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Taxes

Weber State University

WSU accounting students with IRS training are offering free tax preparation assistance March 11-13.

"This is a valuable program for both students and the public. It's great experience for students and a free way for the public to get their taxes done," said Mark Peterson, a senior accounting major and vice president of service for Beta Alpha Psi, WSU's accounting honor society.

The tax service is available March 11 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m., and March 13 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-5 p.m., both in Wattis Building 215. No appointment is necessary.

Additional hours may be added based on demand between now and April 15. For more information about the service, call Beta Alpha Psi at 626-6079.

Movies

Salt Lake Community College

Eight films will be featured at SLCC's 5th annual International Film Festival.

The festival runs from April 28 to May 3, with all films shown in the Little Theater on SLCC's Redwood Campus, 4600 S. Redwood Road. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 general admission. Advanced ticket booklets for all shows are available at the Center for International Studies, Room 315B of the Technology Building.

Films include "Nobody Loves Me," "All the Mornings of the World," "The Day the Sun Turned Cold," "Guimba the Tyrant," "Mystery of Rambo," "Celestial Clockwork," "Adam's Rib," and "LaAmerica."

For more information, contact the Center for International Studies, 957-4043.

Geography

Weber State University

More than 120 ninth-graders from Ogden, Weber, Davis, Morgan and Summit county schools have signed up for WSU's 10th annual Geography Olympiad.

The daylong competition begins at 8 a.m. Friday, March 21, in the Lind Lecture Hall.

Four-member teams will compete in written exams based on physical geography, cultural geography, and maps, graphs and locations. Orienteering and problem-solving activities also are included in competition.

The Utah Geographic Alliance will award gold, silver and bronze medals to individual and team winners in each test category. Plaques will be given to team winners in the problem-solving contests. WSU will award a delayed, full-tuition scholarship to the student with the highest composite score on the written exams.

Internet

Salt Lake Community College

Using their personal passwords, students at SLCC are now able to access class schedules, financial-aid services, grades and other information on the Internet.

"This helps students access the information they need quickly and more timely," said student administrative services director Eric Weber. "We still offer our touch-tone system, drop box and service at our office windows, but this way, many of our students who work and have families can be serviced at their convenience."

Within a few months, SLCC expects to complete its electronic admissions application process allowing students to apply through the Internet.

Scholarship

LDS Business College

An anonymous donor has contributed $20,000 to LDS Business College for a full- or part-time tuition scholarship for single mothers.

The money comes with certain restrictions, including a requirement that the tuition payments from the Single Mother Scholarship program start out as a loan. The loan becomes a grant if the recipient attends classes and earns a 3.0 grade-point-average.

Craig V. Nelson, director of College Relations at LDS Business College, said the donor created the restrictions to encourage healthy study habits.

"The money promotes a dual education," Nelson said. "Single mothers gain a degree; they also have a chance to practice persistence and determination, traits that will help them succeed."

Single mothers who have a high school diploma or its equivalent may apply by calling the scholarship office at (801) 524-8145. The college will begin awarding the scholarships/loans for spring quarter, which starts March 31, Nelson said.

Computer

LDS Business College

Students at LDS Business College will soon be able to register for classes from any campus computer.

Brent Cherrington, director of the college's information technology department, said the new program allows students to review every class offered, display by-class enrollments and complete the enrollment process without leaving their computer terminals.

Also, students may use the computer to review their transcripts and update personal information in the college's data base.

"We hope this new approach will reduce or eliminate lines at the registration window while giving students more control over class selection," Cherrington said.

The college has begun to phase in the new registration program using monitored computer stations. By spring or early summer the college will install the program in all academic computers, Cher-ring-ton said.

Review

Utah State University

President George H. Emert has called for a study of USU's outdoor recreation program.

Emert took the action after rejecting a $1 increase in the student fee to enhance the outdoor rec-re-a-tion programs.

"I believe it is inappropriate to expand an existing university program at a time when we are faced with budget cuts," Emert said. "I believe now is a good time to review the entire program to determine its value and the type of support it needs."

Among other things, Emert wants the review to determine if parts of the program can be absorbed into other academic programs, such as health, physical education and recreation.

The outdoor recreation program operates on an annual budget of $100,000, none of which involves state dollars. The program currently receives 23 cents per fee from the $7 campus recreation fee.

The remaining revenue comes from rental and participant fees. Without the fee increase, the program will have to eliminate outdoor trips, which average about 20 a year, said Gary Chambers, who directs the outdoor recreation program.