UVU Advisory Board Breakfast 2015

UVU Board Members Gather at Breakfast

Utah Valley University advisory board members recently gathered at a breakfast to engage with the University's mission and goals for the upcoming year. Advisory boards provide invaluable service to the University by contributing wisdom and community connections. At the Oct. 1 breakfast, which was catered by the UVU Culinary Arts Institute, the University also celebrated the work of the advisory boards and recognized their achievements over the past year.

A Welcome From Interim VP for Development & Alumni

Interim VP for Development and Alumni Kay Schallenkamp welcomes guests to the 2015 Advisory Board Breakfast

Guests were warmly welcomed to the breakfast by Kay Schallenkamp, who thanked the board members for their commitment to improving the University.

Schallenkamp has been serving as the interim vice president for Institutional Advancement since former Vice President Marc Archambault's departure. She was previously president of Black Hills State University.

Foundation Chair James Clarke Recognizes Board Achievements

UVU Foundation Chair James Clarke then announced the addition of three new boards – cybersecurity, computer science, and engineering technology.

Clarke also highlighted some board achievements.

  • The UVU Foundation gave more than one quarter million dollars.
  • The Gift Planning Advisory Board hosted its fourth Business & Economic Forum, which has grown in scale each year.
  • The Women's Success Center raised $20,000 in scholarship money. It currently serves one third of UVU women.
  • The Culinary Arts Institute served 300 people Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter.
  • The Arts Council raised a historic amount of money for a new performing and visual arts building.

President Holland Shares University Updates and Projects

President Holland shares University updates at the 2015 Advisory Board Breakfast

President Matthew S. Holland addressed guests at the breakfast with updates on the University. UVU is currently the largest university in Utah and will only continue to grow. By the end of the decade, UVU is estimated to have 40,000 students.

"I think this is one of the strongest signals about our strength," said President Holland. "Students are voting with their feet. They're coming in droves, they're not transferring, and they're graduating. All of those things are feeding into the success that is Utah Valley University."

This year, the big addition to campus was a brand new classroom building. It gives the University some room to grow into. However, more additions need to be made to continue UVU's success and keep up with growth. President Holland shared a number of initiatives that are currently seeking funding – including the Performing and Visual Arts Building, Autism Center, and Center for Constitutional Studies. He promised that these projects will happen because there is too much energy, need, talent, and support for them not to.

UVU's Greatest Days Are Still Ahead

"UVU has never been stronger. We've never been more serious and more engaged with the community. I think that's to be celebrated. It's been accomplished by students, a very hard-working set of staff and faculty, and a tremendous set of community advisors and supporters like you," President Holland said in thanks to the advisory boards.

James Clarke then wrapped up the breakfast by enthusiastically saying, "The greatest days of winning for this university are ahead of us!"