SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah will hold a day of service to commemorate the week it inaugurates its new president.

The U.'s first Community Engagement Day will take place Tuesday to kick off the events leading up to the official inauguration of David W. Pershing as the 15th president of the university.

The event will begin at noon on the steps of the John R. Park Building. Pershing will lead a host of speakers, including Max Wood, student chairman of Community Engagement Day, and Marj Regis, member of the student board for the Associated Students of the U. Following the speeches, students, faculty and staff can take part in several service projects.

Examples of projects include sorting food at the Utah Food Bank, assembling hygiene kits for the YWCA to give to victims of domestic violence who are seeking shelter, making winter hats for people staying at the Road Home shelter, tying blankets for rape victims seeking assistance at the Rape Recovery Center, and a pro bono law clinic for the community at the Horizonte School.