April 8, 2009

We Shall Remain

As a young woman attending Utah’s public schools, Liz Player was bothered by the limited references to women in history books. As a teacher, she has seen similar frustration in her American Indian students about their own history. Recently, Player found her dream job when she was selected as the new coordinator for the Utah Indian Curriculum Project at the American West Center. Those involved with the project have worked for the past 40 years to make resource materials on Utah’s Indian tribes accessible to Utah students (and, for that matter, anyone with Internet access)—and those materials are now ready, including textbooks written together with the tribes, ensuring that their stories are not lost. Oral histories collected decades ago and previously accessible only to tenacious researchers will now be heard by Utah students, bringing Utah history to life in a very real way.

The Utah Indian Curriculum Project is the outreach component of a larger venture to document the history of America from the American Indian perspective. The much anticipated American Experience documentary series on PBS titled We Shall Remain is the centerpiece. The series premiers on KUED 7 on Monday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. and runs for five consecutive Monday evenings through May 11. The five 90-minute documentaries span 300 years and cover pivotal moments in U.S. history from the American Indian perspective.

American Experience awarded KUED a grant to create a companion project that includes five half-hour documentaries on Utah’s Great Basin tribes—the Ute, Goshute, Paiute, Navajo, and Northwest Band of Shoshone. The 30-minute KUED documentaries will air immediately following each PBS We Shall Remain episode. KUED’s documentaries recently were selected—the first time ever for a local series—to air nationally on PBS World.

WE SHALL REMAIN program schedule on KUED-7

Monday, April 13
8:00 p.m., After the Mayflower (American Experience)
9:30 p.m., Paiute (KUED)
Monday, April 20
8:00 p.m., Tecumseh's Vision (American Experience)
9:30 p.m., Ute (KUED)
Monday, April 27
8:00 p.m., Trail of Tears (American Experience)
9:30 p.m., Navajo (KUED)
Monday, May 4
8:00 p.m., Geronimo (American Experience)
9:30 p.m., Goshute (KUED)
Monday, May 11
8:00 p.m., Wounded Knee (American Experience)
9:30 p.m., Northern Shoshone (KUED)


To extend the reach of the comprehensive project, the Utah State Legislature allocated funds to provide the KUED documentaries and the companion curriculum guide developed by the American West Center to each library and public school in the state, making it easy for teachers to present the history of Utah’s Indian tribes. “If this project can help the Native students see how their story is woven into the rest of the tapestry of Utah history, that’s a good start,” says Player. “If it helps all students get to know the vibrant cultures of our tribal communities, that’s even better—there are so many lessons just waiting to be taught.” Through the documentaries and the curriculum project, Player hopes Utah students will reach a better understanding of the important role American Indians have played and continue to play in the story of the state. “This is such important work,” she says. “And the more you learn, the more you understand that you will never know all you need to know.”


NOTE: We Shall Remain online (hotlink to http://www.kued.org/weshallremain) offers a short video about the local KUED series; transcripts and interviews from the local documentaries; footage on language, arts, and culture of the five Utah tribes; information about upcoming events; and links to additional resources. Additional statewide companion events of the We Shall Remain project include the current exhibit here on campus at UMFA, titled A Splendid Heritage (hotlink to http://www.umfa.utah.edu/pageview.aspx?id=26502), showcasing American Indian objects from the John and Marva Warnock collection.


After more than two years under construction, the Frederick Albert Sutton Building, new home to the Department of Geology and Geophysics and the administrative offices of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, will have its grand opening on Friday, April 17, 2009. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on the east side of the building at 11:00 a.m., with an open house following from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Sutton Building is located immediately north of the Browning Building at 115 South 1460 East.

The four-story, 91,000-square-foot building cost $27 million to build, all from private donations—no state funds were used. Primary financing for the building came from Marta Sutton Weeks in honor of her late father, Frederick Albert Sutton, a Utah geologist who received a degree in mining engineering from the University of Utah in 1917. Rio Tinto is another major donor, providing funds for the earthquake information center—the primary seismograph tracking station in the Intermountain West—which is located on the building’s ground floor.

The new structure connects to the Browning Building on three different levels, but primarily through the expansive, circular foyer, which is filled with light and feels like a small museum. “The lobby area is spectacular,” says John Kaloudis, director of development for the college. “It accents the geologic aspects of the building—the fossil walls are presented in an artistic way and the rock slabs are beautiful!” he says. Another imaginative feature is a dry, river-rock streambed that starts outside the front of the building and continues inside, its path embedded in the floor of the foyer. It then flows outside again—entering and exiting the building through floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a seamless transition from inside to outside.

As the first LEED-certified “green” building on the U’s lower academic campus, the project includes sustainable features, several of which were suggested and designed by students. In fact, the projects that led to LEED certification were generated by the students through a sustainability class taught by William Johnson (geology and geophysics), and Fred Montague (biology). One example of the students’ influence is found at the loading-dock area on the west side of the building which has a pervious concrete surface, allowing water to filter through to the underground water table instead of becoming runoff and adding to the pollution of rivers, streams, and lakes.

The building was designed by Cooper Roberts Simonsen Associates and Brixen & Christopher Architects, both of Salt Lake City. If you would like to attend the ribbon-cutting, RSVP to Sharon Christensen (hotlink to Sharon.christensen@utah.edu) or call (801) 585-9344. Additional information is online (hotlink to http://www.earth.utah.edu/news_events/features/Sutton%20Bldg).


The 2009 senior class is giving a free Ubike rental program (hotlink to http://www.alumni.utah.edu/ubike) to the campus community for its senior class gift. The program will make new and used red bicycles available for free rental at the Olpin Union. Students, faculty, and staff can check out a bike for personal use for up to two weeks, free of charge. Commuter Services has agreed to match up to $15,000 in funds raised for Ubike. ASUU encourages students, faculty, and staff to consider contributing $20.09 to commemorate the 2009 graduating class and to help put a new “spin” on campus. There are several ways you can support this project:

  • Contribute: Give $20.09 to Ubike to commemorate the 2008/2009 academic year.
  • Be a sponsor: For a $400 contribution, you can name a bicycle after yourself, a loved one, your favorite professor, a business, or whatever.
  • Donate a bike: The Ubike rental program is in need of old bicycles. They will pick it up, fix it up, paint it red, and get it “spinning” again. To donate a bicycle, contact Joanne Beardshall (hotlink to jbeardshall@alumni.utah.edu) or call (801) 581-3719.

The kick-off for the new Ubike rental program will take place on Wednesday, April 22, as one of the many campus events celebrating Earth Day 2009 (hotlink to http://www.sustainability.utah.edu/EarthWeekextravaganza2009.htm).


2009-2010 University Professor named
Esther Rashkin, a professor in the Department of Languages and Literature, has been appointed to the special rank of University Professor for the 2009-2010 academic year. The rank of University Professor offers faculty the opportunity to launch a new project that will make significant difference in the students’ educational experience. Rashkin proposes a course that would focus on the question of what it means to be human through an examination of the popular television series, Star Trek, the Next Generation. Her students will come to terms with the fact that there is more than one response to the question and that the perspective from which one approaches it affects the response that emerges. She will incorporate her own research and teaching of pop culture, dance, media, literature, and her recent interdisciplinary work in neuroscience and mind/brain connections and her experience in the clinical psychotherapeutic realm dealing with issues of trauma, physical and emotional disability, and infant and child development.

Early Career Teaching Awards announced
Congratulations to the following faculty who have been named recipients of the Early Career Teaching Award for 2009. The award honors those who have less than eight years of teaching service at the U of U: Amalia Cochran, assistant professor, Department of Surgery; Glen Feighery, assistant professor, Department of Communication; Kenneth Foreman, assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy; and Jordan Gerton, assistant professor, Department of Physics.


Secretary Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced on March 26, that U of U student and current ASUU president Patrick Reimherr has been named a Truman Scholar. He is one of 65 students selected from over 3,000 student applicants from 283 U.S. colleges and universities for the award. Reimherr is the third Truman Scholar in as many years from the University of Utah. He completed a Hinckley Internship with the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. in fall 2007, and another at the Utah State Legislature with former Utah House of Representatives Minority Leader and current Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker. He is working toward honors degrees in political science and economics and will graduate in May 2010.

“Patrick is an incredibly gifted student who serves for all the right reasons,” says Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics who also was a Truman Scholar from the U of U in 1990. “He has a tremendous work ethic, brilliant mind, and absolute integrity. He honors the Hinckley Institute, the University of Utah and the Truman Scholarship with this most deserved selection.”

Each Truman Scholar receives $30,000 for graduate studies, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, and special fellowship opportunities within the federal government. A listing of the 2009 Truman Scholars (hotlink to http://www.truman.gov) as well as the U of U news release (hotlink to http://www.unews.utah.edu/p/?r=032509-1) are online.


For the past 30 years, Linda Adams has worked in the Middle East Center (MEC) bringing educational opportunity to the University and surrounding communities. During her tenure, she has amassed an extensive film library; coordinated visits to campus of ambassadors and dignitaries from around the world; arranged for the student Model Arab League to compete nationally; created and coordinated workshops for local K-12 educators; and developed a free film series that provides a rare and authentic glimpse into Middle East culture. Retiring in June, Linda is one of those unassuming fixtures on campus who might go unnoticed except for the countless lives that her work has helped shape over the years. As director of MEC’s outreach efforts, Linda provides seminars for K-12 educators to keep them informed on matters pertinent to today’s world, providing memorable presentations they can translate into their own classroom curriculum. For example, when the outreach director from Harvard visited this past fall, she and Linda designed a presentation to include the history of trade and travel in the Middle East and included an art project where everyone painted a mosque lantern—just one example of how Linda ensures that participants stay engaged. Her workshops are so successful that the MEC’s outreach program recently was invited by the Utah State Office of Education to participate in a revision of the Utah State Core Curriculum—giving Linda’s group an opportunity to suggest Middle East curriculum content for several different grade levels. Although Linda will miss her colleagues, she doesn’t plan to retire quietly—she’s already planning her volunteer work. Wherever Linda decides her next adventure to be, she’s sure to make an impression. Ma'salama, Linda!
            —Kate Ferebee
                University Public Relations

Additional information about the Middle East Center’s outreach program is online (hotlink to http://www.mec.utah.edu/outreach).


Applications and nominations for membership on the U’s Staff Council are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2009. Elections will be held the second week in May.

Becoming a member of the Staff Council is a great way to get involved in the campus community. The Council is comprised of 24 staff members who work for the benefit of the U’s staff employees—co-sponsoring the annual Employee Appreciation Day, lobbying on behalf of staff at the Legislature, and offering several staff scholarships for campus classes of up to $500.

Each Staff Council member represents a specific sub-district of the staff from the following five districts at the University:

  • General Administrative
  • Health Sciences
  • Academic Affairs
  • Administrative Services
  • Student Affairs/Services

Employees may nominate a staff member from any of the districts listed. Each Council member will work within the district they represent.

Nomination forms are online (hotlink to http://web.utah.edu/staffcouncil/StaffCouncilNomForm.html). For more information, contact Jenn Henry (hotlink to Jennifer.henry@fm.utah.edu) or Tanisha Blair (hotlink to Tanisha.blair@hsc.utah.edu).


Races on two Saturdays in April will close some campus roads for part of the morning.

Sponsored by the LDS Institute, the race begins at 9:00 a.m. by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The course winds through campus and exits onto 100 South by the Fletcher Bldg. (1400 East), then follows North Campus Dr. east to Wasatch Dr.; then turns south and continues to Ballif Road where it turns west. From there the course winds through campus until it moves back onto Campus Center Dr. to approach the finish line. One lane on all roads will remain open for vehicle traffic and no bus routes will be affected.


The annual Salt Lake City Marathon will affect some campus streets during early morning hours. Mario Capecchi Dr. from South Campus Dr. to Medical Dr. South will be closed from 4:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. A bike tour begins at that location at 6:00 a.m., early-out marathon is at 6:10 a.m., wheelchairs/hand cycles at 6:50 a.m., and marathon and half marathon runners at 7:00 a.m. The event is expected to attract nearly 9,000 people to campus that morning. TRAX will increase the number of trains in service to reduce the need for people to drive to campus. Those driving to work in the Medical Center area will be diverted through Fort Douglas. Vehicles will be allowed to turn west from Ft. Douglas Blvd. onto Medical Drive South (by the University Guest House) during the time Mario Capecchi Dr. is closed.  People leaving the Medical Center area to go southbound on Foothill Dr. may have some minor traffic issues as the marathon course heads south from the Legacy Bridge and stays on Mario Capecchi Dr. until it turns south onto Foothill Dr. The course continues on Foothill Dr. until about 2000 South. A map of the entire marathon route can be accessed online (hotlink to http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com/fileadmin/SLC_pdf/09_SLCM_all_event.pdf).


With more than 150 summer camps and classes in art, science, languages, technology, music, and recreation, Youth Education leaves no excuse for kids to spend their summer on the couch. Three programs—Club U, SUMMERSCOOL, and the Youth Academy for Excellence—offer plenty of ways for kids ages two to 18 to make friends, explore new places, and expand their knowledge. New this summer, Youth Education expands into Davis County with eight camps and several classes offered in Bountiful. Club U offers more than 20, week-long camps from June to August for kids ages 5-15; and SUMMERSCOOL offers more than 100 summer classes in 10 subject areas including computers and technology, creative arts, filmmaking and animation, science and math, sports and recreation, and music and movement. Classes and camps are offered throughout the summer between May and the end of August. Enrollment is now open and classes are starting to fill up, so reserve your spot soon. And don’t forget, U employees save 15 percent. Class listings and registration forms are online (hotlink to http://www.youth.utah.edu). For more information, call (801) 581-6984.


Researchers in the Department of Psychology are conducting an IRB-approved study focusing on how different patterns of interaction between couples affect physiological reactivity. All participants will be financially compensated. Researchers are looking for heterosexual couples and same-sex couples who have been together for at least six months. The study involves a visit to the laboratory, filling out questionnaires, and engaging in a videotaped discussion with your partner about daily events, areas of disagreement, and positive experiences while your cardiovascular functioning is assessed. The findings will have implications for understanding how close relationships influence physical health. More information about the study is online (hotlink to http://research1.psych.utah.edu/study/family/). If you have questions, contact Lisa Diamond (hotlink to lisa.diamond@psych.utah.edu) or call (801) 585-7491.

Fresh, locally-grown corn on the cob, vine-ripened tomatoes, and crisp tart apples—remember last fall’s campus Farmers Market? It’s coming back—but before it does organizers want your feedback. Complete an online survey (hotlink to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=JS7alcUF_2bLkFBBlrmtIOtQ_3d_3d) and help improve the market, coming to campus each week starting in late August through mid-October.

This regular feature in FYI News is one of our most popular—but we need a fresh list of questions! Please submit your suggestions to FYI News (hotlink to fyi@ucomm.utah.edu) and keep in mind that we feature both faculty and staff. Thank you!

Current 12 Questions For...

1. What book should every person read and why?
2. What building on campus do you think is the most interesting architecturally?
3. If you could meet any notable person—scholar, author, composer, musician or entrepreneur—dead or alive—who would it be and why?
4. Name a favorite local place to eat.
5. What is meaningful to you about working at the U?
6. List two of your favorite Web sites.
7. Will a liberal arts education remain relevant to students in our increasingly technological society? Why or why not?
8. What reading material is on your bedside table?
9.   If politicians had to pass an exam before they were allowed to serve in public office, what question would you add to the test?
10. What is one thing you would like to ask people to do to change the world for the better?
11. Among the complex moral and political issues that affect humanity, which do you believe will never be resolved and why?
12. What’s the best advice you ever got?

It’s recession time at the Marriott Library Booksale and all used mass-market paperbacks are a nickel each. Mention FYI News and get a discount on everything else throughout the month of April. Sale hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the campus archive (Bldg. 213), located at 666 South Guardsman Way (across from Steiner Aquatic Center). With easy parking in front, you won’t want to miss this one!


The Marriott Library evaluates part of its subscriptions every year before renewing them. Faculty, graduate students, and all FYI readers can help decide which to keep by reviewing the list (hotlink to http://www.lib.utah.edu/portal/site/marriottlibrary/menuitem.350f2794f84fb3b29cf87354d1e916b9/?vgnextoid=bcf5b63be0320210VgnVCM1000001c9e619bRCRD) and submitting comments by June 7.


Paul McHardy at KSL News reported on April 6, 2009, that the “Mighty Utah Student Section” (MUSS) at the U of U has grown faster than anyone could have imagined. The fan club began seven years ago as a group of 800 hard-core loyal Utah football fans. Today, the section has expanded to 6,000 seats. More than half of them are already sold for next season. “When we started out, we never thought we’d have to cap this thing,” said John Fackler, director of alumni relations, “but that’s fast becoming a reality.” McHardy reports that the term MUSS is taken from the U’s school song (hotlink to http://paperclippings.com/list/RtoZ/utahman.html) and has been termed the Mighty Utah Student Section.


All campus events are listed in the U’s online events calendar (http://www.events.utah.edu)—are yours? If not, contact Lisa Westlind (hotlink to calendar@ucomm.utah.edu) or call (801) 581-5819.


Stellar Imaging: Back to the Future?
With Professor Stephan LeBohec

Tuesday, April 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Keys on Main, 242 South Main (next to Sam Weller’s bookstore)
What are stars? What are they made of? What do they really look like? Physics professor Stephan LeBohec will highlight his recent work on reviving a star observation technique that may provide totally new images and insights of stars. The College of Science invites you to a stimulating discussion and free social event. (Must be 21.) See the event poster (hotlink to http://www.science.utah.edu/images/SNL%20flyer%3ALeBohec.pdf) or call (801) 581-6958 for more information.


Saturday, April 11
6:00 p.m., Mars: Dead or Alive? (NOVA)
7:15 p.m., War of the Worlds (PG-13)
Olpin Union Theater
Celebrate 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy, marking the 400th anniversary of Galileo turning his telescope to the sky and documenting what he saw. Plan to attend these free films hosted by the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Free popcorn will be provided. See the event poster (hotlink to http://www.physics.utah.edu/calendar/Film%20Fest%20Poster.pdf).


Monday – Friday, April 13-17
Various locations
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center, in partnership with the Department of Psychology and the student groups Queer Student Union and Queer Students of Color sponsor “Together We Can,” five days of events celebrating the work and contributions of allies of the LGBT movement. Among the events are films, a benefit shopping night at Ten Thousand Villages, and safe-zone training. On Friday, April 17, a National Day of Silence—designed to expose the effects of anti-LGBT bias and violence in schools—will be observed. Participants will take a vow of silence to recognize and protest the continued silence forced on LGBT and ally individuals. A gathering on the Olpin Union Plaza at 1:00 p.m. will break the silence with music and speeches. That evening, a “Silence is Such a Drag” drag show will be presented at Club Sound (600 West 200 South) at 6:00 p.m. For additional information and event details, link here (hotlink to http://www.sa.utah.edu/lgbt/), then select the “Calendar of Events” in the sidebar listing, contact Cathy Martinez (hotlink to cmartinez@sa.utah.edu), or call (801) 587-7973.


Tuesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
University Park Marriott Hotel, Conner Room
If you work in Research Park, plan to attend this transportation fair designed just for you. Find out about campus shuttle routes, UTA’s routes and Ride Share program, the Shuttle Tracker (a way for you to see in real time online where the shuttles are on their routes); the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Bike Advisory Committee including city bike routes; and the U’s Bike Collective. The first 100 people will receive guest passes to ride UTA free for one week (if you already have a free bus pass, you can give this to a friend). A shuttle will be provided in Research Park to get you to and from the fair. For additional information, call (801) 581‐4189.


Beyond Cultural Relativism toward the Right to Health—the Case of South Africa’s HIV/AIDS Crisis

Presented by Erika George, Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
Tanner Irish Humanities Building, Eccles Auditorium
Harvard law graduate Erika George conducts human rights advocacy and outreach projects and speaks and writes on women’s and international human rights. Her work has been covered by the BBC, The Economist, NBC News, CNN, and the Christian Science Monitor. For additional information, contact Arminka Zeljkovic (hotlink to arminka.zelikovic@hum.utah.edu) or call (801) 581-8180. See the event poster (hotlink to http://www.hum.utah.edu/intl_studies/).


Thursday, April 16, 9:10 a.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room, 255 OSH
BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson and U of U President Michael K. Young discuss the topic at a Hinckley Institute forum.


Interplay: Nel Tempo Di Sogno
Thursday, April 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
INSCC Auditorium (immediately north of the Park Building)
A telematic performance with Access Grid technology explores the ever-elusive passage of time through a live, distributed, surreal cinematic event. Artists and technologists from six cities performed simultaneously and shared these performances through Access Grid technologies to create a work of unprecedented scale and innovation. Beth and Jimmy Miklavcic will show their latest DVD, InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno and follow with a discussion about the challenges of creating this telematic performance. For more information, contact Julia Harrison (hotlink to Julia.harrison@utah.edu) or call (801) 585-3791.


Planning students showcase their economic development projects.

Friday, April 17, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
2nd Street Gallery, 200 South 511 West, (801) 746-8301
Students in the People + Place Community Development Initiative in the College of Architecture + Planning worked with Gateway District residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to create and implement community development projects. One calls for creating a system of pocket parks in the Gateway District; another would establish a shared parking garage to reduce parking and increase street life; and another would establish a railway-history walking tour in the Intermodal Hub area. For more information, contact Keith Bartholomew (hotlink to Bartholomew@arch.utah.edu) or call (801) 585-8944.


Saturday, April 18, 1:00 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Admission and parking are free
It’s not too early to think about football! Plan to attend the annual spring game, including the post-game autograph session with the team. The 2009 football schedule (hotlink to http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/utah-m-footbl-sched.html) is hot off the press, so take advantage and purchase tickets for the upcoming season while you’re there. Utah plays its first home game against Utah State on Sept. 3, and its last game at BYU on Nov. 28. Go Utes!


Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
University Services Building parking lot (immediately west of the Huntsman Center)
Free and open to the campus community and all city residents

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to properly and easily dispose of your unwanted electronic waste (personal items only, no U of U property). Many discarded electronics contain hazardous materials, and as the fastest growing waste stream in the U.S., nearly 400 million units a year will be discarded by 2010. Obsolete electronic equipment isn't usually accepted by thrift stores or charities, so responsible disposal of reusable components is sometime challenging. Take advantage of this opportunity! See the list of acceptable items online (hotlink to http://www.sustainability.utah.edu/initiatives/erecyclingday2009.htm). This event is one of the many campus events celebrating Earth Day 2009 (hotlink to http://www.sustainability.utah.edu/EarthWeekextravaganza2009.htm).

FYI Mystery Photo Contest

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Where is this? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI@ucomm.utah.edu by 5 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 13 for a chance to win a pass for two to Red Butte Garden. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Apr. 22 FYI News.

Thanks to Red Butte Garden for providing the prize!

Note: This contest is open to U of U faculty and staff only.

Last issue’s FYI Mystery Photo Contest answer

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Mar. 25
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The Mar. 25 FYI Mystery Photo shows the Post Theater in Fort Douglas.

Congratulations to Piikea Akimseu, winner of the Mar. 25, 2009 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Piikea was randomly selected from the pool of 137 contestants who sent in the correct answer. She currently works in Internal Medicine Administration, assisting the faculty with hiring and other faculty issues. She began her career at the U when she worked part-time for the stacks department at the Marriott Library, which helped to pay for her schooling when she was getting her undergraduate degree. Since that time, she has spent seven years working on campus—including at the Marriott Library, University Bookstore, Human Resources, the GME (Graduate Medical Education) office, and now with Internal Medicine Administration.

Piikea received two passes to Red Butte Garden, courtesy of the Garden. A big thanks to Red Butte Garden for contributing the prize! And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the Apr. 22 FYI News.




Since the U’s behavioral energy-saving program began in July 2003 the U has saved the equivalent of CO2 emissions from 12,028,614 gallons of gasoline consumed.

TIP: Did you know that every degree you raise your thermostat in the summer and lower in winter really counts when it comes to saving energy?  Dress appropriate to the season and keep thermostats set to achieve 68 - 70 degrees in the winter and 74 - 76 degrees for air-conditioned spaces in the summer.

Source: U of U Energy Management.  For questions, suggestions, or more information contact Bianca Shama (hotlink to Bianca.shama@fm.utah.edu) or call (801) 585-1171.



Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for dealing with the budget situation. We received more than 70 suggestions and will continue to accept your ideas. Submit them here (hotlink to fyi@ucomm.utah.edu).


Attention faculty and staff:
FYI News continually invites you to send in your suggestions for dealing with the campus budget cuts. Your ideas will be forwarded to Vice President David Pershing for his review. Although he is not able to respond personally, he will read them all. We will continue to post a sampling of the responses on this site.

Send your suggestions to FYI News.


From the week of Mar. 9, 2009

There are plenty of struggling students paying for tuition, but there are an equal number of students with parents picking up the tab for their education. Those parents are much more likely to be in a financially secure position. Why not allow parents to pre-pay student tuition, locking in the current rate of tuition and avoiding the 4-10 percent increase the U makes to tuition and fees every year—it’s the best return on their money in this market. Educating students is a sunk cost for the U. Educating at a discount in future years to avoid dissolving critical programs would be worth it and is essentially a “university stimulus” to weather this difficult time for the U.

A video billboard here or there in major arteries with messages from the U and advertisers could provide a handsome sum of soft money—change the policies to allow this.

Allow staff to take a full-time voluntarily leave of absence to pursue advancing their education through a graduate degree. Maintain the commitment for reduced tuition and guarantee their return placement to their jobs.


Many universities across the country are “going trayless” in their cafeterias. Elimination of the large trays used to carry items to the table saves, energy, water, and food. Some studies claim as much as a 50 percent savings. Not only does it save money it also lessens our environmental footprint and increases our sustainability. See an article from USA Today online (hotlink to: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2008-07-22-trays-college-cafeterias_N.htm). A white paper on the subject (hotlink to http://www.aramarkhighered.com/pdfs/articles/ARAMARK%20Trayless%20Dining%20July%202008%20FINAL.PDF) created by Aramark Food Services can also be found online.