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Thursday, July 2, 2020

UVU Commencement 2020 Update

Utah Valley University will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a historic graduation event that combines innovative and engaging celebratory elements with the traditions of the university’s ceremonial commencement while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. The unique August 19 festivities will allow for appropriate COVID-19 health and safety precautions and open up new opportunities for celebrating UVU’s largest graduating class. 

“The goal is to honor the graduates of 2020 with a celebration that is worthy of the grit and determination that they have exhibited to arrive at this moment of achievement,” said President Astrid S. Tuminez. “The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our ability to gather in traditional ways, but it hasn’t changed our desire to recognize these remarkable students. We are excited to provide a safe, creative, high-energy commencement, unlike any other in the state.”

The event will begin at 5 p.m. as graduates, their families, and friends are invited to the graduates’ respective college or school’s unique “drive-thru” convocation. The format will highlight each student with the graduates’ names individually announced as they move to the curb in front of a UVU backdrop to receive a diploma cover from their respective college or school dean. The convocations will occur simultaneously by college and school in multiple parking lots across the UVU campus. 

Immediately following the “drive-thru” convocation, there will be a “drive-in” commencement celebration where graduates and guests will enjoy the festivities from the comfort of their vehicles — decorated to show Wolverine spirit. The unique commencement event will begin with pre-show entertainment, as well as a historic UVU flyover featuring the university’s renowned aviation team. The pre-show will also be streamed from a main outdoor stage to multiple large LED movie screens and heard on a dedicated FM radio station.

The commencement program will feature the traditional bagpipe music from the Payson High School Pipe and Drum and culminate with an inspiring keynote address by Gail Miller, owner and chairwoman of the Board of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. The festivities will end with fireworks. Other exciting details will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Graduates will also have several photo opportunities at numerous locations on campus throughout the evening. 

All graduates desiring to participate in these celebrations are required to register. The free and simple registration can be done online at uvu.edu/graduation before August 1, 2020. If a graduate has already registered for the August ceremonies, they do not need to register again. 

Caps and gowns are available for purchase at Jostens through July 27 and during Grad Fest on August 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grad Fest is your one-stop grad shop for all graduation regalia (cap, gown, tassel, etc.) and memorabilia (announcements, diploma frames, zipper pulls, apparel, and more from the UVU Bookstore & Alumni). All graduates desiring to attend Grad Fest must sign up for a time slot at uvualumni.org/gradfest2020

“This is a celebration of our students and for our students,” said Kevin Walkenhorst, senior director of UVU alumni relations. “We want to give them the opportunity to enjoy the recognition that they deserve.” 

Additional details and plans about this special edition of Utah Valley University commencement and convocations will be made available to students through the Graduation Office and at uvu.edu/graduation.

Friday, June 26, 2020

UVU and the Governor's Executive Order on Masks

Wolverines, 

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert signed an executive order that requires face coverings at all state facilities under his office's purview, including state higher educational facilities. 

Per this executive order, the wearing of masks while in public spaces at Utah Valley University is required. It is not necessary to wear a mask when alone in an office or space. Remember, this mandate protects those around you. To protect each other, we must ALL wear face coverings. We understand there are situations when a student cannot feasibly wear a mask due to a disability, phobia, or other reasons. These cases should be referred to the Office of Accessibility Services, and that office will determine if an accommodation is needed. Employees who cannot wear a face covering may contact Human Resources. 

In conjunction with the governor's mandate, we also ask that you continue to follow other health and safety guidelines, including: 

  • If you are ill, please stay home: If you become ill with respiratory symptoms (even if they seem to be minor) such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, etc., you need to stay home and are expected to contact your supervisor. Please check for symptoms each day before coming to campus.

  • Practice social distancing: To the extent possible, social distancing, with a distance of at least six feet from the next person, will continue. This means meetings should continue via Microsoft Teams or in large spaces that allow appropriate social distancing. 

  • Practice good hygiene: Continue to follow hygiene standards, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs or sneezes. 

  • Do not congregate: For your health and the safety of others, do not gather in break rooms or other small spaces for breaks or lunch. Utilize the many large areas available on UVU campuses where you and others can safely practice social distancing. 

Thank you for your assistance in maintaining a healthy environment for our Utah Valley University community. 

Sincerely, 

Wayne Vaught
Provost 
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Important Update: Return to Campus and Work, Events, and Travel

To Our UVU Community, 

As we continue to monitor the evolving situation created by COVID-19, we want to let you know that we are modifying some of the dates related to travel, events, and our return to campus. With the increase of cases both statewide and in Utah County, and out of an abundance of caution, we are making the following adjustments: 

Employees scheduled to return to campus on July 6 will continue to work remotely until August 3, 2020. 

Employees who have already returned to campus may have a conversation with their supervisor to see if there is flexibility with their individual position to include full or partial remote work. Supervisors have full authority to approve employee requests to work remotely and are encouraged to be accommodating when possible. If you have not already completed a Temporary Remote Work Agreement that extends past August 3 and you plan to continue working from home, a new agreement must be completed. For our employees who would like to come back to campus before August 3, please talk with your supervisor about returning early and maintaining social distancing and health guidelines. Your supervisor is the best resource to discuss any questions or concerns regarding your work situation. For more information about what to expect when returning to work on campus, and training for both supervisors and employees, visit the Return to Campus webpage. 

All university-sponsored events, conferences, large gatherings, and on-campus events are now cancelled until August 3, 2020. 

Per Utah guidelines and recommendations of local health authorities, on-campus events are cancelled throughout the summer semester. Pre-designated face-to-face second block courses will continue as scheduled. 

Commencement 2020 will also occur under modified conditions on August 19. More information regarding celebration plans for UVU graduates will be released later this week. 

All non-essential university-related travel, whether in state, out of state, or international, through August 3, 2020, should be cancelled. 

All UVU-sponsored study abroad programs (credit- or non-credit bearing) and any other UVU-sponsored student, faculty, and staff travel must also be cancelled through August 3. Due to the increasing number of COVID cases in the state, all in-state travel considered business essential for the university must be approved by the divisional vice president. If travel involves the participation of students, it will also need Provost Wayne Vaught’s approval. For updated information on travel restrictions, visit the Travel FAQ. Additionally, until further notice, all future airfare must be purchased through Concur or the State Travel Office. 

Please communicate with your supervisors if you have questions regarding the extension of these dates or any other concerns. 

The health of our Utah Valley University community remains our number one priority as we continue to work together diligently to meet the needs and expectations of our students. Thank you for your flexibility, resilience, and dedication during these unusual circumstances. 

Sincerely, 

Wayne Vaught
Provost
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Friday, June 19, 2020

June 17 Talk With Tuminez

On June 17, 2020, President Astrid S. Tuminez invited UVU employees to digitally join her for a “Talk with Tuminez” Town Hall meeting. The full meeting is embedded below, along with clips for easier navigation.

Full video: 



Academic Affairs:



Finance & Administration:



Planning, Budgets & HR:



Emergency Management & Safety: 



Student Affairs:



Closing Questions:







Monday, June 8, 2020

Welcome Back to Campus, Wolverines

Dear Wolverines, 

Welcome back! This is a historic day as we welcome another group of employees back to campus after many of us have been working remotely since March. 

In the past few weeks, some of you have asked what returning to work will look like and have shared questions and concerns. I hope that you read the communications from HR that address your concerns and provide resources for a successful return to campus. 

I also hope that you read Provost Wayne Vaught and Vice President Val Peterson’s message to our community last Friday, June 5. I quote the first paragraph below: 

On Monday, June 8, we will welcome another portion of our community back to campus. As determined by their immediate supervisors, employees in categories one and two will again occupy the spaces left empty by COVID-19. We are looking forward to your return to UVU. We appreciate the flexibility, creativity, and collegiality demonstrated during these trying times. Other category two employees will return on June 22 and July 6. This phased approach of returning to work is being done in coordination with the state and the Utah System of Higher Education. For more information on the phased return to work, please refer to the Human Resources Coronavirus Employee Guide. You will also find updated information regarding how to keep you and those you care about healthy. We understand that some of you may have reservations about returning because you are a high-risk individual or live with a high-risk individual. If you fall into that category, please contact Human Resources. 

I would also refer you to the Return to Campus webpage for additional details on expectations and transition tips. 

As we slowly return to campus, a few things will remain the same. UVU’s leadership team will continue to make safety our highest priority. We will continue to apply our values of Exceptional Care and Exceptional Accountability. This means observing general rules of safety and hygiene; communicating with our direct supervisors when we have concerns; having direct supervisors listen and respond in a timely manner; communicating clearly, frequently and kindly across the university; and being prepared to pivot our actions as circumstances change. 

A few things will be different. We will wear masks in public spaces; use hand sanitizer and sneeze guards; observe social distancing as much as possible; thoroughly clean the campus in line with the realities of COVID-19; see fewer people on campus than before coronavirus; conduct more of our business remotely as part of the “new normal;” and continue to adjust to the evolving realities of the budget, enrollment, policy, health guidelines, and other changes. 

Many of us have experienced challenging circumstances, fear, and worry since the pandemic hit. I am proud of the cooperation, communication, professionalism, and resilience that we have exhibited as a community. We have deployed new reserves of care, compassion, and competence. We have done some heavy lifting. I know that this pandemic will pass. At the end of it, I see a university that is stronger, more digitally transformed, and better positioned to deliver relevant and life-changing higher education and experiences to so many individuals and families that count on us. 

At the beginning of April, we conducted a student survey to gauge how our students felt in adapting to the changes the pandemic created. We were pleased that 3,700 students responded, and 1,500 named 873 faculty and staff whose actions made a huge difference to individual students. This extraordinary care reflects who we are and what UVU is all about. 

As you find yourselves back at your desks and workspaces this week, please take time to reach out and listen to one another. As we support each other, we will more successfully make the transition. We will weather this storm together. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to welcoming you back!

Sincerely,

Astrid S. Tuminez
President


Friday, June 5, 2020

Return to Work at UVU

Wolverines, 

On Monday, June 8, we will welcome another portion of our community back to campus. As determined by their immediate supervisors, employees in categories one and two will again occupy the spaces left empty by COVID-19. We are looking forward to your return to UVU. We appreciate the flexibility, creativity, and collegiality demonstrated during these trying times. Other category two employees will return on June 22 and July 6. This phased approach of returning to work is being done in coordination with the state and the Utah System of Higher Education. For more information on the phased return to work, please refer to the Human Resources Coronavirus Employee Guide. You will also find updated information regarding how to keep you and those you care about healthy. We understand that some of you may have reservations about returning because you are a high-risk individual or live with a high-risk individual. If you fall into that category, please contact Human Resources.

Your well-being is essential. You will return to cleaned and sanitized workspaces. Other precautions are also being taken in conjunction with state and CDC guidelines:
  • Sick employees should stay at home.
  • Hand sanitizer stations can be found throughout campus.
  • Social distancing and healthy hygiene practices are expected.
  • Increased airflow has been added to buildings.
  • Masks are being provided to every employee and will be made available by contacting your supervisor. We strongly encourage you to wear the mask when you are near other people. As a campus community, we promise exceptional care. We are asking everyone to remember that you are protecting your co-workers and their families by wearing your mask. When you see them wearing a mask, they are doing so out of consideration for you. 

Please refer to the Return to Campus webpage for additional details on expectations and transition tips. All main campus facilities will be open beginning June 8 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday–Friday, with the exception of the McKay Education Building, the Melisa Nellesen Autism Center, and Wee Care Center. UVU’s Wasatch Campus will re-open June 15. 

The Student Life & Wellness Center will also re-open and will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Those who wish to utilize the facilities will be required to comply with state guidelines, which include maintaining a social distance of 10 feet and completing a health survey and temperature screening. Additional measures are being taken to sanitize equipment.

Grab-and-go food services are available Monday-Friday at these locations: 
  • Chick-fil-A 
  • Mom Fulton's CafĂ© 
  • Taco Bell 
Thank you again for your dedication, resilience, and all that you are doing to continue to support students and colleagues. We look forward to your return. 

Sincerely, 

Wayne Vaught
Provost
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Val Peterson
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Utah Valley University Outlines Plans for Fall Semester 2020

Utah Valley University today announced plans for this fall semester that offer students several course delivery options, including face-to-face instruction, that comply with safety guidelines outlined by the state’s COVID-19 Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). 

At the onset of the pandemic, UVU moved thousands of courses online, accelerating its digital transformation initiative and exposing more students and faculty to remote-learning opportunities. As the university is preparing for fall, it will be leveraging digital technologies and an innovative approach to scheduling to support a wide range of course options — from face-to-face instruction, remote learning, and hybrid classes that include both in-person and online education.

“We want to provide a safe, high-quality educational experience that meets the needs of our students,” said UVU Provost Wayne Vaught, who also serves on the USHE COVID-19 Task Force. “With our diverse student population and dual-mission model that provides both community college and university-level options, we’re utilizing technology in a way that supports learning, collaboration, flexibility, and a safe environment for our students and faculty.”

Safety remains a key consideration for all students, faculty, and staff. Social-distancing guidelines, facilities sanitation, hand sanitizer stations, increased airflow, and the recommendation of face masks are just some of the precautionary measures taken.

“At UVU, our core values of Exceptional Care, Exceptional Accountability, and Exceptional Results will continue to guide us during the complexities of these unusual times,” said UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez. “Our doors and our hearts will always be open to every student who desires an education — including those who choose to join us on campus and those who prefer to be together from afar. At UVU, we are one community. We are resilient, we are agile, and we are dedicated to student success.”

The fall semester begins on August 24. Registration is now underway. In addition, the university’s second summer block of classes begins on June 29, and students can register at uvu.edu/summer.