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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|

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|

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 [...]

2020-02-21T09:18:31-07:00February 20th, 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 [...]

2020-01-28T13:36:30-07:00January 28th, 2020|

First Ascent Scholars celebrate with gratitude

First Ascent Scholars recently came together for their Annual Fall Harvest event. No celebration is complete without a feast, and as students shared a harvest meal, they had the opportunity to hear David Stirling, the founder, CEO, and chairman of doTERRA, share his start-up story. Program director, Victoria Cabal, started off the evening with a reflection on the origins of harvest festivals. Traditionally, the [...]

2019-12-03T09:43:07-07:00November 26th, 2019|

First Ascent Scholars travel to Moab for a 3-day outdoor adventure

Earlier this month, first-year students from the First Ascent Scholars group traveled to Moab, Utah. In addition to evening lessons and a closing ceremony, students spent four days camping, hiking, and canyoneering to iconic destinations such as Delicate Arch, Wall Street, and Medieval Dome. This trip is the culminating event of the BUS 3800 course on Leadership for a Better World. Following the social [...]

2019-11-27T16:58:26-07:00October 28th, 2019|

First Ascent sophomores reconnect and recharge at cabin retreat

In late September, our sophomore First Ascent Scholars traveled to Morgan, Utah, for their annual cabin retreat. Javante Watson-Hall and program director, Victoria Cabal, led students through activities designed to develop leadership skills and explore the personal identity curriculum. The weekend also gave students a chance to reconnect after a summer away from campus and moving from the First Security House to Lassonde Studios. [...]

2019-11-27T16:58:13-07:00October 4th, 2019|

First Ascent Scholars kick-off the new year with a family BBQ

Students, families, and mentors gathered to celebrate a new year over some mouth-watering food from Miss Essie's BBQ. "This event," says Program Director Victoria Cabal, "is a reminder that our students' families are an integral part of our community and their students' university experience." Representatives from Goldman Sachs were also in attendance, allowing students the opportunity to network. The First Ascent Scholars Program cultivates, [...]

2019-11-27T16:58:03-07:00September 20th, 2019|

Experience the river with our new First Ascent Scholars

Last week, our new First Ascent Scholars traveled to the Gates of Lodore on the Green River. Students and leaders camped for three nights off the river, rafting throughout the day, and hiking to waterfalls and scenic lookouts. They saw eagles, big horn sheep, beavers and other animals as they bonded and built community. Group discussions centered around the book "The Social Change Model" [...]

2019-11-27T16:57:50-07:00August 29th, 2019|

First Ascent Scholars celebrates a superb school year, welcomes new students

First Ascent Scholars celebrated their End-of-Year Celebration on Saturday, May 25.   This was a big celebration where all the First Ascent Scholars got together with their friends, families, and mentors to celebrate the end of a successful school year and to welcome all the new scholars. So far, First Ascent has been able to graduate six scholars. Every year, the program admits 10-12 [...]

2019-11-27T16:57:41-07:00June 18th, 2019|