Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-09-051
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The P for a Greek Q fraternity or sororiety this V week. ""e- See page 7 Volume 66 Issue 13 wsusignpost.com Friday, September 5, 2003 pus By Tracy Chartier sr. news reporter The Signpost As the vice president for Administrative and Financial Services at Southern Utah University by day and a professional photographer in his free tirne, Gregory Stauffer has managed to conquer his professional life in the business world and his creative and adventurous life in the artistic world. Stauffer's photography exhibit, "Captured Moments," captivates breathtaking scenes of the southwestern parts of the U.S., from the frequently visited spots such as Arches, Grand Canyon, and Zion National Parks to the more obscure and much less frequented regions such as Canyon X and Grand Gulch Primitive Area. Stauffer's passion for the outdoors ignited his life and artwork, providing him with stories of adventure, precious memories, and pictures of gasping beauty. "Photography is so different from my everyday job," Stauffer said. "My position with the university is very much oriented to operations having to do with tough issues on a business level. To be able to go a v. '' - " c 1i i Gregory Stauffer's photo "Long Canyon" showcases a part of southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The sandstone cliffs contain an area that is so diverse one can find both deserts and forests. different direction and let a creative and different part of my personality show through is very fun for me." Stauffer began his hobby and adventures while attending the University of Idaho in the 1980s. When he began he was primarily interested in the southwestern landscapes, but he drifted into sports photography, which he stayed with for some time. In the past decade, however, Stauffer has focused his photography on nature. His love for the outdoors has been a life-long enjoyment. Diane Graff, the dean of Library Services at SUU, received a custom-made congratulations card with a photo on it from Stauffer. After inquiring about the picture, she found out it was a picture he had taken and that there was more to be seen. Graff asked him if he displayed his photography. It turned out he had not, but was interested in starting. She reviewed his work and was very impressed. Graff made the arrangements, and Stauffer's works were finally put on display. "He had never displayed before," Graff said. "It's like I sort of found him. We were really excited to have the exhibit. The people were enchanted by his work." The Captured Moments exhibit has been on display throughout Utah for much of the past year. At the Iron Missions State Park Museum, Ryan Paul, the museum curator, displayed Stauffer's exhibit and received comments from visitors from all over the world. "Visitors and tourists were awestruck with his work," Paul said. "A lot of people don't think of photographers as artists, but that's really what he is. The biggest thing about his work is that it transcends what we think of photography." See Splendor page 3 New director adds attitude to international student center By Paul Garcia managing editor The Signpost A wave of enthusiasm and openness has followed Gita Rakhsha into her new position of interim director of Services for International Students at Weber State University. "I was honored and I appreciated the confidence," Rakhsha said. "I genuinely love working with college students; to me they are inspiring. I also knew that it was a challenge, and I welcomed it." Thirty years ago Rakhsha walked WSU's campus as an international student from Iran studying medical technology. After time in the medical field she became a psychology professor at Westminster College and then. a counselor at WSU's Counseling and Psychological Services Center, where she counseled and advised many international students. "I think international students face some unique challenges in addition to general college adjustment issues," she said. "The unique challenges involve cultural adjustments because our culture can be very different from other cultures." Many international students are used to classroom 'i Gita Rakhsha addresses students at a Peace Corps conference Thursday. One of Rakhsha's's main goals is to increase relationships between American-born students and international students. situations, she added, where being outspoken in class is frowned upon, unlike the majority of American classrooms. Rakhsha said it wasn't her experiences as an international student that led her to her new job, but her interest in young-adult development with a special interest in international students. WSU international students Ashraf Al-Ruwaithi from Saudi Arabia and Lonah Masinde from Kenya said Rakhsha brings new levels of enthusiasm and involvement to the job. "It's her personality, her attitude and the way she looks at her job," Masinde said. "The changes are great, that's why I'm hanging here right now." Masinde rarely spent time in the center last year, but now she enjoys how proactive Rakhsha is in helping students. Al-Ruwaithi said more students come into the center because they know they can get the hands-on help they need from Rakhsha. Both students recalled the first day of school, when the center was filled with stressed international students who needed to register for classes, as they had to wait until that day to register. "There were times when the international students didn't understand what they were saying," Al-Ruwaithi said. "So she took them by the hand, and took them to registration. She See Director page 1 1 1 ' i ( AJ, , &m June 20C3 "J--Weber State n;. oco.oo : V r - s B2des cIIonCD rope odd Long EdoocEss This year Weber State University's women's rodeo team took home the first place prize in the Rocky Mountain region and second place in the national finals; the mens' team took second place at region. Thursday afternoon, Jennifer Freeland, who took second place in goat tying and second place all-around, along with advisor Dennis Montgomery, presented President F. Ann Millner and the university with a check for $5,000. The money was won by the student team at the Region and College National Finals in Wyoming, where 53 college and university clubs compete. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. sponsors the awards, which can only be used for scholarships, student fees and books. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. has contributed over $4.6 million to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in the past 29 years.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-09-05, Vol. 66, No. 13|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; 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 University|
|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.|