The College Town Advisory Committee consisting of community partners from various sectors of the community meets annually to discuss opportunities for involvement in the College Town effort, ways to further the coalition and opportunities to better engage each group. The groups consists of representatives from the following stakeholder groups.
Art, Culture and Entertainment
Better Together E-Newsletter
The President’s Office at WSU began publication of Better Together, an e-newsletter that details Weber State’s relationship with its community. The publication, sent to city leaders, keeps them in the loop in hopes of inspiring them to join the College Town Initiative along with Ogden City.
On Feb. 18, 2015, Ogden City and WSU hosted a Community Partnerships Celebration dinner to recognize the WSU Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) and many local organizations for their outstanding community partnerships. Ten longstanding partners received Bedrock Awards made of granite. This event also recognized WSU for being recertified in 2015 with the esteemed Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. WSU has partnered with local organizations for more than 125 years to provide quality programs and educational opportunities. This acknowledges WSU’s longstanding commitment to the greater Ogden community and its dedication to teaching students through community-engaged learning.
Wildcat Choice Awards
Each semester, student leaders also present Wildcat Choice Awards to businesses that have been exemplary in showcasing WSU pride. Typically a city representative schedules a decoy meeting with the owner, and then student body officers and leaders, the Spirit Squad, Waldo, President Charles Wight, Mayor Mike Caldwell and City Council Members converge at their front door. The owner receives a plaque and Weber State merchandise.
Paint the Town Purple
Local Businesses are helping paint the town purple by displaying their Weber State University Support.
On February 5, 2016, the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce hosted its 99th annual dinner and had “Celebrating College Town” as the event’s focal point. The annual dinner is a formal event that hosts more than 700 guests to celebrate the incoming slate of Ogden-Weber Chamber Board Officers and numerous award recipients. The Ogden Eccles Conference Center displayed Weber State and Ogden-Weber Tech College décor throughout, including a flag recognizing the College Town Initiative’s 2015 Larry Abernathy Award. The award, presented at the 2015 International Town & Gown Association Conference, recognizes strong college-town relationships. Purple and red (for OWATC) beverages were also provided, and the proceeds for these beverages went toward scholarship funds at each school. Each table featured either purple or red tablecloths, napkins,
etc. A WSU choir provided entertainment.