Author: Serre Splond

How rummaging through trash can help promote sustainability

UVU is now the largest university in the state of Utah. With that title comes the opportunity to be the leaders in the fight for sustainability. Helping to lead the way is Scott Williams, professor over outdoor recreation management. As a project, Williams organized a trash audit at Northridge Elementary school to assess how much of their lunch time trash is actually trash. Williams and his student volunteers manned stations with large bins that would hold various recyclable items such as: untouched or touched fruits and vegetables, milk, milk cartons, plastic containers, plastic bags, uneaten food (bread, meat etc.),...

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Using education for the pursuit of happiness: Anne Arendt

Going to college is a decision that will shape your entire life. Many find themselves choosing majors based off careers they thought they’d enjoy. But, sometimes students discover that the major they chose might not be right for them. Instead of staying her course, Anne Arendt, interim associate dean for student affairs over the engineering and technology college, decided to change her focus to ensure her studies were in areas that not only enhanced her career, but also appeased her curious appetite. “Back when I was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, I had actually pursued elementary education....

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Top Places to Visit this Summer Break

Attending college in Utah has many perks: affordability, great food and, most importantly, the views. Utah is home to some of the greatest hiking and swimming places a desert climate can offer. Below is a list of places across the Utah State worth visiting this summer if you dare brave the heat. Payson Grotto Trail — Payson If you have little ones along with you, Payson Grotto offers a relatively short but scenic hike to the small waterfall and icy shallow pool making it a refreshing treat after a hike in the sun. Bridal Veil Falls Park — Provo...

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Survival tips to finish out the semester strong

  Whether you stayed in the valley or went out for this year’s spring break, coming back to class is hard. The week-long adventure of late nights and late mornings comes abruptly to an end the morning we’re all to report back to our classes. Luckily, the semester is more than halfway over and with only a month left, there’s a ton of events and services to keep you afloat until summer begins. Arranged by class year, here are some ways to keep your motivation high until the semester ends. Freshmen This is your first year in college and...

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Candy Searle overcomes nontraditional student challenges

Here at UVU we have extraordinary students and faculty members who lead accomplished lives worth praise. One such person is senior psychology major Candy Searle. She dropped out of school in the ninth grade because she suffered from ADHD, which prevented her from being able to focus in school. “At that time, I was told I was a problem child and stupid,” Searle said. Wanting to be rid of the situation, Searle decided to obtain her GED. After earning her GED, Searle brought five children into the world. One of which was her daughter, who enrolled in a program in high school that gave her the opportunity to earn her associate’s degree. Searle, who hadn’t been to school in more than a decade, wanted to know exactly what her daughter was getting; so, she decided to attend college alongside her. “I changed my major three times. At first it was family studies, then behavioral science with a psychology emphasis to my current major which is psychology,” Searle said. Her desire to return to school to receive her bachelor’s degree wasn’t well received. “The only person who believed in me was Kristen, my behavioral science advisor,” she said. With the help of Kristen, Searle began her journey returning to school. After taking the mandatory student success class, she was led to the UVU mentor program, which provided her with the...

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