Utah education news

Young and diagnosed with cancer; new Utah program aims to help

Marina Pimentel is a clear example of how life goes on — even after hearing you have cancer. Since being diagnosed last June and treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Pimentel started a new job, moved her mother to Utah, traversed the treacherous waters of health insurance and watched her little sister get married in their native Boston. Not an atypical year for a 26-year-old, Pimentel pointed out. She just happened to have cancer. But she also has someone assigned to help. “I really could have used ...

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praises alternative opportunities for Utah students

After touring the Granite Technical Institute, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praised Utah’s education and manufacturing leaders for their “tremendous” partnership in creating vocational-training opportunities for students. DeVos held a roundtable discussion with government, school and industry representatives where she touted the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, which provides students with hands-on training in manufacturing and paid internship opportunities. “All of you coming together ...

Huntsman family, Koch foundation give combined $50 million gift to Utah State University's business school

Utah State University’s business school will expand its faculty and offer four times as many slots in its student scholarship programs, paid for by donations of $25 million each from the Huntsman Foundation and Charles Koch Foundation. University administrators were expected to announce the gifts during Saturday’s commencement ceremonies. The combined $50 million will be paid out over a period of 10 years, said Doug Anderson, dean of the Huntsman School of Business. “Thanks to the great suppo...

U. disputes Huntsman, says school doesn't owe money to cancer institute

The University of Utah has not withheld money from the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a school spokesman said Friday. With talks underway on new funding agreements between the U. and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, U. spokesman Chris Nelson pushed back on statements by foundation CEO Peter Huntsman that the institute has failed to receive its fair share of cancer hospital revenues. “First off, the university and Huntsman Cancer Institute are the same entity,” Nelson said. “I would dispute the way ...

Photos: SLCC graduates 4,700 students

Tatiana Pedroso waves to family on Friday before the start of commencement ceremonies for Salt Lake Community College at the Maverik Center. The college graduated 4,703 students this year, handing out 5,766 degrees. <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

SLCC grad, 80, proves that learning is lifelong

Candice Williams was slightly shocked when Jirapat Sakkaphun entered her office last fall to discuss an education at Salt Lake Community College. Sakkaphun, a petite 80-year-old woman from Thailand, wanted to join the college’s certified nurse assistant program after nearly two decades as an in-home aide to elderly and sick patients. Her will to help others led Sakkaphun to earn a nursing assistant certificate earlier this year. She’ll be among 4,703 graduates walking into a new future at the ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

U. recognizes 8,500 graduates

The University of Utah graduated more than 8,500 students in a ceremony Thursday at the U. campus’ Jon M. Huntsman Center. Graduates, who received 9,118 degrees between them, heard from keynote speaker Conrad Anker, world-renowned mountain climber, filmmaker, author, philanthropist and U. alumnus, who spoke about the importance of making human connections. University figures say nearly two-thirds of the 2017 U. graduating class are from Utah, 22 percent from other U.S. states and about 11 perce... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Huntsman Cancer Institute backers want more control over U.'s cancer revenues, care, hiring

Weeks before a divisive controversy over the Huntsman Cancer Institute erupted in April, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation sought more revenue from the University of Utah and enhanced powers for institute CEO Mary Beckerle, according to letters and documents. In March, the foundation drafted what CEO Peter Huntsman calls a “wish list” — a memorandum of understanding that reflected verbal agreements reached over months of discussions with U. President David Pershing, Huntsman said. Pershing had gen...

Utah middle school takes "extra precautions" in light of social media threat

School officials at Clayton Middle School took “extra precautions” Tuesday to ensure safety after a social media post from a former student alluded to an act of violence. “Even though we don’t think there’s going to be anything happening, we have to take every threat seriously,” said Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen. The former student had made threats of violence while enrolled at the school, Olsen said, and was later unenrolled for unrelated academic reasons. He recently ha... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

BYU research: Faithful more likely to label themselves as porn 'addicts'

A person’s religious beliefs and attitudes toward pornography addiction are “uniquely intertwined” with the anxiety they experience from viewing explicit material, according to a new study by three Brigham Young University researchers. The study, published in March by The Journal of Sex Research, relied on data from an online survey of 686 unmarried individuals who were asked how frequently they view pornography, their religious affiliation and the self-perceived social and relationship effects...

U. Health Care interim CEO: Time to return to 'important and transformational work' after turmoil

As A. Lorris Betz temporarily took the reins Monday as University of Utah Health Care CEO, he sent an email to U. employees assuring them he would right the ship so they can return to their “important and transformational work.” Betz came out of retirement this weekend to replace Vivian Lee — whom he hired in 2011 — after she resigned amid weeks of turmoil that began with her firing of Huntsman Cancer Institute leader Mary Beckerle. U. President David Pershing later reinstated Beckerle. “Anxie... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>