Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Bill would offer college scholarships to every high school student in Utah

Richard Kendell may have stepped down from his position as Utah's commissioner of higher education, but that hasn't stopped him from spearheading a campaign to get more high school students into college.

Good grades, the right college prep classes may net $1,350
(Salt Lake Tribune, January 9 2008)

Kendell is helping Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, navigate the bill through the legislature. The annual session begins later this month. The bill calls for each 8th grader to receive a letter from the Board of Regents saying that a $1000 scholarship is already in their name and gaining interest. All students need to do is graduate with a B average and take a set college prep courses while in high school. It is expected that of the 35,000 8th graders currently in the state about 7,000 would qualify.

Sure, $1350 would hardly pay for a single semester at UVSC (especially in 5 years!) but at least it is something.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

UVSC gets big donation to start youth theater program

Local philanthropist Tye Noorda (widow of the late Novel CEO Ray Noorda) has given an undisclosed amount to UVSC to establish a regional youth theater program.

Noordas give youth theater to UVSC
(Daily Herald, January 8 2008)

UVSC receives major gift for theater arts
(Deseret Morning News, January 8 2008)

Noorda has asked the school not to release the actual dollar amount of her donation, but The Pipeline has heard from numerous sources that the gift might be as high as $10 million. The school did say that it is the largest single payment gift it has ever received.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

UVU Transition Update

This morning's Daily Herald featured an article outlining the status of UVSC's transition to UVU.

UVSC edges closer to university debut
(Daily Herald, January 6 2007)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Today On Campus: Thursday • 1/3/08

Spring Semester Begins

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Each weekday during the fall and spring semesters The Pipeline publishes "Today on Campus" which outlines events at UVSC. To notify us of an event send details to

Gun Charges dismissed in Yohannes Case

Former UVSC student Kiddus Yohannes had two charges of providing false information on a background check dismissed by Fourth District court over the Holiday break.

Student's gun charges dismissed
(Daily Herald, January 3 2008)

Felony gun charges dropped
(Deseret Morning News, January 3 2008)

Neither article mentions if Yohannes is still being held in county jail.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

End of an Era: Rich Kendell steps down from Higher Education post

After more than fours years at the helm Rich Kendell is stepping down from his post as commissioner of Higher Education.

Kendell retires as higher education chief
(Deseret Morning News, January 1 2008)

UVSC December Police Beat

Each month The Pipeline will publish the UVSC Police Department's response record for the previous month. You can find an archive of the police beat at

December 1st- INTOXICATION-A 66 year old male was kicked off a UTA bus at the front of campus for being intoxicated. UVSC Police were unable to find a responsible person to take custody of the male. UTA agreed to transport the male to a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City.

December 1st- MEDICAL- A UVSC Cheerleader was dropped by her male partner during the UVSC Homecoming game. The cheerleader struck her head on the basketball floor causing a concussion. The cheerleader was evaluated on scene by UVSC Police and Orem Paramedics. She was then transported by her parents to a local hospital for further treatment.

December 6th- FIRE-A fire was discovered in a microwave in the basement of the Liberal Arts building. The fire started when food was placed in the microwave and left unattended for an excessive amount of time. The fire was contained to the microwave itself. However, the room did suffer smoke damage.

December 7th- TRAFFIC ACCIDENT- Officers responded to 1200 W 800 S on a report of a single vehicle traffic accident. The driver was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for further investigation.

December 7th- AGENCY ASSIST-Officers responded to Remington Apartments to assist Orem Police with looking for a burglary suspect.

UCAS expansion provides more elbow room

The Utah County Academy of Sciences has been operating on the UVSC campus since August of 2005, providing area students the opportunity to take classes that both count for high school and college credit. So far the 300 or so students have been relegated to portable classrooms left over from the Vineyard Elementary expansion.

But now a new $1.6 million building will be added to the school and will provide a gym and cafeteria. Enrollment will stay the same. Administrators at the school, which is one of six such institutions in the state, hope the new building will be completed and in use by August of this year.

Early college high school in Utah County to expand
Academy of Sciences on the campus of UVSC breaks ground for a new building to accommodate its 330 students
(Salt Lake Tribune, January 2 2008)