On Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. the ribbon was finally cut and the doors officially opened for the Losee Center for student success.
The program began with a welcome from Matthew Holland, president of UVU for almost four months now. “We all owe a great round of applause to Dick and Joanne Losee,” said Holland. It was their donations and a life of service that made this center possible and the building now bears their name.
Holland also took off his hat to designers, architects and all those who work in the building and make it effective. “We came up with a model, and at the center of that model is student success” Holland said.
Architect Boyd Viehweg of Axis Architecture also attended and spoke to students about the continuity they tried to create in the building by using a bamboo “ribbon.” Seeing as the Losee center is the new all-inclusive place for student services, this continuity is important to bring previously separate departments together.
To Cory Duckworth, vice president of Student Affairs, the building is a representation of patience, endurance and a collaboration of efforts. He too thanked all those who made the building possible and committed it 100 percent of the time to helping students succeed.
“The Losee center will be a great asset to us,” said Trevor Tooke, student body president. He thanked the legislature, board of trustees, the governor and school administration on behalf of over 30,000 students.
The last speaker in the ceremony was Yazmin Montero, UVU Student and Prospective Services Ambassador. She feels that the Losee center will give students a better college experience as well as a better career in the future. “Now students will know where to go whenever they need assistance,” Montero said.
The short ceremony was followed by lunch and free tours of the newly renovated building.