2005 Archives

Commencement Ceremony Planned for Dec. 16

Weber State University officials are expecting 1,300 candidates for graduation this December. WSU will award degrees and institutional certificates Dec. 16 during its 126th commencement ceremony at the Dee Events Center. The commencement exercises will begin at 1 p.m.

New Program Brings ‘Fast Food Nation’ Author to WSU

In connection with a new reading program at Weber State University, Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation,” will discuss his book and the legacy of muckraking, during a visit to campus, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

Simonian Honored as Utah’s Professor of the Year

For the second time in three years, Utah’s professor of the year teaches at Weber State University. Yasmen "Yas" Simonian, professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, has been named the 2005 Utah Professor of the Year.

Childcare Center Earns NAEYC Accreditation

The hourly childcare center offered by Weber State University's Nontraditional Student Programs has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

Coach Taylor Receives 2005 Athena Award

Weber State University Women's Basketball Coach Carla Taylor has been named the recipient of the 2005 ATHENA® Award, a national award program presented by the Women in Business committee of the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce.

WSU Alumni Association Offers Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Approximately every 79 seconds, an identity theft occurs in this nation. The Weber State University Alumni Association recognizes this danger and, in an effort to assist community members in protecting themselves, will host a session Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center at WSU.

Williams to Speak About 'Brady Bunch' Era

Barry Williams, better known as Greg Brady from the 1970s hit TV show "The Brady Bunch," will speak in the Shepherd Union Ballroom at Weber State University at noon Jan. 20.

WSU Invites Community to "Turn Back the Clock"

Weber State University is giving everyone an excuse to pull out their Rubik's Cube, put on their leisure suit or gaucho pants and listen to the songs of the Village People. On Jan. 22 WSU is going back in time in honor of the 25th anniversary of the 1979-80 men's basketball team, which went 26-3 and finished 17th in the Associated Press Poll.

Ogden Tram Debate at Honors Issues Forum

Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey and Sierra Club representative Dan Schroeder will debate the pros and cons of building a tram in Ogden as part of an Honors Issues Forum at Weber State University. The debate will be held at noon, Jan. 26 in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater.

Dean Conroy to Serve on Global Nursing Task Force

Shelley Conroy, dean of the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University, will serve on a joint task force for the National League for Nursing (NLN) and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

WSU Hosts 19th Annual Automotive Competition

Seventy-two high school seniors, representing 24 high schools in five states, will compete for scholarships and prizes in the championship round of Weber State University's 19th annual automotive competition. The event will be held on WSU's Ogden campus Feb. 10.

Honors Forum to Discuss Future of Glen Canyon Dam

Weber State University will hold an Honors Issues Forum Feb. 9 at noon in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. The event will feature a panel including representatives from the Glen Canyon Institute and the Bureau of Reclamation.

WSU to Host 8th Annual Mascot Night

Approximately 30 mascots from area businesses, organizations, and high schools will join Waldo the Wildcat, the Weber State University mascot, to entertain fans at the Feb. 12 men’s basketball game vs. Northern Arizona. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.

Professor Honored for Helping Relocate Program

A welding engineering technology professor who recently relocated to Weber State University has received a regional award from the American Welding Society (AWS) for his work in bringing the program to Ogden.

WSU to Host Fund-Raising Banquet for Hispanic Students

The former director of Utah's Office of Hispanic Affairs, Tony Yapias, will be the keynote speaker at Weber State University's second annual Hispanic Recognition and Scholarship Banquet March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Gallery.

WSU Plans Lecture on Ogden Photos from Yesteryear

John Sillito, Weber State University professor, and Richard Sadler, history professor and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will present "A Backward Glance: Ogden in Photographs 1890-1920," Feb.28 at 7 p.m. in WSU's Lindquist Alumni Center, Ogden campus.

WSU's National Undergraduate Literature Conference Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Weber State University's 20th annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference will bring together 250 college students from across the nation to hone their writing skills by sharing their work and learning from literary masters Norman Mailer, Antonya Nelson, Alan Cheuse, Catherine Bowman, Ron Carlson and Lori Aurelia Williams.

Issues Forum to Address Surplus Male Population In Asia

Weber State University's Honors Issues Forum will feature author and professor Valerie Hudson presenting "A Surplus of Sons." Hudson will explore the increasing abundance of males in some Asian countries and the possible consequences it may have on those nations and international stability.

Sixth Annual Celebrate Shakespeare! Festival Announced

Everyone's invited to enjoy Shakespearean comedy performed by professionals, an interactive lecture and vintage films, as the Friends of the Stewart Library organization presents the sixth annual Celebrate Shakespeare! Festival, March 23 through April 7. All events are free to the public.

International Students Bring the World to WSU

Weber State University invites the community to enjoy a night of dinner, dancing and entertainment at the international student banquet "Bringing the World to WSU" March 26 at 6 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

Author to Discuss Divorce and Plural Marriage

Prize-winning author, Kathryn Daynes, will discuss "A 19th Century Safety Valve: Divorce and Plural Marriage," on March 22 at 1 p.m. in Weber State University's Stewart Library Special Collections.

Lawmaker to Discuss Hate Crimes Legislation at Forum

The Honors Issues Forum at Weber State University will present state representative David Litvack, addressing Hate Crimes Legislation in Utah. The event will be held Wednesday at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom and is free to the public.

Bargains Abound at Stewart Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Stewart Library Annual Book Sale – with ridiculously low prices – will be held March 31 - April 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stewart Library on Weber State University's Ogden campus.

Commemoration Speakers to Explore Media Coverage of Genocide

"(Un)covering Genocide: How the Media Cover Mass Killings," will be the focus of Weber State University's 11th Annual Holocaust Commemoration April 7-22. Activities will include presentations by journalists, witnesses, scholars and survivors of past genocides.

Attorney General to Speak at WSU

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff will speak at Weber State University April 6 at noon in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. His presentation "Real Men Don't…and Real Women Won't…" will address combating sexual harassment and assault by teaching self-respect and respect for others.

Award-Winning Architect to Visit WSU

Emily Little, owner of Emily Little Architects, Inc., will make two presentations about the evolution of architectural style and its reflection on our society as part of the Honors Issues Forum series.

Finish What You Started at WSU Davis Campus

The Weber State University Davis Campus will host "Finish What You Started," from 9 a.m.-noon, April 9. This special open house is aimed at community members who want to resume or start a college career, even if it's been years since they attended school.

1920s Parisian Jazz Comes to WSU

The Hot Club of San Francisco, a Gypsy jazz ensemble, will perform for and speak to the public April 13 and April 15 at Weber State University.

Authors of Smart Investigation Book to Speak at WSU

Tom Smart and Lee Benson, authors of a book released this month on the Elizabeth Smart investigation, will discuss media and law enforcement issues at the Friends of the Stewart Library Annual Public Issues Forum, on April 26 at 11 a.m. in Weber State University’s Stewart Library Special Collections.

Schindler's List Survivor to Speak at WSU

Schindler's List survivor Zev Kedem will present "Schindler's List: A Survivor Celebrates Life," April 20 at noon in Weber State University's Shepherd Union Ballroom.

Real-life Kramer to Speak in Davis County

Weber State University Davis Student Affairs is pleased to bring Kenny Kramer, the man who inspired Michael Richards' character on "Seinfeld," to the Davis Conference Center April 28 at 8 p.m. to present "Kramer on Seinfeld."

Weidner Accepts New Position, Graybeal Named Interim AD

Weber State University Athletics Director William J. Weidner announced his resignation today to accept the role of Deputy Athletics Director at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Norm Tarbox, vice president of Administrative Services, has named Jerry Graybeal to serve as interim athletic director.

Commencement Ceremonies Celebrate Class of 2005

Weber State University officials are expecting the Class of 2005 to total more than 3,500 graduates. More than 2,300 candidates for graduation this spring will be honored May 5-6 during WSU's 125th commencement. An additional 1,200 members of the Class of 2005 received their degrees in conjunction with the university's winter commencement last December.

Four to Receive Honorary Degrees at WSU Commencement

Weber State University will award honorary degrees to a nationally recognized leader in the fields of banking and international finance, a community advocate for education and the arts, a former History professor, and a prominent leader in Utah's banking industry at the university's 125th commencement May 5 at 6 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.

WSU Students Develop GPS-Guided Wheelchair

Three Weber State University students majoring in computer electronics engineering technology (CEET) have designed and built a wheelchair that is guided by the Global Positioning System.

WSU Receives Federal Funds for Forensic DNA Work

Weber State University has received $200,000 in federal money to fund improvements to the forensic science program in the Department of Criminal Justice. The new equipment will offer students more hands-on opportunities with forensic DNA work in a laboratory setting.

UMT Returns to Repertory Presentation in 2005

"Side by side" is more than part of a title from one of Utah Musical Theatre's shows this year. It also describes how the company will stage its first two productions of the season.

WSU Alum's Adventures Featured in Professor's Book

A true story labeled as the "Mormon version of Romancing the Stone" is the subject of established author and Weber State University English professor Gordon Allred's latest book set to hit the stands this month.

USHE Honors Professors' Use of Technology

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) has recognized Weber State University professors Jennifer Turley and Tony Spanos for using technology to advance classroom learning.

WSU to Host Reading and Writing Conference

Weber State University, in conjunction with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Scholastic Books, will host the 21st Annual Reading & Writing Conference June 10-11 in the Stewart Stadium Sky Suites.

UMT Opens Season with ‘Kiss Me, Kate’

Utah Musical Theatre kicks off a new season June 17 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (2415 Washington Blvd.) with “Kiss Me, Kate,” an entertaining comedy with a Broadway feel.

WSU Student Awarded Prestigious Boren Scholarship

Weber State University anthropology major Joshua Blackwelder has been awarded $17,600 in scholarship money from the National Security Education Program to fund a year of study in Russia and Siberia.

Sondheim’s Music Featured in UMT Production

Utah Musical Theatre will explore the musical works of one of the most prominent lyricists of the past 50 years with its production of “Side By Side By Sondheim,” which opens June 24 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (2415 Washington Blvd.) in Ogden.

Professor Receives National Service Award from ADHA

Weber State University dental hygiene professor Stephanie Bossenberger-James is the recipient of the American Dental Hygienist Association's Distinguished Service Award for 2005. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the profession of dental hygiene.

MBA Grad Earns Prestigious Award from Air Force

Amy Petersen, who graduated in May from Weber State University with a master's degree in business administration, received the Outstanding Civilian in Contracting award from U.S. Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base recently.

WSU Announces Athletic Director Finalists

Weber State University has announced the names of three finalists for the position of athletic director. Each candidate will visit the campus to interview with the university search committee and to meet various campus and community audiences.

Scholarship Fits WSU Golfers to a Tee

Six members of the Weber State University golf team have achieved the academic equivalent of a hole in one, by being named to the 2005 Scholar All-American Team.

Campus, Community Invited to Meet AD Finalists

Weber State University will host a series of open-house meetings so campus and community members can meet and interact with the three candidates interviewing for the Wildcats athletic director position.

Annual WSU Hike Offers Multiple Trails to the Top

Weber State University's annual Mt. Ogden Hike will be held Sept. 17 with multiple ways to arrive at the summit. The tradition started in 1922 when a group of 350 faculty, staff and students climbed the mountain as part of a campus activity.

Week of Events Planned to Celebrate Constitution

Faculty and students in Weber State University's Department of Political Science have scheduled a week long series of debates, discussions and activities leading up to Constitution Day on Sept. 17.

Lampros Lecture Features Civil War Historian

Weber State University's Department of History will host the sixth annual Lampros Lecture, featuring renowned Civil War historian Howard Jones. He will present "Toward a More Perfect Union: Lincoln and the Death of Slavery" Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Area, Stewart Library.

Access to WebCT Vista Restored

The Vista system is now back online. Data restoration efforts were successful through 12:01am Thursday, 9/22. This means that anything submitted between 12:01am Thursday, 9/22 and 1:30pm Friday, 9/23 needs to be submitted again. This includes assignments, assessments, discussions, and email – basically any interaction within the Vista system.

Historian, Author to Discuss Book at WSU

Douglas Brinkley, author of “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D Day, and the U. S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion,” will discuss his book at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in Lindquist Hall at the Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center on Weber State University’s Ogden campus.

Symposium Explores Building America’s Defense

Weber State University will host the symposium “Building America’s Defense: 1939 1975,” Oct. 5-6. The symposium offers unique insights on World War II and the Cold War through the eyes of men who built everything from an underground fuel storage system at Pearl Harbor to missile complexes across the West.

WSU to Host Depression Awareness Activities

Cara Kahn from MTV’s 2001 “The Real World: Chicago” will speak at Weber State University Oct. 5 at noon in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater in conjunction with several activities scheduled to celebrate National Depression Awareness and Screening Day.

Major Fest Helps Students Plan Future

Weber State University’s Major Fest 2005 will be held Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. The event is aimed at helping current WSU students decide on a program of study.

Winniford Selected to Lead Student Affairs

Janet C. Winniford has been named vice president of Student Affairs at Weber State University. Winniford brings to the position more than 26 years of student affairs experience.

Scholar to Address Einstein’s ‘Blunder’

Weber State University’s College of Science will host the president of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Robert Kirshner, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in Lind Lecture 125-126 as part of the bi-annual Ritchey Lecture Series.

Governor Huntsman to Speak at Nye Lecture

Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. will speak as part of Weber State University’s Ralph Nye Executive Lecture series presented by the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 20, in Smith Auditorium, Wattis Business Building.

Psst…Have You Heard the Latest on Gossip?

So check this out. According to an associate communication professor at Weber State University, some forms of gossip in the workplace might not be such a bad thing, especially if organizations can tap into the positive components of gossip.

Professor Simonian to Present 6th Annual Hinckley Lecture

Clinical Laboratory Sciences chair and professor Yasmen Simonian, Weber State University's 2005 Hinckley Fellow, will discuss the effects of various dietary supplements and aspirin on the process of blood clotting, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m. in the Hetzel Pavilion, Marriott Allied Health, 341.

WSU Festival Celebrates a Decade of Storytelling

Musicians, singers and mummers will fill the stages of northern Utah Nov. 7-9 in celebration of Weber State University’s 10th Annual Storytelling Festival, “Home is Where Your Story Begins.”

Orange County Chopper on Display at WSU

Weber State University's Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology department will host a viewing of the 75th Anniversary Miller Bike, as seen designed and built on the Discovery Channel program "American Chopper." The motorcycle will be on display Nov. 1, from 9-11 a.m. in the welding lab of the Technical Education building.

Critchlow Lecture to Feature Shakespearean Festival Founder

Weber State University's Critchlow Lecture Series will feature Fred C. Adams, founder and executive director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, who will present "History of Theater in Utah," on Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the Kimball Visual Arts Center.

National Storyteller to Present at Stewart Library

Donald Davis absorbed the finer points of his profession not at divinity school, nor behind the pulpit of the United Methodist Church, but much earlier – as a kid sprawled on a porch in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. When Reverend Davis realized his true calling, he traded 20 years of Sunday sermons, weddings and funerals for the nomadic life of a professional storyteller.

Prison Litigation Expert to Speak at WSU

Alvin J. Bronstein, one of the foremost experts in the United States on prison litigation, will speak at Weber State University on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Social Science Building, room 215.

‘Saved by the Bell’ Principal to Discuss Bayside High

Twelve years after his TV-show students missed the bus but still managed to make it to school on time, Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding on “Saved by the Bell,” will speak at Weber State University Nov. 16 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

Governor Huntsman Honors Four WSU Students

Four Weber State University students have been honored by Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., as part of a new program designed to recognize the best and brightest young scholars in Utah.

Continuing Education Presents Nonprofits Conference

Weber State University Continuing Education will present the third Northern Utah Nonprofits Conference on Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the McKay-Dee Hospital Education Center (4401 Harrison Blvd., Ogden).

Professor Promotes Lessons of Ethnobotany

When Weber State University botany professor Stephen Clark views the natural surroundings along the Wasatch Front, he sees much more than scenic beauty. He sees plants that allowed humans to live happy and complete lives for centuries before the rise of supermarkets and shopping malls.

WSU Diversity Center Works to 'Stop the Hate'

Weber State University’s Diversity Center has strategically placed a white-washed wall at the base of the Stewart Bell Tower this week as part of a “Stop the Hate” awareness campaign. The wall is meant to symbolize the subtle hate spoken on a daily basis. The Diversity Center is challenging all students, faculty and staff to think about their own prejudices.