This week, as part of Utah Valley University's "Week of Dreams" and the celebration of new president Astrid Tuminez' inauguration, three celebrities visited the university -- Terry Crews, Sierra Boggess and Jason Alexander.
But they are not the first celebrities to speak or perform at the university. Several concerts and speeches have featured well-known groups and people. Here are 25 of the celebrities who have visited UVU.
-Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Terry Crews spoke Thursday at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. His presidential lecture was part of the "Week of Dreams" at UVU, a weeklong event celebrating both the opening of the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts and the inauguration of President Astrid Tuminez.
Broadway star Sierra Boggess, performs Friday night at UVU as part of the university’s “Week of Dreams.” She also conducted a master class with UVU’s School of Arts Thursday.
Boggess is known for playing Christine Daae in “The Phantom of the Opera,” Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” and Rosalie Mullins in “School of Rock.”
Jason Alexander also gave a performance this week at UVU. The actor best known for his role as George Costanza on "Seinfeld" performed show tunes, for the most part — although there was a little Billy Joel thrown in for good measure — performed with the backing of the Utah Valley Symphony Orchestra.
The star also visited UVU in 2012 for "Evening with Jason Alexander," an informal speech/Q&A. Earlier in 2012, he also mentored students in UVU's theater department.
Glenn Beck spoke to a crowd at UVU in 2008, encouraging them to trust in God amid the economic storm of the time. The conservative commentator who has had his own television and radio shows was given the inaugural Pioneer in Leadership Award by the Utah Valley Chapter of the BYU Management Society.
Though the school was called Utah Valley State College at the time, it played host to controversial filmmaker Michael Moore in 2004. The decision to bring Moore to campus caused an uproar, not just on campus, but across Utah Valley. His visit was met with protests, numerous letters to the editor and donors pulling funds.
The director of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and the Academy Award-winning "Bowling for Columbine" spent most of his speech at UVSC cheerleading liberal causes and taking shots at President George W. Bush.
Fox News and radio pundit Sean Hannity was invited to speak at UVSC in October 2004 to provide balance after controversy broke out over the invitation of filmmaker Michael Moore.
Like Moore, Hannity was met by some protesters outside the speech. He also broadcasted his show “Hannity and Colmes” from the David O. McKay Events Center before his speech.
Wolf Blitzer, news anchor on CNN, spoke as UVU’s commencement speaker in May 2018. He advised students to take advantage of their passions in order to be successful.
With the full glitz and glam that only Dolly Parton can bring, the queen of country brought her show to the UCCU Center at UVU in July 2016.
In a celebration of Christmas, singer Amy Grant made a stop at UVU’s UCCU Center during her Christmas tour in November 2017.
As part of the University’s 75th anniversary celebration in September 2016, singer Jason Derulo put on a concert at Brent Brown Ballpark with American Authors and Rachel Platten.
Idina Menzel of “Frozen” and “Let it Go” fame performed at the UCCU Center at UVU in September 2015. Menzel's appearance was a benefit in support of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and Operation Underground Railroad Charity.
Hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa stopped at the UCCU Center at UVU in January 2015.
Bastille, a British indie pop band with a Canadian-level politeness on the stage, performed what turned into a dance party at the UCCU Center at UVU in April 2017.
Rock band Paramore brought their unique sound to UVU’s UCCU Center in September 2017.
The Killers and the band's lead singer Brandon Flowers are no strangers to Utah, and they brought that connection when they performed at UVU’s UCCU Center in December 2012.
A capella sensation Pentatonix brought their unique sound to the UCCU Center at UVU in February 2015.
3 Doors Down
The multi-platinum-selling band 3 Doors Down brought their “Time of My Life tour to the UCCU Center at UVU in October 2011.
Imagine Dragons was featured in the first LoveLoud Festival that was held at Brent Brown Ballpark in August 2017. The festival has since moved to bigger venues.
The festival wasn’t the band’s first performance at UVU, though. They also performed to a sold-out crowd at the UCCU Center in May 2013.
Alongside the band Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees performed at the LoveLoud Festival at Brent Brown Ballpark in August 2017.
The band also performed at Summer Bash at Brent Brown Ballpark in June of 2015.
They may have just performed at the Super Bowl, but Maroon 5 once played a concert at then-UVSC. Singer Adam Levine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, guitarist James Valentine, bassist Mickey Madden and drummer Ryan Dusick stopped at Utah Valley State College's McKay Events Center in March 2004.
UVU hosted the American Idol winner as part of the university’s UVUphoria! celebration in June 2009. Thousands of fans packed Brent Brown Ballpark for her 15-song set.
Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer
The two hip-hop artists from the 90s brought their hits like "Ice Ice Baby" and "Hammer Time" to the McKay Events Center at UVU in 2009.
In 2009, '90s rock band Blink 182 brought radio favorites to the McKay Events Center at UVU. The concert included favorite album tracks from the band, as well as the usual zaniness onstage.
The alternative band Smashing Pumpkins visited the McKay Events Center in 2007. The band's tour marked their first performances together since 2000.
Styx rocked out with REO Speedwagon at a concert at UVSC’s McKay Events Center in 2002. Styx also performed in 1999 at UVSC.
A few more ...
Several more artists and performers visited UVSC and UVU over the past few decades. A few others included:
- Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina
- Jimmy Eat World
- Josh Gracin
- Collin Raye
- Joe Nichols
- Dashboard Confessional
- Death Cab for Cutie
- ZZ Top
- REO Speedwagon
- Jim Messina
- Jesse McCartney
- Good Charlotte