In a new book, political science professor and water rights expert Daniel McCool not only chronicles the history of water development agencies in America and the way special interests have abused, rather than preserved, the country’s rivers, he also narrates the second, brighter act in this ongoing story: the surging, grassroots movement to bring these rivers back to life and ensure they remain pristine for future generations. The culmination of 10 years of research and observation, McCool’s book, River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America’s Rivers, confirms the surprising news that America’s rivers are indeed returning to a healthier, free-flowing condition. Read the news release here.
SAVE 15 PERCENT ON KINGSBURY HALL PRESENTS PERFORMANCES
U staff and faculty can save 15 percent on the Kingsbury Hall Presents season of performances for 2012-13. Click here to see the list! Buy before Aug. 24 and no handling fees will apply. Your UCard is required. Purchase at the Kingsbury Hall box office or at the Union Information Desk. For more information call 801-581-7100.
GET FIT THIS FALL
Ever thought of taking a fitness class before or after work? PEAK Health and Fitness offers a variety of classes including circuit training, indoor cycling, Pilates, stretch and strengthen, total body fitness, walking for fitness, weight training, and yoga. Classes are inexpensive, fun, and open to participants of all experience and fitness levels. To register or for more information, check out PEAK’s website here or call 801-585-7325.
TRAVELING? ACCESS FREE, SECURE WI-FI ON PARTNER CAMPUSES
The U now offers traveling students, faculty, and staff the advantages of eduroam—secure wireless Internet access when visiting participating campuses. Use your University ID (uNID) and password to access wireless Internet at other eduroam schools, including: the University of California system; Cornell University, New York; Tulane University, Louisiana; and many more throughout the world. See maps listing participating institutions and more information here. Before you travel, set up your laptop, tablet, and phone. Instructions are here. For additional information, contact the Help Desk, Monday through Friday, at 801-581-4000.
A POST OFFICE INSIDE THE CAMPUS STORE
Did you know that the second busiest post office in Utah is located inside the Campus Store? Open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the store offers domestic and international mailing; priority and express mail; and special services such a registered, certified, return receipt, and insured letters. Need stamps? You can select from either special commemorative or regular stamps. You can send and receive money, money orders, and bill pay with Money Gram International. The post office also offers Global Express Guaranteed, a one-to-three-day international shipping service, tracking included. For more information call the post office directly at 801-585-3168.
DUNCAN CRITICIZES STATES AS PENNY-WISE AND POUND-FOOLISH FOR HIGHER-ED CUTS
In an Aug. 9, Chronicle of Higher Ed article, writer Eric Keiderman reports that the U.S. secretary of education, Arne Duncan, took states to task on Thursday for cutting spending on higher education, saying state lawmakers were being “penny-wise and pound-foolish,” and were undermining their own economic growth. Read the complete article here.
As fall semester begins, the campus Department of Public Safety reminds those who ride their bicycle to campus to help prevent theft. Always lock your bike to a rack using a solid U-type lock and add a cable lock through the front tire. Thieves target expensive bikes that are locked poorly. Don’t be a victim. Take the few extra minutes to lock your bike as suggested. It will almost certainly be there when you return.
To further protect your investment, the campus police department offers a bicycle registration program called “Lock it or Lose it.” They encourage anyone with a bicycle to take advantage of the program. In the event that your bike is stolen, knowing your serial number is critical to having it recovered. For more information, call 801-585-COPS, or better yet, take your bike to the campus police department, Building 301, at 1735 E South Campus Drive, to register.
Read any good books this summer? Send your recommended reading titles, with authors, to FYI News and we’ll post them in the Sept. 3 issue.