News Tips: Students and Faculty Had Eventful Summer

OGDEN, Utah – With school back in session at Weber State University, everyone is sharing summer vacation highlights. The break from school proved eventful for several members of the campus community. Here's just a sample of how members of the campus community spent their summer.

Student Program Receives Point of Light Honor
 On July 7, WSU's student-based Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) was chosen as a Daily Point of Light. VIP students donate their time and skills to service through various committees and community groups. The VIP's projects have included Alternative Spring Break, Christmas Tree Express, Habitat for Humanity and Best Buddies, just to name a few. Given each weekday, The Daily Points of Light Award honors an individual or organization making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Originally instituted by former President George Bush, the program was reinstated on Jan. 1, 1998 by the Points of Light Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Knights of Columbus.
 Contact: Kari Petersen, community services coordinator, 801-626-6890

Taking Learning Out of the Classroom
Hal Crimmel, assistant professor of English, published Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom.  While the benefits of teaching outside the classroom are widely recognized for ecological and environmental courses, the same approach is being embraced for literature, life sciences and creative writing.
According to the University of Utah Press, which published the book, Crimmel's work is the first to survey field studies at colleges and universities. The essays offer pedagogical strategies, advice and information about a variety of field studies, whether hour-long excursions or month-long trips.
Contact: Hal Crimmel, 801-626-8044

Students Take Care of Business at National Conference
 Thirteen students from Weber State University were honored at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Dallas this summer. Phi Beta Lambda is a professional association for students pursuing business careers.
 A total of 19 WSU students and two advisors joined nearly 7,000 delegates at the four-day meeting, which included business and leadership-training workshops and seminars, corporate tours, and the election of national officers. The national competition is sponsored annually by Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. Individuals, state teams and local chapters are encouraged to compete in nearly 40 different events focused on developing leadership and business skills. The top two finishers in state competitions advance to the national event.

 WSU's national award winners are:
3rd Future Business Teacher.....Robin Palmer  
2nd Computer Applications.....Daniel Peterson
4th International Business.....Craig Broadbent
5th C++ Programming.....Tamara O'Neil
3rd Telecommunications.....John Lewis
4th Telecommunications.....Michael Sorenson
3rd Economics.....Lucas Rentschler
4th Economics.....David Wilson
7th Finance .....Mark Smith
7th Network Design.....John Karras
 (Team event).....Luke Jenkins and Michael Taylor
5th State Chapter Annual
     Business Report.....Jenny Anderson

 Contact: Angela Christensen, Telecommunications & Business Education Dept., 801-626-6059

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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