• Republic of Georgia
  • 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 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

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Ukrainian Delegates with Lehi City Administrators.

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Visiting with Jennifer Andelin at Congressman Jason Chaffetz Provo office

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Open World Delegates are presented on the Senate Floor at the Utah State Capitol.

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The Open World Delegation enjoys Utah Olympic Park.

March 3, 2016 - Pacific Alliance Economic Summit at UVU 


UVU Welcomes Four Ambassadors to the Pacific Alliance Summit

Utah Valley University, in cooperation with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the World Trade Center Utah, hosted ambassadors to the United States from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru for the Pacific Alliance economic summit on the University’s Orem campus March 3–4, 2016. The Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy sponsored a VIP luncheon for the visiting ambassadors and Utah’s prominent leaders in education, government and business. The Pacific Alliance is an initiative of regional integration and trade cooperation comprised of these four founding countries. The ambassadors include Juan Gabriel Valdés Soublette, Chile; Juan Carlos Pinzón, Colombia; Miguel Basáñez Ebergenyi, Mexico; and Luis Miguel Castilla, Perú. 


March 8, 2016 - Leslie Dee Ann Mower is awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kyrgyz International University

Dressed in full Kyrgyz regalia, UVU National Presidential Advisory Board (NPAB) member and primary donor to the Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy Ambassador Lecture program, Leslie Dee Ann Mower, is awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the vice Rector of Kyrgyz International University. The event was held at UVU on March 8, International Women's Day, with many of her family, friends and UVU leadership in attendance.


Leslie Dee Ann Mower receives an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kyrgyz International University.


Leslie Dee Ann Mower gives her remarks.


Honoree, Leslie Dee Ann Mower with friends and family.

March 16, 2016 - Retirement of Dr. Ross “Rusty” Butler from Utah Valley University

Rusty Butler was celebrated on March 16, 2016 for his 20+ years at Utah Valley University. University administrators, faculty, staff and students were joined by the Russian Consul General, several honorary consuls, government leaders, LDS Church hosting representatives, family and members of the community in expressing their well wishes at his retirement. Rusty's contribution to UVU and to the State of Utah is undeniable and he will be greatly missed! 


President Holland and VP Cameron Martin recognize Rusty on his retirement from UVU.


Rusty Butler's gives his remarks.

Rusty Butler's retirement from UVU.

 President National Advisory Board congratulates Rusty on his retirement.


 Russian Consul General, Sergey Petrov, recognizes Rusty for his service as Honorary Consul.

April 8, 2016 - Ms. Katalin Bogyay - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations

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April 8, 2016 - Katalin Bogyay, Ambassador of Hungary to the United Nations

Katalin Bogyay, ambassador and permanent representative of Hungary to the United Nations, will present a lecture at Utah Valley University on April 8. Entitled “Promoting Understanding Among Nations: Multilateral Diplomacy and the Soft Power,” the lecture is open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. in Liberal Arts Building room 114w.

Bogyay served as her country’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. From 2011-12, she was president of UNESCO’s General Conference.

From 2006-09 she was Hungary’s State Secretary for International Affairs for Education and Culture and was previously the founding director of the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London.

She has also had a distinguished career as an international television broadcaster, film producer and writer, and is the author of several books and publications. A guest lecturer at universities and international conferences, she has a master’s degree in economics from Corvinus University of Budapest and a Master of Arts in international communication from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom.

Hungary shares its borders with Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. It has a population of 10 million and its capital is Budapest. It fell under communist rule after World War II. Communism in Hungary ended in 1989 and the country became a parliamentary republic.

UVU’s Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy supports the University’s global engagement efforts by helping students become globally competent graduates, promoting cultural literacy and diversity on campus and in the community.

More information on Bogyay’s presentation is available by contacting the UVU Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy at 801-863-7191.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Katalin Bogyay.


 The UN Ambassador from Hungary with her husband at UVU.


 Ambassador Bogyay is joined by the Honorary Consul for Hungary in Utah, George Simon, and Dr. Baldomero Lago.


 Amy Barnett and Guia Cowley from the Office of International Affairs with  Ambassador Bogyay.


Ambassador Bogyay and her husband enjoy a quick trip up to the Sundance Resort.

September 15 – 16, 2016 – Building Bridges: Georgian Art & Politics Symposium with the UN Ambassador, Consul General and Cultural Attaché from the Republic of Georgia 


September 15 – 16, 2016 – Building Bridges: Georgian Art & Politics Symposium with the UN Ambassador, Consul General and Cultural Attaché from the Republic of Georgia

Written by: | Barbara Christiansen

Utah Valley University is building bridges of international understanding with a workshop on the past, present and future of political influence on the cultural landscape of the Republic of Georgia. The workshop is free and open to the public and will be in the auditorium of the University’s library on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Speakers at the workshop include Kaha Imnadze, Georgia’s United Nations ambassador; Diana Zhgenti, the consul general of Georgia in New York; and David Aladashvili, Zhgenti’s cultural attaché.

In addition, the two winners of a UVU essay contents, titled “Impressions of Soviet Georgia: Personal Expression within the Collective Identity,” will read their winning essays. The essays were written in response to an exhibit of Soviet-era art at the Springville Museum of Art.

“There were some pieces of art that had been saved from an opera house that was being torn down,” said Amy Barnett, coordinator of International Affairs and Diplomacy at UVU. “We talked with the director, and it evolved into the Georgian Art and Politics Symposium.”

Once part of the Soviet Union, Georgia regained its independence in 1991. The country later pursued a pro-Western foreign policy, which lead to problems in relations with Russia and the brief Russo-Georgian War.

 Master Class

David Aladashvili gives a master class go UVU music students.

Morning Event

Our Georgian guests are presented with awards and gifts by Dr. Baldomero Lago and Dr. Frederick White.

At Museum

Lost & Foud Exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art.

At Capitol

Consul General Diana Zhgenti with Franz Kolb from the Governors Office of Economic Development.


Dinner at the Lion Horse hosted by LDS Public Affairs.