Community Engaged Scholar - Stephanie Bossenberger
Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene, Professor Stephanie Bossenberger ensures students immersion in community-engaged service. Department philosophy advocates serving by preventing and treating oral disease: all people should have access to health care, including oral health care, for society’s health and well-being. As dental chair collaborating with the Jr. League, McKay-Dee Foundation, Midtown Community Health Center and dental professionals, she requires students to participate in projects that include the Children’s Health Connection, Women’s Health Connection, Head Start and inner-city schools, especially for individuals who are uninsured, in poverty and underserved. Professor Bossenberger’s commitment is universal, involving students in interdisciplinary health service projects in northeast China. She requires students to use innovative reflective strategies to connect service with academics.
Community Engaged Student - Trevor Annis
Trevor Annis, a pre-med junior majoring in microbiology and chemistry, succeeds in enlisting and helping students thrive as community volunteers. He created partnerships with campus clubs, sports teams and non-profits to increase support and attendance for programs like the YCC women/youth shelter‘s Open Gym and the Special Olympics Winter Games. His work earned him leadership positions in WSU government, allowing him to mentor unprecedented numbers of volunteers. He helped facilitate the Center for Community Engaged Learning’s first international service trip, traveling to Peru to develop community relationships and secure service opportunities. He currently oversees a team of twenty-four community engaged leaders, sixty programs, and fourteen community partners.
Community Engaged Staff Member - Rick Lilly
Inspiring people with organ transplants and students with disabilities to succeed in sports and renew their engagement with their community drives WSU adjunct professor and coordinator of the Weber Ogden Adaptive Program (WOAP) Rick Lilly. Mr. Lilly created WOAP to serve local school districts and the School for the Deaf and Blind; he and WSU students engage disabled students in community activities to increase their self-esteem. Recipient of a donated kidney himself, as assistant manager of Team Utah Idaho, Mr. Lilly enlists WSU students to help him interact with community partners and organize events that both promote organ donation and raise money. Donations fund transplant recipients’ participation in the Transplant Games of America, the winners of which go to World Transplant Games, an Olympic-style bowling tournament.
Committed Community Partner - Brett Lund
Davis Morgan Summit Head Start/ Early Head Start Program
Fatherhood specialist and community engagement coordinator with the Davis School District Head Start program, Brett W. Lund facilitates and coordinates father and family services for hundreds of parents. Lund, a WSU alum with a bachelor’s degree in lifestyle management, organizes partner relationships with WSU professors and departments in order to recruit students to mentor and model relationship development. With these student volunteers, Lund provides opportunities for fathers and father-figures to be involved in their children’s early educational growth. Lund educates students in real-life situations and fathers to realize they are “the best assets in their children’s lives.”
Community Engaged Alum:Carey Francis
A visual artist who plays mediums and materials against each other to create harmony and express compassion, WSU alumna Carey Francis desires to help people see life’s realities. Having experienced Jim Crow laws, segregation and the Civil Rights Movement growing up in Texas, Francis uses narrative, symbolic and representational images “outside the box” to challenge perceptions about Blacks in American culture.
She organizes community spaces and atmospheres through Teen Studio Space to draw together professors and WSU students to help teenagers compose written and visual art. She mentors students through Black Scholars United to plan and coordinate community service and other events, helping them master life management skills and find appropriate academic resources.