‘One drop of love’

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni will perform her one-woman show, “One Drop of Love,” about the evolution of race in the United States and how it affects relationships at the Jeanne Wagner Theatre in Salt Lake City’s Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m. The show is produced by her lifelong friends, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

The performance celebrates the 10th anniversary of the University of Utah College of Social Work’s Social Justice Lecture Series: Allies for Equity. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but seating is only available for the first 300 attendees.

“We chose a play, rather than a lecture or a presentation, in hopes that it will resonate with the audience in a deeper way,” said Irene Ota, diversity coordinator and instructor at the U’s College of Social Work. “One Drop of Love should encourage meaningful conversations about race and what it means to be mixed race in the United States.”

Using 16 unique characters, Cox DiGiovanni, takes audiences on a journey that spans 223 years and asks audience members to ponder who they are, where they come from, their identity and their history. Cox DiGiovanni engages her audiences by walking off the stage, into the audience and asking them questions. By the end, everyone is involved in the story.

“My biggest take away from ‘One Drop’ is the urgency and the need to have difficult conversations,” said Affleck on the “One Drop of Love” website. “We all need to force ourselves into uncomfortable places to have uncomfortable conversations.”

The multimedia show uses screen projections with video, audio and animation to add the context of space and time.

“I hope people will focus less on what our differences in race are and focus on what we all have in common, which is that none of us want racism,” said Cox DiGiovanni in an interview with the Phoenix New Times. “We created race to oppress people, so let’s not focus on these differences and instead focus on where we can unify.”

MEET THE GRADUATES: CLASS OF 2016

Each year, thousands of students graduate from the University of Utah excited to begin the next chapter of their lives. Armed with a degree, knowledge, friendships, memories and enthusiasm, they embark on their journeys, which take them all over the world. University of Utah alumni are a passionate group of people dedicated to making the world a better place, and include among their ranks astronauts, senators, authors, artists, Pulitzer Prize winners, athletes and more. Over the next few weeks, as the next group of graduates prepare for graduation, we’ll meet a few of them. We hope you’ll enjoy getting know to know the class of 2016.

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Taking time for loved ones

It was seven weeks from diagnosis to death. In January 2015, my mom went to American Fork Hospital’s emergency room and they discovered she had cancer. It was kind of all over — attached to her kidney, they found some attached to her bladder some attached to her ovary. The doctors decided there was really nothing they could do and sent her home on hospice. I moved in with my parents for four weeks to take care of her. My teachers were wonderful. They helped me get through. They said, ‘You need to be with your mom right now. Turn that assignment in later.’ I took a couple of incompletes that semester — and got my one and only B. But I’m so grateful for that time. My mom died March 4, and I was there with her when she passed. I would have missed so much. To make that journey with her — I’m so grateful I have that.

Emily Meidell, Washington, D.C.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Certified Nurse Midwifery

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Living the American dream

My story is that of a young kid from Mexico coming into the United States to pursue the American dream, only at that age I did not know what that meant or what to think of it. I’ve always considered myself a dreamer — one with no boundaries — a dreamer that can reach for the stars. At some point, this became my life contract — to live life as a dreamer and creative individual.

As a young adult, my only vision of the American dream was that of the opportunity to further my education as much as I could, and so I did. It is important to mention that as a young Latino, it was not easy to do this; I had all the odds against me and I had to overcome many obstacles and had to face many forked roads with tough choices. Those paths with many wrong turns eventually led to me to where I stand now: graduation.

I will be one of the few graduating men in my family — the only one from my generation in the paternal side of the family. It is essentially the biggest accomplishment of my life. And the dream, and the lifetime goal and the contract that I had set up for myself as a young kid has finally become reality.

It was my job as a young adult (and still is) to break stereotypes that Latinos like myself cannot become innovative, strong professionals in any career path they choose to pursue. I can only hope to serve as an inspiration to many other Latino generations that will choose to embark in the intense journey of education like I did and to keep dreaming like I will.

It is also important to mention the valuable support I have received from friends and family, and the School of Architecture. Without their help and support, I wouldn’t have gotten this far in my education. Thank you all for pushing me, inspiring me, for believing in me and for joining me along the incredible journey.

 

Christian Bueno, Jalisco, Mexico
Architectural studies

A career inspired by imagination

I grew up on a farm, so we had a lot of down time. My siblings and I would make forts all the time so we had to get creative on resources. We would use weeds or cereal boxes — anything we could find. As a result, I love exploring and I’ve always loved building things — just creating things from scratch. Once I took my materials class I fell in love with it. If you understand how materials work on the atomic level and the principles behind them, then you can really start to manipulate things and can create anything. The possibilities are endless. Whether its electronics or plastic, everything stems from materials science. No matter what I want to dream of, if I understand how materials work, then I can make it.

 

Colton Fox, Pleasant Grove, Utah
Master’s in materials science and engineering

Coding a better world

I realized that I don’t need to follow a certain, set path or have a specific certification to help people. I can use my skills and be a force in the world without looking at what I ‘should be.’ It’s not a certain career or line on your resume that makes you a real force for good; it’s who you are and the experiences you search for as you go. The best way I can effect change is to be in touch with my skills and make myself the strongest tool I can be.

Computer science fulfills what I enjoy most: I can use it to solve problems that I care about, by gaining a bird eye’s view of them and then attacking them with logic and creativity.

Programming allows me to engage my analytical, as well as my artistic side, in a world where I can go as far as I’m willing to stretch my thinking. I was a bit intimidated by coding at first, but now I see that computer science is just so much more than that. I like to think about coding kind of like writing. When you write, you don’t think about the letters and the lines; you think about bringing your ideas to life. That’s what coding is to me — a tool that I can use to realize my dreams for making the world a better place.

 

Kallie Bracken, Australia
Computer science
Mathematics

Seeing the forest through the trees

I think of my exercise and sports science major as the trees: through that major, I’ve learned the processes involved with the body, different diseases that affect it and how to implement programs to best treat those ailments. I view my second major as the forest that encompasses the many aspects of health, such as law, business, environment and sociology. If you want something or need help, just ask. The worst that can happen is you’ll be told ‘no,’ but the best is that you’ll get what you asked for or at least pointed toward the right direction. That’s been my motto all these years: Try everything at least once; say ‘yes’ to opportunities that are presented to you and see where they go. It’s important to get a breadth of experiences. Then, once you find something you like, get the depth.

Alexis Lee, Park City, Utah
Exercise and sports science
Health, society and policy


 

Grad Fair: March 31–April 2 at the Campus Store

Grad Fair begins this week at the Campus Store. If you are eligible to walk in May 2016, now is the time to order your cap, gown and graduation announcements, buy your diploma frame and start celebrating your achievement.

Grad Fair dates and times are below:

Thursday, March 31:        8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, April 1:                    8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, April 2:              11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Go to CampusStore.utah.edu to pre-order your regalia now and skip the lines. Make sure to sign the Block U before you leave the store.

About Commencement:

The University of Utah commencement and convocation ceremonies are held annually at the conclusion of spring semester. Candidates for graduation from the summer 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016 or summer 2016 terms may attend. Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. This year’s commencement speaker will be foreign policy expert and work-life balance thought leader Anne-Marie Slaughter. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Kem C. Gardner, Lynette Nielsen Gay, Kirk M. Ririe and George D. Smith. For more information, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page.

 


 

DALAI LAMA TICKETS

The University of Utah and the Utah Tibet Foundation are pleased to announce that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will speak at the University of Utah Huntsman Center, 1825 S. Campus Drive, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets will go on sale for University of Utah students, faculty and staff Friday, April 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the general public will be available, Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Ticket prices:

  • U students: $10, limit of two per UCard
  • U faculty and staff: $20, limit of two per UCard
  • General public: $35, limit of four tickets per purchase; there will be a limited number of obstructed-view tickets available for $30 per ticket

To purchase tickets, go to utahtickets.com and follow the instructions below or click here to go directly to the ticket page.

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CONSEQUENCES OF INEQUALITY

By Melinda Rogers

The past 100 years saw unprecedented growth in equality within the United States. As women gained the right to vote, as black Americans gained civil rights and liberties, as gay and lesbian men and women gained the right to marry and as the nation elected its first black president, many would argue the U.S. has become a more equal country.

Yet, in many ways, society and politics remain unequal — particularly when considering unprecedented and growing levels of economic inequality and persistent gender inequality in communities. These inequalities have wide ranging consequences — they influence politics, public policymaking and laws, and they affect the opportunities and quality of life available to millions of people in Utah and across the U.S. Those trends are behind a March 31 event sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network and the University of Utah’s Department of Political Science that aims to explore current inequalities and start a conversation among scholars, practitioners and the public to explore consequences and discuss possible solutions to create a better and more equal society.

The event will take place at two locations in Salt Lake City over the course of one day, including a morning session at the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, 260 Central Campus Drive, Room 255. The afternoon session will take place in conference room four at the City Library downtown, 210 E. 400 South.

“Inequality in our society affects our politics, our public health, our economy and more. Understanding the problem, and identifying potential solutions, requires approaching inequality from a variety of perspectives, including scholars in different areas of study, practitioners in the field and policymakers in elected office,” said Jim Curry, one of the event organizers and an associate professor of political science at the U. “Bringing those different perspectives together around this important topic is what this event is all about.”

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network, the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and the University of Utah’s Department of Political Science. The schedule of sessions and speakers includes:

Morning session, Hinckley Institute of Politics
9:30-10:30 a.m. Panel 1 – Gender and Inequality

Sarah Roberts, assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco; Sharon Mastracci, associate professor at University of Utah; Günseli Berik, professor at University of Utah

10:45-:11:45 a.m. Panel 2 – Income Inequality in Utah and Beyond

Nick Carnes, assistant professor of public policy at Sanford School, Duke University; Colleen Casey, associate professor at University of Texas at Arlington; Thomas Maloney,  professor at University of Utah

Afternoon session, City Library

2:30-4 p.m.   A Roundtable on Inequality in Utah and the United States

Moderated by Jennifer Napier-Pearce host of The Salt Lake Tribune’s Trib Talk and Behind the Headlines.

Utah Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D-Holladay; Derek Kitchen, District 4, Salt Lake City Council; Nick Carnes, assistant professor of public policy at Sanford School, Duke University; Colleen Casey, associate professor at University of Texas at Arlington; Sarah Roberts, assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco; Drew Astolfi, senior organizer at Center for Community Change; and Matthew Weinstein,  state priorities  partnership director at Voices for Utah Children.

 

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

WHEN HIP-HOP MEETS ACADEMIA

By Annalisa Purser

After watching “Stomp the Yard” when he was in sixth grade, University of Utah sophomore Sepuloni Pulu was determined to learn to dance and looked to YouTube for instruction.

Completely self taught, today Pulu teaches dance classes at Dance Arts Theatre of Utah in Holladay, is part of a community dance crew called NuTribe, a professional company called Underground and attends school full time. He’s studying business administration so he will be prepared to one day own his own dance studio and have a dance crew of his own.

“As a teacher, you have to do research and know about your subject,” he said. “As a dance instructor, I wanted to learn about the history of hip-hop and become more well-rounded.”

Hip-Hop 2Lucky for Pulu, U graduate Sara Pickett was also interested in hip-hop and had spent her graduate career studying the intersection of hip-hop and academia. After teaching a successful hip-hop class for the Department of Modern Dance for a few years as a graduate student, she helped develop a proposal for a history of hip-hop class that would be open to students from all majors and fulfill two general education requirements, fine arts exploration and diversity. Eventually the course became a reality – just in time for Pulu to enroll.

“I am reminded while teaching this course that these students grew up with hip-hop,” Pickett said. “Their parents were fans of hip-hop, and more importantly, hip-hop is a part of American culture that permeates through all types of music, language, art, fashion and socio-political issues.”

Most of the students in Pickett’s class have no prior dance experience and come from majors ranging from Russian to environmental studies to chemical engineering and everything in between.

“My favorite part of teaching this course is exploring the myriad reasons why students are drawn to hip-hop,” Pickett said. “There was a moment last semester where one student had a perspective from a reading assignment that was vastly different from the rest of the class. The topic was about race and socio-economic disparities, and the class got into an intense, but very respectful, debate about what defines white privilege, who are the players and progenitors of socio-economic circumstances and how this is presented through hip-hop music. Everyone in the class came away with a greater appreciation of the complexities that impact our community.”

For one assignment, students were asked to find a song with lyrics that were especially meaningful to them.

Hip-Hop 4“That assignment helped me think about the artists and their experiences, rather than just passively listening,” said Judy Chen, a freshman pre-dental major from Bountiful. “We can delve into sensitive topics, and the classroom is extremely open to that. There’s no censoring and no judgment.”

While the class is primarily made up of lectures focused on examining hip-hop culture while developing background knowledge of hip-hop history from the early 1970s South Bronx to its national and international role today, the course is infused with a series of movement days that allow students to fully experience the subject. During studio days, guest dance instructors who specialize in various forms of hip-hop, including breaking, West Coast locking and popping, house, commercial and freestyle, lead the students.

On the first guest-taught movement day of the semester, students staggered into the studio, some looking apprehensive, while Ol’ Skool by KRS-One played.

B-girl and U alum, Rachel Savage, helped students get comfortable by moving with the beat. Piece by piece, she broke down moves so students, many with no dance experience, were doing freezes, waving, popping and locking and having fun.

“I love movement days,” said sophomore Ben Chamberlain, an exercise science pre-med major from Holladay. “Even if you aren’t good at dancing, you can still have a good time.”

The class has given Pulu the background to be a better teacher and hip-hop artist and says it’s the first class he’s wanted to wake up early to attend. He’s passionate about “conscious rap,” a genre that challenges the dominant cultural, political, philosophical and economic consensus and aims to inform the public, and is anxious to discuss it with anyone.

“Many people enjoy hip-hop, but few understand its roots and appreciate its cultural influence that connects people around the world and allows them to express themselves while having fun,” he said. “I want people to understand hip-hop better. ‘Hip’ is the concept of gaining knowledge and being a trend-setter, and ‘hop’ is the movement.”

Pickett, who started as a hip-hop dancer and was pleased to learn that this experience could be applied to a college degree in dance, hopes students in the class take away an appreciation of the rich history of hip-hop culture.


TAKE THE CLASS

History of Hip-Hop will be taught for the first time in a weeklong intensive format this year, May 9-13, at the U’s Sandy Center, 10011 Centennial Parkway, Suite 100. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one week, with additional course work completed online before and after class time.

To learn about additional weeklong intensive courses and other flexible class offerings, visit summer.utah.edu. Summer semester open enrollment begins April 11. To see the summer schedule, click here.

 

SOCIAL SOUP

By Eva Grimmer, Sustainability Office intern

Jen Castle and Blake Spalding are the visionaries behind Hell’s Backbone Grill, which is located in the picturesque Boulder, Utah.

Jen Castle and Blake Spalding are the visionaries behind Hell’s Backbone Grill, which is located in the picturesque Boulder, Utah.

Jen Castle and Blake Spalding, chef-owners of Hell’s Backbone Grill and Farm, will be keynote speakers for this semester’s Social Soup Lecture on March 29, noon-1 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium at the Marriott Library. The lecture, “Beyond Farm-to-Table: Community, Culture and Food,” will focus on the benefits, struggles and empowering experiences of owning and operating a farm-to-table restaurant.

Located in Boulder, Utah, the restaurant encompasses the farm-to-table spirit. Much of the produce served is harvested from the restaurant’s farm, and they owners buy grass-fed and finished meat from local ranchers. Serving only local, organic and seasonal foods, their commitments to environmental and social ethics echo throughout the business plan. Additionally, Boulder’s remote location provides an opportunity to engage the community with sustainable ethics for a more equitable food system.

“The farm-to-table movement is about creating a healthy connection from producer to consumer,” says Alizabeth Potucek, University of Utah’s Edible Campus Garden manager, “Eating is an amazing opportunity to impact our local economy, community and personal health. Knowing where our food comes from can be rare in our globalized food economy. The Hell’s Backbone Grill and Farm are great examples of creating a culture that supports healthy and sustainable food systems.”

The Hell’s Backbone Farm is located just three miles from the restaurant. Despite many challenges facing the no-kill, organic farm, it produces more than 18,000 pounds of produce a year. Instead of chemicals, the farm relies on companion planting and relocation to deter pests.

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Want to learn what it is like to work on a farm? Volunteer with the Hell’s Backbone framers and earn a free meal.

Since the work requires many human labor hours, the owners have partnered with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms to provide “feed for weeds.” In exchange for working the land, they provide meals and an area for camping. Even the U’s Edible Campus Gardens’ stewards and volunteers have made the journey to work on the farm in exchange for a well-earned meal.

Aside from the restaurant’s many awards and high ratings, the owners and chefs, Castle and Spalding, are fascinating individuals. Spalding’s background includes activism for Greenpeace and Buddhist practice. Castle grew up learning to cook mass-quantities of food for her large family and has an extensive background in the restaurant business, including food studies abroad. Their backgrounds are reflected in their dishes and their philosophy as restaurateurs. The work is intensive but rewarding, and Spalding and Castle have worked hard since the restaurant was opened in 2000 to create a community around food, health and justice.

The Social Soup Lecture includes a free vegan meal.

This story can be found on the University of Utah Sustainability blog.

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

By Melinda Rogers

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law drew national attention when it celebrated the grand opening of its new LEED Platinum building earlier this year, held up as a model of green architecture.

How communities can make smarter choices when it comes to creating sustainable and resilient buildings is a topic of conversation that continues to be in the national spotlight — one reason the College of Law’s 21st Annual Stegner Center Symposium, “Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions,” will focus on the issue on March 31 and April 1.

The event will address new urbanism and explore ideas such as urban design, green architecture, water usage (including reuse of waste water and storm water), the suburban-urban interface (including regional transportation, food sheds and air quality), energy usage in cities and how to plan for climate change to create resilient cities. Throughout the symposium, speakers will focus on how these issues relate to the Wasatch Front and Utah.

Along with the symposium, the Stegner Center will host the Wallace Stegner Lecture, given by Larry Susskind, at noon on March 30 at 12:15 p.m. on the sixth floor of the law school in the moot courtroom, 383 South University Street.

Susskind is the Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the founder and chief knowledge officer of the Consensus Building Institute. He has served on the faculty of MIT for over 35 years. His past work includes efforts to mediate Bedouin land claims in the southern desert of Israel. He has been involved in a wide range of initiatives to address the land claims of First Nations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The Stegner Lecture is open to the public. To register for other parts of the symposium, click here.

Symposium agenda

Thursday, March 31, 2016
8 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast
9 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
9:10 a.m. – Rethinking Buildings

Thomas Butcavage, Smith GroupJJR
Nicole DeNamur, Pacifica Law Group
Chris Duerksen, Clarion Associates LLC

10:30 a.m. – Break
10:55 a.m. – Rethinking Urban Design

Rob Bennett, EcoDistricts
Rocky Piro, Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism
Jonathan Rosenbloom, Drake University Law School

12:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 p.m. – Rethinking Water in Cities

Tony Arnold, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Stacey Eriksen, EPA Region 8
Eric Millis, Utah Division of Water Resources

2:35 p.m. – Break
3 p.m. – Keynote address – Community Food Systems and Regional Resilience

Sheila Martin, Institute of Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University

3:40 p.m. – Rethinking Energy for Cities

Alexandra Aznar, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sara Bronin, Center for Energy & Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
Troy Rule, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

5 p.m. Conclude

Friday, April 1, 2016

8:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast
9 a.m. – Rethinking the Urban-Suburban Interface

Robert Cervero, Department of City and Regional Planning, University California, Berkeley
Reid Ewing, Metropolitan Research Center, University of Utah
Kellen Zale, University of Houston Law Center

10:20 a.m. – Break
10:45 a.m. – Keynote address – “Future-Proofing” Infrastructure: Action Items for the Anthropocene

Hillary Brown, City College of New York, CUNY

11:25 a.m. – Incorporating Resilience – to Drought, Disaster, and Climate Change

Melissa M. Berry, Chapman University
Stephen R. Miller, University of Idaho College of Law – Boise
Hari Osofsky, Energy Transition Lab, University of Minnesota Law School

 

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

 

FIGHTING TERRORISM

By Zachary Bloomer

It didn’t take long as a first year law student to learn that my dreams of going from Utah to an international superstar attorney were a long shot.  But before graduation, I decided to book a plane ticket to Brussels to visit the International Court of Justice over spring break to further explore the idea anyway.  As fate would have it, flights during spring break were overbooked. My attempt at crossing the pond was dashed, and I ended up spending my spring break sweating down in the Arizona heat. I returned to school depressed that my final college spring break was mediocre at best, until I turned on the news last Tuesday morning.

As terrorist attacks become more commonplace, we find ourselves continually desensitized from their effect, and, unless you live in close proximity to the attack, daily life quickly resumes to normal.  In fact, most of the changes that do take place following attacks relate to implementing additional security protections — but don’t focus on how to prevent future attacks. Students enrolled in a counterterrorism course at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, however, have spent this semester learning from an operational counterterrorism expert who is helping to train future government leaders on how to assess risks before they turn into actual attacks, as well as how to respond after attacks occur.

Professor Amos Guiora teaches a counterterrorism course where students, including myself, have gained hands-on experience that draws in part from 19 years Guiora spent working with the Israel Defense Forces.  The purpose of the class is to assist law students, as well as those enrolled in the MIAGE (Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise) program, to learn practical skills that will prepare them for careers that work with intelligence, military and foreign policy agencies.

The University of Utah is unique among U.S. universities in carrying out the exercise and offering the courses that accompany it. Two courses are associated with the counterterrorism simulation; the first, titled Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism gives students a chance to go through four mini simulations during the course. The second course, Simulation Design, is a year-long class taught in conjunction with Aaron Dewald, associate director of the College of Law’s Center for Legal Innovation, in which students who’ve previously participated in the simulation design the scenarios for the next year’s event.

Students work both individually and in small groups to gain experience in specific areas that are critical to understanding how to approach terrorism.  This is done by placing students in realistic scenarios in which they participate in both legal and advisory roles to facilitate learning objectives such as advocacy, articulation, information management, leadership and decision making in the context of operational counterterrorism.  The semester of exercises culminates on April 8 when the students are organized into teams and work for hours in a final simulation —an exercise where students work through how to manage a terror attack.

For this year’s class, I’ve worked as a teaching assistant to help design the simulation. I can say with full confidence that this course was one of the most rewarding classes I have taken in my collegiate career.  Learning the basics of the behind the scenes work done has been not only great for my education, but great for my resume.  For those who are interested, we will be broadcasting the simulation live on our YouTube Channel at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tune in to watch as law students put newly acquired counterterrorism skills to use.

 

Zachary Bloomer is a third-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Announcements

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Video contest U Student startups need your votes to beat BYU

The Summit climbing clinic series
Beacons of Excellence Awards: Call for nominations

Staff scholarship applications being accepted for summer 2016
Join the UU Staff Council


POLICY 4-004


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The Information Security team at the University of Utah has released a video found at the following link. Policy 4-004 and its accompanying rules will become fully enforceable in April this year.

Chief Information Security Officer Dan Bowden will be attending the Academic Senate meeting on Monday, April 4, in the Moot Courtroom of the Law School at 3 p.m.  to discuss the changes outlined in the policy.


VIDEO CONTEST – U STUDENT STARTUPS NEED YOUR VOTES TO BEAT BYU

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We need your vote in the People’s Choice video competition for the 2016 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. Help U student startups beat all the other schools in the state and win the $2,500 prize, and watch their videos to learn more about their amazing inventions.

The public may vote from March 14 to April 8. The team with the most votes will win.

The winning team will be announced at the UEC Public Showcase and Awards Ceremony on April 9 the University of Utah. All are welcome to attend the showcase event. It’s a great opportunity to meet the best student entrepreneurs in the state and see who wins the $100,000 in cash and prizes, including the $40,000 grand prize. The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the U and sponsored by Zions Bank.

Vote and learn more here: lassonde.utah.edu/vote2016.


THE SUMMIT CLIMBING CLINIC SERIES
Eccles Student Life Center

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Gear up for the outdoor climbing season with any of our classes or clinics at The Summit. “Learn to Belay” or “Learn to Lead Belay and Lead Climb” are just a couple of the classes
and clinics we offer.

Check out campusrec.utah.edu for a full list.

Dates and registration fees vary.


‘BEACONS OF EXCELLENCE’ AWARDS: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Deadline: Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Each year, the University of Utah’s Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Student Affairs recognizes people, programs and projects committed to creating a transformative, undergraduate educational experience.

Beacons of Excellence awards celebrate “best practices” found across campus, including labs, student clubs, individuals, centers and more. Since the award was created in 2012, hundreds of nominations have been submitted by students, faculty, staff and community members.

Nominations are currently being accepted and are due by Thursday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

Recipients of the 2016 awards will be honored throughout the year in print and other media outlets on campus and in the community.

More information about the award and past honorees is available online.

 


U STAFF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR SUMMER 2016 SEMESTER
Applications due Friday, April 15, 2016

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The University of Utah Staff Council is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for staff development scholarships for the summer 2016 semester.

Each scholarship is worth up to $500 and can be used towards the employee’s tuition bill.  Scholarships can be used towards professional trainings, symposiums, conferences or workshops and their associated expenses.

The committee will process the scholarship applications in the most fair and judicious manner to benefit the employee, according to the procedures directed by the University of Utah policy. UUSC is an equal opportunity provider.

Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently working at 75 percent or above Full Time Equivalency (FTE) position (30-40 hours per week).
  • Maintained 75 percent or greater Full Time Equivalency (FTE) in a benefits eligible position for two consecutive years as of Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Have not received a Staff Council Scholarship within the past two years.

*Current Staff Council Members are not eligible.

Click here to apply.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 15, 2016, and incomplete applications will not be considered.


JOIN THE UU STAFF COUNCIL
Applications due Friday, April 15, 2016

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The University of Utah Staff Council is currently looking for positive, service-minded individuals to join. The UU Staff Council is an organization established by University Policy 5-003 to make sure the interests of staff on campus are represented. The University of Utah Staff Council had several achievements and was involved in many events during the 2016-2017 AY.
  • Awarded 13 scholarships at $500 each (summer, fall and spring)
  • Members participated in the District and Staff Excellence Award selections
  • Sponsored several events for staff including Shred Day where staff were able to shred personal documents and dispose personal eWaste at no charge, U-Nights at Real Salt Lake, Utah Grizzlies discount tickets and Salt Lake Bees discounted tickets
  • Members actively represent staff interests on several committees across campus
  • Members participated in the legislative process as advocates for staff of the U
  • Staff Council continues to co-sponsorship Employee Appreciation Day

If you are interested in making a difference here at the U by participating on Staff Council, submit an application before 5 p.m., April 15, 2016.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For detailed information and qualifications for being a part of the University of Utah Staff Council, please visit: Staffcouncil.utah.edu.


A Healthier U

HYDRATION

The loss of even 2 percent body water weight (3 pounds for a 150-pound athlete) during an exercise bout can inhibit physical and mental performance.

Tips to avoid dehydration

  • Arrive at your event hydrated so you are not playing catch-up.
  • Begin hydrating within the first 30 minutes of the exercise bout.
  • Take sips of fluid often during exercise. Avoid feeling bloated, but keep up with sweat loss.
  • Drink during meals (also helps lower calorie intake if needed).cycling
  • Carry a water bottle with you through the day. Spread out your fluid intake.
  • Drink fluids besides water to avoid thirst fatigue, but avoid sugary drinks right before exercise.
  • Don’t always rely on the feeling of thirst — you may have already lost 1.5-2 liters of water.
  • Remember foods with high water content can help (fruits, vegetables, oatmeal and yogurt are all at least 80 percent water).
  • Room temperature water is easier to consume in large quantities without causing nausea.

The benefits of staying hydrated

  • Increases BMR (calories burned).
  • It delays fatigue.
  • Lowers perceived exertion.
  • Minimizes nausea during exercise.
  • Maintains the body’s core temperature.

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HealthFeed

MORE MEDICATIONS, MORE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
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Baby Boomers are getting older – and taking more medications as they do. One in six are taking a potentially dangerous combination of drugs and supplements, according to a new study.  That’s more than double the number putting themselves at risk just five years ago.

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EYE DONOR MONTH
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National Eye Donor Month promotes eye donation awareness and celebrates the lives of eye donors and corneal recipients.

Read more about it here.

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