Summer University is a three-day professional and personal development conference for full- and part-time staff. It is a mixture of self-improvement, service, and fun events for employees at UVU to show our appreciation for the exceptional care you do every day to support our students.

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That's a wrap!

As we wrap up another incredible Summer University, we want to take the opportunity to thank all of our incredible staff members for creating positive experiences for our entire campus community over the last year.

Together we enjoyed delicious food, inspiring sessions, good company, and serving our community. We send sincere appreciation to all of the session facilitators; Summer University committee members; and events, catering, audio visual, and facilities staff for ensuring a successful and memorable conference.

Make sure to post any pictures on social media with the hashtag #UVUSU24 !


Opening Keynote

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Jeanette Bennett

Jeanette Bennett

Founder and editor-in-chief of Bennett Communications

Jeanette focuses her pen on Utah Valley Magazine, BusinessQ Magazine, and Prosper Magazine.

She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Brigham Young University and has been a regular guest on HuffPostLive. She has moderated gubernatorial debates and numerous business panels. Bennett plays the piano and organ, but her feet did the talking when she took third place in a “Dancing with your Community Stars” contest.

Bennett has a love/hate relationship with deadlines, half marathons, and the stock market — and she has a love/love relationship with glossy pages, watching her kids play sports, and enjoying Utah’s canyons. She and her husband, Matt, are raising their five children in Cedar Hills.

  If you are unable to attend, Keynote will be recorded and posted for viewing on this site at a later date.

Closing Keynote

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Mat Duerden

Mat Duerden

Associate Professor, Co-Author

Mat is a Professor of Experience Design and Management in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. Previous to his position at BYU he was an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at Texas A&M University. He has also served as the co-director of BYU’s residential study abroad program in London. He teaches experience design courses at the undergraduate and MBA levels at BYU. He also teaches course with Dr. Jamin Rowan for BYU's honors program entitled The Art of Transformative Storytelling which looks at the influence of storytelling efficacy on personal transformation. Mat works with organizations across a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, not for profit, tourism, manufacturing, and consumer product goods to provide training and consulting around experience design.

Mat co-authored, "Designing Experiences", with Robert Rossman which was published in 2019 by Columbia Business School Press. In 2021 Axiom Business Awards selected the book as a silver medalist winner in the Business Intelligence/Innovation category.

  If you are unable to attend, Keynote will be recorded and posted for viewing on this site at a later date.


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Monday, May 13th

Activities  (Note: Limit 1 activity per employee)

7:30am UCCU/UVU Employee Golf Tournament at Talon’s Cove ($35.00), see notes below.
9:00am–12:00pm Topgolf ($20.00): Check-in starting at 8:30am, see notes below.
9:00am – 2:00pm
• Bingo
• Bowling
• Massage Chairs
• Pickleball
• Sound Bath
• Climbing Wall
• NRG Dance Fitness class

Talon's Cove Golf Tournament: If you registered and paid for theTalon's Cove tournament, arrive by 7:30 a.m. for check-in. Golf will start at 8:00, and lunch is provided (breakfast will not be provided this year). Questions can be directed to Beka Grulich, Chair of Golf.

Topgolf: If you registered and paid for Topgolf, arrive at the Vineyard TopGolf by 8:30 a.m. for check-in. Golf will start at 9 and run until 12, with brunch available from 10:00-11:30. Booths hold six people, are on the second floor, and are first-come, first-served. The only way to ensure you get a booth with your friends is to show up together early. Questions can be directed to Justine Gamble, Chair of Summer University.

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Tuesday, May 14th


8:30am – 9:50am General session kick-off (Breakfast Provided)
Opening Keynote: Jeanette Bennett
Location: SC Ballroom
9:50am – 10:00am Break
10:00am – 11:00am Breakout Sessions
11:00am – 11:10am Break
11:10am – 12:10pm Breakout Sessions
12:10pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break



1:30pm – 2:30pm Breakout Sessions
2:30pm – 2:40pm Break
2:40pm – 3:40pm Breakout Sessions

 Check your registration email for your custom breakout session schedule. To see the all Breakout Sessions, view full listing here .


Wednesday, May 15th


8:00am – 11:30am Service projects: See options below



Noon – 1:30pm General Session Closing (Lunch Provided)
Closing Keynote: Mat Duerden
Location: SC Ballroom


Where and when can I pick up my Summer University T-shirt?

T-shirts are available to those who register and can be picked up from a table outside the People and Culture office (HF 105) during business hours on Friday, May 10th, and Monday, May 13th. There are a limited number of shirts this year, and they are first-come, first-served. You will need your UVID to pick up your voucher and shirt and will not be allowed to pick them up for others.

Is food provided?

Catered breakfast will be provided to those who register and attend the Tuesday morning keynote speaker.

Catered lunch will be provided to those who register and attend the Wednesday afternoon keynote speaker.

A meal voucher will also be available to those who register for Summer University and can be picked up from a table outside the People and Culture office (HF 105) during business hours on Friday, May 10th, and Monday, May 13th.

Who can I contact with questions about Summer University?

All questions can be directed to those on the Summer University Committee.

Note: we are no longer accepting proposals for Summer University presentations, activities, service projects, or sponsors.

Golf concerns or questions?

If you are having troubles registering for the Talon's Cove golf tournament or Top Golf through the UVU Ticketing System, it is probably one of two problems:

1) The capacity limit for the event has been filled (136 for Talon's Cove and 100 for Top Golf), or

2) You were not signed in to the UVU ticketing system when you clicked the link in the registration to purchase your ticket. To resolve this, sign into the ticketing system, then go back to the registration form to click on the link.

If issues persist, contact Beka Grulich, Golf Chair, at [email protected].

Other Activities:

If you are unsure which activity you registered for, where it is located, or when it starts, check your email for your registration confirmation. Questions can be directed to Kerri Scott, Chair of Activities.

  If you are unable to attend, Keynotes will be recorded and posted for viewing on this site at a later date.

At-a-Glance Schedule (pdf)


Opening Keynote:

Closing Keynote: