2015 Events

January 16- Old Russian New Year Celebration

UVU International Affair & Diplomacy Office Celebrates the 2015 Russian New Year

UVU's Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy along with the Honorary Consulate General for the Russian Federation in the State of Utah hosted the long anticipated Old New Year Celebration. Traditional dishes filled the potluck tables and much fun was at the Children's Craft Table and New Year Photo Booth - especially when Ded Moroz and Snegurochka made their appearance at the end of the evening!


Members of Utah's Russian community enjoy traditional Russian food


Ded Moroz & Snegurochka give away gifts

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka

Snegurochka and Ded Moroz with Amy Barnett and Tamara Harutyunova

Rusty and Cholpon

AVP Rusty Butler & Professor Cholpon Akhmatalieva

January 27, 2015 - Mr. Michal Sedlacek - Consul General of Czech Republic in Los Angeles


Mr. Michal Sedlacek spoke to UVU international relations & political science students during his visit to Utah. Consul General Sedlacek, addressed topics of Trade, Czech Republic's Economic Future, and Immigration.

Mr. Machal lecturing

Mr. Michal Sedlacek addressing Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev's Comparative Politics class

Mr. Michal and Students

Mr. Sedlacek with Jonathon Tichy, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Utah, Amy Barnett, Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev, and students after his lecture

Mr. Michal with VP Olsen

Consul General Sedlacek with Jeffery Olson, Senior VP UVU Academic Affairs & Honorary Consul Jonathon Tichy

January 29, 2015 - Rudolph Moise,
Ambassador-at-Large from Haiti

Rudolph Moise


University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801)863-6807

Written by: Kellene Ricks Adams ,(801) 863-8504

Rudolph “Rudy” Moise, Ambassador-at-Large for the Republic of Haiti, will be speaking during a Jan. 29 lecture sponsored by Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy.The lecture will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Sorensen Center 206a.

Moise was appointed Ambassador-at-Large in April 2014 by President Michel Martelly. Born in Port-au-Prince, Moise moved to the United States at age 17, where he dedicated himself to learning English and completing his high school education. He eventually earned an MBA from the University of Miami, a doctorate degree in osteopathy from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a juris doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. Moise also holds a flight surgeon degree from the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and has served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

The ambassador has enjoyed successful careers in several fields, including work as a primary care physician, an attorney, an Air Force officer, an entrepreneur and an actor. Since 1984, he has been the president and medical director of Comprehensive Health Center in North Miami. He also serves on the board of directors of United Way of Miami-Dade, as CEO of Physicians Access Urgent Care Group, as vice president of Access Healthcare and as founder and president of the Kenbe Foundation.

Because of his remarkable background and experience, Moise was uniquely prepared to help after the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. He traveled to Haiti with a disaster rescue team and helped with everything from pulling people from the rubble to administering life-saving medical care. He continued his work long after the initial rescue period, collecting and shipping more than 300,000 donated items to Haiti. His work as an ambassador is a continuation of this service to his home country.

All UVU students are welcome to attend this lecture, which is also open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which actively supports the University’s global engagement efforts by advancing UVU’s presence and prestige in the international community; helping UVU students become globally competent graduates; and promoting cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Mr. Rudolph Moise.

Moise Rudolph

Ambassador at Large Rudolph Moise honored as a guest professor at UVU

After Lecture

Mr. Rudolph Moise with UVU students after his lecture

Campus Tour

Ambassador Moise on a tour of UVU campus

January 30 - February 7, 2015 - Open World Kyrgyzstan Delegation

Tajik Delegation 2015


University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Kellene Ricks Adams ,(801) 863-8504

A delegation of five Kyrgyz leaders participating in the Open World Program will spend Jan. 30 through Feb. 7 in Utah learning about accountable governanceand the role of legislators. Utah Valley University will host the delegation, which will meet with state representatives and senators, as well as mayors and city councils from Orem, Provo and Lehi.

In addition to meeting with state and community leaders, the delegation will tour UVU campus, discuss political parties and the role of public opinion with UVU political science professors, and lecture to UVU political science students. Homestays with local residents will allow the delegates to experience American family life; they are also scheduled to take part in several cultural and community activities.

“This delegation of key decision makers will have great influence among their peers while allowing our students and faculty to engage with them,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy.

The visiting delegates from the Kyrgyz Parliament are Kylychbek Abdyrashitov, head of the Sector Committee on Economic and Fiscal Policy; Akylai Aldasheva, expert of the Committee Department on Regulation and MP Ethics; Almaz Asanov, expert of the Legal Analysis Department of Kyrgyz Parliament Administration; Ruslanbek Saky Uulu, senior consultant in the Department of Registration and Systematization of the Legislation; Gulnura Sultanbaeva, head of the Unit in Research Center; and Keneshbek Sainazarov, delegation facilitator.

The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level. This visit was sponsored by a grant from the Open World Leadership Center. Since the program’s inception in 1999, more than 18,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 states. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists, and from political party activists to regional administrators.

KSL news article about the Kyrgyz delegation visit in Utah, www.ksl.com

For more information on Open World, visit  www.openworld.gov.

the delegates with Utah Local deaders

Kyrgyz delegates with UVU President Matthew Holland after the Utah County Commissioners public meeting


Meeting with Amanda Dickson, KSL Newsradio co-host

Olympic park

Tour of Utah Olympic Park

the delegates with host family

Kyrgyz delegates with their host families and UVU staff

February 12, 2015 - Martin Sajdik,
Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801)863-6807

Written by: Kellene Ricks Adams ,(801) 863-8504

His Excellency Martin Sajdik, Austria ambassador to the United Nations, will be presenting a lecture on Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Sorensen Center, 206a, for all UVU students, faculty, and staff. The public is also welcome. Sajdik will address “A New Global Strategy for Sustainability: The post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations. Will It Make a Difference?”

“Austria is not only one of the richest countries in the world in terms of GDP, it also plays an important role in the European Union,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Austria has so far twice taken over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in 1998 and 2006. We are honored to host Ambassador Sajdik at UVU and hear his insights about the euro and the European Union. UVU students will benefit tremendously from our guest’s expertise.”

Sajdik became president of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in January 2014. Prior to this appointment, he served
as Austria’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. From 2003-07, Sajdik was director general for Economic Affairs and European Integration. He has also served in assignments at the Austrian Embassy in Moscow, with the executive secretariat of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and held executive positions at a major Austrian construction company and 
Austrian bank located in Moscow. Earlier in his career, Sajdik served at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Sajdik studied law, international law and international relations in Vienna, Moscow and Bologna, and received his doctorate degree in law in Vienna in 1971. He has authored several books on the enlargement process of the European Union.

The Feb.12 lecture is sponsored by the University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which actively supports UVU’s global engagement efforts by advancing UVU’s presence and prestige in the International community, by helping UVU students become globally competent graduates, and promoting cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Sajdik and his country of Austria.

Governor's office

His Excellency Martin Sajdik & his wife Mrs. Tamara Otounbaeva, joined by Franz Kolb & Lt. Governor Spencer Cox


Ambassador Sajdik interacting with UVU student during his lecture


Mr. Sajdik & Mrs. Tamara Skiing at Deer Valley with Mayor Jack Taylor & UVU AVP Rusty Butler