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placeholderAstrid Tuminez selected as president of UVU The Utah State Board of Regents has selected Astrid S. Tuminez as the seventh president of Utah Valley University—and the first female president in the university's history. Tuminez, who currently serves as Regional Director for Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft, will assume the position this fall.
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Saroo Brierley to speak for Homecoming event

From the streets of India, to the Oscars, and now to Utah Valley University — Saroo Brierley’s life story was made famous in the Oscar-nominated movie “Lion”, based on his book “A Long Way Home.”

 

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Student headcount nearly 40,000, UVU remains largest university in Utah  

For the fourth year in a row, Utah Valley University is the largest public university in Utah, with a headcount of 39,931 students enrolled for the 2018 fall semester, according to data released today by the Utah System of Higher Education. The data shows the student population has grown 7.1 percent since last fall. Full-time equivalent enrollment has increased 6.1 percent, with a current population of 26,573.

 

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Trent urges UVU students to fight for dreams

Dr. Tererai Trent inspired the Utah Valley University community  Wednesday to fight for their dreams. Dr. Trent grew up in a small rural village in Zimbabwe, in a hut with no running water or electricity, and it was in this context that her dreams took shape. Despite poverty, war, and illiteracy, she speaks of a strong cultural setting that opened her mind to possibilities.

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UVU aiming to impact half of first-gen students with $15 million fundraising initiative

A $15 million fundraising campaign at Utah Valley University is looking to aid one of the university’s largest populations.

The first-generation initiative, announced by UVU President Astrid Tuminez earlier this month at the 2018 President’s Scholarship Ball, aims to raise $15 million within three to five years to fund scholarships and programming for first-generation students. The fundraising campaign has already raised $3 million.

 

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Spectrum Showcase features artwork from austistic individuals

The second annual Super Spectrum Showcase and Soiree will be held at the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism on October 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Utah Valley University. This showcase will feature artwork from people on the autism spectrum ages 4 to over 18. The purpose of the art show is to allow students on the autism spectrum to have the opportunity to gain some recognition for their contribution to the arts. This will be the first time that many of the artists will have their artwork on display for the public and their family to see.

 

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Astrid Tuminez begins official presidential duties at UVU

A teenaged Astrid Tuminez first saw snow from the Jesse Knight Humanities Building at Brigham Young University. It was unlike anything she’d seen — or expected.

“I didn’t know what snow was and I always thought that ice was ice cubes, so I always thought when the first snowfall came it would be ice cubes coming from the sky,” Tuminez said.

Utah County has remained a special place to Tuminez since she first arrived at Brigham Young University as an undergrad. And starting Monday, she is officially part of the legacy of Utah Valley University.

 

Selected in April to follow former UVU President Matthew Holland, Tuminez officially started her duties as UVU president Monday. She is the institution’s first permanent female president and its first president who is a racial minority.

 

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Utah Valley University trustees OK $25 million student center remodel and expansion

Utah Valley University’s student center is getting a facelift.

The UVU Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve a $25 million three-phase expansion and remodel of the Sorensen Student Center. The project will include expanding the food court, remodeling bathrooms and work on Center Stage and Ragan Theater.

The university will be retiring 2004 bonds a year early and will reissue bonds that will provide the $25 million without increasing students’ annual fees. The project will be repaid through an existing student fee

 

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UVU culinary chairman wins national chef award

Chef Todd Leonard, Utah Valley University's Culinary Arts Institute department chairman, was named the 2018 National Chef of the Year at the American Culinary Federation national convention held in New Orleans July 14-19. Leonard beat out four other regional winners.

As part of the rigorous competition, Leonard had 90 minutes to prepare a four-course menu. Assisted by two student apprentices, AnnaLis Nielsen and Lydia Harris, Leonard finished just seconds before his time expired. The judges, all master chefs, then huddled and compared tastes, presentation skills and sanitation scores.

 

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