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All Aggies Invited to Celebrate 2016 Natural Resources Week at USU

Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

USU Natural Resources Week logo with deer and fish in mountain river valley

All Aggies are invited to participate in a variety of activities during Natural Resources Week March 28-April 2.

Late USU professor Doc Daniel standing at Forest Service sign

The late Theodore W. 'Doc' Daniel at the August 1996 dedication of the T.W. Daniel Experimental Forest in Utah’s Logan Canyon. Daniel is the subject of the Natural Resources Week keynote address by Professor Jim Long March 30, at 4 p.m. in NR 105.

The Utah State University community is invited to participate in a variety of activities during the Quinney College of Natural Resources Week March 28-April 2.

“We have a lot to celebrate and a great week of programs to highlight natural resources studies, research and service,” says Patrick J. Adams, QCNR student senator. “We invite everyone to join in the festivities.”

Activities include a nature photo exhibit, a rock wall climbing competition, a Dutch oven cookout, a charity 5K fun run and a benefit lunch for the Cache Community Food Pantry. The week’s activities are open to all. Many are free, unless otherwise noted.

Monday and Tuesday, Aggies are invited to view the annual Natural Resources Photo Contest Display in the Stevenson Ballroom lobby of the Taggart Student Center and vote for their favorite entries. The exhibit moves to the Natural Resources Building atrium Wednesday through Friday, where visitors can continue to enjoy the entries.

The week’s activities include:

Monday, March 28

The week kicks off at noon with delicious Dutch oven potatoes prepared by the USU Range Club on the outdoor grassy area south of the Biology-Natural Resources building. Cost per plate is $2.

At 7 p.m., Bruce Bugbee, professor in USU’s Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, offers a brief talk about his research in growing plants in space prior to a free viewing of the Oscar-winning move The Martian in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 29

Tuesday is QCNR Faculty Appreciation Day, as faculty members are treated to coffee and breakfast treats at the college’s weekly social hour at 10 a.m. in the Natural Resources Building atrium. All are welcome.

At 4:30 p.m., all Aggies are invited to participate in relay races on the Quad hosted by the USU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Bring your three-to-five-person teams and join the fun.

Wednesday, March 30

Enjoy a hearty Loggers’ Breakfast on the Natural Resources Building patio. A fundraiser for the USU Forestry Club, cost is $5 per plate and includes a drink. Meals are served from 7:30-10:30 a.m.

At 4 p.m. in NR 105, all are invited to the week’s keynote address by Wildland Resources professor Jim Long, who speaks about legendary USU professor Theodore “Doc” Daniel and the college’s new professorship established in his memory. For more than 40 years, Doc Daniel, who passed away in 2004, led students in USU’s forestry program in “gut-buster” forestry training camps each summer in Logan Canyon.

Thursday, March 31

From 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., all are invited to the fifth annual Empty Bowls Luncheon in the Natural Resources Building Atrium. For $7, select a hand-crafted bowl and receive delicious soup, along with bread and water. Keep the bowl to remind you to support hunger-fighting community efforts each time you use it. All proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Cache Community Food Pantry. 

Friday, April 1

From 3-9 p.m., all Aggies are invited to participate in the Bouldering Competition in the new Aggie Recreation Center. QCNR and USU Outdoor Programs host the event, where participants will compete on the ARC climbing wall for prizes and glory. Competitive divisions include women’s beginner, men’s beginner, women’s advanced and men’s advanced. Advance sign-up is required. Sign-ups begin Monday, March 28, at the ARC climbing wall and participation is on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, April 2

All Aggie running enthusiasts are invited to participate in the annual Predator vs. Prey 5K Run, starting at the sidewalk area west of the Taggart Student Center. Check-in time is 9:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m.

This year’s event is a fundraiser for Logan’s Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, a local non-profit that provides outdoor recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. Cost per person is $12, which includes a Natural Resources Week T-shirt. Participants are encouraged to register in advance, beginning Monday, March 28, in the QCNR Dean’s Office, NR 108.

Race participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite “predator” or “prey.” Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and fastest times. This is a “no waste” event, so please bring your own water bottle.

To follow the week’s activities, visit the Quinney College of Natural Resources USU Facebook page or view the college’s website.

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: Senator Patrick J. Adams,

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

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