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Armenian Students Welcomed to Campus

Thursday, Sep. 06, 2007

USU President Stan Albrecht and a new student from Armenia

All the new students spoke at the patio reception at the President's home. USU president Stan Albrecht and First Lady Joyce Albrecht greeted the students.

USU President Stan Albrecht and a group of Armenian students

President Albrecht talked with the new students during the reception, welcoming them to USU and Utah.

Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht and First Lady Joyce Albrecht hosted a reception at the President’s Home to welcome 13 new USU students from Armenia. The students will attend Utah State University this fall semester thanks to the support of Jon Huntsman Sr. and the Beaumont Foundation of America.

The students were welcomed by administrators and treated to refreshments. There was Aggie Ice Cream, of course, and plenty of Aggie t-shirts and music.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to study at Utah State,” said Ari Mirzakhanyan, a freshman majoring in business administration. “The people have been very welcoming, generous and kind. My classes are all very interesting and informative.”
The students arrived in Logan Wednesday, Aug. 22, with a dignitary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office in the Armenian government.
“Utah State is very grateful to John Huntsman Sr. and his generous support of these Armenian students,” said Steven Hanks, associate vice provost. “We are looking forward to the scholarship and cultural diversity these students will add to our campus and increasing international population.”
The students will live on the USU campus and will study in a variety of fields. The scholarship students were selected by the Armenian government and range in age from 16-20.
Contact: Steven Hanks,, (435)797-2373

Writer: Whitney Wilkinson,, (435) 797-8286

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