue. Preliminary results from a study done on USU’s campus during the spring semester of 2018 indicate that nearly 32 percent of students are food insecure. ... Proposed solutions to food insecurity on college campuses include reducing the stigma associated with using food pantries, adding volunteer opportunities aimed at reducing hunger to course curriculums, and promoting events addressing root causes of food insecurity. Additionally, attendees agreed that there should be more research and more collaboration surrounding food security initiatives.

Deseret News Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

USU Names New Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office

Utah State University has named Alison A. Adams-Perlac as the new director of the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office. Adams-Perlac will direct compliance with anti-discrimination and Title IX regulations for the USU system, as well as provide administrative leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She joins USU at the Logan campus on Jan. 2. Adams-Perlac has more than 10 years of experience in the Utah courts, including extensive work on projects addressing disparate impacts on minorities and underrepresented Utahns. Adams-Perlac currently works as a guardian ad litem for Utah where she represents children in juvenile court litigation and investigates child abuse and neglect cases. ... Adams-Perlac graduated with a juris doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 2009. She also received a bachelor’s in political science from the university in 2006.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Utah State Assistant Equipment Manager Steve Wiley Dies at 67

Utah State assistant equipment manager and longtime supporter of Aggie athletics Steve Wiley has died. He was 67. “The Utah State Athletics Family is shocked and saddened at the passing of Steve Wiley,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell. “He has been a positive fixture of Aggie Football & Aggie Athletics for many years. Steve’s legacy and influence will forever be etched in Aggie Athletics. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” Wiley drove Utah State’s football equipment all across the country for nearly 20 years, beginning with a trip to New Mexico State on Oct. 21, 1995. His last road trip driving the equipment was in 2013. Volunteering his own time and personal vehicles, Wiley drove approximately 150,000 miles on more than 100 road trips. ... Born on Dec. 22, 1950, the Vietnam vet – he was a helicopter crew chief – was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for valor. For the past three seasons, Utah State’s football team has taken the field prior to every game with both a Utah and American flag. It was Wiley’s job to hand the American flag to the player that had the honor of carrying it for that game.

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

Bojay Filimoeatu Named Outside Linebackers Coach at Utah State

Bojay Filimoeatu is returning to his alma mater as Utah State’s outside linebackers coach, it was announced Wednesday by Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen. Filimoeatu (Fee-lee-moe-ee-ah-tu) was a two-year starting linebacker at Utah State (2011-12) for Andersen, helping the Aggies to a pair of bowl games and the 2012 Western Athletic Conference title. While at USU, he made 112 tackles (48 solo), eight sacks and one interception. He finished his college career at the 2012 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game. Following college, Filimoeatu spent the 2014 season playing linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, appearing in eight games. ... Filimoeatu, who graduated from Utah State with an interdisciplinary studies degree with an emphasis in sociology and physical education, is married to former USU softball player Hailey Froton.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Frank Maile Will Remain on Utah State's Football Staff

Frank Maile will remain on the Utah State football staff as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach, it was announced Tuesday by newly appointed head coach Gary Andersen. ... Maile, a 2007 Utah State graduate, has spent the past three seasons as the Aggies’ co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Overall, Maile has spent eight years on the Aggies’ staff, as he was a defensive graduate assistant from 2009-10 and the defensive line coach from 2011-13. Maile helped Utah State to one of its most successful seasons in school history in 2018 as the Aggies went 11-2 and tied the school record for wins (11) and home wins (6), while being nationally ranked for six-straight weeks for the first time in school history. ... Maile was a standout defensive lineman for the Aggies from 2004-07 ... A native of West Valley City, Utah, Maile was a first-team all-state defensive lineman at Alta High School in Sandy, Utah. He served an LDS Church Mission to the Dominican Republic from 2001-03. Maile earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Utah State in 2007 and earned his master’s in education in 2010. Maile and his wife, Heather, have three sons, Maximus, Samson and Titan, and a daughter, Cecilia.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Jason Phillips Named Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach at USU

Jason Phillips, who has 20 years of coaching experience, including five seasons as an offensive coordinator, has been named Utah State’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, it was announced Sunday by Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen.  Phillips, who played professionally for eight seasons, including six years in the NFL, has coached in six bowl games during his collegiate career. ... Phillips, who was a consensus All-America wide receiver during his playing days at Houston, was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the NFL in 1989, where he set a rookie record with a 10-catch, 155-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Phillips, who has written about coaching and has published articles in American Football Monthly Magazine, earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Houston in 2001.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Stacy Collins Will Remain on Utah State Football Staff

Stacy Collins will remain on the Utah State football staff as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach, it was announced Monday by newly appointed head coach Gary Andersen. Overall, Collins has 21 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a coordinator and four years as a head coach at the collegiate level. Collins has spent the past three seasons with Utah State, serving as the inside linebackers coach (2017-18) and special teams coordinator (2016). ... During the 2018 season, Collins helped coach an Aggie defense that currently leads the nation in turnovers forced (32), interceptions (22) and three-and-outs forced per game (5.58), while ranking third nationally with six defensive touchdowns. ... Collins played college football at Western Oregon from 1993-97 as a linebacker, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1998 and then a master’s degree in education in 2001. ... Collins, a native of Sutherlin, Ore., and his wife, Mandi, have four daughters.

Cache Valley Daily Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

Justin Ena Named Defensive Coordinator at Utah State

Justin Ena, who has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, including five seasons as defensive coordinator, has been named Utah State’s defensive coordinator, it was announced Friday by Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen. Ena (pronounced eh-nuh), who has coached in three bowl games in his 10 years as an assistant, will also coach the inside linebackers at Utah State. ... Ena earned his bachelor’s degree in history from BYU in 2001. He was a three-year starter and three-time Mountain West all-conference linebacker for the Cougars. He played four seasons in the NFL, three with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Tennessee Titans, playing in 47 NFL games from 2002-05. Ena and his wife, Dana, have one son, Justice, and one daughter, Olivia.

The Herald Journal Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

USU Crushed UNT in New Mexico Bowl

Utah State's football team certainly didn't skip a beat under interim head coach Frank Maile. Not even close. Instead, the Aggies clicked on all cylinders and put together one of their most complete performances of the season en route to a 52-13 dismantling of North Texas in the 13th installment of the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Dreamstyle Stadium. In the process, USU matched the 2012 squad with a program record 11th victory of the campaign. ... The Aggies (11-2) also broke a couple of noteworthy records Saturday, including the single-season Mountain West scoring standard. ... Perhaps more importantly, USU's 25 seniors, plus junior tight end Dax Raymond, went out on a high note. The Aggies prevailed in their first bowl game since the 2014 New Mexico Bowl.

Deseret News Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Brad Rock: Playing Utah Really Wouldn't be the Utah State Aggies' Bowl Game

It’s only fitting Utah State would be playing in the New Mexico Bowl, Saturday at Dreamstyle Stadium. ... The school has seldom been in stronger position heading toward the off-season. It is expecting All-America return star Savon Scarver, quarterback Jordan Love, running back Darwin Thompson and linebackers Tipa Galeai and David Woodward back next year. Such positivity was everywhere this week when Andersen was introduced at Maverik Stadium as USU’s next coach. He reversed a decades-long decline in 2009-2012 before embarking on a power conference run that ended up back where he began. ... It’s been a while since spirits were this high in Cache Valley. Wells coached USU to a division title in 2013 but finished with a 9-5 record. That team lost to both Utah and BYU. Although in-state games aren’t what they used to be, they have served as a marker for the Aggies’ progress. Utah State has won two in a row and three of the last five against BYU. ... It's likely that Utah and USU won’t often play even if they do temporarily hammer out something. From a money standpoint, playing the Utes isn’t as important as it once was for the Aggies ... Neither Utah nor USU desperately needs to play the other annually. Both have conference hopes to address. This has been a nice year for the Aggies, regardless.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

SDL Digital Instrument Captures Images of Asteroid

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab sent some digital imaging equipment into space two years ago aboard the robotic explorer OSIRIS-Rex, a spacecraft used for studying an asteroid. The spacecraft recently pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of Bennu, a diamond-shaped ancient asteroid to study its surface. OSIRIS-Rex will rotate around the asteroid mapping it for a year before taking samples of the surface and making it back to earth in 2023. ... “We’re proud of our participation on this great mission and pleased with the performance of the OCAMES detector assemblies during the initial two years,” said Jed Hancock, SDL’s executive director of programs and operations. “During the next year, along with mapping the asteroids OSCAMES, the director will help find a suitable location for sample collection operation.”

The Herald Journal Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

USU Names New Director of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Office

Utah State University has named Alison A. Adams-Perlac as the new director of the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office. Adams-Perlac will direct compliance with anti-discrimination and Title IX regulations for the USU system, as well as provide administrative leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She joins USU at the Logan campus on Jan. 2. Adams-Perlac has more than 10 years of experience in the Utah courts, including extensive work on projects addressing disparate impacts on minorities and underrepresented Utahns. ... Adams-Perlac said she was impressed with USU’s response to recent issues. “I’m excited to be a part of the ongoing effort to make sure the university is a safe campus for all, free of discrimination and harassment,” she said.

The Salt Lake Tribune Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Utah State Tries to Put Coaching Distractions Aside and Focus on Bowl Game

Utah State’s football team has two choices Saturday when it faces North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl — wilt or win.To win would be something the Aggies have gotten used to this season. They finished 10-2 overall with a 7-1 Mountain West Conference record. A loss to Boise State stopped their winning streak at 10 games, a first in school history. ... Or, the Aggies could wilt, as the team goes through a major upheaval in its coaching staff. Utah State had Matt Wells, the head coach, resign, an interim coach named and a permanent replacement found in Gary Andersen — all while the team prepares for the most important game of its 2018 season. Those kinds of drastic changes are enough to send some teams on a rollercoaster ride throughout an entire season. The Aggies have been tasked with keeping their focus while new personnel are announced every few days ... “The No. 1 thing I told our players is they have to trust their training at the end of the day,” Maile said Monday. “Without coaches here, they understand already what’s expected of them and how to do things.” ... Again, there’s a reason why they’ve been so successful in all three phases. They’re well-coached and there’s no doubt in my mind they’ll show up with a chip on their shoulder wanting to end their season the right way as well.”

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Utah State's Savon Scarver Named Consensus All-American

Utah State’s Savon Scarver was named a consensus All-America as a returner/all-purpose player on Thursday. Scarver joins tackle Merlin Olsen (1961) and defensive end Phil Olsen (1969) as Utah State’s only consensus All-Americans. He is also just the 16th player in Mountain West history to be named a consensus All-American. ... Utah State’s sophomore kickoff return specialist/wide receiver was also one of two Aggies to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors this season. ... Scarver and the Aggies will face North Texas in the 13th-annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon, at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. The game will be televised live on ESPN. ... Utah State and North Texas will be meeting for the eighth time in series history as USU holds a 4-3 advantage.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Utah State Football Arrives in Albuquerque for New Mexico Bowl

After leaving Logan via a charter airplane at approximately noon on Wednesday, Utah State’s football team arrived at 1:30 p.m., where they were greeted by representatives from the New Mexico Bowl. The Aggies are in town for the New Mexico Bowl, which will be played on Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon, against North Texas and televised nationally on ESPN. ... Utah State and North Texas will be meeting for the eighth time in series history as USU holds a 4-3 advantage. USU posted a 4-1 record against UNT when both teams were members of the Big West Conference from 1996-2000 and USU went 0-2 against the Mean Green when both programs were members of the Sun Belt Conference from 2003-04.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

A Closer Look: Students Get Demonstration of Microscopes at USU Facility

An extreme closeup of pollen on the thorax of a bee and the eyes of a housefly are two examples of what Fast Forward Charter High School students saw at the Utah State University Microscopy Core Facility on Tuesday afternoon. The demonstration, given by Microscopy Core Facility Manager Fen-Ann Shen, is part of USU’s outreach program for K-12 classes. ... Fast Forward microbiology teacher Steven Bennett said he was excited to have his students experience and see things he hadn’t been able to as a student. ... Bennett said it all came down to the experience each student had. “Experience is the best teacher,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of emphasis on technology and everything, but experience trumps everything when it comes to learning.”

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Gary Andersen Returns to Utah State as Head Coach

Former Utah State coach Gary Andersen has returned to the Aggies .Andersen previously was Utah State’s coach from 2009 to 2012. He replaces Matt Wells, who had taken over the Aggies after Andersen’s first stint with the team. Wells was named head coach at Texas Tech last month. Andersen was introduced as Utah State’s new coach at a news conference Tuesday. ... Andersen had a 26-24 record over the course of his first four-year stint with the Aggies and he is 56-61 overall as a head coach.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Guest Artist Finishes Willow Structure on Campus

Guest Artist Patrick Dougherty spent three weeks this summer on the Utah State University campus creating a sculpture from 30,000 pounds of willow branches. With the help of his son Sam and several USU volunteers, the North Carolina native’s unusual sculpture sits just east of the Merrill-Cazier Library. ... As he worked at USU, Dougherty said he appreciated hearing how the sculpture affected viewers watching it being built. “We have an open building site and people could walk up and talk to us while we worked. So there is a constant interchange and kind of a cultural exchange between the viewers and myself,” he continued. “It helps to find starting points. I feel like a good sculpture is one that causes lots of personal associations that a person who walks up already brings something and the sculpture opens that vista up.”

Deseret News Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

USU Named New Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture

Historian Patrick Q. Mason has been named the new Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University.  The position is housed in the religious studies program within the history department.Mason’s decision to join USU “is a great moment not only for religious studies and the history department, but also for our college and university,” said Joseph Ward, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. ... Mason, a native of Sandy, earned his undergraduate degree in history from Brigham Young University. He then attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a master’s degree in international peace studies and a doctorate in history. His first tenure-track position was at the American University in Cairo.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

USU Students Challenged to Come Up With Better Way to Measure Water Use

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Jeff Horsburgh is challenging Utah State University students to develop a visualization of high resolution water use data that will provide feedback to both water providers and water consumers. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Horsburgh explained that cities go out once a month and get a reading from your household water meter. They use that for the purpose of getting an idea of how much water you have used and then they send you a bill in the mail. ... In the challenge, he is asking students to focus on creating visual information that would be useful in water planning and conservation discussions. The deadline for the challenge is March 1st. You can get more information at

Deseret News Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018

Utah Colleges Want Students to Know it's OK for me to Say 'I need help'

With limited resources, Utah public colleges are attempting to do more to connect students struggling with mental health issues to helpful resources. Some have imposed student fees or they use a portion of second-tier tuition to hire more mental health professionals. Utah State University has also hired part-time therapists at its regional campuses. There's a growing demand for services, which James Morales, USU's vice president of student affairs, says is "a very positive thing." "It's helped students understand that they don't to suffer in silence, that there are people out there and services available to them to help support them," said Morales. ... Public universities are encouraging students to use the SafeUT app, which provides confidential and anonymous two-way communication with crisis counselors at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. ... USU student leaders brought the issue to the forefront in 2017, declaring a mental health crisis on the Logan campus after students experienced long waits to meet with campus mental health professionals. ... In coming months, the regents will consider adding a recommendation that state institutions work toward national standards of professionals-to-student ratios in counseling centers, which some standards say is one full-time professional to 1,000 to 1,500 students. ... USU's goal is to "do our best with the resources that we can and try to work closely with partners where they are available in the community, public services, religious services and really try to address this issue in a holistic manner," he said.

The Salt Lake Tribune Friday, Dec. 07, 2018

USU Alumni, Brad Mortensen, Named Weber State's New President

After a months long search to fill the position and a week of interviews, the Utah Board of Regents unanimously voted to select Mortensen to lead the Ogden school. ... Mortensen previously worked for the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah governor’s office and the Arizona Legislature. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s from Syracuse University and a doctorate from the University of Utah. ... The school will be celebrating its 130-year anniversary in January. Mortensen said there’s no better time to be taking the reins and giving the school a thumbs up.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018

USU Students Decorate Trees for Cache Valley Families

A number of families in Cache Valley will receive a freshly cut and decorated Christmas tree thanks to some Utah State University students. The annual Festival of Trees event is being held the week of December 3rd-7th on the campus of Utah State. Students from different organizations and clubs are donating their time and talents by decorating individual trees. When finished, the trees will be transported to Bear River Head Start, a community outreach organization, then given to families in Cache County who may be struggling this holiday season. ... A total of 50 trees will be donated during this year’s Festival of Trees event.

Herald Journal Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018

USU, Logan High, Others Team Up for Latinx Higher Ed Fair

Various community organizations collaborated to host the “Feria de la Educación” outreach event on higher education resources available for the Latinx community Saturday. The Utah State University Latinx Cultural Center, USU Extensions, Logan City School District and Educational Excellence for Latinos collaborated with other community organizations to organize the event to provide support and guide Latinx community parents on how to help their children continue their education and achieve their goals. ... Parents and students engaged in three workshops giving tips and information on how to be successful in college, how to apply for USU and how to pay for higher education. Booths were also set up for parents and students to obtain more information on resources available to them. ... USU is committed to seeing more students attend USU and attain other higher education opportunities.


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