74th COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Party presidential nominee, former governor of Massachusetts,
and chief executive officer of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter
Olympics, will speak at the University’s 74th annual commencement April 30. UVU will
also award honorary doctoral degrees to Romney and community advocate Pamela J. Atkinson
and a posthumous honorary doctoral degree to former Utah Speaker of the House Becky
HOAGIES WITH HOLLAND
President Holland shared this year's legislative outcomes, university updates and successes, and PBA budget decisions with the campus at his annual Hoagies with Holland.
CCS SYMPOSIUM ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University will host an imposing lineup of distinguished religious studies and constitutional scholars, former U.S. Supreme Court law clerks, multidenominational contributors, and a finale program featuring popular musical performer David Archuleta as part of its dynamic Spring Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom. The symposium will begin with the opening keynote address,“The Quest for a Moral Presidency: Jimmy Carter, Progressive Evangelicalism and the Religious Right,” given by one of the most prominent presidential and religious scholars in the nation, Randall Balmer, the chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College.
STATUE OF RESPONSIBILITY RIBBON CUTTING
Utah Valley University will dedicate Gary Lee Price’s 15-foot prototype of the “Statue of Responsibility” on at noon at the east entrance of the Losee Center. The sculptor was inspired to design the statue after learning of its concept originated by Holocaust survivor and author Viktor Frankl. Price was commissioned in 1997 to design the statue, choosing two hands each gripping the forearm of the other as that symbol.
The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. UVU's inaugural event will be a wonderful showcase of what is happening at UVU and in our community, an opportunity for all to imagine new ideas through a diverse group of presentations, performances, and discussions. There will be multiple sessions throughout the day, visit the homepage for more information about the speakers and schedule and to purchase tickets.
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.
Nationally recognized author and education innovator Tony Wagner will be speaking as part of Utah Valley University’s Presidential Lecture Series. Wagner’s presentation, titled “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World,” is scheduled for March 25 at 10 a.m. in the Sorensen Center Ragan Theatre.
The Donor Appreciation Banquet is held every year in the spring. The purpose of the event is to thank and recognize all those individuals and organizations that have given of their means, talents and time to support Utah Valley University.
Part of the Utah Women's Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series, Sheri Dew, internationally recognized author and speaker, will provide an engaging presentation on the importance of leadership for all women. This event on March 18 at 6:30 pm is open to all women 14 years of age or older and all those who influence girls and women (this includes men too).
Attended by members of the official Magna Carta Project from London, England, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gordon S. Wood, and other distinguished scholars celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The event was held on February 17, with an opening address by Nicholas Vincent, a professor of medieval history from the United Kingdom. Various panels were held throughout the day and the symposium closed with an address by Mr. Wood.
On February 10, 2015 President Holland updated faculty, staff and students on university successes, initiatives, issues and legislative priorities for 2015.
News Coverage: Daily Herald, UVU Review
State of the University Presentation Slides
Dr. Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has founded multiple ventures over the years, including Innosight, a management consulting and investment firm specializing in innovation, and is a celebrated award-winning author and public leader. Known as one of the most influential business theorists of the last 50 years and a Utah native, Dr. Christensen addressed students, faculty, staff, and guests in the Ragan Theater on November 20 on "The Future of Higher Education and UVU's Role."
For the first time in his presidency, President Holland took to social media to answer questions from students, faculty and community members. Over the period of an hour, the president answered questions about UVU's growth, student concerns, whether he was a dog or cat person, and many more professional and personal questions.
UVU Review Report
UVU’s annual President’s Scholarship Ball, is Utah County’s premier gala event and the University’s primary means of generating new scholarship support for UVU students. The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for the Presidential Scholarship, which is the top scholarship for UVU’s brightest students. Remaining funds are given to other various scholarships. All the proceeds from the annual event provide 50 scholarships for students. This year’s event on October 5th raised more than $165,000. In the 24 years since the first President’s Scholarship Ball, 750 students have benefited from donors’ generosity. In this past fiscal year, the UVU Foundation has received more than $2.5 million in scholarship donations and established 19 new scholarship funds. In the past five years, the UVU Foundation has raised $10.6 million for scholarships, twice as much as the previous five years. All 700 tickets to this year’s ball sold out a month in advance of the event.
The board meets several times throughout the year, and met on October 9 to discuss the progress and achievements of UVU, and to approve of actions to be taken by the administration.
All members of advisory boards were invited to join President Holland on October 2, 2014, to engage in the University’s vision and goals for the upcoming year. This was an opportunity to meet advisory boards from different colleges and programs on campus and for everyone to work works toward the advancement of Utah Valley University.
Utah Valley University’s National President’s Advisory Board, an internationally recognized advisory body, met October 1, 2014 to mark the board’s 10th anniversary. One-third of the advisory board is composed of from Utah County, one-third from within Utah, and one-third from across the US. Jack Sunderlage serves as chair this year, with Janette Hales Beckham as vice chair. The board added two new members at the meeting — Sanchaita Datta of Salt Lake City and Jeff Alexander of Provo.
During the Twenty-Seventh Annual Ethics Awareness Week , President Holland presented the Excellence in Ethics award on Wednesday, September 24, to Pastor France Davis, of the Calvary Baptist Church, in the Library Auditorium. Immediately following the presentation of the award, Pastor Davis gave his address, "Living Ethics."
Kicking off the Planning, Budget and Assessment cycle for 2014, the discussion focused on fostering and supporting students in their educational goals and professional preparation, and was led by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
Come and be a part of Constitution Week: “You Can’t Say That Anymore.” Real and Perceived Limitations on Speech in 21st Century America. Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16th and 17th, are packed with speakers and panels discussing issues of freedom of speech. Included will be the Constitutional Day address “Our Classical Liberal Constitution: How Liberty and Equality Can Best Coexist,” by celebrated professor and author, Dr. Richard Epstein, on Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 P.M., followed directly by a book signing by Dr. Epstein for his new book. To see the schedule of events, as well as to reserve free tickets for the event, check out The Center for Constitutional Studies website below.
UVU freshmen joined President Holland at his home for what has become a yearly tradition of intellectual discourse between president and students. The president led discussions, on September 9th & 10th, focusing on the two books that selected for 2014's Freshman Reading Program, Enrique's Journey and Murder in the Cathedral.
Presented by the Alumni Association on September 5, these awards are given to alumnus and individuals who have furthered the purposes and missions of UVU. They have distinguished themselves beyond their time at the university, and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to contribute time, energy, and/or money to UVU and/or the Alumni Association.
In keeping with UVU’s tradition of hosting outstanding scholars and leaders, our Presidential Lecture this semester featured Dr. Eboo Patel, President and Founder of the Interfaith Youth Core. Dr. Patel who delivered remarks entitled “Changing the World Through Interfaith Cooperation” on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014. Dr. Patel’s presentation was scheduled in conjunction with the Reflection Center Ribbon Cutting and other activities promoting interfaith discussion and understanding were held throughout the day.
UVU’s inaugural men’s soccer game took place on Clyde Field at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014. With a final score of 5 to 1, Utah’s first NCAA Division 1 men’s soccer team soundly defeated the Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts. President Dieter Uchtdorf, of the First Presidency in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, made the ceremonial kick-off. The game was also broadcast on the first online broadcast of the season for NSCAATV.com.
Game Highlights and Recap
President Holland, together with College of Health and Science Dean, Daniel Fairbanks, provided the keynote address at UVU’s Freshman Convocation on August 25th. Over 5,000 people attended this annual event designed to inspire new freshmen to achieve their UVU college goals.
On Monday, April 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ragan Theater Dr. Putnam will lecture on "The Opportunity Gap: Growing up Rich and Growing up Poor in America Today".
-Dr. Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 President Holland addressed the faculty and staff of UVU for the annual State of the University address.
"This is the moment to do something, to do something big, to fix the one thing that threatens the ability of this remarkable institution fulfill its most noble and needed state mission."
- President Matthew S. Holland
View the State of the University (pdf) file
"Watch With Both Eyes" was President Matthew S. Holland's message given the the U.V.U. faculty on August 20, 2013.
View President Holland's Convocation Speech (pdf) file
President Matthew S. Holland encourages graduates to "Live Deliberately".
President Matthew S. Holland presented the 2013 Hoagies with Holland Thursday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 President Holland addressed the faculty and staff of UVU for the annual State of the University address.
"From faculty in the classrooms to work crews on the grounds--we are all laboring together in this all critical enterprise of educating people, my pride also stems from the fact that were doing it here at UVU and doing it the UVU way."
- President Matthew S. Holland
President Matthew S. Holland gave a speech in recognition of Constitution Day and in celebration of the opening of UVU's Center for Constitutional Studies September 17, 2012.
"The Constitution’s great power and purpose, then, is to implement, make real, and practically perpetuate the kind of human liberty the Declaration rightly claims belongs to all."
- President Matthew S. Holland
Fall Faculty Convocation 2012 gave President Matthew S. Holland an opportunity to address the institution's faculty members.
"I remain, and I hope the institution remains, committed to fostering what I consider a true university education."
- President Matthew S. Holland
President Matthew S. Holland encouraged graduates to continue to seek out a lifetime of learning during the University’s 71st commencement April 26, 2012.
President Matthew S. Holland presents the 2012 Hoagies with Holland.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012