January 2012

The 2012 session of the Utah Legislature begins on Jan. 23, and the University of Utah needs you to become a political advocate who will let lawmakers know that funding for higher education is important to you and to a healthy future for the state. The University has three main priorities for the 2012 session. The U needs $50 million in state funding to help repair aging, dilapidated electrical distribution systems and hot-water lines on campus. Another $9.6 million is required to restore 20 slots in the School of Medicine's class size. And the U wants funding for a 1 percent standard-of-living increase in pay for University employees; other state employees are already budgeted for a 1 percent increase in July. Please contact your state legislators and tell them of your support for these issues, and sign up to be a political advocate for the University. Read more...

Association News

About 150 fans attended the University of Utah Alumni Association's tailgate party before the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas. The fans then headed to the stadium for the finale of the U's first football season in the Pac-12 and watched the Utes play Georgia Tech.
  • Food Drive: U students and alumni raised a record amount in cash and food donations for the Utah Food Bank.
  • Par Excellence Award: Nominations are due Feb. 10 for this award that honors former students who attended within the past 15 years.
  • Founders Day: Save the date for the annual Founders Day Banquet on Feb. 22.
  • Career Corner: Women must be taught, carefully taught, to make career-related decisions.


The University of Utah is No. 1 in the nation for the second year in a row at starting companies based on university research, according to an annual survey released by the Association of University Technology Managers.
  • Energy initiative: The U is one of five U.S. universities invited to partner in a federal program to make buildings more energy efficient.
  • Stillbirth study: A U researcher's report gives insight into the most common causes and risk factors for stillbirth.
  • Tops for jobs: The U College of Law has been ranked among the top 15 for training prosecutors and public defenders.

Campus Events

Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his acclaimed show My Girlfriend's Boyfriend to Kingsbury Hall on Jan. 20. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, The New York Times recognized My Girlfriend's Boyfriend as a Critic's Pick and called it "ridiculously enjoyable."
  • Leonardo Was Right: Mark van Langeveld of the U's Entertainment Arts and Engineering program will speak Jan. 24 on reuniting arts and technology through video games.
  • Lego robots: The U and its Office of Technology Venture Development are hosting the Utah FIRST LEGO League Championship in robotics for kids ages 9-14, on Jan. 28.
  • Parent & Family Spring Event: The U Parent Association invites parents to experience the U campus with their students Feb. 3-5.


Member Benefit of the Month: Alumni Association members can get a jump start on New Year's fitness resolutions with access to fitness facilities and classes at the Field House on campus, for the same rates offered to U faculty and staff members.


Honor Roll: News from Alumni: Douglas L. Christiansen BS’88 MPA’93 PhD’93, Vanderbilt University’s vice provost for enrollment, dean of admissions, and assistant professor of public policy and higher education, has been elected a trustee of the nonprofit College Board, which works to expand access to higher education.
  • Campus All-Stars: Achievements of University of Utah faculty, staff, and students
  • In Memoriam: Farewell tributes to University of Utah friends we wish to remember
  • Reading Room: Recent publications by members of the U community


The Utah gymnastics team was ranked fifth in the nation in a preseason coaches' poll. A total of four Pac-12 teams were ranked in the top eight. Utah is the only school to have made the NCAA Super Six every year since 2000 and 17 times in the 19-year history of team finals. The Utes open their regular season Jan. 8 against top-ranked UCLA.
  • Football: Utah junior Star Lotulelei has won the Morris Trophy after being voted the Pac-12's best defensive lineman.
  • Skiing: The U's ski team.begins 2012 competition with the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Alpine Qualifier on Jan. 6 in Colorado.
  • Track & Field: The Utes begin their indoor season on Jan. 6, competing in the BYU Invitational.

The mission of the Alumni Association is to support the University of Utah’s pursuit of excellence by forging and preserving lifelong relationships with alumni, students, and the community.