Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1996-07-161
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O A Tuesday, July 16, 1996 Volume 59 Number 5 ILlm WSU welcomes five new department chairs By Cathy McKitrick Signpost senior reporter With the beginning of a new academic year, five departments at Weber State University will change leadership. The new department chairmen are as follows: Cliff Nowell, economics; Jack Loughton, health promotion and human performance; Dale Ostlie, physics; Candadai Seshachari, English; Cordell Perkes, teachereducation. Nowell, who was born in New York, came to WSU eight years ago. "I attended the University of Wyoming, and liked the West, so I welcomed the opportunity to teach economics at Weber State," Nowell said. "Over the years I have become a believer in Weber State. The faculty do a great job of educating students, even though budgets continue to shrink." One way the economics de-partmenthascutcostshasbeen to make course syllabi available using electronic mail. "We'll probably have to cut back on use of adjunct faculty to teach classes, so our full-time faculty members will be faced with larger classes and heavier loads," Nowell said. "But quality education is still the goal." Loughton has taught in the health promotion and human performance department for the past nine years, and did postgraduate work at Harvard University, re UM 8 acting spirit not dampened by flooding By Alisa C. Rasmussen Signpost news editor Rubber boots replaced d anc-ing shoes fora fewdaysasmain-tenance workers repaired and cleaned up after a water main break in the Val A. Browning Center on the Weber State University campus over the Independence Day weekend. Thewater caused power failure the entire week throughout the building, causing the cancellation of performances July 8-13. "The main broke in the building and six inches of water covered the floor of the basement, causing damage to dressing roomsand the dance floor," said Leslie Wanvood, Utah Musical Theatre manager. "The problems continued through the ceived a master's degree from Utah State University, and earned his doctorate from the University of Utah. Loughton said the current push in his department is the conversion of curriculum from quarters to semesters. "It will be labor-intensive, but we don't see it as major surgery," . Loughton said. "We have more than one major, and several minors, plus a relatively new interdisciplinary major in lifestyle management, which is unique to Weber State, so our faculty have already jumped in to make the necessary changes." Ostlie has taught in the physics department at WSU for the past 12 years. He sees the conversion from quarters to semesters as a challenge. "I enjoy challenges," Ostlie said. "My concern is that we successfully guide students through the change." The physics department offers three majors: physics, applied physics and a physics teaching degree. Ostlie's leadership reflects his concern for students. "Faculty members need to not only lecture, but also serve as mentors and guides," Ostlie said. "We should facilitate our students' understanding, and push them to their individual limits." Seshachari takes on the position of English chairman for a three-year term. He has taught at WSU since 1969 and served a pre week, until maintenance was able to open drains inside the building to eliminate the water." According to Scott Jensen, director of the Browning Center, the problem -was complex. Shows were expected to reopen Monday evening. Warwood said many repairs have been made to the air conditioning, lighting and electrical systems throughout the building. "We have a temporary water service supplying the building with air conditioning, which we were previously left without," Warwood said. Warwood said themajordraw-back to the entire event was that the final show, Damn Yankees, had to be canceled because "there just wasn't enough rime to put it all together with the problems vious seven-year term as department chairman. Seshachari said the semester change will be a good thing for WSU. "It gives us the chance to rethink all of our courses and programs to meet the students' needs," Seshachari said. "We might no get it all right the first time, but we can continue to refine the programs. This change will take us into the 21st century." Other new additions to the English department include new faculty member, Denise Weeks, and the approval of a new minor by the Board of Regents in technical writing. "Our faculty have earned their exceptional reputation and are very committed to teaching," Seshachari said. "I feel that our programs must continue to bestudent-driven. We cannot forget we are here for the students." Perkes, new chairman for the teachereducation department, received a Hemingway Vitality grant, and is currently in the Pacific Islands, teaching science activities to children. He has taught at WSU since 1979, and recently spearheaded the work to successfully gain national accreditation for teacher education. "Only about half of the teacher education programs across the United States are nationally ac- See Chairs page 3 Warwood said she is greatful ticket holders have been patient. She added that ticket holders who were planning to see shows last week have been reassigned dates to see the performances. "We' ve made every attempt to accommodate our patrons," Warwood said. "The box office takes literally hundreds of calls every day, giving refunds to people with tickets to Damn Yankees." The performance of The Sound of Music will also be pushed back a week to allow the conclusion of current shows. Although the theater lacked electrical power, Warwood said the staff and crew members See UMT page 3 'im - AS I . I 1 ij How wood you like it... Artist Charlotte Thurgood demonstrates her creative and physical prowess as she chisels away. Days of '47 By Alisa C. Rasmussen Signpost news editor As horses and covered wagons traverse the streets of Ogden city July 21, passers-by should not be worried about a technology breakdown.The annual Days of '47 Pioneer Days festivities will be begin in Salt Lake City in the annual Main Street horse parade beginning at 6 p.m. on July 17. The entire celebration will remember the past, as well look forward to Utah's future. In addition to the horse parade, students, faculty and staff of WSU can look forward to an evening celebration.The Pioneer Days keynote speaker will be Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the LDS Church's Council of the Twelve Apostles. The fireside is expected to take place at the Dee Events Center at 7 p.m. Following the fireside, participants are invited to attend the 18th annual John and Telitha Lindquist Family Summer Pops Concert and Fireworks at 9 p.m. at the Ada Lindquist Pond and Plaza. The concert will feature the Mormon Youth Symphony, followed by the fireworks display, which is expected to begin at 10 p.m. The interdenominational event is sponsored by the Ogden Pioneer r r Uf A FRANK DANKWA THE SIGNPOST roll into town Days commi ttee. The Fireworks d i s-play is sponsored by the Lindquist family of Ogden. Both events will be free to the public. The Davs of '47 can also be enjoyed from a television set on "Utah: The Struggle For Statehood," a five-hour series. "The Struggle For Statehood" series will reenact the pioneer trek to tine Utah valley. The series took trtree years to create and captures Utah accurately , according to Mar)' Dickson, public relations coordinator for the series. "TheSlruggleForStatehood"will be shown on KUED, channel 7 Jul)' 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. Opinion Philosophy through photograph c a See page 4 Features Summertime fashions are cool. See pai;e 5 A&E Utah is still the place for Brigham Young. See page 6 Sports Signings strengthen WSU women's soccer team. .S'T page 7 .'isl "N.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1996-07-16, Vol. 59, No. 5|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|