Campus construction update

As of Jan. 27, 2010


Baliff Road at the entrance to the parking lot at the Tanner Dance Building remains closed through at least summer 2010 during construction of a utility tunnel. Vehicles accessing parking lots to the west will need to use Austin Road. The tunnel will extend almost the entire length of the HPER Mall so the HPER Mall will be closed for that length of time, which will greatly affect pedestrians. There will be three pedestrian “crossover” points maintained during the construction.

The high temperature waterline (HTW) replacement projects are increasing due to the tenuous condition of much of the existing underground piping. There is one project currently under way on both sides of the Health Sciences Education Building which will eventually pass through the nursing building and head north on the east side of 1900 East to the hospital. This project will last well into the summer.

Construction on a second HTW location will begin in a couple of weeks along the sidewalk west of the HPER Complex. Pedestrians will have to travel through HPER or use the sidewalk east of Milton Bennion Hall. This project will last about three months.

The Business Loop (Campus Center Drive) is restricted to one lane of eastbound vehicle traffic adjacent to the new Business Building construction. Westbound traffic on the loop will only be able to go as far as the pay parking lot. This situation will last for at least another year and a half. Buses and shuttles will not enter the Business Loop but will remain on South Campus Drive.

Heavy Truck Traffic: Up to 50 heavy trucks will be using North Campus Dr. to access the Huntsman Cancer Construction site. Watch for flaggers and heavy trucks.  Expect traffic delays of 1 to 5 minutes to allow heavy truck access to the construction site.

Continue to check the construction impacts Web site often. 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.

Upcoming on campus

For a complete listing of campus events, visit the University’s online calendar.


Patrick Nagatani, F-117A Stealth Fighter, Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico, from the series Nuclear Enchantment, 1990, chromogenic print, gift of Dr. Mark Reichman, courtesy of the UMFA

Patrick Nagatani, from the series Nuclear Enchantment, 1990, chromogenic print, gift of Dr. Mark Reichman, courtesy of the UMFA

Now through Jan. 31
UMFA second floor
In Desert Secrets, contemporary photographers investigate the vast, seemingly barren spaces of Southwestern deserts. Using both traditional photography and newer imaging technologies, the featured artists explore themes of nuclear testing, clandestine military operations, and the inherently mysterious appearance of the desert landscape itself.

For more information visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts or call (801) 581-7332.

Featuring Peter E. Trapa, Associate Professor of Mathematics, U of U
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.
Keys on Main, 242 South Main
The Science Night Live series offers a casual yet engaging social and educational experience in downtown Salt Lake City. Free and open to the public. Must be 21. For more information call (801) 581-6958 or visit the College of Science.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts John and Marcia Price Building
Newly-appointed Marva and John Warnock artist-in-residence—Ernesto Pujol—is an acclaimed New York artist and educator who works in a range of media across various disciplines. Pujol is known for site-specific installations and performances that address ideas as diverse as individual and collective memory, pressing ecological issues, war, and mourning. Pujol will work with graduate students in the Department of Art and Art History. For more information visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts or call (801) 585-1306.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
540 Arapeen Drive, Research Park, 2nd floor conference room
The agenda for this meeting for neighbors of the U and others who are interested includes updates on the campus climate action plan; traffic, parking, and transit issues; Research Park; and a comprehensive review of all construction projects completed in 2009, planned for completion in 2010, or planned to begin construction in 2010. For more information, contact Ann Floor or call (801) 585-3595.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 3:00 p.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Be part of the rivalry game! Join the women’s basketball team as they battle BYU in the Huntsman Center. By showing their UCard at any Jon M. Huntsman Center entrance on the day of the game all faculty and staff, and their families, receive free admission. Be sure to wear red and bring the entire family to cheer the Utes to victory over BYU! Additional information is at Women’s Basketball or call (801) 581-UTIX.


• Film screening: Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
2006 Oscar nominee for best foreign film
Monday, Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m.
The City Library (210 East 400 South)
This is the true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to life. Sophie Scholl is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl’s life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial, and sentencing in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, the cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.

• Lecture by Fred Breinersdorfer
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m.
Tanner Humanities Building, Eccles Auditorium
Breinersdorfer is an award-winning German writer, film producer, and director. He is author of the screenplay, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, which was nominated for the 2006 Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Breinersdorfer will relate the film’s subject matter—the White Rose student resistance movement—to the different forms that resistance takes, which include the military coup d’état, individual violent acts, and non-violent intellectual campaigns that invoke human rights.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Arminka Zaljkovic, call (801) 581-8180, or visit the College of Humanities.

MEC FILM SERIES: The Middle East through its Films
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6:00 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
(Arabic, Hebrew, French, English Subtitles. Israel 2008, 106 min.)
Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli defense minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove. The Israeli security forces declare that Salma’s trees pose a threat to the minister’s safety and issue orders to uproot them. With a Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes to the Israeli Supreme Court to try to save her trees.

A discussion led by Laurence Loeb, professor of anthropology, will follow. Note: Films are not rated and may contain mature subject matter. Free and open to the public. Additional information about the Middle East Center’s Film Series is available online or call (801) 587-3470.

FYI News poll

Take our current FYI News poll

It’s live until Feb. 10 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

See the poll results here.

Last FYI poll results–based on 95 respondents:

Question: How often do you talk on a cell phone while driving?
Daily: 19%
Weekly: 21%
Seldom: 35%
Emergently: 4%
Never: 20%

Question: How often do you send text messages while driving?
Daily: 2%
Weekly: 10%
Seldom: 6%
Emergently: 5%
Never: 75%

If you have a suggestion for a poll question, send it to FYI.

FYI Mystery Photo contest

Mystery Photo

Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 for a chance to win four tickets to see the Men’s Basketball team take on New Mexico at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m., 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 Feb. 10 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

Jan. 13
Mystery Photo

The Jan. 13 FYI Mystery Photo shows the west side of Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre.

Congratulations to Noni Rice, winner of the Jan. 13 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Noni was randomly selected from the pool of 43 contestants who sent in the correct answer. Noni is part of the College of Education’s IT staff.  “My main function is webmaster for the College of Engineering’s web site. I have been here 15 years and am fortunate and thankful to work with great people!” she says.

Noni received four tickets to the Utah vs. Georgia women’s gymnastics meet on Friday Jan. 22, courtesy of Utah Athletics. A big thanks to Utah Athletics for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the Feb. 10 FYI News.

Announcements of interest

Know about the new rental car contracts?

The previous rental contracts with Budget and Enterprise have been cancelled effective Dec. 31, 2009. However, reservations made prior to that date will be honored. The new rental contracts are now available with Hertz (contract #019855) and National and Enterprise (contract #XZ47075). National and Enterprise are owned by the same company.

U of U faculty and staff who use these agencies for travel on University business do not need to purchase extra insurance or pay the internal auto self-insurance fee. Instructions about renting vehicles can be found at Risk Management under the Vehicle section, or by calling (801) 581-5590.

Call for art entries: Women’s Week 2010

Participate in Women’s Week (March 10-16) by submitting your art—all forms and mediums are welcome—photography, paintings, sculpture, poetry, as well as video—any and all art that expresses the artist’s view of beauty and that challenges beauty myths. Performance, spoken word, video, and visual art will be performed, and displayed on Friday, March 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Olpin Student Union, Crimson View Bistro. All art should be submitted as soon as possible to the Women’s Resource Center (Olpin Student Union, Room 411). For more information, contact Makeda Meeks or download the flyer.

Tanner Dance offers discount

For more than 72 years, the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program has inspired and motivated children of all ages to become “useful, imaginative, worthwhile human beings—one dancer at a time.” Enrollment—now under way for spring session (Jan. 4 to May 1)—is open to dancers ages 1 ½ to adult. Also offered: Kindermusik, a fine arts preschool, and dance for those with disabilities. U employees save 15 percent. To receive the discount, you must register by mail, phone, or in person. Class schedules are available online. For more information, call (801) 581-7374.

Keep it confidential

Information security and privacy tips

Fax machines are a major source of privacy breaches. Make sure you follow proper procedure when transmitting protected health information via fax. One guideline when faxing protected health information (PHI)—use a fax cover sheet that includes the following information:

  • Sender’s name, facility, telephone and fax number
  • Date and time of transmission
  • Number of pages being faxed including cover sheet
  • Intended recipient’s name, facility, telephone and fax number
  • Name and number to call to report a transmittal problem or to inform of a misdirected fax
  • If notified of a misdirected fax, instruct the unintended recipient to mail back the information or destroy the information by shredding
  • Do not include any PHI on the fax cover sheet
  • Include a confidentiality notice on the cover sheet

Guidelines with more information for faxing PHI is posted online. The ‘secureit’ Web site has other valuable computer security and privacy information. You also may sign up for a tip of the month and other security alerts in RSS format.

If you have any information security or privacy concerns, please submit a confidential incident report or contact the Help Desk at (801) 581-4000.

February Book of the Month

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley

Note: The Campus Store offers employees a 30 percent discount.

Flavia de Luce is a precocious eleven-year-old who loves her father, misses her dead mother, detests her two older sisters, and has a penchant for chemistry—particularly poisons. When a series of mysterious events ultimately leads to the death of a visitor to her family home and the implication of her father in the murder, young Flavia takes on everyone, including both police and perpetrator, to prove her father’s innocence. Using wit and wisdom beyond her age, Flavia takes the reader on a journey across the English countryside and through her father’s troubled history. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is truly one of those stories that is a joy to read. Filled with mystery and humor, Bradley has created one of the great new characters of the mystery genre.            

       —Drew Goodman, Campus Store

Re-imagining Marriott Plaza

Senior class gift 2010—$5,000 prize to the team with the winning design

How can the Marriott Library plaza be transformed into a safe, functional, and vibrant gathering place for as many days of the year as possible? Enter this competition, open to teams comprised of students, faculty, and staff, (provided the teams are led by students enrolled for a minimum of six hours for the spring 2010 semester). Entries are due Monday, March 29. A Q&A session will be held Friday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library. Download a copy of the competition guidelines and get those creative juices flowing!

Marriott Library: New services for a new decade

Inside the renovated Marriott Library, a host of innovative new services are available for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Library Store – Forget to bring supplies? The Library Store has bluebooks, CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, and flash drives.


  • Newspapers Direct – Wishing you could read a print copy of your favorite non-local newspaper on the date of publication? Marriott Library now offers same day printing of 1,740 newspaper titles from 92 countries in 44 languages.


  • Poster Archiving – Wondering how you can showcase your research posters online? Archive them in USpace! Posters may include embedded audio and video, as well as Web links. Submit posters online.


  • Print on Demand Books – Looking for a book you can’t find in the library? The library may be able to print a copy today. They can also print books or articles written by you with a full-cover paperback cover.


For more information on these or other Marriott Library services, call (801) 585-9521 or select the Services tab at Marriott Library.

The Continuing Allure: Painters of Utah’s Red Rock

New exhibition at UMFA runs now through June 27


When former UMFA director Frank Sanguinetti first came from Arizona to Utah in 1967 he expanded the University’s collection by importing art from other places, building the modest collection into a Frick-like museum. That was in the 1960s—a time when few were paying attention to the outstanding painters of Utah and the western region. As a result, the UMFA has very little Utah or Western regional art in its permanent collection. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find it there. A new exhibition titled, The Continuing Allure: Painters of Utah’s Red Rock  is hanging in the museum’s Great Hall and includes works by the legendary Maynard Dixon and Edgar Payne (his painting is one of two in the exhibit owned by the UMFA—the rest are on loan from generous art collectors). A few contemporary pieces are included as well—one by the U’s own David Meikle. Meikle works as a graphic designer in the University’s Office of Marketing and Communications. The exhibit pays homage to Zion and Bryce national monuments (now national parks) which are celebrating their centennials. With faculty and staff receiving free admission to the museum with their UCard, and with the f/Stop Café just inside, it’s a perfect spot to get a quick sandwich and enjoy the exhibit during the lunch hour. Additional museum information, including museum hours, is online.

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