Author: Addyson Reynolds

Never lead alone

The eleventh annual Leadership Conference held Oct. 5 brought high school students from all over Utah to the university to hear distinguished speakers and further their leadership skills. Over 2,300 students filled the UCCU Center to hear speakers such as Dan Clark, an internationally recognized speaker, and Larry Gelwix, the head coach of the Highland Rugby Team featured in the movie Forever Strong. “I want to share the lessons I’ve learned,” Gelwix said. “The Five Championship Strategies; they work.” Other speakers included Roger Anthony, Kyle Reyes, Dr. Bob Rasmussen, Tim Branscomb, Scott Asbell and the UVU Ballroom Dance Team. “It is a way for future leaders to hear from great minds,” says Clint Pulver, executive vice president of UVUSA, “to not just be successful, but significant.” The Center for the Advancement of Leadership hosted the event, with Megan Rittmanic as the student coordinator. This was her first year coordinating the event, but she had assistance. “You can’t get anywhere in life unless you have great mentors,” Rittmanic said of Denece Kitto and Dr. Bruce Jackson who helped her with the undertaking of organizing the event. Students arrived early Tuesday morning and opening remarks were given by Rittmanic and Dr. Jackson. President Matthew Holland then welcomed them, followed by Miss Utah, Christina Lowe, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Gelwix discussed his Five Championship Strategies and then there were two breakout sessions....

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UVUPD: Here to serve and protect.

Late at nights, long after the bookstore has closed and the hallways are vacant, a light will still be on in room 331 of the Gunther Trades Building. This is the Police Department’s headquarters on campus and dispatchers will always be available and, most importantly, so will officers. The Police Department is here to serve and protect and has the same rights and powers as state officers. Their jurisdiction is over the university, but they work closely with the community and campus organizations to keep everyone safe. According to the police department mission statement, “Police officers are trained at the Utah State Police Academy and each year receive an additional 40 hours of in-service and specialized training.” Many officers also have additional training, such as crisis intervention training and being certified fire marshals. Sargent Sprague, who has been with the university for 16 years, began as a fire marshal and in 2001 began to cross-train to become an officer. Officers can be called out to incidents off campus and aren’t limited to crimes on campus. When responding to calls off campus, they help with a variety of incidents. They also file reports and participate in investigations. The Police Department offers other services as well. For example, if a student is coming home late and would like to be accompanied, an officer can see to it that they get home...

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Service: the United Way

On Sept. 8, United Way will be hosting its annual Day of Caring, bringing businesses, employees and residents from the entire valley to clean up the community. As a national event, companies throughout the country participate in the Day of Caring events and organizers are very optimistic this year. The morning will begin with breakfast at BYU’s LaVell Edwards Stadium at 7:30 a.m. Each participant will be given a T-shirt donated by Utah Community Credit Union and Young Living. After that, the groups will disperse to each of their individual service sites. This year, the university has been assigned to help a family in Orem repair their home before winter. While at the home, volunteers should expect to be scraping old paint off and re-painting, sanding and doing yard work. The estimated time of completion is roughly noon. Last year the turnout was phenomenal. Over 1,000 volunteers helped out at 29 different sites. The estimated total hours of service was over 3,000, with 40 different companies participating. This year, Jones Paint and Glass will donate supplies and the Marriot Hotel will sponsor breakfast. BYU is providing their stadium and companies from all over the valley are donating their employees for a day. The university began participating in the Day of Caring back in 2003. Each year since, students and staff have been part of this colossal service day. “It’s...

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