Sustainability focus group participants needed
Did you know there is a U of U Office of Sustainability (OS)? If not, the OS wants your help! They are looking for participants to attend a focus group to help determine how the OS can better reach faculty and staff on campus. The OS also wants to find ways to empower faculty and staff to make sustainable decisions about their own individual actions. Several focus groups will be offered in July, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include lunch. Participants choose to attend one. Interested? Contact Amber McNeel or Ashley Patterson or call 801-581-7506.
Upcoming reunion: Looking for HRE/ORL staff
The U’s offices of Housing & Residential Education and Residential Living are looking for long-lost staff and student leaders of HRE/ORL to invite them to the first reunion on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. The reunion coincides with the Homecoming 2011 festivities and PAC 12 football game against Washington. It will include tours, and a dinner on Friday, Sept. 30. If you or someone you know was a staff member or student leader for HRE/ORL, please direct them to more information on Facebook.
U political scientist reviews Huntsman record
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced his candidacy for president of the United States on June 21. In this interview on National Public Radio (NPR), U political scientist Matthew Burbank reviews Huntsman’s record and governing style during his five-year tenure at Utah’s helm. Burbank’s current research examines the effect of information and citizen deliberation on individual attitudes on complex policy issues. He teaches courses on American politics, public opinion and elections, and research methods. See more on the U’s RedThread blog.
Comments invited for U’s bicycle master plan
Open house for public comment
Wednesday, Aug. 24
Olpin Union, Parlor A
4 – 7 p.m.
The 2008 Campus Master Plan provides guidelines and recommendations to create a bicycle friendly campus. The University of Utah Bicycle Master Plan, as an addendum to the 2008 Campus Master Plan, creates specific prioritized plans and outlines future actions with the goal of achieving the right fit for bicycle usage on campus. The University will utilize this plan to budget funds for implementing bicycle facilities and infrastructure within existing and new projects. A preliminary survey form is available on the bicycle master plan Facebook page. A questionnaire asking for feedback also may be downloaded, filled out, and returned via FAX or email. Plan to attend the open house on Aug. 24 to learn more and share your insights!
Edible campus garden stand open on Fridays
Students plant eight varieties of eggplant.
Summer is here and the student-managed Sill and Pioneer Edible Campus Gardens are overflowing with produce. With the Campus Farmers Market still weeks away, students have opened a produce stand at the Pioneer Garden site on Webster’s Lawn just east of Pioneer Memorial Theatre, open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until mid-August. If you drive, there is “A” and metered parking available in Lot 2 (enter from South Campus Drive). Items available this week include kale and collards, peas, fava beans, basil, and garlic scapes. Quantities of some items will be limited, so come early for the best selection. All produce is grown by students using organic methods and picked fresh that morning. All proceeds directly support the student gardens. For more information check online, contact Alexandra Parvaz, or call 801-585-9352.
Utah’s role in the Space Shuttle program to air
This month, as the nation closes the chapter of space exploration tied with the 30-year Space Shuttle program, KUED offers a new half-hour retrospective of Utah’s amazing connection. “To the Stars: Utah and the Space Shuttle,” will air on KUED 7 on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 p.m. and again Friday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m.
In the wake of the Challenger disaster in 1986, former U of U president James C. Fletcher, who previously had served as the head of NASA, was recalled to service by President Ronald Reagan to restore public confidence in a space program deeply shaken by loss of life. And U.S. Senator Jake Garn in 1985 became the first sitting member of Congress to go into space. Garn participated as a full member of the crew, traveled more than 2.5 million miles as he orbited the earth more than 100 times, and logged more than 150 hours in space.
The production is reported by Ken Verdoia, produced and directed by Al Cutler, and draws on 30 years of KUED archives documenting Utah’s connection to the Space Shuttle program.
Community Forum is July 14
Thursday, July 14
4:30 – 6 p.m.
170 S University Street
The agenda for the University’s next Community Forum for neighbors includes an update on the campus bike master plan, a report on Chevron’s alterations to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, and a tour of the recently renovated Meldrum House located across the street from the meeting location. Meldrum House recently was purchased by Pioneer Theatre Company to provide housing for visiting actors. Additional agenda items may be added. This is a public meeting and all are welcome. For more information, contact Ann Floor or call 801-585-3595.
Give your opinion on the redistricting process
Wednesday, July 20, 6 p.m.
Glendale Middle School Auditorium
1430 West Andrew Ave.
Salt Lake City
After results are received from the nationwide census every 10 years, the Utah Constitution requires that the Legislature establish districts to equalize representation of the changing population and the changing distribution of that population. The Utah Redistricting Committee, comprised of members of the Utah State Legislature, has begun the process of redrawing the district boundaries for the State Senate districts, State House districts, State School Board districts, and Utah’s four Congressional districts. The Utah Legislature’s Redistricting Committee will hold a meeting in Salt Lake City to receive input and address local concerns from the public.
Field House offers used equipment for sale
The Einar Nielsen Field House is having a used equipment sale on Thursday, July 7, beginning at 9 a.m. Items for sale include treadmills (220volt), and recumbent and upright bikes. For more information check online or call 801-581-8898. Equipment will be sold on first-come, first-served basis; all equipment is sold “as is” with no return possibilities; and the buyer is responsible to pick up the equipment by Friday, July 8.
Free day at Red Butte!
Take advantage of free admission to Red Butte Garden on Pioneer Day, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. thanks to Salt Lake County voters and the Zoo, Arts and Parks Program.