For students of all shapes and sizes, senior year to first-year, 2017 was huge — the Class of 2017 was our largest graduating class, and the Class of 2021 was our biggest group of new students. And as always, the sunsets (and snowstorms) were epic.
Sunsets and snowstorms
Not only is Utah home to the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” the sunsets could use their own copyright lawyer as well.
From graduating the largest class in school history to welcoming the largest incoming class of freshmen the following fall, it’s been a big year at the U. Here’s just a snippet of the action:
By the numbers
They can sometimes be cold and calculating, but numbers can also tell a story. Even in an artful way.
Humans of the U
Our social media always strives to be personal, but not all posts can achieve the objective of showing the true faces of the U as sincerely as Humans of the U. Every week (for nearly two years), we’ve featured the stories of students, faculty, staff, alumni and flat-out fans of the U. Here is a look at a few favorites:
“The first time I gave CPR I had to carry the patient through three feet of water to a boat. That was how my first 24 hours of volunteering for the American Red Cross in Texas after Hurricane Harvey went.” -Emalee Egelund, freshman honors student, pre-med major Read the rest of Emalee’s story at the LINK in our profile. #HumansOfTheU #UofU #universityofutah
“I’ve worked night shifts for Facilities for 40 years. I’ve always been a night person. As a kid, I would wake up in the middle of the night and try to make oatmeal cookies.” –Ray Stout, facilities nightshift custodian Read more about Ray at the LINK in our profile. #HumansOfTheU #UofU #universityofutah
“I lost my wallet after riding TRAX one day. I didn’t want to accept that it was gone for good and get everything replaced. I had gift cards in there that I didn’t want to give up on. Almost four weeks later, I was riding the train when a woman sitting near me asked if my name was Brent Packer.” 🚊💵🚉💰 Read more about Brent’s good fortune, and his good Samaritan, at the LINK in our profile. #HumansOfTheU #UofU #universityofutah
“My grandmother completed her nursing training nearly a hundred years ago long before nurses could earn a college degree. Rules were rigid in the hospital dorm where nursing trainees lived. Dating was forbidden, and secret marriages, if discovered, resulted in immediate expulsion.” • Read the rest of @uofunursing professor Lauren Clark’s story at the LINK in our bio. #HumansOfTheU • #UofU #universityofutah #UofUnursing
“I recently returned from leading a team of seven individuals to the North Pole. The most challenging part of of the trip was day six, the day we thought we were going to reach the pole. The team was excited about the possibility of being so close to the pole that we decided to push for 16 miles that day.” -Andrew McLeary, Class of ’15 • Read more about Andrew’s adventure at bit.ly/HumansOfTheU_AndrewLeary. • #HumansOfTheU #UofU #universityofutah @u_explore @uofuprt #GoUtes #NorthPole #Uexplore
“In May 2007, I was assaulted and nearly died from a traumatic brain injury. I was placed in a medically induced coma for a month. They didn’t know if I was going to make it. At the same time my mother was in Somalia, caring for my grandfather — the first president of Somalia — as he died at age 98.” Read more of Ibrahim’s story at the LINK in our bio. • #HumansOfTheU #worththeclimb #UofU #universityofutah #meetthegrads #UtahAlumni #UtahGrad17
In the weeks leading up to commencement, we’ll be featuring soon-to-be members of the Class of ’17. Chelsea Winslow, who’s about to receive her master’s in International Affairs and Global Enterprise, is also an officer for the #UnifiedPoliceDepartment. 🎓👮🏻♀️ Read more about Chelsea at the LINK in our profile. • #WorthTheClimb #UtahGrad17 #HumansOfTheU #UofU #universityofutah
“I was born in Utah, adopted as an infant and raised in Novi, Mich., outside of Detroit. Not knowing much about my biological family, I did what curious people do — I went online, found a random post by my biological dad’s parents who were looking for me and we got linked up. When we met, I found out my biological father, Herb Jones, played basketball for the University of Montana alongside then-teammate and now University of Utah head basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak. My father died in a car accident while attending college, heading back to school after visiting Utah. I was curious, so I sent an email to Krystkowiak, who was coaching the New Jersey Nets. He emailed right back and filled me in about my father. He said, ‘Herb Jones was an amazing athlete. I once saw a sign at a Grizzlies game that said, “Larry is our bread and butter, but Herb is our jam.” Great dude and still missed.'” -Clarke Headlee, UIT account executive/facilities coordinator Read the rest of Clarke’s story at the link in our bio. #HumansOfTheU #UofU #universityofutah
“I was having an existential crisis with where I was going, what I wanted to do. I told myself that I had to find a way to re-inspire myself. At the time, I was volunteering at Shriners Hospital for Children, making braces and prosthetics. Kids quickly outgrew and returned them in amazing condition, but we just had to throw them away. Something felt wrong.” Read the rest of Mohan Sudabattula’s story at bit.ly/HumansOfTheU_MohanSudabattula • #HumansOfTheU #UofU #universityofutah
“I was very close to leaving law school my first semester, but our second semester we were able to start volunteering at clinics like the Pro Bono Initiative – an initiative that offers free legal advice targeting low income families who don’t qualify for any legal aid. It saved my law school career.” • Meet Mel Moeinvaziri, a soon-to-be Quinney College of Law graduate, at the LINK in our bio. #UofU #universityofutah #HumansOfTheU #worththeclimb #UtahGrad17