Campus construction update

construction workers on campus

As of Feb. 24, 2010 

Ballif 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 which will be closed for that length of time. There will be three pedestrian “crossover” points maintained during the construction.

The high temperature waterline (HTW) replacement project currently under way on both sides of the Health Sciences Education Building 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. The sidewalk west of HSEB, between Nursing and HSEB, will be closed for several weeks. The sidewalk east of HSEB is open for pedestrians going to or from the school of medicine.

Construction of a utility tunnel under the HPER Mall has closed the walkway through at least the end of the summer 2010. The area is now fenced, but pedestrian crossing points will be maintained between Milton Bennion Hall and LNCO, northwest of HPER and northwest of Gymnastics.

The business loop is restricted to one lane of eastbound vehicle traffic adjacent to the new business building construction. Westbound traffic on the loop is only open to the pay parking lot booth. This 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.

Up to 50 heavy trucks will be using North Campus Drive to access the Huntsman Cancer construction site. Expect traffic delays of 1 to 5 minutes.

Continue to check the construction impacts Web site for weekly updates.  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


Artwork by Lara Kandolin

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Library
America The Beautiful
, a film by Darryl Roberts, will be shown in celebration of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28. This documentary explores America’s obsession with beauty and takes on the media for showcasing impossible models of physical perfection. Q&A with clinicians and women in recovery from disordered eating follow the film. For more information contact Sue Connor, call (801) 746-7000, or visit Love Your Body Week online.

Controlling Sexuality through Violence, Shame and Cultural Oppression
Feb. 24-26
Scholars from multiple disciplines will gather at the U to consider how sexuality is regulated through varied forms of violence and cultural oppression both within the United States and in other nations. More information is online or call (801) 587-3556.

Feb. 25-27, 7:30 p.m.
Hayes Christensen Theatre, MCD
The Performing Dance Company will perform works created by celebrated artists including the department’s own Eric Handman, Satu Hummasti and Stephen Koester. For more information contact the Department of Modern Dance, call (801) 581-7327, or visit the Web site.

Saturday, Feb. 27, 4:00 p.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Join the Runnin’ Utes for faculty and staff appreciation day and receive two free lower bowl tickets. Additional lower bowl tickets may be purchased for just $5 each. Visit the Rice-Eccles Stadium ticket office (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday) before the game and show your UCard for tickets (Note: supplies are limited). For more information call (801) 581-UTIX.

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 7:00 p.m.
IJ and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center, 2 N. Medical Dr.
As part of the 2010 Middle East Conference, Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and author of The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, will present this year’s lecture. For more information contact Josh Elstein at (801) 581-7989 or visit the Tanner Humanities Center online.

Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
220 Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building
Graeme Milton, a distinguished professor of mathematics, will demonstrate his recent breakthroughs with cloaking technology. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information contact Jim DeGooyer, visit the College of Science, or call (801) 581-6958.

FYI Mystery Photo contest

Feb. 24 Mystery Photo 

Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 for a chance to win four tickets to see the Women’s Gymnastics team take on Nebraska at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Friday, Mar. 5 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 Mar. 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

Feb. 10 FYI Mystery Photo
Feb. 10
Mystery Photo

The Feb. 10 FYI Mystery Photo shows the Architecture Building in the foreground connected to the Art Building in the background. 

Congratulations to Rebecca Smith, winner of the Feb. 10 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Rebecca was randomly selected from a pool of contestants who sent in the correct answer. Rebecca is an administrative assistant in the College of Social Work Social Research Institute where she has worked for nearly nine years.  She graduated from the U in 2000 and says, “I am so fortunate to have found a wonderful job that keeps me connected to the U.  Not only that, my co-workers are a fantastic group of people who I enjoy working with every day.”

Rebecca received four tickets to the Utah vs. BYU men’s basketball game on Wednesday, Mar. 3, 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 Mar. 10 FYI News.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until Mar. 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 134 respondents:

Question: Did you watch the Super Bowl?

Yes: 62%
No: 38%

Question: What is the main reason you watch the Super Bowl?

To see the game: 40%
To watch the commercials: 18%
I don’t really pay attention to the game, but I enjoy the food and parties: 12%
I don’t watch it and I don’t care: 30%

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

Announcements of interest

Informational Session

Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design 

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., in the Architecture Building, Room 127, the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning (DCMP) will host an informational session on its doctoral degree in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design. Masters students in the department, graduate students from other U programs, and professionals interested in pursuing doctoral studies are invited to attend. Directions are online. For more information, contact Jeannette Benson or call (801) 585-0970.

Deadline for Cap and Gown Orders is March 12

If you are a faculty member participating in Commencement, please note that all regalia rental orders are due March 12. Orders may be dropped off at the Health Sciences or main Campus Store. Fine quality regalia are also available for purchase and can be ordered at the main Campus Store. Please call the Campus Store with any questions at (801) 581-8108.

From the Office of the Vice President for Research

Spring 2010 Technology Commercialization Project

The Office of the Vice President will not be sponsoring the spring Technology Commercialization Project for 2010.  We will resume the competition in September, and look forward to seeing the continuation of high quality proposals at that time. 

College of Engineering–CAREER Grant Writing Workshop

Research notebookThe College of Engineering is sponsoring a CAREER Grant Writing Workshop. If you are planning to submit an NSF CAREER grant for the July 20-22, 2010 deadlines, please attend this workshop. The group will meet every two weeks from May 17-July 12 to work on grants, review other grants, and discuss issues related to the CAREER grants.

Workshop Leaders:

Cynthia Furse (ECE and AVP for Research)
Neal Patwari (ECE, recent CAREER recipient)


Registration (please RSVP as soon as possible) to

Kim Jensen.



May 17, 2010 from 10-12:00 (location TBD) Kickoff meeting

Robert Trew, NSF Division Director—Electrical, Communications, and Cyber-Systems Division

What a  CAREER grant is and how to do it right!

Cindy Furse—Preparing your Grant Outline  


May 31 from 11-12:00 (location TBD)

Grant Outlines due (Bring three copies for peer review.)

Each participant should also identify a senior faculty member who will be willing to review their proposal.

Neal Patwari—Taking a Look at a Successful Career Grant

Cindy Furse—Research Plan: What are  you going to do?


June from 11-12:00 (location TBD)

Research Plan due (Bring three copies for peer review.)

Cindy Furse—Background & Introduction: What has been done before you? What is your killer app?

Budgets: How to pay for all this stuff


June 28 from 11-12:00 (location TBD)

Background & Intro Sections due (Bring three copies for peer review.)

Cindy Furse—Education Plan: How can you coordinate your research and teaching?

Do you need IRB approval, and how to get it if you do?


July 12 from 11-12:00 (location TBD)

Whole Grant due (Bring three copies, and we will peer-review our outlines.)

Navigating proposal


July 13-15 Budgets and Eproposal due at Office of Sponsored Projects

July 20-22 (depending on your college)

Full proposal must be uploaded to NSF Fastlane, and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Keep it on campus

Initiative encourages everyone to support on-campus services

Many campus departments are working together to encourage students, faculty and staff to keep budget dollars on campus by supporting local departments with their business.

The University is facing difficult economic challenges today and on-campus departments are committed to offering good value and competitive pricing. Partnering with on-campus departments will help all of us by:

  • Supporting the University community
  • Reducing the U’s carbon footprint by eliminating off-campus trips
  • In many instances, saving campus dollars with available on-campus rates and discounts

Please visit the new Keep it on Campus website to learn more about the on-campus services available to you, and why it is important to keep campus dollars local during these tough economic times.

Every month members of the campus community can enter to win prizes from participating departments by taking a short informative quiz on the home page.

Thank you for your support,

The Keep it on Campus Team

New policies approved by Board of Trustees

Departments are encouraged to review these new policies recently approved by the Board of Trustees and discuss them among your colleagues:

Policy 3-011 (Revision) Petty Cash Funds

Revised Policy 3-011 adds flexibility to alleviate pressure felt by those who use the limited purchase checks for small dollar transactions. The dollar threshold has been increased from $50 to $100. 

Policy 3-043 (New) Accountability for Intangible Assets

New Policy 3-043 provides guidance regarding accounting and reporting of intangible assets.  The policy was deemed necessary due to new standards promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board in its Statement No. 51, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Intangible Assets. The University has not previously had any policy statements regarding this type of asset.

Save a life!

Automated External Defibrillator training offered

The Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services has funded the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in several campus buildings. Knowing how to use these devices and where they are located can increase the survival rate of a heart attack by 74 percent.

Training:  Wednesday, March 3, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Business Classroom Building, Room 211) and again from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Business Classroom Building, Room 302)

Free to University faculty, staff and students.

The following buildings have been selected as locations for this first phase of AEDs on campus:

  • Gardner Hall
  • Kingsbury Hall
  • Pioneer Memorial Theatre
  • Rice Eccles Stadium
  • Marriott Library
  • Merrill Engineering Building
  • Eyring Chemistry Building
  • Behavioral Sciences Tower
  • Warnock Engineering
  • Orson Spencer Hall
  • Business Classroom Building
  • Physics Classroom Building
  • Marriott Dance
  • Talmage Building
  • Learn more about the class and register online. For more information, contact Jerome Roque at (801) 585-9326.

    Annual faculty complement now available

    Full time faculty: 2,363

    Part-time faculty: 1,188

    Total faculty: 3,582


    The statistics above are from fall semester 2009. If you’re interested in more of these kinds of statistics, check out the Office of Budget and Resource Planning. Each year, Paul Brinkman, associate vice president for budget and planning, presents the annual report on the faculty makeup by category, otherwise known as the faculty complement. In addition to data on the faculty headcount as of Fall 2009, the report includes a comparison with previous years, and student credit hours by type of faculty. This information is important because, over time, as the faculty changes from tenure-track to more part time, or moves in the other direction, those shifts affect how departments are funded.

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