Author: Cameron Patey

Anonymous Donor to give $30,000

This university recently received its first-ever endowed scholarship in the amount of $30,000 from an anonymous donor. The scholarship is called the Gardner H. Russell Leadership Endowed Scholarship Fund and will be used primarily for the new MBA program. Russell is 90 years old now and retired in Florida. During his career, he would find failing companies with the intent of making them profitable and then selling them. He was also an international business consultant. He was able to help fund Southern Virginia University and entrepreneurial studies at BYU-Idaho and BYU-Hawaii. Russell also helped fund programs to educate people in Central America that would otherwise have no educational opportunities. According to a press release, the scholarship donor was inspired by Russell while serving as a missionary for the LDS church in the Uruguay, Paraguay Mission. Russell was serving as the mission president. As years went by, the donor became successful enough to follow in the footsteps of his role model, thus donating $30,000 to this school. The money will become available in 2012, once the fund is protected against inflation. It will gain interest through investments led by the UVU Foundation. Disbursements will go to students already accepted into the MBA program. The criteria for being awarded money from the fund will be merit based, with varied academic qualifications, according to Dr. Taggart Frost, director of the MBA...

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Different name, same great school

The past development of this institution has laid the foundation for today’s success. The school now known as Utah Valley University was founded in 1941, when a group of work programs and their associated communities banded together to create the Central Utah Vocational School. The school that once taught community members valuable trade skills has now achieved university level status and broadened its scope to a wider range of academic focus. Since its modest beginnings, the institution has had eight different names, developed six different campus locations and continues to offer core technical and vocational training. In the early ‘60s it was called Utah Trade Technical Institute, and only four years later it became known as Utah Technical College at Provo. It wasn’t until 1977 that the current campus location became the permanent home of the expanding school. When the college initially moved to Orem, the only buildings in place were the Sparks Automotive, Woodbury Business and a portion of the student center. The pastures and sand pit that preceded the campus gradually evolved into 48 buildings. The change to Utah Valley Community College was followed by its most popular name change only six years later in 1993, when it became Utah Valley State College. This was only one year after the first bachelor’s degrees were offered. The three available were in Business, Technology Management and Liberal Arts. In...

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