University of Utah emphasizes safety for its international students on campus

Note: The following statement was released to Chinese media summarizing the events surrounding the death of student ChenWei Guo. An English translation follows below. The University of Utah is committed to the safety of all of its students, visitors, faculty and staff.

留学安全问题慎重对待,犹他大学多措施确保校园安全

刚刚过去的2017年,世界范围内的留学安全事件时有发生,留学安全问题引发了国内社会的持续关注。近期发布的《中国留学发展报告(2017)》就指出,随着当前留学生低龄化趋势日渐凸显和种族歧视依然存在,留学安全问题需要慎重对待。很多媒体在2017留学领域的年终盘点时,也把“留学安全”作为重要关键词之一,并对2017年部分留学安全事件进行了回顾,其中美国犹他大学校园附近的枪击事件备受瞩目。

2017年10月30日晚,23岁的犹他大学中国留学生郭宸玮事件发生后,校方于30日当晚向全校师生发布了警报,并在31日发表声明宣布当天停课,以悼念郭宸玮。据了解,嫌疑人已于2017年10月31日被抓获,目前已被谋杀、抢劫和其他十余项罪名起诉,如果谋杀罪名成立,嫌疑人最高可被判处死刑。 根据事后了解,郭宸玮并非因其民族或族裔而成为目标。他的不幸是由于一起随机的、愚蠢的暴力行为所致。

犹他大学副校长兼学生主任 Lori McDonald博士表示,“对学生来说,犹他大学仍然是非常安全的地方。 事实上,近些年犹他大学一直在校园安全方面加大投入,建立了完备的校园安全机制。“在枪击事件发生后,学校的校园警报系统第一时间通过短信、电子邮件和社交媒体等渠道向全体学生和教职员工进行通知。校园每年全天候24小时都有大学公共安全部的人员巡视。整个公共安全队伍包括70多人,而且都是资质过关的犹他州警察。除了监控和响应警报、控制大学设施门禁以及巡视校园外,该部门还提供全天候的安全护送服务。必要时,盐湖城警察局、犹他州高速公路巡逻队和盐湖城警长办公室也为犹他大学提供必要的支援。

按照联邦政府的国家规定,犹他大学每年都会发布校园犯罪方面的统计数据。与美国的大多数大学一样,校园内的大多数犯罪活动基本都是涉及盗窃和违反本州的酒精管制法律,任何形式的暴力袭击实为罕见。需要指出的是,美国大学校园是严格限制枪支的,警察是校园里唯一允许公开携带武器的人,而且学生宿舍楼不允许藏有枪支。如果想在犹他州购买枪支或获得隐藏武器许可,需年满21岁且没有任何犯罪记录。而要获得隐藏武器许可还需要接受额外的培训。

“在校园安全方面,犹他大学还面向全体学生(包括留学生)提供众多支持服务,如个人咨询(支持大多数语言)、警察教授的安全培训和课程等等。在枪击事件之后,学校对校园安全将更加重视。“Lori McDonald女士表示,郭宸玮同学的离世给犹他大学的每个人都带来了影响,但这起事件也让学校上下更加团结一心。”

为悼念郭宸玮,犹他大学在10月31日全校停课,而后又举办了两场悼念仪式,师生们在FACEBOOK上也纷纷表达了对郭宸玮的哀悼。郭宸玮父母给犹他大学的电邮中写道的:“对于曾认识他的师生所发表的感言我们都很感动。很显然,郭宸玮在过去的两年给大家带来了很大的影响。” 据了解,郭宸玮的亲友专门成立了郭宸玮家族基金会,旨在帮助更多需要援助的人。目前该基金会的官方募捐网站显示,已有700多人向基金会捐款,募集资金近4万美元。

犹他大学留学生郭宸玮的不幸遭遇是偶然事件,留学安全问题需要慎重对待,既不能草木皆兵、因噎废食,因过度担心安全问题而放弃留学,同时要加强安全意识,并做好相关准备,如提前了解国外的法律法规、社会环境,在租房、出行、娱乐、交友等方面提高警惕,当遇到紧急情况时知道如何应对和求助。对于安全有充足的准备和应对之策,才能顺利度过一段快乐、充实的留学时光。

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In 2017, many in Mainland Chinese society had frequent concerns about safety of students studying overseas. The recently released 2017 Report on the Study of China’s Study Abroad pointed out that, given the gradual trend of younger students going abroad and the persistence of racial discrimination, the safety of Chinese students studying overseas needs to be treated with caution. Many media included the study’s findings when summarizing key events and news — including the shooting near the University of Utah campus — about overseas study.

Guo Chenwei, a 23-year-old Chinese student, was fatally shot on the night of Oct. 30, 2017. The school issued an alert to teachers and students that day and issued a statement on Oct. 31 to announce the suspension of classes to mourn for Guo Chenwei. The suspect in his death  was arrested on Oct. 31, 2017, and faces prosecution on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and more than 10 other counts. If the charges of murder are substantiated, the suspect may be sentenced to a maximum penalty of capital punishment. According to facts from the aftermath, Guo Chenwei was not targeted because of his ethnicity or country of origin. His misfortune was due to a random, stupid act of violence.

Lori McDonald, associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Utah, said, “Utah is still a very safe place for students, and in fact, Utah has been investing heavily in campus safety in recent years to establish a comprehensive campus security mechanism.”

After the shooting, the university’s campus alert system was the first to notify all students and faculty members via text message, email and social media. The campus is staffed by teams from the University Department of Public Safety 24 hours a day. The entire security force includes more than 70 people and is a certified Utah police agency.

In addition, the department also provides round-the-clock security escort services and also monitors and responds to alarms. As necessary, the Salt Lake City Police Department, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Salt Lake City Sheriff’s Office also provide the University of Utah with support.

According to federal government regulations, the university publishes statistics on campus crimes every year. Like most universities in the United States, the primary criminal activities on campus are theft and violation of the state’s alcohol control laws. Any form of violent attack is rare. Only police are allowed to openly carry firearms on the U campus. Students living in residence halls are not allowed to be in possession of firearms. If a person wants to buy firearms in Utah or carry a concealed weapon, he or she must be at least 21 years of age without any criminal record. Additional training is required to be permitted to carry a concealed weapon.

“The university also offers a host of support services for all students, including international students, such as personal counselling (in most languages), security training for professors and classes, etc. After the shootings, Utah will pay even more attention to our students’ safety,” McDonald said. “The passing of Guo Chenwei had an impact on everyone, but it also brought the university closer in unity.”

To pay tribute to Guo Chenwei, the University of Utah suspended classes on Oct. 31 and held two memorial services. Teachers and students also expressed condolences to Guo Chenwei on Facebook. Guo Chenwei’s parents wrote an email to the university saying, “We are very touched by the testimonies from teachers and students who have known him. Obviously, Guo Chenwei achieved much with everyone in the past two years.”

It is understood that Guo Chenwei’s relatives and friends set up a Guo Chenwei Family Foundation, designed to help people in need of assistance. Currently, the foundation’s official solicitation website shows that more than 700 people have raised nearly $40,000.

The tragic experience of Guo Chenwei was an accidental event. Studying safety problems requires careful consideration. Students should not give up their studies due to worrying about their safety. At the same time, they should be aware of their safety and prepare accordingly, such as learning more about foreign laws and regulations, the social environment, rentals, travel, entertainment, dating and other aspects of life abroad. In an emergency, students need to know how to seek help. When students have adequate preparation and response strategies, they will have a successful and fulfilling time studying abroad.

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SAFEUT: HELP IS JUST A TEXT AWAY

By Brooke Adams, communication specialist, University Marketing & Communications

U students who may be facing a personal crisis or challenge — or know someone who is — now have immediate help at their fingertips.

The University of Utah is making the SafeUT app, which provides real-time confidential crisis intervention through live chats and calls, available to students. The program is operated and staffed by University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). The U is the first higher education institution in the state to sign on to the program.

“It is another method for students to use, something they may be comfortable with, to connect with a counselor if they need to,” said Lori McDonald, associate vice president and dean of students.

The free app, which you can download by clicking here, enables users to connect immediately to a licensed crisis counselor via live chat or a call. Users also can submit confidential tips on bullying, threats or violence to school administrators through the app.

The app is designed to help young people who are in a high-stress situation and in immediate need of speaking to someone, McDonald said. Counselors are prepared to address topics that include depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, loss and grief, drug and alcohol problems, self-harm, bullying and cyberbullying, relationship issues, etc.

Most school districts in Utah are now using the app, said Barry Rose, manager of UNI Crisis Services. Each month, the program receives about 5,000 calls and roughly 2,000 live chats and tips.

The app provides a familiar, non-threatening way for young people to communicate about their feelings, Rose said.

“This is a tool they can use with any kind of crisis they are in,” Rose said. “Students typically won’t call a crisis line like we offer, but they will text to us.”

Rose said that for live chats the primary issue raised is suicidal thoughts; for tips, it is bullying, followed by suicidal thoughts.

“Our goal is to provide a tool of support and intervention so people get the services they need and are kept safe,” Rose said.

The U’s participation in SafeUT comes as Utah grapples with a rise in suicides, particularly among youth. According to preliminary data from the Utah Department of Health, there were 642 suicides in the state in 2017. Of those, 44 were youth between the ages of 10 to 17 and 90 were among young adults ages 18-24.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced creation of a community-based task force to come up with recommendations for suicide prevention. Two members — Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, and Ross Van Vranken — have U connections. Eliason, who is a co-chair of the task force, is a financial manager for U Hospital and Clinics. Van Vranken is the CEO at UNI.

CLEARING THE PATH REPORT

By Brooke Adams, communications specialist, University Communications

Two words sum up the U’s strategy for helping students get an exceptional education: Students First. And a new report shows that strategy is working.

The U is graduating more students more quickly with less debt, greater opportunity and higher salaries than other Utah public institutions, according to this report “Clearing the Path.” At the same time, the U is keeping a steady focus on providing engaged learning experiences that transform students’ lives.

Senior Vice President Ruth Watkins presented the report to the Utah State Board of Regents earlier this month. It provides an executive summary of progress made in achieving U President David Pershing’s four primary goals: promoting student success; generating knowledge; engaging communities; and ensuring long-term vitality of the U.

The Students First strategy “has accelerated the trajectory of both our students and our institution — and has been successful because our entire institution has kept Students First at the forefront of our common, shared purpose,” Watkins said in the report’s introduction.

Some measures of that success:

  • The U’s six-year graduation rate increased from 58.9 in 2012 to 67.4 in 2017.
  • U graduates’ average annual salary is $51,000.
  • The 2017 freshman class is the largest, most diverse and academically prepared ever.
  • Financial aid awards have increased 11.5 percent since 2012-13, while scholarships have increased 77.4 percent over that five-year period.
  • Average number of units taken in first year has increased 7 percent over the past five years.
  • The first-year retention rate now exceeds 90 percent.
  • 51 percent of U students take at least one online course each year, a flexible schedule option that aids degree completion.
  • The Transformative Excellence Program, now in its fourth year, continues to advance the U’s efforts to attract nationally renowned faculty to address urgent societal issues.
  • The total number of diverse faculty increased 27 percent over the past five years.
  • From 2015 to 2016, citations of U research by academic peers increased 30 percent.
  • Total research funding has increased 27 percent over the past five years.
  • More than 800 undergraduate students now participate in research programs.

Helping students finish their degrees in a timely manner is the most urgent goal going forward, the report says. The U has three tactics to help achieve that goal: Launch an innovative financial assistance program; increase internships; and fine tune use of data analytics to support students in completing their degrees.

“We are building a diverse and multidisciplinary institution to surround our students with a rich tapestry of world-renowned faculty, advisors and research opportunities,” Watkins said in the report. “Engaging our students with real-world experiences instills the university’s collaborative character as their own and empowers them to realize and master their unique passions, skills and talents in service of a more positive future for our state, society and world.”

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

By Housing & Residential Education

Did you know you where you are going to live next school year? It’s never too early to consider plans for on campus student housing.

Feb. 10 at 9 a.m., the housing application will open. Apply online through the Housing U tile in your CIS account. If you currently live on campus or have lived on campus in the past, there will be no application fee required.

Housing & Residential Education (HRE), hosts a variety of events to help you find the right place to live included open house tours of all apartments and roommate socials. To find a full list of events and more information regarding these events, be sure to check out Housing & Residential Education’s website.

Housing & Residential Education has several apartment options, both on and nearby campus, for undergrads, single graduate students and those looking for a living learning community. Check out the housing map to get started with your housing search. Click through the slide show to see: Shoreline Ridge, Living Learning Communities, Downtown Commons, Cedar Court and 400 South.

If you are a 2018 incoming student click here for application and timeline information.

Shoreline Ridge

Shoreline Ridge is located on upper campus within Heritage Commons. It is near the Peterson Heritage Center, Red Butte Gardens and the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Shoreline Ridge features 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments. Apartments offer full-size kitchens, private bedrooms and spacious common areas. A meal plan is not required in this living area.

Living Learning Communities

Live with other students who share your interests. Officer’s Circle, Marriott Honors Community and Lassonde Studios will continue to have spaces for upperclass students. Each of these communities have unique deadlines and application processes, visit the Living Learning Community page on our website to learn more.

Downtown Commons 1 and 2

Downtown Commons 1 and 2 are off-campus apartment options available to sophomore, junior and senior students. Located in the historic and vibrant avenues of downtown Salt Lake City, there are many downtown happenings including: City Creek Mall, Temple Square, Harmon’s Grocery and more. The main campus is accessible from these locations by campus shuttle and UTA bus routes which students may use at no additional charge. Room options include a variety of room arrangements with private and shared bedrooms, shared living spaces and full-size kitchens. A meal plan is not required in this living area.

DTC 1 is located at 349 East 1st Avenue, Salt Lake City, 84103
DTC 2 is located at 43 South 400 East, Salt Lake City, 84111

Cedar Court — New

Cedar Court includes 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments with each resident in their own bedroom. Apartments include a shared full-size kitchen, bathroom and living room. Sophomore, junior and senior students are eligible to live in these spaces. Cedar Court is located in close proximity to main campus and are accessible via campus shuttle. Cedar Court is located within the University Student Apartments property, but are managed through Housing & Residential Education. A meal plan is not required in this living area.

Cedar Court is located at 1945 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, 84108

400 South — New

Housing & Residential Education is in the process of obtaining spaces in an apartment complex located nearby campus and on a main TRAX light rail line in the 400 South area. These apartments will be managed by HRE, and will include a variety of room arrangements with private and shared bedrooms and full-size kitchens. More details will be released on this housing option in the coming weeks, please see our website for latest updates.

DIVERSE EXCELLENCE

By Shelby Wayment, deputy chief of staff, ASUU

ASUU will be hosting the Conference on Diverse Excellence (C.O.D.E.)  Feb. 2 in the Union, keynote address at 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme, selected by the Diversity Board is “Intersectionality: Recognize. Embrace. Change.” Focusing on bringing peoples of diverse backgrounds together in order to educate, uplift and support one another.

Keynote speaker Jesse Williams of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame will speak on theme as well political engagement, mobilization of millennials and his work in activism. A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Williams gained international attention for his acceptance speech when presented with the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award as a champion of civil rights. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization and Harry Belafonte’s arts and social justice organization Sankofa.org. Williams also executive produced the documentary “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” which premiered this summer and is in his eighth season as Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC’s hit series “Grey’s Anatomy.”

C.O.D.E. helps bring together all members of our community to share their experiences and educate others, while providing resources and connections to advocate and mentor for those in need. It also provides a space to have difficult dialogues so that individuals can learn how to become allies and ultimately help our campus become more inclusive. Finally, it helps individuals learn how to be an active bystander in any situations of discrimination, and helps create networks and connections on campus.

“Validating experiences, raising awareness, providing information, insight and personal stories is what can influence change and impact our campus body to become a more inclusive campus where all students feel welcome and safe and capable of excelling” said Lilly Kanishka, the director of the diversity board.

Past keynote speakers have included Spike Lee and the “The Three Doctors.” Seen above, the childhood friends committed to, and supported each other to achieve the goal of becoming doctors.

You can RSVP here in advance, or register the day of, and are free to attend any workshops and presentations. C.O.D.E. is free for everyone, attendees will also be provided with free swag, breakfast and lunch. There will also be various stress relief stations including massages and games, in addition to the workshops and keynote speech.

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT LEARNING ABROAD

By Daniel Watson, Learning Abroad

Students do not think they will be able to study abroad for many reasons. It’s either too expensive, they can’t fit it in their schedules or they think it will be a waste of time with no academic presence. Below, two students discuss the financial and language barrier myths surrounding learning aboard programs.

Savannah Talbot: Peer Advisor: Exchange, Oviedo, Spain

“I remember looking at some of the affiliate exchange programs and seeing their costs were pretty high, but I also found that scholarships and travel grants were available to students. In the end, I was able to pay in-state tuition and have my financial aid apply to my program. I also applied for all three Office for Global Engagement scholarships and I received the student fee scholarship for $1,500, which was extremely helpful. All I really had to pay for was my flight and any personal expenses while I was abroad.”

Lexie Daniels: Outreach Intern, Osaka, Japan

“The Learning Abroad Office has so many connections with American and English-speaking colleges and universities around the globe that are in non-English-speaking countries. You can pretty much take classes in English from any country, so don’t let the language barrier stop you from going. On the other hand, if you want to learn a certain language, the immersion programs are fantastic opportunities. Most of the time, you don’t need to take language prerequisites before you go, and I feel like there is no better way to learn a language than by being immersed in it. I went on the Japanese Intensive Program and all the students I went with improved dramatically in their Japanese speaking ability even though we were only there for a short six weeks. Therefore, whether you want to learn a language or want to go to a non-English-speaking country but take classes in English, the Learning Abroad Office has options for you.”

To learn more about Learning Abroad, visit the fair on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. The fair will give students the chance to connect with various program providers, faculty leaders, returned students and representatives from the Learning Abroad office. Students will also be able to find assistance with identifying course options for every major with study options in foreign languages and in English.

Students who attend the fair will also have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing to win a Learning Abroad scholarship or an Osprey frame backpack to kick start their travels.

The application deadline for Summer Term 2018 programs is fast approaching with applications for faculty-led programs due Feb. 15.

For more information visit Learning Abroad online, stop by Union 159, call 801-581-5849 or send an email.

DON’T GET SCAMMED!

Last week, a number of university email accounts were targeted in a spam attempt and University of Utah Department of Public Safety warned the public of an ongoing scam in our community. Scamming and phishing attempts are on the rise, but don’t fall victim to their tactics.

UUPD warns about ongoing phone scam

Members of our community have received phone calls from a person who identifies themselves as an officer, a member of the University of Utah Police Department or UUPD. The calls are being “spoofed” to show UUPD’s non-emergency phone number, 801-585-2677 or another university phone number on caller ID. The caller tells the victim they have outstanding warrants that must be paid. The caller may also tell the victim they are wanted on charges, being investigated for drugs and threaten to come arrest them if they do not cooperate.

The caller may use the victims’ first and middle names and ask them to verify information. The caller may also ask the victim if they have recently lost their ID and insist they provide all their information or be arrested.

Similar scams around the valley have also told victims they missed jury duty and now have a warrant or fine they need to pay.

The University of Utah Department of Public Safety would never ask anyone for money over the phone, nor threaten arrest for non-compliance. Collecting money to reconcile warrants or fines is always done through the court system. UUPD would never ask you to wire money or meet at a location to collect payment.

If you receive one of these phone calls, have already been a victim of one or if you have more information about this scam or the suspect, we ask you to please contact 801-585-2677 to report it. Also, feel free to stop by the station in person to speak to an officer.

PHISHING ATTEMPTS

Scammers sent an email falsely claiming to be from incoming president Ruth Watkins, asking faculty, staff and students to participate in a university survey. This email was confirmed to be fraudulent.

Here are some tips to help spot phishing attempts:

  • The “From” address is a non-U email address (e.g. Yahoo or Gmail)
  • The text has multiple grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling errors
  • The email references fabricated university departments
  • The email is signed with a name or title that doesn’t match data in the online Campus Directory

For more information on spam, phishing and ways to identify and avoid these attacks, visit this page.

If you suspect you’ve received spam, forward the email as an attachment to spam@utah.edu.

 

GO RED FOR WOMEN

By Janelle Hanson, communications specialist, University Marketing & Communications

GO RED FOR WOMEN EVENT AT THE U

Come out and join everyone on Legacy Bridge with FOX 13 and Big Budah at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. We’d love to show viewers a sea of red on the bridge during the 11 a.m. news broadcast. Free red beanies will be given away (while supplies last). Meet on the east end of the bridge. U shuttle buses stop near the bridge.

Note: Official lighting of the Legacy Bridge and Block U will be at dusk.

Tag us on social media:
@uofuhealth
#UgoesRED
#UtahStroke
@uutah
@ahautah

Suzanne Winchester had a two-day-old baby at home when she lost feeling in half of her body and her symptoms continued to get worse.

“I started feeling fuzzy and couldn’t talk well. I called my OB and then went to the E.R.,” she said.

She knew something was wrong, but didn’t agree with what doctors were initially telling her, it was likely Multiple Sclerosis. What she wouldn’t know for nearly six weeks is she had suffered a stroke caused by a small blood clot after her delivery that went to her brain through a hole in her heart – a congenital heart defect she didn’t even know she had. She was 30 years old.

“After six weeks, I was finally able to transfer and see someone in the University of Utah’s Neurology Department and get some answers and a treatment plan,” Winchester said. “It was a really scary and long-drawn out health scare, but for me, being at the U turned out to be a complete lifesaver.”

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year and 80 percent of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education.

Michael Adjei-Poku, MD, associate professor of medicine and cardiologist at the U, was part of Winchester’s care team.

“Find out your blood pressure, cholesterol, Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood sugar levels. Then make changes to your lifestyle. Eat healthy, get regular exercise, decrease your salt intake and your numbers will improve if you are at risk,” he said. “While your genes are the loaded gun, your lifestyle is the trigger. Living a healthy lifestyle can prolong your life, even if you are predisposed to heart disease because of your genes.”

The Go Red for Women movement is all about education and awareness. This year on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, the University of Utah Health is partnering with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to raise awareness about women and heart disease and stroke. The U will be lighting the Legacy Bridge red and turning the Block U solid red. Plan to wear red, encourage family and friends to wear red, schedule a physical with your physician if you are overdue and take small steps toward living a healthier lifestyle to improve health and to reduce risk for heart disease and stroke.

“Spread that message of awareness,” Winchester said. “Go get your heart checked because these issues can happen to anyone and they can show up anytime. Just give yourself that peace of mind and see your doctor.”

To be part of the Go Red For Women movement, visit goredforwomen.org.

Highlighted Events

EDUCATION OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library

The Academic Advising Center, in collaboration with the College of Education and Career and Professional Development Center, will be hosting an Education Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library.

It is free and open to students interested in pursuing education careers. There will be human resources representatives from Granite, Jordan and Davis School Districts. In addition, there will be advisors, faculty and students from the College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Science.


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HATE CRIME FORUM
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 | 1-4 p.m.
Union Saltair Room

The Office of the Dean of Students is sponsoring a forum on Hate Crimes from the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 1-4 p.m. in the Union Saltair Room.

All staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend all or parts of the presentation.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES SNORKELING ELK YURT TRIP
Register by Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 | 5 p.m.
Event on Friday, Feb. 2-Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
Come backcountry skiing and boarding at the Snorkling Elk Yurt in the Tushar Mountains of Utah. Spend the weekend surrounded by mountains, skiing uphill, getting fresh turns and eating delicious food. If you have never been camping in a yurt and love skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry this trip is perfect for you.
Register in person or call 801-581-8516. Cost is $110 + tax.

SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE: PARADOXES, SURPRISES AND MISTAKES IN PROBABILITY: CORRECTING OUR NAIVETE
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Sky Lounge at 149 Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City

The Science Night Live lecture series continues with University of Utah assistant professor of mathematics Sean Lawley. He will discuss his research in probability. From political elections to personal finance to public policy, probability affects us all. Probability is also full of surprises. In this talk, Lawley will explain several paradoxes and big mistakes in applications of probability to everyday life. Along the way, he will try to correct our (often faulty) intuition.

Science Night Live is held at the Sky Lounge at 149 Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, beginning with a social at 5:30 and a lecture at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Must be 21 or older.


INTRAMURAL SPORTS DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT
Registration open through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Event on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.
Eccles Student Life Center
If you can dodge a wrench…come out for the Intramural Sports Dodgeball Tournament.
Register a full team or sign up as an individual and we’ll help you get on a team.
Cost is $6 per person. Sign up today at imleagues.com/utah.

FREE COFFEE HOUR
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 | 2-3 p.m.
Gould Auditorium

Swing by the Gould Auditorium for some free coffee, tea and hot chocolate. We’ll also have some great reads and recommends for you to check out while you hang out. We’ll be there the last Wednesday of every month this semester.


FREE SUSHI – GRADUATE STUDENT SOCIAL
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Graduate Reading Room

Enjoy free food like bagels and sushi, coffee and tea while learning about various resources at the library.


CAREER FAIR PREP
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 | 1-2 p.m. & 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Student Services Building, Room 350

Career Fairs can be intimidating and nerve-wracking. Feel confident at the fair by joining us at the Career Fair Prep workshop to learn about what to expect at the fair, strategies on how to be successful and how to network with employers and organizations relevant to your industries.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR
Register by Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 | 5 p.m.
Event on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
Come enjoy a day in the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains. Get above the inversion and enjoy the views and mountain air with old friends or make new ones! For this trip you must be able to confidently ski Blue Runs in a resort.
Register in person at Outdoor Adventures or call 801-581-8516. Cost is $20 + tax.

GEM SERIES: BLACK WOMXN IN STEM
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.
Union Den
February is both Black History Month and Women’s Herstory Month. Join us as we combine these themes to celebrate the accomplishments of Black Womxn in STEM.

FREE TAX SERVICES
Monday, Feb. 12-Saturday, April 7, 2018
Union basement computer lab

Have you filed your taxes? We can help.

Our free tax clinic will run from Feb. 12 until April 7 (so get them done early)

Clinic will be held in the Union basement computer lab. Look for our table by the computers.

We will be open for walk in appointments:

Monday 12:15-2:15 p.m.

Tuesday 4-6 p.m.

Thursday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site (VITA) is run by volunteers by the University of Utah accounting students and Beta Alpha Psi.

Click here to learn what you need to bring with you.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES YELLOWSTONE CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRIP
Register by Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 | 5 p.m.
Event Friday, Feb. 16-Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
What’s better than visiting Yellowstone National Park, the first national park? Visiting Yellowstone in the winter for a weekend of cross-country skiing and camping.
Winter in Yellowstone means fewer crowds, steaming geyser basins and wildlife gathering around hot spots in the park. Join us for an adventure of rad people in rad places doing rad things.
Register in person at Outdoor Adventures or call 801-581-8516. Cost is $110 + tax.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES SKATE SKI TRIP
Register by Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 | 5 p.m.
Event on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Cost is $20. Register in person at Outdoor Adventures or call 801-581-8516.
 

Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Through–Sunday, March 11, 2018

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

A new exhibition opening at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts explores one of the most important chapters of American history through celebrated artworks from one of the nation’s finest collections of Western art.

Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West” opened to the public Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, the first major traveling exhibition on view at the UMFA since the museum’s newly remodeled galleries reopened in late August. The exhibition considers evolving notions of the American West through more than eighty works of art by both Euro-Americans and Plains Indian artists.

“Go West!” is a special ticketed exhibition, but admission is free for U students, staff and faculty.


2018 Tanner Center for Human Rights Forum
Thursday, March 29 | 7 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Campus Center Dr.

Sonia Nazario, award-winning journalist and author of “Enrique’s Journey,” will give the keynote address at the 2018 Tanner Center for Human Rights forum. Her address will be followed by a daylong research symposium, featuring scholars and artists, on migration experiences in childhood and young adulthood.

The event is jointly sponsored by the University of Utah’s Tanner Center for Human Rights; Center for Research on Migrant & Refugee Integration; Center for Latin American Studies; and the Asia Center.

The forum is free and open to the public.


GRAND ROUNDS: RESEARCH REPRODUCIBILITY
Through Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Join us for a year of programming around research reproducibility. From September until June we will be holding weekly discussions, an immersive workshop and conference.

Follow the hashtag #MakeResearchTrue on Twitter.

For more information, go here.


FITNESS CLASSES AT THE STUDENT LIFE CENTER
Through Sunday, April 29, 2018
Eccles Student Life Center
Join us for a semester of existing classes to help you reach your fitness and wellness goals.  Class registration is ongoing and you’ve only missed a week so there’s still time to get started.
From Pilates to Balle Barre and featuring BodyPump, there’s a class for everyone.
Check out the list of classes and get registered today at campusrec.utah.edu.

 

Announcements

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TRAX-Union Shuttle route up and running
February Academic Senate meeting announced
Sidewalk safety reminder
Nominate an outstanding academic advisor
National radon awareness month

Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award 2018 deadline extended

Financial Aid Priority Date approaches
Global Learning Across the Disciplines grant pre-proposals requested
Beehive Honor Society now accepting applications
Alta Sustainability Leadership Award nominations due by Jan. 31, 2018
Intramural sports spring registration continues


TRAX-Union Shuttle route up and running

A new shuttle route running through the center of campus is now operational. The Trax-Union route, which connects the South Campus Drive TRAX station with the Union area of campus, will be utilized by an electric shuttle, reducing auto emissions throughout campus while making the train-bus-class or work path much quicker and easier. Students and staff alike can step off the train, catch a shuttle and get to the Campus Store, Union, Library or any of the surrounding buildings in minutes.

The Union-TRAX route, completed in January of 2018, bisects campus from north to south and links the Business Loop roadway to the Union Building, providing faster service between these two major campus destinations. The electric shuttle will operate on this route from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every weekday and is carefully timed to arrive shortly after trains arrive at the South Campus Drive TRAX station.

Commuters can follow the electric shuttle route on Commuter Services’ live shuttle tracker, noting its mauve-colored path.

For additional information, please visit the Commuter Services website or call 801-581-6415.


FEBRUARY ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING ANNOUNCED

The next meeting of the Academic Senate is Monday, Feb. 5 from 3-5 pm. The following items will be discussed, among others:
  • New graduate certificate in statistics
  • Two new minors in information systems (School of Business) and games (Entertainment Arts & Engineering)
  • An update on the implementation of the tobacco-free rule

The meeting will be in the Moot Courtroom (6th floor) of the College of Law. Meetings are open to the public.

The agenda will be posted approximately one week before here.


Sidewalk Safety reminder

In 2013, the U’s Board of Trustees approved changes to a policy that enhances safety for pedestrians across campus. The changes aim to make sidewalks safer by increasing fines and other consequences for safety violations, such as speeding or not yielding to pedestrians.

The policy applies to non-motorized riding devices, such as bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades and scooters, but does not include wheelchairs or strollers.

 

The policy enforces a 10-mph speed limit for all motorized and non-motorized vehicles, prohibits skateboarders from riding in parking lots or roadways, requires riders to yield to pedestrians, bans non-motorized vehicles from stairways, grass, benches, etc., among other precautionary measures.

The university’s policy for non-motorized riding devices is available here.


NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Do you know an academic advisor who has made a positive impact on campus and for students?  Nominations are now being accepted from students, staff and faculty for the Outstanding Advisor Award and Outstanding New Advisor Award. Nominations are quick and easy. The deadline to nominate is Feb. 9, 2018.

The awards recognize U of U academic advisors who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding advising of students such as:

  • Approaches advising as teaching
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Available to advisees
  • Reaches out and supports underserved populations
  • Makes appropriate referrals
  • Uses and disseminates appropriate information sources
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
  • Works with students outside of office in formal University-related activities
  • Monitors advisee progress toward academic and career goals
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Participates in and supports advisor development programs
  • Proactive; builds relationships with advisees and follows up
  • Practices developmental advising

It only takes a few moments to complete the nomination process. Click here to nominate your favorite advisor.

Additional questions can be addressed to Nicole O’Shea (nicole.oshea@utah.edu) or Michelle Brooks (michelle.brooks@utah.edu). Consider recognizing an outstanding advisor at the U by submitting a nomination today.


NATIONAL RADON AWARENESS MONTH

Radon is a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. But how do you protect yourself from a gas you cannot see, taste or smell?

Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.

 

Click here for more information.


FINANCIAL AID PRIORITY DATE IS FEB. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2018-19 academic year is available at fafsa.gov. Students that want to be considered for the maximum amount of aid programs, including grants, need-based scholarships, and work-study need to complete the FAFSA and their financial aid file by the Feb. 1, 2018, Financial Aid Priority Date. Students can complete the FAFSA after the priority date and will still be considered for some aid options.

Here’s some helpful FAFSA hints:

  • Use school code 003675 on the FAFSA
  • Utilize the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in the application. It will securely transfer your federal tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA.
  • After submitting your FAFSA, consistently check your UMail account and financial aid status in CIS. The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) may require additional information. Not following up on requests in a timely manner will delay your financial aid award letter.
  • Financial aid award letters for 2018-19 are expected to be available in late March-early April.
  • Financial aid is available for the 2018 spring and summer semesters. Students will need to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA. The separate summer application will be available on the UOSFA website in the next few months.

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is here to help you. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, have financial aid or scholarship questions, visit our website.


GLOBAL LEARNING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES GRANT PRE-PROPOSALS REQUESTED

The Office for Global Engagement is requesting pre-proposals for the Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) Grants offering up to $10,000 for faculty teams to internationalize the curriculum by developing global learning outcomes and an assessment process. Global Learning is defined as “the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students acquire through a variety of experiences that enable them to understand world cultures and events; analyze global systems; appreciate cultural differences; and apply this knowledge and appreciation to their lives as citizens and workers” (Olson, Green and Hill, 2006).

Instructions and background information for the pre-proposals can be found here. Please carefully review the purpose of the GLAD Grants and the instructions. If you have any questions or would like to receive feedback on your proposal idea, please contact Sabine Klahr, acting chief global officer, at 7-8888 or s.klahr@utah.edu.

DEADLINE: Feb. 9.


BEEHIVE HONOR SOCIETY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Beehive Honor Society was established at the University of Utah in 1913 and is the oldest and most prestigious honor society on campus today. The Beehive Honor Society is looking to acknowledge and honor graduating University of Utah seniors who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to the university and the community.

The application is due Feb. 12 and can be found here.

 


ALTA SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS: NOMINATIONS DUE BY JAN. 31, 2018

The University of Utah is partnering with Alta Ski Area to recognize students, faculty and staff with the fourth Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards. The awards recognize members of the university community who demonstrate leadership in sustainability education, research or campus/community initiatives. An award of $2,500 is given in four award categories.

The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2018.

The awards will be presented on Feb. 15, 2018, at the Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium.

For more information on applying, or to nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.


INTRAMURAL SPORTS SPRING 2018 REGISTRATION CONTINUES
Registration is open for various intramural sports leagues for Spring 2018. Indoor Soccer Inner Tube Water Polo, there’s something for everyone.
Grab your friends and create a team or sign up as an individual and we’ll help you find a team. Intramural sports are open to students taking classes and Campus Recreation Services members.
See more information at campusrec.utah.edu.