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elcome to the Donna Gar Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community. Located on the east side o campus, the building is home to 309 talented and highly motivated Honors students, who now are able to livetheir college experience 24/7. Designed to take education outside o the traditional classroom setting, the new acility allows residents to eortlessly integrate academic and residential lie.“Te Marriott Honors community was designed to create a seamless living and learning environment under one roo,” saidSylvia orti, dean o the Honors College. “Student apartments, classrooms, aculty oces, a library, easy transportationaccess – even a market – all in one place draw together the traditionally segmented components o campus lie.” A generous git rom J. W. Marriott, Jr. named the new acility in loving recognition o his wie, Donna Gar Marriott. TeMarriotts are University o Utah alums, noted philanthropists, and both have held numerous proessional, political, andcommunity positions.Mrs. Marriott was appointed by the President o the United States as a member o the Millennium Challenge Corporation toserve on the executive board o the Kennedy Center. She received the 2006 Leadership Visionary Award rom Te AmericanSociety o Association Executives and Te Center or Association Leadership in recognition o her contributions and service inraising awareness or heart disease.Mr. Marriott’s board positions include the executive committee o the World ravel & ourism Council, the NationalGeographic Society, the U.S. Russian Business Council, U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, Georgetown University, the DoleFoundation or Employment o Persons with Disabilities, the Space Shuttle Children’s Fund Council, the Boy Scouts o  America, and the President’s Advisory Committee o the American Red Cross. He has chaired both the President’s ExportCouncil and the Mayo Clinic Capital Campaign.
Ribbon-cutting at the dedication o the Donna Gar Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community on Friday, September 21, 2012, (l to r): Student Aairs Vice PresidentBarbara Snyder; U President David W. Pershing; Donna Gar Marriott and husband, J. W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr., chair, Marriott International; Richard Marriott, chair, Host Hotels& Resorts Inc.; Charles Hetzel, retired vice chair, Ark Asset Management; L. E. Simmons, ounder o SCF Partners; Dean o Honors College Sylvia Torti; Senior Associate VicePresident or Academic Aairs and ormer Honors College Dean Martha Bradley
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 TransculturalNursing 
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 Three Generosities
Scholarships HelpStudents Excel 
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 At the University o Utah, Bill Marriott serves on the President’sSenior Advisory Council or
ogether We Reach
. 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 gits 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 herather. A generous git 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 beneactors. 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 portolio 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 git rom C. CharlesHetzel, III, the room is adjacent to the 24-hour Honors Market andreplace lounge. Hetzel Commons provides a welcoming gathering placeor students and aculty where they can host classes, study, play games,dine, text and check email, or simply relax.Hetzel retired ater serving as vice chair and portolio 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 beneciary 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 lie, and her interest in human culture was cultivatedalong the sel-described “adventure” she pursued when she let 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 uniorm 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 proessionalsaround the world. “Dean Leiningerencouraged expansiveness, whichallowed me to be creative andexplore,” she says. At Leininger’srecommendation, Ray made a list o her top proessional 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 unolding,” 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 git 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 sosignicant—the U helped me become the person I was meant to be.”
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.
he W. M. Keck Foundation awarded $1 million to U researchersto study high-energy cosmic rays in Utah’s western deserts and tobuild Te W. M. Keck Radar Observatory, a new acility namedin recognition o this generous git. Te observatory, located in MillardCounty, Utah, will assist researchers in developing a new radar techniqueto study origin, energy, and composition o the universe’s most energeticparticles. Cosmic rays, as they hurtle toward the Earth, are 10 trilliontimes more energetic than particles emitted in a nuclear explosion andoriginate rom violent cosmic events deep within the universe.Initially, the observatory will be co-located with Utah’s elescope Array, thelargest conventional cosmic ray observatory in the Northern Hemisphere.Tis will enable comparison o the Keck Observatory’s ndings with thoseo a conventional observatory on an event-by-event basis and allow or theevaluation o radar scattering models.“We are at the rontier in our understanding o the origin o the universe’smost energetic particles,” said John Belz, radar project director andresearch associate proessor o physics and astronomy at the University o Utah. “Tese particles are hundreds o thousands o times more energeticthan particles emitted rom supernova explosions. Our main goal is tounderstand the origins o these rare cosmic rays in order to gain a betterunderstanding o some o the most violent processes shaping the universe.”Employing a technique known as Bistatic Radar, researchers will attemptto use analog television transmitters and high-speed digital receivers toobserve the range, direction, and strength o high-energy particles inorder to track these rays back to their point o origin. Bistatic Radar willbe much less expensive than traditional cosmic ray detection techniques, which employ surace radiation detectors covering thousands o squarekilometers o the Earth’s surace and cost tens o millions o dollars.Utah’s western deserts oer low levels o light pollution and atmosphericaerosols, making Utah an ideal location or detecting and studying cosmic rays. In addition, Utah’s deserts are highly “radio-quiet” with low levels o human-generated high-requency intererence, which makes ituniquely suitable or tests o the radar technique.In 1912, Victor Hess discovered cosmic rays, which since have beendetermined to be subatomic particles and radiation o extra-terrestrialorigin. In 1991, the University o Utah’s Fly’s Eye Cosmic Ray Detectorin Utah’s Dugway Proving Ground recorded the highest energy elementary particle ever observed.University o Utah researchers include: Pierre Sokolsky, proessor in theDepartment o Physics and Astronomy and dean o the College o Science;Behrouz Farhang-Boroujeny, proessor and associate chair o the Departmento Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Gordon Tomson, the Jack  W. Keuel Chair in Experimental Astrophysics at the Department o Physicsand Astronomy and co-spokesperson o the elescope Array collaboration,a research alliance that observes cosmic raysrom Millard County and consists o physicistsrom universities and institutions in the UnitedStates, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Belgium.“Te Keck Foundation git will allow us toresearch a new detection method: observing radar echoes rom cosmic ray air showers asthey propagate down through the atmosphere,”Tomson said. “Te University o Utah cosmicray group has a long history o developing new technologies that have an important eect onthe eld. Tis radar method could revolutionizethe eld. Breaking new ground like this isone o the most exciting things a scientist does, where you just don’t know  what will happen. I dont want to make predictions, but thanks to the KecFoundation, in the next year or so we will see how well it works.”Investigators rom other institutions include David Besson, proessor inthe Department o Physics and Astronomy at the University o Kansas;and Helio akai, physicist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.Based in Los Angeles, the W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954by the late W. M. Keck, ounder o the Superior Oil Company. Focused onpioneering eorts in the areas o medical research, science and engineering,and undergraduate education, the oundation also supports the Los Angelescommunity, with a special emphasis on children and youth.
Cosmic rays, as they hurtle toward the Earth,are 10 trillion times moreenergetic than particlesemitted in a nuclear explosion and originaterom violent cosmic events deep within theuniverse.
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Computer simulation o air shower created by a cosmic ray proton interacting in the atmosphere, superimposed on anurban area or scale.Schematic showing air shower o particles generated when cosmic rays interact in the Earth’satmosphere. Neutrons, pions, electrons, and gamma rays are also shown.
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