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The Utah Youth Summit will be the voice of Utah’s Youth in providing a recommendation to Governor Herbert and the State of Utah about where YOU think effort should be put into Improving the Quality of life by the state government. YOUR ideas, thoughts, challenges, and opinions matter. Join us to make a difference.

For two years, Rebecca Horn, director of the Latin American Studies Program, has been overseeing the building of the U's innovative Brazilian Studies Program. "Brazil is the economic powerhouse of Latin America," says Horn.

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval for Utah to move ahead in accepting the common core as a framework for setting the state's own standards and curriculum in both English language arts and mathematics. Final approval will likely come during the Board's August 6 meeting.

After eleven years at the University of Utah, Dr. Lorris Betz has announced his intention to retire as senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. He shared his decision with the University of Utah Board of Trustees during their monthly meeting today.

Thanks in part to support from USTAR, the University of Utah is currently building a team of experts –and a new Masters program – in digital media. With an emphasis in computer game technology, the U of U’s digital media institute – which will host the Masters program – will be a research center for the colleges of engineering and fine arts.

South Park Academy held two separate commencement ceremonies on June 1. About 370 inmates - the most in prison history - received their diplomas.

Charles A. “Chuck” Coonradt recently spoke to Riverton High students about his book The Four Laws of Debt Free Prosperity. Teachers invited Coonradt to speak about his book because the text aligns with curriculum that is currently being taught at the school. Students were also assigned a paper based on the book.

Happening on June 11th at the Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, Utah.

DATC’s Summer Youth Experience is an amazing opportunity for youth ages 14-18 to explore exciting careers in Utah TUITION FREE! Students can attend a different class every 2 weeks. Courses are project & activity based.

In its most recent issue, Utah Business magazine named its 2010 “trailblazers” in an article by Heidi Kulicke and Candace Little. The list includes ten companies that “preserve Utah’s legacy,” and Utah State University is on the list.

Higher education is for those who are prepared for it. If you are ready to learn a trade and join the workforce, go for it. If you are ready to get a four-year college degree, go for it.

The Entry Years Enhancement (EYE) is a structured support program for Level 1 educators as they fulfill the requirements for a Level 2 professional license. EYE provides novice teachers with school, district, and state support for a three-year period. All new educators are required to participate and all requirements must be completed within the first three years of service.

Short Solutions, a University of Utah startup company consisting of four current and former engineering students, won the Palo Alto Software Challenge Award at the 2010 Global Moot Corp Competition - the "Super Bowl of business plan competitions" -at The University of Texas in Austin.

Provo School District employees are instructed to enact a (summer) four-day work-week beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2010 and ending Sunday, August 8, 2010. Buildings are to be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during this period.

Weber State University is one of five schools in the nation to be charter members of SALUTE, a new honor society for student veterans at two- and four-year institutions of higher education. Establishing a chapter of the new honor society is the latest in a series of efforts WSU has undertaken to better serve the needs of student veterans.

The Diabloceratops eatoni is a recently discovered fossil record named for WSU paleontologist and professor Jeffrey G. Eaton. Amazingly, it’s the fourth time Eaton has been honored with a fossil record named for him, having previously been immortalized with a marsupial, lizard and a genus trace fossil bearing the Eaton nomenclature.

Utah Valley University offers a diverse curriculum of summer courses to the community on topics like mountain biking, Utah herbs and wildflowers, photography, karate, and social media marketing.

Results are in for winners of the annual Best of State Awards. The Ogden-Weber tech college has been named Best of State for Vocational Training in Education. Medals will be presented at the 2010 Best of State Awards Gala on Saturday, May 29th in the Grand Ballroom of the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

University of Utah President Michael K. Young today announced the University of Utah National Center for Veterans Studies (NCVS) - whose mission is to improve the lives of veterans and their families and further advance American values, prosperity and security.

After earlier success at the regional conference, Jennifer Stapely-Taylor and Brandee Jenks competed at the national level at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival where they captured first- and second-place honors.

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking of the new Grantsville Elementary School beginning at 4 pm on Friday.

The National Science Foundation has launched a Web-based resource seeking guidance on how to effectively interact with K-12 teachers as part of National Lab Day, a grassroots effort to invigorate science education. National Lab Day is a volunteer effort designed to form  communities of support around science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers and to connect them with professionals who will share their expertise as well as their excitement and passion for their disciplines.

In a move approved by Utah State University’s Board of Trustees, the university’s Department of Landscape and Environmental Planning (LAEP) will become part of the College of Agriculture, strengthening both the department and college’s commitments to sustainable development.

Each year, 10 Utah teachers, administrators and school volunteers win the $10,000 awards. 

Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Daniel W. Campbell to the State Board of Regents. “In addition to having an extensive background of management and governance expertise, Dan has been an active supporter of public and higher education in the State of Utah,” Governor Herbert said. “I look forward to his contribution to the State Board of Regents.”

The MESA Wind Energy Challenge will be a new Physics Day competition this year for middle and high school teams from MESA Programs. Utah State University has teamed with the Utah MESA Program to have the Utah MESA Wind Energy Challenge contest finals at Lagoon on Physics Day.

After 39 years in public education, Dr. Stephen F. Ronnenkamp, Superintendent of the Granite School District, has announced his retirement, effective August 1, 2010. The announcement follows the Granite Board of Education’s renewal of his contract for an additional two-year term earlier this year. “With the realization that the board has now granted me an additional two years, it is with heavy heart that I inform you of my intent to retire,” said Superintendent Ronnenkamp.

The total number of employers planning to hire recent college graduates in 2010, 44 percent, is relatively unchanged from 43 percent in 2009 and is down from a high of 79 percent in 2007. However, one in five employers who are hiring recent college graduates said they will hire more than they did last year.

The College of Agriculture at Utah State University will break ground on a new building located on the east side of the university's historic Quad that will be the center for 21st century agriculture research and teaching. 

Lincoln Electric and Davis Applied Technology College have partnered together to offer a free customer and distributor training seminar to improve your productivity, quality and bottom line. This seminar will feature a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on activities with state-of-the-art equipment at our Lincoln Electric Intermountain Training Facility (located at 550 E. 300 S. in Kaysville, UT).

Justen Smith, Utah State University Cooperative Extension agriculture/4-H agent for Davis County, recently returned from a volunteer assignment to the Republic of Georgia, where he worked to address the shortage of agricultural machinery, a problem that limits production as well as long-term growth in Georgia’s agricultural sector.

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Two undergraduates from University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business who won the March 30 techTITANS Spring Idea Challenge now are talking with investors who may bankroll their business idea.

Dr. Joe Peterson, vice president for Instruction at Salt Lake Community College, was named chancellor today of the newly formed Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah. His appointment begins July 1, the date on which the merger becomes official.

Each year, thousands of kids experience the fascination of space at Utah Space Camp.  The Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center is an arts, sciences, and technology initiative of the Alpine School District located in Pleasant Grove.

Teachers, registration is now available online for this summer's career and technical education courses.

Logan School District, register now for the USTAR 2010 Summer Academy!  Classes are free.

A newly released Utah State University-U.S. Department of Energy study estimates that a modest 50-megawatt wind power development near Monticello in San Juan County, Utah, could generate during its construction more than $31 million in economic output for the state of Utah. It could also support 51 onsite construction jobs with a total payroll of almost $3 million, the study concludes.

The University's solid science programs continued their upward trend with mathematics moving up three spots to number 30. Other programs also held their own or advanced: chemistry at 36, biology moved up two spots to 56, computer sciences was 39, earth sciences 45, and physics 63.

UVU was recently named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

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