Reaching New Heights

Student success

At UVU, everything we do is intended to support our students and prepare them for success in work and life. Even with immense challenges COVID-19 presented, our students and their faculty mentors achieved exceptional results this year. We are proud to spotlight their extraordinary efforts and accomplishments and applaud their resilience and determination.


Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We celebrated our largest-ever graduating class of 8,729 students, who earned 10,443 degrees and certificates, with “drive-thru” convocations and a “drive-in” commencement on May 7, 2021. The cohort was 2,319 students larger than our previous record number of graduates last year, reflecting the tenacity of our students, who work toward bettering themselves and the community despite many obstacles.

Family celebrates graduation

Grads celebrate convocation with President Tuminez

Honorary Doctorate hooding ceremony

Recipients of honorary doctorates during Commencement 2021 were (from left to right) Melisa Nellesen (humane letters), former Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert (public service), and Wendy Watson Nelson (who was also the keynote speaker, humane letters).

Celebrating Students

Our students in 2020-21 at a glance

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30% are age 25 or older

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19% are students of color

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38% are married or in a partnership

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17% support at least one child

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49% work at least 21 hours per week

24% work more than 31 hours per week

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are employed while attending UVU

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are first-generation students, meaning that neither of the student’s parents completed a bachelor’s degree

In spring 2021, we celebrated our
largest-ever graduating class of

8,729 graduates

Graduates of the School of Fine Arts

Student Spotlight

Taylor Johnson portrait

Taylor Johnson

“I am proud to be a Wolverine and a graduate of Utah Valley University. During my time here, I received a quality education from professors who saw the best in me and pushed me to reach my true potential. I had the opportunity to work closely with Provost Wayne Vaught, President Tuminez, and other members of her cabinet as a presidential intern. I served as the senator for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on the Utah Valley University Student Association. I worked as an ambassador for the Honors Program and helped other students to become their fullest selves. These are just some of the highlights that made my experience at UVU truly inspiring and exciting.

At UVU, I learned to be diligent and to not give up when faced with difficult tasks. I pushed myself academically and always strived to excel, even in areas where I felt I was lacking. When faced with a huge shift in the way I was learning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I persevered and discovered that education goes beyond the classroom. I could actively participate with my classmates and course material regardless of where I was and how the content was being delivered. I consider this one of the most valuable skills I learned during my time at UVU, and I choose to carry it with me as I move on to other experiences.

“I am constantly reminded of the words that President Tuminez said when she began her tenure here at UVU: ‘Come as you are.’ I am inspired by UVU’s open-admissions practice because I strongly believe that everyone has the right to an accessible and affordable education. I love that UVU invites students to come as they are while also promising that they will not leave without becoming a better version of themselves.

Come as you are, but do not stay that way. Grow. Change. Achieve. I will always and forever be a proud Wolverine.”

Station1 fellowship

This summer, UVU students Porter Bischoff, Thomas Carmona, Kilee Davis, and Victoria Hooper participated in the prestigious Station1 Frontiers Fellowship, a fully funded 10-week education, research, and internship program based in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The program was completely virtual this year. Through the fellowship, students completed internships with leading science and technology companies, studied with world-class professors, and collaborated on real-world projects. Founded by MIT professors, Station1 seeks to expand educational opportunity and foster inclusion and equity through socially directed science and technology education and research.

The Station1 fellowship brought to my fingertips current problems the world faces. This is one of the most unique programs I have ever been part of, and it enhanced my way of thinking and view on the future.

Victoria Hooper

Victoria Hooper

W0LV3R1NES for the win

UVU first place team

In March, a group of students from the national security studies program received international recognition as they took first place in the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. The UVU team “W0LV3R1NES” outperformed graduate students from Tufts, Georgetown, Columbia, and Duke. This was the second year that a team from UVU participated in the competition, which involves developing policy and strategy recommendations in response to a fictional cyber crisis. The event took place virtually due to COVID-19 precautions, and teams from Australia, Chile, and South Africa also competed.

It was a huge feat to win this competition over all the elite teams from across the country and world.

Ryan Vogel
National Security Studies

SkillsUSA National Championship

Wolverines brought home three gold medals during the 57th annual SkillsUSA National Championship. Five students placed in the top 10 in the U.S., receiving individual medals and an overall team ranking of fifth in the nation. Since we began participating in the event 20 years ago, we have placed in the top five each year. The competition is a valuable engaged-learning opportunity for our students, allowing them to interact with industry professionals and develop technical skills to meet workforce standards.

SkillsUSA medals

Drone competition

ASME international win

Four students from the mechanical engineering program were named international champions in a drone aerial racing competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This is the second year our team has entered and won the match. Bryce Prestwich, Shawn Weeks, Rodrigo Merino Osorno, and Logan Sanford competed against more than 20 teams from schools across the world. They spent a month and a half designing and creating their drone, affectionately named “Neil,” which they filmed completing an obstacle course as part of the virtual event.

New success center for first-gen students

This year, UVU established a First-Generation Student Success Center. The center houses the “IamFirst” LEAD class, a cohort-based college completion initiative that supports students whose parents never received a bachelor’s degree. The addition allows UVU to better serve first-generation students and connect them with the resources, mentorship, support, and scholarships they need to succeed. It is the only center of its kind in Utah.

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Bombshell Betty

Students from the Department of Transportation Technologies have had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on a vehicle restoration project for “Bombshell Betty,” an iconic 1952 Buick that has famously set six land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway. Don Cash Jr., the car’s owner, wanted to improve the car to beat a new record, and he began upgrading the vehicle over three years ago. In 2019, the process was cut short when he tragically died while climbing Mount Everest. His family teamed up with Jeff Holm, the professional in residence at UVU, to continue the restoration project in October.

Bombshell Betty Team


Men’s and Women’s Golf also saw individual champions at the WAC Championships, with Victoria Estrada becoming the program’s first winner and player to compete at the NCAA Regionals. Gabe Lysen won the WAC title and became the second men’s golfer to compete at regionals.

Ascending with Athletics

UVU Athletics enjoyed a banner year of accomplishments.

Historic success in WAC and NCAA

From having two NCAA Wrestling All-Americans in the same season for the first time to Women’s Soccer winning the school’s first NCAA Tournament game, we had our most successful run at NCAA postseason success this year. Taylor LaMont and Demetrius Romero both earned All-American status at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. Ty Smith and Cameron Hunsaker also qualified for the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Women’s Soccer won the WAC regular season and tournament titles and knocked off 25th-ranked Memphis in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Women’s Volleyball won the WAC Tournament Championship to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth. Kazna Tanuvasa was named as an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention honoree, the first Wolverine selected for the award in UVU’s history. Men’s Basketball earned a share of the WAC regular season title, and Women’s Basketball represented the WAC and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance.

UVU Wrestling

WAC Women's Basketball

Women's Vollyball WAC Tournament Championship

Women's soccer vs Arkansas

New coaches

Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith was named the new Baseball head coach in June 2021. Smith previously served two years as the hitting coach for Louisiana State University, where he led the team to a 12-5 record and .273 team batting average during the shortened season of 2020. He spent two years as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Tulane. He also holds assistant coaching stops at Virginia, Santa Clara, and his alma mater Notre Dame.

Kyle Beckerman

Kyle Beckerman

On April 12, we announced the hiring of Kyle Beckerman as the Men’s Soccer head coach. Beckerman had a storied 21-year professional soccer career, logging 14 seasons with Real Salt Lake and 58 caps as a member of the U.S. National Team, including appearances in the 2014 World Cup. At the time of his retirement, he was Major League Soccer’s all-time leader in games played (498), games started (461), and minutes played (41,164) among field players. He was a nine-time MLS All-Star and a four-time club MVP.

Hannah Branch shows and WAC medals

Recognition in Track and Field

In Track and Field, five Wolverines qualified for the upcoming NCAA Regionals: Hannah Branch, Caleb Furnell, Aaron Johnson, Albert MacArthur, and Isaac Manning. Andre Jones from Men’s Track and Field received the 2020-21 Stan Bates Award, which recognizes the WAC’s top student-athletes for their athletic, academic, and community accomplishments. Two Wolverines — Maddie Bench Empey and Britain Reynolds — qualified for the NCAA Cross-Country Championships.

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UVU Cheer claims national title at National Cheerleaders Association Championship

In April 2021, UVU Cheer won the Advanced All-Girl Division I category at the National Cheerleaders Association Championship. This victory involved several firsts for the cheer squad — this year was the first time the team competed in this specific division, and over 80% of the team members were first-year student-athletes.

Fardaws Aimaq playing BYU

Fardaws Aimaq: WAC player of the year and rebound record

UVU Men’s Basketball center Fardaws Aimaq made history as the first NCAA Division I player since 1980 to average 15 or more rebounds per game in a single season. He also became the second player in UVU history to earn the Western Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year title and the first-ever Wolverine to be named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Academic wins for student-athletes

Throughout COVID-19, our teams not only excelled in competition but also in the classroom. For the 350+ student-athletes, the average GPA was 3.33. Fifty student-athletes had a perfect 4.0, and 186 had a GPA above 3.5.

Men’s Basketball Alumni Ronnie Price and Ryan Toolson earn degrees

In May 2021, former UVU Men’s Basketball standouts Ronnie Price (pictured at immediate right) and Ryan Toolson (pictured at far right) returned to campus to finish what they started — each earning a Bachelor of Science in university studies. Price came back after a successful career in the NBA. As the first player to go directly to the NBA from UVU, Price played 12 seasons with six teams: the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers. With his degree in hand, he is back working as the director of player development for our Men’s Basketball team.

Ronnie Price

Ryan Toolson

Before returning to UVU to finish his degree, Toolson enjoyed a successful 11-year professional career overseas as a professional basketball player, representing teams in Spain, Turkey, Russia, and Italy. He holds the record as UVU’s all-time leading scorer with 2,163 points, and he played a major role in the construction of the NUVI Basketball Center. The center’s practice court is named in his honor to recognize his significant contributions to our basketball program.


For the first time in our history, women were represented at nearly all levels of university leadership, with Astrid S. Tuminez as university president, Anne Arendt as Faculty Senate president, Beka Grulich as Professional Association of Campus Employees (PACE) president, and Danielle Corbett as student body president. We are grateful for the leadership and impact each of these women brought to our campus and the community.

Setting the Standard

Our faculty and staff provide exceptional care through engaged teaching, scholarship, and service. Their individualized attention to students and dedication to the university allow every member of our community to thrive and work toward their goals. We are thrilled to highlight their accomplishments and appreciate all they do to support student success.

New appointments

Dr. Cheryl Hanewicz

Dr. Cheryl Hanewicz was appointed the dean of the College of Health and Public Service (CHPS) in May 2021. She has over 20 years of experience in technology and management.

Mark Arstein

Mark Arstein was appointed vice president of Institutional Advancement in February 2021. He previously served as the senior executive director of advancement at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Mental Health Institute, where he led the initial launch and a $500 million fundraising campaign.

Dr. Kathren Brown

Dr. Kathren Brown was promoted to the position of deputy provost of Academic Affairs in February 2021. Prior to this appointment, she served as the associate provost of academic administration. She was the first assistant professor of modern European history at UVU.

Marilyn Meyer

Marilyn Meyer was appointed the vice president of People and Culture, a new cabinet-level position that was created this year, in May 2021. She previously served as the chief of Human Resources.

Troy Martin

Troy Martin was appointed associate vice president of IT and chief technology officer in August 2020. Before joining UVU, he served as chief information officer over institutional software development at BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

Clark Collings

Clark Collings was appointed general counsel in July 2020. Before joining the UVU legal team in 2017, he completed various roles in corporate governance, intellectual property licensing, real estate transactions, and employment matters.

Christina Baum

Christina Baum was appointed associate vice president of academic and student digital services in October 2020. She previously served as the chief information officer for Ensign College.

New trustees

Jeanette Bennett

Jeanette Bennett

Blake Modersitzki

Blake Modersitzki

Cydni Tetro

Cydni Tetro

Karen Acerson, Elaine S. Dalton, and R. Duff Thompson completed their terms of service as members of the Board of Trustees and stepped down from their positions at the end of June. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced that Jeanette Bennett, Blake Modersitzki, and Cydni Tetro will take the oath of office as new members of the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2021.

Our award-winning faculty and staff are leading the way in their fields and supporting UVU’s mission to become a world-class teaching institution. We are thrilled to spotlight a few of the national and international recognitions and opportunities our faculty received this year.


UVU Awards of Excellence

This year, the UVU Presidential and Board of Trustees Awards of Excellence honored 10 employees for their contributions toward advancing the university’s mission and core values.

Presidential Awards

Debjani Chakravarty

Debjani Chakravarty
Associate Professor of Sociology

Robin Ebmeyer

Robin Ebmeyer
Director of Emergency Management and Safety

Cameron Evans

Cameron Evans
Manager of Employee Wellness and Leaves

Eric Humphrey

Eric Humphrey
University Registrar

Brandon T. Truscott

Brandon T. Truscott
Associate Professor of Graphic Design

Trustees Awards

Eric Domyan

Eric Domyan
Assistant Professor of Biology

Seth Michael Gurell

Seth Michael Gurell
Director of Instructional Design

Sue Jackson

Sue Jackson
Department Chair and Professor of Public and Community Health

Judy Martindale

Judy Martindale
Director of Benefits, Talent, and Compensation

Darah Mapuana Snow

Darah Mapuana Snow
Director of Multicultural Student Services

Teaching with Distinction

National awards and boards

Dr. Joy Cole

Dr. Joy Cole, assistant professor in the College of Health and Public Service, was selected to join the Board of Commissioners for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Dr. Jonathan Westover

The National Society for Experiential Education selected Dr. Jonathan Westover for the 2021 Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education for Higher Education Award.

Dr. Leandra Hernández

Dr. Leandra Hernández, assistant professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, received the 2020 Activism and Social Justice Division Pedagogy Award from the National Communication Association.

Andy Byrnes

Andy Byrnes

Don Demille

Don Demille

Andy Byrnes, coordinator of the Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy, and Dan DeMille, producer and editor of video aviation for the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy, were named silver award winners for their video entry in the Telly Awards.


International research and recognition

Dr. Ronald Miller

Dr. Ronald Miller, professor in the Woodbury School of Business, received a recognition letter from the Ghanaian Statistical Service acknowledging his contributions to helping businesses understand the impact of COVID-19 in Ghana.

Dr. Sowmya Selvarajan

Dr. Sowmya Selvarajan, associate professor in the College of Engineering and Technology, was recently given the status of visiting professor at her alma mater Anna University in India.

Dr. Jonathan Westover

Dr. Jonathan Westover

Dr. Eugene Seeley

Dr. Eugene Seeley

Dr. Jonathan Westover and Dr. Eugene Seeley, professors in the Woodbury School of Business, received Fulbright Scholar Grants to complete research projects in Colombia and Russia, respectively.

Faculty Senate President

This spring, Anne Arendt completed her service as Faculty Senate president. Hilary Hungerford (pictured at right) took over the position and began her two-year term in May 2021.

Hilary Hungerford

Higher Education Academy

UVU is the first institution in the nation to be accredited to offer fellowship recognition through the Higher Education Academy (HEA), an international nonprofit organization under the UK-based Advance HE that promotes teaching excellence in higher education. The university’s Office of Teaching and Learning offers three categories of HEA fellowship: associate fellow, fellow, and senior fellow.

This year, Dr. Khaled Shaaban, associate professor in the College of Engineering and Technology, received the status of senior fellow. Dr. Cenk Çalişkan, associate professor in the Woodbury School of Business, received fellow status.

Dr. Khaled Shaaban

Dr. Khaled Shaaban

Dr. Cenk Çalişkan

Dr. Cenk Çalişkan

Leading Research

This year, many of our professors and faculty members published research in renowned peer-reviewed journals and publications. We applaud their hard work and contributions, and we highlight a selection of the publications below.

College of Engineering and Technology

Pauli Alin – Contract cheating research

Alin, P. (2020). Detecting and prosecuting contract cheating with evidence – A “Doping Test” approach. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 16(1).

Matthew Ballard – Microfluidic pumping

Dryden, A., & Ballard, M. (2021). Numerical investigation of a biomimetic elastic valve for microfluidic pumping. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 103.

Marty Clayton, Matthew Meyers (student), Skye Slade (student), and Paul Weber – Virtual reality and nanotechnology education

Kamali-Sarvestani, R., Weber, P., Clayton, M., Meyers, M., & Slade, S. (2020). Virtual reality to improve nanotechnology education: Development methods and example applications. IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, 14(4), 29–38.

Kodey S. Crandall – Student perceptions of information systems

Noteboom, C., Crandall, K., Crandall, K. S., & Noteboom, M. (2020). High school students’ perceptions case study: What is information systems? Issues in Information Systems, 21(4), 224–233.

Israd Jaafar – Artificial micro-environments for tissue engineering

Jaafar, I., Jedlicka, S., & Coulter, J. (2021). Poly(glycerol sebacate) – A revolutionary biopolymer. Physical Sciences Reviews.

Mohammad A. S. Masoum – Dynamic modeling and stability domain analysis

Devadason, J., Moses, P. S., & Masoum, M. A. (2021). Multiparameter stability analysis of systems with induction motor loads, weak interconnections, and series compensation. WSEAS Transactions on Circuits and Systems, 20, 128–138.

Afsaneh Minaie – Wireless sensor networks

Minaie, A., Limb, J., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R. (2021, July). Design and development of a 3D-printed hexapod robot. 2021 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference.

Abdennour Seibi – Drilling and efficient hole cleaning

Yeo, L., Feng, Y., Seibi, A., Temani, A., & Liu, N. (2021). Optimization of hole cleaning in horizontal and inclined wellbores: A study with computational fluid dynamics. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 205.

Khaled Shaaban – Knowledge and experience of young drivers

Shaaban, K. (2021). Impact of experience and training on traffic knowledge of young drivers. The Open Transportation Journal, 15(1), 61–68.

Kazem Sohraby – Wireless communication and resource management

Ramamoorthy, K. M. K., Wang, W., & Sohraby, K. (2021, July). NOMAP: A pricing scheme for NOMA resource block selection and power allocation in wireless communications. 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN).

Sean Tolman and Matthew Jensen – Mechanical engineering curriculum

Tolman, S. S., & Jensen, M. J. (2021, August). Design across the curriculum: An evaluation of design instruction in a new mechanical engineering program. 2021 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference.

College of Health and Public Service

Steven Allred, John Fisher, and Kevin McCarthy – Paramedic students’ experience of the COVID-19 pandemic

Allred, S., McCarthy, K., & Fisher, J. (2021). The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on students in a paramedic study program. Journal of Security, Intelligence, and Resilience Education, 11(1), 1–24.

Rodger Broomé, Eric Russell, and Jamie Russell – Firefighter awareness in a high-impact incident

Russell, E., Broomé, R., & Russell, J. (2020). Illuminating firefighter awareness within a dangerous lived experience: A single case study. International Public Safety (IPSA) Journal, 5.

David McEntire – Emergency preparedness

McEntire, D. A. (2020). Emergency management: Preparedness and planning. In L. R. Shapiro & M.H. Maras (Eds.), Encyclopedia of security and emergency management (p. 107).

Eric Russell – Leadership in disaster management

Russell, E. (2020). Time for experts to stand up and make themselves heard. Crisis Response Journal, 15(2), 8–11.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Cassidy Burningham (student) and Russell T. Warne – Measuring general intelligence

Warne, R. T., & Burningham, C. (2019). Spearman’s g found in 31 non-Western nations: Strong evidence that g is a universal phenomenon. Psychological Bulletin, 145(3), 237–272.

College of Science

Sydney Houghton (student) and Michael T. Stevens – Seed dispersal and plant conditions

Houghton, S., Stevens, M. T., & Meyer, S. E. (2020). Pods as sails but not as boats: Dispersal ecology of a habitat-restricted desert milkvetch. American Journal of Botany, 107(6), 864–875.

Michael Bunds and Nathan Toké – Earthquake deformation and fault motion

Scott, C., Bunds, M., Shirzaei, M., & Toké, N. (2020). Creep along the Central San Andreas Fault from surface fractures, topographic differencing, and InSAR. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125(10).

School of Education

Mia Kang – Bilingual worker identities in South Korea

Sohn, B., & Kang, M. (2021). “We contribute to the development of South Korea”: Bilingual womanhood and politics of bilingual policy in South Korea. Multilingua, 40(2), 175–198.

Woodbury School of Business

Kari J. Olsen – Management financial reporting

Abdel-Meguid, A., Jennings, J. N., Olsen, K. J., & Soliman, M. T. (2020). The impact of the CEO’s personal narcissism on non-GAAP earnings. The Accounting Review, 96(3), 1–25.

Ben Cummings – Philanthropy strategies

Heist, H. D., Farwell, M. M., Cummings, B. F., Cnaan, R. A., Andrews, E., & Shamash, R. (2021). Understanding the donor-advised fund giving process: Insights from current DAF users. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

David Benson – Lifespans of university-licensed startups

Godfrey, P. C., Allen, G. N., & Benson, D. (2020). The biotech living and the walking dead. Nature Biotechnology, 38(2), 132–141.

Cenk Çalişkan – Inventory model for deteriorating items

Çalişkan, C. (2020). A simple derivation of the optimal solution for the EOQ model for deteriorating items with planned backorders. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 89(1), 1373-1381.

College of Science

Research Group

Faculty-mentored student research

This year, the College of Science contributed approximately $250,000 toward student research, benefitting more than 200 students who worked with over 50 different faculty research mentors. These engaged-learning opportunities allow our students to gain valuable research experience and enter prestigious graduate programs and high-paying jobs.

Anthropology Virtual Reality

Nanotechnology and virtual reality

In 2017, we received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to advance nanotechnology education at UVU. As part of the project, we offered several new nanotechnology courses this year, including two introductory physics courses. The funding, which allows for multidisciplinary collaboration between the physics, computer science, digital media, and engineering departments, allows students to use virtual-reality simulations to become familiar with nanotechnology equipment safely and gain hands-on experience. Virtual games and simulations are also available to the public on our website.

Finding Solutions

Utah Lake Project

One of the Utah Lake Project’s goals is to give the students a chance to apply their academic work to real-world problems.

Eddy Cadet
Associate Professor
Environmental Science and Biogeochemistry

Utah Lake NSF grant

UVU faculty members Eddy Cadet, Weihong Wang, Maria Blevins, Jonathan Westover, and Hilary Hungerford received a National Science Foundation grant of almost $350,000 to investigate ways to improve the water quality of Utah Lake. Faculty and students in the fields of hydrology, environmental science, biogeochemistry, geography, communication, and business management will collaborate with community professionals to explore solutions.

Sorenson Legacy Foundation grant

In January, Mental Health Services received a $74,856 grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. Thanks to the increased funding, Mental Health Services will be able to better provide exceptional care by hiring additional post-doctorate therapists and offering more services for students.

UFRA event

FEMA grant

The Utah Fire and Rescue Academy (UFRA) in the College of Health and Public Service received a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant amounting to $329,770 in September. The funding will go toward building the academy’s second mobile command center trailer, expanding opportunities for future emergency responders to receive training, and helping agencies within the community improve their response operations.

Wolverines Elevated

Wolverines Elevated

The U.S. Department of Education gave the university a $1.9 million grant to create “Wolverines Elevated,” a three-year post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. At full capacity, the program will serve around 30 students. The new addition to the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism will expand opportunities for these individuals to receive a meaningful credential at UVU, develop skills to find employment, and live independently.

Interfaith grant

UVU received a $3,000 Innovation Grant from Interfaith Youth Core to establish a multi-university interfaith book club. Each semester, the club will select a new title that encourages interfaith conversations along with Brigham Young University, Snow College, and Westminster College.

Making Lasting Impact

UVU offers over 200 programs ranging from certificates to master’s degrees to help our students gain the knowledge and real-world experience they need to reach their career goals. We continually update our offerings and curricula to match the needs of our students and the constantly changing workplace.

CPM program

Certified Public Manager program

In 2020, our Executive Education team received recognition as the only organization in the state accredited to offer the Certified Public Manager (CPM®) program, a nationally recognized professional designation. Delivered in collaboration with faculty from the Woodbury School of Business, the Department of Communication, and the College of Health and Public Service, the CPM® program includes 300 hours of instruction delivered over three courses designed to strengthen leadership and management skills of current and future public and nonprofit managers.

CHPS new planes

School of Aviation acquires additional aircraft

In August 2020, the School of Aviation Sciences purchased nine four-seater aircraft, which takes the total available aircraft for teaching students to 19. Since older models of the planes only have two seats, the new acquisitions will provide more opportunities for students to gain real-time experience in the air.

New master’s programs

In April, UVU announced four new master’s programs to begin in 2021 — one in the summer, three in the fall:

Master of Education in School Counseling

The Master of Education in School Counseling launched in the summer. The six-semester program is designed for working educators and prepares students to provide school counseling services to grades K-12 in public and private schools and academic advising centers in colleges and universities.

Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management

The Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management begins this fall, and the applied graduate program prepares engineering and technical professionals to become leaders in the management of technology in their fields. The five-semester program is designed for working professionals and involves part-time online coursework. Students will develop the decision-making, evaluation, and implementation strategies necessary for fast-moving technical management situations.

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling begins this fall. Students will learn how to provide counseling services, mental health evaluations, and referrals. Students will gain clinical experience and be eligible to become licensed clinical mental health counselors in Utah.

Master of Science in Mathematics Education

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education will be available beginning this fall. The program focuses on improving mathematics education and outcomes by delivering high-quality content-based knowledge linked to student achievement and targeting in-service teachers who are working toward teaching high school concurrent enrollment courses.

Wolverine Wins

UVU is consistently recognized for our unique model of education and high-quality programs and offerings. This year, we received leading rankings from both local and national organizations.

UVU Web Design earns top ranking

In September, College Magazine recognized UVU as the No. 1 college for the next generation of web designers. The ranking cited examples of the program’s opportunities for engaged learning, such as classrooms that simulate “smart” technology in homes, real-world project collaborations, and travel grants that allow students to network with industry-leading professionals.

Digital Media Lab

Money Management Center

MMRC receives Excellence in Pro Bono Award

The Money Management Resource Center (MMRC) received the 2020 Excellence in Pro Bono Award. This recognition honors our commitment to providing exceptional care by helping students work toward financial security. In 2019, 45 students completed over 4,500 pro bono activity hours and held 760 one-on-one sessions with pro bono clients. The award was issued by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and the Foundation for Financial Planning.

Cybersecurity ranked as second-most affordable program nationally

In the spring, Cyber Degrees EDU ranked our cybersecurity program as the second-most affordable program of its kind in the nation. The ranking highlights the cost-effective and dynamic value of our cybersecurity offerings. We offer three bachelor’s degrees, a graduate certificate, and a master’s degree in the field.

WSB Accounting receives IMA endorsement

IMA logo

In August, the accounting program in the Woodbury School of Business received a prestigious national endorsement from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). The recognition confirms the quality of the program, demonstrating the value and credibility of our real-world curriculum to both potential employers and students. The distinction identifies schools that provide exceptional training for students preparing to earn the Certified Management Accountant credential and pursue a career in management accounting.

Utah Worksite Wellness Council Award

UVU Fit logo

As one of Utah’s largest employers, we strive to provide an exceptional work environment for our employees. In 2020 and 2021, our employee wellness program, UVUFit, received the Platinum Healthy Worksite Award from the Utah Worksite Wellness Council.

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