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UVU Hosts UCCU Family Festival Conference Featuring Ed Smart

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November 14, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Megan Laurie

The Utah Valley University College of Humanities & Social Sciences presents the UCCU Family Festival Conference, a daylong conference for families, Friday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UVU Sorensen Student Center. The conference is in conjunction with the Family Festival at the UCCU Events Center Nov. 22-23. The festival includes free and fun family activities planned for Friday evening and all day Saturday.

The conference program is designed to meet the interests and needs of those seeking information on strengthening relationships, family life and parenting. Conference organizers hope to serve the needs of those in all phases of family life — beginning relationships (and dating), parenting, committed couples, empty-nesters, extended family members, etc.

“We all know the family is a critical element to human life,” said Toni Harris, assistant dean for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at UVU. “These are our most vital relationships throughout our lifetime. Keeping those relationships healthy and strong and maintaining positive communication between family members is key. This conference features information to help families live together in harmony, help one another over hurdles and heal rifts that can derail an otherwise positive trajectory toward rich and fulfilling experiences together. It’s all about information and sharing.”

The conference will feature child advocate Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, as the keynote presenter. Smart will share his thoughts on keeping children safe and facing adversity as a family. In addition to the keynote speaker, the conference will provide more than 25 concurrent sessions on various topics such as “The Four Core Building Blocks of Parenting,” “Strengthening the Father-Child Bond,” “Strategies to Help Your Child Succeed at School,” “Resolving Conflict,” “Understanding Teen Dating Violence,” “Suicide Awareness and Prevention,” “Attract the Best: A Singles Seminar,” “The Legal Matters of Aging,” “Infertility Options” and more.

Registration is now open, and space is limited. Individual tickets are $19, and couples can attend for $25. Fees include lunch and free covered parking. For a complete program schedule and to register, please visit uvu.edu/chss/family.

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