Effects far-reaching in Ukraine conflict
Ukraine, along with Crimea and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, have been topics of international news for months. The interest of Americans, as well as what America should do about the situation, has been debated and talked over. As a result of the tension in Russia and the Ukraine, the Huntsman School of Business’ one-week trip to Russia for this summer was cancelled.
Not just an extra year or two
Students, faculty explain the importance of taking on research, graduate school
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies at USU celebrated the successes of both faculty and students during Research Week April 7-11. Workshops and presentations highlighted the work of Aggie graduate students. “The research component that graduate students fulfill is a great way to give a vibrancy and life to our teaching programs,” said Mark R.
Student-Logan city interaction increasing
Students were invited Monday outside the Taggart Student Center Auditorium to locate areas of concern on maps of Logan and describe the problem to Logan city officials. Large zoomed-in maps with an aerial satellite view of neighborhoods surrounding USU were laid on three tables with several post-it notes stuck in various locations.
USU algae researchers to continue at new plant
Logan city is constructing a new wastewater treatment facility to meet federal standards that must be met by 2017 to replace the wastewater lagoons being used. The Sustainable Waste to Bioproducts Energy Center at USU makes use of the city’s lagoons.
Strutting their stuff
Male students don high heels in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Some traded dress shoes for decorated flip-flops; others swapped sneakers for shiny red heels. No matter their footwear, men and women joined together Wednesday afternoon to Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. This is the ninth year the Sexaul Assault and Anti-Violence Information Office has sponsored the national campaign to march against rape, sexual assault and gender violence.
Ignite event tells stories behind research
Eight students shared their passions and stories during Ignite last Friday at USU, which focused on students and their stories behind their research, said Scott Bates, associate vice president of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Ignite was part of Research Week.
SPS: Anyone can bust myths
Apple, watermelon, cantelope, meat get the bullet at Friday night activity
The USU chapter of the Society of Physics Students confirmed and “busted” some popular myths at its annual MythBusters event on Friday. Modeled after the popular “MythBusters” TV show, audience members had the chance to find out whether a person can relax on a board of nails, shock another person through their finger, commit the perfect crime with an ice bullet and whether a penny dropped from the Empire State Building could kill someone.
Volunteers fix up house for UCC
Down the hill south of 400 North, hidden by a patch of dense greenery, is the UCC house, a small building owned by the Utah Conservation Corps where students gathered to participate in a risk management project last Friday. The project was designed to help prevent fire hazards on USU’s campus.
Students trade sleep for cancer research funds
While most of Cache Valley was sleeping on Friday night, hundreds of people were gathered in the George Nelson Fieldhouse walking against cancer. The event, called Relay For Life, raised $11,428 for the American Cancer Society. “The idea is that cancer doesn’t sleep, so we won’t either,” said Dustin Peterson, the committee chair for Relay For Life.
Dose of reality: Evictions happen in college
Where a student lives during their college years is a huge component of the college experience as a whole. Students often spend countless hours researching and touring various places both on and off campus. However, that can be jeopardized if policies are broken and eviction results.
Arts senator fights the battle of communication
As only the fourth person to hold the position of senator for the Caine College of the Arts, Sam Wright is working to open up lines of communication for students and administrators — with mixed results. After being elected for a second year, Wright said he is focusing on being a voice for the students in his college, on campus and in the community.
New tuition model lowers price of online courses
Tier I and Tier II tuition will increase because of decisions made during the 2014 session of the Utah Legislature, but USU recently updated its tuition model to make classes cheaper for students. Starting summer semester 2014, two tuition changes will be implemented.
Local restaurant adds mural of Cache Valley
While out driving with his wife, USU business administration and marketing student Matthew Vance didn’t just see a blank wall on the side of Angie’s restaurant — he saw an opportunity. “I wanted the experience managing a very public ongoing campaign,” Vance said.
Diversity is main focus of research presentations
Inclusive Excellence, a national group promoting diversity and science, was featured as part of USU’s annual Research Week for the first time. The event included poster presentations and speeches by Dana Sanchez, assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University, and John Dehlin, an LDS blogger.
Four-star general visits USU
General Jim Mattis talks about the link between civilians and the military
There is a growing gap between the military and civilian society, said Gen. Jim Mattis, a long-time U.S. Marine Corps member, former commander of United States Central Command and current Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Mattis, known for his 41 years of service and deep love for his country and fellow Marines, came to USU on Tuesday and gave a speech to hundreds of USU students, professors and local veterans about topics relating to his involvement with the U.
Alumnus touts benefits of liberal arts
Todd Jorgensen wraps up CHaSS week with speech about a liberal arts education
Students, faculty and staff got to hear from Utah State alumnus Todd Jorgensen on Friday about what one can do with a liberal arts education. Jorgensen is the team periodontist for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and operates his own dental practice. He was at USU to speak about some of the common misconceptions of having a liberal arts degree and what those who have one can do with it.
Alumna makes groundbreaking dinosaur research discovery
A leading paleontologist and USU graduate returned to her alma mater to present some of her important discoveries about dinosaurs on Friday in a speech hosted by the biology, chemistry and geology departments at USU. She detailed the research process that led her team to their surprising results.
Locals participate in Ordain Women event at General Conference
The Ordain Women organization met Saturday to ask for standby tickets to get into the priesthood session of the 184th semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including residents from Cache Valley. Ordain Women is an organization seeking to have women ordained in the Mormon priesthood.
USU falls short in RecycleMania contest
USU did not do as well in the 2014 RecycleMania tournament against colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada as it did last year. USU students and faculty recycled 41,372 pounds of paper, 40,146 pounds of cardboard and 19,471 pounds of containers during the tournament.
Student software takes first
A group of students in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business won first place for software called RedbirdQ at the Partners in Business Annual IT Student Showcase. Shai McDonald, Lauren Johnson, John Johnson ll and Aaron Light’s software RedbirdQ is a branch off of their company, Redbird Metrics.
Diversity center continues to search
The position for the new USU Access and Diversity Center’s multicultural program coordinator remains open after months of searching. The prior multicultural program coordinator took a position at Brigham Young University in November after working at USU for 18 months.
Changing the Fate initiative aims to rid Utah State of racial intolerance
Phrases like, “You are too pretty to be gay,” “Why are you brown?” and “You will get the scholarship because you are black” were featured on posters at the Access and Diversity Center on Friday. Students created posters like these in preparation of a larger event called Changing the Fate at Utah State, which will be held at 11:30 a.
Student officers revise charters
The USU Student Association Executive Council passed two bills and a revised charter Tuesday. Both bills passed were proposals to amend charters of student government positions. Brittney Garbrick, Graduate Studies senator, wrote legislation to change each of the senatorial charters to include a certain position.
Albrecht outlines legislative funding
USU President Stan Albrecht reported to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty and staff on Tuesday evening in the David B. Haight Alumni Center on the legislative outcomes of the last session and how they will impact USU. More funding was awarded to higher education, which will impact buildings, retirement, health care and salary.
Society of Women Engineers engages high schoolers
Event planners seek to show girls that engineering is more than math problems
Engineering has long been a male-dominated field, but the Society of Women Engineers aims to change that. One of its initiatives toward this end was to hold an Engineering Extravaganza for local high school girls on Saturday. “Much of our culture and society doesn’t see women in the same light as men,” said Bailey Swanson, treasurer of SWE.
Transportation master plan in the works
University officials hope to remedy problems with parking, Aggie Shuttle service and other issues
USU Facilities has teamed up with USU Student Services to come up with a plan to make getting to and around campus a little easier. The offices plan to hire a transportation planning expert in April who will take a closer look at travel patterns and outline a plan of action.
'14 CHaSS Week focuses on college's pride, feedback
Student feedback and pride are the main focuses of this year’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Week, held March 29 through April 4. Matthew Anderson, CHaSS senator, said the week got a kick-off a little early with Poetry and a Beverage on Saturday night.
Huber: Women earn about 82 percent of wages in same jobs as men
Workshop held to teach women about salary negotiation in a wage-gap world
Female students from different backgrounds gathered in the University Inn and Conference Center on Saturday afternoon for a workshop on salary negotiation presented by the Association of University Women and the Women Are Getting Even, or WAGE, Project.
Many Aggies concerned about Common Hour schedule
Common Hour is a time when students eat lunch, visit with friends, attend lectures and guest speakers. It’s also an hour out of every week giving professors and students more difficult schedules. Vice Provost Janis Boettinger and Assistant Provost Andi McCabe spoke to the USU Student Association Executive Council on March 25 about the growing concerns of Common Hour.
Braveheart Race raises funds
Community participates in annual run to raise money for boy with cortical dysplasia
Around 230 runners participated in this year’s Braveheart Race for a boy named Rustin, raising funds for needed treatment and therapy. The Braveheart Race is put on each year at USU by the 860th Cadet Wing of the Air Force ROTC to help a local family in need.
Companies seek employees among USU engineers
Representatives from 12 companies spent Tuesday evening with engineering students during the fifth annual Evening With Industry, a part of Engineering Week. The event was put on by the Society of Women Engineers. More than 100 students attended, and this was the first year the event sold out, said Olivia Leonhardt, vice president of Corporate Affairs for SWE and a mechanical engineering junior.
Body image fair boosts self confidence
The Student Health and Wellness Center teamed up with graduating dietetic majors to put on a body image fair as a part of their senior practicum project. The fair was essentially a live Pinterest board that included pictures, movies and quotes about body image.
Wells: Adversity is part of life
Football coach speaks at business school leadership conference
USU head football coach Matt Wells spoke about leadership and adversity at the dean’s convocation as part of the Huntsman School of Business’ Partners in Business Conference on Tuesday. He also received the Professional Achievement Award. “Adversity can come in the form of injuries,” Wells said.
Ukraine conflict hits home at Utah State University
The effects of recent protests in Ukraine and the subsequent military action in the Crimean peninsula have reached across land and ocean into the lives of students at USU. Josh Barton, a master’s student in management informations systems, has family living in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital.
Budget increases on the table for next year
Budget increases and decreases took up the majority of discussion time during the USU Student Association Executive Council meeting Tuesday. Though the newly elected officers weren’t present, the 2013-14 officers were asked to comment on their budget and if they would request more or less money.
Gowns get capped
Surplus store discontinues grad. robe sales after students try to beat the system
James Gardner hit the jackpot. He bought two caps and two gowns at USU Surplus for $1 each on March 18. The price of a bachelor’s graduation package from the Campus Store can be more than $40, which includes a cap, gown and tassel. The items were sold at the graduation fair March 18 and 19 outside the Campus Store in the Taggart Student Center.
Professor presents research on memory
Young adults can reduce risk of Alzheimer's with lifestyle changes
There may be things people can do while they are young to avoid Alzheimer’s disease, according to a USU assistant professor’s presentation in the Merrill-Cazier Library on March 19. The presentation was part of the USU Center for Women and Gender’s Brown Bag Lunch lecture series.
Diversity Awards announced
The USU Diversity Award recipients were announced last week. There are awards for administrator, faculty, staff, student and community. Garth Wilson of the USU Eastern Blanding campus received the administrator award; Dr. Robert McPherson of Blanding received the faculty award; Juan Carlos Vazquez from the Center for Persons with Disabilities received the staff award; Indhira Hasbun, a graduate student in engineering received the student award and the Museum of Anthropology received the community award.
New logo approved for USU Student Association
Use of USU Athletic's bull is allowed for the first time
The USU Student Association changed the name of its organization in October, and the logo for the new name was approved recently. “Since we met at our fall retreat, there’s been a lot of groundwork that’s gone into this,” said USU/SA President Doug Fiefia.
Student passes away from cancer over spring break
Felipe Benitez remembered for big heart, energy
Felipe Benitez of the Psi Sigma Phi multicultural fraternity passed away Monday, March 10. The 19-year-old freshman was fighting lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, since the diagnosis in February 2013. Services for Benitez were held the weekend at the end of spring break.
'Sister Wives' visits Logan, tours USU
Three members of the world-famous polygamist Brown family from the reality television series “Sister Wives” were spotted around Logan last Friday. USU freshman Abby Roberts was in the Merrill-Cazier Library with her friend when Kody, Janelle and Madison Brown showed up with a guide and a camera crew for a tour.
Students hold the phone for clean water
UNICEF's Tap Project uses cell phones to supply clean water
UNICEF volunteers at USU are working to cut the number of the world’s population without access to safe drinking water in half by 2015, and they aim to provide this resource by challenging students to give up something far less vital — their phones. The UNICEF Tap Project makes it possible for one day’s worth of clean water to be donated to a child in need for every 10 minutes students can go without touching their cell phones.
Natural Resources race is on
Students gathered at noon on Wednesday in the atrium of the Natural Resources building to hear Arthur Wallis and Lacey Wilder battle for the spot of Natural Resources senator. Out of four initial candidates, Wallis and Wilder advanced past the primary elections and into the finals.
Annual service week gets Greeks involved
The fraternities and sororities of USU teamed up for their annual service week, performing various acts of service throughout the community in what is becoming a Greek tradition. “We’ve been doing this for at least three years,” said Marissa Campbell, a volunteer from the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Elections: Which system is better?
While USU students were going through student body elections, universities across the state were also holding elections. What students may not know, however, is there are different ways of running such contests. USU saw a voter turnout of less than 13 percent in February’s elections, with far less candidates.
Benefit concert to be held for Wengert
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences student returns to Logan after near-fatal crash
The band County Red will be performing a benefit concert for Dallin Wengert on Friday, March 21 at the Kent Concert Hall. Wengert is a pre-veterinary science student from USU who was in a car accident nine months ago and has since made what some call a miraculous recovery.
Alumna shares importance of life's plot twists
Liz Howell shared one of the deepest and darkest twists in her life story Wednesday in the TSC Auditorium. Her speech, “What Will Your Story Be?” highlighted feelings of hope and determination that can arise after tragedy. Howell and her husband Brady, USU alumni with degrees in international relations and political science, were living, working and achieving their dreams in Washington, D.
Break out the shovels
Groundbreaking held for long-awaited Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Construction on what will become the Student Recreation and Wellness Center kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. “This kicks off the project that has been in the works for five years. It’s finally going to be a reality,” said James Morales, vice president for Student Services.
Nobel laureate talks about economic uncertainty
2013 Nobel laureate and USU alumnus Lars Peter Hansen spoke to a full crowd in the Performance Hall on March 7 about the uncertainty of economics. Hansen said there are two types of uncertainty in economics. There is the uncertainty from a researcher examining a model, and there is uncertainty among the players in the model.
College of Engineering enrollment increases
Graduation rates have dropped over the past 10 years for the College of Engineering, but the associate dean of the college, Dean Adams, said the college is expecting to increase the rates for this year and in years to come. Enrollment in the college reached a low in 2006, and consequently, graduation numbers have dropped.