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science related to weather, soil, water, land use, microorganisms, genetics, sustainability, environmental science and plant and animal science. She is currently director of USDA’s National Agriculture in the Classroom program and also a professor teaching and conducting research with practicing teachers enrolled in graduate programs in USU’s School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education. Spielmaker has been project director for the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agricultural Literacy program since 2012 and is responsible for all national electronic resources, the Agriculture in the Classroom National Agricultural Curriculum Matrix, professional development and agricultural literacy research. In 2015, she completed work on the new Utah seventh grade required course, College and Career Awareness. She was responsible for the development of projectbased learning instruction integrating STEM and careers as well as teacher professional development. — Lynnette Harris ’88

Aggie Rec Center Named 2017 Outstanding Sports Facility The student Aggie Recreation Center is now both an eye-catcher and an award-winner. The chic brown and silver structure, with its immense windows and sharp-jutting angles, was just named this year’s Outstanding Sports Facility by the National Intramural and Sports Recreation Association, during its annual conference and Campus Recreation and Wellness Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland. Other awards and recognition the new rec center has garnered since its opening 15 months ago include a coveted LEED Gold certification. It was named the Outstanding Sports and Recreation Facility for 2016 by Utah Design and Construction magazine. It received the 2016 merit award for recreation and sports facilities for Best Project by the Mountain States Region from Engineering News Record. It also received a 2016 merit design award from the Utah Masonry Council. “These awards and recognition underscore the high-quality, collaborative effort put forth by everyone involved in designing 6 UTAHSTATE I SPRING 2017

Utah state magazine spring 2017  

The quarterly magazine for friends and alumni of Utah State University

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