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!

Jamie Sorenson BS'05, President

Mindy Booth BA'99, Vice President

Presentation by Sim Gill, Salt Lake County DA (Sept. 24)

Join Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill on Thursday, Sept. 24, as part of the Young Alumni Board’s Speaker Series. At 11:30, connect with other young alumni for networking and lunch, at the Alumni House. Beginning at noon, Sim Gill will discuss how the D.A. office serves the county's citizens, as well as review pertinent issues facing the county today. This event is free for Alumni Association members, $5 for nonmembers. Click here to learn more about the event and register to attend.

2014 Homecoming Scholarship 5K and KidsK

$52,000 Raised for Student Scholarships!

The Young Alumni Scholarship 5K and Kids K was held at the Alumni House on Saturday, Sept. 27. Click here for results and click here for more pictures.

We would like to send along a great big “Thank you!” to all who participated in the Young Alumni 5K race and Kids 1K fun run this year. Rain or shine, we know that many of you join us annually for this event, and we appreciate your continued support. For those who participated this year for the first time, we hope you had a great experience and that we’ll see you again in the future.


  • $500 Student Scholarships: Kenya Arnett and Christopher Henderson
  • $1,000 Student Group Scholarships: Beta Alpha Psi and the Lactic Acids group
  • Fastest female was Julie McMahon, and the fastest male was Fritz VanDeKamp
  • Fastest 2nd place – Tyler Scholl and Rudi Zurbuchen
  • Fastest 3rd place – Gus Gochnour and Stephanie Scholl
  • Fastest faculty/staff were Florian Angelo Nattero and Jamesina Simpson
  • KidsK winners were Matt Sebahar and Annabelle Soelberg
  • Best dressed were Christina Hales, Kathleen Ogrin, and Tami Endow

Thanks to you all for making our race such a success!


The Young Alumni Board would like to give a special thanks to our fabulous 2014 5K Race co-chairs, Ashley Anderson and Peter Black. Their enthusiasm and leadership made this 5K the most successful to date!

Other Past Events and Awards

Young Alumni Speaker & Networking Series

Douglas Smith, M.D., chief medical officer for Arches Health Plans, spoke about the Affordable Care Act and how it is affecting Utahns in all walks of life. Click here for a video from the event.

Career Pathways

Our 2013 theme was Healthcare Administration and Public Health. Students were given the opportunity to meet with the panelists and 18 professionals in the health care industry after the panel discussion. Click here for a video from the event.

Young Alumni News and Information

Par Excellence Award
Steve Smith ex'01

Steve Smith, star athlete and then wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, was honored with the 2013 Par Excellence Award at the annual Spring Awards Banquet held at Rice-Eccles on April 10. Smith is donating $150,000 to the Young Alumni Scholarship Fund to help at-risk kids. Thank you, Steve! More . . .

Outstanding Young Alumna
Jill Briggs HBS'95 MPR'96

Congratulations to Jill Briggs, who received the Young Alumni 2013 Outstanding Alumna Award for her ongoing support of the annual Young Alumni 5K race and her professional career as a tax director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. More . . .

Young Alumni Scholars

Congratulations to our Young Alumni Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year!

Young Alumni Undergraduate
Nicki Bailey, Kaia Douglas, Amanda Newman, and Tracy Souvall

Young Alumni Graduate
Charlene Brenkmann, Michael Chen, Tina Huynh, and Kyle Turner

Red Roots Scholar
Gabriela Bailon


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Los Angeles Chapter - Angels Baseball Group Tickets
The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter has purchased a limited number of tickets to the Angels vs. Astros baseball game. Come meet other utes from the area and stay after the game for some fireworks.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

San Diego Chapter - Annual Alumni Beach Party
The San Diego Chapter invites you to join fellow alumni to attend the Annual Alumni Beach Party

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Young Alumni Speaker Series — Sim Gill
Connect with other young alumni and current students for networking and lunch at the Alumni House on the University campus. "Amazing Race" winners David and Connor O’Leary speak at noon.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Arizona Chapter - Utah Alumni Night at the Diamondbacks
Utah Alumni night at the AZ Diamondbacks is officially Friday, October 2. 

Southern Utah Chapter - Tuacahn Group Night
Join Southern Utah alumni and friends at the Tuacahn showing of Beauty and the Beast.

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