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USU music professor resigns after yearslong internal investigation | Education

A Utah State University music professor who was under investigation for allegedly raping an underage student nearly 30 years ago has resigned from his position as part of an agreement with the university.

Dennis Hirst, associate professor of music, submitted his resignation from USU on June 30 as opposed to having sanctions imposed on him, USU spokesperson Amanda DeRito told the newspaper on Wednesday.

Hirst had been under a USU investigation — and working from home — since the fall of 2018, when the school learned that Jaime Caliendo, a Cache Valley resident and former USU music student, filed a

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LeAnn House, St. Scholastica music professor and arts advocate, dies at 67

When music professor and accomplished pianist LeAnn House addressed new students during a fall convocation at Duluth’s College of St. Scholastica in 2014, she didn’t just speak to them. She asked them to stand and perform breathing exercises, then sing a verse she wrote for the occasion: “Be genuine, gentle and generous, working for justice and living with joy.”

House believed music and its power mattered to everyone, offering relief from stress and new ways of thinking, said her daughter, Rebecca Gruskin. “Music grounds you,” Gruskin said, and to House, “it was part of what made life worth living.”


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