June 28-29, 2023
Sorensen Center, UVU Main Campus
800 W University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058

The next Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement Working Group retreat will be held June 28-29, 2023, at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. The goals of the retreat are to build connections among Working Group members, share promising practices, explore new ways to use the Pathways, and deepen the research potential of the Pathways framework and survey. The retreat will allow us to do more intentional, focused work as a group than we can accomplish during our regular Zoom meetings, in addition to enabling informal dialogues and discussion.

Cost: $150 per person


A detailed agenda will be determined closer to the event date. We anticipate starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, and ending at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.



Paid parking is available at the Sorensen Center for $1/hour with a daily max of $10



The largest airport in the area is the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), and is approximately 45 miles north of UVU's campus. Twelve airlines and their affiliates serve SLC: AeroMexico, Alaska Airlines, American, Delta Air Lines, Eurowings Discover, Frontier, JetBlue, KLM, SkyWest, Spirit, Southwest and United. SLC is a major hub for Delta Air Lines with about 70 percent of total traffic, so sometimes flights on that carrier are cheaper.

Provo Municipal Airport (PVU) is Utah's second busiest airport, and is approximately 9 miles south of UVU's campus. Commercial service is provided through Breeze Airways and Allegiant Air.



Public transportation from the airport is run by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). TRAX is UTA’s light rail system and FrontRunner is UTA’s commuter rail system. TRAX operates seven days per week, with 15-minute frequency during peak time and FrontRunner operates Monday through Saturday, with 30-minute weekday service during peak travel times, and 60-minute service during non-peak travel hours and Saturdays.

To get to Orem from SLC, take the Trax Green Line (West Valley) to North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe station. Transfer to Frontrunner (Provo) to the Orem station. This one-way trip costs $8 (how to pay your fare). Bus lines are available at the FrontRunner station (plan your trip) or you can use a rideshare app to get to your final destination. Accessibility information can be found here: https://www.rideuta.com/RiderInfo/Accessibility/Accessible-UTA



There is no public transportation from PVU. A number of shuttle/ground transportation options are available at SLC. Rental cars and rideshare apps are also available

Listed below are the five hotels closest to UVU. Please visit this link to see rates, accommodations, and other details. Although most are walkable to UVU, please note most require crossing large roads. The walking distance calculated below is to the building we'll be meeting in (Sorensen Center). UVU will provide shuttles from the hotels noted below at determined times in both the morning and evening.



Distance to UVU (walking)

UVU-Provided Shuttle

Hampton Inn & Suites

851 W 1250 S, Orem, UT 84058

0.6 miles


La Quinta Inn & Suites

521 W University Pkwy, Orem, UT 84058

0.8 miles


Holiday Inn Express

1290 W University Pkwy, Orem, UT 84058

1.2 miles


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

901 N 1200 W, Orem, UT 84057

2.9 miles


Comfort Inn & Suites

427 W University Pkwy, Orem, UT 84058

0.9 miles


Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and reception refreshments (Weds. early evening) will be provided. There are a lot of restaurants near campus for dinner options.

University Place Mall is 1.5 miles east of campus, and has 25 restaurant and food court options.

The Shops at the Riverwoods is 4 miles away set at the base of the mountains and features local boutiques and restaurants, national retailers, and outdoor events.

If there is enough interest, we can coordinate transportation to the Riverwoods Wednesday evening.

If you would like to extend your stay and take advantage of the beautiful local scenery, here are some things you might want to check out!




Only 25 minutes away, the famous Sundance Mountain Resort has a ton of summer activities to enjoy including zip tours, scenic lift rides, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, and more.




Utah Valley is a great family vacation destinations offering year-round adventure. Utah vacations start with enjoying the natural beauty and diversity of the Wasatch Front. Hang gliding, world-class fly-fishing, skiing, and dinosaur hunting are just a few of the many outdoor adventures in Utah Valley.




Just 10 minutes away, Provo Canyon is an incredible geological experience. You can easily visit Bridal Veil Falls and walk/bike/skate the Provo River Trail for miles. PARK CITY https://www.visitparkcity.com/ Drive through Provo Canyon to Park City, about 60 minutes away. This mountain resort town has so many incredible summer activities, a thriving art scene, and amazing restaurants. You can head into Salt Lake City through Parley's Canyon to explore the city or just get back to the SLC airport.




Rent a car and head south to explore the amazing national parks of Southern Utah: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, etc

Specific questions about logistics or needed accommodation can be sent to summer.valente@uvu.edu.