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Find Your Roots: Aggies Invited to Celebrate Natural Resources Week


Thursday, Oct. 01, 2009


2009 Natural Resources Week at USU, logo
Aggies are invited to participate in a variety of activities during College of Natural Resources Week Oct. 5-10. Logo design by Kara Singleton.
USU NR week, ‘Wolves in Paradise’ poster
Natural Resources Week features a free showing of the PBS documentary 'Wolves in Paradise,' featuring the efforts of several USU alumni, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, in the TSC auditorium.
The Aggie community is invited to enjoy a variety of activities marking Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources Week Oct. 5-10. The week includes a photo contest, outdoor expo, film and music highlighting global sustainability issues, along with a special appearance by Steve Curwood, host and executive producer of the Public Radio International program, Living on Earth.
 
Theme for the week is “Find Your Roots. Make a Difference.”
 
“We invite everyone to join us in celebrating the great fall weather and enjoying the natural beauty of our campus,” says John Rentschler, College of Natural Resources student senator. “Over the course of the week, we’ll offer opportunities to learn more about the college’s diversity of study and research, along with ways everyone can personally get involved in sustainability.”
 
The week’s activities include:
 
Monday, Oct. 5
 
Start your week with a hearty Logger’s Breakfast of homemade pancakes on the Taggart Student Center patio. A fundraiser for USU’s Forestry Club and Wildlife Society student chapter, cost is $3 per plate. Meals are served from 9-11 a.m. If you’re feeling especially hungry, join in the pancake-eating contest at 10:20 a.m. Prizes will be awarded.
 
Throughout the day, view research posters by CNR graduate and undergraduate students in the TSC Sunburst and International Lounges, and, through Thursday, vote for your favorite entries in the college’s Nature Photo Contest display.
 
At 7 p.m. attend a free showing of the PBS documentary, “Wolves in Paradise,” which features the innovative efforts of CNR alumni to reduce livestock-wildlife conflicts in Montana. Hosted by the Berryman Institute and the Quinney Natural Resources Library, the film is followed by a panel discussion.
 
Tuesday, Oct. 6
 
Enjoy the Natural Resources’ Outdoor Expo on the USU Quad from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The gathering features exhibits by CNR student clubs, wildlife agencies, local outdoor recreation vendors and more.

 
Wednesday, Oct. 7

Steve Curwood, host and executive producer of Public Radio International’s “Living on Earth” program, presents “Green is the New Red, White and Blue.” His talk, free and open to all, begins at 11 a.m. in the Taggart Student Center Stevenson Ballroom.  
   
Thursday, Oct. 8

 
All students, faculty and staff are invited to the day-long workshop, “Potential Carbon Markets and Utah Agriculture: An Assessment of Opportunities.” The gathering includes lunch and is free for students but all participants must register. For information, visit the conference Web site.
 
Thursday evening, all Aggies are invited to enjoy s’mores around a campfire at Malibu campground in Logan Canyon featuring a talk by recently retired CNR professor Fred Provenza. Carpooling is encouraged. Those needing transportation can catch an Aggie Shuttle at 7 p.m. on the north side of the Natural Resources building; the shuttle returns from the campground at 9 p.m.  
  
Friday, Oct. 9
 
All USU students are invited to try their hand at locating specific points on campus using a global positioning system unit. To participate, stop by the CNR Academic Service Center, Room 120 in the Natural Resources building between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. in the NR building atrium to participants who achieve the fastest course times. For more information about this activity, contact Michael Butkus at 435-797-2473 or michael.butkus@usu.edu.
 
At 4 p.m., attend the awards ceremony of the college’s Nature Photo Contest in the atrium of the Natural Resources building. 
 
At 7 p.m., rock out with your fellow Aggies at the annual Reduce, Reuse and Rock Concert at the amphitheatre on Old Main Hill. Hosted by Aggie Recyclers, ECOS (Environmental Coalition of Students) and CNR, the event benefits recycling and conservation efforts on campus and in the community. Suggested donation is $3 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 10
 
Roll up your sleeves and join others in a service project along the Little Bear River in southern Cache County. Aggie volunteers will plant willows to stabilize the river’s banks.
 
Advance sign-up for the project is required and directions to the work site will be provided. Volunteers can register in the CNR Academic Services office in the Natural Resources Building, room 120. Those needing transportation should meet outside the front entrance of the University Inn at 8 a.m. Lunch for registered volunteers, courtesy of Old Grist Mill, is provided free of charge at the work site.

 
Participants should bring a water bottle and sunscreen, rubber boots or a change of footwear and wear work gloves, a hat and clothing appropriate for the weather.
  
USU’s College of Natural Resources includes the academic departments of Environment and Society, Watershed Sciences and Wildland Resources.
 
Related link:
 
Contact: John Rentschler, 585-298-1233, cnrstudentcouncil@gmail.com
Contact: Michael Butkus, 435-797-2473, michael.butkus@usu.edu 
Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517, maryann.muffoletto@usu.edu


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