The student in "student-athlete" got a big boost in March of 2001, when the stunning new Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athletics Academic Center opened on the U. campus. Designed solely to serve the U.'s varsity student-athletes, the Burbidge Center is without peer in terms of aesthetics, technology and academic service.
The 10,000 square foot facility is already a campus landmark, with its sweeping floor to ceiling, curved glass wall on the two-story north side. Its location is ideal for the population it serves: Situated between the U. Natatorium and the Huntsman Center, the Burbidge Center is central to Utah's classrooms and athletic venues.
The full-service academic facility, utilized by all 19 varsity Utah athletic teams, was underwritten by a generous $2 million gift from the Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. family. The center consolidated Utah's athletic-academic efforts, both in terms of computer labs and study space, and academic counseling. The upper level also provides a social gathering place for the student-athletes.
The mission of the Burbidge Family Athletics Academic Center is to provide an integrated learning environment that will enhance the academic and personal development of all student-athletes. The objective is to accommodate the diverse needs and schedules of Utah's student-athletes through a wide range of individual and group support services, computer technologies and independent study opportunities.
Director of Student-Athlete Support Services Mary Bowman, Director of Athletic Relations Manny Hendrix and Academic Services are housed in the building, as is the award winning U.T.E.S. Life Skills program.
Burbidge Center Facts
10,000 square feet of space
Lab with 30 computers
Student-Athlete Lounge with pop-in email computers
Life Skills/Career Center
Academic advising and Life Skills staff offices
Group and one-on-one tutoring rooms
Large study table area
Multipurpose room for workshops, seminars, etc.
Break room/copy room
Staff conference room