It is fitting that a popular social and intellectual program at Utah State University will now be known by the name of its creator, Gary Kiger. Kiger, who headed USU’s college of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for five years, created a monthly program that was known as HASS Hour. The series featured a mix of social interaction and a formal presentation that highlighted the academic and creative work by one of the college’s outstanding faculty. HASS Hour, thanks to Kiger’s insightful guidance, became a popular activity, not only for the college, but for the entire university. Kiger died in 2008. When the university created two new colleges from among the departments that once made up the College of HASS, both colleges wanted to continue the series, and it was unanimously decided to christen the program the Kiger Hour. The series is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Caine College of the Arts. The first offering of the year features the deans of the new colleges and a tribute to Kiger in “Introduction to the Kiger Hour” Thursday, Sept. 16, at Hamilton’s Steak and Seafood. Kiger Hour begins at 5:15 p.m. with a social gathering and the program, known as the TimePiece, begins at approximately 6 p.m. Featured in the TimePiece are John C. Allen, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts, who will provide an inside look at their perspective colleges. Also included in the program is Christine Hult, Kiger’s friend and colleague. She will provide a perspective on the original HASS Hour and its creation. Kiger Hour is held at Hamilton’s Steak and Seafood, 2427 N. Main St., Logan. A buffet with appetizers, desserts and soft drinks, iced tea or coffee is offered. Cost is $6.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and is billed on an individual basis. Guests can also order from the menu, and a cash bar is available. For planning purposes, please RSVP to Natalie Archibald Smoot in the HASS Office, 435-797-2796, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. October’s Kiger Hour is Oct. 21 and features Cathy Ferrand Bullock, assistant professor of journalism and communication.
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