Chief Sponsor: Brad M. Daw

Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton


9     General Description:
10          This bill honors Utah Valley University's 75th anniversary.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This resolution:
13          ▸     recognizes Utah Valley University's evolution since its inception in 1941 to meet
14     the demands of an evolving workforce;
15          ▸     recognizes its impact on the community, state, and intermountain region; and
16          ▸     recognizes the institution's consistent spirit, mission to provide access to higher
17     education, and inclusivity.
18     Special Clauses:
19          None

21     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
22          WHEREAS, Central Utah Vocational School, now known as Utah Valley University,
23     was founded in 1941 to aid the United States efforts during World War II;
24          WHEREAS, Utah Valley University, now 75 years strong, has since assisted and
25     provided for many individuals' personal goals and needs;
26          WHEREAS, Utah Valley University was founded on a hands-on and engaged approach
27     to learning, which remains a hallmark of the institution at all levels of instruction and in all
28     disciplines;
29          WHEREAS, the institution has nimbly and ably adapted over its 75 year existence to

30     serve the needs of the community, the state, and the intermountain west;
31          WHEREAS, each time the needs of the workforce have changed, a deliberate and
32     parallel response from the institution has always followed, by evolving its educational
33     programs to produce highly skilled graduates who are prepared to succeed;
34          WHEREAS, with iterations of Central Utah Vocational School, Utah Trade Technical
35     Institute, Utah Technical College, Utah Valley Community College, Utah Valley State College,
36     and finally Utah Valley University, change has been constant and fast-paced to meet employer
37     and industry needs;
38          WHEREAS, the determination, hustle, and can-do spirit required of such an evolution
39     are qualities that have helped define the institution and persist today;
40          WHEREAS, at its root, Utah Valley University retains a mission of access, inclusivity,
41     and in many cases, second chances to Utahns;
42          WHEREAS, with more than 33,000 students enrolled, Utah Valley University has
43     grown to become a national first choice institution for student success and the largest
44     institution of higher education in the state, something few would have predicted in 1941;
45          WHEREAS, with a dual mission of community college access and function under the
46     umbrella of a first-rate teaching university, Utah Valley University offers a full range of
47     certificate to graduate programs and is a model of efficiency, creating an institutional two for
48     the price of one return on investment for the state; and
49          WHEREAS, there are few higher education institutions in the nation executing such a
50     mission on the scale as Utah Valley University is, truly making it the "lean, green, educating
51     machine" as designated on the House floor when university status was granted in 2007:
52          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
53     congratulates and joins Utah Valley University in celebrating this significant milestone in its
54     history.
55          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature honors and commends Utah Valley
56     University for its 75 years of service to the state of Utah and for its positive impact on
57     generations of Utahns past, present, and future -- go Wolverines!

58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of
59     Utah Valley University.