2015-2016 Topic: Waste

The Engaged Learning Series (ELS) is a university-wide series of events designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and community in discussion, debate, dialogue, learning, and action around an issue of public concern. For 2015-2016, the series aims to raise awareness, improve personal behavior, and increase public engagement around the issue of “waste.”

ELS Schedule JPG Version


Confetti & Distress / Honey & Suspicion, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connors’s art exhibition @ the Shaw Gallery

  • Thursday, September 10, 2015
    • 7 - 8 p.m.
    • Public artist lecture
    • Room 120 KVA
  • Friday, September 11, 2015
  • September 11 to November 21, 2015

Co-sponsors: Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities, WSU’s Shaw Gallery

“Waste Land” Movie & Panel

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Peery’s Egyptian Theater
Co-sponsors: Utah Film Center, WSU Shaw Gallery


“Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic” Movie & Panel

Thursday, October 15, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Library

Co-sponsors: Weber County Library

“Wasting Time” lecture by Dr. Alexis McCrossen

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Hetzel-Hoellein Room
Co-sponsors: COAST & History Department


“American Indian Land and Water: Confronting Many Challenges” keynote presentation by Dr. Dan McCool (part of Native Symposium)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
EH 229
Co-sponsor: WSU’s Sustainability Practices & Research Center

“Respecting Sacred Land: Conversations on Water, Waste, and Sustainability” – Native Symposium w/ Goshute Tribes

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Union Ballrooms
Co-sponsor: Office of the President

  • 7 a.m. Sunrise Ceremony - Mr. Garth "Jerry" Bear, Jr. to lead
  • 8 a.m. Light Breakfast for Participants
  • 9 a.m. Keynote Speech - Conversations on water by Mr. Rupert Steele, Confederated Tribes of the Goshutes
  • 10:30 a.m. Keynote speech - Conversations on Waste by Mr. Garth "Jerry" Bear, Jr., Skull Valley Goshute Indian Tribe
  • Noon Facilitated Round Table Discussions and Luncheon

UEN Television, "The Activist" (part of the Native Symposium)

Thursday, November 19, 2015
 6:00 p.m.
Wildcat Theater
Co-sponsor: Office of the President


"Conserving Lives" suicide prevention training & resource fair

Monday, January 25, 2016
Noon - 2 p.m.
Wildcat Theater


Nurture the Creative Mind presentation/workshop

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Noon - 2 p.m.
Wildcat Theater
Co-sponsor: Amir Jackson, NCM


Waste Fair

Thursday, March 3, 2016
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Shepherd Union
Co-sponsor: WSU's Sustainability Practices & Research Center

Intermountain Sustainability Summit

March 24 - 25, 2016
7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Co-sponsor: WSU's Sustainability Practices & Research Center and Utah Recycling Alliance


CEL Symposium

April 20, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • 11:30 a.m. Keynote Speech – Dr. Pam Perlich, Director of Demographic Research at the U of U’s Policy Institute
  • 12:30 p.m. Reception: posters, food, closing remarks
  • 1:30 p.m. Book discussion

Co-Sponsor a Waste Event with CCEL

Are you a campus club, department, college or other WSU group? Are you planning to host a waste-related event (lecture, film screening, community service opportunity, etc.) during the 2015-2016 school year? If you are, consider co-sponsoring the event with the Center for Community Engaged Learning. We can offer increased visibility for your event (and a small amount of financial support) by making it part of our 2015-2016 Engaged Learning Series on Waste.

To apply, fill out the form or for more Information, Contact Becky Jo Gesteland - bgesteland@weber.edu or 801-626-7737.

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