Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Meeting Worldwide Demand for Creative Thinkers, Communicators, Innovators and Artists

Perhaps Telitha Ellis Lindquist was destined to love Ogden, arts and humanities, and WSU: Her grandfather was a devoted mayor; her mother promoted education, literature, music, theater, dance and visual arts; and her husband was Weber’s student body treasurer in 1938-39.

With lifelong energy, vision and generosity, Mrs. Lindquist supported efforts to increase the cultural vitality of her community and the stature of her husband’s beloved alma mater. The college that proudly bears her name — the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities — serves every student at Weber State University.

Before graduating, students will have taken at least one class offered through one of five outstanding departments:

  • Communication
  • English
  • Foreign languages
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts

The Lindquist College is distinguished by its small class sizes and personalized teaching. Students work side by side with illustrious professors and interact with celebrated artists, writers and scholars who visit campus. Our unique, multidisciplinary approach to education results in phenomenal opportunity and success:

Each year, hundreds of collegiate poets and writers get tips from world-renowned authors like Alice Sebold, Tobias Wolff and Michael Chabon at our first-of-its-kind National Undergraduate Literature Conference.

  • Weber State’s debate team recently ranked 20th in the nation, and WSU hosted the 2013 National Debate Tournament.
  • Foreign languages faculty and students combine study abroad with humanitarian service.
  • Student actors, dancers and musicians win prestigious competitions and perform at legendary venues including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
  • Students create provocative works inside the Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center, one of the Intermountain West’s most comprehensive arts facilities.

Building on an unparalleled legacy of achievement, we push ourselves to reach higher and dream bigger.

The pursuit of a dream can be blocked by any number of obstacles. Because they make it their business to learn the unique strengths and challenges of each promising student, our dedicated faculty can break down barriers to student success.

What We Can Accomplish Together

For 125 years, we have served Northern Utah as a cultural hub, and we have received tremendous support. From the 11 Ogdenites who donated $795 to purchase band instruments in 1909, to the 91-year-old alumnus who pledged $5 million to establish the Sid & Mary Foulger School of Music in 2012, faithful alumni and friends have made it possible for us to accomplish our important mission. But there are dreams yet to fulfill.

That’s why we’re embarking on this 125th anniversary campaign, inviting alumni and friends to invest in our efforts to expand our reputation as a model of excellence in liberal arts education.

Provide Opportunity


As far back as 1903, Weber was setting aside funds to assist “gifted and worthy” students. By supporting scholarships within the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities, you make it possible for students — especially nontraditional students with families to support and full-time jobs — to earn the college degrees that lead to fulfilling jobs.

Since 2009, foreign language students have traveled to Guatemala to teach women basic business concepts and distribute small-business startup loans. These students return to WSU with better Spanish-speaking skills and an enlightened global perspective.

Study Abroad Scholarships and Student Travel

The Lindquist College provides extraordinary learning experiences that take students out of the classroom and into the real world. Your gift will allow even more students and faculty to participate in study abroad or travel opportunities.

National Undergraduate Literature Conference

What began as a professor’s effort to help students prepare for graduate school has grown into a nationally recognized academic event that attracts hundreds of students throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Acclaimed authors Mario Chard and Bret Anthony Johnston each credit NULC for opening their eyes to the possibility of writing professionally. With Dream 125, the Lindquist College hopes to raise $1 million to endow this conference.

Advance Knowledge

Community Outreach

Providing everyone access to education and cultural enrichment is a top priority for the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities. We have nearly 30 community outreach programs that touch the lives of more than 100,000 people each year, such as:

  • Our six-week Arts in the Parks summer program plants a seed of creative curiosity in local youngsters.
  • Our Venture Course program offers night classes, plus transportation and child care, for economically disadvantaged adults.
  • The Shaw Gallery in the Kimball Visual Arts Center presents exhibits by cutting-edge artists and filmmakers, and a visiting artist lecture series.
  • Our popular Cultural Affairs Series offers world-class entertainment at an affordable price.
  • The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program allows the Lindquist College to team with educators statewide to develop new ways to introduce elementary school students to music, dance, drama and visual arts.

Center for Humanities

During Dream 125, we look to raise $1.6 million to fund a Center for Humanities that will support guest writers and scholars, creative writing symposia, artists’ residencies, a lecture series, student journals and publications, public school literary presentations, study abroad programs and our Venture Course program.

Friends of the Arts & Humanities

Many of the Lindquist College’s outstanding programs are offered free of charge, and the rest are offered at a reduced cost thanks to donors who graciously choose to become Friends of the Arts & Humanities.

Endowed Chairs, Professorships and Faculty Fellowships

To become the best, students must learn from the best. Endowed chairs and professorships will provide powerful tools to attract, retain and reward eminent faculty. Fellowships will enable our faculty to engage in vital research and take advantage of professional development opportunities.

Enhance Campus

Browning Center Music Hall

We envision a new Music Hall, a dedicated space in the Browning Center to be used for student and faculty solo and ensemble concerts, Cultural Affairs presentations, and performances by community groups such as Chamber Orchestra Ogden.

The Lindquist College is fortunate to offer world-class arts and humanities instruction in three marvelous structures, the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, the Kimball Visual Arts Center and Elizabeth Hall.

Ironically, we have become victims of our own success! As our reputation for excellence grows, more eager students enroll in our programs and more guests attend our events. In order to preserve our low student-to-faculty ratio and provide adequate performance space to meet campus and community expectations, we need more room.

The Kimball Visual Arts Center has also reached capacity. We dream of expanding this facility to provide additional studios and upper-division classrooms.