Campus Life

University of Utah esports to compete in Blizzard Entertainment games

May 31, 2017

The University of Utah’s nationally-ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) video game design program announced today that Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly popular multiplayer titles “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone” will be official varsity games in Utah’s new collegiate esports program. Varsity esports at the University of Utah is the first college-sponsored varsity esports program from any school in […]


University of Utah names new dean of College of Fine Arts

May 25, 2017

University of Utah Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Ruth Watkins announced that John W. Scheib, director of the School of Music at University of Kentucky, has accepted the offer to serve as the next dean of the College of Fine Arts. Following the completion of the appointment approval process, Scheib will begin on July […]


Wesley I. Sundquist receives 2017 Rosenblatt Prize

May 4, 2017

Wesley I. Sundquist, distinguished professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, was honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s most prestigious faculty award. The $40,000 gift is presented annually to a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching, research and administrative efforts. The Rosenblatt Prize Committee, a group of distinguished faculty members, […]


Leadership Announcement from President Pershing

April 28, 2017

Earlier today, I accepted the resignation of Dr. Vivian Lee as Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, CEO of University of Utah Health, and Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Lee joined the university faculty in 2011. She has been described by her colleagues as a visionary leader who maintains high standards for […]


U to graduate 8,566 students

April 27, 2017

University of Utah student Christina Andino will be among only 0.03 percent of foster youths who graduate from college when she receives a bachelor’s degree this year. After transferring to the U in 2015 from Salt Lake Community College, Andino is graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work and no student loan debt. While Andino […]


U Students raise awareness about secret watershed

April 17, 2017

The University of Utah’s Art, Action and the Environment Honors course raises awareness about the Red Butte Creek, an important and largely unknown watershed that runs through campus. The student project consists of an exhibition, held April 18-25 on the first floor of the Art Building, displaying personal, open letters about the impact the U […]


Two U students receive Fulbright awards

April 17, 2017

Two University of Utah students have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship and two students have been chosen as alternates. Elizabeth Gamarra and Alison Shimko have received highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2017-2018 academic […]


Varsity esports comes to the U

April 5, 2017

Varsity esports have arrived at the University of Utah. The U and its nationally ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering video game development program announced today that it is forming the U’s first college-sponsored varsity esports program. Utah esports will compete in multiple games and has confirmed the industry leading League of Legends as its first […]


U initiative supports African-American doctoral students

April 4, 2017

While African-American students are among the least represented at the University of Utah, the institution is launching a first-of-its-kind program designed to change that. The African-American Doctoral Scholars Initiative, which begins fall 2017, provides eligible students with annual scholarships worth up to $5,000, among other resources. Applications are being accepted through April 14. The community-building […]


The U welcomes Chris Nelson as communications director

March 27, 2017

The University of Utah welcomes Chris Nelson as the new communications director, effective March 27. With more than 20 years of creating and executing strategies to help the University of Utah advance, Nelson has extensive experience in strategic and crisis communication, media relations, organizational message development, content marketing and fundraising strategy. He currently serves as […]