School is back in session, and it’s time to honor the classic tradition of the “What I did on my summer vacation” essay.

While we hope this summer was a productive, fun and memorable one, we know students at the David Eccles Eccles School of business are too busy being doers to take the time to write about their summer break. But the School itself got up to quite a lot while students were away, so check out some of the highlights:

New Institute

We had the incredible honor of establishing the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis. The Institute was made possible by generous gifts totaling $20 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation. The Institute aims to to push the frontiers of knowledge through academic research and provide University of Utah students access to high-quality education in economics, game theory, econometric and quantitative analysis. Learn more about the Institute and the incredible work it is facilitating here.

New Major

Along with the new institute comes a new degree opportunity for students. The first classes in the Quantitative Analysis of Markets and Organizations program started this week, and students in the program are excited to apply economic analysis to business. The program offers a different degree path that other Eccles School majors, with a unique core curriculum focused on principles like game theory and econometrics. Learn more about the degree here.

New look for a birthday bash

The Eccles School always does a hefty amount of back-to-school shopping for all the supplies needed to keep things running each year, but this year brought a special back-to-school outfit for the SFEBB in celebration of a special birthday. The Eccles School celebrates 100 Years of Impact in the 2017-2018 academic year, and the whole campus is decked out to celebrate. Keep an eye out for special events throughout the year in celebration of this major milestone, starting with the unveiling of a 100-year timeline on the first floor of the SFEBB at noon on Sept. 5.

New citizens welcomed

The Eccles School had the amazing opportunity this summer to host a naturalization ceremony for 19 new Americans. Faculty and staff got to be part of a touching ceremony where people from 13 countries took their Oath of Allegiance and exchanged their green cards for U.S. citizenship. Read more about the ceremony and see photos here.

Part of a lasting legacy

David Eccles and his descendants have created a lasting legacy of philanthropy here in Utah, and the Eccles School has obviously been a huge beneficiary of their generosity. The Deseret News traced the family’s history of giving from the early days to the present, offering an inspiring look at the remarkable family and man who’s name we are proud to bear.


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