Continuum The magazine of The University of Utah

Summer 2013

Michael Cumming and Audra Thompson review classwork together on the University of Utah campus.

Armed with Knowledge

A wave of veterans is bringing strengths and needs to the U campus.

A U student tries out a new Steinway concert grand piano after its delivery to Libby Gardner Concert Hall. (Photo courtesy University of Utah School of Music)

A Century of Piano

The U celebrates 100 years of educating pianists from around the world.

Longtime river guide and University of Utah alum Ken Sleight stands on the banks of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. (Photo by Stephen Speckman)

Fighting for the Wild

U alum Ken Sleight has taken a legendary path through Utah’s rivers and deserts.

Nalini Nadkarni, now a U biology professor, sits high in the trees of a rainforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica, in 2003, studying the canopy. (Photo by Kike Arnal)

At Home in the Trees

U biologist Nalini Nadkarni brings the magic of science to all, from prisoners to sports fans and students.

Association News

Full Circle Spring Awards honor former U football player Steve Smith, a U advisor, and a U alum. Former University of Utah student and current NFL star Steve Smith ex’01 has focused on giving time and attention to worthy causes in recent years. For that, and his athletics accomplishments, the U Alumni Association honored him…

Campus Notebook

Dean Searches at the U Bring Opportunities The University of Utah is currently searching to fill eight dean positions, a little less than half the institution’s total number of 19 deans. Many of the departing deans have gone on to greater administrative responsibilities. Three searches—for the College of Education, the Graduate School, and the Marriott…

Photo by Tom Smart

Games of Chance

U professor emeritus David Kranes has a legacy in plays, stories, novels—and casinos.

Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Planting the Future

Walter P. Cottam brought trees to the U campus and conservation into the national spotlight.


Some of the latest comments and letters from our readers.

A Jazz Requiem for the Male of the Species

  What you have offered me is bleak And white And sterile And cold. Marked only by the black scars of industry, Slavery and greed. What is offered now to me, the male of the species? What have you presented to me As my options, As my life? What lie have you believed And passed…

Well-Aimed Shot

  Editor’s note: This poem contains graphic depictions of war.   Crunchy, brown, dried up grass covers the ground. The stench of rotting trash and sewage fills the air. The sun blazes down, baking my motionless body. Sweat drips into my eyes causing them to sting. Lying on my stomach in a prone position, Body…


Through The Years

U alum Tim DeChristopher is the subject of an award-winning documentary film.

The Last Confession of Lance Corporal Judas Iscariot

  Editor’s note: The story below contains strong language and graphic depictions of war. The spelling and grammar in the Marine’s letter are intentional and reflect the narrator’s voice.    War is full of betrayal. In my own experience of war, I witnessed betrayal first hand. Having now spoken with hundreds of other Iraq veterans,…