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September 6, 2006


Crimson Fever Hits Campus! Cure Coming Sept. 9
~by Randy Hanskat

Come this time of year, even the most calm feel the itch. New tailgate recipes are tested. Blue shirts burned. Parking lot spirals perfected. The signs are obvious. You’ve got it bad—Crimson Fever.

Yep, with a string of five consecutive bowl game victories, another season ticket sales record, and seas of tailgaters springing up all over campus, expectations are high for this season of Utah football. Well, the wait is over, as the team’s home slate opens this Saturday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. against Northern Arizona.

Most of you probably know that, as faculty and staff members of the U, you receive a 20 percent discount on season tickets. As another perk, you can purchase single game tickets for this Saturday’s game for only $5 each. Simply go to the Rice-Eccles Stadium ticket office and show your UCard (limit of six tickets per UCard). No matter if you get season tickets or just hit a couple games, the only real cure for Crimson Fever is to be a part of the crimson-crazed excitement in Rice-Eccles. So, get your tickets and feed your fever this fall!

TAILGATE PARTY
Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Gateway starting at 3 p.m. with giveaways and U cheerleaders— then take TRAX to the game!


Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

Five Years Later

Where were you when the Twin Towers came down and how has it changed you? Here are remembrances from four of our FYI News readers.

I happened to be sick at home with a bad cold and kept my young daughter home from daycare. I was on my sick couch island with my daughter playing and running around the living room when the television changed from being just noise in the background to being a chilling few hours of history. I immediately found a notebook and started writing everything as it happened for the next three hours or so. My daughter seemed to sense the despair in the air. I prayed for the people in Washington D. C, and was thankful to be in a safe place.
Julie Newland
Grants & Contracts Officer
Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I had a 7:30 a.m. investments class to teach. When I commuted in at 6:00 a.m., the attacks had not yet taken place and I did not receive any news as I sat in my office preparing for my 7:30 a.m. class. I gave an entire 80-minute lecture unaware of what was taking place, although most of my students knew. They probably could not understand how I could go on with “business as usual” under such circumstances. At the end of class, I was informed of the attacks by one of my students.
Bob Lutz
Associate Professor (Lecturer) of Finance
David Eccles School of Business

I was attending a meeting for work in San Diego and had made plans to visit the person who has been my best friend since we were 12 who lived nearby. We spent some good time together, reflecting on her mother’s recent death and how important our families have been to us in providing the continuity we didn't always experience in our lives. We also got to know what the depth of our friendship has meant for these past 45 years—we know each other, we know each other’s brothers and sisters, families…We have shared laughter and tears for all this time. We talked about how this kind of love can sustain us through these most brutal of explosive moments when the world seemed to be falling apart. We watched some TV reports of the events, tried to see when I could get transportation home to Utah, cooked food, went for walks, rode horseback, read books, napped, and talked freely. Many of my peers were stranded in San Diego and Tijuana because they were internationals attending a scientific meeting and I felt sorry that they did not have the kind of friendship and support I was, in part, discovering. We learned that the lives we make for ourselves and the connecting we do with others is what gives us the greatest joy and sense of fulfillment. A very powerful lesson learned in very hard times.
Linda Griffen
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
University of Utah School of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes
Utah Diabetes Center

I was almost to work when I heard it on the radio and wondered if I’d understood what was going on. When I walked into the Residential Living Office, where I worked at the time, someone had rolled a television set into the lobby and everyone was standing around, watching in horror as the events unfolded. Now, five years later, it still seems surreal. How has it changed me? So many people in those towers had no control over anything after the planes crashed; it has made me realize that life can change in an instant. Now, even five years later, I find that I don’t get so upset standing in line or waiting in traffic—it’s just not worth the stress. And I always tell those people I care about how I feel. A day doesn’t go by without me telling my husband that I love him and I try to let my kids and grandkids know how important they are and how much I love them.
Patty Jennings
Administrative Assistant
University Guest House


See the Forest for the Trees

TOP 10 OLDEST TREES ON CAMPUS
~ From U arborist, Ann Williams
The oldest trees on campus are between 80 and 100 years old. Most are located near Presidents Circle and Cottam’s Gulch. If you work near this part of campus, take your lunch hour to find them. It’s worth it!

Norway Maple West of the natural history museum on President’s Circle (tagged)
Giant Sequoia North of Cottam’s Gulch (not tagged) A magnificent tree but it’s been struggling–it’s been hit by lightning three different times.
Horse Chestnut South of the natural history museum (tagged)
Pagodatree South of Cottam’s Gulch (tagged)
Zelkova South of Cottam’s Gulch (tagged)
Gingko South of the Park Building (not tagged) Considered a living fossil, the species is more than one million years old.
Golden Raintree South of the Park Building (tagged)
Mongolian Oak South of the Park Building (tagged)
Spruce Presidents Circle
Mimosa South of the natural history museum (40 years old)
Eastern Redbud Southwest of Building 144 (not tagged - 40 years old)


TREE TOUR
Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon
Red Butte Garden is offering a campus walk to show off the arboretum collection and some unusual trees that would be suitable for your home landscape. The tour will meet at the east entrance to the Olpin Union Building and is limited to 25 participants. Red Butte Garden members $8; non-members $10. To register, which is required, call 581-8454 or visit www.redbuttegarden.org.

BOOK OF TREES
A new book, Trees of the State Arboretum of Utah: University of Utah Campus, by Julie Meyers and Ann Scott, is available at the Campus Store (bookstore) and at the Red Butte Garden gift shop.

TREE OF HIPPOCRATES?
An urban legend claims that the seed from which the Sycamore tree at the southwest end of the Eccles Medical Library grew, was from the original tree under which Hippocrates taught his students in ancient Greece. It is because of this historic connection that many medical schools, and even Red Butte Garden’s Medicinal Garden, has a Sycamore tree.


What Lies Beneath
New David M. Grant NMR Building Completed

The newest building on campus is one you can’t see. Sept. 8 is the grand opening of the David M. Grant NMR Center Gauss Haus. The $14 M facility is located underground between the north and south wings of the Henry Eyring Building (HEB). It’s underground because the magnets in the building are sensitive to vibration. In fact, the basement is not physically attached to any surrounding building and there are no elevators or fans in the building.

David Grant, for whom the building is named, is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, known for his pioneering research in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), the precursor to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which has become invaluable in modern medical practice. A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on the outdoor plaza with President Young speaking at 1 p.m. He will be followed by David Grant, Chemistry Department Chair Peter B. Armentrout, and Ron Pugmire, associate vice president for research, professor of chemical engineering and principal investigator on the grant from the NIH that paid for half the building. Public tours of the building will follow. The new facility will be a regional center for NMR instrumentation and research. For more information, contact Jim DeGooyer at 581-3124 or jdegooyer@science.utah.edu.


Volunteers Needed For Employee Appreciation Day

Now in its third year, Employee Appreciation Day on Sept. 28 is expected to draw more than 4,000 people. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium’s Olympic Cauldron Park. Two-hour shifts will start at 9 a.m. Those assisting with water and soda distribution will work one-hour shifts. As a thank-you, volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and two tickets to a Utah basketball game. Interested? Contact Carolyn Hebert at chebert@sa.utah.edu. Volunteers must attend a training session on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at one of the following times and locations:

• 10 a.m.
University Hospital
Classroom D
(Take the B elevators to the 4th floor)

• 2 p.m.
Human Resources Building
420 Wakara Way (north door)
Research Park


2006 Staff Awards Coming Soon

• Staff Service Awards
Staff Service Awards recognize employees from across campus who have given 25, 30, 35, 40 or more years of service to the U. 2006 recipients will be honored at a Staff Service Awards lunch on Sept. 14. Over 100 staff employees will be recognized. The lunch will be held in the Union Ballroom from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. For a list of award recipients, visit www.hr.utah.edu/etc/ssa/ssa06/index.php.

• Presidential Staff Awards
Presidential Staff Awards recognize superior service and ongoing contributions by the U’s full-time staff. Six recipients of the Presidential Staff Award will be selected on Sept. 21, in the Olpin Union Ballroom at noon. Each recipient will receive an honorarium of $3,000, a special plaque, and their name will be added to the Perpetual Plaque that resides in the Human Resources office at 420 Wakara Way. For a list of District Staff Award winners, from which the Presidential Staff Award winners will be selected, visit www.hr.utah.edu/etc/psa/psa06.php.


To attend the Staff Service Awards lunch ($10 by Sept. 8) or the Presidential Staff Awards lunch ($15 by Sept. 15), contact Terri Crow at 585-0928 or terri.crow@hsc.utah.edu.


FYI Mystery Photo Contest!

What is it? Where is it on campus?

Photo by Roger Tuttle

Send your answer (be specific!) to FYI@ucomm.utah.edu by noon on Thursday, Sept. 7 for a chance to win one Campus Recreation Services Membership with a Significant Other Pass ($127.00 Value).

The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the next FYI News due out Sept. 20.

Thanks to Campus Recreation Services for providing the prize!

This contest is open to U of U faculty and staff only.

 

Last Issues FYI Mystery Photo Contest Answer

The Aug. 23 FYI Mystery Photo was of the west entrance of the Mines Building which is located east of the Army ROTC building on the north side of campus. As one player noted, “there is a lovely garden of cactus right below the staircase.” The building is slated to be razed once the new Sutton Geology and Geophysics building is completed.

Congratulations to Martha Knowlton, winner of the Aug. 23 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Martha works as an administrative assistant in the U’s seismograph stations in the Browning Building where earthquakes are monitored. “I work in one of the most interesting places on campus,” she says, “with bright and wonderful people!”

 

Looking Ahead...

• What’s in the Basement?
Natural history museum hosts popular annual event

Nearly every nook and cranny in the museum will be open for public inspection when the annual “What’s in the Basement” day takes place on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is your chance to see the museum’s 1.2 million collection objects that are kept in storage. In addition to dinosaur bones that are millions of years old and ancient Native American artifacts, there are two exhibits, In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits and a new permanent exhibit, Range Creek: An Anthropology of Place.

Until a few years ago, Range Creek was a little-known, rugged canyon in a remote part of Carbon County. It is now one of the richest archaeological resources in the nation with many of its well-preserved remains shedding light on the Fremont tribes who lived there between A.D. 500 and A.D. 1350. The exhibit features replicas of a granary and a pit house and other interpretive displays to show how the Fremont existed in the canyon those hundreds of years ago.

Experts will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day. Admission is free with your UCard. For more information, call 581-6927.

• Splendor on the Grass
Euripides’ “Elektra” will be presented at 9 a.m. on Sept. 16-17 and Sept 23-24. Following the Greek tradition of performing outdoors, the play will take place under the trees northeast of Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. A pre-performance lecture by James T. Svendsen, associate professor, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are discounted to $9 for faculty and staff ($12 general admission), and may be purchased at the Kingsbury Hall ticket office. Call 581-7100 or visit www.kingtix.com.

• Campaign 2006 Debates
District 2 debate with Scott McCoy and Joseph Jarvis
Sept. 19, 2:00 p.m., Hinckley Caucus Room, OSH 255.

• College of Humanities to break ground on new building
A Native American drum call will initiate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. The site is located south of the Alumni House and east of the Olpin Union Building. Speakers include President Young, Dean Robert Newman, and the Right Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. Dedication of the site will be offered by Clifford Duncan, Ute Tribal Elder and Spiritual Leader. Construction is scheduled to begin this November and be completed in May 2008. For more information on the groundbreaking, call 585-3988.

• Sept. 23-30Homecoming Week
From house decorating on Greek Row, a pep rally, and Songfest to a 5K Run-Walk-Stroll and the football game against Boise State, there will be plenty to keep you busy during Homecoming Week 2006. For complete details, visit www.alumni.utah.edu/homecoming.

• Womens Club Tea
The University of Utah Women’s Club is sponsoring a Membership Tea on Monday, Sept. 11 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Rosenblatt House (home of President and Mrs. Young) 1480 Military Way. President Michael Young will speak at 3:30 p.m. This organization sponsors a general monthly meeting and members have the opportunity to become active in a section on art study, book club, bridge, food and friends, literature, lunch bunch, or music. Refreshments will be served. Parking is provided at the north side of the Merrill Engineering parking lot. All interested women are invited to attend.
Please call LaNae B. Neusser at 581-9719 for more information.


Bulletin Board

• Grabbing Lunch
Send us the names of some of your favorite places to go for lunch near the U and we’ll publish a short list in the next issue. Send to FYI@ucomm.utah.edu.

• Trax is a Success
The first leg of the TRAX light rail system opened in 1999. The University Line opened in late 2001. Once expected to draw 22,000 riders by 2020, last September (2005), TRAX ridership set a record when it peaked at 58,000 riders per weekday, system-wide. When classes are in session, U students account for almost one-third of daily TRAX riders. UTA anticipates that during fall semester 2006 TRAX ridership will set new records.

*Don’t forget to renew your UTA Ed Pass before Sept. 15. Locations: Campus Store (bookstore), Commuter Services (Annex), and the UCard offices in the hospital and Olpin Union.

• Recent U of U Podcasts
Check www.utah.edu/podcast for the following new podcasts:
• U of U President Michael Young’s address (Politics & Society) to the faculty on Aug. 22, 2006
• David Chapman, (Science & Technology), dean of the Graduate School and 2006 recipient of the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence on global warming
• Jeff Metcalf, (Humanities) assistant professor in the College of Humanities on his recent work with the Venture Program
• Charlie Jui, (Science & Technology), professor of physics on the new telescope array project near Delta, Utah.

• Where Did They Go?
Marriott Library Moves Collections Locations
• General Collection A-DK has moved to the south end of Level 1 in the library’s new wing
• Microfilm and microfiche moved to the center of Level 1 in the new wing
• Documents Desk and Science Desk have move to shared Service Point in the center of Level 1 in the new wing
• By Sept. 15, Q-Z monographs (Science) will have moved to the north end of Level 1 in the new wing
• Q-Z journals will stay on level 4
• Mid-September, Juvenile Collection will move to Level 1 at the south end of the new wing

• Wanted: Study Participants
Life Transition in Young Adulthood
Fluent English speakers over the age of 18 who are students about to enter the workforce full-time or first time mothers in their second trimester are wanted for an IRB-approved study sponsored by the Department of Psychology. Participation involves three, hour-and-a-half sessions over a three month period, filling out questionnaires, and talking about your expectations and events related to these life changes. Participants will be compensated for their time. Interested? Contact Cora Rice at 585-6915 or cora.rice@psych.utah.edu.

• Reminder from Continuing Ed
U employees are eligible to receive a 50 percent tuition reduction on most Continuing Education courses. Call 581-7155 or visit http://continue.utah.edu for more information.


Campus Resources— New And Old

The New...

• Shop the U Photostore
The U’s new online Photostore is the latest campus resource for high quality stock photography. At $5 each, Photostore images serve a variety of needs. Categories range from athletics, the band, and buildings to construction, parking, and people on campus. Because the Photostore is for University of Utah use only, payment is by campus order only. Place your order online and send your campus order to Lisa Hemsley at 308 Park Building. Upon receipt, you will be sent an email link to download the photos. Check them out at http://photostore.ucomm.utah.edu/.

• New Resource for Medical Graphics and Photography
Located in the School of Medicine, level A, Room AC125, Medical Graphics and Photography offers graphic design work including flyers, brochures, posters, signs, banners, illustration, and PowerPoint. Printing and color copies as well as passport photos are available. For more information, call 587-3436.

...and the Old

• University Guest House & Conference Center

Full-time meeting planners are on-site to help with conferences held on campus, in Salt Lake City, or out-of-state. In addition to standard services, the Guest House offers:
• 30 years experience facilitating meetings and conferences
• Certified Meeting Planner on staff
• Transportation and tour arrangements
• Online registration
• All campus groups receive the discounted campus hotel rate and discounted meeting space rate.

For meeting planning information, call 587-2980. For individual reservations, call 587-1000. For online reservations, visit www.guesthouse.utah.edu.

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