Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1970-09-291
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tVO i - - - c; ' ft pt&ie Volume 30, Number 1 C As Weber State opens another year, Louis F. Moench one of the first founders of the school remains stolid as he surveys the continuous growth and expansion of Weber State. This year Weber boasts more buildings, facilities, and students than ever before. (Photo by Larry Mc Elhiney) OravBG'GEaEfteEitresS studies program Eft A $50,000 grant by a 1915 graduate helps five science departments to attack Ogden community's environment problems. Mr. Ronald V. Jensen, president of the graduating class of 1915 and former Huntsville resident, has given WSC $50,000 to create a three year Environmental Studies program. According to the program director, Dr. David Havertz of the Zoology department, "this is the first such coordinated effort to be initiated by a Utah school." The Environmental committee consists of members from five departments: botany, chemistry geology, microbiology and zoology. The project's two main ob ASWSC Pres. makes plea: more student involvement The Weber State college studentbody President, Fran Wikstrom, submitted the following open statement to the students of WSC: 1 would like to welcome you back to Weber State. This year will be an eventful one for all of us. Student involvement seems to be in vogue throughout the country. Students can make many constructive con-tribjutions to education.. I. would like to.urgethisconstructive in- volvement at Weber State. Student government can do many things if there are enough students interested in it. The Executive Cabinet has created two new committees this year. The first, called the Committee on Education will consist of students who are interested in the quality of education. It will coordinate all programs, such as SEED, course evaluation, pass-fail, etc., which are concerned with the quality of education at Weber State. The Committee on Education will also select a member of the faculty each month to be honored for his contribution to excellence in education. The second committee will be called the Ombudsman Committee. This committee will hear student grievances, of any nature, and will investigate these complaints. The committee will then advise students of the necessary channels and will help him present his case. It has been found that most student complaints could be taken care of very easily if only the s'udents knew where and how to present them. The Ombudsman Committee can be a vital organization if students use it whenever they have a complaint. I would like to urge you, once more, to become involved in your education and in student government. There are still committees which need interested people to serve on them. BOB" jectives will be to educate students about the community's environmental problems, and to initiate research projects which will determine to what extent pollution has affected the community."Our main concern is to solve potential hazards before they become problems," remarked Dr. Havertz. Winter quarter a three credit hour class concerning local environment problems will be offered. Members from each of the five departments will present and explain their department's case of ecology. "Too often people are concerned about the polluted en-vrionment, but lack the tools to do anything about it," stated Dr. Weber State College, Ogden, Utah 84403 State mmm Havertz. "The housewife gets upset and pickets the capitol building. This achieves very little." According to Dr. Havertz, the projects aim is to help people to understand environmental problems. This will prevent them from overreacting to the problem, and will help them to gain the tools and knowledge to help prevent pollution." Several research projects are currently being done by the committee. One is the mapping of the Wasatch front. Another will measure the extent of selenium in the community. Mapping of the Wasatch Front is being conducted by Dr. Fred Pashley of the geology department and his assistant Mr. Ray Wiggins. This map will aid officials in determining whether or not land developers should be allowed to build residential sections in certain areas along the Wasatch front. In some cases residential housing could pose hazards not only to the residents of the housing projects, but to the whole community. Another area of study is selenium which is a non-metallic, toxic element. Selenium appears to a limited extent in paper. The Environment committee has ordered equipment which will help to determine the extent of Selenium in the air and soil. This element is potentially hazardous if allowed to build up in excessive quantities. The research team will determine what extent selenium has penetrated the air and soil. Too, they will try to develop new ways of disposing of paper products. Burning or burying paper allows the minute amounts of selenium to escape into the environment. ? bridge ignorance goo f ethnic studies institute Counseling, curriculum and educating the public are the goals of the newly established "Institute of Ethnic Studies." The new academic unit was established on July 1, 1970 by action of the Utah State Board of Education. Under the direction of Dr. Richard Ulibarri, the Ethnic Studies program is geared to "bridge ignorance and obtain mutual understanding."The institute's goals are to counsel minority students, organize and promote new curriculum, and to educate the public to the cultural differences between minority groups and the larger society. The aim of the counseling service is to provide the minority race students with counselors of the student's member race. "Because the counselor is from the student's own minority, he will be able to better advise the student," state Dr. Ulibarri. Mr. Daily Oliver from Salt Lake will advise Blacks. Mr. John Ulibarri of Roy will be the Chicano advisor. Curriculum which points out the contributions to society made by minority races is the next objective. The institute will work with other departments to establish minority studies. "Such classes help to improve students' cultural identification," remarked the program director. The Black history course being taught this quarter by Dr. Ulibarri is a result of the efforts being made by the Ethnic Studies program. Educating the public to the cultural differences between minority groups and the larger society will be done through seminars and workshops. The first seminar is scheduled for the middle of November.Other goals are to get more scholarships for the minority students, and to help the students with any transportation problems. The Vocational arm of the Ethnic Studies program is the federally funded Project Respect. -TWs-projcct-fs-hcads- -hy- M.-'.j1 Campbell of Ogden. Project Respect helps the community's seriously unemployed to get vocational training in secretarial and office work, sales, marketing, and beautician skills. Upon graduating from the vocational program, Mr. Richard Thomas assists the graduates in finding jobs. The Institute of Ethnic Studies is the only such program to be recognized by the Utah State Board of Higher Education. Success marks For the first time in history, Weber Staters preregistered by mail and early reports indicate that the mail registration was extremely successful. Dr. Milton Mecham, Dean of admissions and records, said that he is "very pleased with the smooth operation of this ex- The Instructional Technology Center, in conjunction with the Fine Arts Center, has prepared a three-screen scenamatic production which will be presented in the Fine Arts Center auditorium through this week. The presentation includes slides, -a- film, and music, running simultaneously which prevues coming Fine Arts series events. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the showings free of charge. The presentation lasts approximately 11 minutes and will be shown September 30, October 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 continuously through the noon to 1:00 p.m. hour. Director of the Fine Arts Center, Daniel L. Martino noted thnt this production is well worth seeing and encouraged ;ill to attend. Tuesday September 29, 1970 registration periment." According to Dr. Mecham those students who left self-addressed envelopes with the registrar. Students then filled in the appropriate cards and returned the packet with a tuition check. One of the beneficial results of this program has been the updating of student address .records. Dr. Mecham stated that the registrar's office has had difficulty in the past in persuading students to report their correct address. With students self-addressing envelopes, much of the confusion and delay caused by incorrect addresses was avoided. Many of the universities have begun registration through a computerized process, according to Dr. Meacham, whereby students registering by computer, are giver, no choice as to instructor or hour. They simply state which course is desired. The computer then selects the time and instructor in accordance with what is available. Due to the impersonal nature of such a program, Dr. Mecham feels he would rather adopt other solutions for accelerating registration that would still allow students a preference. Mail registration seems to be the present solution. The success and smooth operation of the fall mail registration has insured that it will be offered again next spring quarter, according to Dr. Meacham .
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1970-09-29, Vol. 30, No. 1|
|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.|