Years ago, Ricks College in Rexburg, ID hosted a program called Sunbirds. The Sunbird program had a goal to provide continuing education and housing opportunities for the 55+ generation. On June 5, 1976 the Teton Earthen Dam ruptured, flooding the city of Rexburg and Ricks College, which hosted the Sunbird program. Due to the destruction of student housing and facilities on the Ricks College campus, the Sunbirds were now without a summer residence.
Utah State University opened its doors to the displaced Sunbirds. The Ricks College Sunbirds found both the university and the community so welcoming and friendly that many of them made plans to return to Logan the following summer in 1977.
Rebuilding Ricks College was a lengthy process and housing and educational opportunities for Sunbird senior citizens dwindled until the program eventually ceased to operate. Meanwhile, the Logan housing opportunity included additional properties for this displaced group of seniors seeking a summer retreat. The Summer Citizens Program was born due to this unfortunate set of circumstances which resulted in the development of a lifelong learning program for seniors in Logan, Utah.
As it developed, the Summer Citizens Program at Utah State University formed a partnership with Logan City and the Cache Chamber of Commerce. These organizations worked together to promote Logan, Utah as a summer destination for seniors seeking a moderate summer climate, a friendly environment, and cultural and educational experiences.
USU and community leaders began a recruiting trip each year to retirement communities in Arizona. This trip promoted the program and housing options to members of the retired 55+ generation. That recruiting partnership continues today. Each year, a team coordinated by Linda D'Addabbo, Summer Citizens Program Coordinator, offers presentations to retirement communities in southern Arizona. Apartment sponsors, the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau Director, members of the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater, and the director of the Lyric Repertory Company will be among this team of presenters.
With a thriving performing arts district, Logan UT is a cultural hub for entertainment with live theater, first class opera, and a daily free noon concert in the Logan Tabernacle.
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Summer Citizens Program 2019
Cache Valley Visitor's Bureau
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Dr. Cameron Workman
Cache Valley Transit District
Summerfest Arts Fair
USU Dining Services
Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital
The Worx Physical Therapy & Fitness
Four Seasons Theatre Company
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