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‪U SERVICE DIRECTOR FEATURED IN ‘RUNNER’S WORLD’ University of Utah Bennion Community Service Center Director Dean McGovern was profiled last week in an article in “Runner’s World” magazine. McGovern, an avid runner, was interviewed about his experience helping his stepson prepare for the teen’s first marathon – a race where the pair served as pacers […]


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University of Utah Bennion Community Service Center Director Dean McGovern was profiled last week in an article in “Runner’s World” magazine. McGovern, an avid runner, was interviewed about his experience helping his stepson prepare for the teen’s first marathon – a race where the pair served as pacers for other runners.

“Running with my son, River, was such a joy,” says McGovern. “It was inspiring to see how hard he worked.” McGovern says he sees many similarities between running and his day job – helping University of Utah faculty and students engage with the community in quality programs that offer deep learning with great impact.

“The Bennion Center is setting the pace for how community-engaged learning changes lives.”

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University of Utah’s Cassie Kelsch won the National Association of College & University Food Services challenge.

The Culinary Challenge recognizes outstanding food preparation and presentation skills in collegiate dining services. The winners of each of the association’s regional culinary contests square off at the national conference for gold, silver and bronze medals before a live audience of college and university food service managers and industry suppliers.

The 2015 National Culinary Challenge took place on Thursday, July 23, in Indianapolis. Competitors were required to incorporate the featured protein, buffalo flank steak into their dishes.




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UAMMI, the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative led by the University of Utah, is among the first 12 such efforts across the U.S. to be named a Designated Manufacturing Community by the Commerce Department. That means UAMMI partners in Utah will receive coordinated support from eleven federal agencies with more than $1 billion available in economic development funding. In July, U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Douglas Kramer toured the U and met with UAMMI stakeholders.




Kiplinger recently named Salt Lake City among the top 10 places to retire in 2015. While Kiplinger lauded Salt Lake’s low cost of living, stunning scenery, vibrant city life and light-rail system, there is yet another reason Salt Lake is an excellent place for those 50 and over: The University of Utah’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which ensures that education is a lifelong pursuit by providing opportunities for affordable, noncredit learning and meaningful social engagement.

The Bernard Osher Foundation recently gave the U’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute a $1 million endowment, which will enhance the depth and breadth of the institute’s programs.

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UIT is pleased to announce that Ken Pink has accepted the position of Deputy Chief Information Officer for UIT. Ken steps into the post previously held by Steve Corbató, bringing with him more than 25 years of IT experience in the private and public sectors. His first official day with UIT will be Aug. 10, 2015.

Ken has extensive experience developing and implementing a variety of IT infrastructure and systems improvements. At Fleming Foods he implemented SAP for the technology division, and integrated warehouse, inventory, and accounting systems for supply chain management. He also ran software development, the support desk, network support, and infrastructure and DBA support, as well as oversaw product development.

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Tickets on sale now for the third annual TEDxSaltLakeCity. The event, which takes place on Sept. 19 at Kingsbury Hall, features 15 live speakers interspersed with performance pieces and several of TED’s most-watched videos.

This year’s theme – Upcycled Thinking – asks speakers to consider how a concept or product can be repurposed, reused or revitalized in a way that transforms its value or quality into something even greater than the original. Among the lineup of speakers is a high-school aged peer educator who counsels fellow students about reproductive health, a Paralympian with a “fembot” perspective on one of Utah’s favorite winter pastimes and a crowdsourcing journalist challenging the misconceptions about truth in the mainstream media.

The full list of speakers and bios can be found at


Nominations open now, due Dec. 4

The Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award recognizes outstanding faculty innovators for contributions that improved the lives of people. The DIIA recognizes contributions by faculty from all academic disciplines, including health care, energy, environment, business, law, communications, technology or the arts. Awards are given each year to one or two outstanding faculty members who distinguished themselves and the university through entrepreneurial activities that resulted in innovations with a measurable societal impact. Faculty on career, clinical or tenure tracks are eligible. The recipient receives public recognition plus a $10,000 cash award to be used at his or her discretion.

Nominations for this award are accepted throughout the year on behalf of eligible faculty with at least five years of service at the University of Utah. Faculty, administrators and alumni are welcome to submit nominations for this prestigious university award. Past awardees are profiled at the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars page.

Letters of nomination containing a short statement outlining the qualifications of the nominee and curriculum vitae for this award are now being solicited. Nominations should be submitted electronically using a nomination form found here. This success of our nomination campaign depends, to a large extent, on the initiative of departments, administrative offices and campus organizations.

The deadline for submission of the nominations is Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Kataleeya Kumsooktawonge at 801-581-8661 or email

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