Since its creation in 1941, Utah Valley University has been known by many names — Central Utah Vocational School, Utah Trade Technical Institute, Utah Technical College, Utah Valley Community College, Utah Valley State College and Utah Valley University. Through the years, the university has seen some notable people walk their halls.
Take a look at a few of the famous people who at one point attended Utah Valley University.
Growing up in Orem, Travis Hansen didn't go far to begin his collegiate basketball career. He attended Utah Valley State College for one year where he averaged 11.2 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile, he signed to play for BYU. Hansen was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2003 NBA draft.
Basketball player Ronnie Price played for the school during its transition to a four-year institution and into NCAA Division I basketball. Price averaged 24.3 points per game for the Wolverines during his senior season. He signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings after going undrafted in 2005. His NBA career has spanned 9 years, during which he played for the Kings, the Utah Jazz, the Pheonix Suns, the Portland Trailblazers and he currently plays for the Orlando Magic. Price was inducted into the UVU Hall of Fame in February 2010.
Before becoming the season eight winner of "The Bachelorette," Jef Holm was a Wolverine. After being chosen by Bachelorette Emily Maynard on the ABC show, the couple broke up in October 2012.
Raised in Orem, Chelsie Hightower attended Utah Valley University before appearing on the shows "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars."
Actress A.J. Cook is best known for her role as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau in CBS's "Criminal Minds." Cook met her husband Nathan Andersen in a film class at Utah Valley State College.
Christopher Fogt took home a bronze medal from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in the four-man bobsleigh event. Fogt graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Business Management. While at the university, he was a track and field runner. Chris and his wife now live in Alpine.
Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace broke into the skeleton racing world in 2001, but before she took second in Sochi, she graduated from Utah Valley State College. Pikus-Pace earned her bachelor's degree in Community Health and Physical Education in 2005. She went on to compete in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, winning the silver medal in the Sochi Olympics in February. In 2012 she was inducted into UVU's Athletic Hall of Fame for her achievements as a track and field athlete. She now lives in Eagle Mountain with her husband and two kids.
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