Event Information

The 2018 Wolverine Achievement Awards ceremony will be held on April 5, 2018 at noon in the Grande Ballroom. Attendance to the ceremony is by invitation only.

Award Descriptions

Achievement of the Year

This award is presented to the student, faculty member, or staff person who has excelled academically or professionally as well as displayed an outstanding ability in a specific area of accomplishment.

Adjunct (Part-Time) Faculty of the Year

This award is presented to the adjunct faculty member who has demonstrated academic excellence, exceptional teaching style, and dedication to students in and out of the classroom. The recipient of this award has profoundly enhanced the learning environment at UVU.

Advisor of the Year

This award is presented to the campus advisor (club, academic, department, etc.) who has shown dedication, a willingness to go beyond their responsibilities, and helped in the advancement of students’ academic engagement and progress at UVU.

Club of the Year

This award is presented to the UV Club that has most significantly influenced the positive growth of its individual members, the campus, and the surrounding community. This club is actively involved in representing UVU.

Commitment to Excellence

This award is presented to an institutional administrator who has demonstrated a willingness to perform beyond conventional expectations to heighten the quality of the UVU student experience.

Department of the Year

This award is presented to the office, department, or organization on campus that has displayed commitment to the students of UVU. The recipients stand as an example of outstanding service and loyalty to the student body.

Distinguished Volunteer Service

This award is presented to the student, faculty member, or staff person who has demonstrated a commitment to service throughout the campus and community.

Faculty (Full-Time) of the Year

This award is presented to the full-time faculty member who has demonstrated academic excellence, exceptional teaching style, and dedication to students in and out of the classroom. The recipient of this award has profoundly enhanced the learning environment at UVU.

Friend of UVU

This award is presented to a community member who has been a significant advocate on the side of UVU, and who has led others in support of the institution.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to the faculty, staff, or administrator who has excelled academically or professionally as well as displayed outstanding leadership ability during their career at UVU. This award is not awarded every year.

Staff Excellence Award

This award is presented to the university staff member who has demonstrated a willingness to perform beyond conventional expectations to heighten the quality of UVU student life.

Student of the Year

This award is presented to the student who has distinguished him/herself through service to UVU and the community. This individual has demonstrated excellence in leadership, scholarship, personal integrity, and dedication to UVU.

Commitment to Inclusion Award

This award is presented to a student or group of students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to being inclusive at Utah Valley University that goes above and beyond their scope of responsibilities.  

Wolverine Spirit

This award is presented to the student whose unique personal style demonstrates enthusiasm and Wolverine pride, which has made a positive and lasting impression on UVU.

Selection Procedure

Each spring UVUSA will seek nominations for fifteen different awards. Three finalists will be chosen, and one winner will be named and recognized at the annual Wolverine Achievement Awards show in April. An award and cash prize will be given to the winner.

  • The call for nominees is advertised during the spring semester.
  • Peers submit nominations online: Submit a Nomination
  • Nomination forms are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 1st.
  • Upon submission to the Committee, nominees are all considered equal regardless of the number of nominations received.
  • The Committee evaluates candidates through the nomination statements.
  • In order to be eligible for nomination the candidate cannot have won the award in the past five years.
  • The Committee scores the nomination statements individually. The top three scores for each award will determine the winner and finalists.

Previous Winners

Achievement of the Year

  • Jeff Calderwood, 2017
  • Dr. Lowell Glen, 2016
  • Paul Dishman, 2015
  • McKenzie Haggard, 2014

Adjunct (Part-Time) Faculty of the Year

  • Juan Becerra, 2017
  • Shannon Atkinson, 2016
  • Reese Christensen, 2015
  • Jacque Westover, 2014
  • Cary Boone Jones, 2013
  • Jeff Owens, 2012
  • J. Alan Erickson, 2011

Advisor of the Year

  • Shalece Nuttal, 2017
  • Stephen Whyte, 2016
  • Travis Reynolds, 2015
  • Kevin Walkenhorst, 2014
  • Theodore Okawa, 2013
  • Becca Brimhall, 2012
  • Vegor Pederson, 2011

Club of the Year

  • Men's Volleyball, 2017
  • Cultural Cans, 2016
  • VoiceLine, 2015
  • American Marketing Association, 2014
  • Spectrum, 2013
  • Emergency Services, 2012
  • PRSSA, 2011

Commitment to Excellence

  • Beth Reid, 2017
  • Alexis Palmer, 2016
  • Erin Daniel, 2015
  • Andrew Stone, 2014
  • Liz Andrus, 2013
  • Stephen Whyte, 2012
  • Maureen Andrade, 2011

Dean’s Choice Award

2017

  • Kari Dennis
  • Dalton Boley
  • Jeremy Andreini
  • Lindsay Cook
  • Alec Powell
  • Jessica Sheffield
  • Arianna Trujillo
  • Martha Tullis

2016

  • Richard Nielson
  • Taylor Brown
  • Nicholas R. Zemp
  • Ephraim Nielson
  • Jill Loveridge
  • Brent & Kirstie Mortensen
  • Camron Robinson
  • Baylee Wells

2015

  • Laura Snider
  • Kent D Hinkson Jr.
  • Nicholas Ellsworth
  • Tanner Wheadon
  • Jaclyn Brown
  • Mallory Erhardt Cameron
  • Lauren Bray
  • Lauren Loucks

2014

  • Jennifer Nakai
  • Erin McClure
  • Audrey P. Butler
  • Renza Fechser
  • McKenzie Eldredge
  • Melissa Cossey
  • Austin Smith
  • John Gardner

2013

  • Kristen, Verdi
  • Luis Alfonso Miranda Perez
  • Adonica Limon
  • Justin Rohbock
  • KC McMillan
  • Malissa Evans
  • Craig Merryweather
  • Fran McCorkel

Department of the Year

  • Aviation, 2017
  • First Year Experience & Student Retention, 2016
  • University Marketing & Communications, 2015
  • Dental Hygiene, 2014
  • Developmental Math, 2013
  • Career Development Center, 2012
  • Prospective Student Services, 2011

Distinguished Volunteer Service

  • Jackson Miner, 2017
  • Kalin Ashby, 2016
  • Connie Jensen, 2015
  • Violeta Vasilevska, 2014
  • Jason Terry, 2013
  • Audrey Butler, 2012
  • Chase Brown, 2011

Faculty (Full-Time) of the Year

  • Ryan Vogel, 2017
  • Anne Arendt, 2016
  • Paige Gardiner, 2015
  • Steven Huff, 2014
  • Leslie Rasmussen, 2013
  • Katharine Gohmann, 2012
  • Jonathan Westover, 2011

Friend of UVU

  • Kenton Nielson, 2017
  • Kena Jo Matthews, 2015
  • Monroe and Shirley Paxman, 2014
  • Jerry Garret, 2013
  • JoAnn Losee, 2012
  • Karen Tebbs, 2011

Lifetime Achievement

  • Liz Childs, 2017
  • Ken Matthews, 2016
  • Sam Rushforth, 2014
  • Mike Jacobsen, 2013
  • Ernie Carey, 2013
  • Doug Warner, 2011

Staff Excellence Award

  • Anthony Morris, 2017
  • Adonica Limon, 2016
  • Yudi Lewis, 2015
  • Grant Skabelund, 2014
  • Natalie Shelley, 2013
  • Jeannette German, 2012
  • Kim Barraclough, 2011

Student of the Year

  • Mitchell Riley, 2017
  • Carrie Laudie, 2016
  • Tom Hawkins, 2015
  • Erica Bazalar-Oaks, 2014
  • Henry Cervera, 2013
  • Kaiti Pratt, 2012
  • Kristopher Lange, 2011

Talent of the Year

  • Brian Shepherd, 2017
  • Andi Waters, 2016
  • UVU Dance Team-Spirit Squad, 2015
  • Tony North, 2014
  • Roger Comstock, 2013
  • Ame Vea, 2012

Wolverine Spirit

  • Nick Crump, 2017
  • Mark Pope, 2016
  • Jim Condie, 2015
  • Zack Dearing, 2014
  • Maggie Owens, 2013
  • Dan Felts, 2012
  • Eric Madsen, 2011