• Vatican
  • Russia
  • Afghanistan
  • Ethiopia
  • Pakistan
  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Moldova
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • Greece
  • Poland
  • Canada
  • Peru
  • Korea
  • Haiti
  • Austria

2016 Events

January 16, 2016- Old Russian New Year Celebration

UVU International Affair & Diplomacy Office Celebrates the 2016 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!


 UVU Russian teachers: Marina Panina and Olga Jarrell.



 Russian "Kalinka" dance performed by UVU student.


Ded Moroz and Snegurochka

Snegurochka and Ded Moroz pass out New Years treats to children.

Rusty and Cholpon

 Russian friends and family take New Years photo.

February 20-28th, 2016 - Open World Ukraine Delegation

UVU hosting Ukrainian delegates studying accountable governance

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807 | melindac@uvu.edu

Written by: Alex Sousa | 801-863-8208 | ASousa@uvu.edu

Utah Valley University will host a delegation of six Ukrainian leaders participating in the Open World Program. The delegates will spend Feb. 20–28 in Utah learning more about accountable governance.

The delegation will tour UVU on Feb. 22, followed by a discussion on political parties at the national and local levels and the role of public opinion with Jay DeSart, professor of political science. The delegates will also give a presentation to students from the political science, peace and justice, and constitutional studies classes.

“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 delegation consists of Yevheniia Hafurova, advising assistant to a People’s Deputy of Ukraine; Vasyl Sehin, assistant to Member of Parliament; Mariana Semehen, advising assistant to a People’s Deputy of Ukraine; Mariia Zakharenko, assistant to Member of Parliament; Anton Zhemerdieiev, advising assistant to a People’s Deputy of Ukraine; and Hanna Antonova who will accompany them from Ukraine as a facilitator.

While in Utah, the delegates will meet with state representatives, senators, and mayors and city councils of Orem, Provo and Lehi, Utah. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities, and experience American family life through homestays with local residents.

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.

For more information, please contact Guia Soleta at 801-863-7191 or at gsoleta@uvu.edu. For more information on Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov