Campus construction update

As of Apr. 21, 2010

Campus construction projects will continue around campus for the rest of the year.  When new projects begin or projects are completed further information will be posted.

  • The high temperature water project west of the Nursing building is going to turn north and impact 1900 East traffic and parking starting the week of April 26 and continuing for a few months.  The high temp work on 1900 East will not close the road, but it will restrict traffic.
  • The new Pharmacy building project will soon be putting up fences for construction starting around May 10 and about a week later, Medical Drive South will be closed to traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for eighteen months.

Weekly updates are available on the construction impacts Web site. This is your best resource to find out what’s happening construction-wise.  Also, 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

Wednesday, Apr. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Keys on Main, 242 South Main
For the final Science Night Live event of the academic year, U chemistry professor John Conboy will discuss “The Ins and Outs of Cell Membranes.” A membrane, only two molecules thick, surrounds all cells and is responsible for selectively controlling the passage of materials in and out of the cell. 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 online.

Thursday, Apr. 22, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University Services Building parking lot (immediately west of the Huntsman Center)
Take advantage of this opportunity to properly and easily dispose of your unwanted or obsolete electronics items at no charge. Please bring personal items only; businesses are not eligible to participate, and University equipment must be retired through University Surplus and Salvage. This service is free and open to the campus community and all Salt Lake City and County residents. For more information contact Jen Colby at (801) 585-9352 or visit the Office of Sustainability.

Thursday, Apr. 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Olpin Union Free Speech Area
The ASUU Board of Sustainability presents “A Celebration of Earth” on Earth Day 2010. The festival will feature local food and artisans, information about going green, a refurbished bike sale, and music by Solar Saucer (Mobile Solar Powered Sound System) and Samba Gringa. For more information contact Marie Martin at (801) 585-9352 or visit the Office of Sustainability.

April 22-23
Eccles Auditorium, Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building (CTIHB 109)
The American West Center, the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the U and the Utah Humanities Council present the Third Annual Westerns of the World Film Festival, “Cracked Earth,” a survey of Western films and environmentalism. Film screenings are free and open to the public and will include a discussion with scholars and faculty after the feature. Mad Max will be screened on Thursday, Apr. 22, and Jonathan of the Bears and Kekelixi: Mountain Patrol will be screened on Friday, Apr. 23. For more information contact Rachel Leiker at (801) 581-6214 or visit the American West Center online.

Apr. 23-24, 7:30 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
Set during the French Revolution, the story revolves around the daughter of the aristocratic Marquis de la Force who flees the wrath of the rebels and takes refuge in a convent run by Carmelite nuns. With all of their lives now in danger, will they escape or be placed under the headsman’s axe? For more information or tickets call (801) 581-7100 or visit the Kingsbury Hall Box Office.

Apr. 23 – May 8
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
Peggy Sawyer is a small-town chorus girl, new to the Big Apple, dreaming of making it big on Broadway. As a young hoofer, she learns the ropes—and taps her toes off—when the scheduled star of a new musical is suddenly out of commission the week before opening night. Featuring one show-stopping number after another, 42nd Street will leave you singing and tap-dancing in the aisles. For more information visit Pioneer Theatre Company or call (801) 581-6961.

Saturday, Apr.24, 9:00 a.m.
Fort Douglas Military Museum, 32 Potter Street
The program includes presentations titled Historical Review of Veterans Education Programs in the Past, by John Reed, Lt. Col. (Retired), associate professor of history, U of U; University of Utah’s Veterans’ Transition Center, by David Rudd, dean, College of Social and Behavioral Science, U of U; Veterans Impact on the College Culture, by Matthew D. LaPlante, military reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune; and Veterans on Campus: Two Professors’ Experiences, by John Reed and Shari  Sowards, professor, Salt Lake Community College. The event is co-sponsored by the U’s American West Center. For additional information, contact Linda Hunt or call (801) 581-1251.

Jane Jacobs - founder of Jane's Walks

Saturday, May 1, 1:00 p.m.
King’s English Bookstore (1511 S. 1500 E.)
On May 1 coast-to-coast “Jane’s Walks” (free, neighborhood walking tours) will celebrate what makes cities livable. In Salt Lake City, beginning in the front of the King’s English Bookstore, Stephen Goldsmith, associate professor of city and metropolitan planning at the U, will direct a walk through the iconic 15th and 15th neighborhood.  Along the way participants will meet many of those who have helped ensure that authenticity anchors this inviting district. Participants will hear about the successes, current challenges, historic battles, and especially about the commitment of these small business owners whose sensibilities and love of excellence has made the 15th & 15th district of Salt Lake City a favorite destination. For more information visit the Center for the Living City.

Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
Salt Lake City Library Auditorium, 210 East 400 South
This documentary/drama/animation hybrid stars an archivist in the devastated world of the future who asks the question, “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we still had the chance?” He looks back on footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place. Staff from the Office of Sustainability will answer questions after the film. For more information visit the Utah Museum of Natural History or contact Scott Pettett at (801) 581-6927.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until May 5 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

See the poll results here.

Last FYI poll results–based on 152 respondents:

Question: Do you intend to buy an Apple iPad?

Yes: 7%
No: 93%

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

FYI Mystery Photo contest

Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 23 for a chance to win two tickets to see Pat Metheny on May 4, courtesy of Kingsbury Hall. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the May 5 FYI News.

Thanks to Kingsbury Hall 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

Apr. 7
Mystery Photo

The Apr. 7 FYI Mystery Photo shows the front (north) entrance to the Edwin & Grace Madsen Health Center on the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Mario Capecchi Dr.

Congratulations to Sarah Moyer, winner of the Apr. 7 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Sarah was randomly selected from the pool of 77 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Sarah is the development officer for the College of Social and Behavioral Science where she is involved in raising money for scholarships and promoting the College of Social and Behavioral Science.  She says, “I have worked here for almost seven years and have truly enjoyed my experience at the U. We have world-class faculty, amazing staff, and rigorous, unique academic programs. I am proud to call myself an alum.”

Sarah received lunch for two at Crimson View (restaurant on the 4th floor of the Union Building), courtesy of Chartwells University Dining/Catering Services. A big thanks to Chartwells for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the May 5 FYI News.

Announcements of interest

Study participants wanted: Bipolar Disorder

Do you have excessively high and low mood swings?  Have you been diagnosed with bipolar or think you might have this condition? The Department of Psychiatry is looking for participants for an IRB-approved bipolar disorder study. Eligible participants must be male, age 21-65, right handed, and not currently taking psychiatric medication. Study participation involves a detailed psychiatric evaluation and one magnetic resonance imaging scan. This study does not involve treatment. Compensation will be provided.

For additional information, contact Susanna Johnson or call (801) 582-1565 ext 2759.

Tip of the day to prevent distracted driving

Before you drive, turn off your phone and put it out of reach. You can turn it back on when you reach your destination. Vow to talk only when it is safe to do so. 

There’s an app for that!

Looking for news and info about the U on your iPhone or iPod? Now there’s an app for that! The University of Utah app is now available at the App Store. Campus news, events, photos, and videos can be found with a flick of the finger. The app even includes an audio track to “Utah Man” so you can share your Utah spirit on the go.


Distinguished Professors named

The following professors have been appointed Distinguished Professors for 2010:

  • Michael K. Young, Distinguished Professor of Law
  • David Chapman, Distinguished Professor of Geology and Geophysics
  • Christopher Hacon, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics

The University of Utah Distinguished Professors are selected annually by those holding the title. 

Mentor Awardees named

Congratulations to the following professors, recipients of the University of Utah’s 2010 Graduate and Post Doctoral Scholar Mentor Awards:

  • David Grainger, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Mikhail Raikh, Department of Physics
  • Jack Simons, Department of Chemistry

This award recognizes faculty who effectively guide graduate students and postdoctoral scholars throughout their professional training in a continuing, multifaceted partnership sustained by mutual respect and concern. The effective mentor serves as a teacher, advisor, teacher, advocate sponsor and role model. 

Recipients of the Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor Award receive $2,500. Creation of the Mentoring Award is part of the graduate school’s ongoing efforts to foster a culture of mentoring throughout the University.

Open Enrollment is now!

Annual Open Enrollment – 2010 Plan Year

The University of Utah’s Annual Open Enrollment for the 2010 Plan Year will run through May 21, 2010.  Open Enrollment is your opportunity to enroll in the Health Care Plan, change your medical and/or dental options, add or remove dependents, and/or enroll in a Flexible Spending Account. It is also your opportunity to enroll or cancel your participation in the Group Legal Plan.

Please read the newsletter carefully to learn more about important changes to the health plans or visit UChoose Open Enrollment. Your Open Enrollment packet contains the 2010 newsletter, a Personalized Open Enrollment Form, a Summary Comparison of health plans, and a schedule of Open Enrollment Sessions. This year you may enroll, cancel, or make changes online, or submit a paper enrollment form to the Benefits Office.  

If you have questions, contact the Benefits Department or call (801) 581-7447.

Call for nominations: University District Staff Excellence Awards

Recognizing superior service and ongoing contributions to the U community

Twenty-four staff members from six districts will be selected to receive the staff excellence award: academic affairs, administrative services, general administration, hospital and clinics, other health sciences, and student affairs. In addition to receiving the District Staff Excellence Award (DSEA), the selected employees from each district will have their names forwarded as nominees for one of six University Staff Excellence Awards (USEA). All 24 DSEA winners will be recognized at a special lunch where the final six USEA winners will be announced. Recipients of the University Staff Excellence Award will each receive a $5,000 honorarium, a special plaque, and their name will be added to the perpetual plaque displayed in the Human Resources Building at 420 Wakara Way.

To be eligible nominees must have at least three years of continuous service to the University of Utah by May 28, 2010, and be current FULL-TIME (.75 FTE or greater) staff employees in good standing. Faculty, director-level staff and above, part-time hourly employees, U of U Staff Council members, and District Award team members are not eligible for this award. You may nominate anyone from your district or from another district who meets the eligibility criteria. 

Watch for more information and a call for nominations from your District Awards team. Additional information is online including nomination forms, which are due Friday, May 28. For more information, contact Terri Crow or call (801) 585-0928.

UTA imposes fuel surcharge

Campus parking permits are going up

Parking permit fees on campus may have to be increased 10 percent to cover the cost of an anticipated fuel surcharge by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) that may be implemented due to the recent increase in gas prices. There is a provision in the U’s contract with UTA that if diesel fuel prices reach $3 per gallon, UTA has the right to impose a 10 percent surcharge on transit passes to pay for those fuel costs. The provision was imposed two years ago. However, when gas prices subsided, the fee was removed effective April 1 of last year. Commuter Services is monitoring the situation and will provide an update in June.

Regent quits in protest over Weber program

Former Regent Anthony Morgan

The Salt Lake Tribune reported on April 14 that Anthony Morgan, a member of the state Board of Regents and an emeritus administrator at the University of Utah, resigned in protest over lawmakers’ approval of Weber State University’s proposed engineering program, denouncing it as an unwarranted reach into Regents’ policy-setting authority. He warns that SB53 allows “local political interests” to usurp the Board of Regents’ authority. Governor Gary Herbert recently has organized a task force to study, review, and make recommendations for possible changes to the structure of Utah’s System of Higher Education. You may read the April 14, Tribune article as well as an additional Tribune editorial published on April 15.

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