OGDEN - The weeklong 40th anniversary celebration of the dedication of Weber State University's Social Science Building will include an open house with family-friendly games and activities, a college reunion, a lecture from a renowned historian and "Utah Antiques Roadshow."
Construction began on the Social Science Building in April 1970. The building, dedicated Nov. 5, 1973, serves approximately 4,000 students daily and houses 69 faculty and 14 staff.
Frank Harrold, dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, said the building has made a significant contribution to education at the university. "Over the last 40 years, tens of thousands of students have learned and hundreds of faculty members have taught in the Social Science Building. It has been a major resource for both WSU's general education program and social science majors. Courses in the building prepare our students for careers, citizenship and service to the community."
The week's celebrations will kick off a campaign to raise money for an improved Social Science Building.
"As we mark this milestone, we celebrate the past and current achievements of our students and faculty and begin to plan for the facility that will position the next generation at WSU to lead the way in the social and behavioral sciences," Harrold said.
The celebration will get underway when historian and author Brooks Donohue Simpson presents "The Civil War: Reflections at the Sesquicentennial." The free lecture will be held Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Elizabeth Hall Room 229.
Simpson has lectured at universities across the country. He is a leading expert on the events of the Civil War and is the author or editor of a number of books, including his best known work, "Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865," published in 2000. He is currently the ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University.
Community members are invited to join students, faculty and alumni in many fun activities during the building's open house Nov. 8 from 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Departments within the college will host games and presentations to educate the community on the purpose and practical application of each program of study.
Guests will be able to geocache inside the building, where they look for treasure using a GPS. They can visit the WSU crime lab, get fingerprinted, and learn about Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). Guests can also participate in a children's archaeological dig, explore the workings of the mind, scream in an isolation chamber and see medieval battle armor.
Immediately following the open house, alumni, students, current and retired faculty are invited to linger for a college reunion from 7-8:30 p.m.
Three current faculty members: anthropology professor Rosemary Conover, political science professor T.R. Reddy and history professor Richard Sadler -- who were teaching at the time of the Social Science Building's grand opening -- will be some of the many faculty planning to be in attendance for the reunion.
As part of the open house, the history department, with funding from a Hemingway Foundation grant, is holding a "Utah Antiques Roadshow" to compile a virtual museum of objects pertaining specifically to daily life in Northern Utah.
Members of the community are asked to bring unusual objects that date between the years 1850-1950. The more specific the item is to Northern Utah, the better. The history department will photograph the items and add the photos to an online gallery.
For more information about the anniversary, visit weber.edu/SocialScience/AnniversaryEvents.html