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					                                                       E x p e r i e n c e                   T h e         U .

 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.
                                                       Carnegie Foundation.
                                                             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
                                                                                                           Study Table
                                                                                                           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.

                                                                                                           Tutorial Program
                                                                                                           Individual tutors for any class free of charge.

                                                                                                           Testing Center
                                                                                                           Offers student-athletes information on pos-
                                                                                                           sible career choices through the Strong Interest
                                                                                                           Inventory given to all freshmen in the Life
                                                                                                           Skills class.

                                                                                                           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
                                                                                                           Priority Registration
                                               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
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                                                      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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                                                           E x p e r i e n c e                      T h e         U .

 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
                                                                                         Men’s Basketball
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
                                                                                         Women’s Gymnastics
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
                                                                                         Women’s Soccer
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.
                                                                                         Women’s Volleyball
      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.
       With three full-time athletic academic advisors, the U. provides special-      new mugs/                         mugs/                      mugs/
 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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 soccer team’s primary trainers. Director of sports medicine Bill Bean is in his                                       mugs/
 31st year at the U. He and four other certified athletic trainers work full-time      rainey                                                      kschelin
 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
                                                                                        Academic Services
       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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       Doug Elisaia is in his first full year as the director of strength and condi-     walton                         webster                      white
 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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