February 18, 1999
now make up
Joseph Simone, M.D., has been appointed to the new position of Vice President for
Cancer Programs on an interim basis until Oct. 30. As interim vice president, Simone
will have responsibility for cancer teaching, research, and patient care, and especially
for developing an interdisciplinary clinical cancer effort for the Health Sciences Center.
The new vice-presidential area will report to the senior vice president for Health
Sciences when a permanent appointment is made to that position. In the meantime,
Simone will report directly to President Bernie Machen. Simone is medical director of
the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, and Jon M. Huntsman Professor of Clinical
Oncology in the School of Medicine.
Coming in May
During May, the University will begin paying employees twice each month rather than
every two weeks, says a memo to department heads from Clif Drew, associate vice
president for instructional technology and outreach. This means you will receive 24
paychecks per year, rather than 26 (or occasionally, 27), so the amount of each check
will be slightly more.
Drew says the change is being made for a variety of reasons, only one of which
is compatibility with PeopleSoft software. Other reasons are: (1) the fiscal year,
calendar year, and pay periods will come out even; (2) budget encumbrance
adjustments will be eliminated; (3) pay periods will match academic calendars; (4)
faculty appointments are defined monthly; (5) contracts and federal grants operate on
a monthly basis; and (6) the new schedule will simplify budgeting.
list of U program
President Bernie Machen's presentation to the Utah Legislature's Joint Higher
Education Appropriations Subcommittee consisted of a matter-of-fact discussion of the
University's priorities for funding increases outside of salary increases and capital
facilities. Topics included:
Management information systemsUnfunded debt for upgrading computer
systems is growing, and the "year-2000 problem" cannot be solved without
Libraries--The price of periodicals continues to grow faster than the Consumer
Price Index, and while electronic conversion can help, it too is expensive.
Academic technology--The University needs the techniques being used in
modern classrooms, and with no increase in non-personnel services budgets in
13 years, most departments don't even have a budget line for computer
Access enhancement--Students who qualify for admission to the University
are still being turned away for majors where demand far exceeds capacity,
including accounting, communication, computer science, marketing, nursing,
pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology, social work, and teacher education,
Human genetics--Base appropriations are currently only $225,000 for a
program that is one of the best in the world, attracting $22 million in research
funding. Base funding is needed in part to train students in the U's new master's
program in genetics counseling.
Public health program--Addition of a doctoral program would provide
necessary skills in a state with a rapidly growing population, and public health
problems such as a low immunization rate.
Area health education centers--Seed money is necessary to build on a
successful program that delivers medical services to otherwise under-served
rural communities, and to attract federal funding.
New online directories
New online directories, one listing University employees and one
listing students, have replaced the various previous versions that
were available on the World Wide Web. To find them, go to the U of
U home page at www.utah.edu, and look under Faculty/Staff," and
"The most important difference about the new directories is
that they are more current and accurate because they draw their
information directly from PeopleSoft employee and student records
in real time, rather than use periodic updates," says Teri Olsen,
project coordinator in Administrative Computing Services. "E-mail
addresses are also now part of the same database, rather than
being kept separately."
The new directories are faster, have better search features,
and are cross-referenced when an individual is both an employee
and a student. The student directory gives home address and
telephone number information unless the student has asked that
they be withheld, while the employee directory gives only campus
address and telephone information. Features that allow you to
update your own personal information will be forthcoming. "We're
counting on feedback from staff and faculty to help us get rid of
the glitches that will inevitably turn up in the data," says
U of U involvements
Lifetime records of community involvement and service characterize
the winners of high honors to be presented by the Alumni
Association at the Founders Day banquet Feb. 19. Winners of the
Distinguished Alumni Award are: James E. Faust, attorney, former
Utah legislator, member of the John F. Kennedy administration,
World War II veteran, and member of the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles of the LDS Church; G. Donald Gale, former U of U
faculty member, vice president for news and public affairs at KSL,
and board member of numerous community and charitable
organizations; Pierre Lassonde, gold-mining analyst, CEO of
Franco-Nevada and Euro-Nevada Mining Corp., and member of two
advisory boards for the David Eccles School of Business; and Kay
Winston Lipman, volunteer and philanthropist for various causes,
chair of the Fort Douglas restoration fund drive, and board member
of the Utah Centennial Commission.
The Honorary Alumnus Award goes to Jon M. Huntsman, CEO of
Huntsman Corp., who "has devoted his resources and energy to the
alleviation of human misery around the globe," and who serves on
numerous U of U boards, and was instrumental in founding the
Huntsman Cancer Institute with one of the largest gifts in the
history of higher education.
include U; Olympics
will bring benefits
In a report to the Academic Senate, Prof. Wayne McCormack, Law, the U's Olympic
coordinator, and General Counsel John Morris said they have been able to uncover
no wrongdoing on the part of the University with regard to the Olympics. McCormack
said tuition payments accepted for students who are IOC relatives would have been
indistinguishable from normal third-party payments, as are received in behalf of
thousands of students. Morris said the U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed
documents relating to tuition payments, business transactions, and medical services,
"but the grand jury is treating the University as a witness with information to provide,
rather than with any suspicion of wrongdoing."
The major benefits to the University of having the Games will come in the form
of academic, arts, and cultural events now being planned, McCormack said, plus
volunteer involvements for students, high-quality new student housing, and the variety
of consulting agreements that will be forthcoming during the next three years. The
University has contracts with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for use of Rice
Eccles Stadium ($8 million), use of student housing at Fort Douglas ($28 million),
and--as a subcontract to Intermountain Health Care--to provide medical services
within the Athletes' Village.
due by Feb. 26
The University Diversity Committee is asking for nominations by Feb. 26 of colleges,
departments, or other entities that have made important contributions toward including
women and minorities in their programs. Send nominations to 204 Park Building,
describing in detail the activities worthy of recognition. For information, contact Anne
Bagley, ext. 1-7569, firstname.lastname@example.org.
seeks tool donations
for service projects
The Lowell Bennion Community Service Center and KUER FM 90 are sponsoring a
drive March 12 for donations "gently used" garden tools and supplies. These will be
used in ongoing community service projects. The first will be "Into the Streets" March
19, wherein some 1,500 students will work on 11 projects in the Salt Lake City area,
including tree-planting along the Jordan River.
To help out, bring shovels, rakes, garden tools, garbage bags, hammers, fabric
scissors, and the like to the Eccles Broadcast Center Friday, March 12, any time from 7
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Will the U stay
open? What about
Two often-asked questions about the 2002 Winter Olympics are: (1) will the University
remain open and the staff come to work during the Games? and, (2) where will the
residents of student housing live while the residence halls are used for the Athletes'
Village? Prof. Wayne McCormack, Law, who is the University's Olympics coordinator,
describes the plans as they now stand, as follows:
(1) Spring Semester will begin Jan. 3, 2002. University classes will not meet for
a three-week period during February, just before and during the Olympics, but the U
will otherwise remain open, as it does during a spring break. Administrative offices, the
libraries, etc. will be open. (The exception is that the University will close the day of the
Opening Ceremonies.) Things won't be normal though, because there will be
Olympics-related academic and cultural events going on. Also, parking near Rice
Eccles Stadium and the Annex will not be available for University use. Special shuttles
will serve alternative parking lots. There are no athletic venues on campus.
(2) Residents of the new student housing at Fort Douglas who do not choose to
find their own housing elsewhere* will be relocated into Ballif, Van Cott, and Austin
halls, which will be kept vacant for the purpose. In focus groups, current residents have
said they would not want to move twice if faced with this situation, so residents will
probably remain in the old halls for the balance of Spring Semester. The apartment
style new buildings at Fort Douglas will revert to University use March 1, 2002, while
the halls in the 11-acre site on the south side of the fort will be used for the
Paralympics that follow the regular Games.
*Many moved in with friends and relatives at the Calgary Games.
will make some
programs cost more
The Board of Regents approved a general 3 percent tuition increase
for the Utah System of Higher Education for 1999-2000. In
addition, the Regents are allowing the U of U to increase tuition
for selected programs at the graduate level. Approved were $2,500
per year tuition increases for the School of Medicine, College of
Pharmacy Pharm.D. program, and graduate programs in Dietetics,
Communication Disorders, Occupational Therapy, and Physical
Therapy. The College of Nursing will add 10 percent to its current
differential. No undergraduate programs are affected by the
This year, the Regents waited until later than usual to
announce new tuition levels, in hopes of breaking the tie between
tuition and faculty/staff salary increases. However, legislators
insisted they needed the numbers for making state appropriations.
Wellness Fair looks
at total person<
Faculty and staff are invited to a "Wellness Fair" Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. The sponsoring Student Health Advisory Committee
and Student Health Service say the new event will go beyond the physical orientation
of health fairs of the past to include intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and
emotional aspects of health.
must meet new
Environmental Health and Safety has compiled information to help supervisors meet a
new Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirement that employees who
operate forklifts, lift trucks, and similar equipment must receive a new standard of
training during 1999. Copies of the new regulations can be found at
www.ehs.utah.edu, under "Updates," then "Recent Regulatory Activity," or call Jeanine
Salustri at ext. 5-9325. To comply with the regulations, EHS recommends using the
training provided by the Utah Safety Council, 262-5400, or by private vendors.
In keeping with his desire that administrative functions have faculty input, President
Bernie Machen has created a Development Oversight Committee. The committee will
review the University's fund-raising activities, in such areas as organization, funding,
and programming. Membership includes several deans, the president of the Academic
Senate, and other faculty members in what will become staggered three-year terms.
The senior vice president for Academic Affairs is ex officio chair, and the vice president
for Development is also an ex officio member.
At the end of 1998, the Sesquicentennial Campaign had achieved $489 million
toward its $500 million goal, with more than a year to go.
Worth a visit
Fort museum adds
new mural, offers
The Fort Douglas Military Museum recently unveiled a new mural, painted by Don
Hague, director emeritus of the Utah Museum of Natural History. The mural depicts the
mouth of Red Butte Canyon as it might have appeared prior to 1935, when horse
cavalry disappeared from the fort. It serves as a backdrop to a life-size exhibit of horse
and rider with all the accouterments of the 1930s, including McClellan saddle,
Smokey-Bear hat, and Springfield rifle. Hague was a student of the famous muralist
Lynn Fausett, who also has a mural in the museum, depicting the Mormons' first battle
with the Utes at Utah Lake in 1850.
Located on the south side of the Parade Ground, the Fort Douglas Museum is
worth a visit. Exhibits with uniforms, accouterments, other artifacts, photographs,
paintings, and text cover Utah and Mormon history from the military point of view.
Included are an account of events at the fort under Colonel Patrick Connor, the "father
of Utah mining." Other exhibits give a western perspective through World War II and
even Vietnam, with such offerings as a six-foot model of the USS Salt Lake City, a
heavy cruiser that fought in World War II, and lasted until it was scuttled off Bikini Atoll
after the first H-bomb explosion. Outside, you'll find a collection of tanks, helicopters,
and artillery dating from modern times back to the Civil War.
Although the building technically belongs to the University, the museum will be
operated indefinitely under the auspices of the Utah National Guard.
Utah online library
Utah's colleges and universities, public schools, and libraries worked together to
create an online reference tool that has the familiar convenience of the World Wide
Web. It's called "Pioneer: Utah's Online Library." For access, either select "Academic
Pioneer" on the Marriott Library Web site, or go directly to http://pioneer-library.org.
Pioneer allows you to search local newspapers, some 1,500 other magazines and
newspapers, dictionaries, and encyclopedias, plus some academic journals, and
A service of note on Pioneer is "College Sources," which has scanned text of
the college catalogs of 6,900 institutions, include the U of U.