Friday, January 23, 2015

There's More to the Student Opportunity Fund Than You Realize

Each student at Utah State University has a unique story and purpose for attending our school. Many students are happy to explain the impact scholarships have on their educational experiences. 

One of these scholarships is the Student Opportunity Fund, sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, or CHaSS. This scholarship allows students in the college to keep the dream of completing a higher education within reach. It has helped both of these students achieve their educational goals.


SYMONE CALDWELL
“Me and my family are currently below the poverty line. For me, for what I want to do in my life and my life goals, college is the only way for me to get there. For me to attend college and have funding to go to college, makes a difference in my life.”

“Thank you for investing in me. I really do appreciate it. You’re the reason that I’m here, and I hope to live on your legacy.”


 SAMUEL ABBOTT
“My choice to be a history major was based on a really good professor, it matched my interests, and it’s something that I’m easily motivated to do.”


“I’m a Hubbard Family Scholar, and that means I've expressed excellence in both writing and environmentalism. This scholarship has given me a lot of extra time, and it also gives me motivation. When I know I’m working on someone else’s dollar I put a lot more effort into it.”


Thank you for supporting students at USU so generously with your time, talents and donations. There are many ways to continue that support; so much more than giving money. Getting involved in your community helps spread the Aggie legacy of service, and keeps the Aggie spirit alive in many cities and countries. 

Utah State is about more than education. It's about an experience of learning and serving and growing. 

How has your education helped you better serve your community? 




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How you've helped: The Student Opportunity Fund

Utah State University is constantly searching for new ways to develop student scholarships. One college established the CHaSS Student Opportunity Fund to encourage alumni and friends to ensure that higher education continues to be a dream within reach of students from all walks of life.

Over the next week we will be highlighting some of these students, as they tell their own stories.


BAILEY MCMURDIE
“Being a woman in sports broadcasting definitely isn't easy. People look at me differently because I don’t want to be a sideline reporter. I want to be in the action, getting all of that stuff on camera.”


“If I could say anything to the donors: there are so many hardworking kids, and I was blessed enough to have donors like Deseret Digital Media who recognized something that I did. That made me work harder.”
Bailey is now working for FOX 13 News in Salt Lake City as a sports producer and reporter.
Visit her profile here: http://fox13now.com/author/kstubaileymcmurdie/ 


CHRIS ELLSWORTH
“Studying here at Utah State and especially being in the ROTC program has really taught me that I can do hard things, and that I can actually push myself a lot harder than I ever imagined that I could.”


“Leadership, for me, is about having people trust you, and allowing them to confide in you.” 
“Although our program is a lot smaller today, being able to be a part of that legacy is a privilege.”


Each recipient has a unique story, but they have all have benefited from scholarships in order to gain an education. Because of the hard work they put into their schooling here at USU, they will be valuable additions to the work force and more importantly, the world.  

As Alumni, you play a critical role in the success of these students, and others at Utah State. Thank you for your kindness, compassion, loyalty and sacrifice for the benefit of these great students. 


Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Year of Gratitude

A new year seems to bring with it reflection and resolution. As we look back on this year, a major part of who we are at USU and what we are able to do is made possible by our alumni. And as an Alumni Association, we have resolved to be more grateful this year for your vital and substantial contributions, whether they come in the form of volunteered time, monetary donations or alumni involvement.

Your contributions have helped us make incredible strides, and for that, we are sincerely grateful.

The support you've given has created scholarships, expanded educational opportunities, strengthened Aggie networks and given students resources they need to succeed.

Your volunteer involvement with USU, as board members, mentors, guest speakers and more, has also strengthened the value of our students' education and their entire Aggie experience.


USU students who have benefited from your contributions 

Your unwavering loyalty to Utah State makes our students feel proud to be Aggies. Our athletes, artists, musicians, engineers, biologists, journalists, and more say “thank you” for your support of their education and ambitions.

We’re excited to see what 2015 will bring.

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: www.usu.edu/rewards 
  • 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 Amazon.com, Walmart.com, 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 brandon.taylor@usu.edu.






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 www.swanerecocenter.org or contact the Nell Larson, Director of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, at 435-797-8941 or nell.larson@usu.edu

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

ATTENTION MALES!
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: http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/tailgating-hacks-that-are-borderline-genius

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!

PREP and PACK
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.





SETTING UP CAMP
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!