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Each year, the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Board (composed of alumni who graduated from the University of Utah within the past 15 years) is pleased to present awards to an outstanding alumnus/a and to select faculty and staff members for their professional achievements and service to the University and the community. Also acknowledged are Outstanding Seniors and scholarship recipients. All will be honored the evening of April 23 at the Spring Awards Banquet held at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Meet the honorees...


Click “Calendar” above for this month’s featured events on the U of U campus.


Founders Day 2007 — Photo Gallery
The 2007 Founders Day Banquet on March 6 was attended by about 550 guests, including President Michael K. Young and other University faculty and administrators. All came to pay tribute to the four Distinguished Alumni and one Honorary Alumna for their professional achievements and service to the University and the community. More...

Beehive Induction Ceremony — April 11
The Beehive Honor Society, under the auspices of the U of U Alumni Association, recognizes graduating seniors for their academic excellence and for their contributions to the University and the community. This year 27 outstanding senior students will be inducted into the society. More...

Alumni Chapter Events
On April 3, the dean of the College of Architecture & Planning speaks to the Southern Utah alumni chapter about the area’s phenomenal growth; and on April 28, U alumni and friends volunteer for “Hands on D.C.,” painting classrooms, removing graffiti, and planting flowers. For information on all upcoming chapter events, click here...

Seal Watching at Año Nuevo State Park
In late February, the Bay Area Alumni Chapter paid another visit to Año Nuevo State Park to view the elephant seals. “The highlight of the tour,” said one of the 28 participants, “was a view of the harem where the mothers feed their pups and the alpha male makes himself known.” Exciting! More...

Lunch with Ute
Want to support the University of Utah and help a student at the same time? Then consider participating in “Lunch with Ute,” a new program recently set up by the Student Alumni Board. The goal is to give University of Utah alumni an opportunity to directly interact with current students in a way that will benefit alumni and students alike. More...

Volunteers (Still) Needed for Project Youth
Project Youth offers a glimpse of future opportunities in college for sixth-grade students who spend the day at the University of Utah. The students experience close interaction with college students and tour the U campus. The idea is to help them see higher education as an attainable goal. More...


U of U Honorary Degree Recipients and Commencement Speaker Announced
This year’s commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 4, in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Honorary degrees will be presented to A. Scott Anderson, Orrin G. Hatch, L. Ralph Mecham, Mickey Ibarra, Carmen B. Pingree, James L. Sorenson, and Thomas S. Monson, the commencement speaker. More...

A Calculation the Size of Manhattan
A group of 18 researchers—including University of Utah mathematician Peter Trapa—has solved a math problem so complicated that the calculation, if written out, would cover an area the size of Manhattan. It also is 60 times larger than the amount of information in the human genome, or human genetic blueprint. More...

New Campus Master Plan Being Developed
The University of Utah has initiated a comprehensive planning effort, in response to strategic business, educational, and service initiatives, to develop a new Campus Master Plan. This effort will be driven by President Michael K. Young’s vision of “engagement, preparation, and partnership.” More...


Boylen named Head Men’s Basketball Coach
The University of Utah has named Jim Boylen as the school’s 14th head men’s basketball coach. Boylen, the top assistant at Michigan State University the past two years after spending 13 seasons coaching in the NBA, has agreed to a five-year contract. More...

Womens Volleyball Soars
If there was any doubt that some of the best volleyball in the nation is played right here at the U, it was cleared up Monday: Three Utah volleyball players were named to the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team: Airial Salvo, Emillie Toone, and Sydney Anderson. Read Three Utes spike their way to national team (3/28/07) by Cody Brunner of The Daily Utah Chronicle.

Track and Field Gets Under Way
The lone home meet of the 2007 for the University of Utah track and field team, The Utah Spring Twilight, has been moved from April 20 to April 21 due to scheduling conflicts. More...

The 2007 Spring Football Prospectus is now available. Get it here.

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Ann Weaver Hart BS’70 MA’81 PhD’83 was officially installed in March as Temple University’s first female president.

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The 2007 Legislative Session: What Does It Mean for the U?
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Where in the World Are We Going?
Still awaiting in 2007 are travel adventures to the Baltic Sea in June, the Dordogne area of France in September, Prague in October, Rome and Florence in November, and Bavaria in December. Join other alumni and friends on one (or more) of these fabulous trips. More...


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Modern Dance Senior Concert — April 5, 6 and 7
The Modern Dance Department will offer its Senior Concert on three nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Hayes Christensen Theatre, Marriott Center for Dance. The cost is $7 for students, seniors, and U of U faculty and staff; and $10 general admission. For more information, contact the Dance Office at (801) 581-7327; or visit www.dance.utah.edu/calendar/index.html

Friends of the Marriott Library Annual Banquet Presents Don Gale — April 10
Don Gale BA’58 MA’60 PhD’86, former vice president for Bonneville Communications and author of Bags to Riches: The Story of I. J. Wagner (University of Utah Pres, 2007), will present: I.J. “Izzi” Wagner: From Bag Merchant to Main Street Visionary - “All Our Dreams Came True” at the Marriott Library’s Annual Friends Banquet. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, and is open to the public. More...

Babcock Theatre Presents: The Heidi Chronicles — April 12-15
The Heidi Chronicles, by Wendy Wasserstein (who died January 30, 2006, at age 55), is the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winner that scrutinizes women’s changing roles through Heidi Holland—from high school in the 1960s, through 1970s feminism, to her career as a successful art historian, and her eventual sense of betrayal during the 1980s. More...

Books Arts Program Offers Bookmaking Workshops April 19-21, 28
Ever thought about making your own book? The Book Arts Program at the Marriott Library will offer two workshops in April that are open to the community: “Construction and Content: Distinctly Different Books” and “Means to an End: A Binder’s Box of Recipes,” offered by instructors Faye Maxfield, who teaches classes in the department of Visual Art and Design at Salt Lake Community College, and Pamela Barrios, Rare Book Conservator at the Harold B. Lee Library Conservation Laboratory at BYU. More...

Les Miserables at PTC — April 27-June 16
This epic musical masterpiece has become one of the most acclaimed theatrical events of the twentieth century. Victor Hugo’s story of Jean Valjean, an escaped prisoner who redeems his life through selfless acts of love even as he is pursued by the implacable Inspector Javert through some of the most tumultuous years in French history, has thrilled millions of theatregoers all over the world. The run has been extended to June 16. More...

Hinckley Institute of Politics — Forum Series in April
The Hinckley Institute’s Political Forum Series presents important political and public policy ideas and perspectives offered by academics, policymakers, diplomats, politicians, and observers of national and international affairs. April topics include “Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy,” with Utah Chief Justice Christine Durham; “Political Cartooning in Utah,” with Pat Bagley; and a “Meet the Candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor” event, with guests Ralph Becker and Dave Buhler, among many others. More...

Kingsbury Hall — April Events
Kingsbury Hall Presents will feature jazz bassist Ron Carter (April 10), one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history; Cirque Eloize’s “Rain,” brought back by popular demand (April 13); and the University Lyric Opera’s production of “Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi” (April 20), two one-act operas by the Italian master, Giacomo Puccini. You’ll need your Kleenex for the first half and laugh uproariously for the second. More...

UMFA Programs and Exhibitions — April-May
From Fine Arts Films, with such classics as The Wizard of Oz and My Fair Lady, to exhibitions on Hats and Robert Sabuda’s pop-up book art, and from Third Saturday’s Book Illustrating and Engineering workshop to painter Brian Kershisnik’s “Painting From Life” exhibit, there’s something for everyone in the family in April and May at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts Marcia and John Price Building. More...

Ongoing...

Brian Kershisnik: Painting From Life — Through July 1
A larger-than-life exhibition of works by celebrated Utah artist Brian Kershisnik will adorn the walls of the Great Hall in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, in the John and Marcia Price Building on the U of U campus, through July 1. Known for paintings rich in color and texture, Kershisnik focuses on the experiences of being human, depicting self, family and relationships. About half of the works in the show were painted specifically for the exhibition; the remainder are recently completed and sold pieces lent to the UMFA by private collectors. More...

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