H.J.R. 24 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Brad L. Dee

Senate Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature recognizes the 125th anniversary of Weber State
             11      University.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .     recognizes the 125th anniversary of Weber State University.
             15      Special Clauses:
             16          None
             18      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             19          WHEREAS, Weber State University first opened its doors in downtown Ogden as
             20      Weber Stake Academy on January 7, 1889, and became a college during the first two decades
             21      of the 20th century;
             22          WHEREAS, Weber Stake Academy was founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of
             23      Latter-day Saints;
             24          WHEREAS, in the 1920s, the school changed its name to Weber College;
             25          WHEREAS, the students became Wildcats and Waldo the mascot was born after a
             26      sportswriter described Weber athletes as a "scrappy bunch of wildcats";
             27          WHEREAS, in 1933, Weber College was established as a junior state college and its
             28      ownership was transferred to the state of Utah;
             29          WHEREAS, after World War II, the college moved its campus to Harrison Boulevard

             30      and, thanks to an outpouring of public support, its enrollment and physical campus grew
             31      significantly;
             32          WHEREAS, this growth helped the college to become Weber State College, a four-year
             33      institution, in 1962;
             34          WHEREAS, in 1991, Weber State College became recognized as a university and was
             35      renamed Weber State University;
             36          WHEREAS, Weber State University experienced significant growth during the 1990s
             37      and, recognizing the need to serve the growing number of students from Davis County, opened
             38      Weber State University Davis in 2003;
             39          WHEREAS, in 2007, Weber State University established the Center for Community
             40      Engaged Learning;
             41          WHEREAS, the Center for Community Engaged Learning has enjoyed a partnership
             42      between the community and students who have contributed more than 765,000 combined hours
             43      of community service;
             44          WHEREAS, for this service, Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement
             45      recognized Weber State University in 2008;
             46          WHEREAS, Weber State University has made education more accessible by continuing
             47      to open doors to learning through its affordable tuition, scholarship programs, online classes,
             48      and flexible schedules;
             49          WHEREAS, it is these aspects of Weber State University that have provided increased
             50      opportunities to many in the state of Utah who otherwise would not have access to a college
             51      education;
             52          WHEREAS, Weber State University now serves more than 25,000 students, primarily
             53      from Weber and Davis counties, and offers more than 225 degree programs consisting of
             54      associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees;
             55          WHEREAS, Weber State University consistently receives national recognition for
             56      providing quality programs in business, nursing, teaching, and many other fields;
             57          WHEREAS, Weber State University has been a consistent contributor to the

             58      community for the past 125 years;
             59          WHEREAS, through its academic programs and technology outreach center, Weber
             60      State University has become a critical economic driver in northern Utah and a partner in
             61      economic development and business growth; and
             62          WHEREAS, Weber State University alumni number over 100,000 across the globe,
             63      including national and international leaders in business, education, government, military,
             64      religion, sports, and entertainment:
             65          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             66      recognizes the 125th anniversary of Weber State University.
             67          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of
             68      Weber State University.

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