Core Theme 3 -- Community

Objective

WSU contributes to pre K through 16 education in the region.

Contributions to pre K through 16 education and professional development.

  • During February, Lindsay Beddes, Educational Talent Search Coordinator, organized the WSU FAFSA February events. In collaboration with various programs and departments, including Financial Aid, Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP), Northern Utah Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Student Support Services/SmartStart, Multicultural Student Center, Education Access and Outreach, and the College of Education, more than 100 students received assistance in completing and submitting their FAFSA application. Approximately 180 people attended five events (3 on Ogden campus and 2 at Davis campus).
  • During February, Lindsay Beddes, Educational Talent Search Coordinator, organized the WSU FAFSA February events. In collaboration with various programs and departments, including Financial Aid, Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP), Northern Utah Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Student Support Services/SmartStart, Multicultural Student Center, Education Access and Outreach, and the College of Education, more than 100 students received assistance in completing and submitting their FAFSA application. Approximately 180 people attended five events (3 on Ogden campus and 2 at Davis campus).
  • The student chair for the VIP Head Start program in collaboration with Dr. Adam Johnston assisted in training 40 teachers with a new Science curriculum that is being implemented at Ogden Area Community Action. Twenty-seven students assisted with Head Start this past year volunteering 712 hours with the agency.

Pre-college preparation

  • The Student to Student Outreach program worked with 145 high school seniors in the Weber and Davis School Districts. Of that, 117 completed admissions applications to WSU.
  • TRIO-Talent Search worked in the Ogden School District with 600 students of which 130 were seniors. Of that, 105 completed the admissions process.
  • The GEAR UP Partnership worked with 841 ninth grade students in the Ogden School District to help them prepare for postsecondary education.
  • Upward Bound worked with approximately 70 students between the ages of 13 and 18 in the Ogden, Weber, and Davis School Districts to prepare them for college.

Objective

WSU contributes to the richness of cultural and intellectual offerings in the region.

Community Participation

  • More than 150,000 community members participated in events in which Student Affairs had integral involvement. These included events sponsored by the Women’s Center, Student Involvement and Leadership, the Multicultural Student Center, the Testing Center, Education Access and Outreach, Campus Recreation, Counseling and Psychological Services, Davis Learning Center, the Shepherd Union, and Davis Student Programs.
  • Over 7,000 WSU students engaged in service to the community through the Volunteer Involvement Program, community-based learning courses and the AmeriCorps program contributing 131,229 hours of service. This is estimated to be equivalent to over 2.3 million dollars in volunteer time. An overwhelming majority of 261 community engaged students who participated in a survey measuring their perception of their service experience reported positive outcomes.

Objective

WSU contributes to the community and economic development of the region.

Economic Development in the Region

  • Scheduling, Events, and Conferences in the Shepherd Union contributes to the economic health and development of the region by partnering with local entities, such as the Ogden/Weber Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), to provide venue options that would not be available without a WSU partnership. Examples of this are below. Each summer conference has an economic impact derived from hotel stays, restaurant patronage, and travel expenses.
Economic Development in the Region

Service to public purpose community organizations.

  • Adrienne Gillespie, Coordinator for the Diversity and Unity Center, serves on the Catholic Community Services Board and the American Red Cross of Northern Utah Board. She (and her office) also provides service and support to Your Community Connection (YCC).
  • Betty Sawyer, GEAR UP Coordinator, served on the planning committees for the Community Cinco de Mayo Festival (over 400 attendees) and the Northern Utah Family Expo (over 1,000 attendees).
  • Dan Czech, Enrollment Advisor for Veterans Upward Bound, and Randy Wilson, Director of Veterans Upward Bound, serve on the Northern Utah Veterans Association.
  • Alan Dayley, Assistant Dean of Students for Davis Student Services, is a member of the Northern Utah Food Co-op. He is also a member of the Mt. Ogden Rotary Club.
  • Brett Perozzi, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, is the Chair of NASPA’s International Advisory Board and serves as NASPA’s International Exchange Coordinator.
  • Charlie Chandler, Veterans Services Coordinator, serves as a board member for the National Association of Veterans Professionals (NAVPA), the Northern Utah Veterans Association, and the Utah Homeless Veterans Association.
  • Daniel Turner, Outdoor Programs Coordinator, serves on the board of directors for the Ogden Community Foundation, the Ogden High Adventure committee, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Access committee, and American Mountain Guides Association.
  • Dianna Abel, Counseling and Psychological Services Director, has been an active member of the Northern Utah-Hope Community Suicide Prevention Task Force for three years. Within the past year, she has assumed a leadership role in the implementation of an initiative to provide a standardized prevention curriculum (QPR for Suicide Prevention) across campus and throughout the local community.
  • Erik Ashby, Coordinator for Davis Student Programs, and Jessica Oyler, Assessment Coordinator, served on the State NASPA conference committee where they collaborated with colleagues from other institutions to plan a statewide professional development conference for student affairs professionals in Utah in September 2010. Erik Ashby, Jessica Oyler, and Carey Anson, Computer Lab Coordinator, serve on the committee to plan the Fall 2011 conference.
  • Jan Winniford, Vice President for Student Affairs, serves on the NASPA Foundation Board of Directors and the Planning Committee for the 2012 Manicur Symposium for Women Aspiring to become Senior Student Affairs Officers.
  • Jeff Simons serves on the American Indian/Alaska Native Education Council.
  • Jessica Oyler, Student Affairs Assessment Coordinator, serves as the Utah State Representative on the Region V NASPA Advisory Board.
  • Lindsay Beddes, Educational Talent Search Coordinator, served this past year as the president for ASPIRE-Utah, the professional organization for TRiO personnel within the state. She also is involved in planning the upcoming regional conference in Salt Lake City in October 2011.
  • Lynnae Dopp, Appointment Tutoring Coordinator, has served as a reviewer on the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification Committee for 15 years and has received the award of “Certified Ruby Master Reviewer.”
  • Michiko Nakashima Lizarazo serves as a board member for the Utah Coalition of La Raza, for the Zions Bank Multicultural Advisory Board, and for Image. She also serves as a scholarship committee member for the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Ogden Area Hispanic Chamber Board of Commerce, and the Oportunidad Scholarship Fund.
  • Monica Rodrigues Mesa serves on the scholarship selection committee for the Oportunidad Scholarship Fund.
  • Roxana Luna, Academic Advisor for Educational Talent Search, served this past year as secretary for ASPIRE-Utah.
  • Ruth Stubbs, Director of Education Access and Outreach, serves on the statewide College Access Network of Utah with outreach administrators from other public and private Utah universities. The group is spear headed by the Assistant Commissioner for Access and Outreach at USHE (Utah System of Higher Education.) Ruth also serves on the Ogden Adult Education Advisory Board, and two Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce committees (Partners and Education and Workforce Development.)
  • Teri Bladen, Director of Campus Recreation, serves on American College of Sports Medicine Group Exercise Instructor Certification Committee (2010-13) and as the Utah State Director for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (2010-12).
  • Tim Nguyen, Assistant Coordinator for Outdoor Programs, currently serves on the Climbing Wall committee for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.