Weber State Turns 125 Jan. 7: Daylong Celebrations, Fundraising Campaign Planned

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University celebrates 125 years on Jan. 7, 2014, with parties, entertainment and the announcement of Dream 125 — a $125-million fundraising campaign. The university invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to wear purple to mark the occasion.

Festivities begin in the Shepherd Union Jan. 7 at 7:30 a.m. and culminate at 1:25 p.m. with a blast of confetti cannons, the drop of 12,500 balloons and a 125-square-foot cake decorated like a campus map — complete with three-dimensional buildings.
  “We only turn 125 once,” said Charles Wight, WSU president. “We want a celebration worthy of an institution that has helped students reach their educational dreams and enrich themselves personally and professionally for a century and a quarter.”

On Jan. 7 the university also launches a $125-million fundraising campaign to support students, faculty and facilities for the future.

“Community and donor support are essential for ensuring student success in the decades ahead,” Wight said. “That’s why we’re embarking on ‘Dream 125: The Campaign for Weber State.’ We will combine WSU’s strengths and aspirations with the generosity and vision of donors. This will allow the university to remain an invaluable asset to the local, national and global community.”

Shepherd Union Celebration

To mark the anniversary, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 7, 125 musicians will perform on the Shepherd Union Atrium Stage, including WSU performing arts groups, the Alumni Singers and bluegrass star Ryan Shupe, WSU alumnus ’96. 
X96 radio personality and ’72 alumnus Bill Allred and his son, WSU student Dylan Allred, will host a short ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. Dignitaries will include Wight; David Wilson, student body president; and Andre Lortz, Alumni Relations Board of Directors president. Throughout the day, WSU Clubs and Organizations will have booths and prizes. Attendees will receive a commemorative pin and a slice of birthday cake.

WSU Davis Celebration

Festivities at WSU Davis will culminate at 11:25 a.m. in the lobby of Building 3. Party guests will share in cake and balloon, and record birthday wishes that will be seen in the Shepherd Union later in the day. Student leaders will set up displays and hand out prizes throughout the morning.

Weber State Downtown 

At 5 p.m., the party goes downtown for the grand opening of the Campus Store in the new Weber State Downtown building. The celebration will include free food, prizes, music and dancing. The first 125 guests will receive commemorative scarves. Across the street, Ogden City plans to fly 125 flags on the grounds of the Municipal Building to mark the milestone. A number of downtown Ogden businesses will offer various discounts for those wearing purple that day.

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Nancy Collinwood, Alumni Relations director
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Allison Barlow Hess, public relations director
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Allison Barlow Hess, Director of Public Relations
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