My name is Jeff, I’m a junior working on a B.A. in Political Science with a minor
in Peace and Justice Studies. I’m associated with the Center for the Advancement of
Leadership and volunteer with the Peace and Justice Studies Program helping with print
media. After graduation I plan on working with NGO’s in conflict resolution and international
humanitarian law. I served in the Army as a Combat Medic for five years and have served
two tours totaling 27 months in theater. I volunteer as a Court Appointed Special
Advocate for children in the foster care system and in my spare time I enjoy rock
climbing and obstacle courses. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different perspectives,
I have spent significant time in Brazil, South Africa, Israel, Jordan, and as a matter
of obligation, Iraq.
Contact Jeff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently Fritz is a senior at UVU finishing up a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and
beginning to prepare for graduate school. To make his goals a reality he works in
the Language Lab as a Spanish tutor during the school year and during the summer as
an equipment operator in construction. Aside from traveling the world and visiting
new places through UVU's Study Abroad programs, he likes spending down time with family,
friends, and good food. Meeting new people, trying new foods, and living life in a
way never lived before is a must. He spent this last summer with friends from UVU
and made new friends in Trujillo, Perú while studying Spanish. Exploring one of the
Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, highlighted the experience.
Contact Fritz: email@example.com
Adrienne moved to Utah from Oregon in 2008. She received her Associate’s degree from
LDS Business College in General Education in 2012. Adrienne is a senior at UVU and
will be graduating in April 2015 with a BS in Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis
in Psychology. In July 2013 she went with a small group on the study abroad program
to Havana, Cuba. While in Cuba, she was able to connect with her mother's cousins
and was able to visit places her grandparents had lived before they came to the U.S.
She says it was her best college experience and she would do it again if she could!
The best part of the trip was the ability to make lasting relationships with not only
the people that were in the Study Abroad group, but also the native Cubans. Adrienne
met Robert on Tinder while doing a research project for one of her classes on online
dating. They got married in April 2014. Adrienne loves animals and adopted a blue
heeler named Boston in 2013. When she has free time, she loves spending it with her
family, especially her adorable niece and nephews.
Contact Adrienne: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Harding: London 2014 - Literature and Honors
Drew is a senior at Utah Valley University. He is nearly finished with a Bachelor's
degree in English Literary Studies or something like that. He really liked studying
abroad in London, 'cause it gave him the opportunity to think real hard in another
country while having lots of fun! Drew thinks about all sorts of things ALL THE TIME!
Instead of doing his homework, Drew likes to think about things like, but not limited
to: doing homework, video games, comic books, word books, motion pictures, static
pictures, angry music, and happy music!
Contact Drew: email@example.com
Chelsie Kalian: Italy 2014 - Art History
Chelsie is a senior at UVU -- a business major with an emphasis in accounting. She
has a passion for food and the art of pastry, and plans to use her degree to open
her own artisan bakery. When she is not at work or school, she is often found experimenting
in the kitchen... covered in flour. Otherwise, she's a sucker for dancing, hiking,
and a perfectly toasted s'more. She truly believes that the study abroad program is
an opportunity every student should take advantage of, regardless of his or her major;
her time spent abroad was the best experience of her life and she is confident you
will feel the same!
Contact Chelsie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Branson Maxwell: Middle East 2014 - Peace and Justice Studies
I am a sophomore at UVU studying Emergency Services. I went on the thrilling Middle
East study abroad program studying peace and justice during an intense time there.
I can honestly say it was life changing and I want to help others study abroad and
have similar experiences. My hobbies include photography, videography, painting, and
of course, traveling. I try to travel to a new country every month and I know a lot
about the countries where UVU Study Abroad hosts its programs. If there is anyone
who knows random tips about traveling, how to travel cheap, and how to find flights,
it's me. Email me if you have any questions regarding any of the Study Abroad programs.
Contact Branson: email@example.com
Morgan McCaleb: Cuba 2012 - Peace and Justice Studies
Hi, I'm Morgan! I am currently a junior at UVU, studying Community Health. I love
to learn, read, longboard, and play outside. I went on a study abroad trip to Cuba,
and it completely opened my eyes to reality and the circumstances of others! It was
adventure that changed my life. Traveling has really shaped who I am, and it's something
I'm very passionate about. I enjoy seeing new things and making new friends!
Contact Morgan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallin Orr: Italy 2014 - Art History
Dallin Orr is a junior at UVU in the Illustration BFA program. He is working for an
art history minor and has taken the opportunity to travel to Italy with the art history
program. He is nearly always drawing, painting, or talking about art. He is working
to get hired by an illustration studio after graduation. When he is not drawing, he
loves making music, reading books, and watching movies. Dallin is often spotted performing
music around town with friends. He enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new
things. He also loves to spend time with his friends and family, and he hopes to continue
his world travels with the people that matter to him most.
Contact Dallin: email@example.com
Nancy Ortega: France 2014 - French Language
Nancy is originally from Los Angeles but calls Utah her home. She is pursuing a bachelor’s
degree in Communication with a minor in Criminal Justice. When she is not working
or obsessing over Bruno Mars, she is helping new incoming students as a UV Mentor.
Nancy studied abroad in France and fell in love with the culture, people, and the
new adventures that were in every corner. She came back with a new perspective on
life and a new appreciation for home. A couple years back she would have only dreamt
of traveling, and now that she fulfilled one of her dreams, she is yearning to go
back and discover the rest of the world. Nancy encourages anyone and everyone to just
take a leap of faith and do it because the rewards are even greater than the risk.
Contact Nancy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicky Paspuel: China 2014 - Chinese Language
I'm from Quito, Ecuador. I moved here two years ago. I'm a sophomore at UVU, currently
pursuing a degree in International Business and a minor in Chinese. I have a great
passion for languages, new cultures and traveling. I'm so happy that I had the huge
opportunity to go on the China Study Abroad Program this summer. It definitely was
one of the best experiences of my life. I'm a girl who likes to be busy most of the
time; I love being involved with the community. If I’m not working, I enjoy hanging
out, rock climbing, playing volleyball, watching movies, dancing Latin music, and
after my trip to China, cooking eventually became one of my hobbies. I want to continue
traveling the world to see all the beautiful sights it has to offer. But first, I
truly want to go back to China because I loved it and I feel I didn’t have enough
yet. I want to help each of you to make the study abroad dream a reality. I would
love to answer your questions or concerns. Don’t hesitate to go on a study abroad!
I don’t regret it and I promise you won't regret it!
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Bradley Stratton: Brazil 2014 - Portuguese Language
Bradley is from Puyallup, WA and is a junior here at UVU, majoring in Emergency Services
Administration and has a special interest with language. But, he is just like everyone
else! He enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, experiencing new cultures
and above all else: continuing to learn. In summer of 2014, UVU offered a life changing
opportunity to fully immerse and travel to the diverse culture of Brazil. Brad was
one of those students that was chosen to go. From that experience he gained applicable
world experience and skills that will positively facilitate all of his future endeavors.
Contact Bradley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Swallow: Northern Ireland 2013 - Peace and Justice Studies
Brooke is a senior in the Behavioral Sciences, Sociology emphasis with a minor in
Peace and Justice Studies. She is a non-traditional student with four children and
a very supportive husband. Her husband Devin spent his vacation time watching the
children, so she could go to Northern Ireland. Brooke is passionate about interfaith
dialogue and serves as a student representative on the UVU Interfaith Council. Brooke
hopes to inspire non-traditional students as well as any student in the Peace and
Justice Studies Program to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Please feel welcome to ask her any questions about her experience in Northern Ireland.
Contact Brooke: email@example.com
Lee Winkleman: France 2014 - French Language
Lee is a sophomore at Utah Valley University currently aspiring towards a degree in
Behavioral Science and minoring in French Language. He has an avid taste and adventure
for travel desiring to explore and discover the world. His first study abroad experience
in France of summer 2014 will certainly not be his last and has become the gateway
to the rest of what the world has to offer. His interests include reading, watching
movies, and running. Study Abroad will most definitely give him the experiences he
needs in order to achieve all that life has to offer.
Contact Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Koltyr Wright: China 2014 - Chinese Language
Koltyr is in his second year of pursuing a degree in International Business, with
an emphasis in Mandarin Chinese. Although business is his major, music is his passion.
Koltyr teaches marching band at Riverton High School. He played with the Utah Valley
University Wind Ensemble as a percussionist, and is currently a member of UVU’s premier
a cappella group, VoiceLine. He loved his time as a cast member at the Disneyland
Resort as part of the Disney College Program. When he’s not participating in school-sponsored
programs, he enjoys eating, going on dates, getting outdoors, eating, and dancing.
Contact Koltyr: email@example.com
John Yelland: Germany 2014 - German Language
John is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media (emphasis in TV/cinema
production), as well as a minor in German. John participated in study abroad, traveling
to Berlin, Germany in May 2014. John has been singing since 2008, and is the singer
of two metal bands, Disforia and Judicator. He enjoys writing, reading, philosophy,
and the sciences. John enthusiastically looks forward to many more German experiences.
Contact John: firstname.lastname@example.org