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1 The Utah Experience

2 Utah Traditions Band The University of Utah Marching Band began in the 1940s as a military band. In 1948, University President A. Ray Olpin recruited Ron Gregory from Ohio State University to form a marching band fashioned after the great collegiate bands of the Midwest. But in the turbulent 60s, support for the band dwindled, and in 1969, the Associated Students for the University of Utah (ASUU) discontinued its funding. The band was revived in 1976 after a fund-raising effort. Since then, the Pride of Utah Marching Utes have performed at all home football games, as well as numerous NFL and college bowl games. Beehive Boot The Beehive Boot, which signifies instate football supremacy, was conceived in The authentic pioneer boot is awarded annually to the Utah school with the best record against its instate foes. The schools who compete for the boot are Utah, Brigham Young and Utah State. In its 37-year history, the Beehive Boot has been awarded to Utah 10 times (1978, 1988, 1993, 94, 95, 99, 2002, 03, 04 and 05), BYU 21 times and Utah State six times. Block U The Block U (elevation 5,300 feet above sea level) was built in the foothills bordering the Utah campus 103 years ago. Lights on the 100-foot-tall landmark are illuminated primarily for athletic events and notify people in the Salt Lake valley that the Utes are playing at home (the lights flash after a Utah victory). The Block U, originally built of lime in 1905, was replaced by cement in In 1969, the design was modified and lights were installed. A fundraising campaign in 2006 raised $400,000 to renovate the aging U. Slabs of concrete and steel rebar now reinforce the 5,000 feet of surface area. Another major improvement was the installation of light emitting diode (LED) red and white lights, which are controlled through a wireless system. Famous Alumni Athletes Jamal Anderson (NFL) Mike Anderson (NFL) Andrew Bogut (No. 1 NBA Draft pick) Michael Doleac (NBA) Andre Dyson (NFL) Kevin Dyson (NFL) Luther Elliss (NFL) Arnie Ferrin (NBA) Jordan Gross (NFL) Lee Grosscup (NFL) Missy Marlowe (Olympic gymnast) Andre Miller (NBA) Ashley Postell (World balance beam champion) George Seifert (NFL) Chris Shelton (MLB) Alex Smith (No. 1 NFL Draft pick) Steve Smith (NFL) Keith Van Horn (NBA) Larry Wilson (NFL) Famous Alumni Rocky Anderson, former mayor of Salt Lake City Terrel Bell, former U.S. Secretary of Education Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of Atari and inventor of Pong Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios shared an Oscar in 2001 for the development of the software used in Toy Story, A Bug s Life, Jurassic Park, Titanic and Gladiator Jim Clark, founder of Netscape Stephen Covey, author of the bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Keene Curtis, Tony Award winning actor Spence Eccles, chairman of Wells Fargo & Company and former chairman and CEO of First Security Corp. Jake Garn, former U.S. Senator E. Gordon Gee, chancellor of Vanderbilt and former president at Colorado, Ohio State and Brown Bill Gore, inventor of Gore-Tex Robert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart Alan C. Kay, credited with the concept of the laptop computer Frederick Kempe, Assistant managing editor and columnist, Wall Street Journal Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott International Inc. Former Ute Steve Smith is now one of the top receivers in the NFL, playing for Carolina. The Pro Bowler led the NFC in receiving, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2005 and was named Comeback Player of the Year. Charles K. Monfort, chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies, president of Monfort International Sales Corporation Thomas S. Monson, president of the LDS Church John Naisbett, author of the bestseller Megatrends David Neeleman, founder and CEO of JetBlue Airways Raymond Noorda, founder of Novell Inc. Jody Olsen: Deputy director of the Peace Corps. Simon Ramo, chief scientist in the development of America s intercontinental ballistic missiles Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Terry Tempest Williams, author and environmentalist John Warnock: co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc. Evelyn Wood, speed reading innovator. Fight Song After every game, the Utah football players along with the band and cheerleaders honor their fellow students by serenading the student section with the school fight song, Utah Man (lyrics below). Although the origins of Utah Man are unclear, the general consensus is that the lyrics were written in 1904 by the football team and its coach, Harvey Holmes. While their words were original, the music was not. The tune is Solomon Levi, an old burlesque song, which supports the theory that Utah Man was originally a drinking song. In fact, the original third line of the first verse read: We drink our stein of lager and we smoke our big cigar. It was later changed to the current version, Our coeds are the fairest and each one s a shining star. While Utah Man won the hearts of the students, the administration frowned on it and, in 1942, acknowledged Hail, Utah as the school s official song. Nonetheless, Utah Man will always be the song of the students and alumni. Fight Song Lyrics I am a Utah Man, sir, and I live across the green, Our gang it is the jolliest that you have ever seen. Our coeds are the fairest and each one s a shining star, Our yell, you ll hear it ringing through the mountains near and far! We re up to snuff, we never bluff, we re game for any fuss. No other gang of college men dare meet us in a muss. So fill your lungs and sing it out and shout it to the sky, We ll fight for dear old crimson for a Utah Man am I! Ki-yi! And when we prom the avenue, all lined up in a row, And arm in arm and step in time as down the street we go. No matter if a freshman green, or in a senior s gown, The people all admit we are the warmest gang in town. We may not live forever on this jolly good old sphere, But while we do we ll live a life of merriment and cheer, And when our college days are o er and night is drawing nigh, With parting breath we ll sing that song: A Utah Man Am I. Chorus Who am I, sir, M e d i a G u i d e

3 Utah Traditions A Utah Man am I! A Utah Man, sir, Will be til I die. Ki-yi! Homecoming Utah s all-time record in Homecoming games is The first Homecoming game was held at the U. on November 12, 1921 against Colorado and ended in a scoreless tie. Internet The Utah athletics department made its first official appearance on the Internet in August of 1996 with a website that was managed and supported in-house. In 1997, the U. contracted the services of what is now CBS College Sports to manage its athletics website. Listed under the URL the Utah website contains current information on all 18 of its varsity athletics teams. Leadership Committee The Utah Football Leadership Committee is elected annually and was initiated in spring of The committee is comprised of sophomores, juniors and seniors who are elected by their teammates. The members serve as team spokesmen, contribute to forming team policy and participate in the decisionmaking process. Swoop, a caricature of a red-tailed hawk, is Utah s athletics mascot. Mascot The University of Utah introduced a mascot in 1996, with permission from the Ute Tribal Council (see Nickname). Swoop represents a red-tailed hawk, a bird indigenous to the state of Utah. Muss The Student Fan Club at the University of Utah, a longtime basketball tradition, began participating at football games in 2002 and members renamed themselves The Muss. Muss members have reserved seats at the front of the student section. Originally derived from the school fight song ( No other Participants in the Muss, Utah s student fan club, number in the thousands and stand the entire game. gang of college men dare meet us in a muss), the Utah student fan club has since used Muss as an acronym for Mighty Utah Student Section. The Muss pride themselves in standing for the entire football game in support of the team. The Utah football team began sporting a Muss sticker on the center-back of its helmets in Nickname In the earliest days of University of Utah recorded history, the students and alumni referred to their athletic teams as both the Utes and the Redskins. The dual nickname was officially dropped in favor of Utes in 1972, when college campuses became sensitive to the concerns of tribal members. The University of Utah uses Utes as its nickname with permission from the Ute Tribal Council. Nobel Prize In October of 2007, Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., distinguished professor of human genetics and biology at the University of Utah, became the school s first Nobel Prize winner. He received the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing a gene-targeting technique. What is a Ute? A Ute belongs to an Indian tribe whose members are identified as the first people of Utah. While there is disagreement in history and reference books regarding the meaning of the word Ute, two of the more common definitions are top of the mountains and people of the mountains. Other references have Ute defined as land of the sun. The Utes refer to themselves as Noochew, meaning the People. There are four Ute tribes: The Northern and White Mesa Tribes are based in Utah, while the Southern and Ute Mountain Tribes are in Colorado. The Northern Utes are affiliated the most closely with the University of Utah and have a tribal membership of 3,157, of which more than half live on The Uintah and Ouray reservation. The Utes operate their own tribal government, oversee approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land and operate several businesses. Television One of the earliest nationally televised games was between Utah and BYU on Thanksgiving Day, It was the first of 12 games selected by the NCAA television committee for national broadcast in the 1953 season. An estimated 60 million people tuned into NBC and saw Utah edge BYU in old Ute Stadium. Mel Allen handled the play-by-play and Lindsey Nelson did the color for the broadcast. Since then, Utah football teams have made regular local, regional and national television appearances. Utah was part of the Mountain West television package with ESPN from In 2006, the MWC began a long-term partnership with CBS College Sports (then known as CSTV). Since 2007, Utah s local television partner has been KTVX-ABC 4. The University of Utah proudly uses the nickname Utes with the permission of the Ute Tribe. w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 19

4 Ute Athletics History National Athletic Highlights Men s basketball wins 1916 AAU Championship Men s basketball wins 1944 NCAA Championship Football wins 1938 Sun Bowl Men s basketball wins 1948 NIT Championship Men s basketball makes 1961 NCAA Final Four Football wins 1964 Liberty Bowl Men s Basketball makes 1966 NCAA Final Four Women s skiing wins 1977 AIAW Championship Softball team goes to 1979 College World Series Women s gymnastics wins 1981 AIAW Championship Women s gymnastics wins NCAA Championships Ski team (coed) wins five NCAA Championships Softball team goes to 1982 and 85 College World Series Women s gymnastics wins 1990 NCAA Championship Ski team is 1990 NCAA Runner-Up Women s gymnastics is 1991 NCAA Runner-Up Men s basketball goes to 1991 NCAA Sweet 16 Softball makes 1991 College World Series Women s gymnastics wins 1992 NCAA Championship Men s basketball makes 1992 NIT Final Four Football goes to 1992 Copper Bowl Ski team wins 1993 NCAA Championship Football goes to 1993 Freedom Bowl Women s gymnastics wins 1994 NCAA Championship Ski team is 1994 NCAA Runner-Up Softball makes 1994 College World Series Football beats Arizona in 1994 Freedom Bowl Football finishes year ranked in Top Women s gymnastics wins 1995 NCAA Championship Ski team is 1995 NCAA Runner-Up Men s basketball makes 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 Ski team wins 1996 NCAA Championship Ski team wins 1997 NCAA Championship Football plays in 1996 Copper Bowl Men s basketball makes 1997 NCAA Elite 8 U niversity of Utah varsity athletic teams have run with the leaders since their start in the late 1800s. Utah s first national title came in 1916, when the men s basketball team won the AAU Championship. The men s basketball team would win the 1944 NCAA and 1947 National Invitational Tournament championships as well. Football also had early success, winning the 1938 Sun Bowl. The Utah volleyball team made the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16. In 1961 and 66, the men s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Final Four. In 1964, the football team went 9-2 and crushed West Virginia 32-6 in the Liberty Bowl. In the mid-1970s, women s athletics earned varsity status and quickly made up for time lost on the sidelines. The women skiers struck The Utah gymnastics team placed second at the 2008 NCAA Championships its third-straight runner-up finish. Andre Miller led Utah to the 1998 NCAA Basketball Championship game against Kentucky. gold at the 1977 AIAW Championships and sandwiched that title with a trio of silvers from The women s gymnastics team, which would soon become the dominant gymnastics team in the land, placed 10th at the 1976 AIAW Championships. The women s basketball team averaged 20 wins per year in the 1970s a figure that still holds true today. In the spring of 1979, the Ute softball team went to the College World Series. The 1980s saw athletics at Utah become even more visible on the national scene. The women s gymnastics team won an unprecedented six straight national titles from The softball team qualified for the 1982 and 85 NCAA College World Series. In 1983, skiing became a coed sport and Utah won the NCAA title the first of five in the 80s. Utah athletics became a household name in the 1990s. In the season, the men s basketball team made the Elite Eight and set the stage for a Final Four appearance the next year. The Runnin Utes played for the 1998 NCAA Championship against Kentucky, falling to the Wildcats after M e d i a G u i d e

5 Ute Athletics History beating No. 1 seed North Carolina in the semifinal game. The men s basketball team won seven conference championships in the 90s. The decade also marked the emergence of Utah football as a national power. The football team played in five bowl games and its victory over Arizona in the 1994 Freedom Bowl helped the Utes finish in the top 10 in the country. Utah shared the conference football title in 1995 and The women s gymnastics team added more championship hardware to its trophy case, winning NCAA titles in 1990, 1994 and 1995, while the ski team won the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Championships. The softball team qualified for College World Series twice, the women s The Ute ski team has won 11 national championships. Utah football team broke new ground when it qualified for a BCS bowl, going undefeated (12-0) in 2004, ranking No. 4 in the nation and beating Big East co-champion Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. Quarterback Alex Smith was a Heisman Trophy finalist and the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. The men s basketball team, with Consensus All-American and National Player of the Year Andrew Bogut, made the Sweet 16. Bogut was the first pick in the 2005 NBA draft, making Utah the first school in NCAA history to boast the NFL and NBA top draft pick in the same year. Other highlights of the new millennium include a 2003 NCAA Championship by the ski team, NCAA Championship runner-up finishes by the gymnastics team in 2000, 2006, 07 and 08, a 6-0 bowl record, an Elite Eight appearance by the women s basketball team in 2006, a 2001 Sweet 16 trip for the volleyball team and four NCAA Tournament invites for the women s soccer team. Since 2000, Utah teams have won 18 Mountain West Conference championships. National Athletic Highlights Men s basketball is 1998 NCAA Runner-Up Ski team is 1998 NCAA Runner-Up Volleyball makes 1998 NCAA 2nd Round Men s basketball makes 1999 NCAA 2nd Round Football beats Fresno State in 1999 Las Vegas Bowl Women s gymnastics is 2000 NCAA Runner-up Women s basketball makes 2001 NCAA Sweet 16 Volleyball makes 2001 NCAA Sweet 16 Football beats USC in 2001 Las Vegas Bowl Soccer makes 2002 NCAA 2nd Round Ski team wins 2003 NCAA Championship Football beats Southern Miss in 2003 Liberty Bowl Ski team is 2004 NCAA Runner-Up Football earns historic BCS berth Football beats Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl Women s gymnastics third at NCAA Championships Men s basketball makes NCAA Sweet 16 Alex Smith is the No. 1 NFL draft pick Andrew Bogut is the No. 1 NBA draft pick Football beats Georgia Tech in 2005 Emerald Bowl Gymnastics is the 2006 NCAA Runner-Up Women s basketball makes the NCAA Elite Eight Football beats Tulsa in 2006 Armed Forces Bowl Gymnastics is the 2007 and 08 NCAA Runner-Up Football beats Navy in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl. The Utah women s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before losing in overtime to eventual national champion Maryland. basketball team made six NCAA appearances, the volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round in 1998 and 1999, and the men s swim team won six conference titles to raise its total to 22. In the current decade, the Utes have continued to be associated with the top programs. The Utah athletics season was one of the finest in the history of college athletics. The The 2004 Ute football team went 12-0, earned a BCS Bowl berth, defeated Pittsburgh in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and finished No. 4 in the final AP rankings. w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 21

6 University of Utah A Closer Look Founded in 1850 Classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Research I University 167 degrees (undergraduate/ graduate) Enrollment of 28,025 Campus is located on 1,500 acres Research Park houses some of the top medical institutes in the world. School of Medicine School of Law Nation s first American Indian Social Work program T he University of Utah is a hub for higher education from the Rockies to the Sierras and boasts an academic reputation that is rivaled only by its breathtaking vistas. To the east rise the 11,500 foot, snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Mountains. To the west, the Great Salt Lake shimmers beneath the Oquirrh Mountains. The 1,500-acre campus, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is a beautiful collage of native and exotic trees, fountains, flowering malls and pedestrian walkways. Founded in 1850, the University offers 72 undergraduate majors, 70 minors and certificates, 40 teaching majors and minors, and 95 graduate majors. Academic opportunities at the U. include schools of law, medicine, architecture, pharmacy, business and engineering. The U. also boasts the nation s first American Indian social work program. Utah draws its 28,000-plus student population from all 50 states and 114 foreign countries. Utah ranks among the top 35 public research universities in the nation, with particular distinction in medicine, genetics and engineering. On Oct. 8, 2007, University of Utah geneticist Mario R. Capecchi received the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his work on gene targeting. Scientists from the University of Utah have identified more genes with diseases than anywhere else in the world. Capecchi is one of many acclaimed faculty members. The U. ranks 30th in significant awards to faculty among the nation s public research universities. Research Park, which is located on 320 acres adjacent to the campus, houses 41 companies and 71 university departments. Some of the more prominent residents of Research Park are the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, the Moran Eye Center and the Brain Institute. The Huntsman Cancer Institute has the largest genetic database in the world and is the only National Cancer Institute in the Intermountain West. Gene targeting was developed at the Eccles Institute. The Moran Eye Center is considered one of the top eye centers in the world. The sprawling University of Utah medical center features the Huntsman Cancer Institute. It was opened in the fall of 1999 and was funded by a $225 million pledge from Utah businessman Jon M. Huntsman M e d i a G u i d e

7 University of Utah The U. is also noted for technology transfer and its Center for High Performance Computing serves as a link to major aerospace industries, high-tech manufacturers and research companies. It manages one of the three most successful technology parks in the U.S., with more than 40 high-tech companies created by University faculty. The U. has had a presence on the Internet since 1970, when it became the fourth node on the Internet. The U. provides a lively residential living experience in beautiful Heritage Commons, a multi-purpose residence complex located in historic Fort Douglas on the eastern edge of campus. Opened in 2000, Heritage Commons served as the Athletes Village for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Over 2,500 students live on campus in residence halls and apartments. The Princeton Review ranked the University of Utah No. 7 for Best Campus Environment in Outside the classroom, Utah students enjoy unparalleled outdoor diversions, from skiing and snowboarding at any of eight world-class resorts in nearby canyons, to backpacking, mountain biking, fly fishing and river running. The U. s location in the largest city in the Intermountain West (metro population 1,333,914) allows for an urban experience in a beautiful setting. Salt Lake City is home to professional symphony, ballet, modern dance, opera and theater companies, as well as five professional sports teams. TRAX light rail is a popular means of transportation free to University of Utah students. w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 23

8 U U t a h F o o t b a l l Campus Life niversity of Utah residence hall students live in a magnificent mountain setting. Heritage Commons, a living-learning community of 2,500 students that opened in 2000, received world-wide acclaim when it served as the Athletes Village during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The residential center is the heart of campus activity and exudes a vibrant, energetic college town atmosphere. Game and exercise rooms, computer labs, Internet connections, cable TV and HBO in every room, and a dining room that is open all day and serves up freshly cooked meals on request are some of the reasons behind the School of the Year award delivered by the Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. Residence hall students also thrive academically at Utah: More than half of them maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Situated in historic Fort Douglas at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon and located on 70 acres of land, the expansive 912,000 square Heritage Commons 912,000 square foot complex 20 residential buildings and one for dining and support services Eight apartment-style buildings Advanced telecommunications system (voice, video and data), ethernet connections, cable TV, community lounge, study rooms and indoor bike storage Chase N. Peterson Heritage Center contains a central dining facility seating 600, a convenience store, computer and technology labs, fitness and game rooms, four multipurpose rooms and a mail center. Heritage Commons residence halls served as the Athletes Village at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. foot residential complex boasts picturesque views of Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountain ranges. Heritage Commons consists of 21 buildings 20 residential and one for dining and support services. Eight of the buildings are apartment style, with 235 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. First-year students live in Gateway Heights, a hall with furnished, double semi-suites, an advanced telecommunications system (voice, video and data), an ethernet connection to the U. student computer system, cable TV connections, a large community lounge, study rooms and indoor bike storage. Each floor has a kitchenette. Chapel Glen is home to both first-year students and upperclassmen and offers the same amenities as Gateway Heights, along with a fitness area. Sage Point is reserved for upper division students and has single, double and deluxe suites. Sage Point also has computer and technology labs and an international area. Benchmark Plaza is an apartment complex allocated for single students who have earned 60-plus credit hours. Shoreline Ridge, which offers both furnished and unfurnished apartment units, is reserved for students with families and single graduate students. The Chase N. Peterson Heritage Center, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during peak demand periods, is the hub of activity in the student housing village. It contains a central dining facility that seats 600, a convenience store, computer and technology labs, fitness and game rooms, four multipurpose rooms, a mail center and more. The student village also contains a University Bookstore branch, University Copy Center and the University Guest House, an oncampus hotel. Transportation is another benefit of Heritage Commons. A U of U parking permit allows residents to park close to their hall, but a car is not necessary. Free campus shuttles run every 10 minutes and the Utah Transit Authority and light rail (TRAX), free to U. students, combine to traverse 21 routes to and from campus. TRAX extends to downtown Salt Lake and outlying areas as well. The residence halls are also easily accessible to main campus by foot and are connected via the George S. Eccles 2002 Legacy Bridge. Residence Hall living provides a wide variety of activities M e d i a G u i d e

9 Academic Support A s an academic institution, the University of Utah enjoys a richly deserved reputation for excellence in education. The Utah athletics department works to ensure that all of its student-athletes takes advantage of the academic opportunities available by providing specialized academic counseling. The U. employs four full-time academic advisers for its student-athletes. The department is under the direction of director of athleticacademic services JoAnn Hulbert- Eagan, winner of 2002 Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling. Hulbert-Eagan, who oversees the academic counseling JoAnn Hulbert-Eagan (middle), director of athletic academic services, is shown here with Darrell Mack (left) and Robert Johnson (right). for the football and gymnastics teams, is in her seventh year on the athletics staff and 14th year overall at the U. Lucas Moosman is the new associate director of academic services. Assistant advisors are Rob Rainey and Zanetta Ivy. The Ute academic team monitors the studies of each student-athlete to ensure he or she is making progress toward a degree.the academic advisors also dispense their knowledge of departmental and university requirements, and assist with course registration and the exploration and selection of majors. Academics At Utah Research The University of Utah ranks among the top 35 public research universities in the nation, with particular distinction in medicine, genetics and engineering. On Oct. 8, 2007, University of Utah geneticist Mario R. Capecchi received the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his work on gene targeting. Research Park, located on 320 acres adjacent to the campus, is the site of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, the Moran Eye Center and the Brain Center. Grants One of the leading universities in the nation in federal research grants, the U. receives more than $300 million annually in grants and contracts. The U. received more than $322 million in research funding in Academic Support Programs At The U. Study Table Available to all student-athletes, regardless of year or GPA. Tutorial Program Individual tutors, drop-in tutoring, and exam reviews. Internships The Partnering with U. program offers career mentoring, shadowing and internship opportunities with area businesses. Fifth-Year Senior Program Provides financial assistance to student-athletes whose eligibility has expired before they have finished their degrees. Life Skills Center Provides student-athletes avenues for personal development, community service and leadership resources. Offers student-athletes information on possible career choices through the Strong Interest Inventory given to all freshmen in the Life Skills class. Summer School Financial aid for summer school is available to studentathletes who meet the criteria. Priority Registration Priority registration allows student-athletes to schedule classes around practices and training. Learnin Environment The Princeton Review ranked the University of Utah No. 1 for learning environment in 2005 (based on a survey of students). Programs The University offers 72 majors, 70 minors and certificates, and 95 graduate majors. Computer Services A computer lab designated for use solely by Utah s varsity studentathletes is housed in the Burbidge Athletics Academic Center. Laptop computers are also available for team travel. The U. offers free accounts to all students. Ute football players have access to an expansive computer lab in the Burbidge Family Athletics Academics Center. w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 25

10 Academic Support Burbidge Center Facts 11,000 square feet Computer Lab Student-Athlete Lounge Conference room Life Skills/Career Resource Center Tutoring Rooms Study Table Academic Advising Offices Compliance Department Offices T The beautiful and functional Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athletics Academic Center opened in May of Designed solely to accommodate the U. s varsity studentathletes, the Burbidge Center is known for its aesthetics, technology offerings and academic service. The 11,000-square-foot facility became an instant campus landmark with its sweeping floor-to-ceiling, curved glass wall on the two-story north side. Its location is ideal for the population it serves: Situated between the HPER complex and the Huntsman Center, the Burbidge Center is central to classrooms and athletic venues. The full-service academic facility is utilized by all 18 varsity Utah athletic teams and was underwritten by a generous $2 million gift from the Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. family. The center consolidates Utah s athletic-academic efforts with computer labs, study space and academic counseling, while also providing a social gathering place for the student-athletes. Housed in the building are the academic services, compliance and nutrition departments, as well as the award-winning NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program. The mission of the Burbidge Family Athletics Academic Center is to provide an integrated learning environment that will enhance the academic and personal development of all student-athletes. The objective is to accommodate the diverse needs and schedules of Utah s student-athletes through a wide range of individual and group support services, computer technologies and independent study opportunities M e d i a G u i d e

11 Academic Support Ute Classroom Success Alex Smith NCAA Academic All-American Of The Year CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year 2004 CoSIDA Football Academic All-American of the Year First-Team Academic All-District Academic All-Mountain West Conference Graduated in May 2004 after just two years in college Bachelor s degree in economics Undergraduate cumulative GPA was 3.74 Began work on a master s in economics 2007 Academic All-MWC Zane Beadles Kyle Brady Jereme Brooks Tysen Clements Kepa Gaison Dustin Hensel Brian Hernandez Brian Johnson Jamel King Corbin Louks Koa Misi Trevor Moss Clint Mower RJ Rice Dallin Rogers Louie Sakoda Colt Sampson Caleb Schlauderaff Justin Taplin-Ross Steve Tate Ryan Taylor Zane Taylor Eddie Wide Mike Wright Utah Football Academic All-Americans 1964 Mel Carpenter 1970 Scott Robbins 1971 Scott Robbins 1973 Steve Odom 1976 Dick Graham 1984 Andre Guardi 1985 Andre Guardi 1996 Chad Folk 2000 Kimball Christianson 2002 Brooks Bahr 2003 Morgan Scalley* 2004 Morgan Scalley* 2004 Alex Smith* 2005 Spencer Toone *First-Team w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 27

12 NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Award-Winnng Features Community Service Career Development Ute Speakers Bureau Resume Writing Workshops Interview Workshops Nutrition Seminars Stress Management Seminars Conflict Resolution Seminars Student-Athlete Mentor Program Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Football SAAC Zane Beadles Joe Dale Louie Sakoda Football SAMS Robert Johnson Chris Joppru Utah Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill and Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Services Mary Bowman accept a coveted NCAA Program of Excellence Award for Utah s CHAMPS Life Skills Program. A t the University of Utah, a studentathlete enjoys much more than the chance to participate in a winning program and graduate from a prestigious school. The athletics department employs a full-time director of student-athlete support services, associate athletics director Mary Bowman, whose job is to provide guidance to student-athletes in the areas of career development, academic support, community outreach and personal development. Bowman and her staff help enable Utah s student-athletes to make the most of their undergraduate years, while also interacting with the community and preparing for life after college. Director of athletic relations Manny Hendrix runs the Partnering with U. program, which provides internships and summer jobs. Hendrix also oversees the Ute Varsity Club an organization for former Ute athletes. Utah s athletic teams have been actively involved with the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program since Bowman and her student-athlete participants have put their personal stamp on an award-winning program that offers regularly scheduled workshops on topics like resume writing, interviewing skills and transition into the work force. The Utah athletics department was one of just three recipients of the Program of Excellence award for its CHAMPS program. Another important aspect of Utah s Life Skills program is the volunteer service the studentathletes contribute to the community. The Ute Speakers Bureau trains student-athletes in public speaking and schedules them to speak at local elementary and junior high schools on topics such as drug abuse, goal setting, the importance of education, making smart choices and self esteem. Utah studentathletes reach out to more than 5,000 young students in the Salt Lake valley each year. Ute teams also participate in a wide variety of community service projects. The personal development facet of Utah s Life Skills program involves workshops in nutrition, stress management, diversity, eating disorders, relationships, sexual responsibility and conflict resolution. Also popular with Utah s student-athletes is the Student-Athlete Mentor Program (SAMS). Representatives of each team are given formal training by the staff of the U. s Alcohol and Drug Education Members of Utah s football team participate in community service activities, such as visiting area schools. Shown above are Zane Beadles (left) and Dustin Hensel (right) working with students at Lincoln Elementary. Center. SAMS participants relay information on referral services regarding personal issues to their teammates and other athletes. The student organization has been tremendously successful. Utah s SAMS program was the recipient of an NCAA grant for its measures against substance abuse. The grant was one of just 15 nationwide awarded by the NCAA CHOICES program in Another program Bowman directs is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which, like SAMS, is comprised of representatives from all of Utah s 18 varsity teams. Participation in the CHAMPS/Life Skills program complements the outstanding educational and athletic experience already firmly in place at Utah. At the U., preparing for success after college is a big part of the game plan. Glade Ellingson of the U. counseling center talks to Utah studentathletes about what they should consider when choosing a major M e d i a G u i d e

13 Rice-Eccles Stadium R ice-eccles Stadium opened its gates on September 12, 1998 to the largest crowd ever to watch a football game in Salt Lake City. Four years later, a world-wide television audience watched another landmark event hosted by Rice-Eccles Stadium the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games. The international media exposure during the 2002 Olympic Games allowed the world to see what Utah players, fans and opponents already knew. With its striking design, stunning mountain backdrop and panoramic views of the Salt Lake valley, Rice-Eccles Stadium is perhaps the most beautiful stadium in the country. The attendance mark set in that first football game (44,112) a Utah victory over Louisville has since fallen, but the merits of Rice-Eccles Stadium have not. The 45,017-seat facility is located on the grounds previously occupied by Ute and Rice Stadiums, respectively. Robert L. Rice acquired naming rights in 1972 by contributing $1 million to renovate Ute Stadium (built in 1927). His monies went towards replacing the turf and lighting, and the creation of the Scholarship Box. Now, only the south end zone bleachers still remain of that initial major renovation. Two days after Utah concluded its 1997 season with a win over Rice, wrecking crews moved in and demolished Rice Stadium. In its place less than 10 months later stood Rice-Eccles Stadium, an imposing concrete, steel and glass edifice that dominates the Salt Lake skyline. The idea of a new stadium was proposed in 1996 by Utah Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill, who then spearheaded a massive fund-raising campaign. Hill originally envisioned the project as a three-year undertaking, before Eccles Foundation changed the plans. In May 1997, former Ute All-America skier Spence Eccles announced that the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation would contribute $10 million to the construction of a new stadium. Once the lead gift was in place, the time table for the stadium s completion was moved up from three years to just 15 months. The total construction costs ran $50 million, of which $10 million came from private gifts, $10 million from athletics department bonding, $12 million from the Stadium Facts First Game: Sept. 12, 1998 Seating Capacity: 45,017 Largest Crowd: 46,768 Chair Seats: 16,000 Suites: 25 Surface: FieldTurf Cost: $50 million w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 29

14 Rice-Eccles Stadium Larry H. and Gail Miller donated $1.6 million for a video display board that measures 22-feet-7-inches by 38-feet and allows for live video of game action, instant replays and graphics. University of Utah and $8 million from the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Committee. FFKR Architects designed the project and Layton Construction began the rebuilding in June of 1997 working around previously scheduled events like the entire 1997 Utah home football season. More than 900 construction workers and 45 sub-contractors were employed over the course of the project. Construction workers poured 30,000 cubic yards of concrete to create the footings, foundations, press box towers and bowl seating, and placed 2,470 tons of structural steel and 3.7 million pounds of rebar. The stadium s progress soon became apparent throughout the valley, especially the elevator towers on the west side, which were poured continuously 24 hours a day for seven days, and eventually rose to a height of 177 feet (14 stories). Not long thereafter, a three-story, glass-enclosed stadium box connected the towers. The stadium box encased behind a 400-square-foot expanse of tempered glass is serviced by four high-speed elevators. Stadium box occupants are treated to sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains to the east and downtown Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. Three spacious, sun-splashed levels are supported by the twin towers. Level 4 contains the Cleone and Spence Eccles Scholarship Box, which seats 450 and features indoor-outdoor seating, as well as eight suites. Level 5, the Mezzanine, boasts another 17 suites. The suites have a roomy, comfortable seating area and are equipped with televisions and refrigerators. They overlook the field behind a 10-foot-high glass wall. Level 6 features the Varsity Reception Room, which seats 400, as well as the John Mooney Working Press Area, named in honor of the late Ute football writer and Salt Lake Tribune sports editor. Three rows of press seating serve to accommodate more than 100 media representatives. Other features of Level 6 are two television booths, three radio booths (including the Bill Marcroft Radio Booth, named after the former Voice of the Utes ), public address and scoreboard operator rooms, a copy/photography/ statistics area and a kitchen. The roof, which can hold up to 200 television cameras, is accessed from this level. Upgrades have continued in recent years. In June 2003, Larry H. and Gail Miller donated $1.6 million for a video display system and new scoreboards. The video display board in the south end zone measures 22-feet-7-inches by 38-feet. The ProStar VideoPlus LED display provides Suite holders enjoy a pre-game banquet on the first level of the Scholarship Box (seats 450). live video of game action, instant replays and graphics. Including the scoreboard display and sponsor panels, the complete south end zone video display system measures 44 by 58 feet. A new LED board measuring 200-feet-long by 4-feet high was installed at the top of the north end zone stands in time for the 2007 home season. The $500,000 board (funded by Utah Sports Properties) encourages fan participation with its display of special graphics and effects, player head shots and noise meters. The stadium floor has also changed with the times and new turf will be installed prior to the 2009 season. FieldTurf, a synthetic product that feels and plays like natural grass but is much more durable and weather resistant, was installed in The Utes played on natural grass in 2000 and 2001 after experimenting with SportGrass (a hybrid natural grass and artificial turf) from From , Rice Stadium utilized AstroTurf. Utah s home field record on the various surfaces follows: on grass, on artificial turf, on SportsGrass and 27-7 on FieldTurf. The south end zone bleachers, built in 1982, house the locker rooms, the Gary L. Crocker Stadium Club suite and a band room. The plaza behind the south end zone was renovated as Olympic Cauldron Park and dedicated on August M e d i a G u i d e

15 Rice-Eccles Stadium Attendance Records Utah attracted its second-highest season attendance average of 43,279 fans per game in , The 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games memorial contains the original cauldron that held the Olympic flame during the games; a 6,000-square-foot visitor center with a gallery, theater and ticket office; and Hoberman Arch, the famed backdrop for the awards ceremonies held downtown during the Olympics. Hoberman Arch is 75 feet long, 40 feet high and five feet wide. The larger stadium has allowed Ute officials to craft an impressive non-conference home schedule that has included teams like UCLA, Arizona, Washington State, California, Oregon, Texas A&M, Louisville and North Carolina. With the high profile opponents have come new attendance marks. Eleven standing-room only crowds have exceeded Rice-Eccles Stadium s official capacity of 45,017. In 2003, the Utes beat California before a school-record 46,768 fans and an ESPN national television audience. The 2004 Utes came close to filling the stadium every game and averaged a school-record 44,112 spectators. Rice-Eccles Stadium Top Crowds 1. California , Brigham Young , Arizona , Texas A&M , Brigham Young , Brigham Young , North Carolina , Utah State , Boise State , Brigham Young , Brigham Young , Oregon , Utah State , Colorado State , Louisville ,112 Utah Season Attendance Averages 1. 44, , , , , , , , , Mountain West Stadiums By Capacity Brigham Young Edwards Stadium seats 64,045 San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium seats 54,000 Air Force Falcon Stadium seats 46,551 Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium seats 45,017 New Mexico University Stadium seats 40,094 UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium seats 36,800 Colorado State Hughes Stadium seats 34,400 Wyoming War Memorial Stadium seats 32,514 TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium seats 44,358 Rice-Eccles Stadium has a spacious press box that can accommodate 150 media representatives. w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 31

16 Football Practice Facilities Spence Eccles Field House Groundbreaking: June, 2004 Opened: November, 2004 Cost: $6 million Funding: Private ($2 million from Spence Eccles) Size: 74,000 square feet Field Dimensions: Regulation size Height: 60 feet Surface: FieldTurf Location: Guardsman Way Amenities: Reception area, restrooms, netting and batting cages for softball and baseball McCarthey Practice Fields Two regulation sized fields, end-to-end Surface: Natural grass Funding: Private (Thomas K. McCarthey family) M e d i a G u i d e

17 Dee Glen Smith Center Dee Glen Smith Center Facts Opened: Spring of 1991 Location: Guardsman Way Size: 48,000 square feet (as of December 2008) Contains: Football coaches offices, strength and conditioning center, medical/injury rehabilitation, equipment, meeting rooms, locker room 2004 Renovation: Player Lounge 2005 Renovation: Locker Room 2005 Renovation: Auditorium 2007 Renovation: First Floor 2008 Renovation: Strength & Conditioning Room w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 33

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20 Alex Smith Strength & Conditioning Facility Bigger and Better! The new Alex Smith Strength and Conditioning Facility, at the Dee Glen Smith Athletics Center, will provide Utah s studentathletes a national-class training facility. Smith, now the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, donated $500,000 as the lead gift for the renovation and expansion of the existing strength and conditioning facility at his alma mater. The strength training center will grow east, west and vertically in the form of mezzanines. The expansion will bring the space of the Alex Smith Strength and Conditioning Facility from its current 7,800 square feet to approximately 17,000 square feet, of which 3,400 will be on the new mezzanine levels. The mezzanine additions will maintain the use of natural light by virtue of clear glass windows extending across both the east and west sides of the facility. The project is being designed by GSBS Architects. The growth of the strength area will increase the footprint of the Dee Glen Smith Center from 32,800 square feet to 49,800 square feet. The estimated cost of the project is $1.4 million. Construction will begin in mid-august and the targeted completion date is late November Left: A rendering of the exterior of the Dee Glen Smith Athletics Center with the new Alex Smith Strength and Conditioning Facility on the left side of the building. Top Right: The floor plans for the new Alex Smith Strength and Conditioning Facility. The expanded areas on the east and west sides of the building, including the entirely new mezzanine level, are shaded in gray. Bottom Right: A rendering of the interior of the new Alex Smith Strength and Conditioning Facility. A cardio deck will be located on the mezzanine level M e d i a G u i d e

21 Strength & Conditioning Utah Strength and Conditioning Staff - Front Row (left to right): Pete Link, Jon Webster, Joe Diancin. Back Row: Evan Simon, Director Doug Elisaia, Greg Argust. w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 37

22 Strength & Conditioning Doug Elisaia Director of Strength & Conditioning Doug Elisaia (pronounced elleesy-a) is in his third year as Utah s director of strength and conditioning. He is in his fourth year overall at Utah, having spent one year as a Ute assistant strength coach. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Elisaia was at Kentucky from , where he was the head baseball strength and conditioning coach and also assisted with football. From , he was employed by Wayne State as the defensive line coach and football team s strength and conditioning coach. He served in a similar capacity at McPherson College for the seasons. Elisaia played defensive tackle at Iowa Wesleyan from and led the team in tackles as a senior while earning NAIA Academic All-America honors. The three-year team captain graduated in 1996 with a bachelor s degree in physical education and a minor in athletic training and coaching. Born in Redwood City, Calif., Elisaia was raised in Pago Pago, American Samoa. As a senior at Leone High School, he was named the American Samoa High School Athletics Association s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was recognized by the government of American Samoa as the Outstanding Offensive Lineman at the Samoan Goodwill Games, held in Honolulu. The 36-year-old Elisaia and his wife Leata have three daughters: Safua, Seleisa and Colleen, and one son, Samuelu M e d i a G u i d e

23 Strength & Conditioning Principles Of The Program Strength Training The idea is centered on accelerating quicker than our opponent. We will do this by concentrating on quick and explosive lifts, combined with quick and explosive agility, sprint and plyometric drills. Speed Development Each running session will include acceleration drills more than any other drills. The most important aspect of speed development is the athlete must work at maximal effort in each and every drill. Flexibility It is a traditional part of every strength and conditioning program. When the athlete is not able to put a body joint through the proper range of motion, it can affect performance in various ways. Mental Toughness These weight training or conditioning sessions push the body way beyond comfort levels, and in some cases, to utter exhaustion. This allows the student-athlete to develop capacity to push through barriers created by pain and fatigue. Conditioning Conditioning is best obtained by working the energy system with volume. Conditioning should be cycled with light, medium and heavy days to avoid over-training. Recovery is often better than work. Injury Prevention The Utah athlete will be expected to work harder than anyone else when he/she is injured. We will work with the athletic training staff to coordinate efforts to bring the athlete back to the playing field as quickly as possible. Motivating We will coach in a very positive manner, always reinforcing our belief in an athlete as a champion in the making. No one out-works, out-hustles or has more ability than a Utah student-athlete. w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 39

24 Competition Venues Utah Competition Venues Rice-Eccles Stadium (football) Huntsman Center (basketball, gymnastics) Crimson Court (volleyball) Ute Soccer Field Ute Softball Field Ute Natatorium (swimming, diving) Eccles Tennis Center Franklin Covey Field (baseball) Ute Baseball Field M e d i a G u i d e

25 Polynesian Pipeline First Row (L-R): Kepa Gaison, Nai Fotu, Thor Salanoa. Second Row: Lisiate Leota, Ray Stowers, Kenape Elipao, Isley Filiaga, Matt Asiata, Bo Hikila. Third Row: Neli A asa, Koa Misi, Aaron Tonga, Lei Talamaivao, Corey Seiuli. Back Row: Jason Ah You, Doug Elisaia, Daniel Bukarau, Junior Fonua, Ilaisa Tuiaki, Kalani Sitake. Family Ties 25,000 Pacific Islanders living in metro Salt Lake City 19 Polynesians on the 2007 Ute football Team 10 Polynesians on the preseason depth chart 6 Polynesians who played at Utah and are currently on NFL rosters 3 Polynesian coaches on Utah s staff Now Playing In The NFL Jonathan Fanene Cincinnati Bengals Steve Fifita New England Patriots Chris Kemoeatu Pittsburgh Steelers Ma ake Kemoeatu Carolina Panthers Sione Pouha New York Jets Paul Soliai Miami Dolphins Steve Fifita, pictured here at the New England Patriots 2008 veterans camp, played for the Miami Dolphins w w w. U t a h U t e s. c o m 41

26 Salt Lake City Great Weather 237 days of sunshine per year 15 percent humidity average Average Temperature Highs August 91 September 80 October 66 November 50 December 38 January 36 February 42 March 51 April 61 May 72 June 84 July 93 Deron Williams (above) and Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz will play for Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The duo led the Jazz the NBA Northwest Division title in S alt Lake City, home to the University of Utah, merges the amenities of a major metropolitan area with beautiful natural surroundings. With 181,743 residents, Salt Lake City is the largest city in the state and its metro population of 1,333,914 ranks in the top 40 of U.S. cities. However, Salt Lake City maintains the charm of a small western city. Scenery, location, culture and recreational opportunities are some of the reasons why Salt Lake City was named The Best City for Jobs in 2008 by prominent business publishing company Forbes. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Salt Lake City offers majestic views in all directions. To the east are the 11,500-foot peaks of the Wasatch Mountains ( mountains of many waters, as named by the Paiute Indians), which are part of the Rocky Mountain range. To the west soar the Oquirrh Mountains (pronounced Oaker and meaning the shining mountains ). The lowest point within city boundaries is 4,210 feet near the Great Salt Lake, and the highest is Grandview Peak, at 9,410 feet. The Great Salt Lake which is 48 miles wide and 90 miles long is the world s second largest saltwater lake and the largest lake in the western United States. Unique geography is just one of Salt Lake City s many impressive elements. Salt Lake City boasts the nation s highest literacy rate, highest percentage of high school graduates and highest percentage of college-educated people. Salt Lake is the financial, educational, distribution, warehousing, commercial, cultural and communications hub of the Intermountain West. It is the center to worldrenowned medical and technological industries. Tourism is also a huge economic boon to the state, with the travel and tourism-related industries providing over 112,000 jobs. Many of those employment opportunities are associated with the eight world-class ski resorts located less than 40 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, which served as host for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Cultural and ethnic activities flourish in Salt Lake City. Downtown is home to art galleries, professional symphony, opera, theater and dance, and is a scheduled stop for numerous Broadway shows. Ethnic festivals draw big crowds throughout the year. Salt Lake City also joins forces with the nearby resort town of Park City, Utah, to host the annual Sundance Film Festival. Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the United States and attracts movie stars, celebrities, and thousands of film buffs to the area every year. Professional sports are yet another source of entertainment. Pro franchises in Salt Lake City include the Utah Jazz (NBA), Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer) and the Utah Blaze (Arena Football League). Other pro teams in the city are the Salt Lake Bees (AAA baseball) and the Utah Grizzlies (East Coast Hockey League). Recreational opportunities abound and 10 national parks are a day s drive from Salt Lake City. Fly fishing, backpacking, mountain biking and river running are a part of life in Salt Lake City. With four distinct seasons, a humidity average of 15 percent and mostly sunny days, Salt Lake City offers pleasant weather conditions year round. Salt Lake City s charms are easily accessible even to those visiting from out of state. Salt Lake International Airport is a two-and-a-half-hour flight for half of the United States population. The airport is located just 15 minutes from the University of Utah. Ten national parks are within just a a few hours drive of Salt Lake City M e d i a G u i d e