Grassroots organization finds fertile soil

Grassroots organization finds fertile soil

Bill McKibben’s lecture created hope for chapter creation of his coalition, 350.org.   Bill McKibben’s recent visit to UVU spurred a collective enthusiasm about current environmental issues, and Associate Professor in Philosophy and Humanities Michael Minch thinks UVU is the perfect place for a 350.org chapter to take root.   “When McKibben was here on […]

Seniors ‘pay it forward’

The announcement no sooner left Nancy Smith’s lips before being drowned out by the thunderous applause of over 500 attendees. As Senior Director of UVU’s Donor Relations and Scholarships, Smith was privileged to announce the grand total of $55,488 in scholarship donations over the past seven years by Elder Quest members.   “Without these scholarships, […]

Elders will ‘Quest’ for scholarships at seminar

The day a 101-year-old member of Elder Quest ceased participation in the group’s activities was the day she died.   A little-known “lifelong learning” organization for senior students over 55, Elder Quest has been supporting UVU since 1992 as an integral part of UVU’s Community and Continuing Education Department. Not only has the self-sustaining organization […]

Student nominees’ night to shine

Student nominees’ night to shine

Co-hosts lend novel perspective to 17-year-old event.   Seeing how the Wolverine Achievement Awards program hasn’t changed much from the previous 17 years, emcees Dr. Bob Rasmussen and Phil Clegg took the evening’s entertainment upon themselves.   Following an extended absence from the Ragan Theatre stage, Clegg, the assistant dean of students, acquiesced to Rasmussen’s […]

Two classes breathe life into summer term

Two classes breathe life into summer term

Students yearning for a means to meld academia and notions of pop culture may find deliverance this summer in two classes taught by Humanities Professor Steven Hall.   Originally developed to attract more students to the Humanities program, “Post-Modern Hollywood” and “From Mozart to Michael,” both revived for their second summer, have attracted students from […]

Popular author returns for 71st commencement

Popular author returns for 71st commencement

Erin Gruwell will once again grace the UCCU Center to speak at UVU’s 71st Commencement Ceremony on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Graduates and members of the community will recognize Gruwell as the author of “The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them,” […]

Miss Africa Utah pageant selects 2012 queen

Miss Africa Utah pageant selects 2012 queen

Amidst familiar romantic 90s pop ballads and an animated crowd, nine young women clad in little black dresses and colorful feather boas paraded across the stage at Ragan Theatre, welcoming the audience to the Miss Africa Utah pageant.   The second annual event, held on Sat., Feb. 25, and founded by UVU senior Gloria Kajo, […]

African beauties showcase culture in pageant

African beauties showcase culture in pageant

Africa, meet Utah: Second annual pageant at UVU.   African culture is coming to Utah Valley on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the form of the second annual Miss Africa Utah pageant. Founded by senior Journalism major Gloria Kajo, the pageant will feature eight young women representing various African countries with traditional dress, talents and platforms […]