The Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF) is a coalition of several different clubs on the campus of Utah Valley University (UVU) including; The American Israeli Alliance, College Democrats, College Republicans, Foreign Affairs, Model UN, Russian, and Sustainable Mountain Development. Together these clubs work together under the umbrella of UIMF to sponsor events including; education of mountain sustainability, international guests including many foreign dignitaries, and community events including local International Mountain Day Celebrations in both 2010 and 2011. We welcome you to our website and hope you will learn and enjoy!
Foreign Affairs Minutes from September 27th Meeting:
On September 27, 2012 the Foreign Affairs Club members had met together to discuss matters that were on the agenda for this academic year. The Foreign Affairs Club is one of eight clubs under the coalition of the Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF). The other eight clubs include the International Health Administration Club, the Russian Club, College Democrats, Model UN, Sustainable Mountain Development, American-Israeli Alliance, and College Republicans.
To read more click on the following article:
UVU Students Getting First-Hand Experience As United Nations Interns
Four Utah Valley University students who are members of the UVU Model United Nations Club are in New York City this week observing the United Nations’ General Assembly from the inside.
Jesler Molina and Mara Orchard, from Venezuela, Paulo Macote Ambrozio, from Guinea-Bissau, and Jordan Greene of Livermore, Calif., will spend the entire week interning at the United Nations. Joining them are two UVU faculty, Brian Birch, associate vice president for engagement, and Geoff Cockerham, adviser to the Model U.N. Club.
“This is a unique, hands-on program which will directly engage our students with top world leaders,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy. “We do not know of any other North American university with such a program.”
The U.N. missions of Hungary, Albania, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan are providing credentials for the UVU group. The group will be allowed on the floor of the General Assembly and into committee meetings. Many heads of state are scheduled to address the U.N. this week, including the speech President Barak Obama delivered Tuesday.
“It has been amazing,” Greene said. “Brushing shoulders with some of the most influential people in the world is a little intimidating but it’s a one of a kind opportunity. Seeing President Obama speak is a rare opportunity. This is one of the more valuable experiences of my life so far.”
On Monday, Orchard and Ambrozio sat in on a Rule of Law meeting in the General Assembly with Rita Silek, Hungary’s first secretary.
“It has been a great opportunity and an amazing experience,” Orchard said. “Representatives of states at the highest level around the world and of the U.N. discussed the importance of rule of law and human rights. Cooperation was encouraged in fighting criminal organizations that are challenging our international peace and security.”
Butler said the internship opportunity is the result of the friendships generated between students and the many U.N. ambassadors who have lectured at UVU as part of the U.N. Ambassador Lecture Series. Two UVU students received credentials to the General Assembly last year and were pleased by the access it gave them to world leaders.
UVU’s lecture program has hosted U.N. ambassadors from Iraq, Afghanistan, Romania, Israel, Russia, the Czech Republic and many other nations. The U.N. ambassadors of Sri Lanka, India, Macedonia and the Philippines will be on campus to lecture in the next few months.
September 25, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by:Jim Rayburn (801) 863-850
Never before has the future looked so bright for the the UVU Foreign Affairs Club. The meetings have been growing, the interest has been swelling, and the spirit of solidarity has permeated through your participation so far this year. Due to this, we have made a determination to ensure that the leadership structure is formed in such a way so that leadership and responsibilities are handled horizontally–an unprecedented step in club history. As students not only aspiring to work globally, we also feel that the collective efforts we have made to institutionalize a culture of inclusion, stewardship, and friendliness will make our club a inspiring model for others to follow. I am proud to announce the incoming officers for the year 2012-2013!
Executive Council of the UVU Foreign Affairs Club
Club Advisor: Dr. Baktybek D. Abdrisaev,
Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada (1997-2005)
The Office of Public Affairs
Public Relations Officer : Jordan Giles
Handle all university-external communications
Maintain the web site
Post biographies of club members on the website.
The Office of Cultural Affairs
Chief of Cultural Affairs: Eric Gee
Cultural Affairs Officer: Melanie Woodbury
Recording the events (Photos, videos, etc.)
Write short articles/blog posts on the events of the club.
Assist the office Public Affairs with content
The Office of Finance
Finance Officer: Devin Gleason
Look over the budgeting and budget requests
Assist with funding and fundraising
Provide financial reports to the club on its finances
Work with logistics to ensure money allocations are made
The Office of Humanitarian Affairs
Humanitarian Officer: Jodi Baron
Prepare service activities for the club during the year (at least two)
Involve members of the club in the activity
Assist recruitment in their efforts to involve members.
The Office for Recruitment
Chief of Recruitment: Brennan Sidwell
Recruitment Officer: Marie Poudiougou
Recruitment Coordinator will Work with External Communication to spread information on the club
Be in charge during Club Rush and Membership drives
Try to find ways to recruit more students (freshmen)
The Office of Logistics
Logistics Officer: Cory Hudgens
Scheduling rooms for meetings.
Making sure materials necessary for the club are available
Working alongside Protocol officers to ensure standards are being meet
The Office of the Secretariat
Secretary: Gina Spurlock
Initiate leadership meetings
Maintain internal communications of the council
Help assign presiding roles every week to different officers.
Be the club representative to UVU Clubs
Chief of Protocol: Chis Whitehead
Protocol Officer: Andrew Jones
sending messages to dignitaries and maintaining contact, The goal of a protocol officer is to ensure that all rules of conduct in a situation are observed, and that all guests at an event are comfortable and well cared-for.
The officer must work closely with advisor to ensure diplomatic standards are meet for club meetings and visits.
UVU DELEGATION PRESENTS AT UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN RIO DE JANEIRO
A Utah Valley University delegation was among several U.S. institutions that recently presented at and contributed to the agenda of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development during the delegation’s visit June 18-21 to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Call for Papers
The Third Essay Competition and Workshop for High School Students in the State of Utah
As the United Nations has designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, the aim of the third UIMF essay competition and workshop is to reach out Utah high school students, inform them of the need for communities around the globe to cooperate with respect to water resources, and suggest how they might become part of the global mountain community, working on water issues under the umbrella of the UN-sponsored agenda of sustainable mountain development.Event: Third Essay Competition and Workshop for high school student in the state of Utah
Topic: Water Sustainability, Cooperation & Accessibility
Organizers: Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), Utah Valley University.
Date: Friday March 22, 2013,
Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM,
Topics for student essays might include any or a combination of the following:
- The key role of mountains on water sustainability.
- How to achieve water cooperation among the states.
- The impact of climate change on water.
- The role of water in conflict.
- Water as a basic human right.
- Threats to the world’s water.
- Water efficiency and conservation.
- The globalization and privatization of water.
- Other points of investigation related to the main topic.
- 5-7 pages in length, double spaced.
- Name, Last name, School, and title centered
- Font: Times New Roman, 12
- Word document with 1-inch margins.
- Include page numbers and bibliography.
- Should include a variety of references (books, journal articles, with a limit of five online resources; Wikipedia does not count!)
- All essays if possible, should try comparing the topic in relation to the water problem in Utah.
- Have to be in PowerPoint or any program similar to it
- Presentation has to be e-mail with 5 week of anticipation to the committee in order to be taken into consideration.
- It is advice to students to bring a copy as a support, by the time of the conference.
- Presentation cannot be more than 10 min with a max of 5 min for questions.
A panel of judges will read submissions and select 10 finalists to present their papers at the workshop. The top 5 and winners will be selected after hearing the presentation. A monetary prize plus certificate will be awarded for the top three papers, plus the change of publishing their essays. All participants (schools, professors & students) will be awarded by special certificates of participation on behalf of the United Nations-related Mountain Partnership in Rome, Italy.
Essays must be submitted on or before March 01, 2013. Please submit the essays in electronic form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact us by e-mail or call to:
- Dr. Keith Snedegar, Deputy Chair 801-863-8847
- Jesler Molina, Assistant Deputy Chair 801-427-4292.
- About UIMF see: http://utahimf.org/