Author: Heather A. Turley

Resources on campus help students succeed

At UVU’s Women’s Resource Center, advocacy is the central philosophy. Peggy Pasin, coordinator at the WRC, directs and assists both women and men struggling to fully evaluate their options financially, academically and personally. “I schedule a one-to-one interview and discuss any concerns with the client,” Pasin said. “The WRC helps the client think through options and refine their understanding of how resources on and off campus may help them be successful.” Students may not always know how to access resources to succeed at school, such as getting the help they need in the math lab or making a study plan for a difficult class. A lot of attention is devoted to working with women undertaking the difficult task of reentering the life of a student while balancing a job and parental responsibilities. Some students deal with financial concerns, as well as personal ones such as domestic violence. Many women are not aware of the options available to help address these educational barriers. The WRC evaluates the needs of students while keeping their personal information confidential. They can also direct students to financial aid or health services in the community. Pasin states that the goal of the WRC is CARE: Connection, Advocacy, Resources and Encouragement. This helps students understand their options and reach their potential. For more information about their services, contact the WRC can at...

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Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival 2010

Thanksgiving Point Gardens welcomes spring 2010 with its annual Tulip Festival, which will be featuring more than 250,000 tulips in 100 unique varieties spread over 55 acres. Tulips and daffodils will be the main beauties on display, with other early spring flowers in 15 differently-themed areas redesigned just this year. These beautiful floral displays can be seen from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 16 through May 1, except on Sundays. The festival will feature Dutch Day at the Gardens on April 24. Festivities will include booths, music, food, a traditional costume contest and children’s activities. Musical performances will include an accordion trio and Idlewild Quartet. “The highlight of the festival will be April 24, Dutch Day, a cultural celebration which will help guests discover more about the Dutch culture by participating in the painting of Dutch shoes, making hats and learning why tulips are a reason for celebration,” said Erica Brown, director of communications at Thanksgiving Point. “Another exciting highlight will be The Old Dutch Store of Salt Lake City, where guests can shop for Dutch trinkets and discover more about Dutch cultural heritage.” Artwork from local artist Sarah Samuelson will be on display and will feature tulips from the Thanksgiving Point Gardens. Samuelson, a Fine Arts graduate of BYU and a former UVU art teacher, has been painting and drawing since she was a child and enjoys...

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Curing “ShakesFeare”

Many teachers and students find Shakespeare intimidating to read and discuss because much of the content seems foreign and unrelated to teens, college students and teachers. But in discovering Shakespeare, teachers and students learn that human nature hasn’t changed much since the 1500s. Shakespeare’s work remains relevant to our society. Recently, the relevance and accessibility of Shakespeare was highlighted at a conference for UVU education students and local high school teachers. The “ShakesFear” conference was a recent workshop hosted by UVU English Professor Kate McPherson and inspired by Ralph Alan Cohen’s book “ShakesFear and How to Cure It: A Handbook for Teaching Shakespeare.” Cohen, the keynote speaker, holds many degrees and is an authority on Shakespeare at Mary Baldwin College (MBC). Dr. Cohen recently created and established a masters program in writing, teaching, acting, and directing Shakespeare at MBC. Cohen has instituted an awakening of Shakespearian performance with the re-creation of the Black Friars Indoor Theater, a replica of the Bard’s home theater. According to Cohen, Shakespeare is accessible if you start with the basics. His speech was titled “Misunderstood Things About Shakespeare.” In this keynote address, Cohen spoke about his book and the seven deadly preconceptions about Shakespeare that hinder teachers and students in their understanding of his work and he urged them to replace these ideas with productive and well thought-out alternatives. The fear that everyone could...

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The Sundance Trio brings a modern feel to an exceptional repertoire.

Musical group The Sundance Trio was hosted by the Brigham Young University School of Music in the BYU Museum of Art Auditorium Feb. 25. The trio includes two BYU faculty members Geralyn Giovannetti on oboe, Christian Smith on bassoon, with renowned pianist Jed Moss. The group opened the concert with “Trio” by Ernst Mahle and “Liebestraum” by Franz Liszt. The recital also included works by Claude Debussy, Jenni Brandon, and Francis Poulenc. The trio’s interpretation of a composition by Jenni Brandon, a young composer in her thirties, was particularly exceptional. Brandon wrote “The Wildflower Trio” for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wife. The second movement, “Wild Rose and Butterfly,” transported the listener to a mountain escape, where one could hear faintest melodic suggestions of birds, soft breezes and mountain streams. The trio’s sound consists of a great mix of scales and bouncing sharps and flats beautifully arranged and performed with a modern sound. Moss stunned the audience with a beautiful piano solo by Bach titled “Fantasy in Fugue,” which brought Moss two curtain calls. Geralyn Giovannetti, a native Canadian, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. She is currently Professor of Oboe at Brigham Young University and a member of Orpheus Winds, the resident faculty wind quintet. Christian Smith is Associate Professor of Bassoon at the BYU School of Music.  He also teaches instrumental conducting, directs the...

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Speaker helps students look outside the box to find success

Brandon R. Fugal spoke to students Feb. 25 at the Reed and Christine Halladay Executive Lecture about some of the key turning points in his successful career. Fugal, a young Executive Vice President of Coldwell Banker Commercial, is also UVU alumnus. He graduated with a Business degree in 1994 and is now recognized as one of the top international commercial brokers for Coldwell Banker out of the 4,000 agents worldwide. He currently represents more office space and commercial projects than any other agent in Utah. Fugal started into the real state world at 18 when he went to Salt Lake and began shadowing successful commercial brokers or what he calls “captains of industry.” Being young, Fugal had to prove himself as responsible and honest with little to recommend him except his integrity and hard work. Fugal succeeded by sticking to the idea that you should never underestimate someone’s potential because you never know what the future holds. “Treat everyone as if they have the potential of Bill Gates,“ said Fugal. Fugal currently serves on the Board of the UVU...

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