Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The University will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with several events Jan. 13-19. A keynote address by Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Vivian Lee will be presented Wednesday, Jan. 18 at noon in the Union Ballroom. Her talk will address personalized medicine. (Read the Q&A with Lee in this issue of FYI News.) 

Additional events include the following:

A day of service sponsored by the Bennion Center

MLK celebration Rally and Marade 
Featuring France A. Davis, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church
2 p.m. Rally/3 p.m. Marade
East High School Auditorium (840 South 1300 East)
The Marade is a 1.3 mile walk from East High to Kingsbury Hall. Dress accordingly.

Cultural Celebration: A Touch of Polynesia
5:30 p.m., Kingsbury Hall
The local professional dance company established in 1984 will present music and dance from the islands of Polynesia.

Polynesian Dance Workshop
Presented by Ailine’s Touch of Polynesia
9 a.m. to noon, Olpin Union Ballroom

“Get on the Bus”
6 p.m., Heritage Center, Room 18
Spike Lee’s film is about a group of black men who didn’t know each other and travelled together in 1995 to the Million Man March.

Keynote Address by Vivian S. Lee

Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the U
12 noon, Olpin Union Ballroom

“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”
7:30 p.m., Olpin Union Ballroom
Ntozake Shange’s black feminist classic is a series of 20 poems depicting the struggles and obstacles recognizable to any African-American woman.

Celebrating Utah Firsts: A panel discussion
12:15 p.m., Hinckley Caucus Room 255, OSH

Martin & Music
7 p.m., UMFA
Celebrating 75 years of knowledge, advocacy, and service, the College of Social Work presents the inspiring words of Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to life through story and music in this stage production. Faculty and staff are invited to be guests of Dean Jannah Mather but reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 801-581-8455 or contact Irene Ota. Business attire, mature themes, no children under 8.

Find more information on MLK events here.

Announcements of interest


Did you know there have been changes made to Policy 5-200 Leaves of Absence (health-related) especially regarding the use of sick leave? Also, Staff Council is sponsoring UNight at the Grizzlies on Jan. 28 and has opened a Facebook page. Find out more here.   

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Congratulations to the four recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Awards. Selected by the University Teaching Committee from a pool of 16, they include Bonnie Baty, Professor (Clinical) Pediatrics; Evert Lawton, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Mark Matheson, Professor (Lecturer), English; and Jerry Root, Associate Professor, Language and Literature. The names were accepted by the senators and will now be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final acceptance. 

Deadline is Jan. 13 
To honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who consistently serve as effective mentors of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, the Graduate School established a Distinguished Mentor Award in 2006 for faculty from any discipline. The 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. Complete details are online

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Community Room
Natural History Museum of Utah

301 Wakara Way in Research Park
The University holds quarterly meetings for campus neighbors and other interested community members to keep them informed of upcoming construction and transportation projects and the impacts they may have on neighborhoods surrounding the U. The January meeting is designated as the Annual Meeting of the University and includes reports on campus construction projects planned for 2012, and updates on transit and transportation, sustainability efforts, and Research Park. This year, the agenda also includes a briefing on a new campus/neighborhood initiative to address the “membrane” where campus and the neighborhoods meet, especially along University Street. This meeting is open to all. For additional information, contact Ann Floor or call 801-585-3595.


Check out the new Environmentally Preferable Purchasing guidelines just published on the Purchasing Department website under “Green Procurement.” The new guidelines will assist you in buying environmentally friendly products and minimizing waste. 
       The Office of Sustainability this year received a Bronze Star rating for its STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) performance from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for its campus efforts. Climate control and sustainability should be everyone’s concern. Use the new guidelines to see where you can take measures to help save the environment.


Buy one, get one free to Pioneer Theatre Company’s world premiere of Find and Sign, and/or to Jane Austen’s Emma. A valid UCard is required. (Regular prices range from $25 to $44.) Find and Sign, written by noted playwright Wendy MacLeod (House of Yes) is set in the New York City music industry with a slight nod to Othello and moves through the bumpy romance between an on-the-rise young record executive and an idealistic public school teacher. (Contains strong language and themes.) Emma, adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen, is the story of a beautiful matchmaker who finally meets her match. More information on Find and Sign and Emma can be found online. Tickets—limited to a total of four tickets per production, per UCard—must be purchased in person at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The discount is not retroactive. Call the Box Office at 801-581-6961 for more information. 


 Utah Gymnastics vs Utah State
Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center
All U of U faculty and staff and their families will receive free general admission to the season home opener against Utah State. Present your UCard at any Jon M. Huntsman Center entrance on the night of the meet to get up to six people in free. U faculty and staff also will receive a 20 percent discount on gymnastics season tickets, making them as low as $32 per seat in the lower bowl. Call the ticket office for your season tickets at 801-581-UTIX or visit here. Parking is always free.


This is an early “heads up” that the U will take part in a regional earthquake exercise April 17, 18, and 19—and it’s not too early to think about how you might participate. The focus of the exercise will be on life safety measures taken during the first 72 hours following a 7.0 earthquake along the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch Fault.  FEMA in Denver, the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, the University, some surrounding counties, and private citizens are planning to participate. A campus wide drill will be held on April 17, followed by an evacuation drill for every building on campus. Details will follow in early April. Information about the regional drill itself is available here.Campus plans will be updated here starting Jan.15. For more information or to schedule a Shakeout presentation for your department, contact Marty Shaub.




Whether you resolved to lose a few pounds, get in shape, or just get outside and be more active, Campus Recreation Services (CRS) can help! The Outdoor Recreation Program has the equipment you need to get off the couch this winter and you can see it all here.

CRS Fitness Program Spring 2012
Classes begin Jan. 17. Register online or in person at the Field House. Check out our classes for free (excludes tennis and swim lessons) during Free Week, Jan. 9-15.

CRS Intramural Program
Did you know that faculty and staff are eligible to participate in—and even form—staff teams for intramural sports? Lots of opportunities exist for both team and individual activities!

Get all the details for Campus Recreation Services outdoor trips and rentals, fitness classes, personal training, intramural, and other fitness opportunities here 



Are you looking for a simple way to reduce stress, get in shape, have more energy, and feel great without leaving campus? Join PEAK for a fitness class before or after work!  Registration for PEAK university employee fitness classes is online. PEAK Health and Fitness offers a variety of classes including circuit training, indoor cycling, pilates, stretch and strengthen, functional fitness, weight training, and yoga. The classes are inexpensive, fun, and open to participants of all experience and fitness levels. To register or for more information, check out PEAK’s website or call 801-585-7325.



Jennifer Robinson

Kudos to Jennifer Robinson, newly appointed director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Robinson has spent the last year as interim director of the center, which has offered research, education, and consultation services to government and non-profit entities since 1946. She co-authored Native Vote: American Indians, the Voting Rights Act, and the Right to Vote, with Susan Olson and Dan McCool in 2007; and is co-editor with W. David Patton of The Rise of the West in Presidential Elections published in 2010 by The University of Utah Press. As director, she will oversee the research, outreach and evaluation units of the CPPA.  



Sabine Klahr

Congratulations to Sabine C. Klahr, director of The International Center, who has been elected to serve as president-elect for the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA): Leaders in International Higher Education. AIEA is a professional association for senior international education administrators who are responsible for internationalization of their institutions or those in senior positions in organizations or companies supporting internationalization at higher education institutions. Klahr will begin her three-year term of the presidential stream in February 2012 during the annual AIEA conference in Washington, DC.



John Howe

KUED senior producer John Howe and his documentary, Horses of the West, have received the Cine Golden Eagle Award for excellence in non-fiction documentary production for 2011. Professionally judged by national television programmers and producers, the Golden Eagle is awarded to programs that represent “…the industry’s highest standards of production quality and integrity.” Howe is a multiple Golden Eagle recipient and his 2011 selection places him, KUED, and Horses of the West in the company of National Geographic Films, PBS NewsHour, HBO documentaries, and WGBH.  Horses of the West will be presented nationwide in March 2012.





Nalini Nadkarni

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named Nalini M. Nadkarni as the recipient of the 2011 AAAS Public Engagement With Science Award, recognizing “her unique, persistent, and innovative public engagement activities that have served to raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues with a broad and exceedingly diverse audience.” Nadkarni, a professor in the Department of Biology and director of the Center for Science and Math Education, has helped to build bridges between science and society, and between humans and nature. Nadkarni was noted for bringing an awareness of environmental issues to people in settings ranging from prisons and churches, to boardrooms, bookstores, legislatures and rap music stores. Read the news release here.



Leigh Anne Ihnken

Former U researcher Leigh Anne Ihnken is included in the recent Forbes Magazine series, “Top 30 under 30” about rising stars in various industries. At the U, Ihnken was a postdoctoral researcher in organic chemistry in the laboratory of C. Dale Poulter. Ihnken left the U last November to accept a position at Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals, where she is an investigator in the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Chemistry and Analysis team in the department of product development, an area of R&D.  Specifically, she is studying the use of enzymatic chemistry to replace traditional organic synthesis. Enzyme catalysis is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than traditional chemistry. Read the article here.

Announcements of interest

PEAK University Employee Fitness Classes

Are you looking for a simple way to reduce stress, get in shape, have more energy, and feel great without leaving campus? Join PEAK for a fitness class before or after work!  Registration for PEAK university employee fitness classes is online. PEAK Health and Fitness offers a variety of classes including circuit training, indoor cycling, pilates, stretch and strengthen, functional fitness, weight training, and yoga. The classes are inexpensive, fun, and open to participants of all experience and fitness levels. To register or for more information, check out PEAK’s website or call 801-585-7325.


Benefits-eligible staff get 50 percent off tuition; emeritus faculty, 100 percent off tuition

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the U’s noted program for learners age 50 and older, recently launched Osher After Hours, expanding its diverse course offerings to better accommodate working adults. The program includes dynamic classes to help you explore your interests, expand your knowledge, and liven up your evenings and weekends. Join a group of engaging peers who bring a lifetime of experience to classes filled with hands-on learning, enjoyment, and rousing discussions. No tests. No grades. No hassles. Just an electric learning environment at times that fit your schedule. Broaden your horizons as you explore art, science, history, literature, healthy living, and so much more. Best of all, as benefits-eligible U of U faculty and staff, the same tuition discounts you get across campus apply to this unique program. New classes will be announced in December. To register or for more information, visit here or call 801-585-5442.

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