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UVU Young Living Alumni Center nears completion, set to open in August

By Genelle Pugmire - | Jul 29, 2023

Courtesy UVU

The Young Living Alumni Center at Utah Valley University in Orem is set to open Aug. 18, 2023.

The Young Living Alumni Center, the newest building on the Utah Valley University Campus, will hold an official ribbon cutting on Aug. 18 at 1 p.m.

Located next to the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism on 800 South, across from the main campus in Orem, the center was built with alumni in mind. UVU boasts 101,635 alumni with 79.6% of them living in Utah.

“Investing in education is the work of individuals, families, taxpayers, leaders and our whole community,” said Astrid S. Tuminez, president of Utah Valley University during the 2021 groundbreaking ceremonies. “As we combine our resources and commitments of time and energy, we will build a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable society. I am grateful to partners who share this vision with UVU.”

Young Living Essential Oils donated $4.5 million for the center, with the total cost being about $14 million. The school funded the building the rest of the way according to Julie Anderson, executive director of Institutional Advancement.

The building, which is over 31,000 square feet, will house alumni relations, institutional advancement (Philanthropies) and community gathering spaces. The building has 25 offices, two large conference rooms per level, two small conference rooms per level and two phone booths per level.

The new venue will be the primary location for UVU executive functions, ceremonies and meetings including the Presidential Lecture Series, legislative leadership meetings and an array of other high-profile campus events. The center will be a hub of campus activity and the central location devoted to advancement and alumni operations including a state-of-the-art events center, according to university officials.

“We are thrilled to be a member of the UVU community and hope this gift will provide countless wonderful experiences for alumni and others who come to campus to enjoy these facilities,” said Mary Young, CEO of Young Living at the 2021 groundbreaking. “What impresses me and truly sets UVU apart from other universities not only in the state, but in the world, is its unwavering commitment to providing a diverse student body with opportunities to advance themselves and their family through education. We look forward to the tremendous good this school will have on the community of students for years to come.”


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