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 Writer and U Alum Tracy McMillan

Tracy McMillan BA'89—who has gone on to fame writing films, TV shows, and two books, her memoir I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway, and her latest, Why You’re Not Married…Yet—spoke at the U on February 12 as part of the Young Alumni Speaker & Networking Series. Learn more and listen to a recording of her talk here.

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

Friday, March 06, 2015

Career Pathways 2015 - Panel and Networking Event
"Careers for Creative Minds," 11:30 a.m. at the Alumni House at the University of Utah, with a panel featuring a freelance composer, dance director, professional graphic artist and painter, and a magazine editor. Free event, but space is limited.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

New York Chapter - Jazz/Nets group tickets
The chapter has been offered discounted Jazz/Nets tickets at the Barclay's Center. RSVP no later than Tuesday, March 3 if you're interested. We need c. 20 people to get the discount. To RSVP, simply send an email to

Friday, March 13, 2015

Las Vegas Chapter - Annual Scholarship Golf Event
Take a break from the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament and spend some time on the golf course with some fellow Utes. Sign up for the 9th annual Las Vegas Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Seattle Chapter - Spring Fling Game Watch/Scholarship Fundraiser
Come watch the Runnin Utes take on UW. At the same time, join in the raffle for some great items. All proceeds will go to the Seattle Utes Chapter Scholarship.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Arizona Chapter - Spring Training Event
Connect with the U at the annual Arizona chapter spring training event.