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Utah Public Radio Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

From a New Zealand Hostel to USU's Creamery and Award-Winning Ice Cream

David Dang, a food science student at Utah State University, had just finished his undergraduate program in pre-med in Los Angeles when he decided to take a break and go backpacking in New Zealand. ... Coming back from that trip I realized that I really liked food.” ... A quick Google search led him to the food science program at Utah State University. ... A quick Google search led him to the food science program at Utah State University. After completing his master’s degree in food science, Dang developed an interest in dairy food science. ... this year he decided to lead a team in the Idaho Milk Processors Association competition. ... The USU team he led worked with a substance called whey phospholipid-protein concentrate (WPPC). ... Dang’s team made good use of USU’s resources and decided to use the retentate from processing at the Aggie Creamery to make ice cream. ... After reworking the recipe, testing with focus groups, and giving it the name Highland Scoops, the team made other flavors as well and ultimately presented salted caramel and chocolate fudge swirl in competition. ... Taking a low-value product and creating a sustainable, flavorful, and trendy treat earned team USU first place and $5,000.

Watertown Daily Times Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

SUNY Potsdam Professor Co-Chronicles Internet Character

What started as a meme terrified and inspired many. ... Now Trevor J. Blank, SUNY Potsdam English and communications professor, has co-edited the book “Slender Man is Coming: Creepypasta and Contemporary Legends on the Internet” with Lynn S. McNeill, an assistant professor of English at Utah State University, that describes the internet phenomenon called Slender Man. “It’s an edited collection of about eight chapters by different folklorists all studying different angles of the Slender Man phenomenon from a folklorist’s perspective. ... Slender Man is a character created by Eric Knudsen in 2009 ... Mr. Blank and the folklore scholars who have chapters in the book break down how the character has been played with and how an entire myth has been created around the blank-faced, slender-limbed monster. ... With his book, Mr. Blank hopes to explain how folklore functions through the use of Slender Man as a modern example.

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

"I'm an Aggie" Video Campaign Tells USU Stories

Utah State University’s new statewide advertising campaign positions the school as a high-impact brand with five 30-second video ads to communicate specific things Aggies are doing to make a difference. Jay Wright is the Student Marketing and Communication’s marketing director at USU. ... He said the concept was created about a year ago. ... “A group of us got together and decided we really needed to be a little more aggressive in telling Utah State’s story and all the wonderful things it accomplishes,” he continued. So far, the videos highlight growing plants in space, helping feed the world through genetic engineering, helping children hear through cochlear implants and speech therapy, making the world earthquake resistant, and helping the nation’s tallest dam recover from a near disaster.

Utah Public Radio Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

God & Smog: Scholars & Religious Leaders Discuss Preserving our Planet

Today we're speaking with Margaret Barker, Dr. David Haberman, and Anuttama Dasa, panelists at the conference God & Smog:  The Challenge of Preserving Our Planet. The conference is taking place today in the USU John M. Huntsman School of Business Perry Pavilion until 5 p.m. The one-day symposium will consider the environment in relation to the perspectives and actions of five religious traditions: ... The morning panel will consist of scholars who study the interaction of religion and the environment, while the afternoon panel will engage religious leaders who speak from the perspectives of their respective traditions.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Oct. 08, 2018

Restoring the West Conference is Coming Up at USU

Next week Utah State University hosts its 13th Annual “Restoring the West” Conference that focuses on the many government agencies who are required by law to manage public lands to achieve sustained yields of multiple uses. Megan Dettenmaier is a professor of Wildlife Resources and a member of the conference committee who says each year there is a theme. ... “So we cycle with what’s on people’s radar. But we’re always looking to restore these landscapes to their best possible state and when we do that we are fulfilling the theme and the mission of our conference.” At this conference researchers and managers will share ideas on issues ranging from solar energy on public lands in Nevada to illegal marijuana farms and their impacts to public lands in California. ... The two-day conference is Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16-17.

The Herald Journal Monday, Oct. 08, 2018

USU Piano Recital Pays Tribute to Women Composers

Earlier this year, Utah State University piano students Erin Huld and Emma Call got an email from a music professor issuing them and their peers a challenge: Learn a piece of music from a woman piano composer. “In light of everything that’s happened here recently, it’s important to showcase all the great things women have done throughout the history of music,” Huld said in an interview. On Monday night at the Caine-Wanlass Performance Hall, Huld and Call played a duet. ... Cache Valley residents got a chance to learn about Mendelssohn-Hensel, ... and that of other female pianists during the USU piano area recital, “A Celebration of Women Composers.” Kevin Olson, associate professor of music, told the audience before the start of Monday’s performance that the idea for the recital got started in his music literature class. ... While many women learned play piano, few got the opportunity to perform in public, according to Olson. ... Olson wants the recital to become a tradition with a different theme each year.

The Salt Lake Tribune Sunday, Oct. 07, 2018

Experts Say 110 Reported Sexual Assaults at Utah's Colleges is a Good Thing

Last year, nine of Utah’s 10 largest colleges saw an increase in the number of students reporting sexual assaults — with the total number of reports statewide crossing 100 for the first time since universities have been required to compile the annual statistics. Experts say the upward trend is a good indication that more survivors feel comfortable reporting to police and school officials. ... “The barriers that we see to reporting are significant,” said S. Daniel Carter, president of Safety Advisors for Educational Campuses, LLC. ... In 2017, 110 sexual assaults were reported on Utah campuses.  ... But because the vast majority of assaults and misconduct are unreported — for a variety of reasons, ... it’s nearly impossible to determine how many actually happen each year on university campuses. ... It’s hard for him to believe, for instance, that Utah State University had nearly four times as many drug and alcohol violations as it did cases of rape and fondling, he said. ... “We’ve been revising our policy over the last year,” said Amanda DeRito, the school’s sexual misconduct information coordinator. “We’re trying to move forward.”

Utah Public Radio Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Cache Valley Archer Shooting for the World Stage

The most severe symptoms of spinal infections can cause paralysis, and can be especially dangerous in infants. This is what happened to a Utah State University student at four months old, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He hopes that archery will one day take him to the Paralympics. ... “I am shooting every day, six days a week, about two hours minimum. I try to get at least 90 arrows in a day,” said Jack Charlesworth. Now in his early 20s, he is practicing to earn a world ranking. His hobby of archery started out as a weekly date with his wife Kayla. Now Jack is competing on the world stage. ... Professional archers don’t use their fingers to let go of the bowstring after it’s pulled back. Instead, archers like Jack use a small device called a thumb-activated release. ... Jack’s goal is to make the United States 2019 Archery team, which is a requirement to try out for the Paralympic games.

News Deeply Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Deeply Talks: Drought on the Colorado - Can We Adapt to Changing Runoff?

Snowmelt is shrinking and runoff is coming earlier on the Upper Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of water for 40 million people in the West. This is leading to vegetation changes, water quality issues and other concerns. But it may be possible to operate reservoirs differently to ease some of these effects. ... we spoke with two experts about the consequences and opportunities of these changes on the river. ... Bhavna Arora, a hydrological scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been studying vegetation changes caused by declining snowpack on a tributary of the Gunnison River. ... Jack Schmidt, a professor of watershed sciences at the Utah State University, is embarking on a comprehensive study of reservoir operations in the Colorado River watershed. ... Schmidt said reservoir operation is critical, not just for water supply but also for habitat. ... He emphasized that reservoir operations can be changed in many cases to adapt to shrinking snowpack, but it requires a new mindset by water project operators and politicians.

The Herald Journal Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

New Windows Installed for Rooms at USU Music Department

Utah State University freshman Bella Maher remembers being a high school student practicing violin at Utah State University in music rooms, many of which did not have windows. She said she never felt unsafe when she was using them ... Now, Maher said, she has even more reason to feel the way she does because the university has installed new windows in all offices, classrooms and music wings in both the Chase Fine Arts Center and the University Reserve building, where the music department is housed. ... USU President Noelle Cockett announced the Arts College would consider installing the windows following the shocking report on the music department. “The new windows are just one very small component among many things the institution does that promote student well-being – all across campus,” wrote Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts, in an email to The Herald Journal. ... In an interview this week, Music Department Head Cindy Dewey said the windows were installed by USU Facilities office before the beginning of fall semester, which started at the end of August. ... “I still feel confident with my choice (attending USU) because of … how my professors have been hitting the issue head-on and saying, ‘This is a real problem, and this needs to be fixed, and we want you to feel safe here,’” Maher said.

The Herald Journal Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

USU Sees Growth in Overall Headcount, Full-Time Students this Fall

Utah State University saw slight increases over the last year in both its overall headcount of those students and those enrolled full-time, according to new data released this week by the Utah System of Higher Education.The university saw a .9 percent increase in the number of students attending its Logan, Eastern and regional campuses as well as a 1.5 percent increase in students taking either 15 or 10 credit hours, the minimum numbers considered full-time for undergraduates and graduates, respectively. ... Robert Wagner, USU vice president of academic and instructional services, was “thrilled” about the increases, saying it translates out to an increase of more than 200 students studying at USU than last year. ... Citing demand for online instruction and an increase in students continuing their studies from one year to the next, USU will continue to boost its online programming and bolster its efforts to retain students, Wagner said.

Deseret News Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018

Utah College Headcount Increases to Nearly 184,000 Students

Fall headcount at Utah's public colleges and universities neared 184,000 this fall — up nearly 4,000 students from a year ago, according to new numbers released Thursday by the Utah System of Higher Education. ... “It’s wonderful that so many students are choosing to attend college, as it will make a significant difference in their future earnings and opportunities in life,” said Harris Simmons, chairman of the Utah State Board of Regents. ... Headcounts at the University of Utah, Utah State University and Weber State University increased slightly from the previous year. A headcount is different than full-time enrollment. Headcounts count every student who takes a class.

The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018

Utah's Female University Presidents Share Goals, Differences and Experiences

When the moderator looked to her right, where Utah’s five female university presidents sat on a stage, she said: “This feels different than it would if it were five male college presidents. So there’s something we’ve got to dissect here.” ... The audience of nearly 300 people at the Salt Lake Chamber’s Thursday forum on higher education swelled with support, cheering and clapping. Never before have as many of the state’s colleges been led by women. And this was the first panel on which all five of the female leaders talked together. USU’s Noelle Cockett has led her school since 2016 and SLCC’s Huftalin since 2015. Over the past year, Huftalin joked, when Westminster, the U. and UVU all added their new presidents, “It felt like suddenly we were a new band, and we just dropped a new album.” ... Huftalin acknowledges that and celebrates that. But she also cautioned the crowd not to let it be reductive to the individual and unique women, their accomplishments and their goals. ... The lighthearted, hourlong event focused on the historic moment and how the leaders plan to work together, how they broke through gender barriers and how they plan to help more women finish their degrees and encourage them, too, to someday also lead universities.

Deseret News Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2018

Podcast: Can American Men and Women Ever Be Created Equal?

The October 2018 Time magazine cover story asked the question, "Can American men and women ever be equal?" Answers and positive models come from an unexpected, yet not surprising place. Sheri Dew shares her experience on this week's edition of Therefore, What? ... It was kind of a surprising, not surprising thing in terms of where that is actually happening. And one is right here in the state of Utah, as it relates to higher education. We've got five out of eight of the colleges and universities in the Utah system of higher education that are being led by extraordinary women leaders. Over 70 percent of the college students in Utah are led by a woman president. ... I want to go through these five women who are leading the major colleges and universities here in Utah, because each one has a unique story and a unique perspective that I think leads to a principle, ... Noelle Cockett is up at Utah State University. ... And so it was kind of that grit, determination, and we're going to be OK. And I know you've seen women do that around the world. ... I just think there is a kind of courage that's instinctive, almost, inside of women. I'm not sure we credit women with that.

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2018

USU Faculty Member Tracks Trash to Follow Growth of Societies

Jacob Freeman, an assistant anthropology professor at Utah State University, is the lead author of a research project that he says has developed a way to measure the growth and decline of human economies for 10,000 years through what is known as public archeology. ... Freeman said he and his research partners over four continents decided to ask the question: Do human societies grow and decline at the same time across the world throughout history, or is each human society on its own unique trajectory, doing it’s own thing? ... After two years of research this team of scientists published a peer-reviewed article — in September —  in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Dr. Freeman said he expects their article will be a springboard to future research.

The Salt Lake Tribune Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

USU Names Finalists to Head Up Mormon Studies Program

Utah State University has announced three finalists — two men and one woman — to become the new Arrington Chair of Mormon Studies. ... USU had “a very strong pool of candidates,” said professor Ravi M. Gupta, director of the religious studies program in the school’s history department. “All three candidates are internationally reputed scholars of Mormonism, with different areas of emphasis in the field.” ... Each candidate will visit campus over a three-week period beginning in late October.

The Herald Journal Monday, Oct. 01, 2018

USU Esports Gains Club Sport Team Status, New Privileges

On a Sunday afternoon at Utah State University, USU student Bryson Catmull sat in a dimly lit room playing a game on the computer, ... The game is “Heroes of the Storm” and Catmull, a senior, was filling in for another member of USU’s Esports Club who could not make it to the tournament Sunday. ... Even though Catmull’s role with the club is limited, he enjoys the thrill of playing competitive video games, or esports. ... The Esports Club just gained university club sport team status, according to members of the group and USU officials. The team can now represent the university by wearing jerseys with the school logo, have access to practice space and get assistance with things like travel and fundraising, according to Chase Ellis, director of USU campus recreation. ... the club’s new status will “instill that school pride that they’re representing Utah State,” he said. The status change for the Esports Club is a dual endeavor between Campus Recreation and the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department, according to Victor Lee, associate professor and club adviser. ... Victor Davila, president of the Esports Club, said club members welcome the upgrade.

The Herald Journal Monday, Oct. 01, 2018

USU Visiting Professor Resigns Amid Hirst Lawsuit, Investigation

A visiting professor in Utah State University’s music department abruptly resigned because he felt university officials didn’t act quickly enough to reassign Dennis Hirst, who is now working from home in the midst of a lawsuit and a Title IX investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. Jason Hardink, principal keyboard with the Utah Symphony who taught piano at USU, made the decision after a department-wide meeting Sept. 25 with university officials, ... USU spokesman Tim Vitale responded to Hardink’s resignation in an email to The Herald Journal saying, in part, that the former visiting professor’s decision “did not help our students.” ... “Dr. Hardink surely cares about these students, and the fact that he wanted to ensure their safety and express his concerns is undisputed,” the USU spokesman wrote. “It was unfortunate, however, that he chose to resign when he did.” Hardink’s resignation came a week after Hirst was hit with a lawsuit in 1st District Court by a Providence woman who claims that she was sexually assaulted by him back in 1994, when she was 17 and he was 23.

The Herald Journal Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

Members of USU Football Team Meet Logan Regional Hospital Patients

Utah State University football player Taylor Compton strode through the halls of Logan Regional Hospital on Friday morning armed with a box full of sporting equipment. ... “I just wanted to come give some time back and meet some of these young, amazing kids that are going through a lot. It inspires me, personally, and it helps me remember the blessings I have.” Compton wasn’t the only draw who packed a small room inside the Budge Clinic on Friday. He was joined by several other players and officials from USU Athletics. ... In an interview, Compton talked about the importance of using his status as an athlete to give back to the community. "That’s one of the biggest aspects and things you want to be known for with Utah State football,” he said. “Logan’s such a tight-knit community, they give us so much support on the field, and we’re always trying to make efforts to get back out and meet the people in the community.

KSL Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

Utah State Opens First On-Campus Bean-to-Chocolate Factory

Food science professors at Utah State University used to teach a chocolate history class out of a textbook. Now, they have a chocolate factory of their own to better give hands-on experience. ... Food science professor Silvana Martini said she used to teach a freshman-level chocolate science, history and society course from a textbook. Faculty members were able to eventually garner support for a complete, bean-to-storefront factory. ... The plant production manager, Steve Shelton, said the plan was to produce 70 percent cacao chocolate — richer than most of the candy bar varieties in the United States. Once the beans make it into the factory, Shelton said it’s a two-month process to make chocolate bars. While many of the students taking the chocolate laboratory course, ... don’t necessarily plan to become chocolatiers, they said the course teaches them some important things about food.

KUTV Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

Utah State University Investigates Sex Assault Claim Against Professor

A Utah State University piano professor has been removed from his teaching duties as the college investigates a sexual assault allegation made against him in a recent lawsuit. University President Noelle Cockett said Wednesday in a statement that professor Dennis Hirst's students will be reassigned to other faculty members this fall semester as the college investigates the claims. A former student accused Hirst in a lawsuit filed this month of sexually assaulting her in 1994 ... The college previously found that students in the music department had faced sexism and a "disturbing" pattern of sexual violence and psychological abuse by faculty.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018

First-Year USU Doctoral Student Earns Major NASA Fellowship

Jeff Taylor, a first-year Ph.D. student in Utah State University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has earned one of only five fellowships from NASA’s top aeronautics research division. Under the direction of his major adviser Dr. Doug Hunsaker, Taylor is working to better understand morphing-wing aircraft. ... He explains two primary goals this research hopes to achieve. “Developing an air frame, or the actual physical aircraft or physical wing that is more efficient, and another side would be looking at more efficient engines and things like that. ... Jeff will receive $55,000 a year for three years to cover tuition expenses and a yearly 10-week stay at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Dr. Hunsaker said the award is a win for his student and for USU.

Utah Public Radio Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018

USU 'Latinos in Action' Boot Camp Prepares Latino Youth for Higher Education

In 2017, only 77 percent of Utah Latinos graduated high school. The percentage of those going to college is even lower. To help increase the number of Latino enrollments in colleges, Utah State University held a Latinos-In-Action boot camp. The boot camp provides students with opportunities to explore higher education, experience leadership, and network with their peers.Nahomie Marie Jimenez is a Latinos in Action Alumni and currently serving as a group leader. ... Jimenez has been a member of Latinos in Action for six years and says the organization gave her the tools to graduate high school, attend USU, and take on a mentorship role at the event. ... The university set up tables in the Eccles Conference Center on campus representing different colleges and extracurricular groups at USU. ... Dr. Jose Enriquez is the founder of Latinos and Action. ... One of the final evenings of the camp, students celebrated at dinner with keynote speaker, Senator Luz Escamilla, the first female Latina senator in Utah. ... Latinos in Action has chapters in five states, in more than 160 schools, and provides opportunities for nearly 6,000 students. Of those in the program there is a 98 percent high school graduation rate.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018

USU Plans New Building for College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Utah State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences has outlined plans for a new building, which, if constructed, would be the first time in more than 15 years the college receives new space. The Center for Languages and Cultures, a $24 million, 60,000-square-foot building in between Old Main and the Ray B. West building, would consolidate existing programs and offices scattered across existing buildings, provide more space for growing programs and give existing programs new space. The project was considered on Sept. 21 during the Utah Board of Regents meeting at the University of Utah. The board placed it as the lowest priority on a list of other higher education building projects.

Utah Public Radio Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018

Velvet Ants: Small Wasps with Large, Painful Stings

Entomologists at Utah State University are studying insects to determine how the size of an insect’s body compares to the size of its sting. ... we wanted to see what was actually going on, if it was just large organisms have large stings or if there was something else” said Emily Sadler, an entomologist at Utah State University and the lead researcher investigating the length of insect stings. “And what we found was that velvet ants actually do have the longest sting compared to their body size," Sadler said. ... Stinging insects get a bad rap because of the pain they can inflict, but Sadler wants people to know that stinging insects are vital to our ecosystems.

Utah Public Radio Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018

Cover Crop Trials Could Save on Costs for Growers and Consumers

Farmers looking for ways to improve crop production while maintaining soil health for future yields are working with scientists at Utah State University. ... Steve Young, who studies invasive plants at Utah State University, said the list of variables farmers have to deal with in Utah is long enough without adding water-stealing weeds to the equation. ... “If you have a cover crop, you can actually outcompete the weeds. That’s really the focus of our research.” ... Young and his team have planted spring wheat as the crop and clover to grow underneath. ... After only one year Young and his team are surprised by the impacts of the clover. ... “We now have a really good story to tell after one year,” Young said. ... Young said cover crops can reduce the use of herbicides to avoid potential contamination of runoff.

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018

Mountaineer and Snowboarder Addresses USU Students

Stephen Koch, renowned adventurer, extreme snowboarder and mountain climber spoke to students at Utah State University Wednesday afternoon about achieving their goals and dreams. ... He showed images of some of his snowboarding and climbing experiences as examples of how he has achieved his goals. ... Koch summed up his outdoor adventures as a great learning tool that has shaped his life. ... “My education came from my experiences in the outdoors; that was my classroom and office for all those years,” Koch said. “My life has been an excellent adventure which keeps getting better the more present I become.”

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018

USU Uses Grant to Launch AmeriCorps Program

Utah State University launched the Utah Higher Education AmeriCorps Network (UHEAN), made possible through a nearly $158,000 AmeriCorps grant that was transferred from the Utah Campus Compact to USU. Sean Damitz is director of the USU Center for Community Engagement. He explains the volunteer work USU students have done previously under these grants. ... what we’ve had our folks here at Utah State University traditionally do with this AmeriCorps grant, has been a lot of after school programs with our education outreach program. ... AmeriCorps members are expected to mobilize more than 4,000 volunteers in campus communities throughout Utah to address critical needs. All AmeriCorps members shall receive an education award upon completion of their terms of service to defray the costs of higher education.AmeriCorps members will be students of those institutions serving terms ranging from 300 to 675 hours.

University of Essex Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018

Women and the First World War

A free public lecture, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, will explore the impact of the war on the lives of women. Leading modern European and gender historian, Professor Susan Grayzel, will ask whether women had a ‘great’ war on 10 October ... Professor Grayzel, from Utah State University, said: “I’ll emphasise the diversity and complexity of women’s experiences during the war, and show why they are integral to understanding the war itself. “I’ll be asking what we can learn when we reframe the war story to put women into it not merely based on exceptional roles but in terms of their everyday lives, which the war deeply affected.” ... Professor Lucy Noakes, from the Department of History, is working on a research project on gender, citizenship, and civil defence in twentieth-century Britain with Professor Grayzel.

The Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

USU's New Prevention Specialist Outlines Ways to Stop Sexual Violence

Before coming to Logan to start her new job at Utah State University, Emmalee Fishburn taught Colorado middle- and high-school students about healthy relationships and other aspects of sex education. Fishburn realized that colleges and universities teach many of those same things, in addition to sexual violence prevention. ... Using data to evaluate programming and finding new ways to prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus are just a few of the things Fishburn is doing as USU’s prevention specialist, a new position for the school. ... Fishburn’s position, based in the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office, was created at the request of a university working group that reports to the Sexual Violence Task Force, according to Amanda DeRito, USU’s sexual misconduct information and outreach coordinator. ... The task force has implemented numerous initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual violence, mandatory sexual assault prevention training for all freshmen, and public information campaigns about consent and bystander intervention. “It’s not that we haven’t had some resources on campus — we just need someone to spearhead all of these efforts across campus and make sure we’re doing it in the most organized and effective way,” DeRito said. USU has just filled the slot of prevention specialist with Fishburn, but it’s also working to hire full-time AA/EO and Title IX coordinators.

The Herald Journal Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

USU Tractor Parade Wraps Up 'CAAS Week'

Spectators turned out to Utah State University’s main drag Friday morning as members of the school’s agricultural college rode on tractors of all shapes and sizes.The annual tractor parade marked the end of College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Week. ... The sights and sounds of the parade were hard to miss. CAAS Dean Ken White drove a giant tractor; tractor drivers honked their vehicles’ horns; CAAS students waved at spectators and threw out candy. People stood and snapped photos and captured videos with their smartphones. White told The Herald Journal the parade is more than just a capstone to CAAS Week — it’s a way to mourn the loss of students and an instructor who died more than a decade ago. ... By and large, the tractor parade is something the Cache Valley community sees as an interesting way to honor USU’s agricultural heritage.

The Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

USU Students Kick Off 'CAAS Week' with 'Animal-Less Rodeo'

Utah State University student Abbey Oborn has seen a rodeo but has never participated in one.On Monday afternoon, Oborn, a junior graphic design major, got a little sense of the rules and competitive spirit behind it all during the “animal-less rodeo” for College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Week. ... The animal-less rodeo was one of several activities planned for CAAS Week, a time for USU to celebrate the programs, faculty, staff and students of one of its colleges. ... CAAS is not the only college on campus to have its own week; the other seven USU colleges will have celebrations throughout the school year.

The Herald Journal Friday, Sep. 14, 2018

USU Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Opening Anew

Anyone who saw the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University before it closed for renovation and expansion almost two years ago will notice a world of difference when they come to the new facility. ... Katie Lee-Koven, the director of NEHMA, is excited for the museum’s reopening and hopes people like what they see when they come. “The renovated and expanded Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is going to be an extraordinary asset and addition to Cache Valley, to Utah State University and to Northern Utah,” she said. ... The NEHMA opened in 1982 and is the only museum in Utah that focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the American West. ... The NEHMA closed in December of 2016 for a $5 million renovation that was supported by university funds and private donations. ... The museum is located at 650 N. 1100 East in Logan on the USU campus.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

USU Professors Create New Tool to Estimate Snow Loads

Two Utah State University professors working with the Structural Engineers Association of Utah have created a state-of-the-art spatial mapping technology that estimates snow load requirements for new construction of homes and buildings. Marc Maguire, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said he and his co-investigator Yan Sun, from the Department of Math and Statistics, spent two years creating the technology. ... Maguire said it is a free, online tool at a user-friendly web site ... The site is now up and running and the team is working to educate users and stakeholders about the new tool.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

USU Water Lab Tests Archimedes' Screw for Pacific Northwest Company

Centuries ago, the Greek mathematician Archimedes invented a machine that could take water from a low-lying body and transfer it to a higher one, eliminating the need for people to carry buckets of water. These days at Utah State University’s Water Research Lab, that invention, known as the Archimedes’ screw, is getting a “new twist,” according to a university news release. Research Professor Michael Johnson and his team have been testing a prototype of the Archimedes’ screw ... In an interview with The Herald Journal on Thursday, Johnson said the groundbreaking aspect of the prototype being tested at the USU Water Lab is not in its purpose, but the materials that are used to make it. ... Johnson said testing this prototype Archimedes screw over the last several weeks has demonstrated to engineers at the USU Water Lab just how good this lighter material is. ... “The Water Lab is one of very few facilities in the country that can provide the flow rates we needed for testing in a controlled laboratory environment,” Atkin wrote.

The New York Times Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

Art Fall Preview: Over 100 Not-to-Miss Shows from East Coast to West

Landmark shows of 19th-century French painting kick off an exciting season jammed with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities: The Met’s completist retrospective of Eugène Delacroix, complemented by a significant show of his drawings, brings tigers, shipwrecks and a host of romantic vistas to the Upper East Side, while the National Gallery in Washington is offering an unusually large assemblage of women painted by Corot. ... COLLECTING ON THE EDGE Utah State University’s first show after a long expansion project is a two-part argument for the importance of the western United States to 20th-century art history. The exhibition is sourced entirely from its permanent collection.

The New York Times Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

The Youth Sports Megacomplex Comes to Town, Hoping Teams Will Follow

It is here at the LakePoint Sporting Community where the visiting boys and girls in their cleats and their uniforms have come to play, with their parents trailing them from the diamonds and the hardwood to the fast-food restaurants and the hotels. The youth sports economy — a world of private coaching, interstate traveland $350 baseball bats — has always been big business, of course. But fed by the growth of traveling teams and regional and national events, the industry has doubled in size over the past decade — to more than $15 billion a year, according to one company that tracks its growth ... A study published by Utah State University in 2014 found that American families spent an average of $2,292 each year on youth sports. But it also found many households that spent as much as 10.5 percent of their gross income annually — sometimes $20,000 or more — on personal trainers, travel costs and private teams for their children. ... For the players and their parents, though, the potential payoff is worth the sizable investment of time and money. N.C.A.A. member universities hand out about $3 billion in scholarships a year. And while the organization reminds parents that only 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded athletic scholarships, the pursuit of even a microscopic share of those billions continues to drive the youth sports economy.

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

USU's Aggie Blue Bikes Providing Free Services to Community

Aggie Blue Bikes at Utah State University is now offering its repair services for free on certain days to the public.Meg McCarthy, program coordinator for Aggie Blue Bikes, said anyone — whether they’re students or not — can come in Monday and Wednesday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to get expert service without paying a $6/hour fee. ... Aggie Blue Bikes seeks to teach people, primarily students, how to repair their own bikes rather than just providing the typical drop-off repair service. ... McCarthy said the $6-an-hour fee for community members during regular business hours is because Aggie Blue Bikes’ is “here to service the students first.” ... “They can come here, and we can help them and empower more people through biking,” McCarthy said.

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

Gardening in September

This is Dan Drost, Utah State University Extension Vegetable specialist talking to you this fall about gardening and the things that you should do and the things that you have to finish up. ... You’ll have to take a section of your garden, prep that soil, get a nice seedbed prepared, plant the seeds at the appropriate planting depth, water and then a little bit of fertilizer. In about 30 days you’re going to have a whole bunch of new fresh vegetables for you to consume. ... The second thing that you have to think about is getting ready to harvest your squashes and pumpkins and other cucurbit vegetables. If you need more information on how to plant fall veggies or to mature off your squash and pumpkins lots of information available at the Utah State University Extension website.

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

Spiders: The Beneficial Predator

This is Diane Alston. I’m an extension entomologist at Utah State University. Today I want to talk with you about spiders. Late summer and early fall is a peak time for spider activity. ... Amazingly, there are over 600 species of spiders known to occur in Utah. So why do we care about spiders? They are actually very beneficial predators that feed on pest and non-pest insects. ... Indoor management of spiders is best done by vacuuming, cleaning, sealing cracks and crevices around the home and putting up with spiders realizing that they are a beneficial predator. ... So enjoy the fall shuffle and enjoy the spiders out helping you control pests in your garden.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

USU Latinx Cultural Center to Provide Student, Community Outreach

A new center at Utah State University designed to provide community outreach programming and support for the campus’s Latinx population is just starting to take flight. The website for the Latinx Cultural Center went live within the last week, and school officials have confirmed the center exists, though it lacks a physical space — at least for now. ... Christopher González, an associate professor of English who is the center’s founding director, spoke with The Herald Journal about the importance of the Latinx Cultural Center, ... USU already has a number of Latinx-affiliated groups, and the Latinx Cultural Center would ensure a resource for students associated with those groups, according to González.Almost two dozen professors make up the center, according to the USU website. ... One of the main opportunities the Latinx Cultural Center will provide is mentoring for Latinx students. ... The center will also reach out to members of Cache Valley’s Hispanic community. ... Aside from helping the Latinx student and community populations, the Latinx Cultural Center will also educate the entire campus community and valley through programming. ... González even got a chance to talk to USU President Noelle Cockett about the idea for a center before he officially accepted a job at the school. ... In an email to The Herald Journal, Cockett expressed support for the Latinx Cultural Center.

The Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 10, 2018

Renowned Artist Invites Others to Help Create Willow Sculpture on USU Campus

Visitors to USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library might have noticed a new work of art branching out. The new, yet-unnamed sculpture is being constructed with 6 tons of willow branches and sticks and the help of locals over several weeks in September. The man behind the effort is Patrick Dougherty, a professional sculptor based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. ... Dougherty’s sculptures can be found in places like University of Virginia, Purdue University, Australia, France and Italy. ... Craig Jessop, dean of the school’s Caine College of the Arts, asked Dougherty to come construct the sculpture. Jessop said Dougherty’s appearance is “the grand finale” of USU’s “Year of the Arts.” ... Asked what he wants the campus community to get out of it once it’s completed, Dougherty said the sculpture is designed to be more interactive rather than something they can stand back and look at. ... Dougherty said because of its materials, the sculpture is only expected to last two years.

The Herald Journal Saturday, Sep. 08, 2018

USU Alumna, Former Stuntwoman Honored by Stunt Industry

Utah State University alumna and former stuntwoman Marneen Fields remembers with fondness her days of scaling a barbed-wire fence in spiked heels and jumping over a banister without spilling a glass of wine. ... The entertainment industry has not forgotten the contributions Fields made as a stunt double. That was evident last month when she received the Legendary Stunt Award from the International Action On Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fields came to USU in the 1970s from Simi Valley, California, on a full gymnastics scholarship. She studied drama, music and dance, but did not graduate with a degree. Fields, now a pop rock adult contemporary artist in Los Angeles, spoke by phone with The Herald Journal about her career and her time at USU.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Sep. 07, 2018

USU Extension Focuses on Strengthening Utah's Rural Economies

As many rural Utah residents are struggling with unemployment or underemployment, a new pilot program has been implemented by Utah State University Extension to help residents in the southern counties develop the skills needed to compete for remote employment. With the goal of strengthening the economies of rural Utah, the new Rural Online Initiative (ROI) was funded by the legislature in 2018 to allow people to develop skills so they can seek competitive remote jobs without leaving their counties. The initiative is the brainchild of Darin Bushman, county commissioner in Piute County, who was elected to office in one of the smallest, most poverty-stricken counties in Utah. ... Bushman said the idea was presented to local chamber members and other elected officials with positive response. However, finding the right organization to be the “home” for the program was a challenge. With input from another commissioner, it seemed that USU Extension would be the perfect fit because of their county outreach programs. ... White said USU Extension is in a prime position to leverage its presence in rural Utah to help residents become better equipped to work as remote employees. ... The Rural Online Initiative will host town hall meetings to attract community support and clients. Some counties will have workshops, meetings and resources available this fall, while other counties will start in 2019.

The Herald Journal Friday, Sep. 07, 2018

USU Hires Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator

Utah State University has appointed its first fraternity and sorority life coordinator, a position the university promised to have as part of a settlement it agreed to with a former student.Paige Eidenschink began her role in this new position Aug. 21. ... The July settlement between USU and former student Victoria Hewlett outlined Eidenschink’s duties, which include making sure USU’s Greek row entities register as student organizations and file reports on any misconduct. ... Eidenschink graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in management communication from North Dakota State University in Fargo. While there, Eidenschink was part of a sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. ... Eidenschink sat down in her office in the Taggart Student Center on Thursday afternoon for an interview with The Herald Journal.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Sep. 06, 2018

USU Extension Hosts Start-to-Farm Workshop in Logan

Utah State University Extension sponsors a farming workshop on September 10 and 11 at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU Logan campus. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 10 and from 9 a.m. to noon on September 11. Speakers from academia, industry and federal agencies will discuss business planning and resources, direct and target marketing strategies, federal grant and loan programs, site selection, soil and water considerations, crop selection and seasonal considerations, and product pricing and distribution strategies. “This is an ideal workshop for those looking to scale up their gardening to direct sales and those interested in incubator farming and community gardens,” said Kynda Curtis, USU Extension agricultural marketing specialist. According to Curtis, the workshop is designed to appeal to a variety of people in the farming world. ... The workshop is part of the Utah Building Farmers program, with a mission to build agricultural community and capacity through classroom and experiential learning.

ABC 4 Utah Wednesday, Sep. 05, 2018

American Fork Man Returns to Hospital Where He was Kept Alive as a Preemie

Decades ago, the chance of survival was a roll of the dice. Rob Burton from American Fork was born small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  Years ago he had a 50/50 chance of survival. Rob was born at 28 weeks, weighing just 2 pounds 8 ounces. In 1977, he was one of the first patients at the brand new NICU at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. ... After high school, Rob and his family moved west, attended college at BYU-Idaho, served a mission and graduated at Utah State University. He got married and is now working at Intermountain Healthcare. ... Last year, Rob wanted to return to the place that kept him alive, but he hit a major medical road block. "I actually had a brain tumor. ... said Burton. ... Days later, he needed a second open brain surgery because of an infection. But after these near death experiences, he got his dream. Two weeks ago, his job took him back to the nation's capital. He made sure he visited Children's National Medical Center. ... To his surprise, Dr. Billie Lou Short, who was by his side, in the beginning, is still there and now heads the NICU at the hospital. ... Rob is amazed at how far medical advances have come and even smaller preemies are surviving which he says makes it even more astonishing that he's alive today. 

Good 4 Utah Wednesday, Sep. 05, 2018

EMS Responds with Law Enforcement Teams in New Active Shooter Training

Utah State University took drills from the battlefield to the hallways.On Wednesday an active shooter exercise was conducted at the university at the Valley View Tower, an empty former residence hall on the northeast side of campus. Steven Milne is currently the Interim Chief of Police for North Park Police Department, but previously served as the Interim Chief for the University. ... “Their primary mission is to provide security for the medical team to go in,” Milne explained. ... The exercise provides the opportunity for surrounding agencies to come together and rehearse should a call like this come in.

The Herald Journal Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Campus Community Participates in New 'True Blue Aggie Friday' Tradition

Friday was not just an ordinary day at Utah State University. Many students, faculty and staff were wearing clothes with the university’s colors, insignia or both during the first-ever “True Blue Aggie Friday.” ... The initial True Blue Aggie Friday came at the end of the first week of fall semester and the university football team’s game against Michigan State University in East Lansing.The designated day to show school pride came about after USU President Noelle Cockett signed a presidential decree on July 18. The decree encourages faculty, staff and students to wear “Aggie Blue” and “Fighting White” or clothes with USU insignia every Friday. ... Anyone wearing USU colors or clothing on Fridays can post a picture of themselves wearing it on social media, tagging the university. ... During interviews around campus Friday, students and members of the USU community expressed differing thoughts on True Blue Aggie Friday. Most people wearing school colors or logos were doing it because they were aware of the new tradition; a few were not. ... Jason Seedall, a freshman majoring in international business, was seen on campus wearing a “True-blooded Aggie” shirt and a hat with the “U-State” logo. He said he wears the hat regularly but decided to throw on the shirt to recognize True Blue Aggie Friday. ... Most students The Herald Journal spoke with who were not wearing school clothes or colors had never heard of True Blue Aggie Friday, ... Not all students the newspaper spoke with seemed fully supportive of the new tradition, like Zac Lyon, a senior, who was not wearing school colors. “I don’t think it’s silly,” he said. “But I think if I do wear school colors, it’s not going to be a conscious decision.”

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

USU Clubs, Community Businesses Make Mark on 'Day on the Quad'

Day on the Quad is one of many events that mark the start of a new school year. Fall semester began Aug. 27.From the USU Rodeo Club to Cache Valley Hospital, there was no shortage of clubs or places represented at Day on the Quad. Places to eat, like Jimmy John’s and Lucky Slice Pizza, were on hand to serve up menu items to anyone who cared for a bite. Above all else, though, USU clubs and offices had the biggest presence at Day on the Quad.


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