E x p e r i e n c e T h e U .
THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
One of the nation’s top institutions of higher learning
he University of Utah, a hub for higher High Research Activity) by the
T education from the Rockies to the Sierras,
boasts an academic reputation that is ri-
valed only by its breathtaking location.
The U. also offers a lively
residential living experience in
To the east rise the 11,500 foot, snow-capped beautiful Heritage Commons, a
peaks of the Wasatch Mountains. To the west the multi-purpose residence com-
Great Salt Lake shimmers beneath the Oquirrh plex located in historic Fort
Mountains. The 1,500-acre campus, nestled in the Douglas on the eastern edge of
foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is a beautiful campus. Opened in 2000, Heri-
collage of native and exotic trees, fountains, ﬂow- tage Commons served as the
ering malls and pedestrian walkways. Athletes Village for the 2002
The University of Utah is one of only 88 Olympic Winter Games. Ap-
universities in the United States classiﬁed by the proximately 3,500 students live
on campus in residence halls campus_fall
A CLOSER LOOK and apartments. The Princeton
Review ranked the University
• Founded in 1850. of Utah No. 1 for learning en-
• A Research I university. vironment in 2005 (based on a
• 172 degrees (undergraduate/graduate). survey of students).
• Enrollment of 29,019. Outside the classroom,
• Campus is located on 1,500 acres. Utah students enjoy unparal-
• U.S.News & World Report 2002 Honor leled outdoor diversions, from
Roll of College Sports. skiing and snowboarding at
• Medical and Law Schools. any of eight world-class resorts
in nearby canyons, to back-
• Nation’s ﬁrst American Indian Social Work
packing, mountain biking, ﬂy
ﬁshing and river running.
• Located in Salt Lake City with a metro
The U.’s location in the
population of 1,333,914.
largest city in the Intermoun-
tain West also provides a
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of metropolitan charm. The 36th largest metro area ard Hughes Medical Institute, the Eccles Institute
Teaching as a Research I university—deﬁned by in the nation (population 1,333,914), Salt Lake is of Human Genetics and the Moran Eye Center.
its full range of undergraduate programs, a com- home to professional symphony, ballet, modern More genes with diseases have been identiﬁed
mitment to graduate education and a high priority dance, opera and theater companies, as well as by researchers at the University of Utah than any
to research. Utah is categorized as RU/VH (Very ﬁve professional sports teams. other place in the world.
The University One of the top 50 universities in the nation in
offers 77 majors, 80 federal research grants, the U. received $295 mil-
minors and certiﬁ- lion in grants and contracts in 2004-05. The School
cates, and 95 gradu- of Medicine received over $145.9 million in re-
ate majors. It draws search grants and awards for the development of
its 29,000-plus stu- new technologies, treatments and cures. Patents
dent population brought in $16 million.
from all 50 states Utah is also a hub in the computer world.
archive/ and more than 100 The Center for High Performance Computing
foreign countries. links the U. to major aerospace industries, high-
Founded in tech manufacturers and research companies. It
Studying 1850, the U. has manages one of the three most successful technol-
established itself ogy parks in the U.S., with more than 40 high-tech
as an international companies created by University faculty. The U.
center for medical has had a presence on the Internet since 1970,
and engineering when it became the Internet’s fourth node.
research. Research The University of Utah has the only medical,
Park, which is lo- social work, architecture and pharmacy schools in
cated on 320 acres a multi-state area. Its many top-ﬂight facilities in-
adjacent to the cam- clude a center for dance, a health sciences center,
pus, includes the public radio and television stations, three libraries
Huntsman Cancer and numerous centers and laboratories devoted to
Institute, the How- research.
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E x p e r i e n c e T h e U .
ACADEMICS AT THE U. ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athletics Academic Center
Required of all freshman athletes their ﬁrst
semester. Open to all athletes, regardless of
year or GPA. Study table is offered at both the
archive/ Burbidge Academics Center and the Heritage
Burbidge1 Commons Residence Halls.
Individual tutors for any class free of charge.
Offers student-athletes information on pos-
sible career choices through the Strong Interest
Inventory given to all freshmen in the Life
The “Partnering with U.” program offers
career mentoring, shadowing and internship
opportunities with area businesses.
Fifth-Year Senior Program
he student in “student-athlete” got a big
T boost in March of 2001 when the stunning
new Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athlet-
ics Academic Center opened on the U. campus. De-
Provides ﬁnancial assistance to those no
longer on athletic scholarship (have ﬁnished
their four-year athletic career), but who wish
to get their degree.
signed solely to serve the U.’s varsity student-ath-
letes, the Burbidge Center is without peer in terms
of aesthetics, technology and academic service.
U. student-athletes are permitted to register
The 11,000 square foot facility is already a
for classes before the rest of the student body.
campus landmark, with its sweeping ﬂoor to ceil-
ing, curved glass wall on the two-story north side.
Its location is ideal for the population it serves: Situ- Summer School
ated between the U. Natatorium and the Huntsman Financial aid for summer school is available to
Center, the Burbidge Center is central to Utah’s Ute student-athletes
classrooms and athletic venues.
BURBIDGE CENTER The full-service academic facility, utilized by SAM, SAAC and
all 18 Utah varsity athletic teams, was underwritten Speakers Bureau Programs
• 11,000 square feet of space. by a generous $2 million gift from the Kenneth P. The Student-Athlete Mentor program, Student
• Lab with 25 computers. Burbidge Jr. family. The center consolidated Utah’s Athlete Advisory Committee and Ute Speak-
• Student-Athlete Lounge with pop-in email athletic-academic efforts, both in terms of computer ers Bureau provide leadership opportunities
computers. labs and study space, and academic counseling. for Utah’s varsity athletes.
• Like Skills/Career Center. The upper level also provides a social gathering
• Academic advising and Like Skills staff place for the student-athletes. NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills
ofﬁces. The mission of the Burbidge Family Athletics Programs are offered in career development
• Group and one-on-one tutoring rooms. Academic Center is to provide an integrated learn- and community service; workshops in resume
• Large study table area. ing environment that will enhance the academic writing and interviewing skills; and seminars
and personal development of all student-athletes. on nutrition, stress management and conﬂict
The objective is to accommodate the diverse needs resolution.
and schedules of Utah’s student-athletes through a
wide range of individual and group support servic-
archive/ es, computer technologies and independent study
Associate A.D. for student-athlete services
Mary Bowman, director of athletic relations Manny
Hendrix and the academic services staff are housed
in the building, as is the award winning CHAMPS/
Life Skills program.
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Heritage Commons Residence Halls, home to 3,500 students, is the heart of campus activity
niversity of Utah students live in a mag-
U niﬁcent mountain setting in Heritage
Commons—a living-learning commu-
nity of 3,500 students that opened in 2000.
Heritage Commons received world-wide ac-
claim in 2002 when it served as the Athletes Village
during the XIX Olympic Winter and Paralympic archive/
Games, hosted by Salt Lake City. The residential Dorms1
center is the heart of campus activity and exudes a
vibrant, energetic “college town” atmosphere.
Game and exercise rooms, computer labs,
Internet connections in every room, and a dining
room that is open all day and serves up freshly
cooked meals on request are some of the reasons
behind the “School of the Year” award delivered
by the Intermountain Afﬁliate of College and Uni-
versity Residence Halls. Residence hall students Heritage Commons residence halls served as the Athletes’ Village at the 2002 Olympic Winter Gamnes in Salt
also thrive academically at Utah: More than half of Lake City.
them maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Situated in historic Fort Douglas at the mouth Chapel Glen is home to both ﬁrst-year stu- Transportation is another beneﬁt of Heritage Com-
of Red Butte Canyon and located on 70 acres of dents and upperclassmen and offers the same mons. A U of U parking permit allows residents to
land, the expansive 912,000 square foot residential amenities as Gateway Heights, along with a ﬁt- park close to their hall, but a car is not necessary.
complex boasts picturesque views of Salt Lake City ness area. Sage Point is reserved for upper division Free campus shuttles run every 10 minutes and
and the surrounding mountain ranges. Heritage students and has single, double and deluxe suites. the Utah Transit Authority and light rail (TRAX),
Sage Point also has computer free to U. students, combine to traverse 21 routes
and technology labs and an to and from campus. TRAX extends to downtown
international area. The U.T.E. Salt Lake and outlying areas as well. The residence
Program is housed in Cha- halls are also easily accessible to main campus
pel Glen and Sage Point. An by foot and are connected via the state-of-the-art
archive/ acronym for Undergraduate George S. Eccles 2002 Legacy Bridge.
20Roundabout Winter Tradition of Excellence Pro-
gram, its goal is to broaden
students’ appreciation for tol-
erating various lifestyles, cul-
tures, attitudes and values.
Benchmark Plaza is an
apartment complex allocated
for single students who have
earned 60-plus credit hours.
Shoreline Ridge, which of- archive/
TRAX light rail is a popular means of transportation from the campus to down- fers both furnished and un- 032
town and the suburbs, and is free to University of Utah students. furnished apartment units,
is reserved for students with
Commons consists of 21 buildings—20 residential families and single graduate students.
and one for dining and support services. Eight of The Chase N. Peterson Heritage Center, open
the buildings are apartment style, with 235 one, 24 hours a day, seven days a week during peak de-
two and three-bedroom apartments. mand periods, is the hub of activity in the student
First-year students live in Gateway Heights, housing village. It contains a central dining facil-
a hall with furnished, double semi-suites, an ad- ity that seats 600, a convenience store, computer
vanced telecommunications system (voice, video and technology labs, ﬁtness and game rooms, four
and data), an ethernet connection to the U. student multipurpose rooms, a mail center and more. The
computer system, cable TV connections, a large student “village” also contains a University Book-
community lounge, study rooms and indoor bike store branch and the University Guest House, an
storage. Each ﬂoor has a kitchenette. on-campus hotel. Residence hall living provides all sorts of activities.
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Dr. Chris math education (1972). He also has a master’s in education (Utah, 1974), and a
Ph.D. in educational administration (Utah, 1982). Hill taught in the Universi-
hill HILL ty’s special education department from 1983-85. He coached boys’ basketball
at Granger High (Utah) from 1975-79, winning 4A coach of the year his ﬁrst
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS year.
20th Year at Utah Hill, 56, is married to the former Kathy Cronin, a faculty member in the
U. department of special education. They have two children, Aly and Christo-
Rutgers, 1972 pher, and a granddaughter Addie Rose. Aly played soccer for the University
of Oregon and received her master’s of social work degree from Utah in 2002.
r. Chris Hill, Utah’s director of athletics and special assistant to the She now teaches children with severe disabilities in the Salt Lake school dis-
president of the University of Utah, has carried Utah athletics into trict. Christopher graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational com-
national prominence. munication from Utah in 2004. He will attend law school in the fall.
Hill was just 37 years old when he was named director of athletics back
in October of 1987. Since 1998, he has also been a special assistant to the U.
president and a member of the University’s senior administrative cabinet.
HIGHLIGHTS UNDER HILL
On a national level, Hill currently serves on the prestigious NCAA Di- Football
vision I Men’s Basketball Committee. It is the latest of several NCAA com- Bowl Game. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 times
mittee positions for the highly-respected director of athletics. He was the WAC Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1995
NCAA-appointed chairman of the Championships/Competition Cabinet MWC Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999, ‘03, ‘04
from 1997-98 and a member of the NCAA Management Council—serving on
its administrative committee. In 2002-03, he was elected to serve on the execu-
NCAA Final Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 (runner-up)
tive committee of the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors Elite Eight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1997, ’98
(NACDA). Sweet 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1991, ’96, ’97, ’98, ‘05
But Hill’s biggest strides have come on campus, where his tenure has NCAA Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 times
been charged with capital improvements, an emphasis on student-athlete WAC Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 times
support, academics, and winning programs. In 2002, Utah was named one the MWC Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 times
top 20 athletics programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, based on
winning percentage, graduation rate, number of sports and gender equity.
NCAA Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1990, ’92, ’94, ’95
Hill is the driving force behind Utah’s athletics success and its numer- NCAA Runner-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2000, ‘06
ous national-caliber facilities. His fund-raising efforts reached an internation- NCAA Super Six . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 times
al stage when the $50 million Rice-Eccles Stadium hosted the Opening and
Closing Ceremonies for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games. (See inset Women’s Basketball
for a complete list of facilities built during his term.) NCAA Elite Eight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2006
On the playing ﬁeld, Utah is a conference and national power under NCAA Sweet 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2001, ‘06
NCAA Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 times
Hill’s leadership. Two of the many highlights were the men’s basketball team
WAC Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 times
playing in the 1998 NCAA Championship game and the Utah football team MWC Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 times
breaking into the BCS and winning the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005. Utah has
also captured multiple national championships in gymnastics and skiing Skiing (Co-ed)
since he became director of athletics. NCAA Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1988, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’03
Hill positioned himself for the top athletics job after two years as the
director of development for the Crimson Club. The New Jersey native ﬁrst NCAA Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2002, ’03, ‘04, ‘05
came to the U. as a graduate assistant basketball coach (1973-74) under Bill MWC Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999, ‘03, ‘05
Foster. He was an assistant under Jerry Pimm from 1979-81.
Between his coaching and administrative stints with Utah athletics, Hill Softball
was executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Utah (1981-85), where he College World Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1991, ’94
raised $750,000 in federal, state and private funding for a housing project for NCAA Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 times
people with severe physical disabilities.
Among his many accolades was becoming the ﬁrst-ever recipient of the NCAA Sweet 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2001
Mountain West Conference’s Commissioner’s Award in 2004. Other honors NCAA Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 times
include a 1981 Milton Bennion Fellowship, 1984 Utah Recreation Therapy As-
sociation Outstanding Service award and 1996 Utah MS Sportsperson of the Hill’s Facility Legacy
Year award. He was a 1998 Inductee into the Jersey Shore Hall of Fame. Hill Rice-Eccles Stadium McCarthey Practice Fields
Spence Eccles Fieldhouse Ute Softball Field
currently serves on the Regence BlueCross BlueShield Board of Directors. In
Burbidge Athletics Academic Center Ute Soccer Field
2001, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports gave him its Degree
Dumke Gymnastics Center Ute Baseball Field
Completion and Outreach and Community Service Honor Award. George S. Eccles Tennis Center Crimson Court (volleyball)
As an undergraduate, Hill lettered three years and was co-captain of Dee Glen Smith Athletics Center
the 1971-72 Rutgers basketball team. His bachelor’s degree from Rutgers is in
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As an academic institution, the University of Utah enjoys a richly de-
served reputation for excellence in education. The Utah athletics department
works hard to ensure that each of its student-athletes take advantage of the
academic opportunities offered. Mary Bowman Kim Free Mike Gillilan
Mary Bowman, Utah’s associate athletics director for student-athlete Assoc. A.D. for Assistant Director of IT Manager
support, oversees academic advising, career counseling and the NCAA Life Student-Athlete Support Marketing
Skills Program. She is assisted by director of athletic relations Manny Hendrix
in the areas of community service, job internships and mentoring.
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ized academic counseling for its student-athletes. JoAnn Hulbert-Eagan is the chanson joy oliszczak
director of academic services. Rob Rainey and Rachel Lassiter are the assistant
directors. Rainey, who works extensively with the women’s soccer team, is
in his 15th year. Assistant director Suzanne Jones is the university’s assistant
registrar and handles athletics eligibility.
The Ute academic team monitors the studies of each student-athlete to
ensure he or she is making progress toward a degree. The academic advisors Carrie Hanson Dr. Liz Joy Pete Oliszczak
also dispense their knowledge of departmental and University requirements, Team Trainer Team Physician Assoc. A.D. for
and assist with course registration and the exploration and selection of ma- Internal Operations
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The Utah athletics program enjoys a partnership with a veteran sports
medicine team, supervised by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bob Burks. He is as-
sisted by family practitioners Dr. Dave Petron, Dr. Liz Joy, Dr. Amy Powell,
and orthopedist Dr. Patrick Greis. Dr. Joy, a former collegiate athlete herself
(she lettered in volleyball and track at Minnesota), is in her 11th year as the Glenda Peck Steve Preston Steve Pyne
Ute soccer team’s physician. She also practices family and sports medicine at Ticket Ofﬁce Accountant Concessions Manager Events Coordinator
the University of Utah Family Health Center.
The daily physical care of the Utes is handled by the sports medicine
staff. Carrie Hanson and Kristin Schelin are both in their ﬁrst year as the Utah
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with Utah’s 18-sport varsity program. The others are associate director of
sports medicine Deb Willardson and assistant trainers Bob Toth, Tom Iriye
and Trevor Jameson.
Rob Rainey Chris Rogers Kristin Schelin
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Assistant Director of Compliance Director Team Trainer
The Ute soccer players beneﬁt from a certiﬁed strength and conditioning
program. They train in the Dee Glen Smith Center’s 7,500-square foot, glass
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tioning at Utah. Elisaia is assisted Greg Argust, Annette Poulton, Evan Simon
and John Webster. Webster (CSCS, CPR), who is in his sixh year on the staff,
works daily with the Ute women’s soccer team. He received his bachelor’s
degree in exercise and sport science from Nebraska-Wesleyan in 1997.
Emily Walton Jon Webster Aaron White
Receptionist Assistant Director of Maintenance Supervisor
Strength and Conditioning
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