USU Eastern’s Phi Beta Lambda placed four students at its state leadership competition on April 5-6 at Dixie State College in St George. Students competed in business events against the other two- and four-year colleges and universities in Utah.
The Eagles have had a lot of changes happen over the year. For one, the Eagles have never been nationally ranked in the history of the baseball program, and for the first time, they received votes from D-II NJCAA national poll. They were ranked in 26th in the nation; but have since dropped from the rankings. This is a big step for this team, especially because this is also their first year going independent rather than part of the SWAC. They took a leap of faith doing this, it could have either hurt them or made them excel.
Former Eagle editor and part-time staff member of USU Eastern athletics office, KC Smurthwaite was recognized by Southern Utah University for his academic achievement in communications last week.
Smurthwaite, who will be graduating magna cum laude from SUU in May, graduated from USU Eastern in 2012 where he was named outstanding journalism student and served as editor of The Eagle plus he won numerous awards at the Utah Press Association for his sports coverage and columns.
The USU Eastern Lady Eagles say good-bye to their teammates and begin to prepare for a new team and a new season.
Hailee Parry is leaving the team with a gap that hopefully can be filled. She was first team All-Region and nominated for an All-American this past season. Unsure at this point where she will be playing next season, she has turned down a couple of offers from out of state, and is considering Weber State.
Amy Arbon turned down Lewis and Clarke College as well as Lethbridge College, and is looking at playing for Utah Valley University.
The Eagles went up against some good teams over the two previous weekends. Their first game was against the Utah State Aggies club team. Eastern won two and dropped two. Dawson Community College was their next competitor. USU Eastern won both games. They also played one game against Idaho State University pulling out another win.
The Masters was played last weekend and there were many firsts to be spoken of, from the youngest player to ever make the cut, to a few controversial stroke penalties and a first-time wearer of the green jacket. Not only was this the first time he had ever placed the jacket on his back, it was also the first time his country has ever had a citizen place the jacket on his back.
The USU Eastern baseball program may have struggled as a team in recent years, but that doesn’t mean members have not excelled individually. The rough seasons didn’t stop many of Eastern baseball athletes from furthering their baseball career after their time at Eastern was over. Six athletes that spent two years at Eastern are now playing baseball at a higher level. These athletes include Tyler Slesk; brothers, Kort and Kody Christoffersen; Tory Ulibarri; Craig Brinkerhoff and Willie Eyre.
The winner of the Beat the Geek Competition, hosted by Peter Legner of the math department, was Jennifer Burdis. She received 74 points (39 of 63 correct predictions) and was the only one of the 80 students who correctly picked the final game to be Louisville versus Michigan. Burdis also correctly picked Louisville to win. David Blackwell received 73 points to finish in second place. Burdis gets a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore while Blackwell receives a $25 gift certificate.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will be sidelined for up to nine months after tearing his Achilles tendon. The injury happened Friday against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant told the press that he did this move millions of times, but this time it just popped. Bryant had an MRI confirmed the tear.
New leadership was chosen through a process of interviews and activities in which advisors and current student leaders observed and evaluated those who had applied for positions next year.
To begin, potential student leaders were taken into a board room to be interviewed by a panel of advisors. Standing on a strip of tape before eight individuals, the panel had the opportunity to ask questions to get to know the candidate.
Students from the USU Eastern Business Department spent April 8 preparing and explaining income tax returns for individuals at Four Corners Mental Health.
According to Henning Olsen, Ed.D., each year, a bus brings people wanting assistance with preparing their state and federal income taxes to the campus during tax season.
“Join the Army,” they said. “We’ll pay for your education,” they said. “You won’t even have to use your G.I. Bill until you get out,” they said. Well, poppycock I say. Over the last 10 years, I tried multiple times to go to college while still serving in the military. They would let me start, then just as I got to the point of no refund from my school, the Army made me quit, for one reason or another they always made me quit.
The Clothesline Project was on display in the Jenifer Leavitt Student Center Multi Purpose room. The project has become a major success thanks to the involvement of Eastern staff, faculty, and students, as well as overwhelming support from members of the community.
Another one bites the dust, that is, yet another professor bites the dust. Students and faculty were shocked to hear that not one, but two key instructors were leaving USU Eastern’s music department when associate professor Russell Wilson announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2013 spring semester. Greg Benson resigned in February.
“Not quite sure how I feel about leaving,” Wilson says, but knows that “it is time to move on.” Certainly bittersweet feelings are bound to arise after teaching here for 27 years.