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UVU First Lady Leading Efforts For Women In Education

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April 18, 2014

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton

Women from around the state will gather April 24 to discuss the educational needs and opportunities of women of as part of the annual First Lady’s Luncheon, hosted by Utah Valley University first lady Paige Holland.

This annual luncheon serves as a forum for women leaders to create and support new initiatives that will help communities flourish and promote student success at the University. One of the sustaining purposes of the annual luncheon is to encourage more women to pursue and complete their higher education.

“Research indicates that Utah young women start college studies at above the national average rates, but are less likely to complete their degrees,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland. “This is not a trend we want to continue. Earning a degree helps prepare women for the future contributions they will make in society.”

This year, the luncheon will include attention to educational opportunities for women in the arts. “Throughout history, our lives have been enriched by the women who have made significant contributions to the arts,” Mrs. Holland said. “As a community, our goal is to provide the preparation and education that will produce the next generation of talented female composers, painters and artisans.”

UVU’s School of the Arts enrollment is comprised of 65 percent women, and Mrs. Holland hopes to increase awareness about the need for a home for the arts on the Orem Campus. Nearly 20,000 students take fine arts classes each year at UVU. Both students and faculty have distinguished themselves with regional and national awards in dance, music, theater and the visual arts.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center and is by invitation only. This is the third annual luncheon that brings women leaders together to address issues impacting women in higher education.

The luncheon will feature a performance by soprano Nancy Peery Marriott of Washington, D.C. Marriott is an acclaimed vocalist who has appeared in concerts, oratorios and recitals across the United States. She has been a major supporter of the arts at UVU and has assisted the university in becoming an all-Steinway piano school. UVU’s internationally-acclaimed Ballroom Dance Company and award-winning UVU Chamber Choir will also perform.

Honorary hosts for the luncheon include: Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert; Elaine Dalton, UVU Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Patti Edwards, wife of former BYU football Coach LaVell Edwards, Barbara Barrington Jones, philanthropist who was the key donor for UVU’s Wee Care Center, and Nancy Peery Marriott.

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