Service-Learning Engaged Scholar- Lauren Fowler, Professor Psycology
Lauren is currently a professor in the Psychology Department at Weber State University, and has taught here the last 10 years. Lauren has been recognized as the Weber State Master Teacher of the Year in 2006. Her areas of teaching include biological psychology, neuroscience, research methodology, statistics and psychopharmacology.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Biology from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA, and received her Masters and PhD in Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Georgia State University. Lauren has been a recipient of the Hall Endowment for Civic Engagement and a Hemingway Project for Civic Engagement. Through all of these collaborations, Lauren has worked with community partners to develop service-learning and community based research projects.
Civically Engaged Student- Ariana Escalante
Ariana Escalante is a senior at WSU and is preparing to graduate in May with a degree of University Honors, Bachelor of Science in Musical Theatre. She has attended Weber State University for the last four years, being a part of Student Involvement and Leadership for three. She has served as Honors/Bachelor of Integrated Studies Senator, Vice-President of Diversity, and currently as the Volunteer Involvement Program Director.
Ariana’s senior project focuses on her musical theatre major as well as service. She has recruited a volunteer performing group that has traveled to school in the Ogden area performing her original musical skit called “Rhythm of Our Heart” which teaches children the importance of community service. Along with the performance, they integrated a service project within the classroom in which the students got a hands-on service experience as they write poetry to be given to children of the Hope Kids Utah Foundation.
Learn more about Ariana here.
Campus Civic Leader- Adrienne Gillspie
Adrienne is the Coordinator of the Center for Diversity & Unity at Weber State University in addition to advising WSU Clubs & Organizations and African American students. She began working at WSU in February 2005.
An advocate of service-learning education and civic leadership, Adrienne has worked to combine the two since 1998. In doing so, she has matched students to local services and resources, collaborated with faculty, and partnered with the community. These accomplishments can be seen through the Student Affairs Let’s Talk series, the last three WSU Diversity Conferences, two Cultural Competency Conferences, and the Clubs in the Classroom project. The support of WSU administration has provided Adrienne with programmatic opportunities to connect the theoretical application of classroom instruction to practical application through musical arts engagement with the Annual WSU Gospel Music Festival: Make a Joyful Noise, as well as political dialog and contemplation with the A Time for Change, the 2009 inaugural celebration.
Learn more about Adrienne here.
Committed Community Partner- Lynn Kelley - Habitat for Humanity
In 2002, Lynn was one of a group of concerned citizens who came together to consider the viability of reactivating an inactive Habitat for Humanity affiliate within Weber and Davis Counties. As a result of that meeting, a number of these citizens determined that the need for affordable housing for low-income families within the two counties was so great that they committed to reactivate the former Habitat affiliate. Lynn was a key member of that group. Since 2002, Lynn has volunteered in excess of 10,000 hours of service to Habitat for Humanity, helping build the organization from the ground up by serving on the Board of Directors as the first Vice President and subsequently as President-Elect and President. As a past-President, she has earned the position of Lifetime Board member, and Lynn continues to be a highly active and committed member of the board.
During 2006, Lynn was selected as one of two Habitat for Humanity volunteers from the State of Utah to participate in the First Annual Community Building Blocks event in Nashville, TN. During this event, 300 volunteers came together to build ten houses in just five days for Nashville area low-income families.
Lynn also serves on the Advisory Board for the Community Involvement Center at Weber State University.
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis counties is one of eight recognized affiliates of HFHI within the State of Utah. This affiliate is a completely volunteer-driven non-profit organization, whose goal is to partner with local low-income families to help them build or renovate, and then buy, their own safe, decent, and affordable homes within our two-county service area.
Learn more about Lynn and Habitat here.