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  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2019

    Behind the Jerseys: Logan Woman Keeps Players in Aggie Blue & Fighting White

    Stacks of Utah State University football jerseys cover the surfaces of Melinda Garren’s kitchen from the counter to the chairs. The spaces not covered in jerseys are filled with a cutting mat and her sewing machine. Garren moves methodically through the piles in front of her. She picks up a jersey, lays it down on the counter, smooths the fabric with her hands and pulls out old threads that used to secure a player's name to the material. After double-checking a list with the players' names and numbers, she sets a new nameplate on the material and measures how it needs to fit. If the fabric is too long, she cuts it before spraying it with an adhesive and pinning it onto the fabric. Once the jersey is ready for her to sew, it goes into a new pile. It’s been 10 years since Garren began the job of sewing names and patches to the USU football jerseys. At this point, she can’t quite remember how it came to be that she was offered the job, but she said it must have started with a conversation between her husband, Bill, the athletic department’s director of video services, and Mike Bair, who oversees the equipment. ... “Uniforms have got to look sharp,” Bair said. “They have got to look good for every game, so it is important that we have someone that we can rely on to make sure those uniforms look the best that they can.”

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 23, 2019

    New Composting Service Among Presenters at Food Summit at USU

    It has been nearly eight months since Anthony Whaley started a curbside-compost collection service in Cache Valley. “We are excited about the feedback we are getting from the community as well as our subscribers,” Whaley said. The idea for the service came after Whaley, a Utah State University graduate student, and his wife moved from a home with a backyard to an apartment and began composting indoors. When they realized some of their friends in similar situations were also interested in composting, Whaley decided to start the business Compost Cache Valley. ... Whaley was part of many student groups and local organizations presenting on Friday during the Utah Higher Education Food Summit at USU. Started in 2016, the event’s purpose is to provide a place to discuss different efforts to fight campus and community food insecurity. Rebecca Charlton, an assistant professor in food sciences and an honors professor at USU, attended the idea fair and showcased some of the research projects her students have done over the past few years. The projects included connections between food waste and food insecurity and studying how educational information can improve food donation results.

  • Monday, Sep. 23, 2019

    Wildfire Can Pose Risks to Reservoirs

    Over the past 30 years, wildfires have gotten bigger, stronger, and occurred more often. As climates continue to warm, this trend will likely continue, causing disruption to landscapes and water systems alike. Wildfires are destructive to ecosystems, but they can also set the stage for future issues. "After a wildfire, particularly a high-severity wildfire, you have significant impacts to the soil that affects the infiltration of water," says Brendan Murphy, a research associate at Utah State University. ... In the western U.S., reservoirs provide long-term storage of water for tens of millions of people. The researchers used modeling to understand the locations and severity post-wildfire erosion could pose to downstream reservoirs. Murphy and his colleagues are investigating what effects wildfires might have on downstream reservoirs. Murphy will give an invited talk about their research at the GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix on Sunday morning. ... They are initially testing their new modeling on six reservoirs around Salt Lake City, Utah, but have plans to expand across the entire state. Murphy says the team is hoping their new modeling will help bring researchers together in predicting the risks from post-wildfire sediment at a landscape scale. The team has been meeting with state and federal forest agencies as well as landowners and water managers to discuss risks and mitigation. "Fire is not something we can avoid," says Murphy, adding that people need to become more accustomed to seeing fire on the landscape and dealing with the outcomes. Murphy says, "If we want to do a better job of managing our water resources moving forward, we need to do a better job of managing fire."

  • Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2019

    USU a Leader in Nuclear Engineering Research

    Two large grants totaling over $830,000 serve to support Utah State University’s standing as a national leader in nuclear engineering research. Dr. Ryan Berke is an assistant professor in USU’s department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. They give us a lot of flexibility to do all sorts of nuclear-related work ”These are fantastic grants,” Dr. Berke exclaims. “They give us a lot of flexibility to do all sorts of nuclear-related work. We are the nearest PhD-granting school in any of our engineering programs to Idaho National Lab where a lot of the federal nuclear research goes on. So this really helps us to have a lot of flexibility and resources to be able to continue the great collaborations we do with them.” ... The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently awarded the two grants. Dr. Berke says the funding will support scholarships, fellowships and faculty development. In addition to an active student chapter of the American Nuclear Society, USU is also home to the newly-formed Thermohydraulics and Material Properties Research Center.

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019

    USU's Caine College Welcomes New Dean

    Nearly a decade after its founding, the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University is welcoming its second dean. “I’m the person that has to fill the really big shoes of our founding dean, Craig Jessop,” said Dean Rachel Nardo as she spoke to students and faculty last week at the college’s convocation. “I was going to get some of those clown shoes, but I just put on my high heels instead.” ... Dean Nardo compared the quality of education at the Caine College of the Arts to that of an arts conservatory. As the new dean, she said her next focus will be ensuring students are able to meet the demands of a 21st-century workplace. This includes integrating the arts and technology in classroom settings and remaining up to date on what employers need. One way Nardo wants to do this is by using certificate programs to fill in the gaps and better provide students the skills they will need after graduation. ... Inclusion is also an important focus for Dean Nardo. In conjunction with the university’s newly opened Latinx Cultural Center, she wants to reach out to that community and help those students feel welcome. She also wants to ensure LGBTQ+ students feel welcome in the college. “We want to be inclusive,” Nardo said. “Everyone belongs here.”

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019

    Utah State to Host First Chocolate Expo Next Week

    The whole community is invited to free classes, tours, samples, competitions and more at the first Aggie Chocolate Expo next week. The expo will start at 11 a.m. and go until 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Aggie Chocolate Factory, located at 1111 N. 800 East in Blue Square. ... Expo events will involve more than just tasting the Factory’s organic “bean to bar” chocolate, though. Attendees will be treated to free classes from industry professionals across the U.S., tour the chocolate factory and savor samples of the five new Aggie chocolate items making their debut. ... Based on the Chocolate Factory’s Grand Opening, Anderson said there could be a few thousand attendees. Because public parking is limited at Aggie Blue Square, Anderson recommends people pay a few dollars to park at Aggie Terrace (600 North and 700 East) and ride the free Aggie shuttle to the Expo. Normal university and city parking regulations will be enforced. More information and a complete itinerary can be found at

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 16, 2019

    Aggie Coaching Great John Ralston Dies at 92

    Before the Aggie football team started going to bowl games on a regular basis and recording double-digit wins in a season, there was a short stretch nearly six decades ago when Utah State had some of its best success on the gridiron. There is a four-year stretch that is still the best in program history when looking at that many seasons in a row and calculating winning percentage. Guiding the Aggies during that run was legendary coach John Ralston. While he only spent four seasons in Logan, he had fond memories of Cache Valley and returned when he could. Ralston, who was at the USU helm from 1959-62, passed away last Saturday in Sunnyvale, California. He was 92. ... During his four years at USU, the Aggies went 31-11-1 (73.3 percent, which is the best of any Aggie football coach with at least three years at the school) and played in two bowls. Many long-time fans still argue the 1959-62 era as one of the best in football. ... Ralston’s 1961 squad is the last team in USU history to go undefeated during the regular season as the Aggies went 9-0-1 mark before losing to Baylor, 24-9, in the Gotham Bowl.

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Sep. 16, 2019

    Pulitzer Prize Finalist to Deliver Annual Arrington Lecture

    Stanford University historian Richard White, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, will deliver the 25th annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Logan Tabernacle. He will talk about the impact of the transcontinental railroad, which was supposed to insure the growth of the far west, but he says some states lost population after the railroad was built. ... Dr. White taught at the University of Utah in the early 1980s and says he was privileged to know Dr. Arrington then. ”He was still alive and at that time was not only the dean of Mormon historians, but he’s one of the people who got me interested in economic history in general. He was, for those doing western history, a sort of larger-than-life figure.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Logan Tabernacle and it is free.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019

    Logan Ranked the Best College Town in Utah for 2019-20 School Year

    Logan, the home of Utah State University, has been named the best college town in Utah. The kudos came from, a research organization that, according to their webpage, puts in hours of research in order to recommend the best products to their readers. In this case, the product is the best college town in Utah. And their recommendation is Logan. ... Then, using data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they analyzed the overall population and the student population. They looked at rental costs, the cost of a college education in the town and the number of transportation options. The unemployment rate was also a factor, as well as bar availability.

  • Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019

    Utah State Safe Makes Safety More Accessible

    After the False Code Blue sent out last spring at Utah State, there have been many changes to the emergency notification system for students, faculty, and families. UPR’s Meghan Nelson was able to talk to Utah State University’s public safety department to find out more. Last spring, while trying to work on the emergency alert system, Utah State University sent out a false active shooter alert to students, faculty, and families. The university’s Executive Director of Public Safety, Earl Morris, explained that the institution has since made it their goal to finalize updates for a better emergency alert system. ... The university has created a new app called Utah State Safe. Anyone who registers and downloads the app will be able to receive Code Clue alerts, and use the other safety features at any moment. “The app really creates kind of an essential focal point for safety on campus everything that you might need in regards to safety is going to be on the app and were also adding additional features" said Amanda DeRito, Utah State’s Director of Crisis Communication and Issue Management. ... Although the university will still be sending out Code Blue alerts through email and text message, the Utah State Safe app runs off of Wi-Fi or cell service, which makes it more accessible than the Code Blue alerts ever were before.

  • Standard Examiner Wednesday, Sep. 04, 2019

    Utah State Tops Weber State in Annual 'Blood Battle'

    Weber State was only one unit short of its goal of 199 units of blood during its annual blood drive with American Red Cross. A unit of a blood is about one pint. As part of Weber State’s drive, which ran Monday through Friday last week, 229 people registered to donate blood, with a total of 107 first-time donors who participated, according to Kurt Lyman, account manager with American Red Cross who worked with Weber State in running the drive. The blood drive is part of an annual “Blood Battle” with Utah State, which tends to bring in more blood donations because fewer students commute to the school. Utah State brought in 402 units of blood, 107% of its goal of 370 units. The drive brought out 444 people who registered, 180 of whom donated for the first time. ... Donations have become increasingly important as the American Red Cross responds to areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian. According to multiple outlets in Utah, the Red Cross in Utah has already sent blood, as well as local volunteers, east to be ready when the storm hits.

  • Mountain Journal Monday, Sep. 02, 2019

    My Mauling And Mountaintop Rescue: Longtime USU Professor Tells His Story

    In his new memoir, 'One of Us,' bear biologist Barrie Gilbert recounts his own brutal grizzly attack and the reasons behind his passion for large landscape conservation ... We sighted our first grizzlies at 6:04 a.m. on June 27, 1977. The day had begun with sunlight chasing a long shadow across an alpine lake far below. We were in the Gallatin River headwaters of northwest Yellowstone National Park, 9,900 feet above sea level. Sitting at the top of the world, my graduate student, Bruce, and I were high with excitement as we watched a mother grizzly and three cubs amble toward a small herd of grazing elk. It was late spring in Montana’s Gallatin Range. The high valleys were greening up, and the long snowdrifts were melting away. Only a week earlier, we had left Utah State University to begin a study of grizzly bear responses to backcountry hikers and outfitters on packhorses. Finally, bears were in sight, not too far from the well-used Fawn Pass Trail.

  • Utah Public Radio Friday, Aug. 30, 2019

    New Center On Intersectional Gender Studies Coming To USU

    The Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research at Utah State University will “build upon the highly successful history of the university’s Center for Women and Gender,” according to a press release issued Thursday. USU sociology professor Dr. Christy Glass will serve as the center’s interim director. “I think it’s a really exciting moment to be at USU," Glass said. "The vision for the new center is really the product of six months of outreach by a task force to find out what the needs are and how this center might contribute to those needs and engage in a broader way with this campus and our community.” ... Glass said the center will be housed in the university’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and that its work will be essential for students.

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019

    USU Announces New Plans for Intersectional Gender Studies

    Utah State University announced on Thursday it will be opening a new Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research, following the permanent closure of its Center for Women and Gender at the beginning of this month. “Rather than a shutting down and reopening, it is more of just an evolution to really re-envision where we are in the whole space related to intersectional gender studies,” said Utah State Provost Frank Galey. Christy Glass, a USU sociology professor who will be the new center’s interim director, said the initiative is part of the continuing evolution of the university’s commitment to gender studies and research, going back to 1974 when the Women’s Center was first established. ... The new center will be housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. According to Glass and Galey, changes will include seeking to make the center more inclusive, involving more faculty and increasing the focus on the academic side of the center, including research and teaching.

  • Utah Public Radio Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019

    Utah State University Celebrates the Year of the Woman

    Utah State University is joining the nation and state in celebrating significant voting rights anniversaries in 2020: the 150th anniversary of suffrage for Utah women; the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States; and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. As the university honors these important milestones in our history, and as part of those celebrations, Utah State University also declares this the Year of the Woman. On Wednesday's Access Utah, we speak with Joyce Kinkead, Distinguished Professor of English at USU, and Cathy Bullock, Interim Department Head of USU's Department of Journalism and Communications.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

    USU Student Launches New Transit App

    A new public transit app that launched this weekend allows users to access information for both Cache Valley Transit District and Aggie Shuttle bus routes. “The big idea behind it was there really wasn’t a mobile application out there that allowed you to see the locations of both the Aggie Shuttle and the CVTD,” said Jake Hadley, the Utah State University student who designed the app. There are other transit apps for the valley in the App Store — one for CVTD and two for the Aggie Shuttle, but the app Hadley designed is the only one that allows users to see real-time information and the stops for both systems at the same time. The iOS app is out now, and an Android version is expected to launch by the end of the week. ... Hadley came up with the idea for the app while he was living off-campus. He wanted a tool that would make it easier to use both the Aggie shuttle and the Cache Valley buses at the same time. He began developing the app as a group project for one of his classes a few years ago. According to Hadley, it was a good first attempt, but the app needed some adjustments before it would be ready for public use.

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

    Utah State University Declares 2019-20 the Year of the Woman

    Utah State University’s Year of the Woman celebration kicked off Monday at a gathering in Logan of those interested in celebrating significant voting rights anniversaries. Joyce Kinkead, Distinguished Professor of English, said there are three important voting rights milestones in 2020. ”They are 1870, Utah women go to the polls, and they are absolutely the first in the nation,” Kinkead explained, “so it’s a real point of pride for the state; 1920, a hundred years next year, and that was national suffrage; and then, the voting rights act of 1965.” USU President Noelle Cockett and Logan Mayor Holly Daines spoke briefly at the event at the president’s official residence in Logan. Mayor Daines talked of the importance of encouraging more young women toward involvement in public service.

  • KSL TV Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

    Utah State University Releases Campus Safety App

    Utah State University has released rolling out a new app that campus police say will help put safety resources, right at their fingertips. It could also help them find people who need help faster, through GPS tracking. The fall semester is just under a week away, but incoming freshmen have already been busy preparing and getting more familiar with the campus. Coming from the state of Washington, Kelli Munn said she just happened to come across one unexpected tool that might help her – the Utah State Safe App. “I was looking at apps that I needed to download for school and I thought it’s probably a really good thing for me to have as a freshman, and just anyone on campus,” she said. Safe Utah State launched earlier this week and is similar to the statewide safety and crisis app, Safe UT. A publicity campaign designed to get more students signed up in the app will start as classes begin. ... The Utah State Safe App also has links to counseling, and support, as well as resources for faculty and staff who may need to help a student in distress or who might be exhibiting mental health concerns. Campus Police will be out telling students about the app as classes begin next week.

  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

    Aggie Bull-evard Welcomes Traffic, Students Back

    Just in time for the fall semester, Aggie Bull-evard reopened on Monday after being closed to through traffic for summer construction. The construction project “has enhanced the main entry into Utah State, which gives it a better feel coming in for everyone,” said Kelly Christoffersen from USU Facilities planning, design and construction. Aggie Bull-evard is the section of 700 North that runs from 800 East to 1200 East and is the main thoroughfare through Utah State University. This summer’s project focused mostly on the section between 800 East and the main crosswalk, about a block of roadway. ... The project included crosswalk improvements, adding bike lanes and installing a barrier in the median and in front of the Aggie Recreation Center to make crossing outside of crosswalks more difficult. Bike lanes were added to the crosswalks on 700 North at 1200 East and 800 East. The pavement at the 800 East crosswalk now reads “Utah State University.” The updated crosswalk, just east of the University Inn parking lot, now features traffic and pedestrian lights to direct the flow of both vehicle and foot traffic.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

    USU Aggie Chocolate Factory Going Strong

    Since opening less than a year ago, the world is beginning to notice USU’s Research Lab and Chocolate Factory, the first of its kind associated with a university—as far as Steve Shelton, the Plant Production Manager for the Aggie Chocolate Factory and Business Manager for Aggie Ice Cream, knows. People are coming to tour it from as far as Japan, and some of the world’s largest chocolate makers are lending knowledge and support. Shelton added that this is only the beginning for the Chocolate Factory. ... A few years ago, Silvana Martini started teaching classes on chocolate at USU, but until the Chocolate Factory was built, students had no way to get hands-on learning. ... Before managing Aggie Ice Cream, Shelton owned and operated Magical Moon Toys, where he started selling his homemade confections and chocolate. Soon, the candy was outselling everything else, so he completely changed careers and opened Pee Wee’s Sweets in Logan. But getting the chance to develop the Chocolate Factory, to pass on an art that often dies when its masters do, has become his dream and focus.

  • Capital Press Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019

    'Moogets' Help Utah State University Win Dairy Competition

    Food science students from Utah State University scooped up the top prize in this year’s new products competition sponsored by the Idaho Milk Processors Association. Their innovative product — Moogets, a chicken nugget substitute using cheese as the base — won the $10,000 grand prize to be split between the university and the students. In addition to cheese, the product also contains milk and whey isolate powder for a dairy ingredient content of 79%. ... With a unique set of nutrients, calcium, vitamins and minerals, the product could fill a need not currently met in the marketplace and appeal to vegetarians and other consumers wanting to limit their meat intake, according to the students. Team members include Melissa Marsh, Jung Mun Yang, Ireland Green, Savannah Branson and Sophie Overbeck. "We appreciate the opportunity that IMPA gives USU, and other schools, to compete in the product development competition," Dave Irish, USU team advisor and the school's Aggie Creamery manager, said. "Our students had a great idea, worked extremely hard, and we are pleased with the results, both as a product and the grand prize," he said.

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Aug. 08, 2019

    Webcam Showcases Tearing Down of Valley View Tower

    One of Utah State University’s storied residence halls, Valley View Tower, is being demolished — but not in the way that a lot of people would like to see. Joe Beck, an architect and project coordinator with USU Facilities, said the residence hall cannot get the controlled detonation treatment many stadiums and high rises do because it was built with post-tensioned slabs, meaning the concrete is secured by a network of steel cables. ... Valley Tower should be down by the time fall semester starts on Aug. 26, according to Beck. It will then take another month to haul off and separate all the material. As of now, three machines are at work demolishing the building, Beck said. ... A camera is position on top of a nearby building so the contractors and USU can watch the demolition for security and tracking purposes, according to Beck. Aside from that, Beck hopes the webcam encourages people to be safe and stay away from the demolition site.

  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, Aug. 07, 2019

    Longtime USU Art Professor Glen Edwards Passes Away

    Anyone who ever attended the Festival of the American West pageant at USU knows the artwork of Cache Valley painter Glen Edwards. You simply couldn’t miss it. Two towering portraits, one showing a cowboy and the other a Native American chief, flanked the massive stage at the longtime Logan pageant, while the concourse of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum was lined with several more of Edwards’ Western-themed paintings, including an epic 80-foot wide mural depicting scenes of frontier life. The Preston-born painter and former Utah State University art professor, who died Saturday at age 83, is being remembered for those artworks and many other things as news of his passing spreads in the community and among his former art students. ... Edwards taught at USU for 32 years while doing some watercolor and oil painting on the side, then he turned to painting full-time after retirement from the university in 2000. He garnered several awards for his work and for years has had pieces on display in galleries in Santa Fe, Park City, Jackson and Sun Valley, among other Western tourist meccas known for showcasing regional artists.

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Aug. 01, 2019

    Lt. Governor Spencer Cox Returns to USU Campus for Campaign Stop

    The yellow and green “Cox for Governor” RV has been making its way through Cache County this week. By Friday evening, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and his campaign team will have visited every incorporated city and town in the county, from Amalga to Wellsville, as part of his campaign tour around the state. ... During their visit to the valley, Cox, his wife, Abby, their daughter Emma Kate, and his campaign team participated in service projects such as laying rocks at a historic cabin in Newton and painting the Block A at Utah State University. Shelby Frauen-Riddle works in the admissions office at USU and suggested painting the A as a Logan service project to the campaign. “I love the idea that service is so much a part of the campaign,” Frauen-Riddle said. “I think it really speaks to how he would be as a leader and as a governor. He is not just showing up and shaking hands, he is actually in the trenches and doing the work that the community needs.”


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