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) A clay in the 7 life... 1 v riii f ' Vv - rj. Llzzrifz Pirff(gSDa: Weber State University v E editor in chief see page 4 lUrN TKHil Pi ' S V( VV -rr 9 W jDsiEr Instructors add to arsenal and help students avoid committing 'p' word By Hilary Felsted correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University has another weapon in the war against plagiarism. Some WSU professors are using an Internet-based program called Turnitin.com to help students be more aware of plagiarism in their work and learn how to avoid it. WSU Director of Composition Scott Rogers said that Turnitin.com should not be used as a "gotcha" to catch students plagiarizing. He said it is best used as a tool in the writing process and students should submit several drafts through Turnitin.com before submitting their final piece of writing. "I would hope," Rogers said, "that in the drafting process, Turnitin.com gets used as a means of talking about how to paraphrase, how to quote and how to cite accurately." Students submit papers through Tumitin.com by logging into their class and sending their professor an electronic file. The Web site searches databases for matches to what the student has written and the instructor is then '"' 'ix given a color-coded originality report rating plagiarism f from low to high. The report can be sent back to the student with electronic corrections made by the professor. "Most of the faculty who use it seem to really like the grading features," Rogers said. Debi Sheridan, WSU English professor, said she has at least one student each semester who submits plagiarized work Sheridan has used Turnitin.com since spring 2007 semester and said she likes the color-coded report. She is now using it in all of her classes, especially since tire program has become even easier to use. Before this fall, instructors had to set up their own classes through HuTiitin.com and get all their students to register for that class through the Web site. Now, WSU professors claim three of four Utah Professor of the Year By Ryan Wilson correspondent I 77?e Signpost Over the past five years, three professors from Weber State University have received the Utah State Professor of the Year Award and many others have been nominated. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) sponsor the award. Recipients of the award are chosenbased on dedication to undergraduate teaching which is demonstrated by excellence in the following areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contribution to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students. In a press release last November, Provost Michael Vaughn stated, "Receiving this award for the third time TOD3 Turnitin.com is available through each student's WSU account. "WSU online has a portal for every class that you take and now it's easy to just slip it into one of the portals," Sheridan said. "It's kind of foolproof for everybody because you don't have to sign up for anything. It just appears on your homepage. It's really accessible now for both teachers and students." Before Turnitin.com and similar programs, professors who suspected plagiarism had to do their own research into what was plagiarized. The professor would select a phrase or two to type into a search engine like Google and wait to see if one of the thousands of results matched what they suspected to be plagiarized. Now Turnitin.com does that work for the professor with more search engines and databases than just Google. Rogers said he thinks plagiarized work is too much of a hassle anyway. "I've seen students do more work on a plagiarized draft than if they had just done it themselves," he said. "It makes no sense." - Rogers said the best s way for professors Nv tostopplagiarism is to vary their assignments. He would advise professors to focus on writing assignments that don't allow students n to plagiarize by giving specific assignments that relate to their class. Although Rogers has heard no negative responses from his own students about Turnitin. com, education senior Alysa Nelson, who used the program for an English class, said she thought the program was a hassle and didn't do her much good. "I don't have a problem with plagiarizing," Nelson said. "I can see howTurnitin.com would be helpful, but it wasn't for me." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com i n V f Weber State University safety Ty Sparrow dives to tackle Montana State University's Demetrius Crawford Saturday at Stewart Stadium. Montana State beat the Wildcats 21-5. A win for WSU i was out of reach as its offense continued to puite". C""!3 ncoming freshmen place in 1 7th percentile, ich measures college learning By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Results for Weber State University test scores from the 2006-2007 Collegiate Learning Assessment are in, and Michael Vaughan, WSU's Provost, helped the President's Council decipher the data at a recent meeting. Last September, the CLA was given to a random group of freshmen before they had earned any credits to get an accurate sampling of the knowledge freshmen come to college with. Another random sampling was taken from a group of seniors in the spring before they graduated. Four skills were tested: critical thinking, analytic reasoning, written communication and problem solving. Some of the other universities participating in the CLA for 2006-2007 were Arizona State, Lousiana State University, University of Pittsburg, Whitman University and Syracuse University. First-year WSU students performed comparatively low on the CLA, scoring in about the 17th percentile. In other words, as in four years is a powerful testament to the quality of the Weber State University faculty. Our faculty are passionate about teaching and their dedication is invaluable to our students and their education." The most recent WSU faculty member to receive the award is Psychology Professor Eric Amsel, who received the award for 2006. Amsel also recently received the John S. Hinckley award, which, according to WSU's Web site, "goes to a faculty member who has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service." On his Web site, Amsel gives light to his dedication as a profession. There is a link that displays a detailed log of all the students with which he has done research and the topics they researched together during his career here at WSU. "I work with the students," Amsel said. "I help them do more than they think they can." In 2005, Professor and chair of WSU's Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences Yasmen Simonian received the Utah Professor of the Year award. In 2004, Yasmen was v 'i m V n "s5- s J X v. seniors in 60th on test Vaughan explained, according to the national average of the schools taking the test, only 16 percent did worse. The WSU senior test results were better. They scored around the 60th percentile. "Fifty percent of seniors did more poorly, 10 percent did the same and 40 percent did better," Vaughan said. WSU seniors scored 22.1 points higher than WSU freshmen and 17 points above the national average. "Our results are actually encouraging," Vaughan said. "You're doing better than half of the schools out there." Vaughan related a discussion he had with Student Body President Jake Beus who Vaughan quoted as saying, "Of course the results are going to be different. They're like participants in a marathon. If you asked all the runners on the starting line about their eating habits and exercise programs, you're going to get different results than if you ask the top-ten finishers of the race." The council was encouraged to see tire improvement made between the freshmen and seniors and discussed how attrition from honored with the Crystal Crest Master Teacher award. Professor Simonian also aided in the development of CLS, AAS, and BS online degree programs. "I'm very active in the professional organization," Simonian said. "I let them know I care and make it fun." In 2003, Professor Frank Guliuzza who is the Chairman of the Department of Political Science and Philosophy, was given the Professor of the Year Award. "I have just had an overall success," Guliuzza said. "I like coaching students." Guliuzza has contributed to the University in founding WSU's mock trial team in 1996. To date, WSU has earned many high rankings and two championships in the mock trials. Guliuzza has also received the prestigious John S. Hinckley award for excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com m reacn See Wildcats fail in home opener page 6 students dropping out, general college experience and maturity as well as specific college experience factored into the results. "We have to be in the top 10 percent for improvement," said Norm Tarbox, vice president for administrative services. The council agreed the information was useful showing the need for students to work on their reading, writing and reasoning skills. "Some would say this is proof everyone needs a class in debate," Millner said. "Less is more, but you want to do something. This is very useful to form a format and a platform." Millner suggested revising an across-the-curriculum writing program to help improve scores in the future. Opportunity and practice using the required common skills will become more widely used in every class on campus. "Why do they do better?" asked Vaughan, referring to students at other universities. "They've done it before." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com last awards Hens in Grief Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee to Speak at WSU Richard Richards, author of "Climbing the Political Ladder One Rung at a Time" and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, will discuss "The History and Nature of Political Campaigns" on Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center on the WSU Ogden campus. Richards became involved in Utah's Republican Party at a time when it was a perennial "also-ran." Inspired by his personal convictions and dedication, this Weber College alumnus helped to transform the party into the state political powerhouse it is today. Along the way, his success in Utah caught the attention of the GOP's national committee and led to prominent roles in the Nixon, Reagan and Bush presidential campaigns. For more information Contact Angela Swaner, department of history secretary, 801-626-6706 Class Without a Quiz' features armored vehicle specialist Mark Burton, CEO of the International Armoring Corporation, will be the featured presenter for the Alumni Association's Class Without a Quiz. Burton will discuss his work with armored cars and the process of making a passenger car bullet-resistant.Class without a Quiz will be held Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center. For more information call 801-626-7535. Military veterans encouraged to write Military veterans are encouraged by WSU's English Department and the Wasatch Range Project to capture their experiences in writing. An eight-week writing workshop especially for veterans will be held, starting Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., at the Weber County Library Southwest Branch (1950 W. 4800 S. Roy). The sessions, which will be held every Tuesday, are designed to assist military veterans of all eras. Veterans will receive instruction support and feedback from university faculty at the sessions and are asked to bring their own paper and a writing utensil. For more information, call 801-626-7318. Planning session to be held Sept. 28th WSU is seeking input on the future direction of online and technically-enhanced education. In order to plan strategically for what the university will be in the year 2030, there will be a planning session held Friday, Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center. Those interested in attending . andor participating should RSVP to Debbie Hansen at 626-6342, or Rev. Gregory C.V Johnson, president of Standing Together at 897-5666.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-24, Vol. 78, No. 20|
|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.|