Anxiously engaged

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Students can find an area that will accommodate their interests with the wide variety of programs available here.

While UVU students are constantly encouraged to become “engaged learners,” students of the Orem Institute of Religion are called on to be “anxiously engaged.”

Institute is open to anyone ages 18-30. Although the program is funded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, people of all faiths are welcome.

The Orem Institute is one of the largest in the world, with at least 8,000 students  anticipated this fall. Both daytime and evening classes are offered, as well as a long list of activities meant to get students involved.

“Dive right in,” said Salah McLean, an institute graduate who claims that everything good in his life has stemmed from his experiences with institute.

Mark Spencer, an institute instructor of eight years and head of institute activities suggested getting involved with the Latter Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA). This student-based committee involves students in the planning of enrollment, dances and service projects, among other activities.

“Not only can they come and have fun, but then they’ll take a class and enjoy the spiritual side,” said Kent Hugh, also an institute instructor of eight years and head of dances and special events.

The first institute dance of the fall semester will be held on Sept. 3 with free admission. Students will need to pick up a wristband in the institute building beforehand. The institute will also be holding a devotional every friday at noon, with the first one on August 27.

“It’s a great way to learn about the gospel, meet new people and be around people with your same beliefs,” said Whitney Hunt, a student enrolled in institute.

All classes and activities are free. The institute also provides free wireless Internet,  free access to their library and a spacious game room.

One thing to consider paying for is a $5 institute parking pass. These are available in the parking office of the institute building. Keep in mind that 75 percent attendance earns a spot in the neighboring premier lot, while 50 percent attendance ensures a spot in the church parking lot off of 800 South. Fall parking passes will be available starting Aug. 9.

Fall registration is going on now, with classes beginning Aug. 25. Students are welcome to sign up for institute classes at any time throughout the fall semester. Enrollment is available online or in the institute registration office.

For more information on how to enroll and get involved, visit

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