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The Utah Valley University Awards of Excellence program recognizes faculty and staff who dedicate their time and talents to students, scholarship, and the advancement of higher education.

This year, the UVU Board of Trustees recognizes four employees for their contributions to forwarding UVU’s mission.

The Presidential Awards of Excellence honors five faculty and staff for their efforts in key areas related to UVU’s mission and core themes.

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Trustees Awards

Jacob Atkin

Janet Colvin

Karen Olsen

Curtis Welborn

Presidential Awards

S. Paige Gardiner, Engagement

Patricia Howard, Efficiency & Effectiveness

Raymond L. Walker, Lifetime Service

Cary D. Wasden, Student Success

Yingxian Zhu, Teaching

 

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Board of Trustees' Message

ELAINE S. DALTON

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It is an honor and a privilege for members of the Board of Trustees to join with President Holland and UVU officials in honoring you for your important and unique contributions to the University with the highest award presented to top achievers in the UVU community — the Trustee Award of Excellence. You exemplify in every way the high and noble values upon which this institution was founded in your professional life as well as your personal life. As we continue to focus on inclusion, engaged learning, and academic rigor, with student success at the heart of this mission focus, your contribution has made a difference. You have distinguished yourself in this core mission through your service to the students, the institution, and the community. Your service embodies professional ideals and uncompromising integrity. Your efforts and contribution will enrich and bless generations to come.

As Trustees we congratulate you for demonstrating exceptional dedication to the ideals and mission of Utah Valley University, and we are honored to acknowledge the contribution and sacrifice you have made.

Thank you for supporting the mission of UVU in this 75th year as a serious, inclusive, and engaged university.

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Elaine S. Dalton

Chair, UVU Board of Trustees

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President's Message

Matthew S. Holland

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I am continually inspired by the contributions of our faculty and staff. Tonight it is my pleasure to formally recognize a few of our employees whose dedicated service is illustrative of so many across campus who carry out their responsibilities with tremendous energy and excellence. This is just one of the ways — though a particularly visible and meaningful way — that the University strives to make sure such marvelous efforts do not go unnoticed. As a result, I consider this one of the most important University events of the year.

A warm welcome to all who are joining us this evening to celebrate truly stand-out accomplishments by those who make UVU what it is — a grand, transformative force in the lives of thousands of students.

Best,

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Matthew S. Holland

President, Utah Valley University

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Board of Trustees

Award of Excellence

Jacob Atkin

JACOB ATKIN

Director, Internal Audit

Jacob Atkin started in the controller’s office at UVU in 2004, moving to the director position in 2011. Atkin enjoys working at the University because of the special energy that encompasses the campus and the opportunity he has to help students develop their trade and gain new perspectives in business, education, and life in general. Atkin feels that even the most menial tasks ultimately help students. He also enjoys serving in the community and has served as the chairman of the audit committee at Family First Federal Credit Union, as the director of the Economic Development Advisory Committee for Payson City, and on the board of directors for the Strawberry Highline Canal Company.

Atkin and his wife, Tamara, have four children. He enjoys competitive pistol and rifle shooting, riding four-wheelers, and Nooners’ basketball.

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Board of Trustees

Award of Excellence

Janet Colvin

JANET W. COLVIN

Department Chair and Associate Professor Department of Communication

Janet Colvin has been at UVU for the past 11 years; prior to that she taught at Westminster College, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, and Salt Lake Community College. She has published a book and authored numerous chapters and articles in her field, as well as presenting at regional, national, and international conferences. Since joining the UVU faculty, she has received numerous honors and awards, and was selected for the Fulbright Scholar Exchange Program. She enjoys the atmosphere at UVU because there is such an opportunity for innovation and contribution.

Colvin and her husband, Dale, have four children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys playing the piano (she taught piano for many years), reading, cooking, Zumba, and going on morning walks with her husband.

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Board of Trustees

Award of Excellence

Karen Olsen

KAREN OLSEN

Executive Assistant, Office of the President

Karen Olsen joined the staff at UVU in 1991 as assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and moved to her current position in the Office of the President in 2003. Prior to coming to UVU, she had worked as an administrative assistant at Snow College, Utah State Hospital, and the State of Idaho. She has received the Executive Division Award of Excellence and has been a presenter at Office Professionals conferences as well as at Summer University. She enjoys working with people who are committed to student success in both teaching and supporting students and believes in the value of education and the difference it can make in people’s lives

Karen and her husband, Elden, have four children and 14 grandchildren (and future Wolverines!). She enjoys hiking, camping, and riding ATVs, as well as gardening, decorating, photography, and spending time with family.

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Board of Trustees

Award of Excellence

Curtis welborn

CURTIS WELBORN

Associate Professor, Computer Science

Curtis Welborn joined UVU in 2005 after spending 17 years in the aerospace and technologies industry. As a professor at UVU, he strives to teach fundamental concepts rather than just class topics because he believes that once students know the fundamentals of computer science, they can learn or do anything. In fact, he feels the ultimate objective of any university degree is to teach students how to learn. While he loves teaching in the classroom, he most enjoys working with students one-on-one and working alongside his fellow colleagues in the computer science department.

Welborn and his wife, Donna, have four children. Welborn is an avid weight lifter, enjoys outdoor sports, and has a special interest in compilers, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

ENGAGEMENT

Paige Gardiner

S. PAIGE GARDINER

Professional in Residence and UVUAMA Advisor, Marketing

Paige Gardiner constantly thinks about how to increase her engagement with students. As a marketer with more than 15 years of experience, she has taught the 4Ps (product, place, price, and promotion) of marketing to more than 1,600 students in the state. She has received several honors and awards, but her greatest enjoyment comes from teaching students how to create Facebook advertising campaigns and advising her AMA students. Gardiner says working at UVU is more than a job — she is on a mission to make the University’s marketing department No. 1 in the region through practical engaged learning.

Gardiner and her husband, Carl, have three sons. Gardiner would like to thank Carl for making every common moment in life special with his humor and compassion and thank her sons who bring her immeasurable joy.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

EFFICIENCY & EFFECTIVENES

Patricia howard

PATRICIA HOWARD

Director, Financial Aid & Scholarships Office

Patricia Howard has worked in UVU’s Financial Aid & Scholarship Office since 2004. A native of Panguitch, Utah, Howard earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University. Here at UVU, she has received a PACE Award of Excellence and a Student Affairs Vice President Award of Excellence. She enjoys working with students, parents, and other individuals she associates with every day, and says that the greatest aspect of working at UVU is keeping up with the changing landscape of federal financial aid.

In her personal time, Howard enjoys running and spending time with family.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

LIFETIME SERVICE

Ray Walker

RAYMOND L. WALKER

Associate Vice President and CIO, Information Technology

Ray Walker, an electronic technician, joined the UVU faculty in 1986 and taught electronic and computer technology classes. Through the years, he has served as department chair, director of the High Technology Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, and assistant vice president of information technology. He says working at UVU is all about the people, especially the students. Whether he’s teaching or providing service, he hopes that through his interactions with students, faculty, and staff, he is able to make a difference in the lives of others.

Walker and his wife, Claire, have seven children and 10 grandchildren, with two more on the way. He loves scouting (he’s a Silver Beaver), traveling, gardening, the outdoors, his family, and his church.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

STUDENT SUCCESS

Cary wasden

CARY D. WASDEN

Professional in Residence, Finance & Economics

Cary D. Wasden joined UVU in 2015, and with 30 years of experience as a financial services analyst and professional, he has been a critical element in enabling UVU to gain access to 12 Bloomberg Terminals, which allow students to perform sophisticated financial and data analysis. In addition, he developed audio and video equipment capabilities, which he uses to teach his courses and which his students use to prepare professional portfolios of their analyses and technical studies.

Wasden worked almost daily with 10 students who were preparing to take the first level of the CFA exam, called “the hardest test in the world” by the Wall Street Journal, with less than one-fifth of entrants passing on their first attempt. Eight of those students passed.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

TEACHING

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YINGXIAN ZHU

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Yingxian Zhu joined the UVU faculty in 2002 after teaching at Arizona State University for more than 13 years. He says his life has everything to do with school and, since his birth in Wuhu, Anhui Province, China, he’s always focused on education and schooling. He’s received several teaching awards, and enjoys the friendly environment, strong support, and smaller class size at UVU, which allows him to spend more time with his students.

He and his wife, Shuyi (who works at the UVU Library), have one son, who is an assistant professor of business at the University of Pennsylvania; a daughter-in-law who is an assistant professor at Cornell University; and a 16-month-old granddaughter. Zhu enjoys photography, music, hiking, and camping.

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Jacob Atkin

director of the Internal Audit Office

Janet Colvin

department chair and associate professor of communication

Karen Olsen

executive assistant in the Office of the President

Curtis Welborn

associate professor of computer science

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S. Paige Gardiner

(Engagement)

professional in residence of marketing

Patricia Howard

(Efficiency & Effectiveness)

director of financial aid

Raymond L. Walker

(Lifetime Service)

CIO of information technology

Cary D. Wasden

(Student Success)

professional in residence of finance and economics

Yingxian Zhu

(Teaching)

associate professor of mathematics

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ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Seth Gurell, director of instructional design services

Marsha Haynes, director of internship services

Julie Hayden, administrative assistant for academic affairs

DEVELOPMENT & ALUMNI

Jeri Allphin, senior director for alumni relations and annual giving

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Jermie Kearley, facilities maintenance

Jason Perry, facilities maintenance

Gloria Alfaro, custodial services

Roark Fisher, senior systems administrator-UNIX for information technology

Dan Reynoso, senior database administrator for information technology

Ked Black, controller, business services

Carole Ann Faust, purchasing agent, procurement services

Tracy Rockowitz, administrative assistant, athletics

PLANNING, BUDGET & HUMAN RESOURCES

Cameron Evans, employee wellness coordinator for human resource benefits

STUDENT AFFAIRS

Kris Coles, director of admissions

Bill Erb, director of student health services

Francie Hallman, director of One Stop

Mindy Swenson, assistant registrar for graduation

Martha Wilson, assistant director of student success & retention and student focus

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS

Curtis Puzey, senior director of production and graphics

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COLLEGE OF AVIATION & PUBLIC SERVICES

Jim Green (Engagement), professor of aviation

Jeffrey Maxfield (Excellence), professor of emergency services

Steven Allred (Service), associate professor of emergency services

Bonnie Lamb (Special Recognition), academic advisor for emergency services

Richard Marwedel (Special Recognition), instructional designer for aviation

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Nancy Tobler (Research), professor of communication

Stephen Whyte (Creative Work), professor of communication

Karen Mizell (Service), professor of philosophy and humanities

Angela Chavez (Advising), academic advisor for history and political science

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & HEALTH

Olga Kopp (Scholarship), associate professor of biology

Andrew Creer (Service), associate professor of exercise science and outdoor recreation

Paul Weber (Teaching), assistant professor of physics

COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY & COMPUTING

Robert Trim (Scholar), professor of digital media technology

Dan McDonald (Teaching), professor of information systems & technology

DeWayne Erdmann (Service), professor of construction

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Travis Lovell, professor of art & design

Howard Fullmer, professor of art & design

Kacey Spadaforo (Student Recognition), professor of theatre

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Mike Patch (Graduate Mentor), dean of elementary education

Amy Geilman (Cooperating Teacher)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Jacque Preston (Scholarship), assistant professor of basic composition

Doug Gardner (Service), associate professor of student leadership & student success

WOODBURY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Joel Helquist (Teaching), associate professor of accounting

Jared Chapman (Scholarship), assistant professor of management

Jim Bailey (Ian Wilson Community Engagement), professor of accounting

STAFF

COLLEGE OF AVIATION & PUBLIC SERVICES

Melissa Noyes, academic advisor for Department of Criminal Justice

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Kiera Davis, administrative assistant for the Department of Behavioral Science

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & HEALTH

Craig Moore, lab manager for the Department of Chemistry

COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY & COMPUTING

David Porter, specialist for the Department of Engineering Technology

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Traci Hainsworth, manager of events, performances, and productions

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Wendi Hillman, administrative assistant to the dean

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Leigh Ann Copas, director of the Writing Center

Pat Nelson, learning strategist for learning support

WOODBURY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Dale Jolley, program director of SMARTLab

Terry Smith, academic advisor for the Woodbury School of Business

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FULL–TIME FACULTY

COLLEGE OF AVIATION & PUBLIC SERVICES

Eric James Russell, assistant professor of emergency services

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Guofang (Alex) Yuan, assistant professor of languages

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & HEALTH

Emily Holt, assistant professor of biology

COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY & COMPUTING

Mike Wisland, associate professor of digital media technology

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Courtney Davis, assistant professor of art & design

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Suzy Cox, associate professor of secondary education

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Ben Moulton, associate professor of developmental math

WOODBURY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Maritza Sotomayor, assistant professor of finance & economics

ADJUNCT FACULTY

COLLEGE OF AVIATION & PUBLIC SERVICES

Carlin Clarke, aviation

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Paul Parkin, communication

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & HEALTH

Mindy Steadman, community health

COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY & COMPUTING

Carolyn Kuehne, information systems & technology

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Jon Yerby, music

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Cory Little, elementary education

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Marie Knowlton-Davis, basic composition

WOODBURY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Dustin Berlin, management

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FULL–TIME STAFF

Karen Merrick, director of the Office of Teaching & Learning

Kimberly Barraclough, administrative assistant for vice president of student affairs

Amie Huntsman, marketing coordinator for development & alumni relations

Lori Duke, academic advisor for behavioral science

Nikki Scott, associate athletic director for athletics

Lisa Giguere, academic advisor for the Woodbury School of Business

Kim Rollins, assistant director for the UVU Library

Robbin Anthony, administrative assistant for the Student Life & Wellness Center

PART–TIME STAFF

Lindsay Watson, web developer for development & alumni relations

Patrice Bolen, administrative assistant for the Law Enforcement Academy

Ashlee Poulter, assistant coordinator for academic tutoring

Cindy Wilkinson, administrative assistant for education