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Olá from Brazil! The photos are from a University of Utah alumni event, held on April 14 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We have many prominent alumni in the Sao Paulo area, and throughout Brazil. Mark Neeleman, for example, is a member of the U’s first graduating cohort in International Studies. Mark is an entrepreneur, noteworthy […]

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Society, Water, and Climate

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The University of Utah currently has faculty members conducting research in the areas of society, water and climate; however, our faculty themselves identified this area as a research focus where some strategic hires could transform our productivity.

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Accreditation

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Welcome back for Spring 2015! I hope that you were able to enjoy a restorative and healthy break, and that you begin the new year with renewed enthusiasm for all that is ahead at the U.

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Strategic Scheduling for Student Success Initiative (S4I)

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Some of my most salient memories from my first year at Utah involve our talented and hard-working students – students like Teresa, a working mother of three who came to my office with the request that we help her finish her degree by improving the logistics of our course schedule (she had required gateway courses that were scheduled both early in the morning and late in the day), and Mitch, who was arranging special permission to take the two remaining courses that he needed to graduate even though they overlapped about 20 minutes.

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Supporting, Serving, and Celebrating Transfer Students

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Parker Erickson (shown left) is a remarkable undergraduate student. He is a center on the Utah football team who has earned a 4.0 GPA. With the full endorsement of the university, he recently submitted a Rhodes Scholar application. Parker is also a transfer student, joining the U after studying at both Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and Snow College.

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Making Connections with Our Students

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Launching the academic year brings many occasions to talk with colleagues around campus about their hopes and plans for the year ahead. A personal high point of the past couple weeks was delivering the keynote for our campus’ annual Teaching Retreat, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

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Big Problems, Bold Solutions: The Transformative Excellence Program

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I view universities as the context where the most visionary, path-breaking approaches to urgent challenges should be explored. If not within the academy, where creative thinkers from a wide range of fields work in close proximity in an environment where risky work is allowed if not encouraged, then where would we hope to address societal concerns such as prevention of disease and disability, climate change, air quality, and the analysis, synthesis and application of large quantities of data?

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