Event 2019: Women’s Leadership Forum

The community is invited to a Women’s Leadership Forum (Panel and discussion) titled “Utah Women, Giving, and Identity: The Complexity of Philanthropy in Utah” (Nov. 12, 3:30-5:00pm). Panelists will be Cynthia Gambill (Director of Philanthropy, Younique Foundation), Mary Crafts (Founder, Culinary Crafts), Shannon Toronto (COO, The Philanthropy Roundtable (2005-2013), and Jessica Farnsworth (Founder, 100 Women Who Care Utah Valley). RSVP at the link above.

Event 2019: UVU’s Utah Women’s Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series

UVU’s next Utah Women’s Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series free event is titled, “Women’s Health & Well-Being: Strengthen Your Capacity to Influence and Flourish.” If you cannot join in person, you can RSVP to live stream in from anywhere! It will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 (6:30-8:30pm) at UVU. Dr. Barbara Wilson (Interim Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Utah College of Nursing) will give a short keynote, and then attendees can choose one of three workshops:

  • Health & Well-Being for Young Women: What You Need to Know to Flourish (Holly Willard & Liz Darger)
  • Real Tools for Women’s Mental Health (Tiffany Roe)
  • Women’s Health and Well-Being: Insights, Tips, and Tools (Dr. Susan Steffen, Dr. Heather Harrison, and Venice Wilkes (PA)

Check out their flyer for details on presenters and more information about the sessions. You can RSVP online now! Thanks to UVU’s three premier sponsors for their community events this year: Squire, L3Harris, and MX.

Event 2019: ACT Newsies

Read all about it! Alpine Community Theater (ACT) presents its exciting summer musical, Disney’s Newsies, July 19 through 29. This very popular Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit, set in turn-of-the century New York City, is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. The performances run nightly at 7:00 p.m., excluding Sundays, with additional Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m. on July 20 and 27. Check alpinecommunitytheater.org for ticket information. All shows will be performed at the Valentine Theater, 839 East 900 North, American Fork.

To kick off ticket sales ACT will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Legacy Park (corner of Center and Main) in Alpine. Enjoy ice cream with toppings for a dollar and start tapping your toes during a brief performance by the cast. This is the only event where tickets may be purchased at a discount.

ACT Performing Arts Academy: Lion King Jr. – May 2019


Continuing in the tradition of excellence in family-friendly entertainment, ACT Performing Arts Academy presents Kids in the ACT Youth Theatre performing Disney’s The Lion King Jr.

This inspiring, coming-of-age tale has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters, as they journey from Pride Rock, to the jungle, and back again.

The ACT performances run May 3 through May 9, excluding Sunday, at the Valentine Theater, 839 East 900 North, American Fork. Show times vary. Check alpinecommunitytheater.org for exact show times and online tickets, which go on sale April 19. Questions? Call Laura Snyder at: 801-404-0736.

Commencement and Convocation Ceremonies 2019


  • University commencement:
    • Thursday, April 25th @ 10:00am – Marriott Center
  • College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC) convocations:
    • Friday, April 26th – de Jong Concert Hall, HFAC
Communications Art,




Theatre and Media Arts (including MDT)

@ 9:00am @ 12:00noon @ 3:00pm


What are my viewing options
The following viewing options are available to make the College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC) convocation ceremonies accessible for as many graduates’ guests as possible:

  1. Free ticketed general admission seating (4 guest tickets per graduate) in the de Jong Concert Hall
  2. General overflow seating at an HFAC location – to be determined
  3. Online streaming:  http://convocation.byu.edu or via a banner on the College website https://cfac.byu.edu/

How do I obtain convocation tickets?

General admission seating tickets for the college convocation ceremonies will be limited to 4 per graduate and will be available for in-person pick up at the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC) Ticket Office (open 9:00am-5:00pm) according to the schedule below. Please note that this includes December 2018 graduates, and finalized applicants for April 2019, June 2019, or August 2019 only.  Pre-approved ticket recipient lists will be provided to the HFAC Ticket Office by the CFAC Advisement Center.

CFAC Convocation Ticket Pick-up Dates

School of Communications Department of Art

Department of Design

Department of Dance

School of Music

Department of Theatre and Media Arts (including MDT)

Late requests

(any students that did not claim tickets on the previous dates)

March 18th-19th March 20th-21st March 25th-26th March 27th-28th


What if I want more than 4 tickets?

After students have claimed their 4 tickets during the designated windows indicated above, any additional tickets will be distributed at the HFAC Ticket Office on a first-come first-served basis. This second round of ticket distribution will also be limited to a maximum of 4 additional tickets per student (with a possible 8-ticket maximum).


What if I’m not on campus?

Qualified student participants who are not on campus during the Winter 2019 semester, or who are otherwise unable to pick up their allotted tickets during the appointed times, must contact their department/school (Art, Comms, Dance, Design, Music, TMA) to arrange for a department representative to collect tickets on their behalf.


What if I want my sibling or spouse to walk in my convocation instead of their own in another college?

Due to strict seating limitations, it might be possible for a sibling or spouse to attend our college convocation; however, only overflow seating is guaranteed for their guests. You may choose to check with the other college to see if walking with them would be more accommodating for you and your guests.



For questions regarding graduation/convocation in general, please direct your inquiries to cfacadvise@byu.edu.

For comments regarding convocation ticketing procedures, please contact cfacconvocation@byu.edu.

Utah Women & Leadership Project – March 2019

The Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) has a number of announcements for March:

First, our final Utah Women’s Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series free event of the academic year is titled, “Raising Girls to Become Leaders: Competence, Confidence, & Courage.” It will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (6:30-8:30pm) at UVU (live streaming available too). I will first present some research data on the topic, and then I’ll moderate a panel of women who have raised daughters and worked with young women in this area: Abby Cox (Wife of Lt. Governor Spencer Cox), Michelle Kaufusi (Mayor of Provo), Rebecca Chavez-Houck (Retired Utah State Representative), and Jeanette Bennett (Owner & Editor, Utah Valley Magazine). You can RSVP online here.

Second, we are pleased to announce the video release of our last community event: “Silent Souls Weeping: Emerging from Depression with Strength Hope – Jane Clayson Johnson.” We would also like to highlight the video of one of the workshops from our November event titled, “Making Connections: How to Build a Strong Network for Women,” with Dr. Christy Glass and Neylan McBaine.

Third, we are pleased to announce the release of four new resources:

Fourth, we are also creating a database for women experts in a wide variety of areas to assist local media outlets in their efforts to expand their pool of interviewees when they are writing and producing news stories. In addition, we are looking for women who have compelling stories in areas related to our research on Utah women. If you’re interested in learning more about either project, then check out this link which has more information and a brief survey.

Fifth, here are some of our partners’ upcoming events:

Finally, check out a few of my editorials in the past month: Talk to high school juniors and seniors: You have more power than you think (Daily Herald) and “Do the ‘sexist’ comments at Silicon Slopes really matter?” (Salt Lake Tribune). And, here is a LinkedIn article I wrote on a topic I find fascinating: Why do women build less effective networks than men do? If you are interested in a global conference on women’s leadership, check out this conference to be held outside of Santa Cruz, California in June. I started this conference in 2013, and I will be attending!

Enjoy March!


Dr. Susan R. Madsen
Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics
Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University
Founding Director, Utah Women & Leadership Project

Event 2018: Coming Home – A Christmas Story

Coming Home: A Christmas Story, a BYU award-winning play, will be performed on December 10 in the Provo Library Ball Room at 7pm. The production is free. George King wrote the script and lyrics and C. Michael Perry wrote lyrics and music (both are BYU Alumnus). We hope you have the chance to come enjoy!