Campus Events


A variety of informational events are scheduled, both online and in person, through the month, and all are encouraged to participate and learn more.

Visit for a list of all events.

Monday, April 22-Friday, April 26, 2019
Various locations

Stress Buster Week aims to help students destress during the week leading up to finals.

Monday, April 22-Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Marriott Library east entrance (level 3)

Swing by to pick up some snacks, school supplies and coupons for free printing (while supplies last).

Free Coffee
Monday, April 22-Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gould Auditorium (Level 1)

Stay caffeinated and swing by the Gould Auditorium for some free coffee, tea and hot chocolate while supplies last. Table space in the auditorium will be available for study as well.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Open Play
Monday, April 22, 2019 | 1-3 p.m.
(Level 2)

It’s time to show your skills! We’ll be on Level 2 playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch. Feel free to bring your own controllers. We will have a GameCube controller adaptor as well.

Therapy Animals
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tabling East Entrance (Level 3)

Pet some pups from Intermountain Therapy Animals and enjoy some fluffy relaxation.

Donuts with the Dean
Thursday, April 25-Friday, April 26, 2019 | 9-10 a.m.
Tabling East Entrance (Level 3)

Enjoy some donuts supplied by library dean Alberta Comer (while supplies last).

Extended Library Hours
Through Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Arrive earlier and stay later at the library. Remember that you can request a safety escort to your vehicle, dorm or another building on campus by visiting the information and security desks at either entrance.

Click here for more information.

Utah’s Changing Demographics and the 2020 Census
Monday, April 22, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room, Suite 2018

Growth and change have been constants in Utah for decades. The decennial census provides an opportunity to record these changes once every 10 years, throughout the entire country. This discussion will focus on both the demographic changes in Utah as well as the technical changes for the 2020 census, and how these changes might impact the goal of the census to count every person once, only once, and in the right place.
  • Mallory Bateman, State Data Center Coordinator, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library

The climate for change is now! Join us at the U on Earth Day for National Geographic’s “Paris to Pittsburgh,” which celebrates the innovations of cities, states, businesses, and citizens efforts on climate change in the face of federal inaction. Narrated by actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), this film celebrates real solutions for recovery and resilience.

Screenings made possible by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Donations to the University of Utah’s Sustainable Energy Fund encouraged.

Predatory Publishing: Recognizing and Avoiding Scam Journals and Publishers
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 2-3 p.m.
1150 MLIB

Falling for a fake journal can be costly—both to your academic reputation and your wallet. There are more and more fraudulent journals with sophisticated ways of tricking you into publishing with fake or predatory publications.

In this presentation, the Marriott Library’s Rick Anderson will share how to recognize a fake journal and resist being scammed.

Register here.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 3:30-6:30 p.m.
EAE Master Games Studio, Building 72

EAE Launch is an annual event hosted by the U’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering video game development program, at which the public can playtest student games under production.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking for news and media will be available in the lot just east of the building, which can be entered from 400 South, just east of University Street.

Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective
Now through April 27, 2019 | Library hours
Multiple events and exhibits at Eccles Health Sciences Library

During the months of March and April 2019, Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) is focusing its programming on the theme of  Violence Against Women—Changing Perspective.

Throughout these two months, we will host several events to bring attention to the reality of violence against women in our community through different perspectives. An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine will focus on the history of domestic violence and the role of nurses making a difference. There will be an opportunity to participate in creating a gallery of T-shirts as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women; a lecture that shows how virtual reality is being used to combat domestic violence by putting the perpetrator in the role of the victim; an opportunity to see how virtual reality is changing the perspective in many disciplines; and a panel presentation by local experts who will discuss violence against women in our community.

See the spikes before they’re gone
Through Sunday, April 28, 2019
Utah Museum of Fine Arts

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West, on view now at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) reunites—for the first time in Utah—the famous Golden, Silver, and Arizona spikes present at the “meeting of the rails” in 1869. See them through April 28 at the UMFA and May 10-12 at the Utah State Capitol. The Race to Promontory, featuring historic 19th-century photographs of the railroad’s construction, is on view through May 26.

More details can be found here.

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 5-7 p.m. | 7-8 p.m.
Lassonde Studios

Join us at Demo Day on Monday, April 29, at Lassonde Studios. The main event will be 5 to 7 p.m. followed by an Alumni After Party at 7 to 8 p.m. where you can connect with old friends and meet some new ones.

Demo Day is our wrap-up party for the academic year, the final Get Seeded pitch event of the year and a great opportunity for you to meet some of our great startup companies. Join us to enjoy great company, meet some new people, learn about student startups, eat free food and vote on who receives a Get Seeded grant for April.

Admission is free and open to everyone, but please register for this event here.

Bioinformatic Discovery with Public and Proprietary Data Using Illumina’s Cohort Analyzer & Correlation Engine  
Monday, April 29-Tuesday, April 30
J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Auditorium:
HCI Research South 1st Floor Auditorium

Are you challenged with multi-dimensional genomics data? Please join us to discover how to gain insights and accelerate your translational research. Learn how to compare your data to a continually growing library of highly curated, public genomic data.

Sign-up and explore for FREE

Cohort Analyzer and Correlation Engine in a secured and private HCI domain. Visit the Bioinformatics Shared Resource for more information on the Cohort Analyzer and Correlation Engine.

Questions and Registration, email

*To comply with the Sunshine Act, healthcare providers will be asked to sign in and provide contact details to receive the free lunch.

For research use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

PEAK Interim Fitness Classes: Circuit Training and Indoor Cycling Classes Available
Monday, April 29-Friday, May 10, 2019

Interim is a great time to try something new or dive into creating a new routine. With Circuit Training and Indoor Cycling classes available, taking a PEAK class for two weeks would be ideal for jump-starting your summer.

Click here for more information.

Intensive Lifestyle Program
Now through May 1, 2019 | 5:15-6:45 p.m.    
LS Skaggs Patient Wellness Center

A 12-week medically supervised lifestyle change program includes motivation for behavior change, physical activity, stress management, and nutrition education. Weekly 90-minute group sessions: 45 minutes of group education and 45 minutes of exercise.

Open access to the gym 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday

Multiple locations for this class with varying start dates exist.

Register here.

Love Your Guts
Wednesday, May 1 and May 8, 2019 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Have you been hearing about the gut microbiome lately? Are you confused by the marketing terms probiotic versus prebiotic? This workshop will focus on the importance of supporting the growth of healthy bacteria in our digestive systems and detail strategies to do so with a healthy diet. Stick around to learn how to ferment yogurt at home and prepare some tasty, gut-healthy foods.

To register, click here.

If you would like to attend a class as your ONE no-cost WellU option, please use coupon code wellu at check out.

Family & Friends Graduation Celebration
Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 4-6 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155), College of Social Work

The College of Social Work is excited to host our first-ever Family & Friends Graduation Celebration. This is an opportunity for graduating social work students to celebrate their academic accomplishments with family, friends, faculty and staff who supported them throughout their time at the college.

This event is free and open to our graduates and all their guests, but we do ask for an RSVP for planning purposes.

Please RSVP by April 18 to Hamza Yaqoobi:

University of Utah Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, Mary 2, 2019 | 6 p.m.

Jon M. Huntsman Center

The University of Utah General Commencement is the campus-wide opening ceremony for graduation, kicking off many events across campus and serving as a collective celebration of the University community and the collective accomplishments of the graduating class. This year’s Commencement speaker will be renowned civil rights activist, religious leader and University of Utah alum and former faculty member Rev. France A. Davis.

Honorary doctoral degrees, the highest honor given by the University of Utah, will be awarded to Robert “Archie” Archuleta, May Farr and Gary L. Crocker.

Commencement is open to the public and free to attend—no tickets or RSVP required. For more information about the procession, guest seating and special assistance, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page here.  Commencement can be watched live online at

Trying Times: Conservation Easements and Federal Tax Law
Friday, May 3, 2019 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (PT) | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (MT) | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (CT) | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (ET)
S.J. Quinney College of Law

Interested in hearing from the IRS and national experts about recent court cases, IRS guidance and DOJ actions involving conservation easements? This program will address the most salient federal tax law issues impacting conservation easement transactions today.

Attend in person or tune in online.

Both in-person and online attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the IRS representative and other expert panelists. This program will benefit land trusts, government agencies, landowners, attorneys, judges, appraisers, CPAs, academics and anyone else with an interest in conservation easements.


  • Karin Gross, special counsel, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Washington, D.C.
  • Stephen J. Small, Esq., Law Office of Stephen J. Small, Esq., P.C., Newton, Massachusetts
  • Mark Weston, appraiser, AQB Certified USPAP instructor and the director of the Division of Conservation, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Nancy A. McLaughlin, Robert W. Swenson Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Wendy Fisher, executive director, Utah Open Lands

Register online here.

  • $100 attorney, appraiser or CPA
  • $30 nonprofit, government, academic, landowner or general public
  • $10 students

Click here for more information.

College of Social Work Convocation Ceremony
Friday, May 3, 2019 | 12 p.m.

Kingsbury Hall

The University of Utah College of Social Work’s Convocation Ceremony will celebrate individual students graduating with their BSW, MSW or Ph.D. in social work. All students participating in the ceremony will have ceremonial degrees conferred upon them (official diplomas will be sent to graduates via mail). To participate in the College of Social Work’s Convocation Ceremony, graduates should arrive (in cap and gown) in front of the Park Building, located on Presidents Circle, by 11 a.m. Guest seating at Kingsbury Hall is limited and the ceremony is ticketed.

Detailed information is available online here.

The College of Social Work’s Convocation Ceremony is streamed live through this page. Video of the event can be downloaded for free within a couple of days after the ceremony.

2019 Next Practices in Community Engaged Learning and Community Based Research Retreat
Monday, May 6, 2019 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library
Tuesday,  May 7, 2019 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Marriott Library Faculty Center

On May 6 and 7, URBAN UT will be co-sponsoring a two-day retreat at the University of Utah for faculty and graduate students from across the valley. You can RSVP for the events here.

On May 6, there will be a seminar on community-based research. We will be joined by local scholars and change agents, along with three out-of-town guests from the national URBAN network, to interrogate the possibilities and pitfalls of research as an approach to social change and movement building. Guest include:

  • Mark Warren, professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Maisie Chin, executive director and co-founder of CADRE, an independent, community-based organizing and social justice-driven parent membership organization in south Los Angeles
  • Vajra Watson, director of Research and Policy for Equity, University of California Davis

On May 7, there will be a seminar on the pedagogy and future best practices of Community Engaged Learning. Led by the Bennion Center and featuring a panel of community partners, this seminar will explore how to teach through a community-engaged lens, integrate engagement into all parts of a course and build reciprocal relationships with partners.

Talks with Teasley—Featuring Philip Osteen
Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 4-6 p.m.

Eccles Classroom (251), College of Social Work

Meet Dean Martell Teasley, find out where the College of Social Work is headed and learn a bit about some of the exciting research currently underway. Dr. Philip Osteen will talk about a creative new, nontraditional strategy to engage men in mental health treatment and reduce suicidal thinking and behaviors.

This event is free and open to the public, however, advance registration is requested here.

Using a Virtual Reality Learning Tool in Pursuit of Social Work Competency Acquisition
Friday, May 10, 2019 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-A), College of Social Work

Research on how humans learn shows a certain learning environment is necessary to reliably develop complex skills such as those needed for social work practice. Absent effective ways to practice skills, social workers often learn on the job, potentially putting clients at risk.

Researchers at the U developed the Virtual Home Simulator (VHS), a virtual reality learning tool, designed to provide skills practice prior to on the job performance. VHS facilitates and monitors progress while learners practice identifying safety concerns or possible indicators of protective factors of the caregivers.

Join the College of Social Work’s Chad McDonald and Dr. Matt Davis for a demo of the VHS tool. Learn about the research data that is being collected and discuss ideas for research collaboration using VHS, such as looking at implicit bias and competency outcome studies.

This event is free and open to the public. Please direct inquires to Jennifer Zenger at

Red Butte Garden Annual Spring Plant Sale
Friday, May 10, 2019 | 1-8 p.m. (Garden members only)
Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (General public day)
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

All the plants you need in one place with free admission to the plant sale.
  • Vegetables and herbs—including over 60 varieties of heirlooms
  • Colorful flowering annuals and hardy perennials
  • Huge selection of roses, own-root roses, ornamental grasses, groundcovers, native and water-wise plants
  • An assortment of conifers, trees, vines, and shrubs, including edible fruits
  • This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds go toward garden maintenance and education programs

Click here for more info.

Talks with Teasley—Featuring Joanne Yaffe
Monday, May 13, 2019 | 4-6 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155), College of Social Work

Meet Dean Martell Teasley, find out where the College of Social Work is headed, and learn a bit about some of the exciting research currently underway.  Dr. Joanne Yaffe will provide a snapshot of her work on an interdisciplinary eyewitness identification research project that will shape the future of this area of study.

This event is free and open to the public, however, advance registration here is requested.

What Do We Want to Become? Strategy Refresh Town Hall Meetings
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 3-5 p.m.
Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House

Over the past five years, the University of Utah made remarkable progress on its four strategic goals: knowledge transfer, student success, community engagement and ensuring the institution’s long-term viability. Now it’s time to reset our aspirations—and we need your help.

President Watkins and Senior Vice Presidents Dan Reed and Mike Good are launching a Strategy Refresh initiative to craft a path forward for the coming five years. We value the innovation and expertise of all of you—our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community supporters—and ask you to join us in creating the U’s new 2020-25 strategic vision.

We invite you to engage in a conversation about how the U can successfully achieve these primary goals, elevating our university as a model for the nation.

You can submit ideas online here.

Eat the Rainbow; Taste the Rainbow
Wednesday, May 15 and 22 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join a PEAK nutrition graduate student for a talk on the health benefits of Skittles. Just kidding!

We will be exploring adding color to your diet a different way—with lots of fruits and vegetables. This will be a very interactive workshop to teach you strategies for seamlessly incorporating colorful produce in your diet. Expect to leave with a full belly and lots of new recipes.

Summer Transportation Institute Camp
Monday, July 8-Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Explore engineering in this week-long event dedicated to introducing 2019-20 ninth grade high school students to the transportation industry. Participants will experience hands-on activities while working with the professional researchers and faculty of the University of Utah. Participants will have the opportunity to experience on-campus amenities, field trips and explore career opportunities while focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fundamentals.

Lunch and transportation will be provided during camp hours.

Questions? Please contact Paige Jorgensen, 801-585-7710,