Utah State University’s First Lady Joyce Albrecht hosted the Legislative Spouses Luncheon Wednesday, February 4th, at the Zions Bank building in Salt Lake City. The luncheon provided an opportunity for those attending to hear more about Utah State University and its many research programs and initiatives. Both student and faculty research were in the spotlight.
Highlights of this year were the Aggies Elevated program recently started at Utah State University, Utah State University Harp Program, Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence, and Gray Matters.
The afternoon began with a perfect setting as the Legislative Spouses and Guests were welcomed by First Lady Joyce Albrecht.
|First Lady Joyce Albrecht|
|First Lady Joyce Albrecht greeting guests|
After the welcoming University Catering started service of the unique menu specifically created for this event. The plate was laid out beautifully with the main entree along with a delicious blend of flavors.
|University Catering Staff serving the luncheon|
|President Stan Albrecht enjoying the Luncheon|
|And for dessert a wonderful Raspberry and Cream Profiterole filled with Raspberry and Cream Aggie Ice Cream |
Fresh Raspberries and raspberry sauce finished off the lunch portion of the event.
After the meal was served the Legislative Spouses and guests were able to learn about all the highlighted programs.
Utah State University Harp Program has been created for students and provides practical life skills such as communication skills, independence, ability to problem solve, leadership skills, discipline, focus, organizational skills and more. A senior in the Harp Program was the featured Musician for this event and provided beautiful music and shared her experiences as a Harpist and Music Therapist.
Along with the Harp Program the Center for Clinical Excellence and Gray Matters were highlighted. Beth Foley, Dean of Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services was able to present the overall goals of the research and opportunities provided through the Center for Clinical Excellence. As quoted by President Stan Albrecht, "The new Center for Clinical Excellence will positively impact our research programs. It will improve student learning and mentoring experiences and our ability to fulfill our broader institutional mission of serving those in need throughout the state." Maria Norton, professor in the Department of Family, Consumer and Human Development, then presented on Gray Matters-A Randomized Study Designed to Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Risk.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but people can lower their risk through proven lifestyle choices, Norton said. She hopes that the possibility of a longer life with a healthy brain will motivate participants to join the study. The research seeks to quantify how much effect lifestyle changes can have on the participants’ risk of developing AD. The data from Gray Matters will contribute important information to the ongoing national effort seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s. By signing up to be in the study, citizens of Cache Valley will have a unique opportunity to join the fight to end this devastating disease.
Lastly the Aggies Elevated program was shared. It is set up for young adults with intellectual and cognitive disabilities that want what their typically developing peers want--a traditional college experience, the chance to live and learn independently, and to work in a field that is suited to their interests and abilities.There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Of these, 217 have programs for young adults with disabilities. Aggies Elevated is the only program in Utah and one of only a handful in the western United States. Aggies Elevated is a pilot program that will welcome its first cohort of six students to the USU campus for the 2014-2015 school year. The six students will live in the Living Learning Community Housing on campus, attend classes with their typically developing peers, build life skills and engage in community-based internships to reach their goals of independence.
As the luncheon concluded the Legislative Spouses and guests were able to mingle and express their appreciation to those for sharing and as a simple token of thanks were able to take home a brain games booklet created specifically for the event that included mazes, word searches, and other items to keep their brain power strong and healthy.
Now to take you behind the scenes of the event! The University Catering team is a supporter of this event! Amy Rasmussen, University Caterings Marketing and Event Manager headed the event.
With her talents and the chefs creativity the event went off without a hitch! Enjoy some photos of what was going on during all the event!
|Table Setting prior to guest arrival|
|Executive Chef and General Manager Jeff Woolley prepping salads|
|Sous Chef Corey Cozzens|
|Salad assembly line|
Until next time....