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Gen Ed class: Have you ever thought, “How can someone actually think that”



Social Problems (SOC 1020) can help you sort out why there are such different opinions, attitudes, and understandings of things like crime and substance abuse, race, gender and social class, health care and education. Among other issues, the course considers:
●    How our connections to each other shape problems 
●    How and why we get stuck when we try to deal with them
●    How different groups are working to make things better
This class will help you critically explore how to understand and change the difficult challenges facing our modern world, as well as deepen your own perspective. It meets both Social Science Gen Ed and Diversity requirements.

Social Problems – SOC 1020 – Fall 2020
T/Th 10:30-11:45 a.m. (CRN 21777)    - Carla Trentelman
This class carries both Community Engaged Learning (CEL) & Sustainability (SUS) designations        
Hybrid: MW 9:30-10:20 a.m. (CRN 22952) 
Hybrid: MW 10:30-11:20 a.m. (CRN 22953)
W 5:30-8:10 p.m. Davis (CRN 22993)
Chris Willson

Contact Information

Name
Belinda McElheny
Department
Sociology
Email
belindamcelheny@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6241

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Fall 2020 Semester Textbook Available July 27



Textbooks for Fall 2020 Semester will be available for purchase starting on July 27, 2020.

Contact Information

Name
Ryan Stewart
Department
Bookstore-Wildcat Stores
Email
ryanstewart6@weber.edu
Office
Wildcat Course Mater
Phone
8016266353

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History of Archaeology



Anthropology 2990/4990 History of Archaeology

This course traces the origins and growth of archaeology, the study of the human past through recovery and analysis of material remains of past cultures.  Topics include the development over time of archaeological theory, as well as methods of excavation, dating, artifact analysis, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction.  The course also considers the roles of important contributors to archaeological method and theory such as Lewis Binford; the achievements of anthropologically-oriented archaeology in North America; and the relation of archaeology to the rest of society.

Topical outline:

Definition of archaeology; what it is and what it is not
The intellectual roots of archaeology
The discovery of the prehistoric past
European prehistory and the Paleolithic
Egyptology
Biblical archaeology and early civilization in Mesopotamia
Schliemann and the Aegean Bronze Age
Archaeology of Classical civilization
Science in archaeology: dating methods, paleoenvironments, and DNA
Development of archaeology in the New World
Archaeology in Africa and Asia
Nautical, medieval, and historical archaeology
Processualism and postprocessualism
Uses of the past: the present and future of archaeology

This course is taught by Dr. Francis Harrold 

Taught on W 5:30-8:10 pm LH 222

CRNs 22533/22549

Contact Information

Name
Belinda McElheny
Department
Sociology & Anthropology
Email
belindamcelheny@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6241

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Economic and Political Anthropology 2990 (CRN 22526) 4990 (CRN 22553)



Economic and Political Anthropology

2990 (CRN22526) 4990 (CRN 22553)
The first part of this class intertwines money and power, Athens and Jerusalem to the rise of western civilization. The second part deals with contemporary issues. Is the decline of the West inevitable? What are the long term effects of the Wuhan virus both politically and economically?
Are we already at war with China? Will Jihadi terrorism ever end? Will the USA stay free market or will socialism? It should be a thought-provoking forum for interesting discussions!
 

Contact Information

Name
Belinda McElheny
Department
Sociology
Email
belindamcelheny@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6241

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NEW COURSE! Evolution and Human Behavior



ANTH 2990/4990   Evolution and Human Behavior

This course examines the application of evolutionary theory to understand human behavior.  In the class, we will cover basic principles related to the evolution of behavior and survey the various frameworks that have been employed by anthropologists, psychologists, biologists, and others in this pursuit both in the past and in the present.  A wide range of case studies will be used to illustrate the application of these principles.

Topical outline:

·     Basic evolutionary theory

·     Conflict and cooperation

·     Mating and parenting

·     Life history and fertility

·     Modern social problems in an evolutionary lens

The course is taught by Dr. Joanna Gautney

This course is a Virtual Hybrid MW 12:30-1:20 pm

CRNs 2990/22522 4990/22548

Contact Information

Name
Belinda McElheny
Department
Sociology & Anthropology
Email
belindamcelheny@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6241

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Hourly Child Care in 2020



The Nontraditional Student Center will be offering child care in fall 2020 for students on the Ogden campus who have in-person classes.

The child care center is now accepting applications for in-person classes only. Returning parent’s will have priority.

  • Returning parents deadline is July 20, 2020
  • New parents deadline is August 3, 2020

Learn More: https://www.weber.edu/nontrad/childcare.html

Contact Information

Name
Nontrad Student Center
Email
wsuhourlychildcare@weber.edu

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Faculty and Staff Town Hall -- Friday, July 17 at 2:00 pm



Friday, July 17 - 2:00 pm

The next scheduled Faculty and Staff Town Hall will be held Friday, July 17 at 2:00 pm. We encourage you to join and participate to hear latest information and answers to questions.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://weber.zoom.us/j/228380837

TO VIEW PAST TOWN HALL MEETINGS, please visit the President's webpage at this link.

Contact Information

Name
Sherri Cox
Department
President's Office
Email
sherricox@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6001

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Diseases and Medicines, Old and New.



Diseases and Medicines, Old and New.

If ever there was a time for a course on the history of medicine, that time is now. Put the COVID crisis in perspective and learn how earlier generations dealt with illness and plagues and the medical theories they followed. History 4520, The History of Medicine, is taught by an MD/PhD, Dr. Abdul Nasser Kaadan, and explores the history of illness, disease, and medicine across the globe. It meets MWF, 9:30-10:20 during Fall semester 2020.

Contact Information

Name
Jenna Daniels
Department
History
Email
jennadaniels@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6706

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Wildcat Store Payment Plan



The Wildcat Store Payment Plan for the Fall 2020 semester is now open.

Contact Information

Name
Jennifer Hill
Department
Wildcat Stores
Email
jenniferhill5@weber.edu
Phone
8016266353

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‘Our Planet, Your Future’- WSU’s New Environmental Science Degree Launches this Fall



The College of Science is excited to offer a new interdisciplinary degree program for WSU students to pursue. The Environmental Science Degree curriculum was developed by a task force headed by department chair Rick Ford and will draw on courses and experts from each of the seven departments in the College of Science. Flexible electives make it possible for students to choose from four different areas of emphasis, including ecology, sustainability and natural resources; environmental health and planning; earth systems and water science; and laboratory, data analysis and workforce skills. Environmental science majors will also have the opportunity to conduct hands-on research on important environmental issues.

“A degree in environmental science at Weber State University means students will be able to make a difference in the world we live in,” said John Cavitt, WSU zoology professor. “Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to work on complex issues related to climate change, sustainability, natural resources and conservation.”

To learn more, declare this as your major and schedule an appointment with an advisor please visit the website.

Contact Information

Name
Rick Ford
Email
rford@weber.edu

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Become Brand Certified



Become Brand Certified // Zoom training July 13

Get access to marketing templates, including print and web materials, email signatures, WSU photos and more. We’ll give you tips to better market, promote and advertise your area, while upholding the look and feel of Weber State.

Instructors: Emily Caraballo, Stevie Emerson
Available Seats: 100
7/13/2020, 3:30 pm

Register in training tracker, course 125-50

Zoom meeting: Become Brand Certified
Time: Jul 13, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://weber.zoom.us/j/97065395731?pwd=dFRTSG1HM1FGOWlSWWRLK0tPRG5NUT09

Meeting ID: 970 6539 5731
Password: 612349

Contact Information

Name
Emily Caraballo
Department
Marketing and Communications
Email
emilycaraballo@weber.edu

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Women's Rock Climbing Clinic



Feel Empowered!  Work with our talented female instructors for a weekend of local climbing clinics.  Allow yourself to get out of the house to join a small group of folks for some fresh air. The trip will consist of 2 half-day "meet-up" style clinics. We will design each day to fit the experience level and desired outcomes of the group. Past clinics have included: basic climbing movement and belaying, gym to crag 101, sport climbing and trad anchors, top managed belays and basic haul systems, basics of lead climbing with mock leads, and more.

Contact Information

Name
Hayley Prine
Department
Weber State Campus Recreation
Email
hayleyprine@weber.edu
Office
Weber State Outdoor
Phone
801-626-6373

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Addressing Student Inequities at Weber State University



We are sharing two presentations from the Wildcat Scholars Inclusive Excellence training. They address student achievement in “gateway” courses.  These courses are foundational, have high enrollments, and many students fail to complete successfully (high DFWI rates).  National, state-wide, and institutional data show that ethnic-minority students are more likely to fail to complete gateway classes. These compelling presentations address the practices and policies at Weber State that may have led to inequities in student achievement and how they can be ameliorated.   

Drew Koch: President and Chief Operating Officer of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Chandani Patel: Director of Global Diversity Education and Training at New York University

The Wildcat Scholars program is always looking for adjuncts teaching the Freshmen Seminar or linking their Gen Ed or lower-division courses to the program. If you are interested in teaching in the Wildcat Scholars program, please fill out the interest form here or email Amy Huntington amyhuntington@weber.edu Training, a stipend, and on-going support are part of working with Wildcat Scholars. 
 

Contact Information

Name
Amy Huntington
Email
amyhuntington@weber.edu

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Training Opportunities to Foster a Welcoming Environment



In support of Weber State’s commitment to create a diverse and inclusive university where all feel welcome, the Office of Workplace Learning will be offering a selection of classes in July and August for all faculty and staff. Participation in these classes is meant to give employees an opportunity for self-reflection and an opportunity to learn how to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

These classes will be held via Zoom and will be between one and two hours in length. We invite you to attend one or all of the following:

  • Unconscious Bias (Course #302-06)
  • Working Well with Others (Course #430-50)
  • Conflict Handling Strategies for Individuals (Course #435-02)
  • Conflict Management in a Team Environment (Course #435-03)

Each course is offered multiple times. In order to find one that works with your schedule, go to Training Tacker and click on ‘Register for Classes’ under your Student tab.

We also recommend taking a moment in your day to log into LinkedIn Learning to view training which can provide ideas to help you be a part of making our institution a place where everyone truly feels valued, supported and included.  Here are a few suggestions from OWL which are all under an hour:

If you need assistance with registration in Training Tracker for any of the Zoom classes, please contact owl@weber.edu. For help with LinkedIn Learning contact the help desk at ext. 7777.

Contact Information

Name
Jennifer Evans
Department
Human Resources
Email
jevans3@weber.edu
Office
Office of Workplace
Phone
801-626-8534

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Up for a Challenge?



The YWCA Utah is hosting a 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge.

We are looking for staff and faculty who are up for the challenge!

What:
This purpose of this challenge is to help us further our education and encourage community conversations. The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to learn about racial equity and build more effective social justice habits.

By signing up together, we will receive an email with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you will join us on this journey and we can’t wait to get started!

When:
The 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge runs from July 6th through July 27th, though you can join any time! All resources will be available the following day on the website below, so if you miss a day or want to revisit any content, you’ll be able to.

Where: https://www.ywcautah.org/challenge/ 

How:
Step 1: Fill out this Google form - https://forms.gle/WHFaMtAg8k49p58M7
Step 2: On July 6th, Tia will email everyone who signed up on the Google form with the materials each day.
Step 3: Complete the challenge of the day and log your reflections.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Tia Nero at tianero@weber.edu

Contact Information

Name
Tia Nero
Department
Diversity
Email
tianero@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6030

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Looking for an easy way to improve student mental health?



You can easily import the online Mental Well Being course into your Canvas course using the new Canvas Commons feature. The online Mental Well-Being for Students course equips students with essential skills and information to navigate the stressors and emotional challenges associated with college life. The 45-minute course helps students practice self-care strategies, recognize when they or their peers are in distress, and take action to find additional support. Make this course available to your students using the new Canvas Commons feature by following the instructions at: https://weber.edu/weberthrives/mental-health-course.html
Consider assigning it for extra credit!

Contact Information

Name
Amy Blunck
Department
Counseling & Psychological Services Center
Email
amyblunck@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6406

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TIAA Financial Virtual Meetings



TIAA financial counseling appointments available

TIAA is taking steps to ensure the safety of their participants and associates. In light of the impacts of the coronavirus, TIAA has converted all in-person counseling sessions to virtual. Their Financial Consultants remain committed to you during these unprecedented times.

If you have service and transactional requests, you can always reach out to the TIAA National Contact Center at 800.842.2252. If you have questions regarding the state of your overall retirement strategy, you are encouraged to schedule a counseling session with a Financial Consultant. To do so please call 800.732.8353, Weekdays, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (MT) or schedule through their online registration site.

Sign up for a virtual financial counseling session

Contact Information

Name
Jodi Shupp
Department
Human Resources
Email
jodishupp@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6178

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URS Virtual Retirement Planning Sessions & Webinars



URS One on One Sessions

The URS team of Retirement Planning Advisors will be conducting individual retirement planning sessions by phone for members who are interested. Members may sign up, as before, via their myURS account. Because these sessions will be done by telephone, it is important that members have their phone numbers updated in their myURS account. In addition to the usual required preparation, it is helpful for these telephone sessions if members are at a computer at the time of the appointment.

If you are interested in webinars (live and recorded), click here to see what URS has to offer. 

Utah Retirement Systems will be available for one-on-one Retirement Planning Sessions via phone calls for the coming weeks.  These Planning Sessions are designed for ALL career stages: beginning, middle, end. See the instructions below to register for a phone appointment.

1.       Go to www.urs.org.

2.       Log into your myURS account.

3.       Click on the Education Tab.

4.       Click on “Individual Retirement Planning Sessions”.

5.       Find the Telephone Session that works best for you.  Select the session to reserve your appointment.  You will immediately receive an email confirming your registration.  THE DATE and TIME OF THE APPOINTMENT YOU SELECTED WILL ALSO BE NOTED TOWARDS THE TOP OF THE REGISTRATION PAGE, IF YOU NEED TO REFERENCE IT LATER.

6.    Please be sure to bring your current gross pay rate, any retirement plan balances outside of URS, your URS account log in information (user ID and password) and your Social Security statement (get yours at www.ssa.gov). It is also helpful if you are at a computer at the time of the appointment.

Note:  These sessions are NOT to apply for retirement.

These appointments are planning sessions, designed for employees in ALL stages of their careers, where a comprehensive analysis will be performed to determine if you are on track to retire with the amount of income you want, when you reach the time you would like to retire. To make an appointment to retire, contact the URS Pension Department at (800) 695-4877. 

Contact Information

Name
Jodi Shupp
Department
Human Resources
Email
jodishupp@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6178

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Zoom Career Bites



ZOOM CAREER BITES

Join us for live virtual webinars held on Wednesdays during lunch, from NOON-12:30 p.m. with a 10-15 minute Q&A immediately following. These Zoom Career Bites sessions feature industry experts covering topics to help Weber students and alumni advance their careers.

Stand Out!

July 8, 2020

NOON-12:30 p.m.

How to stand out in a growing crowd of job seekers, and go over top success factors and tips that employers are looking for in competitive markets and differentiate yourself from other candidates. Join the live Zoom Career Bites seminar for a short, 30 minute session featuring Matt Christensen, Director, Cyber Security, Intermountain Health Care. Get live advice from an industry expert.

 

What Recruiters Want

July 15, 2020

NOON-12:30 p.m.

What do recruiters look for in an interview. Learn how to be more confident going into the interview learning some of the top things recruiters are looking for. Join the live Zoom Career Bites seminar for a short, 30 minute session featuring Susan Hostetetter, SVP, Human Resources, Tab Bank. Get live advice from an industry expert.

 

Networking Tricks

July 22, 2020

NOON-12:30 p.m.

Making networking work for you. Learn how to make personal connections inside and outside your industry; a key to long-term success. Join the live Zoom Career Bites seminar for a short, 30 minute session featuring Blaine Leonard, Engineer, UDOT. Get live advice from an industry expert.

 

Master the Interview

July 29, 2020

NOON-12:30 p.m.

Mastering the job interview: preparation and execution. Interviewing for a job is an art as much as a science. Certain aspects of a successful job interview are essentially technical, rudimentary, and required in nature, while other aspects are best suited and optimized according to individual personality, customization, and judgement. Join the live Zoom Career Bites seminar for a short, 30 minute session featuring Steve Bateman, MBA, Executive in Residence & Instructor, Health Administrative Services - MHA Program, Weber State University, former CEO - St. Mark's Hospital. Get live advice from an industry expert.

Contact Information

Name
Brett Merrell
Department
Goddard Career Services
Email
brettmerrell@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-7914

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Friday Online Game Day



You're invited! Join WSU tutors and other students Fridays for gaming and fun! The game played will change each week. 

Click on the Discord link each Monday to see what we will be playing, and what time the fun will begin, for that Friday https://discord.gg/YB54pNH.

Contact Information

Name
Mikayla Anderson
Department
Davis Learning Center
Email
mikaylaanderson1@weber.edu
Phone
801-395-3569

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Up For a Challenge?



 

The YWCA Utah is hosting a 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge.

We are looking for students who are up for the challenge!

What:
The purpose of this challenge is to help us further our education and encourage community conversations. The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to learn about racial equity and build more effective social justice habits.

By signing up together, we will receive an email with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you will join us on this journey and we can’t wait to get started!

When:
The 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge runs from July 6th through July 27th, though you can join any time! All resources will be available the following day on the website below, so if you miss a day or want to revisit any content, you’ll be able to.

Where: https://www.ywcautah.org/challenge/ 

How:
Step 1: Fill out this Google form - https://forms.gle/WHFaMtAg8k49p58M7
Step 2: On July 6th, Tia will email everyone who signed up on the Google Form with the materials each day OR you can go to the website listed above and register individually.
Step 3: Complete the challenge of the day and log your reflections with the reflection log.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Tia Nero at tianero@weber.edu

Contact Information

Name
Tia Nero
Department
Diversity
Email
tianero@weber.edu
Phone
801-626-6030

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