By Chanapa Tantibanchachai and Annalisa Purser

The University of Utah will announce a new five-year, $200 million initiative to promote student success at the grand reopening of the U’s Sterling Sill Center, on Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Originally built in 1952, the Sterling Sill Center was one of the first buildings to house a residential living and learning community. It was the vision of Virginia Cutler, then chair of the U’s Home Economics Department, who wanted to create a place where home economics majors could have a capstone educational experience. Originally, the building housed a small group of students for a semester in a simulated household where they applied the theory learned in the classroom to real-life tasks, including budgeting, meal planning, upholstery, weaving, entertaining and more.

Dr. Cutler Teaching

Dr. Virginia Cutler teaching

“Throughout the process of renovating this building, we have sought to harmonize the historic preservation of the Sill Center with contemporary notions of social responsibility, such as living and being in a world facing limited resources, valuing opportunities for conservation over destruction and seeking to learn from the past and projecting into the future a respect for the natural world and its systems,” said Martha Bradley-Evans, senior associate vice president for Academic Affairs.

While the building maintains its midcentury architecture, the solar panels on the roof, an experimental student garden complete with a weather station, a prototype Ice Ball cooling system and lounge spaces for student brainstorming sessions and collaboration give the site new life and relevancy to the modern world.

The Student Success Initiative to be announced at the grand reopening is a further extension of the center’s vision and purpose; the $200 million campaign will support projects in three areas of focus:

  1. Scholarships and fellowships
  2. Living and learning communities
  3. Transformative learning experiences

Examples of the types of activities to be supported through the initiative include: scholarships for access, achievement and completion; Capstone Initiatives; the MUSE Project (My U Signature Experience); LEAP; Student Success Advocates; Beacon Scholars; Diversity Scholars; learning abroad; national and international internships; service learning and more. Each of these programs exists to provide students with deeply engaged, hands-on, experiential learning and community involvement opportunities.

For example, LEAP encourages the formation of a learning community by offering classes where students and professors remain together through multiple semesters. Another program, Capstone Initiatives, helps students design a one- or two-semester-long project in which they integrate the knowledge and skills they’ve accumulated throughout their undergraduate careers to a project with a real-world application.

Other goals the university hopes to achieve as part of the initiative are enabling more students to learn and live on campus; replacing Orson Spencer Hall with a new learning center (with a student welcome center within it); creating a child development center including affordable onsite child care and education programs; creating more interdisciplinary science labs; and creating a new home for the theater, film and media arts programs.

At the grand reopening event, a number of students involved in these groups will present about their accomplishments from 1:45-4 p.m. Just before that, a panel of former Sill Family Home Living Center residents will share their memories of living in the building and attending the U in the 1950s.


Chanapa Tantibanchachai is an associate science writer at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at

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

From freedom rider to congressman

Editor’s note:

U.S. Congressman John Lewis will speak at the University of Utah Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Libby Gardner Concert Hall. Lewis is a civil rights icon who recently published the first two graphic novels in a trilogy that chronicle his perspective of the civil rights movement. He will be joined by co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell. His appearance is sponsored by the University of Utah MUSE Project (My U Signature Experience), a presidential initiative that works to enrich undergraduate education across the university.

In anticipation of his visit to campus and the MUSE Project’s focus on “community” this academic year, several courses have adopted his graphic novels into the curriculum. Professor Lecturer Carolan Ownby, who is also associate director of the U’s LEAP Program, outlines her course, Community as Idea and Experience: Definition of the Other, below. The course explores the theme of community and the process of exclusion, especially as it is motivated by perception of race and class, in a national, international and global context. It also explores the impact an individual can have on a community through service.

Students, faculty and staff interested in reading the graphic novel can pick up a free copy of March, books one and two, in the MUSE Project offices, located in the Sterling Sill Center (just east of the Union Building, 195 Central Campus Drive). Tickets to the event will be available soon, both online and in-person at venues across campus. Check for updates regarding ticket availability.

LEAP is a yearlong learning community for first-year students designed to help them transition more confidently to college and to play an active role in their own education. Students work in small classes and participate in social and service activities with other students and with peer advisors. All LEAP courses focus on the themes of diversity and community.

Before this year, the book with which my students and I began the semester was often one about poverty in America. Last year, I used “The Other Wes Moore,” which was a previous MUSE selection. This year, however, we began the class with the first two volumes of John Lewis’s “March,” and the fit has been serendipitous.

Many of my students were born around 1995, and have a vague knowledge of the civil rights movement drawn from their high school history days. They know events, but not necessarily where to place them on a chronology. They know some names, but don’t always know the importance of people who bear those names. They all know who Martin Luther King Jr. was, but have not heard of people like James Foreman or Bayard Rustin. They have not heard of Lewis.

U.S. Representative John R. Lewis.

U.S. Representative John R. Lewis.

For me, one of the three most important images of the civil rights movement is that of Lewis in his light-colored raincoat, standing still at the end of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, being approached by police with clubs coming to beat him. I want students to know that image, and to consider and discuss the level of courage that must have taken. I want them to know that he spoke at the March on Washington, immediately before Martin Luther King Jr. I want them to know that he still is actively involved in service as a U.S. congressman.

The graphic novel format of “March” has worked especially well in my classes. Initially, I was intrigued by the idea, but wasn’t sure precisely how I would teach a graphic novel. I discovered some important things:

  • Students actually read the entire book.
  • The books condense a great deal of information into a small space.
  • Students notice the nuanced interplay of ideas that occurs.

2132_001For example, early in “March: Book One,” Lewis describes a trip he took as a boy, driving north from Alabama to Buffalo, New York. One crucial lesson he learned was that the farther north he got, the more relaxed he became. He also notices that black drivers going the other direction, from north to south faced increasing danger. This can lead to a discussion of the fate of Emmett Till, effectively and succinctly described in a single page, who died because he didn’t know the difference that Lewis had learned.

Another theme we have focused on is the use of music in the civil rights movement. “March” makes this easy by using lyrics as occasional illustrations: “We shall overcome” or “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around.” I play the music before class starts to “set the tone” (as one student described it). However, I also want to talk about the importance of music such as Nkosi sikelel’i Afrika in the fight against apartheid later in the semester, so this baseline is important for comparison. We’ve watched one piece of the documentary “Long Walk to Freedom,” part of which includes the speech that Lyndon B. Johnson gave about the Voting Rights Act, where he used the phrase “We Shall Overcome.” The documentary explains how important that phrase was, both to the whites in the south, and to Martin Luther King Jr. I want my students to understand that importance.

A notable musical lyric in the second book comes from the “Star Spangled Banner,” sung at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. This is an example of particular strength of a graphic novel, because it takes the reader seamlessly from the attack of the Freedom Riders and John Seigenthaler in Alabama in 1961, to the inauguration of President Obama in 2009, back to the bombing of a church in Alabama in 1961. All kinds of discussions can come from this. Is the national anthem a true expression of our community? Is the Obama presidency postracial? What is the significance of bombing churches? (The second volume ends with the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four young girls). Once the question of church bombings is raised, one natural line of discussion is the bombing of the Charleston church in 2015, and the symbolism of the Confederate battle flag.

The story of Lewis will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the semester. We will next talk about scientific racism and privilege. I typically use the example of South Africa during apartheid to approach this, but I will pull in examples from “March” as well. We next discuss Eugenics and the Army tests prior to World War I, leading to things such as the 1924 Immigration Restriction Act and the Tuskegee Study. Again, the story of Lewis will provide a significant foundation. The Tuskegee Study doesn’t end until 1972. How is that possible, given that the civil rights movement goes on through the decade of the 1960s? When we next move to a discussion of apartheid in South Africa, we will have more skill to make a comparison between the freedom movements of the United States and South Africa.

The final foreseeable impact that “March” will have on my classes will be understanding the potential impact of an individual on community. Because my course carries a community-engaged learning designation, my students complete 25 hours of service working with a community partner, such as Horizonte, International Rescue Committee, Promise South Salt Lake, Neighborhood House and Maliheh Free Clinic.

There will be some students in my classes who will be deeply influenced by their own foray into community service, and others who will not. But all of them will have the chance to understand how one individual, like Lewis, can impact a community. Even if they personally choose not to pursue the path of community involvement, they will better understand the contribution of Lewis. To have the opportunity to hear him speak in person, will indeed be a signature experience.

Each year, MUSE facilitates student-led book discussion groups surrounding the centerpiece text. If you’re interested in reading the graphic novel “March” within a book discussion group, or if you’re a student looking to start a “March” discussion group of your own, email MUSE Project Event and Communication Specialist Libby Henriksen at for more information.




Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles outlining the University of Utah’s four strategic goals, an initiative that began with dialogue sessions last spring. 

By Jana Cunningham

Situated in a large metropolitan city, the University of Utah is committed to engaging the entire community to improve quality of life and health. University of Utah Health Care provides transformative and innovative health care with exceptional quality, while the campus provides offerings from arts to athletics to a variety of opportunities to engage and enhance access to the campus.

Utah is ranked as having the healthiest populations at the lowest per capita cost in the nation. This can be attributed to healthy lifestyles and health care systems like the University of Utah, which is focused on innovating its delivery systems with a focus on patient engagement, actionable data, high-quality care and strong physician engagement while simultaneously lowering costs.

With access to the world’s largest population database and with a long history of translational genetic science—having identified more than 30 genes responsible for increased risk of breast, ovarian and colon cancers, sudden cardiac death, and others—the U is dedicated to advancing precision medicine, which is in direct alignment with improving patient care.

“Inspired by the remarkable genetics research here in Utah, we are driven to translate scientific discoveries to benefit patients,” said Vivian Lee, senior vice president for Health Sciences. “Our ability to identify the genetic and environmental origins of disease advances our capacity to practice precision medicine by delivering the right intervention to the right patient at the right time and at the right cost.”

Community Engagement Day 2In other efforts to help improve quality of life, Continuing Education and Community Engagement at the U provides pathways to and through higher education and inspires a love of learning through interesting and educational experiences for all ages. In 2015, they served more than 15,000 people through resources in university pathways, professional development and personal enrichment.

“Through serving and working with the community, we are able to build reciprocal relationships,” said Sandi Pershing, dean of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. “They bring their strengths and expertise to the U and through our programs, we are able to bring our strengths to the community, which benefits all of us.”

Continuing Education and Community Engagement has acted as the first point of contact for higher education for more than 26,000 students since 1998 through its nine programs and the Office of Engagement. Youth Education, for example, is a program that provides classes, camps, programs and test prep for children ages 2-18 and exposes them to college life. Another program, the Utah College Advising Corps began placing advisors in high schools along the Wasatch Front in 2009 to encourage students to participate in higher education opportunities. They have since helped more than 12,000 underserved students enroll into college.

“Students served by the Utah College Advising Corps enroll in post-secondary education at a rate ten percent higher than the state average. In the summer, we reach out to every student served by program to be sure that they are on track at their institutions of choice. If they come to U, they have the opportunity to participate in a learning community, which we know contributes positively to retention and completion” added Pershing.

From kids to adults, the U serves the entire community. For those looking to learn more marketable skills, Professional Development offers noncredit courses, certificate programs, workshops and custom training for specific disciplines that can be immediately implemented in the business world.

Continuing Education and Community Engagement also offers programs for those looking to challenge, inform and enrich their lives. Lifelong Learning provides classes in art, photography, crafts, business, food and wine, home and garden, language, recreation, writing and more. The program brings more than 3,000 community members to the U annually and since 2001 has re-engaged more than 5,300 U alumni. Other programs include Go Learn, an educational travel program led by U experts, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to serve community members 50 and older, the English Language Institute, Test Prep and Academic Programs – offering university courses at off-campus sites.

Students looking for credit courses, but require flexible schedules, have access to hundreds of classes through UOnline. The resource offers courses and programs in a high quality online format and includes many classes that meet general education requirements. In the past year, upper level courses in areas of high demand, such as nursing, psychology and economics have been developed to allow students to complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees. UOnline enables access to the U for students who are not able to relocate to attend and assists already enrolled students as they make progress toward their degrees.


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


Some of the greatest mountain biking in the world can be found in the backyard of the University of Utah — the Wasatch Mountains. And there is no better time to hit the single-track than the fall, when the leaves are changing and the weather is crisp. Steven Macey, president of the U student club Dirt Rider Society, breaks down his list for the 7 best autumn rides in the Wasatch.


This trail, located right above the Block U, is a great trail that every student should know and ride. With the name of the trail resembling the berms that are throughout the entire length, a good time is sure to be had. There are even old cars that have been turned into jumps and drops.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced riders

Bobsled Mountain Bike University of Utah
Photo: Steven Macey


The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is perfect for beginners, or someone just trying to get in a quick ride on a short time frame. Enter at the many points located between the Hogle Zoo and the Jewish Community Center, and ride for however long you desire. Temperatures could still be quite hot down in the valley, so make sure to grab your favorite mountain bike t-shirt to ride in.
Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate riders

Bonneville Shoreline Trail University of Utah
Photo: Dave Iltis

I Street

If airtime or adrenaline is your middle name, I Street may be the destination for you. Located at the top of the Avenues neighborhood, local bikers have been building jumps and evolving the area for years. Whether you’re just learning to jump or trying to learn new tricks, there are features of every size for every rider.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced riders

I Street Mountain Bike Park University of Utah
Photo: Steven Macey

Crest Trail

Needing a car or setting up a shuttle is required to ride the Crest, but it is worth all the effort. With many options of where you end up, there is over 30 miles of beautiful single track at your fingertips. Make sure to go with someone who knows where they are going the first time, since finding your way can get a bit confusing. Bring a jacket or a mountain bike jersey, since in the fall it can get cold at high elevations.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced riders

Wasatch Crest Mountian Bike Trail University of Utah
Photo: Ross Downard/MtnRanks

Bob’s Basin

The dropout trail in Bob’s Basin is home to some of the most perfectly shaped berms in Park City. With a fairly easy climb to the top and a thrilling, fast, flowy descent, this trail is a must before the snow falls.
Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate riders

Bob's Basin University of Utah
Photo: Ross Downard/MtnRanks

Road to Arcylon

If gap jumps and ladder drops are what you want, and you don’t mind working for your downhill, Road to Arcylon is the trail for you. Arcylon backwards is “No Lycra” which means that this trail is not meant for spandex wearing cross country riders. This is a great trail to hone in a little more advanced jumping skills that can get you feeling just right on your bike before you have to put it away for the winter.
Difficulty level: All skill levels

Road to Arcylon Mountain Bike Trail University of Utah
Photo: Ross Downard/MtnRanks

Mid Mountain

A 20 mile trail that stretches from Deer Valley all the way to Canyons is a great scenic option if you are trying to cover lots of distance. With mild climbs and exhilarating descends, this trail is perfect for anyone. The changing colors of the aspens during the fall in Park City is another reason to get out and ride this trail.
Difficulty level: All skill levels

Mid-Mountain Mountain Bike Trail University of Utah
Photo: Ross Downard/MtnRanks

If you’d like to know more about these trails or want to ride along, contact the Dirt Rider Society on Facebook.


The Sustainability Office, along with ASUU, Facilities Management and local nonprofit Utah Clean Energy, was proud to sponsor a community solar program last year that provided solar energy to more than 380 homes and ultimately contributed nearly 1.8 megawatts of power. The solar program was successful beyond our projections, and it helped to drive a significant number of people toward a future of clean energy.

We are considering implementation of another community solar program next year (2016-2017), for our students, faculty, staff and other members of the U community. In an effort to make sure we are meeting the needs of our campus community, we are sharing this survey to see if there is demand for another program next year. In addition, we are looking to see if there is an interest in other technologies, such as electric vehicles or electric bikes. Please take a minute to complete the following survey and let us know what you think:


If you have additional questions or suggestions, please contact Myron Willson, deputy chief sustainability officer, at 801-585-3173 or


By Jessica Peterson, director of marketing, Alumni Association

The University of Utah’s annual Homecoming celebration promises something for everyone, beginning with the student dance on Oct. 2 and culminating on Oct. 10 with the football game against Pac-12 peer University of California, Berkeley. Inspired by this year’s “#UUThrowback” theme, Homecoming Week provides ways for students, alumni and Homecoming Throwbackother U fans to celebrate the U’s rich history and traditions of the past and present. Visit for more information and event registration.

Friday, Oct. 2
Homecoming Student Dance: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets: $10 per student or $15 for two students
Wearing their favorite retro looks, students will get groovy at the “Red-Tro Funk” dance at The Depot at the Gateway downtown, 400 West South Temple. Tickets may be purchased at the Associated Students of the University of Utah office, Room 234 of the Student Union, or online:

Tuesday, Oct. 6
House Decorating: 4 p.m.
In keeping with tradition, students will participate in a house decorating competition on Greek Row and other campus-area locations. Decorated locations will be judged for originality and interpretation of this year’s Homecoming #UUThrowback theme.

Wednesday, Oct. 7
Emeritus Alumni Reunion: 5 p.m.
$35 per person
U graduates from 40 or more years ago (or age 65 or above) will hold their reunion on the U campus. Guests will reminisce and renew acquaintances at the Alumni House, 155 S. Central Campus Drive and Utah basketball coach Tommy Connor will be the guest speaker at dinner. The evening concludes with a tour of the new Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Training Center. Online registration is available through Sept. 30 at

Thursday, Oct. 8
Songfest (6 p.m.) and Crimson Rally (8 p.m.)

The energy on campus really starts to heat up in anticipation of the homecoming football game against Cal, beginning with the annual Greek Songfest presentation of song-and-dance routines, judged for creativity and presentation in the Union Ballroom at 6 p.m. The annual Crimson Rally will get under way immediately after Songfest concludes, on the Union Lawn at 8 p.m. The pep rally features remarks by Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham and some of his players, the marching band, cheerleaders and the U’s mascot, Swoop. Both events are free and open to the public.

Friday, Oct. 9
Women’s Soccer Tournament vs. Washington State: 4 p.m.
The field heats up for this annual Alumni Night match against the Cougars. Songfest winners will be recognized pre-game along with a competition between the fraternities and sororities at halftime. For tickets and more information visit:

Women’s Volleyball Tournament vs. University of Southern California, Los Angeles: 6 p.m.
The Utes celebrate their 40-year reunion against UCLA as they take on the Bruins in a conference matchup. Several Utah Volleyball alumni will be honored throughout the night. For tickets and more information visit:

Parent and Family Weekend: Oct. 9-11
Parents and families of U students are invited to spend time on campus and take part in Homecoming weekend festivities. Register online at

Saturday, Oct. 10 – Homecoming Day
5K: 8:30 a.m.
Day-of registration: 7:30-8:15 a.m.
Registration fees: U faculty/U staff/Alumni Association members, $25 in advance per runner/walker/stroller; U students, $23 advance; other adults, $30 in advance; $35 day-of, per participant

Kids 1K: 9:15 a.m.
Day-of registration 7:30-9 a.m.
Registration fee: $15 per child in advance, or $20 day-of run
Kids 1K Fun Run for children ages 12 and younger.

On Homecoming Day, participants of all ages and abilities are invited to the Alumni House, 155 S. Central Campus Drive, for the ever-popular 5K and Kids 1K on the U campus. The 5K and Kids 1K are organized by the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Board to raise scholarship funds for students. Two students will be selected to receive $500 scholarships, and the two student groups with the largest number of race entries will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Other prizes are awarded to participants in various categories including the fastest male and female runner, and runners wearing the best red-themed costume. Online registration is available through Oct. 6 at

Ute Walk: Time TBD
When the players arrive, join the fun Ute Walk procession north down Guardsman Way to Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Utah vs. Cal Pre-game Tailgate: 6 p.m.
$20 Alumni Association members and children ages 3-17; $25 per nonmember adult; children age 2 and under free
Utah fans can get pumped up for the game and enjoy food, music, fun and prizes at the tailgate party at 500 South and Guardsman Way (east of the tennis center). Online registration available through Oct. 5 at

Utah vs. Cal Homecoming Football Game: 8 p.m.
At Rice-Eccles Stadium. Go Utes!


By Jana Cunningham

Debates over the ethics of suicide have occurred for centuries, often reflecting political and religious differences around the world. Some view suicide as morally wrong, while others believe it’s a matter of basic human right, some think it’s primarily a private matter and others consider it a major social concern. No matter the opinion, the role a person plays in ending his or her own life creates controversies that many will never agree on.

Margaret Pabst Battin, distinguished professor of philosophy and medical ethics at the University of Utah has spent almost 40 years researching, collecting and organizing Ethics of Suicide coverhistorical  sources on suicide, examining every side of these issues. Her new book, “The Ethics of Suicide: Historical Sources,” published by the Oxford University Press with an accompanying digital archive hosted by the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, provides a diverse range of thinking about suicide throughout history, representing a full range of cultures and traditions.

“While most of what we label ‘suicide’ is clearly tragic, controversies include those over physician-assisted suicide, jihad, suicides of social protest, suicides of military and guerilla tactics, suicides of honor, suicides in the face of old age, self-sacrifice, martyrdom, suicide bombing, self-immolation, self-starvation in religious ritual and many other issues,” said Battin. “This collection doesn’t take sides in these controversies, rather, it serves to expand the debate by showing the complicated and multidimensional sides of the issue.”

The book and digital archive includes original texts from western and non-Western cultures, including writers in philosophy, literature, theology, legal theory, medicine, anthropology, history and many other areas. It also includes texts from oral cultures, spanning Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania and North and South America.

“The full digital archive, accessed by anyone or through QR codes embedded in the book, includes complete excerpts, links (where possible) to the primary sources and local library catalog records,” said Allyson Mower, U associate librarian who helped spearhead the project. “Readers can browse the archive by author, time period, keyword, intellectual tradition, geographic region or search any term or phrase they like.”

Readers are encouraged to interact with the archive and comment on the selections, submit corrections and suggest new material to be considered for inclusion.

“This project is an unprecedented cooperative venture between a university library and a major university press, and it shows how the world of scholarship can benefit when scholars, librarians and publishers work together,” said Rick Anderson, associate dean for collections and scholarly communication at the J. Willard Marriott Library. “The ‘Ethics of Suicide’ project shifts the paradigm of book publishing in a way that is tremendously exciting.”

Battin has been teaching and studying end of life issues since she first arrived at the U in 1975. She is affiliated with suicide-prevention organizations and also with organizations supporting aid-in-dying, or Death with Dignity legislation. In 2008 her academic work became personal when her husband Brooke Hopkins, also a U professor, was rendered quadriplegic in a double bicycle accident and chose, nearly five years later, to discontinue his ventilator. Battin continues to give talks around the country involving her ironic situation. In her 2013 TEDMED talk, she discusses her husband’s experience and contemporary choices about dying.

An event to showcase “The Ethics of Suicide: Historical Sources” and the digital archive will be held Monday, Oct. 5, noon–2 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium of the Marriott Library. Rick Anderson and Allyson Mower of Marriott Library, editor Peter Ohlin from Oxford University Press will join Battin in a discussion and technical demonstration of the print book and digital archive. The event will include lunch and a book signing.

Margaret Pabst Battin is distinguished professor of philosophy and medical ethics at the University of Utah. She has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than twenty books, including “Drugs and Justice” and “The Patient as Victim and Vector: Ethics and Infectious Disease.” She has worked on end-of-life issues throughout her academic career and has published fiction, articles and essays in two collections, “The Least Worst Death” and “Ending Life.” Her current projects include a book on large-scale reproductive problems of the globe, suicide in old age and work that examines assumptions in urban design.


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


By the Center for Student Wellness

On Thursday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., the Center for Student Wellness and Campus Recreation Services will hold the annual Student Wellness Fair at the Student Life Center. The fair will offer wellness screenings and consultations, healthy snacks, prizes and more—all free with a valid UCard.

“Often, students don’t realize the impact their wellness has on their ability to be successful at the University of Utah, but it is directly connected,” said Katie Stiel, program manager of the Center for Student Wellness. “Typically when we hear the word ‘wellness’ we tend to think of only physical activity or nutrition, but wellness is multifaceted.”

The Wellness Fair provides resources for students to enhance their personal wellness in all areas of life: intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, financial, environmental and emotional. It is a chance for students to engage in screenings and activities focused on improving their health and wellness. At this year’s fair, free screenings will include:

  • Flu shots (students only)
  • STD/HIV testing (students only)
  • Dental hygiene exams
  • Depression screenings
  • Fitness classes and personal training consultations
  • Nutrition counseling, demonstrations and samples
  • Wellness coaching consultations
  • Body fat tests
  • Sun damage checks
  • Blood pressure and glucose tests

Representatives from across campus and from the community will also be available to discuss resources related to all dimensions of wellness as well as providing giveaways.

According to data from the 2015 National College Health Assessment, the top issues that impact students academically are stress, anxiety, sleep, work and depression. Additionally, only 50 percent of University of Utah students received a flu vaccine in the past 12 months, 48 percent of students do not meet recommended guidelines for exercise and more than 90 percent of students do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

The Center for Student Wellness would like to see these trends change and encouraged students to be proactive about their health and wellness.

“The Wellness Fair is a wonderful opportunity for students to begin to think about how their health impacts their ability to succeed, and begin taking positive steps to make informed choices,” said Stiel.


By the Major Exploration Team, University College

For the 11th year in a row, the University of Utah will hold its Major Exploration Expo on Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. With more than 100 academic departments and student support agencies gathered in one place, the expo is the biggest and best place to explore majors, minors, internships and research and learning abroad opportunities. It’s free, casual, informative and fun.

How does it work?
On Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., faculty, staff and student representatives of the university will host walk-up tables in the A. Ray Olpin Union Ballroom. It’s a meet-and-greet setting, a chance to chat informally with the experts from that program, to gather information and enjoy some face time with professors and staff in an inviting, friendly atmosphere. The key here is casual. No appointments, no plans, no transcripts—just you and the major representative talking about the fields of study intriguing you.

Already have a major?
Program representatives are eager to chat with you about minors, internships, research, further education, service and leadership projects and career opportunities. This is a chance for you to explore ways to further tailor and diversify your degree, ensuring you get the most out of your time at the U.

Why explore?
When students are excited about, and engaged in, their studies, they earn better grades, build stronger interpersonal networks, develop better professional skills and learn how to articulate their assets after completing their degree. Finding the right major means finding a deeper and more satisfying U experience, with better opportunities for life after college. The expo makes the beginning of your major exploration process easy, stress free and enjoyable. It’s an open invitation to the simplest way to see so much of what the University of Utah has to offer, and it’s all in one place.




dalai_lama_cropped_720The University of Utah was notified by the Office of Tibet in Washington D.C. in a statement that “the Dalai Lama arrived in the United States earlier this week for a medical evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, the doctors have advised that His Holiness take complete rest. As a result, His Holiness will be returning to India next week and will not be able to visit the United States next month. We deeply regret cancellation of the visit.”

Anyone who purchased tickets online will be refunded automatically within 7-10 days. For those who purchased tickets in-person with check or cash, please contact ticket office to verify your contact information to ensure you receive your refund. 801- 581-UTIX.

The university community and the Utah Tibet Foundation wish the Dalai Lama a speedy recovery.


Deadline: Midnight, Oct. 15
U student veterans will recognize one of their own for outstanding military service, academic performance and community involvement this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015. Student veterans can be nominated by faculty, staff or fellow students, and there is no maximum number of nominations; the more the merrier. Nomination forms and eligibility requirements can be found online at For more information, contact the Veterans Support Center at 801-587-7722 or







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The Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building is home to a full-service community dental clinic featuring 62 dental operatories; an oral diagnosis suite with eight operatories and a Cone Beam CT machine for 3-D imaging; a pediatric dentistry suite with eight operatories including a private waiting room for children and an oral maxillofacial surgery suite with four private operatories.

The clinic offers a full range of services including:

  • Oral health screening
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Comprehensive restorative care:
    • Fillings
    • Crowns
    • Bridges – fixed and removable appliances
    • Root canals
    • Implants
    • Cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Geriatric dentistry
  • Orthodontics (at our residency clinics)
  • Oral surgery
  • Special needs patients

All patient care is supervised by faculty who are licensed dentists in Utah. Service fees are as follows:

  • Student dentists – 50 percent discounted
  • Resident dentists – 30 percent discounted
  • Faculty dentists – Full cost

Most insurance plans are accepted.

To schedule an initial screening/consultation call -801- 58-SMILE (7-6453) and visit for more information.


Pioneer Theatre Company announces key cast members for this year’s production of The Rocky Horror Show-Concert Version, which will run for four performances October 22-24, 2015.

Broadway’s Will Swenson will play Dr. Frank N. Furter. Swenson, originally from Salt Lake City, most recently performed as “Javert” in Broadway’s Les Misèrables. In 2009, he was nominated for a Tony Award for the hit revival of “Hair,” and was also in Broadway’s “Brooklyn, Lestat, Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and “110 in the Shade.”

Utah State Senator James Dabakis, a hit in last year’s production, will reprise his role as the narrator.

Read more here.


Textbooks 2
If you have not submitted your textbook adoptions to the Campus Store for the Spring 2016 or Summer 2016 semesters, it’s not too late. The sooner we get your adoption requests the more likely we can get your textbook on time and at less expensive USED textbook prices in order to save students money.

If you have any questions or comments about textbook adoptions please contact us immediately and we will be happy to assist you. You can contact Dave Nelson at 801-581-8321 or, Josh Clemens at 801-581-4158 or or Rand Merritt at 801-581-3158 or

Thank you for your support and have a great semester.


Please be aware that the Veterans Support Center has now moved from Union 162 to Union 418, and Veterans Services has moved from Window 10 of the Student Services Building to Union 418 within the Veterans Support Center for the convenience of our student veterans. Please update any directories, and distribute this change to your faculty and staff so they can point student veterans to the right location in order to access their veteran-related benefits, or handle any veteran-related issues they may have.

We appreciate your support as these veterans transition back in to both civilian, and student life.

Child care
U-Match is connecting the university community to seek, provide and trade one-on-one child care needs. New for this fall is a simplified electronic application that can be accessed via the home page at Those interested can register using their uNID as “looking for a babysitter or nanny” and/or “willing to babysit or nanny.” Once logged in, users can search the growing registry of babysitters and nannies.

“We’re starting to see traffic increase as more students, faculty and staff understand the benefit of this service especially for parents needing irregular care hours or in-home care,” says Virginia DeSpain, project coordinator for the U’s Child Care and Family Resources office.