At the University o Utah, Bill Marriott serves on the President’sSenior Advisory Council or
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. Te U chose him or a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1983, an honorary Doctor o Lawsdegree in 1986, and induction into the David Eccles School o BusinessHall o Fame in 1995 (where he continues to serve as an emeritusmember o the National Advisory Board).Mrs. Marriott is a sustaining member o the University o Utah’s National Advisory Council. She received the U’s Emeritus Merit o Honor Award in1997. Te Marriotts’ continued support, through gits rom the J. Willardand Alice S. Marriott Foundation, established the Royal L. Gar EndowedChair in marketing in the David Eccles School o Business in honor o herather. A generous git rom Ginny and L. E. Simmons
provided the unding orthe Big Ideas room. Te Virginia and L.E. Simmons Big Ideas InnovationCenter is a spacious, open classroom planned or many uses and named inhonor o its beneactors. Te students especially like the windows, whichhave a special coating that turns them into writable white boards. Furnituremay be arranged to suit the size and style o class. With wireless computeraccess and built-in projection equipment, the room will be used ormeetings, demonstrations, and showing evening movies.L. E. Simmons is the ounder o SCF Partners, a Houston-based private equity rm that manages a multi-billion dollar portolio o energy-service companies.Virginia (Ginny) serves as vice president o the Simmons Family Foundation.Te Simmons’ daughter, Virginia, is an Honors College graduate. Another welcoming eature o the building that students gravitate to isthe Hetzel Commons, an open community area on the main foor o the building. Named in recognition o a generous git rom C. CharlesHetzel, III, the room is adjacent to the 24-hour Honors Market andreplace lounge. Hetzel Commons provides a welcoming gathering placeor students and aculty where they can host classes, study, play games,dine, text and check email, or simply relax.Hetzel retired ater serving as vice chair and portolio manager at Ark Asset Management, a Manhattan-based employee-owned investmentcompany with more than $25 billion in assets. Hetzel is a strong proponent o education.“Research shows that students who live on campus stay engaged, dobetter academically, and graduate earlier than those who live elsewhere,”says orti.
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Members o the U’s Sigma Chi Fraternity singing “Sweetheart o Sigma Chi” to Donna Marriott
hen doctoral student Marilyn(Dee) Ray expressed a desire toaugment her graduate work intranscultural nursing, University o UtahCollege o Nursing Dean Madeleine Leiningersaid, “Go or it! Study it!” Now, nearly ourdecades later, Ray is helping uture nursing students by naming the College o Nursing asa beneciary on her retirement und.In 1977, Ray was one o the rst two Ph.D.students in transcultural nursing under the guidance o Leininger, the oundero the discipline. Like her mentor, Ray is a pioneer in transcultural nursing, a eld that explores how nursing interacts with culture, anthropology, and otherdisciplines, such as philosophy and economics o health.Ray’s passion or human caring was rooted in her childhood when a nursesaved her ather’s lie, and her interest in human culture was cultivatedalong the sel-described “adventure” she pursued when she let her nativeCanada in 1958. As a young nurse working in Los Angeles during theCivil Rights Movement, Ray noticed how race and culture infuencedactions and interactions, individuals, and communities. By the mid-1960sshe was a citizen o the United States, and with the confict escalating inVietnam, she elt a strong desire to do something or her country.Ray joined the Air National Guard as a patient-care fight nurse, whichled to a 32-year military career.During that time, she maintained her commitment to nursing practiceand education while also conducting research that infuenced health carepolicy to provide active duty reservists’ amilies with access to care. “Assomeone who chose this country, I have a great pride in the United States,”Ray says. “It was an honor to wear the uniorm o the U. S. Air Force.” At the College o Nursing, Ray was eager to integrate her twopassions and share her knowledge with nurses and other proessionalsaround the world. “Dean Leiningerencouraged expansiveness, whichallowed me to be creative andexplore,” she says. At Leininger’srecommendation, Ray made a list o her top proessional goals. Her ultimate desire was to establishtranscultural nursing as a practice so that culturally congruent practice,education, research, and administration would become a global standard.oday, Ray continues to make strides to achieve her vision, meeting earlierthis year with several o the world’s leading organizations to share hervision and strategy. “All o a sudden this last vision, this goal I set in schoolis now unolding,” she says. For Ray, the recent passing o her mentor justas she is advancing the last goal on the list Leininger once encouraged herto make is symbolic.Ray’s planned git will extend the impact o her work by providing supportto cultivate the U’s next generation o transcultural nursing students. “Iappreciate the University o Utah’s commitment to global health,” shesays. “No one can be who they are i not or their mentors and educationalinstitutions. I look at my career, and the University o Utah has been sosignicant—the U helped me become the person I was meant to be.”
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Ray is a pioneer in transcultural nursing, a eld that exploreshow nursing interacts withculture, anthropology, and other disciplines, such as philosophy and economics o health.