The University of Utah unveils its FanUp campaign Aug. 1 as its fall sports teams are preparing to report for camp. The FanUp campaign was conceived by a committee comprised of members of the Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, student-athletes, alumni and fans.

Formed by President David W. Pershing, the 20-member committee developed a plan to create a welcoming environment fostering a culture of respect, sportsmanlike conduct and camaraderie for athletic teams, fans and the community at large.

Spectators are encouraged to take the FanUp pledge, in which they vow to support Utah’s teams while welcoming visiting teams and their fans, promote a family friendly experience, enjoy the game responsibly and cheer loud and be Ute proud. To take the pledge, visit

Fans who observe unsportsmanlike behavior at a game can report it by texting UFAN to 6-9050.


Andy Phillips

“FanUp has the ability to completely transform the way both our fans and the opposing team’s fans experience competition, both on and off the field. I’ve always been a big believer in sportsmanship and the ability it has to transcend competition. Although we can get riled up in the heat of the moment, we must understand that the opposition is working toward the same goal as we are. When this level of understanding is achieved, it makes the game that much more enjoyable to play and to watch.” —Andy Phillips, current kicker for the Utes football team, member of the University Athletic Sportsmanship Committee

Courtney McBeth

“As a former student athlete and current employee at the U, I want everyone to experience Utah pride in a positive way. I look forward to Utah fans being welcoming and encouraging to all fans. Together, let’s create a positive, competitive environment.”
—Courtney McBeth, associate director at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and former Utes women’s soccer player, member of the University Athletic Sportsmanship Committee

Harriet Hopf

“I’m excited that we’re making the U a leader in sportsmanship as well as athletic success. Sportsmanship on the field and in the stands reflects integrity and high standards. And winning is more satisfying when you beat an opponent at the top of their game.”
—Harriet Hopf, professor and vice chair of Faculty Development, Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah, member of the University Athletic Sportsmanship Committee

Mary Thornton

“I’ve visited several universities that have had outstanding sportsmanship campaigns. As a visitor to their campuses, I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences. I want visitors to feel the same way when they attend games at the U. As we showcase our best selves through good sportsmanship, our visitors are sure to leave with similar good impressions of our fans and university.”
—Mary Thornton, U Alumni Ambassador and member of the University Athletic Sportsmanship Committee

Ryan Lawrence

“Sportsmanship is everything for the game — you can win with class and lose with class, and it’s great to see that we’re putting our best foot forward in demonstrating our excellent sportsmanship. We have the opportunity to showcase just how proud we are of the U’s awesome athletic department, and players, coaches and fans alike are all excited to demonstrate that pride with visiting teams.”
—Ryan Lawrence, ultimate Utah fan (Ultimate Utah Wedding winner in 2012)



By Cameron Beck, marketing manager, University Campus Store and Amy McIff, communications manager, Auxiliary Services

The University Campus Store is opening its second U Market Place convenience store on the second floor of the University of Utah Union. The Union U Market Place will be located across from the Union front desk, the former location of UCard, which has moved to the Union’s first floor. The new U Market Place store will offer the same food and beverage products as the main University Campus Store, but will be conveniently located in the heart of the Union.

By carrying a wide variety of products, the U Market Place has long been a great resource for students, faculty and staff to quickly refuel during busy days on campus. Both U Market Place locations will offer a large variety of items, including snacks, hot dogs, chips, jerky, candy, personal toiletries and the least expensive 20-ounce Coca-Cola bottles sold on campus.

The Union U Market Place is scheduled to open during the first week of August 2016, and will host a grand opening on Aug. 22, the first day of fall semester. The store will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Perhaps the most well-known and loved tradition of the U Market Place is Free Popcorn Wednesdays, which occurs year-round from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Campus Store. The Union U Market Place will carry on this tradition as a weekly thank you to its patrons.

Construction on the Union U Market Place began in late May, adding walls, tile, paint and countertops to transform the former UCard office into a convenience store. The store was designed to provide easy access and accommodate self-service coffee and hot dog machines.

Consistent with its goal to support members of the campus community in their academic and professional pursuits, the University Campus Store aims to be the comprehensive resource for all things needed to succeed and live well on campus.

For more information about the Union U Market Place or the University Campus Store’s other services, please call 801-581-6326 or visit the University Campus Store on lower campus.


By Jana Cunningham, communications specialist, University Marketing & Communications

Three Dog Night

PHOTO CREDIT: J. Willard Marriott Library

Three Dog Night

Since its birth in the 1960s, concert poster art has been on the rise, gaining popularity and continually changing over time with the introduction of different technology. These changes are evident in a collection of concert posters spanning more than 50 years from the multitude of small music venues around the Salt Lake Valley housed in the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library.

“In many respects, poster art became an archival visual time-capsule of a current scene happening at a particular moment in time,” said John Costa, U associate professor of music. “So much so, that viewing them years later can capture one’s imagination and make that past scene live once again.”

Alice Cooper

PHOTO CREDIT: J. Willard Marriott Library

Alice Cooper

Marriot Library Special Collections has an extensive archive of posters from venues such as The Terrace Ballroom, The Salt Palace arena, the Union Ballroom at the U, Kilby Court as well as numerous bars and private clubs featuring bands large and small – ranging from The Who, Three Dog Night, Love and Alice Cooper, to indie bands such as Built to Spill, The Decemberists and Daniel Johnston and many local bands.

“I still have fond memories of concerts I went to 40 years ago in the Union Building Corkroom, listening to popular local bands like Stoneground and Holden Caulfield,” said Ron Bitton, curator of historical maps and newspapers for the Marriott Library. “Upstairs, in the Union Ballroom, you could hear national touring acts like Tower of Power or Cold Blood. Of course, these days not many people will recognize the names of those bands. The Corkroom disappeared years ago and is now a computer lab.”

The collection, which continues to grow, preserves a unique, vivid perspective on the changing character of the music scene and offers a colorful glimpse back at an era that’s long since vanished.

Leia Bell

PHOTO CREDIT: J. Willard Marriott Library

Leia Bell

“Forty years from now college students will be amazed to see that their grandparents saw performers with names like Cobra Starship and Death Cab for Cutie,” added Bitton.

A more recent collection at the library includes concert posters created by Leia Bell, a popular local artist whose cartoon like prints have become synonymous with underground music in Salt Lake.

“Anyone who has attended a concert at Kilby Court in the last 10 years is familiar with her signature artwork and probably owns a magnet or two with the images of their favorite posters,” said Julia Huddleston, archivist for Special Collections.

The collection is currently not on public display, but anyone can view them by inquiring at Special Collections desk on the fourth floor of the library.


By Melinda Rogers, media relations manager, University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law

A team from the University of Utah College of Education traveled halfway across the world this summer to improve educational opportunities for people learning to read in Botswana.

At the Botswana Education Ministry’s request, Kathleen Brown, Megan Bryant and Courtney McBeth spent three weeks in southern African nation to infuse University of Utah Reading Clinic models into government and teacher education programs.

The University of Utah Reading Clinic partnered with the Hinckley Institute as well as Stepping Stones International, a local nongovernmental organization in the country’s capital city of Gaborone, to bring the clinic’s models to educators who work with struggling readers in urban and rural areas. The trip to Botswana and the Utah Reading Clinic initiative in Botswana is supported by a Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) grant provided by the Office for Global Engagement at the University of Utah. The purpose of the GLAD grants is to assist faculty in infusing global learning into the curriculum and provide opportunities for U students to develop skills and knowledge for global citizenship.

The clinic uses assessment and intervention models based on work started more than 25 years ago at the McGuffey Reading Clinic at the University of Virginia. The intervention models (Early Steps and Next Steps) developed by one of the most respected reading clinicians in the country, Darrell Morris, have been tested empirically — nationally and in Utah. The results of this research suggest that these models are effective in helping at-risk and struggling readers significantly improve their reading performance.

In Botswana, the University of Utah team team trained 25 educators from around the country who work with students ranging in age from 6 to 60. The work was challenging, Brown noted.

“None of these sites has leveled text and many sites have no books at all. It’s tough to teach people to read without books,” Brown said.

The team also met with the Botswana minister of education, Unity Dow, who served as the first female judge in Botswana prior to her current post. The meeting, which included several of Dow’s top advisors, ended with a decision to use clinic instructional models for the country’s imminent primary school curriculum reform, as well as for the country’s out-of-school curriculum, geared at learners who haven’t or can’t attend school, Brown said.

“Simply put, folks up and down the Botswana educational hierarchy are seriously impressed with the kind of student reading outcomes that consistently follow our teacher training,” said Brown. “The ripple effects here at the U and all over Botswana will be felt for years to come.”

McBeth noted the reading clinic has been conducting training and establishing their reading intervention models in Botswana for several years. Two years ago, the Hinckley Institute started sending U students to complete global internships as part of the initiative in Botswana. U students participated in the most recent trip, helping deliver the reading model message around the country.

“We’ve had students from all backgrounds complete substantive internships,” McBeth said. She added her time in Botswana provided a rich learning opportunity.

“I have visited many nonprofits around the world and I was immediately impressed with the sustainable NGO-government-university partnership we have formed in Botswana,” said McBeth.

“After spending time in Botswana, I can firmly advise students that participating in a global internship at Stepping Stones will be life changing for them. Botswana is a middle-income African country with extremely generous, kind people. I will strongly encourage our students to engage with beautiful Botswana.”



University of Utah geographer Tim Edgar is a serial adventure-seeker. With climbing buddy Morgan Watson, Edgar has summited four of the Seven Summits — the highest points on each continent. While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Edgar chatted with a Danish climber who mentioned crossing Greenland on skis— a feat that soon landed on Edgar and Morgan’s to-do list.

On May 6, 2016, Edgar and Watson headed to Greenland with skis, sleds and enough food for four weeks as they began their 600 km (375 mile) trek from one side of Greenland to the other. Although the trip did not end as planned, Edgar gained an appreciation for the remote landscapes of Greenland, the people who live there and the climatic forces eating away at the icy wilderness.

Gearing up

Greenland Edgar_sledsEdgar and Watson’s crossing would accomplish more than just adventure and a tick on the bucket list. Edgar carried equipment to collect data and samples for his colleagues in the geography department about the state of the Greenland ice sheet. Their path had been studied several times before, so Edgar’s data, which would include GPS surface elevation measurements and snow surface samples, would depict how the ice sheet has changed in the past few years.

Preparations took a full year. Edgar and Watson planned out every meal, rotating through a four-meal cycle for dinners, including couscous, mashed potatoes, ramen and dehydrated refried beans. Breakfasts were provided by the Park City, Utah, company Kodiak Cakes. Lunches would be more like extended snacks as the two planned to keep a mix of nuts, raisins and carob chips on hand throughout each day. They would keep the snack mix in a water bottle clipped to their waist to avoid needing to take off their gloves very often.

Four weeks of food totaled 75 pounds per person, and provided more than 5,000 calories per day — enough to fuel eight to 10 hours of skiing per day

They built some redundancies into their planning. They packed two stoves, in case one failed, and carried a repair kit with supplies for fixing broken ski bindings. After considering weight, bulk and other trade-offs, they decided not to take any firearms (coastal Greenland is polar bear country) or a spare set of skis.

Edgar and Morgan, who flew from Seattle, met up in New York City to start their flight to Iceland, and then on to Greenland. Edgar was watching out the window at sunrise over Iceland.

“The sun was starting to break over the horizon, so you could see icebergs floating in the water,” he says. “We don’t get to see that in the U.S.” Arriving in Greenland later that day, Edgar was fighting off sleep but managed to catch a glimpse of the polar ocean around Greenland. “There was more ice than water visible,” he says.

First setback
Gathering their gear on arrival in Greenland, Edgar and Watson discovered that around half of their supplies from a shipment made in early April was still in West Greenland, due to weight restrictions. The next flight wasn’t due for several more days, so the adventurers settled in to the village of Tasiilaq, on Greenland’s eastern shore, to wait. Their chances of a successful crossing were diminishing by the day. “Every day you’re delayed is another day that the ice bridges across crevasses are getting weaker and more surface snow is melting,” Edgar says.

They spent the time practicing snow sampling techniques, playing chess and experiencing the culture of East Greenland. Conditions in the icy, barren land forced Greenlanders to adapt. Many still hunt for food. Narwhal is a great source of vitamin C, they say. Some eat blueberries during the short growing season, and in rare occasions in the past, had eaten lichen. A lack of sediment forces most Greenlanders to live without indoor plumbing. Transportation is mostly by boat or helicopter, or dogsled in the winter.

When the team’s gear finally arrived, a week late, a helicopter wasn’t an option, so they chartered a boat to take them to their launch point. It wasn’t hard to find someone who could take them, Edgar says. “If they don’t have a boat, they know someone who does.”

Greenland 2

Morgan Watson. Photo by Tim Edgar

Setting off
The boat dropped Edgar and Watson on a rocky beach about 100 feet from the edge of the glacier on May 15, 2016. “I remember seeing the boat pull away and the engine getting quieter and quieter.” Edgar says. “That really gave a strong impression of how isolated we were at this point. There was no community. No population. It was quiet, and we felt like we were on our own.”

Both men felt the pressure to make up time. They only had a set amount of time to reach Western Greenland to catch their return flight. Also, coastal areas posed the greatest danger of polar bears and crevasses. Fortunately for the skiers, polar bears had been scarce that spring as Greenland experienced record warmth. But that same warmth accelerated surface melting and thinned the bridges the two would need to cross large and deep crevasses.

Because they were so far north, Edgar and Watson enjoyed sunlight late into the evening. Trying to make up time, they continued pressing forward, until around 6:30 p.m. on the first day when Watson’s 6 foot 4 inch, 210 pound frame punched through an ice bridge.

Watson only sank in up to his waist, though, and was able to pull himself out. His fully laden sled did not plunge in after him. As Watson crawled back onto the surface, Edgar could see that one of his skis was broken behind the heel, bent upwards. Edgar’s heart sank.

The two set up camp, rested for the night and then started to discuss options the next day. Watson fashioned a makeshift splint with aluminum tent stakes and cordage, but the improvised fix wouldn’t hold up under his weight. Switching skis with Edgar wasn’t an option, because the two used different bindings. After a few more tries at repairing the ski, it became clear that the trip was over.


Tim Edgar. Photo by Morgan Watson

“We sat there in silence for almost five minutes, letting acceptance set in,” Edgar says. “We knew we had to get to the nearest settlement.”

Barring any other incidents, they would have been able to proceed had they brought a spare set of skis. “Should we have?” Edgar asks. “We met some groups with one spare for 6 people.” Additional skis are costly, and wouldn’t likely be needed beyond the first few days. “Once in the interior, there are no crevasses. Once you’re on the ice cap, there’s nothing to fall into.”

The nearest settlement, Isertoq, was several days’ travel away along the coast. Slushy, patchy snow, thanks to early ice melt and record warmth, precluded use of skis and sleds so the expedition resorted to carrying their full load of gear on their backs in two trips. Edgar walked in his tennis shoes, which were quickly soaked.

“We were a bit wary because we knew we were in polar bear country,” he says. “We were constantly looking over our shoulders to make sure a polar bear wasn’t sneaking up behind us.”

On the second day of their journey to Isertoq, Edgar and Watson encountered a tidal strait, a stream that rose and fell with the tides. After carrying their first load across, they saw the tide was coming in and crossed the rising stream on floating icebergs to get back to the remainder of their equipment before they were cut off. By the time they returned to and crossed the strait at low tide, they were both exhausted and ready to rest for another night. Then they saw a boat.

Headed home
“We were ecstatic,” Edgar says. They waved their ski poles wildly, and caught the boat’s attention. In return for passage back to Isertoq, the two offered the occupants, a family of four, a generous amount of their food. They hadn’t planned to need cash until their arrival in West Greenland.

Although boat travel between Isertoq and Tasiilaq is usually blocked by ice in mid-May, warm temperatures had broken up the ice. To navigate among the icebergs still present, the boat captain stood atop a barstool to peer over the windshield, steering the boat with his feet. Edgar noted the captain’s dexterity in even shifting gears with his feet. “This isn’t something he does occasionally,” Edgar says.

After several more flights, by helicopter and plane, Edgar and Watson returned safely to the U.S. “Thanks to everyone for your support over the last three weeks,” Watson wrote in a tweet on June 2, 2016.

Although Greenland still experiences cold winters, spring and summer temperatures are rising, speeding up ice sheet melting and making ice sheet crossings more challenging in the future. In Isertoq, Edgar and Watson had heard from other skiers that the west side of the ice sheet was more melted than the east. “Maybe this saved us more trouble,” Edgar says. He notes that the interrupted and delayed trip allowed him to experience Greenlandic culture in a way he wouldn’t have if things had gone as planned.

But will Edgar ever return to Greenland to finish what he and Watson started? “Definitely,” he says. “But I don’t think it will be next summer!”


By Maria O’Mara, director of Communications, University Marketing & Communications

The University of Utah today announced the appointment of James Lee Sorenson as a member of its Board of Trustees. Sorenson will replace the board’s outgoing chair, Michele Mattsson. Earlier this month the board elected H. David Burton as its new chair.

james-lee-sorensonA globally prominent entrepreneur, Sorenson has built highly successful enterprises, in fields ranging from technology and life sciences to real estate and private equity investment, all of which  have added thousands of high-quality jobs to Utah’s economy.

In his extensive philanthropic endeavors, Sorenson emphasizes self-sustaining charitable enterprises that can lift and empower people and communities and drive empowerment and self-sufficiency for traditionally underserved populations.

“As a business leader and innovator, Jim’s influence will be felt across our campus in this role,” said David W. Pershing, president of the University of Utah. “His legacy as an entrepreneur and a community servant is such a great example to our students. We’re grateful for his eagerness to serve and welcome him to the board.”

After launching his career with a number of successful business ventures while still a student at the University of Utah, Sorenson helped develop several new industry categories, including digital video compression and video relay services (VRS). These innovations culminated in the launch of Sorenson Communications.

Sorenson’s diverse real estate portfolio includes the development of many quality residential, industrial and corporate projects. In the private equity arena, Sorenson co-founded Sorenson Capital, Utah’s leading mid-market private equity firm, and provided the seed money for the University Fund, which became the world’s largest student-run educational investment fund.

A recognized leader in impact investing, Sorenson helped pioneer the industry. He provided the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah with a $13 million gift in 2013 to create the James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center, which gives students the chance to participate in investments and other service to address a broad range of deep societal challenges. Sorenson is also the chairman of Village Capital, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of peer support to build enterprises designed to change the world.

“As Utah’s flagship institution of higher learning, this great university has a major impact not only on the city and state I choose to call home, but in the nation and the world,” Sorenson said. “I am honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for my alma mater, alongside people who have truly devoted their lives to improving their communities and the lives of their fellow human beings.”

A frequent mentor for aspiring entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs, Sorenson has also served on many community service boards, including Mission Markets, Art Works for Kids, Gallaudet University, the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, the Utah Sports Commission and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Phil Clinger remains the board of trustee’s vice chair. Sorenson was nominated by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and confirmed by the Utah Senate. His term is effective immediately and will expire June 30, 2019.


By Annalisa Purser, communications specialist, University Marketing & Communications

A week of hands-on science projects changed the way Jose Galang, a junior at Juan Diego High School in Draper, thought about science.

“I used to think that scientists were really smart people just doing research and experiments by themselves,” he said. “I never realized there were so many people working together to solve problems.”

Galang was among nine high school students who participated in the National Science Foundation funded-iUTAH summer research institute July 11-15, 2016. The institute brought together high school students, secondary education teachers and undergraduate students to conduct research on water sustainability in Utah under the direction of faculty, postdocs and graduate students from universities across the state.

The group got a firsthand look at what research looks like in several disciplines. On the first day, they recorded observations about the conditions along Emigration Creek and collected water samples. The second day, they learned how to trace the origin of fruits and vegetables by analyzing isotopes in the water content. The third day, they divided into groups across the valley and conducted social science research by surveying people about their access to water. The week culminated in a poster session, where participants presented their work and findings.

“This program provides a really unique opportunity to bring together students and educators from all along the STEM pipeline,” said Louisa Stark, director of the iUTAH Summer Research Institute and U professor. “There was a lot of peer mentoring going on between the high school students and undergraduates and among the secondary education teachers and the university faculty.”

Mitzy Ocampo, a junior at West High School, decided to apply to the program after learning about it at a Latinos in Action conference. LIA is a Utah-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the education gap in the Latino community.

“Most of the opportunities presented at the conference were for internships and programs you could do in the future,” she said. “I wanted to live right now in the present, and this was one of the few opportunities I could do now.”

When Ocampo goes to college, she’ll be the first in her family to do so.

“I didn’t think science was a possibility for me,” she said. “But now, maybe I could explore it more in-depth.”

Ocampo’s favorite part of the week was conducting surveys under the direction of Utah State University environmental and society professor Mark Brunson.

“Doing the surveys forced us to come out of our shell,” Ocampo said. “in a normal science class, we would just be inside the classroom. I learned that scientists do so much more than work in a lab. They have to go out and sometimes get rejected by people.”

Even though some people didn’t want to take the survey, Ocampo was pleasantly surprised to see the diversity of people who were willing to take the surveys, and by the end of the day, they had about 130 completed surveys.

There’s a good chance the data collected by the group will eventually be used in a published research paper, said Rachel Gabor, postdoctoral fellow in the U’s Global Change and Ecosystem Center who lead the water collection project.

Gabor was excited to get an entire new data set in one day and says the sample will help researchers understand how the impact of E. coli in the creek changes through the canyon.

“It’s important to make our research accessible,” Gabor said. “Our research is funded by the public and is used to inform decisions that affect the public, so it’s important that they know about it and even get involved with it. I loved working with the students and teachers this week. Every chance I have to work with students makes me a better teacher.”

This summer marked the fourth and final year of the iUTAH Summer Research Institute. Funding for iUTAH concludes in July 2017.

Student Life

Pokémon Go University of Utah tour
Classes end for summer 2016


Prospective students invited to special campus tour designed to showcase campus while catching Pokémon

The Office of Admissions at the University of Utah is excited to announce an all-new campus tour experience for prospective students: The Pokémon Go Campus Tour at the University of Utah.

Pokémon Go has changed the way people interact with technology and has helped people discover new places and meet new people, and the University of Utah has become a popular area in Utah to “catch ’em all.”

“We’re excited to find an opportunity to connect prospective students to campus and take the general, everyday campus tour and offer something incredibly unique,” said Scott Kirkessner, assistant director of Admissions at the U, who oversees campus experience. “So far, we’re among the first few universities to offer this as a visit option, and we think a lot more will follow suit.”

Prospective students are invited to participate in a Pokémon Go campus tour on Aug. 4 and 11 at 5 p.m. Participants will tour campus and hunt the Pokémon that roam the University of Utah. The events are free, but space is limited. Register today to reserve a spot. Click below to register.

Aug. 4, 2016 – 5 p.m.
Aug. 11, 2016 – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

Block U

Classes end for Summer Semester 2016.

Campus Events

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 | All day
TPBannerBefore registering for classes all transfer students must:

  • Attend Orientation: All transfer students entering the University of Utah will attend a Transfer Orientation program. To sign up for an orientation visit the Orientation homepage, select the semester you were admitted for, and register for a corresponding date.
  • Speak with an Academic Advisor: Transfer students must meet with an academic advisor after being admitted to the University of Utah prior to registering for classes.

For more information, go here.

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 | Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Red Butte Garden

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Of all the exciting groups to come out of the alternative music scene in the early 1980s, Culture Club became the first to achieve arena headline status. They achieved stunning success by scoring three Top 10 U.S. hits “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and “Time.” One of the most representative and influential groups of all time, Culture Club was the first multi-racial band with an openly gay front man, Boy George.

Click here for more information.

Knowledge Commons, level two

  • 3-D PRINTING | Tuesdays | 2-3 p.m.
  • 3-D MODELING | Wednesdays | 2-3 p.m.
  • ARDUINO PROGRAMMING | Thursdays | 2-4 p.m.
The Marriott Library will be holding weekly workshops for all students, faculty and staff wishing to learn more about 3-D printing, modeling, scanning and Arduino microcontrollers.

These workshops are intended as a starting point for developing skills using new technology; participants can learn the basics of 3-D printing using the Library’s Lulzbot TAZ 4 3-D printers, how to 3-D scan physical objects for digital manipulation and basic projects using Arduino and other microcontrollers.

Ongoing through Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016
Marriott Library, Level three

And when do houses become them? Is it how long we’ve lived there? The kinds of memories we’ve made there? Is it the people that live there?

Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity partners with families to build homes that they can afford. Just like the process of building a Habitat home, the “What is Home” exhibit is an example of what happens when people come together to create something on behalf of others.

Ongoing through Sept. 5, 2016 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah

Unravel the mysteries inside all of us!

Do you have your mother’s dimples? Or your father’s hairline? What is it about us that makes us us? How does it connect us to all living things on Earth?

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code explores the mysteries behind the genome — the complete set of instructions all living things need to grow and function. In this high-tech, high-impact exhibition, you can:

  • Find out how your genome reveals your ancestral past
  • Investigate the cutting-edge genomic research that will revolutionize health care
  • Add yourself to a genetic Trait Tree created by our community
  • Participate in hands-on activities and meet local scientists in the Genome Zone

Come discover the genomic revolution and what it will mean for YOU at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

For pricing and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Ongoing through Sept. 9, 2016
Marriott Library, level four, Special Collections Reading Room

“Cougar” plate 96 from Audubon’s "The Quadrupeds of North America"

“Cougar” plate 96 from Audubon’s “The Quadrupeds of North America”

Housed in the Rare Books Department of Special Collections, 12 of these stunning pieces feature mammals from Audubon’s imperial folio “The Quadrupeds of North America.” The remaining print, entitled “Black Vulture/Carrion Crow,” is from Audubon’s landmark book “The Birds of America,” which contains 435 plates of birds and is one of the most famous and highly valued publications in American history.

Ongoing through Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Marriott Library, Levels one, four and five

Love Letters UBN
From Gutenberg to Bruce Rogers and beyond, see examples from the 15th through the 20th centuries of why we love type.

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


U5K now a WellU option
Pokémon Go University of Utah tour
New student welcome
Register for the annual Teaching Symposium
U staff scholarships: apply today


For the first time, the annual Homecoming Scholarship 5K (U5K) will be a WellU option. Sign up by Sept. 2 for a discounted rate on the already discounted staff/faculty pricing. This race is a great start to Homecoming Saturday and there will be lots of food and prizes.

Hope to see you there.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: 332 S. 1400 East (Old Law School building)


Prospective students invited to special campus tour designed to showcase campus while catching Pokémon

The Office of Admissions at the University of Utah is excited to announce an all-new campus tour experience for prospective students: The Pokémon Go Campus Tour at the University of Utah.

Pokémon Go has changed the way people interact with technology and has helped people discover new places and meet new people, and the University of Utah has become a popular area in Utah to “catch ’em all.”

“We’re excited to find an opportunity to connect prospective students to campus and take the general, everyday campus tour and offer something incredibly unique,” said Scott Kirkessner, assistant director of Admissions at the U, who oversees campus experience. “So far, we’re among the first few universities to offer this as a visit option, and we think a lot more will follow suit.”

Prospective students are invited to participate in a Pokémon Go campus tour on Aug. 4 and 11 at 5 p.m. Participants will tour campus and hunt the Pokémon that roam the University of Utah. The events are free, but space is limited. Register today to reserve a spot. Click below to register.

Aug. 4, 2016 – 5 p.m.
Aug. 11, 2016 – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 | 10:30 a.m.
Kingsbury Hall

Faculty and staff,

The Center for New Student & Family Programs invites you to join speakers President David W. Pershing and Dr. Sandi Pershing as the university welcomes first-year students and their families to the campus community. The fifth annual New Student Welcome ceremony will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Kingsbury Hall. This energetic event will feature student leaders Liz Morales and Daniel Rueckert as they share their Utah signature experiences, and Dr. Martha Bradley-Evans, senior associate vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of Undergraduate Studies, as she gives a faculty lecture.

A picnic will follow on Presidents Circle, so please dress comfortably for the weather as you informally meet members of the incoming class of 2019. More than 1,000 new students and their families joined us last year, so be sure to wear a university nametag if you have one. Shuttles will run continuously from the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot, where attendees can park for free. For more information about the New Student Welcome and other Welcome Week events, download the New to the University of Utah app or contact the Center for New Student & Family Programs at or 801-581-7069.

I look forward to seeing you there,

Kathryn Kay Coquemont
Director, Center for New Student & Family Programs


RWatkins - Keynote
Annual Teaching Symposium
Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 | 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
J. Willard Marriott Library

Are you ready for the new academic year? Join over 200 participants from across campus, including Faculty and Graduate Students, for a day of learning about practical skills and special topics on teaching in higher education. Registration is free, click here to complete your registration and for more information.


Staff scholarship
Applications are now being accepted for staff development scholarships for the fall 2016 semester.

Each scholarship is worth up to $500 and can be used towards the employee’s tuition bill. Scholarships can be used towards professional trainings, symposiums, conferences or workshops and their associated expenses.

The committee will process the scholarship applications in the most fair and judicious manner to benefit the employee, according to the procedures directed by the University of Utah policy. UUSC is an equal opportunity provider.

Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently working at 75 percent or above Full Time Equivalency (FTE) position (30-40 hours per week).
  • Maintained 75 percent or greater Full Time Equivalency (FTE) in a benefits eligible position for two consecutive years as of Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Have not received a Staff Council Scholarship within the past two years.

Current Staff Council members are not eligible.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY and applications are due by 5 p.m. (MST) on Aug. 1, 2016.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.