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UVU Kicks Off Yearlong Global Spotlight On Mexico

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August 4, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Megan Laurie

The Utah Valley University Center for Global & Intercultural Engagement announces the fourth annual Global Spotlight, this time highlighting Mexico. The yearlong event will begin with an Inaugural Celebration Sept. 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the UVU Grande Ballroom.

This inaugural event will showcase the activities planned throughout the academic year as well as display the first of six art exhibits dedicated to the country of Mexico. In addition, UVU students will play Mexican rhythms and present traditional dances. Speakers will include Harvey Scott, director of international trade and diplomacy for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development; His Excellency Eduardo Arnal Palomera, consul general of Mexico to the state of Utah; UVU President Matthew S. Holland; and two UVU students from the international student council.

“I am excited to display the amazing culture of Mexico,” said Baldomero Lago, interim senior director for the International & Multicultural Studies Department. “Its rich heritage has had a wonderful impact on our community. This endeavor will see UVU students, faculty and staff, as well as community members and local leaders collaborate with Mexican leaders to focus on Mexico and develop stronger partnerships for trade, commerce and cultural understanding throughout the academic year.”

In addition to community and global engagement, this year’s Global Spotlight will allow UVU faculty and other experts from Mexico to showcase research, educate students and the community about Mexico’s history, culture and current events, and collaborate in a way that has never been done before. Weekly lectures, presentations, panel discussions and debates will be scheduled throughout the year as well as musical concerts, art exhibits and dance performances.

One of the highlights of the Global Spotlight on Mexico will be the U.S.-Mexico Business Conference to be held Oct. 24, 2013, in collaboration with UVU’s Woodbury School of Business. During this event, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce will sign an agreement with the state of Utah for the creation of a U.S.-Mexico Chamber that will serve neighboring states in the western U.S. Governor Gary Herbert and various Mexican dignitaries will be in attendance.

For a complete schedule of events and more information, please visit uvu.edu/international/engage/global_spotlight/mexico_2013-14.

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