Author: Chris Rawle

Dean’s Award Banquet

Students and faculty alike gathered on the evening of April 14 in the UCCU Center’s South Presidential Suite for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Recognition Banquet, designed to honor outstanding performance from those within the college. Dean David P. Yells presided over the banquet, commending the award-winning students and faculty on their accomplishments and thanking everyone who contributed to making the school year an enjoyable one. “We have students who would be excellent at any university and they choose to be here at Utah Valley,” he said. Yells presented the Valedictorian Awards to Dawna Whiting, earning an associate’s degree in Behavioral Science and Jorgen Hansen, earning a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Humanities. The department chairs were then brought up to introduce the winners of the Departmental Outstanding Student Awards, given to the best and the brightest students within each department. Philosophy and Humanities chair Dr. Michael Minch presented his department’s award to Kristen Argyle, offering congratulations and expressed his enjoyment in teaching her. “I’ve been delighted to have Kristen as a student…I continually learn new things from her, as I have tonight,” Minch said. The other student awards were presented to Natalie Smith, Behavioral Science, Ashley Brown, Communications, Marie Knowiton, English & Literature, Michael Balser, History & Political Science, Loran Cook, Integrated Studies and Maricela Monterrosa, Languages. Members of the faculty were also honored for...

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William Shiebler speaks as part of Executive Lecture Series

Even with the economy struggling through dark times, one business executive is offering words of encouragement. Former CEO William Shiebler spoke to business students in another installment of the Halladay Executive Lecture Series, covering subjects ranging from the importance of luck to the current state of the economy. Shiebler, who most recently served as CEO of the Americas of Deutsche Asset Management, an asset arm of the Deutsche Bank, has also worked as CEO for Putnam Mutual Funds and COO for Dean Witter’s Intercapital Division. He began by commending students for contributing to the rise of UVU, stressed the importance of getting a good education and encouraged students to remain in school while telling of his own personal struggles with dyslexia. “I want to congratulate each and every one of you in the room today. … The growth of this institution is astounding,” Shiebler said. Speaking of the economy, Shiebler said he has no idea the direction the current economy will take, saying that the only thing he can guarantee is change. “You’re going to live through booms, you going to live through busts. … That background is always going to be there, and it’s always going to be changing,” Shiebler said. “I was able to grow a career in a world of change.” Shiebler said that everyone is affected by the recency bias, a psychological term that describes...

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Teaching and technology

With an increase of smart phones, laptops, 4G and the Twitter age, an administrator at this university is helping teachers who may not know the difference between a blueberry and a Blackberry. Dan Clark, the senior director of distance education, spoke about the many problems faced by teachers in the current age of ever-changing technology, saying that there is no correct or incorrect way to incorporate technology into teaching and encouraged instructors to spend time creating and perfecting their teaching philosophies. Clark’s presentation was entitled “Teaching in the Blogosphere Web 2.0, Lucy Liu and you.” It focused on the constantly evolving process of education caused by the shift from Web 1.0, where the content is stationary, to Web 2.0, which is much more interactive. “It is a world of opportunity that is fraught with danger. … The users are also the generators of the content,” Clark said. He also said that the increase in different web content such as blogs, podcasting and social networks are changing the way teachers are able to educate their students. “We’re in the process of re-defining literacy with Web 2.0,” Clark said. Clark asserted that because technology is progressing at such a rapid rate, it is nearly impossible for teachers to be knowledgeable about everything. “Teachers feel like they’re killing themselves trying to integrate this technology,” Clark said. “You cannot expect to be an...

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36-24-36: Media’s ideal woman

Dr. Nicole Hawkins recently gave a presentation titled “The Media Myths: understanding the pressure placed on women to be perfect” – a message she hopes will warn students of the negative influence the media can have. Hawkins, who is the director of clinical services at the eating disorder treatment clinic Center for Change, overcame an eating disorder earlier in her life and has dedicated herself to helping other women do the same thing. Speaking about the advertising strategies used in the media, Hawkins said, “If I’m an advertiser, it is my goal to make you feel bad about yourself … because then you will want to buy my product to feel better.” According to Hawkins, the average height and weight of an American woman is five foot three inches and 164 pounds while the height and weight of an average model is five foot eleven inches and 117 pounds. She stated that only 1.8 percent of the women in the world can achieve today’s model standards naturally, which reality has led to many women using methods that are harmful to their body in order to try and lose weight. “I just think it’s sad,” Hawkins said, pointing out that one in every four college-aged women has an eating disorder. She also said that while the average American woman is the largest they have ever been, images of women within...

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Turning points in history

Since its beginning in 2003, the Turning Points in History lecture series was designed to attract various scholars to speak at the university concerning different turning points in the history of the United States. It also gives residents of Orem the opportunity to engage and learn from some of the brightest academic minds in the nation. Author Taylor Branch will speak on Monday, Feb. 28, as part of the series. He will give a speech entitled “40 Years After Martin Luther King: Looking Ahead With Obama.” Branch is a Pulitzer Prize award winner best known for his trilogy Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963, which centers around the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr. He is regarded as one of the most prominent scholars on the civil rights era. History professor Dr. William Cobb Jr., who played a large role in bringing Branch to campus, admitted that he is a great admirer of Branch’s works and that having him come to the university is a “personal dream of mine.” Dr. Cobb, referring to Branch’s experience studying the late 1950s and 1960s, stated that he believes Branch to be “the authority for that whole period.” The lecture is intended not just for history majors, but for other students and the general public as well. “The civil rights movement … and the role King played, not...

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