Wells Fargo Donation Supports Venture Course at WSU
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University has received a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support the Ogden Venture Course in the Humanities offered through the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities.
Each year, the Ogden Venture Course in the Humanities provides adults facing economic barriers with a chance to start college. The program is a yearlong, introductory humanities course taught by university faculty, and is modeled after the Clemente Course in the Humanities, which was created by educator and journalist Earl Shorris in 1995.
The course’s curriculum includes sections on literature, American history, art history, philosophy and writing/critical thinking. The program’s students attend class two evenings each week during fall and spring semesters, and upon completion receive 10 credits from WSU. It is free to admitted students and includes child care, bus service, books and supplies, as well as all other services provided to WSU students.
“The 20 students who graduated from this past year’s Ogden Venture Course are from families below the poverty line, families for whom college would have seemed a decidedly unlikely possibility,” said Madonne Miner, dean of the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities. “But these 20 successfully participated in two semesters of college-level course work, connecting with each other, their five Weber State faculty members and some of Western culture’s greatest minds.”
One of the program’s past students writes, “The Venture Course in Humanities that I have participated in … has been a most enlightening, rich experience for me. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity extended to me in these sections, which were all taught by the best teachers Weber State has to offer.”
The Wells Fargo grant will help support the 21 students currently enrolled in the 2012/13 Venture Course.
In addition to the Wells Fargo grant, the Ogden Venture Course in the Humanities also receives funding support from the Alternative Visions Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, Utah Humanities Council, O.C. Tanner, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, Alan E. & Jeanne H. Hall Endowment for Community Outreach, and Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities.
Contact: Madonne Miner, dean of the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities