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U Celebrates MLK with Week of Events

The following is a news release from the University of Utah.

Marc Lamont Hill gives keynote address

Jan. 7, 2013 – The University of Utah presents its 30th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 16-23.

The theme for this year’s event is “Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America.” A conversation with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, and a keynote address by award-winning journalist, activist and author Marc Lamont Hill headline the week’s activities.

MLK Week activities at the University of Utah include:

A Conversation with Sybrina Fulton: Mother of Trayvon Martin

Jan. 16, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Olpin Student Union Building, Ballroom, 200 Central Campus Dr.

Youth Music Festival to be held January 22-23

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Chamber Artists, in partnership with Art Works for Kids, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, Target & the Salt Lake City Arts Council, present their fourth annual YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL at Libby Gardner Concert Hall on January 22nd and 23rd 2013.

As part of Utah Chamber Artists education program, over 1800 elementary school students from Canyons, Granite & Jordan school districts will participate in concerts performed by Artistic Director Barlow Bradford, Utah Chamber Artists Orchestra, and the Madeleine Choir School.

Writer Liz Murray to deliver U's commencement address

University of Utah President David W. Pershing and the Board of Trustees announced that Elizabeth “Liz” Murray—a writer and inspirational speaker whose life story “From Homeless to Harvard” has touched millions—will deliver the university’s general commencement address on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Murray grew up in the Bronx in the 1980s and 90s, a daughter of cocaine-addicted parents, in a home where there were always plenty of drugs, but never enough money or food. By age 15, Murray’s mother had died of HIV, her father left and she was homeless. She lived on the streets, riding the subway all night and eating from dumpsters. But with incredible determination against seemingly impossible odds, Murray finished high school in New York City in just two years, received a scholarship from the New York Times and graduated from Harvard University in June 2009.

Natural History Museum of Utah to host Holiday Jewelry Trunk Show

SALT LAKE CITY –  The Natural History Museum of Utah will show a stunning collection of jewelry, but this time it’s not behind glass, but out in the open and for sale. It’s the popular Annual Holiday Trunk Show sponsored by the Museum Store, Friday Nov. 30 - Sat. Dec. 1 and then again Dec. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Awarded “Best in the Beehive” by Salt Lake Magazine for most unique jewelry, the Museum Store’s trunk show will feature handmade jewelry items made by six local artists.

“We look forward to hosting our holiday trunk show, because it provides these highly-talented artisans an opportunity to display a large amount of their collections at once and our event provides the community with a wonderful opportunity to find one-of-a kind holiday gifts,” said Suzanne Ruhlman, Museum Store manager. “Gifts purchased from our trunk show will be treasured for years to come.”

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 includes:

University of Utah graduate earns first place in Global Entrepreneur Student Awards

A recent University of Utah graduate and co-founder of Uptown Cheapskate (uptowncheapskate.com), Chelsea Sloan, was awarded first place in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Nov. 19 in New York City.  Sloan, 27, was selected from nearly 2,000 student applicants from around the world.  Sloan is the competition’s first female winner since the awards began in 1998 and will receive $150,000 in cash and in-kind business services from the Entrepreneurs’ Organization to help build her business.
Uptown Cheapskate is a retail clothing franchise that buys, sells and trades new and gently-used designer and fashion-forward merchandise for men and women (primarily between the ages of 16 to 35).  Uptown Cheapskate stores’ inventory typically includes shoes, handbags, jewelry, clothing (including designer and high-end jeans) and hats.

SLC School District announces teachers of the year

The Salt Lake City School District have announced their teachers of the year.

This is from the Salt Lake City School District:

Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education are pleased to announce JoAnn Bussell as the 2013 District Teacher of the Year and Nikki Orton as the 2013 District Special Education Teacher of the Year.

U inaugurates new President Pershing.

U inaugurates new President Pershing.

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah held the inauguration ceremony for it's fifteenth president this week.

As part of his inauguration, new U President David Pershing encouraged students and the public to participate in the community by doing service projects.

"You can be involved in everything from blanket tying - and that's not too hard, they actually showed me how to do that earlier - to working at the Utah Food Bank. There are opportunities all across the city today and I hope that you will choose something to get involved with and remember this as we go on through the year," Pershing said.

The U offers 150 classes designated as community engagement classes. They're designed to provide students with real-life experiences the president believes will help them after graduation.