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Think Beyond Limits: All Invited to Celebrate Natural Resources Week

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013

illustration/graphic for USU 2013 Natural Resources Week

Aggies are invited to participate in a variety of activities during Natural Resources Week March 25-29. Theme for the week is 'Think Beyond the Limits.'

USU Science Unwrapped graphic

A featured event during Natural Resources Week is USU professor Jack Schmidt's March 29 Science Unwrapped presentation 'The Colorado: A River Run Through’ at 7 p.m. in the ESLC auditorium. Admission is free. Image courtesy Scott A. Wright, USGS.

The Aggie community is invited to enjoy a variety of activities marking Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources Week March 25-29. The festivities include music, an outdoor fair, lectures, a 5K fun run, a benefit lunch for the Cache Community Food Pantry and a Science Unwrapped event. The week’s activities are open to all; most are free, unless otherwise noted.

Theme for the week is “Think Beyond the Limits.”

“Our week has something for everyone,” says Liz Kirkham, QCNR student senator. “We welcome the entire USU community to join us for fun, learning and service.”

Throughout the week, Aggies are invited to enjoy the annual Natural Resources Photo Contest Display in the Taggart Student Center Juniper Lounge and vote for their favorite entries.

The week’s activities include:

Monday, March 25

Rock out with your fellow Aggies at the Natural Resources Kick-Off Concert from 7-10 p.m. in the TSC International Lounge. Featured performers include local bands Cat Fever, Good Blood, The Fellows and The Moth and the Flame. 

Tuesday, March 26
Enjoy a hearty Loggers’ Breakfast on the TSC patio. A fundraiser for USU’s Forestry Club, cost is $3 per plate. Meals are served from 7-10 a.m.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., visit the NR Fair on the TSC patio. A variety of campus organizations involved in natural resource management, sustainability and outdoor recreation will provide exhibits.

Aggie running enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Predator vs. Prey 5K Run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the USU Cross Country Course. The course is located at 1498 N. 800 East in Logan (east of USU’s Agricultural Systems Technology and Education building). Cost per person is $10 ($15 with T-shirt.) Runners may register at the event or in advance with race coordinator Hesper Kohler at

Wednesday, March 27

Mark Lynas, British author, journalist and environmental activist, presents “Sustainable Agriculture: GMOs, Organic and How to Feed the World” Wednesday, March 27, during USU’s Common Hour from noon-1 p.m. in the TSC Stevenson Ballroom. He presents “Climate Change Solutions” from 4-5 p.m. in the Natural Resources building, Room 105. 

Thomas Stohlgren, research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University, is featured speaker for the USU Ecology Center Lecture Series. He presents his first lecture, “Triage in Conservation: How I’m Trying to Save the World,” at 6 p.m. in the Engineering building, Room 103. 

Thursday, March 28

QCNR alum Robert B. Jackson MS’90, PhD’92 (ecology and statistics) presents “Oil and Gas Hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale” from noon-1:15 p.m. in NR 105. Jackson is the Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a professor in Duke’s biology department.

From 4-5 p.m., Stohlgren presents his second talk, “Species Distribution and Modeling and Ecological Forecasting,” of the USU Ecology Center Lecture Series in ENGR 103.

In the evening, Aggies are invited to enjoy the annual Loggers’ Ball, one of the QCNR’s longest standing traditions. The event, which features informal, flannel attire, will be held at Café Sabor, 600 West Center in Logan. Tickets, starting at $10 per person, should be purchased in advance from the QCNR Dean’s Office, NR 108.

Friday, March 29

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., enjoy the second annual Empty Bowls Luncheon in the Natural Resources Building Atrium. For $8-10, select a hand-crafted bowl and receive a delicious soup of your choice. You keep the bowl (to remind you of hunger-fighting community efforts each time you use it.) All proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Cache Community Food Pantry.

Friday evening, inquiring minds of all ages are invited to the 7 p.m. Science Unwrapped presentation “The Colorado: A River Run through.” Featured speaker is Jack Schmidt, chief of the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center and professor in USU’s Department of Watershed Sciences. Schmidt’s talk, which takes place in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of USU’s Eccles Science Learning Center, is followed by a variety of hands-on learning activities and exhibits.

To follow the week’s activities, visit the USU Quinney College of Natural Resources on Facebook.

The Quinney College of Natural Resources includes the academic departments of Environment and Society, Watershed Sciences and Wildland Resources.

Related link:

USU College of Natural Resources

Contact: Liz Kirkham,

Contact: Mykel Beorchia, 435-797-2473,

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

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