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Inauguration Celebrations at U to Offer Free Symposia and Cultural Events to Public

President Michael K. Young

March 22, 2005 — A panoply of University of Utah events will take place the week prior and leading up to the inauguration of Michael K. Young as the University’s 14th president on Friday, April 15th, at 11 a.m., in Kingsbury Hall, located at 1395 E. Presidents Circle (180 S.) on the University of Utah campus. The event is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. A processional ticket is required for those participating in the academic procession, which will commence at the Park Building, at 10:45 a.m., and travel to Kingsbury Hall. Following the ceremony a reception will be held, weather permitting, on the Kingsbury Hall Plaza. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be held in the Gardner Hall atrium.

John Francis, associate vice president for academic affairs and undergraduate studies, notes, “The inauguration of a new president is not only a time of celebration, but it is also a time that we, as a university community, reaffirm our commitment to our educational mission. It is also a time for the new president to present his vision for our university’s future.”

Celebration activities surrounding the inauguration of Young will include two art exhibits, a cultural performance, an ice cream social for students and eight symposia, including a lecture by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. The campus and greater community is invited to participate in these activities. Free tickets are required for the cultural performance, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., in Kingsbury Hall. Tickets may be obtained at the Kingsbury Hall ticket office, 1395 E. Presidents Circle. For more information on the event, call 801-581-7100.

President Michael K. Young began his tenure as president of the University of Utah on Aug. 1, 2004. Prior to his appointment by the Utah State Board of Regents, he was dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School, from 1998 to 2004. From 1978 to 1998, he was the Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law and Legal Institutions and director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia University’s School of Law. During President George Bush’s administration, Young served as ambassador for Trade and Environmental Affairs (1992-93); deputy undersecretary for Economic and Agricultural Affairs (1991-93); and deputy legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State (1989-91). During the October 1977 term, he also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, then Associate, now Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Young is a graduate of Brigham Young University (B.A., 1973) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1976). He and his wife, the former Suzan Stewart, a registered nurse, have been married for 32 years and have three children.

The University of Utah is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. Founded in 1850, it is the first and largest public higher education institution in Utah, with more than 28,000 students and a campus comprising almost 1,500 acres in the eastern foothills of Salt Lake City. A major academic and research institution with an extensive health sciences center, the University offers majors in 72 subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level including law and medical schools.

Inauguration programming, which follows, can also be found at


· April 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
“Environmental Humanities: New Paradigms for Stewardship and Study”
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Dumke Auditorium

· April 7, 7:30-10:30 a.m
“Transforming Knowledge Into Product”
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

· April 8, 3-5 p.m.
“Genetics, Genomics, and Medicine: Future Road Map”
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, Auditorium

· April 11, 12-2 p.m.
“Visualization: The Common Language”
New Media Wing (old Museum of Fine Arts)

· April 11, 2-3 p.m.
“U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III
Kingsbury Hall

· April 12, 1-3 p.m.
“Diversity as Excellence: Moving from Rhetoric to Reality”
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Dumke Auditorium

· April 13, 2-3:30 p.m.
“The Challenges of Utah’s Changing Population”
Fort Douglas Post Chapel

“Portals: Traditional Belief Portrayed in Chinese and Japanese Art”
April 3 – May 1
Utah Museum of Fine Arts Lobby
For more information, call 801-581-7332 or visit

“Range Creek Exhibition”
April 3 – May 1
Utah Museum of Natural History
For more information, call 801-581-6927 or visit


Dedication of the Center for American Indian Languages (CAIL)
April 7, 5-7 p.m.
815A DeTrobriand, Fort Douglas

Ice Cream Social for University of Utah Students
April 13, 10 a.m.-Noon
A. Ray Olpin Union Plaza
Peterson Heritage Center

Featuring ballet and modern dance performances by students, alumni, Ririe-Woodbury and Ballet West as well as music by the Utah Philharmonia, Utah Concert Chorale, University Singers and Lyric Opera Ensemble. A light reception, following the performance, will be held on the Balcony and Lower Lobby levels of Kingsbury Hall.

April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
1395 E. Presidents Circle (180 S.)

Free tickets are required and may be obtained by visiting the Kingsbury Hall ticket office, 1395 E. Presidents Circle. For more information, call 801-581-7100.