The general commencement ceremony at the University of Utah will be held Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

This year’s graduating class of 8,291 students represents 23 Utah counties, all 50 U.S. states and 92 countries. These numbers are based on data available prior to graduation and are subject to change.

“It is our top priority to help students succeed and find meaningful careers and futures,” said Ruth Watkins, senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “During the past few years, we have implemented a variety of programs, support services, academic communities and opportunities for students to participate in a range of experiences designed to help them stay on track to graduate in a timely manner and enter the workforce with skills that set them apart from their peers.”

Since it has implemented these programs, the U has seen its graduation rate steadily increase while maintaining the state’s lowest percentage of students graduating with loan debt.

General commencement is a campus-wide celebration open to all students, their families and the public. It is an opportunity for the institution to celebrate the graduating class and recognize student achievements. The evening’s program is designed with the graduates in mind and includes videos and multimedia, a collage of Instagram photos documenting the U experience of the Class of 2016, as well as traditional elements of “pomp and circumstance” associated with graduation events.

“Commencement is the culmination of each student’s commitment, sacrifice, dedication and hard work,” said U President David W. Pershing. “It is also a tribute to those who stood behind our students to offer support as they worked toward this success. The university community proudly recognizes the Class of 2016 and welcomes everyone to join us as we celebrate.”


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By the numbers (These numbers are based on data available prior to graduation and are subject to change).
While the Class of 2016 is composed of 8,291 graduates, a total of 8,761 degrees will be conferred, as some graduates receive more than one degree. The university will award 5,631 bachelor’s degrees; 2,175 master’s degrees; 693 doctoral degrees; 124 juris doctors; 81 doctors of medicine; and 57 doctors of pharmacy.

Of this year’s graduates, 4,614 are men and 3,677 are women. The average age of bachelor’s degree recipients is 26; the youngest undergraduate is 17, the oldest is 71. The average grade point average for this group is 3.31. The average age of students receiving graduate degrees is 32. The youngest student receiving a graduate degree is 21 and the oldest is 73.

The largest number of undergraduate degrees awarded will be in the following 10 departments: communication, psychology, economics, business administration, biology, exercise and sport science, health promotion and education, nursing, human development and family studies and sociology.


Pershing will officiate at the event. The keynote speaker is Anne-Marie Slaughter, foreign policy expert and work-life balance thought leader who became one of the country’s most talked about writers after she published an in-depth article in The Atlantic magazine that explored the hurdles women face in pursuing professional and personal goals. The student speaker is Charles Koronkowski, who is graduating with an honors degree in economics and political science.

Schedule for college convocations

Each college holds a convocation ceremony, where candidates for graduation are acknowledged individually and where college-specific awards are presented. College convocations are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, May 5, 2016
    • Health, graduate students, Kingsbury Hall, 2 p.m.
    • Social and Behavioral Science, graduate students, Kingsbury Hall, 10 a.m.
    • Social Work, Kingsbury Hall, 8 a.m.
  • Friday, May 6, 2016
    • Architecture + Planning, Union Ballroom, 3 p.m.
    • David Eccles School of Business, Jon M. Huntsman Center, 9 a.m.
    • David Eccles School of Business, Executive MBA graduates, Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium, noon
    • Education, Kingsbury Hall, 10:30 a.m.
    • Engineering, Jon M. Huntsman Center, 11:30 a.m.
    • Fine Arts, Kingsbury Hall, 6 p.m.
    • Health, undergraduate students, Jon M. Huntsman Center, 4:30 p.m.
    • Humanities, Jon M. Huntsman Center, 7 p.m.
    • Mines and Earth Sciences, Union Ballroom, noon
    • Nursing, Kingsbury Hall, 1 p.m.
    • Pharmacy, Union Ballroom, 9 a.m.
    • Science, Kingsbury Hall, 8 a.m.
    • Social and Behavioral Science, undergraduate students, Jon M. Huntsman Center, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13, 2016
    • J. Quinney College of Law, Kingsbury Hall, 10 a.m.
  • Friday, May 20, 2016
    • Medicine, Kingsbury Hall, 10 a.m.

Transportation and parking

Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during commencement and convocation ceremonies. As campus parking is limited, visitors are encouraged to use the free U shuttle service to travel between commencement events. Shuttles run throughout campus and are scheduled every 10-15 minutes. The U campus is also a TRAX free fare zone on May 5 and 6.

Those unable to attend commencement will be able to watch the live stream on the university’s website, utah.edu, or watch the rebroadcast on KUED, channel 7, Saturday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. MST.


Each year, thousands of students graduate from the University of Utah excited to begin the next chapter of their lives. Armed with a degree, knowledge, friendships, memories and enthusiasm, they embark on their journeys, which take them all over the world. University of Utah alumni are a passionate group of people dedicated to making the world a better place, and include among their ranks astronauts, senators, authors, artists, Pulitzer Prize winners, athletes and more. Over the next few weeks, as the next group of students prepare for graduation, we’ll meet a few of them. We hope you’ll enjoy getting know to know the Class of 2016.

From gangs to grades

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in an alcoholic, dysfunctional household. I’m the youngest of five siblings and had an identical twin brother. We survived that household together. At the age of 23, my brother died after he fell into a mineshaft while hiking in Colorado. His body was never recovered.

I was lost. I could not put into words the devastation of losing my brother. I spun out of control and went into an abyss of drugs and alcohol. The other half of me was gone. It wasn’t until 15 years later that I emerged from the abyss.

I started going in and out of jails and prisons. As time marched on, I got involved with motorcycle clubs and gangs. The more I used, the more I drank, the more I sought out people like me. I didn’t have any skills to fall back on.

In 2007, I finally started my journey to recovery. I had gotten out of prison in 2006 and I got new charges after being at a house that got raided. Instead of getting more prison time, the judge gave me one more chance to turn my life around. I got into the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center and began working to end the cycle of addiction in my life, an in return, to help people with addiction and mental health problems.

Three years ago, at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, a cowboy name R.C. approached me and asked me why I didn’t try to get an education. I said, “I’m just not smart enough to get an education. Guys like me don’t go to places like that.” He said, “I didn’t ask you what you thought of yourself. Why don’t you go try? You know, a broken horse still has a spirit.”

I got into Salt Lake Community College and finished my two-year associate degree in social work. I became president of a social work group, implemented a food pantry while there and put in an application to come to the U. I thought for sure they wouldn’t accept me because of my history. The day the letter came from the U’s College of Social Work telling me that I’d been admitted, I stood in my living room and cried.

R.C. encouraged me and gave me the strength to try something different. Here I sit today, on the dean’s list and honor roll. I was able to change my core beliefs about myself.

As the class of 2016 moves forward, it’s important to recognize that there are people among us who have changed our lives with the right amount of encouragement and guidance. People like me can change. People in recovery can become useful members of society. I will graduate from the U’s bachelor of social work program, and I’ve been accepted into the master’s program. I would like to someday work in corrections. I’m working to get my record expunged. Education is a very freeing experience.

Brian Tease, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Social work



A new career inspired by cancer

When I was in college, I wanted to pursue medical school. But it wasn’t meant to be and I ended up in the financial industry as a successful bond trader, equities trader, and finally, a mortgage broker.

In 2006 my beloved mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Although she went into remission after treatment — her cancer recurred in 2009. At that point, I shuttered my small brokerage company and moved back home to Virginia to care for her. Those 18 months with her was transformational. Her medical providers’ vast knowledge of disease processes was so impressive — but even more so was their dedication and humanism. Their genuine concern for patients struck a chord.

I thought: Making lots of money isn’t everything … Maybe I’m destined for a higher purpose.

I discussed the idea of pursuing medical school with my mother, and she was incredibly supportive. She urged me to follow my heart. Understanding full well the obstacles and sacrifice such a plan would entail in midlife — I decided to take a leap of faith. I enrolled in an organic chemistry class, and on the first day of class I knew immediately that this was what I was meant to do.

After my mother’s passing, I returned to Utah with a heavy heart. I finished my post–baccalaureate classes at the U and became a cardiology research coordinator at University Hospital. After much hard work and hope, I was accepted to University of Utah’s School of Medicine. Acutely aware of the odds of getting into medical school, I will always be profoundly grateful. Thus began my career in medicine.

Being an older medical student lends a unique perspective. Ranking in the top of my class, or making absurd amounts of money don’t matter so much any more. Experience has taught me that time is a fleeting and most precious resource. I understand well that I will have less time once I begin practicing, and I want it to matter. I hope to impact patients’ lives for the better — through lasting relationships, healing and comforting as much as possible and by serving as patients’ strongest advocate.

In short, my simple but earnest desire is to add value to this world — so that I may leave it a little better than when I came. If I can achieve this, then I will have fulfilled my dream of a life lived with purpose.

Kim Davenport, Richmond, Virginia
Medicine (Medical Doctor)



30 years later

I am a 58-year-old disabled student, and I will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies at the end of this semester. The value of education is something that my parents — Tongan immigrants — instilled in me from an early age and throughout my life. After sending seven of my own children to college, I returned to the U to complete the degree that I started 30 years ago.

I used to work for the university. I was a maintenance supervisor. Twelve years ago, I became disabled because of health issues — I’m dealing with lupus, diabetes, heart and lung problems. I had to stop working. Ironically, though, the disability gave me the time to study. Instead of staying home to complain about my ongoing poor health, I chose to come back to school.

Not many people at the university know that I am struggling physically. Fewer know that I am on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. Being sick is very distracting and discouraging as I try to finish up my degree.  My health care requires a lot of time, including constant doctors visits. I often feel like I don’t have the stamina to fulfill my assignments. Even walking to the library is exhausting — I have to stop two or three times to rest.  During school, I also have to find time to give myself insulin shots and even to sleep between classes. Nevertheless, my life strategy is simple: Stay positive despite my physical ailments. I cannot afford to look and feel sick on the road to my degree.

I draw energy from my children and their will to further their education. I am passionate about my education because I believe in making a difference in my community. As an American-Pacific Islander, I can contribute to the research and solution of many complex societal issues facing people of color, immigrants and transnational residents. After graduation, I look forward to contributing to solving equity-related problems in the United States.

Alama Uluave, Tonga
Ethnic studies



Studying all over the world

The most memorable experiences I’ve had in college have been the times I was able to explore my love for the environment through opportunities to travel to Panama and Madagascar. In Bocas del Toro, Panama, I was able to study marine biology, which shaped my next three years at the U, and it influenced the types of courses I pursued. This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend four weeks in Nosy Komba, Madagascar, conducting surveys of the coral reef and fish populations. I worked with the local community to create sustainable fishing practices to support the growing population on Nosy Komba. Madagascar was a great opportunity to incorporate the things I learned in anthropology and environmental and sustainability courses in a real-life setting. One of the most valuable things I’m graduating with is a passion for helping people and the environment, and my degree is a tool for pursuing my passion.

Eva Grimmer, Salt Lake City, Utah
Environmental and sustainability studies



Math siblings

Hunter and Mackenzie Simper, only a year apart, grew up in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, and were homeschooled by their mother before taking classes at Salt Lake Community College. Mackenzie considered being a doctor, and Hunter considered engineering. Instead, both fell for mathematics. In 2014, they transferred to the University of Utah. Each now is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in math. Mackenzie, whose research has focused on probability, is minoring in computer science and psychology. She loves that “the Math Department really encourages students to do research.” She will attend the University of Cambridge this fall as the first Churchill Scholar from the U. Hunter, who is interested in algebra, also plans to start a doctoral program. The siblings adore math. Hunter says, “The point when math becomes fun is when you can go through a whole day of lectures with almost no numbers on the chalkboard.”

Hunter and Mackenzie Simper, Cottonwood Heights, Utah

“Meet the Graduates”



‘I want to make a difference’

Nubia Peña
Law (Juris Doctor)

Mathematical Marine

John W. Angell Jr.

Melting pot

Karem Orrego
Film and media arts

All about family

Leslie Felder
Human development and family studies

Commencement is the first step

Sarah Abraham

Coming full circle

Ashley Cleveland
Master of city and metropolitan planning

Finding peace at the U

Shiloh Jernigan
Peace and conflict studies

Parenthood 101

Addison Hunter

Germ scholar

Elisabeth “Lizi” Zachary

Connecting countries

Nick Warren

Transitioning to a big universe

Troy Raen
Physics & Mathematics

Oh, the places you’ll go

Sarah Martinez
Environmental and sustainable studies
& International studies

An educational example

Marina Peraza-Gonzalez

Using faith to break down barriers

Joshua Lipman
Religious studies

One step closer

Giulia Soto
Latin American studies
 Business administration

Going back to school

Sandra Albano
Master’s in civil and environmental engineering

Helping home

Aarati Ghimire
Social work

Always do the arts

Cindy Chen

Fulfilling two dreams

Dayana Arreola
Psychology & Biology

Service brings happiness

Hyrum Mitchell

Try as many things as possible

Margo Vacheva

Taking time for loved ones

Emily Meidell
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Certified Nurse Midwifery

Living the American dream

Christian Bueno
Architectural studies

A career inspired by imagination

Colton Fox
Master’s in materials science and engineering

Coding a better world

Kallie Bracken
Computer science
& Mathematics

Seeing the forest through the trees

Alexis Lee
Exercise and sports science
Health, society and policy


About Commencement:

The University of Utah commencement and convocation ceremonies are held annually at the conclusion of spring semester. Candidates for graduation from the summer 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016 or summer 2016 terms may attend. Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. This year’s commencement speaker will be foreign policy expert and work-life balance thought leader Anne-Marie Slaughter. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Kem C. Gardner, Lynette Nielsen Gay, Kirk M. Ririe and George D. Smith. For more information, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page.



What’s turned into a University of Utah tradition, the annual Utah Grad photo contest is a great chance for graduates to share the moments that made their college experience a memorable one. This year, more than 500 entries were submitted on Instagram, Twitter and through email. The photos are shown in a video montage at the Huntsman Center before the commencement ceremony, and first, second and third place entries are selected by the Alumni Association, who also sponsors the contest. Prizes include an iPad, Campus Store gift cards and season tickets to Utah football, men’s basketball and gymnastics. So without further ado, here are the winners, and also some of our other favorites.

First Place: Lorna Balfour

Late nights and twinkling lights. #UtahUte #TrueUte #UtahGrad16 #UofU #27Days

A photo posted by Lorna Gabrielle Balfour (@lornabalfour) on

Second Place: Lacey Despain

3rd Place: Carina Hahn

3rd Place — Carina Hahn

More from the Class of 2016…

Another day in Paradise! #engineering #finals #universityofutah #collegelife #library #utahgrad16

A photo posted by Carl Luft (@speedycluff) on

The University of Utah was one of the best decisions I've ever made. #ilovemyschool

A photo posted by Shykell Ledford (@shykell) on

Bringing the puppy to the party because @labsforliberty #UofU #utahgrad16

A photo posted by Jake (@jakenold) on

Two games, two wins! It's a great day to be a UTES! #byustillsucks #goutes #redwhitefriday #UtahGrad16

A photo posted by Justin Spangler (@jrspangler_) on


As standard, the 2015-16 school year was chock full of good times. This year, we handed over the social media reins to various student groups to document some of the biggest events on (and off) campus.

It started on the first Friday of the school year when the Union Programming Council took over the U’s social media for the first Crimson Nights party of the year. Things did not slow down as The Art Party threw a sophisticated soiree at the UMFA a few nights later. Redfest ramped things up as fall semester hit its stride, and then The MUSS hopped a bus for a trip to the Emerald City, where Utah Football defeated the University of Washington for the first time in Seattle.

Going into winter, we won a bowl game, defeated Duke in Madison Square Garden, and heard from some wonderful speakers, including Talib Kweli, Wendy Davis, Mitt Romney, Alice Walker and John Lewis. Takeover-wise, fine arts students showed us what life was like in the 17th century at their Baroque Party, and then there was the grand finale, the Grand Kerfuffle. Next up, Commencement!

Here are some of the highlights.

Crimson Nights Tailgate

The Art Party

The galleries are hopping! Don’t miss out on the scavenger hunt! #ThePartyAtUofU #ThePartyTakeover #UofU #UMFA

A photo posted by The University of Utah (@universityofutah) on


MUSS Bus to Seattle

When it takes you 20 minutes to try to blow a bubble in front of the gum wall.. ☹️ #MUSSbustakeover

A video posted by Cassidy Brown (@cassieb_24) on

At the half, the red team's on top. #MUSSbustakeover #GoUtes ??? #UofU #universityofutah #UTAHvsUW

A photo posted by The University of Utah (@universityofutah) on

The Baroque Party

Grand Kerfuffle

@ilovemakonnen is in the building ready to Kerfuffle? #TheGK2016 #GKTakeover

A video posted by The University of Utah (@universityofutah) on


Wow! Class of 2016, can you believe graduation day is already upon us?

I cannot express what an honor it has been to serve as the senior class president for the 2015-2016 academic year. This past year has been filled with memories, lessons and new traditions.

The class of 2016 will donate $12,500, with the help of ASUU, to the University Counseling Center’s Mindfulness Clinic. This gift will allow for an expansion of the clinic, along with the purchase of biofeedback kiosks, relaxation chairs, calming wall art, etc. Mental health and depression is a growing concern in Utah and on college campuses across the country. The mindfulness clinic promotes wellness and mindfulness-based strategies to assist students in managing stress, anxiety and emotional difficulties and is free to all students. The space expansion will allow students a place to be a part of workshops and a place where they can meditate and de-stress at any time.

I am truly proud to be a part of the amazing class of 2016. I wish you all the best of luck with the gift of the future and making your dreams a reality. If I can offer one piece of advice, it would be to remember that you have to believe in yourself before anyone else will. Don’t ever forget the opportunities, experiences and people you have encountered at the University of Utah. They have enhanced your experiences and have helped shape you into the person you are today. Now it’s our turn to enhance the lives of others. Congratulations class of 2016 — your hard work has paid off and will continue to pay off.

Brittni Strickland
ASUU Senior Class President 2015-16


Graduation marks the end of great accomplishment, but also the start of a whole new beginning. So we asked our alumni on our LinkedIn page what career advice they had for the Class of 2016. Here’s what they had to say:

“Get out there, take risks, educate yourself financially and know that you can do anything you put your mind to!”

-Jennifer De Jonge

“Don’t be afraid to take risks and don’t be afraid of failure. Success is measured by failure. Good luck and congratulations!”

-Carla Roberts Pruitt

“Be mindful of the impact of your actions, behaviors, and comments on friends, peers, family, colleagues, and those with whom you interact. Additionally, embrace your complete self, and do not allow anyone or thing to tell you anything other than the fact that you are exemplary!”

-Bryan Hotchkins

“Congrats! Don’t be afraid to get your feelings hurt! Put on your most “respectful armor” and let criticism and setbacks become your success.”

-Ken Childress

“Work with what you are passionate about. Find a mentor. As you become experienced, be a mentor to others. Expand your network and have a balance of give and take with those in your network.”

-Dimitrios Polychronopoulos

“Work! If someone is sitting on the top of a mountain, they probably didn’t fall there!”

-Marilyn Momeny

“Start putting money into your company’s retirement plan ASAP, even if its just 5 percent.”

-April Rivera

“Don’t just take a job. Find something in the path to a career you can be proud and passionate about. Good luck and Congratulations!”

-Sofia S. Lingos

“Don’t rush things. Be deliberate but open to new opportunities.”

-Timothy Tomer


In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of more than 8,000 graduating students, commencement is also a time to recognize the achievements of members of the University of Utah faculty, as well as individuals who will be recognized with an honorary doctoral degree. This year’s recipients include:

Honorary doctoral degrees:

Kem C. Gardner

Kem C. Gardner

Kem C. Gardner is a distinguished businessman and philanthropist who has had an enormous impact on Utah’s economy. As chairman of Gardner Company and past-president of The Boyer Company, he has assisted over his 40 years in business in more than 35 million square feet of retail, office, medical, hotel and industrial space. He has developed important business parks and signature projects, such as The Gateway, Adobe and One Utah. He has served in several capacities from fundraising chair of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics to the executive committees of the Utah Symphony and Opera and United Way of Salt Lake. He chairs the Days of ’47 Rodeo and has assisted in several University of Utah projects. Among his many distinctions, Gardner is a recipient of the Salt Lake Chamber Giant in Our City Award, the Philanthropic Leadership Award from Utah Philanthropy Day and the Compassionate Leader Award from United Way. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Utah Alumni Association, the Bravo Award from Pioneer Theatre Company and the Camerata Award from the U’s School of Music. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Business in recognition of his dedication to building and fostering Utah’s growing business economy.

Lynette Nielsen Gay

Lynette Nielsen Gay

Lynette Nielsen Gay is a notable entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for her impactful charity work, particularly creating health programs in Africa. As an outgrowth of her development program in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, in 2002 she founded Engage Now Africa, which operates in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda and Ethiopia. The organization has several initiatives, including education and literacy, health and sanitation, medical and maternal clinics, microcredit, orphan support and eradication of modern slavery. After a decade of work in rural Africa and serving with her husband, Robert C. Gay, as mission president of the Ghana West Africa Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she wanted to deepen their impact. Ten years ago, she launched what would become Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana. It received its first class of students in 2014, and Gay currently is working with the University of Utah to establish Ensign College as an extended campus. Her work and Ensign College have inspired the vision of the Global Health Institute at the U. Gay has also served in leadership capacities with Kensington Capital Children’s Fund, Choice Humanitarian, Stay Alive Program, Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, Southern Virginia University and the LDS church. She will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of her work in Africa.

Kirk M. Ririe

Kirk M. Ririe

Kirk M. Ririe is a visionary scientist and inventor with several patents. He currently serves as CEO of BioFire Defense, which delivers biological agent identification products and life science systems to the biodefense and first-responder community. Among his inventions, he built the prototype to shorten a cutting-edge DNA analysis technique called PCR from hours to minutes. This prototype, and assistance from his alma mater, the University of Utah, spurred his founding of BioFire Diagnostics, Inc. and the invention of the LightCycler. His latest invention, FilmArray System and Respiratory Panel, was approved by the FDA in 2011 to quickly test dozens of organisms simultaneously. Ririe is the recipient of numerous awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young in 2004 and the Franklin Jefferson Award in Science and Technology Innovation in 1999. He has been inducted into several halls of fame, including the Utah Technology Council’s Hall of Fame in 2014. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in recognition for his robust and innovative explorations in science.

George D. Smith

George D. Smith

George D. Smith is a prominent businessman and publisher, best known as co-founder of Signature Books, which specializes in Mormon and Western-American studies, and founder of the Smith-Pettit Foundation. In addition, Smith organized two other companies, Smith Capital Management and Smith Research Associates, following graduation from Stanford University and New York University. He has served on the boards of the Commonwealth Club of California, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the Kenyon Review, the Leakey Foundation and National Public Radio, and has acted as elections monitor for The Carter Center in China and Central America, and for women’s advocacy in Africa. He is the award-winning author of several significant books on Mormon history, as well as historical articles published in the Journal of Mormon History, the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, Free Inquiry, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and elsewhere. He has lectured at the University of Utah for Friends of the Library, and is currently the publisher of Signature Books Publishing LLC and president of the Smith-Pettit Foundation. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities for his major influence in, and contributions to, the publishing industry.


Distinguished Teaching Awards

Karen Gunning

Karen Gunning
Professor of Pharmacy

Department of Pharmacotherapy

“While I have learned much from her in the classroom, I have learned just as much from her outside of it,” said one of Karen Gunning’s students. “The more admirable feat is the sheer number of students she helps in similar ways.” Gunning is a mentor in and outside the College of Pharmacy, and her influence is felt across multiple programs at the U. Through both didactic teaching and hands-on clinical training, Gunning exposes her students to the joy of helping others and instills the principle of lifelong learning. She has expanded the reach and potential of the College of Pharmacy by teaching skills never before included in the curriculum and creating the U’s ambulatory care pharmacy residency. Gunning has been course master of five courses and has taught several others for more than 10 years, all while co-authoring more than 25 peer-reviewed publications. She is exceptionally generous with her time as she serves in mentorship roles and committee leadership capacities. She has held many prominent positions, including serving as director of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine’s Family Medicine Grand Rounds. Among many awards, Gunning is a three-time recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Pharmacy and two-time recipient of the Specialist Teacher of the Year by the Family Medicine Residents. She graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University and earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Utah.

Heather Melton

Heather Melton
Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology

“Honestly, in the four years I have spent at the University of Utah, Dr. Heather Melton is the most inspiring professor I’ve had,” said one nominator. This sentiment is often repeated by many of Melton’s other students. Melton is a pioneering professor of sociology at the U who helps her students break misconceptions and stereotypes. She is widely popular with both undergraduate and graduate students, as indicated by her full-to-the-brim course attendance, her exceptional instructor evaluations and her guidance in student theses and research projects. Melton doesn’t shy from controversial material as she uses modern events and concrete research to delve into issues like gender and crime. She has introduced new programs and courses to the department, making it one of the best in the nation. She designed and leads a course on sexual violence, started the Victim Service Usage Project and directs the Criminology Certificate, which is a centerpiece of the Department of Sociology that attracts many students to the major and lands them jobs in criminal justice fields. Melton has delivered presentations at, and served as chair for, numerous scholarly conferences around the world. She has won several awards for her excellence in teaching, including the College of Social and Behavioral Science Teaching Award and the Alpha Kappa Delta Professor of the Year award. She earned her undergraduate degree in history and doctorate in sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Leslie Sieburth

Leslie Sieburth
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology

“Dr. Leslie Sieburth is easily the best professor I have ever had,” said one of her students. “She teaches with passion and has complete mastery of the subject. What separates Leslie from her peers the most is how she cares about her students.” Many of Sieburth’s other mentees would agree. As a plant geneticist with an internationally renowned reputation for her significant contributions to the field, she has co-authored more than 30 publications and lectured at more than 50 prestigious conferences and universities around the world. Even with this busy schedule, she makes time for her undergraduate and graduate students. As a professor at the U since 1998, she has taught more than 3,000 students in numerous courses. Seeing an opportunity to engage more first-year students in science, she developed and taught an introductory biology seminar for freshmen. Sieburth has implemented innovative teaching techniques in the U’s science classrooms, including clicker technology, video streaming and classroom “flipping.” She provides her students with transformative, career-building experiences by allowing them to conduct scientific research in her laboratories and helping them publish scientific articles. Sieburth believes in teaching students to use critical thinking to solve scientific problems, a skill they will use throughout their lives. She earned two undergraduate degrees from Humboldt State University before receiving her doctorate in botany from the University of Georgia in Athens.

Timothy W. Smith

Timothy W. Smith
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology

“Tim has had an enormous impact on my education and career trajectory,” wrote one of his former students. “I would not be where I am without the many hours of time and accurate guidance that Tim has provided over the years.” Timothy Smith is a great mentor to his students, serving as advisor for more than two dozen doctoral students during his three-decade career as professor of psychology at the U. Smith is internationally known as one of the best scholars in health psychology. He has co-authored more than 200 publications, presented at numerous international conferences and served as chair of many committees. He is not only a prominent psychologist, but an exceptional teacher as he communicates his expertise to students of all levels of understanding. Smith has designed and taught several courses to help students evaluate research and theoretical frameworks instead of memorizing facts. He co-founded the U’s Health Psychology Program, one of the first of its kind in the nation, and established collaborative ties with hospitals to give students hands-on training in evidence-based clinical care. Such an excellent instructor doesn’t come without accolades: Smith won the U’s Distinguished Mentor Award and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Superior Teaching Award. Smith earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Gettysburg College, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas.


Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Awards

Dale Clayton

Dale Clayton
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology

Dale Clayton is an expert in host-parasite coevolution. His research is featured in every major textbook on evolutionary biology, parasitology and ornithology. Through comparative methods and rigorous experiments, he demonstrates how the ongoing coadaptation of interacting species leads to the diversification of life. Clayton has published 130 journal articles, several book chapters and three books, and he has given numerous presentations at distinguished international venues. As a professor at the U for nearly 20 years, he has raised millions of dollars in funding and invited high school, undergraduate and graduate students to participate in groundbreaking research in his laboratory. Clayton has received many honors, including the H. B. Ward Medal, the highest award given by the American Society of Parasitologists. “Unlike many academics, Dr. Dale Clayton has had the courage and vision to translate his findings in fundamental research into applications of benefit to society,” said a fellow faculty member. Clayton has successfully commercialized his scientific discoveries for the masses by inventing an FDA-cleared medical device that kills head lice using only heated air. Clayton earned his undergraduate degree from Hartwick College, a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate from the University of Chicago.

Cynthia Berg

Cynthia Berg
Professor of Psychology
Dean of College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

“Dr. Cynthia Berg’s contributions to the field of developmental psychology are truly outstanding, and your university should be extremely proud to have her on the faculty,” said a colleague. Berg was one of the first scholars to study the social context of everyday problem-solving across development. Her research on how individuals and families can better manage chronic diseases through collaborative problem-solving has been published in over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and she has given over 100 presentations at esteemed conferences and universities around the world. Berg’s research has generated over $13 million in federal funding and examines how Type 1 diabetes is a difficult self-regulatory task that is facilitated when individuals collaborate within close relationships, such as with parents and romantic partners. Berg is also an exceptional teacher and leader at the U. As dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science, Berg develops programs for 6,000 students and leads over 200 faculty members. Berg has won several awards, including the 2007 Master Mentor Award from the American Psychological Association and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and graduate and doctoral degrees in psychology from Yale University.

Eric W. Schmidt

Eric W. Schmidt
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
College of Pharmacy

“I have followed Eric Schmidt’s career over the past decade and believe he has had a bigger impact in the knowledge base of natural products of therapeutic potential and utility than any other academic investigator,” wrote one of his colleagues from a top research university. As a professor at the U for the past 15 years, Schmidt is a well-rounded scientist who maximizes his diversity of scientific training to make impactful, innovative discoveries applied across the world. An international leader in natural product biosynthesis, Schmidt was the first to show definitively that symbiotic microorganisms in animals produce anticancer agents. In essence, he discovered how evolution creates chemical diversity. His interdisciplinary research program focuses on microbiology, organic chemistry, genetic engineering and biotechnology to create drug therapies and improve human health. Schmidt uses “creativity, broad scope and technical mastery,” as one nominator put it, and his work has been published in over 80 research articles. He has been awarded many grants to further his research, including several from the National Institutes of Health. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of California, San Diego.

Distinguished Faculty Service Award

Jensie L. Anderson

Jensie L. Anderson
Clinical Professor of Law
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

“I cannot think of another professor who has worked so tirelessly to address the lack of access to justice for those who are homeless in our community. Nor can anyone compare to her when it comes to instilling the value of service,” said a nominator. As a U professor of law for 16 years, Anderson has formed a community to help the less fortunate within Utah and surrounding states. Along with her decades-long service delivering free legal service to the homeless, she helped found a nonprofit called the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center in 2000 that represents wrongfully convicted individuals in Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. What started as a small nonprofit blossomed into a law school innocence course, an externship at four different law schools and a leading pro bono agency in national innocence law and policy. Center volunteers, including Anderson, litigate hotly contested cases and advocate for legislative changes. She is motivated by the belief that success is measured by how many lives you touch. Anderson has won numerous awards, including the Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year award and the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Utah State Bar. She earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah.

Distinguished Innovation and Impact Awards

Baldomero M. Olivera

Baldomero M. Olivera
Distinguished Professor of Biology
Founding Director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

“I cannot think of another scientist whose discoveries have led so directly to new therapies actually being used to treat human patients with devastating disorders, or whose current research has more potential to continue doing so,” said one of his nominators. Baldomero Olivera, co-author of more than 300 scientific publications and professor of biology at the U for more than four decades, is an international leader in neuroscience with 50 patents to his name. He is famous for his discovery of conotoxins in cone snails that led to breakthroughs in medication development across the world, including helping create an FDA-approved drug called Prialt that treats chronic pain in medication-resistant patients. His advances are also helping create treatments for epilepsy and schizophrenia, among other illnesses. Rather than monetarily capitalizing on his work, Olivera freely shares the discoveries from his National Institutes of Health-funded research program. He was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science in 2009 and won the Scientist of the Year Award from Harvard University in 2007, among many other awards. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines, his doctorate degree from the California Institution of Technology and his post-doctorate from Stanford University.

Dana Carroll

Dana Carroll
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry

“Dr. Dana Carroll’s work has forever altered the world of genetics. His advances mark a singularity in genetic research, fundamentally reconceptualizing what can be done and enabling a previously unanticipated range of investigations and therapies,” said one his colleagues from University of California, Berkeley. Carroll’s revolutionary work has made it possible to edit genomes for virtually all species of microbes, plants and animals, including human cells. With over 70 original publications, Carroll has developed a platform called zinc finger nucleases that enables site-specific DNA sequence altering. Put simply, Carroll’s advances are used worldwide for fundamental biological studies, and ultimately, to find ways to help alleviate suffering from previously intractable disease by correcting mutations. His technology was used in a five-year clinical trial designed to protect patients against the HIV virus. Carroll received the 2012 Novitski Prize from the Genetics Society of America, the 2014 Sober Lectureship Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Swarthmore College, his doctorate in biophysical chemistry from UC Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

James Agutter

James Agutter
Assistant Professor of Architecture
School of Architecture, Multi-disciplinary Design Program, College of Architecture + Planning

“Jim has redefined what it means to be a scholar — he is a designer, a builder and a creator who works across many disciplines. Jim is a leader who cultivates in others the skills to visualize, catalyze and actualize positive change in creative and sustainable ways,” wrote one of his former students. Agutter is at the forefront of contemporary design education, and, during his 15 years at the U, has participated in the development and expansion of the college’s design program. Agutter has also been the CEO of Applied Medical Visualizations, LLC since 2002 and former leader of other startup companies. Agutter is a visionary in interdisciplinary design, combining medicine, engineering, business, art and architectural principles to create numerous programs and initiatives. His innovative work is primarily focused on designing better experiences for consumers to use medical technologies and transforming individual experiences using digital interfaces. Among his many projects, he worked with undergraduate students to initiate Connect2Health, a volunteer program that helps underserved patients in the Salt Lake area acquire resources they need for their multidimensional health issues. Agutter received the U’s Beacons of Excellence Award for providing transformational experiences to undergraduate students, among other awards. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the University of Utah.

Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching

Winthrop Lindsay Adams

Winthrop Lindsay Adams
Professor of History
Department of History

“The impact of Winthrop Lindsay Adams’ teaching on decades of student cohorts is remarkable. If Lindsay is awarded this prize it will be to a very dedicated teacher who has made a real impact on the lives of his students,” wrote one nominator. Adams joined the U faculty in 1975 and has since offered lecture courses, seminars, conducted special studies courses, mentored numerous students and boosted the quality of the U’s history program. Specializing in ancient Greece and Rome, Adams inspires a passion for study that leads many students to pursue careers in history. Adams ensures his students have great opportunities for networking and helps them land prestigious doctorate program placements and tenured faculty positions. Adams has lectured around the world, garnering him a strong international reputation for his expertise. Among some eight teaching awards for his work as a teacher and mentor are the Department of History’s Virgil Award for Graduate Student Mentoring, the ASUU Student Choice Award in 2009, the University’s Presidential Teaching Scholar Award in 1996 and a university professorship in 2002 and 2003 to teach a course on the Olympics. He earned his undergraduate degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia.


Foothill Drive online workshop for the implementation strategy
UCard contest winner: Allen Ward
Self-guided campus art tours
Campus Recreation Services scholarship recipients
Campus Recreation Services honors student athletes
Register for Marriott Library’s paper marbling event
U selfie contest
Register for CTLE’s Faculty Boot Camp: Focus on Technology


The university is a part of the Foothill Drive Implementation Strategy that will identify short term and long-term strategies to address traffic congestion, improve neighborhood connections, enhance safety and provide transportation options.

An open house was held by the Foothill Drive project team on March 31, 2016. There was strong attendance and many comments were received. For those who were unable to attend, all open house displays are available online here to view the information and provide input.

In this online workshop, you can find an overview of the project, the draft corridor goals and an opportunity to again leave feedback for the project team. Visit foothilldrive.org/workshop-1 to get started.

This project is a partnership among Salt Lake City, UDOT, UTA, Salt Lake County, University of Utah and Wasatch Front Regional Council.


After reviewing more than 400 submissions and gathering 5,400 votes, UCard is excited to announce the winner of its card design contest—University of Utah alumnus and super fan Allen Ward.

For his design bearing the University of Utah seal, Ward is credited with changing the face of UCard and was also awarded an iPad, along with the satisfaction that his design will soon be in wallets all across the Wasatch Front.

Coming in at second and third place were Justin Dahl and Jaden Hollady, respectively, who were awarded gift cards to the Campus Store.

UCards bearing the old design will remain valid for as long as the cardholder wishes to retain the card. Those wanting a new UCard may purchase one for $10 at the UCard office, beginning June 6. Newly designed UCards will be issued to incoming students this fall.

In concert with adopting its new look, UCard has also moved to a new location in Room 158 of the Union Building.

For more information about UCard and its benefits, visit ucard.edu.


The University of Utah is well-known for its beautiful campus, but did you know that U buildings are often filled with stunning art? With graduation just around the corner, a self-guided campus art tour is a great way to show off the U campus to friends and family.

All of the buildings are accessible to the public and allows visitors to see art pieces that you would typically see in a museum. Take a walk through the Frederick Albert Sutton building to visit a “green” building that showcases beautiful displays related to earth sciences. Or, see the magnificent “Neurostar” sculpture hanging on the ceiling in the atrium of the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (USTAR).

For more information on campus art, please visit the Self-Guided Campus Art Tours website.


Crimson Crew
Campus Recreation Services held it’s second annual Crimson Crew Spring Celebration on April 21 to recognize it’s more than 150 student staff.

Eight amazing students were awarded scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students awarded scholarships included:

Emerging Leaders: Addison E., Amy B., Ryann L.

Service Distinction: Kim R., Angela L., Megan S. and Precor Incorporated

Crimson Honor Award: Jasmine Barney, Victor Nevarez

To learn more about working for Campus Recreation Services and our Crimson Crew Scholarship program, please visit campusrec.utah.edu.


Campus Recreation Services held it’s annual Sport Clubs Banquet on Monday, April 25 at the Eccles Student Life Center.

More than 130 Student Athletes from over 20 Sport Club teams were in attendance to celebrate outstanding athletes, scholars and teams. Students and teams receiving awards included:

Academic Athlete of the Year: Jeppesen Feliciano (Swimming)

Female Athlete of the Year: Aleisha “Yosh” Matsuura (Women’s Lacrosse)

Male Athlete of the Year: Chad Gough (Rugby)

Rookie of the Year: Trey Taylor (Ultimate)

Team of the Year: Men’s Hockey.

A big thank you to the Sport Clubs Executive Council and everyone that supports our student athletes throughout the year. To learn more about our Sport Clubs program, please visit campusrec.utah.edu.


Do you enjoy taking selfies? Are you a #selfiepro? Participate in the U Selfie Contest and win exciting prizes. Snap a selfie at your favorite U location and get the chance to win $25 worth movie/event tickets.

Sign up by clicking this link and follow the instructions. Four winners will be chosen through a lucky draw.

Contest deadline is May 13, 2016.

The contest is being conducted as part of a research study at the David Eccles School of Business.

Application deadline is May 11 for the June 24-25 event

Free spots available.

Focusing on creative alternatives to traditional paper marbling, this workshop makes use of low-cost, readily available tools and materials to create quality, decorative papers. Pamela Smith, a masterful, traditional craftsperson, demonstrates basic marbling techniques that are repeatable at home. Participants leave with a basic understanding of marbling methods and sample sheets of common patterns.

Join us for a fun and thorough introductory experience.

Click here to apply.


CTLE’s Faculty Boot Camp: Focus on Technology is for faculty members who are ready to integrate technology into their course or even switch to a fully asynchronous, online format.

Boot Camp will meet May 16-27, 2016*, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday (no meetings on Wednesday, May 18 or 25) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Faculty Center, MLIB 1705.

Registration is $150.

Click here to register.

Highlighted Events

Monday, May 2-Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Eccles Student Life Center

Sweat the Stress Box
Come Sweat the Stress with us during finals week with some FREE fitness classes.

We’ll be handing out free snacks and motivation. First-come, first-served. Just drop in.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Harp Ensemble
From Smetana’s Moldau to Holst’s Jupiter, this concert features arrangements of some of our greatest Romantic compositions arranged for harp by Portland area harpist Misty Williams. This performance will also include classic Disney and pop songs. It is sure to be an enjoyable night for the whole family.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Come and enjoy this solo piano recital as Jie Lu shares her virtuosic ability and sensitivity to artistic interpretation. She will delight the audience with a dynamic rendition of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” Come and relive one of the most important historic examples of variation as a melodic aria is revisited 30 times over, each with a new delightful presentation.

Thursday, May 5-Friday, May 6, 2016
Various locations

Commencement 2015
The general commencement ceremony at the University of Utah will be held Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

President David Pershing will officiate at the general commencement event. The keynote speaker is Anne-Marie Slaughter, foreign policy expert and work-life balance thought leader who became one of the country’s most talked about writers after she published an in-depth article in The Atlantic magazine that explored the hurdles women face in pursuing professional and personal goals. The student speaker is Charles Koronkowski, who is graduating with an honors degree in economics and political science.

For a list of college convocations, go here.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Point- Huntsman Cancer Institute

Join the University of Utah Faculty Club for its annual business meeting and dinner on Saturday, May 7, at The Point Restaurant on the sixth floor of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., while dinner and the meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is free for members and a guest. However, reservations are required. Contact Anna Naylor, Anna.Naylor@hsc.utah.edu, by Friday, April 29, to reserve a spot.

All faculty are invited to join the Faculty Club for just $5 per month. Members have access to monthly socials, discounted hotel rooms at the Marriott University Park, discounted theatre and museum tickets with group gatherings before or after, free basketball and volleyball tickets with pregame pizza parties, the family holiday party, access to the Faculty Club cabin and more. Visit facultyclub.utah.edu for more information.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Be sure not to miss this extraordinary evening as 15 pianos take over the stage in dance fever, or Saturday Night Fever, that is. More than 100 pianists will be featured in this monster concert. Your toe-tapping feet will want to dance the night away as you embark on a melodic journey of the “Mexican Hat Dance,” the “Sabre Dance,” the “Waltz” from Cinderella, Brahms “Hungarian Dance,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and of course ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”

Come and bring the whole family.

General admission: $10 with tickets available at the door.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 | 7-8 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Sundays@7- Vedrana Subotic
Sundays @ 7: Vedrana Subotic – Solo Beethoven Sonatas. This event is free.

Session I: May 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 11, 2016 (Must register by May 9)
Eccles Student Life Center

Swim Lessons Summer '16 Box
Register today for only $45 per five-week session.

Whether you are just a beginner or looking to improve your form, we have instructors that can help you reach your goals. Campus Recreation Services offers swimming lessons to the university Community. These lessons cater to adult non-swimmers and beginners, although we can also assist intermediate swimmers with their swimming techniques. (YOU MUST BE A VALID MEMBER OF THE STUDENT LIFE CENTER TO SIGN UP) Please check out our membership page before signing up. Non-students or non-members will be withdrawn from the course. The cost is $45 per five-week session. Please call 581-8513 for more information.

Monday, May 9-Friday, May 13, 2016

The Department of Film & Media Arts, Department of Modern Dance, and TWIG Media Lab are bubbling at the brim with excitement for their upcoming project, “TRAVERSE.” On May 9, six dancers and one choreographer will set off on a multi-day journey across Utah with four filmmakers, stopping at locations off-the-beaten path to choreograph pieces inspired by the landscape.

Selected modern dance students will work with Kevin Hanson, Executive Producer of the project and Chair of the Department of Film & Media Arts, Connie Wilkerson, faculty for the Department of Film & Media Arts, and Eric Handman, faculty for the Department of Modern Dance. “TRAVERSE” hopes to contribute to the conversation about the convergence and interdisciplinary nature of dance and new media as well as how the camera perspective and movement alters, enhances, and shifts the impact of the dance.

This multi-faceted experiment is set to take place in one of the most beautiful places on earth: the state of Utah. Its intense, varied, and vivid landscapes offer the three-dimensional canvas on which the art-making will occur. The other unique aspects of this project are the suggested camera techniques. Aerial videography, once the domain of multi-million dollar epics, is now accomplished with lightweight, camera-carrying quad and octocoptors. These tools allow a choreographer to see the work in a three-dimensional plain and from the audience’s perspective; they see the dance in its specific placement in the natural landscape.

Follow the journey as it happens May 9-13 on Facebook and Instagram by searching the hashtag #TRAVERSEuofu, or go here for updates.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
East of the HSEB

Food Truck Event
Come join the food truck event hosted by the U’s Staff Council on May 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. just east of the HSEB. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Staff Council scholarships.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
Salt Lake City Public Library, Glendale Branch

Hip-hop education
Join us at 6:30 pm for music, art and refreshments

We’re examining hip-hop as a force for teaching and learning — from the corner to the classroom. Based on the idea that knowledge is the “fifth element” of hip-hop, we will ask questions such as: What kinds of learning take place through hip-hop? How can hip-hop culture help us rethink our approach to education?

The session will be an inclusive, multigenerational dialogue featuring short presentations and performances from local artists and educators led by Jarred Martinez, Anita Juarez, Saia Langi and Rudy Medina of Truth Cypher — a local community of writers, storytellers and spoken word artists; Luis López, University of Utah senior and programs coordinator at Artes de México de Utah; and Paul Kuttner, Education Pathways Partnership manager at University Neighborhood Partners.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 8-9:30 a.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law

And Justice For All
Need to de-stress from finals? Check out the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s annual “And Justice for All” Law Day 5K run. The event benefits the “And Justice for All” campaign, which in turn helps to provide legal aid to the disadvantaged.

The $30 registration fee (which increases to $35 after May 4) will go to help places like like Utah Legal Services, Utah Legal Aid Society and the Disability Law Center — where many S.J. Quinney College of Law students gain valuable experience through internships. You can register online here.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
SFEBB, Child Hall

entreprenuer challenge
HS UEC final presentations, judging and awards event.

Thursday, May 19-Sunday, May 22, 2016
Near Bonanza, UT
MANDATORY pre-trip meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 5 p.m.
Outdoor Adventures, Eccles Student Life Center

OA SU16 White River Canoe Trip attheu
Utah is known for its glorious and amazing whitewater, but there are numerous rivers that have minimal whitewater. This is a perfect flat water river trip for canoes that can reach class I rapids. This will be during prime snowmelt run off with great spring time temperatures. There are small time frames in the year to run this river so don’t miss out. The views, hikes, food and community will surely make this a great trip for you and your friends.

Trips are only open to University of Utah students, faculty and staff (including their guests).

Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register.

Equipment provided: All group equipment, dry bags, tents, food, transportation and leadership.

Equipment available for rent: Headlamp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, down jacket and pants.

Notes: Participants must be able to swim. No experience is necessary for this trip.

Friday, May 20, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
The Tower at Rice-Eccles

Savory Salt Lake
KUER is celebrating its fifth anniversary of Savory Salt Lake by merging the national world of public radio with local Utah foods. NPR’s Kelly McEvers will join Doug Fabrizio and Vanessa Chang as celebrity judges of the event, creating a celebration of public radio and culinary arts packed into one eventful night.

McEvers is the co-host of “All Things Considered,” NPR’s award-winning afternoon news radio program, which can be heard on KUER weekdays from 3-6:30 p.m. She also just launched the new NPR podcast, Embedded, which digs deep into the stories behind the news. In its first-ever episode, McEvers went inside a drug house at the center of an HIV outbreak in Austin, Indiana to talk to Opana addicts.

This year’s Savory Salt Lake will take place on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at The Tower at Rice-Eccles, and will feature up to 18 local vendors providing savory and sweet small bites. Guests vote for their favorite items to determine People’s Choice winners in addition to the Celebrity Judge winners chosen by Kelly McEvers, Vanessa Chang and Doug Fabrizio. All proceeds from the event support the programming on KUER 90.1.

Ongoing through June 2, 2016
Marriott Library

Home in their eyes
This exhibition illustrates the meanings of home in the eyes of the residents of Yanxia village in Zhejiang Province, China, a small lineage-based settlement in rural China. These photographs are extracted from my dissertation, which examines the ways in which traditions have affected the meaning of home for people living in Yanxia. During my research, I distributed single-use cameras to the participants and asked them to take photographs of meaningful aspects of their home. I then followed with semi-structured in-depth interviews on the content of the photographs. Twenty-two photographs taken by eighteen participants are included in this exhibition. Each photograph is accompanied by a short biographic sketch of the photographer and the personal stories behind the photograph that constitute his or her understanding of home.

Park in the visitor parking lot, west of the library, next to the bookstore.

Ongoing through Friday, June 3, 2016
Marriott Library

Tunnel Vision
Tunnel Vision: A Selection of Tunnel, Pop-up and Movable Books from the Rare Books Department

Tunnel Vision features a selection of pieces from the rare book collections produced using various paper manipulations to create the illusion of depth — framing and narrowing the viewers’ perspective. This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Book Arts Program, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and the Rare Books Department. It coincides with two events (see below) inspired by Nancy Holt’s famous land art piece, Sun Tunnels, located in Utah’s west desert.

Park in the visitor parking lot, west of the library, next to the bookstore.


A Healthier U


Building muscle isn’t just about aesthetics. There are a variety of benefits associated with obtaining and maintaining muscle mass.

  • It can aid in the prevention of certain diseases like diabetes and combats natural muscular degeneration that occurs with age.
  • You will also feel stronger and more energized throughout the day. Imagine finishing a long shift and not feeling the soreness and exhaustion that used to send you to the couch rather than enjoying your evening at home.

So, you want to begin an exercise routine but don’t know where to start?

Weight training in particular seems to get complicated pretty fast. There are so many right ways to do it but there are also a lot of wrong ways and it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two. It is common for two seemingly legitimate sources to supply contradictory information. Further research can solve this problem but if motivation is a factor it can be helpful to have an option that takes the guess work out and gives you confidence that all the hard work you are putting into your work out will actually pay off.

A great option is to join a fitness class. PEAK circuit training classes are taught by undergraduate students who are in their final year of school. They work hard at applying all the principles of exercise science they have learned in order to develop programs that are beneficial for their participants. When you arrive to each class you will start with an appropriate warm up to help avoid injury then begin a variety of weight bearing exercises that the instructor has laid out for the entire class. As you perform these exercises you can be confidant that you are doing them correctly as your instructor will be offering tips for modifying exercises and improving form in order to maximize the benefit and decrease the risk. These classes are a great way to become motivated again and feel confident that your routine will work for you.

Interested in trying out a circuit training class? Registration for PEAK Health and Fitness interim and summer classes is open now at health.utah.edu/peak.

Sign up today.


Every 45 minutes somewhere in the United States, a parent calls a poison control center because their child has ingested a laundry or dishwashing detergent packet. That’s the finding of new research published this week in Pediatrics. Researchers say the number of children accidentally ingesting these packets over the past two years has risen by nearly 20 percent, despite increasing warnings about their danger.

Read more here.

When many people think of Tourette syndrome, they think of compulsive swearing. But University of Utah Tourette’s Center of Excellence Clinical Program Manager Eva Tukuafu, M.S.W, C.S.W. explains that’s not the whole story.

Full the top 10 reasons here.

For more expert health news and information, visit healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed.