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O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Men's track team breaks records at Big Sky til TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 69 ISSUE 1 n n . n n h Mi mm Wildcat runner competes in NCAAs see page 5 xiic v ' . n iv f ' r f m t v v tj jy t v . see oaee W II V II 111 LJ V V iBltl HEL'JS QHIEFS New master's program approved for fall A new master's of health administration degree will be available at Weber State University starting this fall. The program, which is the only Ml IA degree available in Utah, was approved Friday, June 9 by the Utah Board of Regents. The program was created for working students: Classes will be offered in die evenings ' to accommodate work schedules. The program is designed to help students gain executive positions in health service industries. Course offerings and more information about the program are available at weber.eduMI IA or by calling Ken Johnson, department chairman of health administration and MI IA program director, at 626-6988. Campus to host teachers The 22nd Annual Reading and Writing Conference will be held at Weber State University on June 16-17. The conference is geared toward primary and secondary school teachers to give them on-going training to better instruct their students. Teachers are given credit for attending the workshops. For more information on the event, go to departments. weber.eduCEcon-ferencesreadingwriting or call 626-6515. Faculty, student receive awards for work Carol Hansen, Weber State University professor and library supervisor, was honored with a technology award in the United Arab Emirates. Hansen is currently in the Middle Eastern country at Zayed University on leave fromWSU until fall 2006. At Zayed-U she worked with librarians and educational technologists to create Infoasis, an open-access, information literacy online course for female university students. Most of those students are studying English as a second language. Recent WSU-grad Nicole Miller was named the outstanding student of the year by the Utah Health Information Management Association. She currendy works at the Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray, UT, and was recently hired as a health information specialist. Class of '56 to reunite Graduates of Weber College in 1956 will unite July 14-15 at the Weber State University campus for their 50-year class reunion. The alumni graduated just two years after the Buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4 were built. To attend the event an RSVP is required before June 23; there is a cost of $35. The Alumni Association can be reached at 626-7535. Software class offered Two workshops will be held on using the Digidesign Pro Tools software, used to record and edit audio. Pro Tools has been used in albums that have won Grammy Awards and in film scores that have won Academy Awards. The 5 p.m. -9:30 p.m. classes will be taught from June 19-23; anolher9 a.m-6 p.m. session will run from June 20-22. The classes will be taught by Mark Maxson, WSU adjunct music professor. Fach class costs $450; call 02(i ()r)Hi for infromation. By Maria Villasenor news editor The Signpost Students will need to act quickly to keep low interest rates on their student loans. Beginning July 1, interest rates will jump from 5.3 percent to 7.14 percent for Stafford loans. Rates for Stafford loans not being paid upon yet will increase from 4.7 percent to 6.74 percent. This increase follows a national trend of rising interest rates, but federal student loan interest rates cannot rise higher than the maximum of 8.25 percent, according to David Feitz, associate executive director at the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority. Feitz recommends students contact UHEAA who already have Iking Alumni Association raises funds through golf tournament By David Fairchild editor in chief The Signpost The Weber State University Alumni Association presented it's annual golf tournament to help raise money for student scholarships despite stormy efforts by Mother Nature. For five years, the WSUAA has sponsored the event which is held at The Barn Golf Course located in Pleasant View. "It's become an event that people really like to participate in," said Becky Thompson, Alumni Center special events manager. Thompson said last year the golf tournament brought in more than $10,000 that went straight into scholarships for students. "We were able to help about 40 students last year with the money we raised from the golf tournament," Thompson said. That was last year, when the weather was nice and sunny and perfect for golf. This year, the skies were dark and gray whenT-time was supposed to start at 9 a.m. The weather postponed the competition for more than an hour for the 136 people who signed up to compete in 4 -man teams. "No one cancelled," Thompson said. "Everyone who signed up to play came and played." Fach person, who played in the tournament paid an entry fee. "It sort of depends on the people playing," Thompson said. "Some people like to play alone and some like to play in groups so they can pay anywhere from $ 1 25 to $500 to play." the Stafford loans should lock in their current loan rates before the interest increases kicked next month. "It really is something that can save them thousands on the interest of their student loans," Feitz said. Students are required to start paying back their Stafford loans six months after they have graduated. If a student does not graduate and takes less than 12 credit hours, payments are required three months after their last full-time semester. It's in those first months of payment, when students might not have work yet, that Feitz said low interest rates really make a difference. Feitz said consolidating through UHEAA won't cost students any fees, and that if they decide to pay off their loans sooner than they are required,' there are no penalties for that. Students can apply for a federal Stafford loan, which have lower interest rates than other loans, through Weber State University's financial aid. On each student portal, accessible through pepe.weber.edu, students can apply for a loan and review their loan status by checking the financial aid tab. Before the student loans can go through and be used to pay for tuition, a student must V w tor Some people might find $500 a bit expensive to play golf in the rain, but that's not necessarily true for those who participated in Friday's tournament. "The weather didn't even seem to bother anyone," said Kelly Woodland, a Golf-Pro professional for The Barn. "We were afraid that we might have to cancel the game, but then we started to see a break in the weather and Weber just did their thing." Woodland said the WSUAA open is one of the largest events of the year that The Barn hosts. "You see a lot of the people with big names come out of everywhere to be here for this event," Woodland said. "It's just a nice big event here. Everyone comes out and everyone has fun." The event started with a breakfast, offered lessons from a golf professional and gave golfers a chance to work on their driving skills. "The people really like being able to come into an evironmcnt like that and enjoy themselves for a day, while helping contribute to helping students with scholarship money," Thompson said. Woodland said that people enjoy the event each year because it's fun and organized. "People win prizes at every hole," Woodland said. "The alumni really just make the whole day fun for golfers. You (an reach reporter callinu (J(-7 l()r. David fairchild ly accept the loan award through the student portal. Depending upon when students submitted their loan applications, their award might not have The Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority is the financial aid arm of the Utah Board of Regents, which governs all the state's higher education instititutions. For more information on loan consolidation, go to uheaa.org or call 321-7200. been approved or processed yet. "In general, the closer to the beginning of a semester, the longer it takes to process financial aid due to the number of students who turned in their paperwork after the March 1 priority deadline," wrote Bruce Bowen, WSU associate provost for administrative services, in ane-mail. PHOTOS BY TRICIA GERRARD THE SCNP05T Above: Michael McKay, grandson of David O. McKay, a former president of Weber Academy. ISoltom right: Brock Morlenson, vice president of WSU Credit Union ..... y f 'f " ' V - . According to a financial aid flowchart at weber.edufinancialaid, it can take up to 10 weeks from when a student submits all the needed documents for a loan to when that student is able to accept or reject a loan. It can then take eight weeks after the loan is accepted before it is completely processed and ready to be applied to tuition and fees. The Financial Aid office will send students an e-mail notification to their Wildcat Mail accounts when their award can be accepted. Tuition prices for the 2006-2007 year are $1,396.40 per semester for resident students, and about $4,888 for non-residents. You can reach reporter Maria Villasenor by calling 626-7655. WSU poet gets national honors By Amber Hall sr. news reporter The Signpost Hannah New graduated this May from Weber State University as an English major and is already putting herself on the map. When Brad Roghaar, WSU english professor, talked her into entering the 2006 College University Level Poetry Awards competition she said she thought, "Oh, I'll just do it to please him." In New's case, it paid off to try and please her professor. Of the entire nation, only two undergraduates were awarded this honor and she was one. As a winner of the Florence Kahn Memorial Award, New was awarded $500 and given 75 copies of her manuscript, as well as a traveling stipend to attend the National Federation of State Poetry Society's annual convention. New was invited to read her manuscript in the June-8-11 convention in San Antonio. Her manuscript consists of the 10 poems that she wrote and submitted in January. New found out about these contests though one of her WSU English professors, Brad Roghaar. She said that he is the one to blame, or perhaps the one to thank, for getting her involved in the competition. New said Roghaar was the biggest influence in her entering the contest. He had encouraged her to enter last year, but it was another WSU student who placed third in the competition. It wasn't overnight that New became a nationally honored poet. She didn't start out wanting to write poetry, but over time was influenced by supportive and encouraging teachers. It was only when she was graduating from WSU with a creative writing emphasis that she really got to see the fruits of her labor by winning this national poetry competition. New started writing poetry when attending Northern Virginia Community College. She needed some elective credits and signed up for a class with English Professor Robert C. Kilmer. It was then, with help and encouragement from this teacher, that she started writing. "I guess he saw something that I didn't and he really encouraged me," New said. After transferring to WSU, another professor pushed on her journey to becoming a national poet. The NFSPS has specific contests for school-aged childrenand undergraduates, as well as competitions for anyone interested in poetry. Each year, the NFSPS awards more than $6,000 in cash prizes. The organization is non-profit and focuses on educational and literary purposes. The NFSPS has brought poets together from all over the nation. NFSPS was established in 1959 by Mary B. Wall in Louisiana. Since then, they have had yearly conventions and currently have 50 different competitions and contests in which poets and aspiring poets, both young and old, can participate. You can leave a message for repoiter Amber Hall by callim; hJh-7b55.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-06-13, Vol. 69, No. 1|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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.|