Author: Natasha Reeves

Bus shelters receive a splash of color

Commuters on busy streets in Pleasant Grove and American Fork may have recently noticed some art in a normally bland place: bus shelters. Not only is this art new, but it is done by artists with close ties to the cities that house the shelters. Tammy Rodeback is an art student at UVU mostly known for her artistic work with pottery, but in May one of her paintings became a work seen by thousands of commuters each day in Utah County. Rodeback’s painting of a cabin in a grove of cottonwood trees, representing the history of Pleasant Grove, was selected by Utah Transit Authority to become a mural in a bus shelter near 800 W. and State Road. “I enjoy painting,” said Tammy, whose name is spelled “Tami” in more artistic situations. “I enjoy it as much as pottery.” Rodeback is an up-and-coming artist in Utah County who recently discovered a talent for painting. She thought the mural would be a great way to spread the word about her artistic works. She also was aware of the impact that these types of projects have for the artists and the communities they involve. “Bus stops are pretty plain, and it adds an ambience and just makes it nicer,” she said of the projects. “It’s a really good experience. It’ll be up there until it falls apart or they change it....

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Alumni center gives out free breakfast

A steady stream of guests filled The Alumni Center Wednesday morning, attending the free breakfast. Through the breakfasts, held weekly from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for students and alumni, The Alumni Center hopes to raise awareness of its purpose. Nov. 11‘s breakfast, complete with green Wolverine pancakes, was in celebration of Homecoming week. The Student Life SUV was parked out front where music played as the pancakes were being made by members of the Student Alumni Board. “The Student Alumni Board is a leadership organization that motivates students to become active alumni while still in school,” said Parker Donat, a junior majoring in Public Relations and interning at the Alumni Center. Donat serves as a liaison between the alumni and student alumni. He is involved in the board’s projects, the online database, and the website. Jeri Alphin, the Alumni Center director, led groups of guests on a tour which covered the three floors of the house. The main floor is generally used for entertaining, hosting, board meetings, retreats, conferences, and other events. The winding staircase, traveling both up and down from the main floor, leads to the offices of Student Alumni Board members, the director, fund raising coordinators and the Advancement Office. “The center serves primarily two purposes,” said Allphin. “Making and keeping relationships, and fundraising.” The George Murdock family owned the 13,000 square-foot red-brick mansion for 20...

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