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Business Man... 4 p.m. Thursday • Brigham Young University will hold its main ceremony at the Marriott Center, 500 E. University Parkway in Provo. The commencement speaker will be Elder Craig A. Cardon of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The student speaker is Megan Hirschi, a native of Milton, Ga., and an honors graduate who majored in biochemistry and minored in music. Individual colleges will hold ceremonies Friday. Most popular majors 1. Business Man... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57822383@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:11:01 MDT Number of Utahns with degrees inches up, but too slowly http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57851386-78/utah-percent-college-degrees.html.csp The number of Utahns with a college degree is growing, but not fast enough, a report released this week found. The portion of working-age adults with an associate or bachelor’s degree inched up 1.1 percentage points, to 40.4 percent, between 2011 and 2012, according to an analysis of U.S. Census numbers by the Lumina Foundation. “We still have a lot of work to do,” said Utah Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Buhler. “While the statistics are improving, we’re not getting there fast enough.” ... The number of Utahns with a college degree is growing, but not fast enough, a report released this week found. The portion of working-age adults with an associate or bachelor’s degree inched up 1.1 percentage points, to 40.4 percent, between 2011 and 2012, according to an analysis of U.S. Census numbers by the Lumina Foundation. “We still have a lot of work to do,” said Utah Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Buhler. “While the statistics are improving, we’re not getting there fast enough.” ... 57851386@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:22:58 MDT Utah may trade school letter grades for more detail, include colleges http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57849680-78/schools-system-letter-grades.html.csp Utah’s school grading system would spread to colleges and universities, include more information — and potentially drop controversial letter grades, under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by the governor’s education adviser. The proposal aims to be more transparent and to show how schools are progressing toward state leaders’ education goals, Tami Pyfer explained. Those include: • Seeing 66 percent of Utah adults hold postsecondary degrees or certificates by 2020. • Getting 90 percent of third, si... Utah’s school grading system would spread to colleges and universities, include more information — and potentially drop controversial letter grades, under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by the governor’s education adviser. The proposal aims to be more transparent and to show how schools are progressing toward state leaders’ education goals, Tami Pyfer explained. Those include: • Seeing 66 percent of Utah adults hold postsecondary degrees or certificates by 2020. • Getting 90 percent of third, si... 57849680@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:29:40 MDT Republican resolution aims for partisan Utah school boards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57846047-78/resolution-partisan-board-candidates.html.csp Republican delegates are slated to consider a resolution at the party’s convention Saturday calling on legislators to change state law to make all school board races partisan. However, it also encourages the Republican Party — regardless of whether the law changes — to hold school board candidate debates and straw polls among delegates about specific candidates. The results of the straw polls would be published online. “If we can’t have partisan elections, then we should at least allow for the ... Republican delegates are slated to consider a resolution at the party’s convention Saturday calling on legislators to change state law to make all school board races partisan. However, it also encourages the Republican Party — regardless of whether the law changes — to hold school board candidate debates and straw polls among delegates about specific candidates. The results of the straw polls would be published online. “If we can’t have partisan elections, then we should at least allow for the ... 57846047@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:52:49 MDT Report ranks top Utah high school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57845386-78/ranked-utah-schools-report.html.csp A Utah charter school has been ranked among the top 200 high schools in the country, according to a report released Tuesday. U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the best high schools in the country lists InTech Collegiate High in Logan as the top high school in Utah and the 162nd best in the country. Utah’s other top five schools: • The Academy for Math Engineering and Science, a charter school in Salt Lake City, was ranked as the second best school in Utah and 1,032nd in the country... A Utah charter school has been ranked among the top 200 high schools in the country, according to a report released Tuesday. U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the best high schools in the country lists InTech Collegiate High in Logan as the top high school in Utah and the 162nd best in the country. Utah’s other top five schools: • The Academy for Math Engineering and Science, a charter school in Salt Lake City, was ranked as the second best school in Utah and 1,032nd in the country... 57845386@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:41:30 MDT More Utah high schools including ninth grade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836225-78/ninth-graders-grade-schools.html.csp West Valley City ­• Jenny Olsen did a lot of driving when her oldest son was in ninth grade. Most days, she shuttled him from Valley Junior High to Granger High, either for his advanced math class, basketball or baseball practice. But now that ninth grade is part of the high school, the Granger PTA president won’t have to do that for her younger children. “They’re already there, and they can start taking AP [Advanced Placement classes] and doing some of those things,” Olsen said. The change, she... West Valley City ­• Jenny Olsen did a lot of driving when her oldest son was in ninth grade. Most days, she shuttled him from Valley Junior High to Granger High, either for his advanced math class, basketball or baseball practice. But now that ninth grade is part of the high school, the Granger PTA president won’t have to do that for her younger children. “They’re already there, and they can start taking AP [Advanced Placement classes] and doing some of those things,” Olsen said. The change, she... 57836225@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:41:47 MDT Scholars: BYU prof’s ‘Place of Women’ book relies on hoax gospels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57808217-78/book-women-com-gaskill.html.csp A Brigham Young University professor’s new book is based on a manuscript that is considered a hoax, religion scholars said Friday. In “The Lost Teachings of Jesus Christ on the Sacred Place of Women,” associate professor Alonzo Gaskill relies on a book by a Russian war correspondent that was published in the 1890s. The journalist, Nicholas Notovitch, claimed to have uncovered previously unknown teachings of Jesus Christ at a Buddhist monastery in Nepal, and Gaskill connects that text to the wo... A Brigham Young University professor’s new book is based on a manuscript that is considered a hoax, religion scholars said Friday. In “The Lost Teachings of Jesus Christ on the Sacred Place of Women,” associate professor Alonzo Gaskill relies on a book by a Russian war correspondent that was published in the 1890s. The journalist, Nicholas Notovitch, claimed to have uncovered previously unknown teachings of Jesus Christ at a Buddhist monastery in Nepal, and Gaskill connects that text to the wo... 57808217@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:49:06 MDT Utah teacher on leave after asking kids to list genitalia slang http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57822890-78/williams-teacher-students-course.html.csp A Weber High School teacher has been placed on paid leave after asking her students to name slang for genitalia as part of a lesson. Teacher Ashley Williams was placed on paid leave Friday after students brought the incident to the attention of school administrators, said Nate Taggart, a Weber District spokesman. The lesson was part of the course Adult Roles and Financial Literacy, a class that offers college credit to high-schoolers through concurrent enrollment, The district is investigating... A Weber High School teacher has been placed on paid leave after asking her students to name slang for genitalia as part of a lesson. Teacher Ashley Williams was placed on paid leave Friday after students brought the incident to the attention of school administrators, said Nate Taggart, a Weber District spokesman. The lesson was part of the course Adult Roles and Financial Literacy, a class that offers college credit to high-schoolers through concurrent enrollment, The district is investigating... 57822890@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:07:09 MDT University of Utah names new architecture dean http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57819074-78/architecture-dean-moore-university.html.csp The University of Utah has named Keith Diaz Moore from the University of Kansas as the new dean of the College of Architecture and Planning. Moore started a new doctoral program in architecture and promoted sustainable building efforts at the University of Kansas, where he has worked since 2006 and now serves as associate dean of graduate studies and as an associate professor of architecture. Ruth Watkins, senior vice president of academic affairs at the U., praised Moore’s “energetic and incl... The University of Utah has named Keith Diaz Moore from the University of Kansas as the new dean of the College of Architecture and Planning. Moore started a new doctoral program in architecture and promoted sustainable building efforts at the University of Kansas, where he has worked since 2006 and now serves as associate dean of graduate studies and as an associate professor of architecture. Ruth Watkins, senior vice president of academic affairs at the U., praised Moore’s “energetic and incl... 57819074@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:53:01 MDT Young readers bring home the bacon, so principal puckers up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57806986-78/guadalupe-lake-salt-students.html.csp Guadalupe School students just kept flipping — so Principal Ernie Nix had to start kissing. Nix challenged the school’s 136 K-5 students to read 32,000 pages by Friday and to find sponsors to donate a nickel per page, raising money for a playground at the school’s new building. The students read 42,354 pages by the deadline, raising $8,343, said spokeswoman Elysia Alvarado Yuen. With a $5,000 matching grant from donors, the school has raised $13,343, she said. So on Friday, Nix puckered u... Guadalupe School students just kept flipping — so Principal Ernie Nix had to start kissing. Nix challenged the school’s 136 K-5 students to read 32,000 pages by Friday and to find sponsors to donate a nickel per page, raising money for a playground at the school’s new building. The students read 42,354 pages by the deadline, raising $8,343, said spokeswoman Elysia Alvarado Yuen. With a $5,000 matching grant from donors, the school has raised $13,343, she said. So on Friday, Nix puckered u... 57806986@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:58:52 MDT Led by Myriad Genetics, Utah health services make millions from Medicare http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57808400-78/medicare-utah-myriad-ambulance.html.csp Myriad Genetics takes in twice as much revenue from Medicare — $54 million in 2012 — as all other laboratories and similar businesses in Utah combined, according to an analysis of federal data. Other clinical labs, ambulance services and surgical centers accounted for another $25.6 million that year, according to data provided by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The data do not include hospitals. The Obama administration cast the disclosure as part of an effort to make the health car... Myriad Genetics takes in twice as much revenue from Medicare — $54 million in 2012 — as all other laboratories and similar businesses in Utah combined, according to an analysis of federal data. Other clinical labs, ambulance services and surgical centers accounted for another $25.6 million that year, according to data provided by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The data do not include hospitals. The Obama administration cast the disclosure as part of an effort to make the health car... 57808400@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:58:52 MDT 2nd University of Utah diversity officer resigns, cites lack of trust in leaders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57798014-78/diversity-alemán-students-sltrib.html.csp A University of Utah professor says he’s leaving the diversity department because he can’t trust U. leaders. Enrique Alemán resigned as assistant vice president for student equity and diversity last week, days after his boss, chief diversity officer Octavio Villalpando, left. “I have no confidence in the ability of the senior administration to lead on the issue of equity and diversity,” said Alemán. “When that trust has been violated, it’s really hard to do this kind of work.” Alemán said he w... A University of Utah professor says he’s leaving the diversity department because he can’t trust U. leaders. Enrique Alemán resigned as assistant vice president for student equity and diversity last week, days after his boss, chief diversity officer Octavio Villalpando, left. “I have no confidence in the ability of the senior administration to lead on the issue of equity and diversity,” said Alemán. “When that trust has been violated, it’s really hard to do this kind of work.” Alemán said he w... 57798014@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:13:18 MDT University of Utah grad pitching PowerPot on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57801838-78/power-com-shark-tank.html.csp A University of Utah graduate will appear Friday on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to pitch the reality show’s investors on his startup company, which makes portable cooking pots that double as power sources. David Toledo and fellow U. graduate Paul Slusser came up with the idea for Power Practical while studying materials science. They developed it with the help of the U.’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. The $149 camping pot transforms heat and water into a power source that can charge phones or other... A University of Utah graduate will appear Friday on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to pitch the reality show’s investors on his startup company, which makes portable cooking pots that double as power sources. David Toledo and fellow U. graduate Paul Slusser came up with the idea for Power Practical while studying materials science. They developed it with the help of the U.’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. The $149 camping pot transforms heat and water into a power source that can charge phones or other... 57801838@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:57:19 MDT University of Utah donor’s first gold-mine bet hit the jackpot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57792104-78/lassonde-million-university-com.html.csp It all started with a two-by-three-inch box ad in the Reno Gazette that said, “Royalty for sale.” Pierre Lassonde and his partner would put up $2 million to buy that royalty for Gold Strike mine in Elko, spending everything they had hours before a competitor showed up with a check. “If I had not been there that morning, 9 o’clock, negotiated the deal, signed the deal, we would not have it,” Lassonde said Tuesday at the University of Utah. To date, that royalty has paid out more than $800 mill... It all started with a two-by-three-inch box ad in the Reno Gazette that said, “Royalty for sale.” Pierre Lassonde and his partner would put up $2 million to buy that royalty for Gold Strike mine in Elko, spending everything they had hours before a competitor showed up with a check. “If I had not been there that morning, 9 o’clock, negotiated the deal, signed the deal, we would not have it,” Lassonde said Tuesday at the University of Utah. To date, that royalty has paid out more than $800 mill... 57792104@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:38:45 MDT University of Utah weighing changes to ‘discriminatory’ fight song http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57790457-78/song-utah-fight-students.html.csp University of Utah student leaders are ready to reopen the discussion on revising the school’s fight song, “Utah Man.” “I know people really love that song, and many would oppose changes. I definitely want and support a dialogue about why students feel the way they feel and why some changes would be good for this campus,” said sponsor Sam Ortiz, president of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). “The idea that man means both female and male is a little antiquated,” Ortiz sa... University of Utah student leaders are ready to reopen the discussion on revising the school’s fight song, “Utah Man.” “I know people really love that song, and many would oppose changes. I definitely want and support a dialogue about why students feel the way they feel and why some changes would be good for this campus,” said sponsor Sam Ortiz, president of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). “The idea that man means both female and male is a little antiquated,” Ortiz sa... 57790457@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:20:52 MDT Utah’s Common Core test is making the state money http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57786273-78/utah-questions-test-bit.html.csp Utah is about to reap an unexpected windfall from the questions it wrote for the new SAGE tests being launched this month in Utah schools. Florida agreed late last month to pay rental fees that could amount to $5.4 million for test questions that Utah Office of Education wrote and which Florida desperately needs. Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove told the State Board of Education on Friday that the state education office jumped on the chance of renting out test “items,” a... Utah is about to reap an unexpected windfall from the questions it wrote for the new SAGE tests being launched this month in Utah schools. Florida agreed late last month to pay rental fees that could amount to $5.4 million for test questions that Utah Office of Education wrote and which Florida desperately needs. Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove told the State Board of Education on Friday that the state education office jumped on the chance of renting out test “items,” a... 57786273@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:57:01 MDT More Utah parents saying ‘no’ to statewide school tests http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57771592-78/parents-tests-students-state.html.csp This month and next, hundreds of thousands of Utah students will sit before computers to take new state tests. At least several hundred others, however, will simply sit the whole thing out. Some Utah school districts are reporting higher numbers this year of parents opting their kids out of new state testing — known as SAGE. Parents have always had the right to keep their kids from testing, but this year’s higher numbers come amid anxiety over the new assessments. The state school board decided ... This month and next, hundreds of thousands of Utah students will sit before computers to take new state tests. At least several hundred others, however, will simply sit the whole thing out. Some Utah school districts are reporting higher numbers this year of parents opting their kids out of new state testing — known as SAGE. Parents have always had the right to keep their kids from testing, but this year’s higher numbers come amid anxiety over the new assessments. The state school board decided ... 57771592@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:46:41 MDT Taxpayer-backed Utah satellite project reboots with new backer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57770916-78/ustar-project-state-weather.html.csp Four years ago, a Las Vegas-based company promised to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts to the Logan area to build advanced weather-sensing satellite instruments at Utah State University. The state put nearly $3 million of taxpayer money into the project. USU dissolved its contract with GeoMetWatch after the company failed to secure $150 million to send the instrument into space. Now, a new Ogden-based firm has less than 90 days to pull together the cash to put the instrument ... Four years ago, a Las Vegas-based company promised to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts to the Logan area to build advanced weather-sensing satellite instruments at Utah State University. The state put nearly $3 million of taxpayer money into the project. USU dissolved its contract with GeoMetWatch after the company failed to secure $150 million to send the instrument into space. Now, a new Ogden-based firm has less than 90 days to pull together the cash to put the instrument ... 57770916@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:18:29 MDT Publisher marks a decade of covering SLC’s LGBT community http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57774985-78/aaron-utah-community-gay.html.csp Ten years ago, QSaltLake’s first cover featured a male wedding cake topper couple with black eyes and boxing gloves, accompanied by the words “Utah’s fight for gay marriage.” Michael Aaron, the magazine’s founder, ran the image as Utah voters went to the polls to ultimately approve an amendment to the Utah Constitution banning same-sex marriage. This year, the conversation is radically different after a federal judge in December overturned Amendment 3, part of a wave of similar decisions aroun... Ten years ago, QSaltLake’s first cover featured a male wedding cake topper couple with black eyes and boxing gloves, accompanied by the words “Utah’s fight for gay marriage.” Michael Aaron, the magazine’s founder, ran the image as Utah voters went to the polls to ultimately approve an amendment to the Utah Constitution banning same-sex marriage. This year, the conversation is radically different after a federal judge in December overturned Amendment 3, part of a wave of similar decisions aroun... 57774985@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:33:45 MDT Committee to look for Utah new superintendent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57776074-78/board-superintendent-search-job.html.csp A committee of the Utah Board of Education will chart the course for selecting the next superintendent of public instruction. Superintendent Martell Menlove, 62, surprised the board last week with the announcement that he is retiring after less than two years on the job. Menlove said he had not anticipated the amount of stress the job would involve when he moved up from deputy superintendent in late 2012. The previous superintendent, Larry Shumway, was in the job three years. There was little d... A committee of the Utah Board of Education will chart the course for selecting the next superintendent of public instruction. Superintendent Martell Menlove, 62, surprised the board last week with the announcement that he is retiring after less than two years on the job. Menlove said he had not anticipated the amount of stress the job would involve when he moved up from deputy superintendent in late 2012. The previous superintendent, Larry Shumway, was in the job three years. There was little d... 57776074@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:45:31 MDT