Author: Mallory Black

Students, faculty and staff win big at Wolverine Achievement Awards

Twenty individuals, one department and one club were honored at the 2013 Wolverine Achievement Awards Ceremony, held in the Grande Ballroom on April 4. Recognized for challenging the status quo, the annual awards celebrate those who have made significant contributions to the university. Dean’s Choice Awards:  College of Aviation and Public Services – Kristen Verdi College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Luis Alfonso Miranda Perez College of Science and Health – Adonica Limon College of Technology and Computing – Justin Rohbock School of the Arts – KC McMillan School of Education – Malissa Evans University College – Craig Merryweather Woodbury School of Business – Fran McCorkel Awards: Department of the Year: Department of Developmental Mathematics Commitment to Excellence Award: Liz Andrus Staff Excellence Award: Natalie Shelley Distinguished Volunteer Service: Jason Terry Full-Time Faculty of the Year: Leslie Rasmussen Adjunct Faculty of the Year: Cary Boone Jones Wolverine Spirit: Maggie Owens Advisor of the Year: Theodore Okawa Talent of the Year: Roger Comstock UV Club of the Year: UVU Spectrum Lifetime Achievement Awards: Mike Jacobsen and Ernie Carey Friend of UVU: Jerry Garret Student of the Year: Henry...

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Groundbreaking

ISSUE: June 18, 2012   Students will say goodbye to the Bunnell House and the north visitor parking lot. In their place the new Student Life and Wellness Building, as well as a four-story parking structure, will be built. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Monday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. Both the north end of the Sorensen Student Center and the east hallway of the PE Building will connect to the second floor of the new 170,000 square foot building, scheduled for completion in December 2013. A 450-space parking garage, expected to be complete in summer 2013, will be constructed west of the LDS Institute Building and north of The Grand Ballroom. “This is good for UVU because [the Student Life and Wellness Building] provides that place for students to congregate, meet, socialize, have fun, relax, and take care of the mind, body and spirit,” said Dr. Bob Rasmussen, Dean of...

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‘Wee Center’ grows up

ISSUE: Jan. 14, 2013   About 100 members of the UVU community looked on as President Matthew Holland and donor Barbara Barrington Jones broke ground Jan. 10 on the two-level building expansion of the Wee Care Center, newly named the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation. School administrators, faculty and other donors attended the event, which took place at the project site adjacent to the existing Wee Care Center on 400 West. “This is a day that reminds you that dreams do come true in this world of ours,” President Holland said. “Too often, we hear messages that make us believe otherwise, but today is a startling joyful reminder that dreams can come true.” Eight children played with green plastic buckets and shovels in a large sandbox where waves of staff and administrators took turns in turning up the...

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Hummanities and social sciences

Exemplary Engaged Learning Student   Stephen Wickhamshire College of Humanities and Social Sciences With a bachelor’s in political science, two minor degrees and an internship through the President’s Office under his belt, Stephen Wickhamshire feels better prepared for life beyond UVU. “My major was good for thinking about things critically,” Wickhamshire said. “I learned some important skills in writing and how to look at situations in a different way.” Wickhamshire intially planned to transfer to another university, but after joining the track team and exploring a variety of classes, he enjoyed UVU too much to leave. He plans to earn a graduate degree, after which he hopes to one day coach at a high school.   Exemplary Engaged Learning Student  Keirashae Sloan Scholz  College of Humanities and Social Sciences Life did little to slow down Keirashae Sloan Scholz from earning a degree in Behavioral Science. Crediting mostly her foster mother’s support for caring for her son while she took, evening, weekend and online courses, Scholz praises the encouragement she received from UVU as well. “I had every odd against me: female, raised in poverty, married with a child, and disabled; I should have never made it,” Scholz said. “Academic success is very important to this university, but considering they are a non-traditional school, I think they embraced how ‘non-traditional’ I was.” Sholz intends to earn a Master’s in Social...

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Media’s role in rape culture

A month after two Ohio teen boys were found guilty of raping an incapacitated 16-year-old girl last August, the headlines are still sickening: “Gang rape by football stars in Steubenville, Ohio,” “Disturbing video leaked of Ohio high school students joking about alleged gang rape,” “Rape charges against high school players divide football town.”   Aside from the crime itself, perhaps what is most scary about this is the teens used camera phones to record the acts, which took place at a house party, and shared the photos and video of the girl among their friends. Much of the evidence used in the case was found through text messages and on Twitter and Instagram.   The case shook residents of the town of Steubenville, Ohio, a suburb where football reigns supreme; the two accused teens played on the local high school football team. The laser-focused media scrutiny brought national attention to the accused; some media outlets reflected the community’s attitude toward the teens, touting them as football stars with bright futures and athletic scholarships ahead of them.   What escapes me is how this culture of rape and misogyny has become so embedded into society, an accepted cultural norm, a pastime to be shared with friends via social media and further perpetuated by other media outlets.   As I hope most people realize, violence against women is slipping into mainstream...

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