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Great People. Great Passion. Great Purpose.

UVU employees have expressed how much they love working at Utah Valley University. After discussing with them their reasons why, we found their responses correspond with three core themes adopted by Human Resources: Great People working with Great Passion for a Great Purpose. A few employees shared their insights on video. The video segments below are categorized into each theme.

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Great People.

#1 reason people love UVU is for the people they work with.

As Faculty and Staff alike have expressed time and again, their favorite reason they love working at UVU are their fellow coworkers and the students. Watch the following segments to learn why.

Keith Mulbery

Department Chair/Professor, Information Systems & Technology

In this short clip, Keith recounts how the support received from campus leadership has given him greater capacity to develop his department and students.

"I feel like I can go to my dean at any time."

Rasha Quidsat

Program Director, Undergrad Research/Inquiry Learning

Rasha remains a dedicated Wolversin because of the personalized approach to her development and the opportunities for growth offered to staff across campus.

"Working here makes me want to work rather than need to work!"

Daniel Fairbanks

Dean, College of Science & Health

From the unique perspective of a Dean, Fairbanks shares his feelings about the people he works with at UVU.

"One of the great things about UVU is unlike many universities...everyone seems to know one another."

Janet Colvin

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

In this brief video, Janet shares how UVU's unique mission to provide "Engaged Learning" has enabled her to teach in a way that she loves.

"I've been able to...achieve things that would not have been possible other places"

Alexis Palmer

Associate Vice President & Dean of Students

Through her many roles, Alexis finds great purpose and passion through interacting witht he people at UVU.

"I can honestly say that...when I come to work, I am coming because of the people that I get to work with."

Nikki Scott

Associate Athletic Director, Finance & Business

Nikki appreciates being part of an athletic department that supplements academic education at UVU.

"I love that UVU...does a lot to show faculty and staff that they're appreciated."

Great Passion.

You will be fully engaged with your work at UVU.

At UVU we strive to promote a culture of employee engagement by encouraging assignments that facilitate employees' strengths and interests. The following videos give examples of areas in which UVU has enabled employees to work according to their passion.

Cynthia Krebs

Professor, Information Systems/Technology

As a seasoned instructor, Cynthia describes how fellow employees with the same passion and enthusiastic students across campus have significantly enhanced her employee experience.

"My favorite part about coming to work...is the knowledge that I'm going to learn something new today"

Fern Caka

Chair, Chemistry Department & Associate Professor

Fern expresses how her role on campus has allowed her to live and pursue her passions among people she cares about.

"I love bringing in a student that's fearful of chemistry...and have them say 'Wow! I don't know I liked this!...that is the best."

Lais Rodriguez

Assistant Director, SCUP

Lais shared her experience how, as a non-traditional graduate at UVU, helped her engage with others to assist them in building their dreams.

"The thing I love most about working here is...being able to meet thousands of students and feel like I'm having an impact on their life."

Keri Howlett

Assistant to the Dean, College of Science

After nearly 30 years of "bleeding green" at UVU, Kerri's ample view of campus-life expereince is worth listening to.

"Everyone is just your family at UVU. I can't imagine being anywhere else."

Garret Nagaishi

Program Manager, First Generation Student

Garrett offers his perspective on interacting with employees who are excited about their roles at UVU.

"One reason I don't foresee me leaving any time soon is that...I feel a sense of ownership over [my programs]."

Victor Narsimulu

Program Director, Cultural Envoy

Victor's account of his experience on campus demonstrates how UVU strives to be the chosen place for everyone on a quest for higher education.

"There are possibilities for a person like me to lead...to be a mentor, to be an advocate for students who come from all facets of our community."

Great Purpose.

You will make a difference.

UVU is an open admission institution committed to student success. With a focus on teaching and providing real-world experiences, these employees express why UVU's vision and purpose stimulates their desire to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Yudi Lewis

Program Director, Latino Initiative Testimony

A graduate from Utah Valley University, Yudi explains why she chose to continue her 20-year professional career at UVU.

"UVU provides me opportunities to explore different areas...and take initiative on projects that revolve around student success."

Jonathan Westover

Director, Academic Service Learning

Dr. Westover, who juggles many title beyond that of being a director, such as serving as an Associate Professor in the Woodbury School of Business, expresses his distinctive outlook on the UVU experience.

"Student success is something that...is at the heart of everything that I do."

DaSheek Akwenye

Director, Campus Recreation & Wellness

DaSheek's robust energy will catch your attention as he explains why he loves what he does here as a devout Wolverine.

"I love that working for UVU I'm here to provide services...that help our students succeed within...and outside of the classroom."

Cameron Martin

Vice President, University Relations

As one of the UVU's Executive Board members, Vice President Martin powerfully illustrates the vision of our institution of the potential each individual has to contribute to the success of the students.

"I've been on a lot of other college and university campuses...you can't replicate what's here because it's so distinctive, and unique - it's magical."

Karen Deysher

Program Director, LGBT Student Services

An advocate for social equality, Karen expressed how UVU fosters a welcoming environment for individuals of all backgrounds and interests.

"I get to engage with students...who are...constantly looking to make change in the world, and that gets me excited."

Jesse Spencer

Custodian, Custodial Services

The positive relationship developed by faculty and staff show why Jesse enjoys being part of the UVU team.

"I know that all the faculty and staff...are really friendly and really respectful of me."