T&C has 9 New National Champions, Helping UVU Win National Title!

July 2nd, 2014

T&C students once again led the way as UVU tied for the national title at the 50th Annual SkillsUSA National Championships held June 23-27 in Kansas City, Missouri. Showcasing their career and technical skills, nine T&C students came away as national champions, earning  gold medals in their respective fields. In addition, eight other T&C students finished second in the nation, winning silver medals. Plus, three more T&C students finished third in the nation, earning bronze medals.  The 20 T&C students who earned medals helped UVU earn a first place tie with Florida’s Manatee Technical Institute. During the last 14 years, UVU has always been ranked among the top three in the nation thanks mainly to T&C students.

Impressively, ALL 27 T&C students who competed in Kansas City finished in the Nation’s top-10 in their competitions!

“This speaks volumes about the quality of students, faculty and programs we have at T&C,” said Darin Taylor, director of UVU’s SkillsUSA. “I was impressed with how well our students represented Utah and the University. They were very committed and serious about their competitions and did their absolute best to win their respective competitions.”

Nearly 6,000 students from across the nation competed in 99 different trade, technical and management fields. The UVU students competed in 27 of the categories. “To bring this into perspective, there were 46 states that did not earn as many post-secondary national medals as UVU did as a single institution,” said Taylor.

Mike Rowe from the television series “Dirty Jobs” & “Deadliest Catch” also attended the championships.  He chose T&C’s very own Paul Smith from the Culinary Arts Institute to film a special segment for his new TV series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”. Rowe spent nearly an hour filming a head-to-head cake decorating competition against Smith.  T&C’s Smith, who won the gold in commercial baking, easily won the contest. “Mike Rowe was really a great guy,” said Smith. “Not only was he super funny, but he was actually really interested in learning from me. What an experience!”

To see pictures from the event CLICK HERE

T&C Gold Medal Winners (National Champions):

Nathan Smith and Jonny Tanner – Audio/radio production;

Ryan Greenwood – Carpentry;

Gavin Johnson – Collision repair technology;

Paul Smith – Commercial baking;

Christopher Brinkerhoff, Rick Lovell and Casey Walker – Engineering technology/design;

Matthew Cannon – Related technical math.


T&C Silver Medal Winners (2nd place Nationally):

Steve Blauer, Herschel Clinger, Lissa Dowd, Katelyn Earl, Rachel Kearl and Travis Taylor-Chapter business procedure;

Jonathan Nixon – Industrial motor control;

Brayden Stevens – Technical drafting.


T&C Bronze Medal Winners (3rd place Nationally):

Doug Clemens – Automotive refinishing technology;

Justin Lewis – Cabinetmaking;

Kylie Brown – Restaurant service.

T&C had an additional 7 students place in the top 10 in Robotics and automation technology, Video production, Culinary arts, Diesel equipment technology, and Technical computer applications.

Culinary Arts Dominates Western Regional Competition!

March 11th, 2014

Utah Valley University’s Culinary Arts Institute once again proved its mettle by taking several top awards at the ACF’s Western Regional Conference, held at California’s Oakland Marriott City Center March 2–5.  To see pictures from the competition CLICK HERE.

UVU students kept their cool while facing dozens of competitors from Utah, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico and Arizona, and it paid off — as every competitor from UVU’s Culinary Arts Institute who competed in the Regionals came home with a medal, something no college has ever done before.

UVU culinary arts student Victor Perez Ruiz was named the 2014 Western Regional Student Chef of the Year. Perez is only the third UVU student chef to ever to win the prestigious accolade. The ACF Student Chef of the Year Award recognizes an up-and-coming student who possesses a high degree of professionalism, culinary skill and passion for the culinary arts. At the regional competition, Ruiz had just 1 hour to prepare two portions of a main dish that incorporated a whole bone-in chicken for a panel of judges. Ruiz will graduate with an associate degree in culinary arts this May. After graduation, he wants to gain experience in traditional cooking and work at restaurants that use farm-to-table practices.

UVU adjunct professor Jinkuk Lee took the 2014 ACF Western Region Chef of the Year Award, preparing four portions of a main course in 1 hour and beating out three other outstanding full-service culinarians. Lee is the chef de cuisine at The Chef’s Table in Orem, Utah. Originally from South Korea, Lee moved to the U.S. to learn more about the culinary industry, graduating from UVU’s Culinary Arts Institute. He has competed in ACF-sanctioned competitions since 2008 and has received several gold and silver medals.

Perez and Lee will advance to the national competition in Kansas City, Mo., July 25–29, to compete against the other three region’s winners in their respective categories for the national title.

Also, the UVU culinary student competition team won a gold medal at the 2014 ACF Western Regional Conference’s team competition. During the two-day event, the five-person team spent almost 12 hours preparing a cold platter for display. They also participated in a knife skill competition, followed by a frantic 90-minute challenge to prepare four identical plates of hot food for the judges.

Not to be outdone at the Western Regional Conference, a group of UVU culinary arts students also participated for the first time ever in the Knowledge Bowl, coming away with a bronze medal. The Knowledge Bowl is a Jeopardy-like game that includes sensory questions, hidden pictures and challenging culinary, baking, nutrition, sanitation and math questions.

“This is a celebration of the dedication, effort and commitment our entire UVU team of students, faculty and partners have invested over the past seven years,” said Peter Sproul, UVU Culinary Arts Institute department chair. “The students recognized for their accomplishments are a great example of the commitment to success we offer students at the Culinary Arts Institute here at UVU. These students truly are our future, and I am honored and proud to be associated with a University that understands that and is so committed to student success.”

The ACF Western Regional Conference, hosted by ACF San Francisco Chapter, drew hundreds of chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals over the four-day period. Themed “Embracing a Sustainable Future,” the conference included many demonstrations and seminars focused on how to incorporate green and sustainable cooking concepts into restaurant kitchens and onto menus.

The American Culinary Federation, Inc. was established in 1929 and is the standard of excellence for chefs in North America. With nearly 20,000 members spanning 200 chapters nationwide, the ACF is recognized as the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. For more information, visit acfchefs.org.

2012 Technology Career Fair

January 30th, 2012

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Location: Centre Stage   10:00am to 2:00pm

Bring your resume and dress professionally!

There are employers looking for you!

Check out the list of attending employers by CLICKING HERE


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Digital Media Student’s Commercial Wins Utah Film Commission Contest!

January 9th, 2012

UVU Digital Media student Andy Buys was the campaign winner of the ninth annual Utah Film Commission “Spot On” Commercial Contest.

This is the fourth consecutive year that a UVU DGM student has won a top award in the different categories of the “Spot On” contest. Buys received his award at the Utah Film Commission Winter Luncheon in Salt Lake City in front of more than 200 filmmakers, producers, actors and crew representing the Utah film industry.

“Receiving this award along with a great deal of positive feedback has blown me away,” Buys said. “I knew I had worked hard and had a good concept, but showing your work to a large audience is a nerve-racking experience.”

Buys, who graduated earlier this year with a bachelor’s degree in digital media with an emphasis in cinema production, said he wanted to put Utah’s world-class landscapes at the center of his spots. His theme was “Utah is Epic,” and everything in his commercials from the music, color and timing, to the lenses used, camera movement and title graphics were built around this theme.

“My goal was to capture a portion of the awe I feel every time I’m out in the desert or up in the mountains,” Buys said. “By having a simple and extremely focused concept, I feel I was able to reach this goal.”

Buys received $3,000 for his winning commercial spot, official Utah Film Commission gear, credentials to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and passes to various events during the film festival. His commercial also will air on Park City Television during the film festival. To see his winning commercial spot, CLICK HERE.

Entrants had to produce and direct individual or a campaign of 30-second commercial spots that market the state of Utah as a destination for film production. A panel of judges consisting of motion picture and advertising professionals chose the winning commercials. Candidates had to be Utah residents or attending school in Utah to enter the free contest.

Habitat Home Finished

October 25th, 2011

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Michelle Mariscal and her two young children officially got a new home.

It is the third home built by students from Utah Valley University’s Construction Technologies Department for a needy Utah County family, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. A ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the home, located at 764 W. 600 South in Springville, was held just before noon. The home took about a year for UVU construction students to complete.

“Over the years, UVU’s Construction Technologies Department has been involved in numerous construction projects that provide engaged learning opportunities and help make a difference in our community,” said Barry Hallsted, construction technologies department chair. “The work means so much more to the students when they meet the property owners and realize that while they are learning, they are making a difference in the lives of others in our community.”

The 1,400-square-foot single-level home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, kitchen, family/living room and a two-car garage. Besides UVU’s role in constructing the low-cost home for the Mariscals, various other UVU departments and clubs contributed to preparing the house for the family’s move in. The UVU Mentors donated a move-in kit, the UVU Service Council stocked the pantry with food, the UVU student chapter of Habitat for Humanity decorated the bathrooms, a communications class is decorating a boy’s bedroom and the President’s Office sponsored the decoration of a girl’s bedroom.

“This is a great example of a community partnership between UVU and Habitat for Humanity,” said Alexis Palmer, UVU Volunteer & Service-Learning Center director. “It merges academics and student involvement together and provides a much needed service to our community. Utah County is not immune to the economic hardships that we are all facing, and this is just one way UVU can address those hardships.”

To see pictures of the ribbon cutting ceremony CLICK HERE

!! Dean’s Day 2011 !

September 13th, 2011

Over 1,000 students dropped by Dean’s Day and enjoyed free hamburgers, free t-shirts, sunglasses and competing in lots of games and contests.

(WIN COOL STUFF!!   – students submitting pics showing where the T&C glasses or T&C t-shirts have been worn can also win cool prizes! Details are on the T&C homepage at:   www.uvu.edu/TC    (Flash required)

The annual T&C Dean’s Day is both a welcome back party for T&C students along with a chance to showcase all of the T&C Departments and programs for UVU students who might not know what T&C has to offer.

PICTURES of Deans Day 2011 can be seen by CLICKING HERE.  (then click Slideshow for fullscreen pics)


The Dean’s Day winners:

Brandon Armstrong    –    iHome Speakers

Martin Burgess    –    Mini Speakers & Jump Drive

Eric Chase        –     Trekking Poles

Matthew Darden    –    Backpack

Nicholas Dow        –    Skullcandy Headphones

Kelly Draper        –    Remote Control Helicopter

James Estrada        –    Battling Nerf Guns

Devin Fyffe        –    Flip Video Recorder

Sean Gooley        –    iTunes Gift Card / Skullcandy Earbuds

Timothy Madsen    –    Seagate External Hard Drive

Brandon McMillan    –    Gumball Machine

John Quick        –    iTunes Gift Card / Lincoln Lawyer

Allison Ricks        –    iTunes Gift Card / Sourcecode

Alexandra Wilkenson    –    Computer Laptop Table

Free Stuff = T&C Dean’s Day is Wed. Sept 7th!!!!!

August 30th, 2011

All UVU students, regardless of major, are invited to enjoy the College of Technology and Computing’s annual Dean’s Day on Wednesday, September 7th from 11:30am-2:00pm.
The festivities will be on the lawn just east of the CS Building underneath the “Airplane on a Stick”. There will be free hamburgers and drinks, prizes, t-shirts giveaways, games and lots of surprises.
“It’s actually a combination of a welcome back party for our existing T&C students and also a chance for all other UVU students to come get some personalized information on our T&C programs,” said Ernie Carey, Dean of the College of T&C. “Frequently we have students with undeclared majors tell us that one of our programs is exactly what they’ve been looking for.”

To see pics from last year’s Dean’s Day CLICK HERE.

T&C Dean’s Day is an annual event that gives T&C’s programs a chance to show off their stuff. Participating this year will be groups from; Aviation, Automotive, Culinary Arts, Computer Science, Construction, Criminal Justice, Digital Media, Electrical Automation and Robotics, Engineering Graphics and Design, Emergency Services, IS&T, and Tech Management.

Public Safety Expo Planned

August 12th, 2011

9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemoration and Public Safety Expo

On Saturday September 10th, 2011 Public Safety personnel from around Utah, and the public will gather at the Utah Valley University Orem Campus for a commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and victims.  We will also join with UVU Alumnae and the public to celebrate the contributions of first responders to the communities of Utah and the services and educational opportunities provided by UVU, including fire, EMS, police and ROTC programs.

An extensive exhibit of the equipment used by police, fire, and emergency medical services will spotlight the wide range of services and life saving technologies used to protect Utah communities. The event will be held from 9 am till noon with the 9/11 Commemoration at 10 am. Location is the lawn and parking lots M21 & M22 on the northeast side of campus. After the brief ceremony, families can interact with local first responders and receive information from them about keeping safe and being ready for emergencies.

Public Safety agencies should contact Steve Lutz, Asst. Director of the Utah Fire & Rescue Academy at steve.lutz@uvu.edu or Tom Augustus, Provo FD. Taugustus@provo.utah.gov for details and to register for the exhibit. Registration deadline is September 1st.

T&C Students Rock the Medal Count at SkillsUSA

July 5th, 2011

Twenty seven T&C students won Utah state championships and then went on to win 19 medals at the National SkillsUSA Championships. In fact, it’s been T&C students who have been the main force in UVU being one of the top medal winning universities the past decade!

Here’s the rundown on how T&C students finished in the SkillsUSA national competition:

Automotive Technology Department:
Jason Nielson – 1st Place Nationally (Gold Medal), Automotive Refinishing
Devan Manis – 1st Place Nationally (Gold Medal), Diesel Equipment Technology

Criminal Justice Department:
James Skinner – 1st Place Nationally (Gold Medal), Criminal Justice
Jessica Lee – 5th Place Nationally, Crime Scene Investigation
Lindsay Mascaro – 5th Place Nationally, Crime Scene Investigation
Elizabeth Purser – 5th Place Nationally, Crime Scene Investigation

Culinary Arts Department:
Ashley McPherson – 3rd Place Nationally (Bronze Medal), Commercial Baking
Anthony DeNovellis – 4th Place Nationally, Food & Beverage Service
Jason Aldous – 8th Place Nationally, Culinary Arts

Electrical Automation and Robotics Technology Department:
Jake Beck – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), Mechatronics
Troy Garner – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), Mechatronics
Todd McGarvey – 3rd Place Nationally (Bronze Medal), Robotics & Automation Technology
Craig Thompson – 3rd Place Nationally (Bronze Medal), Robotics & Automation Technology

Emergency Services Department:
Kyle Fordham – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), First Aid/CPR
Jeff Wilding – 3rd Place Nationally (Bronze Medal), Medical Terminology
Koby Hubbs – 4th Place Nationally, Fire Fighting
Brandon Howard – 4th Place Nationally, Job Skill Demonstration

Engineering Graphics & Design Technology Department:
Emberly Valgardson – 1st Place Nationally (Gold Medal), Architectural Drafting
Mike Gleason – 1st Place Nationally (Gold Medal), Technical Drafting
Travis Taylor – 1st Place Nationally (Gold Medal), 5k Run
Jared Davis – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), Chapter Business Procedure
Luke Eddleman – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), Chapter Business Procedure
Kevin Goodwin – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), Chapter Business Procedure
Phil Kinsey – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), Chapter Business Procedure
Jana Perry – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), Chapter Business Procedure
Travis Taylor – 2nd Place Nationally (Silver Medal), Chapter Business Procedure
Eric Tasso – 5th Place Nationally, Related Technical Math

Information Systems & Technology Systems Department:
Nathan Demers – 11th Place Nationally, Internetworking

To read the official UVU Press Release CLICK HERE

To see photos from the 2011 SkillsUSA competition, CLICK HERE

Chinese Students Chefs Invade Culinary Arts Department

June 13th, 2011

More than twenty high school students from Taiwan recently spent eight days as the guests of The College of Technology and Computing. The students, from Paul Hsu Senior High School in Taoyan, Taiwan, got an intensive 5 day course of instruction at the UVU Culinary Arts Institute. The students were taught the “American” way of cooking a variety of meals and dishes.
“All of our students have truly enjoyed being here and learning from such prominent chefs,” said school Principal Pamela Chiang, one of the chaperones on the trip.
The group’s trip had to be rescheduled due to the tsunami in Japan as their original plans had them going through the troubled country. Despite the many changes involved, the group was still able to accomplish everything they had originally planned.
Along with spending time with the Culinary Arts staff, the students also toured the UVU main campus and made a quick day trip to the Arches National Park.
“Tremendous kids, very well behaved and eager to learn,” said Peter Sproul, Culinary Art Department Chair. “I think we just might be seeing some of them here again as UVU students very soon.”
Photos of their visit can be seen by CLICKING HERE (then select slideshow)