OGDEN, Utah –Weber State University’s Health Promotion and Human Performance (HPHP) assistant professor Patricia Cost has been named the 2011 John A. Lindquist Award winner.
The Lindquist Award, which was established in 2007, is awarded annually to faculty or staff members who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to mentoring WSU students in learning through community involvement.
Over the past three years since returning to Weber State, Cost has benefited the community through the Program Planning and Needs Assessment course in the HPHP department. So far, she has mentored more than 120 students and has planned, implemented and evaluated 37 community-based projects.
Her classes provide interactive real-world experience. “I believe in providing an experiential education because research has proven that students learn by doing,” said Cost, who also serves as the Health Promotion Program Director.
She facilitates opportunities for the students to work with organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, St. Anne’s Homeless Shelter, and area high schools. Working together, the students, community and Cost spend hours tackling complex issues these organizations are facing. The focus of her class is on improving the community and in turn students are given first-hand experience with an organization of their choice.
“I truly believe that as an educator it is my responsibility to help students become morally and civilly responsible individuals so that they can recognize themselves as members of a larger social fabric,” said Cost.
A committee with representation from faculty, staff, trustees, community partners and students selected Cost. She will be formally honored at a special awards luncheon on April 6 in the Shepherd Union Ballroom, which also will honor student volunteers.
The award is named for John A. Lindquist, a strong advocate for education and the community, who has spent a lifetime supporting Ogden, Weber County and Weber State, Lindquist’s ties to WSU date back to the late 1930s, when he attended Weber College and was a student body officer. Through the years, he has generously supported cultural, academic, athletic and student activities and programs at Weber State University.
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