Subscribe: Utah State Today
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
ldquo  nov  program  rdquo  science  state university  state  student  students  university  usu  utah state  utah 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Utah State Today

Utah State Today

Utah State University News: Utah State Today


USU Interior Design Students Sweep National Daltile Scholarship Competition

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Every year interior design students of Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts, department of Art + Design, are encouraged to design and submit their projects to the Daltile scholarship competition co-sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).  In previous years USU interior design students have done well, placing in the competition, and have won the $10,000 grant for having the most participants from a school.

This year was no exception. Students were challenged to design for Booz Allen Hamilton, a consultancy firm located in Washington, D.C.  The design brief asked students to incorporated strategies from the Fitwel certification system into the company’s existing Innovation Center to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. Designs were developed within a budget, using Daltile products, and following the clients’ guidelines and branding standards.

The reputable interior design faculty at USU collaborated their efforts to involve every interior design student in the program, from freshman to seniors, to design for this 2017 Daltile scholarship competition.  With entries from all 110 interior design students competing for the scholarship, the USU Interior Design program swept all four of the Daltile awards as well as the $10,000 grant. All awards totaled to $27,500.00 for USU’s interior design students.


  • University Grant:  Utah State University $10,000 Grant
  • Grand Prize: Baileigh Petty $10,000 scholarship and a trip to Neo-Con East in Philadelphia to receive her award.
  • 1st Runner Up: Brianne Brooks $2500 scholarship
  • 2nd Runner Up: Amanda McRae $2500 scholarship
  • 3rd Runner Up: Sasitorn Wangspa $2500 scholarship

Contact: Laura Gelfand,

Media Files:

Animal Scientist Links Current Success With Events That Shaped Her Past

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Professor Irina Polejaeva’s work as an animal scientist–cloning and genetically engineering animals–is focused largely on beginnings. She routinely works with organisms that are just four-to-eight cells, so early in their development the cells haven’t begun to determine what sort of tissue they will become. Polejaeva’s recent Inaugural Professor Lecture, celebrating her promotion to full professor, illustrated that small things are often the beginnings of big changes. Polejaeva’s childhood was in Kyzyl, the capitol of Tuva, which was then part of the USSR. It is a region of lakes, forests and mountains south of Siberia on the border with Mongolia. There, Polejaeva spent a lot of time on her grandmother’s farm while her mother and father pursued master’s degrees in engineering and economics, respectively, the first in each of their families to earn advanced degrees. All that time on the farm fostered an interest in animals. “My grandmother had a small farm with, basically, everything,” Polejaeva said. “She had horses, a cow, sheep and chickens and pigs. It supported the family, and she raised three kids by herself because my grandfather died in the Second World War. She was a very strong woman, and it really started my interest in animals because it was so much fun to be on the farm.” When she was 10 years old, Polejaeva’s parents moved their family south to Krasnodar to give their children more educational opportunities. Polejaeva earned her MSc degree in animal science at Kubanski Agricultural University, but the next big step on her career path was directed by a book she read while on maternity leave because she was feeling a little bored. In Russia, maternity leave is typically 3-years long, and 6 months into caring for her daughter, Polejaeva felt the need to read something scientific. The book she found was Mammalian Chimaeras by Anne McLaren, a leading figure in developmental biology and pioneer in embryology. The book’s cover intrigued her because it featured an illustration of a typical chimaera from Greek mythology, a creature with the body of a lion, head of goat and a long tail that ends in a snake’s head. The book was about early work in combining cells from two different kinds of mouse embryos and the resulting mice. Polejaeva found McLaren’s work fascinating and it launched her pursuit of a PhD in developmental and stem cell biology at the National Institute of Animal Science in Moscow. A post-doctoral position at Utah State University working with Ken White, now dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, brought Polejaeva and her family to Utah. She then worked for 15 years in the private sector and helped develop somatic cell nuclear transfer, a technique that creates a clone animal from a donor cell nucleus and was involved in generating the world’s first cloned pig. The cloning process, in short, involves isolating a single cell from an animal with specific desired traits, joining it with an oocyte (egg) that has had its DNA removed, and biochemically mimicking what happens during fertilization to start the process of developing into a new organism. “That was amazing, and still is to some degree, even to people who are involved in this line of research,” she said. “If you find a text book from before 1996 it would say once a cell has differentiated it is committed to a specific fate, it has become a skin cell, or a muscle cell, it cannot reverse its fate and become embryonic. The dogma of developmental biology was shattered and we learned we could change the fate of a totally differentiated cell.” Polejaeva returned to USU in 2011 as part of the USTAR Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Disease group. Her lab team is busy with research to improve the success rates in cloning animals with very specific traits and using emerging genome-editing technology to produce better animal models of human diseases like cystic[...]

Media Files:

USU Art Museum Presents Museum + Music Dec. 3

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) at Utah State University continues its Museum + Music series with “Imagining Community: Art, Music and the New Deal in the West,” Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., in the Caine Performance Hall on the USU Logan campus.  

The Museum + Music series aims to connect the visual with the aural by presenting music that relates to artwork in the museum’s collection.

This year, Museum + Music explores different conceptions of “community” suggested by the intersection of visual art and music. For this concert, students from the USU Music Department will present a program exploring different facets of the visual art from the NEHMA collection and music of the Depression era West. In doing so they will examine a myriad of artistic responses to the crisis, including how government “New Deal” programs helped to foster a sense of shared identity and purpose in the face of daily personal hardships. Music will include selections from the popular, classical and jazz music of the time, juxtaposed with visual artworks inspired by the experience of the Great Depression. 

NEHMA is located on the USU Logan Campus. The Museum is currently closed for construction but will continue to host events including Museum + Music at other venues like the Caine Performance Hall. These concerts are free and open to the public with a reception following the performance.

Following the December concert, Museum + Music will resume in 2018 on February 25. See the museum’s website ( to stay up-to-date on NEHMA events.

Contact: Andrea DeHaan, Administrative & Events Coordinator, or (435) 797-0163. 

Media Files:

Inaugural Professor: Does Finance Really Matter?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Does Finance Really Matter? Ben Blau, Economics and Finance professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, answered this question at the president’s inaugural lecture on November 7.

Blau argued that since theorists disagree on whether or not finance matters he focused on empirical data. He questioned the effects of stock markets on poverty rates—does financial development disproportionately benefit the poor? If credit constraints are relaxed then income inequality (and subsequently poverty) should be reduced. Additionally, if existing financial services exist and are only used by the wealthy, then, in theory, inequality may increase.  One example from Blau’s research featured the data from a country where a person earning less than USD 1.25 per day is considered below the poverty line. His research showed a standard deviation increase in the liquidity of stock markets resulted in an 18 percent reduction in poverty.

More liquidity in stock markets may entice investors to invest in longer duration projects that could lead to greater growth in their businesses and more opportunities to hire new employees. These actions boost the local economy, showing financial development leads to economic growth and that growth disproportionately helps the poor. Thus answering the question that finance matters with a resounding ‘yes.’

Blau’s research interests include empirical asset pricing, market microstructure and the efficiency of the financial system. He has published nearly 60 articles in top academic journals and in 2010 received the Outstanding Paper award in the Financial Review and, in 2012, the Outstanding Article award in the Journal of Financial Research. His research has been highlighted by several media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney Magazine, and Politico.

Blau is not only passionate about research, he loves teaching as well. He has received multiple honors in teaching and mentoring throughout his career. Blau graduated with honors and received a doctorate in finance from the University of Mississippi in 2008 after receiving both his bachelor (finance, 2002) and master (economics, 2005) from Utah State University. Ben and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of five children.

Research Contact: Ben Blau, Economics & Finance Department, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University,

Media Files:

USU School of Veterinary Medicine Hosts the Reindeer Express

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Utah State University School of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a community Christmas event, The Reindeer Express, featuring Isaac Bott, a veterinarian and USU alumnus who is an authority on reindeer. The free event is Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m. at the USU South Farm Indoor Riding Arena, 3580 S. Hwy-89 in Wellsville.

Bott manages Mountain West Animal Hospital, a full-service veterinary clinic in Springville. He is currently president of the Society for Theriogenology (animal reproduction) and has gained international attention as the only veterinarian in the world who provides reproductive services for reindeer.

During this family-friendly event, Bott will team up with Santa Claus to make sure his reindeer are healthy and ready for their big night on Christmas Eve.

“We are excited for Dr. Bott to share his knowledge and passion about reindeer with us and the rest of the community,” said Michael Bishop, director of student and academic affairs for the School of Veterinary Medicine. “This will be a great way to kick-off the holiday season and we are grateful that he has taken the time from his busy schedule to support our program.”

At the event, families will have opportunities to interact with the reindeer, along with horses, donkeys, cattle, goats and a camel. Children can also visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and drop off letters for Santa to read when he has some time at the North Pole. Local choirs will sing holiday music throughout the evening and other holiday activities will be available for families to enjoy.

Bott and Santa Claus, along with veterinarians from the School of Veterinary Medicine, will give short presentations with the reindeer every hour starting at 5:30 p.m. The event, including refreshments, is free to the public.

Writer: Aubree Thomas,
Contact: Michael Bishop,, 435-797-8786

Media Files: EXPRESS 600x800.jpg

Utah State Today Holiday Schedule

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching and will influence Utah State Today’s schedule.

For students, classes conclude Tuesday, Nov. 21, and many will head over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving break. Administrative offices are open Nov. 22, then most faculty and staff are off for their Thanksgiving break Nov. 23 and 24.

Since there are multiple activities in the week following Thanksgiving, I will be posting items to Utah State Today Friday, Nov. 18 through Wednesday, Nov. 22 with a return to the normal Thursday email distribution schedule Nov. 30.

Thank you,

Maren Aller, editor
Utah State Today

Her Path to Success: USU's Rose Hu is a Leader in Tech

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Growing up in China’s Jiangsu province, Rose Hu was a shy girl who studied hard and looked up
to her four older siblings.

Years later, Hu has become a world-renowned leader in tech — an expert in an area of electrical engineering that everyone is talking about: wireless communications.

Hu is developing new technologies that support next-generation wireless networks. She’s an expert on 5G technology and the Internet of Things and has received major research funding from institutions including Intel and the National Science Foundation. Recently, Hu was named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer, a role that takes her around the world.

Hu outlined her path to success and her work in industry and higher education at her inaugural lecture — a special event that honors newly-promoted USU professors. Hu joined the electrical and computer engineering faculty in 2011 and was promoted to full professor in April 2017.

At age 18, Hu attended the University of Science and Technology of China, one of the most prestigious institutions in her home country, to pursue an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. She later joined the Polytechnic Institute of New York (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering) for a master’s degree and attended the University of Kansas for her PhD.

Hu says her graduate research gave her the opportunity to explore multiple areas of engineering including robotics, artificial intelligence, computer networking and communications.

Before coming to USU, she spent three and a half years at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Mississippi State University as a tenure-track assistant professor. She also worked for ten years in industry at Nortel, Blackberry and Intel as a technical manager, senior research scientist and as a senior wireless systems architect, actively participating in wireless technology research, standardization, system level simulation and performance evaluation.

Her current research interests include next-generation wireless network design and optimization, Internet of Things, Cloud computing/Fog computing and cyber physical systems. 

Before moving to Cache Valley, Rose and her husband, Eric Zhu, lived in Dallas, Texas for 10 years. She now lives in Providence, Utah with her husband and 9-year-old son, Ethan Zhu. 

Contact: Dr. Rose Hu, 435-797-7869,
Writer: Matt Jensen, 435-797-8170,

Media Files:

Vet Students Make a House Call to Campus Preschool

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Kerry Rood, doctor of veterinary medicine and associate professor in Utah State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and second-year students Jessica Thomas and Cinda Pieper, recently made a house call to USU's Dolores Doré Eccles Center for Early Care and Education to check on the preschool’s beloved class pets – two guinea pigs named Popcorn and Edwin – and inspire the children’s curiosity about veterinary medicine. 

“Ask most veterinarians and they will tell you their desire to become a veterinarian started from a young age,” Rood said. “This was a great opportunity to get the preschoolers excited about and interested in veterinary medicine.”

Kimberly Hebert, the senior preschool assistant teacher, said the idea originated because they had a few questions about the guinea pigs’ health, but it evolved into much more.

“Our hope was to make this an educational experience for our students,” Hebert said. “We were put in contact with Dr. Rood, who was extremely helpful in answering all of our questions and even volunteered to do an ‘at home’ visit. He was able to bring two veterinary students with him, which really allowed our students to see some of the training required to become a vet.”

Edwin – or Princess Anna, depending on who you ask – and Popcorn were given physical exams to make sure they were healthy. Additionally, the preschoolers were taught about the importance of caring for pets. The children learned about the guinea pigs’ and other animals’ heartbeats and, with the help of the veterinarians, listened to their own heartbeat with a stethoscope.

Thomas said she loved interacting with the students and hopes she was able to share her passion for veterinary medicine with them.

“Teaching them how to use a stethoscope was my favorite,” Thomas said. “They all loved it and were so excited when they actually heard something. I remember being that age when I decided I wanted to become veterinarian. I hope we sparked some of the same enthusiasm in them!”

Pieper agreed and said it was fun to see how engaged the students were at a young age.

“Visiting the preschool was a lot of fun and it was a great opportunity to teach the kids a little bit about veterinary medicine,” Pieper said. “It was awesome to see how excited the kids were to see us come in and do a physical exam on their guinea pigs.”

According to Hebert, the visit had a positive impact on her students and is something she looks forward to continuing. 

“We had several students go home saying, ‘I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up’,” Hebert said. “It was a wonderful experience that I hope to continue throughout the years.”

As for Popcorn and Edwin’s diagnosis, they are happy, healthy and receiving all the care they need from their loving preschool caretakers.

Writer: Aubree Thomas,
Contact: Kerry Rood,, 435-797-1882

Media Files:

Individual Colleges Unite to Form Service Committee

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Student Life section of Utah State Today highlights work written by the talented student journalists at Utah State University. Each week, the editor selects a story that has been published in The Utah Statesman for inclusion in Utah State Today. By Alison Berg, USU Statesman, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017  Members of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHaSS) council sought for a means of providing service to students and giving back to the university, so they took to the Utah State University Student Association (USUSA) academic senate. “We just started to see others with a lot of need on campus, and we were really passionate about so many different projects that we had a hard time narrowing it down,” Haas said. “So then we decided that it would be really cool if we could, like, once a month, do a different service project, and that we could spread our bases.” After discussion between senators, with scheduling concerns from College of Business USUSA Senator Cody Davis, USUSA Executive Vice President Blake Harms, who chairs the academic senate, formed a subcommittee charged with the responsibility of planning monthly service projects. College of Agriculture and Applied Science USUSA Senator Heather Lieber and College of Engineering USUSA Senator Erik Olson will join Caine College of the Arts USUSA Senator Sierra Wise, who will chair the committee. “All our councils have a service element, so I think it’s just good to try and accomplish bigger tasks,” Olson said. Each academic council will pair up with another council and complete a service project each month. “I think that there are a lot of different benefits, both as being able to offer service, also being able to have collaborative opportunities between the colleges,” Wise said. “Sometimes it’s hard to juggle organizing and creating a different service project per month if we were doing it by ourselves, but with the system that Allie come up with, we’ll rotate through, which will be great because it will give us the opportunity to participate in one another’s service projects, but we’ll only be heading it up once.” While concrete decisions had not been made as of Tuesday, Wise said the committee hopes to dedicate their first project to a food drive for the Student Nutrition Access Center (SNAC.) “We know there’s a real need on campus with food insecurity and the SNAC office,” Wise said. “I know there’s always a need, so we’re organizing a food drive this month and the College of Arts and the Chass will be working together on that project.” Other ideas Wise and Haas discussed included a hygiene and clothing drive, as well as relief efforts for countries affected by natural disasters, although Haas said the goal is to ensure USU students, faculty and staff are directly affected. “The idea is to serve in a way that represents your student body population,” Haas said. “We say we have the opportunity to serve in these positions, so really applying that and making a project that gives back to the students we represent.” While these projects will be led by academic councils, all students are invited to join. If students have suggestions or questions about projects, Wise said the academic senate encourages them to fill out a MyVoice request on the MyUSU homepage. Students wanting to share suggestions can also reach their senators at their respective emails or during their office hours, which can be found at[...]

Aggie Women Top Dixie State in Home Opener Nov 14

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Five USU players score in double figures in 92-72 win. Utah State women's basketball opened its home season Tuesday, earning its first win of the year in a 92-72 victory over Dixie State. Sophomore guard Eliza West was the leading scorer for the Aggies Tuesday, as she notched a career-high 19 points. She was one of five Utah State players to score in double figures, joined by sophomore guard/forward Hailey Bassett with 15, sophomore guard Olivia West with 12 and junior guard Rachel Brewsterand sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy with 10 apiece. Dufficy recorded her second double-double in as many games, leading the team with 10 rebounds. Additionally, Dufficy led the Aggies with a career-high five steals. Two freshmen made their collegiate debuts for the Aggies, as forward Taylor Franson and center Laura Daulton played nine and six minutes, respectively. Franson recorded four rebounds, while Daulton had two points, one rebound and one block. With the win, Utah State improves to 1-1 on the season. As a Division II program, the contest was an exhibition game for Dixie State. After winning the tip, Dixie State scored on its first possession, but the Aggies quickly answered as junior center Deja Mason put USU on the board. The Trailblazers took the lead and tied the score one more time each, but the Aggies took the lead permanently on a layup and the and-one from Olivia West at the 7:48 mark. Just ahead of the media timeout, Utah State went on its longest run of the game, scoring seven-straight, with five of those points coming from Bassett. The final minutes of the quarter were dominated by the Aggies, who scored 12 points to the Trailblazers' four. Dixie State had the final say with a pair of free throws, but USU held the 34-22 lead. The Aggies shared the ball around well through the second quarter, as seven different players scored. Overall, the offensive pace slowed on both ends of the court, with USU out-scoring Dixie State, 15-13. A pair of 3-pointers from the Trailblazers cut the Utah State lead back to single digits, but a layup from Olivia West moved it back to double figures, where it would stay the rest of the game. Dixie State closed out the half with a layup and free throw in the final 30 seconds, with the Aggies leading, 49-35, at the break. Back on the court, the Aggies started to pull ahead quickly. From the first in-bound play of the quarter, Utah State started to capitalize on Dixie State turnovers. Brewster started things off with a steal and fastbreak layup in the first seconds of the half. The Trailblazers had six turnovers in the quarter, with the Aggies earning eight points off them. The teams traded made field goals back-and-forth through the majority of the third quarter, but USU ended the period with six-straight points to lead, 74-55. The Trailblazers again opened the quarter by turning the ball over on their first possession. Later though, Dixie State put together an 8-0 run, which was snapped by a 3-point shot from sophomore guard Jessie Geer. With a single free throw at the five-minute mark, Dufficy reached her double-double on the day. Utah State made its final statement in the final seconds of the game, as a Dixie State shot was blocked by Daulton. Redshirt sophomore guard Lindsey Jensen snagged the rebound and turned it into a made layup, giving USU its 20-point win. Overall, Utah State shot 47.3 percent (35-of-74) from the field, 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from the free throw line. Dixie State shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the floor, 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from behind the arc and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line. Utah State continues it[...]

USU to Host Utah's Biggest Intercollegiate Hackathon

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah’s biggest intercollegiate hackathon returns for a third year to Utah State University on Nov. 17-18. Organizers expect more than 300 students from various colleges and universities in the state to attend.

Participants will spend 36 hours creating software and hardware applications, learning new technologies and networking with recruiters from Utah companies.

HackUSU began in 2015 as the first student-organized hackathon in the state of Utah. The intercollegiate event is free and open to any college student, including engineering, art, design, social work and business majors.

During the 36-hour event, students compete to build software and hardware tools to solve everyday problems encountered in technology or programming. This year's event also includes a workshop on combating homelessness in Utah. Participants will learn about the various data sets related to social services in Utah and will get an opportunity to develop apps or other tools that help address Utah's ongoing homelessness problem.

At the end of the hackathon, teams will present their creations for a chance to win prizes. Corporate sponsors include Utah State University Research Foundation, Major League Hacking, Conservice, Jet Brains, RStudio, 100TB, Utah Open Data Catalog, IM Flash and Cloudflare.

Reporters are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with student participants. For more information about the event and schedule, visit

Editor’s Note: The term ‘hack’ does not always refer to the illegal entry into a secure computer system. In this context, hack means using a combination of tools and knowledge to develop solutions to everyday problems encountered in programming and technology.

Student Contact: Haley Manning – HackUSU director | |cell: (951) 805-4517

Media Contact: Matt Jensen – USU College of Engineering | | office: (435) 797-8170 | cell: (801) 362-0830 | | @engineeringUSU 

Media Files: 1.jpg

NEHMA Hosts Family Art Day with Flag Making

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) at Utah State University hosts its monthly Family Art Day Saturday, Nov. 18, at the USU Merrill-Cazier Library from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This month features “Flag Making.” Participants will learn about flags and their compositions by viewing art inspired by flags from the museum’s collection and through the International Culture Exhibit 2017 on view in Merrill-Cazier library’s lower level.

Attendees will be helped by museum education staff to create their own autobiographical flag with colors, shapes and emblems that best represent their background and heritage or they can create an artwork inspired by a flag.  

As with other NEHMA programming, Family Art Days are free and open to the public. These family-friendly, hands-on events provide a creative outlet and learning opportunities catered to all ages.

“We are excited to continue offering our monthly Family Art Day program on the third Saturday of each month at the Merrill-Cazier Library while the museum is closed for an expansion and renovation,” said NEHMA Executive Director, Katie Lee-Koven. “We welcome all ages – not just kids – to join us and enjoy making art.”

NEHMA is located on the USU Logan campus. The museum is currently closed for construction but will continue to host events such as Family Art Days at other venues like the Merrill-Cazier Library. See the museum’s website to stay up-to-date on NEHMA events.

Due to campus recess, November will be the last Family Art Day of the year, but the events will   resume in January 2018.

For questions, please contact Andrea DeHaan, Administrative & Events Coordinator, or (435) 797-0163. 

Media Files:

USU Administrator Receives National Recognition for a Lifetime of Leadership

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

In a room packed with colleagues, advocates and family members at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Honors Celebration in Washington, D.C., Judith Holt was presented the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award November 7. The award recognizes “a distinguished career of excellence and leadership in support of AUCD’s mission to advance policy and practice for and with people living with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities.” AUCD is a national organization. Holt is a longtime leader at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, which is a member of the AUCD network. Jesien, a former AUCD executive director, presented the award in a powerful speech outlining Holt’s impressive achievements. “Judith Holt is a quiet leader whose full impact can only be seen by the tracks she has left throughout many states in this country, and the brilliant manner in which she has pulled together partners…. She has championed unserved, underserved, cultural and ethnically different groups, promoted students and created change for untold numbers of individuals,” Jesien said. A prolific grant writer, she has generated more than $30 million in funding during her years at Utah State University. “Much of the growth and success of the USU CPD can be directly attributed to Judith’s tireless mind and her uncanny ability to write winning proposals and build sustainable model programs,” said CPD Director Matthew Wappett. “Over her career, Judith has also taken a lead role in shaping the direction of interdisciplinary training … and has established herself as a quiet leader in the field. Dr. Holt strives for excellence in everything that she does, and does it with very little recognition or fanfare. She has made a remarkable difference in the lives of thousands of people in Utah and across the nation.”  Holt’s career in the AUCD network spans decades, including time as the associate director at the University of Arkansas, 15 years as the director of Interdisciplinary Training at the CPD and a recent two-year stint as CPD interim executive director. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at USU and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah Medical School Health Sciences Center. Jesien also cited Holt’s leadership in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (URLEND) program, which she helped establish in 2001 as a model multi-state collaborative. URLEND provides interdisciplinary training for practitioners and future professionals who work with children with special health care needs across the rural West. The program uses a variety of training modalities and distance education tools to reach people who would not otherwise have access to this training experience, which helps them move beyond the boundaries of their discipline to provide optimal care. For the past decade, Holt has served as the co-director of the URLEND program. “Judith originally had a background in early childhood, but her introduction to the UAP [currently UCEDD] system in the early ‘90’s forced her to take on a more flexible attitude,” Wappett wrote in his nomination of Holt. “One of Judith’s initial assignments at the University of Arkansas was to support the very active independent living movement in the state. Judith’s first project was to work with Richard Petty and Mainstream, an advocacy-oriented center for independent living in Little Rock, to orchestrate a protest [...]

Media Files:

Linda Keith Given the Power of Service Award

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Linda Keith received the Utah lieutenant governor’s Power of Service award in November 2017. A longtime volunteer with the Senior & Community Volunteer Program, her spirit of service has touched the lives of many people in Cache Valley.

The award is given through the Lieutenant Governor’s office to three Utahans per year.

Keith’s volunteer work suits her; she described herself as a natural “gabber” who enjoys talking to people whether she is delivering Meals on Wheels, staffing the store at Globe Village Gifts or driving the Veteran’s Administration van.

Meals on Wheels requires its delivery volunteers to make contact with the people who receive the meals, Keith said. The conversation is optional, but if the person receiving the meal is game, so is she. As a world traveler, Keith has seen the need for people in developing countries to bring in an income and be paid fairly for their work. Since Global Village is a Fair Trade Federation member, she knows the craftswomen who have made the wares sold in the store are paid fairly, and quickly. She is happy to donate her time to the cause.

She also drives the VA van, ensuring that veterans get to their medical appointments. She not only drives them to and from the VA hospital, but also waits for them until all the visits are done.

“You never know how long it will be,” she said. “I love it when they get talking about their service.”

Rodney Pack, the Senior & Community Volunteer Coordinator at the CPD, was delighted that Keith was recognized.

“Linda is always willing to help,” he said. “She’s willing to try anything and step outside herself. She feels strongly about giving back.”

The Senior & Community Volunteer Program has recently moved its focus around education, with volunteer opportunities in selected schools, the Cache Refugee & Immigrant Connection, CAPSA, Bear River Head Start, Stokes Nature Center, the Utah Conservation Corps and Somebody’s Attic. For more information on volunteer opportunities available through the Senior & Community Volunteer, visit their website.

The Senior & Community Volunteer program is part of the Public & School Partnership in the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.

Related links:
Public & School Partnership 
Center for Persons with Disabilities 

Writer:  JoLynne Lyon,  435.797.7412
Contact: Rodney Pack, (image)

Media Files:

USU Research Foundation and SDL Commemorate Veteran's Day

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

To commemorate Veterans Day 2017, General Bruce Carlson, United States Air Force, retired, addressed Utah State University Research Foundation and Space Dynamics Laboratory employees via a video presentation to honor the many men and women who have served our country. General Carlson serves as Vice Chair of the Research Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of SDL’s Guidance Council.

View presentation at left, below.

Media Files:

Art History Professor Presents Inaugural Lecture

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Alexa Sand, art history professor in the Caine College of the Arts, delivered an inaugural lecture on October 26 entitled “Once in a Lifetime.” The lecture was given at the home of USU president Noelle Cockett.

Growing up in Seattle, Sand spent much of her childhood outdoors in the rain. She has always been interested in the visual arts, though her original career ambitions included marine explorer and professional ballerina. At Williams College, she double-majored in anthropology and art history and spent her junior year abroad in Milan and Florence. After some time as a self-proclaimed ski bum and retail sales associate, she attended University of California, Berkeley, where she earned and master’s and doctorate in history of art under the direction of the late Harvey Stahl. Her doctoral research on medieval manuscript illumination then took her to Paris, where she survived a massive transit strike, a solo hitchhiking tour of Burgundy, shellfish poisoning and two of the coldest winters on record in the 20th century. Towards the end of her graduate career, Sand took a brief detour into the business-to-education tech sector, joining a startup that successfully built and launched a college and career counseling online tool.

Eventually, the lure of face-to-face interaction with students drew her back to academia. She has been teaching at USU since 2004 and has settled nicely into the mountain lifestyle with her husband, Albert, and children, Annika and Asher.

Sand’s’s book Vision, Devotion, and Self-Representation in Late Medieval Art was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Since coming to USU, she has been the recipient of national fellowships including the AAUW American Fellowship for Publication, the ACLS Charles Ryskamp Fellowship, the Gilbert and Ursula Farfel Fellowship at the Huntington Library and a Paul Mellon Senior Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts.

In her teaching, she emphasizes student centered learning practices and her longstanding commitment to undergraduate research has led to recognition from students (Mortarboard Society Top Prof Award) and peers (Caine College of the Arts Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year). She has served on the Council for Undergraduate Research as an arts and humanities councilor and for the past six years, participated actively in a national effort to support and develop research opportunities for undergraduate students across all disciplines. In addition, Sand is involved in the Medieval and Early Modern Studies certificate program and is a corresponding faculty member for the major in religious studies.

Contact: Whitney Schulte | | 435-797-9203

Media Files:

USU Physics' November Demo Show Celebrates 10 Years of Science Fun

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to Utah State University Physics Department’s 10th anniversary November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 17.

“Supersonic, Sound and Sparks” is the theme for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Admission is free and open to all.

“It’s time again to kick off Thanksgiving week with our popular annual tradition,” says James Coburn, Physics Teaching Laboratory supervisor and show coordinator. “To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’ll show off crowd favorites from our past decade of demo shows. It will be a blast.”

Physics? Fun?

“Absolutely,” Coburn says. “Unfortunately, many are intimidated by physics study. But it shouldn’t be that way – learning about science is something everyone can enjoy.”

Coburn says he was inspired to create the November Demo Show, now a Cache Valley favorite, by England’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, which have been a popular British tradition since 1825.

Parking for the event is available in the surface lot south of Old Main and the university parking terraces at 700 E. 600 North and 850 E. 700 North in Logan. For directions and more information, visit the November Demo Show website [] or call 435-797-3517.

Related Links
‘Cache Valley Science Kids’ on Facebook 
USU Department of Physics 
USU College of Science 

Contact:  James Coburn,, 435-797-3014
Writer:  Mary-Ann Muffoletto,, 435-797-3517

Media Files:

USU and its President Commit to a New Campus in Moab

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett, Utah legislators, Moab City and Grand County representatives, administration from USU-Moab and its advisory council met to discuss the needs and strategy to build a new campus in Moab. The group affirmed their commitment by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. “This is a major undertaking that will require a lot of work and cooperation from all who are involved,” said President Cockett. “Our meeting in USU-Moab’s current location was filled with those who want the best for the local community. We all came together to share ideas and common goals. Based on the meeting, I know we will see continued progress toward a new campus.” For 45 years, USU-Moab has served the local community by meeting their educational needs. To continue this mission, USU will expand operations in Moab with a new campus on a 40-acre site, located approximately three miles South of Moab City. The new campus will serve the community through expanded educational opportunities and additional partnerships. “This has been a collaborative effort by all parties to bring quality educational opportunities to Moab that will benefit all Grand County residents,” said Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison. “We have been working toward a new USU-Moab campus for more than a decade, and I’m ecstatic to see it now coming to fruition. The new campus will not only provide expanded higher-education options for our area, but also economic benefits as well as housing opportunities. It’s a win-win for the City of Moab, Grand County and USU, and most importantly for our community.”   The campus will be part of a larger complex that includes zoned housing areas that will help address the affordable housing needs of the community. Lianna Etchberger, USU-Moab executive director, said the design will be integrated with the landscape aesthetically and functionally, being intrinsically a textbook in itself to the student body. Etchberger opened the meeting by giving a brief overview of the plan in progress. Sakrison and Grand County Councilman Curtis Wells discussed the community’s commitment and the infrastructure development. “It was great seeing so many people from across Utah, the local community and USU bring innovative ideas to ensure USU can continue to provide the highest quality of education to the people of Moab,” Etchberger said. “Our main priority right now is researching programming that meets community needs to support economic diversification.” USU Vice President Neil Abercrombie presented USU’s capital campaign and fundraising strategies. The meeting finished with an open discussion to share insights and solutions. “Having all parties on the same page, establishing clear goals and setting timelines are great developments for this project,” Wells said. “While there is a lot of work ahead, Grand County hosts a strong level of commitment and determination to sprint through the finish line. We’re all-hands-on deck.” For more information on the new USU-Moab campus, visit To learn more about donation opportunities, please contact Lianna Etchberger at and 435-797-4104. Contact: Lianna Etchberger,, 435-797-4104.[...]

Media Files:

USU Partners with Operation Hat Trick to Support Cache Valley Veterans

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State University will honor Cache Valley veterans during its “Salute to Service” football game Saturday, Nov. 18.

As part of the celebration, USU has partnered with Operation Hat Trick (OHT) and local vendor Locker 42, to sell merchandise featuring a camouflage design paired with the American flag. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the Cache Valley Veterans Association and, in addition, Operation Hat Trick is providing a donation of $3,500 to the organization with a check presented by USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell during the game.

“Operation Hat Trick is honored to be able to make a donation to the Cache Valley Veterans Association,” said Dot Sheehan, OHT founder and director. “Through our partnership with Utah State University, we became aware of the need at the Cache Valley Veterans Association and since OHT is interested in filling some critical gaps in care for those recovering from visible and invisible wounds, this was a natural fit. We particularly like to support at the local level.”

Merchandise goes on sale Saturday, Nov. 11, at both Locker 42 locations in downtown Logan and North Logan. Items will also be available at USU football game.

The Utah State University Aggies take on Hawai’i Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., in Maverik Stadium. The public may also purchase discount tickets to be donated to military personnel, veterans and their families at with the code, SEATSFORSOLDIERS17.  

“This donation gets us one step closer to opening our Veterans Resource Center here in Logan, and we are so grateful to the support we have received from Operation Hat Trick and Utah State University,” said Phil Redlinger, of the Cache Valley Veterans Association. “We will now be able to increase our services for veterans, not only in Cache Valley, but also in the Box Elder, Franklin and Rich County areas.”

Operation Hat Trick was born at the University of New Hampshire to memorialize Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two U.S. Navy SEALs who were killed in action in Iraq in 2008. The original initiative was focused on producing collegiate caps provided to soldiers that suffered head injuries. Today, the OHT program has evolved into a national initiative to provide branded merchandise as a way to raise money for veterans. There are currently 27 universities across the country, including USU, who participate in the program.

For more information about Operation Hat Trick, visit

Contact: Heidi Adams, director USU Trademarks and Licensing,, 435-797-1351

Media Files:

USU Celebrates International Education Week, Nov 11-17

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State University (USU) students, staff, faculty and the community are invited to celebrate International Education Week, starting Saturday, November 11, through Friday, November 17. The annual event promoted by the U.S. Department of State and Education, celebrates diversity and benefits of international education and exchange. “The Office of Global Engagement, in cooperation with the International Student Council, and international student clubs, sponsors a week of events and activities. These events demonstrate the vibrancy of cultures entwined in the fabric connecting campus and the community,” said Janis Boettinger, vice provost and director of the Office of Global Engagement. International Education Week, co-presented by USU’s Office of Global Engagement and International Student Council, includes Diwali, Around the World Night, Study Abroad Photo Contest, International Food Tasting, Keynote Speaker-Eduardo A. Hernandez Incháustegui, and Mr. and Miss International Pageant. The International Student Council strives to unite all international students and to promote cultural diversity and international awareness. The Office of Global Engagement empowers students and scholars to become global citizens. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK EVENTS  Saturday, Nov. 11 – Diwali, Indian Student Association International Education Week will launch with Diwali, the Festival of Lights, 6-10 p.m. at the Taggart Student Center (TSC) Ballroom. Diwali features entertainment from USU students and local community members, and an authentic Indian cuisine dinner. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $14 at the USU Card Office or for $17 at the event. Monday, Nov. 13 – Around the World Night Join international students for games, fashion and food from all over the globe. This event is free, open to the public and takes place in the TSC International Lounge from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 – Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners Study abroad alumni from fall 2016 through fall 2017 are encouraged to enter the ongoing photo contest. Find out how to enter here. Winners are announced on Instagram @utahstateglobal. The public is encouraged to like their favorite photos on Instagram. Wednesday, Nov. 15 – International Food Tasting Social  Experience bite-sized tastes from around the world, brought to you by USU Catering. Enjoy music, food and good company at the TSC Skyroom from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This event is free to the public. Thursday, Nov.  16 – Keynote speaker, Eduardo A. Hernández Incháusteguiz All Aggies and community members are invited to hear Eduardo A. Hernandez Incháustegui in the TSC Auditorium from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Incháustegui is the vice-consul of the Dominican Republic in New York. His consular jurisdiction includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, representing more than one million Dominican nationals, and the largest concentration of Dominicans outside of the country.  Friday 17 – Mr. and Miss International International Education Week wraps up with the lively and entertaining Mr. and Miss International Pageant. Contestants from around the world present their country, culture, and talent through video and live performances. This event is free and open to the public in the TSC Auditorium from 7-10 p.m. Contact: Celestyn Hollingshead, 435-797-3677,[...]

Media Files:

USU Native American Heritage Month Celebrates with Guest Speaker

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Utah State University Access and Diversity Center has invited visual storyteller Matika Wilbur, to present in November as part of Native American Heritage Month. Wilbur presents Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center West ballroom on the Logan campus. The event is free and all are invited.  

Wilbur, from the Swinomish and Tulalip Coast Salish peoples of Washington State, has been traveling and photographing Indian Country for the past five years to change the one sees Native America.

November is nationally recognized in the United States as Native American Heritage Month and USU is celebrating with month long activities, including Native American beading workshops, Navajo taco sale and an Indigenous Thanksgiving potluck.

For more information, visit the USU Access and Diversity website

Writer/Contact: Alina Begay, (435) 797-9096

Fry Street Quartet Shares the Stage with Madeline Adkins and Jason Hardink

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Fry Street Quartet (FSQ), Utah State University’s string quartet in residence, will perform with two guest artists Tuesday, Nov. 14—Jason Hardink and Madeline Adkins. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Caine Performance Hall on the Logan campus.

Adkins joined the Utah Symphony as concertmaster in September 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, performing as associate concertmaster. A sought-after soloist, Adkins has appeared with orchestras in 16 U.S. states, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Hardink is the artistic director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series and principal symphony keyboard of the Utah Symphony. Hardink recently collaborated in recital with violinist Nicola Benedetti, violinist Phillip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet and world-renowned soprano Celena Shafer. He has appeared in chamber music series all over the U.S.

“The USU string program is thrilled to host Madeline Adkins and Jason Hardink in recital,” Anne Francis Bayless, cellist in the FSQ and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts, said. “Madeline is simply a phenomenal violinist and we are so fortunate to have her in Utah. One of the things that makes Logan such an amazing community is its thriving arts scene and it is only fitting that we should host her first Utah recital in the incredible Caine Performance Hall.”

The concert is a wonderfully eclectic program that includes works by Mozart and Brahms, as well as Road Movies, a sonata by lauded American composer John Adams. The second half of the program features the stunning concerto for violin, string quartet and piano by Chausson, which is not often performed.

“We’ve already had one performance of the Chausson on the NOVA series in Salt Lake and we are very pleased to present it to our ‘hometown’ audience as well,” Francis Bayless said. “It’s exciting to feature Jason Hardink in recital again—he has performed a lot in Logan in recent years, including a solo recital just last month, so our audience is very familiar with him!”

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Caine Performance Hall on November 14. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors/youth, $5 USU faculty/staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information and tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or go online to

Writer and contact: Whitney Schulte,, 435-797-9203

Media Files:

The Utah Statesman Celebrates 115 Years

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

November 2017 marks the 115th anniversary since the first Student Life magazine was published on the Utah State University campus in 1902. In 1978, its name changed to The Utah Statesman and to today’s traditional paper layout. As the second oldest college newspaper in Utah, it continues to publish USU, state, national and world-wide news as well as special interests and sports.

To commemorate the event, the staff of USU Student Media are hosting an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Taggart Student Center International Sunburst Lounge on the Logan campus. Alumni, students and friends of USU Student Media are invited to enjoy cake and ice cream, Aggie Radio music and more. During the month of November, The Utah Statesman will look back on the last 115 years.

Contact: Megan Albrechtsen,

Media Files:

Aggies Sync for Service

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Student Life section of Utah State Today highlights work written by the talented student journalists at Utah State University. Each week, the editor selects a story that has been published in The Utah Statesman for inclusion in Utah State Today. By Alison Berg, USU Statesman, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2017  Utah State University students looking for service opportunities now have a more accessible way than ever to find them. AggieSync, an program located on every student’s online MyUSU menu, asks students to sign in with their major, year in school and expected graduation year, and then provides them a list of service opportunities on campus and around the community. “It’s a great opportunity for students to go and find service opportunities,” said Todd Brown, the Utah State University Student Association service vice president. “A lot of times students are looking for service opportunities and they don’t know where to go.” Several student involvement organizations require participants to obtain and log a certain number of service hours, which AggieSync can make more accessible. “It’s a really good way to keep track of your hours, too,” said Anna Stoker, director of the Student Nutrition Access Center, a campus organization that provides free food to students who cannot afford to provide for themselves. AggieSync replaces Aggies Giving Service, the program previously used for students to log service hours.  “It’s all on just one common location, it’s pretty sweet,” said Chaseton Womack, co-director of Aggie Translators, which provides language translation to USU students and Cache Valley residents. “Now it’s a lot easier to manage what you do.” Students are automatically placed into the AggieSync system when they enroll at USU. Before receiving notifications about service opportunities, they must create a profile, which takes about two minutes. “Everybody’s busy with school and homework, but (we want) to be able to encourage them to serve and have it help their college experience,” Stoker said. “I think service allows us to grow and become familiar with everybody around us and situations that people are in as well.” To ensure students are honest about their logged hours, their respective service directors must approve hours before they can be officially logged. “You keep track of everything that happens a lot better — it’s kind of like Facebook for service,” Womack said. Students can find service opportunities from the USU Val R. Christensen Service Center, as well as various nationwide organizations like the Red Cross, American Nuclear Society and Food Recovery Network. Although the program’s primary purpose is to provide service opportunities, students can also access service-related, paid jobs in various USU organizations like the Center for Civic Engagement. Because student service hours are logged in the program, students can easily access them when accessing transcripts for jobs or academic programs. “So when you’re applying for jobs, you can print it out with your official transcripts, so it looks really nice,” said Brentlee Rice, director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters USU chapter. As of Thursday, 575 students had logged hours on AggieSync, which St[...]

Utah State Opens the 2017-18 Season at Weber State Friday Nov. 10

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State will open its 113th season of men’s basketball on Friday night, facing Weber State on the road at 7 p.m. (MT). The Aggies are 1,566-1,091 (.589) in 2,657 games played in its history.

• Utah State is 83-29 all-time in season openers and has won 22 of its last 23. The stretch includes seven season-opening victories over Weber State. The Aggies have won 13 of their last 17 season openers when opening on the road.

• Utah State has opened the season against Weber State three times over the past four years, including on the road in Ogden two of the last three seasons.

• Utah State has beaten Weber State in four of the last five, eight of the last 10 and 14 of the last 17.

• The game is riddled with coaching connections as Utah State head coach Tim Duryea and Weber State head coach Randy Rahe were both assistants under former USU head coach Stew Morrill. Weber State associate head coach Eric Duft was on the staff at Hutchinson Junior College with Duryea and WSU assistant coach Dave Marek was on the USU staff with Duryea for two years.

Scouting Weber State

Weber State finished the 2016-17 season with an overall mark of 20-14, finishing third in the Big Sky with a league mark of 12-6. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the CIT in the postseason, falling 82-73 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

WSU lost its top two offensive threats in graduated seniors Jeremy Senglin (21.1 ppg) and Kyndahl Hill (10.1 ppg) from last season, in addition to its top rebounder in Hill (7.9 rpg). Junior forward Zach Braxton is the top returner for the Wildcats in both categories, averaging 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game a season ago. Overall, Weber State averaged 79.8 points per game, shooting 48.6 percent (908-of-1,867) from the floor, 41.7 percent (312-of-749) from behind the 3-point line and 74.1 percent (584-of-788) at the free throw line.

Defensively, Weber State opponents averaging 73.7 points per game, shooting 45.2 percent (937-of-2,074) from the floor, 35.4 percent (197-of-556) from behind the 3-point line and 73.9 percent (434-of-587) at the free throw line.

Head coach Randy Rahe, a former USU assistant, is in his 12th season at the helm at Weber State, leading the Wildcats to five conference titles and nine postseason appearances.

Coach Duryea vs the Beehive State

Utah State is a combined 99-17 against teams from the state of Utah since now head coach Tim Duryea has been a member of the coaching staff. Since the 2001-02 season, USU is 7-9 against BYU, 6-0 against Southern Utah, 6-4 against Utah, 12-0 against Utah Valley and 14-4 against Weber State.

For more information on Utah State Aggies, visit

Theatre Arts Department Head Presents Inaugural Lecture

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Adrianne Moore, head of the Department of Theatre Arts in the Caine College of the Arts, gave an inaugural lecture entitled “Theatre: In Collaboration” where she was honored for promotion to full professor. The lecture was held Oct. 12, 2017 at the home of USU president Noelle Cockett. 

Originally from New Zealand, Moore has also lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea and England before moving to the United States 24 years ago. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and moved to the UK to pursue a diploma in directing with the British Theatre Association. Moore directed plays on the London Fringe working with talented actors while also teaching voice and acting at the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Returning to New Zealand for the birth of her first child, Adrianne managed to slide in a few productions and some teaching before leaving for the United States. She completed an master’s in fine arts in directing at Florida State University (FSU) under the guidance of Fred Chappell. Although her MFA is in directing, her time at FSU and the strong vocal training available there, reawakened her passion for the voice and accent work she studied as an undergraduate.

Moore moved west to join the faculty at USU and the Utah theater community. She has continued pursuing both theatrical passions—teaching directing and voice at the university and maintaining a freelance career as a director and dialect coach. Productions she has directed at USU include Time Stands Still, Reasons to be Pretty, Candida, Our Country’s Good and King Lear.

Professionally, Moore has enjoyed fruitful relationships with several theater companies as both a director and dialect coach, including the Lyric Rep, Salt Lake Acting Company, Pioneer Theatre Company and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Along with her department head position, she is also the artistic producer of the Lyric Rep.

Contact: Whitney Schulte | | 435-797-9203

Media Files:

Early Bloomers: USU Biologist's Research Reveals Climate Change Impacts

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Early flowering, early fruiting: Anecdotal evidence of climate change is popping up as quickly as spring crocuses, but is it coincidence or confirmation of shifts in plant phenology caused by global warming? “My mum reports her snowdrops are blooming earlier each spring in her English garden,” says Utah State University scientist Will Pearse. “Are her observations, like those of thousands of citizen scientists across the world, indicating unpredictability in temperature, precipitation and other weather patterns?” Until now, scientists had few tools to piece together disparate data into a collective, bigger picture. Now, Pearse and colleagues announce a statistical estimator that extracts meaningful measures of phenological change – that is, the timing of plants’ reoccurring life history events – from scores of data collected by current and ancestral citizen scientists (Henry David Thoreau among the latter cohort), along a continuous record from herbaria plant collections stretching more than 200 years into the past. Their findings appear in the Nov. 6, 2017, online edition of Nature Ecology & Evolution. Contributing authors include Charles Davis, Harvard University; David Inouye, University of Maryland and Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory; Richard Primack, Boston University; and T. Jonathan Davies of Canada’s McGill University. The team’s research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the USA National Phenology Network. “Using this estimator, and providing three case studies, we demonstrate a method to resolve an ongoing debate about the relative timings of the onset and cessation of flowering that allows us to reliably place modern observations within the context of a vast wealth of historical data,” says Pearse, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Biology and the USU Ecology Center and lead author of the paper. “This provides powerful evidence of climate change.” Davies says the estimator unlocks “dusty specimens” hidden away in dried plant collections. “Our work provides new insights into how human activities have altered today’s climate by contrasting the time a flower bloomed in the past to observation in the present-day,” he says. Pearse says the new technique also unleashes the power, and emphasizes the value, of citizen science. He especially praises the efforts of the USA National Phenology Network. “If you ever doubted the observations of an ‘ordinary’ observer, you can put those doubts to rest,” he says. “Those bits of information, like my mum’s vigilance and Thoreau’s fervent environmentalism, contribute to invaluable scientific observation.” Related Links “Early Bloomers: Statistical Tool Reveals Climate Change Impacts on Plants,” PhysOrg  USU Department of Biology  USU Ecology Center  USU College of Science  Contact: Will Pearse, 435-797-0831, Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,[...]

Media Files:

Utah State University is a Silver Bicycle Friendly University

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Utah State University with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University SM (BFUSM) award. By earning Silver status, Utah State University is a part of a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States that transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now 182 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

“From renewing Platinums to brand new Bronzes, this latest class of Bicycle Friendly University awardees show a wonderful commitment to safety, health and sustainability through their efforts to support bicycling on campus,” said Amelia Neptune, director of the league’s Bicycle Friendly America Program.

Utah State University encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as sharrows on campus streets and bike lockers at the Aggie Recreation Center. The university also provides incentives such as carshare credit and an emergency ride home through the Aggie Commuter Club.

“When it comes to the benefits of bicycling for people on campuses, there are only winners and no losers,” said Jordy Guth, USU campus planner. “Creating a bike friendly campus is a four way win—it promotes an active, healthy lifestyle; it makes travel affordable and convenient; it reduces infrastructure costs, and it reduces air pollution.”

Aggie Blue Bikes Coordinator, Meg McCarthy said Utah State University only plans to continue to improve active transportation.

“USU, Aggie Blue Bikes, and our community of Logan have worked extremely hard to grow our biking culture so we can have better air quality,” she said. “This is a stepping stone to an even better bike future.”

To learn more about the free BFU program, visit the League online at

About The League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. Learn more at

About USU Aggie Blue Bikes

Aggie Blue Bikes (ABB) mission is to get more people on more bikes, more often. This is achieved through bicycle lending, education and advocacy. The organization believes that cycling promotes healthy and sustainable communities, better air quality in Cache Valley, and a reduction of on-campus congestion and motor accidents.

Contacts: Margaret McCarthy, USU Aggie Blue Bikes Coordinator,, 208.404.8222 or Jordy Guth, USU Campus Planner,, 435.797.0941

Media Files:

USU Alums Take First Place at Acura College Alumni Team Golf Championship

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The eighth annual Acura College Alumni Team Championship recently awarded a championship trophy to Utah State University who finished in first place for the net scoring division with a two-day score of 246.

USU alumni James Larsen, Brice Mindrum, Chad Evan and Bart Purser played in the championship. The championship field is determined through 60 individual qualifying golf tournaments held at Division I universities across the country. The participating schools come from 13 NCAA Conferences. The winning foursome from each university qualifier advances to the National Championship at Pinehurst. The qualifying tournaments serve as fundraisers for the university alumni or athletic foundations. 

In addition to the championship, the participants had the opportunity to play Pinehurst’s newest par-3 golf course, The Cradle, which also served as the course for the finals of the Bracket Division Championship.

New in 2017 was the addition of Balfour as a supporting sponsor for this year’s championship. The leader in athletic and collegiate rings, presented the winning teams with certificates for new college rings.

For more results, visit the 2017 Acura College Alumni Team Championship results:

Contact: Josh Paulsen,, 435-797-8275

Media Files:

USU Code Blue Alert System Test Thursday, Nov. 9

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Faculty and Staff,

On Thursday, November 9, 2017 at approximately 9:15 a.m., Utah State University Emergency Management will conduct a test of the USU CODE BLUE Alert System.  Please make sure you are signed up to receive critical emergency information in a timely manner in the event of a major crisis on campus.  To sign up:

Go to

Click on “Code Blue Alert Messaging Sign Up”.

  • Login with A# and password.
  • Approve DUO Push sign in (if required).
  • On the “Personal Information” site, scroll down to the “Phone Number” box.
  • Click on the “Add New” icon.
  • Click on the down arrow on “Phone Type”.

For text alerts, click on “Alert SMS (text) Code Blue”, enter the number and click on “Add”.  You can add up to 5 text numbers.

For voice alerts, click on “Alert Phone (voice) Code Blue”, enter the number and then click on “Add”.  You can add up to 5 phone numbers.

USU Code Blue is the method used to disseminate emergency information (school closure, evacuation, crimes, etc) to the USU community.  

USU provides “timely warning notices” to student, staff, and faculty through Code Blue to warn of possible threats from dangerous situations.

Timely warning notices are required by the federal Clery Act (1998), which requires transparency of campus crime policy and statistics. The Clery Act requires universities to send out a timely warning notice as soon as possible for specific crimes that: are reported to the campus police; occur on campus property and; might pose a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.
Crimes covered by the Clery Act and requiring a timely warning notice include, but are not limited to:

  • murder/non-negligent manslaughter
  • sex offenses
  • robbery
  • aggravated assault
  • major incidents of arson

USU will send a timely warning as soon as possible, even before all of the facts surrounding a criminal incident have been collected or verified.

USU Police decides if or when a crime alert should be sent on a case-by-case basis.

Helpful Hints

USU Code Blue alerts by cell phone come from telephone number (435) 797-7622.  Please update your Contacts with this number for the phones you included when signing up for USU Code Blue Alerts.  Please label it: USU CODE BLUE Alert.

In addition, share the test date and time (November 9 at approximately 9:15 a.m.) with the individuals whose telephone numbers you entered (parents, spouses, roommates, etc.) when signing up for USU Code Blue Alerts.

For more information, visit the Campus Safety website at or contact Judy Crockett, USU Emergency Manager at (435) 797-0807.

Media Files:

USU Folklorists Share Experience with Dude Ranching

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State University folklorists will share their experiences from Triangle X, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with the public Saturday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m., in the Teton County Library, in Jackson Wyoming. The event is free and open to all.

USU will present, along with the Library of Congress, the University of Wyoming and the Field School for Cultural Documentation.

In summer 2017, eight Utah State University and three University of Wyoming students learned the art of cultural documentation while documenting the historic Triangle X Dude Ranch inside the Grand Teton National Park. The oldest operating dude ranch in the GTNP, the Turner Family has welcomed guests at the Triangle X for more than ninety years. This summer, the Turners’ welcomed the USU/UW students as they participated in a Library of Congress Field School for Cultural Documentation. The 2017 Field School is a collaboration between Utah State University, the University of Wyoming, and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. 

The field school was an intensive, multi-week, residential workshop designed to provide students with basic ethnographic fieldwork skills, including participant observation, interviewing, field notes, ethics and archiving best practices.

Students worked collaboratively in teams of two or three to document the traditions of the Turner family, guests and workers.

“The Folklore Field School was an illuminating experience that allowed me to develop skills key to the collection process,” Michelle Jones, a USU graduate student noted. “I had a great time participating in the interviewing process, and I’m so excited to see what we collected go live.” 

Related Links
2017 Field School for Cultural Documentation Event
"Training the Next Generation of Field Workers, " Utah State Today 

Contact: Randy Williams, 435-797-3493,

Media Files:

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Nov. 10

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Utah State University Observatory opens its doors to the public Friday, Nov. 10. All are invited to view Cache Valley’s night sky from the observatory telescope from 7-9 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is free.

“We invite the Cache Valley community to enjoy star-gazing from our state-of-the-art facility,” says James Coburn, Physics Department teaching laboratory supervisor and USUO coordinator.  

Located on the roof of USU’s Science Engineering Research (SER) building, the observatory houses a 20-inch reflecting telescope on a computerized mount that yields clear, crisp images of faraway planets and deep space objects. The observatory’s unique, half-circle building, designed and constructed by USU Facilities, features a circular staircase that leads to the telescope gallery topped with a metal dome measuring 16.5 feet in diameter.

All attendees are encouraged to visit the USUO website before arriving on public night, as the gathering will be cancelled in the event of cloudy or inclement weather.

The observatory’s telescope is accessible by stairs only from the SER building’s roof.

Parking for the event is available in surface lots near the Caine Performance Hall at 1090 East 675 North on the USU campus. The SER building is southwest of the Caine Performance Hall. To access the observatory, visitors should take the freight elevator located at the northwest corner of the first floor of the SER building to the roof. For directions, visit the observatory parking website.

As additional Fall 2017 observatory public nights is planned for Dec. 8.

USU students are the primary beneficiaries of the observatory, which was completed in 2009. More than 700 Aggies are enrolled in fall astronomy classes, which afford them access to USUO.  

Related Links
USU Department of Physics 
USU College of Science 

Contact: James Coburn, 435-797-3014,
Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

Media Files:

All Aggies Invited to Enjoy USU Science Week Nov. 3-10

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Utah State University community is invited to enjoy brain-energizing fun as USU’s College of Science Student Council hosts ‘Science Week’ Nov. 3-10. “We invite all Aggies to channel their ‘inner geek’ and join us in some great activities,” says Travis Dowdle, USU Science Senator. “We have something for everyone.” Friday, Nov. 3 All Aggies are invited to Science Unwrapped at USU, as the program’s Fall 2017 “Ecology!” series continues with “Sharks: Guardians of Our Oceans” at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium (ESLC 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center. Featured speaker is USU marine ecologist Trisha Atwood. Admission is free. Sunday, Nov. 5 Join Aggie scientists in “Stuffing the Bus” from 6-7 p.m. in the parking lot north of Maverick Stadium. Bring non-perishable food items to fill an Aggie Shuttle bus, with donations going to community food pantries. You can also volunteer to join the Science Council in handing out flyers about the food drive in campus neighborhoods. Monday, Nov. 6 Grab some cookies and hot chocolate, donated by USU Dining Services, from 11 a.m.-noon on the Taggart Student Center plaza as you head to class. Enjoy music and learn more about the week’s activities. At 7 p.m., join us at the Haight Alumni Center for “Student Alumni Association Networking Night” and meet with USU alumni for career advice and to enjoy Aggie Ice Cream. Please wear business attire. Tuesday, Nov. 7 From noon-1 p.m., drop into the TSC Hub for the “Kahoot Lunch Quiz” led by Professor Chris Corcoran, head of USU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Return at 7 p.m. to the same location for “Acoustics and Cookies: The Science of Sound.” Enjoy free cookies and milk, while chilling to performances by Aggie musicians and listening to micro-talks about sound waves and the anatomy and physiology of the ear. Wednesday, Nov. 8 From 2-4 p.m., stop in HPER 112 for the “Anatomy in Action: Ping Pong Tournament.” Beginners and experts are welcome. Enjoy music, compete for prizes and celebrate the anatomical wonder that is your body. At 7 p.m., join us for Elemental Bingo, an annual Science Week favorite, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the TSC Stevenson Ballroom (West). USU chemistry professor Scott Ensign is emcee for the event, which features a chance to win such prizes as a mini-fridge, a TV, a drone, a FitBit and more! Friday, Nov. 10 All are invited to “Snack Chat with Ohio State Chemist Bern Kohler” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Widtsoe Hall, Room 007. Kohler is described as a NASA-funded DNA science guru. Refreshments will be served. USU’s College of Science includes the academic departments of chemistry and biochemistry, biology, mathematics and statistics, geology and physics. For more information about USU Science Week, visit the website and follow the USU College of Science on Facebook. Related Link USU College of Science  Contact: Senator Travis Dowdle, Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,[...]

Media Files:

'Opidemic' Update: Opioids are Killers, but we are All Solutions, Panel Says

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Student Life section of Utah State Today highlights work written by the talented student journalists at Utah State University. Each week, the editor selects a story that has been published in The Utah Statesman for inclusion in Utah State Today. By Carter Moore, USU Statesman, Sunday, Oct. 15 2017  “People don’t plan to start heroin,” Dr. Eric Barker said matter-of-factly, posed against a backdrop of bright pink sparkles and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Sitting in the middle of a five-person panel Friday night at Starstoppers Dance Studio in Logan, Barker drove home the idea that Opioids are an epidemic and should be dealt with accordingly. “People start taking opioids because of a knee surgery,” Barker continued. “They may be vulnerable to addiction and falling deeper due to genetic reasons, or other factors.” Joined by Utah Public Radio journalist Kristen Munson, Jorden Saxton Hackney, outreach coordinator for Dying in Vein, and Utah State University Psychology professor Amy Odum, Barker and the Opioid Crisis Panel at the Block Film and Art Fest attempted to bring clarity to an epidemic that has claimed more than 60,000 lives in the United States over the past year. “In Utah, we have a culture where abusing prescription drugs has been happening for a very long time, but no one really talks about it,” Odum said. “If we don’t start talking about it, the problem is going to get a lot worse far before it ever gets better.” In fact, according to the Utah Health Department, drug overdoses kill an average of six Utahns every day — and Utah has the seventh-highest overdose rate in the U.S. despite being only the 31st most populated state. Preventing more Utahns from dying of opioid overdose begins with dialogue, panelists said. “Talking makes a difference,” Barker said. “We need to prevent opioids being prescribed at the rate they are, but not one doctor can change the culture. Community engagement and understanding is the only thing that will change drug addictions.” Panelists agreed that the demonization of opioid addicts only leads to more addictions. “We don’t blame people for getting brain cancer,” Barker said. Odum agreed, adding that, “If we really care about saving lives, we need to provide resources for addicts.” Odum praised the actions of Portugal, where most drugs were decriminalized in 2001 and treated as public health issues rather than crimes. Because of these actions, Odum said the country has seen a 95 percent decrease in drug overdose deaths in the past 15 years. “If we ignore these facts it can be detrimental to our society,” Odum said. “We are trying to control our psychology, as if life isn’t supposed to have pain. Life does have loss and discomfort. We all experience pain, but suffering is something we can avoid.” Opioid addiction usually begins with prescribed pills, the panel said. In fact, the Utah Health Department reported that 80 percent of addictions begin with prescription[...]

Both Utah State Cross Country Teams Remain Ranked in Top 25

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

After conference championship weekend (Oct. 27-28), the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll saw significant changes.

Among those changes, the Aggie women's team moved to No. 15 in the nation, while the men's team moved into a tie for No. 23. This is the sixth-straight week that the women's team has been ranked, and it is the third-consecutive week in the national polls for the men's team.

Last week, the Aggies competed at the Mountain West Championships. The women's team placed third with 73 points, while the men's team placed fourth with 93 points.

Individually, senior Dillon Maggard paced the men by finishing third, good for first-team all-MW, in the men's 8-kilometer race with a time of 23:54.45, while junior Alyssa Snyder also earned first-team all-conference honors by placing sixth with a time of 20:55.40 in the 6-kilometer race.

Senior Tylee Skinner and junior Kashley Carter also earned all-conference honors, as the duo landed on the all-MW second team after placing 10th and 13th with times of 21:19.67 and 21:22.02, respectively.

In the regional polls released on Monday, the women's team remained the No. 3 team in the Mountain Region, while the men's team remained at No. 7.

The Aggies are back in action in two weeks when they host the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Friday, Nov. 10. The race is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course.

Fans can follow the Utah State track & field and cross country programs at, on Facebook at USUTrack and on Instagram at Aggies fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics. 

For more information on Utah State Aggies, visit

'Sharks!' Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 3

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Shark Week, Sharknado and who could forget the first time they saw “Jaws”?

Sharks often evoke fear, but Utah State University ecologist Trisha Atwood says the aquatic creatures deserve greater credit for their role in maintaining healthy marine and coastal ecosystems and a sustainable planet.

Atwood presents “Sharks: Guardians of Our Oceans” at USU’s Science Unwrapped public outreach program Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

“Sharks and other apex marine predators continue to be harvested unsustainably throughout the world,” says Atwood, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Watershed Science and the USU Ecology Center. “We’re learning the loss of these animals could have far-reaching ecological consequences.”

Refreshments and hands-on learning activities conducted by USU students and faculty members, along with community groups, follow Atwood’s talk.

Hosted by the USU College of Science, the Nov. 3 presentation is the third and final talk of Science Unwrapped’s Fall 2017 Ecology! Series, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the USU Ecology Center. The gathering also kicks off Science Week at USU, Nov. 3-10.

Science Unwrapped resumes Jan. 26, with its new, Spring 2018 “Science of Art” Series, which celebrates USU’s “Year of the Arts.”

For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit the Science Unwrapped website or view the ‘Science Unwrapped at USU’ Facebook page

Related links:
“Jumping the Shark: USU Ecologist says Predators Protect Marine Ecosystems,”
Utah State Today 
USU College of Science 

Contact: Nancy Huntly, 435-797-2555,
Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

Media Files:

A Drier South: Europe's Drought Trends Match Climate Change Projections

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

On the same day that global leaders wrapped up an international water and climate summit in Rome, researchers published new findings that suggest European drought trends are lining up with climate change projections. Their study, published Oct. 25 in Scientific Reports, shows that two major drought indices are deviating from one another across Europe in a manner consistent with climate change simulations. “This is one more big drop in the bucket toward climate change attribution,” said lead author James Stagge, a post-doc at Utah State University’s Utah Water Research Lab. “There have been a lot of projections, but now that we’re starting to see the projections and observations line up, it’s not a question of ‘is it happening?’ It’s a question of ‘how much?’ And ‘what do we do?’” The spatial patterns observed by Stagge and his team match climate change projections for Europe that suggest decreases in drought frequency in the north and increases in drought frequency in the south. “Once you add in the temperature increases for all of Europe, you have all the hallmarks of climate change,” Stagge said. As temperatures increase across Europe, evapotranspiration – meaning what is leaving the ground and going back into the atmosphere – increases. Stagge explained that although one drought index captures this concept, the other does not.  “When you include evapotranspiration, the border from where it’s getting wetter to where it’s getting drier is pushing farther and farther north,” he said. “So it’s not just the Mediterranean that’s getting drier. It’s pushing up into Germany and England. It’s moving everything farther north.” This increasing deviation in European drought frequency is observed from the 1980s until today. In a stationary climate, Stagge and co-authors say they would expect this difference to be randomly distributed and stable like it was from the 1950s through the 1970s. “This recent and consistently increasing trend is a clear signal, not random noise,” he added. Stagge says the new findings are important to the scientific community and could influence public policy and Europe’s agriculture industries. Many drought monitoring agencies use the indices to determine what constitutes drought, and insurance pilot programs have considered using them to determine whether or not farmers are entitled to compensation if drought affects their region. “The research highlights the increasing need to carefully define drought in a changing climate,” said Stagge. “Indices that were standardized in the past may drift significantly in a changing climate depending on how a data set is measured and what time period is considered.” The study was verified using two sets of data, primarily WFD/WFDEI, and E-OBS as an external check. Additionally, the team, which includes Lena Tallaksen (University of Oslo, Norway), Daniel King[...]

Media Files:

UPDATE: USU Police Look for Potential Witnesses Following Report of Rape

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State University police released additional information tonight about a report that a female USU student was sexually assaulted by two males unknown to her near the bottom of Old Main Hill on Oct. 27 between approximately 8:15-9 p.m.


Police are hoping to talk to any potential witnesses, including the occupants of a small, gray, four-door vehicle that the student reported hearing honk its horn, perhaps at her, as it turned north from 500 North on to 700 East at the bottom of Old Main Hill. The occupants of the vehicle or anyone who might have information should contact USU police at 435-797-1939 or in person at 800 East 1250 North.


This update follows the “Timely Warning Notice” sent Saturday through USU’s Code Blue alert system to the university community. For more information about USU’s resources for victims of sexual assault, go to The website includes details about where to go for medical services, how to access confidential counseling or advocacy services, and how to seek academic accommodations or file a formal complaint with USU.


Media contact: Tim Vitale, Executive Director, Public Relations and Marketing

Phone: 435-797-1356


Theatre Arts Professor Presents Inaugural Lecture

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Professor of lighting and sound design in the Department of Theatre Arts in Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts, Bruce Duerden, gave an inaugural lecture Wednesday, Oct. 4, entitled “Live Art” where he was honored for his promotion to full professor. The lecture was held at the president’s home.  

Duerden grew up in the foothills of Salt Lake City and was introduced to art and theater under the tutelage of his father, who was and still is a draftsman and fine artist. After being awarded a theater scholarship to Brigham Young University, he spent the next 10 years working for the Music and Dance Department there as a full time stage and lighting technician while simultaneously completing his bachelor’s in fine arts and master’s in fine arts in theater design and technology. During this time period he was given the opportunity to travel as a designer/technician on foreign and domestic tours in 32 countries and all 50 states.

Professionally, Duerden started work for the Osmond Studios and on projects for Paramount Pictures. After graduating in 1989 his career as an assistant professor began at Texas A&M where he built a Technical Theater program and furthered his professional career by working for the Utah and Texas Shakespeare Festivals.

In 1992, Duerden was hired by USU to expand the design/tech program. For the past 25 years (23 of those also spent working for the Lyric Repertory Company), he has designed and served as the technical director for numerous productions. He still works with companies in Utah, Off Broadway, Hawaii, Wyoming, New Jersey, California and Wisconsin. Recent work includes lighting for Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Big River, Shakespeare Abridged and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Lyric Rep.

Contact: Whitney Schulte | | 435-797-9203

Media Files:

MIS Inaugural Professor: Don't be a Blobfish

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Am I a blobfish? Are my students blobfish? These questions came to Robert Mills’ mind as he prepared for the Inaugural Professor Lecture Series, hosted by Utah State University’s President Noelle Cockett, to honor recently promoted professors.

The blobfish is a low-energy fish that floats alone just above the seafloor and relies on ocean currents to move around. When something edible approaches, the blobfish opens its mouth hoping to get a meal while exerting minimal effort. 

Mills, a professor in the Management Information Systems Department in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, noted that a critical aspect of not being a blobfish requires you to “surround yourself with those who see greatness in you,” as stated by author Edmund Lee.

Mills grew up in Great Falls, Montana, where his best friends from high school are now an economics professor at Harvard; a maxillofacial surgeon; and a Princeton graduate who managed $50 billion for the investment bank Goldman Sachs. Blobfish float alone. Surround yourself with greatness.

During his master’s in information systems at USU, he had an opportunity to work with David Merrill to design and develop computer-based training programs for corporate and government organizations. Perhaps the most common phrases Mills heard while working with Merrill were “information is not instruction”, and “too many professors and corporate trainers use the spray and pray techniques,” whereby information is thrown out with the hope some of the content will stick. These simple phrases are a constant reminder that teaching is far more than disseminating information. Blobfish rely on ocean currents to move around. Be thoughtful in your direction.

Mills completed his doctorate in instructional technology in 2000 and joined the faculty in the MIS Department where he is a two-time Huntsman School of Business Teacher of the Year award recipient. With an academic background at the nexus of management information systems and instructional technology, his primary research areas focus on MIS Education in the areas of database administration, model curriculum, enrollments and instructional design. Mills has published 30 journal articles that have been cited 300 times. Blobfish open its mouth when something edible approaches. Don’t hope something good will happen while exerting minimal effort.

Mills was promoted to full professor in April 2017. He and his wife, Kimberly, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and enjoy spending time with their two children, Megan (21) and Madison (17).

Researcher Contact: Robert Mills, Professor in the Management Information Systems Department in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University,, 435.797.7480.

Media Files:

USU-Uintah Basin Nursing Has 100 Percent Pass Rate for Second Year

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State University-Uintah Basin Nursing is pleased to announce that the 2017 graduates successfully completed the registered nurse licensure exam with a 100 percent pass rate. The accrediting standard for nursing is that a minimum of 80 percent of graduates pass the exam on the first attempt. “Our students continue to impress us with their ability to consume a lot of information, then quickly turn around and put it into practice in real-world settings,” said Inella Bastian, nursing faculty member at USU-Uintah Basin. “The students’ success is a reflection on our nursing program and the quality of instruction being offered.” Along with passing the RN licensure exam, all USU-Uintah Basin nursing students had a 100 percent job placement rate. Many of which were found locally, where many gained experience through internships. “These graduates were determined to do all they could to open doors for better career opportunities and higher salaries available to RN’s,” added Bastian. The recent graduates are helping minimize the effects of Utah’s current nursing shortages. Tremendous community support provides local students with the tools, technology and scholarship opportunities they need to become successful nurses. Uintah Impact Mitigation Special Service District has been a strong contributor to providing scholarships to local students to support loss-of-income. In 2013, USU and the Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) forged a partnership to provide students with a near-seamless transition from the practical nursing certificate to the associate degree in nursing. Since, both institutions have worked together to provide a solid foundation in science, nursing courses, and quality clinical education. Both USU and UBTech have added additional, qualified faculty members and encouraged continuing development of effective teaching methods. “Over the past few years, USU and UBTech have worked together to create a strong foundation for nursing students, and that foundation has earned a great reputation,” said USU-Uintah Basin Executive Director James Taylor. “We look forward to future students continuing this momentum and going on to serve and better their local communities.” Individuals interested in a nursing career begin with completing college classes in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, human growth and development, and then apply to UBTech’s practical nursing program. After successful completion of the two-semester program, graduates are eligible to test for LPN licensure. LPNs may continue their nursing education by completing English, statistics, and chemistry and applying for USU’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program. It is competitive and prepares students to become registered nurses in two semesters. UBTech and USU’s nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)* and provide[...]

Media Files:

USU Professor Wins Outstanding Educator Award

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Brian Warnick, professor and associate dean of Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, recently received an award recognizing his outstanding teaching and commitment to agricultural education.

The Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award, presented by the Western Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education, is based on excellence in teaching undergraduates and graduate students, significant research in the field of agricultural education, scholarly writing pertaining to education, and service to agricultural education.

Warnick believes that well-prepared agricultural educators can make a positive impact on all students.

“Agricultural educators play an important role in helping young people develop the desire to seek careers in agriculture and to be successful in those careers,” Warnick said. “They also help provide information about agriculture to those who aren’t planning for a career in agriculture. Everyone is impacted by agriculture on a daily basis in very personal ways, through the food we eat and the clothes we wear.”

Warnick has been teaching for more than 23 years.

“I still get excited when I can see by the look on a student’s face the moment when they make the connection between a new concept or skill and their own prior experience,” Warnick said.

Of all the great experiences being an educator brings, Warnick’s favorite part is when a former student comes to visit and shares their success. Warnick credits his love for education to the teachers he has had throughout his life, and he finds it very rewarding to know he is influencing his students in the same way.

For more information about USU’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, visit

Writer: Shelby Ruud,
Contact: Brian Warnick,

Media Files: (1 of 1).jpg

The Art of Death and Mourning

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Like a walk through a crypt, a coffin-shaped exhibit chronicles the many facets of death and the human experience in the atrium of the Merrill-Cazier Library. The Utah State University Libraries display greets you with a chilling reminder that you must die, from the Latin Memento Mori. The somber expression sets the mood for a morbid walk through the darker side of the library’s collection. The exhibit's focus is the central role that death plays in art and expression in “how we mourn, celebrate, deny and ultimately accept death,” said Dylan Burns, exhibit curator. Along the way, you see medieval art depictions of danse macabre, or the dance of death, including a jolly jig by five skeletons depicted in Anton Koberger’s Liber Chronicarum, printed in 1493. And Hans Hobein’s woodcuts from the early 16th century using skeletal figures to sarcastically remind popes and emperors that, despite titles and thrones, all share a common fate. You will also see an image from a treasured manuscript the library possesses, De Villiers Book of Hours. The image on display features three living and three dead kings who confront each other one day in the woods. The dead kings remind the living ones that, “as you are, I was, and as I am, you will be,” Burns says. “I had read about the story and I was surprised to have found it in our collection. It’s an important folk tale in Western history and so it’s really cool to have an example here that previously has not really been talked about.” Same for the topic of death itself. “Death is something that we should confront and accept,” he says. “We should be okay with discussing it out in the open. It’s natural and it happens. So I guess that’s what I was aiming for in this exhibit. It is something that people have talked about for a long time, and are going to keep talking about it – and so should we.” And so it is that through this bare-bone look at death, you come to appreciate the imagery and symbols surrounding it. Skulls, for example, are reminders of both the limits to life and the seemingly everlasting impact that bones leave behind, Burn says. “Even trophies like Old Ephraim’s skull serve as a reminder that even the mightiest grizzly meets the same fate that we all share.” And with it, a fascination that holds us today, grave as it may be. Like looking at old Compton Family Studio photographs of stoic family members in Brigham City posed with their deceased for one last family portrait. Or, sharing stories about a headstone of a weeping woman in the Logan City Cemetery that grow into urban legends. Stories trumpeted about a woman who lost all her children and died in grief, or of a mother gone mad who murdered all her children before taking her life. Common folk tales conjured up in cemeteries all across the co[...]

Media Files:

Procession, Other Events Reminds us Life is Vibrant, But Death is Nearby

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

In some traditions, death would never show itself in vivid colors. But at the procession marking the Day of the Dead, neon pink, emerald green and brilliant white all dance together. It’s only when you look beneath the big-brimmed hats that you’ll see the death faces painted with a skeleton’s empty eyes and toothless grin. This Mexican tradition, thousands of years old, will repeat its march on the Utah State University campus Nov. 2, as participants “welcome our ancestors who come back to visit us,” said Crescencio Lopez, assistant professor of Spanish. The procession, open to students and community members alike, begins at 11: 30 a.m., starting at the block Aggie A near Old Main. Costumes, hats and fanciful makeup are all welcome at the free event. The procession is part of a week-long celebration of the Mexican tradition Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Other events, including those sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, include: Monday, Oct. 30, and continuing through Nov. 3: An alter at the Museum of Anthropology will provide a place where visitors can bring mementos and offerings to remember loved ones who immigrated to Cache Valley.   Monday, Oct. 30: Face painting at the Museum of Anthropology with local artist Michelle Reyes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reyes will demonstrate her craft and display her work. The museum will also have a mask-making activity for visitors.   Thursday, Nov. 2: The Day of the Dead procession to honor and celebrate the dead, 11:30 a.m. beginning at the block A near Old Main.   Thursday, Nov. 2:  An altar in the TSC ballroom from 12 -7 p.m. set up by the Access and Diversity Center, with face painting, skull masks and arts and crafts 2-4 p.m.   Thursday, Nov. 2: A screening of a new documentary, “Logan iSomos tus Vencions!” (“Logan, We are your Neighbors”) at 6:30 in the TSC Ballroom. The documentary was created by students in Lopez’s classes and includes interviews with members of the local Latino community and new immigrants. On Thursday, Nov. 2, the Day of the Dead procession will be led by La Catrina, the Mexican representation of death or, as Lopez calls her, the queen of death. “It’s a celebration,” said Lopez. “But it’s also a reminder of the tension between life and death. It’s joyful, but also recognizes that we can become spirits any time.” Lopez himself will portray La, the king of death, tall and dapper with a devil-may-care cigar dangling from his lips. If La Catrina is a reminder of ethereal life, said Lopez, her companion warns that death is “the ultimate equalizer.” “He’s the rich person who is reminded that when he dies, he can take nothing with him,” he said. “He’s an empty suit[...]

Media Files:

USU LAEP Students Win Spirit Award at National Conference

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Students and faculty from Utah State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning recently travelled to Los Angeles to attend the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, where they won a school spirit competition for showing their Aggie pride.

The conference hosted an Alumni Tailgate event where universities set up displays to show their school spirit and reconnect with alumni now working the landscape architecture profession. The USU students sang The Scotsman, led Aggie cheers, displayed Aggie flags and gave roping lessons on a bull-shaped piñata.

“It was cool because we went in as the underdogs and through creativity and enthusiasm, we stole the show,” said Cameron Blakely, a student who attended the conference. “Although we were completely surrounded by nationally renowned design schools, we all showed a sense of community to others and made ourselves relatable to them, helping establish our program among national competitors.”

With a contingent of 14 students and three professors, this was the largest group USU has sent to this particular conference. Students and faculty members voted to use differential tuition to make this opportunity possible.

“This conference was a chance for students to rub shoulders with some prestigious landscape architects and to get an expanded view of the breadth of the field,” said Associate Professor David Anderson, who led the trip. “This was a very unique opportunity for our students, and we were very impressed with the way they conducted themselves.”

As a prize for winning the Spirit Award, the students earned 15 complimentary registrations for the 2018 ASLA Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

For more information about USU’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, visit

Contact: David Anderson
Writer: Shelby Ruud

Media Files:

Big Initiatives for New USU-Ephraim Faculty Member

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has hired Chalon Keller as a professional practice assistant professor at Utah State University-Ephraim. She will be undertaking the task of building a relationship with Snow College’s Business Department. This partnership will give Snow College graduates the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees in business without leaving Sanpete County.

“Snow College has achieved a significant level of prominence as an undergraduate educational institution,” said Keller. “My charge is to add to Snow’s outstanding reputation in a unique and compelling way that will benefit the students and the larger community.”

Keller grew up in the small town of Preston, Idaho and earned her doctorate degree in 1998 from USU. She has over 15 years of executive experience in her leadership positions for the Department of Defense, as a corporate project manager and as an educator and administrator.

“I have first-hand knowledge of the culture, work ethic, and ingenuity of residents in rural areas,” said Keller. “I believe my upbringing, education, and professional experience will be leveraged to benefit the Sanpete County community.”

According to Nancy Glomb, assistant executive director for USU Southwest, Keller will fill a vital role in growing the partnership. “Keller’s experience in rural communities is a big benefit. Coming from a small town herself, she meshes perfectly with Ephraim, and it will be great having her here on a daily basis. Her expertise will help open doors for many Snow graduates to further their education without relocation.”

Along with building a partnership with Snow College, Keller will fulfill other responsibilities of teaching, research, and service.

Contact and Writer: Dana M. Rhoades, Assistant Marketing Director,, 435.722.1788


Media Files:

Students Get Their Hands Dirty at the USU Organic Farm

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The Student Life section of Utah State Today highlights work written by the talented student journalists at Utah State University. Each week, the editor selects a story that has been published in The Utah Statesman or the Hard News Café or both for inclusion in Utah State Today. By Dillan Passmore, USU Statesman, Monday, Oct. 16 2017 The Student Organic Farm at Utah State University completed another harvest and farmer’s market season with a fall festival on Saturday. The organic farm broke ground on a third of an acre plot in the spring of 2008. The farm uses organic means of growing and harvesting a variety of foods including raspberries, swiss chard, squash, several herbs, melons, cauliflower, pumpkins and much more. The farm is ran through USU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning and is supervised by Dr. Jennifer Reeve, a professor in the department of plants, soil and climate (PSC). The farm is managed by student interns and volunteers. Sierra Zardus, a USU senior studying plant science and an intern at the farm, said the primary purpose of the farm is to help students gain hands-on experience and learn about sustainability and organic farming practices. “(The Organic Farm) has been a great way for me to apply my knowledge,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot in my classes, but in college you don’t really get an opportunity to go out and on a farm. So now I get to actually practice what I’m learning in my classes.” Zardus started volunteering with the organic farm her freshman year after learning about the program at Day on the Quad. After a couple years, she became a paid intern and is planning on being the manager for the farm next season. “We’ve had a variety of students that have worked there,” she said. “Some have a lot of experience, some have very little. It’s a great thing for everyone. People that already know a lot can maybe help teach others or just expand their own knowledge, and people that are brand new get to learn a lot.” The farm also acts as a business and has around 55 community supported agriculture (CSA) crop shares, where community members pay into a share of the farm and receive a portion of the harvests. Shareholders receive their share each week starting in May until the end of September. The organic farm also participated in the weekly farmer’s market on the Quad. Zardus said the farmers market has allowed the Organic Farm to integrate with the USU community and the broader Logan community, especially those interested in organic farming and sustainability. Zackary Webb, a Student Organic Farm intern, got involved with the farm through the Student Organization for Society and Natural Resources (SOFSNR.) He en[...]

Aggies in the NFL - Week 7

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Fourteen former Aggies are on active NFL rosters. See how they did in week seven. Marwin Evans (S - Green Bay Packers) - Evans, who is in his second season in the NFL with the Packers, had two tackles while playing in 13 defensive and 16 special teams snaps in Green Bay's 26-17 loss against the New Orleans Saints. Kyler Fackrell (LB - Green Bay Packers) - Fackrell is in his second season in the NFL with the Packers. In Green Bay's 26-17 loss against the New Orleans Saints, Fackrell had two tackles while playing in 26 defensive and 21 special teams snaps. Tyler Larsen (OL - Carolina Panthers) - Larsen is in his second season with the Panthers and fourth year in the NFL. In Carolina's 17-3 loss against the Chicago Bears, Larsen played in 57 offensive and 3 special teams snaps. Nevin Lawson (CB - Detroit Lions) - Lawson is in his fourth season in the NFL with the Lions. Detroit had a bye in week seven. Devante Mays (RB - Green Bay Packers) - Mays is in his first season in the NFL with the Packers. Mays did not play in Green Bay's 26-17 loss against the New Orleans Saints. Donald Penn (OT - Oakland Raiders) - Penn is in his fourth year with the Raiders and 12th year in the NFL. In Oakland's 31-30 walk-off win against the Kansas City Chiefs, Penn started at left tackle and played in all 82 offensive snaps, as the Raiders did not allow a sack. Patrick Scales (LS - Chicago Bears) - Scales is in his third year with the Bears and seventh year in the NFL. He is currently on injured reserve. Hunter Sharp (WR - Denver Broncos) - Sharp is in his first year in the NFL with the Broncos. In Denver's 21-0 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Sharp played in his first-career game and had five punt returns for 55 yards, while playing in 12 special teams and 29 offensive snaps. D.J. Tialavea (TE - Chicago Bears) - Tialavea is in his first year with the Bears and fourth in the NFL. His is currently on the practice squad. Robert Turbin (RB - Indianapolis Colts) - Turbin is in his second year with the Colts and sixth year in the NFL. Turbin did not play in Indianapolis' 27-0 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars after suffering an injury last week. Nick Vigil (LB - Cincinnati Bengals) - Vigil is in his second year in the NFL with the Bengals. In Cincinnati's 29-14 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vigil started at linebacker and tied for the team lead with eight tackles, four of which were solo, including 0.5 tackles for loss. Vigil played in 68 defensive and 12 special teams snaps. Zach Vigil (LB - Buffalo Bills) - Vigil is in his first year with the Bills and third year in the NFL. He is currently on the practice squad. Bobby Wagner (LB - Seattle S[...]

Utah Master Naturalist Program Wins 2017 ANROSP Program of the Year Award

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State University Extension’s Utah Master Naturalist Program and its director, Mark Larese-Casanova, were recently honored with the Program of the Year Award at the 2017 Alliance of Natural Research Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP) national conference. ANROSP is a national network of programs which provides leadership, information and resources to its member programs, promoting active stewardship by supporting science-based outreach and service programs in the field of natural resources. Larese-Casanova, Extension assistant professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, directs the Utah Master Naturalist (UMN) Program, which has been running since 2007. The program teaches and certifies master naturalist volunteers and professionals by providing education, outreach and service to promote stewardship of Utah’s natural resources within their local communities. UMN consists of three field courses that focus on Utah’s major natural environments:  Watershed Investigations, Desert Explorations and Mountain Adventures. Courses are taught throughout Utah with the cooperation of many federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations. “This award recognizes an especially innovative ANROSP member program, including their set of educational materials and events aimed at a specified audience, for its unique, cutting edge, risk-taking educational programs that succeed in meeting the program’s objectives,” writes ANROSP Vice-President Mary Pearl Meuth. The Utah Master Naturalist program was recognized, in part, for responding to audience feedback and being continually adaptive to meeting those needs. For example, the UMN program realized how challenging it is for most people to be able to attend a week-long field course, so they are developing a series of three online courses to help reach a broader audience, thereby making a greater stewardship impact in Utah. “ANROSP provides member programs an opportunity to share their best work in the areas of Outstanding Educational Materials, Outstanding Volunteer Project, Outstanding Team, Outstanding Program Evaluation and Program of the Year,” said Michelle Prysby, ANROSP president and Virginia Master Naturalist Program director. “Each year ANROSP is proud to highlight programs from across the United States in each of these categories.” Related links: Utah State University Extension Utah Master Naturalist Program Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources  Contacts: Mark Larese-Casanova, Writer: Tracy L. Jones,[...]

Media Files:

National Park Service Names USU Eastern-Blanding Prof Artist in the Park

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Utah State University Eastern-Blanding art professor Anthony Lott was named the National Parks Service’s Community Artist in the Park. This is the first time a San Juan County resident has been selected. One local artist is chosen each year, demonstrating their medium and how they find inspiration through National Parks.

“When I am in the studio, there are times when I am really active and aggressive and then the second half is very still and methodical,” said Lott. “There are those parallels with the environment where things change rapidly and then move really slow.”

Lott teaches drawing, painting, ceramics, art appreciation and emergency medical response. He lives in Bluff, Utah with his family, and regularly seeks inspiration at Arches and Canyonlands, Southeastern Utah’s National Parks.

Contact: David Mathis,

Media Files: