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Regarding Honorary Degrees: An open letter from David Pershing, Vivian Lee and Ruth Watkins
Summer intramural sports registration opens Monday, May 16
Law student Adam Saxby earns high honor for pro bono work
Foothill Drive online workshop for the implementation strategy
Self-guided campus art tours
U Selfie contest
Kitchen table paper marbling workshop
Register for CTLE’s Faculty Boot Camp: Focus on Technology

[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Dear campus community:

We have received a great deal of feedback in the past few days related to the decision to award Lynette Gay an honorary degree for her humanitarian efforts. We are grateful for the heartfelt perspectives from our community. Your voices have been clearly heard and we are truly sorry for the pain this has caused.

We would like to use this as a moment to reaffirm we are a community that is unalterably committed to accept and respect all of those among us. We value the rights and dignity of all, including, without question and with celebration, LGBTQ people.

We have engaged in a year-long effort to make our institution a more diverse, open, and welcoming environment for all our students, staff, and faculty. In response to the Nov. 20, 2015, dialogue on racial climate, our campus developed 13 immediate responses. This fall we will welcome hundreds of new diverse students and a significant cohort of excellent, dynamic diverse faculty. We could not be more proud to be a part of this transformative trajectory.

Utah is a unique environment, where social and political challenges are often met with unexpected and innovative solutions. We value those who take seriously new perspectives and opinions gained through dialogue, and who allow those conversations to shape their actions. That is at the core of the educational endeavor. In the best cases, positive change can result from even the most painful and difficult struggles. At the University of Utah, we will continue to embrace difficult conversations and maintain our commitment to improve, in an even more accelerated fashion, our collective condition.

To this end, we will continue to fulfill this year’s transformative commitments and shape the next wave of bold initiatives to advance equity and diversity in many areas, including exploring the challenges facing the LGBTQ community and all families.

Click here to view the 13 immediate responses to the open dialogue on racial climate.

David W. Pershing
President, University of Utah

Vivian S. Lee
Senior Vice President, Health Science

Ruth V. Watkins
Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs[/bs_col]

SUMMER INTRAMURAL SPORTS REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY, MAY 16[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]
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[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Intramural sports are open to all current University of Utah students, faculty, staff, alumni or affiliated members with a Campus Recreation Services membership. They are a great way to stay fit and active while having fun with your friends.

Click here for more information and registration.[/bs_col]

LAW STUDENT ADAM SAXBY EARNS HIGH HONOR FOR PRO BONO WORK[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]
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[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Adam Saxby, a student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, has been named Pro Bono Law Student of the Year by the Utah Bar Association for 2016.

Saxby worked countless hours on a number of pro bono initiatives throughout his time at the law school, establishing himself as a leader on a number of projects at the U’s Pro Bono Initiative Office, said JoLynn Spruance, the office’s director.

Among his many accomplishments, Saxby created a new system within the Pro Bono Initiative Legal Clinics to focus on helping refugees gain better access to legal services.

“Adam Saxby is well deserving of the Utah State Bar’s Law Student Pro Bono Award. He is held in high esteem by the staff and faculty here at the College of Law, and has been a true mentor to many of his fellow classmates,” said Spruance.

Kay Shelton, associate director of the law school’s clinical program, noted that Saxby dedicated more than 650 hours of service through various projects.[/bs_col]

[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The university is a part of the Foothill Drive Implementation Strategy that will identify short term and long-term strategies to address traffic congestion, improve neighborhood connections, enhance safety and provide transportation options.

An open house was held by the Foothill Drive project team on March 31, 2016. There was strong attendance and many comments were received. For those who were unable to attend, all open house displays are available online here to view the information and provide input.

In this online workshop, you can find an overview of the project, the draft corridor goals and an opportunity to again leave feedback for the project team. Visit to get started.

This project is a partnership among Salt Lake City, UDOT, UTA, Salt Lake County, University of Utah and Wasatch Front Regional Council.[/bs_col]

SELF-GUIDED CAMPUS ART TOURS[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]The University of Utah is well-known for its beautiful campus, but did you know that U buildings are often filled with stunning art? With graduation just around the corner, a self-guided campus art tour is a great way to show off the U campus to friends and family.

All of the buildings are accessible to the public and allows visitors to see art pieces that you would typically see in a museum. Take a walk through the Frederick Albert Sutton building to visit a “green” building that showcases beautiful displays related to earth sciences. Or, see the magnificent “Neurostar” sculpture hanging on the ceiling in the atrium of the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (USTAR).

For more information on campus art, please visit the Self-Guided Campus Art Tours website.[/bs_col]

U SELFIE CONTEST[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Do you enjoy taking selfies? Are you a #selfiepro? Participate in the U selfie contest and win exciting prizes. Snap a selfie at your favorite U location and get the chance to win $25 worth movie/event tickets.

Sign up by clicking this link and follow the instructions. Four winners will be chosen through a lucky draw.

Contest deadline is May 13, 2016.

The contest is being conducted as part of a research study at the David Eccles School of Business.[/bs_col]

Application deadline is May 11 for the June 24-25 event[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Free spots available.

Focusing on creative alternatives to traditional paper marbling, this workshop makes use of low-cost, readily available tools and materials to create quality, decorative papers. Pamela Smith, a masterful, traditional craftsperson, demonstrates basic marbling techniques that are repeatable at home. Participants leave with a basic understanding of marbling methods and sample sheets of common patterns.

Join us for a fun and thorough introductory experience.

Click here to apply. [/bs_col]