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UVU Board Of Trustees Announces Recipients Of Annual Awards Of Excellence

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March 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert

Written by: Mike Rigert

Utah Valley University’s Board of Trustees will honor four faculty and staff as recipients of the annual Trustees Awards of Excellence for making a sustained and significant contribution to advancing the mission of the University.

This year’s recipients are Briant J. Farnsworth, dean of the School of Education and emeritus professor of education; Cheryl Hanewicz, chair of the Department of Technology Management and an associate professor of technology management; Jim Michaelis, associate vice president of facilities; and Laurie Miller, statewide director for Utah’s GEAR UP education program.

“This year’s Trustees Award recipients couldn’t be more deserving of the honor,” said Greg Butterfield, chair of UVU’s Board of Trustees. “We applaud the remarkable service of Briant, Cheryl, Jim and Laurie to UVU.”


During his 15 years at UVU, Briant J. Farnsworth saw the School of Education grow from 30 students to nearly 1,000. As dean of the school and in his current role as professor emeritus, Farnsworth has helped shape the course of the education community in Utah, which he is pleased to see gain momentum and support each year. Farnsworth was instrumental in developing UVU’s secondary education programand was the chief developer of the Master of Education degree, the first master’s degree offered at UVU. Thanks to his invaluable leadership, UVU became the first institution in the Utah System of Higher Education to receive national accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Farnsworth has served on the Utah Council of Education Deans, and has twice served as its president.

Briant Farnsworth


Cheryl Hanewicz has over two decades of computer and managerial experience, which she brings to her role as associate professor and chair of the Department of Technology Management. In addition to being a well-respected educator, Hanewicz has served as a mentor for several entities on campus, including the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, the Women’s Success Center, the Women Helping Women Mentoring Program, and the Center for the Advancement of Leadership. She is a board member of eSingleParent, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of single parents in Utah, and created the STEM Open House for Women in Technology and Computing. She was also a member of the Utah Women and Education Project, a statewide effort to determine why more young women in the state do not attend college and how to get them to complete degrees.

Cheryl Hanewicz


Jim Michaelis has spent over 34 years at UVU, including the last 12 years as the associate vice president of facilities and planning, and has helped usher in the creation and expansion of several UVU facilities, most recently the new Science Building and the UVU Library. As the associate vice president of facilities and planning, Michaelis ensures that UVU maintains a safe, clean and comfortable learning environment for its 30,000 students. In 1997, Michaelis, a certified purchasing manager, received the designation of Lifetime CPM, which requires extensive professional purchasing and supply management experience. He is currently the president of the Utah chapter of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators.

Jim Michaelis


Laurie Miller has been with UVU since 2006 and is currently the director of Utah’s statewide GEAR UP education program, which helps low-income students graduate from high school and prepare for college. She holds a doctoral degree in instructional systems technology from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University. Miller specializes in college-preparation studies for underserved populations, collaborative and project-based instructional approaches, and online teaching environments. Her dedication to helping underrepresented students has helped strengthen the student-centered focus of the University and helped the GEAR UP program obtain a $26 million federal grant for over 50 schools within the state.

Laurie Miller


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