March 2012

Randy W. Cardon, a University of Utah student and gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who has served five deployments, including two tours in Iraq, has been selected to receive the 2012 Founders Day Scholarship. The University of Utah Alumni Association awards the $6,000 scholarship annually to recognize students who have overcome difficult life circumstances or challenges and who have given service to the University and the community. Read more...

Association News

Four outstanding graduates of the University of Utah and one honorary alumnus were presented with the 2012 Founders Day awards on Feb. 22 at a gala banquet at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The sold-out event drew more than 600 people, including U alumni and administrators.
  • Deans on tour: Three U deans are stopping in California in March to talk about the Pac-12.
  • Political advocacy: The U needs you to attend Utah political party caucuses March 13 and 15.
  • Chapter Chatter: U Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham visited with about 50 U alumni in Houston in February.


A student entrepreneurial team at the U believes it has come up with a winning business plan for a virtual ID badge that operates off of any mobile device. The team, calling itself EMRID Technologies, developed a product that could be used in place of other common electronic ID badges used by hospitals, defense companies, or other firms.
  • Honors for innovation: University Health Care has received Modern Healthcare's 2011 Spirit of Excellence Award for Process Improvement.
  • Why bad genes survive: U research explains the reasons people carry genes to make immune-system proteins that may make us susceptible to infections and diseases.

Campus Events

The U's John A. Moran Eye Center will present "Night for Sight," a dinner and auction on March 24 that seeks to raise awareness and funds to support international eye surgeries and training. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sanduk Ruit, a leading Nepalese eye surgeon known for pioneering cataract surgery in the developing world.
  • Brave Cowboy: A talk and reception on March 4 will mark the opening of a rare book exhibition on environmentalist Edward Abbey's work.
  • Circus Oz: Don't miss Australia's most-loved circus, at Kingsbury Hall on March 20 and 21.
  • Babcock Theatre: U alum Anne Cullimore Decker stars in Rare Bird, March 9-18.
  • Ballet Ensemble: Guest choreographers and U ballet faculty will present riveting dance works, March 1-3.


Member Benefit of the Month: University of Utah Alumni Association members can receive substantial discounts on facility rentals at the Alumni House. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance.


Honor Roll: News from Alumni: Ann Weaver Hart BS’70 MA’81 PhD’83 has been named the new president of the University of Arizona. Since 2006, Hart had been president of Temple University. Her previous roles included four years as president of the University of New Hampshire, and five years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University.
  • Campus All-Stars: Achievements of University of Utah faculty, staff, and students
  • In Memoriam: Farewell tributes to University of Utah friends we wish to remember
  • Reading Room: Recent publications by members of the U community


The U's gymnastics program is setting a path for the rest of the Pac-12. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the conference's gymnastics liaison, as well as Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, see the U as a model they would like to see replicated. That's part of the reason why they asked Utah to host the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, scheduled for March 24.
  • Hall of Fame: The U will induct Norma Carr, Bente Dahlum, Ron McBride, and Keith Van Horn into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame on April 23.
  • Skiing: The U's ski team won its second straight Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association regular-season title.
  • Football: Brian Johnson, the winningest quarterback in U history, is the Utes' new offensive coordinator.

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