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!

Buffet

Members of Utah's Russian community enjoy traditional Russian food

Gifts

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

UVU HOSTS CONSUL GENERAL OF THE 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

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FROM HAITI TO LECTURE AT UVU



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

UVU TO HOST KYRGYZSTAN DELEGATION WITH OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER PROGRAM



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

KSL

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

Austria
Sajdik

PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF AUSTRIA TO LECTURE AT UVU


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

 Lecture

Ambassador Sajdik interacting with UVU student during his lecture

skiing

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

April 2, 2015 - Zerihun Retta,
Consul General of Ethiopia in Los Angeles

Ethiopia
Retta

UVU HOSTS CONSUL GENERAL OF ETHIOPIA IN LOS ANGELES


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

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

His Excellency Zerihun Retta Shumye, consul general of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Los Angeles, will speak at a lecture sponsored by Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy on April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Liberal Arts Building, room 214.

“Ambassador Retta will offer his insights into ‘The Path from Poverty to Economic Boom and Reflections on Regional Stability and Economic Integration,’” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for the office. “Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world; it now has the largest economy by GDP in East and Central Africa. Our students will benefit greatly from our guest’s expertise.”

Retta has held many positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. He worked for more than 15 years as director general for Administration and Finance and head of Audit Inspection in the Ministry of Ethiopia. As director general for Administration and Finance General Directorate, he was responsible for coordinating and managing the human and financial resources of the Ministry and embassies and consulates worldwide.

Retta also served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Ireland for more than four years. During his term in Ireland, he worked to strengthen the partnership between Ireland and Ethiopia. In addition, Retta represented Ethiopia during the 52nd Session of the United States General Assembly meeting and served for four years as a board member of the Amhara Development Association (ADA), an organization established to support the development endeavors of the Amhara people of Ethiopia. He currently serves as a member of the Pacific Council Consular Advisory Board and Dean of the Los Angles Diplomatic Core.

The Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy actively supports UVU’s global engagement efforts by advancing The University’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. Zerihun Retta and his country of Ethiopia.

Downtown salt Lake

His Excellency Zerihun Retta Shumye & his family, joined by Franz Kolb in downtown Salt Lake City

 Luncheon

Ambassador Retta & his family with UVU administrators and students after the luncheon

National Park

Mr. Retta & his family enjoy Arches National Park

April 13, 2015-Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza,
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN

Vatican
Archbishop Bernadito

UVU TO HOST PERMANENT OBSERVER OF THE HOLY SEE TO THE UN


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

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

His Excellency The Most Reverend Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, will be the keynote speaker for both the 2015 Mormon Studies Conference, titled “Mormons and Catholics: From the Margins to the Mainstream”, and the UVU Center for Constitutional Studies Symposium on Religious Freedom. The joint keynote address will be held on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the UVU Classroom Building auditorium.

“We are honored to host H.E. The Most Reverend Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza who represents the Holy See at the United Nations,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for the University’s department of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “In his role as the U.N. Archbishop, Auza promotes and works on international issues that reflect the beliefs and practices of his church. Both the LDS and the Catholic churches share strong values regarding religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Our university community is most fortunate to be taught by this outstanding scholar and leader.”

A native of the Philippines, Auza was 
ordained priest for 
the Diocese of
 Tagbilaran in 1985; only a year later he was 
incardinated to the
 newly created
 Diocese of Talibon. He earned
 a doctorate in 
theology and 
entered the diplomatic service of t
he Holy See in
1990. He served at 
the Apostolic
 Nunciature in
 Madagascar, Bulgaria and Albania before serving as the 
secretariat of state 
in the Vatican. From there, Auza was appointed to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. In 2008, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti and was ordained Titular Archbishop of Suacia. In July 2014, Auza was appointed Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York as well as permanent observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States.

Auza’s keynote address, as well as both the Mormon Studies Conference and the Symposium for Religious Freedom, is free and open to the public. The office of International Affairs is collaborating with the UVU Center for Constitutional Studies and the UVU Religious Studies program to sponsor this event.

Click here for more information about the 2015 Mormon Studies Conference and events Schedule.

governorThe Holy See accepting a gift from Governor Herbert.hArchbishop Auza's lecture brought many students and professionals to the campus.groupHis Excellency accepting gifts from Dr. Rusty Butler, Senior Vice President Jeffrey Olson, and other Religious Studies dignitaries.  

April 16, 2015 - Sergey I. Kislyak,
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States

Russia
Sergey

AMBASSADOR OF RUSSIA TO THE UNITED STATES TO LECTURE AT UVU


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

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

His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States, will be speaking on the current relationship between the United States and Russian during an April 16 lecture sponsored by Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. His lecture will begin at 10 a.m. in the UVU Library auditorium.

“Ambassador Kislyak’s visit to Utah and UVU gives our students and our community a rare opportunity to engage with the senior representative of one of the world’s most prominent powers,” said Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president. “US-Russia relations may be at a post-Cold War low, but many are hopeful that continued engagement and open dialogue will help change that.”

Kislyak graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1973 and the USSR Academy of Foreign Trade in 1977; after graduation, he joined the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs and began a long history of representing Russia in international diplomatic work.

His first assignment was as a second secretary at the Russian Permanent Mission to the United States in New York. Subsequently, he served as first secretary and counselor at the Russian Embassy in Washington; deputy director and then director of the Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation; and director of the Department of Security Affairs and Disarmament.

Kislyak speaks Russian, English and French and served simultaneously as both ambassador to Belgium and Russia’s permanent representative to NATO in Brussels and later as Russia’s deputy minister of foreign affairs. He became the ambassador of Russia to the United States in 2008.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Kislyak and his country of Russia.

April 21, 2015 - Zahir Tanin,
Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN

Afghanistan
Tanin

PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF AFGHANISTAN TO LECTURE AT UVU

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Written by: Kellene Ricks Adams | 801-863-8504 | KAdams@uvu.edu 

His Excellency Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, will be presenting a lecture on April 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sorensen Center, room 213a. His address is sponsored by Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy.

“Increasingly, Afghanistan finds itself in the middle of world events, and political unrest,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for the Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Ambassador Tanin will offer his insights into the ‘New Imperatives and Challenges in Afghanistan.’ Our students will benefit greatly from our guest’s expertise.”

During his tenure as permanent representative, Tanin has also served in a number of other capacities within the United Nations including as a vice president of the 63rd and 65th sessions of the General Assembly and currently during the 67th session on behalf of the Asian Group. He also has served as acting president several times during high level General Assembly sessions.

Tanin 
was appointed vice chair of the Open-Ended Working Group and chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on Security Council Reform during the 63rd General Assembly in 2008 and was reappointed to chair the ongoing negotiations during the 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th and 68th sessions.

Before his appointment as permanent representative to the United Nations, Tanin worked for BBC World Service as a producer, senior producer and editor.

Tanin is a graduate of Kabul Medical University and began his career in 1980 working as a journalist in Kabul. He was editor-in-chief of Akhbar-e-Haftah and Sabawoon magazine until 1992 and served as the vice president of the Journalist Union of Afghanistan. He co- authored “The Communist Regime in Afghanistan,” a study of the political and social changes in Afghanistan from 1978 to 1992, and his corresponding landmark 29-part program, “The Oral History of Afghanistan in the 20th Century,” was broadcast on the BBC.

Tanin’s lecture is free and open to the public. 

Click here for more information on Ambassador Tanin and his country of Afghanistan.