Rich Named 2012 Lindquist Award Recipient

OGDEN, Utah – Assistant geography professor Julie Rich has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the John A. Lindquist Award.

The Lindquist Award, which was established in 2007, is given annually to a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to mentoring Weber State University students in learning through community involvement.

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. 

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.

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Julie Rich, assistant geography professor
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Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
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