LIZ MURRAY TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Elizabeth “Liz” Murray—a writer and inspirational speaker whose life story “From Homeless to Harvard” has touched millions—will deliver the university’s general commencement address on Thursday, May 2. Murray grew up in the Bronx in the 1980s and 90s, a daughter of cocaine-addicted parents, in a home where there were plenty of drugs, but never enough money or food. By age 15, Murray’s mother had died of HIV, her father had left, and she was homeless. She lived on the streets, riding the subway all night and eating from dumpsters. But with incredible determination against seemingly impossible odds, Murray finished high school in New York City in just two years, received a scholarship from The New York Times and graduated from Harvard University in June 2009. Read more here.
CRUCIAL CHANGES TO PURCHASING
Avoid criminal behavior by becoming informed
Changes have been made to purchasing processes due to a new state law. More stringent limitations regarding small dollar transactions and strict limitations on acceptance of gifts from suppliers are mandated. There are additional changes, including restrictions on the total amount spent annually by an employee/department with a supplier that does not have a competitively awarded contract. Other changes include modifications to the bid and RFP processes along with sole source purchase requirements. Because some of the changes to state law include criminal penalties for non-compliance, you are encouraged to contact the purchasing office to become informed. Training sessions are available on various dates and times in February and March. Read additional information about these changes here, or call 801-581-7241.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Submissions due Feb. 22
The 10th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 3, at the Olpin Union Building. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to present their research and creative projects.
“Students who participate in the symposium share their research, scholarship, and creative activity in a dynamic forum that closely resembles a professional conference,” says Steve Roens, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “The poster and oral sessions enable them to present their cutting edge work to peers and faculty as well as to see the work in which others have been engaged. The sheer number and variety of projects is truly inspiring.” All symposium submissions—due Friday, Feb. 22—will be considered for the Monson Essay Prize. Applications and information may be found here. For additional information, contact Andrea Haag or call 801-581-3811.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: LINDA K. AMOS AWARD
The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 25 at noon.
Nominations for the 15th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women are now being accepted. The award recognizes a female staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the U. Send nomination materials electronically to Amos Award and include “LK Amos Award Nomination” in the subject line. Learn more about how to submit a nomination here.
FOCUS THE U ON SUSTAINABILITY TEACH IN: FEB. 19-22
Engage your students in sustainability issues by participating in the Office of Sustainability’s teach-in week. Last year’s event reached more than 3,500 students in colleges from humanities, social and behavioral science, law, and business, to education, health, science, engineering, architecture and planning, and mines and earth sciences. More than 90 U instructors participated. This year, teach-in planners are hoping to involve more than 100. Participating faculty will be listed on the Office of Sustainability website and recognized for their support. To participate, email your course name and number to Ayrel Clark by Monday, Feb. 11.
Discover a whole new world of learning.
The Go Learn program has four enticing trips planned in the next few months. Choose from the Heart of Italy: Umbria and Rome, with U professor Giuliana Marple, April 24 to May 4; Architecture and Gardens of Japan, with U professor Mimi Locher, May 9-19; biking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, June 21-July 3; and Paris to Cognac: La Cuisine, in France, Sept. 18-29. Learn more here.
- Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places, by Nan Ellin
- Reshaping Metropolitan America, by Arthur C. Nelson
- Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design, by Reid Ewing and Keith Bartholomew
- The Urban Design Reader, edited by Michael Larice and Elizabeth Mcdonald
- Zen Gardens, the Complete Work of Shunmyo Masuno, Japan’s Leading Garden Designer, by Mira Locher and Uchida Shigeru
- Stewardship of the Built Environment: Sustainability, Preservation, and Reuse (Metropolitan Planning + Design), by Robert A. Young
IT’S A WINTER WONDERLAND AT RED BUTTE GARDEN
Admission is half price through February.
Check out the activities happening at Red Butte Garden this winter. The garden is open year-round with plant interest and events during every season!