NEWS FROM STAFF COUNCIL
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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NEWS FOR FACULTY
DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS ANNOUNCED
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.
LAST CALL FOR MENTOR AWARD NOMINATIONS
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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ANNUAL MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY (COMMUNITY FORUM)
Thursday, Jan. 12, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
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.
PTC OFFERS BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE TICKETS
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: ANNUAL STAFF APPRECIATION NIGHT
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.
THE GREAT UTAH SHAKE OUT
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.
GET FIT NOW!
GET FIT WITH CAMPUS REC
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.
12 CLASS PUNCH CARD: $30
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.
PEAK OFFERS FITNESS CLASSES FOR U EMPLOYEES
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.