John A. Lindquist

2016 Lindquist Award Recipient

Becky Jo Gesteland

Professor of English Becky Jo Gesteland has immersed her professional life in expanding the breadth and depth of community engaged learning (CEL) across the WSU campus and into the surrounding community. Over several years she has worked on numerous CEL projects and courses, been a guest speaker to promote and explain how CEL functions, served on several committees, and acted as the WSU liaison to the Utah Campus Compact on the Faculty Development Network.  As a faculty member of the Professional & Technical Writing Program, she has worked with colleagues and non-profit organizations to make all of the program courses CEL-designated – an exceptional achievement.  

Students in the courses Dr. Gesteland teaches have opportunities to write 
grants for funding, develop Websites, and write policies and procedures manuals 
and volunteer handbooks.  The non-profits with whom students work include food 
banks, domestic violence shelters, rehabilitation centers, museums, and civic and 
educational institutions. 
Becky Jo is also an accomplished CEL scholar.  She systematically researches 
and assesses new pedagogy in order to inform her teaching and report appropriate 
new tools to colleagues.  She measures student competencies in civic knowledge and 
skills and refreshes her teaching strategies constantly for best outcomes. Given her 
commitment and expertise in community-engaged learning, the CCEL selected her 
as the Engaged Learning Series Coordinator to lead the campus and community in 
awareness-raising discussions and engaged action.  She is the consummate 
community-engaged learning scholar.
Brett W. Lund, Fatherhood and Volunteer Coordinator for Head Start: “Becky Jo has 
the vision of what service learning can do for our community as well as the future of 
her students.”
Andrew Helms, former student: “I was one of the individuals inspired to commit 
myself to two organizations because I was personally motivated by Professor 
Gesteland to put the knowledge I had gained at WSU to work in our community. 
I’m not sure I would have ever realized I had a passion for community-engaged 
service if it had not been for [her] encouragement.”
Azenett Garza
Professor of Psychology Azenett Garza serves her passions for social justice
and mentoring students by applying her excellent research, leadership and teaching 
skills to solving problems in the Ogden community.  All community programs need 
data to secure funding and prove the most successful methods for accomplishing 
their purpose.  Azenett involves her students in every step of the process, from 
meeting with community partners to determine needs, to developing research 
methodology and instruments, analyzing data, and presenting the results.  Her 
students also research local social issues and interventions themselves and then 
work to ameliorate the problems, monitoring progress and making necessary 
adjustments along the way.
Among community organizations benefitting from Dr. Garza’s and her 
students’ work are Head Start, UTA, Catholic Community Services, the DaVinci 
Academy, the Ogden Police Department and Roy City. 
So successful have been Azenett’s innovative research methods and 
leadership skills, she was hired by the CCEL to coordinate its Community Research 
Extension (CRE), housed in the American Red Cross building.  People who report to 
her are student volunteers and employees as well as faculty scholars, many of whom 
collaborate on projects.  In this capacity she has created research opportunities for 
students from any discipline on campus who want to make a difference in the 
Dr. Garza’s work in the CRE generated a special venture, the Ogden United 
Promise Neighborhood project, in which she serves as data management team 
director for the United Way of Northern Utah.  Azenett attends conferences and 
training sessions around the country, presenting and exchanging data with Promise 
Neighborhood counterparts.  She has turned community engaged learning 
techniques into community engaged scholarship that positively impacts the whole 

country as well as Ogden area residents.

Maria D. Parrilla de Kokal, professor of psychology: “[Dr. Garza is] able to sincerely 
convey empathy for those who are poor as well as the importance of ‘giving’ to the 
community.  She [is] also successful in teaching WSU students their value and how it 
[is] desperately needed by the community. Outstanding commitment, collaboration, 
mentorship, competence, and passion are all terms that describe Dr. Azenett Garza.”
Timothy Jackson, director, Ogden United Promise Neighborhood: “The time that Dr. 
Garza commits to supporting students in civic engagement expands beyond the
classroom and the workday.  She has helped several . . . secure full-time 
Yesenia Quintana, former student: “[Dr. Garza’s] teaching method challenges her
students to apply theoretical concepts into real-life examples, and then to defend 
one’s self coherently. Her work leaves a positive impression on the many 
community partners that the center comes into contact with, building enduring 
partnerships with the greater Ogden area.”

2015 Lindquist Award Recipient

Mike Moon 

Mike Moon, an assistant director in WSU’s Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), established his professional commitment to engaged community learning when he was a freshman at SUU after being encouraged to participate in a service leadership position by a course instructor.  So thrilled was he to find an opportunity that “encompassed his passions and skills,” he subsequently completed an M.Ed. in Education Administration that emphasized reflection practices in community-engaged learning and has since left masses of deeply engaged students at every institution he has served.
In the CCEL Mike oversees community partnerships, the CE Leaders program, four annual large days of service, scholarships, awards, alternative breaks in spring and fall, and international community engagement projects.  In each of these programs Mike has created more structural integrity; clarified roles and responsibilities; introduced leadership training; created assessment tools used regularly; developed training manuals; involved community partners at significant levels; and effected consistent collaboration among community partners, students and professors.

Leah Murray  

Dr. Leah Murray, associate professor of political science at WSU, has devoted her professional life as a teacher, a scholar and a citizen to training the next generation the habits of good citizenship.  Projects she has initiated or co-coordinated over the past decade at WSU include the American Democracy Project, Constitution Week and Deliberative Democracy Day, each of which engages students in programming and interviewing prospective panelists as well as invites the WSU and Ogden communities to discuss important controversial issues among themselves and with local and national leaders. 
Dr. Murray’s work within and for the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) includes incorporating engaged learning into two of her courses, presenting at regional and national conferences to educate other professors, training a WSU student to register college and high school students to vote, training another student to post news about and from local governance groups to encourage campus participation in democratic processes, and conceiving of the Civitas program.  The last provides a certificate at graduation for students who create and defend a portfolio of their community work, thereby demonstrating distinction in four areas of civic engagement. Students who succeed earn the designation non sibi, sed civitas (not for self, but for community) on their transcript.   In 2012 Dr. Murray became Faculty in Residence for the CCEL to train faculty on best practices in community engaged learning.

2014 Lindquist Award Recipient

Lisa Trujillo

Dr. Lisa Trujillo, director of Clinical Education in the Department of Respiratory Therapy, amazes students and colleagues with her passionate commitment to service locally and globally.  Imbedding community engaged learning in her courses, Dr. Trujillo enables her students locally to teach about respiratory health, basic life support and disease prevention; to create personal service projects with community providers; and to involve themselves at the state level with legislative activities and rallies relating to tobacco regulation at the state Capitol.
Since 2005, Dr. Trujillo’s global work has concentrated on Ghana, West Africa.  Valuing interdisciplinary knowledge, she collaborates with faculty members from the departments of geography, computer science and business; she partners with Ghanaian community entities from hospitals and schools to e-waste centers in order to provide free health services, medical education and community health education to the underserved.  Always, her students work and learn alongside, maturing through reflection, journaling and debriefing, the processes key to assessing and improving quality in community-engaged learning activities.  In addition, Dr. Trujillo introduced the profession of respiratory therapy to the Ghanaian medical community by helping to develop a baccalaureate program; she and her students built and implemented its curriculum with Ghanaian faculty. 

2013 Lindquist Award Recipient

Valerie Herzog - Athletic Training

OGDEN, Utah – Associate athletic training professor Valerie Herzog has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the John A. Lindquist Award at Weber State University.

The Lindquist Award, which was established in 2007, is given to a faculty or staff member annually who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to mentoring Weber State University students in learning through community involvement. Herzog, who directs the graduate athletic training program, has established community involvement as an integral part of both undergraduate and graduate studies. Sophomores in the program must document at least 15 hours of community-engaged learning per year. That number goes up incrementally; seniors and graduate students volunteer 35 hours per year. Athletic training is one of only two WSU programs designated as a “community engaged program” – meaning students cannot graduate without having a community-based learning experience.

“In graduation surveys, students indicate that the volunteer experiences helped them feel more connected to their community, and they would continue professional service after graduation,” Herzog said. “This development of a desire to give back fills me with pride for our students. I believe that our graduates’ commitment to serve their community throughout their careers is the most significant outcome of our service-learning program.”

Herzog has established many community partners, so her students have volunteered with organizations and events including the Special Olympics, Ogden Rescue Mission, Ogden Marathon, XTERRA triathlon, high school wrestling and basketball tournaments, youth sports camps, junior high and high school physical exams and the Central Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships. According to Herzog, for many of the young athletes, an athletic trainer and the WSU student volunteers are the only medical providers they have access to throughout the year.

Athletic training alumnus Nicole Groves selected Special Olympics, and under Herzog’s tutelage created an Emergency Action Plan for the organization.

“Many students start to develop a love and passion for a specific organization, and then they begin to expand that organization by taking their athletic training education and applying it to benefit that group,” Groves wrote in her Lindquist nomination letter.

Herzog was selected for the award by a committee of faculty, staff, trustees, community partners and students. She will be formally honored at a special awards luncheon, where student volunteers also will be honored.

The award is named for John A. Lindquist, a strong advocate for education and the community, who has spent a lifetime supporting Ogden, Weber County and Weber State. Lindquist’s ties to WSU date back to the late 1930s, when he attended Weber College and was a student body officer. Through the years, he has generously supported cultural, academic, athletic and student activities and programs.


2012 Lindquist Award Recipient

Julie Rich - Geography

Julie Rich is an assistant geography professor at WSU. Rich co-directs the Global Education Opportunity (GEO) program where students live and work in Geneva, Switzerland, on behalf of the Worldwide Organization for Women, for which Rich served as president from 2010-12. Students spend about seven weeks in Geneva, researching global women’s issues, and then another seven weeks engaged in a United Nations’ humanitarian project in a country grappling with those issues.

“The GEO program provides students with a powerful experience on the global stage by working with ambassadors, ministers and humanitarian officials who promote international economic and social cooperation plus development,” Rich said. “Because students are learning on-site they gain an understanding of how the UN resolves international issues, how policy is developed, how grassroots organizations operate and how they can assist disadvantaged people in developing countries.”

She has also worked with students and community partners who installed wells and solar lighting in Rwanda and who provided wheelchairs and playground equipment for an orphanage in Kyrgyzstan.

On a local level, Rich partnered her geography students with the Friends of the Great Salt Lake School Curriculum Program. Together they developed original seventh-grade environmental, educational material that connected Great Salt Lake concepts with Utah social studies core curriculum.

Rich was selected for the Lindquist Award by a committee of faculty, staff, trustees, community partners and students. She will be formally honored at a special awards luncheon, where student volunteers will also be honored.


2011 Lindquist Award Recipient

Patricia Cost - Health Promotion and Human Performance

Patricia Cost is a Health Promotion and Human Performance (HPHP) assistant professor at WSU. Over the past three years since returning to Weber State, Cost has benefited the community through the Program Planning and Needs Assessment course in the HPHP department. So far, she has mentored more than 120 students and has planned, implemented and evaluated 37 community-based projects.

Her classes provide interactive real-world experience. “I believe in providing an experiential education because research has proven that students learn by doing,” said Cost, who also serves as the Health Promotion Program Director.

She facilitates opportunities for the students to work with organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, St. Anne’s Homeless Shelter, and area high schools. Working together, the students, community and Cost spend hours tackling complex issues these organizations are facing. The focus of her class is on improving the community and in turn students are given first-hand experience with an organization of their choice.

“I truly believe that as an educator it is my responsibility to help students become morally and civilly responsible individuals so that they can recognize themselves as members of a larger social fabric,” said Cost.


2010 Lindquist Award Recipients

Bryan Dorsey - Geography

Bryan Dorsey, Ph.D. and M.A., is a professor of geography who serves as the WSU Urban and Regional Planning program coordinator. The land use planning program benefits from a partnership with Ogden City's Community Development and Planning Department. Bryan has engaged his land use planning students in urban and city planning projects for local communities since 1998. Projects have ranged from pathways to transit planning and full general city plans for municipalities such as Marriott-Slaterville, Sunset, and Washington Terrace. Other projects involve open space preservation in Plain City, North Ogden, and Morgan and Weber Counties. Bryan’s students have received excellent learning and career development opportunities in addition to those that emerge from devoting their creative energy to long-term community decision making.

Bryan has been a leader in two of WSU’s undergraduate education movements: service-learning scholarship as a pedagogy and as a practical, citizenship-building enterprise; and environmental issues awareness to promote such needs as energy and water conservation, air quality improvements and ecosystem preservation.

Stephanie Bossenberger - Dental Hygiene

Stephanie Bossenberger, R.D.H. and M.S., is professor and chair of the Dental Hygiene Department. During the last decade she has enhanced community service-learning in the dental hygiene curriculum by incorporating a wide variety of service opportunities that enable her students to provide oral care education, dental screenings, and direct dental hygiene treatment to thousands of local residents, particularly children and under-served populations from inner-city areas. Stephanie has worked to influence state legislation to permit dental hygienists to serve in atypical settings such as Head Start programs, residential care centers, and elder community programs so that everyone has access to excellent dental hygiene care.

Stephanie instills in her students a commitment to community – both locally and internationally -- through life-long service and learning, beginning with collaboration in her courses to address health issues and strategize for corrective action. Students learn to carry that collaboration into relationships with other community-service providers to build resources for a healthier, happier community.


2009 Lindquist Award Recipient

Colleen Garside - Communication

Dr. Garside is among the most active faculty on campus in mentoring students, both in community based research and though civic engagement and service-learning. She has involved students with a long list of civic groups, government and charitable associations. These include:

  • YMCA
  • Christmas Box House
  • Ogden High School
  • Mount Ogden Junior High
  • Youth Impact

Dr. Garside ‘s involvement with campus and community service is ongoing. She is serving and continues to serve in numerous capacities on all levels. Nationally, she is an active partner with Communicating Common Ground, a service-learning initiative in the discipline of communication. On a state level, she has been involved with the UCC and the Faculty consulting Corps for three years .

Colleen also supports the Community Involvement Center here at WSU serving on numerous committees. She has been involved most recently in mentoring a faculty member through the Faculty Fellows program and participating with the supplemental instructor program.


2008 Lindquist Award Recipients

Shannon Butler - English

Shannon has been at Weber State University for 23 years, and during that time she has been an exemplary service-learning faculty member and colleague. She has been a leader in the grassroots service-learning movement on this campus from the outset and remains active in the establishment of our new Community Involvement Center (CIC) creating valuable learning and leadership opportunities for WSU students. She has received several awards for her excellence in collaboration, and has been key in the curriculum development of several service learning classes and presentations. Her dedication to the civic engagement of WSU students has not only inspired and affected many students, but has provided a model for other faculty to follow.

Alicia Giralt - Spanish

Dr. Alicia Giralt was born in Barcelona, Spain, and she has always been fascinated by the communication process. She received a Bachelor degree in print journalism from Wayne State University, located in Detroit. After teaching a class at Wayne University, she discovered a passion for teaching and went on to obtain her Masters in Spanish Literature, and PhD in Twentieth Century Peninsular Literature.

She loves traveling, learning new things, and sharing that knowledge with her students, and strongly feels that all knowledge is dead when it is not shared; therefore, she enjoys being a storyteller at the Storytelling Festival, giving talks at local schools and boys and girls clubs, and participating in national and international conferences. She writes about literary criticism, language teaching pedagogy, poetry, and other genres.

Her poetry has received two international awards, and it has been published in peer reviewed and literary journals. He poetry book Tragos de luz y viento was published June, 2007. Her bilingual illustrated children’s book, The Kingdom of the Apples/El reino de las manzanas, was also published last Summer.

Dr. Giralt has been teaching at WSU’s Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures since 1999.


2007 Lindquist Award Recipient

Kathryn MacKay - History

Article from WSU Today - April 2, 2007

Associate professor Kathryn L. MacKay recently was named the first recipient of the John A. Lindquist Award.

MacKay, who has taught in the Department of History at Weber State University since 1988, received the award based on her work in mentoring students in learning through community involvement.

MacKay has been influential in promoting learning through civic engagement at WSU and throughout the state. She has been involved, since its inception, with Utah Campus Compact, an organization dedicated to promoting service learning on Utah’s college campuses. She also used part of her salary to help establish the Office of Academic Service Learning at the university in 2000.

In several of MacKay’s courses, students are required to do service learning, including working at the TreeHouse Museum, Fort Buenaventura and local museums and archives, as well as after-school and tutoring programs in Weber and Davis counties. She also helped establish the American Democracy Project at WSU, which encourages campuses to provide students with civic engagement experiences.

MacKay plans on continuing her work with service learning in the future. “Hopefully, I will continue to learn how to better foster in my students a sense that the individual can contribute to the common good,” she said.