OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University alumni, faculty members and undergraduate students will participate in the 11th annual WSU Day at the Capitol on March 3. Wildcats will don their purple proudly and meet legislators from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rotunda.
“The event offers a WSU presence at the Capitol and provides an avenue for alumni to tell their story and undergraduate students to share their research, creative works and community-based-learning projects with lawmakers,” said Brad Mortensen, University Advancement vice president.
The WSU Alumni Association established the Day at the Capitol 10 years ago to bring legislators and Wildcats together to explain how WSU enriches and contributes to the community. In 2008 the day was expanded to include students and their work.
This year 22 undergraduate research projects will be presented at the Capitol. The projects represent departments across campus with submissions from zoology, health sciences, biology, communication and the Center for Community Engaged Learning.
“All kinds of great projects have been chosen this year,” said Valerie Frokjer from the Office of Undergraduate Research. “There is a project on reducing hospital admissions and improving quality of life in patients with lung disease and another that focuses on solving local food insecurity. This is a great way for our office and the Center for Community Engaged Learning to present student research to the legislators and show them why it is important to fund this research.”
While the students present throughout the day, alumni will visit with legislators individually, attend committee and caucus meetings to remind state lawmakers about the important contributions WSU and the system of higher education make statewide.
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