“U-News & Views,” The University of Utah Alumni Association’s online newsletter — August 2008
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The fabulous exhibition Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland Museum of Art contains masterworks by such renowned artists as Renoir, Degas, Monet, van Gogh, Cézanne, Dalí, Picasso, Matisse, and more. They will grace the walls of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ first floor galleries, John & Marcia Price Building, through September 21. This one-time exhibit will allow you the rare opportunity to see an extraordinary gathering of work up close by some of the most important European modern masters of the last two centuries—not to be missed! More...



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

Third Annual Outing with the Rockies July 1
Colorado Rockies Owner Charlie Monfort BS’82 hosted more than 280 U of U Denver Alumni Chapter members and friends at the third annual Outing at Coors Field on July 1. Apart from a big win for the Rockies over the Padres, 4-0, the event brought attention to Monfort’s recent $1 million gift to the U’s Athletics Dept. More...

Homecoming Week 2008: “Better Off Red!” — September 22-27
Homecoming 2008 events are lining up nicely, with additional activities planned to take in the special nature of this particular celebration, including an Election Analysis Panel, sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Parent and Family Weekend, an appearance by political provocateur Dennis Miller, and more...

5K and Kids K Run September 27
Sign up for the annual Young Alumni Scholarship 5K & Kids 1K (Fun) Run on Sept. 27! The run has become one of the most popular Homecoming events, attracting more than 400 runners in 2007 —and all for a great cause. And with the Kids run, there’s fun (and awards and prizes) for the whole family! More...

Les Mis in Southern Utah August 12
The Southern Utah Alumni Chapter presents a Scholarship Fundraising Event at Tuacahn Amphitheater for the performing arts, located just outside of St. George. Join alumni and friends for a complimentary social before the Tony Award-winning production Les Misérables, the longest-running West End musical in history! More...

Upcoming: An Evening with the Portland Beavers August 23
Attention, Portland alumni: Mark your calendars for an Evening at PGE Park with the Portland Beavers! The Portland Alumni Chapter will host a gathering of alumni and friends for a pre-game picnic featuring burgers, hot dogs, salads, desserts, and drinks. More...



This Old, Healthy House
The age of your neighborhood may influence your risk of obesity, according to a new study from the University of Utah. The study found that residents were at less risk of being obese or overweight if they lived in walkable neighborhoods—and in older homes. More...

Songbirds with Superfast Muscles
Certain songbirds can contract their vocal muscles 100 times faster than humans can blink an eye—placing the birds with a handful of animals that have evolved superfast muscles, University of Utah researchers found. More...

The U Spins Off Another 24 Companies in 2008
The 2008 fiscal year-end results for the generation of new businesses prove what many economists have long claimed, that the University of Utah is an economic engine for the state of Utah. Twenty-four companies were launched from technologies developed at the University within the last year. More...

U’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Receives $1 million Endowment
Continuing Education’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Osher Institute program is designed for adults aged 50 and over who want to be intellectually stimulated while having fun. Registration for fall courses begins in August. Open Houses will be held in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, August 14 and 19. More...

Restoration of the U’s Historic Park Building Under Way
The Park Building, built in 1914, is undergoing extensive renovation, which should be nearly finished by the end of the year. To learn about the building’s history, read “Historic U of U building to get $8.2M revamp” by Brian Maffly of The Salt Lake Tribune (7/21/08).

Marriott Library Renovation Update: Re-opening August 25
Finishing landscaping and reshaping the pay parking lot west of the library will be the focus in August. In addition, final touches, painting, and patch work will round out the month as building inspectors, architects and university officials commission and prepare the finished East half for the August 25 re-opening. More...

And for a pictorial update on the new College of Mines & Earth Sciences Sutton Building, click here...




Utah Utes football: Utes put on new ‘Armour’
By Wade Jewkes, Deseret News, July 18, 2008

New football uniforms were rolled out July 17 by the University of Utah football team under a new five-year agreement with Under Armour Inc., which will supply Utah’s players, coaches, and staff with its technologically advanced line of performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. More...

MWC Announces 10th Anniversary Volleyball Team
The MWC announces its 10th Anniversary Volleyball Team, as selected by a combined panel of media, institutional and conference personnel and on-line fan poll. Utah’s Kim Turner and Shelly Sommerfeldt were selected to the team. More...

Utes Picked Second in Preseason MWC Football Poll
Utah’s football team was picked to finish second in the conference in the 2008 Mountain West Conference media poll, released [July 29] at the annual MWC Football Preview. Utah, which received 274 points and five first-place votes, is coming off a 9-4 season in 2007 that concluded with a bowl win over Navy. More...

Tickets For Four Football Games Go On Sale Aug. 4
Utah football single-game tickets for contests with UNLV, TCU, Oregon State, and Colorado State will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 4, at the Utah box office in Rice-Eccles Stadium. This year's season ticket sales reached 27,500, marking a 2,300-seat increase from last year's record total of 25,138. More...




Get the latest News from and about Alumni

Lily Eskelsen BS’80MEd’86 has been elected vice president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million educators. More...

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

Carol Masheter, a former assistant professor with the University of Utah Department of Family and Consumer Studies, recently summited Mount Everest at age 61. More...



The Boss Whisperer
Have you been victimized, humiliated, belittled and/or made to feel redundant in the workplace? If soor even if nothere is a good summer read for employers and employees alike: Taming the Abrasive Manager — How to End Unnecessary Roughness in the Workplace by Laura Crawshaw, known as “the Boss Whisperer.” More...

Student Job & Volunteer Fair August 27
Jobseekers: Attend the Student Job Fair on August 27. There will opportunities for Internships, volunteer experiences, PT & FT student jobs, and one-on-one networking with employers. More...



Amazon River February 27-March 8, 2009
Travel the far waterways of Peru aboard a first-class 23-cabin ship to explore remote tributaries and exotic regions of the upper Amazon, along with expert naturalists. More...



Museum Constructions Moves Hikers Elsewhere
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail running along the foothills will still be open while the new Utah Museum of Natural History is being constructed, but hikers and bikers will be rerouted during certain times. More...
 
Gynecology, Cancer Care Put University Health Care Among Nation’s Best
University Health Care’s gynecologic and cancer care are rated 21st and 40th in the country, respectively, in U.S. News & World Reports’ 19th annual survey of America’s Best Hospitals. The rankings place University Health Care among the nation’s top providers for the 15th time. More...



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

Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America, by Utah naturalist, writer, and photographer Stephen Trimble, who teaches at the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company, by David A. Price, tells the remarkable success story of U of U alum Ed Catmull BS’69 PhD’74, co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios




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Red Butte Garden Summer Concert Series August
Red Butte Garden’s Summer Concert Series packs a wallop in August, featuring alternative country rocker Alejandro Escovedo and folk musician Greg Brown (Aug. 10), the rock group Wilco (Aug. 18), A Prairie Home Companion: The Rhubarb Tour with Garrison Keillor (Aug. 19), Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall (Aug. 20), and bluesy rocker Bonnie Raitt (Aug. 25, 26), a nine-time Grammy winner, appearing with special guest Leo Kottke on the 25th, Richard Julian on the 26th. More...

Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night, or WHAT YOU WILL, at the Babcock August 1-3, 6-9
Salt Lake Shakespeare returns with Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, with a cast comprising alumni and students from the U’s acclaimed Actor Training Program and a few special, invited guests. Whether you’re a Shakespeare enthusiast or you’re experiencing his wonderful world for the first time, this amazing acting troupe will guide you, laughing, through every plot twist and turn. More...

Wednesdays on the Green August 6, 13
Wednesdays on the Green offers live music from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your own brown bag lunch or pick up something at the Union and enjoy an hour on the Union patio. Monrovia, a classic rock cover band, plays on August 6, and Gary Gerber will strum his classical guitar on August 13—the last Wednesday on the Green for summer 2008, so we hope to see you there! The event is free and open to the public.

First Day of Fall Semester 2008 August 25
Ready or not, here they come! About 29,000 students (undergraduate and graduate) will begin arriving for classes on Monday, August 25th. For those arriving for the first time, there is an abundance of information on the Student Affairs Web site (www.sa.utah.edu), including calendars containing due dates and deadlines, student handbook, and more. To get involved in student affairs, the ASUU’s Web site (www.asuu.utah.edu) is the place to go. Welcome!