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Natural Resources Wins USU's Inaugural 'Aggies for Change’ Competition

Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011

USU College of Natural Resources group, winners of 'Aggie for Change'

Natural Resources Senator Jason Carlisle and Dean Nat Frazer, center, hoist a traveling trophy presented to the college as winner of USU's inaugural Aggies for Change competition. Aggies for Change chair Tessa Goodall stands to Carlisle’s right.

member of USU's College of Natural Resources' student council

Natural Resources Student Council members Jen Christopherson, SanShi Glover, Senator Jason Carlisle and Michaela Stuver admire the traveling trophy won by the college. Aggies for Change is USU's first all-student giving challenge.

Could Utah State University’s smallest college have the biggest heart?

That’s debatable, as Aggies are well known for their generosity and commitment to service. Yet it’s no small feat that the College of Natural Resources won USU’s inaugural Aggies for Change competition.

(If you want to compare college sizes, visit the USU Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation’s handy website [].)

“Natural Resources is, by far, the smallest college in terms of student enrollment,” says Jason Carlisle, ASUSU Natural Resources senator. “However, what we lack in size, we make up for by being known as a tight-knit and passionate group of individuals.”

The College of Natural Resources not only raised the most money, the college had the highest proportion of student participation, says Tessa Goodall, 2010-11 Student Giving Chair of Advancement and contest coordinator.

“At eight percent, Natural Resources had the highest rate of students giving to the challenge,” Goodall says. “With matches from faculty, staff and administration, the college raised almost $1,000 — well over double what any other college raised.”

Goodall, with 2011-12 Student Giving Chair of Advancement Blake Nemelka and representatives from USU’s Office of University Advancement, presented Carlisle with a traveling trophy at a March 30 award ceremony.

Natural Resources dean Nat Frazer says he’s excited by the contest’s outcome.

“I’m pleased to see the dedication of our students, along with our faculty and staff members,” he says. “I want to especially recognize the efforts of our student council, which worked hard to promote the fundraising project.”

Fraser says the student council, which includes Carlisle and members Amy Rohman, Caitlin Laughlin, Chase Lamborn, Daren Boren, Emily Greene, Erin Fleming, Hesper Kohler, Jen Christopherson, Jeremy Butler, Kaitlin Eyre, Kim Quinn, Lindsay Hullinger, Michaela Stuver, Mike Harris, Paige McCann, Rachel Smith, SanShi Glover, Scott Crookston and Blake Thomas, will determine how the funds will be used.

Aggies for Change is USU’s first all-student giving program. The 2011 challenge was conducted March 17-18.

“The aim of the program is to instill a culture of philanthropy among USU students,” Goodall says. “We’re pleased with the outcome and thank our sponsor, USU Credit Union. We look forward to next year’s challenge.”

Carlisle and Frazer are game for next year’s challenge and insist the traveling trophy will remain in Natural Resources.

“Winning the Aggies for Change competition is only further evidence of the high quality of our students,” Carlisle says. “We’re willing to lend our help for a meaningful cause and have a lot fun while doing it.”

Related links:

Office of University Advancement

USU College of Natural Resources

Contact: Jason Carlisle,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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