FYI – Advisement Forum This Morning! Food & Festivities! And we reveal Adam the Elf!

Hello Everyone.  Just a quick reminder of our Advisement Forum meeting this morning at 9:00 a.m. in SC 206abc (NOT in Centre Stage).  We will be receiving a Financial Aid update from Trish Howard and then celebrating a wonderful year in UVU advisement with some yummy treats (think of it as an appetizer for the PACE soup and salad lunch), some clips from some of our favorite Christmas movies, and of course Adam Black will be dressed as an ELF because of the $1200 raised in our Sub-for-Santa!!
This meeting will not be broadcast this morning, but a video of the business items will be available if desired.  Come and join in the fun!  See you there!


K. Wade Oliver
Director, Advisor Training and Development
Utah Valley University
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FYI – Prime Time ENGH 0990 Multi-day hybrid

Dear All,
As you work with students registering for ENGH 0990, please draw their attention to ENGH 0990-021, taught from 12:00-12:50.  This is a multi-day hybrid class (two days face-to-face and three days online) taught by Dr. Elena Garcia, one of our most popular teachers.  The multi-day hybrid sections are proving to be some of our most popular and effective offerings since they combine the best elements of online instruction with f2f instruction.  
Because we added this section late, I believe students are not seeing this exciting option offered during primetime.
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FYI – Advisor Training Opportuntiy Tuesday 12/17: Measuring and Improving Academic Grit in First-Year Students

Hello All,
Just a quick note to invite you to a training opportunity tomorrow Tuesday, December 17th from 10:30 – noon in LC 306.  Please feel free to drop in, no need to register ahead of time for this event.  We will be showing the following timely  Academic Impressions webinar: 
Measuring and Improving Academic Grit in First-Year Students
Description:  Prepare first-year students for success by improving their academic grit.  A student’s ability to succeed in higher education is not solely based on entrance exams and test scores. Research indicates that you can retain first-year students—especially at-risk or underprepared students—by helping them improve essential non-cognitive skills to increase academic grit. Do you know which non-cognitive skills to target and how?
Join us to learn how to promote persistence and performance by helping first-year students apply assessment-based strategies to improve four key non-cognitive skills: 
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Academic engagement
  • Educational commitment
  • Campus engagement 
Hope to see many of you there!


K. Wade Oliver
Director, Advisor Training and Development
Utah Valley University
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FYI – REMINDER: UVU’s 5th Annual International Education Essay Contest

UVU’s 5th Annual International Education Essay Contest
Hello, UVU Advisors!
Advisors are on the front lines with our students. We appreciate all they do to plant the seed of international education, assist students in finding the experience that best suits their needs, help students with fundraising ideas, and make sure the credit students are receiving on study abroad applies toward their academic track. 
Each year, through our International Education Essay Contest, International Study Programs provides the winning advisor with an opportunity to travel for one week with one of our Study Abroad programs, all expenses paid. This trip provides the advisor a chance to engage with the students and faculty on a UVU Study Abroad program. After the advisor returns from the trip, he/she can share his/her adventure with students as well as colleagues. 
Here is the information for the 5th Annual International Education Essay Contest:
This year’s prompt: “As a student, what would you expect from a study abroad experience? How would you want to meet your purpose and goals?  Which UVU program(s) do you think would meet your expectations and why?”
Due by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 6, 2014
Please submit your essay to Marianna Henry, International Study Programs, at, with the following criteria:
300-500 word limit
Essay Title
Advisor – Department
Office #, Mail Code
Phone #
How long have you been with UVU?
“I give permission to UVU to use this essay, as a whole or in part, for its international education purposes.”
Looking forward to your submissions! Thanks for EVERYTHING you do!
Marianna Henry
Coordinator of International Study Programs
International & Multicultural Studies
UVU Center for Global & Intercultural Engagement
(801) 863.5306 office
(801) 223.9478 fax
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FYI – Active Shooter Drill and Final Exams

Hello Everyone –

Below is an email that was sent to Student Affairs. From feedback received in Advisement Council today, we are forwarding it on so that you know and can tell students who may be in this area next Tuesday.

Thank you!

Dear Colleagues,

On the 17th of this month from 3-6 there will be an active shooter drill in the administration building (building next to ours).  If you are administering an exam in the WB during this time, would you please write the following on the board?

During our exam there will be an active shooter drill happening next door at the administration building.  You may hear what sound like gunshots. These are blanks only.  We apologize in advance for this happening during your final exam.

You may also want to make that announcement in class.

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FYI – Admissions – High School Transcripts


After many conversations and considerations, our office has decided to follow the lead of other Utah schools and accept as official faxed or emailed high school transcripts that come directly from the high school.  Faxed transcripts must include a cover sheet from the high school and can be faxed to 801.863.8913.  Scanned and emailed transcripts should be emailed directly from the high school to  We will continue to take transcripts mailed or hand delivered in a sealed envelope.

If you have any questions please contact me.  Thank you.

Andrew Stone
Director of Admissions
Utah Valley University

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FYI – Urgent: Need your Review: Orientation Confusion


There’s seems to be a little confusion over Orientation for the upcoming Spring 2014 semester.  If you have a new student already signed up to attend orientation this Friday, Dec. 13th or Friday, Jan.3rd they need to attendPlease do not tell them to take the online Orientation.  We would be more than willing to temporarily remove their hold to allow for registration but they need to attend the on-campus Orientation.

There are two main reasons for this request.  First, attending an on-campus Orientation is significantly more beneficial than the online module to our new students.  It helps them to be better prepared to navigate our University in the spring.  Secondly, we have significant resources tied up with this Friday’s orientation based on current registration.  Reducing the attendance wastes our limited resources.

We are very sorry for all the confusion this has caused each of you.  Please be patient and feel free to call or email me with questions or concerns.

Marcy Glassford | Director
First Year Experience & Student Retention | Utah Valley University
800 West University Pkwy, ms 284
Orem UT 84058
801-863-7067 or

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FYI – Attention! New Location for Advisement Forum!


There has been a change in location for our Advisement Forum next week. It will still be on Thursday, 19 December at 9:00am, but this time it will be held in SC 206abc. We’re excited to see all of you there to celebrate the holidays and share what we were able to get for our Sub 4 Santa families. You won’t want to miss it!

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