Anxiously engaged

While UVU students are constantly encouraged to become “engaged learners,” students of the Orem Institute of Religion are called on to be “anxiously engaged.” Institute is open to anyone ages 18-30. Although the program is funded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, people of all faiths are welcome. The Orem Institute is one of the largest in the world, with at least 8,000 students  anticipated this fall. Both daytime and evening classes are offered, as well as a long list of activities meant to get students involved. “Dive right in,” said Salah McLean, an institute graduate who claims that everything good in his life has stemmed from his experiences with institute. Mark Spencer, an institute instructor of eight years and head of institute activities suggested getting involved with the Latter Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA). This student-based committee involves students in the planning of enrollment, dances and service projects, among other activities. “Not only can they come and have fun, but then they’ll take a class and enjoy the spiritual side,” said Kent Hugh, also an institute instructor of eight years and head of dances and special events. The first institute dance of the fall semester will be held on Sept. 3 with free admission. Students will need to pick up a wristband in the institute building beforehand. The institute will also be holding a devotional every friday at noon,...

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