New Generation Award – Justin and Jocelyn Hamilton
>>One of the main reasons why we support and care so much about Utah State is that I really feel that Utah State’s given us what we have. We were lucky enough that I was able to start a business while I was a student at Utah State University here in Cache Valley and that business has continued to grow and expand outside of Cache Valley and we’ve been able to find great success. We recently had the opportunity to purchase the Bluebird Candy Company a couple of years ago, and people always ask why and it was like, it’s just because it’s such a big part of Cache Valley. It’s a big part and there’s a close association with the university, with the O’Aggie bar and what Bluebird once is. Why you do those things is because you care. We love where we live, we love what has made us who we are and the lifestyle that we have chosen to live, and a big part of that is Utah State University.>>I do think it’s cool when we are like at one of our locations in St. George when a customer comes in and we have a nice candy counter out front and their face lights up and they say, “Oh, Cafe Sabor’s from Logan?” Because these little things like the Bluebird Candy or Aggie ice cream, I mean, it always comes back to the university and to Cache Valley and so that’s pretty fun to be able to talk with them about their experiences here.>>There’s so many different opportunities to give back and donate. Donate doesn’t always mean money. Like donate also means your time and your support. I think if everybody took that extra little opportunity to give something extra back to Utah State, that’s what’s going to preserve what Utah State really is. Giving back is not just going to dinners and it’s not just like giving money to get a plaque. Giving back is so much more. Whatever that might be, whether it’s support through social media and sharing things, whether it’s going to support activities and things that exist, whether it’s just offering a couch for someone to crash on if you live in a city where someone’s doing an interview or something like that. There is a lot of different ways to support and give back to the Aggie Network. I think big groups giving back in small ways has big difference, and that big impact is what can really help.>>It is an amazing opportunity. We both came from smaller places, and I feel like the university does a great job of making you feel welcome, and I try to get everyone to come here. I think it’s a great place for an education and we both really enjoyed our time here at USU.>>Any time you’re recognized, you don’t do things for the recognition, that’s not why we do what we do, it’s not for any recognition. But we’re grateful for the opportunity to at least know that you’re appreciated as an Aggie. I think that’s always important. I think this just always reestablishes our commitment to continue to give back. That’s what these opportunities to be recognized are, it’s just to say, “You know what, hey we recommit ourselves to continue to give back to Utah State for many years to come.” That’s a commitment that we’ll always give, and that’s a commitment that we’ll pass along to our future generations as well is that we’re Aggies and we’ll always be Aggies and our future generations will be Aggies.