Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-01-101
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I'l.iycrs sf.irl semester with 3-4 rr f ord O WEBER STATE UNIVERSIT Team back on top after V- - - breaking losing streak See fhvy d See pae 6 The 30S V, 0) 111 QQ'Li ft MS Technology outreach program to create better student opportunities Hy Dehor. ih Ramsay sr. nens 1 1 j ii t -r I Signpost ( iurlis liobei is will he coming home to Weber State University in I chrtiary lo start tlie new Technology Outreach Program as part of the Utah Science, 'In hi iol i;;y and licscaich Initiative Program. Huberts was named as VVSU's Vice Provost for Innovation and Economic Development in December and was Vice President lor Nike, working on new business development. He is a 1986 WSU graduate, and received bis MliA at I larvard. Roberts has stated thai coming to work at WSU is like coming home. 1 1STAI! is an economic development initiative with three main goals: creating new technology-based businesses, higher paying jobs and opportunities and adding billions in new tax revenues over the next three decades in Utah. "Conservative projections developed by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research suggest that over 30 years this investment will create 123,400 new jobs in our state and generate S5 billion in new tax revenues for Utah," the USTARWeb site said. VVSU President F. Ann Millner said WSU works closely with Northern Utah to support the development and growth of technology. "The first 90 days Curt will spend time with local businesses here at VVSU and other universities to see what the potential technology matches might be made," Millner said. According to Millner, Hill Air Force Base is a great example of a local business that is both a source of new technology as well as a business seeking solutions to problems they experience. Like space technology, w hich has led to the creation of products that have been commercialized for civilian use, there is the same potential for product use from technology used at I IAFB. Roberts' experience in taking a concept or idea and making it into a commercial money-making product is shared by a story he shared with the Portland State University in an article,!? Executive Speaks. Roberts told of how Bo Jackson, a multi-sport professional athlete from the late 1980s, suggested a new kind of sneaker idea. The sneaker could be used for multiple sports and short runs. The idea was researched and developed into what is now known as the cross-trainer sneaker. USTAR's purpose will be to facilitate the local commercialization of discoveries and technologies developed at any of Utah's universities or to help local businesses explore the feasibility and marketability See USTAR page 5 L a college Sife Area high school students visit WSU Hy Heather Carter news editor I lie Signpost High school students throughout Northern Utah gathered at Weber State University last Friday to gain a heller understanding of what a higher education has to offer. WSU's 13th annual Multicultural Youth Conference addressed the questions and fears hundreds of students have concerning life after high school. F.ven though the majority of the students who attended the conference believed college should be their next step, many students like Roy High School senior Sabrina Woodrick were still uncertain about what they wanted to "7 think tllPV do and how to do it. are pointing us in the right direction and to get the message to us that we can do it if we want to. We can go to college regardless of our background." Sxdney Boothroyd Clearfield High School senior "I don't even know what I am going to do after high school," Woodrick said. "I am so confused." ,i . The focus of the they are trying days activities was to clear up some of the confusion by providing students with lectures that focused on many topics, including how to relax, how to succeed and how to file for scholarships and financial aid. Special Student Populations Counselor Adrienne Gillespie said she hoped students would be able to walk away from tlie conference knowing more about how dtey can define and design themselves. "Cur job at Student Affairs or Academic Affairs is to really provide the framework for students to achieve their goals." Gillespie said. "They can't do that if they don't know what they want to achieve; so this is a great conference to help them define those goals and design a plan for how to achieve the success they deserve and want." Clearfield High Junior Zack Anaya said he appreciated the opportunity he had to listen to college preparation lectures. However, w hat Anaya said he really wanted was to be able to experience a real college classroom setting. "1 think they should offer college classes so we can get a taste of it." Anaya said. "I think that would have been more interesting." In addition to the lectures, the conference consisted of a college fair where students could stop at information tables that were set up by several of the departments and services die university offers. Howard Rainer of the Native American Outreach Programs at Brigham Young University was the keynote speaker of the conference. The conference concluded at die end of the day by awarding scholarships to qualified participants at the ParentGuardian and Snident Scholarship Banquet. "I think that this conference has been worthwhile," said Sydney Boothroyd, a senior at Clearfield 1 ligh School. "1 think they are pointing us in the right direction and they are trying to get the message to us that we can do it if we want to. We can go to college regardless of our background." You can reach reporter Heather Carter by calling 626-7655. V - 1 5 -i PHOTOS BY MATT GLASS THl SIGNI'OST , -4 4 T p I f ' t i - ? ' 1 ' A 1 . v : " - -. : - - t - .I i ,,.,...,,,, 1 Win the round, lose the lunch Weber State University students participate in a "Fear Factor"-like competition for a ski pass to The Canyons resort. Top: Students Morgan Allen (left), Jessica Hunt and Steven Church (right) mix soda and cold Spagetti-Os into a bowl and prepare to eat it. This was one of the many strange things that the contestants had to eat during the challenge. Participants also had to eat lard, a two-liter bottle of soda pop and several Ding-Dongs. Bottom: Human performance sophomore Jared "Bear" Wilcox raises his hand in victory at the challenge held at the Shepherd Union Building Gallery on Tuesday. He won a season pass to The Canyons but lost his lunch. Wilcox was not the only participant to vomit after the event three other players also vomited. University awarded for focus on employee programs By Danielle Esler correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University recently received the 2006 Healthy Worksite Platinum Award from the Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion, along with several other Utah employers. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of businesses and organizations in implementing employee health promotion and wellness programs. It also acknowledges efforts to facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure healthy work environments. The WSU Employee Wellness Program offers wellness assessments, presentations, classes and fitness programs to enhance the health and well-being of faculty and staff, as well as their immediate family members. The WSU Worksite Wellness programs started as a result of a pilot study done in 1999 by WSU faculty, staff and administration. "It is a benefit to employees because it helps manage costs and helps employees take preventative measures for health," said Jill Yeiter, employee wellness coordinator. Several departments of Weber State have adopted the program of letting employees have three hours during the working week that they can take to be involved in a physical fitness program. "It's a really good benefit and builds camaraderie in our department," said Debbie Hansen, office specialist for the dean of continuing education, "Because we typically sit behind a desk all day, it gives us an opportunity to get up and get some exercise." The department tracks how many hours per week the employees are completing physical fitness. Each semester the department holds a challenge for participants of the program. At the end of the semester, the employees are recognized for their accomplishments. Some other benefits include testing cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose and body fat. There are several classes offered for employees such as yoga and Pilates. The program also offers personal exercise plans. For more information on the Weber State Employee Wellness program, contact Jill Yeiter at 801-626-6480 or jyeiterweber.edu. You can leave a message for reporter Danielle Esler by calling 626-7655. Senators make decisions for the new year Student senate votes to have classroom announcements By Jenalee Berger correspondent I The Signpost A resolution was passed in Monday's Weber State University student senate meeting that will allow in-class announcements about upcoming activities at VVSU. During the meeting, an amendment was made to the resolution giving the executive council, the traditional senator and nontraditional senator the authority to decide what announcements are given to the professors. The executive council consists of the WSUSA President, the Vice Presidents, the Davis campus director, the chief of staff and a member of the WSU Supreme Court. Business and Economic Senator Aaron Cleveland proposed the resolution or more information, visit He said the the WSU Student Asso-executive ciation Web site at http: committee, www.weberstuclents.org. thetraditional senator and the nontraditional senator will make sure the announcements relate to interests and goals of the students. Applied Science and Technology Senator Chris Lim suggested the marketing committee decide the announcements instead of the executive committee. "I think the marketing committee is more apt to decide which programs, which events, are more marketable," he said. WSUSA President Peter Owen said the executive council would probably be better able than the marketing committee to decide which activities are announced because they plan the events so they know what is going on. Education Senator Brett Jones agreed that the executive committee would be able to decide what announcements are made. "By putting it to the executive committee we will increase die chance that we'll have a more diverse perspective on what is important enough to be announced in-class and what's important enough to tell the students," Jones said. Another amendment to the resolution made during the meeting will provide that a footer is included at the bottom of each announcement that says the announcements should not exceed one minute, and it will also give a Web site that professors and students can refer to for more information. In addition to discussing the executive committee and announcement footers, theWSU student senators discussed how class time should be used and the cost of the announcements before passing the resolution. "I'm concerned for the integrity of the classroom," senator Lim said. Some senators were concerned that having in-class announcements would compromise class time. Traditional student senator Chris Bentley said he was concerned that having in-class announcements would go against the guidelines of the board of trustees and board of regents. "I know the number of minutes that are held in each class period is regulated very closely by the board of trustees and board of regents," he said. Student Affairs Adviser Janet Winniford said she didn't think the board of regents would have a problem with in-class announcements because they are optional. "The Board of Regents regulates the duration of the class period, not the content," Jones said. Senator Lim said he wanted to have a full cost analysis performed before the senators voted on the bill. "I find it hard to believe that the financial impact is zero," he said. Cleveland said there were so many variables that the cost would be hard to determine. Fie suggested that if more students attend activities because of the announcements it might benefit WSU financially. "Five dollars isn't going to break our school," he said, "but I believe that if we don't have students getting involved in any part of their campus life then I believe that our school could die in essence in that way." During the meeting, Cleveland crunched the numbers and estimated that the announcements would cost around S450 dollars a year in paper for professors who teach Monday and Tuesday morning classes. "I think it's just an impossible number to determine," Jones said. "We're not accountants and I don't think we'll be able to figure that out you know, we're not even real senators." WSU BISHonors Senator Brad Wahlstrom supported the resolution and he summed it up when he said, "I am all for or in favor of bills that directly impact the student body, and this is one of those." You can leave a message for reporter Jenalee Berger by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-01-10, Vol. 69, No. 48|
|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.|