PRESIDENT'S WELCOME

On behalf of the faculty and administration at Utah Valley University, it's my great pleasure to welcome you and your student to a campus community that eagerly anticipates your arrival. This is a remarkable time in your student's life — one for which we've prepared for more than seven decades here at UVU by refining our tireless dedication to student success.

At Utah Valley University, your student will find opportunities to participate in an active process called "engaged learning." This approach to teaching and learning combines the foundations of academic theory with the context of practical application. We believe this creates a deep, lasting connection with the curriculum. No matter what course of study your student chooses to pursue, an engaged learning experience is in store.

The new Student Life and Wellness Building is just one example of our commitment to student success. Recently completed in April 2014, it offers students more space to grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually, with everything from basketball courts and Student Life offices to study and reflection rooms. Likewise, the new Classroom Building, which will be completed in November 2014, will provide an additional 244,000 square feet of academic learning space at UVU and will help ensure that students and faculty members have the physical learning tools and atmosphere that are vital to student success. Please join us in encouraging your son or daughter to make the most of his or her UVU experience by taking advantage of these great resources and committing to diligent study.

Again, we are delighted that your student is coming to UVU. I am confident that you, like those of us fortunate to work here, will be so pleased and proud of the growth you will observe in your student as he or she develops intellectually, socially and ethically at this dynamic institution of higher learning.

President's Book Challenge Each year, President Holland offers a reading challenge to the incoming freshman class.

You can find the suggested reading at uvu.edu/firstyear/freshmanreading/

Freshman students are invited to President Holland's home for refreshments and a discussion of the book at the beginning of the fall semester.

President Holland