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Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Alumnus/a Award Recipients To Be Honored at Founders Day - February 22
Four Distinguished Alumni and one Honorary Alumnus/a couple will be honored at the annual Founders Day banquet in February: Alan C. Kay MS’68 PhD’69; Merline Clark Leaming ex’42; Matthew R. Simmons BS’65; Joseph B. Wirthlin BA’41; and Ira A. and Mary Lou Henson Fulton. More...

Emeritus Alumni to be Feted at Banquet - January 19
The 2006 Emeritus Awards Banquet is set for Jan. 19 at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Awards will be presented to John Florez BA'58, Katharine Bagley Garff BS'64, August L. Jung MD'61, George Cannon Pingree BS'59, and Wilhemina “Minnie” Henderson Walton BS'53 MA'60. More...

Founders Day Scholarship Application Deadline - January 20
To commemorate the founding of the University, the Alumni Association offers a one-year full tuition Founders Day Scholarship to a deserving U of U student who has overcome difficult circumstances or challenges. The application deadline is Jan. 20. Printable application form.

Faculty, Staff, Par Excellence Nominations Due January 27
The Alumni Association's Young Alumni Board is accepting nominations for its Par Excellence Award, Faculty Community Service Award, and the Perlman Award (to faculty and staff) for Excellence in Student Counseling. The awards will be presented at the annual Spring Awards Banquet on April 20. More, including nomination forms...

Scholarships, Scholarships! - for 2006-07
Application Deadline - March 1

The Alumni Association awards over $75,000 each year in scholarships to incoming freshmen, continuing students, and transfer students. Funds are generated from alumni membership dues, license plate sales, the annual Young Alumni 5K Run/Walk/Stroll, and generous donations. The application deadline is March 1. More...

Once Again, the U Outdrives the Y—Mostly?
The U seems to have come out on top (again) in the annual Food Drive competition with BYU, but perhaps not quite. Here's the deal: The U beat BYU in funds raised with $17,007 to $15,962, but (with numbers not back yet from the Utah Food Bank), the Y claims to have raised more food poundage. So, who's the real winner? More...

A Night Out with the Alumni Association
U of U alumnus Charlie Monfort BS'82, owner of the Colorado Rockies, invites you to a night out with the Alumni Association on Friday, Jan. 20 at Coors Field in Denver, Colo. Admission is free, but seating is limited to the first 250 people! Sign up here.

U.'s Reach Must Extend Far Beyond the Classroom
by Michael K. Young
A year ago, when ESPN broadcast “Game Day” from the University of Utah, commentators referred to the U. as “Utah's university.” It seemed fitting at the time and has struck me since as an entirely appropriate way to think about the role the U. plays in the state. Read President Young's editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune, 12/31/05.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - January 9-17
This year's MLK events include cultural performances, a feature film (Crash), community panel, KUED presentation, and an art exhibit. The keynote address will be given by Michael Eric Dyson, the nation's preeminent spokesman for the hip-hop generation. For a complete schedule of events, click here...

Saving the Legacy: An Oral History of Utah's Veterans
The American West Center and the Fort Douglas Military Museum are pleased to announce the expansion of the Saving the Legacy Project. The center will begin interviewing veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. More...

Discovering Groundbreaking Research at the U
The January 2006 issue of Discover magazine contains three (count 'em!) stories about research at the University of Utah; two of the studies were among the year's top 100 science stories, including U of U psychologist Dave Strayer's work about cell phone use while driving, and the discovery of the Falcarius utahensis dinosaur. More...

Why Christmas Trees Are Not Extinct
Conifers such as Christmas trees suffer a severe plumbing problem. The “pipes” that carry water through firs, pines and other conifers are 10 times shorter than those in flowering trees. But a University of Utah study suggests why conifers not only survive but thrive: efficient microscopic valves let water flow through conifers about as easily as it flows through other trees. More...

Utes Swat Yellow Jackets In Emerald Bowl, 38-10
The Utes did it again, besting predictions! Five bowl victories in a row—how sweet it is! Utah compiled 550 total yards of offense, including 214 yards and four touchdowns by Offensive MVP Travis LaTendresse, who caught 16 passes for 214 yards and an NCAA bowl record-tying four touchdowns. Brett Ratliff passed for 381 yards and Utah rolled up 550 total yards in a 38-10 victory over No. 24 Georgia Tech on Dec. 29th. More...

Daria Bijak Signs With The Utah Gymnastics Team
Utah gymnastics coach Greg Marsden wrapped up his 2007 recruiting class with one of the most gifted gymnasts in the world when Daria Bijak of Germany signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Utes. Bijak recently placed eighth at the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. More...

Men's Basketball
Utah Dominates High Point University out of North Carolina, 80-44, with Chris Jackson scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for the Utes. Ricky Johns scored 16 points for Utah (7-4) on 7-of-9 shooting. Lawrence Borha added 12 points and Shaun Green scored 10 points. More...

How is Utah expected to fare in skiing this year? Check out the 2006 Utah Skiing Outlook for answers.

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 Failing to Negotiate

  • High-powered interview suit from Nordstrom’s - $300
  • Fancy bond paper with your résumé perfectly aligned - $15
  • Membership in Alumni Career Services to find the perfect job - $299
  • Failure to negotiate - $150,000 (priceless, you lose!)

Getting the salary and benefits you desire can be a tricky part of the job-search. There are major strategic steps and decisions you will face within the salary negotiation process. Negotiation is both an art and a skill. Here are a few tips...

Together We Reach
Imagine this: You rise before dawn to practice your three musical instruments. Then it’s off to biophysical chemistry, followed by time in the genetics lab. But imagine this, too: You’re still too young to drive. Such is the life of Teresa Tuan, a 15-year-old undergraduate at the University of Utah. More...

U of U Press Release Makes EurekAlert!'s Top Ten List
Science writer Lee Siegel's Feb. 2005 news release “The Oldest Homo sapiens,” noting research conducted by Frank Brown, dean of Mines and Earth Sciences at the U, made EurekAlert!'s top ten news releases of the year. (EurekAlert! is the news release distribution service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.) Siegel's release placed ninth in traffic to the Web site. The full list is accessible here. Congrats!

The Red Butte Press: An Extraordinary Year
In 2005, Red Butte Press, part of the Marriott Library Special Collections Rare Books Division, accumulated a number of accolades, both local and national—from the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York, to a Print magazine feature story, to a Jury Selection in Utah Design Arts '05, among others. More...

Printers to produce life-saving organs
A team of American scientists is studying the potential of printers being developed to produce life-saving organs, reports Wired.com. They believe that any organ, a skin graft, a new trachea or a heart patch for example, can be created using special printers. Professor Glenn D. Prestwich of the University of Utah developed the bio-paper. More...

Where in the World Would You Like To Go in 2006?
The Alumni Association is offering a multiplicity of enticing options, plus the chance to travel with other U of U alumni. How about Australia/New Zealand in February, or Peru in March? Or the Mediterranean's Islands of Antiquity in early June? Or you may prefer traveling to China in October. Take a look!

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Michael Eric Dyson Offers Keynote Address: 2006 MLK Celebration - January 11
The keynote address of the 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be given by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson on Wednesday, January 11, at noon in the Olpin Union Ballroom on the U of U campus. Dyson, the nation's preeminent spokesman for the hip-hop generation, will offer a critical and much needed reassessment of the social and cultural issues facing America's black poor. The event is free and open to the public. More...

Pioneer Theatre Company - January 11-28
Humble Boy, by Charlotte Jones, is about a Cambridge astrophysicist in search of a unified field theory. He returns home following the sudden death of his father and discovers that “something is rotten (and sometimes absurdly funny) in the state of Denmark.” A fascinating new play in the tradition of Proof and Copenhagen, with a touch of Hamlet thrown in, Humble Boy has intrigued audiences in London and New York. Winner of the 2002 Critics Circle Best New Play award. More...

Oleta Adams: 2006 MLK Celebration Cultural Performance - January 16
Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album, Circle of One, and the impassioned hit single, Get Here, Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion in the United States and Europe with journeys of the heart. The performance will take place Monday, January 16, on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, at 6:30 p.m., Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required. More...

On the Razzle, by Tom Stoppard, at the Babcock - January 18-22, 26-29
ATP Senior Show On The Razzle, by Tom Stoppard, will play at the Babcock Theatre Wednesday through Saturday evenings, Jan. 18-22, 26-29, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on the second Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday showings at 7 p.m. Stoppard's play is built on the work of Austrian playwright Johann Nestroy's 19th-century farce, which influenced the creation of Hello, Dolly! Razzle, directed by Michael Unger, is virtually a “nonstop cavalcade of high and low Stoppardian wordplay.” More...

Events at Kingsbury Hall in January
There are a number of exciting cultural events scheduled at Kingsbury Hall in January: Bill Cosby - January 7; UTF: Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories, with Mike Shiley, a self-trained journalist embedded in Iraq who juxtaposes scenes “exposing the ferocity of war with interviews that reveal a tender concern for the Iraqi people” - January 9; singer Oleta Adams, whose performance is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - January 16; and An Evening with Bill Maher - January 21. Ticket Information: 581-7100.


“A Gesture of Kinship” at the Museum of Natural History - Through January 15
This unique exhibit explores the cultural dynamics of a Navajo community through time, offering a view into the day-to-day lives of Navajo children as they grow, mature, and create families of their own. The project is a partnership between photographer Bruce Hucko and Donna Deyhle, Ph.D., of the University of Utah. More...

UMFA Premieres Rare Photographs of Frida Kahlo - Through May 14
“Her spirit is stranger than the angels: Frida Kahlo through the Lens of Nickolas Muray,” a suite of portraits of legendary artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) taken by her lover and famed photographer Nickolas Muray (1895-1965), are on exclusive view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) through May 14, 2006. Many of the works are on public display for the first time in the United States after a brief showing in Europe. More...

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