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...
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on the U of U campus.
Day 2007 — Photo Gallery
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...
Induction Ceremony — April 11
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...
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...
Watching at Año Nuevo State Park
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...
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...
(Still) Needed for Project Youth
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
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
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...
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
Boylen named Head Men’s Basketball Coach
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...
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.
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.
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Weaver Hart BS’70 MA’81 PhD’83 was officially
installed in March as Temple University’s first female president.
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Villalpando has been named associate vice president for Diversity
at the University of Utah to replace Karen Dace.
Commitment—The Linchpin to Successful Job Hunting
I have seen a number of individuals who want to change jobs or careers
paths because of limited advancement opportunities in the workplace. Can
I help? Yes, of course! We are set up to provide everything for the serious
jobseeker, except for the one critical component — commitment, the
linchpin to a successful job search. More...
the Inside Scoop
Insider Tours now being offered are a wonderful way to get to know—up
close and personal—the University of Utah. With 298 buildings, everything
from the massive Rice-Eccles Stadium to the historic Post Chapel in Fort
Douglas, there’s much to discover. More...
2007 Legislative Session: What Does It Mean for the U?
2007 Utah legislative session was a positive one for higher education.
There were numerous helpful developments, set against the backdrop of
a strong state economy. The biggest winners in terms of funding increases
were transportation and public education. More...
in the World Are We Going?
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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Dance Senior Concert — April 5, 6 and 7
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
of the Marriott Library Annual Banquet Presents Don Gale — April
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...
Theatre Presents: The Heidi Chronicles — April 12-15
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...
Arts Program Offers Bookmaking Workshops —
April 19-21, 28
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...
Miserables at PTC — April 27-June 16
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
Institute of Politics — Forum Series in April
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...
Hall — April Events
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.
Programs and Exhibitions — April-May
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.
Kershisnik: Painting From Life —
Through July 1
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...