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UVU officially opens Scott C. Keller Business Building

By Ashtyn Asay - | Jan 13, 2022
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Scott and Karen Keller as they spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Scott C. Keller Building on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
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UVU President Astrid Tuminez spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Scott C. Keller Building on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
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Utah Valley University Wolverines students, staff and faculty during the first day of class for the Spring 2022 Semester on the UVU Campus in Orem, Utah on Monday January 10, 2022.

Students, government, business and education leaders alike rang white bells in celebration of the opening of the new Scott C. Keller Business Building at Utah Valley University on Wednesday.

“It was a wonderful celebration of a community coming together to support a group of students who have not had a facility like this ever before,” Norm Wright, the dean of the Woodbury School of Business at UVU, told the Daily Herald. “We really do have first-rate students at UVU, and now we have a facility that matches them and their dreams, and the things that they need to accomplish while they’re at UVU.”

The building is named after Scott and Karen Keller, the main donors for the building. The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured speeches from the Kellers, UVU President Astrid Tuminez and more.

“To be a part of this is really an amazing and wonderful blessing for the Keller family,” Scott Keller said. “What better place to park your money than a place of education and UVU.”

The Scott C. Keller Building sits just off of University Parkway in Orem, on the south end of the UVU campus. The building will house the Woodbury School of Business, and holds the title of Utah’s largest business school with close to 5,188 students, 205 offices, 30 classrooms, the Bloomberg lab, Entrepreneurship Institute, Money Management Resource Center, and Sales and Marketing Applied Research Test Laboratory, according to the university.

“This building is the home of so many students. The bell calls you home to the here and now, to have your spirit and body in one place, to know that at this moment in time we have all the conditions to make us happy, to make us grateful,” Tuminez said. “We are ribbon-cutting a building that is so gorgeous, I find it so inspiring.”

The building is also home to the Noel Vallejo Grand Auditorium, which is the first Latino/Hispanic-named space on any of UVU’s campuses.

According to Wright, the new building was designed to feel like a combination of a learning institution and a place of business like those students could encounter upon entering the workforce.

“A lot of what you see in this building kind of feels like that halfway point between higher-ed and industry,” Wright said. “We’ve had a number of people from the industry come and say ‘This looks a little more like a business than it does like an institution of higher education.'”

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