Rachel Laub

Rachel Laub, front right, with her computer science classmates at Weber State University.

WSU student finalist for tech award

Weber State University junior Rachel Laub is one of three finalists for Utah’s Women Tech Council’s Student Pathway Award, according to a news release from the university.

The award is given to “college students who have shown outstanding service or outreach in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” the release said.

Laub is majoring in computer science with a double minor in fashion merchandising and entrepreneurship.

“Some of the people who have won this award in the past are my role models,” Laub said in the release. “It’s hard to imagine my achievements being comparable to theirs, but maybe one day, I could be someone else’s role model too.”

The recognition is another in a growing list of accolades for Laub. Before starting college, she received the Sterling Scholar Philo T. Farnsworth Governor’s Award as well as the National Center for Women & Information Technology award for aspirations in computing.

“I hope I plant a seed that STEM is an option for everyone,” Laub said in the release. “There are millions of jobs that aren’t filled just because people aren’t going into STEM. I want to show people that it’s my passion, and it can be their passion too.”

The winner will be announced Oct. 24 during the Women’s Tech Award Luncheon at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

WSU to host Families Alive conference

The Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University will be hosting a Families Alive Conference aimed at “strengthening and improving relationships” Sept. 27-29, according to a news release.

The event, open to all and which will include classes, workshops and speakers, will be in the Shepherd Union Building.

“The Families Alive Conference provides students, professionals and community members a rewarding experience,” said Wei Qiu, Child and Family Studies Department Chair in the release.

“Attendees will learn about ways to empower individuals and families in this ever-changing society.”

Kicking off the event — which has been given the theme “The Armor Within” — will be a keynote address that will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. Dr. Scott Kaufman, a University of Pennsylvania professor and “a groundbreaking psychologist expanding our definitions of creativity, human flourishing and intelligence” will deliver the keynote.

Dr. Randy Chatelain, former associate professor at Weber State, past member of the Utah Commission on Marriage and a marriage and family therapist, will give another keynote address Friday at 8:45 a.m., also in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms.

His speech will be followed by “workshops and sessions on topics such as trauma recovery, uniting family members as a team, child development and parenting during a divorce or separation.”

Current WSU students with 12-17 credit hours can pay a $75 course fee to obtain university credit for the conference.

A full schedule of events and registration information can be seen at continue.weber.edu/familiesalive.

Have A Heart homes accepting applications

The Have a Heart Home Foundation is constructing two new homes, one in Clearfield and the other in Layton, and accepting applications, according to a news release.

The foundation, sponsored by the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors (NWAOR) and the Northern Wasatch Homebuilders Association, has constructed and sold homes “at significant discounts to families with special needs, both financial and otherwise” since 1998, the release said.

“The discounts are made available through the charitable contributions and discounts from the realtor and builder communities, sub-contractors, and local businesses through a series of fundraisers,” said Brenda Nelson, president of NWAOR.

A groundbreaking was held for the Clearfield home, located at 932 E. 450 South, in May, and it is expected to be completed by the end of the year. A groundbreaking for the Layton home has not been scheduled yet.

Applications can be downloaded by visiting www.nwaor.com. Those with questions can call 801-476-4216.

Clearfield City, Police to host ‘Night Out Against Crime’

Clearfield City and Clearfield Police will be hosting a “Night Out Against Crime” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Steed Park, 300 N 1000 West, Clearfield.

“Celebrate Night Out Against Crime with hamburgers & hot dogs, K-9 demonstration, SWAT, North Davis Fire District, Airmed, & much more,” according to a Facebook page created for the event.

The event is listed on Facebook as being kid friendly.

Contact Standard-Examiner editor/reporter Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net.

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