Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-07-021
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NUSAT performing valuable task for airline safety by Pam Stoker News Editor Thursday, June 27, 1985, 6:15 a.m., the personnel at Weber State College were able to converse with NUSAT. The satelite was asked to analyze itself and report on its condition. NUSAT ran a battery check on itself and a temperature reading which found the batteries fully functional and the temperature of the satelite to be 60 degrees, the perfect operational temperature. This ability to communicate with a satelite is unique to NUSAT. Private industry spent many millions of dollars to create what turned out to be expensive space junk. Weber State, operating on approximately 1.2 million donated dollars, made it work. Craig Nelson. Public Relations for WSC said it was a "substantial step forward" With the cooperative involvement of more than 20 agencies, companies and organizations, this operational satelite will enable the FAA to calibrate radar systems around the world. Currently, the ability of radar systems to locate the exact position of aircraft has been in a 20 mile envelope. Each flight controller in each air port must determine is where each aircraft is and assigning each incoming and outgoing plane a flight channel free of interference from outside sources. The safety factor would be drastically increased if the controllers could pinpoint the position and altitude of each aircraft. If it were possible to close down each airport for as long as 8 to 10 minutes to calibrate the radar, NUSAT might not be as valuable. NUSAT is programed to give the exact coordinates necessary to calibrate the air traffic without a moments break in the flow. NUSAT is expected to be alive for the next year which gives time enough to work out the bugs and set the stage for a possible NUSAT II. NUSAT has literally put Weber State College on the world map. The event was written into the Congressional Record, while articles have appeared in the N.Y. Times and the Boston Globe. President Rodney H. Brady, while on a cross-country flight, was introduced to the other passengers by the pilot as the person responsible for making his job safer giving an explanation of the function of NUSAT, its background and location of creation. The other passengers gave President Brady a round of applause. The antennae atop building 4 is the transmission point for communications with NUSAT. Although in an erratic orbit, it is able to be contacted at least five times a day. The light sensors aboard enable it to relay its exact position in relationship to the sun to the radar adjustors and calibrators. This will enable it to be the focal point for adjustment. J Tuesday, July 2, 1985 Weber State College 'Annie' comes to Weber State. See page 6. Vol. 45, No. 59 - v Graduates from Weber's water-walking 101 class take a stroll across the duck pond as part of their final exam. -dn-.s; pin.i, , HvIh. The man in the middle with the briefcase is a lawyer, brought along in case the ducks attacked. Grunander named outstanding teacher by Shelley Stevens Staff Reporter Carl L. Grunander, associate professor for Distributive Technology at Weber State College, received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Utah Vocational Association (UVA), June 11. The annual meeting of UVA, held at WSC, included an awards program and luncheon. Grunander was honored for his efforts to improve distributive education at college and state levels. Grunander is the state advisor and board member to Delta Epsilon Chi, the college arm of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). He has been an executive committee chairman and hoard member of the western recion DECA organizing the 1985 western region Delta Epsilon Chi competition and coordinating the Awards Session at the DECA National Competition in San Francisco, Calif. He also served on several DECA committees and as a local and regional officer for the Association of Coorperative and Work Experience Educators. Teacher of the Year in 1981, listed in the 1984-85 edition of Who's Who In The West, he received a set-aside grant to introduce marketing programs in small high schools. Grunander was selected by the National DECA Association to work on an internship this summer at their headquarters in Reston, Virginia. He will return to WSC fall quarter to continue as an associate professor. Wells dug -uncover troublesome spring by Mayvonne Wells Summer Senior Reporter Well, well, well. The latest developments on the south side of Swenson Gymnasium have nothing to do with the athletic department. Weber State College is in the process of drilling as many as 40 wells under the gym's basement floor in search of a major spring that is eroding the building's foundations. Water problems have plagued the Swenson gymnasium since it was built 22 years ago, said Robert Folsom, director of WSC architectural services. But the serious problems surfaced about four years ago, after an attempt was made to prevent a stream of water from flowing through the building's basement, he said. The college dug up the basement floor, installed drainage pipes and then re-cemented the floor, said Folsom. This appeared to correct the situation until the floor began to bulge due to the water pressure beneath it, he said. Now it is apparrent that the stream is still there and that the building foundation is unstable and slowly being washed away, said Folsom. The college is determined to find the source of the stream by drilling as many wells as needed to siphon the water out of the gym. This will hopefully solve the problem. "We'll proceed one well at a time until there is enough wells to control the water," said Folsom. "Hopefully, we won't need as many as we have money allocated for," he said. "We have found some water, but so far the major spring has not been located." said Tom Van Cleave, of architectural services. "The procedures are being perfected, so we should be moving rapidly as soon as a few problems have been worked out," he said. The State Building Board and the college approve.) a bid of $162,000 from Weaver Construction Company to drill 22 wells with provisions to drill up to 40 wells if needed.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-07-02, Vol. 45, No. 59|
|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.|