Monday, November 10, 2014

What You Need to Know Before You Do Your Holiday Shopping

Leaves are falling. The temperature is dropping. Frost is showing up on your lawn in the morning, and almost every department store in your city is decorated with trees, glowing lights, snowmen and more.

The holiday season is here again, and that means holiday shopping. Whether you love it or hate it, it's inevitable.

But this year, things are going to be different. Why, you ask?

Because you'll have Aggie Rewards, that's why.

Aggie Rewards is a free, online app that lets you give to Utah State University every time you buy holiday gifts online. Shopping online is simple, convenient, provides you with more options and eliminates the time you'd waste waiting in endless lines at the store.

Aggie Rewards won't make online shopping any easier than it already is, but it will help you feel better about each purchase, knowing that you're giving to USU at the same time. In addition, you don't have to change anything you already do when you shop online.

Here is how it works in 3 easy steps:
  • Visit the Aggie Rewards login page: 
  • Follow the instructions to install the app on your web browser (for desktop or laptop computers) or on your mobile device (for smart phones or tablets)
  • Shop online at over 2,000 participating retailers, including,, Netflix, Best Buy, Kohl's and more.  
It's that simple.

Not to mention, each time you shop, you earn points that can be redeemed for great prizes. See what one of our recent winners had to say about her experience with Aggie Rewards.

So, before you start your online shopping this season, be sure to install Aggie Rewards first, and give a little holiday love to USU, too.

For questions regarding Aggie Rewards, or how to install it, contact Brandon Taylor at (435) 797-8537 or

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Cat’s Out of the Bag! Mountain Lion Exhibit Coming to Swaner EcoCenter

The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and the Quinney College of Natural Resources of Utah State University are pleased to announce a special exhibition called Mountain Lions!  The Story of Pumas and People. The exhibition blends science, history, and art to provide an in-depth look at Utah’s most mysterious and elusive predator. Opening day on November 15 at Swaner EcoCenter in Park City marks the exhibition’s debut in Utah. It will run through the end of March 2015 and is presented in partnership with the Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.  

People and mountain lions, also called cougars or pumas, have lived together for thousands of years. Mountain Lion! tells the story of this ancient relationship as well as documents the hunting techniques, habits, and physical features of modern mountain lions that have allowed them to survive for millennia. The exhibition includes large life-like displays with mountain lion figures as well as a wide variety of artifacts and informational panels.

There has been a dramatic rise in cougar sightings and encounters on the urban fringes of numerous Western cities in the last two decades. Living safely and peacefully with mountain lions today is an important subject addressed by the exhibit. The exhibit will teach visitors how to read cougar behavior, to recognize tracks and scat, and will offer practical tips on what to do in case of an encounter. 

The exhibition will be supplemented by a series of talks given by experts, including researchers from Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources. In addition, the Swaner EcoCenter will offer interactive opportunities for children that visit the new exhibition and field trip opportunities will be available for youth and school groups. The EcoCenter staff will also be gathering information about mountain lion sightings in the area. 

Mountain Lion! has been organized and developed by the Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and made possible through additional sponsorships.  The exhibit was brought to the Swaner EcoCenter in part through the support of the Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah. Major contributions from the Summit County RAP Tax, Utah State University Extension Grants, USU’s Quinney College of Natural Resources, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and individual donors were also crucial to making this project a reality.

For more information visit or contact the Nell Larson, Director of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, at 435-797-8941 or

The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is located at 1258 Center Drive, Park City, UT. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

5 Tips for an ultimate game-day date with your girl

Game Day Dating Tips 101:
  1. To get your darling date excited for all of the football festivities… suggest color coordinated matching outfits! Aggie blue of course.

  1. Don't be afraid to have a pre-date. If she's not an Aggie herself, take the time to fully prepare her for all of the Aggie fan traditions and cheers. Teach her the words to the Scotsman, the “I Believe” cheer and “Winning Team, Losing Team.”

  1. On the day of the big game, don't be afraid to offer her any help at her home. Odds are if there are small chores needing to be done; a dish needing to be quickly scrubbed, or a pair of socks needing to be folded and put away; she will take the time to get her life put together before she goes to the game. These tasks can jeopardize your chances of making it to the tailgate or even kick-off on time. Helping her get ready ultimately sets you up for a happy date and a happy football experience.

  1. Get used to taking “selfies.” You may want to claw your eyes out after the seventy-fifth picture but, if a quick shot on her phone makes her feel as if she is fully part of the football experience, never deny the shot! Never!!!

  1. Don't be afraid to go all out! A girl loves a dedicated man. So, if that means you wear Aggie bedazzled rings or paint the entire left side of your body blue, it's okay to show her what being an ultimate Aggie football fan means to you.

Girls, what do you think of our tips? Leave a comment with any thoughts or suggestions of your own.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tailgating Tips that are Borderline Genius

Full article can be found at:

Football season is one of the greatest seasons of the year! As the summer heat fades and the seasons start to change, we exchange our swimsuit and flip flops for face paint, pompoms, and an Aggie game day shirt. 

During this time, Saturdays in Logan, Utah become the best day of the week. Tailgates come down, grills get fired up and pregame festivities abound. To make the most of your home game experience, here are a couple of tips that are boarder line genius to successfully prepare the best football tailgate party. Make sure you grab a good spot and celebrate with the rest of your Aggie family!

Plan to arrive plenty of time before the game starts. Start eating about two hours before the game so you have plenty of time to set up and clean up.

 Label your coolers so guests can find drinks easily.

Freeze water bottles to use in place of ice in coolers so you have cold water to drink after they  melt.

Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.

Float a big random helium balloon on a long string from your car, so friends can find you.

 Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.

Bring a pre-packed set of drawers so everything is handy and organized while you’re cooking.

Don’t be afraid to go overboard on the AGGIE apparel and decorations!

Most importantly, make nice. Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Relax, and have fun!

Always Remember… GO AGGIES!

Friday, September 12, 2014

What Kind of Tailgater are You?

Original article from Everyday by Rachael Ray  


  • Oh, there's a game today? You can still score with creativity and a little planning.
  • Stop by the convenience store for a disposable cooler, drinks and prepared foods.
  • Keep food portable (sandwiches and pizzas, for instance). You'll have fewer supplies, so less mess.
  • Know the lay of the land. Grab a map for the best routes, spots for food and drink and pit stops.
  • Microwave your eats in the student union, then duck into the college bookstore for team towels or blankets.
  • Once you're set up, don't be afraid to scavenge. Beginners typically bum off fellow fans.


  • The fight song has been in your head all week, and you started prepping last night.
  • Show up three or four hours before the game to claim a hot spot.
  • Know who's doing what. Assign tasks like grill master, garbage collector and bartender.
  • Have a game-day kit with everything from first-aid supplies to toilet paper and ponchos.
  • Bring two coolers (one for drinks, one for perishables) and a grill. Pack tables, tents, chairs and, if you have one, a portable TV. On a given Saturday there can be over 50 games you don't want guests wandering off for updates.
  • Taking inspiration from teams, mascots or cities, theme your spread. Tint drinks with food dye and opt for individual apps (so everyone's not crowded around a bowl of Guacamole).


  • You've been wearing a team jersey since diapers and can recite stats like the ABCs.
  • Take enough food for before and after the game. It'll make the parking-lot-exodus traffic jam much more fun.
  • Have checklists of what needs to be done, packed and cooked. A list of guests' phone numbers is also handy.
  • Bring more of everything. Think multiple TVs, towable smokers and grills, and hammocks for pregame naps.
  • Fanatics are all about the finishing touches, if you really want to be the Clark Griswold of tailgaters, throw in a shade canopy and synthetic turf.
  • Organize some tailgating activities. A ring toss, trivia game, horseshoes -- whatever keeps people entertained until those ribs are smoked to perfection.

Clean as a (ref''s) whistle

  • Have plenty of garbage bags. Tape them to trees and tent poles, keeping them off the ground so they don't attract bugs.
  • Clean as you go. Done with tongs and ladles? Wash and stow them away now. It'll save crucial minutes later.
  • When draining melted ice water from the coolers, reserve some for rinsing nondisposable items, hands and faces.
  • Scrape down grills before heading to the game, but save the major cleaning for when you get home.

Who starts their tailgate when the sun comes up? We do! Make the most of the wee morning hours with these time-saving tricks.

Day before:

  • Choose groceries that do double duty. Salsa will work for Scrambled Egg Burritos with Tex-Mex Salad and with chips; sausage can star with eggs and with peppers in hoagies later.
  • Cook ahead. Assemble breakfast casseroles, like Mini Ham and Egg Casseroles or Cheddar and Chile Egg Casserole (bake them off in the morning) and stock up on heat-and-eat goodies like Cinnamon Raisin Rolls.
  • Pack (checklist in hand). Don't forget coffee and blankets or space heaters for the morning chill.

Day of:

  • Set the alarm to play your team's fight song -- it'll make 5 a.m. more bearable.
  • Make early-morning calls to the notorious snooze-button slappers in your crew.
  • Mind the time: Allow an hour for breakfast, prep and packing and a half hour for setting up the tailgate.
  • Prioritize! Set up important stuff first.
  • Leave the last half hour of the tailgate for cleaning and getting to the stadium.

 Article Originally found on Everyday by Rachael Ray 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Are you a Die Hard Aggie Fan?

Calling all Aggies! 

Take this short quiz to see if you're a Die Hard Aggie Fan. Then share it with your friends and see how you compare.

We want to know who loves their Aggies. Good luck!


1.  Do you wake up to the Utah State Fight Song every game day?

2.  Do you have this year’s game day shirt ready to wear at all times?

3.  Do you roll up to Romney Stadium in your Aggie License Plates hours before the game to get your tailgate on?

4.  Do you have the football roster memorized a month before the season starts?

5.  Do you commentate the game in your head, as it plays out on the field? 

6.  Can you unleash a flurry of team and player stats on queue?

7.  Is your voice gone at the end of every game because you've shouted the Scotsman and the Fight song at the top of your lungs a few to many times?

8.  Do you look to the “A” on Old Main Hill every time we win, to make sure it's blue?

9.  Is your lifelong dream to be a part of Aggie Athletics?

10.  When saying goodbye, do you always end with…”Go Aggies!” 

How did you do? 

Count the number of times you answered "Yes" to all 10 questions and following the ranking system below to see how you did. 

1 - 4 = Amazing Aggie Fan  

5 - 9 = Enthusiastic Big Blue Fan 

10 =    Ultimate Die Hard Aggie Fan!!! 

Post your score on our Facebook page and see how you match up against other Aggie fans.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Alumni Association Adds New Faces

If there is one thing in life that is constant, it’s change, a condition to which your USU Alumni Association is not immune.

Over the last few months, we’ve had some significant changes in our leadership and staff. Nothing life changing… but close. As an alum and/or supporter of Utah State, here is what you need to know about each of our new staff members.


Associate VP, Alumni and Corporate Relations

Dave Clark is the new Associate VP, Alumni and Corporate Relations at Utah State University. He comes to the alumni staff from the university’s Commercial Enterprise department where he was both a Director of Business Development and the Executive Director of the USTAR Applied Nutrition Research team at USU. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programs in the Huntsman School of Business.

In his pre-USU days, Dave had experience as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prolexys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to Prolexys he was Vice President, Corporate Affairs at NPS Pharmaceuticals (Salt Lake City) from 1996 till 2005 and was involved in business development, funding transactions, investor relations and corporate communications. Earlier career experiences included senior management positions at AgriDyne Technologies, Clark Financial Corporation and UI Group.

Dave holds a B.S. degree in botany from Brigham Young University (1976), an M.S. degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois (1978), and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Utah (1980). He is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his wife, Christine, their six children and 13 grandchildren.


Director of Student Alumni Engagement

Sheldon Browning recently became our new Director of Student Alumni Engagement after working as the Community Service Coordinator in the Val R. Christensen Service Center at USU.

Sheldon has multiple years of experience managing student organizations and coordinating student-run projects and events. With the Service Center, he oversaw the processes and infrastructure for volunteer engagement and service-based learning at Utah State.

Prior to his work with USU, he served as an Independent Living Program Manager at San Joaquin Delta College and an Education Outreach Coordinator at University of the Pacific, both in Stockton, California.

Sheldon earned a B.A. degree in international studies from Utah State University (2005) and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from University of the Pacific (2009). He enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and being an Aggie.


Alumni House Manager

Karen Roundy is the new cheerful face you’ll see when you visit the David B. Haight Alumni Center. She is the Alumni House Manager, and came to us from her role as a Gift Processor in the USU Advancement Services office.

Prior to working for Utah State University, Karen worked at Canyon Elementary School teaching early reading skills and techniques to children. Now she manages all of the events (i.e. receptions, weddings, banquets, parties and more) that happen year round at the Alumni Center. Karen also works with the Emeriti Executive Council and enjoys the interaction she gets to have with our loyal alumni. She is a fantastic contribution to our team and can always brighten a customer’s day with her smile.

On the rare occasion that she has free time, Karen loves to read, ride horses and go boating with her husband, Mike, and their two kids.

Now that you know a little more about our Alumni Relations staff, feel free to stop by and visit next time you make a trip to campus. We’re in the David B. Haight Alumni Center; the historical house just two buildings north of Old Main, at the top of the hill.

Our doors are open and we’re ready and willing to help make your Aggie experience the best it can be.

You can also reach us toll free at 1-800-291-2586, locally at (435) 797-2055 or

Stand Up. Get Involved. You’re an Aggie.