Keck Foundation Funds U Dark Sky StudiesThe transdisciplinary minor is the first of its kind in the U.S.

The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the University of Utah to establish a new undergraduate minor in dark sky studies, the first of its kind in the United States. Dark sky studies is an emerging field that explores the impacts of artificial light at night and the loss of our night skies []


Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Next Expansion for Cancer Patients Nearly Doubles in Size Thanks to a $30 Million Gift from the Huntsman Foundation

Peter Huntsman, CEO of the Huntsman Foundation and chairman and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF), announced on January 11, 2019, a transformational $30 million gift from the family’s foundation. This donation allows Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah to better plan for and address the future needs of cancer patients []


U Leads Nation in Launching Innovative Funding Effort for College Completion

Paying for college can be a challenge. For many University of Utah students, completing their degree means starting and stopping school or reducing their course load in order to save money and avoid taking on debt. Yet prolonging a student’s time to graduation reduces their chance of finishing, costs more in educational expenses, and delays []


U of U Health Premieres One in a Million during SundanceThe remarkable short film was made possible by the Kahlert Foundation and the Penelope Program.

In late January, during the Sundance Film Festival, University of Utah Health premiered One in a Million, an original short documentary co-directed by two acclaimed independent filmmakers, Jeremiah Zagar and Ross Kauffman. The film tells the story of Tyler, who lost his ability to walk, see, and hear by the time he was 10. The []


U Welcomes New Members to National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council is a group of approximately 130 individuals who work closely with the university’s leadership and administration to improve the relationships between the U and its constituencies throughout the state and beyond. Council members help implement programs necessary for the development and maintenance of the university’s resources and contribute to a clear []


Welcome, Heidi Woodbury

Heidi DeWitt Woodbury joined the University of Utah’s senior leadership team as the new vice president for institutional advancement on February 1, 2019. Previously, she served as the assistant dean for external relations at the David Eccles School of Business. An alumna of the U, she was selected after a vigorous, competitive national search. She []


Alumni Association Membership is Free

All alumni of the University of Utah are now members of the Alumni Association! Membership is automatic and dues-free, thanks to a decision made by the Alumni Association Board of Governors. The board felt it was vital that all U alumni have the opportunity to connect with their alma mater and fellow alums as full-fledged []


Imagine More — U Giving Day

The University of Utah is excited to announce our first-ever Imagine More U Giving Day, a 36-hour effort in support of students, programs, and initiatives campuswide. U Giving Day, slated for May 21-22, 2019, will be a unique opportunity for the University of Utah community—including alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff—to advance the U’s trajectory []