The Community of Engaged Learners website hosts short videos of students, alumni and
faculty. These videos highlight the remarkable projects across campus and call attention
to faculty work. The site gives opportunities for how we can get involved and find
our voice in the story of engagement. The definition of what it means to be an engaged
student will be embedded in the stories told around the virtual campfire. Web resources
will become libraries of past and current achievements and references for current
and future students.
After being inspired by the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, Kate
McPherson, an English & Literature professor, returned to Utah and told a group of
students about her visit. UVU alumni Mark Orem and Alex Ungerman, a current UVU student,
took the idea of developing a theater company and ran with it, creating the Grassroots
Shakespeare Company. The company is now a successful nonprofit organization and has
performed for thousands of people throughout Utah.
Zac Whitmore, a philosophy major at UVU, is President for the Provo Bicycle Collective
and Chair for the Provo Bicycle Committee, where he is providing local residents with
formal means of transportation and recreation. Working in these two organizations,
Whitmore has engaged his community through organizing rides, teaching bike maintenance,
leading safety training sessions, and, most recently, working with the premiere Bicycle
and Pedestrian Planner in the world to conduct an analysis of Provo to implement five
new bike lanes over the next five years. He is driven by his love of knowledge and
the opportunity to apply that knowledge in the real world.