S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

{music} {music} What the Quinney’s have done for hundreds of, of young people, every student that walks through that door, is benefitted by what the Quinney’s have done. S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney foundation has on about an every five year basis,
provided a very, very substantial grant. We’ve got a S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney library, we’ve got the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney
Biology Natural Resources building, the Janet Quinney Lawson building. They’ve just been an absolutely marvelous
family and foundation. Virtually any way that the College needed help, they’ve always just jumped at the opportunity. The Quinney’s were just really good people,
and they wanted to do the right thing. And, I never asked Mr. Quinney
for a dollar, and I never did. And he poured millions into this.
He wanted Natural Resources to be one of the major areas of research and concern for the whole state, not just Utah State University. They converted classrooms,
they modernized laboratories, uh, they’ve provided scholarship after scholarship. They’ve brought in extraordinary young
people from all over the world. They’ve funded graduated students, They’ve provided travel for faculty. It changed all of our lives. It just ratched up the quality of the program about 10 times. The Quinney Scholars program
radically changed the quality of education in this college. We were able
to literally capture the cream of the crop of high school students from across the United States. It really set the college apart in
terms of the quality of our student body, and those students lived up
to what they were given by becoming leaders in the college and influencing
hundreds and hundreds of others over the years. I’ve completed one research project
already and am currently working on three more So it’s allowed me to have that experience of actually getting into
the research field and seeing what it’s all about. I was able to go to Costa Rica, and I went and did some volunteer conservation work
in the rain forest. I was actually out there, doing work, and seeing what research is about and what field work is all about. These are people that are going out into the world and having a huge impact on the environmental
quality of the world and society and the agencies. We always want to be an excellent teaching college.
But bring into it research that helps the State of Utah, but also is useable in Kenya or Australia or somewhere else. The US Fish and Wildlife service has identified Greater Sage Grouse
as a candidate species for listing. And so the combination of the work
we’ve been doing for the last 17+ years in conjunction with working with
our partners in oil and gas, and industry, we believe we can
come up with a strategic plan that can allow for both sage grouse
populations to still exist, and allow us to go forward and capture
some of those resources, you know, which are important for Utah’s economy. The Quinney foundation provided some of the first funding
for the Geospatial Sciences which is really remote sensing
in GIS. It’s used in everything from highway construction, to
community planning, to virtually anything that’s planned and developed in the
Natural Resources field. We have remote sensing and GIS capability
for every student in the College, on computers that are located in the Quinney Library. Two my students that actually graduated and
worked on research are the number one and two people in the State of Utah working on Sage Grouse issues.
Not only did they do outstanding research, they gave great information to the
State of Utah to develop this plan, but the reward at the end is
that they’re gainfully employed, and now they’re working in policy and
biology areas, to benefit wildlife in Utah and the citizens of Utah. The watershed sciences department that I’m in is
nationally and internationally known just as a excellent program. Working in this
part of the country with my advisor, I was afforded the opportunity to work in
some of the most spectacular landscapes in the American West. The research and the teaching integrate very well. It’s real obvious at the graduate teaching level where we have graduate
students out doing the research with us, but at the undergraduate level,
it integrates very well. The students just have a real wealth of places that they can go do research,
whether it’s on riparian habitat on wildlife, on water quality and quantity. Undergraduates can gain experience doing research. This is prime location for anything
in Natural Resources. We had plant and animal identification
classes last fall, and we went on field trips to the bird refuge, stuff in the mountains to
look for animals or look at plants and identify plants. The students are getting real hands-on research experience There’s a lot of undergraduates who are interested in being involved with research opportunities,
and so I’ve had this great pool of people to draw from, to get help to do my research. I’ve learned how to, like I said, to electrofish.
I’ve learned how to do radio telemetry. Things that I can put on my resume,
saying that I know how to do this. The Quinney foundation…their legacy
both for the College and for the University is huge, they are just absolutely,
unbelievably important to this campus. The special part of it was not just the funding, the largess that they provided, but the dedication and the incredible
commitment that they made to us. It’s always been more than just a donor
relationship, it’s really almost like family. Maybe it is family. {music} {music}

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  1. i really want to go to this school….but i am on the verge of homelessness. i hope i can manage a way to go to quinney college and become a forester or join a related field of work. but i need to find a means of paying for school

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