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The Utah Valley University Awards of Excellence program recognizes faculty and staff who dedicate their time and talents to students, scholarship, and the advancement of higher education.

This year, the UVU Board of Trustees recognizes four employees for their contributions to forwarding UVU's mission.

The Presidential Awards of Excellence honor six faculty and staff for their efforts in key areas related to UVU's mission and core themes.

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Trustees Awards

Liz Childs

Michael R. Francis

Toni Harris

T. Heath Ogden

Presidential Awards

Margaret A. Bellon - Innovation

Jim Condie - Service

Kevin D. Dent - Efficiency & Effectiveness

L. Rodayne Esmay - Teaching

Suzanne C. Walther - Engagement

Russell T. Warne - Scholarship

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Board of Trustees' Message

Steven J. Lund

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One of the highest privileges that attends membership on the UVU Board of Trustees is to be called upon to recognize some of the top achievers in the UVU community through the Trustees Award. The University endeavor is, at its core, the bringing of increased excellence to the lives of our students and colleagues.

And so it is an honor for members of the Board of Trustees to join with UVU officials in singling you out as members of the University family in your individual pursuits of high and noble professional ideals. Tonight we recognize the virtuosity of a select few who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the students, the institution, and the community.

We thank and congratulate those being honored for demonstrating unusual and exceptional dedication to the ideals and mission of Utah Valley University.

As Trustees, we acknowledge the contributions made by all the faculty and staff of the University. We thank you for your service, and reaffirm the commitment of the Board to support the mission of UVU as a serious, inclusive, and engaged university.

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Steven J. Lund

Chair, UVU Board of Trustees

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President's Message

Matthew S. Holland

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I am regularly inspired by the contributions of our faculty and staff.  It is my pleasure to recognize formally a few of our employees whose dedicated service is illustrative of so many across campus carrying out their various responsibilities with tremendous energy and excellence. This is just one of the ways - though a particularly visible and meaningful way - that the University strives to make sure that such marvelous efforts do not go unnoticed. As a result, I consider this one of the most important University events of the year.

We celebrate some truly standout accomplishments by those who make UVU what it is - a grand, transformative force in the lives of thousands and thousands of students.

Best,

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Matthew S. Holland

President, Utah Valley University

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Board of Trustees

Award of Excellence

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Liz Childs

Senior Director of Enrollment Management

Liz Childs from Lehi, Utah, has worked at UVU full time since 1990 and has received numerous awards and recognitions from the University, including the Presidential Award of Excellence in 2011 and the 2013 Academic Advisement Administrator Award. In addition to her work as the senior director of enrollment management, Childs has served as chair of the Utah Board of International Educators and president of the Utah Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers.

Childs and her husband, Bruce, have four children - all of whom graduated from UVU - and 15 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, watching sports, trying new recipes, and telling people that she works at UVU.

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Board of Trustees

Award of Excellence

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Michael R. Francis

Associate Vice President for Finance

Michael Francis has considered Orem home for the past 45 years, and called Taber, Alberta, home before that. As UVU's associate vice president for finance, Francis acts as the University's GRAMA officer and oversees the controller's office (business and finance), procurement, the bookstore, dining services, and printing services. He served as assistant vice president for finance and controller for 25 years.

A certified public accountant and certified government financial manager, Francis received an associate degree in marketing from Lethbridge College and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University before joining the UVU family. He and his wife, Dawn, have three children. He enjoys hunting and riding his motorcycle.

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Board of Trustees

Award of Excellence

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Toni Harris

Assistant Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Toni Harris has been an assistant dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences since 2008 and for the past eight years has managed and organized University events for the college, such as the Conference on Autism, Conference on Addiction, annual Martin Luther King Commemoration, and one of the largest high school forensics competitions in Utah - the Marie Clegg Jones High School Debate Competition.

Harris was named Advising Administrator of the Year in 2009 and was awarded the Dean's Staff Award for the college in 2014. She earned an associate degree in early childhood development and bachelor and master degrees in business administration. She has a 16-yearold son, Seth.

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Board of Trustees

Award of Excellence

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T. Heath Ogden

Associate Professor of Biology

Heath Ogden has been an associate professor at UVU since 2009, prior to which he worked at Idaho State University and Riosalado Community College. He received a bachelor's degree in zoology and a doctoral degree in integrative biology from Brigham Young University, as well as a master's degree from the Universidad de Concepción in Chile. His areas of specialty include bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, systematics, phylogenetics, comparative genomics, and entomology.

Ogden received the dean's award for faculty excellence in teaching in 2011 and considers the greatest aspect of working at UVU to be teaching and researching with great students, colleagues, and staff. He is married to Lida Jimena Ogden, a family medicine physician at the BYU Health Center, and they have four children.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

Innovation

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Margaret A. Bellon

Director of Graduation and Transfer Services

Originally from Julian, Calif., Margaret Bellon has worked at UVU since 1986 - when it was still known as Utah Technical College. She has been the director of graduation and transfer services since 2001. In addition to serving as the associate director of graduation and transfer services, Bellon has worked as the manager of advisement support services and as an academic adviser and graduation coordinator.

Bellon received an associate degree in accounting from UVU. She was awarded the PACE Award of Excellence in 2009 and the Adviser of the Year Award in 2004. She enjoys working with students and watching them achieve their goals. Her husband, Laird, is the director of physical plant, and together they have eight children and 19 grandchildren.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

Service

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Jim Condie

Systems Specialist, IT Automation and Integration

In addition to working as a systems specialist for IT automation and integration, Jim Condie is working toward a bachelor's degree in technology management at UVU. He previously earned an associate degree in technology and has multiple IT industry certifications. He has experience in IT management, corporate networking, audio engineering, and live sound production.

Condie has received many awards and recognitions over the years, but so far he is most proud of receiving a live theater technical award for being “Outstanding in the Field.” He is married to Krysti and together they have five children and two grandchildren. Condie runs a small recording studio and enjoys building things in the garage with his children and hiking Mount Timpanogos.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

Efficiency & Effectiveness

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Kevin D. Dent

Telecommunications Engineer, IT Services

Kevin Dent, from Saratoga Springs, Utah, started attending UVCC in 1989 and enjoyed the campus so much he never left - he has now worked at UVU for more than 20 years after being hired full time at computer services in 1993. His duties currently include managing the University's data center, IT network rooms, and the campus fiber optic infrastructure, which extends from the Provo Airport to American Fork.

Dent is a certified Novell engineer and is CompTIA A+ certified. In addition to his involvement in the design and construction of a new and remodeled building on campus to ensure IT infrastructure needs are met, he has taught courses on building a personal computer. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

Teaching

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L. Rodayne Esmay

Professor of Digital Media

As a professor of digital media, Rodayne Esmay enjoys working with students on projects that matter - specifically projects that do not have textbook answers. He brings to the classroom 20 years of industry experience, during which time he produced digital interactive design and animation for a host of Fortune 500 companies. In the last decade, Esmay has delivered keynote addresses, published in journals, exhibited artwork, and curated digital exhibitions.

Esmay received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a master's degree from Syracuse University. While teaching at UVU, he has also had the opportunity to spend several summers teaching at the Polytechnic of Namibia and the Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in China.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

Engagement

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Suzanne C. Walther

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences

A fluvial geomorphologist, Suzanne Walther studies rivers after spending many years rowing on them. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, a master's degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia, and a doctoral degree in geography from the University of Oregon. A first-generation college student, she is proud to teach at a university and help others achieve their goals.

Walther's research is highlighted in the WATER exhibit at the Leonardo in Salt Lake City, and she is involved in the National Science Foundation iUtah Wasatch Front water project. She is married and has a nine-year-old son. She enjoys hiking and traveling and rowed for the U.S. National Team in a previous life.

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Presidential Award of Excellence

Scholarship

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Russell T. Warne

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Russell Warne has been teaching at the collegiate level since 2009, during which time he has had 30 peer-reviewed journal articles published or in press - 10 of which have included student co-authors. He has received awards from UVU's College of Humanities & Social Sciences, as well as Texas A&M University, Southwest Educational Research Association, and the National Association for Gifted Children.

Warne received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from Texas A&M University. His research, which includes statistical methods and psychological testing, is sustained by the passion and energy of his students. Warne and his wife, Katie, have one son.

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Liz Childs

senior director of enrollment management

Michael R. Francis

associate vice president for finance

Toni Harris

assistant dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

T. Heath Ogden

associate professor of biology

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Margaret A. Bellon

(Innovation), director of graduation and transfer services

Jim Condie

(Service), systems specialist

Kevin D. Dent

(Efficiency& Effectiveness), telecommunications engineer

L. Rodayne Esmay

(Teaching), professor of digital media

Suzanne C. Walther

(Engagement), assistant professor of earth sciences

Russell T. Warne

(Scholarship), assistant professor of psychology

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Academic Affairs

Kathren Brown, associate academic vice president for academic administration

Kathy Ardmore, administrative support for engaged learning

Finance & Administration

Judy Bleggi, supervisor of disbursements

Emily Brown, manager of fleet operations

Todd Fisher, director of game management and operations

Janeal Jacobs, purchasing agent

Robert Johnson, senior Oracle developer

Sean Kriek, lead custodian

Duane Lee, senior application administrator

Development & Alumni

Nilsen Septon, associate director of development services

Planning, Budget & Human Resources

Stacy Fowler, administrative support

Student Affairs

Liz Andrus, director of School Community University Partnership

Marcy Glassford, director of student retention and First Year Experience

Marissa King, assistant director of student leadership and involvement

Rheta McCammon, assistant director of financial aid

K. Wade Oliver, director of adviser training and development

University Relations

Bonnie Andrus, administrative assistant university marketing

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Faculty

College of Aviation & Public Services

Lori A. Howes (Service), certification program manager for the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy

Bobbi Kassel (Engagement), assistant professor of criminal justice

Ryan Leick (Faculty Excellence), assistant professor of aviation sciences

Steve Lutz (Special Recognition), assistant director of the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Rob Carney (Creative Work), professor of English and literature

Jessica C. Hill (Research), assistant professor of behavioral science

Michael Minch (Service), professor of philosophy and humanities

College of Science & Health

Bonnie Andersen (Service), associate professor of physics

Merrill D. Halling (Teaching), assistant professor of chemistry

Nathan Arun Toké (Scholarship), assistant professor of earth science

College of Technology & Computing

L. Rodayne Esmay (Teaching), professor of digital media

Sowmya Selvarajan (Service), assistant professor of geomatics

Peter Sproul (Scholarship), associate professor of culinary arts

School of the Arts

Ross Hagen, lecturer of music

School of Education

Maureen Andrade (Graduate Mentor),

associate vice president of academic programs

Betsy Ferguson (Cooperating Teacher), intern coach

University College

Joshua C. Hilst (Service), assistant professor of basic composition

Marcus Jorgensen (Scholarship), associate professor of developmental mathematics

Woodbury School of Business

Susan R. Madsen (Scholar of the Year), professor of management

Jeff Peterson (Teacher of the Year), assistant professor of management

Staff

College of Aviation & Public Services

Angela Menlove, scheduling coordinator for the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Kimberly Kleven Williamson, administrative assistant for the Department of History & Political Science

College of Science & Health

Kellie D. Hancock, administrative assistant for the Department of Chemistry

College of Technology & Computing

Jamie Winn, administrative assistant to the dean

School of the Arts

Melissa Hempel, director of the Woodbury Art Museum

School of Education

Connie Wright, administrative assistant for department chairs

University College

Monica Ferreyra, academic adviser for developmental mathematics

Woodbury School of Business

Dixie Maughan, administrative assistant to the dean

Carol Mausser, administrative assistant to associate deans

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Full-Time Faculty

College of Aviation & Public Services

Frank J. Manderino, lecturer of aviation sciences

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Leslie Simon, assistant professor of philosophy and humanities

College of Science & Health

Violeta Vasilevska, associate professor of mathematics

College of Technology & Computing

John E. Anderson, associate professor of information systems and technology

School of the Arts

Monica Campbell, assistant professor of dance

School of Education

Sue A. Womack, assistant professor of elementary education

University College

Jacqueline Preston, assistant professor of basic composition

Woodbury School of Business

Kevin R. Smith, associate professor of accounting

Adjunct Faculty

College of Aviation & Public Services

Darren J. Falslev, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Kimberli M. Lawson, Philosophy & Humanities

College of Science & Health

Anna Metcalf, Chemistry

College of Technology & Computing

Carrie Lee Peterson,Technology Management

School of the Arts

Ben Hopkin,Theatrical Arts for Stage & Screen

School of Education

Cory G. Smith,Secondary Education

University College

Becky Anne Larson,Developmental Mathematics

Woodbury School of Business

Ike N. Ikeme,Finance & Economics

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Full-Time Staff

Holley Cochran, administrative assistant for media services and engineering

Leisa Galloway, administrative assistant for institutional research and information

Candice Gardner, executive assistant to the president

Belinda Han, director of the Center for the Advancement of Leadership

Nicole Hemmingsen, assistant director of deaf and hard of hearing services

Anne Morrey, coordinator of residency

Clint Moser, coordinator of advisement technology

Rozanne Russell, supervisor for accounts receivable

Part-Time Staff

Tracy Taylor, administrative assistant for The Volunteer & Service Learning Center

Shelby Carter, accounts receivable specialist