Spring 2011
Message from the President
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Welcome to the latest issue of EmeriTalk, the e-newsletter of the University of Utah Emeritus Alumni Board.

The Emeritus Alumni Board prizes lifelong learning as one of life’s great satisfactions and a key characteristic of an educated person. This issue highlights ways you can tap into the University's learning resources. I developed a love affair with learning early in life and continue to be excited about finding, reading, and discussing a stimulating new book. Taking classes at the U provides opportunities to meet new people and exchange ideas and perceptions, another of the great satisfactions throughout the life cycle.

Emeritus alumni have lived long, learned much, and have a great deal to contribute to those in earlier stages of life. Board members are involved in many service endeavors, but our primary focus over the past couple of years has been to tutor and recruit tutors for students in an inner-city intermediate school. This year we raised funds for up to six $5,000 scholarships for tutored students who show promise for successful high-school graduation and would become the first of their families to attend college. Scholarships are contingent on their being college-ready as 12th-graders. One way to demonstrate gratitude for the life-changing learning experiences we had at the U is to help young people who have the potential but, without help, would not have the opportunity to attend college.

John Bennion
President, Emeritus Alumni Board

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Founders Day: 112 Years and Counting

University of Utah Founders Day celebrations began in 1899. They have evolved over the years, and today a banquet honoring exceptional alums and supporters marks the occasion. At a celebration dinner at Little America on March 3, Afesa M. Adams, Robert F. Bennett, Robert C. Gay, and Fred P. Lampropoulos will be honored by the Alumni Association with the Distinguished Alumni award. Brothers Eugene “Gene” England and William “Bill” England will be recognized as Honorary Alumni. More…

Founders Day 2011
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We Need U: Join the Board!

We need YOU—or someone you would like to nominateto apply for the Emeritus Alumni Board. Originally called “The Half Century Club,” it was founded when 16 members of the Class of 1887 met for a 50-year reunion. The board has kept that original 16-member composition now for 124 years. Basic requirements are that you left the U 40-plus years ago or are at least 65 years old. There will be five vacancies, and nominations will be accepted through March 7. Click here for a nomination form; visit here for more information about the board's inception, purpose, and current membership.

Past Emeritus Alumni Board members
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Rev Up Your 'Little Gray Cells'

Neuroscientists claim that “use it or lose it” is never truer than for cognitive abilities. Here are some ways to continue learning―yes, even at our ages.

OK—so you're over 50 and you feel your hips are expanding as your brain is shrinking. We have the solution for you: OSHER. It's not a pill; it's a program, a fantastic program better known by its formal title: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. It offers classes in everything from herbal medicine to Spanish, from the history of the Great Depression to the impact of the Great Recession.

Fine teachers lead the six-week, once-a-week courses. Most are held in the charming ambience of Fort Douglas, which means no parking hassle. Click here to see the currently offered Osher classes, or call (801) 585-5442 for a spring catalog. As the ad says, "You may feel as smart as your teenager." 

Lifelong Learning programs. From African Art and Culture to Zen Meditation, there are more than135 offerings. Available to community members age 18 or over, these may last one day or be once a week for six weeks. New classes begin weekly and are typically held on weeknights or weekends. Click the link and check it out―there is something for everyone.

If you prefer your learning experiences on-site and out and about, consider Alumni Association Travel Programs with U of U alumni and friends. And bring along your own family and friends. This year there are cruises to Celtic Lands and the Lesser Antilles to a village stay in Dordogne, France, to a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Here are additional tempting calls to travel.

And there's more! For just $25 per semester, House Bill 60 for Seniors allows Utah residents age 62 or older to audit a range of regular University classes. Just think: You can attend class but have no final exams or papers to write. Follow this link to see the variety of classes and learn more about registering.

Rev Up Your Gray Cells
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What's New On Campus

Here are some additions to the University landscape, both completed and ongoing:

David Eccles School of Business: Total plans for a two-stage reconstruction will result in a 188,000-square-foot facility to replace the Madsen and Garff buildings. Look for completion in 2013.

James LeVoy Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building: Changing the face of the golf course to a research complex, this is the first of four Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) buildings to support research in medicine, pharmacy, engineering, computer science, and other sciences. Completion is expected by December 2011.

Utah Museum of Natural History: Relocating from Presidents Circle to Research Park, the museum is being renamed the Rio Tinto Center. Plans include hands-on learning for students and visitors and a facility to preserve dinosaur bones, rare insects, and prehistoric pottery and tools. Projected completion is November 2011.

Meldrum House for Artists: University House (built in 1890), located on the corner of 1300 East and 200 South, will now provide housing for Pioneer Theatre Company's guest artists. The purchase has been completed, and renovation is in progress.

Annette Poulson Cumming Building: This 114,000-square-foot renovated facility is the new College of Nursing and was dedicated in November 2010. Imagine a building of this size being completed on schedule and under budget. Watch for the feature article planned for the Summer 2011 issue of Continuum.

The McCarthey Family Track & Field: Dedicated last October, this facility returns a track to campus after a 28-year absence. The 400-meter track has nine 42-inch wide lanes, an AstroTurf field, nighttime illumination, and lawn-style spectator seating. Stop by east of the Eccles Broadcast Center and take a look—or try a practice run.

Frederick Albert Sutton Building: This $27 million facility (pictured) houses the College of Mines and Earth Science's Department of Geology & Geophysics. Replacing the 1927 Mines Building and dedicated in 2009, this 91,000-square-foot, four-story building is the first LEED-certified construction on campus.

Look for updates in the Fall 2011 EmeriTalk on the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex and the College of Architecture + Planning Net Zero Retrofitting.

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EmeriTalk Committee 2010-11

Pat Capson Brown BS’47 MA’82, Writer and Chair
Madlyn Gillespie Tanner BA’61, Writer
Marcia Dibble, Alumni Association Assistant Editor

For more information about the University of Utah Emeritus Alumni Board, visit the board Web page here.


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