In preparations for the Utah Valley University and Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF) participation at the United Nations RIO+20 conference on sustainable development On June 20-22, 2012, and co-hosting the Conference on women’s issues, sustainability, and conflict in the Andean region in Puno, Peru, the President of the UIMF John McClure visited the United Nations headquarters in New York and the State Department in Washington D.C. on March 5, 2012.
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The second annual Utah Students Workshop and Essay Contest will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 2-6 PM in the Story Telling wing of the Orem Public Library
2:00pm – 2:10pm – Opening remarks by the Chair of the Organizing Committee,
Dr. Snedegar and Deputy Chair, Jesler Molina
2:10pm – 2:20pm – Greetings from Dr. Rusty Butler, Focal Point of the U.N.-related
Mountain Partnership (MP) at Utah Valley University
2:20pm – 2:30pm – Remarks from John McClure, President of Utah International Mountain
Forum (UIMF) at UVU
2:30pm – 4:00pm – Presentation of the best 10 research papers by high school students
4:00pm – 4:10pm – Greetings by Skype from Rebecca Wallace, Aspen International
Mountain Foundation, member of the MP.
4:10pm – 4:50pm – Presentation of the best 10 research papers by high school students
4:50pm – 5:20pm – Announcement of the best 5 essays and the 3 winners by Dr. Snedegar,
and Jesler Molina. Awards and certificates of appreciation to the winners are presented by representative of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Focal Point of MP at UVU and President of UIMF.
5:20pm – 5:30pm – Presentation of certificates of appreciation to all participants and
organizers of the Workshop (same individuals are involved as in the previous ceremony)
On February 29, 2012 Dr. David Gray visited the Utah Valley University campus to discuss the future of the Arab spring, terrorism, Israel and US foreign policy, and the Islam in the Middle East. Dr. Gray specializes in international and national security affairs. His expertise includes U.S. and international security and strategic studies; current global security issues; U.S. foreign and national security policy formulation and strategy; intelligence, globalization and international security; political violence and insurgency; international terrorism; and international weapons proliferation.
UVU has partnered with the Lake Titicaca Environmental Development Project and the Universidad Privada de San Carlos in Puno, Peru to set up a series of workshops in order to create awareness of sustainable mountain development, and joint ventures between the two universities.