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The Power to Change for Good

Utah State University A Decade of Distinction 2005 – 2015

The Power to Change for Good






What a Difference a Decade Makes


Enhancing USU’s Statewide Reach


Building a Better Tomorrow


Fulfilling the Land-Grant Mission: Teaching, Research and Service


Securing the Future


Ascending Aggie Athletics


Going Global


We Will Always Remember

The Power to Change for Good

Utah State University A Decade of Distinction 2005 – 2015


Introduction U

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


Enrollment (overall)

Full-Time Faculty 22,345



















Degrees Awarded (master’s)

3,548 0







Degrees Awarded (bachelor’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

graphic boundaries.

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)

USU’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 State’s Regional Campuses System has experienced dramatic growth since




31% 14,279

2014 (includes 2,048 at USU Eastern)



2005 2014









USU Statewide Campus Locations

USU has campuses covering Utah’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

Uintah Basin


(Overall USU student population enrolled at a regional campus or USU online.)




Castle Dale 2014


Richfield Milford




Junction Panguitch

Cedar City St. George



Blanding Montezuma Creek

Monument Valley

$5.3 Million Land Gift for USU–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 USU’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.

March 2006

October 2007

July 2008

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.

March 2010

September 2012

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.

March 2014

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.


Color Key

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

Merrill-Cazier Library

2005 16

Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education and Research Center

Agricultural Sciences

Institutionally Funded

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 university’s strong agricultural roots, the new Agriculture Sciences Building prominently located on the east side of USU’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

Park City

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


Fulfilling the

Land-Grant Mission: Teaching, Research and Service


USU’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

50 Years

USU’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





$220,000,000 0

50 Million

100 Million

150 Million

200 Million

250 Million







Research Funding Up $9 Million at USU

Research Funding Reaches Another High

USU’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.

October 2007

August 2010

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

aerospace engineering

(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)

September 2014


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 USU’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.


Decade of

Difference: Notable Acc

20 13

Goldwater Scholars among our graduates


Carnegie Professors of the Year – 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 – 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 USU’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, “Honoring Tradition, Securing

excellence. By the end of the campaign

our Future.� 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

March 2007

March 2008

$0 Million

$200 Million

Original Goal Achieved

President Albrecht’s Decade of Leadership Campaign Reaches Another Milestone

Celebrating Success — USU Campaign Ends

Raised $300 Million

Campaign Goal: $400 Million Campaign Total: $512 Million Donors: 53,785

August 2010

October 2012

$300 Million

$512 Million 31

Named Gifts

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.

USU’s historic Romney Stadium was newly minted as Maverik Stadium in April 2015, ensuring the already promising future for Aggie football.


Aggie Athletics


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,”

next century.

said USU President Stan L. Albrecht.


ICON Sports Performance Center

Jim and Carol Laub Athletics – 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 Athletics–Academics Complex Unveiled

Merlin Olsen Statue Unveiled at Romney Stadium

Utah State University’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.

September 2008

October 2010

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

July 2013

ts ter Opens orner of ium

-foot strength areas for weight and speed and staff. The statetes overcrowding athletes from .

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 building’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.

May 2014

Maverik Stadium Announced as Part of New Corporate Partnership Utah State’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.

April 2015

The Aggie mascot, Big Blue, high-fives fans at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

USU’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)

400-plus student-athletes

have a cumulative grade-point average of

3.17 (2012)


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 place’s environmental history is necessary for preserving its future.

Utah State


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 ‘cultural ambassadors’ 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 USU’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

England France

Dominican Republic


Poland Hungary



Japan China Hong Kong

Thailand Chile






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.

Claudia Radel.


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 Africa’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

land cover.

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.


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A Decade of Distinction, 2005 - 2015  

Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht celebrates 10 years of education, innovation and growth at the university. Since taking the...

A Decade of Distinction, 2005 - 2015  

Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht celebrates 10 years of education, innovation and growth at the university. Since taking the...