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  • Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    Archaeologist Reflects on Bears Ears Reduction a Year Later

    Close to the anniversary of the Trump administration’s reduction of Bears Ears National Monument, a former president of the Society for American Archaeology discussed some of the archaeological findings in the area and the reduction’s effects. Bill Lipe spoke at the Utah State University Museum of Anthropology on Thursday afternoon as part of the Anthropology Lecture Series. ... After a lecture showcasing and explaining the archaeological finds at Bears Ears, students had the opportunity to ask about the political aspects surrounding Bears Ears.

  • Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    Dax Raymond Leaving USU Early for NFL Draft

    Matt Wells wasn’t the only Aggie announcing that he was leaving Utah State on Thursday. Standout Junior Tight End Dax Raymond announced on Twitter that he is foregoing his Senior season and is declaring his eligibility for the NFL draft. The biggest reason, he stated, is because of his age.  Having served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and redshirted a year already, Raymond felt like the time is now to declare for the 2019 NFL draft as he is “three years behind the average junior in college.” ... “I am blessed to have received a quality education at Utah State University,” the Provo native wrote in a statement, “and will graduate early this December.” ... “Thank you to all (who) have supported me and Aggie nation,” Raymond wrote. “Your devotion does not go unnoticed. Thank you Aggie brotherhood – battle on! We’ve got one more to get for Aggie nation this year.”

  • Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    USU Students Service Project Developing Websites for Local Businesses

    For years, Ginger Williams has been giving her food an extra kick with her own unique spices. Now she is doing the same for her business, My Hubby’s Kitchen, by adding a website. Williams was one of more than 30 business owners who utilized students from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business to help them design a website. ... On Thursday, she and other business owners got a chance to review their new websites in a classroom at the Huntsman School. The event was the culmination of work by students with the Huntsman Marketing Association. ...  “The objective of the Huntsman Marketing Association is to try to bridge that gap between the classroom and real-world experience,” he said. “They (students) actually get to work with that person and help them build their business — it doesn’t get any more real than that.”

  • Deseret News Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    Utah State's Matt Wells Named Head Coach of Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Matt Wells, along with his top two assistant coaches, will be leaving Utah State. Multiple news outlets reported Thursday evening that the Aggies' head football coach has agreed to become the new head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and Texas Tech made it official a few hours later. Utah State also announced in a press release that "a national search for USU’s next head coach has already begun." ... Wells had been mentioned by national observers as a possibility for a number of head-coaching vacancies as the 2018 regular season concluded. He has been the head coach of the Aggies for six seasons and has amassed a 44-34 record, including a 10-2 regular-season mark this year. For his efforts, Wells was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year this week. ... “I would like to thank Matt and his wife Jen for their significant contributions to Utah State University," Aggies athletic director John Hartwell said in a statement. "Matt and his staff did an outstanding job of making Aggie football one of the best programs in the West. This is a special place and I am as excited as ever about our bright future.

  • Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

    Mountain West Announces 2018 Football Honors

    The Mountain West announced today its 2018 All-Conference football teams and individual award winners, as chosen by the 12 head coaches and a select media panel. Boise State senior quarterback Brett Rypien is being honored as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, while Fresno State junior linebacker Jeff Allison has been named the MW Defensive Player of the Year. Wyoming junior placekicker Cooper Rothe is the MW Special Teams Player of the Year. Nevada running back Toa Taua has been selected as the MW Freshman of the Year and Matt Wells of Utah State is the MW Coach of the Year. 
  • Herald Journal Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

    USU researcher: Minorities Facing Challenges in Health Care System

    Dealing with health care issues can be difficult for anyone, but minorities often face additional challenges, one researcher told a group of Utah State University students Wednesday evening. The USU Medical Spanish Club invited Professor Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde to speak to them about what her research has found about the diverse issues affecting minorities in the health care system. ... Students had the opportunity to ask Marquez-Velarde questions regarding minorities in the health care system and how to better address their needs.
  • Herald Journal Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

    USU Fraternity to Host Weekend Holiday Concert to Benefit Orphan

    A Utah State University fraternity is putting on a holiday concert with proceeds going to help an orphan with Down syndrome. The Starry Night Concert, sponsored by Alpha Tau Omega, is scheduled Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. both nights in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium. The show, now in its fifth year, will include USU students and alumni performing an array of Christmas carols. ... “We really hope it’s an opportunity to jump-start the non-commercialized part of the holiday,” Thorley said. “All too often we’re thinking of presents … but when it gets down to it, hopefully Christmas is an opportunity for everyone to share a little bit of what they have with people who have less.” On that note, Thorley is looking forward to the fact that the concert will go to help an orphan. “It makes wanting to be part of (the concert) all the more worth it,” he said. “You always get better music and a better performance when you’re doing it for a reason.”

  • Herald Journal Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

    Former Acting NASA Administrator Joins SDL Board

    A former acting head of NASA has been appointed to the Utah State University Space Dynamics Lab’s board of trustees for the first time in the board’s history. Robert Lightfoot Jr., who left his position as acting administrator of NASA earlier this year, is part of the governing body that provides strategic direction and oversight for SDL. SDL is part of the USU nonprofit entity called the USU Research Foundation. ... Lightfoot spoke to The Herald Journal on Monday shortly after watching a live landing of a NASA-sponsored project designed to explore Mars below its surface.
  • Cache Valley Daily Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018

    Utah State football Ranked 24th in the Nation in Latest Amway Coaches Poll

    Following its 33-24 Mountain West road loss at No. 21 Boise State late Saturday night, Utah State football dropped in both national polls, but is still ranked 24th nationally in the Amway Coaches poll with 130 votes. ... For Utah State, this is the fifth-straight week it has been ranked in the Amway Coaches poll as it climbed as high as 13th in the nation. USU was also ranked for four-straight weeks in the AP poll, getting as high as 14th in the nation, before dropping out this weekend. ... Despite its loss this past weekend, Utah State is still 10-2 on the season and tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 league record. For USU, it is just the third time in school history that USU has won 10 games ... Utah State, which is bowl eligible for the seventh time in the past eight seasons and will play in its 13th bowl game in school history this year, will learn its postseason destination next Sunday, Dec. 2.

  • Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

    New USU Title IX Coordinator Discusses Job, Priorities, Qualifications

    In the midst of several high-profile sexual violence stories that have rocked the institution, Utah State University has hired a new Title IX coordinator. Hilary Renshaw, an employee with USU’s Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity office since October, was named Title IX coordinator Nov. 15. ... Renshaw came to Logan from Louisiana, where she recently earned a juris doctorate from Louisiana State University. Before that, Renshaw earned her master’s in educational leadership and worked at several crisis/domestic violence shelters. ... Renshaw sat down with The Herald Journal to discuss her role and what’s to come for USU’s Title IX office.

  • The Salt Lake Tribune Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

    Performers Say Its a Big Step: USU Hosts Its First Drag Show

    It was the first time Utah State University, a largely conservative and relatively agricultural school in Logan, has ever held a drag show on its campus. ... The event, hosted last week by the school’s housing office, featured 10 performers, mostly students, as part of a discussion of drag culture and the LGBTQ community. Those onstage danced, sang and answered questions about what it means to them to perform a gender identity as a drag queen or king.
  • Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

    USU Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner for Out-of-Town Students, Families

    USU’s Thanksgiving dinner, held at the Lundstrom Student Center, was sponsored by several campus entities, including Housing and Residence Life; Aggie Think, Care Act; and Dining Services. “When a student becomes an Aggie, they become part of the Aggie family at Utah State University,” Linstrom wrote in an email to The Herald Journal. “With that, we believe that all Aggies should have a safe and welcoming place to celebrate the holidays, know that they are supported in not only their academic endeavors, and are what makes our community strong.” ... Thursday night’s gathering contained people of all ages. Most were USU students who could not make it home for one reason or another, but there were also families with small children. ... Amy Siler, a sophomore from California ... was thankful USU acknowledged students like her who could not go home to their families for Thanksgiving.
  • Herald Journal Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

    USU Names New Communications Vice President

    Utah State University named a South Carolina school official as its vice president for marketing and communications, a newly created position. William Plate, vice president for communication and chief marketing officer at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, was USU's choice among four finalists in a national search that took place throughout the year. “USU has an amazing story to tell," ... "I am looking forward to leading this team of talented and creative marketing and communication professionals. My wife and I are excited to join the Aggie Family and make Logan our home.”

  • Deseret News Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

    Utah State 3X3: Boise State is Now All That Matters

    The Aggies lost and then won last weekend, thanks to a Colorado State Hail Mary that gave the Rams the last lead and win, only being called back due to the receiver stepping out of bounds prior to the catch. ... The biggest game of the season now lies on the Smurf Turf as the Aggies take on Boise State in what is essentially a Mountain West semifinal playoff matchup. The winner will host the MWC championship game against Fresno State on Dec. 1. ... Since entering the Mountain West, the goal has always been to win the conference. Bowl game eligibility is nice, rivalry wins are great, too, but it's about being on top of the Mountain. ... It's been a special season with a special team that is special in all phases of the game. It has set the bar high, but I expect the special season to continue. I'm not one for predictions, but I am confident.
  • Cache Valley Daily Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

    USU Professor's Climate Change Research Appears in New York Times

    Utah State University faculty member Peter Howe recently joined colleagues in Yale’s program on climate change communications when a summary of their research, from surveys of 22,000 people, was published in the New York Times. The article shows how support of policies to address climate change theories varies by geographic locations. “People, by and large, strongly support funding research into renewable energy,” Howe explained, “85 percent of people around the country support that. They support tax rebates for electric vehicles or solar panels on people’s houses; 82 percent of people support that, including 82 percent of people in Utah. ... “One interesting thing we found: we asked people how much they talk about global warming themselves, with their friends and family,” Howe continued. “And very few people do. Only about a third of the people around the country do. But here in Utah it turns out that a few more people than the national average are talking about global warming. “It seems like it is an issue that is a little bit more on people’s minds out here in the West.” Peter Howe is an assistant professor in USU’s Environment and Society Department.
  • Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

    USU Studying Hair-Pulling Disorder Among Utah Youth

    A Utah State University professor wants to know the impact telecommunications have on treating adolescents in Utah who have a compulsive hair-pulling disorder. Michael Twohig, USU professor of psychology, and one of his doctoral students, Clarissa Ong, will study 30 kids age 12 to 17 who have trichotillomania. ... Trichotillomania is an impulsive disorder in which people pull their hair so much it comes out. ... Many people who have trichotillomania don’t know they can seek treatment. ... Twohig secured a few thousand dollars in grant money from the Huntsman Foundation, a Salt Lake City-based organization named after the late philanthropist and USU donor Jon M. Huntsman Sr. Thanks to the grant, Twohig said his study will not only provide treatment to people all over Utah but arm five clinicians with the knowledge needed to treat trichotillomania. ... “We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t have the money,” Twohig said. “One of the things I think is really neat about this grant is, five people will leave USU knowing how to treat this disorder, which has very few good providers.” ... Aside from the study’s results providing further knowledge for researchers, Ong believes the study she is working on will have a significant impact on youth.
  • Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

    USU, Not Regents, to Propose University's Tuition Going Forward

    Starting next year, the way Utah State University’s tuition is set will be a whole lot different from years past. At its meeting in St. George on Friday, the Board of Regents, Utah’s higher education governing board, established a new policy that does away with a uniform tuition rate set by the board and instead puts the responsibility on institutions to propose one. The Regents, however, will still have the authority to sign off on all tuition rates before they're set in stone and impact students. ... USU President Noelle Cockett was appreciative of the policy change made by the board Friday.“USU welcomes the opportunity to present our request to the Regents for any tuition increases that we propose,” she wrote. “This will augment what we currently do on campus with students, staff and faculty input.” ... As far as higher education institutions' role in determining tuition, the new Regents policy states that each president in the Utah System of Higher Education, including Cockett, will have to submit a written proposal to the board detailing their proposed rates.

  • Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

    USU to Hold Grand Opening for Chocolate Factory

    The long-awaited grand opening of Utah State University’s Aggie Chocolate Factory will be held Friday, November 16 at 2 p.m. located at Blue Square complex (1111N. 800 E., Logan) just west of USU’s Football Stadium. Steve Shelton, the factory’s manager, has been working behind the glass walls of the newly-renovated space sorting, grinding and roasting beans to the right consistency and taste. He found a formula he likes and will introduce Aggies to his high cacao content chocolate bars, as well as dark, frozen hot chocolate and some pastries at the factory’s chocolate cafe. ... The factory serves several purposes, but it is first a laboratory for students in the food science program, said Professor Silvana Martini, the faculty member who oversees the Factory. She has been teaching chocolate courses for the past three years. “The factory will also facilitate research and outreach to the confectionery industry,” Martini said. “This will be the only chocolate factory at a university in the western United States, and people in the industry are excited at the opportunities for short courses and working with us to produce certain flavor profiles.” ... The Grand Opening will include a ribbon cutting, a few remarks, and some chocolate samples.
  • Herald Journal Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

    USU 'Code Blue Alert' System: Response from Students & Officials

    Say “Code Blue Alert” and most Utah State University students recognize or are somewhat familiar with the term. That’s probably no surprise, given that the notifications for a campus emergency come through their email inbox, voice message system or text messages. ... Within the last month, USU issued three Code Blue Alerts. ... Each notification is sent to campus community members only after top university officials carefully consult with one another over whether a Code Blue Alert is needed ... Despite its quirks, several USU students expressed appreciation for the university’s implementation of Code Blue Alerts.

  • Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

    USU's Aggiethon Hopes to Raise Money for Sick Children in Cache County

    Children from Cache County made nearly 3,000 visits to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City last year. Many of those families are struggling with the high cost of medical bills that comes with getting the necessary treatment for their little ones. Students from Utah State University are on a mission to help out. Utah State is joining 350 schools across North America in a nationwide effort to raise money for sick children and families in need. The student-led movement is called Miracle Network Dance Marathon and it supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Students at USU are calling their event Aggiethon and money raised will help provide life-saving care to children here in Cache Valley. ... The big event is Saturday, November 17th. That’s when students head to the Taggart Student Center Ballroom for eight hours of dancing. The dance marathon goes from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Students are hoping to raise $20,000. If you’d like to help out, you can visit the website at


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