Year in review

The end of December is a time to reflect on the past year’s events and accomplishments and look forward to the experiences that lie ahead.

The U community provided @theU with many great and inspiring stories and we look forward to what 2016 will bring.

Here are some of the top-read stories from 2015:

Announcements

LINDA K. AMOS AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

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The 2016 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 17th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2015, at noon.

Please send nomination materials electronically to: amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

For more information, click here.


RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR LANGUAGE STUDY

Research participants are needed for a fun and engaging study about language. The study lasts approximately 50-60 minutes and involves listening to audio recordings and making intuitive ratings of the expressions heard. Participants will be paid $15 for their time. We are looking for interested individuals who fit one of the following four descriptions:

1. Native English speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who grew up speaking English (both men and women are welcome).

2. Non-native English speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who have an advanced level of proficiency in English (both men and women are welcome; people of various backgrounds are welcome).

3. Native French speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who grew up speaking French (both men and women are welcome).

4. Non-native French speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who have an advanced level of proficiency in French (both men and women are welcome), and are native speakers of English.

If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact us at violamakarova@hotmail.com. If you have previously taken part in this study, you may not be eligible for this new version of it.


LAW SCHOOL ‘ROCK STAR’ ERWIN CHEMERINSKY TO SPEAK AT THE U
Feb. 4, 2016 |5:30-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, 6th floor moot courtroom


chemerinsky

He’s the closest thing the law school circuit has to a rock star. And now Erwin Chemerinsky is headed to the University of Utah, scheduled to speak Feb.4 as part of the 50th Annual Leary Lecture at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Chemerinsky is a well-known professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. He also taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.  His lecture is expected to be a huge draw at the U for the legal community, where he’ll reflect on the last half century of constitutional law.  He is available for media interviews prior to his visit.  Those interested in attending can RSVP here.


UTAH INDOOR CLEAN AIR ACT REMINDER

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Reminder:  In accordance with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, smoking is not allowed in any university facility or vehicle; owned, operated or leased. Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of any building entrance, operable window or air intake.


JOHN R. PARK TEACHING FELLOWSHIP CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2016


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Park Fellowships are awarded to faculty who will undertake one semester activity during the 2015-2016 academic year to study at a site outside the state of Utah with the purpose of enriching and enlarging the individual’s teaching role. Tenure-line and career-line faculty are eligible.

Preference will be given to applicants whose primary affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah. Each award is for $5,000 with the possibility of an additional $5,000 to the faculty member’s department to help defray costs for released time. These awards will be announced in February 2016.


A Healthier U

MEAL FREQUENCY

You may have heard that some diets recommend eating several small meals throughout the day instead of three larger meals. Some diets boast significant health benefits with eating smaller meals throughout the day. The International Society of Sports Nutrition published their position stand on meal frequency in 2011. Here are the findings:
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  1. Body composition

Increased meal frequency does not play a significant role in decreasing body weight or improving body composition.  Studies of overweight and normal weight individuals found that calories consumed in one meal versus three or five meals did not make a difference in body composition.  At the end of the day, weight loss or weight gain depends entirely on caloric balance.

  1. Blood markers of health

Blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol, and fasting glucose levels significantly decrease with increased meal consumption.  Additionally, serum insulin levels are decreased, which may decrease body fat deposition.

  1. Metabolism

Even though there is an increase in thermogenesis and fat utilization with the consumption of smaller, more frequent meals, increasing meal frequency does not statistically elevate resting metabolic rate.  However, additional calories are burned in the actual consumption and digestion of additional meals.

  1. Hunger or satiety

Increased meal frequency does decrease feelings of hunger and, consequently, may result in decreased calories consumed in subsequent meals.

  1. Protein metabolism

Protein content of meals is more important in preserving muscle mass than the number of meals consumed in a day.  Research suggests that skeletal muscle mass preservation is optimized at 20-30 grams of high quality protein or 10-15 grams of essential amino acids, per meal.  It is also important to spread protein consumption evenly throughout the day.

 

La Bounty, et al. (2011) International Society of Sports Nutrition position stand: meal frequency. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 8:4.

HealthFeed

STAY SAFE ON AND OFF THE SLOPES
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Hitting the slopes over the holidays? Make sure you are taking steps to avoid injury while you ski — and once you get home for the day.

Learn more here.

CAN YOU GET LASIK SATISFACTION?
lasikLately, it seems like ads for LASIK are popping up everywhere — DJs are talking about it on the radio and newscasters sing its praises, especially if they didn’t like wearing glasses on camera.  And it’s no wonder. The technology is incredibly precise, the operation is quick, and people are happy with the results. But still, it’s not for everybody, and not every “deal” is really a good value — we are talking your precious, one-of-a-kind eyes, after all. So before you jump in, make sure you look for a board-certified ophthalmologist who explains every consideration.

Click here to read the story.

For more expert health news and information, visit healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed.


 

Safe & Sound

RESPONDING TO FIRE ALARMS


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When fire alarms sound in a university building all occupants must evacuate.  Become familiar with the sound of the fire alarm and the locations of pull stations in buildings you frequent and learn how to activate these pull stations in case of emergencies.

If the alarm is activated in your building:

  1. Exit immediately.
  2. Close the doors to your area as you leave.
  3. Ask visitors and guests to leave the building with you.
  4. Do not stay behind and argue with anyone who refuses to leave.
  5. Evacuate to your designated meeting location outside the building.
  6. Emergency responders will notify you when it is clear to re-enter.

Alarms can be used for many reasons to quickly alert occupants to a life safety threat. Just because you don’t see flames or smell smoke doesn’t mean there isn’t a need to evacuate.

Student Life

LINDA K. AMOS AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

linda-amos

The 2016 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 17th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2015, at noon.

Please send nomination materials electronically to: amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

For more information, click here.


RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR LANGUAGE STUDY

Research participants are needed for a fun and engaging study about language. The study lasts approximately 50-60 minutes and involves listening to audio recordings and making intuitive ratings of the expressions heard. Participants will be paid $15 for their time. We are looking for interested individuals who fit one of the following four descriptions:

1. Native English speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who grew up speaking English (both men and women are welcome).

2. Non-native English speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who have an advanced level of proficiency in English (both men and women are welcome; people of various backgrounds are welcome).

3. Native French speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who grew up speaking French (both men and women are welcome).

4. Non-native French speakers, between the ages of 18 and 40, who have an advanced level of proficiency in French (both men and women are welcome), and are native speakers of English.

If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact us at violamakarova@hotmail.com. If you have previously taken part in this study, you may not be eligible for this new version of it.


LAW SCHOOL ‘ROCK STAR’ ERWIN CHEMERINSKY TO SPEAK AT THE U
Feb. 4, 2016 |5:30-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, 6th floor moot courtroom


chemerinsky

He’s the closest thing the law school circuit has to a rock star. And now Erwin Chemerinsky is headed to the University of Utah, scheduled to speak Feb.4 as part of the 50th Annual Leary Lecture at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Chemerinsky is a well-known professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. He also taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States. His lecture is expected to be a huge draw at the U for the legal community, where he’ll reflect on the last half century of constitutional law. He is available for media interviews prior to his visit. Those interested in attending can RSVP here.


UTAH INDOOR CLEAN AIR ACT REMINDER

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Reminder: In accordance with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, smoking is not allowed in any university facility or vehicle; owned, operated or leased. Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of any building entrance, operable window or air intake.


FEED YOUR CREATIVITY: SPRING 2016 NON-MAJOR ART COURSES


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You don’t have to be an art major to want to add a little creative flavor into your class schedule and we’re making it easy for you. Click here for the list of all the non-majors courses offered in the College of Fine Arts for Spring 2016 to ALL University of Utah students.

All skill levels from all backgrounds welcome. Join in and keep that right brain just as sharp as the left.

Student Life

LINDA K. AMOS AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

linda-amos

The 2016 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 17th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2015, at noon.

Please send nomination materials electronically to: amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

For more information, click here.


LAW SCHOOL ‘ROCK STAR’ ERWIN CHEMERINSKY TO SPEAK AT THE U
Feb. 4, 2016 |5:30-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, 6th floor moot courtroom


chemerinsky

He’s the closest thing the law school circuit has to a rock star. And now Erwin Chemerinsky is headed to the University of Utah, scheduled to speak Feb.4 as part of the 50th Annual Leary Lecture at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Chemerinsky is a well-known professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. He also taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States. His lecture is expected to be a huge draw at the U for the legal community, where he’ll reflect on the last half century of constitutional law. He is available for media interviews prior to his visit. Those interested in attending can RSVP here.


UTAH INDOOR CLEAN AIR ACT REMINDER

indoorcleanairact
Reminder: In accordance with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, smoking is not allowed in any university facility or vehicle; owned, operated or leased. Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of any building entrance, operable window or air intake.


KICK START SPRING SEMESTER
Register by Dec. 15


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Get in on the action and fulfill a general education requirement before spring semester begins. Pre-spring intensive courses complete class time in just one week (Jan. 4-8), with some preparatory and post-class work.

PRE-SPRING SEMESTER 2016 – Jan. 4-8
Classes are held at the Murray location, and run Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with a lunch break every day.

Living with Quakes
GEO 3030 section 60 (fills IR & SF) three credit hours

Cross-Cultural Communication
LING 3600 section 60 (fills DV & HF) three credit hours

World Music
MUSIC 3600 section 60 (fills IR & FF) three credit hours

US National Govt
POLS 1100 section 60 (fills AI) three credit hours

These intensive classes will be as rigorous as a semester-long class and require attendance at each class session. In addition to time spent in the classroom, students will be required to complete pre and post-work. This work may include reading from the textbook or other sources, as well as completing online lectures, assignments and exams.

Additional information:

  • Register in CIS
  • Classes appears on U transcript
  • Classes held at 5282 S. 320 West, Suite D-110, Murray, (Near I-15, 5300 South exit)
  • Free parking
  • 15-minute walk from Murray Central TRAX and FrontRunner station
  • If class is full, please call 801-585-9963 to be added to the wait list

FEED YOUR CREATIVITY: SPRING 2016 NON-MAJOR ART COURSES


Piano

You don’t have to be an art major to want to add a little creative flavor into your class schedule and we’re making it easy for you. Click here for the list of all the non-majors courses offered in the College of Fine Arts for Spring 2016 to ALL University of Utah students.

All skill levels from all backgrounds welcome. Join in and keep that right brain just as sharp as the left.


CALL FOR PAPERS OPEN UNTIL DEC. 18


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Have a story to share about how you’ve used emerging technology in your research, teaching and learning? Interested in an opportunity to present and publish? If so, submit an abstract to the Second Annual Symposium on Emerging Technology Trends in Higher Education here.

The symposium is free and open to the public; and will be held on Feb. 26, 2016, at the Marriott Library. Accepted abstracts will also be published as part of the conference’s proceedings here.


Announcements

LINDA K. AMOS AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

linda-amos

The 2016 Women’s Week Committee, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Office for Equity and Diversity request nominations for the 17th annual Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women. This award recognizes an individual staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2015, at noon.

Please send nomination materials electronically to: amos-award@utah.edu and use the subject line “LK Amos Award Nomination.”

For more information, click here.


LAW SCHOOL ‘ROCK STAR’ ERWIN CHEMERINSKY TO SPEAK AT THE U
Feb. 4, 2016 |5:30-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, 6th floor moot courtroom


chemerinsky

He’s the closest thing the law school circuit has to a rock star. And now Erwin Chemerinsky is headed to the University of Utah, scheduled to speak Feb.4 as part of the 50th Annual Leary Lecture at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Chemerinsky is a well-known professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. He also taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.  His lecture is expected to be a huge draw at the U for the legal community, where he’ll reflect on the last half century of constitutional law.  He is available for media interviews prior to his visit.  Those interested in attending can RSVP here.


UTAH INDOOR CLEAN AIR ACT REMINDER

indoorcleanairact
Reminder:  In accordance with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, smoking is not allowed in any university facility or vehicle; owned, operated or leased. Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of any building entrance, operable window or air intake.


JOHN R. PARK TEACHING FELLOWSHIP CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2016


UTC-poster-final

Park Fellowships are awarded to faculty who will undertake one semester activity during the 2015-2016 academic year to study at a site outside the state of Utah with the purpose of enriching and enlarging the individual’s teaching role. Tenure-line and career-line faculty are eligible.

Preference will be given to applicants whose primary affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah. Each award is for $5,000 with the possibility of an additional $5,000 to the faculty member’s department to help defray costs for released time. These awards will be announced in February 2016.


CALL FOR PAPERS OPEN UNTIL DEC. 18


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Have a story to share about how you’ve used emerging technology in your research, teaching and learning? Interested in an opportunity to present and publish?  If so, submit an abstract to the Second Annual Symposium on Emerging Technology Trends in Higher Education here.

The symposium is free and open to the public; and will be held on Feb. 26, 2016, at the Marriott Library.  Accepted abstracts will also be published as part of the conference’s proceedings here.


A Healthier U

INTUITIVE EATING

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full”?  This mentality is the focus of intuitive eating. Children are very good at self-regulating their intake by eating when they are hungry as they respond to biological signals that drive them to eat. As adults, sometimes we ignore these signals either because we are too busy to eat or we’re trying to

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lose weight.  Children also stop eating when they are satisfied.  Many adults would find that if they could train themselves to stop eating when they are comfortable—not full, they would be better able to manage their weight.

Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind and body with the goal of ultimately becoming the expert of your own body as you become better at responding to your internal hunger and satiety cues.

There are a few principles which are important in helping you along your road to becoming a better intuitive eater:

  1. Remember to reject the diet mentality. People who diet almost always gain back their weight once they go off the diet.
  2. Make sure to keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates to avoid the drive to overeat.
  3. Give yourself permission to eat. If you are hungry, your body is telling you something important. Don’t deny yourself your favorite foods — there is room for everything in your diet if you remember moderation.
  4. Pay attention to the signals from your body that indicate that you are comfortably full — a good way to do this is to eat slower and pay attention to the taste of the food during meals. Enjoy the experience of eating. Food can be one of life’s greatest pleasures (Tribole).

Excessive energy intake has been implicated in diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and obesity. Many studies have shown that dietary restraint has been ineffective as a method for self-regulating eating habits.

Self-monitoring can be an effective way to achieve and maintain weight loss.  People who monitor their intake of fruits and vegetables, physical activity (e.g., using a pedometer) and weight on a regular basis often have better success at maintaining weight loss and establishing mind over body control (Cornett et al. 2011).

Tribole, Evelyn, and Elyse Resch. Intuitive Eating: a Revolutionary Program That Works. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003. Print.

Cornett R A, Akers J D, Salva J S, Zoellner J M, Davy B M. (2011) Daily Self-Monitoring During the Winter Holiday.

HealthFeed

TAKING YOUR MEDICATION (CORRECTLY):
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It’s about more than just “skipping a dose.” Medication non-adherence is costing the United States billions of dollars every year, and costing many Americans their lives. Are you taking your medication correctly?

Learn more here.

5 CHEERS FOR WINTER
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It’s not all long nights and snow. Five surprising health benefits of winter:

  1. Cold burns calories.
  2. Seize your “C.”
  3. Just add snow.
  4. Have a chat.
  5. Better sleep.

Click here to read the story.

For more expert health news and information, visit healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed.


 

HR Updates

TAX FORM 1095-C WILL BE COMING AT THE END OF JANUARY
Form 1095-C
If you are in a full-time, benefit-eligible position or in a part-time position and enrolled in the University’s Employee Health Care Plan, you will receive a Form 1095-C at the end of January.  This form will confirm the university’s offer of health coverage to you and your enrollment, together with an enrollment confirmation for any other eligible family members covered by the plan.

You will use this form when you file your 2015 tax returns. For information about Form 1095-C, see the Benefits Department’s Web page at hr.utah.edu/benefits/1095C.php.

Consent to receive your Form 1095-C electronically.  You will be able to view and print the form at any time.  Login to CIS and click on the “1095-C Consent Form” link in the “Employee Self Service Apps” section.

 

 


ELECTRONIC W-2 CONSENT

W-2 forms are available to University of Utah faculty and staff electronically. Benefits of opting to receive your W-2 electronically include:

– Helping the University go green. If you file your tax return electronically, a paper copy of the W-2 is not required.

– You will receive your W-2 several days earlier than paper copies.

– Your sensitive personal information will not be sent through the mail.

– A positive impact on the university’s budget.

– Your past W-2s are available online back to 1999.

– You may print the PDF if a printed copy is desired.

– You only need to consent to receive your W-2 electronically once during your employment at the university.

Please take advantage of this opportunity by signing up by Jan. 14, 2016.

To sign up:

1. Sign on to the CIS and click the ‘Employee’ tab (if it is not your default tab).

2. Click ‘Payroll, Taxes and Salary.’

3. Click ‘W-2 Consent Forms’ and you will have the option to select to receive your W-2 electronically.

ATTENTION: Delivery change for 2015 W-2s and future years. If you do not consent to receive your W-2 electronically by Jan. 14, 2016, then you will only receive a printed W-2 and you will NOT have access to an electronic W-2 (consent is required only once during your employment at the university).

Thank You,
Financial & Business Services


CAMPAIGN FOR OUR COMMUNITY
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The University of Utah’s Campaign for Our Community is an annual event to encourage staff and faculty to conveniently donate to charitable organizations in our community that provide vital services to those with a critical need. For example, a contribution of just $2 per paycheck would provide a week’s supply of food for one family at the Utah Food Bank, send two kids to Camp Hobé for a day or make possible food and refuge for a cat or dog at the Wasatch Humane Shelter.

This year’s campaign is now open; to donate, please visit the campaign webpage where you will be able to make a payroll deduction election and/or complete and submit a pdf donation form (to donate by credit card or check).