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Soles for Science to Raise Funds for UVU Science Building

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March 2, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Kristopher Lange (801) 850-1361
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chelsey Richardson (801) 863-8504

Utah Valley University’s current science and health building was constructed to hold a fraction of the students it now accommodates. The need for a new building is pressing — and so are the high costs of construction. That’s why UVU’s student alumni board and UVUSA have joined forces to create the “Soles for Science” fundraising project. On Saturday, March 6, UVU students will be going door-to-door in a city-wide blitz to collect shoes for the cause. This fundraiser is made possible by Project Sole.

Project Sole is a nonprofit organization that collects gently-used athletic shoes to sell to countries in need of footwear at deeply discounted prices. The money they collect then goes toward educational needs, scholarships and programs.

“The alumni board got wind of this and thought, hey, how awesome would this be to use the money for the science building?” said Kristopher Lange, student senator for the UVU College of Science & Health. “We’re doing this to get the word out about UVU’s serious need and to engage UVU students in earning money for a new science building.”

UVU’s current science building is trafficked by some 20,000 students a year, almost quadruple the student load that was experienced when it first opened its doors. The proposed 150,000-square-foot addition to the current building would include up-to-date laboratories appropriate for upper division and graduate work. The building would also have offices, classrooms and lecture halls necessary for the greatly increased enrollment and would serve the University’s rapid growth.

Lange’s hope is that hundreds of students will come out to help raise money. “We’re hoping for a lot of students so we can raise as much money as possible,” he said. “We want to hand out fliers and collect shoes all over Orem and Provo.”

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the UVU Extended Education Building (formerly the Advancement Building). There will be prizes for the top collectors and food will be provided. Students interested in attending should e-mail Kristopher Lange (klange@uvu.edu) or simply show up the morning of the event.

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