Monday, March 16, 2015

From Humble Beginnings: Utah State University

Original article published Mar 5, 2013 by Utah State Today




On July 2, 1862, just one day after our nation suffered the combined losses and casualties of 36,058 men in the Seven Days Battle during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln quietly signed a piece of legislation that would forever change the way Americans thought about education. The Morrill Land-Grant Act called for socio-economic equality in higher education. Through the sale and use of federal lands, institutions of higher education that were affordable and had a solid base in applicable practicum were established, President Lincoln enabled a wounded nation to heal herself through hard work and education.

Just 25 years after the Morrill Act set the stage for land-grant institutions to be established throughout the nation, the Utah Agriculture College was founded and designated to reside in Logan. In the past 125 years, a lot has changed for the school with its plowed fields that overlooked Cache Valley. Along with name changes and expanded facilities, that small school’s reach is now state wide, with one comprehensive regional college (USU Eastern campuses in Price and Blanding), three regional campuses (Brigham City, Tooele, Uintah Basin) and 34 Extension offices — including the USU Botanical Center and Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.
Founded by the Utah Territorial Assembly on March 8, 1888, the Utah Agriculture College opened its educational doors Sept. 2, 1890. At its humble beginnings in the south wing of Old Main, Utah’s land-grant college included 139 students and nine faculty members.

Here’s a social and educational look at the school’s earliest days.

  • There was a Preparatory Department to equip students for the rigors of college courses
  • The minimum age requirement for Preparatory work was 13; 15 for college credit
  • There were five major courses of college instruction offered, including AgricultureDomestic ArtsMechanic ArtsCivil Engineering and Business
  • On admission, there was a $5 entrance fee; tuition was free
  • There were mandatory non-sectarian weekly chapel exercises
  • Also mandatory was military drill for men and women — women could opt for elocution and physical culture
  • The first Thanksgiving Day football game inaugurated between the University of Utah and the college took place in 1894 and the Aggies won 12 to 0
  • Twelve students formed the first graduating class in 1884

Today, in 2015, the university will again celebrate its Founders Day March 6. As part of the 2013 celebration, USU’s University Library assembled an exhibit that showcased prominent but, perhaps, not well known students through the decades.

Ten students, representing decades from the 1890s to the 1990s, were highlighted. Extensive narratives on each student were included in the exhibit at the Merrill-Cazier Library’s atrium. Highlighted below are snapshots of the students and their accomplishments.

The 1890s — Thomas Hyrum Humphreys. Born in 1874, Humphreys received his early schooling in the pioneer Bear Lake settlement of Paris, Idaho. He entered the Preparatory Department at the Utah Agricultural College in 1892 and graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1897. He characterized his college career as consisting “chiefly of hard work.” He earned a degree in 1897 and the hard work paid off. He began his career with the newly created U.S. Reclamation Service in 1903, advancing quickly through the ranks, being appointed project engineer on the Klamath and Orland projects, two of the Reclamation Service’s earliest water development projects. He returned to Cache Valley for several decades, but returned to federal service as director of the Public Works Reserve in 1944 before retiring to Logan.

1911 — Luther M. Winsor. As a graduate in 1911, Winsor became the first from the institution to earn a degree in irrigation engineering, a field that would subsequently come to distinguish the university. Immediately after graduation he was given a horse and sent to the Uintah Basin to advise Ashley Valley farmers. The appointment gave Winsor bragging rights as one of the first county Extension agents in the Western states. In 1939, the federal government selected Winsor as the first technician to advise Iran on irrigation principles. The early contacts made by Winsor paid off following the Second World War, when the university provided agricultural expertise to the government of Iran for nearly three decades.
The 1920s — Mignon Barker Richmond. As the first Black woman to graduate

from a Utah college, Richmond holds obvious distinction, but she left the school to pursue a professional career and extensive civic and religious accomplishments. She received a degree in textiles and clothing in 1921 and immediately began teaching her craft at the University of Utah. She also began a life-long association with the Young Women’s Christian Association. After the Second World War she returned to full-time work while maintaining community and civic involvements — she served as vice president and later president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the NAACP. She accepted membership on the boards of the Utah Community Service Council and on the Women’s Legislative Council, where she was instrumental in formulating anti-poverty legislation.

1931 — Edward P. Cliff was among the first forestry students to graduate from the recently renamed Utah State Agricultural College. He began his career with the U.S. Forest Service on the Wenatchee Reserve in Washington and remained in the Pacific Northwest until 1944 when he accepted an assignment to the Intermountain Region and then as Regional Forester for the entire Rocky Mountain Region. Beginning in 1950 he served as assistant chief for the U.S. Forest Service until he was appointed chief in 1962. He retired from the Forest Service in 1974.

The 1940s — L. Tom Perry began his college life in 1940 but, like many of his generation, he did not graduate until almost ten years later. Service to church and the country delayed graduation for many. When he enrolled in 1940 the enrollment at USAC stood at a near record level. When he returned in 1947, he became a part of a different kind of student body. Older and focused on completing their education, many of those returning GIs were married and some had young families. Hundreds of veterans enrolled at the college under the GI Bill, swelling enrollment to a new record of nearly 4,500 in 1948. Perry graduated with a degree in finance in 1948 and went on to distinguish himself in the field of business for more than 20 years. He also remained devoted to his faith where, in 1974, he received his church’s highest calling to serve as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, the spiritual and governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

1958 — L. Jay Sylvester was a member of the second senior class to graduate from Utah State University — Utah Gov. George Dewey Clyde signed the official document effecting the name change from USAC to USU on Founders Day, March 8, 1957. Sylvester proudly donned the blue and white as a member of the freshman football squad in 1955, but it was in track and field where he emerged a star. In a 1957 spring meet he set new Skyline Conference records in both the shot put and the discus throw. He went on to be awarded All-American honors

for both shot put and discus in 1958 and 1959, but his record-setting did not end with his college career. He set his first world record in 1961, something he would repeat three times during his career. In 1964 he won selection to the Tokyo Olympic Games. He regained the world record in 1968 and competed for the U.S. Olympic team in Mexico City and again at Munich in 1972, where, at the age of 35, he won the silver medal.

The 1960s — W. Brent Robinson was inspired after a high school class discussion about Sputnik to become an engineer. Once enrolled at USU, the Franklin, Idaho, student found a second passion — economics, and he pursued a double major in engineering and economics. His USU training prepared him to successfully complete an MBA at Harvard and enter the world of business where he soon began work in the banking industry. With a move back west to Boise, Idaho, he went to work for a bank that was eventually sold. The new owners appointed him president. At that time he was the youngest bank president in the United States. Through his career he has held executive positions at several retail banking institutions in the United States and Canada and has overseen the sale and mergers of more than 20 banks.

The 1970s — Mary Cleave became an adopted Utahan and stalwart Aggie when the Great Neck, New York native moved to Logan via Colorado to pursue graduate studies in the early 1970s. Her relocation was indicative of the changing demographic at USU during the 1970s, where more than 30 percent of the student body came from states other than Utah — or from other countries — giving campus a decidedly cosmopolitan flair. Cleave graduated with a master’s degree in microbial ecology in 1975 and, following commencement, applied to become an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. That first application was turned down, but NASA encouraged her to pursue a doctorate, which she completed in 1980. She then reapplied and was accepted to the astronaut program. After her successful training, she served as part of the ground crew for five shuttle flights, and in November 1985 she boarded the shuttle Atlantis for her first orbit of the Earth. Included in her personal effects was a USU banner. She completed a second flight aboard Atlantis in 1989. She retired from NASA in 2007.

1982 — Norah Abdullah Al-Faiz is part of a long history of international students who have studied at Utah State University and continued on to distinguished careers. The first international students registered for classes at Utah State in 1916. As the institution initiated agricultural assistance programs with other countries following World War II, the international student population increased dramatically. While their numbers have periodically expanded or contracted, USU’s international student community has remained a vibrant part of the campus for nearly 100 years. Mrs. Al-Faiz was born in the coastal city of Shaqra in Yemen and graduated from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. She traveled to the United States to study at USU where she earned a master’s

degree in instructional technology. She began a career as a public school teacher after she returned to Saudi Arabia, where she ascended to head principal in the girls’ section at Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Schools. In 1993 she was appointed director general of the women’s branch at the Institute of Public Administration. In 2009, Mrs. Al-Faiz became deputy minister for Women’s Education; the highest position ever obtained by a Saudi woman. She was named by “Time Magazine” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and has received the Distinguished Arab Women Award in Education from the Arab Women Foundation. During commencement 2012, USU awarded Mrs. Al-Faiz an Honorary Doctorate in Education for her “service as a powerful role model to women aspiring to careers in education …”

1990 — Russell Case. The arts have a tradition at USU that dates back to the institution’s founding. Artistic creations often resulted from practical training in carpentry and cabinet-making. Likewise, students enrolled in mechanical drawing courses were encouraged to explore their creativity. USU formed its first official Art Department when it hired Calvin Fletcher in 1907. He would guide the department for the next 40 years, and establish an artistic foundation that has prevailed to the present day. Case enrolled at USU in the late 1980s. With encouragement from his father, artist Gary Case, Russell explored his surroundings through the medium of watercolors. At USU, he expanded his proficiency with watercolors to oils. Pursuing a career as an art professor was Case’s original goal, but after studying with veteran faculty members Harrison Groutage and Gaell Lindstron, Case made the decision following his graduation in 1990 to pursue painting full time. It was a propitious decision and his landscapes quickly attracted public attention. His work has been featured in galleries from Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Santa Fe, N.M., where his paintings command considerable attention. He has won a number of prestigious awards and his work is presently represented nationally at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Western Visions Shows in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Coors Western Art Exhibition in Denver, Colo.; and Maynard Dixon Country in Mt. Carmel, Calif.

Happy Birthday Utah State University, and congratulation to all the students, across the decades, who have passed through your doors.

(With thanks to USU’s University Libraries and the USU Greats for the background information and research used in this summary.)

**Watch Utah State University Archivist Robert “Bob” Parson’s talk “A Few Things I’ve learned while Working in the Archives,” the 2013 Spring Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library Lecture.




Original article published Mar 5, 2013 by Utah State Today


Monday, March 2, 2015

We're Celebrating USU's Birthday, Complete With a Theme Party

Each year in March, we celebrate the birthday, or founding, of Utah State University with a Founders Day event. This year's event takes place on Friday, March 6, but that doesn't mean the celebration is over. 

We're going to keep it rolling through the entire month of March, bringing you stories about the history of USU and the many achievements made by its phenomenal students, faculty and staff.

To kick things off, we thought we'd start by providing you with our own definition of Founders Day. 

USU Founders Day [u-s-u foun-ders dey] : noun
1. Celebrating the establishment and rich history of Utah State University  2. Honoring distinguished alumni  3. Gathering to enjoy an evening of well-known friends and alumni at USU.

For 127 years, Utah State has been known for high-quality education, innovative research and a beautiful campus. This Founders Day we'll gather once again to celebrate how far we've come. 

From day one, USU has been dedicated to resolving Utah’s water problems. This year’s theme, Year of Water, focuses on the achievements of our many leading researchers in this field. 

In a January 2015 Utah State Today article, Tim Vitale, Executive Director of USU Public Relations and Marketing, explained more about the history of USU's involvement in and the critical need for addressing Utah’s water issues.

"Utah State University took up the challenge of quenching the water needs of a burgeoning population even before historic Old Main was completed. USU’s Agricultural Experiment Station was the first building on campus before Old Main, and its mission was to research then solve Utah’s water problems and address the state’s water needs."

This year, Utah State University's Water Research Laboratory will celebrate 50 years of leading the state's efforts on water research.

In reference to that celebration, USU President Stan Albrecht said, 


“We noted immediately that it’s not just the Water Lab leading efforts to address water needs. Our specialists in many colleges across many disciplines today are among the nations and even the world’s leading experts on many water-related issues. So we decided to broaden the celebration."

Few know about the work being done across the globe by our experienced water experts. It certainly isn't a glamorous, high-profile industry. But it's one of vital significance and monumental impact. 

Noelle Cockett, USU provost and executive vice president, said, "Addressing water issues is a complex and challenging task, and our interdisciplinary approach has resulted in innovative solutions recognized the world over.”

According to Vitale, "USU has projects now in Egypt, Senegal, Thailand, Uzbekistan, throughout Latin America, Central America and in many other countries across the Middle East."

Not only that, but our Utah State water resources graduates are sought out and highly valued in their field. Vitale said, 
"People who received their graduate degrees in water resources from USU are the who’s who of water ministers, engineers, resource specialists in Jordan, Palestine, Israel, the Philippines, Thailand, the Dominican Republic and now — or, again — in Iraq. USU researchers are the principal investigators on other projects across the nation, particularly in the West and in dozens of areas of specialization.
From rehabilitation of river ecosystems, to water quality for humans AND fish, to ways to capture and then deliver to municipal systems, to the agricultural fields and to the faucets in your home, USU has been, is and will continue to be THE place for answers to water challenges facing the region, state, nation and world."

Click here for the full Utah State Today article 




Join fellow Aggies and friends of Utah State as we celebrate the 127th anniversary of the establishment of USU. Honors include Distinguished Service Awards to W. Brent & Beverley J. Robinson and Rodney E. & Valene D. Tueller. Recipients of Distinguished Alumnus Awards are Blake R. Kirby and David C. Miller. The evening includes dinner, awards presentation and entertainment. $35 per person. Please RSVP by March 2, 2015 by calling (888) 653-6246 or register online at www.usu.edu/foundersday. Doors open at 6pm and dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dishing Out Love to Donors This Week

There are many different types of people who support Utah State monetarily: alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and more. We love every group for the unique ways in which they affect USU’s success:
  • As alumni, you give back by donating time, money or experiences to our university and its students. In addition, you give Utah State a good name by using the marketable skills and knowledge you developed while in school at your workplaces and in your homes.
  • Faculty and staff have dedicated their careers to teaching our students and providing opportunities for them to succeed. They've spent countless hours preparing and producing quality curriculum and programs for students.
  • Students can give back through the True Blue pledge. More importantly, USU would not be the great institution it is without hardworking, devoted students who use their ingenuity and intent to acquire well-earned degrees.
  • Parents support their students as they learn and grow at USU. They can support systems like the Merrill-Cazier Library, which serves as a valuable learning environment for every student on campus.


We recognize that many Alumni fit into several of these categories. Because of your unfailing support of this institution, we would like to say thank you, once again.


The relocation of the Block A was made possible by USU donors


This week, February 25-27, is Love-A-Donor week. Every day we thank a different group of our supporters:
      
February 25th - Celebrate Faculty and Staff - Send words of love and appreciation to faculty members who go above and beyond the call of duty! The Student Alumni Association will also be giving a small gift to these wonderful individuals. 
February 26th - Celebrate Alumni - Say thank-you to those who have come before! On this day, the alumni population will receive a powerful video via email from our student population saying thank you for the generosity of all our giving alumni.
February 27th - Celebrate Students - Many students give of their time, talents and treasures to USU. On this day, the Student Alumni Association will recognize all of those types of donors. If you have given the True Blue Pledge stop by the Alumni House from 11 – 1 PM for your swag, “A” license plate waiver, (if you have not already done so) and a cookie! If you haven't participated in the pledge, please stop by if you'd like to become “True Blue” yourself.


You are also invited to participate in a campus-wide social media competition during Love-A-Donor week. During the week, we encourage you to post pictures of yourself thanking a donor. You could write a note to a professor who donates, cook dinner for an Aggie alumni family member, or do the dishes for your roommate who has given the true blue pledge. Show your appreciation however you would like.

Be creative, and use the hashtag #usugivesback. At the end of the week, Alumni Association staff will examine the entries and the winning photo will be recognized on many Utah State University social media channels. The winner will also receive one use of the David B. Haight Alumni Center, free of charge.


Whichever group you're a part of, know that we love and appreciate you. Thank you!





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Spreadin' the love... all over Utah


You may have heard that we love our students and alumni. Well, it's true. And here is another way we show it.

We believe in giving students the tools and resources they need to succeed, not matter where they live. As a result, USU offers so much more than the education and experience available on the Logan campus.

The Distance Education programs at USU have been receiving some attention for their great achievements. In fact, U.S. News & World Report recognized 
Utah State University's Online Graduate Education program as the 13th best in the country, as published in Utah State Today.


“We have made great strides to become Utah’s premier online university, and in doing so we have also become one of the top-rated online programs in the country,” said Robert Wagner, Utah State University’s executive vice provost and dean for Academic and Instructional Services.

“The university views online course and degree delivery as an integral part of higher education’s future. We understand the demands of our consumer students for flexibility and choices when it comes to pursuing a college degree.”

Utah State also has campuses all over the state of Utah. From Tremonton to Kanab, these 27 campuses allow for flexibility in obtaining a degree no matter where you live, or what your work and family life look like. 


It gets even better. 

If you attend class at any of these campuses, tuition and fees follow the normal USU tuition table (including financial aid). They offer over 70 degrees and programs to online and regional campus students.

Our love of education and feedback from students and alumni, like you, have helped us create the types of programs from which you will benefit the most. So, what could you do with a degree in American Sign Language, Social Work, or Economics? 



Visit distance.usu.edu to find out more about our programs.

Monday, February 9, 2015

We Love You… Platonically, Of Course



It’s February - the month of LOVE.

To some, that thought may be joyful and full of excited anticipation. For others, it may simply be abysmal. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this month, or Singles Awareness Day, love is an inevitable, and integral, part of your life.

We each have multiple, and varied relationships that are founded on some degree of love. Whether it be a cherished family member, an adored spouse, an admired friend, a beloved sports team or even a favorite dessert, the feelings are there. You can’t deny them.

Love is an interesting phenomenon. Think about it for a second. We all need it. We’re happy when we receive it and even happier when we give it away to others. It’s been referred to as the universal language, but the funny thing is, we don’t all speak it the same way.

In fact, Dr. Gary Chapman, a renowned author and licensed marriage counselor, claims there are five different languages of love:
·         Words of Affirmation
·         Acts of Service
·         Receiving Gifts
·         Quality Time
·         Physical Touch

In his best-selling book, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, Chapman stresses that each of us feels loved the most when others share our Love Language with us. An example may be helpful.

Imagine this. Jake and Jamie are married. They have four kids, two jobs, an overwhelming house payment and a Great Dane, named Snuggles. Amidst the daily chaos of life, they’ve become so focused on keeping their children, employers and Snuggles happy, that they’ve forgotten about each other’s happiness. Their relationship has gotten a little rocky.

They’ve both read Dr. Chapman’s book and Jake knows that Jamie’s primary love language is Acts of Service. He also knows Jamie hates to clean up dinner. Speaking his wife’s love language, Jake tells Jamie to relax with her book (as much as she can with four kids) while he makes dinner and cleans it up afterward. 

The result: Jamie feels sincerely loved. Way to go, Jake!

Obviously, that single act alone won’t guarantee this couple’s happily ever after. The trick is to speak each other’s love languages frequently and consistently over time.

Now shift gears a little. Instead of imagining a husband and wife relationship, imagine your relationship with your alma mater. Is it good? Bad? Somewhere in between? Do you feel like it’s mutually beneficial? Or is it one-sided?

Are we speaking your love language well enough that you feel appreciated by the university? In other words, can you feel the love?

We may not excel in speaking all of Chapman’s love languages, but here are a few we try to do well.


WORDS of AFFIRMATION

Our students, faculty and alumni are amazing! We’re constantly looking for ways to highlight their accomplishments and share the incredible things they’re doing. From this month’s Alumni Spotlight on Brittany Fisher to our recent Utah State Today article on Emeritus Professor David Lancy to our engineering students’ Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber on the Huffington Post, we’re proud of your achievements and love to talk about them.


ACTS of SERVICE

Utah State University faculty and students are involved in some of the most cutting-edge, influential research in the country. The work they do provides services and solutions to problems faced by people, communities, cities and nations around the world.

In addition, multiple USU organizations give students and alumni the chance to serve those in their communities and beyond. For example, the Val R. Christensen Service Center regularly organizes service projects both in Cache Valley and around the globe. The projects this group facilitates not only help those who are direct recipients of their acts of service, but it also serves the students and community members who volunteer, making their lives richer and more purposeful.


RECEIVING GIFTS

We all know the greatest gifts a university can give its alumni are the knowledge and skills to succeed in life. After all, we’re in the business of providing the best education possible. We also know that education comes with a price. Tuition isn’t cheap, but it’s an investment for your future, which is certainly worth making.

While there are expenses to graduating from USU, did you know there are also opportunities to get things for free? Here are some examples:

·         Aggie Rewards – this is a mobile and desktop app that doesn’t cost a penny, but can have big dividends. Simply install it on your computer or phone and start playing. You earn points for things like visiting USU websites or social media sites. You can also earn points just for shopping online at some of your favorite stores (Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Best Buy, Kohl’s, etc.). Then you redeem those points for gift cards or a chance to win some amazing prices.
·         Social media giveaways – follow the USU Alumni Association and other USU groups on Facebook and Twitter for chances to win additional prizes. In the past, we’ve given away football tickets, basketball tickets, Aggie gear and more. Trust me, it’s worth it to stay connected.
·    Membership benefits – join the USU Alumni Association and receive all the benefits that come with your membership. Joining is easy. You have options between an Annual Membership or a Lifetime Membership. Visit our website for more details.
  

QUALITY TIME

Our lives are full of online interactions. Whether it’s at work with colleagues, at school with classmates or at home with family, we’re constantly communicating with each other through electronic devices. That type of collaboration may be necessary today, but we also still believe in the incomparable value of face-to-face contact. We understand how spending time to develop a personal relationship can make a significant impact in someone’s life. That is why we host a number of events across the university. And they’re not just limited to the Logan, Utah campus.

The Alumni Association organizes pregame parties before football games on the road. We also put together parties for some of the basketball away games. These are great opportunities for alumni and friends to spend time together and with representatives of the university. All with a common bond of being an Aggie.

Cheering on your favorite Aggie sports team with someone you care about is another great way to speak the language of quality time.

In addition, the Student Alumni Association (SAA) organizes Alumnights throughout each semester. These events are networking occasions where students are invited to the home of an alum to share their professional and personal experiences and to connect with other Aggies.

Not only does SAA have opportunities like this, but networking events that bond students and alumni happen all the time throughout USU and its regional campuses.



PHYSICAL TOUCH

We stay away from this particular love language, for obvious reasons. We’ll let you worry about it with your other, more appropriate relationships.



Dictionary.com defines love as a verb meaning “to have a strong liking for or take pleasure in.”

Here at the USU Alumni Association, we think this is a perfect definition of how we feel toward our alumni. We certainly have a strong liking for every one of our graduates and we take a great deal of pleasure in seeing you succeed.

As you do find success, please keep us informed so we can share your inspiring stories with others and we can all benefit from each other.


This Valentine’s Day make it a goal to learn how to speak the love languages of those who matter most in your life. Who knows, it may result in being the best Valentine’s Day ever!

20 Ways to Stay Involved After Graduating from USU

After all those years spent in school, you’re finally finished.

Now you have time to get a job, be involved in your hobbies, settle down somewhere new—do all the things you've wanted to for years. But how do you keep your friendships and connections alive with your university after moving on?


Here are some ways to keep yourself involved with Utah State:
1. Join the USU Alumni Association 
2. Post available job or internship positions from your employer on the USU Career AGGIE website.

3. Stay in touch with faculty members or classmates. 
4. Make sure we always have your current contact information so we can keep in touch and connect you with university events and updates.  

5. Keep up-to-date by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and our blog. 
6. Volunteer your time by hosting an in-home networking session with students from USU by emailing sheldon.browning@usu.edu.
7. Connect with other Alumni and students by attending events hosted by the university.

8. Sign up for and read our Alumni e-newsletter and engage in the stories of your alma mater and other alumni. 
9. Organize an service event with other Aggies in your area. (More info coming soon!)
10. Visit campus! It is improving every day.  
          Catch an athletics event 
          See a performance
          Take a campus tour 
11. Show your spirit by wearing your Aggie gear. 
12. Check to see if your employer has a matching gift program, and make a donation to USU.

13. Get an Alumni Association calendar. 
14. Put tradition events like Homecoming Week and A Week on your calendar. 
15. Display your love for USU with an Aggie license Aggie license plate 
16. Remember USU in your will or estate plan. 
17. Don’t forget to have your children apply for the Legacy Scholarship. 
18. Use Career Services to locate jobs in your area. 
19. Make usu.edu the home page on your web browser. 
20. Earn Aggie Rewards points on your everyday purchases.


Getting involved is easy at Utah State. The education and memories we've gained here bring us together and give us a reason to interact. 

Again, thank you for supporting the legacy of Utah State University. We love that our alumni are so involved on campus and across the country.


What have you found are the best ways to stay involved with USU?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Utah State Supports Student Entrepreneurs

There are many ways that people demonstrate their love for USU, and during this month we’d like to share a few moments where USU has shown love to students and Alumni, and they show it in return.

Just last month, Utah’s universities were recognized for joining a national trend of schools offering thousands in start up money for budding entrepreneurs to test their business plans before launching them in the real world.

Scott Petersen, director of Brigham Young University's Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship, said the programs allow students to run with their start ups before taking on the responsibility of major investors.

Petersen said his school offered $355,000 for entrepreneurship and technology programs this year, more than three times what was available five years ago.



At BYU, the University of Utah and Utah State University, much of the available money for startups is donated by corporations and outside groups, and awarded to students whose pitches win business competitions, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Utah State University offers prizes of up to $5,000 for students winning competitions.

At the University of Utah's Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, more than $25,000 in grants is available through a startup program.

"We're giving money to them and hoping they do the right thing with it," said Troy D'Ambrosio, the institute's executive director. "It's that catalyst; that little bit of spark to get the momentum rolling."

One of those recipients is Sakpants, a company founded by two University of Utah students that offers baggy lounge pants that cover feet like footie pajamas. The company received $3,000 from the university's entrepreneurship institute in April to get the business up and running.

Founders Garred Lentz and Brayden Iwasaki then raised $25,000 on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. They've sold more than a thousand pairs of the $29.99 pants, which are now back-ordered.

Lentz said he'd like to eventually take what he's learned and put it toward other business opportunities, but for now, "We just want to keep people's feet warm."

Giving students real-world business experience is a great way to prepare them for trial, error, failure, failure again, and eventual success.

What do you think are the most practical experiences we could offer to students?


Original article by The Associated Press, found on www.militarytimes.com 

Find Sakpants at: http://sakpants.com/