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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.

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

Employees are be invited to submit 1–2-minute videos about what a day at HCI looks like. At the watch party, the top three winners will be announced. Read the video contest rules.

Auditorium with film showing on projection screen

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.

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