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KSL TV Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

Utah State University Releases Campus Safety App

Utah State University has released rolling out a new app that campus police say will help put safety resources, right at their fingertips. It could also help them find people who need help faster, through GPS tracking. The fall semester is just under a week away, but incoming freshmen have already been busy preparing and getting more familiar with the campus. Coming from the state of Washington, Kelli Munn said she just happened to come across one unexpected tool that might help her – the Utah State Safe App. “I was looking at apps that I needed to download for school and I thought it’s probably a really good thing for me to have as a freshman, and just anyone on campus,” she said. Safe Utah State launched earlier this week and is similar to the statewide safety and crisis app, Safe UT. A publicity campaign designed to get more students signed up in the app will start as classes begin. ... The Utah State Safe App also has links to counseling, and support, as well as resources for faculty and staff who may need to help a student in distress or who might be exhibiting mental health concerns. Campus Police will be out telling students about the app as classes begin next week.


The Herald Journal Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Aggie Bull-evard Welcomes Traffic, Students Back

Just in time for the fall semester, Aggie Bull-evard reopened on Monday after being closed to through traffic for summer construction. The construction project “has enhanced the main entry into Utah State, which gives it a better feel coming in for everyone,” said Kelly Christoffersen from USU Facilities planning, design and construction. Aggie Bull-evard is the section of 700 North that runs from 800 East to 1200 East and is the main thoroughfare through Utah State University. This summer’s project focused mostly on the section between 800 East and the main crosswalk, about a block of roadway. ... The project included crosswalk improvements, adding bike lanes and installing a barrier in the median and in front of the Aggie Recreation Center to make crossing outside of crosswalks more difficult. Bike lanes were added to the crosswalks on 700 North at 1200 East and 800 East. The pavement at the 800 East crosswalk now reads “Utah State University.” The updated crosswalk, just east of the University Inn parking lot, now features traffic and pedestrian lights to direct the flow of both vehicle and foot traffic.

The Herald Journal Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

USU Aggie Chocolate Factory Going Strong

Since opening less than a year ago, the world is beginning to notice USU’s Research Lab and Chocolate Factory, the first of its kind associated with a university—as far as Steve Shelton, the Plant Production Manager for the Aggie Chocolate Factory and Business Manager for Aggie Ice Cream, knows. People are coming to tour it from as far as Japan, and some of the world’s largest chocolate makers are lending knowledge and support. Shelton added that this is only the beginning for the Chocolate Factory. ... A few years ago, Silvana Martini started teaching classes on chocolate at USU, but until the Chocolate Factory was built, students had no way to get hands-on learning. ... Before managing Aggie Ice Cream, Shelton owned and operated Magical Moon Toys, where he started selling his homemade confections and chocolate. Soon, the candy was outselling everything else, so he completely changed careers and opened Pee Wee’s Sweets in Logan. But getting the chance to develop the Chocolate Factory, to pass on an art that often dies when its masters do, has become his dream and focus.

Capital Press Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019

'Moogets' Help Utah State University Win Dairy Competition

Food science students from Utah State University scooped up the top prize in this year’s new products competition sponsored by the Idaho Milk Processors Association. Their innovative product — Moogets, a chicken nugget substitute using cheese as the base — won the $10,000 grand prize to be split between the university and the students. In addition to cheese, the product also contains milk and whey isolate powder for a dairy ingredient content of 79%. ... With a unique set of nutrients, calcium, vitamins and minerals, the product could fill a need not currently met in the marketplace and appeal to vegetarians and other consumers wanting to limit their meat intake, according to the students. Team members include Melissa Marsh, Jung Mun Yang, Ireland Green, Savannah Branson and Sophie Overbeck. "We appreciate the opportunity that IMPA gives USU, and other schools, to compete in the product development competition," Dave Irish, USU team advisor and the school's Aggie Creamery manager, said. "Our students had a great idea, worked extremely hard, and we are pleased with the results, both as a product and the grand prize," he said.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Aug. 08, 2019

Webcam Showcases Tearing Down of Valley View Tower

One of Utah State University’s storied residence halls, Valley View Tower, is being demolished — but not in the way that a lot of people would like to see. Joe Beck, an architect and project coordinator with USU Facilities, said the residence hall cannot get the controlled detonation treatment many stadiums and high rises do because it was built with post-tensioned slabs, meaning the concrete is secured by a network of steel cables. ... Valley Tower should be down by the time fall semester starts on Aug. 26, according to Beck. It will then take another month to haul off and separate all the material. As of now, three machines are at work demolishing the building, Beck said. ... A camera is position on top of a nearby building so the contractors and USU can watch the demolition for security and tracking purposes, according to Beck. Aside from that, Beck hopes the webcam encourages people to be safe and stay away from the demolition site.

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Aug. 07, 2019

Longtime USU Art Professor Glen Edwards Passes Away

Anyone who ever attended the Festival of the American West pageant at USU knows the artwork of Cache Valley painter Glen Edwards. You simply couldn’t miss it. Two towering portraits, one showing a cowboy and the other a Native American chief, flanked the massive stage at the longtime Logan pageant, while the concourse of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum was lined with several more of Edwards’ Western-themed paintings, including an epic 80-foot wide mural depicting scenes of frontier life. The Preston-born painter and former Utah State University art professor, who died Saturday at age 83, is being remembered for those artworks and many other things as news of his passing spreads in the community and among his former art students. ... Edwards taught at USU for 32 years while doing some watercolor and oil painting on the side, then he turned to painting full-time after retirement from the university in 2000. He garnered several awards for his work and for years has had pieces on display in galleries in Santa Fe, Park City, Jackson and Sun Valley, among other Western tourist meccas known for showcasing regional artists.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Aug. 01, 2019

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox Returns to USU Campus for Campaign Stop

The yellow and green “Cox for Governor” RV has been making its way through Cache County this week. By Friday evening, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and his campaign team will have visited every incorporated city and town in the county, from Amalga to Wellsville, as part of his campaign tour around the state. ... During their visit to the valley, Cox, his wife, Abby, their daughter Emma Kate, and his campaign team participated in service projects such as laying rocks at a historic cabin in Newton and painting the Block A at Utah State University. Shelby Frauen-Riddle works in the admissions office at USU and suggested painting the A as a Logan service project to the campaign. “I love the idea that service is so much a part of the campaign,” Frauen-Riddle said. “I think it really speaks to how he would be as a leader and as a governor. He is not just showing up and shaking hands, he is actually in the trenches and doing the work that the community needs.”

Standard Examiner Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019

Ogden Botanical Gardens Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Open House

Twenty-five years ago, the first seeds of the Ogden Botanical Gardens were planted. Today, that little oasis on the Ogden River has sprouted into a popular destination that attracts six-figure crowds each year. “When we started, all we had was the rose garden, a building and some pavilions,” said Jerry Goodspeed, director of the Ogden Botanical Gardens. “Over 25 years it has really grown, in terms of the gardens themselves.” These days, the gardens cover 12 acres, with more than 120 types of trees represented and in excess of 120,000 visitors each year. Goodspeed says that last figure is a far cry from 1994, when they had “maybe 20 people” attend the Ogden Botanical Gardens modest grand opening. ... At 6 p.m., a non-timed “Run Through the Roses 5K” race will be held; registration is $35. A Kids’ Fun Run precedes it at 5:30 p.m. No registration is required for the kids’ run. And the best part? Organizers will offer free Aggie Ice Cream to the first 250 people who visit the gardens’ education building. ... Goodspeed said the purpose of the botanical gardens is to train and educate people on the wise use of water, plants and related resources. It also offers a location where the public can engage in hands-on learning, see a variety of plants, and get ideas for their own gardens. Goodspeed offers a couple of reasons why the Utah State University Extension Service-affiliated gardens is hosting this open house. “One is to say ‘Thanks,’” he said. “It’s been a good 25 years for us.”

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2019

Utah State Professor Nominated for National Education Award

A Utah State University faculty member’s unique project and student engagement has been recognized as one of six national award recipients. USU Technical Communication and Rhetoric Associate Professor Jared Colton was nominated for the Instructure Educator of the Year Award as recognition for his innovative way to engage his students. ... The recipients of the award were judged on three criteria: the educator’s impact on student engagement, the educator’s classroom experience to help improve at-risk populations and how the educator redefines traditional classroom activities to prepare students for careers. “I was really proud of him,” USU English Department Head Jeannie Thomas said. “He does unusual work and I’m really happy to see it recognized.” Colton was nominated, unawares, for the award by Christopher Philips, the electronic and information technology accessibility coordinator at the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction because of assignments he created that are meaningful to the students in and outside of the classroom.

The Herald Journal Monday, Jul. 29, 2019

USU Organizes Project to Glean Unpicked Fruit in Cache Valley

A group of volunteers from Utah State University is asking Cache Valley residents who own fruit trees or have a vegetable garden to allow a group of volunteers to pick their excess fruit or vegetables. “The thing that we are looking most for in the community right now are tree owners that we can pick fruit from,” USU Food Preservation and Hunger Relief Intern Amria Farnsworth said. In a collaborative effort through the USU Val R. Christensen Service Center, USU Extension and the Student Sustainability Office, the USU Gleaning Team is hoping to reduce food waste in Cache Valley while providing food to community members in need. ... Bachman and Farnsworth are working together to organize the more structured Gleaning Project, which is an extension of a similar project last year’s USU Food Preservation and Hunger Relief Intern Cassandra Twiggs started to glean fruit to preserve and donate to the Cache Community Food Pantry and the USU SNAC Pantry. ... The produce picked during the gleaning sessions would be divided in thirds, with one third going back to the tree owner, one third going to the food pantries and one third going to volunteers. Produce picked that cannot be donated because it’s bruised or damaged would be either pureed or dehydrated to be donated as applesauce, pear sauce or fruit leather.

Standard Examiner Monday, Jul. 29, 2019

USU Student's Foundation Helps Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Jonny Peay says he has made a lot of friends during his first year at Utah State University. Now, the 24-year-old said some of those friends and others may be left behind because they can’t afford to go to school. Peay, with some help, recently formed the Jonny and Friends Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to raise money for scholarships to help those with intellectual disabilities who can’t afford school programs attend universities. Peay is part of a federally designated Comprehensive Transition Program called Aggies Elevated. It is the only program of its kind in the state, and is based at USU in Logan. Aggies Elevated is a two-year program that offers certificates in Integrated College and Community Studies. ... The certificate and curriculum for Aggies Elevated is approved by the Utah Board of Regents and Utah State University as a vocational program. Currently, there are only 16 students nationally who have received scholarships to institutions of higher learning in these programs; Peay is one of them. Peay said he started the foundation to help his friends and to give back to the community.

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2019

USU's Mormon History Professor Honors Arrington's Legacy, Charts Own Course

Like baseball games and rock concerts, Patrick Mason counts the archives as one of his few “happy places.” That was certainly evident last week, as the new Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University looked over papers in the school’s Special Collections and Archives office. The documents included a diary entry by Arrington explaining how he met former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Joseph Fielding Smith; a draft with markups by Arrington of the constitution of the Mormon History Association, which he founded; and a manuscript of one of his most beloved books, “Great Basin Kingdom,” with the working title “Building The Kingdom.” Mason's first day as an endowed professor at USU was July 1. He arrived at the university after several years serving as the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. That chair and the one Mason occupies now are two of only three Mormon studies endowed professorships in the country. Mason spoke extensively with The Herald Journal about the rising interest in Mormon studies chairs and their importance, as well as his priorities in this position which bears the name of Arrington — and what he would say to the scholar if he were still alive.

The Herald Journal Monday, Jul. 22, 2019

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Pizzeria on USU Innovation Campus

Two Utah State University alumni broke ground on a pizza restaurant in Cache Valley — ceremonially, at least, as construction is well underway. Third generation Aggies Tom Willis and Thad Willis have partnered with USU to build an Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom restaurant on the USU Innovation Campus on the corner of 1400 North and 800 East. “We picked this spot because we’re both alumni of Utah State and we want to be tied to the university and we also want to be tied into the community,” Co-Owner and General Manager Thad Willis said. “We hope this is a destination where people want to come. It’s a family restaurant.” Old Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza, other entrees, and a variety of craft beers. ... Over the past 24 months, the Innovation Campus has grown and created over 1,000 jobs. USU President Noelle Cockett said the addition of Old Chicago demonstrates the vision previous USU presidents had to expand the university past Maverik Stadium. ... Thad said the restaurant would create job opportunities for students and Cache Valley residents. He hopes to hire 90 to 100 employees including four full-time managers, 15 to 20 full-time employees and 60 to 70 part-time employees. ... Thad said they hope to open the restaurant to the public by the end of October. Saturday, Jul. 20, 2019

Utah State Doctoral Student Featured at Alzheimer's Conference

A doctoral student from Utah State University was featured in an international news conference with the Alzheimer's Association this week. USU doctoral student Elizabeth Vernon responded to media attention from around the world after she was asked by the Alzheimer's Association to present her research on the link between older adults' use of sleep medication and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. She joined three other scientists to share their research results at the news conference in Los Angeles. ... According to the Alzheimer's Association, sleep disruption is a common behavioral challenge that can significantly reduce the quality of life for people with dementia, as well as for their caregivers and family members. It has been reported that up to 45% of those with dementia may have sleep problems, and individuals spend about 40% of their time in bed awake and a significant part of their day sleeping.

The Herald Journal Friday, Jul. 19, 2019

USU's New Assistive Tech Coordinator Reaches Out to Community

Dan O’Crowley said his interest in engineering began while in high school when he designed and helped build his parents’ home and building an antique wooden refrigerator in shop class. Now O’Crowley is the new program coordinator at the Utah Assistive Technology Program. The UATP is a part of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University and is a federally funded program that helps make assistive technology — any item, piece of equipment or system to help increase, maintain, or improve independence — available for people with disabilities. “We are losing money the minute we open the doors,” O’Crowley said. “We are not here to make money, we’re here to perform a service.” O’Crowley sat down with The Herald Journal in his office to talk about his career and what goals and new projects he will be working on as the new UATP coordinator in Logan.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jul. 18, 2019

Logan Poet Laureate Hosts Final Walkabout at USU

Utah State University geologist Jim Evans outright admitted on Thursday night during a poetry walkabout on campus that he had never been part of an event like it. “I’m about the least lyrical human being you can find on this planet,” Evans told participants. “So I’m very interested to find out how this is going to go.” The event, a creation of USU Writing Center Director Star Coulbrooke, was her last as Logan’s inaugural poet laureate before she steps down on Aug. 20. The event was called Rock ‘n’ Walk. ... Since 2015, when Coulbrooke’s appointment began, the walkabouts have inspired members of the USU community and the general public to write their own poetry. Coulbrooke has hosted each walkabout at a different place in the city, having participants think and write around a different theme. When everyone is finished observing what’s around them in that location, Coulbrooke will give them a prompt from which to write. Then, they’ll have seven minutes to compose their poem. The event concludes with participants reading their poems. ... Coulbrooke said stepping down as poet laureate brings mixed emotions. “It’s been such a wonderful time in my life that I feel a little sad to let it go,” Coulbrooke said. “But I’m thoroughly excited to be poet laureate emeritus, so I can still participate in poetry the rest of my life and I’ll get to go along instead of organizing.”

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2019

USU's Interpersonal Violence Office Gets $250,000 Grant

As the number of students seeking help after sexual violence increases, Utah State University’s Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information office continues to grow. SAAVI secured a new grant of nearly $250,000 from the Office for Victims of Crime. The office intends to use the grant to add a new full-time advocate and retain a part-time therapist. The office is “really excited about that,” SAAVI Director Jenny Erazo said. “Since I’ve been there … we’ve seen continual growth.” According to Erazo, USU became the first university in Utah to dedicate a full-time position to gender-based violence or interpersonal violence with the establishment of SAAVI in 2003. SAAVI offers information, advocacy and confidential counseling for all USU students, staff and faculty who are survivors of interpersonal violence. These services are available to primary survivors as well as secondary survivors — individuals close to the victim. ... Although SAAVI’s client list increased by 400 percent between 2017 and 2018, Erazo said it’s still below the national statistic that 1 in 5 college students will experience interpersonal violence. Erazo said the growth in clients is due to the collaboration between USU and SAAVI to spread awareness across campus about the services and resources SAAVI provides as well as students bringing their friends in.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019

Western Dairy Center at USU Announces New Director

Utah State University has named the Vice President of Industry Relations for Dairy West as the new Western Dairy Center director. New WDC Director Eric Bastian would be replacing Donald McMahon. Bastian said the center is currently working on multiple projects to help them reach their goals for the future. ... Established in 1987, The WDC performs research and workforce development and trains younger generations in the technical aspects of dairy products. Currently, the center has about 50 students working with 17 faculty members in the dairy industry. ... Although the WDC and the dairy industry seem to be growing today, according to Bastian, the center started to struggle in the late '90s and the early 2000s. He said by 2005-06 the number of students interested in the industry were almost gone. To help revitalize the industry, Bastian worked with McMahon in developing the Building University and Industry Linkages through Learning and Discovery, or BUILD, Program with the purpose of training students in the dairy industry.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2019

New USU Extension Agent Introduces Himself

My name is Jake Hadfield and I am the new Agriculture Extension Agent here in Cache County. I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of Utah State University Extension and to work here in Cache County with local agricultural producers. I have been involved with agriculture from a young age. I was born and raised in Lehi on a small beef operation. I loved being involved in agriculture and spent many early hours, and almost every weekend, helping my dad work cows, cut hay or do other chores. Growing up, I had the opportunity to show livestock, mainly marketing steers in both 4-H and Future Farmers of America. The agriculture experiences that I had while in my youth helped develop a passion for all things agriculture. My academic path first took me to Snow College in Ephraim and then I decided to come north to USU, where I got my Bachelor of Science in animal science. ... During this time, I learned how much I enjoyed agriculture research. I had the opportunity to study beef and sheep nutrition as an undergraduate researcher. So it was not a hard decision to further my education and get my Master of Science in animal nutrition. ... After graduating this May, the opportunity to work with USU Extension in Cache County became available. I applied and, well, the rest is history. Friday, Jul. 05, 2019

Gear Disrupting the Outdoor Industry Was Designed by Utah State Students

The Utah State University Outdoor Product Design and Development program had its first graduating class this past May — and with that, their first batch of final projects. The items were presented at the Senior Exhibit, showcasing student creations which involved either building entirely new gear or improving upon existing gear in the outdoor industry, according to Chase Anderson, program coordinator. The projects ranged from revolutionized fishing waders to hammock tents. ... Over the years students accumulate a variety of skills in the process of creating outdoor products, Anderson said. They begin by learning how to put their ideas onto paper through sketches, then create them digitally and then finally translate them into physical prototypes using the sewing lab, machine shop and more. ... The Outdoor Product Design and Development program had their first graduating class in May and some of the students have since been placed at companies like Columbia Sportswear, Black Diamond, Patagonia, Under Armor, Klymit, Browning and others, according to Anderson.

Deseret News Wednesday, Jul. 03, 2019

USU Offering Free Online Course for Dementia Caregivers

Few caregivers are trained to care for loved ones who have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, which can make them feel isolated and underprepared, says Utah State University researcher Elizabeth Fauth. It can also result in mental, emotional and physical fatigue from providing round-the-clock care and navigating the patient's challenging behaviors, such as asking the same questions repeatedly, agitation, wandering, and the loss of reciprocity the relationship they once had with that person, said Fauth. Caregivers may be hard-pressed to meet the patient's demands, let alone manage their stress or tend to their own needs. While some Utah communities have support services, many caregivers find it difficult to leave home to participate in them. ... Researchers hope the ease of accessing an online program will encourage people taking care of loved ones with forms of dementia and Alzheimer's disease to devote 20 minutes twice a week to skill building. ...  According to the Alzheimer's Association, there were 155,000 people in Utah who are provided 177,000 hours of unpaid care to loved ones who have the disease in 2018. USU researchers have funding to cover 109 participants for the online program. So far 25 people have completed the course and eight are taking it. The research team seeks additional participants to receive the free training and compensation, which will allow researchers can obtain more feedback about their experiences using the tool.

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Jul. 03, 2019

USU Researchers Ask Public to Send in Photos of Insects on Alfalfa

Researchers from Utah State University’s biology department and ecology center are inviting science enthusiasts of all ages to contribute data to a research project examining the interactions of various insects with alfalfa plants. USU Biology Lecturer and Lab Coordinator Lauren Lucas and Assistant Professor Zach Gompert are asking community members to take photos of insects on alfalfa plants and upload them to the “Bugs on Alfalfa” iNaturalist page as part of the citizen science project. ... The project is USU’s response to the National Science Foundation’s inquiry for researchers to think about biodiversity in new ways, according to Lucas. “Alfalfa is important to us because it’s everywhere, especially in Cache Valley,” Lucas said. Alfalfa is cultivated in the valley, but wild alfalfa also grows in many places locally, making it a “nice plant to focus on for this kind of biodiversity awareness project,” according to Lucas. ... With the submissions, the researchers hope to gather enough data to study the interaction between bug and plant, note patterns and possibly categorize which bugs are good or bad for the plants to assist farmers. “From the pictures that people contribute, then we can summarize the data,” Lucas said. “We can summarize differences in the numbers or types of species across alfalfa sites.”

WalletHub Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2019

2019's Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

Staying active isn’t just good for your health. It’s also good for your wallet. One of the best ways to maintain an active lifestyle is to choose a city that encourages and facilitates recreation. The best cities have a wide range of leisure activities, both indoor and outdoor. Those activities require varying levels of exercise and contribute to a city’s overall well-being and economy. ... But some cities offer more and cheaper options than others. To determine the places where recreation is a high priority, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 48 key metrics that speak to the benefits of recreational activities. ... Zach Miller, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Utah State University, Department of Environment and Society, Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. What are some cost effective ways for local authorities to improve parks and recreation facilities? Play to your strengths. Many areas have some wonderful natural resources that can provide fantastic opportunities for low-cost outdoor recreation invest. Local authorities should focus on these natural assets and work to promote their inherent strengths. Two great examples of this are in Missoula, Montana and Greenville, South Carolina.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2019

Suffrage Political Art Exhibit Visiting Utah State

A visiting exhibit at Utah State University highlights the work of a 20th-century political cartoonist and women’s rights advocate. “I don’t think I had quite a sense of what it took to pass the 19th Amendment,” said Molly Cannon, the director of the university’s anthropology museum. “That is something that I have learned from having this exhibit here on campus.” The exhibit, entitled “A Woman Speaking to Women,” features eight original political cartoons drawn by Nina Allender for “The Suffragist,” the weekly publication of the National Women’s Party. Allender created cartoons for the newspaper each week from 1914 to 1917. ... Madison Dunn, another contributor to the exhibit, said they wanted to focus their exhibit on women’s empowerment and selected the topic of labor divisions because being able to work is important to women’s equality. ... Both exhibits will be on display at the museum through August. On Tuesdays at 2 p.m., a docent-led tour will be offered featuring a short presentation on the exhibit. On Saturday at 3 p.m., there will be an opening event at the at the museum featuring a presentation by Candi Carter Olson, a professor in the university’s journalism department.

The Herald Journal Monday, Jul. 01, 2019

USU Jazz Ochestra, Faculty Combo Concert to Raise Funds for Europe Tour

The Utah State University Jazz Orchestra and the faculty jazz combo will host a benefit concert to help fund their upcoming European tour at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall, 600 N. 1150 East. “The concert is help us fund one of the first times that the university is stepping out in the international music world,” orchestra member and trumpet player Sam Dickson said. “Coming to that would help us, but it’s also a chance to see some of the best prepared music that the school has done in a long time.” The orchestra, composed of USU students, was invited to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals, including Jazz Vienne in France, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Umbria Jazz in Italy, among others. The orchestra will leave on Thursday and tour Europe for 13 days. ... Although the Jazz Orchestra and the faculty jazz combo will be traveling to Europe together, they will perform different sets and at different venues, according to Matzen. The concert will be hosted by Craig Jessop of the music department and will feature the orchestra’s full set, according to Matzen. He said the concert would also help the students prepare for the tour.

The Herald Journal Friday, Jun. 28, 2019

USU Raising Funds For Projects Accommodating Students Who Are Parents

In an effort to make Utah State University a more family-friendly campus, the Aggie Childcare Committee is raising funds to help the construction of an infant care/lactation space in the Merrill-Cazier Library. “We have a lot of students who are also parents,” said USU Inclusion Center Director Michelle Bogdan-Holt. “We are always wanting to be the most inclusive campus we can be, and part of that means making sure that our students who are parents, faculty who are parents and staff who are parents have enough spaces where they can provide infant care.” The committee, created to help address the needs of student parents, is working on two projects to help parents feel comfortable studying while still caring for their children. ... The first project is the remodel of an underused area in the library into a family study space where students who are parents could meet with study groups in a quiet room where they can watch their children as they play in the playroom. ... The second project is remodeling a space donated by the library into an infant care/lactation space. Since this project is not covered by the grants, the committee is asking for donations to finish remodeling and furnishing the space.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jun. 27, 2019

USU Hosts 200 Students for Middle-to-High School Transition Camp

Utah State University hosted 200 students from nine different schools for the fifth annual USU STARS! GEAR UP Transition Camp. The camp aims to provide eighth grade students transitioning into high school the opportunity to learn skills they will need to be successful in school as well as an understanding of what they can expect in high school. ... The camp was hosted by USU STARS! GEAR UP, a federal grant-funded student program, with support from different programs at USU including the ROTC program, the Academic Success Center, the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, the College of Engineering and the College of Science. GEAR UP partners with participating schools in Central and Northern Utah as well as Nevada to encourage students to graduate high school and continue their education. ... The students had the opportunity to get to know each other with activities such as a relay race and tug of war organized by the USU ROTC. They also had a chance to use the USU Challenge Course.

St. George News Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019

USU Extension 4-H Partners with Google to Expand Computer Science Education

The National 4-H Council recently announced a new $6 million collaboration with Google to bring computer science education to underserved youth across the country with a new computer science pathway. Utah State University Extension’s 4-H program has been a key partner in co-creating the computer science curriculum and developing tools for educators to implement the program, according to a news release issued by USU. USU Extension 4-H supports the new pathway by providing training for 15 programs at a variety of land-grant universities. The training teaches youth and adults how they can develop and implement computer science education programs that align with local interests, needs and resources. ... Those efforts build on USU Extension’s existing computer science program for youth. Across the state, USU Extension 4-H programs provide training and support for youth interested in a computer science pathway. These experiences include camps, 4-H clubs, teacher professional development, competitions and more.


Deseret News Sunday, Jun. 23, 2019

Can Utah's Water Supply Keep Up with its Booming Population?

Will Utah’s water supply catch up with the state's rising population, expected to double by 2065? It was one of the several questions posed at Utah State University’s Research Landscapes series focused on Utah's waterscapes. The event Tuesday at the O.C. Tanner headquarters in Salt Lake City attracted a mix of state and local government officials, businesses leaders, developers and nonprofit organizations. Rep. Timothy Hawkes, R-Centerville, said now is a great point in time to reflect on Utah’s water, as he remembers a time when talking about water would invoke ridicule or hostility. ... While Hawkes admits he might not have the answers, he knows that “to have innovation we need to have good information.”“The biggest challenge we face as policymakers is lack of good, high-quality information,” he said.And that’s where Michelle Baker, an associate dean and professor of biology at USU, and her research come into play to help answer those questions.Baker and her student research group focus on understanding how water links landforms and people, and how it influences freshwater ecosystems. ... According to Baker, Utah’s water consumption is among the highest in the nation, as 160-170 gallons of water are used per person each day, mostly to support agricultural industries. She added that Utahns pay less than a penny per gallon, making it the second-lowest water per gallon rate in the nation. ... Baker attributes Utah’s population boom to having a young population compared to the rest of the nation, leading to more births than deaths, as well as people moving to Utah attracted by the growing tech industry. USU researchers are focusing their efforts on three areas such as water’s quantity, quality and efficiency, she said.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019

Professor says Window Collisions Kill Nearly a Billion Birds a Year

he beautiful glass buildings, low and high-rise, look like landscape marvels with the reflection of trees and clear blue skies. Those neat looking buildings may look good to people, but they are bird killers. Utah State University professor Kimberley Sullivan estimates a billion birds are killed in the United States due to collisions with glass. Glass buildings and windows in homes are the second leading cause of death to birds. A 2017 bird study from USU estimates 10 percent of the world’s bird population is killed running into glass windows. ... Sullivan said some of the buildings on campus get hit more than others. For instance, the southwest part of the Fine Arts Visual building, and the walk-way between the Science Engineering Research building and the Engineering building. The west facing windows on Old Main and the University Inn also have a fair share of bird strikes. Over 60 cedar waxwings were killed by colliding with the University Inn windows over the span of two days in 2015.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019

USU Implements Lab Ventilation Project to Help School Go Green

With the recent addition of a grant, the Utah State University has launched a lab ventilation project to move forward with their resolution to become carbon neutral by 2050. “We set a goal to … become carbon neutral by 2050,” Sustainability Coordinator Alexi Lamm said. “This feeds into that goal and then, in addition to that, the faculty and the students in their legislative bodies both asked the university to speed that up.” The Edwards Mother Earth Foundation granted USU a one-year grant of $220,000 to help fund a pilot ventilation project for laboratory efficiency. ... The project would install sensors to monitor the air quality in laboratory spaces in the Biology and Natural Resources and Agriculture Sciences Buildings to help customize ventilation needs for each laboratory. Ventilation rates would be lower when the sensors determine the air quality is safe, while in the case of a chemical spill, it would increase ventilation, cleansing the air in the laboratory. Cook said each lab could customize which chemicals to detect to increase effectiveness.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019

USU's Nora Eccles Harrison Museum Introduces New Music Event

Staff at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art are working on new events and activities as a way to encourage the public to visit the recently-remodeled space on the Utah State University campus. One of these programs is Thursday Evening Music at NEHMA. “Music brings magic to every experience. Art is magic, music is magic. So they are just a beautiful combination,” said Terry Guy, the museum’s development and events coordinator. ... Katherine Taylor, the public relations and marketing coordinator for the museum, said it is an ideal time to visit the museum. “The parking in front of the lot is free, where it would otherwise be more enforced. And then you’ve got some time outside of your regular schedule, your workday, to come and appreciate some artwork,” Taylor said. ... Thursday marked the second week of the new event, and music was provided by Holly Conger, a local guitarist who graduated from Utah State University. She said she has always appreciated the art on campus and hoped her music did the museum’s space justice. Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019

USU's Outdoor Product Design Students Invited to Outdoor Retailer Show

Utah State University’s Outdoor Product Design and Development students were invited to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver this year to make chalk bags, on the spot, out of used textiles. Their textile repurposing station provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate their gear production skills while helping them connect to businesses that can donate used textiles to the school, according to program coordinator Chase Anderson. Convention attendees were able to come to their booth and choose what materials they wanted for their chalk bags, and the Utah State students made them on the spot. ... The Outdoor Product Design and Development program began in the fall of 2015 and yielded its first graduating class of 30 students this past May, according to Anderson. It’s a first-of-its-kind undergraduate program focused on the development and design of outdoor products. ... Students from the program often go into design, technical development, product line management, supply chain management and more, according to the program’s website. Throughout their four years of school, they have access to six labs on campus to help them turn their ideas into reality.

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019

USU Computer Science Department Moves Back to College of Science

After six years of being a part of Utah State University’s College of Engineering, the department of computer science will move back to the College of Science effective July 1. According to an email from USU College of Science Dean Maura Hagan to The Herald Journal, after students, faculty, administrators, state business and government leaders discussed the needs of the state and university, they decided to make the move. ... The College of Science was home to the department until it was moved to the College of Engineering in the Spring of 2012. With the move back to the College of Science, the department faculty continues to prepare classes and and student research opportunities for the fall semester. ... The department will maintain its Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology accreditation. The move will mainly be administrative, according to Hagan.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019

USU's Newly Accredited Nursing Program Prepares for Fall Semester

After recently being granted accreditation for the Utah State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the department is fine-tuning the programs for the fall semester. According to Nursing and Health Professions Department Head Carma Miller, the department prepared for over a year for the nursing program to be evaluated by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. ... To grant accreditation, the ACEN evaluates the program’s faculty and staff, student policy, curriculum and resources, as well as the graduating nurses’ ability to pass licensing and find a job. The accreditation of the BSN degree is important for the program, because, according to Miller, the Utah Board of Nursing requires that all nursing programs in Utah be accredited by one of the two nursing accrediting programs approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Salt Lake Tribune Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019

Taking a Closer Look at How Utah Uses Water

This year has been a good water year for Utah, with June snowpack levels in some areas measured at 200-plus percent above average and many of our reservoirs filling to capacity. By many accounts, the state’s years-long drought is officially over, but now is not the time to take our eye off the wise-water-management prize. Our reservoirs might be rising, but our population also is rising along with demands for water — demands that will over time in this arid state test every bit of technology and innovation we can muster. That’s why several years ago the Utah Legislature decided to set aside additional money each year for Utah State University’s Extension Program. Both the Legislature and the university recognized a pressing need to identify and fund research into the most critical water scarcity challenges that Utah faces now and will face in the future. ... To further that effort, Utah State University will bring together policy makers, business leaders and community stakeholders on June 18 in Salt Lake City to talk about water issues in the state. The forum is part of USU series titled Research Landscapes, a series of discussions about research into our most vital natural resources: water, land, and air. ... USU associate dean and professor of biology Michelle Baker will lead the forum and discuss how Utah’s landscapes contribute to the health of cities and their residents, and how our changing population and economy necessitates a closer look into how we use water.


The Herald Journal Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019

USU Students Organize Suffrage March Enactment as Part of Conference

A few dozen community members and Utah State University students gathered on the steps of the Logan Tabernacle on Friday morning for a voting rights march. Some people carried signs with quotes from early voting rights activists. Many of the participants wore purple, gold and white — the colors past suffragists used to represent their movement. ... This voting rights march was part of the annual Bennion Teachers’ Workshop at Utah State University. The theme this year was “Forward Out of Darkness: Gender, Media, and Suffrage in the United States.” ... As part of the workshop, the students drafted a modern Declaration of Sentiments on voting rights, similar to the one shared during the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848. Their declaration focused on voting issues related to privacy and accessibility, including eliminating closed primaries, keeping voter records private and instituting a 24-hour on-site polling period. During a short program after the march, workshop participants read their declaration and invited local elected officials to speak and sign the declaration.

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2019

USU Hosts Resilience Through Caring Connections Conference

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox encouraged audience members to focus on individual-level solutions and building a sense of community while speaking at the Resilience through Caring Connections conference on Wednesday afternoon. “The only way that we are going to fix what is wrong in our society is to work directly with the individual,” Cox said. The conference was hosted at Utah State University by the Resilience through Caring Connections coalition. This group is focused on improving the well-being of families and individuals by providing resources for addressing trauma. In addition to Cox’s presentation, the conference included other workshops and speakers on different areas of resiliency. ...  During the conference, former USU basketball player Gary Wilkinson spoke about his personal experiences with resiliency in overcoming life challenges. Wilkinson said learning to care about one’s self is an important first step in resiliency because it is harder to help others when you are struggling.

The Herald Journal Friday, Jun. 07, 2019

Bridgerland Literacy to Stay Open with Aid of USU Center

A new relationship between Bridgerland Literacy and the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University will help the literacy program continue to offer services to members of the community. “We are a very small nonprofit and that limits kind of what we can do. There are not a lot of financial resources. There are not a lot of person resources and those kinds of things. Being able to access those is incredibly helpful to us,” said Alice Shepard, the program director at Bridgerland Literacy. Bridgerland Literacy began in 1987 in an effort to help improve adult literacy rates in Cache Valley. Services at the center help patrons accomplish goals such as passing the GED, learning the content language of a specific field or gaining a better understanding of English as a non-native speaker. Matt Wappett, the executive director of the Center for Persons with Disabilities, said he began working with Shepard to bring Bridgerland Literacy under the umbrella of the center in January when he learned the center was planning on shutting their doors because of a lack of funds. ... According to Shepard, this new relationship will help her connect with an already established volunteer network, such as professors that include volunteer work in their curriculums.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jun. 06, 2019

Latinx Boot Camp returns to Utah State for Second Year

Over 300 Latinx middle and high school students attended the second annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference at Utah State University this week. After a successful pilot program last year, USU Extension partnered with Latinos In Action once again to organize the conference to provide Latinx students across Utah and Idaho with tools to become leaders in their communities, according to USU Extension Assistant Professor Celina Wille. ... LIA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower Latinx youth to become leaders in their community, be civically engaged and prepare for the future. The organization offers a curriculum taught in middle and high school elective courses. The conference provided workshops, team-building activities and mentors to help guide the LIA students attending. Students participated in mock interviews, a career exploration fair, an etiquette dinner, outdoor recreational activities, a dance and a movie night. One of the major changes from the conference last year is rather than having professors teach and run the workshops, the professors mentored eight college students who prepared and presented the workshops.

Deseret News Tuesday, Jun. 04, 2019

Ex-Intelligence Agency Director Named to Space Dynamics Lab Council

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory has tapped the former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to its guidance council. As a member of the council, Robert Cardillo helps guide the organization strategically and tactically, support customer relationships and provide industry insight and networking. The council, which is made up of government and industry veterans, serves to compliment the work of more than 850 engineers, technicians and business professionals who design, build, test, and manage software and hardware including small satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles for data gathering, synthesis and analysis for all branches of the military and intelligence community. ... Last year the lab, one of 14 university-affiliated research centers, was awarded more than $100 million for research.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jun. 04, 2019

Longtime USU Extension Agent, Ag Columnist Signs Off

The oft quoted Author Unknown has said, “The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.” As such, I’ve decided the time has come for me to step aside so a less experienced — though likely more capable — person can take my place. I’m not sure if retirement means a prolonged holiday, or if it’s the official act of being thrown on the scrap-heap. I must admit I don’t move as quickly as I once did so it’s best I step aside. ... I have really enjoyed 44 years of professional service in beautiful Cache Valley — and especially appreciate association with valued friends in the agricultural community. I readily admit that I have learned more from them than they have learned from me. It was only yesterday that I finished my BS and MS degrees at Utah State University in agricultural education. ... For the past 19 years I have enjoyed working for Utah State University in Cache County as an agricultural Extension agent. Each day is unique and different and it seems well-laid plans often get altered as the crisis of the day becomes the priority. Every phone call and every office or farm visit is challenging and rewarding for me and hopefully for others. ... I will miss daily association with the diversity of people I’ve worked with. I’ll also miss traveling all over the Cache County inspecting fields, animals and farmsteads. I’m sure I’ve been on every road in the county multiple times, and I know where most people live in the rural parts of the county. We really do live in a beautiful place and among wonderfully good people.


National Geographic Friday, May. 31, 2019

How Pesticides Can Actually Increase Mosquito Numbers

Insecticides in at least one area are not only failing to control mosquitoes, new research suggests, they’re actually allowing the blood-sucking pests to thrive—by killing off their predators. The study, published this month in the journal Oecologia, reveals a new wrinkle in how insecticides may be impacting ecosystems. Mosquitoes in the study area in Costa Rica have evolved resistance to common chemicals meant to kill them and other pests. The mosquitoes’ predators, meanwhile, have not kept pace with that evolution—and that has allowed the mosquito population to boom. Edd Hammill, an ecologist at Utah State University and lead author of the study, first got an inkling that insecticides might not be having their intended effect while conducting research in orange plantations in northern Costa Rica. “We felt like we were getting a lot more mosquito bites in plantations than in pristine areas and started to wonder why,” Hammill says.

The Herald Journal Friday, May. 31, 2019

Number of Summer Citizens Continues to Grow

It’s that time of the year again when the majority of Utah State University students leave the valley for a few months and the Summer Citizens come to town. “One of the things that is exciting this year is I think we have record attendance,” said Linda D’Addabbo, the program coordinator for event services at USU. As of Thursday, D’Addabbo said there were more than 830 people registered for the 2019 Summer Citizen program in comparison to 785 people last year. Entering its 43rd year, the Summer Citizen program is designed to provide individuals over age 55 an opportunity to enjoy Logan as a summer destination. Classes, tours, cultural and outdoor activities are offered through the university and other local businesses and organizations.

Utah Public Radio Friday, May. 31, 2019

USU Recruits Under-Represented Students Through Mentorship

Utah State University in Logan is hosting some special guests from their sister campus in Blanding this month. “We arrange different lab experiences for them throughout different departments on campus," said Beth Ogata. She is referring to Native American students that are visiting Logan to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - STEM for short. The students are visiting through the Native American STEM Mentorship Program, or NASMP. The student body at the Blanding campus, which offers two-year programs, is 70% Native American, while the student body at the Logan campus is only 0.3% Native American. ... This year’s student participants will present the results of their work during their time in Logan at a symposium on June 4 at the USU main campus. The event is open to the public.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

USU Appoints New Director of Utah Water Research Lab

Utah State University announced David Tarboton as the new director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory. Tarboton will begin this position on July 1. ... The lab, located just below First Dam at the mouth of Logan Canyon is one of the largest research laboratories in the state and a leading institution for water research in the country. After a nationwide search, Tarboton, who has a background in civil and environmental engineering at USU, was chosen May 20 to replace Mac McKee, who is retiring after 20 years. ... Tarboton will be in charge of the approximately 200 faculty, staff and students at the lab. Tarboton came to USU in 1990 and worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand before moving to Utah.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

USU Lecturer Adds Role as Logan City Poet Laureate

Logan city’s new poet laureate has been writing poetry since she was old enough to hold a pencil. “I love poetry. I know how important it is. Being a teacher at the university, I have seen how transformative poetry can be for my students,” said Shanan Ballam, a senior lecturer at Utah State University. On Tuesday it was announced that Ballam was selected as Logan’s second poet laureate. Ballam said she received the news earlier this month when current poet laureate Star Coulbrooke delivered a letter to her from Mayor Holly Daines. ... Ballam teaches poetry writing, fiction writing and composition at USU. She is the author of several poetry collections, including “Pretty Marrow.” Her newest collection, “Inside the Animal: The Collected Red Riding Hood Poems,” will come out next week. ... As poet laureate, Ballam said she plans to coordinate with the Logan Library to offer free poetry workshops for individuals of all skill levels. “It doesn’t matter if you have ever written a word of poetry or if you have written a lot,” Ballam said. “I’m an experienced teacher so I will be able to help each person individually to write something that they are proud of.”

The Herald Journal Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

USU's Queta Declares 'I'm Back'

Aggie men’s basketball opponents for the upcoming season have been warned. The Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year is returning to play at least one more season with Utah State. That’s right, Neemias Queta is pulling his name out of the NBA draft. Queta made the decision on Saturday and made it official on Tuesday — one day before the deadline to withdraw. He declared on social media platforms that “I’ll be back” and “Aggie nation, I’m back.” The 6-foot-11 center from Barreiro, Portugal, is excited to be back in Logan and rejoin his Aggie teammates. He plans on doing all he can to help USU repeat as Mountain West champs and return to the NCAA Tournament next season.

Deseret News Monday, May. 27, 2019

New Utah-based Program Offers a Solution for Rural Police Departments

Giovanny Black had always planned to go into law enforcement — someday. But the police academy felt far away, both figuratively and literally. Living in rural Blanding in southeastern Utah, an hour and a half away from the nearest Walmart and a full three hours from the nearest academy, joining the force would mean quitting his job and driving hours back and forth on the weekends for months to earn his Peace Officer Standards and Training certification. As it turned out, he didn’t have to do either of those things. Black is one of a handful of graduates of a new Utah State University program that lets aspiring law enforcement officers in rural Utah earn their POST certification through online night classes. The program, which also incorporates hands-on training with local law enforcement, is aimed at helping small, isolated departments hire more people who already live and work in their communities. Across the U.S., law enforcement agencies of all sizes are struggling to recruit and retain qualified candidates. For small, rural police forces, those challenges are worse. ... Black, 21, is now a corrections officer with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. He has no plans to leave his hometown, and hopes to be a patrol deputy someday.

Deseret News Sunday, May. 26, 2019

First Wave of Outdoor Gear Design Pros from USU Finding Success

The outdoor products industry is huge, and Utah has long been a player in stoking the gear needs of the populace as a state with more than its share of natural assets — be it the Mighty Five national parks, some of the best ski terrain on the planet or a geographic portfolio that spans from alpine lakes to ancient red deserts. Now, Utah State University is carving out its own territory as a feeder system for tomorrow's outdoor product professionals and earlier this month, the school's outdoor products design and development program graduated its first class. Program Coordinator Chase Anderson said the effort, launched in 2015, was born of a collaboration with outdoor industry representatives who worked with former USU faculty member Lindsey Shirley to craft the effort's initial curriculum. One of the few undergraduate programs of its kind in the U.S. or the world, the curriculum is aiming to arm graduates with a full set of tools to find success among the burgeoning slate of companies specializing in outdoor gear, or to take their first entrepreneurial steps in becoming the next Yvon Chouinard or Davis Smith. ... Much as the program's title suggests, Anderson said students are immersed in training that guides them through the full spectrum of product creation from design concept through the development stages that lead to manufacturing.


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