UTAH LANDSCAPE PAINTERS
LAKE, BAXTER, AND RIGBY
Pioneer Theatre Company’s Loge Gallery will present an exhibit of paintings by local artists Randall Lake, Ken Baxter and Larry Rigby on the mezzanine level of the theater during PTC’s production of Clybourne Park, Feb. 15 through Mar. 2. With an MFA from the U, Randall Lake is a 21st century painter drawn to 19th century realism and studied art in Paris. Ken Baxter has been painting since he was in eighth grade, professionally since 1976, and has taught art classes throughout the valley. Larry Rigby has worked fighting forest fires, being a mortuary assistant, and founding various biomedical companies. His art has been exhibited throughout Utah. The gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for the general public, and before and after performances for ticket holders.
U EMPLOYEES WIN THE LOTTERY!
After 13 years of playing the same set of numbers every month in the Idaho lottery, a group of 33 University of Utah workers finally hit pay dirt, winning $1 million. But buying the winning ticket turned into a bit of an adventure. Steve Hughes left his truck running to keep his dog Stella warm while he went inside a gas station near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Jan. 6. When he returned to his truck, his miniature pincher had locked him out by putting her paw on the manual lock. Hughes, 29, planned to buy the ticket elsewhere, but instead he had his girlfriend buy it there while he tried to pick the lock with a slim jim. He eventually coached Stella to put her paws on the electronic window button in the back seat, allowing Hughes to get in the truck. The group, who work on heating and cooling university buildings, discovered Wednesday night that they had won second prize in the Idaho Powerball, and say that Stella’s ordeal somehow tipped the hand of fate. They announced the great news during a meeting Thursday morning at the HVAC shop at the U. Hughes thought it was a joke.
—From an article by Brady McCombs in the Feb. 8, 2013 issue of The Salt Lake Tribune. Read the complete article here.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:
UNIVERSITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AWARDS
Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 8.
The Office for Equity and Diversity is accepting nominations from faculty, staff, and students for the annual University Equity and Diversity Awards. The awards recognize excellence in fostering leadership and commitment to enhance equity and diversity, and expand opportunities for students, staff, and/or faculty at the U. One award will be given in each of three categories:
• Sustained contributions by university units, faculty, or staff over many years
• Contributions in the last year by university units, faculty, or staff
• Contributions by students
To nominate a candidate, please see the online form. The awards lunch and presentation ceremony will be held Wednesday, Apr. 24, from 12:15 – 2:00 p.m. in the Varsity Room at Rice Eccles Stadium Tower (level 6). Recipients must be present to receive the award.
IN MEMORIAM: MILTON WADSWORTH
Milton Wadsworth, a former professor and dean of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, passed away Jan. 31, from pancreatic cancer at the age of 90. Wadsworth attended the U after serving in the military during World War II and received a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. After graduating in 1951, he accepted a full-time position at the U. Wadsworth served as dean of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences and as chair of the Department of Metallurgy and Metallurgical Science. He published 145 papers and received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Liege in Belgium and the Colorado School of Mines. “His appreciation and understanding of the sciences and technology allowed him to inspire his students, research staff, and colleagues,” says Jan Miller, chair of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering. Read his obituary here.
—From an article by Marjorie Clark in the Daily Utah Chronicle, Feb. 5, 2013
SALT LAKE MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS U ALUM AND MISS UTAH, KARA ARNOLD
Last summer, Kara Arnold was crowned Miss Utah. Since that time, she’s represented Utah through non-profit work, placing in the top 15 at the Miss America Pageant and . . . biochemistry. She graduated from the U in the field shortly and has spent time as Miss Utah promoting higher education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Read the Salt Lake Magazine interview with Arnold here.
PROFESSORS NEEDED TO TEACH 6TH GRADE STUDENTS ON APRIL 25
Project Youth, a nonprofit collaboration between the Bennion Center and the Salt Lake City School District, will bring sixth graders from local Title I schools to campus for a morning of educational activities on Thursday, April 25. Professors and/or their students are needed to teach one or two sessions: from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; or from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interactive visual presentations that will engage the students are preferred. Help get these sixth graders exposed to higher education and get them excited to come to the U. For more information, contact Sarah Irving (801-706-9976) by April 1.
LECTURE BY WADE DAVIS AVAILABLE ONLINE
If you weren’t able to make it to the 2013 Lyceum II Lecture in Environmental Humanities on Jan. 30, you can still listen to the riveting story of the great George Mallory’s 1920s conquest of Mount Everest, told by award-winning author and explorer Wade Davis, an ethnobotanist, anthropologist, and Explorer-in-Residence with National Geographic. His talk, titled “Into the Silence,” was taken from his recent award-winning book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest. Listen to it here.
TRAVEL TO THE BALTIC SEA WITH KUER
Join KUER’s Citizens of the World as they set sail this July for a cruise to the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. Discover historic medieval cities and charming villages dating back to the days of the early Vikings. Experience the world’s most precious art works from Rembrandt to Picasso at the Hermitage Museum and relax on the Star Flyer as you bask in the summer Scandinavian sun. Book your trip by clicking here. KUER is also traveling to South India, including a Kerala Backwaters Cruise in November. For details, click here.