A Look Back at the Year That Was at WSU

As 2010 comes to a close, we revisit some of the people and developments that made news at Weber State this year.


Innovative Program Encourages Students to Dream Big
Weber State University launches a new program, Dream Weber, which provides free tuition to Utah resident students whose annual household income is equal to or less than $25,000 and who are Pell Grant eligible.

Nursing Faculty Text Named Book of the Year 
A textbook, written by WSU nursing faculty, receives national recognition for chronicling the history of the nursing profession.


WSU Receives NASA Grant to Study Stratosphere
A group of Weber State University students receives a grant from NASA to do some light dusting — of the stratosphere.


Ethics Bowl Team Places Second in Nation
Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team has its best showing ever, placing second in the national Ethics Bowl competition in Cincinnati.

Student Pianist Wins National Competition and Steinway Piano
Sophomore piano student Fan-Ya Lin wins Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition and brings home a new Steinway piano.


Student Presents Research at U.S. Capitol: Game On!
Christian Petersen, a senior earning his degree in psychology at Weber State University, represents the state of Utah at the 2010 Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill event at the U.S. Capitol.

Detroit Lions Make Wildcats' Wide Receiver Mr. Irrelevant
With the final pick of the 2010 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select WSU's Tim Toone. 


New Found Dinosaur Fossil Bears WSU Professor’s Name
Look out T. rex. Move aside Triceratops and Stegosaurus. A new prehistoric creature has been found, and this one’s named for a Weber State University geosciences professor.

New Honor Society Recognizes Student Veterans
WSU is one of five schools in the nation to be charter members of SALUTE, a new honor society for student veterans.

Professor Presents Research to Royal Astronomical Society
Physics professor John Armstrong presents his research and promotes his WSU students to the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in London.


Arts in the Park Program Debuts
Arts in the Park, a new outreach program from Weber State University, debuts in some Ogden City parks.

Electronics Engineering Degree Receives Green Light
Utah State Board of Regents approves a new electronics engineering degree at Weber State University, beginning fall 2010.

Master of Taxation Degree First of Its Kind in State
Weber State University becomes one of only a handful of institutions in the Intermountain West to offer a stand-alone MTax degree.


WSU Students Have Strong Showing at National Competition
Student Ryan Holt takes first in the nation in statistical analysis at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Ott Planetarium Receives Gold Star from NASA
For bringing heavenly images of the Hubble Space Telescope down to earth, NASA recognizes Weber State University’s Ott Planetarium as top in the nation with a Gold Star distinction.


Fulbright Award Sends History Professor to the Movies — in China
History professor Greg Lewis is spending 2010-11 academic year conducting research in China.


WSU Experiences Another Jump in Fall Enrollment
For the third year in a row, Weber State University’s enrollment sets a new milestone, topping 24,000 students for the first time.

U.S. Army Drafts Professor to Lead Culture Strategy
Anthropology professor Ron Holt signs on for a special assignment with the U.S. military.

WSU Hovercraft Project Cleared for Takeoff
Someday in the near future, years’ worth of labor by WSU students may be blown to smithereens, and computer and electronics engineering technology professor Bill Clapp couldn’t be happier.


MBA Program Holds Gala to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

WSU Researchers Predicted Astronomical Discovery
The National Science Foundation’s announcement that an earth-like planet has been found in the universe with a high probability for harboring life created quite a buzz. For two WSU astronomers, the news confirms a scientific prediction they made more than a year ago.

WSU Students Plan Makeover to ‘Make a Difference’
Weber State University student volunteers help refurbish a nursery at Ogden's Salvation Army.


New Program Encourages Moms to Explore Science
WSU’s College of Science offers new program aimed at making science more accessible to moms and their children.

Acclaimed Nature Photographer Visits Ogden
Acclaimed nature photographer James Balog, who is using time-lapse video and photography to document the retreat of glaciers worldwide, visits campus.


Student Lands Coveted Opportunity With Medical Technology Company
Jasmine Harris, a manufacturing engineering technology major, is one of six students nationwide hired into a prestigious position with a global medical technology company.

WSU Recognized for Producing Fulbright Scholars
Weber State University is recognized by the Institute of International Education for being among the leading master's institutions in the nation for producing Fulbright Scholars in 2010-11.

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu