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  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, May. 14, 2019

    USU Audiology Students Reflect on Humanitarian Mission

    Eleven Utah State University students returned from the Dominican Republic on Sunday after a weeklong volunteer mission with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide hearing aids to individuals without access to health care. Audiology students in the doctoral program at the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence have raised funds all year as part of a course designed around the service mission. The students pay for the missions themselves, holding bake sales to raise the money to cover the trip. ... The doctoral program in audiology is a specialization in the disability disciplines Ph.D. program in the Emma Eccles Jones School of Education and Human Services. The trip is part of an ongoing service-learning opportunity with Starkey Hearing Foundation that Utah State has been a part of for 14 years.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, May. 13, 2019

    Aggie Bull-evard to Add Signal Lights, Bike Lane

    Aggie Bull-evard, the section of 700 North that passes through the Utah State campus, has been closed multiple times in the past for road construction, most typically in the summer. This year, big changes are expected as construction begins once again. Access to USU from 700 North is temporarily closed until Aug. 23. The closure is to help facilitate road, sidewalk and crosswalk improvements from 800 East to 900 East between the Aggie Recreation Center and the Education Building. “The signal light crosswalks will be used to direct pedestrians to the crosswalks at 800 North and 900 North,” said Kelly Christoffersen from USU Facilities planning, design and construction. Christoffersen said that they will be adding a new center island with a rain garden and artwork to help keep individuals from jaywalking. “We want to make it easier for the buses, and we will be adding a bike lane as well,” Christoffersen said. ... Entrance into USU from 1200 East to 900 East will still be open, and an alternative route to the Taggart Student Center, Welcome Center and University Inn parking lot will be made available.

  • Salt Lake Tribune Sunday, May. 12, 2019

    USU Study Shows Campaign Brought an Extra Half-million Visitors to Parks

    Wilshire Boulevard is among Los Angeles’ busiest streets, traveled by millions in cars, on foot and on bikes. For two months in 2013, a composite image showing several iconic Utah landforms — think Delicate Arch and the Great White Throne — soared above the equally iconic street connecting Beverly Hills with L.A.’s commercial districts. From the side of a 20-story building, the redrock scenery beckoned passersby to visit Utah’s “Mighty 5.” That 238-foot-high “wallscape” was the start of the now famous and much-copied ad blitz touting southern Utah’s five national parks. The campaign’s spring 2013 launch — placed in television ads, building wraps, digital billboards, magazines and social media at a cost of $3.1 million — coincided with a steep increase in park visitation that has continued unabated ever since. It was widely assumed that “Mighty 5” had a lot to do with that, and a new study by Utah State University economists confirms it: The campaign attracted an additional half-million visitors on average during each of the three years after the appearance of these ads in major Western cities within a long-day’s drive of Utah. Although Utah’s park tourism had been rising since 2008, the state Office of Tourism initiated the aggressive multimedia push promoting Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks. But the campaign likely did little to push soaring visitation at Zion and Bryce Canyon, Utah’s two most crowded parks, according to the study’s senior author, Paul Jakus, a professor in USU’s Department of Applied Economics. Still, the study proves Mighty 5 was a huge success, for better or worse, and highlights the imperative for the state to adjust messaging surrounding Utah’s increasingly crowded redrock gems.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, May. 10, 2019

    Center for Clinical Excellence Offering Low-Cost Therapy Services

    The Marriage and Family Therapy program at Utah State University’s Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is providing low-cost therapy services to the public and wants to raise awareness of the services they offer. “Healthy families make healthy communities,” said Dave Robinson, director of the program. “The focus of our therapy is on healing individuals, and by doing so we help to create a healthier and happier home environment,” Robinson said. This is just one of the clinical services at the Sorenson Center, which provides therapy services to the public. Clinical staff members are graduate and doctoral students who work under the direct supervision of faculty members, who are licensed therapists and bring multiple perspectives to the training. ...  The clinic is open Monday through Friday. For further information or to schedule an appointment, call (435)797-7430 or email sorensonmft

  • Deseret News Friday, May. 10, 2019

    USU Dean Elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Utah State University Science Dean Maura Hagan is among 100 U.S. scientists and 25 international associates elected this year to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s premier academic institutions. Hagan, a native of Massachusetts, is the first USU scientist to receive the recognition from academy, a private, nonprofit institution established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. “Dean Hagan not only continues her groundbreaking contributions to atmospheric research but, by her leadership and service, is guiding USU’s scientific research and teaching efforts toward a successful future,” USU President Noelle Cockett said in a statement. “We celebrate her well-deserved recognition from the NAS.”

  • Moab Sun News Thursday, May. 09, 2019

    Big Turnout for USU-Moab Commencement Ceremony

    Caps, gowns and smiles were in abundance on Thursday, April 25, at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Moab as crowds gathered for the Utah State University-Moab commencement ceremony for the graduating class of 2019. In a press release on April 25, USU-Moab announced that 27 students were graduating, including those earning master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, as well as career training certificates. Nine students from the Arches Education Center were receiving their GED as part of the commencement ceremonies. “This year’s number of graduates increased from the previous year, continuing the upward trend of students graduating from USU-Moab,” the press release stated. ... All stood to honor the processional of graduates and a presentation of the colors by the American Legion. This was followed by a joyful, jazzy rendition of the National Anthem by Moab’s Fiery Furnace Marching Band. USU-Moab Associate Vice President Lianna Etchberger then welcomed the graduates and audience, and introduced the 2019 student speaker, Donna Metzler. Metzler was graduating that evening with a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned the distinction of graduating Summa Cum Laude, which means her grade point average was between 3.95 and 4.00. Metzler’s speech interwove themes of destiny, the benefits of taking chances and the “divine spark” of “genius” inside every person.

  • People magainze Thursday, May. 09, 2019

    Former Aggie Athlete 'Chooses Joy' Following Climbing Accident

    Brittany Fisher Frank says her entire world changed forever under a “beautiful full moon” in March 2012. Then a student at Utah State University, Fisher Frank “was involved in a repelling accident” at St. George’s Cougar Cliffs, she told Today. “I fell about 80 to 100 feet. I had a lot of broken bones and the wind knocked out of me.” Airlifted to the hospital, doctors told her she had multiple leg fractures, broken ribs and a broken vertebrae that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Fisher Frank went from being “this adventurous, outgoing, audacious student athlete” to looking down at her legs and “wondering who I am anymore,” she told the news outlet. “I grieved the loss,” she said. “The loss of the running, the loss of legs, the loss of future events.” After years of rehab, surgeries and “darkness to reach this acceptance,” Fisher Frank embraced her new life and how it would look. Instead of being negative and giving up, “I like to choose joy and I choose optimism.” In 2016, four years after the accident, she talked to the Life Flight nurse from the night of her accident, who has since become her best friend. Fisher Frank told her that she wanted to rappel off the cliff again. “She spearheaded it all,” she told Today. “I wanted to claim and conquer the experience,” she said, and “not leave any what ifs.”
  • St. George News Thursday, May. 09, 2019

    Utah Wildlife Agency Livestreams Orphaned Bear Cubs

    Do you love wildlife? Do you wish you could watch baby animals at any point in the day? If you answered yes to these questions, Utah wildlife officials have great news for you: Three livestreams were recently posted that allow you to watch a constant feed of baby bears and several bird species, including sandhill cranes incubating an egg that will hatch in late May. The two bear cubs are being housed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Predator Research Facility in Millville, Cache County. The 3-month-old female black bears were orphaned and discovered by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists who were tracking collared bears in Southern Utah this spring. They were taken to the facility to be cared for and rehabilitated. “Bear populations are relatively slow at reproducing and a female doesn’t have cubs every year,” Darren DeBloois, DWR game mammals program coordinator, said in a press release from DWR. “So if we can save a couple bears, it really benefits the population overall.” Bear cubs can be orphaned for a number of reasons including the mother bear being hit and killed by a vehicle or the mother being illegally killed. On average, roughly two to four bear cubs are orphaned and then rehabilitated by biologists each year. ... The baby bears were found when they were 2 months old and weighed only 3 pounds each. They are being fed a milk substitute, similar to what puppies are fed, that also has mixed in baby food and oatmeal. Eventually, the bears will be fed other produce, as well as some fish. Because their diet in nature is primarily vegetarian, the biologists match that during their stay in the facility. Minimal human contact is made with the bear cubs so that they are more easily able to acclimate to the wild when it is time to release them. They will be released in October or November when they are almost 11 months old. At that point, they’ll have grown to roughly 130 pounds. ... The Utah State University College of Natural Resources hosts the livestream of the baby bears on its website and it can be viewed at The livestream is 24/7, but the webcam doesn’t have night vision so it is difficult to see them in the dark. You can also watch nesting sandhill cranes at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter near Park City. This livestream, also hosted by Utah State University, shows sandhill crane parents who take turns incubating an egg in a peaceful, marshy area of the reserve. The egg is expected to hatch in late May or early June. You can watch the livestream at


  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

    USU Club Invites Community to Celebrate Ramadan with Them

    Just before sunset on Monday evening, a group of friends and Utah State University students gathered at a pavilion in the grassy community area of Aggie Village. As bright orange and purple light colored the sky, one woman sat out dishes of food — fruit, lamb, chicken, rice. Another individual watched his phone. When the time read 8:30 p.m., dried dates were passed around to everyone in attendance. This gesture marked the breaking of the fast for the first Ramadan dinner hosted by the USU Muslim Students Club. “When you are out of your country, you want someone to be around you that can make you feel like you are within a community with the same beliefs,” said Moazzam Rind, a USU master’s student and club secretary. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began on Sunday evening. During Ramadan, Muslims fast, meaning they do not eat or drink anything, from sunrise to sunset. In the evening, they break their fast with a meal referred to as “iftar.” Because the month is a time of celebration, meals are meant to be shared with family, friends and community members. ... Jack Schmidt is one of Rind’s professors at Utah State and attended Monday’s meal. Schmidt said although he has traveled in Muslim countries and taught Muslim students, he is not very familiar with the faith’s traditions. The dinners are “a great gesture to the community,” Schmidt said. “There need to be more interfaith events, particularly in these tough times in this country.” Schmidt also said it is important for faculty and students to get to know one another as people.

  • Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, May. 07, 2019

    Preteens Take the Controls of Airplanes as Part of Cache Makers Program

    Audrey Wood, 14, and Danielle Titus, 13, climbed in the cockpit of an airplane last Friday with USU flight instructor A.J. Schreiber. Once they got off the ground, the girls took turns piloting the airplane. Claire Duggar, a senior in the Utah State University Aviation Technology program, has worked on the Cache Makers aviation STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) program since it started three years ago. This year she led up the program for the group. For three years, girls ages 11-17, have piloted airplanes as part of the Cache Makers program. Claire Duggar, a senior in the Utah State University Aviation Technology program, has worked on the Cache Makers aviation STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) program for three years. The Cache Makers’ girls go through a flight-training program and fly an airplane with the assistance of a trained flight instructor. The first two years Duggar helped, but this year she designed the course and scheduled everything for her senior project. “It was fun to see the lights go one in the different aspects of what we did,” Duggar said. “Some of the girls lit up when they riveted a couple of pieces of metal together and then watching some others climb out of an airplane after flying it and hearing them say, ’I actually flew an airplane.’ It’s pretty cool.” To learn how to fly an airplane, the girls had six weeks of instruction, including using a flight simulator. When they met all the requirements, the girls were ready to take what they learned, get behind the stick and fly an airplane. Bad weather kept the girls grounded through the month of April. Finally, on May 3 and 4, all systems were go; the weather was good. The girls climbed into the cockpit of the DA40, a piston driven four seat aircraft USU uses for their flight school training, and took off, leaving the Logan Airport behind.

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, May. 07, 2019

    Teens, Preteens Copilot Planes as Girls Aviation Program Wraps Up

    “It’s a beautiful day for flying,” Cache Makers co-founder Kevin Reeves said, looking out of the window at the runway at the Logan-Cache Airport as four young girls and their families waited anxiously for instruction. Sixteen girls from Cache Valley between the ages of 10 and 17 flew an airplane at the completion of the 4-H Cache Makers Girls Aviation Program on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The program has a science, technology, engineering and math approach as it teaches participants about aerodynamics, calculating fuel and how airplanes are built. ... During the six weeks the girls participated in the program, they were mentored by members of USU Women in Aviation as they learned the ins and outs of aviation, flew a simulator and went to the machine shop to rivet metal and learn how airplanes are made. To conclude the program, the girls had the opportunity to copilot an airplane for 20 to 30 minutes while in the air. The program was established by 4-H Cache Makers and Utah State University Women in Aviation Society to spark interest in young girls in aviation, according to Reeves. “The number of female pilots is really low,” Reeves said “This is a self-confidence builder.”

  • Deseret News Tuesday, May. 07, 2019

    USU Professor's New Book Looks at the Animal Kingdom's Extremes

    For most people, waking up with a random question doesn't amount to more than a sleepy Google search. But for Matthew LaPlante, a bout of midnight curiosity eventually turned into a book. "It sounds silly, but I woke up one night, and I had this thought in my head. 'I wonder what the oldest living thing is.' … So I rolled over and opened my laptop," LaPlante, a Utah-based journalist and Utah State University associate professor, told the Deseret News in a recent interview. Instead of a straightforward answer like he was expecting, LaPlante was stunned to find that no one knows for sure what the oldest living organism is. He was even more surprised that one of the best guesses is a giant, interconnected system of aspens in Fishlake National Forest in central Utah — practically his backyard. The network, called Pando, consists of around 47,000 trees that bear identical genetic markers. Experts estimate Pando is around 80,000 years old. LaPlante went to visit the forest a few days later. "I just got afflicted with this amazing sense of awe, and I wanted to know more about it," LaPlante said. "The great thing about being a journalist is when you're curious about something, and when you get excited about something, you can find somebody to pay you to research it and write about it." LaPlante is the author of "Superlative: The Biology of Extremes" (BenBella Books, 304 pages), a book that the author hopes will open its readers' eyes to the scientific miracles in our lives.

  • The Herald Journal Sunday, May. 05, 2019

    USU Program Helps First-gen Aggies Reach Graduation

    A total of 477 first-generation students graduated from Utah State University during Commencement exercises in Logan on Thursday and at other USU satellite campuses this spring. Heidi Kesler, director of Student Retention and Completion at USU, said that the Aggie First Scholars program has been instrumental in helping more first-generation students get their degrees. “I think it is important to recognize that being first-generation only means ones’ parents did not graduate with a four-year degree,” Kesler stated in a press release. “It does not mean these students are in any way less prepared or able. Instead, for many of these students, it has pushed them to be very intentional and self-reliant as they pursue their education.” Kesler spearheaded the creation of the Aggie First Scholars program two years ago in an effort to help provide mentors for students at USU who don’t have a family history of higher education. ... According to Kesler, during the 2018-2019 school year, 43 percent of the 619 first-generation students attending the Logan campus were mentored by 82 upperclassmen. Of the freshmen who met with their mentor two or more times during the fall semester, 99 percent continued their college experience into the spring semester, compared to 90 percent retention for those who didn’t opt into the mentor program and 93 percent for all freshmen.

  • Standard Examiner Friday, May. 03, 2019

    First-generation USU grads say mentoring enhanced their experience

    It’s amazing what a difference a lunch with someone friendly can make for a college freshman. At Utah State, shared lunches with upperclass mentors are a key feature of a 3-year-old program called Aggie First Scholars, which supports first-generation college freshmen in navigating the university — an institution that is new to them and their families. Utah State developed the program because the first-year retention rate for first-generation students is about 10 percent lower than for students whose parents went to college. The school is also seeing “an upward trend in both undergraduate enrollments and graduations for first-generation students,” said Heidi Kesler, Utah State’s director of student retention and completion, in an email. Out of 4,751 students who graduated from Utah State with bachelor’s degrees Thursday, 477 were first-generation college graduates — about 10% of the graduating class. Of those first-generation graduates, many served as mentors to first-generation freshman as part of Aggie First Scholars. The program often matches students who have similar academic interests so freshmen can receive guidance specific to their fields. ... In fall 2018, Aggie First Scholars was opened to all 641 first-generation freshmen. The program ultimately served 352 freshmen who opted to participate. These freshmen were divided between 82 volunteer mentors, who were all high-achieving first-generation upperclassmen.

  • Deseret News Friday, May. 03, 2019

    Former USU, NFL quarterback shares message of hope with Aggie grads

    Coming from his California high school football team and driving through the canyon into Cache Valley where he was to play for Utah State University more than 40 years ago was a magical moment for Eric Hipple. The magic continued for four years as the university's starting quarterback, surrounded by a close-knit team and supportive coaches and staff. But darkness that had shadowed Hipple throughout his life moved in, essentially keeping him in bed for an entire semester. Only the visits from his teammates and coaches brought him light, and eventually the young athlete pulled himself up and completed summer classes in order to remain eligible to play football. "But I never asked and it was never discussed what had caused me to miss class in the first place," Hipple said Thursday, speaking to graduates at his alma mater. Depression. ... Thursday Hipple shared encouragement with the class of 2019, as well as the lessons he said have been "most valuable" in his life, assuring the students "mental illnesses are treatable." ... Utah State President Noelle Cockett praised the graduates and took a moment to remember the many individual and shared experiences that brought them to graduation day, asking for a show of hands from students who got married or had children while in school, worked one or more jobs, volunteered, found a mentor, and attended campus activities or sporting events. This year the university is conferring 1,095 graduate and 6,009 undergraduate degrees, Cockett noted. Of those, 57 percent are female, she said to applause.


  • The Herald Journal Friday, May. 03, 2019

    USU Alumnus, Former NFL Star Hipple Shares Mental Health Journey

    When he was a student at Utah State University, it seemed like Eric Hipple had every reason to succeed. Coming to Logan from California on a football scholarship, he had supportive coaches and parents who would follow him to every game. But there were some days when the 6-foot-4 four-year starter couldn’t even get out of bed, Hipple told the Class of 2019 during commencement exercises at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Thursday. “I had no energy, I felt overwhelmed and I would only rally enough to show a smile when a teammate would stop by my dorm room and say ‘hi,’” he said. ... The school “rallied and helped” Hipple get his grades back up so he could be eligible to play again — but it was not a closing chapter in dealing with depression. ... After graduating from USU with a degree in business administration, Hipple was drafted to the Detroit Lions. He saw the team to championships, was named Most Valuable Player — and got injured along the way. “Self-medication became my tool, just like it had in certain times in college,” Hipple said. “So I never learned anything about depression. When I was knocked down, I would always get back up.” ... After his speech, Hipple was awarded an honorary degree for devoting “his life to building awareness and breaking down the stigma” of mental illnesses, according to a citation read by Kent Alder, a member of the USU Board of Trustees.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, May. 03, 2019

    USU Hosts its First Ceremony Specifically for Latinx Grads

    A ceremony celebrating graduating Latinx students and their families that has become tradition at many universities across the country has reached Utah State. ... The Latinx Graduation Ceremony was hosted by USU’s Latinx Cultural Center for the first time on Thursday. The graduates were given a stole, a sash worn over the robe representing a traditional sarape to recognize and celebrate the graduates’ Latinx identity. ... “This stole announces to all who see it that you come from and represent the Latinx community,” Latinx Cultural Center Director Christopher Gonzalez said. “Graduates are asked to keep their stoles as a treasured memento that reminds them of how their amazing achievement is forever tethered to their cultural heritage.” ... The ceremony was a bilingual event in which the graduates could address their friends and family in English or Spanish, something some students said they were grateful for. ... Many of the graduates expressed their gratitude for their families, friends and individuals who believed in, supported and pushed them to graduate from USU. ... Some graduates shared the difficulties that they went through and how they overcame those challenges. According to Gonzalez, many students have said they have felt invisible or “culturally erased” while at USU because they were the only Latinx student in a class or in some cases the only Latinx student in a major.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, May. 03, 2019

    USU Hosts its First Ceremony Specifically for Latinx Grads

    A ceremony celebrating graduating Latinx students and their families that has become tradition at many universities across the country has reached Utah State. ... The Latinx Graduation Ceremony was hosted by USU’s Latinx Cultural Center for the first time on Thursday. The graduates were given a stole, a sash worn over the robe representing a traditional sarape to recognize and celebrate the graduates’ Latinx identity. ... “This stole announces to all who see it that you come from and represent the Latinx community,” Latinx Cultural Center Director Christopher Gonzalez said. “Graduates are asked to keep their stoles as a treasured memento that reminds them of how their amazing achievement is forever tethered to their cultural heritage.” ... The ceremony was a bilingual event in which the graduates could address their friends and family in English or Spanish, something some students said they were grateful for. ... Many of the graduates expressed their gratitude for their families, friends and individuals who believed in, supported and pushed them to graduate from USU. ... Some graduates shared the difficulties that they went through and how they overcame those challenges. According to Gonzalez, many students have said they have felt invisible or “culturally erased” while at USU because they were the only Latinx student in a class or in some cases the only Latinx student in a major.

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019

    Latinx College Scholarship Presented to First Recipients

    The Cache Valley Latinx community witnessed the first Leadership, Education Achievement and Prosperity Scholarship recipients at the LEAP Gala Tuesday evening. The gala was an evening to celebrate the achievement of the recipients and the community support these students received, according to LEAP founder and local business owner Rigo Chaparro. ... The organization raised enough funds to award 38 scholarships to Utah State University, Bridgerland Technical College, Salt Lake Community College, Brigham Young University-Idaho and Weber State. ... USU Latinx Cultural Center Director Christopher Gonzalez said LEAP was a community effort and he saw a dream become reality at the gala. “Whenever a dream is realized, it’s a special occasion, it’s a moment of reflect but it is also a moment of enthusiasm for what the future holds,” Gonzalez said. ... LEAP is continuing to raise funds to award scholarships for Latinx students next year.

  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019

    Award-winning Latinx Author, Illustrator Visits Elementary, USU Students

    A group of third-grade students from Cache County got an insight into the art and cultural inspiration for a new children’s book during an event hosted by Utah State University’s Latinx Cultural Center on Tuesday afternoon. The students from Ellis Elementary School and Edith Bowen Laboratory School listened intently as Raul The Third, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, explained where he drew his inspiration for his illustrations and his first authorial project, “Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market.” ... Raul showed students how they could make a booklet with five sheets of paper and explained the creative process as he demonstrated to the students how he creates his drawings. Born in El Paso, Texas, as Raul Gonzales, Raul the Third was inspired by the contemporary Mexican-American culture growing up in a border town. His book is written in both English and Spanish to incorporate his Latinx culture. He said he thought the diversity in languages that exists in the United States makes the country unique, and he wants to share with the community. ... “This is a guy who was a kid once, just like them,” Gonzalez said, “creating little characters just like them. And now he’s going all over the country, all over the world, talking about his book. That’s so motivational and inspiration and I think we touched a lot of kids today.” Raul said being a role model to younger children and college students is something he takes seriously and wants to help inspire more Latinx students to follow their dreams.“It’s definitely something I take very seriously,” Raul said. “That’s why I am so willing to visit places all across the country to share what I have experienced with other Latinx students, because honestly, at this point in time, it’s still pretty lonely out there as a Latinx creator.”

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019

    Researchers at USU Present Study on Woodburning Practices in Cache Valley

    Two sociology students at Utah State University presented research on Tuesday about woodburning stove usage and its relationship to air quality and social activity in Cache Valley. Kristen Koci and Claudia Wright worked on their research under Peggy Petrzelka, a professor of sociology at USU. Earlier in the year, their team put out a countywide search for individuals 18 or older with a history of using a woodburning stove to heat their home. After conducted interviews, Koci said they gathered their information with the intent of making it available to the community. ... Koci and Wright’s presentation, titled “Wood-burning practices and perceptions of air quality in Northern Utah” focused on inversions and how woodburning practices might add to the air quality problems in the state. “One issue that is targeted by programs in Utah is wood smoke,” Koci said. “However, it is not a dominant contributor to air pollution.” Koci said that her team wanted to understand why people chose to burn wood and what the culture is behind the practice. ... Wright said that there is a stigma to those who burn wood and that alienates a population who may need financial assistance to heat homes in an environmentally friendly way.“Our research is ongoing,” Wright said. “However, we’ve been able to see that research on woodburning has to be done holistically. This is something that is important to many people in more ways than just heating their home.”

  • Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019

    USU Hires Jerry Bovee as Assistant VP and Deputy AD

    Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell announced Tuesday that current Weber State Athletics Director Jerry Bovee has been named Assistant Vice President and Deputy Athletics Director for External Affairs at USU. Bovee will officially begin his new duties in early June. In his new role, Bovee will serve as the second in command in the Utah State Athletics Department and oversee all external functions, including some direct sport supervision. “We are really excited for Jerry to join Utah State Athletics. He’s an Aggie, he received his undergraduate degree from USU, and he began his athletic administration career in our department,” said Hartwell. “Jerry’s familiarity with and knowledge of our program are huge assets for Aggie Athletics. We’ve got a lot of positive momentum within USU Athletics right now and the addition of Jerry to our staff strengthens our department even more.” ... Along with earning his bachelor’s degree from Utah State, Bovee earned his master’s degree from Weber State in business administration in 2010. Bovee was born and raised in Ogden and attended Ben Lomond High School. He and his wife Julie have four children: Jared, Ethan, Addison and Seth.

  • Deseret News Monday, Apr. 22, 2019

    Roosevelt Counseling Center Donates $25K Toward USU Scholarship

    The Northeastern Counseling Center has donated $25,000 toward a scholarship endowment for master of social work students at Utah State University-Uinta Basin. When USU President Noelle Cockett announced the “Aggie Family Matching Scholarship Initiative,” a limited-time program that matches 100 percent of a scholarship donation, the counseling center jumped at the opportunity. Its donation was matched, creating a total endowment of $50,000.“For years, we have donated thousands of dollars to USU for scholarships to help alleviate the financial burden for social work students,” said Kyle Snow, CEO of Northeastern Counseling Center, which offers counseling, therapy, addiction treatment, prevention training to area residents. “When President Cockett announced this new initiative, we knew it would be a no-brainer for us. With this endowment, we can provide qualifying students scholarships indefinitely.”

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Apr. 19, 2019

    USU Student Spearheads Utah Roots Migration Survey

    Matthew Barnett, a grad student at Utah State University, is conducting a migration survey in conjunction with the University of Vermont. Anyone over the age of 19 who was a resident of Utah when they attended high school is invited to take the survey before April 25. Barnett said that his goal is to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence Utahns to stay, leave, or move back to Utah. The survey was approved by USU’s institutional review board and can be found at “The results have been fascinating so far,” Barnett said. “We currently have 924 responses, but we are interested in gaining the perspectives of as many people who went to high school in Utah as possible.” ... According to Barnett, there are several reasons why Utah was selected as the study site for this survey effort. Unlike Vermont, Utah’s total population is increasing. In 2016, Utah was the fastest-growing state in the U.S. in terms of percentage growth, and in 2017 it was the third-fastest growing state behind Idaho and Nevada. Though Utah’s total population is projected to increase rapidly in the next decade and more than double by the year 2050, over 90 percent of the state’s total population is clustered in urban areas, and many of Utah’s less-populated areas are facing the same problems with population stagnation or population loss that are endemic in rural America.


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