The Power to Change for Good
Utah State University A Decade of Distinction 2005 â€“ 2015
The Power to Change for Good
What a Difference a Decade Makes
Enhancing USUâ€™s Statewide Reach
Building a Better Tomorrow
Fulfilling the Land-Grant Mission: Teaching, Research and Service
Securing the Future
Ascending Aggie Athletics
We Will Always Remember
The Power to Change for Good
Utah State University A Decade of Distinction 2005 â€“ 2015
tah State University President Stan L. Albrecht celebrates 10
years of education, innovation and growth at the university. Since taking the helm in February 2005, President Albrecht has seen the university through many changes and successes, most notably:
• • • • • •
Enhancing USU’s Statewide Reach Logan Campus Transformation Teaching, Research and Service The Campaign for Utah State University Increased Notoriety for Aggie Athletics Globalization
The following pages highlight but a few of the remarkable happenings throughout the tenure of President Albrecht and his wife, Joyce, USU’s first lady.
Since its founding in 1888, USU has evolved from a small agricultural college to one that is nationally recognized for its intellectual leadership and research, particularly in the areas of land, water, space and life enhancement.
What a Difference a decade makes: 10 years of change
Full-Time Faculty 22,345
Degrees Awarded (masterâ€™s)
Degrees Awarded (bachelorâ€™s) 2005
Degrees Awarded (doctorate)
Total Scholarship/Grants Awarded (need-based)
$14,661,252 $45,748,800 0 10 Million 20 Million 30 Million 40 Million 50 Million
USU’s Statewide Reach A
s the state of Utah’s land-grant
growth and funding, both from private
institution, Utah State University
and public sources, for the educational
is charged with providing an education
opportunities in Utah provided by USU.
to all who qualify, regardless of socio-
By continually expanding its presence
economic status or geography. Hailing
across the state, USU provides Utah
from Utah’s rural Wayne County, Pres-
students access to higher education
ident Albrecht has committed a large
by breaking through traditional geo-
part of his presidency to overseeing
Fast Fact #13 ranked online
bachelor’s degree and graduate education program in the country. (U.S. News and World Report “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” January 2015)
USUâ€™s Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center is a state-of-the-art, high-tech educational facility in Vernal, Utah, where students are trained in business, engineering, water management, social work and other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Decade of Dramatic Growth Utah Stateâ€™s Regional Campuses System has experienced dramatic growth since
2014 (includes 2,048 at USU Eastern)
USU Statewide Campus Locations
USU has campuses covering Utahâ€™s landscape, allowing students the flexibility to obtain a degree no matter where they live.
Brigham City Logan Kaysville
Salt Lake City
Park City Orem Heber City
(Overall USU student population enrolled at a regional campus or USU online.)
Castle Dale 2014
Cedar City St. George
Blanding Montezuma Creek
$5.3 Million Land Gift for USUâ€“Uintah Basin
$15 Million Gift for Uintah Basin Campus Center
$1.5 Million Anadarko Foundation Gift
Bob Williams, a life-long resident of the Uintah Basin, donates 138 acres in Vernal, Utah, for the expansion and development of the campus. The donation marks the second largest private gift to the university at the time.
Utah entrepreneur and businessman Marc Bingham and his wife, Debbie, donate $15 million to fund construction of the Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center that opened in September 2010. The gift becomes the largest private gift in USUâ€™s history.
The non-profit Anadarko Foundation presents a $1.5 million gift to USU and the Uintah Basin Applied Technology College to help fund the joint USU/UBATC Vernal Building project and to provide for a faculty endowment.
USU and CEU Create Historic Union
Technology-Packed Distance Education Building
The College of Eastern Utah officially becomes part of the USU system and is now known as USU Eastern. “I have always taken great pride in USU’s statewide education role,” President Albrecht said. “The merger assures more Utah students access to quality higher education.”
Filled with the latest smart-classroom technology, the Distance Education building connects USU’s 26 campuses and education centers and 12,000 students statewide to the new building on the Logan campus.
Funding Approved for Three New Buildings in USU’s Regional Campus System Funding for the new Utah State University Brigham City campus, a new Science and Technology Classroom Building at USU-Tooele and the new USU Eastern Central Instruction Building was approved during the 2014 Utah legislative session.
The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, located in Park City, Utah, is gifted to USU and includes a 1,200-acre land trust and 10,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to environmental education. The value of the gift is in excess of $30 million.
A Better Tomorrow
total of 31 newly constructed buildings now dot the USU
statewide landscape thanks to generous donors, state and federal funding, students and the university.
Equine Education Center
Student & Institutionally Funded Donor Funded
David G. Sant Engineering Innovation Building Jim & Carol Laub AthleticsAcademics Complex Center
Partially Donor Funded Publicly Funded
UBATC/USU Vernal Building
Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education and Research Center
Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall Living Learning Center
Matthew Hillyard Animal, Teaching and Research Center Utah Botanical Center Wetland Discovery Point, Kaysville
Dolores DorĂŠ Eccles Center for Early Care and Education Utah Water Research Laboratory Hydraulics Lab Engineering Structural Testing Laboratory/ SMASH Lab Tooele Regional Campus Building Addition
Dick Romney Stadium Renovation USTAR BioInnovations Building Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center, Uintah Basin Swaner EcoCenter Nature Building, Park City
Huntsman Hall Student Recreation & Wellness Center Brigham City Campus Distance Education Building
Kaysville Education Center, Kaysville
Blanding Residence Hall, Blanding
Bioproducts Scale-Up Facility Addition
Science and Technology Classroom Building, USU Tooele
ICON Sports Performance Center
Wayne Estes Center
Central Instruction Building, USU Eastern
Under Construction 17
President Albrecht (left) digs-in with Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., at the Huntsman Hall groundbreaking in 2013.
In a nod to the universityâ€™s strong agricultural roots, the new Agriculture Sciences Building prominently located on the east side of USUâ€™s historic Quad was ready for students and faculty in 2012.
The Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Acade needs for every USU student athlete.
Many new buildings have changed the face of Utah State University, not only at the main campus in Logan, but throughout the state of Utah providing for an ever-increasing presence.
Brigham City Logan Kaysville Layton Tooele
The USTAR BioInnovations Center opened in 2010 and houses highly advanced life sciences laboratories.
Vernal Uintah Basin
Price Moab Blanding
mics Complex was completed in 2008 and serves a host of
Land-Grant Mission: Teaching, Research and Service
USUâ€™s Space Dynamics Laboratory is a world-leader known for developing revolutionary solutions in the areas of electro-optical sensor systems, calibration, thermal management, reconnaissance systems and small-satellite technologies.
Decade of Dramatic Milestones NEHMA: The Nucleus for Exhibiting Visual Arts for 30 Years The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art reached 30 years in 2012. Its collection of American modern and contemporary art has grown from 400 pieces in 1982 to more than 5,000 today. It is accredited through the American Alliance of Museums and serves more than 11,000 visitors each year. One third of its visitors are USU students and faculty who use the museum as part of their curriculum.
CPD: 35 Years of Making a Difference The Center for Persons with Disabilities in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services marked its 35th birthday in June 2007. The center has impacted the lives of people with disabilities, their families and communities throughout the nation and world.
Space Dynamics Lab: 50 Years of the Space Age in Utah In 2009, the university celebrated 50 Years of Space for its rich history in a staggering variety of space and national defense activities. Since its humble beginnings in 1959, tens of thousands of Utahns have been employed at SDL and its research has contributed millions of dollars to the Utah economy.
Utah Water Research Laboratory Celebrates
USUâ€™s Utah Water Research Laboratory celebrates 50 years in 2015 and is a leader in applied research aimed at solving current and future interdisciplinary water related challenges here in Utah and around the globe. The tradition continues today, with internationally renowned UWRL faculty and their students engaged in cutting-edge research benefiting all 29 Utah counties, several states and historically more than 70 countries.
USU Extension Celebrates 100 Years in 2007 With offices in 28 counties in Utah, USU Extension is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Utahns by responding to diverse issues with research-based, non-biased information and to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families and communities.
Research on the Rise Research Funding $123,700,000
Research Funding Up $9 Million at USU
Research Funding Reaches Another High
USUâ€™s total research awards increased to $132.7 million, up $9 million from the previous year, for an increase of 7.8 percent.
A record $187 million in research awards were given to the institution during the 2010 fiscal year, a 29 percent increase over funding received in 2009.
Fast Facts Through the Decade USU Reports Record Research Funding Sponsored awards funding totaled more than $220 million for fiscal year 2014, the highest level of external support recorded for USU.
2nd in the nation for research funding received for
(National Science Foundation’s 2008 fiscal year report, Aug. 2010)
#5 in the nation among public Colleges of Education for
total research dollars received by a college, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Graduate Schools, 2015 edition)
77% rate for tenured and tenure-track professors who
teach in USU classrooms, nearly double the current national average of 43% (American Federation of Teachers, “American Academic: The State Of the Higher Education Workforce 1997-2007,” June 2010)
In 2014, USU saw the increase in grant money set aside for graduate student tuition (Aug. 2014)
Utah Legislature Approves
Veterinary Program at USU T
he Utah State Legislature approves USUâ€™s proposal to develop the School
of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, allowing the university to extend its role in addressing important state needs while buttressing other research endeavors through collaboration with the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative and other USU programs.
The Matthew Hillyard Animal, Teaching and Research Center hosts a variety of classrooms, offices, animal physiology and reproduction labs, a veterinary medicine facility and a United States Department of Agriculture-inspected meat lab.
Commencement, a Time of
USU student athletes have an 84 percent graduation success rate.
commencement celebrates the significant academic accomplishments of students. The main campus,
located in Logan, celebrates the first Saturday of May, while USU Regional Campuses and USU Eastern host graduation events throughout
USU honors graduates with commencement exercises every spring.
the month of April at varying locations around the state.
Difference: Notable Acc
Goldwater Scholars among our graduates
Carnegie Professors of the Year â€“ more than any other school in the state
1 18 1
Truman Scholar 2013 Brianna Bowen (Class of 2014)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award Recipients
Nobel Prize â€“ Winning Alum 2013 Lars Peter Hansen (Class of 1974) 27
President Albrecht celebrates campaign success with First Lady Joyce Albrecht and Ronald W. Jibson, chair of USUâ€™s Board of Trustees and chairman, president and CEO of Questar Corporation.
the Future O
n the occasion of its 119 th birthday
million, the university charged forward,
in March 2007, USU announced the
increasing the endowment and raising
first-ever comprehensive fund-raising
its reputation as a national center for
campaign, â€œHonoring Tradition, Securing
excellence. By the end of the campaign
our Future.â€? The campaign reached its
in October 2012, the university had
goal of $200 million after just one year in
raised more than $512 million dollars.
March 2008. Setting a new goal of $400
Campaign Highlights Campaign Kickoff
Founders Day Celebration
Campaign Goal: $200 Million
Raised 100% of the $200 million New Campaign Goal: $400 Million New Donors: 11,000
Original Goal Achieved
President Albrechtâ€™s Decade of Leadership Campaign Reaches Another Milestone
Celebrating Success â€” USU Campaign Ends
Raised $300 Million
Campaign Goal: $400 Million Campaign Total: $512 Million Donors: 53,785
$512 Million 31
Forever Transform Four Colleges The Campaign Created: • • • • •
234 New Endowments 5 Faculty Chairs 7 Fellowships 3 Professorships $28.4 Million for Scholarship Endowments
Caine College of the Arts The Caine College of the Arts was named in recognition of sisters Kathryn Caine Wanlass (left) and Manon Caine Russell, founders of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, who have given generous and long-standing support of the arts at USU.
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services USU renames its highly ranked College of Education as the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services after numerous multi-million dollar gifts from the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation.
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Jon M. and Karen Huntsman donate $25 million to the School of Business and approximately $1 million for scholarship support for USU students from Armenia. In recognition of the gift, the College of Business changes its name to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources A $10 million donation from the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation prompted the university to unveil a new name for the College of Natural Resources.
USUâ€™s historic Romney Stadium was newly minted as Maverik Stadium in April 2015, ensuring the already promising future for Aggie football.
hen Utah State University Athletics
“We are proud to join with this group of
officially joined the Mountain West
high-quality institutions as we continue
Conference in July 2013, the Aggies reached
our very positive upward trajectory. This
a pinnacle of success created through a
is a great day for Utah State athletics and
foundation laid years ago thanks, in large
for the university as a whole.”
part, to generous donors and avid Aggie fans. Several notable events have changed “This is an exciting moment for Utah State
the face of USU Athletics, allowing
University as the decision renews historic
increased notoriety and providing an
rivalries and places us in a conference that
ever-increasing momentum into the
is a model of athletic and academic success,”
said USU President Stan L. Albrecht.
ICON Sports Performance Center
Jim and Carol Laub Athletics â€“ Academics Complex
Merlin Olsen Statue
Wayne Estes Center
USU Athletic Teams MW Basketball MW Cross Country M Football M Golf
W Gymnastics MW Indoor Track and Field MW Outdoor Track and Field W Soccer
W Softball MW Tennis W Volleyball
Key M = Men’s Team
W = Women’s Team
Jim and Carol Laub Athleticsâ€“Academics Complex Unveiled
Merlin Olsen Statue Unveiled at Romney Stadium
Utah State Universityâ€™s Athletic Department unveiled the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex located in the north end zone of Romney Stadium. In all, 413 Aggie alumni and friends donated to the three-story, 69,000 square-foot building including 116 former student-athletes.
A 12-foot, landmark statue of late Aggie and NFL legend, Merlin Olsen, stands at the south plaza of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. The project is the culmination of the Merlin Olsen Field Campaign that raised more than $600,000 to start an endowed scholarship in the name of Merlin and Susan Olsen and support the Football Competitive Excellence Fund.
ICON Sport Performance Cent on Northwest Co Romney Stadi
The $6.4 million, 21,000 squareand conditioning center features a training, cardiovascular workouts agility training, as well as offices for of-the-art multi-level facility alleviat and accommodates almost 400 a 16 sports programs
ts ter Opens orner of ium
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Utah State Athletics Opens Wayne Estes Center The $9.7 million, 32,000 square-foot basketball practice facility and volleyball competition venue contains a regulation-size competition court with chair back seating for 1,400 fans, along with a training room and in-season strength and conditioning area. Located inside the foyer of the Wayne Estes Center is a visual tribute of the buildingâ€™s namesake. The building got off the drawing board with a lead gift of $5.25 million from Jim and Carol Laub, which is the largest single gift in USU Athletics history.
Maverik Stadium Announced as Part of New Corporate Partnership Utah Stateâ€™s Football venue is now known as Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium after USU and Maverik, Inc., owners of convenience stores throughout the Intermountain West, jointly announced a long-term naming rights partnership to its football stadium.
The Aggie mascot, Big Blue, high-fives fans at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USUâ€™s #1 Aggie fans, Joyce and Stan Albrecht.
Athletic Fast Facts through the Decade
USU Aggies led the WAC with academic all-conference honorees (2010-11)
USU Aggies led its league in academic all-conference recipients in of the past 13 years, including in each of its first six years in the WAC (2012)
have a cumulative grade-point average of
Among USU’s 16 NCAA– sponsored sports, softball and men’s basketball have a graduation success rate, a metric achieved for four-straight years (2014) No Utah State team has less than a graduation success rate (2011)
Going Global “We are very pleased to build such a strong international partnership with the Dominican Republic and increase Utah State’s global vision.” — Stan L. Albrecht
President Albrecht welcomes the Dominican Republic Minister of Higher Education Ligia Amada Melo de Cardona to the USU campus.
History professor Chris Conte (left) recruited Mozambican student Domigos Muala to USU to research how understanding a placeâ€™s environmental history is necessary for preserving its future.
education provides for a variety of rich learning experiences inside and outside the classroom.
Learning Together Part of that experience is learning together with people from a wide variety of backgrounds from countries around the globe. Thanks to an agreement signed by President Albrecht to educate students from the Dominican Republic, there have been more than 80 Dominican students attending USU since 2005. USU has a cohort of several students from Armenia thanks to the support of Jon Huntsman, Sr., and the Beaumont Foundation of America. The students live on the USU campus and study in a variety of fields. And the Global Aggie Program helps local USU First Lady Joyce Albrecht hosts Armenian students attending USU thanks to generous support from Jon Huntsman, Sr., and the Beaumont Foundation of America.
students act as â€˜cultural ambassadorsâ€™ to international students by assisting their transition into United States culture while forming lasting friend-
ships and connections.
Teach & Inspire Students in the class of USU Uintah Basin biologist Lianna Etchberger (top, second from right) are looking for new antibodies to combat drugresistant bacteria.
Faculty researchers work closely with students to teach and inspire every day. And the students embrace the opportunities offered by collaboration and are given opportunities to work closely with research faculty on projects around the world. For instance, Graduate student Jon Pugmire traveled to the South Pole
College of Agriculture and Applied Sci-
advance his work in bioenergy. Closer to home,
in 2013 to inspect USUâ€™s Advanced
ences faculty member Ed Reeve has
a group of first-year biology students from
Mesospheric Temperature Mapper.
been travelling to Thailand for the past
USU Uintah Basin are contributing to a global
Built by the Space Dynamics Labora-
decade to train educators in the Science,
research project right on campus. Through the
tory, the mapper captures images of
Technology, Engineering and Mathemat-
Yale University-based Small World Initiative,
gravity waves some 50 miles above the
ics fields. And Utah Science Technology
the students collected soil samples and antibiot-
polar surface. He traveled with USU re-
and Research (USTAR)-endowed pro-
ic-producing microbes from the Vernal area and
search physicist Dominique Pautet to
fessor of biological engineering Foster
uploaded collected data to a central database.
work on a National Science Foundation
Agblevor, travels to Finland in summer
With SWI participants around the world, the
-funded project under the direction of
2015 as a J. William Fulbright Foreign
Aggies are comparing results from other loca-
USU physics professor Mike Taylor.
Scholarship Awardee where he plans to
tions and seeking new antibodies.
Aggies Around the World Germany United States Mexico
Japan China Hong Kong
Highlighted Study Abroad Additional Study Abroad
Enrich the Lives of Others Utah State University empowers its students to enrich the lives of others and inspires students to perform outreach and service across the globe. For the many students who participate,
A Tibetan family poses next to their new stove installed by USU students participating in Engineers Without Borders.
it isn’t even about getting credit, but about making a difference and moving forward toward a better, smarter future. Students in USU’s Engineers Without Borders have travelled to several countries throughout the years. In Tibet, the
Danielle (Dani) Babbel, ’10, spent one
group visited six rural villages and eval-
summer of her USU schooling interning
uated housing needs, sampled water
at a hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico.
supplies and worked with the local school
While there, she studied the effects of
for nomad children. They were able to
transnational migration on land use and
buy and install a stove for one needy
gender issues in agricultural relations
family and taught at the school where
of production in rural communities with
students live in residence because of
USU assistant professor of Geography
their parent’s nomadic lifestyle.
Chris Terry (right) led a study-abroad course that included visits to several important museums and art collections in Europe.
Environmental history professor Chris
USU Art faculty member Christopher Terry
Conte boarded a plane for a six-week
experienced a completely new learning envi-
tour of Africa in 2011 where he trav-
ronment in Germany and Switzerland in fall
eled to the Gorongosa National Park,
2005. Terry put together a course of study
a wildlife refuge in the Great African
that included drawing, painting, color theory/
Rift Valley that, before a civil war broke
practice and the history of Bauhaus. One of
out in 1977, was one of Africaâ€™s most
the key elements of the trip was to immerse
biologically diverse habitats. During the
students in the culture, while taking advan-
trip Professor Conte recruited Mozam-
tage of resources not readily available on
bican student Domingos Muala to USU
campus at Utah State.
to write a history of the park and an account of how violence has contribu-
And Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
ted to transformations in land use and
takes students on faculty-led Global Learning
Experience trips every year during the week of Spring Break. Each program includes pro-
Exchange of Knowledge The university also fosters a wide range of educational opportunities for stu-
fessional engagements at both private sector organizations and non-governmental organizations and gives students the opportunity to learn about unique characteristics of different national business environments.
dents who want to travel abroad to facilitate the exchange of knowledge across international boundaries. President and First Lady Albrecht pose for a photo with a cohort of USU students from the Dominican Republic.
We Will Always
Remember Memorial Honors College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Students and Professor
memorial sculpture located
The event forever impacted the university
outside of the College of Agri-
community, and we continue to honor the
culture and Applied Sciences build-
families of the outstanding young men and
ing on the Utah State University
their teacher. Time has passed, but we
Quad commemorates eight College
still remember Steven D. Bair, Justin W.
of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Gunnell, Justin Huggins, Jonathan Dennis
students and their instructor who
Jorgensen, Curt A. Madsen, Ryan Wayne
lost their lives on September 26,
McEntire, Bradley G. Wilcox and instructor
2005, in a tragic vehicle accident.
Evan Parel Parker.
USU students, faculty, staff and community members gathered together to honor the remarkable men whose lives were so tragically cut short.
The “Utah State University: A Decade of Distinction, 2005–2015” is published by the USU Public Relations and Marketing Office, 0500 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah, 84322-0500, Phone: (435) 797-1351. Copyright 2015.
Published on Nov 24, 2015
Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht celebrates 10 years of education, innovation and growth at the university. Since taking the...