Author: Lilly Van Buren

Students voice concerns to the Presidential Transition Committee

Photos by Lincoln Op’t Hof The Presidential Transition Committee sent four representatives to the Student Voice forum to gain student feedback and to ensure a smooth transition from one president to the next, April 3 at Centre Stage. Unlike the Presidential Search Committee, the Presidential Transition Committee is transparent with their process of sending President Holland off gracefully. They hope to ensure that the next president is everything they need in order to best serve UVU, according to a committee member, Jonathan Westover, an associate professor of organizational leadership. “President Holland gave us a directive or a charge to...

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Differing opinions rise about religious inclusivity  

Photo by Jonah Hokit Politics and religion were discussed at length Thursday and Friday at the Symposium on Religious Pluralism and Democracy held in the Classroom Building in order to bring perspectives on the escalated violence against religious minorities that undermine core values, respect and interfaith dialogue. More than six visiting professors from around the country came to lecture on issues of the intersection of religions, ethics and civic engagement. “The inspiration for this event came from the need for students to recognize the critical intersections between religion and political culture,” Brian Birch, the Director for the Center for...

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Candidates present for diversity officer position

Candidates for the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer presented to students, faculty and staff on March 14 and 15. The candidates include Alicia Chavira-Prado, Yudi Lewis, Daniel Teraguchi and Tommy Stevenson. Chavira-Prado received her doctorate in anthropology at the University of California and became a diversity administrator at Ohio University following a career as a professor of cultural anthropology and Latino studies. UVU’s open admissions practice is what drew her to the position. “What UVU is, in its open admission, is tangible proof that we can and should provide an equitable education to everyone,” Chavira-Prado said. “Diversity is not...

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Extreme bionics is redefining the term disability

Photo by Michelle Rivas Hugh Herr, athlete, scientist, innovator and futurist, envisions a world free of human disability through the technology of biomechatronics. As the Presidential Lecture Series speaker, he shared his research, results and goals with students and community March 7 in the Classroom Building. “Imagine a future where we can actually solve depression, solve schizophrenia and solve anxiety,” said Herr. “Could we even comprehend that future?” After a rock climbing accident in 1982, Herr suffered severe frostbite resulting in amputation below the knee of both legs. The specialized prosthetics that Herr designed allowed him to defy what...

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Campus commits to carbon neutrality

Photo by Jay Arcansalin A commitment to decrease the carbon footprint on campus was passed in the Faculty Senate with 32 votes in favor for such, two dissenting votes and one abstention. Currently, the carbon neutrality action plan achievement date is set in the year of 2050. This plan would include the building of a pedestrian bridge connecting the freeway to lot L14, which is said to be completed by fall of 2019, as well as an increase of students using the UTA for free transit passes as an alternative to driving to campus. “I would hope that we,...

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