June 29, 2015


Air conditioning is returning to eight buildings on the University of Utah’s main campus where activities were disrupted Monday by equipment problems.

While some repair work is still ongoing, classes, activities and events have returned to their normal schedules for Tuesday, June 30.

Students are advised to contact their instructor if they have any questions or concerns about previously rescheduled classes.

Please note that as a result of the efforts to stabilize the temperature in the buildings Monday evening, the classrooms may begin the day cooler than normal. While cooling has been restored, some variation in temperature may persist for 24 hours while the system stabilizes.

For questions or concerns, please email


By Annalisa Purser

University Neighborhood Partners at the University of Utah celebrates the college graduation of nearly 300 west Salt Lake residents at its first Partners in the Park event held on June 23. This is the largest group of U and Salt Lake Community College graduates from the area since UNP began in 2001.

University Neighborhood Partners aims to connect west Salt Lake residents with higher education in mutually beneficial partnerships—providing opportunities to residents and insights and experience to researchers and students. Since 2003, the population of the area has grown by 10 percent, but the number of U graduates has increased by more than 600 percent, from 25 to 187.

Partners in the Park event 2014Partners in the Park is an annual event series for west Salt Lake residents that includes a free picnic dinner, crafts, raffles, music, face painting and information tables to connect residents with university departments and community organizations. At the kick-off event, 12 scholarships will be awarded to current or past residents of west Salt Lake City who are high school seniors, have earned a GED diploma, are freshmen undergraduate students or students transferring from a community college to a four-year institution, and who have been involved with UNP partnerships or volunteered with UNP or other west side community partners.

Nearly all of the recipients are first-generation college students, and many are immigrants or from refugee backgrounds. Several are recent high school graduates while others are pursuing graduate degrees in programs as diverse as pharmacology and chemical engineering.

“Through these events, we hope to facilitate the integration of the University of Utah community with west side families to connect with them and talk to the youth about the value of higher education,” said Sarah Munro, director of UNP starting July 1.

The Partners in the Park program schedule follows:

  • July 7, Riverside Park, 739 N. 1400 West, 6 p.m.
  • July 14, Sherwood Park, 400 S. 1400 West, 6 p.m.
  • July 28, Poplar Grove Park, 800 S. 1200 West, 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 4, Northwest Multipurpose Center, 300 N. 1300 West, 6 p.m.

Scholarship Recipients

UNP Wolf and meritus scholarships recipients
Joan and Hal Wolf generously created the Harold H. and Joan S. Wolf Scholarship in 2007 to give a deserving student a little extra support in his or her quest for education. Through the years, the Wolfs have invited friends and colleagues to join them, creating additional meritus scholarships. This year, scholarships of $3,000 each were given to six students thanks to generosity of many individuals: the Wolfs, Art and Mary Jo Broom, Denny and Barbara Crouch, Harriet and Ray Gesteland, Dixie and Bob Huefner, Cathy Cunningham and Doug Rollins, Helane and David Leta, Lynda and Gary Oderda, Susan and Dale Poulter and Steve and Kathryn White.

Melissa-Manzano-webMelissa Manzano wasn’t always the best student, but when her family faced financial difficulties during her junior year of high school, she decided to step up and plan for her future. Since her junior year of high school, she has maintained above a 3.7 GPA and graduated from East High School. She also volunteers at the Utah Food Bank, homeless shelters and as a tutor at the Mountain View Elementary Community Learning Center.

Manzano will attend Salt Lake Community College, where she plans to earn an associate’s degree, and then transfer to the University of Utah with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.


Carlos-Avila-webCarlos Avila graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School and will attend the University of Utah in the fall. His parents came to the United States from Mexico, and he is part of the first generation in his family to attend college. His goal is to help his community by becoming a doctor and offering services to those who can’t afford it.

In addition to being a youth researcher for Mestizo Arts and Activism, Avila has been very active in extracurricular activities and even coaches a fourth grade competitive basketball team.


Minja-Durovic-webMinja Durovic came to the United States from Bosnia when she was 3 years old. As a high school student, she set challenging academic goals for herself while also devoting time to extracurricular activities. In addition to volunteering at Utah Food Bank and the Salt Lake Peer Court, she served an internship through Mestizo Arts and Activism and enrolled in the AVID program at West High School. Durovic will attend the University of Utah in the fall.



David-Hernandez-webDavid Hernandez was raised in Mexico City and moved to the United States with his mother and sister when he was 12. After graduating from high school, Hernandez worked two jobs but still struggled to support his family. While working in construction, Hernandez met a professional engineer and decided to enroll at Salt Lake Community College to study engineering.

During his time at SLCC, Hernandez held leadership positions in several volunteer organizations, including Latinos in Action and the Society of Hispanic Engineers. After earning an associate’s degree, Hernandez enrolled at the University of Utah where he plans to earn a doctorate in chemical engineering. He aspires to become a tenured professor and serve as a mentor to other students like himself.

Viridiana-Batalla-webViridiana Batalla completed an internship with the Salt Lake Peer Court and is involved with a group that organizes volunteer work and community activities for Hispanic teens and their parents. She and her mother have also volunteered for University Neighborhood Partners.

Batalla graduated from the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science and will attend the University of Utah in the fall—the first in her family to attend college. She plans to study social work and eventually become a family lawyer.


Daniel-Diaz-webDaniel Diaz’s parents emigrated from Mexico at a young age and were not able to get a formal education. Diaz dedicated much of his time to caring for his younger sisters while their parents worked, and he has seen firsthand the value of a college degree.

Diaz made time to focus on his studies and volunteer with the Salt Lake Peer Court and at Guadalupe School. He graduated from East High School and will attend the University of Utah in the fall. He aspires to start his own company and ensure his family will be financially secure.


Danielle-Martinez-webDanielle Martinez is an ambitious student who selected academically competitive courses in high school and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. She received a University Neighborhood Partners Pathfinder Scholarship last spring, which helped her with her first year at the University of Utah, where she is currently on the dean’s list.

Martinez is a member of the Freshman Service Corp at the U and helps a local Latinos in Action group maintain its community garden. Since October, Martinez has worked as a tutor through Utah Valley University’s Gear Up program at East High. Much of the money she earns there goes to help her family. Martinez plans to double major in political science and economics, eventually attending law school or another graduate program.


UNP Pathfinder Scholarship recipients

Two additional scholarships of $2,500 each were made possible thanks to an anonymous donor and other UNP funds.

Leslie-Barajas-webLeslie Barajas has had many volunteer experiences, including service for the Humane Society, the food bank, homeless shelters and as a tutor to younger students at Rose Park Elementary. She has volunteered at Partners in the Park events for the last four summers and has enjoyed meeting people in her community and helping them know that it’s possible to achieve higher education.

Barahas graduated from the Salt Lake Center for Science Education and will attend Salt Lake Community College in the fall. She hopes to eventually transfer to the University of Utah to complete a bachelor’s degree.


Hser-Paw-webHser Paw’s family is from Myanmar, part of the Karen ethnic minority group. Paw had the opportunity to move from a refugee camp to the United States when she was 12 years old. In order to preserve her culture, she performs traditional dances and tutors younger generations of Karen children, helping them recognize and understand their parents’ history.

Paw graduated from American Preparatory Academy, where she was involved in many community service activities. She will be attending the University of Utah in the fall and dreams of becoming a dentist.


Alumni Association/UNP Scholarship Recipients

Three scholarships (one for $5,000 and two for $3,000) are generously provided by the University of Utah’s Alumni Association.

Photo_Elen_Nazarenko_webElena Nazarenko emigrated from Ukraine with her family at a young age. In high school, Nazarenko was inspired by her teachers and counselors to create a club to help other low-income students. Since then, Elena has served her community by tutoring children, preparing and serving dinner to low-income communities and donating time and resources to nonprofit organizations.

Nazarenko is a senior at the University of Utah working toward an honors degree in finance and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics.


Vy_webVy Huynh moved the United States from Vietnam with her family five years ago. Watching her parents work hard to support the family encouraged Huynh to study hard and be the first in her family to go to college. She is now a student at the University of Utah and an active member of many university clubs. Huynh has volunteered as a tutor at Jackson Elementary and currently serves as a tutor and mentor at Glendale Middle School. She plans to graduate with a degree in business management and eventually earn an MBA.



Inspired by the disparity of Hispanic leaders within the health care field, Tony Valdez was determined to become the first individual from his Mexican-American household to attend college. As a student at the University of Utah, Tony has been heavily involved with the Bennion Community Service Center and was recognized as a service-learning scholar for his 400 hours of volunteering at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City. However, he is most proud of the service project he implemented at a local school for children with autism that created and distributed pamphlets to raise awareness in the Spanish-speaking community.

Valdez earned a bachelor of science in Spanish in 2012 and is currently completing a graduate degree in pharmacology. He plans to become a pharmacist after he graduates in 2016.


Annalisa Purser is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By Melinda Rogers

Cliff Rosky remembers a clear moment when he knew he wanted to dedicate much of his career to fighting for the rights of LGBT people.

It was 1994 and Rosky was a student at Amherst College in Massachusetts. On a trip home to his native New Jersey one weekend, Rosky’s brother had news for the family: He was gay. The announcement wasn’t a big deal to the family, but in 1994, a stigma still existed around those who came out —gay marriage wasn’t legal anywhere in the U.S., same-sex relationships were criminalized and hate crimes were rampant. As Rosky’s brother discussed his future as a gay man, he made a heartbreaking statement that would set Rosky on a path to work towards equality for years to come.

Cliff_Rosky_media-1“I remember my brother saying something along the lines that he didn’t think he could have a family and he didn’t think he could be a parent,” Rosky, today a professor at the S.J. Quinney of Law at the University of Utah, recalled. “That just struck me as wrong.”

Rosky graduated from Yale Law School in 2001 and set out to change the world for the better, taking jobs where he could work toward creating public policy that would enable his brother —and others in the LGBT community —to fulfill their dreams of having a family without the hostile climate from mainstream society in the early 1990s. Rosky moved to San Francisco, where he worked for a few years as a lawyer before ultimately landing a job where he could pursue his true passion full-time. He joined the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law.

Among his accomplishments at the institute: He submitted an amicus brief in the successful same-sex marriage appeal to the California Supreme Court in 2008, which was cited in the court’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state. The case was fought in an intense national spotlight, especially in Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invested in efforts to ban gay marriage, encouraging its members to lobby to help pass Proposition 8 in California—the formal name of the ballot initiative that prohibited same-sex unions there.

“In our brief, we tried to tell the California Supreme Court who same-sex couples actually are in California. There is a stereotype that same-sex couples are mostly white, affluent, men,” said Rosky. “But that’s just a myth, there is a lot of racial, ethnic, and economic diversity. Many couples are raising kids. It seemed important to let the California Supreme Court know that.”

Besides work on the high-profile court case, while in California he also developed teaching materials for a casebook on sexual orientation and law, and co-authored over 30 demographic reports on lesbian, gay and bisexual populations in the United States. After moving to Utah, he in 2011 authored an award-winning article on the Prop 8 case, “Perry v. Schwarzenegger and the Future of Same-Sex Marriage Law,” in the “Arizona Law Review.”

Today, he is one of the country’s leading experts on the constitutionality of laws against same-sex marriage, one of several reasons he will be honored this week by the Human Rights Campaign at the organization’s 2015 Utah Gala as the recipient of the Equality Award. The Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization dedicated to working for equal rights for LGBT people, including policies that help people feel they can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. Across the U.S., it has more than 1.5 million supporters.

Rosky was selected for this year’s “Equality Award” in Utah for a lifetime of work in improving civil rights.

Also honored at this year’s awards dinner, which took place June 27 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City,  was Brandie Balken, former executive director of Equality Utah and current program officer with Gill Foundation, an LGBT advocacy group.

Rosky’s hard work also makes him an asset to the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, said Robert Adler, dean of the college. Rosky teaches courses on constitutional law, criminal law, and sexuality-gender law. He’s been featured in publications such as The Economist, Associated Press, L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera.

“Professor Rosky is one of those rare academics who combines brilliance in teaching and academic research with an ability to use his scholarly work to make the world a better place,” said Robert Adler, dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. “We live in a society that is moving toward greater justice and equality because of Cliff and others like him.”

Rosky came to Utah in 2008 —a move that surprised some who watched his career trajectory take him from the east coast to liberal San Francisco —to the mountains of one of the most conservative regions in the country. “Why Utah?” was a question Rosky even asked himself at the time —until an interview when he met a group of law students and fell in love with Salt Lake City’s diverse, divergent viewpoints.

“There is something that Utah has that other places don’t: Ideological diversity. People disagree on the issues I care about and I realized at that moment, ‘This is why Utah.’ We’re having conversations here that no one is having anywhere else. The opportunity to do work on LGBT rights in Salt Lake City is certainly unique,” said Rosky.

He noted he enjoys the collaborative environment he finds in fellow colleagues at the U.

“It’s a very supportive environment,” said Rosky. “There are many law schools that would have said ‘stop doing so much public service.’ But I was able to work on many public policy initiatives in addition to teaching and research. It has been a special opportunity.”

Besides teaching at the U, Rosky has been active with Equality Utah, an organization that assists with drafting equality-related legislation and coordinating lobby efforts to ensure passage; supporting candidates for public office who are equality-minded and focusing on education in the community to promote diversity.

Rosky played an important role in authoring and lobbying for the passage of SB296 in the Utah Legislature during the 2015 session. The historic bill bans discrimination in housing and employment for the LGBT community, but offers religious liberty protections at workplaces.

While SB296 was a step in the right direction, there is still much work to do in Utah and across the U.S., Rosky said. But much has happened in Rosky’s relatively short tenure in Utah. His first day on the job was on the same day as the Utah Pride Parade in 2008. By the end of the month, the LDS church had dropped into California’s Prop 8 debate. And through the recent historic Herbert v. Kitchen lawsuit —in which the U.S. District Court declared Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional —the state has become the national epicenter of the gay rights movement.

“Cliff was instrumental in getting the Utah nondiscrimination bill written and passed this year.  Cliff has fought to equality for years, never giving up on fighting for a fully inclusive bill,” said Bruce Bastian, a member of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board who lives in Orem. “The Human Rights Campaign is pleased to be able to honor him this year.”

As Rosky continues to work toward continued equality battles in the future, he will have family by his side, including his brother whose coming out inspired him more than 20 years ago. His brother today is out and proud, a much different person living in a society more tolerant than it used to be. Still, change must forge ahead. It’s still legal for businesses to refuse to serve LGBT customers, Rosky noted, and there is no road map for how to protect LGBT people in red states nationally —a project he’d like to work on with others in the future.

“Living here and doing this work. We’re the center of a historical moment,” said Rosky. “It’s a privilege to play a role in this but it’s just one role.”

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Melinda Rogers is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By Annalisa Purser

More than 120 years ago, the University of Utah granted its highest honor, the honorary doctorate, to John R. Park, after whom the iconic Park building is named. He was the U’s first recipient of the honor and received it the year the University of Deseret became the University of Utah.

Since then, the U has granted 342 honorary degrees, and recipients have included the second female admiral in U.S. Naval history, a U.S. presidential candidate, an NFL quarterback, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the president of Pixar Animation Studios, a state senator, a Nobel Prize winner and the world-record holder for reaching the summit of Mount Everest more times than any other person.

The University of Utah is now seeking nominations for the 2016 honorees. Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved unusual distinction in academic pursuits, the arts, the professions, business, government, civic affairs or in service to the university.

Anne Cullimore Decker, Henry B. Eyring and Mark Fuller were the 2015 honorees. If you know of any individuals like these who should be considered for an honorary degree, please complete the nomination form along with a short biographic sketch of the individual and information about his or her relationship to the U by Sept. 28, 2015.

Anne Cullimore Decker

Henry Eyring 

Mark Fuller

Please note that current members of the state Board of Regents, current members of the U Board of Trustees and current members of the U faculty and staff are not eligible for this award.


Annalisa Purser is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By Melinda Rogers

On June 1, companies across the U.S. will provided reports to the SEC documenting whether the products they manufacture contain minerals mined in Congo —an area known to force people to mine for minerals amid armed conflict and human rights abuses.

It’s only the second time in history companies will file the disclosures, following the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires public companies to track the use of minerals in their products and make annual disclosures about whether their products contain minerals from Congo.

The issue of conflict minerals is gaining steam worldwide. In recent weeks, the European Union Parliament passed draft regulations related to cracking down on companies that use minerals in their products mined from Congo as a way to work toward improving human rights conditions in the war-torn region.

An emerging voice in the conflict mineral debate is that of University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jeff Schwartz, who is scheduled to publish an article in the Harvard Business Law Review this fall. The article, “The Conflict Minerals Experiment,” examines the inaugural data submitted by companies to the SEC —and whether the disclosures helped with supply-chain transparency.

Schwartz found in his research that many U.S. companies did not delve deep into their wells of suppliers, with many reporting that they couldn’t figure out if conflict minerals from Congo were a part of their supply chains. The attempt by the U.S. to get companies to be more accountable for using minerals obtained from the region by implementing the Dodd-Frank Act isn’t necessarily a model other countries should follow, said Schwartz.

“The main findings of my study are that the costs and benefits of the conflict minerals rules have been grossly exaggerated by those debating their merits.  Compliance appears to have cost far less than critics of the rules had argued, but the rules produced little information about corporate supply chains, frustrating the ambitions of the human rights groups that supported them,” said Schwartz. “These are important findings, not only for those concerned about the effect of the rules themselves, but also for other countries that are looking to the SEC’s rules as a potential template for future supply chain transparency efforts.”

Schwartz came to his conclusions after examining over 200 reports submitted to the SEC last year, the inaugural year of the disclosures.

“The conflict minerals rules are a failure in their current form because they do not produce meaningful information about conflict mineral supply chains.  This is the result of flawed rules and a cursory compliance effort on the part of the regulated entities,” said Schwartz.

Schwartz will continue his research by examining the second round of disclosure reports submitted to the SEC. Companies must meet a June 1 deadline in filing their reports.


Melinda Rogers is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at


By Jodi Emery, senior marketing and communications director, Continuing Education

The English Language Institute at the University of Utah is probably best known for its English language classes designed for international students who want to attend American universities and must pass the TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language.

However, the English Language Institute offers a variety of additional resources for the campus and community.

English for Special Purposes Classes


Students from Mexico, South Korea and Dominican Republic taking part in a spelling bee.

Many university programs use technical terms and seem to have a language all their own. To help students succeed in these specialized programs, the English Language Institute offers “special purposes” classes that focus on specific vocabulary, topics and issues related to certain subjects. Participants also have an opportunity to attend a university class in their field.

ELI currently offers English for Business, Medical Terminology, English for Engineering, English for Social Work and English for Physics.

If you have international students in your department who struggle with terminology specific to their studies, ELI can design a special program for you. More information is available here.

Intensive Pre-academic Preparation

This program helps international students already accepted into an American university brush up on their English language skills. It also introduces them to the local culture through a host family and a variety of activities.

The next course is scheduled for Aug. 3-14, 2015.

Recreational English

ELI takes learning English learning beyond the classroom with recreational English programs that combine traditional classwork with local recreational opportunities and assignments that immerse students into the culture and help them interact with local residents.

The next course, Explore Utah, is July 13-Aug. 7, 2015 and takes students to scenic locations around the state, including Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.

Teacher Training

For those looking to become language teachers, ELI offers teacher-training programs that give future teachers the opportunity to attend intensive English classes with international students as well as classes focused on teaching issues. Participants will lead two activities in an ELI class with international students and hear from experienced teachers from public schools, members of the Utah Board of Education and other professionals.


University faculty and staff tuition benefit policies apply to many of our courses, so please see our website or call 801-581-4600 for more information.




July 1-31

The Clear the Air Challenge is all about improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion and conserving energy in Utah by eliminating unnecessary vehicle trips. By eliminating a few vehicle trips throughout your week, you can make a big difference in your community while competing for weekly prizes, grand prizes and statewide bragging rights.

Clean air is important for the U and you. Take the challenge and see firsthand how many pounds of emissions, gallons of gas and dollars we can save when we work together. Register for one of the U’s nearly 200 teams at to make your commitment. And don’t forget to track your progress by logging into the site from your computer or mobile device.

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The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that Executive Director Gretchen Dietrich has been appointed to the board of the Association of Art Museum Directors, a national professional organization that represents 244 art museum directors in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Dietrich is one of seven new AAMD trustees, which include the directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Des Moines Art Center and Meadows Museum. AAMD members affirmed the new trustees in May at the organization’s annual meeting in Detroit. The AAMD promotes the vital role of art museums throughout North America and advances the profession by cultivating leadership and communicating standards of excellence in museum practice.

Dietrich has been executive director of the UMFA since August 2010. She is a member of Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones’ cabinet for the University’s College of Fine Arts.

Read the full press release here.


11 a.m.-1 p.m., 6th floor, S.J. Quinney College of Law (380 University Street)
Join the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends in celebrating the grand opening of the new S.J. Quinney College of Law building on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The event will begin with a short program followed by self-guided tours of the new facility. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP here »

Free parking is available at Rice-Eccles Stadium, but strongly encourage you to use public transportation. Take TRAX university line to the stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s trip planner or click the “public transit” option under “get directions” on Google Maps.

Nominations open now, due Dec. 4

The Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award recognizes outstanding faculty innovators for contributions that improved the lives of people. The DIIA recognizes contributions by faculty from all academic disciplines, including health care, energy, environment, business, law, communications, technology or the arts. Awards are given each year to one or two outstanding faculty members who distinguished themselves and the university through entrepreneurial activities that resulted in innovations with a measurable societal impact. Faculty on career, clinical or tenure tracks are eligible. The recipient receives public recognition plus a $10,000 cash award to be used at his or her discretion.

Nominations for this award are accepted throughout the year on behalf of eligible faculty with at least five years of service at the University of Utah. Faculty, administrators and alumni are welcome to submit nominations for this prestigious university award. Past awardees are profiled at the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars page.

Letters of nomination containing a short statement outlining the qualifications of the nominee and curriculum vitae for this award are now being solicited. Nominations should be submitted electronically using a nomination form found here. This success of our nomination campaign depends, to a large extent, on the initiative of departments, administrative offices and campus organizations.

The deadline for submission of the nominations is Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Kataleeya Kumsooktawonge at 801-581-8661 or email

Essential documents

Do you know of a business, nonprofit or governmental agency that truly embodies ethical leadership? You should enter them into the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards competition, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Utah, Daniels Fund and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the Eccles School.

“Our collective goal is to recognize leadership in Utah businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors,” competition leaders said.

Any business, government entity or nonprofit in those sectors with ethical standards is encouraged to apply by the July 15 deadline. Click here for more information and to apply for the award.

One organization from each sector will be recognized. A specific honor, the Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award, will go to the winner of the business category. The three awards will be given at a Sept. 11 awards breakfast, based on the criteria discussed below.

The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards are designed to recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels. Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity and in the importance of absolute ethical principles. As an exceptionally honest and fair businessman, he always based his decisions on what he believed was right – not what he thought was best for himself or his company. This attitude and style of conducting business earned Daniels incredible respect and loyalty throughout the business world. Learn more about Daniels and his business and philanthropic role in Utah here.

Nominees for the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards will be judged against the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles in determining the award winner. The principles are the following:

1. Integrity – Act with honesty in all situations.
2. Trust – Build trust in all stakeholder relationships.
3. Accountability – Accept responsibility for all decisions.
4. Transparency – Maintain open and truthful communications
5. Fairness – Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships.
6. Respect – Honor the rights, freedoms, views and property of others.
7. Rule of Law – Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations.
8. Viability – Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders.

Highlighted Events

Michael Lewis

The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics announced earlier this year that its 2015 Sam Rich Lecture will be “A Conversation with Michael Lewis.” Tickets to hear the renknowned author went on sale June 22.

Lewis’ acclaimed New York Times best-sellers include “Moneyball,” “The Blind Side,” “Flash Boys,” “Boomerang” and “Liar’s Poker” — to name a few. His book on the financial meltdown, “The Big Short” is currently being made into a widely-anticipated film starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell.

After graduating from Princeton and the London School of Economics, Lewis worked at the bond desk at Salomon Brothers. His bold exposé on the industry shook the nation and resulted in a No. 1 best-seller “Liar’s Poker.” He left the financial world to become a journalist and frequently contributes to the New Republic, New York Times Magazine, Slate,Vanity Fair and Bloomberg.

The event will take place at Abravanel Hall the evening of Sept. 24 and tickets are going fast. Tickets are available from ArtTix.

July 3 – August 30
Marriott Library
Horst Schober
Horst E. Schober (1880-1950) was the chef at the Newhouse Hotel and the Salt Lake Country Club during the 1930s and 1940s. His family generously donated his cookbook collection to Special Collections. We celebrate the art of haute cuisine with his collection and others and the beloved local restaurants of times past.

Park in the visitor parking lot, west of the library, next to the bookstore.






July 6-16
Innovation Week
Innovation Week is a program for middle and high school students to learn how to take big ideas and make them reality. The program is provided by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Youth Education at the University of Utah.

For registration questions, contact Youth Education at 801-581-6984 or visit Participants must register for the classes through Youth Education.

Summer 2015 classes: Register now





The U’s Department of Theatre proudly announces its rich and diverse 2015-16 season of plays and musicals with old favorites and cutting-edge titles. Ranging from classics like “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Hello, Dolly!” and Green Day’s “American Idiot,” to the Utah Premiere of “Good Kids,” this seasons offers something for everyone to enjoy.

The stage is set for dialogue between audiences, the university and the Salt Lake community at large with inspired storytelling, music and wit. The season is branded “All the world’s a stage,” which is fitting, with the many venues being used along with the wide variety of dialogue in each play and musical.

2015-16 Season

Twelfth NightTwelfth Night
July 9-12 and 15-18 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees July 11-12 and 18-19 | 2 p.m.
Babcock Theatre


American IdiotAmerican Idiot
Sept. 18-20 and 24-26 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees Sept. 19-20 and 26-27 | 2 p.m.
The Hayes Christensen Theatre at the Marriott Center for Dance



Animal FarmAnimal Farm
Oct. 2-4 and 8-10 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees Oct. 3 and 10, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Babcock Theatre



Good KidsGood Kids
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 5-8 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees Nov. 7 and 8 | 2 p.m.
Studio 115



Hello DollyHello, Dolly!
Jan. 15-17, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees Jan. 16 and 17, 2016 | 2 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall



Importance EarnestThe Importance of Being Earnest
Feb. 26-28 and March 3-6, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees March 5 and 6, 2016 | 2 p.m.
Babcock Theatre



As you like itAs You Like It
March 4-6 and March 10-12, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Matinees March 5 and 12, 2016 | 2 p.m.
Studio 115



Season flexpasses for the Department of Theatre’s 2015-2016 season are now available at the Performing Arts Box Office (located in Kingsbury Hall) or by calling 801-581-7100.

$80 general public, $50 university faculty/staff

  • Subscribers are entitled to eight tickets to be used in any combination
  • Over 50 percent savings
  • A one-time processing fee
  • Tickets can be shared with family and friends

Individual tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 801-581-7100 or at the Performing Arts Box Office located in Kingsbury Hall.

All University of Utah students receive free tickets to shows in the entire 2015-2016 season with their Arts Pass. Students simply show their UCard at the Performing Arts Box Office prior to any performance or at the theatre box office on the evening they wish to attend and they will receive one free ticket. Students may purchase an additional ticket at the discounted student rate of $7.50.

For more information about productions, tickets or the Department of Theatre, visit

A Healthier U


Dehydration and heat stroke are dangerous conditions that can be life threatening if left untreated. These conditions are more common over the summer months, but can be easily prevented by proper planning and monitoring.

Dehydration occurs when your body loses fluid that is not being adequately replaced. We lose fluid by sweating, excreting body waste and breathing. Sweat loss is more common during the summer as the body works hard to keep itself cool. If you are outside for long periods of time this increases you risk of dehydration.

Sweating does not only effect the amount of fluid in your body. As you sweat you also excrete minerals like sodium and potassium. These minerals are vital for proper neurological functions like heart rate and mental status. Replacing these minerals as they are lost is critical for a safe recovery. Sports drinks such as Gatorade, Powerade and Vitaminwater are designed to replace these vital minerals lost through sweat.

It is important to make sure that you are already hydrated prior to doing an activity where you will be sweating. One simple way to monitor your hydration status is to drink water every 15 minutes leading up to your activity. Fifteen minutes before your activity you can use the restroom to monitor your urine color. Clear urine is an indicator of good hydration. If it is dark then you should continue to drink water and postpone doing your activity.

Proper re-hydration is vital for a recovery. If you plan on sweating during your activity, one way that you can estimate the amount of fluid you need is to weigh yourself before and after. Most weight loss that occurs during activity is from sweat loss. For every pound lost you should try to drink 20-24 ounces of water and/or sports drink. This will help you recover quickly and reduce your risk for dehydration.

For more information visit, where you can search for information on dehydration and other health topics.

Sources: – “Dehydration and Heat Stroke” – “Selecting and Effectively Using Hydration for Fitness”



School is out and many families road-trip to summer vacation destinations. “Road trips often include unhealthy foods and lack of activity,” says C. Rick Henriksen, M.D., a family physician at University of Utah Health Care.

Click here for six ways to make your next road trip the healthiest yet.

For more expert health news and information, visit

We all know the sun can do a real number on unprotected skin. UV radiation can cause sunburns that actually change our DNA and put us at risk for skin cancer. But did you know that your eyes can get sunburned, too? The fact is, they are every bit as vulnerable as skin.Click here to read the full story.

Benefiting U


Please remain wary of emails linking to websites crafted to mimic legitimate U resources. Phishing emails continue to be sent to campus accounts and stolen login credentials are being used submit direct deposit change forms.  Effective immediately, all direct deposit changes must be accompanied by a copy of your University ID card.  This will help HR authenticate that the forms have been submitted by you. Employees continue to have pay stolen by direct deposit changes that redirect pay to the perpetrators bank account. The banks are unable to return the stolen funds or provide any information regarding the identification of the account owner.

A phish uses a forged email to entice the recipient to visit a fraudulent website and then enter his/her login credentials. The hacker then can use these credentials for various nefarious activities (e.g. access to bank accounts, W-2s, personal information and forging email).

Announcements regarding any pay increase will continue to come from your college or department supervisors. University Human Resource Management will not send you an email announcing your pay increase and request that you to login to a website to obtain the pay information. These people are very clever so please continue to be cautious of these scams and don’t become a victim of phishing.