“U-News & Views,” The University of Utah Alumni Association’s online newsletter – April 2009
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Spring Awards Banquet 2009

Each spring, the Alumni Association and its Young Alumni Board (YAB) honor an oustanding young alumnus/a for his or her exceptional professional achievements and a faculty or staff student counselor for his or her dedication to advising and nurturing students. The Association also has the opportunity to award a boatload of scholarships to deserving students for 2009-2010. More...


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

Achievement Scholars
Achievement Scholars 2009Meet the outstanding students who have been selected as the recipients of the 2009-10 Achievement Scholarships provided by the Alumni Association. Each has overcome difficulties in order to pursue his or her education at the University of Utah, and all are pursuing diverse career paths. More...

Chapter Chatter
Chapter ChatterApril is a busy month for U of U alumni chapters, from Washington, D.C.’s networking event (with BYU!), to St. George’s fascinating panel discussion on Collaborating to Unlock Medicine’s Final Frontier, to the annual scholarship golf tourney in southern Utah. More...

Good Deed Done
Good DeedIn these bleak economic times, stories of good deeds done are a welcome breath of fresh air. When we at the Alumni Association learned about one alumnus’s “lost ring” experience, we asked him if we could include the tale in the April newsletter. Here ’tis...

Alumni Qualify for Group Savings with Liberty Mutual
Liberty Mutual has teamed up with the University of Utah Alumni Association to offer a Group Savings Plus discount on Auto, Home, and Renters Insurance. More...

 


Passage to Panama February 9-25, 2010
Passage to PanamaEncounter a new world, aboard and ashore. Sail with other alumni and friends aboard the elegant Regatta to historic and scenic ports of call in Mexico, Colombia, and Costa Rica, with a final stop in Key West, Fla. Take advantage of the amazing benefits offered, including free airfare from Salt Lake City. More...


Member Benefit of the Month — Marriott Library Card!
Marriott LibraryVisit the Marriott Library to view the marvelous renovations—Automated Retrieval Center (ARC), Cyber Café, and the Garden Reading Room & Terrace—and get your half-priced library card, which will allow you to take advantage of this state-of-the-art facility. More...


Honorary Degrees Awarded at CommencementDavid McCullough
Five honorary doctoral degrees will be presented at this year’s commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, in the Jon M. Huntsman Center, including to noted Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough, who will offer the keynote address. More...

University of Utah Sets ‘Gold Standard’ for Technology Commercialization
"Gold Standard" for CommercializationLast year, Dean Jack Brittain’s efforts to commercialize faculty inventions, as a result of research, returned $26 million, which puts Utah in the top 20 of all universities in terms of dollars earned from faculty and student innovations. More...

Are All CEOs Above Average?
Are All CEOs Above Average?In humorist Garrison Keillor’s fictional hometown of Lake Wobegon, all children are above average. Corporations may want investors to believe the same thing about highly paid CEOs and this effect may explain high CEO pay. More...

Finding Trapped Miners
Finding Trapped MinersUniversity of Utah scientists have devised a new way to find miners trapped by cave-ins. The method involves installing iron plates and sledgehammers at regular intervals inside mines, and sensitive listening devices on the ground overhead. More...

A Thousand Calls of the Wild Captured
A Thousand Calls of the WildThanks to nature recording specialists and a grant from a prestigious library institute, you can now listen to the soothing sounds of nature at your desk with a click of a computer mouse. More...


Morgan Warburton: A Star Is Born
Morgan WarburtonNo doubt about it: Ute basketball player Morgan Warburton is a star. She is only the 20th player in Utah history to score 1,000 career points, and was the preseason and postseason Mountain West Conference player of the year. Read “Ute has basketball in her blood,” by Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune...

Utah Women’s Tennis Sweeps MWC-Opening Weekend
Lexi ProvanchaThe 44th-ranked Utah women’s tennis team (9-6, 3-0) topped Air Force (9-11, 0-3), 6-1, on March 29, rounding out their opening weekend of conference play. Freshman Lexi Provancha clinched the match for the Utes with her 6-1, 7-5 win over Katrina Eromin at the No. 5 position. More...

Ute Golf Ties For 12th At Duck Invitational

Ute GolfThe University of Utah men’s golf team completed the 21st annual Oregon Duck Invitational, tying for 12th place. The Utes finished the day with a score of 916 (311, 304, 301), at 52-over-par. More...

Utes Bow Out to Maryland on Terps’ Floor
Utes vs. MarylandSniff. With a victory in hand and their workload completed, Maryland seniors Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver walked off their home court for the last time as the top-seeded Terrapins closed out a 71-56 win over Utah on Tuesday night to advance to the sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. More...


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Bobby McFerrinBobby McFerrin ex’78, now a 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist, recently returned to Salt Lake City for two days of workshops at the U, culminating in a concert, joined onstage by College of Fine Arts students, at Kingsbury Hall. More...

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Achievements of U of U Faculty, Staff, Students, and More

Patrick ReimherrPatrick Reimherr has been named a 2009 Truman Scholar. The announcement was made by Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, in late March. More...



Walking An Economic Tightrope?
Walking a TightropeWith downsizing and layoffs taking place in today’s tough economic climate, more employers are seeking the assistance of top out-placement services. But keep in mind that Alumni Career Services (ACS) at the U provides the same coaching as fancy firms, but for a whole lot less. More...


Faculty and Staff U-Give Campaign
Ugive CampaignThe U recently launched its annual faculty and staff giving campaign, building upon the tradition of strong financial support among U faculty and staff by encouraging employees to donate to any program or department they choose. More...

Ubike: Help Put A Spin on Campus
ubikeThe graduating Senior Class would like to give back to the U by creating a bicycle rental program for the University community. Seniors and others: Find out how you can help. More...

Federal Way Closure
Under ConstructionFor anyone who plans to visit the University of Utah, there’s something you should know: The U of U campus is forever undergoing change due to new construction. More...

U of U Staff Council Seeks Members!
Staff CouncilIf you are interested in becoming a member of the Staff Council, or would like to nominate a worthy candidate, here’s your opportunity. More...



Publications by (and about) members of the University of Utah community

Spam and Eggs, by Kent R. Anderson BA’87
Boyology: A Crash Course in All Things Boy, by Sarah O’Leary Burningham BA’02
Living a Five Star Life, by Betty Mahalik (née Van Winkle) BS’75



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Hinckley Institute of Politics Month of April
Hinckley Institute of PoliticsDuring spring and fall semesters, the Hinckley Institute holds approximately 70 Hinckley Forums featuring local, national, and international political leaders. Past Hinckley Forum guests include Bill Clinton, Lee Hamilton, Bruce Hoffman, Tom Mann, John McCain, Gerald Ford, and many foreign dignitaries. More...

Kingsbury Hall Presents Month of April
B.B. KingApril is a busy month at Kingsbury, including performances of The Jungle Book by Youth Theatre at the U (April 2); Children’s Ballet Theatre’s The Swan Princess (April 7), and B.B. King, the reigning king of the blues and recording artist for more than four decades now with countless entries in the rhythm and blues charts (April 14). More...


The Utah Composers Ensemble April 1
Utah Composers EnsembleThe Utah Composers Ensemble, a student group sponsored bythe University of Utah College of Fine Arts and the School of Music, presents: An Extraordinary Concert of New Music by student composers from the University of Utah and Arizona State University, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Hall. Free and open to the public. More...

One Hundred Years of Richard Wright April 2-5
Richard WrightThe University of Utah is honored to present100 Years of Richard Wright: The Man, His Work and His Legacy, a three-day conference devoted to the examination of the work of the acclaimed writer who has been identified as the most influential African American novelist that ever lived. The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Utah. More...

Dial M for Murder at PTC Now through April 4
Dial "M" for MurderA former tennis player, accustomed to a lavish lifestyle that is made possible by his marriage to a wealthy London heiress, plans what he believes is the perfect murder. But his plans take a turn when his wife refuses to play the part of the victim. Pioneer Theatre Company presents the classic mystery Dial M for Murder, by Frederick Knott, the play on which Alfred Hitchcock based his 1954 film. More...

Third Annual Tanner Humanities Center World Leaders Forum Lecture April 2
Cesar GaviriaCesar Gaviria, former president of Colombia and secretary general of the Organization of American States, will deliver the third annual Tanner Humanities Center World Leaders Lecture Forum address on Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m. in the University of Utah Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. More...

Bridging Two Worlds April 4
Bridging Two Worlds“Bridging Two Worlds” is the theme of the University of Utah Inter-Tribal Student Association’s 37th annual powwow to be held Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at the University of Utah, College of Health, HPER Building East Gymnasium. The powwow will begin with the arena blessing followed by a grass dance blessing and grand entry. More...

“We Shall Remain” - KUED Channel 7 Beginning April 13
We Shall RemainFrom the award-winning PBS series American Experience comes We Shall Remain, a provocative, multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of U.S. history. Unprecedented collaborations between Native and non-Native filmmakers place Indian voices at the heart of five heartbreaking yet inspiring stories, beginning Monday, April 13. More...

Both Sides of the TRAX April 17
TraxBoth Sides of the TRAX is an exhibition produced by students in the People + Place Community Development Initiative at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning. The exhibit takes place at the 2nd Street Gallery (200 South 511 West) from 6-9 p.m., April 17. Free and open to the public. More... 

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai to Speak AT U April 18
Wangari MaathaiMaathai will speak at the University of Utah on Saturday, April 18. The event, “The Challenge of Africa: A Conversation with Wangari Maathai,” will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, Eccles Auditorium, and will be followed by a book signing sponsored by the King’s English Bookstore. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and tickets are required. More...

Little Women at Kingsbury Hall April 24 & 25
Little WomenOne of the U’s own performing companies takes on this classic coming-of-age story written by Louisa May Alcott about four New England sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The musical will charm you with a script written by Allan Knee and sweet ballads and upbeat tunes written by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. More...

Not So Scary Harry April 30
Little WomenThe University of Utah Fine Arts Auditorium will fill with laughter, music and movement as children who attend Neighborhood House perform the original production “Not So Skary Harry” on Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The performance is the culmination of a partnership between University students enrolled in the Fine Arts LEAP (“Learning, Engagement, Achievement, and Progress”) program and children from Neighborhood House, a Salt Lake City daycare facility for financially disadvantaged children. More...




ONGOING

Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art Now until January 3, 2010
Splendid HeritageThe UMFA is honored to curate and premiere this extraordinary exhibition of American Indian art from the John and Marva Warnock Collection. Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art will present 144 objects of unique artistry and powerful cultural expression from the Native people of the Plains, Plateau and Northeast. More...