2008-2009 Student Affairs Annual Report

2008-2009 Division Highlights

  • WSU was awarded the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement.
  • 10 student tutors with Academic Support Centers and Programs and 3 undergraduate practicum students with the Counseling and Psychological Services Center presented at state, regional, and international conferences.
  • The Student Wellness program was initiated in 2008 in order to expand health education from simply drug and alcohol program to more needs based/evidence based programming. The Student Wellness program will cover such topics as stress management, nutrition, life management, and relationships.
  • The Student Involvement and Leadership Department organized the Utah Leadership Academy.
  • Lynnae Dopp and Prasanna Reddy planned and implemented the College Reading and Learning Association's (CRLA) state conference.
  • The housing master plan was created in order to create more bed space, renovate existing facilities, provide new, up-to-date facilities, and to provide more living space closer to campus. Campus Living Villages recognized WSU Housing and Residence Life with the Outstanding Team Performance award for their collaboration with WSU.
  • In 2008, WSU established a new GEAR UP partnership with the Ogden School District, which will allow WSU to further increase the educational opportunities for students in Weber County. GEAR UP grants are awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program. For 2008, 283 applications were received and 24 grants were awarded. This six-year grant works with every seventh grader in the district during 2008 and moves with those students through graduation in 2014. The grant provides $699,999 a year for the six years of the grant for a total of $4.2 million.
  • WSU and Student Affairs Technology were recently recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Apple for the recent transition of many labs on campus from PC computer to dual-boot Mac labs.
  • In response to student suggestions, the Nontraditional Student Center has created a bi-annual publication, Epiphany, which is a collection of fiction, flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and informative non-fiction articles that provide information to students about the various opportunities available to nontraditional students.
  • Health Education/ Drug and Alcohol programs received $20,000 from the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education Endowment to provide marketing for the student wellness program and scholarships for students working with the program.
  • Student Veterans of America (SVA) is being initiated on campus as part of a coalition of colleges and universities across the United States. With the large number of veterans entering WSU (as Hill Air Force Base is located near campus), Veteran’s Services has a close working relationship with Continuing Education in order to help students select programs and to maximize their transfer credit from their time working in the military.
  • Weber State University held the largest Deliberative Democracy Day in the country. This was conducted in partnership with Stanford University, and 16 institutions participated.
  • The WSU Environmental Club set a world record on Earth Day for planting 180 trees in one hour within the Ogden community.
  • Career Services sponsored the career fair, criminal justice fair, summer job fair, annual statewide teacher fair, and the second annual graduate school fair to provide students with knowledge of post-graduation opportunities.
  • The Shepherd Union dedication was held on September 9, 2008. Sodexo started the off-campus solutions program, which will allow students to use their Wildcard for food options within the local community.
  • Overall, 96% of students feel safe at Weber State University. 91% of students describe WSU as welcoming.

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