OGDEN, Utah –Weber State University alumni, faculty members and undergraduate students will don wildcat colors and parade proudly in front of legislators at the university’s 10th annual WSU Day at the Capitol, Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the rotunda.
The crowd, representing departments across campus, will raise awareness of the university and its accomplishments by wearing purple and interacting with legislators. Students will also share approximately 20 posters depicting a wide range of undergraduate research topics.
“The event offers a WSU presence at the Capitol and provides an avenue for alumni to tell their story and undergraduate students to share their research, creative works and community-based-learning projects with lawmakers,” said Brad Mortensen, vice president for University Advancement. “The posters range from research in chemistry to projects in arts and humanities to exploration in technology and dental hygiene.”
The WSU Alumni Association launched the event nine years ago in an effort to garner support for the university. In 2010, the day expanded to showcase undergraduates and their research.
“Lawmakers get to see all the great activities happening at WSU, and students get to show off their work,” Mortensen said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for students and alumni to connect with lawmakers to show that an education at Weber State is worthy of the Legislature’s support.”
Dressed in purple, alumni will visit with legislators individually. They also plan to attend committee and caucus meetings for both parties to remind state lawmakers about the important contributions WSU and the system of higher education make statewide.
Some of the students will go on to present their posters at the 27th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 11 to 13 at the University of Wisconsin.