The 2011 UVUSA
The initial impression one might have about the 2011-2012 Utah Valley University Student Association is that we are a typical student government. However, what you may not realize is the incredible diversity, perspective and life experience this group possesses in addition to its goals and desires for UVU. This, we believe, sets us apart.
UVUSA comprises 28 students, hailing from the United States, Canada, India, Russia, Croatia, Mongolia and Kenya. We speak nine different languages. We range from 18 to 30 years old. Some of us are married, while others just finished high school. We have a number of different religious, political and social beliefs. When the four student body vice presidents and I interviewed the numerous applicants interested in serving on UVUSA, we wanted our group to be truly representative of the various students we have on our campus. This is a top priority for us. We want to represent your interests, and we feel we have put ourselves in the best position to do so.
UVUSA has a number of responsibilities and roles. We facilitate and run most of the student activities on campus — whether it is a dance, a taste of culture night, an on-campus speaker or a service project or a myriad of other activities. We are responsible for the 150-plus clubs we have on campus. Our Academic Senate members work as liaisons between the deans of each school and the students to ensure we are each getting the most out of our degrees and programs. We have representatives for international and multicultural students, UV Mentors and the Service Council.
In addition to our individual jobs and tasks, we work as a team to achieve big-picture goals for UVU. Each spring we spend three or four weeks holding student fee hearings to help determine what to do with the student fees for the coming year. Moreover, we have set platforms that we aim to accomplish in the next year. They are as follows:
School pride, image and traditions
Improve UVU branding campus-wide
Support and assist UVU athletics in getting into a regional conference
Advance UVU traditions and establish campus landmarks
Collaboration and unity within the school and community
Enhance student–community relations
Create a campus happenings podcast
Establish a weekly campus speaker series
Improve campus life
Utilize student input on campus-wide activities
Empower students by placing them on more campus committees
Improve accountability for student leaders
While these are the set goals we have in mind, we are not limited to them. We realize that opportunities will continuously present themselves to us, and we aspire to do all we can to maximize those opportunities to improve Utah Valley University and aid her students.
The one common denominator among all of UVUSA is our love for UVU. We want to see our school reach new heights and are willing to put in the work to see our goals achieved. We are an inclusive and serious group. Any student who wants to get involved can do so by simply signing up in the UVUSA office (SC 105). We sincerely hope that any and all students that have a real desire to give back to UVU will join us. I promise that any and all involved will have a lasting experience and make a truly meaningful network of friends that will last forever.
— Christopher Loumeau