Med School Milestone
The U broke ground last fall on the new home for the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine, made possible by funds from a landmark gift of $110 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation [“Groundbreaking Development,” Winter 2023].
Dear Mr. Eccles, I am incredibly grateful for your truly magnanimous gift. The impact a new world-class medical school will have on the newest generation of medical students, professors, and their patients and families will have everlasting benefits beyond anything any one of us can imagine. Your gift is truly historic. Thank you. I can’t wait to take a tour when the doors open.
Demand for housing at the U is skyrocketing, and the U is planning to bring 5,000 new beds to campus and ditch the reputation of being a commuter school [“College Town Magic,” Summer 2023].
So happy that my school is expanding. I am now 82 years old, but I attended the U of U for nine years—the time it took while working part time and raising my five children. My husband was my rock! I achieved my master’s degree and worked for Intermountain Health Care as a human resource manager for many years until retiring. I will always treasure my school! Keep up the good work!
Taking on Student Mental Health
As youth continue to struggle with emotional well-being, the U is deploying measures to help [“Mind Matters,” Summer 2023].
I’m deeply grateful for the Huntsman Mental Health Institute article on mental health. It’s a much-needed initiative, one I wish existed during my student years at the U. Back then, mental health resources were scarce, and I nearly lost myself, fearing judgment and rejection due to my emotional struggles. As a parent, I’m comforted knowing my future University of Utah children will be encouraged to seek help without fear. Kudos for shifting the mental health stigma!
U pride is alive and well in Norway. Dozens of alumni gathered last May at a fjord-side restaurant in Oslo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the U ski team and the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Ski & Snow Sports Archives.