Author: Lincoln Op't Hof

Emergency preparedness works to improve disaster preparedness

The emergency management office  is responsible for many aspects of campus safety and emergency readiness, such as providing education, equipment and resources for the UVU population. Robin Ebmeyer, director of emergency management and safety, is responsible for everything from ensuring that automatic external defibrillators are available throughout campus to developing and rehearsing complex responses to large-scale emergency events. Those rehearsals are conducted regularly to prepare for specific events and to help find weaknesses in plans and procedures. “I like to push things until they break,” said Ebmeyer. “I want to know where the breaking spots are, and I want...

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How to stay safe on campus

Being safe, even at a location such as UVU might seem unnecessary, but here are some general tips a person can use to minimize risk and stay safe. Be aware of your surroundings Often, especially on a university campus, people are drawn into their electronics and do not pay much attention to what is happening around them. Paying attention to what people are doing can aid in knowing if they are stressed, angry or experiencing a physical or mental emergency. Being aware can help improve response time to either provide aid, alert authorities or get to safety.   Awareness...

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How to get a cheap UTA bus pass

Public transit appeals to people for varied reasons. Whether the environment is a concern or someone simply wants to save money on a car and parking, public transit might be a great option. Utah has a robust public transit system that includes buses, TRAX and the FrontRunner train. The Utah Transit Authority offers many different passes to the public, but a reduced-cost option is available to UVU students. What is it? The UTA Transit Pass brings together all the UTA transit options, except for ski resort transit, for use by the pass holder. Students must be enrolled in at...

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UVU’s 76th commencement celebrates student success

On Thursday, 5,054 UVU students were conferred 5,310 degrees, diplomas and certificates at the 2017 Commencement ceremony held the UCCU center; four honorary degrees were presented to honored guests. Henry Eyring, Keith Nellesen, Shirlee Silversmith and J. Brent Wood were presented with honorary doctorates in recognition of their work and service in various areas. Eyring, who is a member of the presidency of the LDS church, also served as the commencement speaker and referenced many of his own experiences and development through education. “’You think education is where you have been,’” Eyring said, quoting his father. “Education is what you...

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Putin, cybersecurity analyzed by White and Jorgenson

Russia has incorporated modern technology to more effectively promote their influence and spread misinformation, according to Robert Jorgensen, director of UVU’s cybersecurity program. Jorgensen along with Frederick White, associate vice president of engaged learning, analyzed Russian President Vladimir Putin and cybersecurity at a UVUSA-sponsored Pizza and Politics, April 11, at the Ragan Theater. White focused his portion of the presentation on Russia and Putin’s intentions to undermine U.S. democracy, disrupt the relationship among North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations, reestablish Cold War era spheres of influence and to return Russia to the status of a world superpower. “[Vladimir Putin] would...

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