Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-04-171
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O Weber State College WSC helps preserve a foreign culture. For more information, see the Signature section, starting on page 7. Vol. 44 No. 45 Tuesday, April 17, 1984 SOOMDXOM u u r '4 .... jr . 1 1 J i pi' 1 I U 1 .J J 1 1 4 11 if IV "n . f t. .: . ri . v .K & : - -i ,e .- ' , ' , '4-- v , - fe, r ji . . s'-s Runners lined up for the beginning of the "RunWalk for Lifelong Learning" race. The race was sponsored by local businesses and the Department of Continuing Education Signpost photoBob George at Weber State. Entrants ran either five miles or walked two. The first-place winners were Paul Pilkington and Barb Eastman, who will each receive a Honda scooter. Starting Fall quarter Classes Will Begin A Half Hour Earlier by Colleen Mewing Editor-in-Chief Designate Starting fall quarter, classes will begin on the half hour at Weber State College. Instead of the four prime time hours that students have grown accustomed to (8 a.m. to noon), five prime time hours will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The WSC Faculty Senate approved the change in their meeting held on March 29. Dr. Robert Smith, academic vice president, brought the motion to the floor from a recommendation from the Dean's Council.Dr. Emil Hansen, vice president for academic services, said that the change has been discussed in past years. Hansen said that the administration had toyed with the idea in the '70's, but that it wasn't looked at seriously. Hansen said that the idea was proposed to the faculty senate back in 1981 but that the senate turned it down on reasons that were "not well-founded." Hansen said that classes will be scheduled to start right on the half hour and will be let out 20 minutes after the hour. He said that classes that are taught in one and a half hour blocks, will still be able to be taught and that the block system has worked well and will still be used. The new system will better utilize classroom space. Hansen said that because of the student crunch, the size of the classroom has been a determining factor in the size of Weber's enrollment. With Weber hoping to increase total student enrollment by 500 (full-time equivalent students) next fall, the new scheduling system would allow for the adjustment. "We will improve our use of classroom see "Classes" on page 3. Success Rate Is High For WSC Applicants To Graduate School by David C. Wright Staff Reporter Students from Weber State College seeking entrance to graduate or professional schools have fared well according to statistics obtained from the department of zoology, the career services department, and the pre-law advisor, Dr. Rod Julander. The outcome of students applying to medical or medical-related schools in 1982-83 is as follows: medical schools, 25 applicants with 17 accepted; dental schools, 9 applicants with all 9 accepted; optometry, podiatry, and veterinary schools each had 1 applicant, and each was accepted. A report prepared by Dr. Emron Jensen, chairman of zoology, said that, "The high proportion of students accepted into professional schools is a measure of excellence in Weber State students in the department of zoology." Dr. Jensen said that he credits the students more than the department for this success. "We can claim some credit because they (the students) were trained here, but you've got to have people that are capable of taking the training and doing the work; we can in no way put that natural talent in them." Dr. Jensen added that the support courses, including physics, chemistry, and math, "have done an excellent job in preparing these people." Dr. Jensen cited the "accessibility of professors" as another reason Weber graduates do well. "It is our contention that if you want a student to be taught well, you have the best trained people next to them ... I think the fact that these students have access to us greatly increases their chances of learning the material," he said. The presence of the professors in the lab, according to Dr. Jensen, while unusual at other schools, is common at Weber. This "strengthens the department," he said. "If you were to look at a training program, especially for undergraduates, I don't know that you could find one in the state that would be any better," said Jensen. Students at Weber have an "edge," according to Dr. Jensen, because the major role of the faculty is primarily teaching rather than research. Dr. Rod Julander, professor of political science and a pre-law advisor, says that Weber averages around a 60 percent acceptance rate of its students applying to law school. Dr. Julander said that WSC enjoys a reputation as a good "feeder school" in and out of Utah. Julander said the acceptance percentage could be higher if students would plan earlier and better, and seek advice when applying. "The more prestigious law schools are not out of reach for Weber graduates," said Julander. He said that students from the West generally do well when applying in the East, and vice-versa, because "the schools seek a broad representation of students." Weber graduates applying for master's programs in their respective fields have also done very well. According to Jim Kelly, director of career development and services, about 10 percent of WSC graduates go on to post graduate work, including professional schools. Kelly said about 90 percent of the applicants are accepted."The general character of this campus is such that the students seem to be fairly goal-oriented. They are a little older, are married, have families, so that by and large, they want to go out and work. So the emphasis in this school, in the past at least, really has not been to orient curriculums toward preparation for professional and graduate schools. For those individuals that do decide to go on, the (acceptance) percentages are very high," said Kelly. In the past, most of the students continuing their education stay within the state of Utah, according to Kelly. "Most of our students want to stay within the state -about 90 percent," he said. Kelly said that the only disadvantages a Weber student might have are poor planning and poor preparation in terms of courses taken. Advice offered by Kelly for students considering post graduate work is for them to conduct self assessment and planning and to really determine their goals, and develop a plan to reach them.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-04-17, Vol. 44, No. 45|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; 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 College|
|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.|