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UVU GRADUATE TO BE ON WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE SHOW – UVU alumnus, Shannon Young, 49, was selected to be on a special hometown promotional campaign for the Who Wants to be a Millionaire show, hosted by Meredith Vieira. Young will be in the “Millionaire” hot seat April 8 on KSL (NBC) at 3 p.m.

Young recently graduated from UVU as Valedictorian of her class. She was just accepted into graduate school and would like to obtain her Master’s degree in social work. She said anything she won on the show would help pay for her schooling. After graduate school she would like to do humanitarian work.

FESTIVAL OF EGGS – The UVU Student Alumni Board has joined with Miracle Works to host the first annual Scavenger Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 11. In an attempt to break the record for the world’s largest scavenger egg hunt, The Festival of Eggs has teamed up with Wells Fargo and numerous other local businesses for locations to hunt for the eggs.

$6 registration offers students an entry into the grand prize drawings and a wristband to present to local businesses for a surprise-filled egg. Registration is located on campus this week — look for the pink bunny.

The grand prize drawing will include a helicopter ride for two, Apple products, a Scooter and much more.
Join the Facebook group “Festival of Eggs” and RSVP for the event. This will help the Guinness Book of World Records with their verification of the world record.

PILOT ACADEMY CLAIMS FALSE AFFILIATION WITH UVU – Recent reports of the National Pilot Academy (NPA) reveal that the Cedar City-based school has recently closed its doors and has failed to refund tuition to a number of its students. NPA had also advertised and implied that it was in a partnership with UVU’s aviation program. Chris Taylor, UVU spokesperson clarified that UVU has no affiliation with this entity. The case is currently being investigated.

UCC AND UVU VOLUNTEER & SERVICE-LEARNING CENTER NAME HONOREES – Utah Campus Compact and the Utah Valley University Volunteer & Service-Learning Center will honor three individuals and one community entity for becoming outstanding faculty, staff, student and community partners in civic engagement at the annual Utah Campus Compact Statewide Recognition Event Thursday, April 7 at Clark Planetarium located at 110 S. 400 West in Salt Lake City from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition, the honorees will also be recognized at the UVU Volunteer & Service-Learning Center Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, April 16 at Centre Stage located in UVU’s Sorensen Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kyle Reyes of the UVU Multicultural Center demonstrated leadership in advancing community engagement within the higher education institution, and engaged, modeled and influenced students to become involved in community service and service learning. Reyes was named recipient of the Civically Engaged Staff Member Award.

Emily Hendrick, a senior in UVU Digital Media, earned the Civically Engaged Student Award for her innovative approach to building and enhancing campus-based efforts to address community needs and issues, as well as demonstrating an ability to lead, inspire and engage other students and members of the institution and the community.

Lynley Rowan of UVU Community Health is recognized as the Civically Engaged Scholar Award honoree for her ability, as a UVU faculty member, to use new ways of employing reflective strategies to connect students’ service with academics, as well as showing evidence of engaged scholarship through integration, application, teaching and community-based research.

Community Action Services is lauded with the Committed Community Partner Award for its commitment to enhance the community partners’ involvement portion of UVU’s civic engagement program and ability to provide meaningful service and learning opportunities for UVU students.

STUDENT TRADE SHOW – The UVU Wolverine Student PR Firm will hold a Trade Show April 15 at 5 p.m. in CS 401. The show will display student’s work they have done throughout the semester for a variety of non-profit organizations.

“The trade show is an important event which allows students to evaluate their progress as public relations students,” said Wolverine PR President Steve Cann. “More importantly, students receive recognition for their efforts to help further non-profit organizations and their causes.”

Students organized and directed a variety of public relations campaigns for organizations in Utah County including American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Centro Hispano, UVU PR Club, Food and Care Coalition, Community Health Connect, UVU Interfaith Student Association and the UVU Rodeo Club. The students don’t receive any type of payment for the services they provided.

A panel of judges, comprised of public relations professionals in Utah, will be scoring the students on their quality of work, creativity and how well the groups worked together.

Faculty advisor Linda P. Walton started the class to help students prepare for careers in public relations while contributing to worthy causes.

“Students need opportunities to gain experience as they begin careers in PR,” Walton said. “Why not get experience while assisting these organizations in serving people in the community?”

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