November 2011

Four outstanding graduates of the University of Utah and one honorary alumnus have been selected to receive 2012 Founders Day awards. Actress Klea Blackhurst BFA'85, left; businessman H. Roger Boyer BS'65, lower right; former U vice president J. Michael Mattsson BS'60, bottom center; and scientist Arthur L. Ruoff PhD'55, upper right, will all be presented with the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. These awards are the highest honor the University of Utah Alumni Association gives to U graduates, in recognition of their outstanding professional achievements and/or public service. Gary Crocker, center top, a Utah entrepreneur who founded Research Medical, will receive an Honorary Alumnus Award, in recognition of his support of the University. All will be honored at the Founders Day Banquet on February 22. Read more...

Association News

University of Utah alumni in Europe will gather May 26 and 27 in Regensburg, Germany, for the 2012 European Reunion. Save the date, and plan on meeting up with other U alumni there! All alumni are welcome.
  • Deans Unscripted: Three deans will be on tour, starting in L.A. on Nov. 3, to tell alumni about what's new at the U.
  • Career Corner: What you see in the mirror may be deciding your paycheck.
  • Chapter leadership: Twenty leaders of U alumni chapters nationwide met for a seminar on the campus in October.


WirelessPresident Barack Obama presented a National Medal of Science to University of Utah chemist Peter Stang, who was recognized for his contributions to the development of supramolecular chemistry. Watch a video of the White House ceremony.
  • Mercury test: A U researcher has developed a faster and cheaper mercury-pollution test that could particularly aid countries such as China.
  • Hospital expansion: Huntsman Cancer Institute dedicated a $100 million addition to its cancer hospital on Oct. 28.
  • Green power: The University will buy more than 98 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Cosmic rays: The U has opened a new visitor center in Delta, Utah, with displays on the Telescope Array cosmic-ray observatory.


Member Benefit of the Month: Alumni Association members enjoy a 10 percent discount on Pac-12 gear and other merchandise at Utah Red Zone stores and online.


Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn is out for the football season after surgery on his shoulder in October. He has been replaced in the starting lineup by junior transfer Jon Hays, who joined the team in the summer when Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program.
  • Soccer: Utah senior forward Erin Dalley has twice been honored as the Pac-12 Player of the Week.
  • Basketball: The U men's basketball team will hold its first Jr. Utes Basketball Camp on Nov. 19 for players grades K-6.
  • Cross Country: The U runners will compete in the NCAA Regional Championships on Nov. 12.

Campus Events

Complexions Contemporary Ballet, featuring former Alvin Ailey stars Dwight Roden and Desmond Richardson, will perform Nov. 8 at Kingsbury Hall. The company has been lauded for presenting "cross-cultural ballet with attitude."
  • The Tempest: Pioneer Theatre Company's production of the Shakespeare classic continues through Nov. 5.
  • Songs of the times: Michael Lasser will speak Nov. 6 about music tying in with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts' exhibition "LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art."
  • Frontiers of Science: University of Alaska geophysics professor Hajo Eicken will talk Nov. 8 on the Arctic Ocean's shrinking ice cover.
  • Book Arts: Use vintage zinc cuts and metal type to design and letterpress print greeting cards.


Honor Roll: News from Alumni: Daniel L. Orr II MS’79, DDS, Ph.D., J.D., M.D., was recently honored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. After 28 years in a successful oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) practice, Orr is now a professor at the University of Nevada and chief of OMS at its medical center.
  • 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
  • U for Higher Ed: Become a legislative advocate for the U.

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