Appearance of Choice
Women’s Week is March 6-10
From commercials advertising
dangerous surgeries to television shows focusing on the ‘ugly
duckling’ transformed into the ‘swan,’ women are
being admonished that their bodies are not good enough and that
ultimately there is just one ideal we should all be striving for,
regardless of ethnicity, body type, or age.
These concerns will be explored through panel discussions, films,
and presentations on campus during Women’s Week 2006, March
6-10. A keynote address by Virginia Blum, author of Flesh Wounds:
The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery, will be presented on Thursday,
March 9 at noon in the Union Saltair Room. Blum is a professor of
English at the University of Kentucky and combines an ethnography
of plastic surgery with an analysis of beauty and feminism to search
out the social conditions that have made ours a culture of cosmetic
“The overwhelming focus on plastic surgery, dieting, and
‘transformation’ seems to permeate every aspect of women’s
lives,” says Kristi Ryujin, Women’s Week co-chair. “Our
committee hopes that this year’s events will provide an alternative
voice and influence the larger community to challenge the pervasive
notion that women’s bodies are not their own,” she adds.
Additional events during Women’s Week include an evening
with jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves (Wednesday, March 8, 7 p.m., Kingsbury
Hall); a panel discussion by women at the U titled “This Ain’t
Ugly,” addressing society’s standards of ideal beauty
for women in the United States (Wednesday, March 8, noon, Union
Ballroom); and a screening of the film, Killing Us Softly 3
(March 6 and 10, 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m., Union Theatre.). All events
are free and open to the public.
For a complete listing
of events, visit www.womensweek.utah.edu/2006,
or contact Leo Lecki at 581-7569 or email@example.com.
The Arctic to the Rocky Mountain West
Stegner Symposium 2006
The Inuit hunters
falling through the thinning and unpredictable sea-ice are connected
to the cars we drive, the industries we rely upon, and the disposable
world we have created…If we protect the Arctic, we save the
The topic of this year’s
Stegner Symposium is a timely one. Nearly twenty different speakers,
including research scientists and representatives from organizations
throughout the country involved in sustainability matters, will
address the critical issues around global warming at the two-day
event on March 3-4 at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Presentation
titles include: “Global Warming: Just Hot Air?” and
“The Bush Administration’s Global Climate Change Policies,”
to name just a few.
Robert T. Watson, chief
scientist and director for environmentally and socially sustainable
development at the World Bank, will give a keynote presentation
titled “Science and Politics of Climate Change” on Friday,
March 3 at 4:20 p.m. Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson will give
a keynote titled “Salt Lake City Green: Action on Climate
Change” on Saturday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. For complete details,
send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 585-3440.
Bike Coalition Meeting Set
Do you ride your bike
to campus? Do you have ideas for improving the bike situation at
the U? Then here’s your chance to make a difference.
Commuter Services is
sponsoring the formation of a campus bicycle coalition. The first
meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Olpin Union,
Room 312. Lisa Romney, environmental advisor to Mayor Rocky Anderson
and member of Salt Lake City Green, will be the guest speaker. The
purpose of the meeting is to form leadership positions within the
organization; address possible relations with city, county, and
state officials; and address campus concerns, including safety,
laws, and infrastructure.
The increase in the
number of bicycle commuters to campus is evidence that the U community
is increasingly choosing a car-free commute. But safety concerns
arise for cyclists using already-congested campus streets and sharing
the road with buses, cars, and now light-rail. Help shape the future
for cyclists on campus. For more information, contact Jon Teerlink
at 581-8758 or Jon.Teerlink@ucs.utah.edu.
Wade Davis to Speak at City Library
Environmental Humanities: Lyceum II Lecture
There is a fire
burning over the Earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures,
languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame
and reinventing the poetry of diversity is the most important challenge
of our times.
~Wade Davis, The National
Wade Davis, explorer-in-residence
at The National Geographic Society, will present the 2006 Lyceum
II Lecture titled Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey
through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures on Tuesday, March 7,
at 7 p.m. in the Salt Lake City Library. The annual lecture is sponsored
by the College of Humanities.
“One of the intense
pleasures of travel is the opportunity to live among peoples who
have not forgotten the old ways, who still feel the past in the
wind, touch it in stones polished by rain, recognize its taste in
the bitter leaves of plants,” says Davis. “They teach
us that there are other options, other possibilities, other ways
of thinking and interacting with the Earth.”
Davis is a Harvard-educated
anthropologist, botanical explorer, and best-selling author. He
spent more than three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer,
living among 15 indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations
while making some 6,000 botanical collections.
The lecture is free
and open to the public. For more information, contact Cecily Ellis
at 581-6214 or email@example.com.
our New FYI Mystery Photo Contest!
What is it? Where is it?
by Roger Tuttle
Hint: It’s some
place on campus.
answer (be specific!) to FYI@ucomm.utah.edu
by 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 for a chance to win two tickets to
Diavolo - Tombé du Ciel at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday,
March 25 at 7:30 p.m. If we get more than one correct response by
that time, we’ll do a drawing from our Ute cookie jar and
list the lucky recipient right here by Thursday, Feb. 23 at noon.
Thanks to Kingsbury Hall for providing the tickets!
Note: This contest is open to U of U faculty and staff only.
The mystery photo was
of the statue in front of the Einar Neilsen Field House.
We had 82 people submit
the correct answer so we put all their names in our Ute cookie jar
and drew one name. Olivia Bramble is the lucky winner of our Feb.
22 FYI Mystery Photo Contest. She wins two tickets to Diavolo
- Tombé du Ciel at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday, March
25, courtesy of Kingsbury Hall.
Olivia works in the Crimson Club in the Athletics Department as
a development officer, raising money for athlete’s scholarships.
She’s been at the U for six years and says she loves being
a part of the University. “It’s my home away from home.
I love it!”
Thanks to everyone who
entered the contest! Plan to enter the next FYI Mystery
Photo Contest in the Mar. 8 edition of FYI.
is Feb. 27 to Mar. 3
From performances by
the African Student Union, to sampling Asian teas, to salsa dancing
classes—there will be something for everyone at this year’s
International Week, Feb. 27 to March 3. President Young will kick-off
the week when he announces the winners of the Study Abroad Scholarships
on Monday, Feb. 27 at noon in the Union Food Court. A performance
by the African Student Union will follow to celebrate “Africa
Featured on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Olpin Union, Room 161 is Europe
Day with lunch and a slideshow presentation titled, Europe by
Design: Timeless Elements Making People Feel Alive. On Wednesday,
March 1, information tables will offer literature about Latin American
countries and a salsa dance demonstration will be held at noon in
Crimson Commons. Thursday, March 2, is Asia Day with information
on Korea, India, China, and Japan at tables in Crimson Commons.
On Friday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Ballroom,
tea samples from around the world will be offered in specially set-up
international tea rooms.
Most i-week events will take place in the Olpin Union. For
a complete schedule,
or contact Anjali Hammond at 581-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
from the Hinckley Institute of Politics
Jeff Breinhold will
give a talk titled Terrorist Financing: Preventing Another 9/11
on Friday, Feb. 24 at 10:45 a.m. in the Hinckley Caucus Room, 253
OSH. Breinhold is acting chief, Counterterrorism Section, Criminal
Division, at the United States Department of Justice. For more information,
call the Hinckley Institute of Politics at 581-8501.
Nature: Insights from the Natural World at UMNH
I follow my son’s
footprints in the grass to lake’s edge, where I set up to
paint. He continues into the glassy water and I stop to watch a
graceful arc of line whip over his head and drop into the concentric
circles that mark a trout’s leap.
A charming exhibit at
the Utah Museum of Natural History, anchored by Arlene Braithwaite’s
paintings and essays, celebrates the personal experience of the
natural world. Braithwaite is an art professor at Southern Utah
University and a Utah native. Her pastel art reflects times in her
life when the wonders of nature provided opportunities for introspection
or an extroverted examination of her place in the natural world.
Each painting is accompanied by a short essay.
Visitors to the exhibit
can try to identify grasses and brush found in the foothills of
the Wasatch Front, or get an up-close-and-personal look at a corn
snake or a tarantula, or stir up leaves with a wind machine—there’s
something for everyone. Human Nature offers many opportunities
for children and adults to learn about nature and its many connections
to life. The exhibit features original music inspired by Braithwaite’s
paintings and composed by Gerard Yun, which is available for sale
in the Museum Store along with note cards and mugs designed using
The exhibit runs through
April 5. Museum admission is free to U of U faculty, staff, and
students with their UCard. For more information, call 581-6927 or
at Every Size
Love Your Body Week is Feb. 21-Mar. 2
The U of U, Salt Lake
Community College, and Westminster College are collaborating to
bring a message of “health at every size” to more people.
Together, they are sponsoring “Love Your Body Week 2006,”
which includes events on all three campuses.
“We hope to contribute
to changing the socio-cultural ideals that equate thinness with
health, beauty, and happiness often leading to hatred of fat and
emergence of eating disorders,” says Cari Morphet, a practicum
counselor at the U’s Women’s Resource Center and member
of the Love Your Body Week committee. “We encourage kindness
and affirmation of human value regardless of differences in weight,
physical size, shape, age, and ability.”
Marilyn Wann, author
of the book, Fat!So? and a healthy, outspoken, fat activist
from San Francisco, will give several presentations including a
keynote address titled, “Size Acceptance: Life is Too Short
for Self-Hatred and Celery Sticks!” on Friday, March 24, at
7 p.m. in the Grand Theater at Salt Lake Community College (1575
S. State St.). Tickets are free to students and $5 for the public
at the door.
There are 10 events
in all, including a panel discussion on the challenges and rewards
of eating disorder recovery; a visual presentation of ancient images
of womanhood by Kristy Bartley, counseling coordinator at the U’s
Women’s Resource Center; and a presentation of the first act
of “The Pomegranate Seed,” performed by folksinger Cosy
For a complete list
of events, call the U of U Counseling Center at 581-6826 or the
U’s Women’s Resource Center at 581-8030.
Deadline for Cap and Gown Orders is March 24
Commencement is May 5
The Bookstore will present its annual “Grad Fair” with
drawings and special discounts March 22-24. Faculty and graduates
can order their caps and gowns, announcements, class rings, and
diploma frames. Orders for caps and gowns also may be placed with
the Health Science Bookstore. For more information, call Darrell
Peters at 581-8512.
Call for Submissions–Deadline is March 1
Research Abstracts Journal
Faculty: Please pass
along this information to your undergrads.
All undergraduates involved in research at the U are encouraged
to submit abstracts of their work for publication in the Undergraduate
Research Abstracts Journal. The deadline for the spring
2006 publication is March 1. Any undergraduate who has
done research or a creative project in UROP, BIOURP, the Honors
Program, or independently with a faculty mentor is welcome to publish
an abstract of his or her project. The journal includes a general
section, a “Posters on the Hill” section, and an Honors
student section. For more information, visit www.ugs.utah.edu/urop/uropabstract.htm
or call 581-3811.
Many Pathways to Wellness
Papers and Workshops
Integrative health is
a post-modernistic exploration and application of facilitating wellness,
with the emphasis upon health promotion and holistic healing. A
workshop on May 11 and 12 at the UMFA auditorium will examine ways
to integrate complementary approaches with traditional approaches
to healing and wellness by promoting education, research, and dialogue
among the varied medical and health disciplines and consumers to
reach a broader understanding of integrative health.
Applications are now being accepted for plenary speakers, workshop
presentations, breakout sessions, and poster sessions. The plenary
speakers should be able to address all conference attendees including
health care providers, researchers, healing practitioners, university
students, and consumers. Applications are due March 16 and those
who are selected to present will be notified by March 22.
For more information, contact Margaret McKinney at email@example.com.
The workshop is sponsored by the U’s Department of Health
Promotion and Education and The Integrative Health Network.
News from Human Resources
Some Online H.R. Services Unavailable Several Days in March
Applications Offline for System Upgrade
From 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 through midnight Monday, March
6, HR’s online job listings and student records information
will be closed down for a system upgrade. All visitors to the U’s
employee listings Web site will be affected and no one will be able
to view or apply for jobs. The payroll process will continue during
the upgrade, but special checks cannot be processed from March 1-7.
Please plan accordingly. The upgrade will result in more user-friendly
application features, such as the ability to add a resume as an
attachment to job applications and to view your health benefits
and payroll information. For more information on the system upgrade,
Annual Open Enrollment is Coming Soon
To ensure that your open enrollment packet is sent to the correct
address in April, please check your home address in the U Campus
Information System to be sure it is accurate before March 15.
You can make changes
Once you are logged on, select the “Employee” tab and
then the “Change Your Mailing Address” tab. Additional
reminders will be sent via e-mail, so be sure your e-mail address
is listed correctly as well.
Annual Open Enrollment
is your opportunity to enroll, change, or discontinue your U health
coverage. A packet, which will notify you of any changes to the
health plans, will be mailed to your home address. For more information,
contact the Benefits Department at 581-7447.
Trainings for New HR Policy Revisions
Human Resources will conduct training sessions across both health
sciences and the academic campuses to explain the revised policies
and procedures which are now in effect. Each session will be one
hour with an additional half hour for Q & A.
For a schedule of the upcoming training sessions, visit www.hr.utah.edu/forms/lib/PolicyTraining06.pdf.
For more information,
call Employee Relations at 581-5469, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit www.hr.utah.edu/er/.
in a Nutshell
According to a recent article in The Salt Lake Tribune
(Feb. 5, 2006) more than 2,000 courses are offered online through
Utah state colleges and universities. Nearly 22,000 students across
the state signed up for an online class this fall. Utah schools
offering the highest number of online classes include USU (771),
WSU (440), and SLCC (328). The U ranks sixth (97) of nine schools
in the number of online courses offered.
Mild Weather in Salt Lake and the Nation During January
If you never broke out your thermal underwear last month, then you
had something in common with North Dakotans. Salt Lake was 5F warmer
than normal in January, according to U of U Department of Meteorology
alum Larry Dunn. Dunn is the meteorologist in charge at the Salt
Lake City National Weather Service Forecast Office. Temperatures
were as much as 16F above normal in the northern Plains states leading
to the warmest January on record for the nation. The unusually warm
conditions resulted from large-scale changes in the atmosphere that
suppressed the usually frequent incursions of Arctic air to the
east of the Rockies, according to John Horel, a professor in the
Department of Meteorology.
A 15-year-long project to initiate a campus-wide recycling program
is finally coming to fruition. If all goes according to plan, a
program developed by ASUU will be implemented this fall.
The recent ASUU-sponsored
screening of Hotel Rwanda attracted a crowd of 1,200 students.
The National Children’s Study, with the U of U and Salt Lake
City named as one of its six “vanguard” sites, has not
been funded by President Bush’s FY2007 budget. The study would
enroll about 100,000 children and track psychological, social, environmental,
and genetic factors that impact wellbeing, with an emphasis on birth
defects, asthma, obesity, diabetes, and autism. The budget proposal
directs that the study be closed down.
Utah's Olympic Past
Utah's ties to the Winter Olympics started in 1948 but actually
should have gone back to 1936. Utah skier Alf Engen was to have
been on the 1936 Olympic team but was pulled off because he appeared
on a Wheaties box. Engen told breakfast eaters, "If there's
such a thing as a champion Wheaties-eater, then I'm out to break
the record." Appearing on the box, and taking $50 and a few boxes
of Wheaties, stripped him of his amateur status. There have been
27 U of U skiers who competed in the Olympics.
~ From The
Deseret Morning News, Feb. 9, 2006
LGBT Safe Zone Program Trainings Offered
The Safe Zone Program is designed to strengthen the network of faculty
and staff who support the LGBT community. Through education and
constructive dialogue, the training promotes understanding and awareness
of the gender identity and expression issues faced by LGBT individuals.
Safe Zone trainings are open to faculty and staff from any background
and will be offered on the following dates:
March 6, 9 a.m. to noon
April 6, 2-5 p.m.
April 28, 9 a.m.
For more information,
Cholesterol Screenings Available
PEAK Academy will offer cholesterol testing March 1-2 from 7-9 a.m.
in HPER East, Room 217. The cholesterol results will include Total
Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL and Triglycerides. The cost is $20 for
U faculty, staff, and students and $30 for community members. To
make an appointment, call 585-7325.
Seeking Study Participants
The Department of Psychology is seeking participants for an IRB-approved
study about marital interactions and their effects on children.
Families with two children between the ages of five and 13 are eligible
to participate. The study takes about three hours to complete and
participants will be compensated for their time. For more information,
contact Haya Shamir at 585-3324 or email@example.com.
Utah WWII Stories–Europe
Don’t miss the next installment of KUED’s documentary
series on Utah’s World War II veterans airing Tuesday, March
7 at 7 p.m. on KUED Channel 7. The program will focus on the European
Front and includes interviews with Utah’s veterans who survived
the D-Day Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and German prison camps.
Utah’s WWII veterans are now in their eighties and KUED is
committed to telling their stories now.
of U Diversity Committee Report
In November 2005 Ed Trujillo, chair of the Academic Senate’s
Diversity Committee, reported to the senators the results of his
committee’s investigation for the past academic year. The
findings initially revealed a decline in minority student enrollment
at the U in 2004. But upon further review by the U’s Office
of Budget and Institutional Analysis, it was discovered that the
office had inadvertently provided an incorrect number to the committee
and that minority student enrollment actually increased.
was the information misreported?
In reporting statistical data, the National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES) guidelines calls for the inclusion of minority
students whose visa status is that of immigrant, refugee, or non-citizen
(national) who have applied for U.S. citizenship as of the fall
semester. The U historically lists those individuals in the “unknown”
category and doesn’t include them in its count as ethnic minorities.
Since 1999, the U has
followed the NCES guidelines in order to better compare statistics
with other universities. However, U administrators also have kept
their own figures that do not include immigrants and refugees. When
the Academic Senate compiled the diversity report, the internal
U numbers for the 2004 academic year were inadvertently used rather
than the numbers that comply with NCES guidelines, making it appear
that the U’s ethnic student enrollment had declined.
The ethnic student population
actually increased from 8.9 percent in the 2003 academic year to
9.3 percent in the 2004 academic year. It increased again in the
current year to 9.9 percent. For more information, call the budget
office at 581-6948.