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UVU Celebrates 75 Years Strong at Homecoming Week 2016

8 September 2016 No Comment

University Marketing & Communications: | Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 |LShumway@uvu.edu

Written by: Barbara Christiansen 

Utah Valley University will celebrate its 75th anniversary homecoming Sept. 12-17 with events for students, alumni, friends and families. This year’s theme is “75 Years Strong.”

Things may never be exactly the same as they were when a student was on campus. But UVU is constantly improving, with new facilities and amenities to serve today’s students. While visitors are touring and discovering those new additions, they may also enjoy activities for Homecoming Week.

No 75th birthday celebration would be complete without a huge birthday cake and ice cream – and it’s free, along with free live entertainment, at UVU’s Founders Day Celebration, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the Grande Ballroom of the University’s Sorensen Student Center.

“It is essentially a birthday party,” said Jessica Ballard, director of events and communications for the University’s alumni. “We will be celebrating with our campus community, but those who are visiting the campus are welcome. President Matthew S. Holland will give brief remarks around 12:45 p.m.”

A new event this year is the Electric Maze. It will be held on the Hal Wing Track & Field from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 15-17 and 6-11 p.m. Sept. 19-24. It combines lights and sound to give the participants both fun and the feeling they actually enjoyed getting lost.

There will be a Family Fun Fair from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the UCCU Center visitor parking lot. The public is invited to the free event, which will include bounce houses, a dunk tank, face painters, and booths of all kinds. They will offer interactive experiences for kids and offer chances to win a bike at the children’s bicycle rodeo. No registration is required to attend the fun fair, but a limited number of those who do register will receive a $3 food truck voucher and be entered to win prizes.

There will also be dancing and music with live entertainment by the Green Man Group, Willy the Wolverine and UVU’s cheerleaders.

“This is just a big, fun, festive event that is fun for the entire family,” said Kevin Walkenhorst, UVU senior director of development and alumni relations. “We used to have this in the morning, but we have put it at 4 p.m. to be right before the homecoming men’s soccer game with Cal State Northridge. There will be a march to the game from the fun fair. It is kind of the crescendo of homecoming.”

There is also a serious side to Homecoming. The University will honor distinguished individuals who have made a difference at the Alumni Awards banquet on Sept.15 at 6 p.m. Nathan Northcott will receive the Distinguished Student Service Award; Andrea M. Jensen the Young Alumni Award; Bret Butler the Alumni Pinnacle Award; Steven Hortin the Distinguished Service Award; J. Brent and Kathryn P. Wood the UVU Legacy Award; and Christopher Clark the Wilson W. Sorensen Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to Homecoming events, UVU will keep it usual pace of activities. The School of the Arts will present Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” at 5 p.m. on Sept. 8-15. It is the story of jealous King Leontes, his wife Hermione and their banished infant daughter, Perdita, who was raised by a shepherd. The tale includes mistaken identity, mischief, redemption and lively music.

Got any shirts lying around representing a school other than UVU? You can exchange it for a UVU shirt at the T-shirt swap from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Centre Stage in the Sorensen Student Center. Wolverine Wednesday also offers those with UVU or green apparel discounts on lunch offerings.

Clubs can form a big part of campus life, and students may find out more about the ones offered at UVU at the Club Rush from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 14 in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center.

A Constitution Week conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 15. The keynote address will be delivered via Skype by Akhil Reed Amar. He is a Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. His topic is “Constitution at a Crossroads.” There will be additional panel discussions during the day.

Along with the Wolverine men’s soccer game on Saturday, there will be other athletic events during the week. Women’s volleyball with Utah State University will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13; against UNLV at 4 p.m. on Sept. 16; and against Cal State Northridge at 5 p.m. Sept. 17. Admission is free for UVU students and employees. Women’s soccer will play the University of Utah at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16.

A post-homecoming concert will be on Sept. 23. Entitled “UVUphoria,” it features Rachel Platten, American Authors and Jason Derulo.

“We want people to know that this is a special Homecoming,” Walkenhorst said. “It is the 75th diamond jubilee. UVU has come a long way. We want our alumni to come back and feel welcome, to see where this university has come from, to be the proud of this university and its accomplishments. We are excited to have these events.”

Additional information on UVU Homecoming is available at uvu.edu/homecoming.

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