UVU Biology Hosts And Participates In Utah Range Management Conference
October 25, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351
Utah Valley University Department of Biology will host the Utah’s Society for Range Management conference Nov. 1-2, which will include exploring the University’s new Science Building that opened in April. UVU biology students will also compete against other Utah universities in a plant identification competition and other events during the conference.
The Society for Range Management is a national organization dedicated to supporting those who work with rangelands, which comprise nearly half of all lands, and are committed to their sustainable use. UVU has participated in this conference for the last 12 years, but this is the first time it hosts the meeting.
“The Society is excited about coming to UVU this year,” said Renée Van Buren, UVU biology professor. “They are including a tour of our new UVU herbarium and greenhouses as part of the conference this year.”
Undergraduates from Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University and Southern Utah University will join UVU students competing in the plant ID competition, taking the Undergraduate Range Management Exam, and making presentations to participants. The conference usually includes 130-150 participants including professionals, such as agency employees, as well as faculty and students from all participating Utah universities.
“UVU has had a very strong presence at these annual meetings, even without a range program in our biology department,” Van Buren said. “Our plant ID team has placed first or second most years and all of our students participate in the exam, thanks to the hard work of botany lab manager and coach Ally Searle and others before her that initiated this UVU tradition.”
Participation in these annual state and national conferences provide UVU students with opportunities to mingle with other undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and agency employees.
“Many UVU students have had great employment and graduate school opportunities because of their involvement in this society and the skills they learn as a team member,” Van Buren said.
For more information about the Utah section of the Society for Range Management, visit www.usu.edu/range/.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, 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.