WSU Plans Awareness Day at State Capitol

OGDEN, Utah – Plenty of purple pride will be on display when Weber State University students, faculty, administrators and alumni head to the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Feb. 12, to raise awareness about the university and its accomplishments.

More than 45 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 36 projects on display cover a wide array of topics, from the effects of benzene and selenium on brine shrimp populations to the benefits of light therapy for graveyard shift workers in health care facilities to using modern dance as a means to teach mathematical concepts to elementary school children.

For the fifth 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 grass-roots 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 vice president for University Advancement Brad Mortensen. “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.

“Even during these tough economic times, our public universities and colleges play a key role in generating future jobs and opportunities for growth,” Mortensen said.

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