Core Theme III - Community

  • Weber State University was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the sixth consecutive year WSU has received this honor.
  • The Community Involvement Center (CIC) received an $8,000 grant from the Utah Commission on Volunteers for a Volunteer Trainer Certification program.  The funds will assist the CIC in continuing to develop training on best practices in volunteer management for the center's non-profit community partners.  
  • Viva Frida!, a recent WSU exhibition highlighting the art and life of Mexican folk artist Frida Kahlo de Rivera, earned the gratitude and congratulations of Maria del Socorro Rovirosa Priego, the Consul of Mexico in Salt Lake City.  The exhibit was organized by the Hispanic Area Council of the WSU Multicultural Student Center and the non-profit organization Artes de Mexico en Utah.  
  • The Adrian Maxson Day of Service was held at the Ogden Nature Center on August 31.  Over 350 participants volunteered to clean the park.
  • The Center for Diversity and Unity collaborated in hosting the Annual Diversity Conference.  Over 750 individuals attended this year’s conference, “Unpacking the Knapsack of Invisible (and Not so Invisible)” Disability,” which was held during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October.
  • The College Participation & Outreach Committee developed an outreach clearinghouse website, which will provide a comprehensive overview of community outreach initiatives related to service, community based-based learning, and precollege outreach.
  • During 2011-12, Education Access and Outreach hosted two Annual Appreciation Breakfasts and Community Luncheons showcasing outreach programs, initiatives and partnerships. Over 200 campus, school and community partners were in attended these events.
  • During the 2011-12 academic year, 31% (7,733) of WSU students engaged in some form of service through community-based learning courses, community service, and/or AmeriCorps. The students contributed 147,606 service hours, which is equivalent to $2.6 million dollars in service.
  • Over 130 students participated in two service projects in the community on October 22 as part of Make a Difference Day, which is a nationally recognized day of service where individuals and families join together with millions of other volunteers and organizations, both public and private, using their time, talents, voice and money to create a change. Over 70 students worked with Ogden City to clean up a walking trail just south of Lorin Farr Park, and the other group worked with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to install a sprinkler system at a Habitat house.
  • Weber State University held a “Hunger Banquet” to raise donations and awareness about the impact of differential income levels and poverty in the Ogden area. Eight four students, faculty, staff and community members attended, and 1900 pounds of food were donated, equating to an approximate value of $2200.  Donations filled the on-campus Weber Cares Food Pantry, and the surplus was delivered to the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank in Ogden.
  • Scheduling, Events, and Conferences in the Shepherd Union contributes to the economic health and development of the region by partnering with local entities, such as the Ogden/Weber Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), to provide venue options that would not be available without a WSU partnership.  During year, 31 conferences were held on the WSU campus with approximately 4000 participants.  These conferences generated approximately $310,000 in revenue.
  • Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Programs sponsored the 5th Annual Ogden Climbing Festival had 820 participants.
  • The 40th Annual Weber State Pow Wow was held in March of 2012 with 1500 participants from 43 separate tribes.  The regional competition Pow Wow attracted 93 participants from nine different states.  This event was featured in the Indian Country Today national magazine.

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