Community Engagement Day 2014

Project Youth
Drop-in Service
Other Engagement Opportunities
Other Days

The 3rd Annual Community Engagement Day celebrates the strong bond between the University of Utah and the community that gives it home.

Get involved! Connect with your community through a variety of constructive projects and initiatives on April 10, 2014, and take that spirit of selfless service with you throughout the year.

For any questions about projects please contact:

Sandi Pershing
Co-Chair, Community Engagement Day

Linda Dunn
Co-Chair, Community Engagement Day

Day of questions: Call Bennion Center 801-581-4811

Project Youth

Kick-off Welcome
9:30-10:15 a.m. Assembly
Libby Gardner Hall

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Department Presentations for 6th Grade Students
U of U Campus

 Community Engagement Day kicks off with a welcome gathering at Libby Gardner Hall for 6th graders from nine Title I elementary schools in the SLC School District. This fun event will feature the university president, Utah dancers, the school mascot SWOOP, musical performers, coaches, and student athletes. Students will be welcomed by over 150 college student volunteers who will mentor students as they attend a variety of presentations on campus in many departments including:

College of Architecture + Planning
College of Engineering
College of Education
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Hinckley Institute of Politics
Natural History Museum of Utah
College of Nursing
School of Medicine
School of Business
College of Fine Arts

School of Music
Honors College

Download the complete Project Youth 2014 schedule.
Contact: Linda Dunn,, 801-585-7826 (office), 801-557-2800 (cell)
Gideon Tolman,, 801-585-6564 (office)


Drop-in Service

Administration: Engagement Walk-A-Thon
Participants can complete the online registration process by donating HERE.
Contact:  Ann Holbrook (
Come and walk with former Utah Athletes!
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Campus Walking Route

Walk-a-thon-MapWith supervisor approval, University employees may choose to take an hour away from the office, donating one hour of their salary to walk for a community cause. Students and other members of the campus community also are encouraged to make a small donation and participate in the walk. Proceeds will go towards the Community Engagement Scholarship.

Click on the walk-a-thon route map and find the closest checkpoint table to your work space. When you arrive, pick up a handy route card…and start walking!

11:00 – noon
Mike Wright, FB (2006-09) and Courtney McBeth, SCR (2002)
Stephanie McAllister, GYM (2009-12), Josh Grant, MBB (1988-93), and Manny Hendrix, MBB (1982-86)
Lance Pratt, BSBL (1983-88) and Michael Elvidge, SKI (1995-98)

ASUU: Toys for Needy Children
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Marriott Library Plaza

Tiny Tim’s Foundation prepares over 36,000 toys each year that are sent to needy children around the globe. A great project for everyone; come help make toys!

Contact: Don Willie,

ASUU: Earth Fest
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Marriott Library Plaza

The goal of Earth Fest is to bring together individuals interested in networking and learning more about how to sustainably support our earth. We want to show our planet some love!

Contact: Alli Godbe,

Bennion Center: Service Corner
2:00-4:00 p.m., Bennion Center, Union Building, Rm. 101

Come to the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center to knit a hat for infants at Primary Children’s Hospital, assemble a literacy kit for Salt Lake City School District Title I classrooms, or write a letter to United States servicemen and women.

Contact: Gideon Tolman,, 801-585-6564 (office)

The College of Law: Rainbow Law
6-8 p.m., The Pride Center
The College of Law is offering a free brief advice legal clinic with the focus on LGBT legal issues. The Free Legal Clinic will be housed at The Pride Center and will be staffed by volunteer law students and volunteer attorneys.

Contact: JoLynn Spruance,


Other Engagement Opportunities

Alternative Breaks: Staff Partner Info Session*
2:00-3:00 p.m., Union Building, Rm. 319
Are you passionate about civic engagement, social issues, and student mentoring? Join us to find out how the Alternative Breaks Program could be a great professional development opportunity that integrates student development and civic engagement! Mentor a student leader year-round as they put together a service trip and attend it with them on a Fall/Spring Break.
*for staff only
Contact: Kris Fenn,, 801-587-9027

Red Butte Garden
Help prepare our beautiful garden for the spring!  Join us at Red Butte Garden for Community Engagement Day and plan to get your hands dirty.  Whether you’re mulching, weeding, planting, or pruning, spend some time in the soil and contribute to our valuable community resource.

Red Butte Garden: Floral Walk
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Red Butte Garden Visitor Center
Capacity: 15

Garden cleanup and mulching on Floral Walk

Red Butte Garden: Natural Area
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Red Butte Garden Visitor Center
Capacity: 15

Invasive Species removal in Natural Area (weeding)

Red Butte Garden: Four Seasons Garden
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Red Butte Garden Visitor Center
Capacity: 15

Cutting back ground covers and mulching

Contact for all: Meghan Eames,, 801-585-5688

Marriott Library: Hygiene Supplies and Baby Items for the Road Home
Marriott Library East and West Entrances

The Marriott Library is collecting baby items and personal hygiene items for individuals staying in the Road Home shelter. The Road Home is in need of baby items such as diapers (especially sizes 3-6), wipes, bottles, and formula as well as personal hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel (no bar soap), deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Donation boxes will be available at the East and West Entrances of the library from Monday, March 24 through Friday, April 18.

Contact: Sarah LeMire,

Peace & Conflict Studies/College of Social Work: What is Peace? Dialogue
Social Work Building, Room 155A/155B
12:30-2:30 p.m.

The Peace and Conflict Studies program, College of Humanities, and the College of Social Work invite all students, staff, and faculty to this dialogue on inner peace and world peace. We are inviting a diverse group of local clergy to begin the dialogue, which is being held this month in recognition of the assassination date of Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968 and in support of the re-establishment of a campus Multi-Faith student organization. All participants will have an opportunity to listen and to join in the dialogue. Pastor France Davis from Calvary Baptist Church will speak first.

Contact: David Derezotes, Director of P&CS,

Westside Leadership Institute Graduation
Thursday, April 25
6:00-8:00 p.m., College of Social Work Goodwill Humanitarian Building, 395 S. 1500 E.

Join the Westside Leadership Institute for dinner and a graduation ceremony for the three teams in the Spring 2014 Class of the Westside Leadership Institute. The 19 students attended a 12-week course to learn about getting involved in the community and implementing various community projects in their schools and neighborhoods. Not open to the public.

Contact: Jennifer Sanchez,, 801-403-4817


Activities on Other Days

College of Social and Behavioral Science: Tutoring Bennion Elementary Students

Wednesday, April 9
3:00-4:10 p.m., Bennion Elementary*

Capacity: 60

College student volunteers will be reading with and tutoring students at Bennion Elementary for its after-school program.

*Students are responsible for their own transportation. Bennion Elementary is located at 429 South 800 East, SLC. If using TRAX, get off at the 900 East 400 South stop.

Contact: Gina Shipley,

E-Waste Recycling
Friday, April 11
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., University Services Building, 1795 S. Campus Drive

E-waste (televisions, computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, computer parts, keyboards, cell phones) can be recycled at the Office of Sustainability’s E-Waste Recycling Day at the University Services Building, 1795 S Campus Drive (adjacent to South Campus TRAX stop).

E-waste will not be accepted at the April 17 Shred Event.

 Staff Council: Shred Day
Thursday, April 17
4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Rice-Eccles Stadium Parking Lot

The University of Utah Staff Council is offering a free Shred Day for staff, faculty, and students of the University campus as well as the community at-large. All are invited to bring personal documents to the south end of the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot to have them professionally shredded at no charge. The shredded material will then be recycled and proceeds will help fund staff scholarships at the University of Utah.

Contact: Jake O’Connor,, 801-581-3111