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Deseret News Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Great Salt Lake: A Lake No More?

There are two things the waters of the Great Salt Lake and agricultural lands have in common: they are both in steady, rapid decline. A three-day forum hosted by Friends of the Great Salt Lake at the University of Utah Officers Club is providing an in-depth look at the many challenges and unique attributes of a lake that delivers $1.3 billion in economic output — including the industry and recreation it supports. ... A report from Utah State University shows the waters of the Great Salt Lake have been reduced 48 percent since the arrival of pioneers. ... "We really think there is an urgent need to protect agricultural lands in the face of rapid land use change," said Karin Kettenring from USU's Quinney College of Natural Resources. Kettenring and Joanna Endter-Wada, also from the university's natural resources college, spoke Thursday about the nexus between agricultural land and healthy wetlands — which depend on return flows from agricultural operations. ... Don Leonard, chairman of the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council and chairman and CEO of the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, said of nine research projects identified in 2012 related to the lake, eight of those are either complete or underway. The research has taught the scientific community and advocates that there is an abundance of knowledge left to be acquired, but few dollars to carry out those studies. ... The Great Salt Lake Advisory Council solicited ideas to help the Great Salt Lake and stem its decline. ... Many of the top strategies focus on financial compensation for farmers to cut down production during late harvest, expanding the ability to acquire water rights for in- stream flows and a study of dry lake impacts.

Cache Valley Family Magazine Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Stephanie Podgorski: USU Academic Advisor Shapes Students' Lives

Stephanie Podgorski has guided hundreds of Utah State University (USU) students in their quest to become teachers, and on May 31 she’ll retire from her post, leaving a legacy of exemplary service. For nine years, Stephanie has worked as an academic adviser for The School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) in the College of Education and Human Services at USU. During that time, she has helped and encouraged countless students in their efforts to pursue their goals and overcome obstacles to graduation. ... Denise Taylor, The School of TEAL’s director of advising, has worked with Stephanie over the past nine years and says Stephanie exemplifies the best. “She is someone who goes above and beyond to help all students succeed,” Denise said. ... Prior to her work as an adviser, Stephanie earned her master’s degree in special education at USU and worked for eight years as a special education teacher in Logan. ... As Stephanie reflects on her professional work, she said it makes her most happy to realize that several of her special education students went on to graduate from college and that many of her USU students overcame challenges to reach their goals. ... “I’m going to miss this position,” she said. “I have met some wonderful, wonderful students, and I work with a great team, and meeting people across campus has been fun. It’s been very rewarding.”

Herald Journal Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

USU Professor of Mormon History and Culture to Retire

A Utah State University professor who was the first to hold an endowed chair in Mormon studies is retiring, the school has announced. Phil Barlow, the Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture, will retire Dec. 31. He has been at USU ever since the chair was created in 2007. In an interview, Barlow said he made the decision to officially step down from working at USU after Brigham Young University — where he has been since going on leave from USU last year — offered him a position at its Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. “I wouldn’t have left USU casually,” Barlow said. “But I have it in me to want a little more time to write some books that I haven’t had time to get at, and this new position is fundamentally a writing and research one instead of a teaching one.” ... “The team has been able to turn … the academic study of religion just from an idea into a flourishing reality,” Barlow said. ... Janelle Hyatt, a public relations and communications coordinator for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said a national search will be conducted to find a replacement for Barlow. Barlow’s successor could be announced by September and join USU by January, she said. ... A reception for Barlow is scheduled for June 9 at the Mormon History Association conference in Boise. On Nov. 1, he will present a public lecture at USU, time and exact place to be determined.

Deseret News Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

USU-Brigham City Gets New Executive Director

Dan Black, a chemistry professor and former science and mathematics division dean at Snow College, has been selected as the new executive director at Utah State University-Brigham City. Black, who received his master’s and doctorate degrees from USU, will oversee the Brigham City, Kaysville and Tremonton regional campuses and centers. He takes over for Tom Lee, who will serve as director of academic programs for USU Regional Campuses and USU Eastern. Black will begin working as executive director June 1. As a part of USU’s first distance cohort in the educational doctoral program, Black experienced firsthand earning a degree in the regional campus system. During his 22-year teaching career, he spent much of his time teaching via internet videoconferencing classes.

PhysOrg Tuesday, May. 08, 2018

Inequality is Normal: Dominance of the Big Trees

The top 1% of the forest has been sharing some vital information with researchers. Ninety-eight scientists and thousands of field staff have concluded the largest study undertaken to date with the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO), and what they have found will have profound implications toward ecological theories and carbon storage in forests. Rather than examining tree species diversity in temperate and tropical ecosystems, this global study emphasized forest structure over a vast scale. ... Lead author Jim Lutz, Assistant Professor at Utah State University said, "Big trees provide functions that cannot be duplicated by small or medium-sized trees. They provide unique habitat, strongly influence the forest around them, and store large amounts of carbon." This study has shown that the structure of the forest is as important to consider as species diversity - the largest trees follow their own set of rules. ... Co-author Dan Johnson, Research Associate at Utah State University said, "Having a worldwide group of scientists following the same methods offers us unique opportunities to explore forests at a global scale. This is a really wonderful group of scientists united by a passion for deepening our understanding of forests." ... Co-lead author Tucker Furniss, PhD student at Utah State University said, "The distribution of big trees has not been well explained by theory. Our results emphasize the importance of considering these rare, but disproportionately important ecosystem elements. We clearly need more applied and theoretical research on these important big trees." The researchers also found that the largest trees are representatives of the more common tree species.

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, May. 08, 2018

USU Receives Funding to Expand Campus-Wide Composting

Utah State University is one of 19 universities being awarded the 2017-2018 PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund. The fund recognizes projects with green initiatives. Alexi Lamm is the sustainability coordinator at USU. She worked with the school's landscaping group and others to write the grant to expand USU’s composting capacity. “So the university has a composter that’s been operating for a few years and it’s been really successful," Lamm said. ... The food waste and wood chips are sourced from USU’s campus to create a rich and organic mulch, used as top-dressing in the university’s garden beds. ... "If we can grind our wood chips up and make them smaller then we can actually create an organic fertilizer that we can spread on the grass,” said Shane Richards, the landscape operations and maintenance manager for USU. With the recent funding, he says the new wood grinder will be added in the next couple weeks. ... The organic soil will replace chemical fertilizer use on campus and is also expected to have added benefits for the soil. ... USU’s sustainability office is also piloting a pre-consumer compost bin on campus in hopes of getting more individuals involved with green efforts.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, May. 08, 2018

USU Students Donate Food to Local Pantry

Last week, thousands of students at Utah State University finished their finals and left Cache Valley. Many of them helped hundreds of local families on their way out.Organized by Logan City, bins were placed at five apartment complexes in and around campus. Students were asked to donate any food they didn't want to take home with them. ... "It’s quite a bit," exclaims Cache Community Food Pantry Director Matt Whittaker. ... Whittaker says the food drive has been a great resource for the food pantry and appreciates the efforts by Logan City to facilitate the donations, something they have been doing for about a decade. This year, approximately 1,000 pounds of food were donated. ... With Cache Valley at virtually full employment, the food pantry still provides needed food and services to families. ... He says the food pantry annually receives about 44,000 pounds of food from the Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Utah Public Radio Monday, May. 07, 2018

USU Expert Stresses Origins of Special Collections from Hobby Lobby Purchase

Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, bought more than 5,000 ancient artifacts for $1.6 million. The artifacts were imported against federal law. Hobby Lobby has returned the artifacts to Iraq and paid a fine of $3 million. One expert has advice for collectors on how to stay inside the law. “That’s been an issue with archives and rare books for a long time,” said Daniel Davis, the special collections coordinator at Merrill Cazier Library at Utah State University. ... Hobby Lobby worked with dealers from The United Arab Emirates and Israel. The artifacts were shipped in a series of packages, some of which were eventually intercepted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Hobby Lobby president Steve Green said in a statement that the company “should have exercised more oversight and carefully questioned how the acquisitions were handled.” “Yeah I would say that definitely that he might not have known,” Davis said. ... Davis said collectors need to demand a purchase history of the items. ... The artifacts at Utah State have a clear origin to avoid any problems. ... So we bought them not necessarily in order to create a collection of these, but to use these as a teaching tool.”

Cache Valley Daily Monday, May. 07, 2018

USU-Brigham City Hosting Panel Discussion about Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know has had suicidal thoughts recently, or if you would like information and training how to help those who have had those thoughts, attend "Teach 2 Reach" Monday evening at the Utah State University-Brigham City Campus. Organized by the Brigham Suicide Prevention Coalition, the event will be held in the Multi-purpose Room from 6-8 p.m. ... Speakers Timothy Curran, Ph.D., Kaitlin Phillips, Ph.D. and Terry Boharsik will be on hand to discuss topics like the importance of communication in your family, how to recognize when a family member may be struggling, where to get help when things are beyond our ability, how to appropriately engage in difficult conversations with family members, and more.

Herald Journal Saturday, May. 05, 2018

USU Student with Cerebral Palsy Graduates with Degree

On Saturday afternoon outside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Utah State University student Kristen Hone, who has cerebral palsy, sat strapped in her wheelchair as members of her family helped put on her cap and gown for commencement. ... Hone looked happy as she was pushed by a USU accessibility consultant during the march into the Spectrum to be part of graduation from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. The occasion was a long-time coming for Hone, who took more than two decades to complete her degree in general studies. ... “Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to earn a college degree, since my parents earned their degrees,” Hone wrote in an email, which she composed from her wheelchair that has a computer attached to it. ... Hone’s CP is so severe her speech can barely be understood. She must be strapped to a wheelchair or she will fall out, and she needs help daily with many activities people take for granted. ... Hone earned an associate’s degree from Salt Lake Community College, which took her 13 years to complete. Then, after failing to get a waiver into Brigham Young University, Hone enrolled at USU. Studying at the Logan school took her almost ten years. ... “I am very excited to graduate because it has been a lot of hard work over the past twenty-two years,” Hone wrote in an email. “If I can get my BS degree anybody can get their degree.”

Herald Journal Saturday, May. 05, 2018

USU Students Gauge Local Perceptions on Homelessness

Social work students at Utah State University spent the better part of a year looking closely at perceptions of homelessness in Cache Valley in a project that provided real-life experience to students and valuable data to the community. “It started last year with all of the news in Salt Lake City, with Rio Grande." ... said Dr. Jess Lucero, a social work professor and director of the Transforming Communities Initiative. ... “Our mission as an Initiative (TCI) is to bridge the divide between the university and the community and to say, we know there are research needs in the community, we have the capacity to do this on campus, we have students that we are trying to teach to do this and we want to make an impact in the community,” Lucero said. The group works with a stakeholder board made up of local organizations that are dealing directly with homelessness in the valley, like the Bear RIver Association of Governments, Neighborhood Housing Solutions, the Utah Division of Workforce Services and others. According to Lucero, the board partners with social work students to identify the unknowns and the data desired. Then, students work to create a survey, collect the data and analyze the results before taking it all back to the stakeholders. ... people seem to agree that the top two needs in the valley are some kind of emergency shelter and affordable housing. And, there appears to be a willingness to see a shelter somewhere in the valley.

Deseret News Friday, May. 04, 2018

77 Years Later, John Welch Still Aggie Strong

In what may well qualify as some sort of world record, John Welch will sit on the stage in a position of honor Saturday at Utah State University’s graduation exercises — 77 years since he found himself in the very same place.Welch was valedictorian of the USU Class of 1941 and gave the commencement address. In 2018, he is one of four people the university has chosen to receive honorary doctorates. ... “It was Utah State,” says Welch in tribute, “that prepared me for everything that came next.” ... Over the years, the USU bond has never wavered. ... “It was a college education that created the life that I’ve lived.” ... In the valedictory graduation speech he gave on May 31, 1941, he talked about the world war that seemed imminent and the importance of being prepared.The four years of ROTC at Utah State made him a second lieutenant upon graduation. ... A good life? You’ll get no argument from John Welch. To never forget where he came from, he’s hung onto a relic from his past: a long curved knife he once used to harvest sugar beets to help pay for his college tuition. ... All through the years, he’s put it where he could see it. It was in his room during his Utah State undergraduate days. ... “I always kept it as a reminder of why I went to school,” John Welch says.

Herald Journal Friday, May. 04, 2018

USU Students Want to Start Food Waste Project

Some Utah State University students want to start a program to turn food waste into meals for people in Cache Valley. Those students, including Kara Bachman, a freshman majoring in nutrition, dietetics and food sciences, are working on securing funds from an organization called Campus Kitchens that would help them transport the food they make or prepare at USU and send it to the Cache Community Food Pantry. ... The Campus Kitchens Project is a Washington, D.C.-based organization that supports schools nationwide taking food waste from restaurants, groceries stores and elsewhere to turn those into meals and give them to community members in need. USU students say they are able to start a Campus Kitchens Project because their school is willing to lend them kitchen space. ... the USU students could win big in a contest with two other schools — College of Saint Elizabeth and University of Southern Maine — for a grant to help establish the Campus Kitchens Project in Logan. Each school in the competition will receive a $5,000 grant, but the winner will get $1,000 more for Beyond the Meals programming to help address root causes for hunger. ... Bachman hopes to start a Campus Kitchens Project at USU by fall semester.

City of Pocatello News Thursday, May. 03, 2018

"The City of Pocatello and the Portneuf River" Report Released

An award-winning report on what the future may hold for the Portneuf River is available to the public. Recently, students with Utah State University’s Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program completed their report, The City of Pocatello and the Portneuf River. The 179-page document builds on the 2016 Portneuf River Vision Study with more concepts that combine river restoration and community development. “This report takes our community’s vision for the Portneuf and expands upon that with hundreds of additional drawings and concepts for revitalization efforts along the Portneuf,” said Hannah Sanger, Science and Environment Administrator. ... “It’s already allowing City staff and stakeholders to not only look at the Portneuf with fresh eyes, but also to do a better job tying together our varied economic development, community engagement and river restoration efforts.” The report comes after receiving feedback from the public at an open house in November and comments from a booth at the Portneuf Valley Farmer’s Market in September. ... Last month, students who worked on the paper were awarded an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in recognition of outstanding academic achievement for this project. ... “All together, these concepts will provide a masterplan and visuals that will help secure funding for the projects,” Sanger said. The document was developed through a collaboration with the Utah State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, Idaho State University faculty, local organizations, and City of Pocatello officials.

Agriculture Climate Network Thursday, May. 03, 2018

Biochar and Forestry

Biochar has many possible agricultural benefits. Given the large role that fire plays in western forests, biochar has likely also already played a significant role in Northwest forests, as evidenced by the charcoal commonly found on top of or buried in our forest soils. Biochar shows promise in providing additional benefits in restoring heavily disturbed forest sites, such as forest roads, skid trails, and landings. ... Utah State University Forestry Extension has been developing biochar production capabilities since 2010, and recently introduced simple flame-cap biochar kilns to Utah. ... Biochar seems to hold great promise to benefit farms, gardens, and landscapes; make forest treatments more affordable; and sequester more carbon.

Deseret News Thursday, May. 03, 2018

BYU, Utah State Extend Football Series Through 2022

BYU and Utah State have extended their football series by two more games, through 2022, the schools announced Thursday. ... Kickoff times and broadcast information will be announced later. ... “There’s a lot of history and tradition in our longstanding football series with Utah State,” BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “I appreciated working with (Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics) John Hartwell to further extend the series into the future. I have loved the in-state rivalry with USU as a player, coach and now as an administrator. I look forward to these future games.” ... BYU is USU's second-most played rivalry behind Utah (112). Since 1922, the Aggies and Cougars have played each other every year except 1943, 1944, 1945, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Utah Public Radio Thursday, May. 03, 2018

University Instructor Responds to Controversy Over Utah Student's Prom Dress

Twitter users went crazy with comments after a Utah high school student posted a picture of herself wearing a red, Chinese-style dress to her prom. Many responses to the tweet criticized the Woods Cross High School student's choice of dress as being racists, while others are defending her. Some commented that they were not offended by the dress, but rather by a photograph of the girls in the group standing with their hands pressed together in a pose they felt mocked Chinese culture. UPR’s Matilyn Mortensen sat down with Wen-Yu Chang, a graduate instructor at Utah State University to discuss the attention being given to the topic of apparel and racial appearances. Chang is from Taiwan and teaches Chinese language and culture classes at the university.

Herald Journal Thursday, May. 03, 2018

USU Begins Audit of Differential Tuition Use, Processes

At the direction of its board of trustees, Utah State University is conducting an internal audit on its differential tuition, which has come under more scrutiny than usual over the past school year. ... During the 2017-18 school year, six of the eight colleges at USU had at least some of their students paying differential tuition. ... “It will be on financial use — is the use of differential tuition in line with what the proposed uses were?” Cockett said. “And then operational — are they getting the councils or the advisory committees together to review what use is? How much input do students have in any kind of increase?” Differential tuition is more money per credit hour USU students pay depending on the college or program they are enrolled in. School administrators say this type of tuition is needed due to increasing costs in higher education and is part of a larger trend at colleges and universities nationwide. Differential tuition was approved by USU trustees and the Board of Regents, Utah’s higher education governing board, 10 years ago. ... The topic of differential tuition has faced increased scrutiny on campus over the last year since the student-run newspaper, The Utah Statesman, reported that an advisory board — tasked with recommending ways differential tuition be used in the Huntsman School — never actually met. ... Asked if USU’s internal audits on differential tuition were made all the more important by that story, Tim Vitale, executive director of public relations and marketing at USU, minimized the relation. “We are always under intense scrutiny,” he wrote in an email to The Herald Journal.

Utah Public Radio Wednesday, May. 02, 2018

Intermountain Herbarium Gives Advice on Pressing Spring Flowers

In a basement below a cafeteria, researchers and scientists gather in what is the Intermountain Herbarium. It is a little used Utah State University campus resource that serves an important purpose. “It’s essentially a museum of plant specimens," said Paul Wolf, director of the herbarium. ... The herbarium is used by scientists to help address a common problem: misidentification of the plant they are trying to study. ... Learning how to properly care for and preserve plants is a must. That’s why eight plant scientists from Utah State University are here today. Spring flowers are carefully sandwiched into a plant press with layers of cardboard and blotter paper. They are then laid on a drying rack, where fans help dehydrate the flowers. ... In our arid Utah climate, plant specimens are quick to dry as long as they have good air circulation. After the plants are dried, they are glued on acid-free paper and carefully labeled and organized. If you’re interested in seeing plant specimens close up, the Intermountain Herbarium is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They have other workshops open to the public.

Herald Journal Wednesday, May. 02, 2018

USU Opens New Center for Clinical Excellence Building

Three years ago, Gail Williamsen visited Utah State University and saw what help it had to offer for people with disabilities and fostering clinical research. ... Williamsen set the wheels in motion to contribute a major donation on behalf of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation for USU to build a new building. That facility, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence, is set for a grand opening Thursday, May 3.Beth Foley, dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, couldn’t be more excited about the foundation’s help or the fact that the Center for Clinical Excellence is going to be open to faculty, staff and students after years of planning. “I’m just thrilled to see it finished,” Foley said. ... The facility’s four stories will be home mainly to graduate student training programs, clinical faculty and researchers. Each floor focuses on a different area of clinical studies, from neuroscience to nursing education. ... Although the facility is not fully occupied yet, a faculty member and student The Herald Journal spoke with during a tour of the building Wednesday said they are happy to be in it. ... A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at of the Clinical Excellence building, 1005 E. 850 North, Logan, at 12:30 p.m. Speakers will include Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and the president of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. Tours will begin at 1:30 and end at 3:30 p.m.

Herald Journal Tuesday, May. 01, 2018

USU to Create New Vice President Position

Utah State University wants to add a new member to its administrative team, one who would oversee communications strategy for the school at a time when it has been deploying it often.USU President Noelle Cockett told faculty senators Monday that the school would initiate a search for a vice president who would “lead our marketing, communications and PR oversight for the university.” She said she wants to fill the position by the fall. Tim Vitale, executive director of public relations and marketing, told The Herald Journal the position has been tentatively named “vice president of marketing and communications” — though he cautioned that the name could change and a job description for the position has yet to be written. ... But it’s USU’s public relations and marketing office that is most closely tied to campus administration, dealing with branding, media relations and crisis communications. That office would report to the new administrator, too, Cockett said. ... Cockett said the idea for a new communications administrator came about after conversations with the USU deans, who “requested more of a unified, maybe higher-level message coming out about Utah State.” ... “We’re in the information age, so it’s really important that all of our audiences hear about us,” Cockett said. “We want to make sure that everybody understands our greatness.”

KTVZ Monday, Apr. 30, 2018

Proximity to Fracking Sites Affects Public Support

People who live closer to fracking sites are more familiar with and more supportive of hydraulic fracturing, while those who live in proximity to areas of higher oil and gas well density are more familiar with but not necessarily more supportive of the practice, a new study from Oregon State University has found. ... Hydraulic fracturing involves the high-pressure injection of fluids to extract oil and gas from shale and other rock formations. But the industry also is drawing criticism about the potential environmental, health and social impacts of fracking, creating a sharp divide between supporters and opponents of fracking. The new study, led by Hilary Boudet, an assistant professor of climate change and energy at OSU, explores how proximity to unconventional oil and gas developments influences familiarity with and public support for fracking. ... The study was published recently in the journal Risk Analysis. Co-authors are Chad Zanocco, a doctoral student in the School of Public Policy at OSU; Peter Howe of Utah State University; and Christopher Clarke of George Mason University. ... The findings raise questions about the “chicken-egg” debate about whether development or support comes to a community first, Boudet said. ... “My hunch, given case studies in specific locations, is that wells are more likely to be proposed and approved in locations predisposed to accept and even encourage energy development,” Boudet said. ... She and her colleagues hope to tackle those issues in future studies.

Herald Journal Monday, Apr. 30, 2018

USTAR to Transfer Professors, Buildings to USU, UofU

The Legislature is going to take a hard look at whether to continue the USTAR initiative, based in part at Utah State University, next month during an interim session, according to a local lawmaker. Meanwhile, USU officials are strategizing over the eventual control the university will have over USTAR faculty and buildings in Cache Valley. Other USTAR facilities and professors are also housed at the University of Utah, the state’s other major research institution. The conversations on Capitol Hill and Old Main Hill are taking place since the governor last month signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Curt Webb, R-Providence, that makes some of the most significant changes to USTAR since it was created. ... Brian Somers, the managing director of USTAR who is based in Salt Lake City, thanked Webb for his leadership in co-sponsoring the bill and is pleased with how it was written. “We’re grateful for the opportunity we have to go to interim study and to make the case about the value of USTAR’s program,” Somers said. “I think the case that we’re going to be making is that technology-based economic development, which is what USTAR does, is very necessary for the state of Utah.” ... Webb’s bill states that when it comes to USTAR professors based at Utah State University who were hired on or before May 8, 2018 — with certain exceptions — the initiative may not provide funding to help USU or UofU “honor its commitments” to them. In addition, USTAR’s facilities on the USU Innovation Campus in North Logan will be owned by USU no later than Oct. 1, 2018. Randy Lewis, a USTAR professor at USU, said USTAR faculty members were provided a briefing about the new law and that a review of the initiative would take place before anything else happened. ... USTAR and USU officials seem in lockstep over transferring professors and buildings of USTAR over the the university. ... Only in the last year have questions about USTAR’s faculty and facilities come to the forefront, hence Webb’s bill and discussions from lawmakers in the most recent legislative session. Lewis hopes USTAR is able to be reviewed and continue without providing disruption to ongoing research.

Herald Journal Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018

Student Veterans Celebrate End of School Year, Friendship

After serving in the U.S. Navy for four years with three deployments during that time, Ben Ashley enrolled in Utah State University to study engineering. These first post-military years can be a time when service members feel a sense of “separation anxiety,” and Ashley said he found himself just going to school or in the library studying. ... On Saturday, Ashley, who is the president of the USU Student Veterans of America, manned the grill at Adams Park in Logan where he flipped dozens of burgers at a year-end barbecue. Utah State University has a Veterans Resource Office dedicated to helping veteran students as they work toward their education goals. According to program coordinator Tony Flores, his office is available to provide assistance with education benefits, and they also help address barriers that might impede a student’s success in school. ... The USU Veterans Resource Office is also there to create a welcoming environment by offering training to staff members so they can learn about what veterans may have experienced and what expectations they may have for their college experience, Flores said. Student Veterans of America is the student component of that office and is the USU chapter of Student Veterans of America. ... The veterans club was formerly known as the USU Veterans Association, or USUVA. However, rather than being a name that gave them their due recognition, it caused some confusion and led some people to believe that it was affiliated with the Veterans Administration. So, when Ashley was put in charge of building up the organization’s membership, they chose to become part of the larger Student Veterans of America. The group plans to hold events that can give them that friendship and comaraderie that they found in the military.

Utah Public Radio Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

New Interdisciplinary Facility to Serve Researchers and Community

A 100,000-square-foot clinic is opening in Logan. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is designed to serve as many as 5,000 clients of varying abilities each year. Beth Foley is Dean of Utah State University's College of Education and Human Services. ... On Thursday Foley, Fonseca and a number of dignitaries, including Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, will gather with the public to celebrate the grand opening. Sorensen Legacy Foundations President Joseph Sorenson and USU President Noelle Cockett will speak at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Thursday, May 3, 12:30 p.m. Foley describes the new center as an interdisciplinary facility. ... The Center features specialized classrooms, an advanced nursing simulation lab, a hydrotherapy pool, a speech-language clinic, a memory clinic, early childhood education classrooms, a movement research clinic, a hearing and balance clinic and behavioral health services. ... The public is invited to view the facility and attend a gala opening Thursday in Logan. The Sorenson Center is located at 1005 E. 850 North in Logan.

Herald Journal Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

Student Housing Project Approved with 1:1 Parking

A new student housing project directly across the street from USU’s Aggie Recreation Center has approval to move forward, as long as the apartment complex includes one parking stall per bed.The Logan Planning Commission conditionally approved a design review permit and conditional use permit for 800 Block Student Housing on Thursday. Student housing company Nelson Partners will demolish four existing residential buildings at 743 N. 800 East to build a 109,000-square-foot student housing building with 370 beds and a six-level parking structure with as many parking stalls. ... The incoming 800 Block project is under the direction of a brand new company called Nelson Partners, which launched Thursday morning in Aliso Viejo, California, according to a press release. ... Harding and architect Justin Heppler, a principal with AJC Architects, presented a site plan for 800 Block on Thursday, which included a 91 percent parking ratio with 370 beds and 337 parking stalls. ... The Planning Commission then voted unanimously to approve the project with a 100 percent parking ratio, as required in the CR zone. ... Harding said he would like 800 Block to break ground before the end of the year, as soon as Logan approves building permits. Construction could take 12 to 13 months, he said. Millennial Towers, a larger student housing project located at 650 E. 1000 North, is scheduled to open next month. That project can house 648 students.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

USU Extension Honored with Best of State Awards

Utah State University Extension was recently named winner of three 2018 Best of State Awards in the categories of adult education, community education and public sector youth organization for the 4-H program. This is USU Extension’s second year winning in the adult education category.The Best of State Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. Nominees are judged on achievement in their field of endeavor; innovation or creativity in approaches, techniques, methods or processes; and contribution to improving the quality of life in Utah. Ken White, USU Extension vice president, said that as a land-grant institution, USU Extension has offered research-backed education and outreach for more than 100 years. ... USU Extension offers non-credit courses statewide in a variety of areas, including agriculture and natural resources, gardening, family relationships, nutrition, food safety, finances and Utah 4-H and youth programs. ... “We’re an excellent resource for people of all backgrounds and interests, and we are truly honored to be recognized for our programs with these prestigious Best of State Awards,” he said. USU Extension’s winning programs will be recognized at an awards gala held Thursday, May 17, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.

Herald Journal Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

USU Student Talks Ins and Outs of Library Job

Depending on when you walk into the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University, you might find student Nathan Stokes sitting behind a podium near the entrance, ready to provide directions or general guidance to patrons. Although he readily admits that the 30-hour-a-week job allows him to get coursework done, there’s more to it than just sitting around. Stokes gives directions, and he also has shifts in the the library’s circulation, stacks and media collection departments. “Students come into college and say, ‘Well, how would I ever manage to do a job?’ A job here at the library would be something they could both get paid for and allow them — almost require them — to work on assignments,” Stokes said. “But also learn a little bit more about what the university has to offer.” Earlier this week between a shift and classes, Stokes told us three things he’d like people to know about working in the university library.

Salt Lake Tribune Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

Alexis Cooper Wanted to Make a Point, Poem Stunned the Miss USU Pageant

Alexis Cooper had lots of options for the talent portion of the Miss Utah State University pageant. ... Instead, she decided to perform a spoken-word poem about the challenges of being a woman of color on campus. People cautioned her that might not be a winning talent, but that was OK, she decided. She was there to make a point. ... Cooper, a junior agriculture science major, was crowned Miss USU last week. Though her poem explored her difficulties on the predominantly white campus, she said her experience following the same path as her white grandmother — who was also a beauty queen and a sorority sister at USU — represents a stride forward. ... A USU spokesman said he couldn’t confirm whether a black woman had ever before been crowned as Miss USU, noting that the school doesn’t keep track of that information. The school’s student body is currently more than 85 percent white, according to enrollment numbers for spring 2018. Cooper said she’d never considered herself the beauty pageant type but was attracted by the event’s theme — “There’s more to me.” ... Since the pageant, Cooper said, she’s heard from many students who were surprised by her experiences.

Microsoft Enterprise Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

How Utah State Modernizes Teaching Using Surface Studio

Utah State University (USU) is the largest public residential campus in the state of Utah. The land-grant university offers courses at approximately 30 different centers and regional campuses across the state. USU serves a total of 27,679 undergraduate and graduate students, with 10,075 of them attending USU from a center location. Their commitment to innovative technology ensures USU’s courses are accessible in 28 of Utah’s 29 counties. As a result, USU is recognized as the statewide leader in broadcasting classes with internet video conferencing, transmitting more than 325 courses per week. Although video conferencing allowed USU educators to teach and communicate across distance, the platform didn’t have the flexibility of in-person classroom instruction. ... USU educators needed a solution that wouldn’t require professors and lecturers to alter their teaching style, while ensuring every note, annotation, and diagram is legible for all USU students. ... USU’s forward-thinking Classroom Technology team chose Microsoft’s Surface Studio devices to take their video broadcasting to the next level. Once the devices were implemented, faculty members reported experiencing additional flexibility and versatility during teaching, all the while broadcasting their courses easily to USU’s multiple locations. ... The University implemented 48 devices on their main Logan campus, and another 5 devices across their other USU campuses. In addition, they’ve implemented another eight devices at their Salt Lake City location, and several more devices at their Brigham City and USU Eastern campuses. ... Utah State is currently focusing the Surface Studio devices on larger venue courses, and prioritizing faculty members who use the annotation and writing features regularly, such as mathematics, architecture, statistics, and art classes. The solution has already transformed USU’s uniquely spread-out university community, enabling them to maintain student experiences across locations, educators, and venues. Even with Surface Studio devices on USU’s campus, the university is still looking toward the future, keeping an eye out for innovation opportunities to further advance classroom experiences.

Herald Journal Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

Late Matthew Hillyard Honored with New USU Classroom

When Alice Hillyard had her son, Matt, and doctors told her he had Down syndrome, she had never heard of it. ... Not even a year old, Matt was in the hospital, facing a major operation. But even in that time of turmoil, Alice and her husband, Logan attorney and state Sen. Lyle Hillyard, decided to give back by establishing a Utah State University scholarship in their son’s name. On Wednesday, Alice watched as USU recognized an undergraduate as the latest recipient of the Matthew David Hillyard Scholarship. Matt passed away earlier this year. ... But school officials also had something for Alice — a copy of the name plate for a room within the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence, scheduled to open next week. The room is named after Matt and will house the Aggies Elevated program, which gives college-age adults with disabilities the chance to live on campus and earn a certificate from USU. ... “I’m overwhelmed with it. You just don’t expect those kind of things,” said Alice, referring to the room named after her son. ... “I think it’s just so appropriate to have Matt’s name on the room that opens doors for people,” Slocum said. “Because Matt opened doors himself and was able to go places … that few people can, whether they have a disability or not.”

Herald Journal Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

USU Students Voice Campus, Community Concerns at 'Gripe Night'

At first, Utah State University’s Gripe Night on Wednesday seemed like a college course in which the professor asks the students to start a discussion but no one wants to go first. Once Sam Jackson, USU’s student advocate vice president, explained to students that for the next two hours, they would be able to raise any concerns on their minds, there was silence in room 101 of the Merrill-Cazier Library. ... It was all part of an event sponsored by the USU Student Association. Students were able to air their grievances in the library, and those who were not able to make it could do so on Twitter with the hashtag #usugripenight. ... On Wednesday night, students who showed up at the event voiced their concerns on topics ranging from the cost of USU caps and gowns to the university’s relationship with the city of Logan. ... “Gripe Night” was created by the Government Relations Council during the 2016-17 school year. Matthew Clewett, who was then the USU student advocate vice president, was part of those discussions.“Of course, USUSA officers are students, and we understand some of the problems that are out there,” he said in an interview. “However, we don’t understand every problem, and we thought it would be a great and unique opportunity to hear from any student … in a public forum.” ... Jackson, the current USU student advocate vice president who helped create Gripe Night, said in an interview he thinks the event is a good forum for students.

Utah Public Radio Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

Utah State University Equine Student Breaking Barriers

One Utah State University student in the Equine Science Program has unique challenges, but he is changing the way people like him work with horses. ... Jack Charlesworth from Pleasant Grove, Utah knows what it means to get bucked off and get back on. “At four months old I got a spinal infection which left me paralyzed from the chest down,” Jack said. ... Now Jack is helping USU equine researchers help people like him care for their horses. His wheelchair, which was manufactured by the USU Assistive Technology Lab, has a hydraulic system that helps him do basic jobs like grooming. ... “I’m very excited to be a part of the program, being able to make it more accessible for other people to go out and work the horses instead of just being stuck on the sidelines watching,” Jack said. ... Now Jack is blazing the trail for himself and for others who love working with horses.

Utah Public Radio Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

Different Beliefs and Backgrounds Forge Friendship Through Agriculture

...Two university students who crossed state lines before arrived in Utah to discover their differences actually strengthen their friendship. Meal time for Katlyn Uhart and roommate Emma Lane consists of beef fajitas. For these two Utah State University Agriculture students, food has played a major role in bringing two girls from very different backgrounds, together. ... Despite having very different life experiences with Lane growing up in the drier, desert region of California, about an hour and a half east of Bakersfield and Uhart spending her younger years homeschooled on a cattle ranch in the deserts of Northern Nevada, they have bridged the gap. “I think one thing that sets us apart demographically, we really are on totally different ends in a lot of ways,” Katlyn Uhart said. ... It was their shared passion for responsible and reasonable land use that led them both to become interested in studying agricultural communications. ... “I would say don’t let a boundary get in the way of a great friendship,” Uhart said. “People are people, no matter what they believe, no matter where they come from. ... It really doesn’t matter what somebody believes if they’re truly a good person and if you’re personalities match and I think Emma and I are a great example of that.”

PhysOrg Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

The Matryoshka Effect: Researchers Describe Underwater Phenomenon

Researchers at Utah State University are sending cascades of water into a tank to uncover a mystery of fluid dynamics. After a yearlong research study, the team of engineers and fluid dynamicists unraveled the physics behind a unique underwater phenomenon that's been likened to the Matryoshka doll—the traditional Russian doll within a doll. In a study published last week in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, researchers from USU's Splash Lab describe what happens when rapid-succession water droplets impact a calm surface and create a cavity of air beneath the water. ... "When a stream of droplets hits the surface, it pulls air under and creates an air-filled cavity," says lead author and PhD candidate Nathan Speirs. ... Distinguishing the threshold between high and low frequency is a key part of the team's findings. Speirs says there has never been a number that defines that threshold. So he and his team developed one. ... The researchers say their study offers new applications to everyday life. "It has been known for a long time that a jet of fluid transitions into a stream of droplets just a few inches from the source of the jet," said co-author and USU Associate Professor Tadd Truscott. "This means that when common daily jets impact a pool of water—such as water from a faucet into a kitchen sink, or a stream of urine falling into a toilet—the droplet streams create cavities similar to those we're studying at the Splash Lab." ... Speirs says the findings are especially useful for developing safer and more efficient processes in which splash back is a concern.

KSL Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

USU Goats' Milk Produces Material as Strong as Spider Webs

There is something very different about the goats at Utah State University’s south farm in Wellsville. For starters, the nearly two dozen animals are called ‘spider goats’ and it is not because of their looks or personality. They earned that title because their milk produces a special protein that can be turned into a material just as strong as a spider’s web. ... Through a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer, these goats inherited a gene that gives their milk a certain protein that scientists make into a variety of strong materials. “We purify the milk’s protein and we spin fibers or make gels or coatings or whatever else we want from that,” USU Biology professor Randy Lewis said.“We can make things like strong adhesives, stronger than Gorilla Glue, and materials that can replace carbon fiber,” he said. ... He said they eventually hope to use the spider silk material to form durable artificial ligaments for people who have injured their knees or shoulders. ... Researchers at USU said they are in the beginning stages, but they are making progress and have found a way to create the material on a larger scale.

Utah Public Radio Monday, Apr. 23, 2018

USU Student Group Seeks to Ban Plastic Bags in Logan

Torrey Gleave, a local photographer, was at Farmington Bay when he saw something odd. “I walked up behind the landfill and it’s just garbage everywhere into Farmington Bay. ... When Utah State University student Lorenzo Long heard this story, it added another bullet point to his growing list about the problems with plastic bags. In his communicating sustainability class at USU, he and other students decided to pursue a ban on plastic bags in Logan. The student group began with an awareness initiative, securing donations for the reusable bags and organizing awareness events. Their eventual goal is to have Logan City Council work with local retailers to develop a city-wide ordinance that would ban plastic bags without allowing the retailers to lose money. They plan to officially propose a city-wide ban on plastic bags in the next few months. ... But not everyone in Utah is against plastic bags. We spoke to an accounting major at USU who said he would be sad if the ban passed. ... Some of Utah’s lawmakers also appreciate plastic bags.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Maj. Klint Kohlman Takes Over USU Army ROTC

Maj. Klint Kuhlman is the new department head of Military Science and officer in charge of the U.S. Army ROTC at Utah State University. He said it is unique that his program of training Army officers is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, but it is a good fit. ... The Army ROTC program is recognized within the university as the Department of Military Science. "So they will take classes in the department. And they will have opportunities to complete training, depending on what year of the program they’re in. Then they will commission here and they can either enter into the National Guard, active duty or the Army Reserves.” He said both the Army and Air Force ROTCs at USU accept freshmen and sophomores.

National Science Foundation Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Remote Sensing of Water Trends Yields Insight

Researchers at Utah State University have used aerial imagery to gain insight into water trends. Their method utilized specialized models to estimate river discharge by matching simulated and observed river width. The research team hopes this approach will help give scientists a better view of what is happening to the quantity and quality of water in smaller river basins.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

USU Professor Working to Improve His "Smart" Antenna

Utah State University Electrical Engineer Dr. Bedri Cetiner has won a $750,000 grant to further develop an antenna technology he created. It is a technology that could revolutionize the mobile communications industry. ... "In our case we have both an intelligent software and intelligent hardware. The outcome of which is we reduced the cost of the system, at the same time we improved the performance.” Dr. Cetiner said as the move is made to 5G wireless systems, antennas are everything: he said what your eyes provide for you, the antenna provides for a wireless device.

Utah Public Radio Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

USU Biology Professor Named to CalTech's Athletics Hall of Honor

One Utah State University researcher who is used to being recognized for his pioneering as a scientist is now being recognized for his success as an athlete. Utah’s “spider-silk man” will travel from Logan to California for the honors. Randy Lewis is among five athletes who will be inducted into the fifth Caltech Athletics Hall of Honor Class at the institute’s annual scholar-athlete’s awards banquet in Pasadena, California. ... After high school, Lewis was accepted to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. ... Lewis was an individual champion all four years he studied at the institute. ... What made it significant for him and his team was that Caltech prioritized academics significantly more than sports. ... “There’s no doubt about it," he said, "it’s a brain school. You argue whether it’s the best or one of the best, but certainly when you look at the people that are there, they’re there because of their academics.” Lewis says balancing wrestling and academics wasn’t easy, but the extra work is still paying off. ... Lewis is the only Caltech Beaver to win titles at different weight classes 126 and 137 lbs. He was a two-time recipient of the Thomas W. Latham Trophy for ability, attitude, improvement and performance and was named Caltech’s Outstanding Athlete of 1972.

Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

USU Removes Leader of Office that Investigates Sex Discrimination

Utah State University has removed its Title IX coordinator two weeks after investigators found that school administrators had done little to address a “pervasive culture of sexism” and multiple assault allegations against faculty in the piano department. In an email to students and faculty Wednesday, University President Noelle Cockett said Scott Bodily will serve as the interim Title IX Coordinator. Former Title IX Director Stacy Sturgeon is now listed on the school’s website as an affirmative action/equal opportunity specialist. Its new vow of reform comes as the U.S. Department of Justice investigates its response to campus sexual assault, in a federal review announced in 2017. “These changes will help us more effectively prevent future sexual misconduct and discrimination, thereby enhancing the safety of our campus,” Cockett said in the email, noting that the university plans to hire a new permanent Title IX coordinator. ... Cockett said in the email that the school plans to hire additional staff, including a prevention specialist, in its Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office.

Herald Journal Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

USU Students Organize Vigil to Raise Awareness of DACA, Immigration Issues

A group of about 40 people from the campus community lit and continually relit candles in the cold breeze as they walked through the Utah State campus Wednesday night to raise awareness of issues surrounding the U.S. immigration debate. The candlelight vigil was organized by Aggie Dreamers United, a student group. Sofia Rodriguez, one of the USU students who organized the vigil, said Aggie Dreamers’ sole purpose is to “improve the academic lives of undocumented students, DACA students, Dreamers at Utah State University, and to raise awareness of immigration issues that are affecting our communities and our country right now.” ... Rodriguez and others from Aggie Dreamers United addressed the group. ... USU Assistant Professor Crescencio Lopez told those at the vigil that he understands how DACA recipients feel, since he’s been in their shoes. ... Lopez said he hopes the nation finds a more permanent solution for DACA recipients.

Deseret News Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

USU Taps Wyoming Dean as New Executive Vice President

Francis D. Galey, who is a veterinarian and dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, has been selected executive vice president and provost of Utah State University. ... "He has had a distinguished and successful career as a faculty member and in university administration. The knowledge and experience he brings with him is a great next step for him and us," Cockett said in a prepared statement. He will be second in command and the university’s chief academic officer. ... “Of course, as soon as you get on the horse, you’ll find out just how well-prepared you are,” he said. “But I am so excited for this opportunity.”

Herald Journal Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Volunteers Craft Flowers for Cancer Patients at USU Service Center

Volunteers at USU’s Service Center spent Monday night making flowers for Disney princesses to wear in their hair. Their creations will be sent to the Magic Yarn Project, a nonprofit that makes princess and superhero wigs for children with cancer. ... Lani Vin Zant is the leader of the Utah chapter of the Magic Yarn Project. ... Vin Zant said the project works by sending and receiving supplies among volunteers like the ones at USU’s Service Center and dividing up the task of creating the wigs. ... Sara Greaves, a USU student, said the project was a good introduction to volunteering. ... Jacob Stark, a member of the USU President’s Cabinet Activities Committee, said he often volunteers at the Service Center. ... Ault-Dyslin said the simple contribution of a few hours making flowers has a big impact. “It makes a big difference for this nonprofit, which then in turn makes a big difference to the recipients of these wigs,” Ault-Dyslin said.

Utah Public Radio Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

Female Faculty Underawarded Compared to Male Peers at Utah State University

In 2011, the Association for Women and Science published a paper claiming women were underrecognized when scientific organizations chose nominees and selected prominent scientists to award. When Dr. Helga van Miegroet, a professor emeritus at Utah State University, read the paper, she wondered if USU had the same problem.“I gathered all the data at the level of university awards and I also went to the individual STEM colleges and asked them to provide me with the names of the recipients. So I gathered nearly 600 data points with records going back as far as 1958,” van Miegroet said. The trends on the level of different colleges at the university showed that women are nearing parity in non-research awards. ... “In the entire record of the university, only five women have ever received recognition for research achievement. Two of those are STEM women. Five women in the entire university have ever received recognition at the university level. Men are six times more likely to receive a research award than women are at the university level,” Van Miegroet said. Research institutions like USU demand a record of research excellence for professors to obtain tenure. Mentorship, service, and teaching are not considered to be as important during tenure review. Van Miegroet worries that the underawarding of female faculty for research excellence continues to prevent their promotion to full professor.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

Maggard and Snyder Named USU Male and Female Athlete of the Year

Utah State cross country/track & field senior Dillon Maggard and junior Alyssa Snyder were named the Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, at the annual Robins Awards, taking place on Saturday, April 1. ... Other nominees for Male Athlete of the Year included football senior Jalen Davis, tennis senior Jaime Barajas, basketball sophomore Sam Merrill, golf senior Braxton Miller and track & field sophomore Sindri Gudmundsson. ... Other nominees for Female Athlete of the Year included basketball sophomore Olivia West, gymnastics junior Madison Ward, soccer senior Bailee Hammond, volleyball senior Lauren Anderson, track & field junior Brenn Flint and tennis freshman Sasha Pisareva. Finalists for the Athlete of the Year were selected by members of the athletics department. A selection committee over these categories then selected the winners. The awards were just two of 20 honors extended by the University during the evening, with students, faculty and staff all receiving recognition to their individual contributions to Utah State.

Herald Journal Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

USU Student Veterans Raise Money for Wounded Warrior Project

Utah State University student Karlee Edwards was working in the Taggart Student Center on Monday and was asked by a colleague to go down the hall and get peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.Edwards obliged, but she didn’t know making them would involve using her non-dominant hand. ... But Edwards went ahead, spread some peanut butter and jelly on some white bread — and gave a small donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, or WWP. ... Members of the campus community were challenged by USU student veterans to make sandwiches the hard way and give back to the WWP.Jeffrey Buckman, a USU student and veteran who organized the event, said about $150 was raised Monday thanks to the students’ donations. ... Buckman’s goal Monday was to raise funds for WWP, an organization that provides programming and help to veterans who were hurt in military combat operations after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. ... When he got the idea to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project, Buckman wanted to do something interactive. ... “I was just trying to figure out a way to let people see what it’s like every day for a wounded warrior without a prosthetic — just an everyday task,” he said.

KSL Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

Utahns Stuck in Hawaii Following Historic Island Flash Floods

Hawaii’s Garden Island, Kauai, is no stranger to rain, but the amount of rain the island received Sunday night was unprecedented. The storm left Sharon Olsen, a Bountiful resident, stuck, along with a group of college students from Utah State University. ... The storms caused hundreds of evacuations, so Olsen decided to put herself to work, she said. .. The flooding got worse, and the shelter ended up losing power and water. After they moved to a second location and opened a shelter, Olsen ran into a group of girls from Utah who were also willing to help, she said.I call them my Utah home girls, five local LDS girls. We’re all Aggies. We all went to Utah State,” Olsen said, “(We) just met today and just pitched in just helping people.” Olsen said it’s been a great experience meeting new people and spending her vacation serving others in need. She said, “This is what life is all about.”

Herald Journal Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018

Utah State Officials Closely Police Use of Aggie Name and Trademarks

Sam Park, owner of Sushi Go, doesn’t have to look far to be reminded of his 6-year-old daughter when he is at work. ... Those drawings are scribbles of different sorts, but many of them include the words “Aggie Sushi,” the original name of Park’s business. ... The decision to change the name of his establishment did not initially come from Park — it came from Utah State University, which has the word “Aggie,” among others, trademarked. Sushi Go is just one example of entities throughout the community that contained or currently contain a USU trademark. ... Aggie Auto Sales and the soccer team Aggies FC are prominent examples of entities that have worked out agreements with USU to use words trademarked by the university. Other than Sushi Go, examples of businesses that used to use the USU trademark but stoppled include Alpine Flats (formerly “Aggie Flats”) and 900 Factory (formerly “Aggie Factory”), both off-campus student housing complexes. Tim Vitale, USU director of public relations and marketing, said it’s important the university makes clear that the words “Aggie” or the “Aggies,” at least in Utah, are affiliated with the university. “We’re the Utah State University Aggies so we trademark our brand ... and in this case, words or letters, of … the thing that represent us,” Vitale said. ... Vitale said while USU may be keeping an eye out for any trademarks being used innapropriately, the university is not trying to be “confrontational” with the community.

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