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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Philosophy Professor Publications TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 69 ISSUE 2 S 1 15 . f. Football, TU f O I 111C IV . . - im diRjQLDOS page 4 Jrri- E3EUJS DRIEFS Utah Boys' State helps teach civics The annual Utah Boys' Stale program was held at Weber Slate University June 1 2-16. The WSU campus is the home of the event, which is sponsored by the American Legion. During (lie five-day conference, high school boys between their junior and senior years learn about their civic responsibilities while slaying in WSU dormitories. Those students are given three university credit hours for studying the American government and its processes. Some activities include mock trials and elections. Educators, veterans and public officials volunteered their time to Boys' State, from this program, student senators were elected to represent Utah in Boys' Nation in Washington D.C. from July 21-29. Utah Governor Jon M. I luntsman Jr. praised the program in a letter to the students. "The basic values of citizenship and public service continue as a legacy from those that preceded us," I luntsman wrote. "I encourage you, as outstanding young citizens, to take advantage of Boys' State education and scholarship opportunities." A similar program is also availabe for young women. Utah Girls' State was held June 5-10 at Utah State University. Campus sells surplus in online yard sale Weber State University is selling several surplus vehicles over the Internet. On the Web site public-surplus. com, WSU is selling six cars and two motorized carts. Access the site by selecting "Utah" in the "region" category and "Weber State University" in the "agency" category. Some of the items include three 1997 Ford Tauruses and a 1990 Yahama golf cart. For more information, call 626-7352. Fitness center to be closed for renovations The Stromberg Health and Performance Center and Swenson Gym will be closed from July 22 to August 24. The indoor track and weight areas will be resurfaced and marked, and equipment will be.moved back to the Swenson Gym, which was recently remodeled. Those who have yearly passes to use the fitness equipment will have their passes extended for the time the facility is closed. For more information, call 626-7516. Honors classes for non-Honors students Several Weber State University Honors Program courses are available to students not enrolled in the program. Many of those courses are listed under the Honors section of the course listing, others are only listed under certain departments. Those classes are Honors Political Science, Honors Communication and Honors F.nglish. For more information about the 1 lonors Program, call 626-759 lor 626-7336. n WW. ... 5 w 4 SOURCt: 1KUIILLOGHANArKIP.BLOGSFOT.COM (Above) Dozens upon dozens of crates, boxes and bags filled with medical supplies and equipment are set outside in early April to fill a 20-foot shipping container that was sent to Ghana. Eight students travelled with Respiratory Therapy Professor Lisa Trujillo to several villages and hospitals in Ghana from May 27 to June 19. (Below right) Ghana is located in western Africa. Professor, students travei frican nation with aid to At n SOUKt.l: tN.WIKIPtUIA.ORG By Rachel Robison sr. news reporter The Signpost Weber State University respiratory therapy students returned yesterday from Ghana, where they donated aid and supplies to the citizens of that country. Professor Lisa Trujillo, WSU clinical education director, led the group. The team consisted of eight students who paid their own ways: Rosemary Ashton, Melanie Barber, Laura Garten, Susan Johnson, Kira Knight, Etizabedi Pritt and Kallie SekuLich and Albert Ncancer, a native of Ghana and the group's resident "body guard." Trujillo was inspired to organize the trip when Ncancer approached her and told her about the urgent need for medical training in the village where he grew up: Maase, Ghana. Trujillo obtained donations from a variety of medical facilities and businesses. The items donated include textbooks, anatomy models, sports equipment, shipping crates, mechanical ventilators and other medical equipment. The students assisted in delivering die medical supplies. They also provided medical education to healtii care providers in Ghana. Topics include adult and infant CPR, neonatal resuscitation, adult and infant mechanical ventilation, infection control and prevention, and basic respiratory therapy. The group departed for Ghana on Saturday, May 27 and arrived the next day when a local news station interviewed them and asked about their project. During the interview, Trujillo wanted to make it clear that the team did not view itself as a group of knights "riding in on white horses to save the people of Ghana." It immediately became obvious to the team that although they came to the country to teach, throughout the course of the trip they would end up learning more than they could have imagined. This impression proved to be correct when the students visited Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. They witnessed health care providers at the hospital caring for a large number of patients. The neonatal intensive care unit was closed because of an outbreak of klebsiella, a bacteria which causes a type of pneumonia. Infants in the unit had to be moved elsewhere for care. The equipment the hospital was using had to be decontaminated, so they were very grateful for the supplies the students brought that allowed them to provide care they might not have been able to otherwise. Even under these conditions, the students were impressed to observe each nurse caring for as many as eight infants at once. The students donated ventilator circuits to the hospital, which were gready appreciated given the current conditions. The team donated more supplies when the shipment from the United States arrived. This hospital was only the first stop among many for the team. Their mission included visiting schools, hospitals and clinics. Many people in the country cannot afford healthcare. Part of the team's mission during their stay was to provide free medical screenings for patients. Trujillo posted updates of the team's progress on her blog, trujilloghanatrip. blogspot.com. You can reach reporter Rachel Robison by calling 626-7655. New position created to teach students through service By Deborah Ramsey sr. news reporter The Signpost Brenda Marsteller-Kowalevvski is Weber State University's first director of die newly created Office of Community-Based and Experimental Learning. The sociology professor ,who has taught at WSU since 1995, brings experience and enthusiasm to the position. Marsteller-Kowalcwski became interested in community-based learning right after grad school. "I tiiink die ultimate goal I will be working toward in this position is to make community-based learning a part of the engaged learning experience of WSU students," Marsteller-Kowalcwski said. "In order to accomplish this goal, I will work with faculty members who are interested in engaging their students in applied learning in the community." Marsteller-Kowalewski said she will provide faculty with die resources they need to oiler a course with a community-based or service-learning component. Some faculty have been participating in community-based learning for years, but Marsteller-Kowalewski said there "Service learning is connected to goals, not just volunteering. It connects learning outcomes to the objectives of the course." Brenda Marsteller-Kowalewski, Community-Based and Experimental Learning Director is enormous potential for growth. One-third of faculty members who answered her survey said they would be interested in adding a community-based learning component to their courses. Marsteller-Kowalewski said she realizes it will take more than a new buzzword to justify change for skeptic faculty members. She plans to provide information and training, for all interested faculty. Marsteller-Kowalewski said she wants feedback from the faculty about what does and doesn't work, as well as reasons why some faculty members are resistant to try community-based learning. Defining community-based learning is difficult, but "learning is the operational word and that's important," said Jim Hutchins, WSl) associate provost. "That's where the name comes from." These programs will be more than community service, according to Marsteller-Kowalewski. "Service learning is connected to goals, not just volunteering," she said. "It connects learning outcomes to the objectives of the course." Colleen Garside, WSU communication professor, teaches a class in which groups performs service-learning projects where die students "experience course concepts in real settings," she said. "Additionally, we hope diat participating in the service-learning projects will create a sense of community awareness and develop students who want to give back to their community." Besides WSU and the students becoming involved in these projects, Marsteller-Kowalewski says there is a third partner in the community. "In this position, I hope to help community organizations access die incredible wealth ofknowledge and resources the university has to offer through community-based learning techniques such as service-learning and community-based research," she said. The Ogden Nature Center has partnered with WSU students in the past. "One communication group built benches for our ADA handicap accessible tree house," said Maiy McKinley, center executive director. "The project would have cost us a couple thousand dollars that we didn't have.Seeingtlieaccomplishments of community-based group teamwork is just great for our staff and volunteers." Marsteller-Kowalewski said community-based learning partnerships should benefit all the involved partners, students, faculty and community organizations. "It's my job to help facilitate such partnerships," Marsteller-Kowalewski said. Vol; can haw a message reporter Dvlxrah Ramsay by calling 626-7655. Admissions' friend leaves WSU "She held a Ph.D in Disney." By David Fairchild editor in chief The Signpost There was no obituary for Kathy Wheat who left an empty window at the Admissions office in the Student Service Center , and there is no immediate family to mourn her passing, except for a cat named Sunshine and a brother who doesn't speak to her anymore. Wheat who worked for Weber State University for four years, passed away Tuesday, June 6. Because she had no family to sign for her, her autopsy records are sealed and friends, some who considered her family, are still imsure what happened to her. In person, Wheat came across as a shy person. She didn't tend to hang out with coworkers much. "We really don't know a lot about her," said Candy Stevens, Registration Supervisor. "She didn't ever really do things with us like when a group of us would go get sometiiing to eat." Flowever, the small amounts that coworkers knew about her, left behind the larger picture of who Wheat was. "She held a Ph.D in Disney," said co-worker Rachel Thompson. "She knew everything about Disney." Wheat Took a trip to Disney World with her father the year it opened in 1975. Two years later he died. That same year Wheat also lost her grandfather. "Although it's a deep and happy thing for Kathy, I, think it was kind of a painful thing that was really a way for her to get in touch with her family," said Cindy Meyer who was one of Kathy's few close friends. Since then, she has tried to make yearly trips to either Disney World or Disrjy Land. "It was Kathy's dream to play for the Disney Symphony," said Kathy's lifelong friend Kathy Hurst who graduated with Wheat in 1975 from Clearfield high school. Hurst and Meyer said that Wheat made sure that she practiced her music at least two hours a day, even if it meant staying up until midnight to get those two hours in. She always talked about playing for the Disney Symphony and was encouraged by her mother to try out for it. In 1992, Wheat's best friend and mother died from cancer. "After that happened, we sort of adopted her into our family," Flurst said. "And we would tell her 'this has always been your dream you should try out and see what happens.'" Six weeks ago, Wheat shocked Hurst and Meyer when she told diem tiiat she sold the viola that she had played for so many years. Wheat did, however, play in symphonies in Ogden and Salt Lake. "I did find her application for the Disney Symphony in her personal effects," Meyer said. "She never turned them in." There's no doubt that Wheat loved music. She was a fan of Julie Andrews and her friends made a pleasant discovery as they went through her personal items the past few weeks. "I found a letter that was part of a correspondence with Patti Page," Meyer said. "I didn't know it, but apparently, Kathy exchanged letters with Patti Page." That's the sort of thing that came out of Wheat's life. Though this may surprise the people Wheat worked with, her best friends said that most the things that people only dream about doing, Wheat actually did. "The one thing I would want people to know about Kathy is that she was fun," Meyer said. Hurst said that she was careful not to show her fun side to too many people. "Once she was your friend though," Meyer said. "She was your friend for life." Wheat passed away after being diagnosed with plurisy and an infection. She spent five days in Ogden Redional and spent three days living in Meyer's home. Meyer called Wheat the night of June 5 and again the folowing Tuesday Morning to tell her that she would bring over some things that evening. When Meyer arrived at Wheat's home, the police were there and Wheat had already passed away. "It's interesting though," Meyer said as she shared tears with Hurst. "That last thing we both got to say to her was '1 love you." You can reach reporter David Fairchild by calling 626-72.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-06-20, Vol. 69, No. 2|
|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.|