Social Science Renovation Underway
After more than four decades of dutifully serving Weber State, the Social Science building is being renovated into Lindquist Hall, a showstopper facility that will provide learning opportunities for years to come.
The building is named in honor of the Lindquist family. John E. Lindquist, president of Lindquist Mortuaries and Great Western Insurance, gifted $5 million to help the dream become reality. In addition, the Utah Legislature allocated $14 million for construction in 2017, with the intent of earmarking another $15 million in 2018 to complete the project.
Lindquist Hall is scheduled to open to students in January 2019.
In With the New
Students and faculty returning in the fall of 2017 will be delighted to find renovations completed on the Stewart Library. The project, 14 months in the making, delivers a host of welcome changes and upgrades. For instance, an emphasis has been placed on incorporating more natural light via skylights and walls of windows. New amenities include faculty research rooms and a testing center.
Teaming Up for Health Care
When health care professionals work as a team, patients benefit. That’s why interprofessional education — teaching students from all health professions disciplines how to provide team-based, collaborative care — is the future. And the future will arrive at Weber State in the fall of 2018, when the Ezekiel R. & Katherine W. Dumke Center for Interprofessional Education in Health Care (IPE) is set to open.
The 10,000-square-foot facility will provide health professions students with a centralized location in which to collaborate and communicate with faculty, and learn how care is delivered in a true medical setting. The high-tech building will also be a place to conduct research and stage conferences, lectures and presentations.
Not Your Ordinary Lab
WSU’s Annie Taylor Dee Simulation Center looks and sounds like a hospital. And that's the whole idea.
Nursing students rush to care for newborn “twins.” Emergency care and rescue students report the “mother’s” vital signs. Ventilators whoosh, EKG machines beep, and respiratory therapy students take turns counting compressions on the infants — “one and two and three and ….”
While the “patients” aren’t real — they’re lifelike mannequins — the setting, according to respiratory therapy student Kamiah Lansing, “feels real.”
“It teaches us how to respond in an actual medical environment, without having to worry about making mistakes and harming actual patients,” she says.
While health professions students have had access to a simulation laboratory since 2007, an extensive renovation in 2016 gave them a suite that features more space and more innovative technology.
The renovations were made possible by the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation and WSU’s Office of the Provost. The center’s namesake, Annie Taylor Dee, helped establish Ogden’s Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in the early 1900s. The hospital featured the Dee School of Nursing, which became affiliated with Weber College in 1932.
The number of technologically sophisticated mannequins in the Dee Simulation Center