• Aug. 26-27
  • 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Ray Olpin University Union
  • Featuring DJ Bangarang. Grab your swimsuits, flip flops and sunglasses and join us for a beach-themed Crimson Nights to kick off the year. Activities: giant inflatables, obstacle course, giant water pong, bungee cord races, beach volleyball, tiki mocktails, music, dancing, free food, giveaways and much more.

Arts Bash


  • Aug. 31
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Library Plaza
  • Come enjoy interactive art, information booths, free T-shirts, a photo booth, free food and performances from the School of Music, School of Dance, Department of Theatre and Pioneer Theatre Company.

  • Sept. 16
  • Time: TBD
  • Union Plaza
  • Artists: TBD
  • The U’s biggest fall concert. Sponsored by ASUU. Features artists from near and far. This year’s artist is yet to be released, but stay tuned because @theU will keep you up-to-date.

Farmers Market


  • Thursdays, Aug. 25 – Oct. 6
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tanner Plaza, between the Student Services Building and the Union
  • The market links local growers and artisans with the campus community and provides access to fresh, healthy, local produce and unique arts and crafts.

Homecoming 2016



  • Sept. 30-Oct. 9
  • Festivities include reunions, 5K, Songfest, House Decorating, Tailgating and more. The Utes host Arizona at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8.


  • Sept. 28-Oct. 7
  • A week of events highlighting the multiple dimensions within the LGBTQIA communities.


  • Dec. 5-9
  • In collaboration with the Marriott Library, ASUU’s Academic Affairs Board extend library hours for students during Geek Week. Other major campus partners also participate in Geek Week, including the Writing Center, Business Tutoring, Campus Recreation Services, Chartwells Dining Services (Mom’s Café), the Union Programming Council, ASUU Child Care, the Residence Halls Association and the Campus Store.



Niki-Pokemon 2

“My 11-year-old self is very happy that it’s now socially acceptable to once again be into Pokémon. When I was little I was super into the cards and I remember my mom taking me to Target one morning before school to get a binder. I ended up walking into the toy aisle and I found the card game with the starter pack. I brought it to school and no one knew what it was…fast forward a few months and it blew up. The video game came. I played on a lime green Game Boy and was very competitive with it. Then in 1999 there was a Pokémon tournament at Fashion Place Mall. You brought your own Game Boy and you would battle with other people. I ended up getting third place – it was insane – I was there all day with my Pokémon T-shirt on. It’s been really fun to relive those memories with Pokémon Go, but now I’m regretting not buying stock in it.”

— Nicole, University of Utah staff

Sara Jarman the voice of TRAX. At The University of Utah Stadium TRAX station.

“UTA called the student employment coordinator and inquired about posting a job for a young female voice to do some recording for TRAX. She gathered a group of young ladies to audition, and I guess they just liked what they heard. Only one person has ever known it was my voice on TRAX without being told. Usually when people learn that I’m the voice on TRAX, the first thing they say is, ‘say something!’ When I recite one of the lines for them, their response is always, ‘It is you!’ I recently re-recorded every single stop because my voice changed slightly while I was pregnant, and they wanted everything to sound consistent. Redoing everything took about an hour, but when I only have to do a few phrases, it takes as little as five minutes.”

— Sara Jarman, recruiting coordinator, University of Utah Career Services

Alf Seegert, assistant professor of English writes and designs storytelling board games

“Like a children’s fantasy book, a board game offers the opportunity to inhabit, however briefly, a different world — yes, to escape.
One type of escape is…that of one unjustly imprisoned…imaginations imprisoned behind bars which rattle but rarely budge. A fantasy world is the sharpened file smuggled inside the prisoner’s cake. Making games — like making stories — is part of that liberation, too.
In all my board games I strive to make it fun for the players to lose themselves in strange characters: Horrible, hungry bridge trolls (Bridge Troll); marauding troll-Vikings (Trollhalla); or cackling medieval pardoners preying on pilgrims wending their way to Canterbury (my adaptation of Chaucer in The Road to Canterbury). But my favorite of the bunch so far is Fantastiqa, a tribute to my love for fantasy literature ranging from Lord Dunsany to “The Phantom Tollbooth.”
In an age of hypermediation, there’s also something both quaint and deliciously subversive about an art form that requires its participants to sit face-to-face around a table in a shared space of play.”

— Alf Seegert, assistant professor of English

Tom Wallisch

“I grew up in Pittsburgh and fell in love with skiing during my high school years. When I started looking into colleges, the University of Utah became a top pick almost immediately. The U is set within 30 minutes of so many world class ski resorts and has an awesome business program. I was sold right off the bat. And to add to all that, the university was so much more reasonably priced when compared to other universities out West.

After attending the University of Utah I fell in love with Utah and the surrounding mountains. I moved from Salt Lake City up to Park City to be even closer to some of the world-class skiing. These days, I’m traveling the world as a professional skier and competing in free ski events around the world. I also spend a lot of my season in Utah, exploring the backcountry around the Wasatch Range and making ski films. I spend a lot of my ski season filming and traveling with friends that I made while attending the University of Utah. Skiers from all over the country come to the university to ski and further their education.”

— Tom Wallisch, professional skiier

Humans of the U series. Yomi Karthik Rupesh, Harikrishna Kambala Subramanyam, Akshay Khatwani Electrical Engineering Grad Students from India.

“Rupesh: This place is quite serene and calm compared to our place back in India.

Subramanyam: And the view is also – wow!

Khatwani: Back home everything is very chaotic, but it kind of works. Here, we’re not used to the organization. Everything is very systematic. We figured out the TRAX, bus, everything is very organized. This is a very welcome change for us.

Back home, we stayed with our parents. Over here we are alone, we just rely on each other. I miss my family a lot. I do miss my city, the weather, the food. I’m still not adjusted to the food here.

Subramanyam: We just went grocery shopping.

Khatwani: We’ve never gone grocery shopping in our lives.

Subramanyam: Ever. A few more trips to the store and we should be good.

Khatwani: Everything I’ve done in my life, I’ve always consulted my family for decisions. The only difficulty was leaving them because they didn’t want me to go.

Subramanyam: My story is my mother. She couldn’t complete her education, so this degree is for her.”

— Akshay Khatwani, Harikrishna Kambala Subramanyam and Yomi Karthik Rupesh, graduate students in electrical engineering

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By Jana Cunningham, communications specialist, University Marketing & Communications

In 2014, the University of Utah Asia Campus opened its doors in Incheon, South Korea to students looking for a global and culturally diverse education. On Aug. 22, the U welcomed the first group of students to Salt Lake City to complete their degrees.

U Asia Campus 2Although most undergraduate students will spend three years at the Asia campus before finishing their degrees in Utah, Juhee Kim, Lihae Park and Rupert Kangho Lee are on an accelerated path and have already accrued enough credits to enter to the U’s main campus as college seniors.

The U also welcomed six graduate students in the Master of Public Health program, JiHo Chang, Krista Ocier, Jihye Park, Mariana Ju, Kayoung Kim and Sungmin (Paul) Kim. Because it’s a two-year program, graduate students spend one year at the UAC and one year on the main campus.

Fall 2016 enrollment at the UAC has increased to 225 students and next year, a larger cohort of about 60-70 undergraduate and graduates are expected to arrive in Salt Lake City. As the UAC increases its degree offerings in the years to come, it is anticipated that more than 300 students will arrive each year to complete their U degrees.

After spending his freshman year in the Savannah College of Art and Design and serving his country for two years in the Korean Army, Lee entered the UAC as a way to experience life in both Korea and the U.S. and is now looking forward to taking classes on the main campus.

“I think this is the chance to be a global citizen in the United States since it is a nation that I can experience various cultures and people,” said Lee, who is studying communication. “I’ve learned a lot about global citizenship from the UAC and I will use that knowledge to be a leading member at the Salt Lake City campus.”

As one of the founding institutions of Incheon Global Campus, the U currently offers undergraduate degrees in communication, psychology and social work, and one master of public health. Planning is underway for four new degrees to be offered beginning in spring 2017. Students will soon be able to get an undergraduate degree in film and media arts or urban ecology, a master’s degree in biomedical informatics or a Global Juris Doctorate.

The global campus also includes Belgium’s Ghent University, George Mason University, and the State University of New York, Stony Brook

Kim, who is majoring in social work, has spent the past two years taking advantage of the various opportunities at the UAC and helping to shape the future of the new institution.

“As one of the members of the first class, I felt it was a really honorable opportunity to be a part of the team that will build and change the campus,” said Kim. “When I was a member of Peer Mentors and Student Council at the UAC, I found the work that we did to change the school exciting and interesting. I could not have had the opportunity to participate in such processes in other universities.”

All students attending the UAC meet the same admissions and program degree requirements as main campus students, are taught and mentored by qualified U faculty and receive a University of Utah degree.

“I transferred to the UAC because I was interested in receiving a degree from an American college while studying in Korea,” said Park who is studying social work. “While there, I was able to closely interact and communicate with professors and was able to make a lot of memories with friends.”

Park adds that although she she has enjoyed her time at the UAC, she’s excited about all the activities the larger campus in Salt Lake City has to offer.

The Asia campus will celebrate the opening of their new building later this month. The nine-story, 170,000 square-foot state-of-the-art LEED-certified facility is modeled after the iconic J. Willard Marriott Library. The building includes a welcome center, student lounge, 26 lecture halls and classrooms, counseling center and more than 100 faculty and student support offices.

The U will accept student applications until Jan. 15, 2017, for the spring semester, and admission will be granted on a rolling basis. Main campus undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of a global learning abroad experience at the UAC.


Welcome back to the new academic year!

Just a reminder that we have home football games Thursday, September 1, at 6 p.m. against Southern Utah University and Friday, September 23, at 7 p.m. against USC.

If you teach either night, we encourage you to consider several options:

  • Move your class to a less impacted location on campus
  • Modify your class schedule
  • Use an alternative means such as webcasting to conduct your course

If you have any questions about these options or need help finding a different location, please contact the Office for Faculty at 801-581-8763.

If you are a student and have class either of those nights, please contact your instructor regarding possible class changes.

We are also asking managers to consider adjusting staff schedules where possible to minimize parking conflicts. If you plan to be on campus on either day, please do not drive a vehicle. We encourage you to take TRAX or consider other means of transportation on that day. If you do drive, please consider an alternate route that avoids the south end of campus.

View the parking map below or for information about lot closures and parking alternatives, click here.

2016 football parking map

Please contact Commuter Services at 801-581-6415 with any questions.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Go Utes!

The Utes, who are coming off a 10-win season, a Pac-12 South Division co-championship, and a Las Vegas Bowl win over BYU, open their season at home for the eighth consecutive year. Utah was third among the “others receiving votes” in the 2016 AP and Coaches’ preseason top 25 polls, issued on Aug. 21. The Utah-SUU game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks and broadcast on ESPN 700.

Fans are encouraged to attend the Ute Walk on Thursday at the corner of 500 South and Guardsman Way at 3:30 p.m. and cheer on the team as it makes its way to the stadium. Rice-Eccles Stadium will be checkered in red and white for the first time. A map showing fans what color to wear in their section can be found at UtahUtes.com/CheckerRiceEccles. The Utah-SUU game is designated as U Staff Appreciation Day. Faculty and staff may purchase discounted tickets for $20 here.


By Annalisa Purser, communications specialist, University Marketing and Communications

The University of Utah’s mascot Swoop, a red-tailed hawk, turns 20 this year. All are invited to celebrate Sept. 1, 12-2 p.m. at the Campus Store, 270 S. 1500 East, and during half-time at the football game against Southern Utah University that evening at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The party at the Campus Store is free and open to the public but tickets are required for the football game, which starts at 6 p.m. The parties are sponsored by America First Credit Union.

Swoop hatched during the first basketball game in 1996, and student documentary filmmakers set out to uncover his past and learn more about his present by talking with those who know him best. The short documentary can be viewed below.

A translator who is fluent in bird miming explained that Swoop would like to donate his birthday gifts to local elementary students this year. Those who would like to celebrate by donating gifts can drop off new school supplies at the Campus Store or any RedZone location and at the Bennion Center the week of Aug. 29.

RedZone stores are located on the U campus, 270 S. 1500 East; in Sandy, 10497 S. State Street; at Jordan Landing, 3763 West Center Park Drive, Suite 110; and in Layton, 445 W. 1425 North.

Swoop and members of the U spirit team will personally deliver the school supplies to a local elementary school the following week. The school will be one of the eight schools that partner with the U Bennion Community Service Center’s Utah Reads program. The program pairs university students with elementary school-aged children to provide free reading tutoring to help children from underserved populations develop the skills and confidence to succeed in school. During the past year, the program had 68 tutors who volunteered 17,620 hours and helped elementary students improve their reading an average of one grade level.

At the Campus Store party, Swoop will be accompanied by members of the U’s spirit squad and will be available to autograph birthday posters and take pictures with guests. There will be J Dawgs hotdogs for the first 1,000 visitors and a birthday cake later during the party. During the football game half-time party, Swoop will receive a surprise gift from American First Credit Union.


By Jana Cunningham, communications specialist, University Marketing and Communications

Since 2008, Utah’s K-9 Dual Language Immersion Program has grown to include five languages, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish in 163 schools reaching more than 30,000 students. Beginning this year, the U is taking the lead to provide the first cohort of high school students with upper division university courses in an advanced language pathway known as the Bridge Program.

Chantal Esquivias, associate instructor for Second Language Teaching and Research Center and Ryan Wells teach Spanish for dual immersion students at Taylorsville High School.

Chantal Esquivias, associate instructor for World Languages & Cultures and Ryan Wells teach Spanish for dual immersion students at Taylorsville High School.

“No other state has systematically addressed the challenge of sustaining dual language immersion from elementary to secondary level,” said Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, associate professor of linguistics and director of the International Studies Program in the College of Humanities. “In providing the Bridge Program with ongoing funding in its last legislative session, the state demonstrated its commitment to articulated language education from first grade through college.”

The U’s Second Language Teaching & Research Center has been charged by the Utah State Board of Education to lead the program and is working closely with all Utah institutions of higher education to develop and deliver 3000-level university courses to high school students. This program will allow them to graduate from high school with up to nine upper division credits and further facilitate their development of advanced language proficiency.

“The program meets the need for a secondary pathway for DLI students, but its impact goes beyond this,” said Jill Landes-Lee, the center’s Bridge Program director. “By positioning rigorous, academic language and culture courses in the high school setting and opening enrollment to any student who passes the AP Language and Culture exam, the program seeks to promote equity and access to bilingual and bicultural citizenship in Utah. It establishes a clear university and career pathway in two languages.”

Students at Granite and Davis District high schools are the first to take advantage of this program and have begun a course in Hispanic popular culture offered by both the U and Weber State University.

“The Bridge Program opens up exciting possibilities for world language departments at Utah’s colleges and universities. These students will enter college with high levels of language proficiency and be ideally positioned to combine study of language with another academic or professional degree,” added Watzinger-Tharp.

The department of World Languages and Cultures is also involved in the initiative and developed the course, SPAN 3116, that is being taught at Taylorsville High School by Chantal Esquivias, associate instructor for the department.



Thomas S. Monson (center) for whom the building is named, is the current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monson is a distinguished alumnus of the U’s David Eccles School of Business, a past faculty member and an honorary doctorate recipient.

Thomas S. Monson (center) for whom the building is named, is the current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monson is a distinguished alumnus of the U’s David Eccles School of Business, a past faculty member and an honorary doctorate recipient.

The University of Utah today unveiled the newly refurbished Enos A. Wall Mansion at an event commemorating the reopening of this historic building. The structure, in the heart of Salt Lake City, has been renamed the Thomas S. Monson Center after the current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monson is a distinguished alumnus of the U’s David Eccles School of Business, a past faculty member and an honorary doctorate recipient.

The mansion becomes the home of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, which develops and shares economic, demographic and public policy data to help business and community leaders make informed decisions. This institute occupies the second floor, while the first and third floors are restored to their original beauty and will host numerous events.

“We envision this historic building will epitomize the greatness of the state of Utah, especially as it unifies the excellent resources of the University of Utah with the dynamic energy of downtown Salt Lake,” said Jason Perry, vice president for government relations at the University of Utah and director for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. “We’re grateful to all those who put great effort into this restoration and transformation, including and especially the donors who made it possible.”

The donors who contributed funds to the renovation include The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kem Gardner, Roger and Sara Boyer, the Clark & Christine Ivory Foundation, the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Zions Bank, American Express, KSL Broadcast Group and Deseret News.

Inside the new Thomas S. Monson Center.

Inside the new Thomas S. Monson Center.

“In addition to its iconic architecture, the Wall Mansion is the ideal setting for the community building events and innovative, dynamic policy ideas that will be generated here,” said President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “We are pleased to know that the Thomas S. Monson Center will play host to thousands of guests from all segments of the community and throughout the nation and world in the years to come.”

The Thomas S. Monson Center will play a pivotal role in bringing economists, business leaders, and civic authorities together to examine issues pertinent to the state of Utah, and advance policies that will stimulate its growth and development. While the facility will be a place for leaders in business and government to analyze and discuss ideas on public policy topics, it will also provide a space for community gatherings and private events.

“We hope this new center will encourage interaction between the University of Utah and the community it serves,” said David Pershing, president of the University of Utah. “Our goal is to leverage this iconic building and adjacent structures as an asset to Utah’s economic growth and development and help unite business executives, policymakers and academic authorities to not only support the local economy, but to conduct research that influences thought leaders throughout the nation and world.”

The historic 50,000-square-foot mansion has been restored to its original elegance and function, including demolishing the campus’ east building and restoring the original east entrance to its former state, as well as landscaping the property’s gardens to bring an added level of beauty and distinction to the area.

The mansion was designed by renowned architect Richard K. A. Kletting, who also designed the Utah State Capitol. Enos A. Wall, who remodeled and enlarged the home into a Renaissance villa, purchased the property in 1904 and lived in it until 1920. For several years the building was used as the Salt Lake Jewish Community Center and in 1961, the LDS church purchased the home and transformed it into the LDS Business College. In 2014, the LDS church donated the mansion to the University of Utah and craftsmen restored the building to its original façade and turn-of-the-century style while intermixing modern touches, appliances and conveniences.


By Melinda Rogers, media relations manager, University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law

The University of Utah this week will mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of its state-of-the art law school by announcing the facility has been awarded a prestigious LEED platinum designation by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

LEED is an acronym that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The designation is awarded to buildings that meet standards of being green and efficient in their design. LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and water resources; save money for taxpayers, businesses and other building owners; reduce carbon emissions; create jobs; and establish a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. The U’s law school is the first in the western United States designed to earn such a designation and is believed to be only the second law school in the country to achieve the status.

A celebration is planned at the law school on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., where speakers will discuss how the LEED platinum facility has benefited the university community.  Building tours will follow brief remarks from university leaders.

The law school’s LEED designation adds to an already impressive list of LEED facilities in Utah, a state that earlier this year ranked among the top 10 U.S. states for LEED-building per capita.  The law school joins 40 other LEED facilities in Utah certified to LEED platinum status. The law school, however, is the highest achieving LEED platinum higher education project in the state based on the number of points award.

“We are delighted to observe the one-year anniversary in our newly-designated LEED platinum law school. Beyond setting an example of sustainable building for our community and serving as a gateway to our greater University of Utah campus, we are proud of all we’ve accomplished inside these walls so far,” said S.J. Quinney College of Law Dean Robert Adler. “From clinical programs to experiential learning opportunities to collaborative research initiatives, we have matched the innovation we modeled in our building with innovation in legal education, which allows us to set the bar high for a continued path of student success.”

The law school built its LEED platinum building with assistance from the Alternative Visions Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, which provided $4.5 million towards the purchase of sustainable building infrastructure. Many of the law school’s sustainability features serve as examples to other building projects on the campus of the University of Utah, the Salt Lake community, and the nation, and some are models of innovation  For example, building windows employ biomimickry to prevent bird collisions. Biomimickry creates ultraviolet spider web designs that are visible to birds but not humans.

Notable features that contributed to the building’s LEED platinum status include:

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◆ A building designed with the goal of achieving 65 percent reduction in energy costs beyond code requirements through smart structural design and passive solar orientation.

◆ Investments in onsite solar power generation and maximum use of natural light.

◆ Chilled beam cooling and heating systems and highly efficient fixtures.

◆ Recycling and re-using grey water to flush toilets.

The building also incorporates passive energy strategies that reduce overall energy consumption through:

◆ Enhanced exterior insulation to reduce thermal conductivity.

◆ Fixed exterior sunshades to minimize solar heat gain during the summer.

◆ Exterior overhangs that also act as sunshades to reduce the building heat gain in the summer.

◆ Low emissivity, insulating glass to reduce thermal transmittance and glare while improving visible light transmittance.

 In addition, the building achieves energy savings through the integration of more efficient energy-using systems including:

◆ The chilled beam HVAC system to heat and cool the building, radiant floor heating and cooling to supplement the chilled beam system.

◆ A heat recovery system to transfer the heat from the exhausted conditioned air into the fresh ventilation air.

◆ Regenerative elevators to convert the excess energy generated by an elevator into electricity that can be used elsewhere in the building.

◆ Enhanced lighting system control that include occupancy sensors and daylight sensors.

A complete list of the building features used to evaluate its LEED platinum status is available by clicking here. Evaluators examine a checklist of items and award points to a building for its various sustainable features.  The law school received a score of 87 points by LEED evaluators. At least 80 points are necessary for LEED Platinum certification.

Prior to the LEED platinum designation, the building garnered other awards for its innovative features. Lead architect Sean Thompson of the VCBO/Smith Group architecture received a “community justice award” from the Disability Law Center for the building’s universal accessibility design. Energy engineer Steve Connor of Coleman Engineering was also a finalist for the governor’s energy innovation award for designing the building’s unique use of groundwater to help air condition the facility by using groundwater from a campus well. The building itself received the Most Outstanding Green/Sustainable Building Award for 2015 from Utah Construction and Design, and the 2016 Alta Sustainability Leadership Award for Sustainable Campus Transformation, as well as recognitions from the Virginia and Maryland chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). And Big-D Construction Corporation earned the 2015 Green Building Champion of the Year Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

“This is truly an impressive accomplishment. We expect LEED silver certification for all new buildings on campus given the University requirements for energy efficiency, water conservation, occupant health and safety, and sustainable materials. Fewer than 5 percent of LEED projects undertaken anywhere, however, achieve Platinum status. Why? Because it is not enough to have a great architect, which we were also fortunate to have in VCBO/Smith Group,” said Amy Wildermuth, the U’s chief sustainability officer.

“In order to attain this level of success, the S.J. Quinney College of Law had to be fully engaged in the building process from pre-planning to completion. We are very grateful to the faculty, staff, students, administration—and particularly Dean Bob Adler—for their efforts to accomplish this amazing level of performance and for serving as a model,” Wildermuth said.

Besides its environmental merits, the new building has aided the college’s already substantial commitment to community service and community-engaged learning. University of Utah law students provided more than 40,000 hours of pro bono and clinical service to underserved clients last year.

The $62.5 million building provides accessibility for people with a full range of disabilities. Located at the southwest corner of campus across from the Stadium TRAX station, the building established a welcoming gateway for visitors to campus when it opened last year.

“Alumni, students, and the community are thrilled that our beautiful new building earned LEED platinum status. We are proud of the sustainability efforts put into its LEED design,” said Michele Ballantyne, president of the S.J. Quinney College of Law Alumni Board of Trustees. “The building has provided, and will continue to provide, an atmosphere where students can thrive and the college’s programs can continue to advance nationally.”

The building has received ongoing generous support from the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation, the University of Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Alternative Visions Fund of the Chicago Community Trust as well as a number of law firms and individual donors. Big-D Construction completed work on the 155,000-square-foot building.


UIT systems administrator invited to White House as Make Salt Lake representative
Tree removal around OSH
Register now for the Legacy of Lowell Day of Service
Customized promotional items by University Print & Mail
U5K now a WellU option


Beth Sallay

On Aug. 7, 2016, Beth Sallay, an IT systems administrator at the University of Utah, was elected to lead Make Salt Lake, a nonprofit “makerspace” that provides education and tools to local creators and inventors. Last week, Sallay represented Make Salt Lake at Nation of Makers – Makerspace Organizers Meeting and Workshop that was held on Aug. 24 at the White House. The event is associated with the White House’s efforts toward “empowering students and adults to create, innovate, tinker, and make their ideas and solutions into reality is at the heart of the Maker Movement.”

To read the full story, click here.


In preparation for construction on the building that will replace OSH, the University of Utah considered several options for managing the trees in the vicinity, including adjusting the building location and consulting with expert arborists. Ultimately, several trees were removed. While 14 trees were able to be transplanted to other locations around campus, not all were viable candidates. Two of the trees will be used to create stepping blocks and a play structure for the playground at the Child and Family Development Center at the Alfred Emery Building. Some of the trees will be used to make signage and furniture that will go in the new building, and others were removed because they were diseased.

The University of Utah is currently developing a landscape master plan that aims to introduce more species diversity into the tree population on campus. This is beneficial because trees are less likely to spread disease to different species. The University of Utah has been a state arboretum for 55 years. In 2015, it received Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation after, among other things, forming a tree advisory committee, maintaining a campus tree-care plan and dedicating annual expenditures for the campus tree program.

Saturday, Sept. 17 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Glendale Community Center

boys following Lowell color
Be part of a U classic! Register now for the annual Legacy of Lowell Day of Service, Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Glendale Community Center. Sponsored by the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center, volunteers can choose from almost two dozen different service projects that help community partners throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Every year hundreds of U students, staff, faculty and community members combine for a great morning of service that improves neighborhoods and lives. Sign up now at bennioncenter.org.


Employee Appreciation Day is less than two months away — have you ordered your department swag?

University Print & Mail is ready to help you design your department or organization’s customized promotional items, from office supplies to water bottles, totes and other fun giveaways. If you can think it, Print & Mail can create it. In addition to standard promotional fare, specialized items such as umbrellas, blankets, hats, shirts and other apparel are also available.

Some items can take six to eight weeks for production and delivery, so order now at printandmail.utah.edu to ensure your items arrive in time for Employee Appreciation Day which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 29.

University Print & Mail is your ongoing resource for customized promotional items any time of year. Contact Print & Mail for a custom quote at 801-581-6171, uprint@utah.edu or order online at printandmail@utah.edu.


For the first time, the annual Homecoming Scholarship 5K (U5K) will be a WellU option. Sign up by Sept. 2 for a discounted rate on the already discounted staff/faculty pricing. This race is a great start to Homecoming Saturday and there will be lots of food and prizes.

Hope to see you there.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: 332 S. 1400 East (Old Law School building)

Highlighted Events

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 | 12:15 p.m.
Union East Ballroom

We are so excited to announce our first workshop of the school year.

The Personal Money Management Center will be hosting a lunchtime workshop on Money Management Software That Will Simplify Your Life. You will learn helpful tips and skills for one of our favorite budgeting apps Mint.com.

We can’t wait to see you there and don’t forget lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 | Refreshments 7:45 p.m., screening 8:45 p.m.
Edible Campus Gardens located just east of Pioneer Memorial Theatre (300 South 1400 East)

Round up your friends and ride your bike, walk, or bus to the Edible Campus Gardens located just east of Pioneer Memorial Theatre (300 South 1400 East) for the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program’s biannual Bike to Movie Night. We are thrilled to be showing Patagonia Provision’s new documentary, “Unbroken Ground.” This film by Chris Malloy “explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans.” Join us for mingling at sunset at 7:45 p.m. and enjoy tasty organic refreshments. Then get comfy in your concert chairs and picnic blankets for the film starting at 8:30 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Marriott Library Plaza

Arts Bash
Arts Bash includes interactive art, information booths, free T-shirts, a photo booth, free food and performances from the School of Music, School of Dance, Department of Theatre and Pioneer Theatre Company.

“It is important for students who are a part of the College of Fine Arts but also those outside of the college to get a taste of what the university has to offer, said Shaylee Tulane who is studying gender studies and communication. “I like the variety that the event showcases.”

At the event, students can get more information on how they can access the arts for free or nearly free through the increasingly popular Arts Pass. This includes art exhibits, dance performances, film screenings, concerts and events at UtahPresents, Pioneer Theatre Company and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

“I love that with Arts Pass I get the chance to see every kind of performance on campus for free or at a discount, said Tori Cott, a senior majoring in musical theatre. “Whether it is the opera, or a performance in my own department, there is such a variety on campus and I get to explore all different mediums of art.”

While visiting Arts Bash, don’t forget to collect stamps on your “passport” to get a free T-shirt.

Wednesdays beginning Aug. 31-Wedesday, Dec. 14, 2016 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Thursdays beginning Sept. 1-Dec. 15, 2016 | 7-8 a.m.
Eccles Library, Synapse, Garden Level

Join us for free yoga at the Eccles Library from Aug. 31-Dec. 15. Drop by for one or attend all events.

Please bring your own mat.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 | 5-7 p.m.
Hillside Middle School, 1825 Nevada Street (2330 E.) Salt Lake City

Foothill Drive Open House
The project team would like your input on concepts for the Foothill Drive Corridor.

For more information, updates and to view project materials, including:

  • Background documents
  • Corridor goals
  • Existing condition analysis
  • Corridor concept ideas

Visit foothilldrive.org or email foothilldriveslc@gmail.com for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 | 12-2 p.m.
Campus Store, 270 S. 1500 East

Swoop banner
The U’s mascot Swoop turns 20 this year. All are invited to celebrate on Sept. 1, from 12-2 p.m. at the Campus Store, 270 S. 1500 East, and during half-time at the football game against Southern Utah University that evening at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The party at the Campus Store is free and open to the public but tickets are required for the football game, which starts at 6 p.m. The parties are sponsored by America First Credit Union.

For more information about Swoop’s birthday and to watch the red-tailed hawk’s documentary, click here.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium

Utah plays against Southern Utah University in the season opener this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Since the game falls on a weekday, please go here for more information regarding transportation to campus.

Ongoing through Sept. 5, 2016 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah

Unravel the mysteries inside all of us!

Do you have your mother’s dimples? Or your father’s hairline? What is it about us that makes us us? How does it connect us to all living things on Earth?

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code explores the mysteries behind the genome — the complete set of instructions all living things need to grow and function. In this high-tech, high-impact exhibition, you can:

  • Find out how your genome reveals your ancestral past
  • Investigate the cutting-edge genomic research that will revolutionize health care
  • Add yourself to a genetic Trait Tree created by our community
  • Participate in hands-on activities and meet local scientists in the Genome Zone

Come discover the genomic revolution and what it will mean for YOU at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

For pricing and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tanner Plaza, west of the Union

Farmers Market
The University of Utah Capoeira Club will perform a roda at the campus farmers market this week. This Brazilian martial arts performance features local capoeiristas cartwheeling, kicking and flipping to live music. The U farmers market is in its ninth season and happens every Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through Oct. 6. The market provides the U community with fresh, local food, hot lunches and artisanal crafts from nearly 30 vendors.

SNAP accepted.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 | 2-3 p.m.
4429 Thatcher conference room, Thatcher Chemistry Building

Curie Club
Tea Time with Women in STEM: Curie Club 2016-2017 Student Discussion Series
Storytelling from Successful Women in STEM. Undergraduate and graduate women are invited to a monthly gathering to hear stories from successful women in STEM.

Advice and mentorship served with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and treats.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Marriott Library Plaza

Join us under the big top for pizza, games, prizes, a scavenger hunt and all the library info you need to get a head-start on fall semester. Yes, it’s free, it’s fun and it’s for all U students.

Bring a friend!

This event is sponsored by the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 | 5-7:30 p.m.
Salt Lake Marriott University Park

Sept 16 social
All faculty are invited to join the Faculty Club for just $5 per month. Members have access to monthly socials, discounted hotel rooms at the Marriott University Park, discounted theatre and museum tickets with group gatherings before or after, free basketball and volleyball tickets with pregame pizza parties, the family holiday party, access to the Faculty Club cabin and more.

Visit facultyclub.utah.edu for more information.

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 |Performance 7:30-9 p.m. | After party 9-11 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall

Versa Style
Sponsored by UtahPresents and The Party: Powered by Arts Pass

Let’s kick off the 2016 year with a bang. Dance, hang out, flat-out party on the stage of Kingsbury Hall. After a performance by Versa Style, a dance group from LA that specializes in fusing hip-hop dance with an Afro-Latin flair, we’ll hop on stage and begin The Party! With music by DJ Lishus, and free food to boot, you won’t want to miss it.

Ticket cost: 5$ with your Arts Pass (UCard) – purchase at the Kingsbury Hall box office and go here for more information.

The after party is free with your Arts Pass and for more on it, click here.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 | 8-10 a.m.
Sugar House Park, Big Field Pavillion

2016 logo with circles
Come join us for the 10th annual Susan Sandoval Memorial 5K for Ovarian Cancer Awareness! The event is held annually at Sugar House Park, and this year will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. The event began in 2007 in memory of Susan Sandoval, a nurse at LDS and Primary Children’s hospitals, who battled ovarian cancer. Many event participants have been touched by ovarian cancer in some way, whether they come to honor the memory of a lost loved one, support survivors, and/or come out to support the cause. Participation in the race not only honors Susan Sandoval’s memory, but also the struggles of all who have been touched by gynecologic cancer.

The event is sponsored by the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the funds go to the Ovarian Cancer Research, Awareness, and Education Fund.

Register now at Sandoval5K.UofUMedicine.org or contact Natalie Moore for more information.

Ongoing through Sept. 9, 2016
Marriott Library, level four, Special Collections Reading Room

“Cougar” plate 96 from Audubon’s "The Quadrupeds of North America"

“Cougar” plate 96 from Audubon’s “The Quadrupeds of North America”

Housed in the Rare Books Department of Special Collections, 12 of these stunning pieces feature mammals from Audubon’s imperial folio “The Quadrupeds of North America.” The remaining print, entitled “Black Vulture/Carrion Crow,” is from Audubon’s landmark book “The Birds of America,” which contains 435 plates of birds and is one of the most famous and highly valued publications in American history.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 | 3-4 p.m.
J. Willard Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, level 1

Leonard Arrington is considered by many the foremost twentieth-century historian of Mormonism. He played a key role in establishing the Western History Association and the Mormon History Association, and more than a half-century after its publication, his revised doctoral dissertation, Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints 1830-1900, remains a standard. But Arrington’s career was not without controversy. Gregory Prince takes an in-depth look at this respected historian and, in telling Arrington’s story, gives readers insight into the workings of the LDS church in the late 20th century.

Event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Marriott Library Plaza

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University of Utah Police, along with the Center for Student Wellness, launched a campaign last year called Start by Believing.

The campaign is called Start by Believing because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault. Knowing how to respond is critical because each individual’s personal reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. A negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face zero consequences for their crimes.

All are invited to get to know members of the University Police Department and the university’s victim advocates at the “Coffee with Cops” event at the Marriott Library Plaza from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14. UUPD and the Center for Student Wellness will provide free coffee and donuts. Students will also be able to obtain resources and information from the Center for Student Wellness, the Salt Lake Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) and the Rape Recovery Center.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall

U student tickets available. Bring you UCard to the Kingsbury Hall box office to purchase tickets.
$5 without lunch
$15 with lunch

Join us for the fourth annual TEDxSaltLakeCity event. Enjoy a captivating, mind-expanding day of cutting-edge ideas as speakers and performing artists take us on a journey through our 2016 theme, Meraki, a Greek word meaning the soul, creativity, or love you put into something. You’ll leave surprised, awakened and proud to be part of this community.

For more information, go here.

Ongoing through Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Marriott Library, Levels one, four and five

Love Letters UBN
From Gutenberg to Bruce Rogers and beyond, see examples from the 15th through the 20th centuries of why we love type.

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