By Andrew Thompson Landerghini, University of Utah Communications
Social media as a whole had its ups and downs in 2018, as the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg answered some tough questions before Congress. Snapchat faced its own turbulence seeing its public stock lose two-thirds its value.
Perusing through the year’s most-seen and engagement-inducing posts for the University of Utah, it was not all smiling faces and thumbs-up. As was the case across the U community and beyond, the tragic loss of Lauren McCluskey was felt far and wide through the university’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels. The one-year mark of ChenWei Guo’s death also brought solemnity to the U’s social media.
Of course, some great things happened in 2018, too. Ruth V. Watkins was named the University of Utah’s first female president. The U welcomed its largest, most academically qualified and diverse class in its history. And 8,568 students earned a degree, also a university record.
As always, accolades for students, faculty and the institution poured in; Utah Athletics continued to thrill crowds; and a (big) critter or two loped onto campus. And, the beautiful photos of sunsets, sunrises and stunning vistas of any time of day from Instagrammers across campus was a constant source of serenity and inspiration on U social media.
Highlights & Accolades
Views & Vistas
Reppin’ the U
“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