UVU’s Multicultural Center To Hold Polynesian Luau
September 7, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Raybum (801) 863-8504
Utah Valley University’s Multicultural Center will sponsor a luau on Friday, Sept. 9, that will showcase through dancing and food the Polynesian culture’s influence on the UVU campus.
Mo’ Olelo: Legends of Polynesia will take place in the Courtyard and will begin with a dinner at 6 p.m., to be followed by a show at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature native dances from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii by UVU Polynesian Legacy, the University’s 20-member Pacific Islands dance team.
“These dancers are students who like to express and showcase their culture and heritage through dance,” said Ben Reichert, multicultural representative for the UVU Student Association.
The catered Polynesian dinner will feature a main course of pulled pork, along with other authentic foods from the Pacific Islands.
“Students at UVU love to show who they are, where they came from and how much their heritage has played in their lives,” Reichert said. “This is an event where all students can come and be proud of their heritage, learn of other cultures and just have a lot of fun.”
Cost of the dinner and show is $20. The cost for the show only is $5. Tickets can be purchased at UVU’s Campus Connection in the Sorensen Student Center. All proceeds go to support student scholarships.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.