Weber State University (pronounced ) is a public university
in Ogden, Utah
. It was founded in 1889 as Weber Stake Academy. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
thumb|right|200px|''The Stewart Bell Tower is the most identifiable landmark of the Weber State campus and was built in 1972.''
Weber State University was founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
as the Weber Stake
Academy in 1889. "Weber" comes from the name of the county where the university is located. Weber County
was named after John Henry Weber
, an early fur trader. The university opened for students in 1889 with 98 students enrolled for classes The first principal of Weber Stake Academy was Louis F. Moench
; he served from 1889 to 1892 and again from 1894 to 1902. In the latter year, Moench was succeeded as principal by David O. McKay
, who served in that position until 1908. From 1914 to 1917, James L. Barker
was the principal of the Weber Stake Academy.
In the early 20th century, the school underwent multiple name changes: Weber Stake Academy from its founding in 1889 to 1897, Weber Academy in 1902, Weber Normal College in 1918, and Weber College in 1922. By the late 1920s, however, the college was in financial difficulty, and the LDS Church faced four choices—transfer the college to a partnership of the city of Ogden and Weber County, transfer it to the University of Utah
as a branch campus, transfer it to the state of Utah as a junior college
, or shut it down. In 1931, the Utah Legislature
passed a law providing for the acquisition of Weber College and Snow College
from the LDS Church.
In 1933, Weber College became a state-supported junior college.
In 1954 the college moved from its downtown location in Ogden to a spacious and scenic area in the southeast bench area of the city.
The school became Weber State College in 1962, and in 1964 became a four-year college. It was a charter member of the Big Sky Conference
The first graduate program (accounting), was added and it gained university status on
Weber State University has developed into a major state undergraduate institution serving northern Utah and areas beyond, including American and international students.
Weber State University offers more than 250 certificate and degree programs. They are offered through the following seven colleges:
*College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology
*Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities
*John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics
*Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education
*Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions
*College of Science
*College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
In addition to these primary colleges, the university offers several structured interdisciplinary programs. These include:
*Latin American Studies
*Urban & Regional Planning
Unstructured interdisciplinary degrees are overseen by the Bachelor of Integrated Studies department.
The university sits along the east bench of the Wasatch Mountains in Ogden; the Dee Events Center
for indoor athletics is located about south of campus. There is an additional campus in Davis County
and two centers in Morgan
. In addition to its physical locations, Weber State University has been a pioneer in the development of online education for the Utah System of Higher Education
. The Ogden campus covers more than , houses 63 buildings and features residence halls that accommodate more than 1,000 students. The Davis campus has two buildings, which host more than 300 classes per semester.
In 2013, Weber State opened WSU Downtown, an building on 2314 Washington Blvd., which houses a WSU Wildcat Store, cafe, the WSU Small Business Development Center, Startup Ogden, and an open co-working space.
Weber State also has centers in Roy, Farmington
, and Morgan, Utah, in addition to the Community Education Center in Ogden.
Weber State University's colors are purple
and their nickname is the Wildcats. (Wildcat is an alternate name for the bobcat
, a cat native to the area.) The teams participate in NCAA Division I
in the Big Sky Conference
; the football team
(Football Championship Subdivision
) plays at Stewart Stadium
. The men's
and women's basketball teams
both play at the Dee Events Center
. Additional athletic programs are men's and women's track and field, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis
, and women's soccer, cheerleading, dance, volleyball, and softball.
When the University of Idaho
and Boise State University
left the Big Sky in 1996, Idaho State University
in nearby Pocatello
became Weber State's main rival in both football and basketball. Southern Utah University
(in Cedar City
) joined the Big Sky in 2012 and is the main in-state rival.
Portland Trail Blazers' legendary guard, Damian Lillard was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. After a stellar season with Weber, Dame went on to a superstar career in the league, being the most notable alumni to ever play sports at Weber.
Weber State also has 17 club sports through Campus Recreation, including ice hockey, men and women's rugby, archery, baseball, billiards, bowling, cycling, fencing, martial arts, rodeo, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, weightlifting, wrestling, and lacrosse.
Weber State University has an independent, student-run newspaper, The Signpost, which is published every Monday and Thursday, an online radio station
, ''Ogden's Radio Station'', an undergraduate interdisciplinary literary journal, Metaphor, and a television news program, Weber State News, that broadcasts online. The national literature and culture journal, ''Weber Studies
'', is based at Weber State.
Notable alumni and administrators
* Nolan D. Archibald
– president of Black & Decker
* Mark Evans Austad
– communications expert
(born 1991) - basketball player in the Israeli Basketball Premier League
* Joseph Bishop
- past president of Weber State
* Fawn Brodie
* H. Tracy Hall
– inventor of the industrial diamond
* Ronald L. Holt
, professor of anthropology
* Ben Howland
- basketball coach, Northern Arizona
, and Mississippi State
* Phil Johnson
– professional basketball coach
* David M. Kennedy
– U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
* Damian Lillard
– professional basketball player
* J. Willard Marriott
– business magnate
* David O. McKay
– past LDS Church
* Wataru Misaka
, BAA (Basketball Association of America
) player in the 1940s
* Dick Motta
– professional basketball coach
* Sean O'Connell
(attended) - professional Mixed Martial Artist
* Sarah Sellers
- runner-up, 2018 Boston Marathon
* Carla Taylor
- women's basketball coach at Weber State
* Ernest L. Wilkinson
– prominent lawyer and university president
* Taron Johnson
- professional football player NFL
File:Miller Administration Building.jpg|Miller Administration Building
File:Student Services Center.jpg|Student Services Center
File:Kimball Visual Arts Center.jpg|Kimball Visual Arts Center
File:Elizabeth Hall.jpg|Elizabeth Hall
File:Stewart Library 2.jpg|Stewart Library
File:Shepherd Student Union.jpg|Shepherd Student Union
*Weber State Athletics websiteThe Signpost
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