Campus construction update

As of May 5, 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 has turned north and is now impacting 1900 East traffic and parking. This will continue through the summer. 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

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.

Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
Join Jill Dawsey, UMFA acting chief curator/curator of modern and contemporary art, for a conversation with Mexico City based salt 1 artist, Adriana Lara. Learn about Lara’s artistic practice and philosophy in this free public program, and be among the first to experience salt 1 and Las Artes de México. For more information contact Shelbey Peterson at (801) 581-7332 or visit the UMFA online.

Thursday, May 6, 11:00 p.m.
KUED Channel 7 TV
Taped April 27, KUED will air this discussion which is in response to the groundbreaking survey, Utah Priorities, a special Utah Foundation project aimed at pinpointing what the people—including delegates and registered voters—feel are the top issues facing the state of Utah. Issues include education, climate change, illegal immigration, taxes, gay rights, ethics, states’ rights, guns, and the U.S. Senate race. The survey posed the same questions to registered voters of Republican, Democrat and non-affiliated parties and to the delegates who represent them. The responses given by voters did not always match those given by their representatives. Panelists include: Kirk Jowers, director, Hinckley Institute of Politics; Dan Jones, U of U political science professor and president, Dan Jones and Associates; and Stephen J. Kroes, president, Utah Foundation.

Thursday, May 6, 6:00 p.m.
Marriott Center for Dance Theatre
Always an audience favorite, graduating BFA and MFA ballet students present an evening of their own works in culmination of their studies in the department. For more information about this free performance contact Glenda Holt at (801) 581-8231 or visit the Department of Ballet.

Friday, May 7, 9:00 a.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center
University of Utah Commencement/Convocation Exercises will be on Friday, May 7, 2010 for all University graduates except graduates of the College of Law (May 14) and the School of Medicine (May 22). This year’s commencement speaker will be Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr., former Utah governor and the current United States ambassador to China. More information about Commencement is online.

May 7-9
Red Butte Garden
Explore the millennia-old art form of bonsai at Red Butte Garden as members of the Bonsai Club of Utah display trees from their collections, answer questions, and demonstrate different bonsai techniques. Trees and supplies will be available for purchase. For more information contact Bryn Ramjoue at (801) 585-0556 or visit Red Butte Garden.

Saturday, May 8, 8:00 a.m. (registration)
Harley-Davidson parking lot (2928 S. State St.)
Four years ago, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology created the Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Research fund to raise monies in order to increase awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer and other gynecologic cancers. The goals of the fund are to educate and improve the care of women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers and focus on innovative research in the field of gynecologic cancers.  Ovarian Cancer is the eighth most common cancer among women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers), but ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women. For more information about the ride, contact the Dept. of OB/GYN and Division of Gynecologic Oncology or contact Renee A. Chase at 801-585-0067.

Wednesday, May 12, 5:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Public Library (210 E. 400 South)
The Center of Excellence in Women’s Health believes that a woman’s health is determined by her physical and emotional health, as well as social-cultural, spiritual, financial, intellectual and environmental factors. To celebrate National Women’s Health Week, the Center of Excellence has brought together experts in each of the seven domains of women’s health for a unique event devoted to women’s wellness. This event will give participants an understanding of optimal health and empower them to take charge of their own wellbeing. For more information contact Leanne Johnston at (801) 524-8200 or visit National Women’s Health Week.

May 12-15
James Talmage Building
The conference will include research presentations by faculty and students from the U of U as well as over 20 other campuses across the country.  Students, faculty, and staff can attend the conference free-of-charge, but seating is limited and registration is required.

Additionally, on May 12, two pre-conference panels will be presented on “Challenges to Affirmative Action: A National Perspective for Utah,” from 1:00 – 5:00 the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA).  A reception will follow from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. More information is available online.

Saturday, May 15, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Community: Eat, Work, Play is a collaborative exhibition between the UMFA and Lincoln Elementary School. Students were asked to investigate, through paint, the importance of eating, working, and playing in their Salt Lake community. Celebrate their work and be inspired to create your own. For more information contact Shelbey Peterson at (801) 581-7332 or visit the UMFA online.

Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Education Building
Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program
through the College of Nursing will host its annual Seeds of Remembrance event which is an opportunity for people who have lost a loved one to gather for a presentation on grief while commemorating the memory of their loved one. Vickie and A.J. Walker will discuss how, in February 2007 their lives were forever changed when a gunman opened fire at Trolley Square. Vickie’s husband, Jeff, was killed by the gunman and A.J. was critically injured. Three years later, Vickie and A.J. will offer their perspective on managing the grief process while keeping the memory of a deceased loved one alive. For more information contact Shawna Rees at (801) 585-9522.

Friday, May 21, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University Student Apartments, 1945 Sunnyside Ave. (850 S.)
Donations for the annual Dress for Success clothing drive can be dropped off curb-side at University Student Apartments. Clothes for men, women, plus-sizes, maternity, and children are needed. Shoes, ties, belts, jewelry, handbags, hats, and socks are also appreciated. Clothes should be clean and in good condition. Donations will benefit: Women Helping Women Clothing Closet, The Road Home, Crossroads Urban Center, and Alliance House Clubhouse Closet. For more information contact Rebecca Dowdell at (801) 581-5621.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until June 2 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

See the poll results here.

Last FYI poll results–based on 176 respondents:

Question: What impact did the volcano eruption in Iceland have on you?

I spent a lot of time following the news about the eruption: 11%
I learned how to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull: 5%
Someone I know had an airline flight cancelled or had to change travel plans: 25%
It increased my concerns about global warming: 12%
I was not impacted in any way: 58%

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 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May. 10 for a chance to win two passes to Red Butte Garden, courtesy of Red Butte Garden. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the June 2 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

Apr. 21
Mystery Photo

The Apr. 21 FYI Mystery Photo shows the northeast corner of the John R. Park Building as well as the spring trees in bloom on the plaza between the Park Building and the Student Services Building.

Congratulations to Kevin Jones, winner of the Apr. 21 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Kevin was randomly selected from the pool of 69 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Kevin has worked for the University Hospitals and Clinics for 25 years, first in the operating room as a surgical technician and most recently in the Office of Quality and Patient Safety as a Quality Improvement Specialist. His job involves working with all of the accreditation programs and processes that must be completed and helping the hospital meet government requirements. He says, “Everyone I work with is great, the whole office and all of the staff in the Hospitals and Clinics. They really do care and are trying to do the best they can every day to give very good care to our patients. I am proud to be a University of Utah alum. The education and my degree have helped me in so many aspects of my career and life.”

Kevin received two tickets to see Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Tour on May 4, 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 June 2 FYI News.

Announcements of interest

Note: Summer publication schedule for FYI News

This May 5 issue of FYI News marks the last publication of the 2009-2010 academic year. We will publish again June 2, July 6, and then resume our every two-week schedule on Aug. 25.

Kent State 40 years later

Free speech rocks near the Olpin Union

Forty years ago this week, a unit from the Ohio Army National Guard fired at Kent State University students who were engaged in an anti-war protest of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Four students were killed, and nine wounded. The Guard had been called after several protests in and around campus had become violent.  On our campus, as a result of that tragic event, the free speech area southwest of the Union Plaza was redesigned, and an unmarked cluster of large granite rocks was placed to commemorate the tragedy at Kent State. They are located near the sidewalk that runs north and south connecting the west end of the Olpin Student Union and the Marriott Library plaza.

Pioneer Theatre Company announces 2010-2011 season

Pioneer Theatre Company will present the following plays next season. For more information, contact Pioneer Theatre Company online or call the box office at (801) 581-6961.

  • Hamlet
  • Dracula
  • White Christmas
  • Black Comedy
  • In
  • Diary of Anne Frank
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Rent

Unified library catalog: What will you discover?

This spring, the University of Utah Libraries will introduce a new, unified library catalog.  The new catalog will allow library patrons to search the collections of the J. Willard Marriott Library, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and the Quinney Law Library simultaneously.  Additionally, patrons will be able to search for books, journals, and digital content using one interface.  The new catalog will soon be accessible from the Marriott, Eccles, and Quinney Libraries’ Web sites.  If you have questions about the new catalog, send an e-mail.


U2 coming to the U

U2 formed in 1976, and decades later are still filling arenas with crowds eager to hear their soaring anthems. Every concert lets fans young and old see Bono at his best. Make sure you grab a spot in the audience for yourself.

The largest crowd since the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games is expected to fill Rice-Eccles Stadium when U2 kicks of its 360 Tour: 2010 on Thursday, June 3. With special guest Lenny Kravitz, this concert is sure to blow your socks off.  Set-up will begin approximately one week prior to the concert date.  Ticket information is online.

New pedestrian HAWK Signals installed on 1300 East: How they work

Utah Law requires motorists to yield to pedestrians in all marked crosswalks. On 1300 East between 500 South and 2100 South, several new HAWK (High intensity Activated crossWalK) pedestrian signals have been installed, mostly near Westminster College and the McGillis School. Here’s how they work:

For Drivers:

  • When the lights are off, proceed with caution.
  • A flashing yellow light indicates a pedestrian has pressed the signal desiring to cross. Slow down, prepare to stop.
  • A steady yellow light is a request to stop if it is safe to do so.
  • The double, steady, red light is to stop and remain stopped—the pedestrian is now crossing.
  • An alternate flashing red light (similar to a railroad crossing) will appear, a suggestion to stop, but proceed with caution if the way is clear.
  • The lights will turn off.

For visual aid with these instructions, download the brochure.

You may also read more about the HAWK signals at the Transportation Webpage.

For the dogs…

All dogs in Utah are required to be licensed. Salt Lake County Animal Services will host a licensing, vaccination, and microchip event for residents of Salt Lake City on May 15, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Jordan Park (900 West 1000 South). Licensing late fees will be waived the day of the event to encourage people to license their dogs.  Licensing requirements differ from city to city so find out what’s required where you live. For more information, contact Shawni M. Larrabee at (801) 559-1134.

Tip of the day to prevent distracted driving

Set your cell phone ringer to “mute” so you won’t be tempted to answer it if it rings while you’re driving.

From the Office of the V.P. for Research

Research notebookIf your department is sponsoring a research conference, talk, or event, please post it on the U Events Calendar located at  Complete submission instructions are online, or contact Lisa Westlind at (801) 581-5819 for assistance.

May Book of the Month

Last Night in Montreal, by Emily St. John Mandel

Note: The Campus Store offers employees a 30 percent discount on this book (From $14.95 to $10.47).

Lilia Albert has been leaving people behind for her entire life. She spends her childhood and adolescence traveling constantly and changing identities. As an adult she finds it impossible to stop. Haunted by an inability to remember her early childhood, she moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers along with way, possibly still followed by a private detective who has pursued her for years. Then her latest lover follows her from New York to Montreal, determined to learn her secrets and make sure she’s safe. Last Night in Montreal is a story of love, amnesia, compulsive travel, the depths and the limits of family bonds, and the nature of obsession.

In this extraordinary debut, Emily St. John Mandel casts a powerful spell that captures the reader in a gritty, youthful world—charged with an atmosphere of mystery, promise and foreboding—where small revelations continuously change our understanding of the truth and lead to desperate consequences. Mandel’s characters will resonate with you long after the final page is turned.


Elizabeth Joy elected new VP of the American College of Sports Medicine


Elizabeth Joy

Elizabeth Joy, associate professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, has been elected vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, with more than 20,000 international, national, and regional chapter members. In her new role, Joy will work with ACSM’s leadership team in shaping the direction of the organization. “As vice president, I will strive to promote the integration of medicine, science, and public health to create new knowledge, to translate that knowledge rapidly into practice, and to work with others outside ACSM to promote policies that support participation in sports and physical activity,” she says.  Joy also serves as a member or chair for several ACSM committees, including her recent appointment as chair of the Clinical Practice Committee for Exercise is Medicine.

University Singers and Brady Allred selected for World Choral Symposium

The organizing committee for the 2011 World Choral Symposium recently reviewed performance applications of 119 choirs from 40 countries and five continents, and 85 applications for conference and round table presentations. The committee selected 25 choirs from 21 countries with a total of 765 singers—and the University of Utah Singers was among them. In addition, four maestros will present master classes in choral conducting, two conductors for common singing, and thirty lecturers for round table presentations. The U’s Brady Allred, director of the University Singers, was selected to be one of the presenters. All the choirs and lecturers are listed on the Symposium’s Web site.  

Choral Journal 

Faster wireless where U need it

Thanks to new wireless access points (APs) across main campus and student housing, the campus wireless standard is now 802.11n—wireless connections on campus are the fastest they’ve ever been. 

“The effective throughput of the new environment is up to eight times faster,” said Brent Elieson, associate director of UIT Infrastructure Operations.  It has also made “the wireless configuration wizard, found on the UGuest wireless network login page, much easier when setting up laptops.”

The new access points are backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g wireless devices, which most users currently have.  This allows for a consistent and faster connection even if you don’t have an “n” device, so all campus wireless users can enjoy benefits from the new environment.

One of those benefits is MIMO: Multiple Input and Multiple-Output.  MIMO radio technology means greater range, link reliability and increased throughput.  For all users with 802.11a/b/g adapters in their mobile devices, it means multiple combined signals and increased receive sensitivity for better wireless performance.  For those using 802.11n laptops, multiple antennas transmit concurrently on the same channel which increases bandwidth.   

Another feature that “n” 5 Ghz users get is channel bonding:  two 20Mhz channels are bonded together into one 40 Mhz channel.  “This increases performance and throughput significantly.  It’s like adding another lane to I-15,” said Curtis Larsen, UIT network engineer. 

In order to get the most out of these new features, users can look for the following in their new devices or when considering upgrades:

  • Make sure the device carries the WiFi Alliance’s “n” certification which looks like the image above.
  • If possible, look for a dual-band (2.4 + 5Ghz) 802.11n adapter.

UIT Infrastructure Operations has been working on the campus wireless project since early last year, and just completed the first phase.  The second phase will include these benefits for upper campus, including the hospital and clinics.  “There will also be additional projects and network capabilities that will occur in the future, now that we have an extensible foundation to build upon,” said Elieson.

More information on campus wireless access is online.

Road projects planned near U

Micro-surfacing project imminent on Foothill Drive

From Friday, May 14 through Wednesday, May 19, a “micro-surface” top coating and new lane striping will be applied to Foothill Drive between the intersection at Sunnyside Ave. and the intersection at 1300 East. This will include all lanes in both directions. Lane closures and any necessary detours have been addressed by the Utah Department of Transportation and the general contractor, keeping access to all areas open. Be prepared and be safe—plan extra time for commuting and use designated alternate routes. Final striping on crosswalks will take place on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 so accessibility may be minimally impacted on those two days. For questions and concerns, contact Christian Drecksel or call (801) 688-3497. All comments are welcome.

University Street to be resurfaced this summer

Between June 20 and July 17, Salt Lake City will repave and re-stripe University Street from 200 South to 400 South, and along 400 South from University Street to 1300 East. With input from the U of U and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Salt Lake City Transportation Division is designing a new striping pattern for University Street to improve travel safety for all users. The street will have one traffic lane in each direction, dedicated bus stops, bike lanes, and on-street parking. Enhanced loading zones and crosswalks are also being considered. The new striping pattern will extend north one block to 100 S, and a contra-flow bike lane may be added to University Street from 400 South to 500 South. Bike lanes will also be added to 400 South from University Street to 1300 East, while keeping the existing traffic lanes. Existing traffic volumes along University Street can easily be accommodated in the re-striped area. Safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, both along the corridor and at the University’s shuttle and UTA’s bus stops, will be improved. 

At this time, a final design–with input from the U of U, UTA, and the public taken into consideration–is being prepared. The final design will be posted on the City’s website when available, most likely by the end of May.  The street will have restricted parking during milling and repaving, but it is expected to remain open to traffic in both directions.  It will take up to two weeks for the crew to grind off the old asphalt, clean and prep the surface, and lay new asphalt.  The above dates were selected to avoid major events scheduled on campus during the summer.

For questions about the striping design, contact Becka Roolf, Salt Lake City bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, at (801) 535-6630. For questions about the paving project schedule, contact John Coyle, project manager, at (801) 535-6241 or

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