2014 Events

January 23, 2014 - Tasawar Khan,
Consul General of Pakistan to the United States

Pakistan
Tasawar Khan

CONSUL GENERAL OF PAKISTAN TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

His Excellency Tasawar Khan, consul general of Pakistan in Los Angeles, will speak to the Utah Valley University community on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Timpanogos Room of the UVU Library.

“Increasingly, Pakistan finds itself in the middle of world conflicts, political unrest and border disputes,” explained Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Consul General Tasawar Khan will offer his insights into the role Pakistan plays in dealing with these issues, as well as current Pakistan-U.S. relations. Our students will benefit greatly from our guest’s expertise.”

Following obtaining a bachelor’s degree in general and defense studies from the University of Peshawar, Khan joined and served in the Pakistan Army Corps of Artillery for 7 1/2 years. In 1989, he joined the Civil Service as assistant director of protocol with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He later proceeded to England to pursue his master’s degree in international diplomatic studies from the University of London.

Previously, Ambassador Ntwaagae served as a district commissioner and executive director of the National Environment Secretariat. He also served as the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Khan’s recent assignments include key diplomatic posts in Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Islamabad, London and, most recently, Australia. He is married with three daughters and one son.

Click here for more information on Consul General Khan and his country of Pakistan.

 The State Capitol Rotunda

Consul General Khan in the State Capitol Rotunda

CG Khan with President Dieter Uchtdorf

Consul General Khan with President Dieter Uchtdorf, member of the First Presidency of the LDS Church

Lecture

His Excellency Tasawar Khan, Consul General of Pakistan, lecturing at Utah Valley University

February 28 - March 8, 2014 - Open World Russian Delegation

UVU TO HOST RUSSIAN DELEGATION WITH OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER PROGRAM



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

Written by: Heather Wrigley,(801) 863-8504

From Feb. 28–March 8, Utah Valley University is hosting a delegation of six Russian leaders, who will be in Utah learning more about accountable governance. The delegation is part of the Open World Program. 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 delegates will meet with state representatives and senators, as well as with the mayors and city councils of Orem, Provo and Lehi.

While at UVU, the delegation will discuss political parties at the national and local levels and the role of public opinion with associate professor of political science Jay DeSart. The delegation will also speak to UVU political science, peace and justice, and constitutional studies classes which will be facilitated by Baktybek Andrisaev, history and political science lecturer.

“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 delegates will stay in the homes of local residents so they can experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities.

The Open World Leadership Center has awarded a grant to Family Health International 360 to administer this and similar exchanges in 2014. 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. More than 18,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program's inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists and from political party activists to regional

administrators.http://www.openworld.gov/

Open World-Russia

Open World delegates visit the State Capital.

Orem City Fire, Police, and Emergency Services

Orem City Fire, Police, and Emergency Services

Tour of Utah Olympic Park

Tour of Utah Olympic Park

Delegates with host families and UVU staffs

Russian delegates with their host families and UVU staff

April 18, 2014 - Nguyen Ba Hung,
Consul General of Vietnam in San Francisco

Vietnam
Nguyen Ba Hung

CONSUL GENERAL OF VIETNAM TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Utah Valley University is pleased to host His Excellency Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung, consul general of Vietnam in San Francisco, who will discuss “Vietnam: Emerging from its Warn Torn Past into a Dynamic Country” on April 18 at 10 a.m. in Sorensen Student Center, room 213a.

“Vietnam has experienced an ever-increasing level of prosperity since the devastation of the Vietnam War,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which is sponsoring the event. “The country’s emergence into a regional power in economics and leadership is very compelling and will be of great interest to our students.”

Prior to his appointment to San Francisco, Nguyen was director general of the Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

He has also headed Vietnam’s Office for Seeking Missing Persons, which searches for American missing servicemen in the Vietnam War. Nguyen has a master’s degree in international public policy from John Hopkins University, was a fellow at Georgetown University and studied international public law at the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands.

Click here for more information on Consul General Nguyen and his country of Vietnam.

Nguyen Ba Hung with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Consul General Nguyen Ba Hung with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Meeting with Governor Gary Herbert and Franz Kolb

Consul General Nguyen Ba Hung meeting with Governor Gary Herbert and Franz Kolb (GOED)

CG with UVU Students from Vietnam

His Excellency Nguyen Ba Hung and Consul Viet Nguyen with UVU Students from Vietnam

May 16, 2014 - Shri N. Parthasarathi,
Consul General of India in San Francisco

India
Shri N Parthasarathi

CONSUL GENERAL OF INDIA TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson


Consul General of India, Shri N Parthasarathi, will address the challenges and opportunities between India and the United States when he speaks at Utah Valley University May 16 at 10 a.m. in the Library Timpanogos Room.

Parthasarathi has been serving as the Consul General of India in San Francisco since October 2011. Prior to that, he was Ambassador of India to Senegal from 2008 to 2011 and the Ambassador of India to the Republic of South Korea from 2005 to 2008. He was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde islands, as well as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of the Gambia.

Parthasarathi joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981 and has served as a diplomat in countries throughout the world, including in Belgium, Senegal, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and Syria. He has also served in different capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) in New Delhi.

He has published two books: “The Reluctant Assassin,” a fictional thriller, and “Bi Dan Hwang Hoo” (Silk Empress), a fictional novel linking the ancient history of India and Korea.

His visit to the University is part of a series of lectures by ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’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. The office also has as its goals 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 Consul General Parthasarathi and his country of India.

Parthasarathi at WTC & visiting Lt. Governor Cox

H.E. Parthasarathi with Elizabeth Gorynova from World Trade Center Utah & visiting Lt. Governor Cox

Parthasarathi with UVU Students

Ambassador Parthasarathi after his lecture with UVU Students

Dead Horse Point in Southern Utah

Ambassador Parthasarathi, his wife and Consul Jha at Dead Horse Point in Southern Utah

June 9, 2014 - Michel Spinellis,
Permanent Representative of Greece to the UN

Greece
Grossman

PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF GREECE TO LECTURE AT UVU



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


His Excellency Michel Spinellis, Ambassador of Greece to the United Nations, will speak at Utah Valley University June 9 at 10 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213a. His address is: “Greece — European Union: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the U.N. in 2013, Spinellis was Greece’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation for five years. He has served as his country’s Ambassador to Israel and was the Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later known as Serbia and Montenegro).

“Many consider ancient Greece as the principle cradle of Western civilization with its advances in philosophy, medicine, mathematics and astronomy. Today, Greece is a key member of the European Union with its ministers chairing EU meetings in the last few months,” said Rusty Butler, UVU’s associate vice president for the Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy. “Ambassador Spinellis will offer his insights into Greece’s challenges and opportunities in the EU and with the U.S. UVU students will benefit tremendously from our guest’s expertise.”

In an extensive diplomatic career that began in the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1979, Spinellis has held a number of posts, including director for South Eastern Europe at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and head of the Greek delegation in the European Community Monitoring Mission in Zagreb. Spinellis was also deputy spokesman at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and, among other posts, served at the Permanent Mission of Greece to the International Organizations in Geneva and at the Embassy in Algiers.

His visit to UVU is part of a series of lectures by ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’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. The office also helps UVU students become globally competent graduates and promotes cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Spinellis and his country of Greece.

Parthasarathi at WTC & visiting Lt. Governor Cox

Ambassador Spinellis with UVU Senior Vice President Ian Wilson, Dee Mower & Jim Williams

Greece Amb

Mr. Spinellis joined by Franz Kolb, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, and Rusty Butler

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

July 22, 2014 - Mariusz M. Brymora,
Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

Poland
Grossman

CONSUL GENERAL OF POLAND TO LECTURE AT UVU



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


Mariusz M. Brymora, Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles, will speak at Utah Valley University July 22 on “A Polish Perspective on Europe and the USA.” The free lecture begins at 2 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 020.

“He is not only an experienced diplomat, but also an accomplished educator and author,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy. “He is uniquely qualified to address current issues in Poland and the European Union as well as the history of Polish immigrants to America.”

Brymora was appointed to his current position in 2013, previously working as the deputy director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has served as the Polish consul in Chicago and the public affairs councilor of the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C.

His accolades are numerous, including recipient of the Polonus Award for Activist of the Year awarded to the most influential people of the Polish community in Chicago, the Golden Link Award awarded by the Polish American Association, and the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Brymora is the co-author and editor of “400 Years of Polish Immigrants in America,” which was published in 2008 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first Poles’ arrival in Jamestown, Va.

He holds graduate degrees from Warsaw University and Ruskin College in Oxford, England.

Brymora’s visit to UVU is part of a series of lectures by foreign diplomats and ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’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. The office also helps UVU students become globally competent graduates and promotes cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Consul General Brymora and his country of Poland.

CG of Poland at UVU

Consul General Brymora and his wife at Utah Valley University

CG-Poland tour the LDS H Center

Mr. and Mrs. Brymora tour the LDS Humanitarian Center

CG-Poland Lecturing at UVU

Mr. Brymora lecturing at Utah Valley University

August 5, 2014 - Marcy Grossman,
Consul General of Canada in Denver

Canada
Grossman

CONSUL GENERAL OF CANADA TO LECTURE AT UVU



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

Written by: Heather Wrigley,(801) 863-8504

Marcy Grossman, consul general of Canada, will speak at Utah Valley University Aug. 5 on “Canada: U.S. Relationship, Trade and Energy.” The free lecture begins at 11 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213a.

“Many of us in Utah Valley have strong ties to Canada,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Canada is also one of the United States’ most dependable friends and Utah’s top trading partner.”

Grossman joined the Consulate General of Canada in Denver in June 2012. As Canada’s consul general in Denver, Colo., Grossman oversees a team of 17 people who work within Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming to strengthen trade and economic ties; enhance political, academic and cultural links; and assist Canadians visiting or living in the four-state Rocky Mountain region.

With a public service career spanning more than 22 years, she joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2001 as a Senior Account Executive for Investment Partnerships Canada, the country’s federal economic development agency. She has served abroad as the Senior Trade Commissioner with the Consulate General in Dallas, Texas, from 2002-05, and Canada’s Consul General in Miami, Fla., from 2005-09. Most recently she served as the Deputy Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, from 2009-12.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, she holds both a master of arts in psychology and a bachelor’s of arts in psychology, both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Grossman’s visit to UVU is part of a series of lectures by foreign diplomats and ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’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. The office also helps UVU students become globally competent graduates and promotes cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Consul General Grossman and his country of Canada.

Grossman with GOED and WTC Representatives

The Canadian Consul General with representatives from GOED and WTC - Utah

Grossman honored as Guest professor

Ms. Grossman honored as a guest professor at UVU

Grossman after the lecture

Ms. Grossman joins international women of UVU from Ukraine, USA, Kyrgyzstan, Mali and Venezuela