Campus Construction Update

As of Dec. 1, 2009

Baliff Road at the entrance to the parking lot at the Tanner Dance Building remains closed until the end of January during construction of a utility tunnel. Vehicles accessing parking lots to the west will need to use Austin Road.

Traffic on 2030 E. (east side of Eccles Genetics, Building 533) has been narrowed to one lane from now until Jan. 9, 2010.

The loop road will remain closed to east-bound through traffic until the middle of December. West bound traffic on the Loop Road from 1800 E. will only be able to go as far as the pay lot booth as the north lane must remain closed in the area of the Business Building project to complete the chilled water line installation on the north side of the road. The single lane closure will be in place until at least the end of December and possibly longer. Until the Loop is completely open to traffic in both directions, buses and shuttles will remain detoured on South Campus Drive.

If you have Firefox 2.0 or Internet Explorer 7.0 you can check the construction impacts Web site. Updates are made on a weekly basis—it’s your best resource to find out what’s happening construction-wise.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. For any specific project, contact Campus Design and Construction at (801) 581-6883 to be directed to the respective project manager.

Mystery Photo Contest

Current Mystery Photo

photo by David Cameron Wilde

Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to by 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 for a chance to win four tickets to see the Men’s Basketball team take on TCU at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Saturday, Jan. 9, courtesy of Utah Athletics. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Jan. 13 FYI News.

Thanks to Utah Athletics 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

Cropped Mystery Photo

Nov. 18
Mystery Photo

Whole Mystery Photo

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The Nov. 18 FYI Mystery Photo shows the Civil and Materials Engineering Building, located southwest of the Warnock Engineering Building (this was a tough one!).

Congratulations to Pam Hofmann, winner of the Nov. 18 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Pam was randomly selected from the pool of contestants who sent in the correct answer. “I have worked in the Mining Engineering Department as the administrative assistant for more than 3 years,” says Pam. “As a graduate of the U, I really enjoy having a job on campus and working with the faculty and students in our department.”

Pam received two tickets to see Garrison Keillor at Kingsbury Hall on Monday, Dec. 7, courtesy of Kingsbury Hall. A big thanks to Kingsbury Hall for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the Jan. 13, 2010 FYI News.

Upcoming on Campus

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Campus Store LogoUniversity Campus Store
You’ll need to show your UCard or your pay stub to receive your discount. For details, see the article under the Holiday Gift Ideas from Campus notice in this issue of FYI News.

A presentation by Lakota artist and educator Arthur Amiotte
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:00 p.m.
UMFA Dumke Auditorium
Arthur AmiotteArthur Amiotte, raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, explores how historic tribal art and contemporary American Indian objects are made, used, and respected for their spiritual significance. His work portrays Lakota life and philosophy, and has been included in 26 public and nearly 200 private collections. His talk is presented in conjunction with the Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art exhibition, now on view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. For additional information, contact Shelbey Peterson or call (801) 585-1306.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, west lobby and Gould Auditorium (both on level one).
This co-event will feature a digital collection showcase, virtual art exhibition, holiday gift ideas, and light refreshments.

  • Digital Library Marketplace

digital libraryThe Marriott Library is a national leader in creating unique digital collections. Learn about the library’s digital initiatives, peruse digital assets for sale, and purchase a 2010 calendar (three designs to choose from). Proceeds from calendar sales support library digital collections. Calendars may also be purchased online.

  • Second Life Virtual Art Exhibition

second lifeSecond Life is a popular virtual world that offers tens of thousands of places to explore, including many educational institutions such as the University of Utah. We invite you to visit the Gould Auditorium, take control of an avatar, and stroll through a virtual gallery located on the Marriott Library’s island on Second Life. This exhibition will include art by students from the U of U Fine Arts Department.

Years of Promise book coverCELEBRATE THE A. RAY OLPIN YEARS
Thursday, Dec. 3, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Olpin Union Building Bowling Alley
Celebrate the new book, Years of Promise: The University of Utah’s A. Ray Olpin Years, by Anne Palmer Peterson, with free bowling and billiards. The book will be available to purchase at the event ($19.95).

Thursday, Dec. 3, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Olpin Student Union, Crimson View
carbon dioxideThe Office of Sustainability (OS) will host a community open house on the Climate Action Plan for campus. Participation from the on- and off-campus community is welcome and encouraged.

By Philip Grecian
Dec. 4 – 19
Pioneer Theatre Company
Alleyway bullies, major awards, freezing flagpoles, and above all else, a child’s Christmas dream of finding an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle under the tree. Based on the classic movie, this play is a holiday treat everyone can enjoy. Additional information is at Pioneer Theatre or call (801) 581-6961.

School of Music Virtuoso Series
Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Emanuel AxWith multiple Grammy Awards, a longstanding partnership with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and ongoing engagements with the world’s top orchestras, Ax is an internationally noted musician and recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. His solo concerts and recordings feature performances of works by Chopin and Haydn as well as 20th Century pieces by John Adams and Christopher Rouse. Tickets ($25 general admission; $10 students) are available at the Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office or by calling (801) 581-7100.

Franz GollerNature’s Musicians: How and Why Birds Sing
Presented by Franz Goller, U of U biology professor
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.
Keys on Main (242 South Main St.)
The College of Science offers a casual yet engaging social and educational experience in downtown Salt Lake City. Free and open to all, but you must be 21 to get in. For more information, call (801) 581-6958 or visit the College of Science.

Friday, Dec. 18
Solitude Mountain Resort
Ski & Shred Red DayThe U of U and Solitude Mountain Resort have teamed up for an end-of-the-semester escape where powder hungry students, faculty, and staff can take to the slopes at a big discount. Be sure to wear red and take advantage of the early snow at a real bargain. Tickets are $33, which includes access to all chair lifts for the day. Ski and Shred Red tickets are available now at the Outdoor Recreation Program Office (2140 E. Red Butte Road, Fort Douglas, Building 650), the Olpin Student Union Front Desk, the Field House, 214 HPER East, and the University Hospital Gift Shop. Outdoor Rec has ski and snowboard equipment for rent to the general public at reasonable rates. For more information visit Campus Rec or call (801) 581-3791.

winter solsticeSaturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. – Noon
Red Butte Garden
Gather in the Children’s Garden to celebrate the return of the light! Wander through the garden and warm your hands at fire barrels, create wonderful winter candles, and enjoy hot drinks.

Jerry SeinfeldWednesday, Dec. 23, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Olpin Student Union Lobby
Includes “feats of strength,” “the airing of grievances,” a “Festivus pole” and holiday music and food. Everyone is invited to join in this annual holiday celebration!

Last one out, turn off the lights!

Help the U save energy during the holidays

plug with dollar signThis holiday season, before leaving for the break, please turn off the lights, monitors, speakers, printers, scanners, fax machines, photocopiers, water-coolers, hot water units, and any other electrical devices that usually get left on overnight. The amount of energy that will needlessly be consumed while businesses are closed over the holidays will be bad enough without the University of Utah adding to it. Although you might not do this when you leave every night, please make time to do it when you leave this holiday season. Don’t leave machines on stand-by or in energy-saving mode as this will still draw electricity. One way to be sure everything is off is to turn them off at the outlet. Make an office plan for who will be responsible for shared equipment. With the extended break, we have a real chance to save here at the University. If you have any additional suggestions for how we can save energy on campus this holiday season, contact Bianca Shama, resource conservation specialist, or call (801) 585-1171. Happy Holidays!


Child care openings

child doing a puzzleThe Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) has immediate full-time child care openings for 2-5 year olds. ECEC is a high quality child care program licensed by the State of Utah located in the University Student Apartments complex on Sunnyside Ave. and Foothill Blvd. near Research Park. Qualified staff members provide a stimulating learning environment from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with meals and snacks included. After school programs and summer camp for children ages 5-8 years old are also available. Call today: (801) 581-8058.


Police need your help: Do you know this woman?

Zhilong XieSixty-three year old Zhilong Xie (aka “Diane”), a former U of U research professor, died Thursday, Nov. 19, after falling out of a moving U of U shuttle bus. Although police know her name, they need your help in learning more about her. No one seems to know. Not family. Not friends. Not co-workers. Not neighbors. In fact, the only calls to Xie’s cell phone came from telemarketers. Even the Chinese Embassy has come up empty. So police have turned to the public, hoping with a little information they can find someone who was close to the woman.

Xie is originally from Harban, China, and entered the United States around 1988. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2003 and did scholastic work at universities in Pennsylvania and Virginia before coming to work at the U, where she worked part time in 1999 with the chemistry department and in 2000 in the engineering and geoscience department. She was an associate research professor in that department but never taught classes.

Xie lived on the 1200 East block of Alameda Avenue (42 South) before moving to an apartment on the 100 South block of 1300 East in Salt Lake City. Her landlord and other residents in the building did not know her well. Police have searched her home for photos, letters, and mail. They’ve reviewed her personal information at the U and her medical records but no one is listed as next of kin. They don’t know if she was employed.

Police also do not know why Xie was on campus on Nov. 19. She boarded the shuttle, which had more than 20 people on board, at the student union stop. As it turned from North Campus Drive onto Mario Capecchi Drive about 8:20 p.m., she fell out. According to police reports, she was standing at the time of the turn, apparently lost her grip, and fell against the doors. She may have hit her head on the ground. She was alive but unconscious when Salt Lake City Fire Department paramedics arrived but she died later at University Hospital.

Anyone with information about Zhilong “Diane” Xie is asked to call U of U police at (801) 585-2677.

          The information in this notice was taken from an article in The Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 24, 2009, by Sheena Mcfarland and Scott Sherman.


Faculty FaceTime

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Have you checked out Faculty FaceTime lately? Listen to David Rudd, new dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Science talk about the psyche of a soldier; or hear Zachary Zimmer, professor of sociology, discuss the challenges of aging. Jill Dawsey, a curator at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, talks about art at the U; and finally, there’s an entry titled “Ask the Prez.” You can guess who that is, right? And for you professors out there who might like to be interviewed, contact Taunya Dressler or call her at (801) 587-9183.


Apply now for Staff Scholarships

Applications due Friday, Dec. 4

staff councilApplications are now being accepted for two $500 staff scholarships for spring semester. Qualification requirements and applications are online (see the right sidebar). The application is due Friday, Dec. 4 by 2:00 p.m.

Each semester, Staff Council sponsors the two scholarships, giving employees an opportunity to learn as they work. Last semester, Darci Berg, a University employee for over 14 years, used the scholarship to take a research class in family economic issues, moving her closer to her educational goal of a BS degree in Family and Consumer Studies. Health educator Sylinda Lee used the scholarship for a course in the physiology and psychology of aging, which she is using in her work for the Department of Neurology.

The Staff Council works to enhance, promote, and support staff development, welfare, and organizational responsibilities. For additional information, contact Marcia Cook or call (801) 581-7522.


Climate Action Plan: Office of Sustainability wants to hear from you!

CO2 in smokeThe Office of Sustainability (OS) will host a community open house to discuss a Climate Action Plan for campus on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Olpin Union, Crimson View Room. Participation from the campus as well as the broader community is welcome and encouraged.

In April 2008 President Young signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, setting the University of Utah on a path to reach climate neutrality. In accordance with the commitment, OS is to generate a greenhouse gas inventory and create a long-term climate action plan for campus. The baseline greenhouse gas inventory was completed last May. Now, the climate action plan process is under way. Individuals from the campus and broader community are invited to participate in the process. Six task force teams will focus on overall sustainability in the following areas:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Transportation
  • Waste, water, grounds, and food
  • Curriculum and research
  • Communications

All who have an interest in the effort are encouraged to get involved with the climate action planning task teams. For additional information, contact Jen Colby or call (801) 585-9352.

University Information Technology: Joining forces to offer the best service

computer support buttonOver the last two years, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Administrative Computing Services (ACS), and the infrastructure division of Information Technology Services (ITS)—the three main groups offering IT services on campus—joined together as one unit to increase cooperation and efficiency, and offer the best possible IT service to both the academic and health sciences campuses.

Under its new name, University Information Technology (or University IT or, simply, UIT) will provide services for the campus network (wired and wireless); in some cases, the local department or college network; the e-mail gateway to campus; and UMail email, telephone services, and web hosting—to name a few. Merging the teams will increase productivity and reduce unnecessary costs.

All campus groups are welcome to use the services (a link to the list of services will be included in the Jan. 13 FYI News). “We are consolidating teams where it makes sense to do it, and keeping separate teams in the other areas,” says Mindy Tueller, communications manager for the new group. See the organizational chart online. If you have questions about the new endeavor, contact University IT and continue to visit online.

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