UVU's Coach Pope

Coach Pope

History in the making at The UCCU Center

Utah Valley University is entering a new era of college basketball.

Of course, the words “basketball” and “Utah Valley,” may bring to mind that other university… and for good reason. With well over a century of history, Brigham Young University boasts a proud basketball tradition that includes 29 conference championships, 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, and 45 NBA draft selections, such as Danny Ainge, Shawn Bradley, and Jimmer Fredette.

But over the past 12 years, the UVU basketball program has been making its mark as a Division 1 team in the prestigious Western Athletic Conference. And with the announcement of Mark Pope as the new head basketball coach, the Wolverines are poised to take UVU basketball to a whole new level.

“I could not be more excited to be the new head coach at Utah Valley University,” Pope said at a recent press conference. “This is going to be a really special time and a special run.” Standing at 6’10”, Mark Pope can rightly claim a proud basketball history of his very own. As a player, Pope helped University of Kentucky to a national championship in 1996 before playing seven years in the NBA. And Pope is certainly no stranger to Utah Valley basketball. In fact, he comes to UVU straight from BYU, having served as an assistant coach for the past four seasons, helping BYU to a 98-43 record with three NCAA Tournament appearances.

As Pope enters UVU, he stands ready to lead UVU basketball to new heights. “UVU is an extraordinary place,” said Pope. “I’ve played and coached at universities all across the country, and I’ve never seen a place like this, that offers the innovative, academic, cultural experience that is available here. It is unbelievable. I am excited to be part of it.” Pope signed a five-year contract with UVU—which boasts the largest enrollment of any college in the state—after beating out over 100 other candidates for the position. “We got the right guy,” said UVU athletic director Vince Otoupal. “He’s a really good college coach, a former NBA player, a star, a family man and a coach who really understands academics. The whole package.”

The expectations are high, as is the confidence of the university’s athletic program. “Coach Pope is going to take UVU basketball to another level,” said Jason Erickson, Assistant Director of Communications of UVU athletics. “He’s going to take us to the NCAA tournament and put this team on the map.” And for UVU, this new season—and era— begins in the most fitting way possible, with the announcement of a four-game series against BYU. “This series has been a long time coming,” said Otoupal. “BYU is an excellent program with national respect and this series will be great for the fans, the community, and the state of Utah.”

The Wolverines will open their 2015-2016 season at the Marriott Center at BYU. The following season, the Cougars will play at the UCCU Center on UVU campus for the first time in the school’s history. This historic match-up may very well be the beginning of a Utah Valley competitive sportsmanship dynasty. “We’re not trying to be BYU,” Pope recently told The Deseret News, “But we can be some things BYU can’t be. I’m putting together a group of guys who can grow together. I love it. It’s magic.” It’s basketball history in the making, and it all happens at the UCCU Center at UVU. So don’t miss your chance to be a part of it. For tickets and up-to-date information on UVU Men’s basketball, visit WolverineGreen.com

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President's Message March 2015


Buyer Relax We are all familiar with the phrase: buyer beware, but at UCCU we want you to be informed and confident when making big purchases. Last year the credit union provided a website with 10 of the best tips to … Continue reading

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STEM Fest Utah 2015

Presenting the First Annual STEM FEST UTAH! Bring the family, have a blast, all for FREE!

 Over the past two years, UCCU’s Family Festival has been a huge success, full of fun and learning (and lots of learning made fun). And in 2015, the event is getting even better, with Utah’s first ever STEM FEST. For four full days – March 25-28, 2015, at the UCCU Center on UVU campus in Orem – you and your entire family can immerse yourselves in a free festival that’s been uniquely designed to spark your children’s imagination through science and technology. STEM is dedicated to blending education and fun with the mission of inspiring young students to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. It’s about innovation and how to harness it.

It’s about imagination and how to fuel it. It’s about dreaming and daring and conceiving and building tomorrow’s great ideas. And it’s the opportunity to introduce your children to the amazing companies

who are leading Utah’s dynamic innovation explosion. So come and be a part of the most unique gathering ever assembled in Utah as you and your family enjoy exciting hands-on experiences with science and technology that will spark your children’s imaginations and give them a peek into their future career opportunities right here in Utah. Your kids will have so much fun, they may not even realize that they’re learning!

 Junior high school students are encouraged to come as a field trip Wednesday 3/25 or Thursday 3/26.

For more information about Utah STEM initiatives visit UtahStemFest.com or CuriosityUnleashed.com. If you or your business would like to participate in STEM FEST 2015 please email Tracy Shultz at tracys@bgcutah.org.



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President's Message November 2014

As the holidays approach and our lives become busy it’s important to enjoy this special time of year. UCCU wishes you the best and we hope you have a safe and delightful holiday season.

UCCU Prepares to Offer Apple Pay    

Many members have been interested in knowing if the credit union is onboard to offer Apple Pay – and the answer is yes. UCCU is in queue to provide Apple Pay as soon as Apple expands its service. So far we do not have timeline from Apple, but we will provide more information as we receive it.

 Some things to know about Apple Pay – so far the list of businesses that can and are willing to receive Apple Pay is very limited. These businesses must have near field communication (NFC) technology to accept this form of payment. The reality is that many businesses currently do not have this technology, and some of the business that do have refused to offer Apple Pay at this time – such as Wal-mart, Rite Aid, CVS, and others.

 UCCU believes that payments using a smartphone versus a traditional plastic debit or credit card is likely the future. The credit union will strive to adopt technology, including Apple Pay, as long as your information is protected. Our goal is to provide you with the most convenient way of making purchases and helping you stay protected along the way.

 For more information on how Apple Pay works, click here.

Smart Decision Magazine

The credit union recently published the Smart Decision Magazine Fall edition. The magazine is filled with information to help you and your family be inspired to make smart decisions – both financial and life decisions. One of the great articles in this magazine is about how we can all help to stand up against bullying. This article written by Greg Hudnall, Executive Director of HOPE4UTAH. The article is informative and provides his expert advice to stop bullying in our schools and community.  Click here to view a digital version of the magazine.

Do you know your Medicare options?

The answer is – probably not. That’s why the UCCU Financial Group is offering free Medicare information events held at the UCCU Center on November 12th or December 2nd. The UCCU Financial Group lead by Senior Benefits has teamed up with United Health Care, Select Health, Coventry Health Care, and Regence Health Care to help inform our community about their options during the open enrollment period from now until December 7. Arrive early as seating is limited and get all of your Medicare questions answered by this team of professionals.

For more information, click here.

Thank you for your membership at Utah Community Credit Union. We work hard to be your trusted financial partner for products and services and hope you take advantage of everything we offer.

Jeff Sermon
CEO / President
Utah Community Credit Union

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UCCU Financial Group's Medicare Information Event

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Join Us for Member Appreciation Night


Plan now to attend UCCU Member Appreciation Night on January 23rd at the UVU vs Kansas City Men’s Basketball game.  Tip off is 7:00 pm at the UCCU Center.  Pick up your FREE tickets to the game at any UCCU … Continue reading

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Attend Member Appreciation Night for a Chance to Win a Disneyland Vacation


January 23, 2014 is  Member Appreciation Night!  Join us at 7:00pm at the UCCU Center to watch the UVU men’s basketball team take on Kansas City.  FREE tickets to the game will be available at all UCCU branches beginning Wednesday, … Continue reading

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