See you in 2023!

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.

Schedule

Monday, May 16th

Morning & Noon

7:30am UCCU/UVU Employee Golf Tournament at Talon’s Cove ($20.00) Contact Steve Anderson for details.
9:00am Activities (Note: Limit 1 activity per employee)
Contact Trevor Carter for details.
• Online Bingo
• Massage Chairs
• Pickle Ball Tournament SL MAC Court
11:00am • The Project (Climbing Wall)
12:00pm • Bowling

Tuesday, May 17th

Morning

8:00am – 9:20am General session kick-off (Breakfast Provided)
Opening Keynote: Former Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert
Location: SC Ballroom
9:20am – 9:30am Break
9:30am – 10:30am Concurrent Sessions (3)
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:45am Concurrent Sessions (3)
11:45 Noon Break

 

Afternoon

Noon – 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30pm – 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions (3)
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 3:45pm Concurrent Sessions (3)

Wednesday, May 18th

Morning

8:00am – 11:30 Service projects: Contact Amber Hendrickson for details.
See options below
11:30am Noon break

 

Afternoon

Noon – 1:30 General Session Closing (Lunch Provided)
Closing Keynote: James Lawrence "The Iron Cowboy"
Location: SC Ballroom

 

Summer U T-Shirts:

Pick up a Summer University t-shirt at the UVU Campus Store with your employee UVUID card. Pick-up starts on Friday, May 13. T-shirts will be available to pick up throughout the conference, while supplies last.

 

 

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*updated 4/28/16

Summer University Schedule 

Service Project Options
 

GRIT Garden

The Growing Resilient and Inclusive Together (GRIT) Garden is a joint initiative of UVU Sustainability and UVU Biology. The GRIT Garden aims to improve nutrition access and quality for the UVU community by growing fresh healthy produce for the UVU food pantry.


This service project will primarily consist of planting crops in the garden and weeding garden beds. Depending on how the growing season is going there may also be some early season crops to harvest. Be prepared to be working outdoors: dress appropriately for the weather and working in the dirt, wear sun protection, and bring drinking water. Work gloves and tools will be provided. This project will be on-campus.

Days for Girls

You will be tracing and cutting shields, cutting for drawstring bags, 5" pocket strips, and smaller transport bags for women and girls in need of feminine hygiene products. This project will be on-campus.

Blood Drive

Donate blood to benefit our local community. This project will be on-campus. 

Virtual Mapswipe

Around the world, millions of individuals are affected by disasters, disease, and conflict. First responders working with these communities often have to cover large areas, but lack the data necessary for an efficient, effective response. Through MapSwipe, volunteers pinpoint where critical infrastructure and populations are located, allowing mappers to focus only on areas where they know features need to be mapped.

Assisted Living Visit

Spend the morning visiting the elderly in a local assisted living center. 

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Volunteers go out in the community and do smoke alarm and home fire education.

Presentations

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Opening Keynote Speaker

Gary R. Herbert

Following his years as an elected official at the state and local level, former governor Gary Herbert is returning to Utah Valley University where he was a successful instructor, to create the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy. The Institute will be Utah Valley’s source for public policy dialogue that engages students and the community.

Read full bio! 

Keynote Live Feed 


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Closing Keynote Speaker

James Lawrence

RedBull declares that 'when it comes to endurance, he is unstoppable' and Success magazine named him 'The Most Enduring Man In The World'. He has Redefined the definition of Impossible and is here today to share his journey with you. Ladies and gentlemen, James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy.

Read full bio! 

Keynote Live Feed 


Breakout Session Schedule

Stream Time Room Title Presenters

live

9:30am SC 206 B&C Learning When to Say No: Reclaiming Your Time and Energy in the Workplace Alexis Palmer

live

9:30am Ragan Theater Life Lessons – Eddie Van Halen Style David McEntire

live

9:30am SC 213 A&B The Power of Habit Joe Belnap
No Stream 9:30am SC 206 A Retirement Readiness: Key Elements of Preparing for Retirement Spencer Welch

live

10:45am SC 206 B&C Beginning Authors Sabine Berlin

live

10:45am Ragan Theater How to Buy, Build, or Renovate Your First Profitable Airbnb Property Russell Johnson

live

10:45am SC 213 A&B Yoga & Mindfulness Marisa Johnson

live

1:30pm Ragan Theater Are You a Robot? Humor in the Workplace Chel Hariavi

live

1:30pm SC 213 A&B Connecting Your Program With Capitol Reef Station Michael Stevens

live

1:30pm SC 206 B&C The Basics of Great Pulled Pork Steven Lobb

live

2:45pm Ragan Theater Astrophotography: Eliminating Noise in Our Lives Kelly Flanagan

live

2:45pm SC 206 B&C Talk Saves Lives Stephanie Chapple

live

2:45pm SC 213 A&B Bitcoin & Blockchain Basics Charlene Brown
 
Microsoft Training

Microsoft Trainings:

Sharpen your skills. Webinars held on Teams.

Summer U 2021 Teams Channel 

Quick Tip Videos and Resources 

Teams 101 Webinar 

 

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Meeting ID: 966 6073 9005   Passcode: 921191

The Roadmap to Retirement:

Announcing updates to the Utah Valley University Retirement Plans. You don’t want to miss this informative session available to you.

  • Overview of the UVU Retirement Investment Committee and their role and responsibility to faculty and staff.
  • Summary of the upcoming updates to TIAA & Fidelity investment options.
  • Plan fee discussion including increased plan fee transparency and levelization to all plan participants.
  • Lastly, we will discuss best practices in building your own investment portfolio.

Presenters: Kirk Welch, CFP®, ChFC®, AIF®, PPC® and Zac Huish, M.S., CFP®, MPAS®, APMA®, CRPS®, HUB International Investment Services, Inc.

When: Tuesday, May 18 at 9:00am

Join Via Zoom 


  

Breakout Session Live Streams
(Stream links will be active at time of live session)

  live

Alexis Palmer

Learning When to Say No: Reclaiming Your Time and Energy in the Workplace

Alexis Palmer

How many times have you heard someone say that their calendar controls them? How many times have you sat in a meeting wondering why you were asked to attend that meeting? Let’s stop the cycle of the calendar controlling us and start reclaiming our time and energy in the workplace. Join in on a discussion and learn some tips to help you say “no” — whether it is to a meeting or a project.

  live

David McEntire

Life Lessons – Eddie Van Halen Style

David McEntire

This presentation takes a fun look at the life of the late rock icon, Eddie Van Halen. The presentation includes lessons about his adaptability, work ethic, risk-taking, collaboration with others, innovation, battle with addiction, contagious smile, impact on the industry, etc. Samples of his music are also provided.

  live

Joe Belnap

The Power of Habit

Joe Belnap

The key to exercising regularly, becoming more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Discover why habits exist and how they can be changed. Along the way, learn why some people struggle to change, while others seem to remake themselves overnight.

  live

Sabine Berlin

Beginning Authors

Sabine Berlin

Do you have a great story idea or a finished draft and have no idea what to do next? This class will discuss the ins and outs of writing your book and getting it ready to publish. Topics will include hooks, common mistakes, getting feedback, editing, traditional vs self-publishing, and more.

  live

Russell Johnson

How to Buy, Build, or Renovate Your First Profitable Airbnb Property

Russell Johnson

Learn how to become an Airbnb host, including how to get started, locate properties, locate deals/auctions, outsource work, use multiple platforms, get your property to stand out, optimize settings, devise pricing strategies, automate/manage from a distance, and other strategies. We will also take a look behind the scenes of my properties.

  live

Marisa Johnson

Yoga & Mindfulness

Marisa Johnson

Everyone has stress in their lives, but it’s how you deal with it that matters! I will demonstrate yoga and mindfulness poses and exercises that you can do right from your desk. I will also demonstrate basic Vinyasa yoga poses that can be done on a mat. If you would like to participate on the yoga mat, be sure to wear your stretchy pants.

  live

Chel Hariavi

Are You a Robot? Humor in the Workplace

Chel Hariavi

Too often we believe that humor and levity have no place at work. We find ourselves writing emails that could have been drafted by robots. These emails are why I believe the computer has to check if we are “human.” So why is humor important in the workplace? It builds trust! We are going to review small ways that humor and levity can be infused into the workplace and why it is something that everyone should work on.

  live

Michael Stevens

Connecting Your Program With Capitol Reef Station

Michael Stevens

Did you know UVU has a field station inside Capitol Reef National Park? Capitol Reef Field Station focuses on engaged learning, environmental ethics, and research and creative work in the context of the Colorado Plateau. Learn how to connect your program with what the field station has to offer.

  live

Steven Lobb

The Basics of Great Pulled Pork

Steven Lobb

In this class, we’ll cover the basics of how to make amazing pulled pork at home using a pellet smoker,, including the preparation and cooking process and several tips and pointers so that anybody can succeed in their BBQ endeavors.

  live

Kelly Flanagan

Astrophotography: Eliminating Noise in Our Lives

Kelly Flanagan

The night sky is filled with beautiful objects that are difficult to see because of air and light pollution and other noise. We’ll investigate the use of technology to remove noise and reveal wonders. We’ll also discuss how this applies to our lives, and where noise and distractions should be eliminated.

  live

Stephanie Chapple

Talk Saves Lives

Stephanie Chapple

Gain a better understanding about one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what you can do in your community to save lives. Learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how people can keep themselves and others safe.

  live

Charlene Brown

Bitcoin & Blockchain Basics

Charlene Brown

Explore the ancient history of blockchain and the key characteristics of bitcoin that are making this technology the core of modern experience. Learn the 5 states of bitcoin as ENERGY, an ASSET, a CURRENCY, a COMMUNITY, and a FORCE to be reckoned with.


  

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Jumpstart to a Healthier You

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Finding Harmony: Being a Parent and a Professional

Video link: Master Your Mind

Master Your Mind: Emotional & Physical Health Connection

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