The following excerpt is from the journal of a new recruit in the Stadium Defense Squad. This elite team of dedicated students is sworn to protect one WSU’s most hallowed landmarks from the hordes of the undead.
Today’s practice was pretty demanding, I don’t know if I’m going to make the cut. Our drill instructor is brutal! I mean, I ran up four flights of stairs, took out three zombies, and all he gives me is “I’ve seen enough.” Uh! How will I ever defend our turf from the undead if my own drill instructor doesn’t think I can do it? Well, I’ll show him diary! Just wait till tomorrow’s practice. I hear we’re starting close quarters combat soon…
The Wildcat tech expo is a huge technology fair Weber State hosts every year. World renown companies come to show off their cool products. Reps from Adobe, Skull Candy, Apple, Dakine, Wacom, and iFrogz are all coming out to this year’s wildcat expo (and that’s just naming a few)!
Why is the Wildcat Tech Expo so Great?
The Expo has a variety of free current technology classes taught by professionals that are designed to empower attendees with technology trends of today.
You can enter the vendor showcase raffle worth hundreds of dollars in prizes!
A student who attended last years expo said, “The Wildcat Tech Expo is awesome! You can get all of your computer stuff and printers for really cheap prices, plus vendors and there giving you free products and doing all sorts of contests and it’s way cool. I even got a free ipod case!”
Blogging Best Practices
Learn how to create a business blog, a family blog, or make your very own diary blog (note-online diaries are not confidential ; ). Find out how to promote your blog, connect with your community, get your blog sponsored, and embrace the world of bloggers.
Wed. Sept. 28
Student Union 404A
Securing Your Home Network (Firewalls and Security)
Don’t let creeper identity thieves use your internet and steal your personal information by leaving the door wide open. Find out what is required to secure a PC or group of PCs on your home network.
Wed. Sept. 28
Student Union 312
Digital Photo Editing for Beginners
So you’re not a professional photographer, but you like taking photos and wish you knew how to edit them. Well then this class is for you! Come learn simple and free options for editing your photos.
Wed. Sept. 28
Student Union 321
To register, visit Wildcat Tech Expo. Check out the available classes and register for each individual class you would like to attend.
The Nontraditional Student Center is offering free bowling from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m at the Wildcat Lanes in Shepherd Union this Friday, September 23. Later that night there will be two free magic shows in the Lair (room next to the Wildcat Lanes) at 7:00 p.m. and at 7:50 p.m. Cupcakes and lemonade will also be provided (for free!). So if you’re a skilled bowler, or if it’s a feat just keeping the ball out of the gutter, come bowl and enjoy this free event with the whole family.
So let’s say that before you attended Weber State University you attended another college. Maybe you’re thinking about transferring from a Utah college, or you’re coming from an out of state college, or maybe you’re on the run from the police. Wherever you are coming from, you can help you find out how your credits will transfer.
To make things easier for you Weber State has made the user friendly Transfer Guide (for both students and non students) so you can find out how your courses will transfer to WSU. To use the guide, search for your school (Utah colleges are listed first and then everything else is in alphabetical order). Then after you find your institution, click submit and search by transfer subject. Scroll down to find the class number and the WSU equivalent will be listed to the right of the course. If you see a number followed by three Xs (i.e. 1XXX) for the WSU equivalent. This means we do not teach an equivalent course at WSU. You will receive credit for the course but it will be counted as elective credit. Other courses that do transfer will give you the course title and number. For example, BIOL 101 from UVU will transfer to WSU as ZOOL 1010 LS Animal Biology.
What if my course isn’t on the Transfer Guide?
If you cannot find your course in the Transfer Guide, the course probably has not been reviewed by the department. To have your course reviewed just submit an Equivalency Review Request and the rest will be taken care of.
Call the Admissions Office at 801-626-6743, email them at email@example.com, or stop by the Student Service Center, 2nd floor room 201. The admissions office will help you, they do this all the time so don’t hesitate to contact them.
With the football home opener coming up this Saturday (Go Wildcats!), now’s a great time to go over how to get tickets for some of the most popular Weber State events.
It starts at the Dee
The Dee Event Center ticket office is the best place to go if you want tickets in advance. It’s open Monday-Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. Here you can get tickets for Performing Arts events as well as Weber State football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball. You can get tickets for other Weber State sports teams at the venue where they play (like the hockey team at the ice sheet) or some of them are just free to go and watch (like Soccer). Football tickets start at $10 for general admission, volleyball starts at $5. Kids tickets are a few bucks cheaper and you can watch for ads in the Standard Examiner for family pass deals. The Dee also sells tickets for Performing Arts events.
You can also order tickets for Weber State sports online or call 801-626-8500.
Don’t forget your Wildcard
Your student ID will get you into football and volleyball games for free. Just show them to the usher on your way in. You don’t need to pick up tickets in advance. But student seating at football games is usually on the east side of the stadium, where it can be a little hot at the start of the game and a little rowdy at the end.
Of course there’s construction on campus…
The Dee Event Center can be a little tricky to navigate with all the construction up there, so you’ll need to enter from 4600 off Harrison Blvd. Check out the pics below for additional directions.
If you’re looking for some great advice on how to parent, you can’t go wrong with the team over at Love and Logic. They focus on nurturing and age-appropriate strategies to raise responsible, well-adjusted kids.
One of the founders, Jim Fay, is the featured keynote speaker at the Families Alive Conference. His opening address, “How to Discipline Kids without Losing Their Love and Respect,” is free to the public. Here are the details:
On Friday, August 26, 2011 Weber State University had their seventh annual Wildcat Block Party, themed “Blast Back to the ’60s.” Booths lined the sidewalks providing students information about services, clubs, departments, and organizations across campus. At the end of the block party a flash mob broke out and students across campus joined together to bust a move. Melissa Bamfo, a member of the block party committee played a critical role in the organization of the flash mob dance. We interviewed Melissa to learn about all the ins and outs of putting a flash mob dance together.
1. Choose the song and choreograph the dance
“It was tough to find the right songs. We went through several mixes before we found one we liked. The most important thing to us in choosing music is the energy that it brings. It has to have good energy, or it won’t catch peoples attention.”
After you figure out the song you will need a choreographer to put the dance together. They will know how to incorporate the big stage dance moves that will make your group look spectacular. WSU’s flash mob dance was choreographed to songs from the ’60s to go along with the Block Party theme. They used song clips from; Dance to the Music by Sly & the Family Stone, The Twist by Chubby Checker, Twist and Shout by The Beatles, and I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth.
2. Plan the time, date, and location
“We wanted to choose a time and place that would give us an audience. If you don’t have an audience, it’s not that fun!”
For Weber, the most high traffic area is the Bell Tower Plaza after class gets out around lunchtime. It was also planned in conjunction with the Wildcat Block Party, which is one of Weber’s largest events of the year. When you’re deciding on the time, date, and location consider these questions:
Is the area big enough to hold all the dancers and the usual crowd of people?
When is the highest traffic of people?
When is the busiest time of the week?
Are there any other large events that you could tag team with?
3. Get the word out
“Getting the word out was tricky. We wanted to involve a lot of people, but we didn’t want everyone to know about it. The element of surprise is very important in a flash mob. So we created a website with all the information you would need to know about it and directed people we thought would be interested there.”
Weber’s flash mob dance webpage included; dance video tutorials, a place to officially sign up, and the date and location of the flash mob. The dancers received periodic emails reminding them of practices, giving them general flash mob info, and getting all the participants pumped and ready to dance. The more people you have, the more effective the flash mob will be, so make sure to get the word out.
4. Teach the dancers
“Teaching the dance was the funnest part! How often do you just get to go dance? I loved it. I’m no dance teacher, but it was fun and challenging to learn it and teach it to others.”
There are many ways you can teach the choreography including rehearsals, video tutorials, and small group practices. Teach the flash mob dancers to smile, make the dance their own, and to remember they don’t need to be perfect. The whole point is that everyone is having fun and doing it in a mass.
5. Shake your groove thang!
“The best part was seeing it come together. It’s one of those things you talk about or see and say that would be so fun!”
When the big day comes you may want to do a little stretching and practice your camera face in the mirror that morning but other than that just have a blast! If you mess up just keep going and after the dance is over casually continue on with your daily activities as if nothing usual happened.
DAY BEFORE: Practicing the flash mob dance at the dress rehearsal.
DAY OF: The unsuspecting crowd right before the dancing broke out.
Jamming out to the music.
The paparazzi that surrounded the dancers.
Wildcats twistin’ and shoutin’!
He was totally winking at me.
Some students hurry to class while others bust a move!