Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-01-031
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Vol. 34 No. 20 Weber Weber State College has received a ten-year unconditional accreditation by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools, the highest accreditation possible for a post-secondary institution. The accreditation report is the result of an evaluation by a team of 13 educators who visited the WSC campus in October. Weber State has received two-and three-year accreditations in the past, and, in 1968, was accredited for five years. The granting of a ten-year accreditation indicates that the college is a stable and high-quality institution. WSC President Joseph L. Bishop and Dr. Parry Wilson met with the association committee over the weekend in Seattle, Wash., to answer questions and review the studies made earlier. Dr. Robert W. Coonrod, chairman of the ' association, Dr. James F. Bemis, executive director, and Dr. Charles Flora, chairman of the visiting committee, announced the favorable decision following the interview. The ten-year accreditation New bid received on events center Weber State College officials expressed confidence that the low base bid of $7,168,000 received over the holidays makes certain the construction of the Dee Events Center. The bid was well within the before the Utah Building Board, was submitted by Acord-Harris Co., Salt Lake City. The bid was well eithin the architect's estimate of $8.3 million. Second lowest bidder was Cannon-Pappanikolas, Salt Lake City, with an offer of $7,260,000. Institutional Council chairman Frank Francis, Jr. said he was delighted that the college could now begin taking steps toward construction of the 12,000-seat facility, a long-awaited goal. "Members of the Institutional Council have approved the low bid received and contractual arrangments will begin as soon as possible," Francis said. "It is hoped that a ground breaking ceremony can be arranged for late Junary or early February," he said. The Dee Events Center will be constructed on a site immediately south of campus, above Harrison Boulevard between Country Hills Drive and 4600 South. One of the first steps will be the Friday, January 3, 1975 gets 10 represents unconditional approval for the entire institution, including each department and unit on the campus, the faculty and facilities. The report says, in part, "... the institution's own goals are soundly conceived, its educ-cational programs have been intelligently devised, its purposes are being accomplished, and the institution is so organized, staffed and supported that it should continue to merit such confidence."The accreditation represents a stamp of approval by the association and, among other things, enables students to transfer their credits to any. college or university in the nation. "We are pleased and grateful for this accreditation which reflects on the high quality of our faculty and educational programs, Dr. Bishop said. "This represents the longest accreditation we have received and is a real milestone in Weber State's history." The Northwest Association includes all states in the West with the exception of California. sale of more than $4 million in revenue bonds. The college will have a total of $8.8 million available for the structure. It will require 700 working days to complete the domed structure, which could see the structure ready in time for use during the bicentennial year or shortly after. When bids were originally opened last October, the Utah Building Board was obliged to reject all bids since the lowest was more than $500,000 over the estimate. The center will be essentially the same including its multipurpose uses and its overall design and conveniences, said college President Joseph L. Bishop. "The use of less expensive materials and the deletion of some extra features which could be added later will enable us to move ahead with the project," the president said. "These changes will not alter the basic function or quality of the structure and will enable us to complete the building virtually the same as originally designed." "It will be close, but I am delighted to say that Weber State and the community are going to have their events center." V year accreditation WINTER SNOWS BLANKETED the region finally after a long autumn. The snow, welcomed by some and disdained by others gave residents a white Christmas and New Years. (Photo by Dianne Sheldon) College complies with EEO In order for Weber State College to comply with its committments as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) institution, an Affirmative Action program has been adopted. The Affirmative Action program operates as a watch dog to see that EEO guidelines are strictly followed. This means that Weber State is committed to EEO policy in hiring, compensations,, benefits, terminations, education, trainining and advancement without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin or sex, among others. All these are necessary steps since Weber State receives federal funds for its building and other programs and could lose this source by failure to comply with EEO guidelines. WSC President Joseph L. Bishop named DeLoris Silva EEO director and established an EEO office immediately after the Affirmative Action program was adopted by the college. In the 17 months that Weber State's Affirmative Action program has been operating, 62 minority individuals have been contracted for faculty and staff positions. The breakdown is 16 blacks, two American Indians, 28 Chicanos and 16 Orientals. The 62 include nine hired during 1974, an increase of 16.5 per cent. These 62 minority individuals represent 7.73 per cent of the faculty and staff at Weber State who are under contract. Silva, a Chicano, has served widely on EEO, the governor's review committee on state hiring practices, economic development committee for the Weber County Commission, manpower, minority and educational duties on the college, state, and public Ogden.Utah 84403 school levels. She has the overall responsibility for implementing, reporting and monitoring all Weber State's EEO programs, and is directly responsible to President Bishop. The EEO office is in the Administration Building, room 313. President Bishop also appointed an EEO council of nine to provide counseling, grievance procedure information and other services needed by the EEO program. Silva is chairperson. The committee is comprised of three faculty, three staff, two administrators and one student employee. At least one-third of the committee must be women, and one-third members of the group defined by the Office of Civil Rights as minority (Chicano, Indian, Black and Oriental). Functions of the Affirmative Action Committee are to: Assist the EEO officer in compliance and provide staff and administrative access to compliance information, EEO counseling and grievance procedure information. To provide ad hoc committees as needed, assist in reviewing hiring procedures and practices, assist in developing a reporting system for dissemination of information to total college, and to appraise all faculty, staff and administration of progress in the Affirmative Action program. Also, assist in reviewing procedures and practices for compliance with regulations, revjew qualifications of all employees to assure that minorities and women are given full opportunities, to take action to prevent harrassment of employees placed through affirmative action efforts, and to , Increasing snow today with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs will be in the upper 20s, with lows 10 to 15. Light winds will precede the storm. assist in investigation of charges of discrimination, among other functions. Weber State's EEO committee includes the following members under chairperson Silva: Three-year term members-Dr. Raymond H. Clark, social work; Helen H. Fair, nursing: Andrew L. Gallegos, Continuing Education. Two-year term - Dr. Dwight A. Burrill, vice president of academic development: Darnel L. Haney, associate dean of Student Life; Frank McFarland, computer center. One-year .terms - Elaine Jarrett, administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs; Floyda Martinez, coordinator, Learning Center; Jeff Hoskins, vice president for student affairs; and Roietta Goodwin, Skill Center North. Ex-officio members are Albin Matson, WSC personnel director, and Dr. Robert S. Mikkelsen, dean of the School of Humanities. The EEO committee gets help in carrying out its work through the WSC Women's Commission, Ethnic Studies, personnel office, and student government. Some of the goals for the coming year for the EEO program, Silva said, include interpretation of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) guidelines to insure equal opportunity for every employe at Weber State College, to identify any problem areas at WSC, to recommend remedial action to eliminate problem areas at WSC, and to assure that hiring decisions do not have the effect of rejecting a disproportionate numer of minority and female jobapplicants.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-01-03, Vol. 34, No. 20|
|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.|