CEL in the News

BEST BUDDIES CHANGES LIVES

October 6, 2015 

Looking for a friend, or perhaps a best buddy?

Best Buddies, which was founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shrivers, is an international nonprofit organization that pairs intellectually disabled adults with college students. The intention is to improve the lives of both participants and create lasting friendships.

»Read Best Buddies Changes Lives

 

FOOD DRIVE TO HELP WEBER CARES PANTRY 

April 2, 2015

Tucked away in a room no bigger than a utility closet in the Shepherd Union is a place for hungry students to find help.

Weber Cares Food Pantry is packed with a variety of canned fruit and vegetables, oatmeal, soup and even infant formula, which is beneficial to student parents on campus.

 

»Read Food drive to help Weber Cares pantry

 

COMMUNITY CELEBRATES, MAKES PLANS TO ADDRESS YOUTH SUICIDE

April 17, 2015


There is a time to celebrate, a time to mourn and a time to organize for change.

This idea was demonstrated at a jam-packed night of community response to society’s suicide “epidemic” Wednesday night at Weber State University.

“The Community That Cares Celebration, Info Fair & Forum” centered around a desire for those in attendance to reverse a trend of teen suicide. According to Utah’s fatality statistics, suicide was the No. 1 cause of death in this state for youth between the ages of 10 to 17 in 2013, the last year for which statistics currently are available.

»Read Community Celebrates, Makes Plans to Address Youth Suicide

LOCAL STUDENTS COMPETE IN FIRST SPANISH SPELLING BEE


April 16, 2015


Elementary and junior high school students from all over Utah competed in the state’s first Spanish Spelling Bee at Weber State University Tuesday afternoon and by the looks and sounds of it, it was the first of many. A fifth grader from Dixie Sun Elementary, Raul Martinez, won as best Spanish speller, but many walked away glad they participated.

»Read Local Students Compete in First Spanish Spelling Bee 

WISHING FOR A SPECIFICALLY THEMED-PAINTED PIANO

 
April 10, 2015


Painting a brand new upright piano valued at $4,000 is a first for the students and staff of Nurture the Creative Mind.

The NCM program has done other piano-painting projects, such as the 10 colorfully painted pianos that dot the downtown Ogden business district for free play.

But this particular paint job is extra special, because it is for someone special -- a young girl who is combating cancer.

»Read Wishing for a Specifically Themed-Painted Piano


FOOD DRIVE TO HELP WEBER CARES PANTRY

April 2, 2015


Tucked away in a room no bigger than a utility closet in the Shepherd Union is a place for hungry students to find help.

Weber Cares Food Pantry is packed with a variety of canned fruit and vegetables, oatmeal, soup and even infant formula, which is beneficial to student parents on campus.

»Read Food Drive to Help Weber Cares Pantry 

MIKE MOON AND LEAH MURRAY TO RECEIVE LINDQUIST AWARD

March 31, 2015

Mike Moon and Leah Murray are expected to receive the John A. Lindquist Award at a luncheon on April 1 at 12:30 p.m. at Weber State University’s Shepard Union building in Ballroom B. They both will be honored for their commitment to community engagement, both locally and globally.

»Read Mike Moon and Leah Murray to Receive Lindquist Award


LONGSTANDING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS CELEBRATED

February 13, 2015


Ogden City and Weber State University (WSU) will host a college town celebration dinner to recognize the WSU Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) and many local organizations for being outstanding community partners. 

»Read Longstanding Community Partnerships Celebrated

BUILDING UP TO BRING DOWN HUNGER


 March 4, 2015

Dozens of Weber State University students gathered in the Shepherd Union Atrium Wednesday afternoon to show off their creative ability for a cause.

»Read Building up to bring down hunger

 
WEBERCAN COMPETITION TO OFFER TASTY ART

 February 8, 2015

The Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) will be hosting a food drive throughout the month of February to prepare for WeberCAN. WeberCAN will allow teams, clubs and groups from Weber State University to collect food donations during the month of February.

»Read WeberCAN competition to offer tasty art

WSU SOFTWARE CLASS DEVELOPS PROGRAMS FOR NONPROFITS

 February 7, 2015
 

People don’t always equate programmers with service, but a software engineering class at Weber State University does just that. Two years ago an idea was hatched for Ted Cowan’s software engineering class, a two-semester class, to develop an app to track homelessness of people in Santa Clara County, California.

 

»Read WSU software class develops programs for nonprofits

COMMUNITY MARCHES FOR MLK SERVICE WEEK


January 20, 2015
 

Picking up their picket signs and taking to the street after a warm breakfast, campus students and community members alike marched Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

» Read Community marches for MLK service week


WSU RECEIVES CARNEGIE CLASSIFICATION FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 



January 15, 2015
 

Weber State University has been recognized for a second time by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of a few universities in the nation that is engaged in its community.

 

»Read WSU receives Carnegie classification for community engagement

HOME MOBILE APP TO BE USED IN THE ANNUAL HOMELESS PIT

 


January 26, 2015
 

 

San Jose, CA: Homeless outreach workers in Santa Clara County will be piloting the use of a new mobile app developed by Community Technology Alliance during the community's homeless census.
 

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CLEARFIELD WOMAN STARTS NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM TO FIGHT HUNGER
 
November 22, 2013

A northern Utah woman is making it her mission to see that no one in her neighborhood goes to bed hungry.Patricia Erdman said that the best way to fight hunger is to start in your own community. She said that people need to have a willingness to step outside and do something.

» Read Woman starts neighborhood program 

WSU FRESHMAN CONNECTS
SODEXO AND ST. ANNE'S CENTER

November 7, 2013

Devin Smith, Weber State University freshman and dental hygiene major, was doing research for a communications speech when she came across the Food Recovery Network. The program, commonly known as FRN, works to fight hunger in local communities by recovering perishable “leftovers” from university campuses and redistributing them to the needy in their area.

» Read Sodexo and St. Anne's Center Article

TREES PLANTED IN OGDEN ON MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

October 27, 2013

Sometimes happiness is as simple as planting a tree. That seemed to be the message Saturday morning as Weber State University students were joined by members of the community they invited to Make a Difference Day activities sponsored by the WSU Center for Community Engaged Learning.

» Read Trees Planted Article

COMMUNITY WELCOMES OPENING OF SPORTS COMPLEX

October 27, 2013

Ogden County and Weber State University officials on Tuesday night threw open the doors of the new Weber County Sports Complex, welcoming area athletes and the general public to an open house for the new space.

» Read Opening of Sports Complex

WSU STUDENTS ENGAGE IN CLEAN AIR SERVICE PROJECTS

October 27, 2013

Weber State University students planted trees, put up no-idling signs and performed other work as part of a national day of service Saturday.

» Read Clear Air Service Projects

 
WIGHT'S WSU PRIORITIES: TECHNOLOGY AFFORDABILITY, DIVERSITY

October 23, 2013

Weber State University and Charles A. Wight finally made it official,Tuesday afternoon, with his inauguration as WSU president.

» Read Wight's WSU Priorities Article

ADP'S NATIONAL STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL'S EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS SELECTED

October 18, 2013

WSU student, Mandie Barnes, is elected to be part of the ADP National Student Advisory Council'sExecutive Board. As part of the Council she will offer students’ voices a conduit from our campus to the offices in Washington DC.

» Read ADP’s National Student Advisory Council’s Executive Board Members Selected

NEW COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTER A PART OF OGDEN 'COLLEGE TOWN' APPROACH

October 16, 2013

The latest initiative in Ogden city's and Weber State University's "College Town" project aims to bring the benefits of higher education to populations that traditionally haven't had access to it.

» Read Community Education Center Article 

KIDS REACH 'SUPERHERO' STATUS WITH NEW SKILLS

October 16, 2013

Utah families are finding a new place to help kids with disabilities come out of their shells. It's a program called Children's Adaptive Physical Education Society!, or CAPES!, at Weber State University. By playing games, each participating child develops new skills and turns into their very own superhero.

» Read Kids Reach 'Superhero' Status Article

CAPES! PROGRAM GOOD FOR WSU &  ENROLLED STUDENTS

October 16, 2013

James Zagrodnik knows what it feels like to be a child with no way to voice his feelings or fit in with peers.
Zagrodnik, now a Weber State University assistant professor of Health and Human Performance Department, had a learning disability that prevented him from talking clearly until age 10.

» Read Capes! Program for WSU Article

WEBER STATE STUDENTS HELP LOCAL KIDS LEARN TO READ

October 11, 2013

Some Weber State students are getting college credit to stay away from class on Fridays to help teach elementary students to read. Their instructor has assigned students in English 1010 to go to a nearby elementary and read with students who need help. Their curriculum covers how education has helped well-known people in history.

» Read Students Help Kids Read Article

LT. GOV BELL BLASTS EMOTION-DRIVEN ENVIRONMENTAL PROPOSALS

October 4, 2013

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell said Thursday he really doesn't care how Utahns "feel" about environmental threats or state policies.

"I'm not here to take opinion polls, and I'm not here to deal with your feelings," Bell told his audience, gathered at Weber State University for a talk, "Let's Clean the Air."

» Read Lt. Gov. Bell Environmental Proposals Article 

MOST GENEROUS CITIES: OGDEN RANKS #2

September 22, 2013

The U.S. is a generous country – the World Giving Index ranks the United States as the fifth most generous in the world. We wanted to see which places in the U.S. were the most generous by looking at the following factors.

» Read Most Generous Cities Article

OGDEN GOES DOOR TO DOOR TO IMPROVE SCHOOOLS

August 22, 2013

As Utah students head back to school, one district may know more about its incoming students than any other.
The community of Ogden has spent the summer going door to door, learning about families and specific neighborhood needs. Volunteers from Weber State University interviewed more than 700 Ogden families to find out what they need for their children to succeed in school.

» Read Door to Door Article

STUDENTS FORM COPD SUPPORT GROUP

August 13, 2013

Two Weber State University respiratory therapy students have formed a support group designed to educate and help those who have chronic obstructive lung disease.

» Read COPD Support Group Article

COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTER PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS

September 25, 2013

The newest addition to the Ogden City College Town Initiative is a center designed to attract more community members to help them obtain a post-secondary education.

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Community Education Center on Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. A short program is set for 6:30 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting, reception and tours. The center is located at 2955 Harrison Blvd. Ogden, Utah, in the lower level of the United Way/Red Cross building.

» Read Community Education Center Article

students in front of elephant photos

A BIG THANK YOU TO STUDENTS SAVING ELEPHANTS AT WSU

March 12, 2013

In the Fall of 2012, a group of Zoology students at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah collaborated on a civic engagement project in the Mammalogy course taught by Dr. Sam Zeveloff. They decided to raise awareness about the deteriorating plight of the African elephant.

» Read Saving Elephants Article

UPROJECT WORKING TO CHANGE PERCEPTIONS

July 2, 2013

When 10-year-old Angel was asked to draw a picture of likable things about the neighborhood, the youth instead wrote on two sides of the paper, separating likes and dislikes.?“I like to play with my friends in the neighborhood because there are some nice people.” 

» Read Changing Perceptions Article

 PROMISE TO EDUCATE

July 1, 2013

OGDEN — Misty Carver and her 6-year-old daughter, Kiara, wasted no time to delve into a new book Kiara got last week at Monroe Park. They got the free book from a First Book national United Way community distribution in the park.

» Read Promise to Educate

NEW PROGRAM OFFERS PROMISE

June 30, 2013

Children enter kindergarten ready to learn. Students improve academic performance and are proficient in core subjects.

» Read New Program Article

THE MEANING OF A CITY

June 18, 2013

In the poem “Choruses from the Rock” T.S. Eliot poses the following question. When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city?  Do you huddle close together because you love each other?” What will you answer? “We all dwell together to make money from each other”? or “This is a community”?

» Read Meaning of a City Article

SEEING FUN IN SCIENCE

June 11, 2013

OGDEN — Budding scientist Takoda Lancaster spent Monday in the park researching sun spots. “I like to see how stuff works,” said the Ogden 7-year-old. A second later, a high squeal came from the kid-sized table set up with microscopes and containers holding live insects. “Ants are disgusting,” concluded a little girl after her first magnified look. 

» Read Fun in Science Article

'MAKE A DIFFERENCE' IN OGDEN

May 9, 2013

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University staff, students, faculty and community members are invited to get involved by getting their hands dirty. The Community Involvement Center (CIC) is hosting WSU Make a Difference Day in Ogden, May 9 beginning at 9 a.m. Groups will be involved in service at three locations serving multiple organizations.

 » Read Make a Difference Article

SERVICE SYMPOSIUM

April 10, 2013

Wildcats had the opportunity to show off how they have been involved in serving their communities on Wednesday afternoon at the Community Involvement Center’s fifth annual Service Symposium in the Shepherd Union Building.

» Read Service Symposium Article

SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE

April 5, 2013

A panel discussed and analyzed the national trend of criminalizing children instead of educating them, referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline, Wednesday morning in the Wildcat Theater.

»  Read School to Prison Article

POVERTY SIMULATION

March 20, 2013

OGDEN, Utah – Linda and Larry Locke-Louis are living in poverty, with a 15-year-old daughter and a disabled father-in-law. This was one of the simulated families students portrayed during the Poverty Simulation on Tuesday.

» Read Poverty Simulation Article

ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK 

March 3-9, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of 31 Weber State University students are leaving their hearts, sweat and volunteer service hours in San Francisco. This week, the group of WSU students, along with two advisers, are performing com- munity outreach for disadvantaged youths living in the San Francisco area, all as part of what they call their “Alternative Spring Break.”

»  Read Alternative Spring Break Article

CONGRESS TO CAMPUS

February 13, 2013

Student leaders prep for business world – In the executive branch of the Weber State University Student Association, the range of majors is as wide as the range of jobs the members have to help the student body. The WSUSA vice presidents and president all said being involved has brought them experiences and opportunities that are useful in not only the workplace, but in their personal lives.

» Read Congress to Campus Article

OGDEN — Two former congressmen joined Weber State University students Monday for warm pizza and lively discussion on the value of public service. “Get involved in public service and the political process,” said Richard Stallings (D-Ida- ho, 1985-1993). “If you won’t take responsibility, the nation will be taken over by those who will.”

» Read Students & Legislatures Article

STATE OF THE UNION

February 13, 2013

OGDEN — Cheers and applause broke out among some of the 30 people at Weber State University each time President Barack Obama delivered plans to improve education and the environment as well as strengthen the nation’s middle class during a bold State of the Union address Tuesday night.

» Read State of the Union Article

WSU DAY AT THE CAPITOL

February 6, 2013

The WSU Day at the Capitol underwent its 10th year with 21 different undergraduate research posters and 19 projects. Many students were at the Capitol presenting for their first time. WSU President Charles Wight, also a first-timer, went around to each research poster to learn more. He said the variety of subjects represented was incredible and that most of the students at the event are finishing up and going on to medical school or graduate school.

»  Read WSU's Capitol day Article

For the 10th year in a row, Weber State University alumni, undergraduate students and members of Utah’s legislature will converge at Capitol Hill on Thursday. Outfitted in purple attire in true WSU spirit, alumni have been going up to the capitol since 2003 to talk to legislature and show support for WSU and its programs.

» Read Student Legislature Article

BOWLING LEAGUE ESTABLISHED FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

February 5, 2013

Thanks to a grant awarded by the Hall Endowment, the Weber-Ogden Adaptive Program committee, including community-based classroom teachers and students, have organized and designed a bowling program for special needs students to participate with non-disabled peers. Several students from the high school community-based classes and the post high program will have the opportunity to bowl in the league over the next two years.

» Read Special Needs Bowling Article

WEBER STATE'S BIGGEST LOSER

January 4, 2013

OGDEN, Utah – A Weber State University student hopes to win big by losing big. Freshman Jackson Carter is a contestant on this season’s NBC series, “The Biggest Loser.” The community is invited to join friends and family to watch the second night of the two- part season premiere, Jan. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. Carter, whose starting weight was 328 pounds, is a theater arts teach major. He eventually wants to make his living making films. He volunteers regularly through WSU’s Community Involvement Center (CIC).

» Read WSU's Biggest Loser Article