Presidential Interns

2016-2017 Cohort

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(L to R) Andre Jones, Madison Hanks, Alex Trujillo, CasiDee Clement, Boston Gubler, Jessica Fowler, Rob Smith, Jakell Larson, Camron Robinson

 

Intern Bios

 

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CasiDee Clement - Intern to Scott Cooksey,  VP of Development & Alumni Relations 

Raised primarily in Oregon, CasiDee hadn’t heard of UVU until her senior year of high school. She flew to Utah for her first time in 2013 to take a tour of campus and felt right at home. Half way through their tour her mom looked at her and said, “I think this school was made for you!” 

Since then, CasiDee has been involved on campus as a Wolverine Ambassador, a Manager for the Wolverine Ambassador program, a STEP UP Mentor, and an Executive Student Coordinator for the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. CasiDee also graduated from the Center for the Advancement of Leadership with an Engaged Learning University Distinction (ELUD) in Leadership. 

Additionally, CasiDee works as the VP of Branding and Social Media for Run On, a non-profit that helps high school students in wheelchairs run cross country and track. As such, she heads all of the company’s social media platforms, main webpage, and apparel design, among other responsibilities. CasiDee is a Junior at Utah Valley University, studying Communication with an emphasis in Speech Communication.

 

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Jessica Fowler-Intern to Michelle Taylor, VP of Student Affairs 

My name is Jessica Fowler, but everyone call’s me Jess! I started my college career at Salt Lake Community College in Fall of 2012 where I received my associates degree. I then took a hard decor for a year at BYU and quickly saw the light and came to UVU, where I will be receiving my bachelors in Speech Comm Spring 2017.  From the first day I started college I have been highly involved and love every minute of it. Which has led me to my opportunity as the Presidential Intern for the Vice President of Student Affairs. 

 

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Boston Gubler  - Intern to President Matthew S. Holland

Boston was born and raised in La Verkin, UT where he quickly discovered his passion for family, hard work, and growing tall. He graduated from Hurricane High School in 2012 as the Student Body President. Afterwards, he served a two-year LDS mission in Osorno, Chile where he learned to love diversity (and completos). He has always enjoyed basketball and was a member of Hurricane’s State Championship team his senior year. It was basketball that brought him to UVU, where he had the opportunity to play on the 2014-2015 team. Basketball also led him to his beautiful wife, Megan. He quickly realized he loved her and (capitalizing on her poor eyesight) convinced her to marry him in June, 2015.

He currently volunteers as the Spanish Program Coordinator for the UVU Strengthening Families Program, where he helps families stay together. Boston is a Senior working on his Bachelor’s in Psychology and his application for Medical school.

“There is a choice you have to make, in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.” -John Wooden

 

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Madison Hanks - Intern to Dr. Kyle Reyes, Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion 

Maddie currently serves as President of the Black Student Union and has been working with faculty on developing an African American Initiative. She has developed a mentorship program at UVU for faculty and African American students that will commence Fall 2016. She is passionate about her community and strives to enhance the racial climate on campus. Maddie is a competitive undergraduate researcher and has presented her research at twelve academic conferences both locally and nationally and is currently working on a publication, regarding the improvement of pedagogy in the classroom. 
 
Maddie has completed the LEAD program at UVU and serves as the Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa for International Relations. She is a Psychology major and will graduate with her B.S. in Spring of 2017. Maddie aspires to earn a PhD in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology and is passionate about helping those within the marginalized and minority population by conducting research for the betterment of this demographic.

 

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Andre Jones- Intern to Val Peterson, VP of Finance & Administration 

Andre was born in California and returned 20 years later as a missionary for the LDS Church. He is passionate about UVU and its captivating culture and diversity. He enjoys dance, politics, listening to epic music, catching Pokemon, and watching Netflix with his wife. During his first year of college he worked as a butter salesman managing a team of employees in 9 different Costco's in Utah. In spring 2015 he lived in St. Petersburg, Russia teaching English and studying the language there. He has also been involved with Student Government for 2 years and is currently the Chief Justice.   

Andre is a Junior at UVU working on a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Russian. After receiving his baccalaureate degree he intends to study international relations on the east coast with the hope of working for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer promoting US interests abroad.

 

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Jakell Larson- Intern to Linda Makin, VP of Budgets, Planning, and Human Resources

Jakell “Jake” Larson is a senior at Utah Valley University where she is currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and minoring in Constitutional Studies. Originally from Lehi, UT she grew up with a big, loving family who helped her discover a love for hunting, baking, and everything in-between. During her time here at UVU she has completed UVU’s Center for the Advancement in Leadership’s LEAD Program, participated in recruiting as a Prospective Student Services Ambassador, planned campus wide events as the UVUSA’s Tradition Chair, and served as the Student Body Vice President of Activities and Student Life.

She looks forward to continuing her education in law and public administration and hopes to one-day work on an executive level in higher education. You can usually find her with a green handprint on her face, proudly cheering for our UVU athletic teams. #GoWolverines #UVULife 

 

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Camron Robinson- Intern to Jeff Olson, Senior VP of Academic Affairs

Camron hails from Levan, a town in central Utah with a population of less than 1,000. Upon graduating from Juab High School as a Sterling Scholar he served a two year LDS Mission. He has served as a UVU Mentor for three years and as an honors senator for one. Camron currently sits on UVU’s Student Council as the Mentor Liaison. He is passionate about leadership and self-development. When not on UVU’s campus he enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

He is a senior at Utah Valley University studying Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Sociology. He is looking to complete graduate degree work that will allow for him to teach and lead students on the university level.  

 

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Rob Smith - Intern to Justin Jones, Chief of Staff

Rob was born and raised here in Orem, Utah. He attended Mountain View High School where he was Captain of the basketball team and served on Student Government as Student Body Vice President. Rob found a love for Student Government, especially when he met his (later to be) wife (Kati) through it, who was the Student Body President at Pleasant Grove High School. Following high school, Rob served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Montana and Wyoming. Since then, Rob has been a basketball coach, Student Government Advisor, and Administrative Assistant at Mountain View High School. He also served on the Institute Council at the LDS Institute of Religion. Rob loves sports and spending time with friends and family including, his first child, Thomas.

 Rob is studying Social Science education and plans to go on to get his Master’s in Administration. He plans to have a career in Public and/or Higher Education.

 

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Alex Trujillo - Intern to Cameron Martin, VP of University Relations 

Alex comes from a first-generation emigrated family. After graduating from Maple Mountain High School and deferring his following college years for a two-year LDS mission in Dallas, Texas, he has dedicated himself to learn how to best contribute to his community. His involvement in Service Council, Latino Leadership Business Council, Wolverine Ambassadors, and various other clubs at UVU have inspired him to form the best educational experience to prepare for his professional career. This Junior is excited for this year as he is a recipient of the Woodbury Corporation Endowment Scholarship and as a Marketing Major will also participate in American Marketing Association competitions. 

Alex plans to complete his undergrad in the Digital Marketing track and later pursue to create his own businesses. Beginning a center for Recreational Therapy is one of his biggest dreams. Aside from being a mighty green wolverine, things that he loves to do are playing basketball, tennis, snowboarding and going out with his family.