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Up with People Welcomes Vernon C. Grigg III as New President & CEO

Posted by Up with People on February 17, 2020

Vernon C. Grigg III, President & CEO of Up with People Up with People is pleased to announce the appointment of Vernon C. Grigg III as its President and CEO. Under Grigg’s leadership, Up with People will expand its mission of promoting inclusiveness and dialogue by spreading the values of equity, respect, and understanding, and the importance of diversity around the world.      With his lifelong commitment to service, equality, and social justice, Vernon Grigg was the clear choice as the next Up with People CEO.  From humble beginnings moving from one military base to another, Grigg’s public-school teacher parents instilled …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Merel from the Netherlands

Posted by Up with People on February 10, 2020

On this week’s Meet the Cast Monday, get to know Merel, a second semester traveler in the Up with People gap year from from the Netherlands! What are some of your hobbies back home? “My biggest hobby is dance. Besides dancing, I love to write and make videos, but I enjoy spending time with my friends the most.” What are you most excited for this semester? “I am most excited to travel again. I can’t wait to meet new people, get to know more cultures, and to make new connections. I am also very excited to impact each new community …

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Meet the Cast: Marie from Norway

Posted by Up with People on February 3, 2020

This week on Meet the Cast Monday, we would like for you to meet Marie Sandnes, a second semester traveler in the Up with People program from Bergen, Norway! What was arrival day like for you? “My arrival day was exciting! I had a very long travel day so I didn’t get the opportunity to meet too many people.” What are some of your hobbies back at home? “I play handball, which is a mix of soccer and basketball. I have played for nine years. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family.” What are you most excited for …

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Up with People Talks Super Bowl Halftime History

Posted by Up with People on January 31, 2020

As Super Bowl LIV quickly approaches, Up with People takes a look back to reflect on the time when Up with People paved the way for the biggest shift in Super Bowl halftime show history. Having performed five Super Bowls, many of our alumni during this time of year begin to reminisce on their own time performing in the halftime show, including Up with People President & CEO, Vernon C. Grigg III. Before Up with People, the Super Bowl halftime show consisted primarily of marching band performances. At Super Bowl X, Up with People literally changed the game with hundreds …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Luke from South Dakota

Posted by Up with People on January 27, 2020

Meet the Cast Monday: Meet Luke from South Dakota, United States. Luke traveled in Up with People for his first time last semester. Now, he has come back as the Dance Captain for Up with People for the upcoming tour! Learn more about Luke and what his experience has been like so far! What is your role in Up with People? “I am a Dance Captain for Up with People. My job includes empowering participants through the performing arts to help them discover things they did not know they were capable of doing, along with providing the best show possible …

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