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    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 are able to visit and study at the Utah Asia Campus and vice versa.

    As an extension to this new partnership and initiative for global engagement the A. Ray Olpin University Union’s Union Programming Council (UPC) has created a new board specifically for the UAC. The UAC board seeks to establish student-driven programming that promotes community, a sense of belonging and increases the retention rates of students at the Utah Asia Campus. This new endeavor is currently led by a senior student, Chelsea Sather. As director of the UAC board, Sather’s main goal is to increase the awareness and opportunity for educational pursuits at the Utah Asia Campus. Sather is currently hosting a group of 30 Utah Asia Campus students at the University of Utah’s main campus to show them how to program events and share opportunities for building community. Sather hosted a tailgating party for the UAC students before the San Jose football game. While playing games like cornhole and dancing, the UAC students were able to socialize with main campus students and enjoyed a Utah football victory. In the spring of 2018, Sather will travel to the Utah Asia Campus to help create and establish the Union Programming Council there. Through developing activities and creating new programming, she hopes to build community. We wish Chelsea Sather, UPC, and UAC all the best as they continue to build and strengthen this relationship!

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