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Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013

At Utah State Commencement, Women Grads in Widening Majority – Salt Lake Tribune, May 4

Of the 4,161 students receiving undergraduate degrees at Utah State University's 126th commencement Saturday, 57 percent were women.

"That is the largest gender gap we've had," USU President Stan Albrecht said as he addressed the crowd gathered in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

A decade ago, 51 percent of Utah State's graduates were men, while 49 percent were women, but within the past couple of years, those numbers flipped, said USU public relations specialist Maren Cartwright.

All totaled, Utah State handed out 4,552 degrees this weekend: 3,633 bachelor's, 821 master's, 93 doctorate and five education specialist degrees. Graduates hailed from 26 countries and 46 states.

Utah State Announces Plans for New Practice Facility – NBC Sports, May 10

With their move to the Mountain West, Utah State understood that improvements needed to be made to their facilities in order to compete consistently with the likes of New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State.

On Thursday the school took an important step in that direction, as it announced plans for the building of a $9.5 million facility for its basketball and volleyball programs. The facility will be named after late USU basketball great Wayne Estes, and it’s an important carrot to have on the recruiting trail in the current era of college basketball.

Financing for the project received a major boost from USU boosters Jim and Carol Laub, who pledged a school-record $5.25 million for the project

For Utah College Presidents, Raise in Pay, Ire? - Salt Lake Tribune May 21

Utah public college presidents would get raises of up to 24 percent in July under a plan approved by the Utah Board
of Regents.

The extra money is designed to bring relatively low Utah salaries closer to rates at similar schools, a move Utah Commissioner of Higher Education David Buhler said is necessary to attract the best leaders.

"Decisions they make can have an effect not just on students and faculty, but their decisions can also save the state millions of dollars," he said. "We understand the economy is still not booming [but] we recognize they're valuable in the market."

Presidential salaries are paid for with state dollars, and the hikes are problematic for David Knowlton, president of the Utah Valley University chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Utah's other public higher education employees got a 1 percent raise this year.

NASA Partners With Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab – Echoes of Apollo, June 3

NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Innovative Partnerships Office in Greenbelt, Md., has entered into a Space Act Agreement with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), North Logan, Utah, to develop a high-resolution optical encoder

USU Students Win Regional Beta Alpha Psi Competition– Accounting Web, June 18

As any CPA knows, trying to explain accounting, the "language of business," to clients can sometimes be a difficult task. Now try to imagine explaining complex financial topics, like compounded interest, to a troop of Boy Scouts and you'll really have a sense of just how impenetrable a technical language barrier can be.

 But this May, accounting students in the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter at Utah State University's (USU) Jon M. Huntsman School of Business won themselves a trip to the national Beta Alpha Psi 2013 Best Practices Competition by proving they could use deft communication and out-of-the-box thinking to overcome the challenges of communicating technical business information. 

The students scored two out of three first-place victories in the categories of imagination and innovation, which qualified them to compete at the BAP national competition to be held this August at the BAP annual meeting in Anaheim, California.

USU Concrete Canoe Places in Top Five at Nationals– Utah Public Radio, June 27

For the third straight year, Utah State University engineering students have placed at a national concrete canoe competition.

This year’s event was held June 20-23 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Undergraduates at the Logan campus have been constructing the rock-hard vessels for regional races for more than two decades, and in recent years have taken their game to the top. The competition tests both speed and construction techniques. The team’s advisor says a lot of brain power goes into making a concrete canoe float.

This Facebook photo shows members from the USU Concrete Canoe team at a national competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“It’s incredibly hard,” said associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, Paul Barr. “It’s not an easy thing to do. You think of concrete and the first impression you get is that concrete doesn’t float. Of course you don’t want to build a canoe out of concrete.”

Move to Mountain West Conference Historic for Utah State Athletics– Deseret News, June 29

In May 2012, the Aggies were saved from the sinking ship and officially invited into the Mountain West.

“Utah State will be a tremendous fit,” said Thompson. “In two of the more prominent sports, football and men’s basketball, USU will be a contender for championships immediately.

“Culturally, the campus has the look and feel of several large land grant universities currently in the Mountain West. Academically, it will immediately rank as one of the top universities in the league. I have the utmost respect for the leadership of president Stan Albrecht and director of athletics Scott Barnes.”

For the headline programs, the Mountain West will bring a consistently higher level of competition to the Aggies. For Matt Wells and the football team, there will be no more cupcakes on the league schedule. They will now have tie-ins to six different bowl games, compared to a single tie-in last season. Men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill will no longer have to worry about his strength of schedule and at-large bids, as the Mountain West ranked as the most difficult conference in the nation last year and sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament.

Utah State University Students Build Mobile Bridge, Win Contest– Fox 13 News, July 21

Students at Utah State University have developed a mobile bridge that may help soldiers in the field, and the project won a nationwide competition held at an Air Force base in Florida.

Seven mechanical and aerospace engineering students built BAMBI, which stands for Break Apart Mobile Bridging Infiltration.

The bridge is made of carbon fiber, so it is very light-weight. The bridge breaks down into six pieces and can be carried in a backpack.

ROTC student Jacob Sigleton said the bridge seemed well designed.

“It looks like they’ve considered a lot of the actual use from our troops overseas,” he said. “I heard a lot of different ideas and a lot of the projects didn’t quite grasp what the Air Force wanted this to be used for, so I think it will work. I’m excited to try it out, and hopefully it will help our troops actually in the field.”

Utah State University Chief Joins Other Universities in Call to Close 'Innovation Deficit'- University Business, August 2

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht joined more than 160 of the nation's university presidents in calling on Congress and President Barack Obama to close what they call the "innovation deficit."

In an open letter, published Wednesday as an advertisement in Politico, the university presidents wrote that closing the gap between what investments are made for research and education and what is needed by universities must be a national imperative.

"Failing to deal with the innovation deficit will pass to future generations the burdens of lost leadership in innovation, economic decline, and limited job opportunities," the letter states. "We call upon you to reject unsound budget cuts and recommit to strong and sustained investments in research and education. Only then can we ensure that our nation’s promise of a better tomorrow endures."

Family of USU Student Killed in Accident Thanks Community for Their Support- Fox 13 News, August 29

The family of a Utah State University student spoke about their son several days after he was killed in an accident on USU’s campus.

Eric Scott Anderson, 24, was biking down Old Main Hill when he hit a chest-high slack line. He died from injuries sustained in the accident.

A slack line is used for activities similar to tightrope walking.

Marvel Anderson, Eric’s father, said they want to thank the public for their kindness and support through this difficult time.

“My family, we’d like to express our sincerest thanks to everybody,” he said. “I knew he had friends, but I had no idea how many. It’s part of what’s kept us going is the outpouring.”

(Salt Lake Tribune, 05/04/2013)
(NBC Sports, 05/10/2013)
(Salt Lake Tribune, 05/21/2013)
(Echoes of Apollo, 06/03/2013)
(Accounting Web, 06/18/2013)
(Utah Public Radio, 06/27/2013)
(Fox 13 News, 07/21/2013)
(University Business, 08/02/2013)
(Fox 13 News, 08/29/2013)

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