2012 Events

November 29, 2012 - Mauro Battocchi,
Consul General of Italy

Mauro Battocchi

CONSUL GENERAL OF ITALY VISITS UVU TO DISCUSS THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC TRANSITION

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Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

Mauro Battocchi, consul general of Italy, will be at Utah Valley University on Thursday, Nov. 29, to discuss "Italy 2013: Snapshot on a Country in Transition." The lecture begins at 1 p.m. in UVU's Liberal Arts building, room 208. This event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and campus guests.

"In the midst of its own economic recession, which has brought unemployment rates to as high as 10.8 percent, Italy, like most of the European Union, faces an uncertain future," noted Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU's International Affairs & Diplomacy. "With an impressive education in economics and public policy along with a vast amount of experience in international business and foreign affairs, Mr. Battocchi will provide our students with unique insights into the politics, economics and cultural trends of a country at the heart of a changing Europe."

Battocchi has been Italy's consul general in San Francisco since September 2012. A foreign service officer specialized in economic issues, he worked in the private sector at Enel, a multinational power company, in international governmental affairs.

Previously, he headed the desk for trade and investment promotion at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, supporting the internationalization of Italian firms abroad. He was also the head of the economic section of the Italian Embassy in Tel-Aviv and served at the financial section of the Italian Embassy in Germany, taking part in the negotiations for the start of the European Monetary Union.

Battocchi graduated in economics at Bocconi University in Milan, and received a master's degree in public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.



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Mr. Battocchi speaking to UVU students

Mr. Battocchi speaking to UVU students

ITALIAN CONSUL VISITS UVU



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Written by: Nicole Shephard



Italian Consul, Mauro Battocchi, spoke at UVU about Italy's plans for a stable political and economic future on Nov. 29.

"We must understand the unique culture that is Italy to understand what is happening and what needs to be done," Battocchi said.Battocchi has represented Italy in San Francisco since September 2012. His area of responsibility extends from Utah to Guam. Coming to Utah was one of Battocchi's firsts acts as Honorable Consul of Italy.

"I thought about going to Hawaii first, but I don't know how my government would have seen that," Battocchi said.



Battocchi, accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Spain, Dr. Baldomero Lago, and Honorary Consul of Russia, Dr. Rusty Butler, spoke with over 50 students and faculty in the Liberal Arts Building. Battocchi's presentation outlined the difference between the perceived Italy and the true Italy." When people think of Italy they think of the four F's – food, furniture, fashion and Ferrari," Battocchi said, "but these cannot begin to describe the real Italy."



Battocchi explained that Italy, a country younger than the United States, is new to functioning as a whole and that its population is divided on nearly every front.

"What many of you don't understand is that in Italy there is division everywhere. Division among the states that have only been united since 1848, division among the peoples, even division in the proper way to prepare food," Battocchi said. "There is only one way to make coffee, one way to make pasta and if you make it differently than you are wrong and there will be problems."

One of the greatest divides in Italy, Battocchi explained, is the divide between the people and the government.

"If you ask an Italian they will say 'Italy is poor, but I am rich' and they would be correct," Battocchi said. "Italians are the kind of people who hide money in their mattresses."

While the government struggles with national debt, the people themselves are largely wealthy. Lack of accountability for how much individuals make creates issues with taxation.

"We do not have all of the facts on income, we don't currently have a system in place that monitors exactly how much any individual makes," Battocchi said. "We look at what they claim to make on their tax reports, but then we see that they've recently bought a Ferrari and a yacht and things don't add up."

Since 1992 Italy has been working to implement government structures and policies closely resembling those of the United States and the United Kingdom. The election in early 2013 will closely follow that of the U.S.'s 2012 election.

"We've begun our major changes by changing how we select and elect government officials," Battocchi said. "Once we have a stable method of election we can move forward with changes in our taxation policies, our international affairs and cultural unity."

UVU students studying political science and international business discussed with Battocchi where Italy stands worldwide in regards to business, economics and international relationships.

"I was surprised to see how well Italy is doing in regards to national debt versus population wealth," said Jacob Stevens, political science student. "The news makes them sound like they are on the brink of destruction, but the facts don't line up with what has been said about them."

Battocchi said that he wanted the bridge the gap between perception and reality to help create trusting international relationships for future leaders.

"Italy has many cons in the eyes of the world," Battocchi said. "We have the Mafia, perceived governmental insecurity and miles of national debt, but that is not the whole story. We need the chance to show who we really are."



Click here to see Mr. Battocchi's presentation.

At a luncheon with the Utah Italian community

At a luncheon with the Utah Italian community

Meeting with UVU Vice President, Cory Duckworth

Meeting with UVU Vice President, Cory Duckworth

November 1, 2012 - Palitha T.B. Kohona,
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UN

Palitha T. B. Kohona

SRI LANKAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N. TO SPEAK AT UVU



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The ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Palitha T.B. Kohona, will speak Nov. 1 at Utah Valley University.

The lecture, hosted by UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, is titled “Sri Lanka Looks Ahead - Now to Win the Peace.” The lecture begins at 10 a.m. in room SC 206g/h in the Sorensen Student Center.

“Despite enduring the devastation of a recent 25-year civil war, Sri Lanka has shown remarkable resilience by developing one of the most robust economies in Southern Asia and cultivating what today is considered the oldest democracy in the region,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy. “In fact, Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to elect a female head of state in 1960.”

Kohona served as the secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka until his appointment as permanent representative to the U.N. in New York. From 1995-2006 he served as chief of the Treaty Section, Department of Legal Affairs of the U.N. where he managed the computerization and online access to the U.N. Treaty Database consisting of more than 50,000 bilateral treaties and 530 multilateral treaties.

Prior to joining the U.N., Kohona was with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 1989 he was posted to the Australian Permanent Mission in Geneva with specific responsibility for environmental issues. He returned to Sri Lanka on the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to assume office as the secretary general of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process. He earned a doctorate from Cambridge University. Kohona, fluent in Sinhala, English and French, has published extensively on topics such as terrorism, international organized crime and the environment.

“It is an honor to host Ambassador Kohona, and I am confident that his vast experience on the subjects of terrorism and organized crime, will provide our students with valuable insights on the devastating impacts of war and the bright future that Sri Lankans now face moving forward,” Butler said.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Click here to learn more about Ambassador Kohona and his country of Sri Lanka.



Click here to view the Ambassador's presentation.

Ambassador Kohona speaks to UVU students

Ambassador Kohona speaks to UVU students and is distinguished as a UVU honorary professor by Dr. Butler

With UVU President Holland

With UVU President Holland

The Ambassador speaking at a dinner with UVU administrators

The Ambassador speaking at a dinner with UVU administrators

October 31, 2012 - Dr. Bernd Fischer,
Consul General of Germany

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Bernd Fischer, who holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Heidelberg University and most recently served as German Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, has been head of the German Consulate General in Los Angeles since July 10, 2012. Born 1950 in Kaiserslautern, Dr. Fischer is married to Jutta Fischer and has two grown children.

Dr. Bernd Fisher lectures to advanced German students at UVU

Dr. Bernd Fisher lectures to advanced German students at UVU

With Honorary German Consul General Charles Dahlquist, and Dr. Butler

With Honorary German Consul General Charles Dahlquist, and Dr. Butler

Dr. Fischer with President Holland and Charles Dahlquist

Dr. Fischer with President Holland and Charles Dahlquist

September 29 - October 6, 2012 - Open World Tajik Delegation

UVU TO HOST TAJIK DELEGATION WITH OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER PROGRAM



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Written by: Dallin Kauffman, (801) 863-7191

Five professionals from Tajikistan participating in the Open World Leadership Center program will spend September 29 – October 6, 2012 in Utah examining Utah’s tourism industry hosted by Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy.

While in Utah, the delegates will discuss issues pertaining to sustainable tourism with several state entities such as the park management of Capital Reef National Park, the Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The delegation will also tour Sundance Ski Resort, and will be meeting with the hospitality and tourism departments of Utah Valley University and the University of Utah.

“Tajikistan has the potential to become the modern hub of Central Asian Eco-tourism. It is known for its friendly people and wealth of natural beauty especially the breathtaking Pamir Mountains, which were once one of the southern branches of the Silk Road and today are largely untouched by outsiders,” said Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president of the Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Utah and UVU can offer much in the way of experience and best practices to this Tajik delegation as they seek to further develop the infrastructure of Eco-tourism within their own country.”

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.

The Open World Leadership Center awards grants to UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy to administer this and other similar exchanges since 2007. http://www.openworld.gov/

Visit to Capitol Reef National Park

Visit to Capitol Reef National Park, UVU Field Station

The OW Delegates at Sundance Ski Resort

The Open World Delegates at Sundance Ski Resort

Meeting with the Utah State Tourism Office

Meeting with the Utah State Tourism Office & Senator John Valentine at the Utah State Capitol

The Tajik delegates with their Utah host families and UVU staff

The Tajik delegates with their Utah host families and UVU staff

September 4 - 7, 2012 - Dr. Fred Masagazi Masaazi,
Minister of Education & Sport, Kingdom of Buganda, Uganda

Dr. Fred Masagazi Masaazi & Delegates

UGANDAN EDUCATION DELEGATES TO VISIT UVU



University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

Delegates from Uganda will be at Utah Valley University Sept. 4-7 in hopes of developing a university partnership to share knowledge and mutual initiatives to strengthen educational and research goals of the institutions.

The delegation, from the Buganda kingdom of Uganda, is made up of Fred Masagazi Masaazi, the kingdom’s minister of education and sport; Isaac M. Kigongo-Bukenya, director of library and information science at Makerere University, Uganda’s largest and most prestigious university, and Buwule Musoke Henry, a senior lecturer from Muteesa 1 Royal University, established in 2007 to provide dynamic curriculum choices and cultural diversity.

“Over the last century Uganda has seen an abundance of internal and regional conflict. As educators, the members of this delegation have a particularly important role in deterring conflict through teaching mutual understanding and shared values to the next generation of Ugandans,” said Rusty Butler, UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy associate vice president. “We are honored to host these distinguished guests and look forward to learning from their expertise in the areas of education and government.”

“Being a Muganda by tribe who loves the Buganda kingdom and supports its education and health programs, I felt the only way to show my appreciation was to initiate and to be a bridge in enhancing Utah Valley University’s relationship with Muteesa 1 Royal University,” said David Ssejinja, of UVU’s Center for Multicultural Student Services. “UVU has many wonderful programs, great faculty and willing students who are academically prepared to share educational experiences with students in Uganda.”

The delegation will tour many university departments including computer science, digital media and nursing. Delegates will give several lectures on campus and will also be meeting with businesses and educational leaders in Utah. For more information, contact Ssejinja at 801-863-6751.

The visit is being co-hosted by UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy and the Center for Multicultural Student Services.



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With Lt. Governor Greg Bell

With Lt. Governor Greg Bell

The Minister & delegates meet with UVU professors & administrators

The Minister & delegates meet with UVU faculty, administrators, & collaborates with Utah business leaders

With local business leaders and members of the UVU African Club

With local business leaders and members of the UVU African Club

May 21, 2012 - Higher Education Delegation from the Near East

ABOUT

Following an inviitation from the International Visitor Leadership Program, and the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy UVU recently hosted a visit from seven leaders in higher education from the Near East.

The leaders included: Mr. Ammar Abdulammer Radhi AL-SALLAMI, Vice President of Islamic University in Iraq;  Mr. Jasem A M A ALMEJBEL, Assisting Coordinator for Public Relations, Training and Development Department, Ministry of Education in Kuwait; Mr. Mansour Khalid A ALNAHDI, Administrator and Instructor of Jeddah College of Technology in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Mohammed Naser Ali Mohamed NJMY, Section Chief of Engineering Drawing at the Vocational Training Centre in Sudan;  Mr. Saleh Omar Abdulla BALFAQEEH, Director of Abu Dhabi Campus, Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies in the United Arab Emirates; Mr. Ismail Ali Thabit AL-MWALD, Deputy Minister of Curricula and Supervision Sector in Yemen, and Mr. Ameen Mohammed Saeed YAHYA, Vice Dean of Alsaleh Institute in Yemen.

UVU administrators with the Near East delegates

UVU administrators meet with the Near East higher education delegates

The delegation with UVU administrators

The delegation with UVU administrators

May 11 - 19, 2012 - Open World Serbian Delegation

UVU TO HOST SERBIAN DELEGATION WITH OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER PROGRAM



University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Dallin Kauffman, (801) 863-7191

Five Serbian leaders participating in the Open World Leadership Center program will spend May 11-19 in Utah examining Utah’s national park system hosted by Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy.

While in Utah, the delegates will discuss issues pertaining to national parks and eco-tourism with several state entities such as the park management of Arches and Capital Reef National Parks, the Utah Valley Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resource. The delegation will also tour Sundance Ski Resort, and spend time at Utah Valley University and the University of Utah.

“Serbia has been at the epicenter of much of Europe’s modern history: Both world wars; the collapse of the Soviet Union and breakup of Yugoslavia; the rise and fall of Slobodan Milošević until his death just five years ago; and the breakaway of Kosovo,” said Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president of the Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Utah and UVU can offer much in the way of experience and best practices to this Serbian delegation as they seek to learn about our approach to parks and recreation.”

Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Centerat 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.

The Open World Leadership Center awards grants to UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy to administer this and other similar exchanges since 2007.



To learn more about the Open World program please visit http://www.openworld.gov/

Visit to Arches National Park

Visit to Arches National Park

Visit to Capitol Reef National Park

Visit to Capitol Reef National Park, UVU Field Station

Serbian Delegation with Host Families and UVU organizers

The Serbian Delegation with Utah Host Families and UVU organizers

The Serbian Delegation at the Olympic Park in Park City

The Serbian Delegation at the Olympic Park in Park City

May 8, 2012 - Carlos Michelén,
Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the UN

Carlos Michelén

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SOCIAL REFORM WILL BE ADDRESSED BY U.N. AMBASSADOR AT UVU



University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

Carlos Michelén, ambassador for the Dominican Republic permanent mission of the United Nations, will discuss “The Dominican Republic’s Social Development: A Moral Journey” at Utah Valley University on Tuesday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 206a.

The Dominican Republic has the largest economy and the second-largest country in population and land mass in the Caribbean. Its strong bilateral trade with the United States and its proximity to the U.S. and other Caribbean nations make it an important partner.

“The Dominican Republic is an important Caribbean neighbor to the U.S. and in a vital security geo-political region,” said Dr. Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Last year when I had dinner with the Ambassador in New York where we discussed his nation, I knew that our UVU community must hear from him. He will be a well of information for us all.”

The U.S. supports the Dominican Republic’s democratic and economic development and the two governments cooperate in the fight against the traffic in illegal substances. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) helps improve access of underserved populations to quality health care, combat diseases, improve access to quality public education and assist at-risk youth programs.

Presidential elections in the Dominican Republic are scheduled for May 20. Amnesty International, which works for human rights protection worldwide, already has urged the winning candidate to take a public stand on human rights violations by the police, violence against women and abuses against migrants, especially those from Haiti.

Michelén, who served as vice president of the Caribbean Conference on Maritime Demarcation and director of the National Commission of Oceanography at the Dominican Foreign Ministry, maintains that Dominican Republic laws at home and within the sea should conform to those set by the United Nations. He is pursuing a doctorate degree at Columbia University in New York and has a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration. He also has worked as a civil engineer and served as a consultant to Dominican Republic Congress.




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Ambassador Michelén presenting to UVU students

Ambassador Michelén presenting to UVU students

The ambassador speaking to UVU faculty and administrators at a luncheon

The ambassador speaking to UVU faculty and administrators at a luncheon

Ambassador Michelén with his son Carlos in Moab, Utah

Ambassador Michelén with his son Carlos in Moab, Utah

The ambassador with Governor Herbert, Rusty Butler, and son Carlos

The ambassador with Governor Herbert, Rusty Butler, and son Carlos

April 26, 2012 - Ahmed Younis,
Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

Ahmed Younis

AHMED YOUNIS LECTURE

Ahmed Younis,  a graduate of Washington & Lee School of Law, is an expert on American Muslims and other topics such as terrorist financing, public diplomacy, identity/integration and issues affecting the relationship between the global Muslim Community and the West.

For the past three years, The Royal Islamic Strategic Centre named Ahmed Younis as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.

He is a Senior Analyst with the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and the newly established Abu Dhabi Gallup Center. In this role, Younis analyzes complex survey data and incorporates historical, political, and cultural knowledge to provide context to research findings. He is one of the main authors of reports, articles, and white papers published by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center. He is also the author of American Muslims: Voir Dire [Speak the Truth], a post-Sept. 11 look at the reality of debate surrounding American Muslims and their country.

As a part of his Gallup portfolio, Younis is Director of Strategic Partnerships, Public Relations & Communications of Silatech, a youth employment initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned with the broad support of other leaders and partners from across the Middle East region and throughout the world. Silatech has been created to promote large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, and access to capital and markets for young people across the Middle East and North Africa.

Younis is a member of the Advisory Committee on U.S.-Muslim World Relations of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). In 2006, Younis joined Ambassador Dennis Ross at the convening of Search for Common Ground to begin a national conversation on a long-term strategy to improve U.S. relations with the Muslim world. This dialogue led to the formation of a 34-member Leadership Group that includes former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright; Thomas Dine, the former Executive Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Richard Land, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2008, the Leadership Group published a report titled "Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World."

Younis has been invited to speak by governments and universities throughout the world. His topics have included "Global Muslim Opinion and the U.S.-Muslim World Divide," " Muslims in American Public Life," "Western Muslim Identity," "The Future of U.S. Public Diplomacy," and "Arab Youth, Jobs, and the Future."

Younis is a frequent guest for television, radio, and print media globally. His work has also been featured in many leading publications in the United States and 35 other countries.

Younis served as National Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) from 2004 to 2007. Before joining MPAC, he worked as an intern at the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs. He was assigned to the office of the Special Adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General on Iraq. Younis has studied and lived in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and is fluent in Arabic.

Ahmed Younis addressing UVU students

Mr. Younis addresses UVU students and faculty

April 16, 2012 - Ferit Hoxha,
Ambassador of Albania to the UN

Ferit Hoxha

ALBANIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO SPEAK AT UVU ON APRIL 16



University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Jim Rayburn, (801) 863-8504

Ferit Hoxha, appointed as Albania’s ambassador to the United Nations in August 2009, will speak April 16 at Utah Valley University on his country’s views on the status of the European Union.

The lecture, titled “Can the European Union Survive? A Southeastern Perspective”, begins at 10 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213b. The event is free and open to the public.

“Albania is easily one of the friendliest nations to the United States in Europe,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president of UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Their affinity toward the U.S. in general, and Utah in particular, comes in part because Utah humanitarian personnel made such a difference in their nation, especially in health care. This visit will allow the UVU community to further solidify that close friendship.”

Prior to his appointment as Albania’s U.N. ambassador, Hoxha served as his country’s national coordinator for the Alliance of Civilizations and national coordinator for the Barcelona Process–Union for the Mediterranean. He was appointed by his country’s governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors in 2007. In 2006 he was Albania’s secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hoxha began serving in Albania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and has served as both deputy director and director for the Ministry’s Multilateral Cooperation and International Relations Organization. He has also served as Albania’s ambassador to France, ambassador to Portugal, ambassador to Belgium and ambassador to Luxembourg, while also being his country’s representative to the European Union in Brussels.

Hoxha was educated at the University of Tirana in Albania, and also attended the Netherlands Institute of International Relations at Clingendael in The Hague and the Center of International and Security Studies in Maryland.



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Ambassador Hoxha addressing UVU students

Ambassador Hoxha addressing UVU students

Ambassador Hoxha with Lt. Governor Greg Bell

Ambassador Hoxha with Lt. Governor Greg Bell

Touring Utah Olympic Park in Park City

Touring Utah Olympic Park in Park City

April 2, 2012 - Csaba Korösi,
Ambassador of Hungary to the UN

Csaba Kőrösi

HUNGARIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO SPEAK AT UVU ON APRIL 2



University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Jim Rayburn, (801) 863-8504

An inside perspective to some of Europe’s financial and economic challenges will be discussed April 2 when Csaba Kőrösi, Hungary’s Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at Utah Valley University.

Kőrösi’s lecture topic “does the euro have a future?” will touch on some of Europe’s economic trends, risk factors and opportunities from the Hungarian perspectives.

“Hungary is a top tourist destination in the European Union because of its natural beauty and culture,” said Rusty Butler, AVP of UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “However, the 1956 Revolution that would eventually topple Soviet domination of the East Bloc is the singular event which shaped modern history of the region. I know that Ambassador Kőrösi is excited to explain his country’s unique place in the EU to UVU students and faculty.”

The lecture, free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. in the UVU Library Lakeview Room.

Kőrösi was appointed as Hungary’s ambassador to the U.N. in September 2010. The previous four years he was head of the First and Second European Departments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2002-06 he served as Hungary’s ambassador to Greece. He was Hungary’s deputy state secretary in charge of multilateral diplomacy from 2001-02, acting as head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Western European Union Department.

Kőrösi, a graduate of the Institute of International Relations in Moscow, has also served in Hungary’s embassies in Tel Aviv and the United Arab Emirates. He has also studied Middle East issues at Hebrew University, completed a diplomatic course at the University of Leeds and studied strategic negotiations at Harvard University.




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Ambassador Kőrösi speaking to UVU students

Ambassador Kőrösi speaking to UVU students

Receiving an Honorary Professor Award from Dr. Butler

Receiving an "Honorary Professor" award from Dr. Butler

Korosi with Professors

The ambassador with UVU professors (from left to right):
Dr. Griffin, Dr. Cobb, Dr. Minch, and Ambassador Abdrisaev

At a dinner sponsored by the LDS Church

Ambassador Kőrösi with his wife Edit Móra and daughter Lili Kőrösi at a dinner sponsored by the LDS Church

March 26, 2012 - Simona Mirela Miculescu,
Ambassador of Romania to the UN

Simona Miculescu

ROMANIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO SPEAK MARCH 26 AT UVU



University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Jim Rayburn, (801) 863-8504

Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy is bringing Romanian Ambassador to the United Nations Simona Mirela Miculescu to campus on March 26 to talk on “Romania and Europe between challenges and opportunities”.

Miculescu’s lecture, free and open to the public, begins at noon in Room 213b of the Sorensen Student Center.

“Because of its size, location and history, Romania is one of the EU’s most interesting and important countries,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president of UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “It is also a member of NATO and the WTO, making it a vital ally to the United States.”

Miculescu was appointed Ambassador of Romania to the U.N. in June 2008. She served prior as director of Romania’s Department for Communication and Public Diplomacy within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Twice in her 18-year diplomatic career she has served as the spokesperson for Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Among her past positions she has served as senior media advisor, director of the Press Department, press secretary of the Romanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., senior public information officer for the Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and foreign policy advisor to former Romanian president Ion Iliescu. She was the first woman in Romania's diplomatic history to be granted the rank of ambassador.

“Ambassador Miculescu is very engaging and will provide UVU students with a compelling look at her country and its people. We are honored to have her on campus,” Butler said.


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Ambassador Miculescu with Utah Lt. Governor, Greg Bell

Ambassador Miculescu with Utah Lt. Governor, Greg Bell

Receiving an Honorary Professor award from Dr. Butler

Receiving an "Honorary Professor" award from Dr. Butler

Speaking to UVU administrators

Speaking to UVU administrators

Meeting with LDS leaders

Ambassador Miculescu with LDS leaders, Boyd K. Packer, and L. Tom Perry

February 8, 2012 - Mr. Jeong Gwan Lee,
Consul General of Korea

Mr. Jeong Gwan Lee

SOUTH KOREAN CONSUL GENERAL TO SPEAK AT UVU ABOUT RELATIONS WITH NORTH KOREA



University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Jim Rayburn, (801) 863-8504

Jeong Gwan Lee, the consul general of the Republic of Korea, will speak on the country’s relations with North Korea at Utah Valley University on Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the UVU Library auditorium, room 120. The title of his lecture will be “Unification of the Korean Peninsula.”

“Korea is vitally important to the state of Utah and to UVU,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president of UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “UVU has more Korean students than from any other country, and many Utah Valley companies have robust trade with the country. Other Utah entities depend heavily on the Korean consulate in San Francisco for visas, commercial programs and other needs.”



Lee has served as the consul general of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco since March 2010. He previously served as the director-general of the Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs Bureau (2008-2010). He graduated from the Seoul National University in 1982, and in 1988 he graduated from the Graduate School of Georgetown University. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981.

Lee has also served in Korean embassies in Japan (1989-1992), Bulgaria (1992-1996), and the United States (1996-2000). He also served in the presidential office on two separate occasions (2000-2002 and 2007-2008), with the latter focused on the Northeast Asian Cooperative Initiative. In 2002, he held the directorship of the North American Affairs Bureau.

Lee, as consul general, possesses a great diplomatic mind, and his lecture should provide great insight on the political changes to the Korean countries brought about by the recent death of former North Korea leader Kim Jong-Il.

Click here for more information on Consul General Lee and South Korea

Mr. Lee Speaking

Consul General Lee speaking at UVU

Rusty Butler presents Mr. Lee a gift

Receiving an "Honorary Professor" Award from Dr. Rusty Butler

Mr. Lee with Students

Consul Lee interacting with UVU Students After His Lecture

January 13, 2012 - Russian New Year's Party

RUSSIAN NEW YEAR'S PARTY 2012/Старый Новый Год 2012

Buffet

Members of Utah's Russian community enjoy traditional Russian food

Gifts

Ded Moroz & Snegurochka give away gifts

Children

Snegurochka and Ded Moroz with the children

Community

Member's of Utah's Russian community