A. Ray Olpin Student Union

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2018 Graduates

2018 Graduates

The A. Ray Olpin University Union would like to congratulate all members of our campus community who are graduating this semester. We would like to offer a special congratulations to the students who, by their work in and contributions to the Union, have furthered our mission and built community on campus. Union Programming Council Ridley Heyrend, Psychology, Executive Director Jesse…

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8th Annual Union Scholarship Celebration

8th Annual Union Scholarship Celebration

The 8th annual Union Scholarship Celebration transformed the A. Ray Olpin University Union into a scene straight out of a storybook. Emanating the look of Alice in Wonderland, this year’s theme was “Celebrating the Wonder of Community.” The A. Ray Olpin University Union boasted a record-setting 450 guests who joined us in recognizing admirable student scholarship recipients and acknowledging our…

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Women's Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center: Providing Education & Support

In 1971, a collaborative group of women consisting of faculty, staff, and graduate students came together to establish the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). The WRC strives to be the primary resource and network for women on campus. Some of the campus resources provided through the WRC include individual counseling services, scholarships, emergency funds, support groups, community outreach, and volunteer opportunities….

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Student Spotlight: Marcelo Correa

Student Spotlight: Marcelo Correa

This month’s student highlight is on Marcelo Correa! Marcelo moved to Utah three years ago. He is studying Biomedical Engineering. Last year in July, Marcelo married his beautiful wife. For two of the years he has been living in Utah, he has worked at the Union. He works as a building manager. The building managers are responsible for a variety…

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Meet the Executive Chef of Campus, Peter!

Meet the Executive Chef of Campus, Peter!

Chef Peter’s journey to his current position began with him working as a chef in hotels. He worked at the nearby University Park – Marriott hotel. After personally working with the University of Utah’s Head Football Coach, Kyle Whittingham, he realized he was interested in being a chef within higher education. Soon after, University of Utah Dining Services offered him…

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Diversity & U

Diversity & U

To kick off the new semester, the Union Programming Council’s (UPC) Arts & Special Events board organized a community event titled, “Diversity & U”. Diversity & U featured an array of student groups, organizations, and campus departments that strive to promote diversity and inclusion at the University of Utah. The event opened with a tabling session that featured traditional and…

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Student Spotlight: Mary Burnett

Student Spotlight: Mary Burnett

Mary Burnett is a current senior at the University of Utah majoring in Athletic Training. Burnett has worked in the A. Ray Olpin University Union for the past five years and is one of our senior student staff members. She served previously as the Crimson Commons Accounting Clerk and is currently the Crimson Commons Recreation Manager overseeing the billiards and…

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PMMC is the Place to Be - Hello Tax Season

PMMC is the Place to Be – Hello Tax Season

“Q & A with Ann House” Personal Money Management Center Located on the third floor of the A. Ray Olpin University Union, the Personal Money Management Center (PMMC) has been providing services for university students since its beginnings in 2011. Throughout years of development and a generous donation by the University Credit Union, PMMC is now able to provide counseling…

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Festivus for the Rest of Us

Festivus for the Rest of Us

Don’t miss out on the Union’s annual Festivus Celebration! On December 21st from 9 -11 a.m. in the Union lobby, the Union Administration will be hosting Festivus for the Rest of Us, a free event for the entire University community. 19 years ago, Frank Costanza’s eccentricity led to the popularization of Festivus, the world’s greatest fake holiday. Created in a…

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Veterans Support Center: Veteran - Family - Military

Veterans Support Center: Veteran – Family – Military

Often referred to as the “one-stop shop” for all military-affiliated students, including veterans, currently serving personnel, and their families, the Veterans Support Center (VSC) can be found on the fourth floor of the A. Ray Olpin University Union. The VSC offers a variety of services that can benefit students in a multitude of ways. One of the most utilized services…

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The Meditation Space is located on the third  Mezzanine floor of the A. Ray Olpin University of Utah Union

Finding Solace in the Union

    The A. Ray Olpin University Union serves as the main community center of campus. Hosting an array of social and educational events, as well as activities and meetings for students, faculty, staff, and community members, the Union is a vital centralized space on campus. The building often rumbles with excitement from the daily campus tours guided through the…

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Student Spotlight: Rachel Heard

Student Spotlight: Rachel Heard

Each year the A. Ray Olpin University Union recognizes student leaders within the University of Utah community. These student leaders are recognized at the annual Union Scholarship Celebration as they are awarded a one-time scholarship to assist with their educational endeavors. Rachel Heard is one of these exceptional student leaders who was recognized at the 2016-2017 Union Scholarship Celebration. Heard…

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Virtual Reality: Coming to a Union near You!

Virtual Reality: Coming to a Union near You!

Next semester, Crimson Commons will be bringing the latest technology in video-gaming to our campus community. The area which is currently called the “X-Box Gaming Center” will be transformed into an area with two stations for virtual reality gaming. These will be available for the community to learn more and experience virtual reality gaming for themselves. Hoping to update the…

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New Beginnings at University of Utah Asia Campus

New Beginnings at University of Utah Asia Campus

A few years ago, the University of Utah embarked on a new journey in Incheon Korea by establishing the Utah Asia Campus (UAC). There are four undergraduate degrees in communication, psychology, digital media arts, and urban ecology as well as two graduate degrees in biomedical and public health offered at the UAC. Students from the University of Utah main campus…

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Visit the LGBT Resource Center

Visit the LGBT Resource Center

After recently completing their annual Gay-La and Silent Auction event, the LGBT Resource Center is set to have yet another busy year of programming, developing initiatives, and serving as a permanent welcoming space for students. As with past years, this year’s Gay-La and Silent Auction, organized by the LGBT Resource Center staff to raise funds for student scholarships and emergency…

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Who is the Union Programming Council?

Who is the Union Programming Council?

Executive Board – Ridley Heyrend The campus life experience belongs to everyone in the University of Utah community. The experiences, relationships, and memories are different for every person, but we all seek community. There are many centers to which students feel a sense of community, but for me, none are as strong as the Student Union. The Union Programming Council…

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Feed U Pantry - A Great Resource

Feed U Pantry – A Great Resource

The Feed U Food Pantry at the University of Utah is a program crafted to engage and fulfill the duty of making sure no individuals at the university go hungry. It began with the Office of Engagement’s Kitchen Shelves Project in 2014, hoping to destigmatize the idea of people accepting assistance in a time of need. It is now a…

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Every Journey Has A Story

Every Journey Has A Story

On Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 145 delegates from various institutions of higher education descended upon the University of Utah A. Ray Olpin Union to attend the Region IV ACUI (Association of College Unions International) Conference. The Association of College Unions International is an organization that supports student unions and professionals who work within them to build campus community, challenge and…

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