FYI Mystery Photo Contest


Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11 for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Campus Recreation. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Aug. 24 FYI News.

Thanks to Campus Recreation Services for providing the prize!

Note: This contest is open to U of U faculty and staff only.  We encourage everyone to play, but please note that only one prize can be awarded to a winner per year.

Last issue’s FYI Mystery Photo Contest answer

June 1 Mystery Photo

The June 1 FYI Mystery Photo shows the east side of the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building.  In the foreground is a labyrinth for meditation surrounded by benches (for more meditation or just eating lunch!).  One of our readers clarified that  it is “a labyrinth for meditation, not a maze, and it was designed after the Chartres Cathedral southwest of Paris, France.”

Congratulations to Rochelle Parker, winner of the June 1 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Rochelle was randomly selected from the pool of 25 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Rochelle is the communication and outreach coordinator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics.  She has worked at the Hinckley Institute since 2009 and oversees and carries out writing and editing for the Institute’s various publications, including the Hinckley Journal of Politics, G8 Summit Magazine, G20 Summit Magazine, and the Hinckley newsletter Participation.  She also conducts media outreach, works with student groups, and is the teaching assistant for the Political Forum Series class.  Rochelle graduated from the University of Utah in 2010 with an Honors English degree and is now pursuing a Master of Education, Culture, and Society.  “The Hinckley Institute is the ideal office—I couldn’t dream of a more supportive, fun staff to work with,” says Rochelle.

Rochelle won two tickets to see Ira Glass at Kingsbury Hall. A big thanks to Kingsbury Hall for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.

Upcoming on campus


Wednesdays through Fall/Winter 2011, dusk
Observatory on the roof of the South Physics Building
The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts free public star parties at the South Physics Observatory every Wednesday after dark, weather permitting (visit for a forecast). Sidewalk astronomy is a great family friendly activity designed to both entertain and educate – binoculars, cameras, and personal telescopes are welcome. More information is available online or by contacting Cierra Blair or Paul Ricketts at 801-597-1442.


Monday, July 11, 6-8 p.m.: Two Shields Productions: Native American Music & Dance
Monday, July 18, 6-8 p.m.: Ko Ngati Hiona Maori Music & Dance
Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
This year Monday Family Nights will be filled with colors, sounds, music and dance from around the world. Local Utah cultural groups from diverse backgrounds will provide a night to enjoy the music and dance from their heritage (shows start at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.) while children enjoy crafts and activities associated with many cultures. Experience the chance to explore the world of diversity in our own community. Bring a picnic and a blanket and spend the evening in the Garden with your family. More information is available online or by contacting Red Butte Garden at 801-585-0556.


Tuesday, July 12, 12 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium
Bring your lunch and enjoy a presentation by Roy Dale Webb titled: “I Had Arrived at Perfection: The Lost Canyons of the Green River.” Webb grew up on the banks of the San Juan and Animas rivers and has run all of the Green River below Fontenelle Dam in Wyoming, most of the Colorado between Grand Junction and Pearce Ferry, the San Juan, the White River, and other rivers in the western United States. More information is available online or by contacting Karren Nichols at 801-585-3658.


July 21, 2011-January 15, 2012
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
In a groundbreaking collaboration, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Church History Museum have partnered to present joint exhibitions of over 200 paintings and works on paper by famed Utah artist LeConte Stewart (1891-1990). The UMFA’s exhibition, LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art, explores themes of isolation and loss during the Great Depression. The Church History Museum’s exhibition, LeConte Stewart: The Soul of Rural Utah, will reveal the beauty of Utah’s early rural landscapes. More information about the exhibitions and related programs (including a Third Saturdays Activity for Families on Aug. 20 from 1-4 p.m.) is available online or by contacting Shelbey Peterson at 801-581-7332.


Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts lawn
Break out the picnic blankets, it’s time for an outdoor movie on the UMFA lawn! The Museum is pleased to present The Land Alone as part of the Free Form Film Festival. Curated by local artist Tyrone Davies, the Free Form Film (and video) Series brings innovative and groundbreaking works from around the world to venues in or near Salt Lake City each month. More information is available online or by contacting Shelbey Peterson at 801-581-7332.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until Aug. 24 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

July 6 Poll:

What impact will joining the Pac-12 have on the U? (check all that apply)

Show Results

Last FYI poll results–based on 180 respondents:


Who do you think will end up on the Republican ticket for the 2012 Presidential Election?

Michele Bachmann  3 Votes (1%)
Rudy Guliani  2 Votes (1%)
Jon Huntsman  33 Votes (18%)
Sarah Palin  2 Votes (1%)
Tim Pawlenty  10 Votes (5%)
Mitt Romney  70 Votes (38%)
Rick Santorum   3 Votes (1%)
I do not know  26 Votes (14%)
I do not care  32 Votes (17%)

Who do you think will end up on the Democratic ticket for the 2012 Presidential Election?

Barack Obama  154 Votes (85%)
Martin Van  Buren  0 Votes (0%)
Josiah (Jed) Bartlet  1 Votes (1%
I do not know  8 Votes (4%)
I do not care  17 Votes (9%)

Announcements of interest

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.
Newman Center
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.

From the Office of the V.P. for Research

  1. Research notebookAnnouncing the new MURE: My University Research Experience site

Please update your research opportunities as soon as possible, as MURE is now available for student viewing.

The University of Utah is committed to providing exceptional signature educational experiences for our students. One type of signature experience is university research, where undergraduates participate directly with faculty in developing the next generation of life-changing technologies, medical discoveries, discoveries about our world and its peoples, creating new forms of art, music, and dance, and more. The My University Research Experience (MURE) site is a place for faculty to post those undergraduate research opportunities, and for students to find them. Positions can be paid or unpaid, short term or long term. They can be in any department on campus, and may include off campus and international experiences. 

This site opened May 25 for faculty to post positions, and is now open for students to seek them. Please go to MURE online and post any ongoing positions you have in your department, and spread the word among your colleagues. In addition to using this site to find students, we will also be using this site to discover the breadth and depth of undergraduate research at the U. This site will not collect student resumes for you. You will be asked to post ‘how to apply’ for each position. This may include identifying a place to drop or email resumes, or contacting you directly.  If you list a position as ‘ongoing,’ it will stay on the site indefinitely (you will be reminded to review these ongoing opportunities yearly, to ensure they are still active and up-to-date). If you have a position with a specific closing date, the site will automatically close that position when the target date is reached. You can always close, edit or re-open your positions by logging into the MURE site.

Rail-to-trail project links west to east

New from RedThread

U students from the Salt Lake City Workshop

Have you ever looked at an old abandoned building or rusted out relic and thought, ‘It would be so neat to bring that back to life and make it useful again!’  That is exactly what a team of university students is doing in Salt Lake City.

Students from the U’s Salt Lake City Workshop, led by Nan Ellin, chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, are working with residents, community organizations, and city officials to convert a neglected rail corridor into a new urban amenity. Inspired by the success of New York City’s High Line, the student team proposed the 9 Line, a new linear park and urban trail following the abandoned rail corridor along 900 South and linking with a new bike lane as it moves east.

Read more online.

Williams Building is Energy Star certified

Building constructed in 1981 scores 81 out of 100

Jonathon Bates

Jonathon Bates loves efficiency of all kinds and it shows in his management of the Williams Building, now owned by the University of Utah and home to the Department of Pediatrics. Since Bates took over as director of the building’s property management department, energy use has plummeted, while the number of people in the building has jumped 48 percent in four years. 

At the suggestion of the University’s then-campus energy manager Angel Moreno, Bates decided to apply for an Energy Star designation for the building. EPA’s energy performance system rates the performance of a building on a scale of 1 to 100. The rating expresses the performance of the building relative to similar facilities around the US. A rating of 50 signals that the building performs in the middle of the peer group—half of similar facilities are more efficient and half are less efficient. A rating of 75 indicates that the building is more efficient than 75 percent of similar buildings and is eligible to apply for the Energy Star.  

The Energy Star designation for the Williams Building is largely the result of two recent major upgrades; a boiler system update and improvement project in 2006, and a replacement and retrofit of the chillers in 2009. The boiler system updates had a payback of three to four years, and have saved roughly $66,000 per year in natural gas expenses. The remodeling of the boiler and hot water systems reduced the natural gas consumption in the building from 2006 to 2009 by 52.6 percent. The cooling system upgrades are saving roughly $55,000 per year and have a 10 to 12 year payback, but this has also occurred as the population of the building has increased from 800 to 1300. In addition to these major upgrades, a lighting automation system was phased in throughout the building starting in 2002 and completed in 2008. All offices have occupancy sensors, and each university space has installed daylight harvesting (a sensor measures the amount of available natural light and turns off lamps according to required light levels). This improvement and the retrofit/upgrade of the chiller plant has resulted in an annual reduction of kilowatt hour consumption by 13.75 percent from 2006 to 2010, again, an impressive feat given the substantial increase in building tenants during that time.

Bates was able to do the Energy Star certification himself by submetering each tenant and closely monitoring energy use in the individual spaces. He says he will continue to brainstorm new ways to get the Williams Building operating more efficiently by looking at LEED-EB (existing building) certification, potential solar panel installations, thermal storage, composting, and sod replacement.

Host an international student

Helping students transition to life in America

Bringing these kids into our lives really gives us a more direct connection to the world. I keep thinking about how we were told we would help them become ‘citizens of the world’…. It’s so true. I’m really glad I got involved in homestay.

   Monica Stapley, David Eccles School of Business staff member

International students gather at a local restaurant.

Are you interested in hosting an international student to stay in your home? If so, you might want to know about Global Pathways, a collaboration between the University of Utah and Kaplan, the global education company. The innovative 12-month program initiated at the U of U in January 2010 provides to the international student intensive English language training, university study skills preparation, and the first year of a bachelor’s degree program. Those who successfully complete the program progress to the second year, choosing from among 75 different majors.

A “host family network,” managed by Global Pathways, helps the students transition to life in America and at the university. In fact, many of the Global Pathways host families (about 50 percent) have been U of U staff members.

“When you just arrive to new country you feel lonely with no family,” says one student who was placed in the home of a U of U staff member. “But homestay helps you and they will be your family. After one year you notice that when you talk with other international students or Americans, they can understand you, while your friends are still having troubles.” If you are interested in hosting an international student, or if you would like to learn more about Global Pathways, contact Megan Richards or call 801-581-5240.

Foothill Drive project update

From Sunnyside Ave. to I-215

Construction begins July 5, 2011

UDOT will perform pavement preservation on Foothill Drive (state Route 186) between Sunnyside Avenue and the I-80/I-215 interchange. The project will begin July 5, 2011, and will reach substantial completion in August 2011, prior to the first Utah football game and before the beginning of fall semester. Elements of this construction project include new asphalt overlay, upgraded sidewalk ramps at pedestrian crossings and new traffic detection technology. 

Motorists should anticipate lane restrictions in the area, including nightly restrictions down to one lane in each direction from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. During peak travel times, however, restrictions will be lifted: all northbound lanes will be open weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. and all southbound lanes will be open weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Please plan ahead and use alternate routes when possible.

Residents and businesses near Foothill Drive should anticipate ongoing nighttime work throughout the project as crews will be working around the clock seven days a week to accelerate the schedule. The work is expected to move quickly along Foothill and each activity should last only a short duration in each location as crews move through the area. 

The Foothill Pavement Preservation project is part of UDOT’s Renovate I-80 initiative, which encompasses all 2011 UDOT construction projects on or near the Utah I-80 corridor. These projects will improve and reinforce the existing infrastructure, extend the life of the roadway and help prevent the need for more extensive reconstruction in the future.  

For more information about Renovate I-80 and the Foothill Pavement Preservation project, click here, contact a project representative at 888-803-3921, or contact Renovate I-80.

For weekly travel advisories regarding all UDOT projects, visit UDOT and click on the orange Know Where Know Why tab.

UTA service to change Aug. 7

New TRAX lines open and bus routes change

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will make changes to bus and TRAX service effective Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.  The service adjustments come as UTA prepares to open two new light rail lines to South Jordan and West Valley. Changes will be made to the transit system in Salt Lake, south Davis, and Tooele counties. The final service plan is the result of a six-month process during which the agency gathered information from the public. 

Maps and information on planned route changes can be found at UTA online. To read how TRAX route names are changing to colors click here. To find out how UTA’s redesign will close some routes and change others, click here.

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