The University of Utah is a public research university in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the state's flagship university, it offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs; the university is classified among "Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity" with "selective, higher transfer-in" admissions. Graduate studies include the S. J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine, Utah's first medical school; as of Fall 2018, there were 24,735 undergraduate students and 8,251 graduate students, for an enrollment total of 32,994. The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest institution of higher education, it received its current name in 1892, four years before Utah attained statehood, moved to its current location in 1900. The university ranks 61st among U. S. universities by total research expenditures with over $380 million spent in 2017. 22 Rhodes Scholars, four Nobel Prize winners, two Turing Award winners, eight MacArthur Fellows, various Pulitzer Prize winners, two astronauts, Gates Cambridge Scholars, Churchill Scholars have been affiliated with the university as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history.
In addition, the university's Honors College has been reviewed among 100 leading national Honors Colleges in the U. S; the university's athletic teams, the Utes, participate in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Its football team has received national attention for winning the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and the 2009 Sugar Bowl; the university's health care system includes four hospitals, including the University of Utah Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Institute, along with twelve community clinics and specialty centers such as the Moran Eye Center. Soon after the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake valley in 1847, Brigham Young began organizing a Board of Regents to establish a university; the university was established on February 28, 1850, as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, Orson Spencer was appointed as the first chancellor of the university. Early classes were held in private homes; the university closed in 1853 due to lack of funds and lack of feeder schools.
Following years of intermittent classes in the Salt Lake City Council House, the university began to be re-established in 1867 under the direction of David O. Calder, followed by John R. Park in 1869; the university moved out of the council house into the Union Academy building in 1876 and into Union Square in 1884. In 1892, the school's name was changed to the University of Utah, John R. Park began arranging to obtain land belonging to the U. S. Army's Fort Douglas on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley, where the university moved permanently in 1900. Additional Fort Douglas land has been granted to the university over the years, the fort was closed on October 26, 1991. Upon his death in 1900, Dr. John R. Park bequeathed his entire fortune to the university; the university grew in the early 20th century but was involved in an academic freedom controversy in 1915 when Joseph T. Kingsbury recommended that five faculty members be dismissed after a graduation speaker made a speech critical of Utah governor William Spry.
One third of the faculty resigned in protest of these dismissals. Some felt that the dismissals were a result of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' influence on the university, while others felt that they reflected a more general pattern of repressing religious and political expression that might be deemed offensive; the controversy was resolved when Kingsbury resigned in 1916, but university operations were again interrupted by World War I, The Great Depression and World War II. Student enrollment dropped to a low of 3,418 during the last year of World War II, but A. Ray Olpin made substantial additions to campus following the war, enrollment reached 12,000 by the time he retired in 1964. Growth continued in the following decades as the university developed into a research center for fields such as computer science and medicine. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the university hosted the Olympic Village, a housing complex for the Olympic and Paralympic athletes, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
Multiple large improvements were made to the university prior to the events, including extensive renovations to the Rice-Eccles Stadium, a light rail line leading to downtown Salt Lake City, a new student center known as the Heritage Center, an array of new student housing, what is now a 180-room campus hotel and conference center. The University of Utah Asia Campus opened as an international branch campus in the Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, South Korea in 2014. Three other European and American universities are participating; the Asia Campus was funded by the South Korean government. In 2015, the university helped open the Ensign College of Public Health in Ghana. In 2019, the university was named a member of the Association of American Universities. Campus takes up 1,534 acres, including the Health Sciences complex, Research Park, Fort Douglas, it is located on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley, close to the Wasatch Range and 2 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City. Most courses take place on the west side of campus, known as lower campus due to its lower elevation.
Presidents Circle is a loop of buildings named after past university presidents with a courtyard in the center. Major libraries on lower campus include the J. Willard Marriott Library and the S. J. Quinney Law Library; the primary student activity center is the A. Ray
Josef Meinrad Bisig, F. S. S. P. is a Swiss Roman Catholic priest, co-founder and first superior general of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. He was a member of the Society of Saint Pius X but left when founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre illicitly consecrated four bishops in defiance of the express will of Pope John Paul II. A seminary rector in Europe, Bisig was appointed vice-rector and theology professor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in 2005. Bisig became rector in 2006 and is a councillor of his order, he has a licentiate in Sacred Theology, is preparing a doctorate of theology. He speaks German, French and Italian. Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter - international website with pages in English, German, Portuguese, Italian and Latin Organizational chart of FSSP leadership
Paul Harvey Aurandt Jr. known on-air as Paul Harvey Jr. is an American pianist, radio broadcaster and a former host of News and Comment on ABC Radio Networks. He is the only son of his wife Lynne. Harvey's version of the show was different in that it was evergreen, taped in advance, focused on non-current topics such as "scientific developments, unusual phenomena and other stories that are not directly connected to the day's news", contained "no time-sensitive or topical material"; as a result, several stations either moved the program to less prominent time slots or dropped it outright. Harvey hosted the morning edition of News and Comment starting in April 2008, when his father left that edition of the show, he ended the broadcasts by saying, "Now that's news". Prior to that, Harvey announced the bumpers leading in and out of his father's show and helped write some of the scripts, he was the writer for The Rest of the Story, another of his father's programs. Harvey was removed from Comment without explanation after his father's death.
Harvey was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2001 for his role as creator and writer for The Rest of the Story