September 2019 Newsletter

September 19, 2019

September is here! We are excited for this year’s Parent and Family Weekend on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28. All Aggie parents and families are invited to join us for a variety of campus and community activities. This year, Parent and Family Weekend coincides with USU's Homecoming[BROKEN LINK], providing many exciting family-friendly activities that are free or low-cost. You are an important part of our Aggie Family, and we hope you will join us for a beautiful fall weekend in Logan.

We provide a menu of activities happening on campus and throughout the Cache Valley community, and you can choose which activities suit you and your family.

 Below is a list of the Aggie Parent & Family Weekend events:

  • USU Library Reception – Saturday, September 28, 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.: Enjoy donuts, locally-sourced apple cider, and live music by the Caine String Quartet as you tour USU's Merrill-Cazier Library. Tours will include a look at Special Collections and Archives, including old manuscripts, the legendary bear skull of Old Ephraim, and the Hatch Room with authentic medieval furnishings. Tours will also include the robotic book retrieval system, the book stacks and study nooks, and more. (FREE – No reservation necessary)

  • Family Photos on the “A” – Saturday, September 28, 12:30 P.M. – 2 P.M.: Capture your memories at USU with a family photo on the historic “A” next to Old Main. These pictures are sponsored by Student Orientation and USU Alumni and will be emailed to your family at no cost to you. (FREE – No reservation necessary)

  • USU Athletic Facility Tour – Saturday, September 28, 2:30 P.M.: USU Athletics will show you several of their new facilities, including the West Stadium Center and the Aggie Hall of Fame. Please sign up in advance for your tour online. A USU Athletics staff member will email you with the meeting location and more details.

  • Family Tailgate Party – AG Products BBQ at Craig Aston Park – Saturday, September 28, 2:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. | 1307 E. 800 N. Logan, UT 84321: The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) will be hosting their annual Agricultural Product BBQ. All proceeds go to CAAS student scholarships through the Utah Agricultural Leadership Endowment. Enjoy Utah corn, beef, dairy, pork, and more with the Aggie community prior to the game. Parents, family members, and students can purchase a ticket at the CAAS website. (Please remember to purchase a meal ticket for your student too).

    Meal tickets are $13 for adults (11 & older) and $6 for children (3-10 years old). Students with a current USU ID card are $11. Buy in person, or online (recommended) at https://caas.usu.edu/alumni/ag-bbq. Adults and students will be given a blue wristband, and children will be given a yellow wristband.

    Please be on the lookout for our Aggie Parent & Family Weekend signs as you arrive at the BBQ entrance at Craig Aston Park 1307 N. 800 E. Logan, Utah. There will be 35 picnic tables available, first come first serve.  Free parking will be available across the street from Craig Aston Park at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints parking lot at 720 E 1300 N, Logan, UT 84341. There are also paid-parking locations available around the Stadium.

  • USU Football vs. Colorado State – Saturday, September 28, 5:30 P.M.: This rivalry goes back to October 11, 1902. Currently, USU’s record versus Colorado State is 34 wins, 39 losses, and 2 ties. Last year, USU Football pulled off a victory of 29-24 after a Colorado State touchdown was reviewed, and called back. You will not want to miss this game!

    Discounted tickets are available for families in the general admission, south-wide, or east-side sections. Your student will be admitted to the student section for free with their USU ID card if they have paid their student fees. When purchasing tickets, use the FAMWEEK19 promotion code to receive the discount.

  • Additional campus and community events, including theatre productions, an art exhibition, a block festival, the Aggie Family Reunion carnival, a 5K race, the Homecoming parade, unique campus tours, and a corn maze will be happening on Friday, September 27 and Saturday September 28. Many are free or low-cost. Please visit the Parent and Family Weekend website for more information.


We are excited for this year’s events and look forward to seeing you on campus for this beautiful fall homecoming weekend. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 435-797-7557 or email isaiah.jones@usu.edu.

Academic Year at a glance fall 2019

September is an excellent time for your student to speak with an academic advisor and to get a fresh reminder of the various resources that are available to help them succeed. Students who are struggling with this semester's course load are encouraged to speak with their advisor right away. September and October are also ideal times to meet with an advisor to plan next semester's schedule. Registration opens mid-November, and it's difficult to get an appointment around registration time. Your student can find their academic advisor and schedule an appointment online.

If your student is unsure about their major, they can schedule an appointment with an exploratory advisor. They can also explore degree offerings at www.usu.edu/degrees and by browsing the suggested 4-year plans for each major in the University Catalog (see catalog.usu.edu and select Degree Maps).

As you plan for the coming holidays, you can find the finals week schedule and academic calendar on the General Catalog calendar page.

Lastly, you and your student can find helpful tips and resources listed at at thrive.usu.edu and within the Parent Handbook.


Caine String Quartet will be joining us at the USU Library Reception on Saturday, September 28th 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

 

Aggie Parent & Family Podcast:
Our first episode is out! In Episode 1: How to Support your Student at USU in Becoming an Educated Person, Isaiah Jones, Transition & Parent Program Coordinator, sits down with Dr. Norm Jones, USU Emeritus Professor who headed the History Department, founded Religious Studies and Classics programs at USU, and chairs the Regents' General Education Task Force and for 22 years has led Utah's "What is an Educated Person?" Conference.

Questions?

If you or your student have any questions, please ask. You can contact any of the offices below for help between the hours of 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, we are more than happy to make you and your student’s experience as seamless and pleasant as possible.

Parent Programs 435-797-7557 isaiah.jones@usu.edu
Orientation 435-797-0283 orientation@usu.edu
Financial Aid 435-797-0173 finaid@usu.edu
ID Card 435-797-3852 idphoto@aggiemail.usu.edu
Housing 435-797-3113 info@housing.usu.edu
Parking 435-797-7275 parking@usu.edu

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