Author: Jeanette Blain

Department of Labor ruling may mean a shortage of instructors for spring semester

A new Department of Labor ruling could keep up to 250 academic advisors and other non-faculty employees from teaching UVU classes, leaving departments scrambling to find instructors for spring semester. The update to the Fair Labor Standards Act, also known as the “Final Rule,” was announced May 18 and requires employers to reclassify their full-time, exempt employees who make less than $47,476 to non-exempt status by Dec. 1. The major sticking point is that UVU policy prevents non-exempt employees from teaching as adjuncts, even if they are qualified. Currently, exempt staff members who qualify are allowed to teach a...

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Community talks continue as UVU and Orem work toward a master plan for growth

Photo by Kim Bojorquez Orem residents met Aug. 31 to propose solutions to problems they see as caused by the rapid encroachment of development, driven by the UVU growth, into their quiet, largely single-family neighborhoods. Rising crime rates, illegal rentals, increased traffic and parking issues are their main concerns—issues that, many fear, will get worse as UVU continues to drive demand for development. Sparked by recent student housing construction and future development plans, including the recent sale of properties adjacent to UVU in the Sunset Heights and Palos Verde neighborhoods, some locals have expressed frustration with the way development...

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The UVU library gets an unwelcome visitor

UVU Police say a man in his early 20s broke into the Library Building around 8:30 p.m., May 6, by shattering a window panel on the East side of the building. At the time of the incident, the library was closed due to shortened summer hours. Sergeant Kelly Liddiard said a report of a suspicious person initially came in from a nearby student housing development, but officers responded to the library after a witness reported seeing the break-in. Liddiard said the suspect wandered around inside the library for a while before busting out a window panel near the Bytes...

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Animal rights activists target UCCU circus

Photo credit: Preston Yardley   Students from the Animal Allies club protested the Jordan World Circus last week saying they believe the circus animals are mistreated. As circus-goers arrived at the North entrance of the UCCU Center they were greeted by a line of protesters holding signs with slogans such as “Circuses Hurt Animals” and “Elephants are Abused.” Most of the 10-12 protesters were members of the UVU Animal Allies Club, although a few were from the local chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Animal Allies is concerned about the treatment of all animals, but the focus...

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$20 million in private funds announced for new arts building

Photo credit: Collin Cooper | Photo Senior Staff | @coop.97 President Holland announced Feb. 3 that the school has raised $20 million in private funding to build the new center of the arts building that was proposed in 2014. The initiative began with the goal of raising $15 million. Through the generosity of the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation, and 1,770 other donors, the school has managed to exceed that goal by $5 million. “Utah Valley University has already proven what they can do with our starter gift,” said Andy Noorda. He said it wasn’t a tough decision to...

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