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First Ascent Scholars surprised with a graduation parade

With convocations postponed until December, First Ascent Scholars created a new tradition to celebrate graduates. Several Eccles school staff, mentors, and directors visited the homes of the program's eight graduates with a surprise graduation parade.  "It was so great to see our community gather to celebrate our graduates' achievements," said Victoria Cabal, Director of the Office for Student Inclusion and the First Ascent Scholar [...]

2020-05-14T16:43:44-06:00May 14th, 2020|

A virtual luau: Opportunity Scholars honors spring and summer 2020 graduates

Pride. Perseverance. Inspiration. Accomplishment. Gratitude. Hope. These are just a few of the words that attendees took away from this year's Opportunity Scholars Luau, a celebration of 2020 Spring and Summer graduates. And while the COVID-19 pandemic may have kept them physically apart, this tight-knit community exhibited a real sense of togetherness. Graduates joined via zoom to express gratitude to donors, faculty and [...]

2020-06-10T15:23:21-06:00April 30th, 2020|

One Refugee business students civically engage in trip to D.C.

Large-scale opportunities in civic engagement are rare, but this semester, University of Utah students enrolled in Business 3800 had the unique opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. the week of March 7. With five days in the nation’s capital, students met with U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams and visited multiple historical museums and locations, including the Jefferson Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Archives, Library of [...]

2020-03-31T09:20:21-06:00March 31st, 2020|

First Ascent Scholars learn through play at Cultural Celebration

On Feb. 22, our First Ascent Scholars held their annual Cultural Celebration. This event fosters discussion and broader perspectives as students come together from different cultural backgrounds to learn and share. Using board games as a conduit, students discussed their favorite cultural traditions, the roles these traditions and gender roles played in their families, and how they helped them connect to their culture. "The [...]

2020-03-17T09:08:17-06:00March 16th, 2020|

Opportunity Scholars connect over peer mentoring luncheon

Good food, good company, better connection. Opportunity Scholars recently took time to relax, catch-up, and connect with peers over lunch and a peer mentoring activity.  Junior and senior Scholars took the lead for this session, which focused on teamwork, the college experience, and advice on selecting a major. Peer mentoring activities are valuable. Students have the chance to create and nurture long-term, positive relationships, [...]

2020-02-26T09:52:52-06:00February 26th, 2020|

Strategic Space: First Ascent Scholars focus on career strategy at Junior Retreat

Earlier this month, First Ascent Scholars embarked their annual Junior Leadership Retreat to Midway, Utah. With a focus on career strategy, students heard from faculty and staff from Business Career Services and the Office for Student Inclusion on topics including networking, effective relationship building, mental health, self-care, and imposter syndrome. Presentations were paired with a variety of team-building activities that addressed common barriers such [...]

2020-02-21T09:18:31-06:00February 20th, 2020|

Winners of the Business Strategy Case Competition sponsored by Dominion Energy

On Jan. 24, 2020, the Eccles School hosted its second annual Business Strategy Case Competition, sponsored by Dominion Energy. Hosted by the Office of Student Inclusion and the Goff Strategic Leadership Center, this competition was the culminating event of Eccles Inclusion Week. Trish Gorman, director of the Goff Strategic Leadership Center, selected this year's case, which focused on gender-based branding and advertising of the [...]

2020-02-11T09:29:52-06:00February 3rd, 2020|

Eccles Inclusion Week makes space for everyone

Last week, the Eccles School community celebrated our second annual Eccles Inclusion Week. The theme for the week was "Engage. Lead. Impact.," and each day included events to highlight the diversity in our school and create a more inclusive environment for all students, staff, and faculty. Monday As this year's Inclusion Week coincided with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the week kicked off [...]

2020-02-11T10:07:42-06:00February 2nd, 2020|

Alum DJ Joune talks passion, gratitude, and grit with First Ascent Scholars

Each year the David Eccles School of Business invites First Ascent scholars, faculty, and mentors to connect over dinner and listen to an alumni guest speaker. This year, DJ Joune, the official home DJ of the Utah Jazz, spoke at the event and shared how he lives a life of passion and service.  Joune began his inspirational talk with a snapshot of his [...]

2020-01-28T13:36:30-06:00January 28th, 2020|

Opportunity Scholars honors Fall 2019 graduates

Capping off the Fall Semester, Opportunity Scholars hosted a Luau to celebrate graduates, express gratitude, and inspire their diverse and hard-working community. Hosted by program directors Richard Kaufusi and Latu Kinikini, the evening gathered current scholars, graduates, families, and mentors for a delicious meal, entertainment, and an address from our new Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies Andrea Thomas.  Each graduate spoke about their life [...]

2020-01-17T08:59:09-06:00January 17th, 2020|