Campus Events

HOLIDAY RECESS – NO SCHOOL
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016

Enjoy your holiday recess and we’ll see you back on campus Jan. 11, 2016.


CLASS FOR MATCHED SAVINGS PROGRAM
Monday, Dec. 21-Tuesday, Dec. 22 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Union, Room 323 A & B


Saving Money

Can you use a $4,500 grant that can be used for tuition, a small business or a first home? This workshop qualifies as the pre-requisite requirement for applying to the Utah Individual Development (IDA) Program. This is an eight-hour course and continues Tuesday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m. to noon. You must attend all eight hours.

For more information, visit uidan.org.


EXTENDED LEISURE POOL FAMILY HOURS
Monday, Dec. 21-Tuesday, Dec. 29

George S. Eccles Student Life Center


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The indoor leisure pool will be open for family hours during normal pool open hours. Please check click here for specific times.


WINTER NIGHTS
Wednesday, Dec. 23 | 5-9 p.m.

Natural History Museum of Utah


Winter Nights

Stay warm and cozy this December at the Natural History Museum of Utah’s Winter Nights. Fun and festivities for the whole family each Wednesday evening, including free musical presentations, discounts at the museum store, ornament making, cookies and hot chocolate.

Admission to Canyon area FREE, $9-$13 to visit museum galleries.

Visit the website for details, including the live performance schedule.


LASSONDE STUDIOS PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE
Thursday, Dec. 31


Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

Today is the priority application deadline to live at the Lassonde Studios starting fall 2016. The $45 million facility will be the new home for student entrepreneurs and innovators at the University of Utah.

Click here to apply and learn more at lassonde.utah.edu/studios.


WILD RUMPUS! – A FAMILY READING ROOM EVENT
Wednesday, Jan. 6 | 10-10:30 a.m.

Marriott Library, Family Reading Room, Level three


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Bring your little ones to the Family Reading Room for some early literacy activities: story time and crafts.

Future events in 2016:
Feb.3, March 2 and April 6


MIST OF THE EARTH: AN EXHIBITION
Friday, Jan. 8-March 17

Marriott Library


Mist of the Earth

Denise Milan’s Mist of the Earth presents an exhibition of photo-works that brings together memory and history and invites viewers on a journey of imagination and reflection about the environment challenges of development.


Student Life

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.


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


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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.


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


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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.


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

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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.


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.


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.


Highlighted Events

EXTENDED LEISURE POOL FAMILY HOURS
Monday, Dec. 21-Tuesday, Dec. 29

George S. Eccles Student Life Center


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The indoor leisure pool will be open for family hours during normal pool open hours. Please check click here for specific times.


WINTER NIGHTS
Wednesday, Dec. 23 | 5-9 p.m.

Natural History Museum of Utah


Winter Nights

Stay warm and cozy this December at the Natural History Museum of Utah’s Winter Nights. Fun and festivities for the whole family each Wednesday evening, including free musical presentations, discounts at the museum store, ornament making, cookies and hot chocolate.

Admission to Canyon area FREE, $9-$13 to visit museum galleries.

Visit the website for details, including the live performance schedule.


WILD RUMPUS! – A FAMILY READING ROOM EVENT
Wednesday, Jan. 6 | 10-10:30 a.m.

Marriott Library, Family Reading Room, Level three


WildRumpus

Bring your little ones to the Family Reading Room for some early literacy activities: story time and crafts.

Future events in 2016:
Feb.3, March 2 and April 6


MIST OF THE EARTH: AN EXHIBITION
Friday, Jan. 8-March 17

Marriott Library


Mist of the Earth

Denise Milan’s Mist of the Earth presents an exhibition of photo-works that brings together memory and history and invites viewers on a journey of imagination and reflection about the environment challenges of development.

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.


 

Construction & Commuter Updates

ONGOING:
–    As snow begins to fall on campus, our snow removal crews work very hard to clear pathways through campus. Click here to see our snow removal priority routes. If you see an area in need of attention, please call Facilities Dispatch at 801-581-7221.

–    Questar is drilling a well for testing in the substation near the JCC/Children’s Center. This will not affect JCC or university parking as the staging and contractor parking will take place within the substations boundaries.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations locations. Click to enlarge.

–    Three stairways in Lot 50 (hospital terrace) are scheduled for repair. The projects are currently out to bid and the work is expected to begin January 2016.

–    The U is a partner with LeadersforCleanAir.org. As such, new electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in the Northwest Garage and Central Garage and will be installed near Madsen Clinics and USTAR before the end of the month. For more information about electric charging permits, please call 801-581-6415.

–    Construction has begun on a new parking garage directly east of the medical towers. The garage is expected to be complete in winter of 2016. Click here for information regarding permit changes and replacement parking for “A” and “U” permit holders.

–    The HYPR Mall, running east/west, has been reopened. The sidewalk between MBH and Sorenson Arts & Ed will remain closed during construction of a road to allow for an electric shuttle to cross through the middle of campus. The sidewalk is expected to open by the beginning of spring semester. See map below for alternative route.

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Shuttle road map. Click to enlarge.

See the construction impact map below.

HR Updates

TAX FORM 1095-C WILL BE COMING AT THE END OF JANUARY
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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).

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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).


Safe & Sound

CHEMICAL SAFETY

hazcomChemicals used in both campus offices and research operations pose a wide range of health hazards (such as irritation, sensitization and carcinogenicity) and physical hazards (such as flammability, corrosion and reactivity). OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is designed to ensure that information about these hazards and associated protective measures is disseminated.

At the U, it is the responsibility of each supervisor to ensure that chemicals in their areas are properly labeled and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are available.  Additionally, supervisors must have documented that the employees in their organization know what chemicals are present, what the chemicals’ hazards are and how to respond to a spill or release.

Laboratories on campus have an additional responsibility to maintain a current written chemical hygiene plan and chemical inventory for each lab.  Template documents and supervisor training are available from Environmental Health and Safety.

‘GAMIFYING’ MEDICAL TREATMENT

By Jana Cunningham

For the second year in a row, student video game developers from the University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) won Best Student Game in the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge in Orlando, Florida. The award was announced Thursday, Dec. 3, for their game to help combat lazy eye in children.

Working with researchers at the John A. Moran Eye Center, a team from the U created “HealthX” to help diagnose and treat lazy eye, which can lead to permanent visual impairment if left untreated. Fully controlled by eye movement, the game forces the lazy eye to move around the screen, which can strengthen and help find the right balance betHealthX_2ween the eyes.

“Lazy eye is one of the most common eye disorders found in children,” said Ahmad Alsaleem, a graduate student in game engineering and co-researcher on “HealthX.” “Despite its prevalence, clinical treatments and current diagnostic tools are not designed with the child’s nature in mind. As researchers in the gaming field, we are working to ‘gamify’ current medical procedures. Our solution provides an engaging experience, continuous feedback and a cost effective, automated tool for treating and diagnosing lazy eye.”

“HealthX” is a collection of eye controlled games including a top down shooter that requires fast target acquisition and a slower paced balloon popping game. Both games require the player to constantly move their eyes across the screen at varied time intervals. This movement trains the eyes to work together.

“We are currently using an eye tracker that uses near infrared light to monitor the eye and its movement,” said Eric Allen, graduate student in game production and co-researcher. “We can accurately monitor and report every action the player makes.”

“HealthX” is currently in clinical trials with selected patients at the Moran Eye Center and the students hope the game will be available by the end of next year.

“Kids have a lot of fun playing the games and do not realize it is actually analyzing their eye movement for research.” said Daniel Blair, graduate student in game production and co-researcher.

The students were awarded a software packages valued at $13,000 provided by Autodesk. The game also garnered a second place prize of $2,500 in the Utah Game Wars in September.

“The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge is the premier simulation conference and our students’ success there demonstrate to the world the quality education they receive at the U,” said Roger Altizer, associate director of EAE. “Games like ‘HealthX’ show how getting gamers together with medical researchers can solve today’s health problems.”

“HealthX” was showcased at EAE’s annual open house on Friday, Dec. 11.

In its first eight years, EAE has become a nationally recognized game design program. In 2015, the graduate program was ranked first, while its undergraduate program was ranked second, according to The Princeton Review’s annual survey.

The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge is a competition for video games about serious topics or those created to educate or train its players. The contest is hosted by The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, an event for U.S. armed services, and industry, government and academic institutions focused on improving training and education through computer simulations.

 

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

A TAPESTRY OF CULTURAL NARRATIVES

By Marina Gomberg, associate director of communications and marketing, College of Fine Arts

The University of Utah Special Topics Art Class led by  V. Kim Martinez unveiled and dedicated a 1,500-square-foot-mural to Esperanza Elementary School, 4956 W. 3500 South, on Dec. 11. In attendance with Martinez and her students was Esperanza principal, Eulogio Alejandre, the school board, parents and students.

The mural, collaboratively created and painted by Martinez and her students, honors the rich cultural heritage of the school’s almost 98 percent Latino student body. Together, they created a Muraltapestry of cultural narratives that reflect the interests, curricula, identities and loves of the students who inspired the mural’s many themes: chess, sugar skulls, soccer, mountains, mariachi bands, sunflowers and folklorico dancers. However, the importance of the project goes far beyond vibrancy and color.

“The goal of art and social justice is for communities to have agency over how art represents them,” Martinez said.

Esperanza Elementary, a Title I Language immersion Charter School in West Valley City, specializes in creating inclusive educational spaces that serve and empower underrepresented children from vulnerable socioeconomic backgrounds through praise rather than criticism.

Alejandre, who serves as principal for the school, sees the mural as culturally and socially empowering.

“I never wanted to be in a school that tolerated culture,” Alejandre said. “I wanted to be in a school that celebrated culture. With this mural, we are letting kids know that their culture is valuable.”

The ongoing project is part of a capstone class offered by Martinez that focuses on the public politics of art, along with encouraging artists to become invested in public funding projects and the myriad of processes those projects entail. But most importantly, the class allows students to experience first hand how art impacts and benefits the lives of people who, at times, feel excluded from the artistic community.

It is Martinez’s personal viewpoint of art, however, that perhaps best encapsulates the power of this project and class: “Art is a right—not a luxury.”

For more information about the University of Utah Department of Art & Art History, please visit: art.utah.edu.