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Healthcare Professionals for Utah’s Rural Communities

USU’s statewide campuses offer programs to fill the demand for healthcare practitioners with a range of training, including medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, medical laboratory technicians, pharmacy technicians, phlebotomists, and surgical technicians. The programs are part of the Department of Aviation and Technical Education’s focus on teaching skills that are needed in communities throughout the state and region.

In This Issue



Dairy Science to Publishing Success

Leon Leavitt didn't earn a degree in dairy science to launch a career in agricultural communication but his company, Progressing Publishing, now produces six magazines in multiple languages for readers in farming communities in the U.S.  and Canada


Heloisa Rutigliano is USU’s Teacher of the Year

Heloisa Rutigliano discovered her passion for teaching as a graduate teaching assistant. Now this outstanding assistant professor in USU's School of Veterinary Medicine has been recognized as the university's teacher of the year.



Serving Students, Animal Owners, and Utah Veterinarians

Two Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory leaders and USU School of Veterinary Medicine faculty members were honored by the Utah Veterinary Medical Association. Jane Kelly was chosen as the president-elect of the UVMA and Thomas Baldwin was named the Utah Veterinarian of the Year.

Beaver Bar

Aggie Chocolate Factory+Outdoor Product Design+Beaver Mountain = A Sweet Collaboration

In what may seem an unlikely pairing, the Aggie Chocolate Factory and the Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) program worked with Beaver Mountain Ski Resort to produce the Beaver Bar.

Professor A.A. Heravi Atrium Dedication

A space has been named to honor Professor A.A. Heravi, a pioneer of scientific farming in Iran. The atrium’s naming recognizes just one of the many generous gifts alumnus Mehdi Heravi has given across many programs and departments at Utah State University.

Best of State

The Aggie Creamery and Aggie Chocolate Factory are Best of State

Aggie Ice Cream and cheeses from the Aggie Creamery and artisan chocolate produced at the Aggie Chocolate Factory are delicious and named "Best in State.

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A Farmer’s Wife and Remarkable Life

Flora was a busy and popular student at the Utah Agricultural College. She was an excellent tennis player and president of the Girls Athletic Club. She was involved in theater and student government and was easy to spot around town and on campus because she had her own car.

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USU/UofU Team Wins 2021 Utah Real Estate Challenge

Following many weeks of creative collaboration and countless hours of work in the design studio, three LAEP students and their two teammates at the U of U were recently named winners of the 2021 Utah Real Estate Challenge and claimed the contest’s $20,000 grand prize.

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The Past and Present of Technical Education Without Limits

Teaching technical skills that prepare graduates for “industrial vocations” wasn’t just a good idea in 1862. A recent report on the country’s job growth and education requirements concluded that 30% of job openings require some college or an associate’s degree.

Past Issue Articles

Aggies Win Smart Snacks Competition

It's snack time! USU students used their creativity, food science knowledge and a lot of work to win the Institute of Food Technologists Smart Snacks for Kids competition.

CAAS Responds to COVID-19

College of Agriculture Students and faculty quickly became more creative in the spring to finish the semester strong and continue with involvement in the fall semester.

Institute for Antiviral Research

Researchers at USU’s Institute for Antiviral Research have been at work since February testing antiviral compounds and licensed drugs for their effectiveness against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Our Food System and the Impact of COVID-19

Utah State University’s Hunger Solutions Institute, and combined efforts of donors and volunteers, managed to pull off “miracles” to help struggling Utahns on both ends of the food supply chain.