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UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez leads students in the traditional Wolverine Walk on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

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Students, faculty and staff join President Astrid S. Tuminez as they enjoy a birthday cake on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

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UVU’s popular Green Men Group invites children from participating families to have fun at home on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

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In 1941, before the United States entered World War II, a new opportunity opened up for college-aged students seeking professional opportunities in Utah County. It was then known as the Central Utah Vocational School.

In 1945, the state of Utah, through Senate Bill 77, took over the school. For these longtime residents, it was the birth of “Trade Tech” with Wilson Sorenson at the helm.

Beginning as a small vocational school with around 1,000 students in 1941 with the aim of providing training in warfare, the school grew through the ranks, underwent eight name iterations, became a permanent public institution, a community college and now a university of over 40,000 students.

During the reunion festivities on Saturday, Utah Valley University began a year of celebrating the ’80s. Eighty years of growth, name changes and transformation of a school with a few classes in the fairgrounds of the county to the state’s fastest growing university.

The anniversary celebration at the homecoming events of the university brought together students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members for the UVU milestone.

After the end of the Sorensen dynasty in 1982 and the relocation of the campus from Provo to Orem, other presidents followed, including J. Marvin Higbee, Kerry D. Romesburg, William D. Sederburg, Matthew S. Holland and the current president Astrid S Tuminez, the first woman to hold the post. However, it should be remembered that Vice-President Lucille Stoddard has twice taken the reins of the interim presidency.

“At UVU, we believe in human potential. Every student deserves the benefits of affordable, flexible and high-quality education, ”said Tuminez, the institution’s seventh president. “We are young at 80! We celebrate the positive impact UVU has had on the lives of students, families and the community. We thank those who supported us. Together, we will do even more to help others achieve their dreams.

It was under Holland’s tutelage that the university introduced a two-pronged approach to education, offering both community-based vocational education as well as college degrees, including doctoral programs.

The university rose to fame for its international cultural awareness programs, its dual approach to university-level learning, and its popularity with students.

Over the coming year, Wolverines past and present will be celebrating the school’s eight decades in various ways. Area residents are invited to join in celebrating these accomplishments and the robust vitality of the small school that could.


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