Westminster College is pleased to announce that Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, whose field research of chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania made her famous the world over, will make a visit to the college May 20–24, 2005. This will be Dr. Goodall’s first visit to Westminster College.
College officials are in the final stages of planning her public schedule of events and they anticipate her visit will include some time exploring Utah’s unique ecology and the local natural landscape, as well as educational opportunities for Westminster students and faculty. Dr. Goodall will give a public lecture on Friday evening, May 20, in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall. For more information call (801) 832-2747.
Dr. Goodall's visit will also support establishment of a new regional center for Dr. Goodall's Roots & Shoots program at Westminster College. Roots & Shoots, created in 1991 by Dr. Goodall, is the Jane Goodall Institute’s international environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages. There are now 7,500 Roots & Shoots groups in more than 90 countries.
Westminster College and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) have formed a partnership through which Westminster will serve as an Official Provider of Educational Services to athletes of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding.Westminster will become the only college in the country to hold this distinction. The centerpiece of this partnership is a tuition grant program that will allow U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding athletes to pursue their Olympic dreams and their educational aspirations at the same time.
Most USSA athletes train to compete during their teens and early twenties, the years they might normally pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree. USSA recognizes that an important aspect of developing world-class athletes is offering them intellectual stimulation as well as athletic training. They believe offering the athletes the opportunity to pursue a college education at Westminster will further motivate and push them toward achieving their dreams.
Westminster College President Michael Bassis remarked: “We see this as a unique opportunity to enrich the lives of all of our students by having Olympic athletes on our campus, interacting with fellow Westminster students and sharing the remarkable international perspective they’ve gained from competing in World Cup races,World Championships and Olympic events all over the world.”
The proceeds from Professor Kay Kuzminski’s 2004 holiday pottery sale went to purchase goods for the Road Home, a facility that provides support and shelter for overcoming homelessness.
To continue promoting healthy lifestyles on campus,Westminster began construction on the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center last September. The 84,500-squarefoot facility will become the new home to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the intercollegiate athletic programs, and it will provide facilities to meet the personal fitness needs of the campus community. It includes a comprehensive fitness complex with a climbing wall, gymnasium, running track, swimming pool, and more.
The third floor, reserved for the college’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, will include adult and pediatric computerized simulator mannequins, skills labs, a clinical laboratory, and a health assessment laboratory, as well as technology-rich classrooms, a commons area, several conference rooms, and faculty offices. Construction of a new athletic field and parking garage to complement the complex is scheduled to begin mid-May 2005. The Health,Wellness, and Athletic Center will open spring 2006.
By Daniel Iverson