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  • The Herald Journal Monday, Feb. 04, 2019

    USU's Japan Club Celebrates New Year and Start of Spring

    The Japanese holiday of Setsuban is a celebration that lets individuals ward off their demons with beans, literally. “Setsuban is celebrated annually on February the third before the beginning of spring in Japan. Typically, a demon dressed in red shows up, and attendees throw beans at it chanting what translates to ‘demons out, happiness in,’” said Ky Voorhees, the Utah State University Japan Club vice president. The Japan Club hosted an event Saturday welcoming spring and the new year. The club’s purpose is to spread Japanese culture through the community, and for the past six years it has marked spring’s arrival with the treat-making tradition of mochitsuki. ... “Logan really doesn’t have any Japanese culture,” said Ray West, the club’s president. “We do events like these so people who don’t know about the culture can come and learn. Making mochi takes a lot of effort, and that’s why we have created our own little community here, and we celebrate the new year with ethnic Japanese foods.” ... The Japan Club plans on hosting more events throughout the year, including Japanese movie nights. The club is active on Facebook, where they announce all their upcoming events.

  • Cache Valley Daily Friday, Feb. 01, 2019

    USU Extension Food $ense Program Strives to Help Utah Families

    Utah State University Extension Food $ense SNAP-Ed, a research-based program meant to help recipients of food stamps and other low-income Utahns prepare affordable and healthy meals, can be an important resource after the longest government shutdown in American history. ... “For those whose ability to eat has been affected by the partial government shutdown, Food $ense SNAP-Ed has resources to help you,” Jiménez said. “Not only do we want everyone to have access to food, but we want everyone to have access to nourishing foods. ” The Food $ense SNAP-Ed program offers free, hands-on classes throughout the state to help individuals and families learn how to make nutritious and delicious meals with ingredients they already have on hand. Participants also learn meal planning and shopping techniques that will help them stretch their food budget, food safety habits and strategies for being active with limited resources. “One of the best ways to access our materials is by going to our website,” said Heidi LeBlanc, Food $ense SNAP-Ed director. “Using that website as a starting point, you can find links to our blogs and social media sites. You can also find recipes and information if there are classes in your area. These resources have helped many eat better while stretching food dollars or cooking with what is on hand.”

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    New Far-left Club at USU Looks to Diversity, Local Politics

    At Utah State University, students interested in being politically involved have their choice of a few clubs: the conservative Young Americans for Freedom, or the centrist College Democrats and College Republicans. Diego Mendiola decided to expand that list. “There’s just not that much diversity here,” said Mendiola, the leader of USU’s chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, a new club on campus. “That’s just a fact, not a derogatory statement. A lot of students have ideas that align with certain groups’ concerns. If you think college and health care is too expensive, we have that in common.” Mendiola said he set out to start the school’s first far-left club for the community and to create more empowering individuals. ... “I want people, especially younger people, to be more politically involved. I want them to learn how to be a participating citizen,” Mendiola said. “If you have tools to express your feelings to the community and to the Legislature, you will be able to make a difference.” Focusing on local politics and attending city council meetings are the immediate goals. ... The organization hosted an opening social last week and plans to organize more events around city council meetings and local politics. Mendiola said that everyone is invited to come out to their gatherings. “We want to extend an olive branch to far-right and Republicans to be more open-minded about what we are trying to achieve. We aren’t a hostile group. There are a lot of ideas about what is considered far left, but we are not trying to be antagonizing. We want to give people a voice,” Mendiola said.
  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    New Title IX Staff Introduced to USU at Open House

    Hilary Renshaw and Alison Adams-Perlac were welcomed as new additions to the staff of Utah State University’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office Thursday night. USU Provost Frank Galey spoke at an open house introducing the new staff members, praising the work that they have done in focusing the office. “I’m sure this great blend of expertise and enthusiasm will help transform our campus,” Galey said. ... “I’m really excited for the opportunity to be a part of such a big effort and assist change,” Adams-Perlac said. “I hope we can work to improve the process and tighten the timeframes and procedures of assisting victims of sexual assault.” ... “Everyone works really hard, and there’s a lot of work to do,” Renshaw said. “We want to build trust with our students and faculty and create a safe environment.” The new staff in the AAEO office comes after a year filled with several high-profile sexual violence incidents, including investigations in the music department. Both Renshaw and Adams-Perlac are confident that they will be able to move forward this year with changes that will better help students, staff and the community. “I’m excited to help our office do our best to keep the campus safe for everyone,” Adam-Perlac said. “I want anyone in the community to know that if they have concern that someone might be a victim or that someone is harming another, report it to us. Have faith in our process, and let us help.”

  • Deseret News Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    USU Title IX Office 'A Place Where People Will Feel Heard and Understood,'

    Utah State University held an open house of its Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office Thursday, which was intended to introduce the university community to new staff and initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assault, sexual misconduct and discrimination. ... Amanda DeRito, USU's sexual misconduct information coordinator, said the university's overarching goal "is to make sure we're doing our best in preventing sexual violence. When it does happen, we want to make sure we have the best policies and best processes in place to deal with it in a fair way where people feel like they're heard and we can really support victims as they go through the process." Attendees had the opportunity to meet USU's new Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity office director, Alison Adams-Perlac, who started Jan. 2; the university's new Title IX coordinator, Hilary Renshaw; and prevention specialist Emmalee Fishburn, among others. ... Additionally, USU's victim advocacy office will offer its "Start by Believing" campaign this spring, which focuses on listening to and believing survivors of sexual assault, DeRito said. "There's a lot of people who just don't know how to respond if someone discloses something to them. Often we're well meaning but we say things that can discourage a victim from going to the police or going to Title IX. So we have a campaign aimed and at helping people understand how to respond," DeRito said. ... "The first thing we do is try to educate students to know when something isn't right and to be active bystanders. Research shows the best that's the best way to do prevention work so we spend a lot of time doing that," DeRito said. When a sexual assault or other offense occurs, the university strives to surround victims with the resources they need to heal, she said. Some people may just want counseling or to talk to an advocate, and don't feel comfortable going to police. "Whatever their choices are, we respect that and we just want to make sure they know what their options are and that they're easy to get to," she said.

  • Deseret News Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

    USU's Jon M. Huntsman School Wins National Entrepreneurship Award

    Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has won a first place award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for its Small Enterprise Education and Development program, known as SEED. The program sends student interns to Ghana, the Philippines, Peru and the Dominican Republic to teach local entrepreneurs professional skills and help them grow their small businesses. The award was for excellence in co-curricular innovation. ... Students who intern with SEED study entrepreneurship, micro-finance and small business consulting for one semester, and then visit a country for three months. They help individuals write business plans, launch new ventures, set goals, create budgets, develop accounting practices and organize inventory management systems. The students are mentored and then solidify their learning by mentoring others through the new venture creation process.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

    USU Professors Discuss Global Women's Rights Violations

    In an effort to bring awareness to women’s rights violations around the world, a panel entitled “Talk of Transgressions: The Whispers from Women around the World,” was hosted at Utah State University on Friday. Three USU professors presented on current, global examples of violence against women. Marisella Martinez-Cola addressed the high number of missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States.Crescencio Lopez spoke about the violence occurring in Mexico and how women were disproportionately affected by it. Gonca Soyer told the audience of how the rights of people, especially women and children, were being violated in Turkey because of the failed coup attempt in 2016. Following these stories, the audience participated in a moment of silence. Afterward, a few attendees asked what could be done in response to the stories. ... Soyer said sometimes when she speaks on these issues, people respond by asking her why they should care about what is happening across the globe when there are issues in their own home. “Let me remind you that it can happen to anyone, any of us, and at any time,” Soyer said. “Just because we are free here doesn’t mean that we are going to be here and free tomorrow. It’s always important to know and be knowledgeable about these issues.”

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

    'Science Unwrapped' Examines Ways Germs Affect Course of Humanity

    Bonnie Waring believes the future and the past revolves around taking a closer look at microbes. Waring is a microbial ecologist and biogeochemist at Utah State University.  “Microscopic organisms have influenced some major historical events,” Waring said. “They influence the health of our bodies and our environments and only recently have we had the technology to identify different types of microbes.”Waring spoke in the Eccles Science Learning Center on USU campus Friday as part of the College of Science’s Science Unwrapped lecture series. This year is the program’s 10th anniversary, and they are celebrating the “Powers of 10” as their theme. “We usually see about 400 attendees from kindergarten to senior citizen,” Mary-Ann Muffoletto of USU’S College of Science said. ... Waring’s lecture covered historical events such as colonizers weaponizing diseases to conquer land and plagues. She discussed how healthy bodies need microbes and the possibilities of changing the way people think about agriculture and microbes. Before her presentation she spoke about vaccines and the flu.

  • Deseret News Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

    USU's Research and Graduates Studies Split into Two Offices

    Utah State University’s board of trustees has approved a recommendation to divide the Office of Research and Graduate Studies into two separate entities: the Office of Research and the USU School of Graduate Studies. “We decided to make these changes following months of discussion and after receiving a great deal of feedback from our deans and faculty members from across campus,” USU President Noelle Cockett said in a statement. “These modifications will help improve efficiency and better meet the needs of our growing institution moving forward.” Larry Smith, who has been acting as the interim vice president for research and dean of graduate studies, will continue serving as interim vice president for research, and he will continue to report to the president’s office. ... A search for a permanent vice president for research is expected to be announced by Cockett and Galey within the next nine months.

  • Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

    Utah State Online Education Once Again Ranked Among Top 20

    For the fifth straight year Utah State University is rated among America’s Top 20 schools with outstanding online bachelor’s degree programs. In its 2019 online degree rankings, U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) recognizes USU as the 15th best bachelor’s programs nationwide and third best graduate education program. ... USU offers seven online bachelor’s degrees and 12 online master’s degrees with four more launching in the fall. In addition to its 100 percent online degree programs, USU Online also delivers over 500 individual online courses every semester to nearly 13,000 students in Utah and around the world.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

    Exhibit at USU Library Highlights Stories of Turkish Refugees

    Pictures of a water-soaked journal with pages covered in words from a foreign language, a child’s first Barbie doll and an unworn wedding dress are displayed in the basement of the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University. These images, along with others, are part of a photo exhibit called “What I Brought in My Luggage.” The stories and objects featured in the exhibit belong to people displaced from Turkey after the failed coup attempt in 2016. “Exhibits like these are really cool because they tell a story in very visual ways,” said Melissa Brimhall, the volunteer coordinator at Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection. ... Because the worldwide number of refugees is so high, Brimhall said, it can be hard to imagine what the crisis looks like for individuals. ... Mehmet Soyer is an assistant professor at Utah State and helped bring the exhibit to the university. Soyer is from Turkey and has seen how the political climate in his home country has affected his friends and associates. ... Soyer said he hoped those who attended the exhibit would come away with a greater perspective of the challenges faced by people globally. “Freedom is not given (to) you with a golden tray,” Soyer said. “There should be a struggle to change something in history.” ... The photo exhibit will be on display until Feb. 4 during library hours. The library is open 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

    USU Hosts Conference for Women Physics Undergrads

    Utah State University was one of the 12 campuses chosen to host the American Physics Society 2019 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics this weekend. USU welcomed 154 undergraduates from six different states, including Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and New Mexico, to attend the conference held concurrently across the U.S. The APS, the largest association of physicists in the country, noted a lack of women in the physics field and decided to sponsor this conference to help women in the field, USU Physics Assistant Professor and CUWiP Organizer Oscar Varela said. “One of the goals of the conference is to discuss what their degrees, physics degrees or physics-related degrees, will be useful for in terms in the job market or further studies in the graduate level,” Varela said. ... The conference’s goal is keep the students interested in continuing to pursue careers in science.

  • Cache Valley Daily Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

    USU Interns Ready for Work at the 2019 Legislative Session

    The Internship office at Utah State University is a busy place this time of year, arranging for students to be in Salt Lake City to work with Utah State Legislature. ... There are 14 USU students working in the State Capitol for 45 days, from January 28 until March 14. Those involved will be getting a firsthand look at the Utah State Legislature in action. ... All of the interns are employed by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel and are assigned to one or more legislators during the general session. ... USU students have a variety of responsibilities during the legislative session. Interns could write speeches, interact with constituents, attend committee meetings, track legislation, interact with government agencies, compose correspondence, research public policy issues, and perform other legislative-related duties.
  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

    Classes Begin In New Life Sciences Building at USU

    This week, as spring semester begins at Utah State University, classes are officially being conducted in the new Life Sciences Building on campus. ... It’s been over a year and a half since the new building was announced and the ground for it was broken. Dean of the College of Sciences Maura Hagan said the technology and audio-visual equipment throughout the building will better prepare students for post-university employment. ... Hagan said the environment created in the new building replicates what would be found in state-of-the-art research labs throughout the state. Another aspect of the building Hagan is excited about is the number of student study spaces. ... In the new building, there are dedicated spaces for both quiet, individual study and collaborative work.
  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

    Patrick Mason is New Arrington Endowed Chair at USU

    Historian Patrick Mason, a Utah native, is the new Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture, coming to USU from California’s Claremont Graduate University. He said the new assignment includes teaching a range of courses including Mormon History and the History of Christianity. “But then also a significant part of this, and one of the main purposes of most endowed chairs, is to facilitate research,” said Mason. “So my position is structured in such a way that I should have ample time to get into the archives and do lots of research and writing.”

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

    Policy Director for USU's CPD Named to National Post

    The new President-elect of the AUCD — the Association of University Centers on Disabilities — is Dr. Sachin Pavithran, Director of Policy at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD).  He has a plan for his two-year term. ... “Getting more voice for people with disabilities, to really educate and also not just advocacy but also play a big role in the field, when it comes to research, when it comes to influencing policy,” said Dr Pavithran. “Having better access for people with disabilities to play that kind of role in the field at large.”
  • UB Media Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

    USU-Uintah Basin Student Receives URCO Research Grant to Study Air Quality

    Makenzie Breitenbach, an undergraduate student at Utah State University (USU) Uintah Basin, was awarded the Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity (URCO) grant to perform research on local emissions and air quality. She is working with the team at the Bingham Research Center to carry out the research, partnering with scientists and experts to ensure she has all the resources she needs to complete the work. ... Breitenbach is one of many students who have earned the URCO grant to gain hands-on research experience during their undergraduate career at USU-Uintah Basin. The campus works regularly with students to provide a lot of research and internship opportunities in a variety of fields. Breitenbach’s research lines up with her degree in biology and human health emphasis. ... Through undergraduate research and internships, students are more prepared to enter the workforce and make an impact wherever they find a job.
  • Standard-Examiner Sunday, Jan. 06, 2019

    USU Library to Open Transcontinental Railroad Exhibit for Anniversary

    The sesquicentennial of the driving of the Golden Spike is still more than four months out, but folks from the Utah State University library are getting a jumpstart on the momentous anniversary. Staffers from USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah Division of State History will soon open a new transcontinental railroad exhibit on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol building in Salt lake City. Titled, “A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah,” the exhibit opened Friday and remain on display through June 2019. ... Built between 1863 and 1869, the line connected the Pacific Coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern U.S. railway. The railroad revolutionized the American West with a dependable transportation system that brought Western states economic prosperity through the relatively inexpensive and speedy movement of both goods and people.The railroad played a major role in the history of Northern Utah, specifically Ogden. ... According to USU’s marketing office, a grand opening will be held from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 23, featuring a short ceremony and guided gallery walks through the capitol. A companion exhibit presented by the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association will also be on display. According to the USU press release, the exhibit was funded by a $55,000 grant from the state’s history office.USU Special Collections and Archives photograph curator Dan Davis said the aim of the exhibit is to not only tell the story of the railroad’s impact on Utah, but to also highlight the people who built it.

  • Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

    USU Extension Food $ense Program Hosts Hunger Discussion on College Campuses

    Utah State University Extension Hunger Solutions Institute, a project under the USU Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) program, recently hosted the Hunger Solutions Discussion, an event where diverse groups discussed hunger on college campuses and brainstormed to find solutions to the issue. Preliminary results from a study done on USU’s campus during the spring semester of 2018 indicate that nearly 32 percent of students are food insecure. ... Proposed solutions to food insecurity on college campuses include reducing the stigma associated with using food pantries, adding volunteer opportunities aimed at reducing hunger to course curriculums, and promoting events addressing root causes of food insecurity. Additionally, attendees agreed that there should be more research and more collaboration surrounding food security initiatives.
  • Deseret News Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

    USU Names New Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office

    Utah State University has named Alison A. Adams-Perlac as the new director of the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office. Adams-Perlac will direct compliance with anti-discrimination and Title IX regulations for the USU system, as well as provide administrative leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She joins USU at the Logan campus on Jan. 2. Adams-Perlac has more than 10 years of experience in the Utah courts, including extensive work on projects addressing disparate impacts on minorities and underrepresented Utahns. Adams-Perlac currently works as a guardian ad litem for Utah where she represents children in juvenile court litigation and investigates child abuse and neglect cases. ... Adams-Perlac graduated with a juris doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 2009. She also received a bachelor’s in political science from the university in 2006.

  • Cache Valley Daily Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

    Utah State Assistant Equipment Manager Steve Wiley Dies at 67

    Utah State assistant equipment manager and longtime supporter of Aggie athletics Steve Wiley has died. He was 67. “The Utah State Athletics Family is shocked and saddened at the passing of Steve Wiley,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell. “He has been a positive fixture of Aggie Football & Aggie Athletics for many years. Steve’s legacy and influence will forever be etched in Aggie Athletics. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” Wiley drove Utah State’s football equipment all across the country for nearly 20 years, beginning with a trip to New Mexico State on Oct. 21, 1995. His last road trip driving the equipment was in 2013. Volunteering his own time and personal vehicles, Wiley drove approximately 150,000 miles on more than 100 road trips. ... Born on Dec. 22, 1950, the Vietnam vet – he was a helicopter crew chief – was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for valor. For the past three seasons, Utah State’s football team has taken the field prior to every game with both a Utah and American flag. It was Wiley’s job to hand the American flag to the player that had the honor of carrying it for that game.
  • Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

    Bojay Filimoeatu Named Outside Linebackers Coach at Utah State

    Bojay Filimoeatu is returning to his alma mater as Utah State’s outside linebackers coach, it was announced Wednesday by Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen. Filimoeatu (Fee-lee-moe-ee-ah-tu) was a two-year starting linebacker at Utah State (2011-12) for Andersen, helping the Aggies to a pair of bowl games and the 2012 Western Athletic Conference title. While at USU, he made 112 tackles (48 solo), eight sacks and one interception. He finished his college career at the 2012 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game. Following college, Filimoeatu spent the 2014 season playing linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, appearing in eight games. ... Filimoeatu, who graduated from Utah State with an interdisciplinary studies degree with an emphasis in sociology and physical education, is married to former USU softball player Hailey Froton.
  • Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

    Frank Maile Will Remain on Utah State's Football Staff

    Frank Maile will remain on the Utah State football staff as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach, it was announced Tuesday by newly appointed head coach Gary Andersen. ... Maile, a 2007 Utah State graduate, has spent the past three seasons as the Aggies’ co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Overall, Maile has spent eight years on the Aggies’ staff, as he was a defensive graduate assistant from 2009-10 and the defensive line coach from 2011-13. Maile helped Utah State to one of its most successful seasons in school history in 2018 as the Aggies went 11-2 and tied the school record for wins (11) and home wins (6), while being nationally ranked for six-straight weeks for the first time in school history. ... Maile was a standout defensive lineman for the Aggies from 2004-07 ... A native of West Valley City, Utah, Maile was a first-team all-state defensive lineman at Alta High School in Sandy, Utah. He served an LDS Church Mission to the Dominican Republic from 2001-03. Maile earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Utah State in 2007 and earned his master’s in education in 2010. Maile and his wife, Heather, have three sons, Maximus, Samson and Titan, and a daughter, Cecilia.
  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

    Jason Phillips Named Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach at USU

    Jason Phillips, who has 20 years of coaching experience, including five seasons as an offensive coordinator, has been named Utah State’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, it was announced Sunday by Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen.  Phillips, who played professionally for eight seasons, including six years in the NFL, has coached in six bowl games during his collegiate career. ... Phillips, who was a consensus All-America wide receiver during his playing days at Houston, was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the NFL in 1989, where he set a rookie record with a 10-catch, 155-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Phillips, who has written about coaching and has published articles in American Football Monthly Magazine, earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Houston in 2001.

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