Congratulations to the U’s Jazz Ensemble One and the jazz combo Hot Club of Zion, which earned top rankings at the distinguished University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival in April. The largest event of its kind in the nation, the 42nd annual festival at UNC brought together internationally recognized artists, award-winning clinicians, and more than 275 bands, combos, and jazz vocal groups from across the country. Jazz Ensemble One, led by Russell Schmidt, director of jazz studies at the U, scored I – Excellent rankings, receiving the highest designations in all 16 categories. Additionally, four students received individual awards for outstanding achievement as soloists: Denson Angulo (bass), Ben Kimura (piano), Ben Lepley (trombone), and Jeremy Tarshis (guitar). The combo Hot Club of Zion, adjudicated by internationally-noted jazz saxophonist Dave Pietro, was rewarded with I – Excellent rankings in all eight categories. After their performance, Pietro commented that the group is one of his favorite combos, which is high praise considering Pietro has been a festival adjudicator for nearly two decades. The two Jazz Area groups went 24 for 24 with top rankings from among 7,500 participants on the scoring sheets. For more information, contact Russell Schmidt


Joyce Ogburn, dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library and University Librarian for the U, is included in Utah Business’s “30 Women to Watch” listing. Ogburn joined the library in 2005 and through 2009 oversaw the library’s $78 million renovation project. Prior to coming to Utah, Ogburn held positions at other academic libraries including the University of Washington and Yale University. As the current president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a 12,000-member professional association, Ogburn works on behalf of 2,500 academic libraries across the country. She has published on different aspects of libraries and has taught and lectured on leadership for librarians. “I’m honored to be included in this list alongside other female leaders who are determined to make a difference in their profession and their community,” comments Ogburn.



Congratulations to the Student Alumni Board and The Mighty Utah Student Section, better known as The MUSS, for winning five awards at the District 7 western regional conference of the Affiliated Student Advancement Programs of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE ASAP), held in Los Angeles April 20-21. Both the Student Alumni Board (SAB) and The MUSS are student organizations of the Alumni Association. In winning the awards, the U beat out other institutions in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. Receiving the district awards means that the U programs and individuals will be considered for national awards at the CASE ASAP convention in Indianapolis in early August.

The MUSS, which has become one of the nation’s best student football sections in just 10 seasons, was presented the “Outstanding Tried and True Program” award. The MUSS has grown to a capacity of 6,000 enthusiastic U student members, and registration for the upcoming season has passed 4,800 members with four months to go until the kickoff of the football season. The Student Alumni Board, consisting of 43 current U students, received the “Outstanding Student Organization” award for its wide range of programming, including Homecoming, U Book, Founders Day, the Utah vs. BYU Food Drive, and student recruitment activities. Read the news release here.


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