Author: Lincoln Op't Hof

UVU becomes home to international symbol of peace and unity

Community and organizational leaders participate in the Global Peace Tree planting ceremony. Photo by Kim Bojorquez UVU joins other communities throughout the world that have been recognized for effort toward unity and peace with a Global Peace Tree; the planting ceremony was held outside the Losee Center on Nov. 28. UVU is the site for the first peace tree to be planted in the United States. There have been seven other Global Peace Trees planted throughout the world. SHEROES United and Art4Peace partnered to bring the peace tree to UVU. According to the event information page, “[t]he peace trees...

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Health and Wellness Fair promotes more comprehensive programs for UVU

Ethan Kartchner speaks with a visitor about body image, and encourages him to read through the captions to learn the stories of the people in the photos. Photo by Lincoln Op’t Hof The tables at the 2017 Health and Wellness Fair in the Science Building atrium were not limited to exercise, diet and medical care, but also addressed a variety of mental and emotional well-being topics and techniques. Subjects oriented toward mental and emotional well-being included habit/addiction, body image and intuitive eating. Jessica Burns, community and public health education senior was at the habit and addiction booth informing visitors...

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UVU President Holland to step down for LDS mission presidency

Photo courtesy of UVU Marketing and Communications Matthew Holland will leave his position as UVU President in June 2018, for a position as a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, according to a press release from the University Marketing and Communications office. Holland has been the president of UVU since June 1, 2009. During the nine years of his presidency, UVU has expanded to more than 37,000 students, making it the largest university in the state, the press release said. “Serving at UVU during the past nine years has been a signal honor and...

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Kyle Reyes selected as new VP of student affairs

Photo courtesy of UVU Employee Profile Kyle Reyes, special assistant to the president for inclusion and chief diversity officer, has been hired to be the new vice president of student affairs beginning Nov. 16, according to an email sent out by President Holland. Reyes will be replacing Michelle Taylor, who left the position to accept a new position as president of the Institute of Clinical Social Work in Chicago in August. Reyes has served in many roles at the university including assistant professor at the School of Education and director of the office of student success and retention, according to...

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Grassroots: passionate people with community mindset

Having people with the right mindset is fundamental to grassroots movements, according to a Pizza and Politics panel discussion held in the Ragan Theatre on Oct. 10. Panelists spoke about the importance of having an issue-focused movement, and making sure that the effort is not reliant on one person. Sarah Scott, a panel member and community organizer, spoke about “checking your ego” when getting involved in grassroots movements. “A lot of times you get into a movement and you’re like, ‘I’m going to do this, this, this,’ and you can’t control everything,” Scott said. “For a movement to be...

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