Weber State University Magazine Spring 2012 : Page 26

A Fond Farewell A pril Fools’ Day dinner is one of my family’s favorite traditions. Each year we invite un-suspecting friends to a meal where nothing is ordinary. Unusual eating utensils and delicious, but un-recognizable, foods present engaging challenges that provide new perspectives on routine daily activities. Like those who come to our dinner, I didn’t know quite what to expect when I arrived at Weber State Univer-sity in April 2001. I knew WSU was recognized nation-ally and that the campus was beautiful. I was surprised to learn what an extraordinary experience Weber State students have, how wonderful the faculty are, and how many different opportunities a WSU degree provides. Graduates often tell me how well prepared they find themselves in the workplace and at graduate school. They leave WSU ready to compete with those who attended better known and much more expensive schools. Many students tell me they didn’t recognize their own potential until someone at Weber State helped them understand what they could accomplish. Stories about WSU students’ classroom experiences inspired me to quickly enroll, and I continue to take courses whenever I can. It is a privilege to learn from amazing faculty who not only share their intellect but also their concern for others and the world we live in. WSU offers more than 200 majors and programs, 11 master’s degrees and hundreds of online classes to all who seek engaging challenges and new perspectives. Whether you’re considering starting classes, finishing a degree or just learning something new, WSU wel-comes you. As I retire from my job as executive director of WSU Alumni Relations, my plan is to follow the example of so many remarkable alumni volunteers and dedicate my time and resources to helping others. And when I’m not running rivers, I’ll be taking more classes at Weber State! Thank you for 11 wonderful years. 26 wsu magazine | spring 2012 | class notes

A Fond Farewell

Lynell L. Gardner, former executive director of WSU Alumni Relations

April Fools’ Day dinner is one of my family’s favorite traditions. Each year we invite unsuspecting friends to a meal where nothing is ordinary. Unusual eating utensils and delicious, but unrecognizable, foods present engaging challenges that provide new perspectives on routine daily activities.<br /> <br /> Like those who come to our dinner, I didn’t know quite what to expect when I arrived at Weber State University in April 2001. I knew WSU was recognized nationally and that the campus was beautiful. I was surprised to learn what an extraordinary experience Weber State students have, how wonderful the faculty are, and how many different opportunities a WSU degree provides.<br /> <br /> Graduates often tell me how well prepared they find themselves in the workplace and at graduate school. They leave WSU ready to compete with those who attended better known and much more expensive schools. Many students tell me they didn’t recognize their own potential until someone at Weber State helped them understand what they could accomplish.<br /> <br /> Stories about WSU students’ classroom experiences inspired me to quickly enroll, and I continue to take courses whenever I can. It is a privilege to learn from amazing faculty who not only share their intellect but also their concern for others and the world we live in. WSU offers more than 200 majors and programs, 11 master’s degrees and hundreds of online classes to all who seek engaging challenges and new perspectives. Whether you’re considering starting classes, finishing a degree or just learning something new, WSU welcomes you.<br /> <br /> As I retire from my job as executive director of WSU Alumni Relations, my plan is to follow the example of so many remarkable alumni volunteers and dedicate my time and resources to helping others. And when I’m not running rivers, I’ll be taking more classes at Weber State! Thank you for 11 wonderful years.<br /> <br />

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