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IOGP Makes Use of Common Hour

Panel discussion held at Utah State University.
Utah State University’s Institute of Government and Politics sponsored a panel discussion on higher education in Utah during the university’s common hour, Sept. 11, 2013.

Moderated by Utah State CHaSS associate dean Charlie Huenenman, the participants on the panel were USU Student Body President Doug Fiefia, Utah Sen. Urquhart (chair of the higher education subcommittee) and former Weber State University President Ann Millner.

“I think this is a great use of the common hour,” said Neil Abercrombie, director of the USU IOGP. “These types of panels give students an opportunity to engage directly with leaders creating policy impacting higher education.”

Moderator, CHaSS associate dean Charlie Huenenman
The panel discussion ranged from topics on tuition, on-line learning, preparing students for the workforce and the future challenges of public higher education. All questions for the panelists were submitted prior to the discussion from students.

The common hour is a student-based initiative that is open to all Aggies. The university keeps each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. clear of classes and events to accommodate students who wish to attend the common hour.

Abercrombie hopes to work with ASUSU to schedule more panel discussions of this type for future common hours.


Utah State University Associate Professor of English, Evelyn Funda, on Utah Public Radio's Access Utah

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via: Tom Williams - Access Utah | 8/6/2013

Against that landscape of loss, Funda explores her family’s three-generation farming experience in southern Idaho, where her Czech immigrant family spent their lives turning a patch of sagebrush into crop land. The story of Funda’s family unfolds within the larger context of America’s rich immigrant history, western culture, and farming as a science and an art. Part cultural history, part memoir, and part elegy, “Weeds” reminds us that in losing our attachment to the land we also lose some of our humanity and something at the very heart of our identity as a nation.


#ThrowBackThursday: 1940s Merrill Libary / 2013 Agricultural Sciences BLDG

The Merrill Library opened in December 1930 and was built with a $175,000 state appropriation. The 30,000 square foot building consisted of a basement, plus three floors, and included an open reading room which would seat nearly 300 students. The building could hold 80,000 volumes and included booths and study carrels for faculty and graduate students as well as English and History offices for faculty and classrooms located on the top floor.

In 1958, a campus library committee, began developing plans for building a new library. The needs for additional classroom space, accommodating non-library tenants, and the influence of the State Building Board convinced the University to accept a project which essentially enclosed the 1930s structure in a brick and mortar box.

The new additions to the building were dedicated in 1967, and in the spring of 2006 the building was demolished. [adapted from http://library.usu.edu/main/portrait/good_bye_merrill/ ]

The Agricultural Sciences Building opened February 29, 2012..

The $43.1 million, 125,000-square-foot building was funded through the Utah State Legislature after approval in 2010 of Senate Bill 280 and replaced the E.G. Peterson Agricultural Sciences Building, constructed in 1953 on the Logan campus.

The north section of the building contains three stories of high-tech teaching and research labs used by students and faculty. It also houses new university-operated computer labs, classroom space, including lecture rooms and a 116-seat auditorium, student meeting rooms and the new Café on the Quad. The south section is a four-story structure and houses the faculty and administrative offices of the College of Agriculture, USU Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station, as well as several centers, including Western SARE, Western Rural Development Center and the USU Botanical Center.

The Building’s plaza near USU’s historic quad houses the College of Agriculture Memorial, which honors the students and instructor who lost their lives in a tragic van accident in 2005.
[via http://advs.usu.edu/htm/about-advs/facilities/agricultural-sciences-building/ ]


Going On Around Campus: Research Week April 10

Scholarship Day - April 10, 2013

D. Wynne Thorne Lecture

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Campbell Scientific Lecture Hall (AgScience 101)
Lance Seefeldt, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will give the annual address.

Faculty Author Exhibition

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  USU Library New Books Lounge
A researcher will give a short presentation on their books at a reception that will recognize all USU faculty authors who published books in 2012


Take An Art Tour On Your Way To Class

Do you know what "French Fries" is really called?
Ever walk past the "French Fries" and wonder what it's really called? And then continuing along the side walk, you see the big metal slide (or is it a broken see-saw?) and wonder what is this?

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art has collaborated with the USU Wellness Center to create a self-guided walking tour across campus showing all the public sculptures currently on display.

There are four, self-guided tour routes to take. Even if you don't take the rote routes, have a look at the maps and the sculpture explications. Do this, and the next time you and a friend walk into the Library and he or she mentions the "French Fries," you'll know it's actually called "SNAFU."


Going On Around Camps: Research Week April 9

Utah State University’s ninth annual Research Week, to be held April 8-12, will feature longstanding popular events as well as new highlights. The week-long celebration highlights faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers, scholars and artists with themed days focusing on different aspects of research.

Researcher Development Day - April 9, 2013

NSF Finance Best Practices

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Library 101
NSF Grant and Agreement Specialist Willie Powell will give a workshop: “You’ve Received an Award; Now What?” Content will include post-award topics needed for staff assistants and business managers.

Graduate Student Recruiting Workshop

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Eccles Conference Center 303/305
This workshop is designed for any USU faculty or staff member who is involved with recruiting or tracking potential graduate students. During the session, Dr. Broadbent will outline central resources available for recruitment, as well as conduct a panel of current USU students, who will share what worked--and what didn't--in getting them to come to USU.

Qualtrics Training

Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Eccles Conference Center 303/305
USU has recently purchased an enterprise license for an easy-to-use, state-of-the-art survey platform, and anyone with a current A-number may use it for free. After the workshop, attendees should have the skill set to set up real-time, powerful surveys in a matter of minutes.

New RGS Tools

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Eccles Conference Center 303/305
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies has recently developed two new online resources to aid researchers in finding and evaluating grants. The Research Dashboard provides personalized profiles of a person's productivity, while the Funding Finder filters and sends out grant opportunities. Attendees will learn how to use and make the most out of these tools. 

Allies Research Fair

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  TSC Juniper Lounge and Auditorium
All faculty, students and staff are invited to the Allies Research Fair, co-sponsored by the Allies on Campus program. A poster session and reception will be held from 2-3 in the Juniper Lounge, followed by a lecture in the TSC Auditorium by Lisa Diamond, U of U professor who researches nature and development of same-sex sexuality. The title of her talk is 'Just how different ARE female and male sexual orientation? And why does it matter?'

Movie Screening

Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West
6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.   Eccles Conference Center Auditorium
As part of the Spring Runoff Conference 2013, iUTAH will be screening "WATERSHED, Exploring a New Water Ethic for the West," executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford. This screening is open to the public but seating is limited. To obtain a ticket you must register athttp://iutahepscor.org/education/watershed.html.

Aggie Gold! Two Students Honored as Goldwater Scholars

The Goldwater Scholarship is the award that denotes the best of the best undergraduate researchers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Universities are only allowed to submit four entrees for consideration and only about 300 in the nation earn the distinction of being a Goldwater Scholar.

via Utah State Today:

Tyler Gish and Jordan Rozum are recipients of the award, which is administered by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. With this year’s honorees, USU boasts 22 Goldwater Scholars and nine honorable mention recipients since 1998.

“Even though neither of my parents have a college degree, I knew I wanted to graduate from college,” says Gish, a West Jordan, Utah, native. “I’ve studied hard while having a job to finance school through every semester and summer.”
“As my classes became more advanced and proof and derivation became the emphasis, I realized how much fun math could be,” says Rozum, a Cache Valley, Utah, native. “I began to appreciate the development of theorems. I actually worked hard to forget the ones I’d learned so I could re-derive and re-motivate them.”
Read more about these students and past Goldwater Scholars in the Utah State Today Article by Mary-Ann Muffoletto.


Going On Around Camps: Research Week April 8

Utah State University’s ninth annual Research Week, to be held April 8-12, will feature longstanding popular events as well as new highlights. The weeklong celebration highlights faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers, scholars and artists with themed days focusing on different aspects of research.

Faculty Research Day - April 8, 2013

Faculty Research Training Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  David B. Haight Alumni House
All faculty, but especially new researching faculty, are invited to register for the next Faculty Research Training session, which will include lunch and discussion of the following topics:
  • Funding Opportunities- Upcoming
  • Solicitations/RFP Targets
  • Research Mentors Panel
  • Collaboration Best Practices 

Research Awards Gala (by invitation only)

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Riverwoods Conference Center
Dinner and program will recognize top faculty researchers of the year, including the 2013 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Awardee.


Aggies' Biggest Fan Shocked by April Fools Prank

Aggie fan, 7 year-old Colin, reactions to the “breaking news” of BYU-Logan.  Read the background information given by Colin’s mother, who posted the video. 

April fools’ day rolls around, and it seems everyone is subject to a little ribbing. Even media outlets have increasingly upped their “game” in April 1st pranks. A tip of the hat is deserved to Cache Valley Daily for the “LDS Church to purchase Utah State University, rename it BYU-Logan” story that ran on the Local News section of its website. 

The story/prank plays off of the rivalry between the state (USU) and private-church (BYU) universities. 

“We hope this move will defuse any tension between Aggie fans and Cougar fans. Now fans from both schools can cheer for BYU, regardless if they're from Logan or Provo, said a church spokesperson,” states the article. Followed by, “They joke around and call us their little brother. Now they can call us their twin brother, said a school spokesperson.” 

While the prank caught a few readers off guard, most were shocked by the headline and quickly remembered it was April fools. Regionally, the prank gathered speed and saw coverage on both radio and TV. 

Eventually, the news hit one of the Aggies’ biggest fans, 7 year-old Colin. Above is his reaction to the “breaking news.” 

 Don’t worry Colin, we’re still the Aggies. And we’ll be here when you enroll in your first semester. We’ll be saving you a front-row seat for your first BYU-USU game as True Aggie!