Presentations, Publications, and Awards

  • Adrienne Gillespie, Diversity and Unity Center Coordinator, presented a session entitled “The Road to Student Affairs” at the NASPA Utah Conference.  She also presented with Maria Parrilla de Kokal and Forrest Crawford at the 32nd Annual International Society for Teacher Educators Conference in Paro, Bhutan with their session entitled: “Diversity Education in Higher Education.”
  • Angie Helseth, Campus Recreation Fitness Coordinator, presented a session entitled “Keeping It R.E.A.L.” (an instructor evaluation process) at the NIRSA Region 6 Conference and Utah NIRSA State meeting.
  • Betty Sawyer, GEAR UP Director, and Ruth Patino Stubbs, Education Access and Outreach Director, presented a session entitled, “Best Practices in Creating Collaborative School Tutoring Programs” at the Regional ASPIRE Conference in October.
  • Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Director of the Community Involvement Center (CIC), presented a session entitled the “Youth Impact Partnership Project” at the Annual meeting for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities in Indianapolis.
  • Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, and Mike Moon, CIC Assistant Director, presented two sessions at the Annual Continuums of Service Conference in Seattle:  “Institutionalizing Civic Engagement – The Next Level:  Student Affairs-Academic Affairs Partnerships” and “Tiered Partnership Model: Formalizing Mutually Beneficial Community Partnerships.”  
  • Brenda Marteller Kowalewski, Robb Hall, and Bob Okazaki presented a session on “Finding the Right Match: From Community Partner and Faculty Perspectives” at the Utah Campus Compact Faculty Retreat in Moab.
  • Brett Perozzi, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, was invited to present at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 12 Conference on student learning and campus internationalization.
  • Carey Anson, Spencer Coleman and Clayton Oyler in the Student Affairs Technology Department presented at the NASPATech Technology Conference in October 2011.  Their session was entitled “Creating a Divisional Technology Support Model through Student Leadership.”
  • Carl Porter, Executive Director of Academic Support Centers and Programs, and Prasanna Reddy, Director of Testing, Tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction, presented the following program at the SI International Conference: "Illuminate with Mutations and Permutations of the SI Model."
  • Carol Merrill, Women’s Center Director, presented at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders on “The Art of Leadership.”  She was also invited to serve as the keynote speaker at the Family Advocacy Center’s Family Drug Court Graduation.
  • Daniel Turner, Outdoor Programs Coordinator, presented a session on the U.S. Forest Service permitting process at the Utah NIRSA Conference.
  • Jan Winniford, Vice President for Student Affairs, served as a faculty member for the NASPA Symposium for Women Aspiring to be a Senior Student Affairs Office in January 2012 where she presented a session on Contemporary Issues in Higher Education.
  • Jessica Oyler, Student Affairs Assessment Coordinator, presented a session entitled “The Student Loan Bubble: A Comparison of First Generation Students and their Continuing Generation Peers” at the Annual Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Conference in New Orleans in June.
  • McKell Christensen, Campus Recreation Aquatics and Safety Coordinator, facilitated a Facilities Roundtable at the Utah NIRSA State meeting in November of 2011.
  • Mike Moon, CIC Assistant Director, presented a session on “Really Good Service with a Really Bad Budget” at the Utah Leadership Academy in Logan.
  • Prasanna Reddy, Director of Tutoring, Testing, and Supplemental Instruction, Leslie Loeffel, Director of the Davis Learning Center, and Carl Porter, Executive Director of Academic Support Centers and Programs, presented a paper at the NADE Conference in January entitled, “It’s All About Goals.”
  • The StrengthsQuest student L.E.A.D. Team provided the keynote presentation at the Regional International Association of Marketing Students (DECA) Conference in October in Park City.
  • Tracey Smith, Hyrum Allen, and Marilyn Cragun in the Testing Center presented at the National College Testing Association Conference in San Diego. The title of their presentation was “Increasing Course Testing with Limited Resources.”
  • Brenda Kowalewski published an online publication, Community-Based Learning Toolkit.
  • Brenda Kowalewski was a co-editor for Promoting Student Engagement Volume 1: Programs, Techniques and Opportunities.  This was an online e-book published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
  • Brett Perozzi, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, wrote an article entitled “To Outsource or Not to Outsource: A Big Question for International Student Recruitment” for NASPA’s Leadership Exchange Publication.
  • Jessica Oyler co-authored a publication in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice entitled: A Comparison of Senior Student Affairs Officers and Student Affairs Preparatory Program Faculty Expectations of Entry-level Professionals’ Competencies.
  • Professional Development Leadership Positions
  • Allison Hayes, Assistant Director of Residence Life, is serving as the State/Provincial Representative for the Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO).
  • Betty Sawyer, GEAR UP Director, served on the First Annual Regent Davis “Expect the Great” Conference Planning Committee.
  • Brenda Kowalewski, CIC Director, serves on the Utah Campus Compact Center Service Directors Committee, the Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinators Committee, and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education Award Selection Committee.
  • Brett Perozzi, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, serves as the Chair of NASPA’s International Advisory Board
  • Casey Wilkerson, a student working with Campus Recreation, was chosen as the Utah Student Representative for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) for 2012-13.
  • Charlie Chandler, Coordinator of Veteran Services, was selected as a delegate for the National Association of Program Administrators and will chair the 2012 national conference.
  • Clayton Oyler, Student Affairs Technology Director, serves on the NASPA Region V Advisory Board as the Technology Knowledge Community Representative.
  • Daniel Turner, Campus Recreation Outdoor Programs Coordinator, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ogden Community Foundation; Daniel also serves on the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) 2012 Conference Host Committee and is in charge of Vendor Hall coordination.
  • Jan Winniford, Vice President for Student Affairs, served as a member of the NASPA Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Jeff Simons, Multicultural Student Center Advisor, serves on the American Indian/Alaska Native Education Council in Salt Lake City.
  • Jessica Oyler, Student Affairs Assessment Coordinator, serves on the NASPA Region V Advisory Board as the Utah State Representative.  She also serves as the 2013 NASPA Western Regional Conference Registration Chair.
  • Lindsay Beddes, Summerbridge Coordinator, served on the ASPIRE Utah Board of Directors as the Past President.
  • McKell Christensen, Campus Recreation, serves on the Utah Water Safety Committee.
  • Michiko Nakashima-Lizarazo, Director of the Multicultural Student Center, serves on the National Coalition of La Raza, as a board member of Image, on the scholarship selection committee for the Ogden Area Hispanic Chamber Board of Commerce, the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce/Somos Foundation (Board of Directors), and the Zions Bank Regional Advisory Board (Board of Directors).
  • Mike Moon, CIC Assistant Director, serves on the Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinators Committee and the Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps Coordinators Committee.
  • Nancy Collinwood, Student Involvement and Leadership Director, served as the President of the Utah Professionals in Student Involvement and Leadership (UPSIL) Organization.
  • Ruth Patiño Stubbs, Director of Education Access and Outreach, serves on the Steering Committee of the College Access Network of Utah, and the Public Policy subcommittee.  She also serves as the Utah State ASPIRE Government Relations Chair, serves on the Ogden School District Adult Education Advisory Board, and is a member of the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce, Partners In Education and Workforce Development committees.
  • Sheldon Cheshire, Educational Talent Search Senior Specialist, served as the ASPIRE Utah Scholarship Chair.
  • Tamra Critchlow, Testing Center, has been part of the Utah GED Steering Committee, which is preparing Utah for online GED.
  • Teri Bladen, Director of Campus Recreation, serves on the American College of Sports Medicine Committee on Certification and Registry Boards, Group Exercise Instructor Subcommittee
  • Tracey Smith, Testing Center Coordinator, co-founded the Intermountain Testing Association (ITA) for universities in Utah and Idaho to meet twice a year for communication and professional development.
  • Yvette Rosenberg, Student Support Services Director, serves on the TRiO Special Professional Interest Network (SPIN) committee for NADE (National Association of Developmental Education).
  • Asha Jones, Coordinator of the Student to Student Program, was honored by InSpire magazine as one of the “Top 40 Inspirers in America.”
  • Campus Living Villages recognized the collaboration with Weber State by awarding the CLV On-Campus Team and the Outstanding Partnership Award at the annual CLV Awards Banquet.
  • Carl Porter, Executive Director of Academic Support Centers and Programs was awarded the Regional ASPIRE Friend of ASPIRE award for his collaborative work with TRiO programs.
  • The men’s Soccer Club won the NCCS (National Campus Championship Series) national championship for the second time in the past three years.
  • Roxana Luna, Educational Talent Search Advisor, was awarded the Regional ASPIRE Rising Star Award for outstanding TRiO professionals who have worked in the field for less than two years.
  • The StrengthsQuest program at WSU and the L.E.A.D. Team were recognized by the Gallup Management Journal as one of the most innovative and best practice programs in the nation for the creation of a student lead training core.

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