Samuel Banford, Academic Advisor, English & Literature
Sam is from San Antonio, TX. Samuel has worked at UVU since 2008 when he was an Administrative
Support II in the English & Literature department. He has been an advisor for the
same department since 2010. Last fall, Samuel co-presented a concurrent session at
the 2013 National NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) conference titled,
"Why Writing Matters: A Case for Composition Courses." Samuel enjoys spending his
free time with his partner, Alex, their cat, Betty, and their two dogs: a cavalier
king Charles named Edward and a Chihuahua named Ximena, watching movies or playing
videogames. In his words, “the greatest thing about working at UVU is being able to
play a part within a student's academic journey.”
Clint Burgi, Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information, Athletics
Clint is from Orem. He worked as a student producer and sports editor for NetXNews
back in the late 90’s before taking a job at Channel 4 in Salt Lake City. He has been
with athletics at UVU since 2004. He is married with three kids (Halle – 14) and twin
seven-year-old boys (Carter and Kenji).
In his words, “the greatest aspect of working at UVU is the people, especially those
that have a similar path that I do: go to UVU, graduate and then eventually come back
because they love the school. Also the student athletes are great and to be able to
share their successes and even their failures is an honor.”
Eileen Doyle Crane, J.D, University Prelaw Advisor & Coordinator, Prestigious Scholarships,
Eileen is originally from San Leandro, CA. She has served as President of the Western
Association of Prelaw Advisors (WAPLA) for six years; as the Chair of the Prelaw Advisors
National Council for two years; as a Certified Fellowship Advisor for the National
Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA); and as the UVU Title III Student Success
& Retention Federal Grant Project Director for three years. She was awarded the University
College Staff Award for 2014. In addition to these accomplishments she is married
to D. Russell Crane, professor of Marriage & Family Therapy at BYU; mom of eight children;
nana to eleven grandkids; and she loves to garden, cook, and travel.
In her words, “I enjoy the diversity of people, students, staff, and faculty of UVU.
I work with a great group of people in the ACC and around campus in many departments.
I have made really dear friendships with many of my students and colleagues here.
I feel supported in all the projects I like to create and administer. I have a great
boss. I enjoy the mission of University College and how it serves almost all UVU students.”
Jason McKenna, Coordinator of Speech-to-Text Services, Accessibility Services
Jason is from Orem. He is the proud sibling of 7 brothers and 6 sisters. He loves
backpacking, rock climbing, traveling and mountaineering.
In his words “I love being in an educational setting. What we do is more than just
fulfilling a task. We help our students achieve greatness. UVU is always changing
and it is a place of growth. This affords us the opportunity to grow with the university
and to ensure that the systems and people are in place to enable our students to flourish.
This is an environment where we can not only exist, but we can progress.
Susan Palmer, Administrative Assistant, VP Student Affairs
She came to UVU in 2001 to complete a BS degree and never left. She is married to
Doug Palmer who also works at UVU, has 5 children and 8.5 grandchildren. Her family
is her hobby. She was hired FT in HR as an administrative assistant to Nancy Bartlett,
moved to manager of Employment and then as Administrative Assistant to VP Cory Duckworth.
In her words, “the greatest thing about working at UVU is the people! I’ve had so
many opportunities to get to know others allover campus by working on committees and
assignments. There is always something new to do!”
Curtis Puzey, Project Manager, Marketing and Communications
He is from Fullerton, CA and has been married to his amazing wife, Norma, for 24 years.
They have two children; a daughter who is attending UVU and a son who is a senior
in high school. He will be attending UVU when he returns from a church mission in
Santiago, Chile. He leaves on July 30. Curtis feels very fortunate to be part of a
large family. He loves all things outdoors and enjoys cheering on the basketball team.
They went as a family to Las Vegas for the tournament and he says it was probably
the highlight of this year so far. In his words, “the best thing about working at
UVU is the team I work with in Marketing. I am fortunate enough to work with consummate
professionals. I have no doubt their talent is the reason I am receiving this award.
The good people I work with are dedicated to our students’ success and the mission
of this university; their enthusiasm is contagious and helps motivate me.
The second best part is the chance to be part of something that makes a real difference
in people’s lives, our community, and society as a whole. Our students are changing
the world around us. I get to hear about it on a constant basis and I feel privileged
to be a tiny part of it.
Last but certainly not least are the faculty and staff in every department, school,
program and campus. Every time I interact with the various groups on campus I find
myself in awe. Collectively we are much more than the sum of our parts. What we are
accomplishing here at UVU is truly incredible.”
Malinda Randall, Administrative Assistant III, Career Development Center
She lived in Orem until she was 13 and then moved to a VERY small town in Southern
Utah named Enterprise. She has three boys ages 20, 18 and 12 (they really are no longer
boys, but they will always be boys in her eyes). She enjoys road biking, soccer, hanging
out with her boys and reading. She also enjoys the outdoors especially during spring
and fall. She hates running and tries very hard to never have to run but she does
great cartwheels. She would love to have a job where she gets paid very well to eat,
visit with people, and travel. So, if any of you know of any opportunities, please
be sure and let her know. In her words, “the greatest aspect of working at UVU is
the people I work with. I have worked in several departments across campus and have
found wonderful people in every department I have worked in. I think the people at
UVU are the ones who make this such a great place to not only work, but to attend
Michael Snapp, Director, Career Development Center
Michael is originally from exotic Springville. His favorite professional experiences
are still those that are more personal…it’s all about the individuals, whether they
be students, staff or faculty. He is driven by five main passions 1) Family 2) Faith
3) Fitness 4) Friends 5) Common Sense. He is married to Kimmie for 21 years now and
they have five kids. He is a published author with other books in progress. In his
words, “the greatest thing about working at UVU is the students…period!”