Author: Jason Udy

UVU Auto Expo and Scholarship Fundraiser

The UVU Automotive department will hold its twenty-third annual UVU Auto Expo and Swap Meet scholarship fundraiser May 14-15. Friday will be the pre-show cruise-in and barbeque. The pre-show cruise-in starts at 1 p.m. at Barber Brothers Motor Company in Spanish Fork with entertainment provided by JC Hackett from Real Oldies 1060 AM KDYL. At 5:30 p.m. the cruise to the UVU Automotive Compound will begin, for the barbeque at 7 p.m. The barbeque is hosted by Rib City and entertainment will be provided by American Idol finalist Carmen Rasmusen and live music from Plan B. Governor Gary Herbert will also be a special guest. The Swap Meet will be at Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park and starts at noon and goes until 5 p.m. on Friday and from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. It is the largest automotive swap meet in Utah. The Auto Expo starts at 7 a.m. Saturday and ends at 5:30 p.m. “We had close to 700-720 cars last year,” said Don Wilson, assistant professor in the Automotive department. Some of the cars in the show are from students but most are local cars that have been restored. The auto expo also includes vehicles from local motorcycle and car clubs as well as private collectors. “We had ticket sales of over 5,000 and many of those were family tickets,” said Wilson. “Now ticket sales...

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Bikers Against Child Abuse gave special presentation at UVU

Bikers Against Child Abuse gave a presentation in the UVU Student Center Grande Ballroom, as part of the Clothesline Project. BACA spoke about the important work they are doing to protect children and end violence against them. BACA was founded in 1995 by John Paul “Chief” Lilly, a licensed clinical social worker, a registered play therapist/supervisor, and part-time faculty member at BYU, because he felt there was a need in the community to protect abused children and help with the cost of therapy. The goal of BACA is to have their presence known in an abused child’s neighborhood. This presence is to help the child feel safer and to let the perpetrators know the child has been adopted by the bikers and has become one of their own. “I ride with BACA so I can help the children,” said Roger Wise, a professor at UVU in the School of Education. “It’s something that I have committed to do to help people who have been hurt, especially little kids.” BACA brings the children stuffed animals and toys as well as a vest to let them know they are one of them. The bikers are there if the child needs them to feel safe – even if it means the bikers spend the night sleeping on the child’s porch or going to court to be with the child while they testify...

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Native Suns Club hosts Buffalo Dinner Scholarship Fund Raiser

The Native Suns Club held a Buffalo dinner scholarship fund raiser in the Presidential South Room of the Events Center the night of April 7. The money raised by the dinner will support the Native Suns Club Scholarship Fund. The fund is to assist UVU Native American students who may not qualify for tribal scholarships or who may have emergency needs. “Basically what we try to do is keep all the Native students in school, that’s our main goal; so they can get educated,” said Billie Atsitty, vice president of the Native Suns Club. “I don’t want them to say ‘We don’t have the money. We can’t go.’” The Native Suns Club Scholarship Fund has been able to assist at least 12 students over the past four years. “We use some of the money from the pow-wow and some of the money from this dinner to put into the emergency scholarship fund,” said Ken Sekaquaptewa, academic advisor from the multicultural department to the Native Suns Club. “We try to put in between $2000 and $2500 a year.” “One of our students before; he was part of the automotive program and somebody stole all of his tools,” said Atsitty. “He was about to go home but he came to us and asked for our help.” Dinner was prepared by the UVU Culinary Arts Institute and consisted of traditional Native American...

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Habitat for Humanity of Utah County Honored with International Tithing Award

Habitat for Humanity International recently recognized the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County with the Malachi 3:10 Award for reaching the $500,000 milestone in lifetime tithe donations. The award is named for the biblical scripture because local Habitats around the world “tithe” 10 percent of the non-restricted donations they receive to Habitat for Humanity International to help build safe and affordable homes in developing countries. Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has been around for 18 years. “This award represents a couple of things,” said Kena Jo Mathews,executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. “We have been able to build 130 homes in other countries and 38 homes in Utah County. We have a very generous community; a community that is willing to give here and abroad.” Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is one of 2,300 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit organization. The Utah County affiliate started in 1991 to help build or renovate simple and decent homes in Orem and Provo to help eliminate poverty and homelessness in the...

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Out of state youth group volunteered with local Habitat for Humanity

Last week a youth group from the Presbyterian Church in Pueblo, Colo. came to Utah to help the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County with its housing projects. The group of 11, ages 14 – 18, and their leaders helped do landscaping and fencing at the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County’s Brimhall Estates project at 558 E. 300 S. in Provo. “The Brimhall Estate project includes two new homes and the renovation or one existing home on the property,” said Kena Jo Mathews, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. The group stayed at the Provo Seventh Day Adventist Community Center and was fed by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Provo Community Church, the Utah Valley Handbell Ringers, and the BYU Habitat Chapter. “It was good to see different groups coming together to serve the community,” said Mathews, “Not just Mormons serving Mormons or Catholics serving...

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