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  • Deseret News Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

    USU Named New Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture

    Historian Patrick Q. Mason has been named the new Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University.  The position is housed in the religious studies program within the history department.Mason’s decision to join USU “is a great moment not only for religious studies and the history department, but also for our college and university,” said Joseph Ward, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. ... Mason, a native of Sandy, earned his undergraduate degree in history from Brigham Young University. He then attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a master’s degree in international peace studies and a doctorate in history. His first tenure-track position was at the American University in Cairo.

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

    USU Students Challenged to Come Up With Better Way to Measure Water Use

    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Jeff Horsburgh is challenging Utah State University students to develop a visualization of high resolution water use data that will provide feedback to both water providers and water consumers. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Horsburgh explained that cities go out once a month and get a reading from your household water meter. They use that for the purpose of getting an idea of how much water you have used and then they send you a bill in the mail. ... In the challenge, he is asking students to focus on creating visual information that would be useful in water planning and conservation discussions. The deadline for the challenge is March 1st. You can get more information at

  • Deseret News Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018

    Utah Colleges Want Students to Know it's OK for me to Say 'I need help'

    With limited resources, Utah public colleges are attempting to do more to connect students struggling with mental health issues to helpful resources. Some have imposed student fees or they use a portion of second-tier tuition to hire more mental health professionals. Utah State University has also hired part-time therapists at its regional campuses. There's a growing demand for services, which James Morales, USU's vice president of student affairs, says is "a very positive thing." "It's helped students understand that they don't to suffer in silence, that there are people out there and services available to them to help support them," said Morales. ... Public universities are encouraging students to use the SafeUT app, which provides confidential and anonymous two-way communication with crisis counselors at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. ... USU student leaders brought the issue to the forefront in 2017, declaring a mental health crisis on the Logan campus after students experienced long waits to meet with campus mental health professionals. ... In coming months, the regents will consider adding a recommendation that state institutions work toward national standards of professionals-to-student ratios in counseling centers, which some standards say is one full-time professional to 1,000 to 1,500 students. ... USU's goal is to "do our best with the resources that we can and try to work closely with partners where they are available in the community, public services, religious services and really try to address this issue in a holistic manner," he said.

  • The Salt Lake Tribune Friday, Dec. 07, 2018

    USU Alumni, Brad Mortensen, Named Weber State's New President

    After a months long search to fill the position and a week of interviews, the Utah Board of Regents unanimously voted to select Mortensen to lead the Ogden school. ... Mortensen previously worked for the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah governor’s office and the Arizona Legislature. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s from Syracuse University and a doctorate from the University of Utah. ... The school will be celebrating its 130-year anniversary in January. Mortensen said there’s no better time to be taking the reins and giving the school a thumbs up.
  • Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018

    USU Students Decorate Trees for Cache Valley Families

    A number of families in Cache Valley will receive a freshly cut and decorated Christmas tree thanks to some Utah State University students. The annual Festival of Trees event is being held the week of December 3rd-7th on the campus of Utah State. Students from different organizations and clubs are donating their time and talents by decorating individual trees. When finished, the trees will be transported to Bear River Head Start, a community outreach organization, then given to families in Cache County who may be struggling this holiday season. ... A total of 50 trees will be donated during this year’s Festival of Trees event.
  • Herald Journal Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018

    USU, Logan High, Others Team Up for Latinx Higher Ed Fair

    Various community organizations collaborated to host the “Feria de la Educación” outreach event on higher education resources available for the Latinx community Saturday. The Utah State University Latinx Cultural Center, USU Extensions, Logan City School District and Educational Excellence for Latinos collaborated with other community organizations to organize the event to provide support and guide Latinx community parents on how to help their children continue their education and achieve their goals. ... Parents and students engaged in three workshops giving tips and information on how to be successful in college, how to apply for USU and how to pay for higher education. Booths were also set up for parents and students to obtain more information on resources available to them. ... USU is committed to seeing more students attend USU and attain other higher education opportunities.

  • UB Media Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018

    USU-Uintah Basin Nursing Students Have 100 Percent Job Placement

    Utah State University Uintah Basin Nursing is pleased to announce that all 2018 graduates are now working as nurses. ... “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.” ... “Over the past few years, USU and UBTech have worked together to create a strong foundation for nursing students,” said USU-Uintah Basin Executive Director James Y. Taylor. “We look forward to future students continuing this momentum and going on to serve and better their local communities.” ... If you are interested in USU’s nursing program, USU-Uintah Basin is holding a nursing application workshop for LPNs on January 4, 2019. USU will cohost two open houses with UB Tech about both programs on January 23 and 24. USU’s new application deadline for the program is February 18, while UBTech’s deadline is May 31.
  • Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

    Aggie Ice Cream Lab at USU to Close Temporarily

    A Utah State University food lab chiefly known for making Aggie Ice Cream shut down on Saturday so upgrades can be made to the facility over the next several months. The Gary H. Richardson Dairy Products Laboratory will be closed from Dec. 1 to March 4, 2019, according to a USU news release, so that the lab can become compliant with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. ... The one thing that won’t be impacted by the lab’s closure, according to a university news release, is production of Aggie Ice Cream and cheese — two products the facility readily markets to the public. ... Overall, the lab’s closure will not have a detrimental effect on the department, according to Carpenter. ... He expressed optimism about the long-term impacts the upgrades on the lab will have for his department.

  • Cache Valley Daily Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

    Frank Maile Named as Interim Head Coach at USU

    Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell announced Friday that Assistant Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator Frank Maile would be the interim head coach of the Aggies until a permanent head coach is named. Hartwell said Matt Wells informed his team Thursday night that he is heading to Lubbock, Texas to be the head coach of Texas Tech. Maile is in his eighth season as an assistant with USU and played for the Aggies from 2004-07 as a defensive lineman. Maile joined the Aggie coaching staff in 2009 as a graduate assistant and was elevated to the Defensive Line coach in 2011. In 2014-15 Maile went to Vanderbilt under the same capacity, but returned to USU in 2016. Maile will help the remaining coaches continue recruiting and prepare the team for a bowl game. ... As USU prepares for a bowl game, Hartwell will be busy trying to determine who the next head football coach will be. He said there has already been a lot of interest.

  • Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    Archaeologist Reflects on Bears Ears Reduction a Year Later

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

  • Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    Dax Raymond Leaving USU Early for NFL Draft

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

  • Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    USU Students Service Project Developing Websites for Local Businesses

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

  • Deseret News Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

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

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

  • Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

    Mountain West Announces 2018 Football Honors

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

    USU researcher: Minorities Facing Challenges in Health Care System

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

    USU Fraternity to Host Weekend Holiday Concert to Benefit Orphan

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

  • Herald Journal Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

    Former Acting NASA Administrator Joins SDL Board

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

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

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

  • Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

    New USU Title IX Coordinator Discusses Job, Priorities, Qualifications

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

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

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

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


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