Young Alumni

Greetings, Young Alumni!

Welcome back to the University of Utah! We recognize that your University of Utah connection didn’t stop at graduation.

The Young Alumni Board (YAB) seeks to actively involve fellow U "young alumni," defined as those who left the University within the last 15 years. One of the board's primary goals is to find creative, entertaining, and informative ways to keep you connected, and we hope you will visit here often to see what activities and events are being offered.

There are more than 255,000 University of Utah graduates, and you are the largest constituency in our alumni population! The U continues to be a vibrant Research I institution, conducting groundbreaking research while educating 30,000 students and graduating about 7,000 each year. You can help shape the school’s future by staying active and involved.

The YAB is currently taking input on new ideas for programming that is relevant to you. Please take just a minute to fill out our young alumni survey to let us know what your interests are. Thank you!

Please stay in touch, and we'll do the same!


Young Alumni Homecoming 5K and Kids 1K

October 10 at the Alumni House

Two University student groups and two current University of Utah students were awarded $1,000 scholarships!

For additional information about the race, click here.


Presentation by Sim Gill, Salt Lake County DA

Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney, gave a presentation Thursday, Sept. 24, as part of the Young Alumni Board’s Speaker Series. He discussed how the D.A. office serves the county's citizens, as well as review pertinent issues facing the county. 

To learn more about our Speaker Series, click here.



Par Excellence Award

Each spring, the Alumni Association and its Young Alumni Board (YAB) have the pleasure of honoring an alumnus/a who attended the University of Utah within the last 15 years with our Par Excellence Award. The award is presented on the basis of the recipient’s outstanding professional achievements and contribution to the betterment of society.

2015 Par Excellence Award Winner
Steven Sharp Nelson BA'02 MPA'07
Cellist, The Piano Guys

Learn more about Steven here.

Nomination form for the 2016 Par Excellence Award.

List of past Par Excellence recipients.


Young Alumni Scholars

Last year the Young Alumni Board raised $52,000 in scholarship money at the Young Alumni Homecoming 5K and awarded scholarships to the following outstanding students at the University of Utah.

Graduate Scholars
Nicole Anderson, Katharine Blumenthal, Ashley Miller, Penchan Phoborisut, Adam Weinstein, Tammy Zundel

Undergraduate Scholars
Jerry Bounsanga, Samuel Ham, Clint Murray, Justin Spangler, Jonathan Stepan, MacLane Taggart

Steve and Angie Smith
Young Alumni Scholarship

Steve and Angie Smith established a $150,000 endowment to award scholarships to incoming freshman in need each year. Congratulations to Ariel Flores Mena and Lilibeth Ceja.


Would You Like to Become a Mentor?

Career Pathways Series

We encourage young alumni to attend the free Career Pathways Series sponsored by Career Services, Alumni Career Services, and the Young Alumni Board.

If you are willing to volunteer a panelist in your specialty or join us to network with students at our Career Pathways events, please contact Young Alumni Board member, Ryan Kump.

Here is a list of upcoming events on campus:

  • Health & Wellness: Oct. 7, 4-6 p.m., Union Saltair
  • Research in the Humanities: Oct. 22, 4-5:30 p.m., STIHB Child Auditorium
  • Marketing and Communication: Oct. 27, 4-6 pm., SFEBB 7170
  • STEM Careers in Academic: Nov. 4, 3:30-5 p.m., ASB 220
  • Planning, Sustainability, and Environment: Nov. 4, 1-3 p.m. TBD

More to follow in 2016!


Saturday, December 05, 2015

Arizona Chapter - St. Mary's Food Bank Service Project
Bring your friends and family to help at the St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Travel Night with Dean Cardinale
Travel Night with Dean Cardinale of World Wide Trekking. The Alumni Association and World Wide Trekking have put together an exciting family safari adventure in Africa next summer. Listen to Cardinale talk about the trip and his travel adventures.

Friday, December 18, 2015

New York Chapter - Alumni Social
The night before the 2015 sweet-sixteen rematch of Utah vs. Duke come hear from President Pershing and one of the members of the basketball team. Meet other Utes and get excited for the game.

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