March 11-14, 2003 Highlights
Service and Utah State Celebrate Collaboration
years ago the first spam message was sent out via the "Arpanet,"
Corvettes were the hottest thing on wheels, Frank Zappa toured
the country, Christopher Reeves flew in a Superman getup, women
wore red, knee-high boots and albums went from seven inches
to 12 inches.
And some people actually got something done.
It was twenty-five years ago, in 1979, that Utah State University's
College of Natural Resources partnered with the U.S. Forest
Service, offering training courses for Forest Service managers
and decision makers. Forest Service officials were in town March
3 to celebrate the quarter-century partnership with natural
Almost 700 recreation managers from the Forest Service and
other federal land management agencies have been trained in
managing the wildland/urban interface; managing wilderness areas,
cultural resources and archeology sites; aligning recreation
programs with public demand; recreation conflict and management;
rural tourism development; ecosystem approaches to visitor management;
and other topics.
Michael Butkus, program director for 15 years, brings in expertise
from around the country to conduct the training seminars and
workshops, which range in length from one week to three weeks.
"Given the popularity of outdoor recreation as a use of
our public lands, training and educating federal recreation
managers in order to help them do their jobs better is a very
important outreach function for our College of Natural Resources,"
State Extension in Morgan County:
an Impact in Schools
Mechan is a 27-year veteran of the elementary school classroom
and a third generation 4-H'er. He says Extension has been invaluable,
providing educational programs concerning water conservation
and agriculture for use in the classroom. The all-day Agricultural
Day, as part of "Ag in the Classroom," and the local
Mountain Man Day have been two of his students' favorites.
"There is always a tremendous amount of community support
for Extension and 4-H," Mechan said.
The Ag Day provides 160 students with 12 stations that focus
not just on production, but the science of water and soils.
Ralph Pomeroy, principal of Morgan Elementary, echoed Mechan's
support. "We have a great partnership with the schools,
community and newspaper in supporting Extension's 'Character
Counts' program through grade school, junior high and high school
for the last five years."
We have monthly assemblies that focus on a different character
trait each time, Pomeroy says. Each month the high school honors
both a student and someone from the community, and the newspaper
helps out by featuring the winners. Extension has been one of
the best resources for bringing character development programs
to our schools, he added. It helps build community and improve
relationships among the students.
The students like it so much that they have formed a drama
club to put on character education plays.
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J. Riley Honored as Women and Gender Research Institute Distinguished
Pamela J. Riley has been nominated as the Women and Gender Research
Institute's (WGRI) Distinguished Professor. Professor Riley
has made exceptional contributions to Utah State University
and to her profession in the areas of teaching, research and
service during her 25-plus-year career at Utah State University.
Her research focuses on women in international development and,
domestically, on gender, work and family. Her latest research
efforts are directed toward targeting Latino families in Cache
Valley to learn more about their experiences with work, family
The purpose of the WGRI Distinguished Professor Award is to
recognize the outstanding leadership of women professors in
their scholarly or creative disciplines and to recognize men
or women professors who conduct research on gender issues.
A reception honoring Riley is planned for Wednesday, March
19, in the Eccles Conference Center on the Utah State University
campus. Riley will speak at 3 p.m. and a reception will follow
at 4 p.m.
The WGRI was formed in 1984 to foster research by women, to
assist departments in recruiting and retaining women faculty,
and to encourage research on gender issues by men and women.
State University Extension Forestry Specialist Presents at Congressional
Kuhns, Utah State University Extension Forestry Specialist and
associate professor of forestry, recently presented an exhibit
at a Washington, D.C., congressional reception highlighting
the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant
Colleges. His exhibit was one of 36 Extension and Ag Experiment
Station projects chosen to be presented to members of Congress,
their staff and agency representatives. Several hundred attended.
"Mike has been a great asset to Extension and the state
of Utah," said Jack Payne, vice president for Extension.
"If you limit your travel to I-15, you may not realize
that about 30 percent (16 million acres) of Utah is forest land.
Forested lands are an important natural resource in Utah, and
carefully managed forest lands provide substantial benefits
not only to the private landowner, but to communities as well."
"It was an honor to be part of this reception," said
Kuhns. "They highlighted advancements being made at the
nation's land grant universities in agricultural and natural
resources research and Extension."
Kuhns's exhibit highlighted Utah State's Forest Landowner Education
Program and its effort to provide current, unbiased information
to Utah's private forest landowners and others interested in
managing forest lands in Utah. The exhibit also highlighted
community and wildland-urban interface forestry with a display
explaining various aspects of USU Extension forestry.
This year's Congressional reception theme was "The Land-Grant
System: Science and Education Working for and Serving America."
This is the sixth year the event has been held.
Kuhns has worked at Utah State since 1992.
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