Lassonde Student Wins Artist Award for 2023-24

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute awarded the Love Every Minute of Your Life — Kylie B. Park Artist Award to Alon Meir for the 2023-24 academic year.

“It is an honor to work with students who are dedicated to supporting the creative vision of the Lassonde community,” said Anne Bastein, program director at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “This award is a way to acknowledge their artistic work’s positive impact.”

This annual award was established in memory of University of Utah student Kylie Park to support and recognize the work of creative, artistic students in the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute community. Park shared her passion and brought joy to many by creating inspirational art on the whiteboards throughout Lassonde Studios. Her final art creation can be found printed on one of the walls in the lobby.

Alon Meir is a mechanical engineering student and current resident of Lassonde Studios. He has brought music to the building by hosting jam sessions for musicians of all types and tuning the piano on the first floor of Lassonde Studios.

“I fell in love with music by jamming with my high school friends and starting a band with them, and I realized many people don’t have that opportunity,” Meir said. “I thought it would be nice to try to provide that for other musicians, and the overwhelmingly positive feedback inspired me to keep it open to everyone and continue hosting those events.”

He added, “I am truly honored that my contributions to the Lassonde community are being recognized in this way. Lassonde has created an environment to encourage creativity and student leadership with guidance and encouragement from the staff. I’d also like to thank the Park family for paying it forward, and Ryan Park specifically for making the time in his schedule to sit down and talk in person.”

In addition to the Love Every Minute of Your Life — Kylie B. Park Artist Award, two students received the Launch Your Imagination — Kylie B. Park Memorial Scholarship. They are Derek Che and Lydia Smith.

These annual awards were established in 2020 through gifts from Kylie’s parents, Ryan and Melissa Park, with contributions from the David Eccles School of Business.

Learn more about the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and ways to get involved as an artist at

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