A Look Back at the Year 2012 at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – As 2012 comes to a close, we revisit some of the people and developments that made news at Weber State University this year.

 January

WSU Hosts FIRST LEGO® League Qualifying Competition

About 200 youngsters convened Jan. 14 at Weber State University for an innovation and robotics competition aimed at sparking interest in science and technology.

 February

WSU Encourages Girls to Explore World of Engineering

Parent-Daughter Engineering Day will be held at Weber State University’s Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning. The event is designed to spark the interest of 40 junior high school-age girls and get them thinking like engineers.  

Women Win 2012 Big Sky Indoor Track Title

Weber State’s women’s indoor track and field team literally “went the distance” to win the 2012 Big Sky Conference championship in Flagstaff, Arizona.

 Dixon Awards Honor Distinguished Pair

Botany professor Dawn M. Gatherum and Alumni Relations executive director Lynell L. Gardner are the recipients of the Weber State University Alumni Association’s 2012 H. Aldous Dixon Awards.

 March

WSU Names Hinckley, Collaboration Award Winners

Weber State University music professor Yu-Jane Yang has been named the 2012 John S. Hinckley Fellow, while WSU’s International Economics program is the 2012 Exemplary Collaboration Award winner.

 Millner Announces Plans to Step Down

F. Ann Millner announced Friday that she plans to step down as president of Weber State University. Millner asked the Board of Regents to begin a search to find her successor.

 WSU to Host 26th National Conference on Undergraduate Research March 29-31

More than 2,700 undergraduate students and 400 faculty members from across the country will spend three days at Weber State University during the 26th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31. Approximately 175 WSU students will be among those presenting their original research, scholarly and creative projects

 WSU Recognized Nationally Again for Community Service

For the sixth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named Weber State University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service.

April

 Weber State Saluted For Climate Support

Weber State University has been recognized for its cutting-edge work in promoting environmental sustainability by the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

Pair of Distinguished Professors Recognized at WSU

A pioneering radiographer and sonographer, and an acclaimed international economist at Weber State University have been named 2012 Presidential Distinguished Professors.

 Students’ Senior Project Cleared for Take Off

Known as “Team Cessna Saver,” a team of six Weber State University manufacturing and design engineering technology students are completing a senior project that will help smaller and single-runway airfields run more smoothly.

 WSU Assistant Athletic Trainer Inducted to Regional Hall of Fame

Nancy Weir, assistant athletic trainer at Weber State University, will be inducted in to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

WSU Named a Tree Campus USA

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Weber State University a 2011 Tree Campus USA for its commitment to effective community forestry management.

Student Research May Have Answers for Children’s Learning Challenges

Subject matter may not be the problem with a young child’s inability to succeed at math and reading; instead the difficulty may lie with the student’s memory.

 May

WSU Professor Conducts Eyewitness Eye-Tracking Research With Important Implications
Race can play a critical role in how eyewitnesses identify criminal suspects, according to a Weber State University communication professor, Sheree Josephson, who has 25 years’ experience conducting eye-tracking research.

2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition to be held at WSU

Weber State University will host the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition.

The winning design will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp.

 WSU Celebrates New Center for Continuing Education

Weber State University will host a grand opening for its new Center for Continuing Education. The facility, located in Clearfield will house professional development and the law enforcement academy, also called the police academy.

Food Distribution Program Leads to National Award for WSU Senior

Weber State University senior Patricia Erdman was recently recognized as a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow for starting a food distribution program that helped feed more than 5,000 low-income families in her community.

June

 Lillard Headed to NBA's Portland Trail Blazers

Weber State All-American Damian Lillard was selected with the sixth pick, in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s the first Wildcat ever drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.

 Students Help Employees With Disabilities Increase Productivity, Pay
Employees at Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center (PARC) in Clearfield, Utah, now work more quickly, efficiently and accurately thanks to an advanced inventory system created by three Weber State University engineering technology students.

 WSU Professor, Students Fish for Conservation

For the past three summers, if Weber State University assistant zoology professor Christopher Hoagstrom wasn’t teaching in his classroom, he and his students were trout fishing in creeks along the Wasatch Front. They did not fish for sport, however. They caught, documented and released the fish for conservation.

 July

WSU’s MBA Students Receive Top Scores on National Test

Students graduating from Weber State University’s Master of Business Administration program recently scored in the 98th percentile overall on the Major Field Test for MBA.

 Weber State University — Worthy of Your Dreams

Television commercial unveiled for the 2012 Olympics with Lindsey Anderson, WSU’s Olympian.

 August

Grand Opening Scheduled for WSU’s Newest Campus Housing

A ribbon cutting and open house celebrates the grand opening of Stewart Wasatch Hall, the newest addition to Weber State University’s student-housing project – Wildcat Village.

September

Sierra Club Selects WSU as One of its 2012 ‘Cool Schools’

There are cool schools, and then there are “Cool Schools,” and according to Sierra Magazine’s rankings, Weber State University is officially one of them.

October

Utah Governors Kick Off New Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service at WSU

Former and current Utah governors will tackle tough issues at the kick-off event welcoming the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service at Weber State University.

Charles A. Wight Named New WSU President Beginning Jan. 1

The State Board of Regents have selected Dr. Charles A. Wight as the 12th President of Weber State University. Dr. Wight will succeed Dr. F. Ann Millner.

WSU’s Fall Enrollment Sets Another Milestone

For the fifth year in a row, Weber State University’s enrollment has set a new milestone, exceeding 26,000 students for the first time.

Sculptor Helps WSU Community Envision Water Through Art
Sculptor Andy Dufford will share his life’s passion and discuss his new work of public art on display along the Ogden River Parkway during “Envisioning Water,” a convocation hosted by Weber State University, Oct. 18 at noon in the Browning Center Allred Theater.  

Startup Weekend Encourages Entrepreneurs in Ogden

Get ready. Get set. Go!  Wishful entrepreneurs throughout Northern Utah will start the clock for a marathon 54-hour session of pitching, planning and perfecting their business ideas.

WSU Professor Honored for African Scholarship

Weber State University economics professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow John Mukum Mbaku has been honored with the 2012 Topp’s African-centered Scholars of the Decade Award.

November

In Time for the Holidays, Research Looks at Gift Cards

Why do so many people give gift cards? Do they consider gift cards the same as cash, or do they view them like traditional gifts? With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, marketing professors at Weber State University set out to answer those questions in new research on gift cards.

Women's Cross Country Team Repeats as Big Sky Champs

The Weber State women's cross country team repeated as Big Sky Champions Saturday at the 2012 conference meet in Flagstaff.  The WSU men's team finished second overall for the second-straight season.

WSU Receives Top Honor In Radiologic Training
Weber State University has been named winner of the “Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program” by the Minnies, a prestigious award bestowed by professional peers in the field of medical imaging.

Jody Sears named head coach; Timm Rosenbach OC

Weber State University announced today the signing of head coach Jody Sears to a three-year contract to lead the Wildcat football program. In addition Sears immediately announced the hiring of Timm Rosenbach as the new offensive coordinator at Weber State. Rosenbach, a former NFL quarterback, comes to Weber State after spending last season as the offensive coordinator at the University of Montana.

Elementary Students Execute a Mission to Mars via WSU
Teams of fifth graders from the Davis School District will complete a Mission to Mars with the culmination of “Link-Up Day” in Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Ballrooms on Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December

Gail Miller To Receive Honorary Degree from WSU

Recognized as one of Utah’s most influential businesswomen and entrepreneurs, Gail Miller will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Weber State University at its 140th commencement on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Dee Events Center. 

Students Study Concussions at Winter Dew Tour

Weber State University students will ask extreme snow sports athletes to let them monitor their epic crashes, wipeouts and wrecks at the Winter Dew Tour at Breckenridge, Colo. Dec. 13-16.

WSU's "Charm" Selected for ACTF

Weber State University Department of Performing Arts’ fall production of “Charm” was selected for the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) Region VIII competition, on Feb. 15 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Contact:
Allison Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu
Author:
Kimberly Jensen, University Communications
801-626-7581 • kimberlyjensen6@weber.edu