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Opportunity Scholars reflect on their recent service with the Utah Food Bank

The Opportunity Scholars Program is synonymous with service. Each semester, students come together to serve and support the community. Over the last year, they helped at the St. Vincent Dining Hall, Welfare Square Cannery (300+ hours of service in one day!), and the Utah Food Bank where they packed and distributed food to the local community. Below students reflect on what volunteering with [...]

2021-07-30T14:00:52-06:00July 30th, 2021|

Opportunity Scholars honors and celebrates graduates

Last week, the Opportunity Scholars program honored their 2020-21 graduates with a virtual Luau. The event gave students a chance to celebrate this important accomplishment with their families, faculty, staff, fellow students, and donors. The evening started with a welcome from program leaders Richard Kaufusi and Latu Kinikini, and a dance performance from student ambassador Haylie Heale. Graduates then spoke to those who [...]

2021-05-04T12:17:22-06:00May 4th, 2021|

Inclusion Week panel: Black Lives Matter in Business

Black Lives Matter in Business was part of Eccles Inclusion Week. This annual event celebrates our diverse community and aims to strengthen the inclusive culture at the David Eccles School of Business.  Inclusion Week 2021 brought the David Eccles School of Business the pleasure of hosting a panel of prominent Black community leaders to discuss the implications of Black Lives Matter in business. [...]

2021-03-23T17:28:33-06:00March 23rd, 2021|

The Eccles School celebrates its annual Inclusion Week

The David Eccles School of Business recently hosted our annual Eccles Inclusion Week aimed at celebrating our diverse community and strengthen the inclusive culture at the Eccles School. This year’s theme “Rise Up: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity,” sought to demonstrate our renewed commitment to take action to fight inequity, both now and going forward.  The week featured a wide variety of guest [...]

2021-03-03T10:03:23-07:00February 18th, 2021|

Opportunity Scholars celebrates Fall 2020 graduates

Earlier this month, Opportunity Scholars held their semester luau to celebrate their 2020 Fall graduates. Always inspirational, this semester's virtual event featured remarks from the program director, Rich Kaufusi, and alum, Simeon Lawrence. Lawrence, who received his degree in Finance, shared his personal story with the group and encouraged students to align the practice of goal setting with being intentional. "Start with the [...]

2020-12-16T10:27:05-07:00December 15th, 2020|

First Ascent Scholars hosts annual Fall Celebration

The First Ascent Scholars program at the David Eccles School of Business recently held its annual Fall Celebration. Like many other events this year, their traditional feast transitioned to a virtual celebration. Scholars, mentors, and staff were able to share their gratitude and catch-up after a long semester. The online event was paired with a socially distanced outdoor meet-and-greet where students could say [...]

2020-12-07T11:08:36-07:00December 7th, 2020|

‘Leadership is stewardship’: Opportunity Scholars hold Annual Leadership Retreat

“At the end of the day, people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou This quote highlights the overall theme of the Opportunity Scholars Annual Leadership Retreat. Held virtually earlier this month, the event brought in speakers and alumni Annie Leither, VP Sponsorships, Zions Bank, and Erumis Ureña, Executive Officer, U.S. Foreign [...]

2020-10-28T09:21:10-06:00October 28th, 2020|

First Ascent Scholars hold sophomore retreat

Recently, our First Ascent Sophomore Scholars held their annual Fall Retreat on campus. While this year’s socially distanced event may have looked a little different compared to the cozy cabin retreat in years past, students still were able to reconnect in person, learn more about each other, and expand their leadership development skills through the Social Change Model introduced to them Freshman year.  [...]

2020-10-12T09:54:58-06:00October 12th, 2020|

First Ascent Scholars gives their annual family BBQ a non-traditional makeover

With 51 current students and 14 alumni, the First Ascent Scholars Program has created a supportive, safe environment for 65 students at the David Eccles School of Business. Currently entering its sixth year, the program always has emphasized the important role that familial and community support plays in each student's academic journey. "The journey is not always easy," said Victoria Cabal, director of [...]

2020-09-30T19:14:22-06:00September 30th, 2020|

Opportunity Scholars kick off their Fall Peer Mentoring Program

Earlier this month, Opportunity Scholars held its Fall peer mentoring kick-off event. Peer-to-peer mentoring is an important aspect of the Opportunity Scholars experience. Seniors and juniors are paired with freshman and sophomore students to provide support and direction throughout the academic year. These supportive, coaching relationships are unique, as mentors know almost exactly what their new classmates are facing. After all, they've recently been [...]

2020-09-22T17:50:29-06:00September 21st, 2020|