Utah Homecoming and the NFL Issue

This episode was recorded on October 9th, 2015.  Boz, Ryan, Kim, and Lauren were all in to talk about the Homecoming game against Cal as well as having ESPN College GameDay on Campus the following day.  The big issue that was talked about was in the NFL and the problem they have with Greg Hardy’s statements on Tom Brady’s wife, Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the domestic violence issue the league still has.

The Innovation Doctor Helps Students Become Innovators

Chris Wasden, The Innovation Doctor, Executive Director of The Sorensen Center for Innovation and Discovery

The “Innovation Doctor,” is now in…

Chris Wasden is a bike-riding California native who lives and breathes innovation. Wasden is also Executive Director of the Sorensen Center for Innovation and Discovery—the U’s new idea incubator.

A decade of interest in applying digital technology to enhance health drives Wasden to create student challenges that realize new venture opportunities in “physical, mental, emotional and social health.”

Listen in, as Wasden shares a compelling vision for the future of innovation at the U.

The Geekwave Episode 7: Gretchen McClain

Our final interview for Homecoming 2015! Thanks so much to the Alumni Association for getting us these great opportunities.

In Episode 7, we had the opportunity to bring Gretchen McClain into the studio. We get a chance to hear about her career, her memories from the University of Utah, her work on the International Space Station, her thoughts on Utah’s water situation, and her advise to engineers. Honestly, this whole interview is riddled with good advice. We loved talking with her, and we hope you enjoy listening in!

Homecoming Conversation 2015, “Time, experience and joy”

Anne Cullimore Decker, Homecoming 2015

Recipient of the U’s highest award, the Honorary Doctorate, Anne Cullimore Decker.

We celebrate Homecoming 2015 with U arts alumni, Anne Cullimore Decker. Utah’s “grand dame of theater,” Anne Cullimore Decker, was recently awarded University of Utah’s highest award, the honorary doctorate.

This makes it an important year for this famed alumnus who has made huge contributions to the performing arts throughout her life and career as thespian and teacher. Anne was preparing for a trip to celebrate her 80th birthday in London with husband, Ashby and three sons.

“Our job in theater is to provoke people into looking at a fictitious character on stage, so they get a glimmer, or glimpse of themselves.”

Before the conversation had gone too far, Anne shared thoughts on the past and present that ended with an important suggestion for all students.

When asked about Decker’s achievements in the arts, graduate of the U’s Bachelor of Fine Arts, Actor Training Program, Stein Erickson said, “Anne is amazing. She is a steward of the arts and artists.”

The Geekwave interviews Nolan Bushnell

Thanks to the awesome folks at the Alumni Association and in honor of Utah Homecoming 2015, we had the amazing chance to interview Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and UofU Alumni. We talk to him about his time at the U, some memories of Utah and Atari, and what he’s working on now. But you don’t want to hear from us: Listen to the man himself on Episode 6 of The Geekwave.

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Images courtesy of eteknix.com and forbes.com

Homecoming Conversation 2015

We got together with a few alumni to celebrate Homecoming 2015.

Distinguished alum, Larry Gluth, SVP of Habitat for Humanity (US and Canada) reflects on then and now. Larry described that leadership is about service and giving back, leadership values learned from his parents that Larry continues to rely on today.

“I’m fiercely independent. I had to work my way through school,” said Gluth.

Essentially, Larry’s job is to support hundreds of others, who support a growing network of affiliates and partners who help others build a roof over their heads. In a word, Habitat’s program is “holistic rather than incremental,” said Gluth. It’s about partnerships with families.

“My organization focuses on providing people with a decent and safe place to live.”

After a “brutal winter” at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, Larry and a friend visited Park City, Utah. From a “very practical perspective,” they promptly decided University of Utah “sounded terrific.”

“We realized we could go to school, and ski in the same day,” said Gluth. “So Utah it was.”

Larry and son, Connor, at Utah vs. Michigan in Ann Arbor last fall.

Larry and son, Connor, at Utah vs. Michigan in Ann Arbor last fall.

Associate Professor, Communication, University of Utah

“You can’t look at women’s health without talking about feminism.”

Robin Jensen says, “You can’t look at women’s health without talking about feminism.”

Jensen is currently exploring the rhetorical history of women’s health, and how we define what it means to be fertile.  Jensen continues to take a serious look at the implications of reducing access to healthcare, opportunity, education and professional outlets for women.

Jensen is what you call a rhetor, the kind that wins high honors in communication study, like the Karl C. Wallace Memorial Award. Rhetor, by way of Greek and Latin, is a ‘big-brained’ way to say, she is an expert on issues related to rhetoric and health communication. She is award-winning author of the book Dirty Words, teacher and student of rhetoric.

“The question is, how do we talk about these things?” said Jensen.