Community engagement has always been a hallmark of Weber State University. As we share the Weber State story with our neighbors, and with students (both current and potential), faculty and staff, we look to the awe-inspiring examples of community engagement to demonstrate and reaffirm part of our very mission — to be an active participant in regional learning endeavors and the social and economic life of the community.
Since 2008, WSU has continually delivered community engagement-inspired stories in a variety of campus media. Below are articles from the university magazine, the university’s annual report, and the faculty/staff newsletter.
Weber State University Magazine
Delivered biannually to campus, as well as 80,000+ alumni, friends and stakeholders
Diaster course teaches nurses how to respond to communities in times of crisis.
44th Annual H. Aldous Dixon Awards
Brenda Kowalewski, director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning (then, the Community Involvement Center), receives an H. Aldous Dixon Award, honoring her work in service learning.
Engineering project helps Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center.
WSU’s Walker Institute hosts governors’ discussion panel.
Geosciences students collect rocks for fourth-grade classroom experiments.
A Memorable Decade, an Unforgettable President
Outgoing WSU president Ann Millner shares her thoughts on service learning and community engagement.
Zoology professor spearheads efforts to have Ogden recognized as one of 10 Urban Bird Treaty cities nationwide, receiving a federal grant to educate and improve habitats, such as the Ogden River restoration project.
Giving Kids a Smile
Dental hygiene students provide dental care to low-income children.
For the Records
Computer science students help hospital staff in Ghana install record-keeping software.
Improving Lives $50 at at Time
Spanish professor and students give microloans to Guatemalan women.
WSU's Services for Students with Disabilities works with the federal Workforce Response Program to connect federal sector employees with college students/recent graduates with disabilities in summer or permanent jobs.
Environmental Club plants fruit trees, the fruit of which would be donated to local charities.
Advocating Ethics Reform
A group of WSU students encourages Utah lawmakers to adopt more comprehensive ethics reforms.
A special course brings education to the community.
Physics Department Excels at Outreach
Physics faculty and staff introduce community members to the wonders of science. Article is located on page 8.
Area high school students spend a week on campus at a camp to learn the tools, code and collaboration necessary to design video campusvideo gaming camp. The camp was sponsored by the Department of Computer Science. Article is located on page 4.
Convincing Senior Project
Manufacturing engineering technology students team up with Utah Highway Patrol for buckle-up campaign. Article is located on page 5.
Lighting the Way: The Impact of a University
Several community partnerships are spotlighted. Article is located on page 14.
Weber State University Annual Report
Delivered annually to 3,000+ legislators, stakeholders and friends of WSU
President Charles A. Wight discusses connecting the campus to the community, specifically mentioning Weber State Downtown. The letter also highlights community as one of the university's three core themes.
The Johnston Effect
The faculty spotlight features Adam Johnston, who is known for his outreach to community through popular programs like Science in the Parks and the Physics Open House.
Painting the Town Purple
Weber State and Ogden City team up to create a college-town atmosphere across the community.
Welcome Little 'Cats
WSU opens Utah's first charter academy authorized by an institution of higher education. The charter academy will serve local kindergarteners.
Life’s Essentials Engage Campus
The Engaged Learning Series involves the campus and community in meaningful conversations about life's essentials. This story also mentions that the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education named WSU a model for civic learning and democratic engagement.
Inspired by Sustainability
WSU student LeRoy Christensen is named a Newman Civic Fellow.
Fostering Democratic Engagement
WSU student Mandie Barnes plays important role in the American Democracy Project — the national organization, as well as the WSU chapter.
The endowed chair of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program will connect with local school districts to provide creative teachers and classrooms that inspire.
President F. Ann Millner specifically mentions WSU student and 2012 Newman Civic Fellow Patricia Erdman, who started a food distribution program in her community. The letter also highlights community as one of the university's three core themes.
Accurate Accounting Helps Employees
Engineering technology students develop electronic inventory system to help clients at Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center.
Feeding a Multitude
An in-depth feature spotlights student's food distribution program.
Serving Our Community
A graphic highlights the number of students involved in service, the number of service hours and the value of service.
An Environment of Service
WSU President F. Ann Millner and the university's Community Involvement Center receive the Transforming Communities Recognition by the lieutenant governor. This story also details the years WSU has received the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
President F. Ann Millner highlights the years WSU received the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and mentions specific service projects. The letter also highlights community as one of the university's three core themes.
Giving Kids a Smile
Dental hygiene students team with local dentists to provide children from low-income households with a free dental screening and cleaning.
The Power of Poetry
Through his nonprofit organization Nurture the Creative Mind, Amir Jackson, a 2011 Newman Civic Fellow, encourages at-risk youth to express themselves through creativity.
WSU's Service for Students with Disabilities and the federal Workforce Response Program helps connect students with federal contractors.
Student organizations promote engineering, science in local junior high schools.
Design graphics and manufacturing engineering techbnology students volunteer more than 1,000 hours desining and creating two special aquariums for Mount Ogden Junior High and the Ogden Nature Center.
WSU is named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Foreign language professor organizes trips to Guatemala to give microloans to local women so they can jump-start small businesses.
President F. Ann Millner highlights WSU's selection by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive the Community Engagement Classification. The article is located on page 3.
Serving Our Community
This features spotlights multiple community service projects, highlights a volunteer for Mentors for Utah Scholars, details WSU's inaugural service symposium, and lists the number of hours students participated in service, the hours logged and the value of those hours. The article is located on pages 4-5.
Brenda M. Kowalewski is named a Presidential Distinguished Professor. As director of WSU's Community Involvement Center, she discuses service-learning. The article is located on page 9.
Helping Students Gear Up for College
WSU partners with Ogden City Schools to mentor junior high school students and help them set educational goals and learn about options for attending college. The article is located on page 13.
2007-08Building Recognition on the National Stage
This feature mentions the Community Involvement Center's listing on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The article is located on page 6.
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Day of Service Approved
WSU's Board of Trustees approves a proposal allowing benefit-eligibile employees up to eight hours of leave each year to perform voluntary community service.
New Charter Academy
WSU Charter Academy opens, bringing a new charter kindergarten class to Ogden.
Brenda Kowalewski, director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning, receives an H. Aldous Dixon Award honoring her work in service learning.
Athletic training professor Valerie Herzog earns the Lindquist Award for teaching students through community involvement.
The Weber County Sports Complex grand opening is announced — a construction project shared by WSU and Weber County.
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Communication assistant professor Sarah Steimel published “Community Partners' Assessment of Service Learning in an Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Course” in Communication Teacher.
Planning Process Helps Shape WSU's Vision for the Future
Community is listed as a core value in an article outlining WSU’s core themes and values.
Health promotion professor Patricia Cost wins Lindquist Award for teaching students through community involvement.
Weber State Day at the Capitol
Students present their undergraduate research and community outreach efforts during Weber State Day at the Capitol.
Weber State University Viewbook 2012-13
What inspires me? Making a difference.
Brenda M. Kowalewski, director of the Community Involvement Center (now the Center for Community Engaged Learning) is spotlighted on page 15. The article also breaks down the number of students engaged in service, the number of service hours contributed, and the estimated dollar equivalent for that service.