UVU: President Astrid Tuminez makes use of half marathon to mentor and train classes | Information, Sports activities, Jobs


Kennedy Evans, UVU Advertising and marketing

UVU President Astrid Tuminez runs the Drop13 half marathon along with her presidential intern, Isaac Smith, in Huge Cottonwood Canyon in Holladay on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

OREM — Those that spend any time with Utah Valley College President Astrid S. Tuminez know that she all the time carves outing to run. Operating grounds her when coping with the stresses of being president of UVU, and he or she usually makes use of it as a metaphor to show college students that it takes dedication, grit and willpower to attain something worthwhile.

On June 11, at 6:10 a.m., Tuminez put her coaching into motion by operating the 2022 “Drop13 Huge Cottonwood Canyon” half marathon — however she didn’t face the 13.1 miles alone. She was joined by her new presidential intern, UVU senior Isaac Smith, who considers operating as certainly one of his most cherished hobbies.

“This was my ninth or tenth half marathon,” Tuminez mentioned. “I used to be considerably intimidated by the considered operating with a quick, younger intern, however one of many benefits of age is that you may inform somebody youthful to ‘run gradual’ and ‘don’t chat an excessive amount of whereas we’re operating.’ My intern, Isaac Smith, proved to be an incredible operating companion — he paced me, inspired me and made me really feel that I had a crew!”

Since operating is a time of reflection for each Tuminez and Smith, most of their chatting came about within the 3:30 a.m. automotive experience from Provo to Huge Cottonwood Canyon, the 4:30 a.m. shuttle bus from the mouth of the canyon to Solitude Ski Resort and the 5 a.m. window to stretch and wait till the race began, Smith mentioned, however via the entire expertise the 2 had a singular alternative to bond as mentor and mentee.

“I believe having that bonding time with President Tuminez whereas operating was an incredible expertise,” Smith mentioned. “I hope I can carry that on for the remainder of my profession with completely different mentors or managers, too.”

Kennedy Evans, UVU Advertising and marketing

UVU President Astrid Tuminez runs the Drop13 half marathon along with her presidential intern, Isaac Smith, in Huge Cottonwood Canyon in Holladay on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Tuminez and Smith reached the end line at 8:24 a.m. after 2 hours and 14 minutes of operating, making their common mile time 10:14. Shortly thereafter, they greeted household and members from the UVU cheer and wrestling groups who confirmed as much as cheer them on.

“It’s inspiring to see her do stuff like this,” Smith mentioned of Tuminez, “and [to see] how she interacted with the wrestling crew or the cheer crew that got here to cheer her on, and even her household. It’s cool to see how massive of an impression she has on UVU, the scholars, and the neighborhood round her.”

Smith, having began his internship simply final month, is grateful for the chance to be in his present place. Earlier than coming to UVU to check info programs, he hung out at two completely different universities — together with a research-heavy college in South Korea — however he was drawn to the hands-on, experiential studying side of UVU. He began on the college again in 2015.

He sees himself maybe turning into a product supervisor in a tech firm, pursuing grasp’s and doctoral levels later, and instructing on the college stage when he nears or reaches retirement. However after the primary month of his internship with Tuminez? Smith’s eyes have been opened to many extra alternatives.

UVU’s Presidential Internship Program is housed within the Workplace of the President and offers bold college students the chance to collaborate with UVU’s govt management crew. Every intern works instantly with a member of UVU’s cupboard to help them in creating and finishing up high-impact initiatives that profit the college.

“The internship program is a terrific instance of engaged studying — of serving to college students get their fingers soiled, exposing them to the alternatives and challenges of management, and drawing them deeper into the tradition and ambitions of UVU,” Tuminez mentioned. “I’ve excessive expectations of our presidential interns, now and sooner or later.”

To study extra in regards to the UVU Presidential Internship Program, go to their web site. Observe President Tuminez on Instagram to obtain her common updates.


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