College of Engineering and Technology

Portrait of Tu Phan

Tu Phan

Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering

About Tu Phan

Tu Phan is from Vietnam at attended the Le Quy Don Gifted High School in Da Nang, Vietnam, before attending UVU. Phan plans to receive a PhD and work for Hill Air Force Base in Utah. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and been on the Department of Engineering Dean’s list every semester at UVU. Phan has loved the dedication and willingness her professors have had in helping students. “Once you have found what you like,” she says, “just go for it.” In her spare time, Phan has started to learn how to play the piano.

Portrait of Hunter Brown

Jeremy Michael Goff

Associate in Applied Science
Information Systems and Technology

About Jeremy Michael Goff

Jeremy Goff was born in Denver, Colorado, but he grew up in Orem, Utah. Prior to attending UVU, he was completely home-schooled. He is graduating with a 4.0 GPA , an associate degree in applied science, and a Bachelor of Science in information systems and technology. While at UVU, Jeremy participated in the Elijah Interfaith Institute, where he helped host the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Frank Griswold, among others. “My favorite part of UVU is the diversity,” Jeremy says. “At UVU I have had fellow students of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and political views. Truly UVU is open and welcoming to everyone, and I love the perspectives and insights everyone brings.” Jeremy currently lives in American Fork, Utah, with his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Victoria.

College of Health and Public Service

Portrait of Katelyn Western

Samantha Nobuhara

Associate in Science

About Samantha Nobuhara

Samantha K. Nobuhara is a native of Mapleton, Utah, and attended Maple Mountain High School. She is receiving an associate degree in nursing. She was attracted to UVU because of its diversity and the amazing things she heard about UVU’s teachers. She was impressed by the university’s nursing program and has been grateful to work alongside the front-line healthcare workers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It has been so humbling for me,” Nobuhara says. “I’m proud I will be able to be a coworker to the amazing nurses I’ve met.” She says the best part about attending UVU has been the teachers. “I love that they all care so much about our success and are so passionate about what they teach.” Nobuhara has also served as a representative for the Student Nursing Association, and she plans to continue her education to become a nurse practitioner. She is also getting married this semester.

Portrait of Tanner Trumble

A. Bryton Nelson

Bachelor of Arts
National Security Studies

About A. Bryton Nelson

Bryton Nelson is from American Fork, Utah, and attended American Fork High School. He is receiving a bachelor’s degree in national security studies, with a minor in Spanish and German. Nelson says the national security studies program at UVU helped him realize that he had a passion for public service. During his time at UVU, Nelson was able to meet many prestigious individuals and travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Security Studies Summer Seminar. He says one unique benefit UVU offered was obtaining education directly from former practitioners in the national security field. “My professors treated and respected me as an adult and were willing to help me at any given time,” he says. “They were all very humble and helpful at all times.” Nelson has been accepted to several graduate schools in Washington, D.C., and plans to work in the U.S. intelligence community.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Portrait of Drake Aiden Hansen

Emily G. Linford

Bachelor of Science
English - Creative Writing

About Emily G. Linford

Emily Linford is from Elk Ridge, Utah, and hopes to become an author. She said she has enjoyed diving into literature and seeing how the works of authors apply to the world and contemporary issues. While at UVU, she was recognized with the Outstanding Honors Project Award for her capstone project — a novel in progress entitled “The Transformation of Medusa.” Linford credits the honors program for shaping her experience while at UVU. She said it provided her with opportunities to take classes, attend activities, and learn a variety of amazing topics, which enriched her educational experience despite the pandemic. She also notes UVU has felt accessible and is a place where she could be challenged and yet be successful. While immersed in studies, she said she learned “so much” about creative writing and skills that help her write, edit, and be a professional in the workplace. She hopes to be published within the next five years.

College of Science

Ariel Kelsch

Caitlin Shirts

Bachelor of Science

About Caitlin Shirts

After earning an MFA in theater, Caitlin Shirts, from Provo, Utah, felt stalled in her life and career. She chose to change her career trajectory by studying biology at UVU and appreciates the university’s open-admissions model that welcomes nontraditional students. While attending UVU, Shirts had the opportunity to make agar art (painting on Petri dishes with bacteria as the medium) in the microbiology lab and entered the American Society for Microbiology’s annual art contest. She also made a short documentary film about fellow biology student Jeremy Jensen’s research. She wrote and ghostwrote for publications including STAT, the National Association of Science Writers Student Newsroom, and Neuroscience for Kids. After graduation, Shirts plans to work in science communication, translating research for people who aren’t trained scientists. Overall, her goal is to find creative ways to write and talk about science. 

School of Arts

Portrait of Jennifer Shipley

Brittanna Roberts

Bachelor of Science
Art Education

About Brittanna Roberts

Brittanna Roberts is from Midway, Utah. While at UVU, she earned a 3.98 GPA, a score of 58 on the “educative” Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA), and had her artwork accepted into an internationally juried art show called Bound and Unbound VI at the University of South Dakota. She was the Fall 2021 Visual Arts Presentation winner in the UVU Showcase of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Works, and the Spring 2021 winner of the American Association of University Women Award with her painting “Celebrating Women — Vibrant and Equal.” After graduation, she plans to look for a job teaching drawing, painting, or printmaking at a high school for five to ten years. She has plans to continue her education and get a master’s degree. “UVU has been a great starting point for me, as I have made many great connections with students, professors, and mentors,” said Roberts.

Portrait of Aspen Thompson

Aubrey Fisher

Associate in Science

About Aubrey Fisher

Aubrey Fisher, from Provo, UT, maintained a high GPA and was a recipient of the Exemplary Merit scholarship. She danced on Synergy Dance Company, which allowed her to experience an upper-level team experience and work with new directors. “The best part about attending UVU is the overwhelming amount of support that is felt here and the acceptance of everyone,” Fisher says. “There is a place for everyone, and you do not feel pressured to meet unrealistic standards.” After graduation, Fisher will continue at UVU and major in both dance education and modern dance. Within the next five years, she hopes to be working as a dance teacher and performing with professional companies. She might eventually pursue a degree within other fields of study or enroll in other courses to continue learning and allow herself to become a more capable instructor.

School of Education

Portrait of Emma Coronado

Audra Aston

Bachelor of Science
Elementary Education

About Audra Aston

Audra D. Aston from Oakley, Utah attended Sky View High School. While at UVU, she was able to maintain a 4.0 grade point average and graduate with high honors. “I put my whole heart and soul into my schooling, doing my best work,” she says. For Aston, the best part about attending UVU was getting to associate with great faculty and peers every day. After graduation, she will continue teaching fourth grade at South Summit Elementary School and plans to pursue a master’s degree. She enjoys singing, reading, and being outside, and is married to her supportive husband, Ki, with whom she is raising four children: Kiley, Kade, Olivia, and Isaac.

University College

Portrait of Tyler Hanks

Zoie Black

Associate in Science
University Studies

About Zoie Black

A native of Highland, Utah, Zoie Black attended Lone Peak High School before coming to UVU. At first, Zoie says she had a hard time deciding what she wanted to do with her life, but by taking many different classes in various departments, she was able to explore different fields. “I have learned so much about myself and my interests and feel prepared for my next steps because of the real-life experience I received during my program,” she says. Zoie is grateful for the sense of community at UVU and the great academic and social atmosphere. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and played for UVU’s club tennis team for several years. She says she plans to join a marketing team after graduation to continue learning the principles of a successful business. In the future, she hopes to apply the knowledge and skills gained at UVU to start her own business. “It has always been my dream to start a health wellness business to help people live more fulfilling lives,” she says.



Portrait of Scott Rancie

Michelyn Oustrich

Bachelor of Science
University Studies

About Michelyn Oustrich

Michelyn Oustrich graduated from Rubidoux High School in Riverside, California, and now calls Lehi, Utah, her home. She is receiving a bachelor’s degree in university studies from UVU. Michelyn first attended UVU in 1992 but did not complete a degree. When she returned in 2020, she was delighted to have a class taught by Ron Hammond, one of the first UVU professors she had in 1992. “I believe Professor Hammond is retiring this year, and it is a bit poetic that we are both finishing our UVU journey at the same time,” she says. Michelyn has earned a 3.95 GPA and has already begun work as an office manager at a software company. She is considering further education but enjoying work for now. “One of the most valuable skills I have learned as a student at UVU is how to think critically and articulate my point of view,” she says. “These skills will not only help me in a business environment but also as a citizen of the world.” Michelyn says she could not have achieved her educational goal of earning a bachelor's degree without the support of her loving husband and five children.



Woodbury School of Business

Portrait of Alesha Powell

Taylor Steven Crittenden

Bachelor of  Arts

About Taylor S. Crittenden

Taylor is from Kamas, Utah, and attended South Summit High School before coming to UVU. Taylor is receiving a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in business management. He will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and has made the Dean’s List every semester at UVU. Taylor’s career goals include continu-ing his education at law school, becoming a corporate lawyer in the tech industry, then starting his own firm one day. He says the best part about attending UVU has been the network of individuals students are able to develop with professors and fellow classmates. “The professors at UVU made my time unique,” he says. “Many of them were very passionate about the course material and really took an interest in their students’ lives.” To his fellow students, Taylor’s advice is to never stop learning: “Remember that learning is a lifelong process. It doesn’t stop when class is over or when you receive your diploma. There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.” Taylor’s other interests include hunting, snowboarding, and golfing.

Portrait of Heidi Sorensen

Jacob Erik Egan

Associate in Science
Business Management

About Jacob Erik Egan

Jacob Egan is from Flower Mound, Texas, and attended Marcus High School. While at UVU, he has competed as a distance runner on the cross country and track and field teams. Being a student athlete and trying to balance time in the classroom with time spent practicing has been a challenge, but he loves competing for UVU and representing the university wherever he races. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has been on the dean's list each semester. To Jacob, the best part about attending UVU has been the student events and the professors — he says they do a really good job at getting to know their students on an individual level. After graduation, Jacob will continue studying at UVU in order to work toward a bachelor's degree in marketing and he plans to attend grad school.