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Aggie Parent & Family Podcast

Student Orientation and Transition Services is pleased to present the Aggie Parent & Family Podcast, a podcast for parents and families of USU Aggies! Here we share practical advice from leading USU experts and students to help guide both you and your student in your journey at Utah State University.

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Student Orientation and Transition Services is pleased to present the Aggie Parent & Family Podcast, a podcast for parents and families of USU Aggies! Here we share practical advice from leading USU experts and students to help guide both you and your student in your journey at Utah State University.

Bonus: COVID-19 Disruptions and Strategies

 March 30, 2020

Episode Summary:
In this bonus episode, we talk about COVID-19 disruptions and strategies to getting through it. We think this will be helpful for in-comings students, but students in general too!

Today's guests are Eri Suzuki Bentley, a licensed psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) at Utah State University. Keaton Howell, a Student Program Coordinator for Student Orientation at USU. And Tarren Jessop, a first-generation senior at USU studying psychology and sociology.

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Episode 8: Updates on COVID-19 at USU

 March 16, 2020

Episode Summary:
In today's episode, we chat again with Amanda DeRito about the many updates on COVID-19 at USU. Amanda DeRito is the Director of Crisis Communications at USU.

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Episode 7: How to Use USU Library Resources w/ Katie Strand

 March 09, 2020

Episode Summary:
In today's episode, we chat with Katie Strand about how to use USU library resources effectively. Katie Strand is the USU First-Year Experience Librarian at the Merrill–Cazier Library. 

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Episode 6: What Parents Need to Know About the Coronavirus w/Amanda DeRito & Keith Larsen

 March 04, 2020

Episode Summary:
In today's episode, we chat with Amanda DeRito and Keith Larsen about what Aggie parents need to know about the Coronavirus. Amanda DeRito is the Director of Crisis Communications at USU. And Keith Larsen is the Disease Investigator at the Bear River Health Department in Logan, Utah. 

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Episode 5: How to Support Your Student in their Second Semester w/ Lisa Simmons

 Jan 10, 2020

Episode Summary:
In today's episode we chat with Lisa Simmons about How to Support Your Student in their Second Semester. Lisa is the Director of Student Orientation & Transition Services here on the Logan-Campus.

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Episode 4: Diversity and inclusion with Michelle Bogdan Holt

Jan 10, 2020

Episode Summary:
In today's episode, we interview Michelle Bogdan Holt. Michelle is the Director for the USU Inclusion Center here on the Logan-Campus. Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science from the University of Utah. And her Master’s degree in American Studies from Utah State University.

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Episode 3: How to Discuss Sexual Assault Prevention With Your Student with Emmalee Fishburn

November 19, 2019

Episode Summary:
In this week's episode, Isaiah Jones sits down with USU Prevention Specialist, Emmalee Fishburn, to chat about How Discuss Sexual Assault Prevention With Your Student.

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Episode 2: Academic Advising at USU with Stephanie Hamblin

October 28, 2019

Episode Summary:
Today's guest is Stephanie Hamblin the Associate Director of University and Exploratory Advising at Utah State University. Stephanie and I chat about academic and exploratory advising at USU; and how your student can utilize their academic advisor for success.

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Episode 1: How to Support your Student at USU in Becoming an Educated Person

September 24, 2019

Episode Summary:
On today’s episode Isaiah Jones, Transition & Parent Program Coordinator here at the USU, discusses ‘How to Support your Student at USU in Becoming an Educated Person’ with Dr. Norm Jones. Special thanks to Brendon Henderson and Nick Ciancone for their great work and guidance with the editing; and Jordan Tolman for his wonderful creation of the podcast's jingle.

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Meet Your Hosts

Isaiah Jones

Isaiah Jones

Isaiah is the Transition & Parent Program Coordinator for Student Orientation and Transition Services.

Lisa Simmons

Lisa Simmons

Lisa is the Director of Student Orientation & Transition Services here on the Logan-Campus.