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February 22, 2006

 

The 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 surgery.

“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 leo.leckie@utah.edu.


Global Climate Change
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 planet.

~Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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, visit www.law.utah.edu/stegner/pdf/2006_Stegner_Symposium.pdf, send e-mail to stegner@law.utah.edu, or call 585-3440.


Calling All Cyclists
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.


Explorer 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 Geographic Society

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 cecily.ellis@hum.utah.edu.


Try our New FYI Mystery Photo Contest!
What is it? Where is it?

Photo by Roger Tuttle

Hint: It’s some place on campus.

Send your 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.

Mystery Photo
Winner Update!!

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.


i-week 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 Day.”

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, visit www.sa.utah.edu/inter or contact Anjali Hammond at 581-5851 or ahammond@sa.utah.edu.


Coming 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.


Human 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 Braithwaite’s art.

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 visit www.umnh.utah.edu.


Health 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 Sheridan.

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.


Information for Faculty

• 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
2006 Undergraduate 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
Call for 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 wiccanbastet@msn.com. The workshop is sponsored by the U’s Department of Health Promotion and Education and The Integrative Health Network.


Important 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, visit https://gate.acs.utah.edu/.

• Annual Open Enrollment is Coming Soon
Check Your Address
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 at https://gate.acs.utah.edu/. 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 thauna.kazakevicius@hsc.utah.edu, or visit www.hr.utah.edu/er/.


News in a Nutshell

• Online Frenzy
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.


• ASUU Briefs
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.


• Disappointment!
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


Bulletin Board

• 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, call 587-7973.


• 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 haya.shamir@psych.utah.edu.


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.


U of U Diversity Committee Report

Clarification of Statistics
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.

Why 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.

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