@ The U - March 2009
November 2009
Membership Matters
In this month’s issue of @TheU, we are pleased to announce the five recipients of our Distinguished and Honorary Alumni awards for 2010. Don’t forget to save the date for the annual Founders Day Banquet on February 24, 2010, when all five awardees will be honored at the Little America Hotel ballroom. If you missed the third Insider Tour for Alumni Association members, a brief recap of the sites and scenes visited is inside. Upcoming events this month include the Emeritus Board’s annual Merit of Honor Banquet on November 19, when five alumni of the University of Utah who graduated 40 or more years ago will be honored and recognized for their achievement. And remember, Alumni Association members receive 10% off merchandise at the University’s Campus Store, the perfect location to stock up on holiday gifts and crimson red fan gear for the next football or basketball home game.

Last but not least, sponsored bricks are still available in the Alumni Association Scholarship Walkway, an ideal way to honor a loved one by having his or her name engraved. All donations received from your brick purchase will go directly to scholarship awards for deserving University of Utah students. 

As Thanksgiving approaches, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have supported the University of Utah Alumni Association this year. As a loyal member, you have our sincere thanks, along with our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Your membership matters.

Michele Mattsson HBA’85 JD’88
President, Alumni Association Board of Directors

 
 
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Featured Event
Alumni to be Recognized at Merit of Honor

The University of Utah Emeritus Alumni Board will host its annual Merit of Honor Banquet on Thursday, November 19. The Merit of Honor award is given annually to five alumni of the University of Utah who graduated 40 or more years ago and have given distinguished service to the University, their profession, and their local or national communities. For more information, or to make reservations, please call Laura Cañate at (801) 581-6997 or e-mail her here.

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November 19

Texas Lone Star Chapter Event: TCU Tailgate Party

Southern Utah Chapter Lecture Series

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Featured Benefit
University Campus Store

Wear your crimson red at the next football game! University of Utah Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount on Ute fan gear and other merchandise at the University Campus Store (excluding electronics and textbooks). For more information on this and many other membership benefits, visit us online at www.alumni.utah.edu/membership.

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University of Utah Athletics
Members of the Alumni Association receive special discounted tickets to select University athletic events. Discounts include $5 off home football games and 2-for-1 tickets at home basketball games and gymnastic meets (based on availability). Visit www.utahtickets.com for ticket information.
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News
Members Participate in Tour of Campus

Alumni gathered at the University of Utah on October 21 for an Insider Tour. Alumni Association member-only Insider Tours are becoming a much-anticipated event in the spring and fall. John Ashton, executive director of the Alumni Association, welcomed members to the Alumni House for continental breakfast and a campus update. A University shuttle then took participants to the Utah Museum of Natural History for a fascinating look at the Paleontology Lab, guided by graduate student Eric Lund, the lab manager. Lund has spent the past four summers on digs in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, where 16 new species of dinosaurs have recently been discovered. Museum Director Sarah George took the group into the museum basement, which houses an amazing array of fossils as well as Native American pottery, rugs, moccasins, and more. Upstairs, guests viewed the preserved species found in the Great Basin collected by former biology professor Stephen Durrant.

Guests were then shuttled to the South Chemistry Building to learn about Dr. Cynthia Burrows’ research in the presentation “DNA and Chocolate.” Burrows outlined her investigation into different aspects of nucleic acid chemistry and oxidative DNA damage while the group sampled Utah’s award-winning Amano Artisan Chocolate. Guests were also treated to a tour of the David M. Grant NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) “Gauss Haus” led by Dr. Peter Flynn, adjunct associate professor of chemistry, who introduced visitors to the special analytical and research instruments the facility houses. 

For more information about Insider Tours, visit www.alumni.utah.edu/insidertours/.

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Founders Day Award Recipients Selected

Each year, beginning in 1947, the University of Utah Alumni Association has presented outstanding alumni and friends with the institution’s highest honor—the Distinguished and Honorary alumni awards. Each individual represents the best that the University of Utah brings to the state, and the national and international communities.

The following outstanding individuals have been selected for these prestigious awards in 2010:

Distinguished Alumni
Larry D. Gluth BS’83
M. Elizabeth Hale Hammond BS’64 MD’67
Fred P. Lampropoulos ex’70
Robert A. McDonald MBA’78

Honorary Alumna
Marta S. Weeks-Wulf

All five award recipients will be honored on February 24, 2010, at the Little America Hotel during the Founders Day Banquet, an annual event that commemorates the University of Utah’s founding in 1850. Individual tickets can be purchased for $100 or $95 for Alumni Association members. For more information on Founders Day or to purchase tickets, visit us online at www.alumni.utah.edu/foundersday/.

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Scholarship Walkway Helps Make Higher Education Accessible

With another academic year under way, many University of Utah students are struggling to cover tuition, which continues to increase at a steady pace. The University of Utah Alumni Association is dedicated to making college more affordable for students through our Scholarship Walkway program, and we invite members to participate in this important endeavor.

The walkway leading up to the main entrance of the Alumni House is constructed to feature “donor bricks” acknowledging supporters in a meaningful, attractive—and permanent—way.

For a one-time tax-deductible gift of $500 or $1,000, your name or a name of a loved one will be engraved into a brick and placed in the walkway, among those of other contributors, as a permanent reminder of your generosity. The funds raised from the Scholarship Walkway will provide awards that directly benefit many deserving students. You can donate confidently, knowing that 100 percent of your gift will go directly to the University of Utah Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

To make your donation online today, visit us here.
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On Campus
Utah Sports

University of Utah men’s basketball officially kicked off Saturday, November 7, resulting in a final 83 to 70 win. Upcoming this month include home games against the University of Idaho and Utah State. Don’t miss out on the action this year! For more information on the men’s basketball season and to purchase tickets, visit Utah Sports online at www.utahutes.cstv.com.

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Arts and Culture

Catch the Pioneer Theatre Company’s (PTC) production of Is He Dead?, a play by Mark Twain adapted by David Ives. Is He Dead? hilariously centers on a group of poor artists in France who scheme to fake the death of a friend in order to drive up the price of his paintings. Production of Is He Dead? will continue until Saturday, November 14. For show times and more information, visit PTC online at www.pioneertheatre.org.

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Innovation and Technology

University of Utah medical scientists have received more than $7.9 million in federal economic stimulus Challenge Grants for 10 research projects. From the complex task of diagramming genetic connections in the brain to developing a skin seal to prevent infection with artificial limb attachments, the Challenge Grants are aimed at jump-starting biomedical and behavioral research through innovation. For more on this story, visit the University’s News Room.

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Featured Story of the Month

Utah Veterans Honored for Heroic, Selfless Defense of Country at Annual Commemoration

When Air Force Pilot Jay Hess was shot down over the Chinese-North Vietnam border 42 years ago, he was taken to the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where he feared he might not survive the horrible starvation and torture he experienced. Determination and the hope of one day returning to his wife and five kids back home in Utah helped pulled him through. Hess and 10 other Utah veterans will be honored at the University of Utah's annual Veterans Day Commemoration at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, in the Olpin Union Ballroom. For more on this story, visit the University’s News Room.

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