Continuum The magazine of The University of Utah

Winter 2009

Learning the Lingo

The U’s English Language Institute Attracts Students From Around the Globe

School Mates

A number of couples have found their callings on campus.

Leconte Stewart’s West

A generous bequest of 25 of the artist’s works adds depth and dimension to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts collection.

Hurdling Cultural Barriers

I took two years of French language instruction at my alma mater. I was completely miserable for the first year.


Some of the latest comments and letters from our readers

Putting a New Spin on Electricity

Rosenblatt Prize-winning physicist Valy Vardeny is working to revolutionize how we get power.

Wondrous Water

Is the Fountain of Ute magic, or myth?


News of the University Good Chemistry The U’s chemistry facility will be expanding, thanks to the NIH and private grants An architect’s illustration of the new Department of Chemistry building. Image courtesy Prescott Muir Architects. In June 2009, the Department of Chemistry received a grant of $8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)…

The Persistent President

The Echoes of A. Ray Olpin’s Footsteps Still Reverberate Across Campus Today.

In the Fullness of Time

For this composer, success was slow to come but is all the sweeter for it. By Catherine Reese Newton Marie Barker Nelson Bennett BA’47 MFA’52 PhD’80 is living evidence of the adage that good things come to those who wait. Bennett, now 83, studied with one of the 20th century’s pre-eminent composers—an accomplishment that was…

Association News

Emeritus Alumni Recognize Outstanding Peers The Emeritus Alumni Board’s Merit of Honor Award is given each year to five alumni recognized not only for their impressive professional achievements but also for their commitment to the U and contributions to the community. The 2009 awardees were recognized at the Merit of Honor Awards Banquet in November…

Through the Years

’60s Donald Yacktman BS’65 is the president of Yacktman Asset Management Co. and the co-manager (with son Stephen) of the Yacktman Fund and the Yacktman Focused Fund, which were ranked numbers one and two, respectively, in performance over the last 10 years among the 450 mutual funds classified as large cap value by Morningstar, a…

Winter Wonderland

The first mention of a Snow Carnival (also known as Winter Carnival or Winter Festival) at the University of Utah appeared in an issue of The Daily Utah Chronicle in January 1937. This and subsequent carnivals set a pattern of holding various contests on campus, the election of a Snow Queen and attendants, and a…

Winter 2009-10 Corporate Sponsors

ARUP Laboratories The Brain Institute Intermountain Healthcare Physician Recruiting Moran Eye Center Rowland Hall University Health Care University of Utah Credit Union University of Utah Development Office Verizon Wireless