WSU Plans Awareness Day at State Capitol

OGDEN, Utah – Plenty of purple pride will be on display when Weber State University students, faculty mentors and alumni head to the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Feb. 11 to raise awareness about the university and its accomplishments.

More than 25 students from a variety of disciplines will present their undergraduate research and community outreach efforts during a poster session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the rotunda.

Lawmakers will have a chance to learn about some of the research and projects WSU students and faculty have undertaken to support and assist state and local agencies.

The 28 projects on display cover a wide array of topics, including mathematical interventions for schoolchildren, dance as a form of non-verbal language between the deaf and hearing communities, the contingency value of the Great Salt Lake, and dental care in long-term care facilities.

For the sixth year in a row, a group of more than 30 WSU alumni plan to visit with legislators and help raise awareness about their alma mater. As in past years, these grassroots lobbyists, all dressed in purple, plan to travel by bus from the Lindquist Alumni Center to the state Capitol.

The daylong visit is an opportunity for the alumni to learn about and observe the legislative process. In addition to being recognized on the floor of both the House and Senate chambers, the WSU alumni group will attend committee and caucus meetings for both parties.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for state lawmakers to interact directly with our students and alumni,” said  Brad Mortensen vice president for University Advancement. “The legislators hear from their constituents, and they have a chance to see the ways in which Weber State University students and programs enrich and support our state, our communities and the economic vitality of our region.”

Mortensen, who serves as WSU’s legislative liaison, said awareness days like this are important because they remind state lawmakers about the important contributions Weber State and the system of higher education make statewide.

“During these tough economic times, it’s important to realize the key role our public universities and colleges play in generating future jobs and opportunities for growth,” Mortensen said.

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