Vol. 10, No. 3
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Postpones staff meetings President will present ‘state of University' address for faculty Rather than hold a Faculty Breakfast, President Bernie Machen is inviting all faculty to a State of the University Address. Machen will speak Monday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. in Mark Greene Auditorium, Francis Armstrong Madsen Building in the business school. The address will be followed by an open question-and-answer session, light refreshments, and the first meeting of the Academic Senate for the 1998-99 year. Machen will also conduct meetings with University staff, but will defer these meetings to a less hectic time of year than the opening of school. Grand new stadium will bear Rice-Eccles name Rice Stadium has been renamed Rice-Eccles Stadium. The new name perpetuates recognition of Robert L. Rice's pioneering $1 million gift for upgrading the stadium in 1972. It was Rice's gift that established the Scholarship Box, gave the stadium artificial turf, and sparked creation of the Crimson Club. At the same time, the new name gives permanent recognition to the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 1997 "challenge” gift of $10 million that was instrumental in attracting the needed additional private support for the major stadium renovation now being completed. The current renovation cost $52 million, of which only $8 million will come from the 2002 Winter Olympics for use of the facility. The balance will come from $20 million in private gifts and athletics revenues. The late George Eccles was CEO of First Security Bank for 47 years. The foundation that bears his name has donated more than $50 million to U of U programs in the humanities, fine arts, law, genetics, nursing, medicine, minority scholarships, graduate programs, broadcasting, graduate fellowships, and athletics. Q&A sessions cover PeopleSoft financials The PeopleSoft financials implementation team is sponsoring question-and-answer sessions for anyone interested in the financials package. The sessions will be held on Wednesdays, Aug. 12, 19, and 26, at noon in the business school computer classroom, 420 BUC. No preregistration is required. Additional information on PeopleSoft training is available on the Utah 2000 Project Web site, www.acs.utah.edu/utah2000. Committee begins search for Health Sciences VP President Bernie Machen has appointed a committee to conduct a national search to fill the position of vice president for Health Sciences/dean of the School of Medicine. John Matsen will remain in this position until a successor is appointed, probably in February. The committee is chaired by Ed Clark, chair of Pediatrics. Other faculty members are: Kathleen Digre, Neurology; Harold Dunn, Orthopedics; Bob Huefner, Political Science and Scott M. Matheson Center for Health Care Studies; John Mauger, College of Pharmacy; Thomas Parks, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Stephen Prescott, Internal Medicine, Biochemistry, and Human Molecular Biology and Genetics; and Merle Sande, Internal Medicine. Medical student Paula Slater will represent students. In a memo to Health Sciences faculty, President Machen says, "Please feel free to talk with the search committee chair or individual committee members about issues that are important to you, the University campus as a whole, the broader community of which we are a part, and the future of Health Sciences on our campus.” Private company takes over Dining Services The University has agreed to a five-year contract with Chartwells Educational Dining Services, an operating company of Compass Group North American Division, to run all aspects of University Dining Services, including vending operations. The selection was made on the basis of a total campus program presented by Chartwells that seeks to provide the highest levels of customer satisfaction while maximizing revenues for the University. Chartwells will handle the Union Terrace restaurants, Panorama Room, catering, and snack bars, while the company's vending services arm, Canteen Vending Services, will serve the school's vending accounts. (University Hospital and Clinics Nutrition Care Services remains a separate operation.) Food prices and the Ute Points plan for paying with the U of U ID card will remain the same. The 150 employees currently working for U. Dining Services have the option of becoming Chartwells employees, says Dan Adams, assistant to the vice president for student affairs. Chartwells' plans include a significant renovation of the Union Terrace, expanded menu offerings, tuition assistance for dining service employees, a commuter meal discount plan, vending-machine replacements, promotional events, and annual student scholarships. Other plans include adding a Burger King restaurant to the Union Terrace, relocating the A&W restaurant to the Trading Post in the residence halls, moving the Taco Bell to the Union Express, and adding a bakery. Changes at the Union Terrace will begin immediately, with most major renovations happening in the next two years. Chartwells will also handle food service for the new residence halls at Fort Douglas. Chartwells is the dining service provider for a number of large universities, and Compass Group is the world's leading contract food service company, operating in more than 48 countries. Now is a good time to add service to courses The Lowell Bennion Community Service Center is making it easy to incorporate community service into classes, and have them designated as service-learning courses. The center will provide a teaching assistant trained in service-learning concepts to faculty who are teaching a service-learning course for the first time. On request, Bennion Center staff members will visit individual faculty or departmental meetings to discuss service learning. Service-learning combines personal experience and structured community service with academic learning that takes place in the classroom. More than 110 courses have been so designated at the University, and the concept is gaining popularity both here at the U and nationwide. The Bennion Center suggests that conversion to the semester system might be a good time to consider adding service- learning courses. For details of how to have a course approved or to arrange a departmental visit, call Stephanie at ext. 5-3297. Proposals for spring semester are due Oct. 1. FYI Web site provides back issues, index FYI...a faculty/staff newsletter is available on the World Wide Web. It can be found under "News/Events” on the University's Web site at www.utah.edu/fyi/, the electronic version usually appears before the printed copies are delivered, and it contains additional yet-unpublished stories. The site is handy for checking information in past issues. An index for each year is provided, and for 1997-98, a search tool helps you find which issues had stories on the topic you want, such as "Olympics." Links in the index take you to the issue cited, where you can scroll to the story you want. Web sites and e-mail addresses in the text are also usually linked. For a look at the comprehensive events calendar from which the FYI calendar is drawn, go to www.utah.edu/calendar/. The campus mailing list for FYI comes from the payroll. It is not yet possible to delete individuals who would like to receive the newsletter only through electronic means. Hospital's Pulse is online too University Hospital and Clinics employees, and anyone else who wants to know what's doing in the hospital, can now read the latest Pulse via the World Wide Web. The text of the newsletter can be found on the Public Affairs site, www.med.utah.edu/pubaffairs. Each week's issue will normally appear on the site Monday morning. The site also provides a way to suggest stories and read Health Sciences Center news releases. Available to all No-cost passes cover rides on UTA bus routes Beginning Aug. 18, enrolled students and current staff and faculty may pick up at no charge passes to ride Utah Transit Authority buses for 1998-99. The passes are good on all UTA routes, seven days per week, except ski busses. Passes are available at the University Union Main Desk, Hospital Employee Services Center, University Bookstore customer service desk, and at Parking Services. The 1997-98 passes are good through the first week of October. UTA passes and campus shuttles are funded by a transportation fee instead of with parking funds, so the passes are now available to all members of the University community at no out-of-pocket cost, regardless of whether you buy a parking permit or not. The University reimburses UTA for the passes. Availability of the passes has been shown to reduce demand for campus parking by approximately 1,000 campus spaces per day. Service tip Look at tech-mail messages as though you are recipient Now that electronic mail and phonemail are commonplace, it's time to look at the messages you send from the point of view of those who receive them. If you want to communicate instead of show off, make receiving a message from you as easy as possible. Some thoughts: Phonemail is personal; it carries the inflection of your voice. However, it does not lend itself to complex material, such as a mailing address, agenda, or travel directions. Give your correspondent a break and send an e-mail or fax instead. For a greeting that answers when the telephone is unattended, it is still common for people to leave a long monologue, as though phonemail were still some kind of novelty. Worse still is using the standard Telecommunications default as your greeting (it lasts for 20 seconds). Suggestion: Pretend you are a caller in a hurry, and call yourself to see what you are inflicting on people. For its part, e-mail tends to attract prompt attention, except when you send it to people who receive a large volume of messages. Beware of using sarcasm or expressing irritation when it's really the kind of message that should be exchanged face-to-face. E-mail allows you to make something clear—on paper so to speak—and the reader can use it for reference. However, think of it as something that will be read tomorrow, and avoid "come and see me in five minutes" type of messages. Also remember that long messages are difficult to read on the screen. Try using short paragraphs, and separate them with double hard returns. Suggestion: Look at your mail on several other people's screens to see if it comes through in a long-line/short- line format, or two inches deep and four feet wide. If you are including a document that is just text, give your reader a break. Copy and paste the text right into your e-mail message, rather than show off with a fancy attached file that requires several steps to translate. University College begins services to undeclared majors University College began operation July 1, encompassing all students who have not yet declared a major. Staffing for the college consists of what was formerly the Center for Academic Advising, now to be known as the University College Advising Center, 450 Student Services Building. The primary role of the college is to provide advising services for undeclared majors. Those who have declared a major should call upon their major departments for advising. University College will continue to serve returning students who had already been working with a UC adviser, and to assist those making the transition from quarter to semester system. Two staff advisers and student paraprofessional advisers handle "quickie” questions. Otherwise, for better service, students are asked to make appointments, except during the first two days of each semester. The center handles "quickie” questions for an hour prior to its regular opening at 9 a.m., and remains open until 6:30 p.m. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Terry Newfarmer, editor, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 1-7996, 308 Park Building.
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