Circle of Life

By Natalie Hollingshead, Local women’s organization creates friendships, revitalizes lives Three years ago, Ann Tolley sat down and asked herself a tough question — what’s next? The 59-year-old had spent the “best years of her life” raising her six children, who were grown with families of their own. The lease was up on the […]

By The Numbers

1990 Year the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival began 23,900 Number of people who attended the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in 2005 11 Cities in the United States that have “Independence” in their name 66 Million Number of Americans who took part in a barbecue last summer 135 Million Number of U.S. dollars spent on fireworks last year […]

GOAL: Finish A College Degree

Thirty years stretch between the day Geniel Childs took her first class at BYU and the spring afternoon when she graduated. But Geniel doesn’t mind the gap – she is simply happy to be done. Geniel started her degree in 1975. After completing two semesters and two terms, she got married and made the difficult […]

GOAL: Leave Your Comfort Zone

If Penny Wheeler hadn’t met Lanny Gneiting from BYU’s Dean of Students office when she was a teenager in Canada, her life may have included problems with substance abuse and a lack of education, which were both prevalent in her Indian tribe. But she took a big leap by leaving her home, her country and […]

Seasoned professionals teach peers

Elder Quest keeps the learning curve from retiring  By Greg Bennett Dr. Weldon Moffitt engages peers in his “The World & I” class.   On a July afternoon, Barbara Willes – a 76-year-old former teacher – joins 14 friends for a discussion on current events ranging from HBO programming to the political climate of Estonia. The discussion […]

12 Utah Valley Teens Who Will Change the World

Compiled by Matt Bennett and Nancy Knight, Photographs by Alan Honey and Bob Boyd Photography For the third consecutive year, Utah Valley Magazine is paying homage to the best and brightest students our local high schools are producing. This year’s group of students excels at music, science, athletics and more while lifting others and […]

Education: Not always BYU Blue

staff, Next time you’re around the barbecue grill talking about the good ol’ college days with the boys, don’t assume your buddies bleed Cougar blue or Ute Red. During the 1990s, Utah’s 10 traditional colleges (nine state-sponsored schools plus BYU) graduated an average of 25,000 students per year. Within that same time frame, approximately […]