University Of Utah
Impact Newsletter

$150 Million Commitment from Huntsman Family Will Establish Mental Health Institute

The University of Utah announced a commitment of $150 million from the Huntsman family on November 4, 2019, to establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. The institute is expected to become a nationally recognized leader in research, care, education, and community outreach—and a model for other states to follow. “All families are impacted by the []

The Scott & Betsy Thornton Foundation Challenges UNP to ‘Think Big’

Over the past few years, Betsy Thornton, of the Scott W. and Betsy D. Thornton Family Foundation, has been talking with University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) about its emerging work, mainly its education pathways partnerships housed at the UNP Hartland Partnership Center. Betsy’s ongoing interest in the center was fueled by stories she’s heard from individuals who have []

Kahlert Village: Three Generous Women, One Innovative Living Learning Environment

Work is scheduled to be completed this fall on what is a signature project for the U—a new housing village composed of three residential towers, each named after a remarkable and generous woman in Utah: Gail Miller, Patricia Child and Heather Kahlert. Thanks to Heather Kahlert and the Kahlert Foundation, this new housing complex will be []

Chevron Helps Fuel Natural History Museum of Utah’s STEM Programs

Introducing students to STEM principles early through K-12 programming is integral to generating interest in obtaining higher education degrees in math and science. To advance this important effort, the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) is collaborating with Chevron—and other major funders—to provide support for two exciting STEM programs: Youth Teaching Youth, the museum’s premier science []

Welcome to Advancement Rakin Hall

Rakin “Rock” Hall joined the University Advancement team as executive director of Foundation Relations on October 1, 2019. Rakin is a higher education professional with over 20 years of experience working in the areas of enrollment management, institutional advancement, and strategic research initiatives. Rakin moved to Salt Lake City, joining the University of Utah from the []

U Giving Day: 1,850 Minutes of Imagining More

Join us for the 2nd annual U Giving Day, February 25-26, 2020! Alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and staff will unite for 1,850 minutes in honor of the U’s founding year to celebrate, engage, and make an investment in the future of the university. U Giving Day is an opportunity to help imagine more for students, health care, []