WSU honors service-minded students

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WSU President Ann Millner speaks at the Community Involvement Recognition Luncheon.
Students who have contributed to the community at Weber State University were recognized Thursday at the Community Involvement Recognition Luncheon.

Community Involvement Center director Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski said the luncheon was a way to celebrate students who have given extra this year.

“We are here to celebrate,” Kowalewski said. “We’re here to celebrate wonderful students, staff and faculty members who are engaging in some really important work in our community.”

Kowalewski said many people in the WSU community contribute to the spirit of service on campus, and that the school’s leadership has fostered the attitude of service.

“We are very fortunate to have leadership on this campus that is very supportive of community-based work,” Kowalewski said.

During the luncheon, many students were recognized for their contributions to WSU this year. Ten awards were given out, and three students received scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.

The three scholarships given out were the Adrian L. Maxson Scholarship, which was awarded to Jackson Carter; the Cody Ray Odekirk Scholarship, awarded to Trave Shupe, and the New York Times Scholarship, which was awarded to Signpost photographer Bryan Butterfield.

Butterfield received the New York Times Scholarship for a photo essay on community involvement at WSU. His pictures showcased the WSU campus interacting with the Ogden community through events such as Officer Jared Francom’s funeral.

“We all recognize that Weber State University is more than what happens on campus,” said Shane Farver, faculty adviser for The Signpost. “I am proud, and know that all of you know that Weber State University is very interactive with the surrounding community.”

Farver said Butterfield’s photo essay was able to capture the relationship between WSU and the city of Ogden.

“What this year’s recipient has done was to capture Weber State’s interaction with the surrounding community,” Farver said.

Awards were also given to many WSU students and staff. All recipients worked to help the community around WSU through service. Kowalewski said many recipients have put in hundreds of hours of service in addition to their schoolwork.

At the luncheon, it was also announced that WSU President Ann Millner will receive an award at the end of the month for her service given to WSU. Millner announced earlier this year that she will step down as president, after 10 years as president of the university.