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Founders’ Week 2023

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Each June, Founders' Week celebrates the efforts of Jon M. Huntsman Sr and many others who turned an empty hillside into a vibrant community dedicated to eradicating cancer. HCI faculty, staff, students, and providers are invited to come together as one community and celebrate our beginning, history, and future.

Wednesday, June 28

Summer Blood Drive

HCI Research North auditorium - 9 am

ARUP Blood Services is the sole provider of blood products to our patients. Join us for our summer blood drive on Wednesday, June 28, from 9 am–2 pm in the Research North sixth-floor auditorium. If you are eligible to donate, please help ARUP meet the demand for blood products. Each donor will receive a gift card to Starbucks.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. For questions about eligibility, visit ARUP's Donor Qualifications or call 801-584-5272.

Group photo of phlebotomists giving a thumbs up at a blood drive

HCI Proud

HCI Proud Stickers Available. See Jeni Urry, HCI-RN, Room 5130.6

Stickers Now Available

At Huntsman Cancer Institute we provide compassionate care and groundbreaking innovations in cancer research. We embody hope, illuminate paths to healing, and make a difference in the lives of those we serve. This Founders' Week we reflect on those who dreamed what could be possible—transforming an empty hillside into a comprehensive cancer campus, to expanding our local impact to the broader region and beyond—and we celebrate everyone who continues to work towards our mission to deliver a cancer-free frontier. Including you.

See Jeni Urry | HCI-RN | Room 5130.6

Past Activities

Founders’ Week Prize Drawing

HCI staff, providers, faculty, and students will be encouraged to enter the Founders’ Week prize drawing between Monday, June 12–Friday, June 23. A link to enter will be posted here on June 12. Prizes include HCI-branded backpacks, music speakers, sun shades, Starbucks vouchers, and more.

Winners will be announced through HCI’s weekly employee newsletter. Sign up to receive the newsletter.

Monday, June 19

White star on blue and red background


We encourage our community to learn about this important holiday and participate in Juneteenth 2023 activities led by the University of Utah.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is a key pillar for Huntsman Cancer Institute. Promoting an inclusive workplace culture and fostering a sense of belonging is vital to our future of delivering a cancer-free frontier.

Tuesday, June 20


Thank you for being part of this lively community. We will have morning treats at all staff entrances.

Staff handing out treats to hospital employees
Three people playing cornhole

Outdoor Games

Enjoy playing giant Jenga, Connect 4, and cornhole. Available in the HCI-Research South atrium all week.

Wednesday, June 21

Video Contest Watch Party

HCI Research North auditorium - 3:30 pm

HCI is growing, and we are thrilled about the opportunity to continue to serve our community in new ways. Due to the many exciting happenings this week, we have decided to cancel voting for the Video Contest event. But worry not! We still look forward to seeing many of you as we watch "Day in the Life" video entries and enjoy some treats. In the spirit of giving back to our community, we will also be providing supplies to assemble activity packs for our patients and caregivers. We appreciate your understanding as we make this small change to our planned activity.

Auditorium with film showing on projection screen

A heartfelt thank you to all the participants who submitted their "Day in the Life" video entries. Each employee who submitted an entry will receive a prize. The HCI communications team will contact you directly.

Thursday, June 22

Mary Beckerle at the front of an auditorium presenting with a slideshow projected behind her

Annual State of Huntsman Cancer Institute

Hosted by CEO Mary Beckerle

HCI Research North auditorium - noon

Join CEO Mary Beckerle as she addresses our community. Staff, providers, faculty, and students are encouraged to join this seminar that will cover recent accomplishments and plans for the future. If you cannot attend in person, catch the YouTube Livestream.

Lunch will be served by R&R BBQ following the event.

Friday, June 23

Bingo & Beignets

HCI Research South auditorium - 10 am

Come play bingo for a chance to win HCI-branded swag while enjoying beignets catered by Mama Africa.

Bingo cage
Two people playing ping pong

Ping Pong Tournament Semifinals and Finals

HCI Research South lobby - noon

Join Sachin Apte, Chief Clinical Officer and Physician-in-Chief of Huntsman Cancer Institute, at the ping pong tournament semifinals and finals. The tournament includes HCI students, staff, faculty, and providers. Read the ping pong tournament rules.

Ice cream sandwiches from The Penguin Brothers will be served in the HCI Research South lobby during the ping pong tournament.

Founders' Week Sale

Campus Store | EHSEB Building

To cap Founder’s Week, get 20% off all HCI-branded purchases* online and at the Campus Store in the EHSEB building. On Friday, June 23, Huntsman Cancer Institute staff and students can apply the code HUNTSMAN20, either in-store or online, and receive the discount.

*Offer valid to current University of Utah or University of Utah Health employees and students only. Must enter promo code and valid UNID in order comments at checkout. Discounts cannot be combined, and textbooks, regalia, technology, medical supplies, NIL merchandise, 22% Better merchandise, e-transportation, and Campus Store services are excluded.