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  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Mar. 18, 2019

    Utah State Men's Basketball Ranked 25th in the Nation in Both Polls

    Following its three wins in the Mountain West Tournament last week, culminating with a 64-57 victory against San Diego State in the championship game, Utah State men’s basketball is nationally ranked for the first time since the 2010-11 season as it comes in at No. 25 in both The Associated Press (AP) and the USA Today Coaches polls. Utah State garnered 73 votes in this week’s AP poll and 48 votes in the Coaches poll. For USU, it is the first time it is nationally ranked in the AP poll since the 2010-11 team entered the NCAA Tournament 19th in the nation. USU finished that season ranked 25th in the Coaches poll with a school-best 30-4 record.All-time, Utah State owns a 56-18 (.757) record as an AP ranked team. Furthermore, Utah State is one of just five schools in the nation to enter the NCAA Tournament nationally ranked and finished the college football season nationally ranked along with Cincinnati, LSU, Kentucky and Michigan.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Mar. 15, 2019

    University President Excited for Aggie Basketball Success

    With the Utah State University men’s basketball team playing in the semifinals of the 2019 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship for the second straight year, there are many happy Aggie fans. One of those is university President Noelle Cockett. The 16th president of USU has been seen doing the Scotsman at games, cheering on the team and even throwing out sandwiches to students before a contest at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum earlier this season. Athletics are important to the president, as they have been to most of her predecessors.“It’s really about the students,” Cockett said. “We have the student athletes; we have the cheer squad; we’ve got Big Blue; we’ve got the fans. It draws everyone together to a sense of community and being part of that Aggie family.” ... “I appreciate coach Smith; he has been phenomenal, just a wonderful person,” Cockett said. “I read the articles in The Herald Journal and love reading his comments. He has so much personality and so much exuberance about whatever he does. I think what he has brought to the team is a feeling of being part of something big. I’m just so proud of how all of our players have developed over this season. I think they will do well tonight.” ... “We have all these people here with blue Aggie U State T-shirts; they are part of this community,” Cockett said. “I think it is the one area where anybody can participate. We’ve got little kids, current students, graduates and grandparents. All of us can be part of this. It’s really exciting.”

  • Cache Valley Daily Friday, Mar. 15, 2019

    USU'S (AWE) Mission Will Study Weather From the Space Station

    NASA has selected Utah State University’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment mission — known as AWE — to study space weather from the International Space Station. USU Physics Professor Mike Taylor is lead investigator for the AWE mission. He explains the concept.“We’re going to use an instrument,” Taylor explained, “that we’ve developed at the Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) — the Advanced Mesospheric Temperature Mapper — and fly it on the Space Station where it will look down at the earth, during night times, and make measurements of waves propagating up from weather sources in the lower atmosphere and then interfering with the ionospheric region where they affect space weather.” Dr. Taylor said this is the first time that SDL is the main lead. He said the project finds USU scientists working together with USU-SDL engineers.The launch is planned for August 2022.

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019

    USU to Host Riding Competition Semifinal This Weekend

    Kelsey Romney is the show manager at this year’s Intercollegiate Horse Show’s Western Semi Finals, hosted at Utah State University for the first time. Winners of Saturday’s competition will have the opportunity to compete at the national level. “This show is unique because the riders don’t get to bring their own horses,” Romney said. “They have to show up, draw a horse and ride with no warmup.”Riders who won at regional competitions will choose from the 50 horses brought in. They will be judged by Lori Gordon of Pennsylvania and Dawn Kreakie of Ohio, and the top four will advance. There are 31 colleges competing, 111 riders and 16 states as far as North Carolina involved. “All of our student riders have given up their spring break to get the show ready,” Romney said. “The horses need to be groomed and ridden every day, and we’ve been setting up for vendors.” ... “Everyone has had to put in long days and hard work to put this together,” Romney said. “I’m just so happy to have the help that I do.” ... “It’s a big deal,” Romney said. “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve had a Western equestrian team at USU for over a decade, and we’ve earned this right to play a bigger part in the competition.”

  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019

    Space Dynamics Lab Chosen by NASA to Study from Int'l Space Station

    Utah State University physics professor Mike Taylor has studied upper atmospheric gravity waves for more than three decades. Now, he can lead a project chosen by NASA to study the atmosphere from the International Space Station. A camera that will mount to the station is expected to launch in August 2022. “This is such an exciting and unique opportunity because so many people submitted their ideas to NASA, and we are a winner; others are not, and they will have to try again,” Taylor said. “We are extremely lucky to go through the entire selection process because at any point they could have decided to not continue analyzing our plans.” Taylor described the process of submitting a proposal to NASA up to being chosen. He said his team is “being examined at every single stage.” ... Taylor helped to build a team and write a proposal to NASA called the Atmospheric Waves Experiment mission. The current plan is to launch an imaging device known as the Advance Mesospheric Temperature Mapper into space to capture colorful bands of light in Earth’s atmosphere, known as “airglow.” “Everything is about getting more knowledge to plan for the future,” Taylor said. “One day when we have space planes, we need to be able to predict the atmosphere in space like we predict turbulence for planes today.” ... “This is significant because it is the first time that a program of this magnitude is being solely housed at USU,” PR Director Eric Warren said. “We have our lead (Taylor) and developer (SDL) both here in Logan.” ... “Ultimately, we want to know how our environment has an effect on the atmosphere in space,” Taylor said. “This mission allows us to get information we’ve never been able to obtain before. It establishes our ability to do this work.”

  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019

    USU Economist Uses Pop Culture to Teach Economics on YouTube

    Skrulls and Wakanda might not be the first thing people think of when they hear “economics.” However, Utah State University assistant professor Craig Palsson is using pop culture and films like “Captain Marvel” and “Black Panther” to introduce new audiences to key economic concepts on YouTube. His channel is called Market Power, and every Thursday Palsson promises a new video highlighting the types of lessons he teaches in the classroom.“Students would come up to me and say they changed their major because of my class,” Palsson said. “I thought maybe I can reach more people on YouTube.” Palsson came to USU in August as an assistant professor to teach economic history in the Huntsman Business School. Now he teaches about 200 students and said that he enjoys getting people excited about economics. ... Palsson said there is a lot of growth in economics right now with companies like Amazon and Uber changing the marketplace. “Economics isn’t just about the stock market and the GOP,” Palsson said. “It’s all around us, including in pop culture.” ... “It gave me validation,” Palsson said, “that somebody is interested in what I wanted to do. I’ve seen many videos where I watch them and immediately want to take action. That’s the feeling I want my viewers to have.” ... “I love teaching, and I don’t ever want to separate from it,” Palsson said. “But just for fun, it would great to be one of those YouTubers who has millions of views on every video. I don’t think I have to get to there to be successful, though.”

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019

    USU Center Offers Little-Known Services to Everyone in Community

    Almost a year after the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence opened at Utah State University, more changes are in store that are said to “better help the community” across a wide array of services. Bernice McCowin said it’s her goal to make sure the community knows of the services offered. While its Aggies Elevated program is just for students, the Sorenson Center has services designed to help almost everyone in the community, McCowin said. ...The Center for Clinical Excellence has brought together all the clinical services offered to adults, families and adolescents that used to be spread across campus. The center focuses on low-income and underserved minority populations with services such as speech and language therapy, nutrition counseling, marriage and family therapy and psychological services. According to Gretchen Peacock, executive director of the Sorenson Center, “The goal of the center is to foster and promote best practice services to individuals in the community. ... The center is the first of its kind in the Mountain West. “The integration of academic research and clinical service is unmatched, as USU students work with faculty who engage in clinical practice and perform cutting-edge research,” Peacock said.

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Mar. 11, 2019

    Utah State Men's Basketball Honored With Four of the Top Awards by MW Media

    Utah State men’s basketball was recognized with four of the top six individual conference awards by the Mountain West media on Monday afternoon. The media awards are conducted independent of Mountain West oversight by media directly covering teams in 10 of the 11 league markets as well as one at-large media member. Junior guard Sam Merrill was named the Mountain West Player of the Year, along with being named first-team all-Mountain West. Freshman center Neemias Queta was named the Mountain West Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to being named to the all-MW second team. First-year head coach Craig Smith was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year, after guiding a Utah State team that was picked ninth in the preseason poll to a share of the regular season title.Junior guard Diogo Brito earned three votes towards Sixth Man of the Year, finishing behind Nevada junior Jazz Johnson with eight votes. The MW will officially announce its yearly awards, along with all-conference honors on Tuesday, March 12, at 3 p.m.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Mar. 08, 2019

    New Task Force at USU Aims to Increase Diversity, Inclusion

    A new task force was announced by Utah State University President Noelle Cockett on Thursday that would focus on diversity and inclusion. Faculty and staff across USU campuses will be invited to help make the university more inclusive and tailored to students’ needs. ... Cockett said when announcing the new task force that “diversity and inclusion are essential to achieving our university mission of education, research and outreach.” The task force will be charged with conducting a campus climate assessment on university inclusion, developing a five-year strategic plan for diversity and inclusion at USU, convening key players on a regular basis to oversee implementation of the strategic plan and producing annual progress reports to monitor effectiveness of the strategic plan. ... “The core values of diversity and inclusion are particularly important as we prepare our students to become citizen scholars and global leaders,” Cockett said. “To be successful, an effort of this magnitude will take campus-wide coordination and collaboration.” DeRito said that this task force is particularly important to staying true to the “Aggie family.”“At USU we talk about the Aggie family,” DeRito said. “We have a reputation for creating a family on campus, but it’s hard because we don’t know what everyone is going through. This is our chance to make sure we are staying true to our Aggie family.”

  • Cache Valley Daily Friday, Mar. 08, 2019

    X Ambassadors Coming to USU's Spectrum

    In addition to being a full time student at Utah State University, Rachel Larsen is tasked with making sure the entire student body is entertained a couple of times a year. Larsen is the Activities Director at USU, responsible for organizing the schools biggest activities, including the Howl, Mardi Gras and End of Year Bash.“End of Year Bash is our last final big event of the year before summer starts,” Larsen said. “It gives students an opportunity to take a break right before finals.” This years’ End of Year Bash headliner will feature the band X Ambassadors, one of the biggest groups to commit to USU.The annual concert is scheduled Saturday, April 20th at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Doors will open at 6 p.m. ... Securing a group like X Ambassadors isn’t an easy task, according to Larsen. USU has a budget, each band has specific rates, and then there’s band availability. “We ended up getting really lucky in being able to secure them as a band,” said Larsen, who admitted they had to pay a little more to get the group to commit. ... X Ambassadors is an American rock band from Ithaca, New York. Their most notable songs include “Jungle”, “Renegades”, and “Unsteady”. The band’s latest single “Boom” was released in January. A new album is due out later this year.

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Mar. 05, 2019

    Event to Discuss Intersection of Religion, Queer Identity at USU

    A panel of LGBTQ+ and religious affiliated speakers took the stage at the Taggart Student Center Thursday night in an event called Rainbows and Religion sponsored by the Interfaith Student Association and the Queer Student Alliance. Both clubs are part of the Access and Diversity Center at Utah State University.“Many people think that if you are religious you can’t be queer or if you’re queer you can’t be religious,” said Geo Hunter, vice president of the Interfaith Student Association. “We want to challenge that.” Jaime Soule, president of USU QSA, said that the primary goal is to create a network and reach out to LGBTQ+ youth. “This is a discussion, not a debate,” Hunter said. “We are here to listen and not debate any theological position. This is a two-way street, and we want to be as understanding as possible.”

  • Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Mar. 05, 2019

    USU AggieAir Takes to a World Stage this Summer at NASA-led Event

    USU AggieAir, Utah State University’s unmanned aerial organization, steps onto the world stage this summer at an airspace event in Reno, Nevada.Dr. Cal Coopmans is the AggieAir Director. “What will happen is a demonstration of many unmanned aerial vehicles/drones all flying at the same time over Reno, Nevada and surrounding air space,” Dr. Coopmans explained. “What it means to be invited is that we are among the top unmanned aerial flyers in the world and we’re flying with the likes of GE, Uber, Drone America and other leaders in unmanned aerial systems.” AggieAir will join almost three dozen other organizations to test their vehicles in this NASA-led operation. The goal is to test these unmanned vehicles beyond line of sight capabilities. That means operating drones without having the pilot’s eyes on the aircraft.Dr. Coopmans said AggieAir has 15 students in the program helping to build these aerial vehicles that can carry cameras as their payload. AggieAir was first conceived in 2006 at the Utah Water Research Laboratory where it continues to function.

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Mar. 05, 2019

    USU Captures Mountain West Title

    It took an extra five minutes, but the Aggies had enough in the tank to complete a regular season that has become really special. The Utah State men’s basketball team wrapped up at least a share of the Mountain West regular season title with a 100-96 overtime win against Colorado State Tuesday night at Moby Arena in front of 2,548 fans. It is the 17th conference title in school history and the first in the MW.“It feels incredible,” said Aggie guard Sam Merrill, who scored a career-high 38 points. “We had to really grind that one out. ... Similar to that Boise State game, we were down with less than a minute to go and we found a way. That’s who we are and this is a fitting way to win the league with how our season has gone.” ... “I just thought about it, we have won 25 games, wow,” Smith said. “And to win 15 Mountain West games is incredibly difficult to do. I don’t care what year it is or where you are at. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys, their character and their toughness and resiliency.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Mar. 04, 2019

    Physics Unleashed: Demo for Science Teachers Wows Community

    A ping pong ball traveling so fast it punched a hole in a ping pong paddle is one of the demonstrations Cache Valley residents witnessed at a physics demonstration for science teachers Friday evening. Utah State University hosted the American Association of Physics Teachers Section Conference for the Utah-Idaho Science Demonstration Show, which helps teachers and aspiring teachers gain experience with different demonstrations they can use in the classroom to help illustrate physics principles. ... USU alumnus Morgan Hawkes, who was assisting Coburn during the show, said he likes the show because it shows families science can be fun. “A lot of the reason I do it is because it is a lot of fun, and they can see that science doesn’t have to be boring,” Hawkes said. “I like to think about it as magic that you can explain.”

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Mar. 04, 2019

    Sam Merrill Named Mountain West Player of the Week

    Utah State junior guard Sam Merrill has been named the Mountain West Player of the Week, as announced by the league offices on Monday morning. The award is Merrill’s first this season and first of his career. ... Merrill led the Aggies in scoring and played in every minute as Utah State moved into first place of the Mountain West standings with a 70-54 victory over San Diego State and an 81-76 victory over Nevada. ... In addition to his MW recognition, Merrill was also named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week.

  • Cache Valley Daily Sunday, Mar. 03, 2019

    Utah State Rocks the Spectrum With 81-76 Win Over No. 12 Nevada

    With the Mountain West regular season title on the line, plus a potential berth in the NCAA tournament at stake, Utah State turned to their star leader, Sam Merrill. He responded. In one of the biggest games in recent Utah State basketball history, the Aggies defeated the No. 12-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack 81-76 on Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Merrill finished with 29 points on 8-19 shooting, including 4-7 from behind the arc, plus five rebounds. USU is now tied for first place in the MW standings. “What a fantastic win for the Aggies,” head coach Craig Smith said. “Nevada is really good and it can’t be understated… I can’t put it into words how huge of a win this was for our program against a tremendous team in Nevada.” ... “To get to where we are,” Merrill said, “after the last couple years which were really tough, and to see the Spectrum full like that again for the first time in a while… just to have a little moment of gratitude for Coach Smith and Mr. (athletic director John) Hartwell and for everyone that’s helped us get almost back to where we want to be. We’re not there yet. We’ve still got one more, but it’s a pretty humbling moment.” ... In front of an announced crowd of 10,378 people, the seventh-largest crowd every for a Utah State basketball game, the Aggies fed off the energy of the sellout crowd. “Obviously a very energetic atmosphere,” Merrill said. “The crowd was unbelievable. We couldn’t have done that without them. I think they helped more than people realize.” ... “It’s always impossible until you make it possible,” coach Smith said. “What I’m most proud of is how we’ve stuck together through thick and thin. Our chemistry is just incredible, and we have really good discipline. It’s very rare with this team that we don’t show up to practice ready to go… I think the process is what matters and the results will happen.”

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Mar. 01, 2019

    USU Pow Wow Promotes Diversity, Knowledge of Native American Culture

    “Dancing, singing and eating: that is a pow wow,” said Quisheima Brown, first attendant of Miss American Indian USU and president of the Native American Student Council at Utah State University. Continuing through Saturday, March 2, is the 46th annual USU Pow Wow sponsored by NASC and the Access and Diversity Center on campus.“Powwows have always been a part of my life,” Brown said. “I’ve grown up around them, and they are a celebration of heritage.” The students have spent all year raising money to put on the event by selling Navajo tacos and hosting events like the Miss American Indian USU pageant.“It’s about cultural preservation,” said Alina Begay, coordinator for NASC. “USU is less than 1 percent Native American, so we try really hard to get everyone involved." ... “Everyone is welcome to come and have fun,” Begay said. “There’s a bit of culture around Native Americans that we don’t ask questions. We sit and watch and learn. Hopefully a lot of people will come and sit, watch and find out about the diversity of Native Americans.”

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

    Soul Food Event to Celebrate Black Cultures at USU

    Everyone in the community can celebrate black identity and African culture at Utah State University’s Soul Food Dinner hosted by the Black Student Union on Friday. “It is a two-hour banquet event complete with entertainment, great food and hopefully a 30-minute dance party,” said BSU President Keke Trawally. “The theme is ‘More Than Just a Color.’”According to Trawally, the Soul Food event is the biggest event the group puts on every year. “We’ve been thinking about this since October,” Trawally said. “It’s a formal event; we want people to dress up and come and have fun.” ... “We want people to see the beauty of black culture and to feel included,” Anbesse said. “Our goal is to promote a higher level of black consciousness and create a mutual understanding among all cultures and people.” ... “We hope everyone will come out, dance, eat some good food, have a great time and leave with a better understanding of community, black culture, inclusiveness and what the Black Student Union does,” Trawally said.

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

    Interfaith Worship Service on Campus Brings USU Students Together

    Drums, guitar and keyboard music filled the air in the Taggart Student Center as a group of Utah State University students led their peers in singing songs about Jesus Christ on Monday evening. “We’re really trying to display how we worship Jesus,” said Erin McConnaha, a USU InterVarsity campus staff minister. The interfaith worship evening was hosted by the Utah State chapter of InterVarsity, a national campus ministry organization, and the Logan Latter-day Saint Student Association, or LDSSA. “We put worshiping God as a high priority,” said Wayne Heaton, the InterVarsity worship leader who helped organize the event. “It was a great opportunity to do that.” The program featured both worship music and individual testimonies of Jesus Christ. “It was really fun looking around,” said McKenna Heller, an LDSSA council member who helped promote the event. “I don’t know everybody from LDSSA, and I don’t know everybody from InterVarsity, so I couldn’t even tell who was who from which groups, and that is the point — to just really unite in worship.”

  • KSL Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

    USU Drones To Pave Way For More Drone Services In The Future

    Having drones deliver your Amazon packages, or even take you to work, may seem like science fiction, but they could be just a couple of many services of the future. Researchers from USU’s Aggie Air are now one of just over a dozen different groups being asked to help NASA test that viability. ... “Aggie Air flies in manned airspace, with pilots, and we are part of this idea that you can get unmanned aerial systems to fly, and benefit society,” Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Cal Coopmans said. “NASA has asked us to participate in a demonstration in what they say is the future of the airspace.” Aggie Air started in 2006, mainly helping farmers map out their crops from above. Coopmans says their safety record and a unique UAV drone they designed on campus are among reasons why USU has been called on to help forge the future of drone commercial airspace.

  • The Salt Lake Tribune Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

    Commentary: USU Brings Research Landscapes Series to the Wasatch Front

    Last November, I joined 40 Utah lawmakers and business leaders for lunch and surveyed them about what they thought were the most significant challenges the state faces when managing land, water and air resources. Although the space we provided on the survey was small, their responses were extensive. In those three specific areas, our statewide colleagues identified more than 50 unique Utah challenges. For a state legislator, city manager or local business leader, addressing these substantial and complex issues can be daunting. As Utah’s land-grant institution — defined by our most fundamental mission — USU is committed to providing our state with meaningful information so leaders are better prepared to make decisions that affect all of us. USU has a mandate to address critical state issues, and USU research professors have answers to both long-range and immediate needs in the state. On Feb. 26, in Salt Lake City, the university is launching USU Research Landscapes: Air, Land, Water, an event series designed to provide more context, connections and conversations with policymakers, business leaders and community stakeholders — the state’s problem solvers. ... Much of the work our researchers actively pursue is in projects designed to benefit Utah, and more than 80 percent of our “land/water/air” professors already engage in partnerships with Utah government agencies, businesses or community organizations. ... By bringing these findings from Logan to Salt Lake City, USU continues to fulfill its unique role as Utah’s land-grant university. Conducting research that is evidence-based will identify the urgent problems that Utah faces and contribute to practical solutions to the problems.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

    AggieAir UAV Program Invited by NASA to Nevada Event

    A Utah State University program that builds unmanned aerial vehicles will participate in an upcoming airspace demonstration in Reno, Nevada. In a partnership with Utah-based Deseret Unmanned Aerial Systems and the State of Nevada, AggieAir will join 33 other organizations to test their vehicles in a large, urban setting. NASA announced the partnership Feb. 15 with the goal of testing unmanned aerial vehicles’ beyond-line-of-sight capabilities.“One of the best things about AggieAir is that the work we are doing has practical applications,” said Cal Coopmans. “Everything can be used for civil purposes, including feeding people and conserving resources.” ... “The culmination of the last 13 years of work has to be BluJay,” Coopmans said. “BluJay is our flagship fixed-wing system designed and built by USU students. We use it in remote-sensing operations and plan to take it with us to Nevada.” Coopmans said that being included with companies such as General Electric and Uber is a big deal for the program.“It really validates that all the work we’ve been doing is relevant and cutting-edge,” Coopmans said. “This is the world stage and will have other global leaders in civil aviation in attendance.” ... Fourteen different aerial vehicles will be demonstrated by AggieAir including two drones, a fixed-wing aircraft and a multi-rotor aircraft.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

    USU Panel Looks at How Women of Different Identities Can Work Together

    Panelists discussed the importance of women supporting women, no matter their differences, during a discussion at Utah State University on Thursday evening. “For me, the question is: Can we build long and sustaining solidarity across identities?” said Christy Glass, the Real Women Run organizing committee chairwoman. “ I think the answer must be yes.” ... The event was organized by the Center for Women and Gender as the kickoff event for a year of celebrating women’s suffrage in honor of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. This amendment prohibits gender-based voting discrimination in the United States, though because of race not all women in the country were allowed to vote with its passing.“Given that women had to support each other in order to achieve the 19th Amendment, how might we use this knowledge today as women to support each other, and how might we support each other in the future?” said Suzanne Pierce-Moore, chairwoman of the Center for Woman and Gender development board. ... When it comes to who has the opportunity to speak and contribute to this overall effort, Glass said it’s important to realize which voices are there and which voices aren’t. “It’s absolutely vital that we treat the right to speak for marginalized women, marginalized communities, as the most important priority moving forward,” Glass said. Glass said it was important that women with privilege do more than just support women who fall in minorities, as support can be temporary or incomplete.“The goal here is sustained and ongoing commitment,” Glass said.

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

    USU Officials Embrace Opportunity to Learn from Code Blue Error

    While it took several minutes for the public to learn that Wednesday’s alarming Code Blue alert was sent out by mistake, Utah State University officials have been quick to absorb the lessons learned from this incident, and they are actively seeking feedback from the people who were impacted by the false alarm. “The safety of all the people here is my most important responsibility — I regret that this occurred, and I regret that people were frightened,” said university President Noelle Cockett during a listening session in the Taggart Student Center at noon Thursday. “I want to learn from this, and I want to plug those holes that maybe made people feel that we weren’t totally prepared for this.” ... Kuehn said he is uncertain what happened, perhaps a crossed wire or maybe a glitch in the software, but regardless of the cause, he said he is deeply sorry for the anxiety caused by that first Code Blue alert. ... Kuehn said rather than putting out one blanket policy on safety protocol, the police department is more than happy to meet with each department individually to help assess anything from security to appropriate hiding places.

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