“Throughout most of my life, I’ve been traveling around the world and living in chaotic-filled cities. After attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I wanted a calmer lifestyle, so, I moved to Salt Lake. While still in school I took a weaving class while getting my degree in fiber material studies, I became fascinated with the history and complexity of weaving, and that eventually led me to starting my own business. I developed a line of textiles and accessories and I realized that there was a market for hand woven goods in the U.S. My business, Aporta, now manufactures textiles and accessories and works with handmade goods and art from artists around the world. My woven art can be found in homes and commercial buildings around the globe.

Moving to Montana in 2017 was another step towards a lifestyle that was less busy and more time giving. The university let me work remotely and I began to manage the Arts Pass social media accounts.

Being an entrepreneur is all about taking the time to produce valuable work versus just producing for the sake of money and productivity. We have been wired to constantly produce, achieve and work, we’ve forgotten to reflect on ourselves as humans. If you think about how an artist works, they need space and time to create, so why is it any different for us to think about living our lives with that same intention.

Being surrounded by nature has increased my self-awareness. For me, life is about becoming more self-aware, because the more aware I am of myself, the better I can exist.”

— Noelle Sharp, Development community relations specialist

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By Shelby Bourne, Campus Store marketing manager

It’s not always necessary to purchase an entire textbook when all faculty members really need for their curriculum is a few chapters. The Campus Store now offers a custom course packet service for faculty and staff to help students save money and allow faculty members to design a unique collection of materials for their particular course.

Let’s face it, course materials these days can be expensive. The Campus Store is constantly striving to lower fees and create better solutions for students, staff and faculty, and academic materials are a main point of focus, given their high cost and importance.

Faculty can begin using this resource immediately and get prepared for fall ahead of time with ease. Maybe you have course notes you’d like organized and bound together or articles that you’d like to gather into one booklet. Those and many other options are available, just in time for fall 2018.

To create and order your custom course packet, select the books and chapters you wish to include, along with any notes, photos, graphs or other elements, and fill out a course material form here. The Campus Store’s custom publishing team will process your request, noting your specifications of the style of printing style you prefer, how many copies you need, when you need them and any other custom requests.

In addition to saving your students money by combining only the essential content they need, custom publishing services saves you the headache of navigating copyright laws, royalty collections and managing large-scale printing—the Campus Store will handle all of those details for you.

The Campus Store strives to make the learning experience as streamlined as possible for all academic members. Printing, binding or uploading course materials is expensive, time-consuming and a hassle, so let the Campus Store take care of everything so you can focus on what you do best—teach.

If you have any questions about the new custom course packets program, please contact Rand Merritt at 801-581-3158, or Heidi Booth at 801-581-4158, or go here.

Order now to get custom packets for Fall Semester 2018.


By Brooke Adams, communication specialist, University of Utah Communications

Thanks to Swoop, the Department of Family and Consumer Studies celebrated a new grant in style.

Professor Zhou Yu, director of the department’s Financial Planning Program, accepted a $50,000 NextGen RIA grant from TD Ameritrade Institutional on behalf of the school.

Swoop joined Yu in New York City on Tuesday, July 24, as part of TD Ameritrade’s celebration event for the students and schools receiving scholarships and grants. The U mascot helped ring the closing bell alongside the winners and TD Ameritrade executives at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.

The grant program is aimed at helping universities attract and train the next generation of independent registered investment advisors (RIAs).

“We are very pleased to have received the grant,” Yu said. “We will use this funding to support financial planning research, attract high caliber students and increase our outreach activity.”

The department offers a financial planning emphasis within the Family, Community and Human Development major and a certificate program in financial planning, both registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Learn more by clicking here.

The program attracts more applicants with each passing year, said Kate Healy, managing director, Generation Next, TD Ameritrade Institutional. “We believe this points to a growing interest in financial planning among young adults, which gives me hope for the future of the RIA profession,” Healy said.

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Improving course accessibility

By Amanda Jean Babcock, assistant director, UOnline Programs

Starting Fall Semester 2018, instructors and students may notice a small addition to the structure of their Canvas courses: Blackboard Ally.

Available to all students, faculty and staff who use Canvas, Blackboard Ally integrates seamlessly to give users the ability to transform course documents into preferred formats, including tagged PDFs, HTML, ePub (for reading on tablets or e-book readers), electronic braille and audio files. In most cases, conversion from one document type to an alternative type takes only a few seconds and is as easy as downloading a file.

For university students, course content hasn’t always aligned with how they learn best. Recognizing that student learning is dynamic, varied and individual, UOnline and the Center for Disability and Access teamed up with the Utah Education and Telehealth Network to give students and instructors the Blackboard Ally tool to improve course content accessibility, and to give students more control over how they access the information they need.

“The need for access to curriculum is so much faster-paced than it used to be,” said Chris Green, manager for Assistive Technology & Alternative Formats at the Center for Disability and Access. “Ally gives students a really quick resource for converting course materials if they need to. It’ll help spread awareness about web and course material accessibility, and the interface makes it easy for instructors and other content creators to improve the accessibility of course content.”

Because people have different learning styles and preferences, alternative formats and accessible digital content benefit everyone. “The implementation of Ally is a positive step in creating a more inclusive learning environment,” said Green.

Blackboard Ally enables students to adapt course materials to the format that suits their learning style and preferences, without creating barriers or forcing students to engage with intermediaries. Students with low vision, auditory learners, and those prone to eye strain after studying for hours are among those who benefit from access to the audio formats that Ally provides. In addition, students who want to read on a tablet will have the same access to course materials as students reading on their desktops.

For instructors using Canvas, Ally will automatically check for accessibility issues in a course, and convert documents after they’re uploaded. There is nothing for instructors to learn and no additional actions for them to take to create a more accessible course. Ally may also serve as a catalyst for helping faculty consider the general topic of digital inclusion and accessibility as they prepare their courses.

For more information, students can check out the Blackboard Ally site for students.

For faculty, the Blackboard Ally instructor site has information about the accessibility checker and other steps instructors can take to improve the digital accessibility of their courses.


By Cecily Sakrison, communications specialist, The Water Center at the University of Utah

From Mason Kreidler’s campus office you can see Mount Olympus wedging its way into the sky. The mountain view calls to mind the six canyons in his Salt Lake watershed study area—deep clefts that cut through the Wasatch, each with a tumbling creek running through its bottom. The lakes and streams within those peaks provide nearly 60 percent of drinking water to approximately 350,000 of the Salt Lake Valley’s residents.

Kreidler is part of a research partnership investigating how climate stresses will impact the 190 square miles of Wasatch canyons watershed and its ability to provide safe water to the city in its shadow. He’s working on a doctorate in civil engineering under the guidance of professor Steve Burian and is one of several University of Utah Water Center researchers engaged in a recently signed five-year study contract with Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities.

The study agreement represents the formalization of decades of collaboration. “We have been working on many aspects of climate vulnerability in our water supply planning, watershed management planning, stormwater planning and integrated watershed planning. However, this is the first time we are incorporating all of these together in a more comprehensive, iterative process,” said Laura Briefer, director of Salt Lake Public Utilities.

The study, which began in January, pulls together an interdisciplinary team to investigate both the supply and demand sides of the water system. Court Strong, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, is leading the collaboration and brings expertise in climate projections. Paul Brooks, professor of Geology & Geophysics, is working to gather and process historical and newly collected hydrologic data. Burian’s knowledge of integrated urban water modeling has served as a foundation of the city’s research collaboration with the university for nearly 10 years.

Currently, Kreidler is working on updating a model of the Wasatch watershed. On his screen, a network of icons represents key points in the system—streams, canals, reservoirs, treatment plants. He double clicks to reveal a historical model of Big Cottonwood streamflow—the data points graph a craggy peak and deep valley pattern reminiscent of the landscape itself. This is the back end of a user interface that city officials will use to process “what-if” scenarios.

While drought is the most commonly discussed climate impact in our region, the Salt Lake area is also vulnerable to flooding, persistent algal blooms, catastrophic fire risks, the proliferation of certain pathogens and the limitations of the energy system’s capacity to move and treat water. Kreidler’s investigation looks not just at the influence of these threats, but also the impact of various solutions.

“We want to anticipate how people will respond to these scenarios,” said Kreidler. New pipelines, restrictions on use, and prior appropriation water rights all carry outcomes of their own. “Getting valuable results is challenging, but worth it. We’re don’t want to give false security but useful information that [the city] can act on.”

The gains of the partnership are many and mutual.

“Students benefit from the research, practical learning and will be prepared for a range of professions,” said Briefer. “The city benefits by improving the understanding of our community, training the next generation to work with us, and applying their knowledge for the benefit of the Salt Lake community.”


Watershed Stories is a series exploring water work across the University of Utah campus. The stories are curated by the U Water Center, the Sustainability Office and the Global Change & Sustainability Center.


By Brooke Adams, communications specialist, University of Utah Communications

The University of Utah received National Science Foundation funding to create aFederal Statistical Research Data Center that will provide qualified researchers throughout the Intermountain West with access to a wide range of extensive restricted-use data collected by federal and state agencies.

The vast store of newly accessible data in the Wasatch Front Research Data Center will be available to approved researchers working on a wide range of important social and medical issues, from aging to health, air quality and family economics. Such projects might include looking at how neighborhood features affect obesity and how the proximity of higher education options impacts students’ decision-making and household budgets.

Utah researchers currently must travel to a state that has a federal center or arrange to have someone conduct queries for them to access this data, which includes statistical information from the Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Center for Health Statistics. There are 31 centers around the country, with the closest a newly opened center in Colorado.

Ken Smith, a demographer, principal investigator and distinguished professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies and Population Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

A preliminary survey found at least 50 important research projects underway in Utah that would benefit from access to the center—projects that cannot be completed otherwise.

The Wasatch Front Research Data Center will be unique in the state-level data it plans to provide through its connection to the Utah Population Database, said Ken Smith, a demographer, principal investigator and distinguished professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies and Population Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

“This center will enhance the quality and quantity of research that the academic community can conduct efficiently in our own backyard,” said Smith, who also is director of the Utah Population Database. “It will give us access to data in a new way conveniently and affordably.”

As at other centers, researchers will be required to have security clearance to use the facility and access its databases.

The U’s College of Social and Behavioral Science will administer the Wasatch Front Research Data Center, which will be housed in the new Carolyn and Kem C. Gardner Commons building. Smith said it will take about a year to get the center launched.

Brigham Young University and Utah State University are joining the U as collaborators in the center. Other U entities also are participating, including the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, the U’s Digitally Integrated Geographic Information Technologies Lab, University Health Sciences and several interdisciplinary research initiatives. State agencies also are expected to collaborate in the center.

The U received a three-year grant to support the creation of the research data center. In addition to Smith, initial advisory board members are: Pamela Perlich, director of demographic research at the Gardner Policy Institute; Thomas J. Cova, geography professor and director of the Center for Natural & Technological Hazards; Norman Waitzman, chair of the Department of Economics; and Lori Kowaleski-Jones, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Studies.


*This article is reprinted with permission from Indiana University.

States that require utilities to increase renewable energy see expansion of renewable energy facilities and generation—including wind and other renewable sources, but especially solar—according to new research by a team of scholars that includes University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Lincoln Davies.

Indiana University Professor Sanya Carley led a team of researchers that included Davies; David B. Spence, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Nikolaos Zirogiannis, an assistant scientist also from Indiana University on the project.

The group closely examined the history and evolution of state renewable portfolio standards and interviewed more than 40 experts about renewable portfolio standards implementation.

Their findings are newly published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Nature Energy, in an article titled “Empirical evaluation of the stringency and design of renewable portfolio standards.”

The regulations, which require utilities to increase the percentage of energy they sell from renewable sources by a specified amount and date, have been adopted in varying forms by about 30 states. For example, New York requires 50 percent of all electricity sold in 2050 to come from solar.

“As the federal government moves away from climate mitigation policy, including abandoning the Paris Agreement, the role of state-level policy tools such as RPS take on increasing importance,” said Carley, a researcher at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Most states have adopted such standards, except those in the Southeast and parts of the Great Plains and Interior West, where fossil fuel prices are low. Nevada and Massachusetts were the first to adopt a renewable portfolio standard in the 1990s, and Hawaii’s is considered the most stringent, a pivotal measuring stick.

Renewable mandates drive renewable energy development across the U.S., the researchers found. The design of the policy, however, is of fundamental importance. These are key findings:

  • When designing a renewable mandate, stringency is critical. The stronger the mandate, the more renewables a state develops.
  • Other important design features include frequent planning processes and regulations that are mandatory rather than voluntary.
  • States that allow utilities to count non-renewable energy, such as “clean coal” or other fossil fuels, to satisfy renewable mandates will develop significantly less renewables, particularly less solar energy.
  • In addition to the renewable portfolio standards, having a conducive economic climate and good resources (e.g., strong winds as in Iowa or abundant sun as in Arizona) is especially important.

Carley said teaming up with researchers from three universities gave the project unique and unusual depth, including through its quantitative analysis and the use of structured expert interviews. The team developed a unique score to measure the stringency of renewable portfolio standard policies, then reaffirmed their findings by interviewing experts from government agencies, including public utility commissions and state energy offices, and renewable energy firms and associations.

Davies said the research findings lay important ground work for continuing public policy discussions on renewable energy.

“Policymakers face tough trade-offs when designing their RPS policies, such as whether to force in-state renewable energy for local economic development purposes, or to purchase renewables from other states at a potentially lower cost,” said Davies. “Our research also shows just how critical state energy laws are today, particularly as the Trump administration alters the national energy policy landscape. States are where the action is. They are driving the future of our electric grid.”


A letter from Lorris Betz about the new SVPHS
UCrew volunteers needed
Todd Kent appointed new Chief Administrative Officer for UAC
Administration District Staff Excellence Awards presentation and ice cream social
“Hooked on Books” donations needed
Academic and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Awards
Biology department renamed School of Biological Sciences
UMFA and Marriott Library Mellon Grant new hires
Call for volunteers: Be Well Utah 2018
Buy a Mac or iPad Pro, UTech will supply the Beats
New American Indian undergraduate student scholarships

Register for the Utah Heart and Stroke Walk
Volunteers needed for The Donate Life Transplant Games


Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that Michael L. Good, M.D., our new CEO of University of Utah Health, Dean of the School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, will be joining us officially on Aug. 14, 2018.

Before I came back to the university in May, a year ago, I knew that things had changed. Yet I had no idea of the true magnitude of the leaps and bounds with which our institution had truly grown. Your undying focus on providing compassionate care and an exceptional experience has vaulted us to a position as a world-class clinical care organization—a true leader in the nation for providing uncompromising quality to each and every one of our patients. Your commitment to continuously improving science and medicine has led to even more ground-breaking discoveries and to an exceptional year in external research funding. Your dedication to training the next generation of health care professionals has led to new efficiencies in curriculums and has attracted some of the best students and residents that our state and nation have to offer.

As we continue to manifest the future of academic medicine—by improving all that we do, creating more access in our community, transforming our campus and so much more—I realize that we have many challenges ahead in the short term. However, having spent the better part of the past year and a half working so closely with you all, I am especially convinced that your dedication, resilience and passion for our institution will be the North Star that guides us into a future of accomplishment and contribution.

My last day will be Monday, Aug. 13. And as I reflect back on the last 15 months, I appreciate that it has been my great pleasure to have served with you. I have no doubt that a great future is yours for the taking.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Good to University of Utah Health, and in doing so, ensuring all of the great successes that await our fine institution.




Housing & Residential Education (HRE) is preparing to welcome home over 3,700 students this August. Move In Day is an important day for all students living on campus at the University of Utah and a memorable one at that.

HRE is currently seeking support from university students, staff and faculty to serve on Ucrew, our group of volunteers who help students move into their rooms. Move-in is Thursday, August 16, 2018 and Ucrew shifts are from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12-4 p.m. Signup is easy—just head to our UCrew page. Are you a leader or member of a club or organization?

If you get 75 percent participation from your members, you’ll receive a free event room rental at the Peter Heritage Center. Not only is this a great opportunity to connect with students, but you’ll also receive a free meal, free shirt and maybe even get to hang out with Swoop.

Todd Kent Appointed New Chief Administrative Officer for UAC

Todd Kent has been named chief administrative officer and dean of faculty for the University of Utah Asia Campus in Inchon, South Korea. In this role, Kent is responsible for all financial, administrative, and academic operations of the campus.

Prior to joining the University of Utah faculty in 2016, Kent served as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and member of the political science faculty at Texas A&M University at Qatar. His academic research interests include presidential foreign policy decision-making, political risk-taking and the relationship between religion and international relations.  He has an extensive background in public opinion research and political consulting. Kent received his BS in Accounting from Utah State University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

Click here to read more.


We are pleased to announce the 17 nominees for the Administration District Staff Excellence Awards and extend our congratulations to each of them on their nomination.  They are as follows:

Alexander K. Khan
Amie M. Cox
Anita Orendt
Collin Barrett
Emily S. Ostrander
Guy Foote
Katina Limberakis
Kaylee Phuoc Vo
Kimberly L. Adamson
Misty R. Woods
Sonita M. Claiborne
Shea L. Renner
Shaundra C. Higgins
Ying He
Ralph J. Green
M. Chad Larsen
Heather V. Sudbury

Please join us in support of our Administration District nominees as we recognize each of them and announce the five Administration District award winners at an ice cream social at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

“Hooked on Books” Donations Needed

As part of the Employee Appreciation Day on Sept. 27, 2018, the Marriott Library organizes the “Hooked on Books” book and media giveaway. However, in order to accomplish this, we need donations of materials to give.

We are soliciting donations of books, DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray, video games, board games or any other type of physical media. Please use this as an opportunity to declutter your collections, and pass these items on to other staff members who will enjoy them. Donation bins are located in seven places across campus and downtown. The last collection date will be Sept. 21. Please consider donating; it’s an excellent way to de-clutter your home and office.

Donation locations:

  • Marriott Library West Entrance
  • Eccles Health Science Library
  • S.J. Quinney Law Library
  • Physics Building
  • Human Resources Downtown Office
  • Human Resources Annex Office
  • Health Sciences


Please join us for the Academic and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Awards

Honoring: Susan Schaefer, Jodi Petersen, Annabelle Bryan and Shannon Nielsen

Monday, Aug. 22, 2018
Thomas S. Monson Center, Ivory Ballroom
411 East South Temple

Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. with the program at 4 p.m.

Biology department renamed School of Biological Sciences

On July 1, the Department of Biology within the College of Science was renamed as the School of Biological Sciences. The school is organized into three emphasis areas: ecology and physiology, cell and molecular biology, and evolution and genetics.

The school remains a part of the College of Science and Denise Dearing, the chair of the former department of biology, leads the school as its first director. The school is composed of 48 faculty members and serves more than 1200 undergraduate majors and pre-majors.


The J. Willard Marriott Library and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah are pleased to announce the hiring of two new library and museum faculty who will lead a major Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded collaborative project.

Jessica Breiman will take the position of art and archives metadata librarian at the Marriott Library, and Alana Wolf Johnson will join the UMFA staff as collections research curator. Both positions were created as part of the “Landscape, Land Art, and the American West” research and engagement initiative, which will transform how the library and art museum work together. The project will establish the U as a global resource hub for artists and scholars studying the West and create pathbreaking access to the U’s remarkable collections, resources and knowledge.

Breiman and Johnson, working in partnership across institutions, will take the lead in establishing connections, creating innovative approaches and increasing access for students, faculty and researchers to the materials in library special collections and the works of art at the UMFA.

Breiman holds a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University and a graduate certificate in nonfiction writing from the City University of New York. She has been employed as an archivist in the Special Collections department of the Marriott Library since 2012. Prior to her to employment with the library, she worked at the Kellen Archives Center at Parsons School of Design and at the World Monuments Fund, both in New York City.

Johnson is a doctoral candidate in visual and cultural studies in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester, where she recently completed a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the digital humanities. She is currently working on her dissertation, “Sensational Atlases of New York City: Mapping Modern Perception between the Wars” while fulfilling a research fellowship at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

The project is largely funded by a $500,000 award from the Mellon Foundation grant, the largest the U has ever received and the only Mellon grant the U has been awarded in the arts and humanities. The grant will be matched by $200,000 from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and additional support from across campus, including from the colleges of Fine Arts, Health, Humanities and Mines and Earth Sciences.


The 10th anniversary of Be Well Utah is right around the corner from Aug. 20-25, 2018.

If you’ve enjoyed the event in the past and would like to get more involved, consider volunteering this year and complete this form.

For any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Lisa Folkman at or visit for more information.

Buy a Mac or iPad Pro, UTech will Supply the Beats

UTech, the Campus Store’s technology department, is offering a free pair of Beats headphones when purchasing a Mac or iPad Pro.

This is an amazing offer, perfect for students gearing up for the busy fall season. Whether you are an incoming student buying a computer for classes or a faculty or staff member needing a tech update, this is a deal not to be missed.

All products are available at UTech in the main Campus Store, as well as the Campus Store Health. Be sure to stop by and grab the products you need to jumpstart your fall semester.


Two $5,000 scholarships awards are available to American Indian undergraduate students who are enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe, with a preference for students who are enrolled members of or have at least one parent or grandparent who is an enrolled member of one of Utah’s Tribes: the Ute Tribe (Northern Utes), the Southern Ute and White Mesa Tribe, the Confederated Bands of the Goshute, the Skull Valley Band of Goshute, the Southern Paiute Tribe out of Cedar City, the Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation, the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe and the Navajo Nation. The Zumbro family scholarships will be awarded based on the following additional criteria:
  1. Freshmen or transfer student
  2. A minimum 2.5 GPA
  3. Full-time student (12 credit hours or more) and making good academic progress
  4. Financial need
  5. Demonstrate a desire or commitment to serving or working with the student’s tribal community post-graduation (based on the student’s personal statement as part of the scholarship application process)

Students who wish to apply for the scholarship must submit a one-page, typed personal statement addressing the question: How do you plan to apply your education post-graduation?

For more information and how to apply for the scholarship, go here.


With your help, a fun-filled, three-mile stroll through Sugar House Park on Saturday, Sept. 15 can positively affect the lives of those facing cardiovascular and stroke issues. Register for the walk, donate $25 to the American Heart Association and receive a University of Utah Health T-shirt for free. Men’s, women’s and youth sizes available.

Register at

Questions? Contact the Heart & Stroke Walk Steering Committee at


The Donate Life Transplant Games will be held in Salt Lake City Aug. 2-7.

The Transplant Games of America highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients. There are 21 competitive events and 15 special events that will be happening throughout the week. Locations of events: Salt Palace Convention Center, Smith’s Ballpark, Salt Lake Tennis Club, Fairmont Swimming Pool, West High School, Bonwood Bowl, Abravanel Hall, This is the Place Heritage Park, State Fairgrounds and Meadowbrook Golf Course. Participants are coming from all over the world and include every age range.

We are looking for approximately 2500 volunteer shifts to ensure the success of this incredible event.

Volunteers must be 15 or older, will undergo a basic background investigation, will attend one 45 minute training (many opportunities at many local locations) prior to the games, can sign up for one four-hour-shift or several four-hour-shifts. Volunteers will receive swag and volunteering makes you feel happy.

Register here to volunteer.

Or email for more information.

Nominate a Veteran

The University of Utah Veterans Day Committee honors veterans each year based on their honor, courage, commitment and sacrifice during their military service to our nation. Nominations for this year’s ceremony are due by July 31, 2018.

For more information or to nominate a veteran to be honored, go here or call 801-587-7722.


Campus Events

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Student Services Building, Room 380

What does it take to achieve success? Part of it is clear and actionable goal setting. Join us to talk about what our goals are for the coming year and how you plan to achieve them.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 | 6-8 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Art

Explore the diverse styles of printmaking and painting in “Chiura Obata: An American Modern.” Then drop into the UMFA classroom to try your hand at sumi-e — a Japanese technique of black ink painting that emphasizes the beauty of each individual brushstroke.

This event is free and open to the public.

Free and pay parking is available for weekday visits. Campus parking is free on weekends, except in reserved stalls. Visit for more transportation information.

For more information, go here.

Through Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Art Gallery, Main Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

Showcasing the art of two classes held by Gemma Joon Bae, Brush on Rice Paper features traditional Korean brush art taught in Utah. The exhibition will include works by students, as well as their instructor, illustrating the customs and symbolism of Korean art while also demonstrating that art itself is all-inclusive. The students consist of docents from UMFA (many of whom have been at the museum for over a decade) and Korean-American women who volunteer together at St Vincent’s Community Center soup kitchen. The classes are relatively new, originally starting in early spring of last year.

Artists: Kelly Park, Elaine England, Soonbok Holley, Rosemary Chung, Brigitte Kirk, Anita Gander, GayLynne Sylvies, Gemma Joon Bae, Geri Siegel, Cindy Bruce, Esther Quintana, Kyong Kim

Artists’ statement: We, the students of Gemma Joon Bae, study and practice the art of traditional Korean watercolor painting with the goal of developing an understanding and appreciation of the techniques, beauty, and universality of Korean art. With this study, we have learned ways by which a culture may be explored and better understood through its customs. While art forms are unique to a particular culture or school of thought, the desire to participate and share in art is universal.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 | 2 p.m.
1705F, 1st floor, J. Willard Marriott Library

The August Curiosity Bibliotherapy genre is western, with The Scholar of Moab by Steven L. Peck. Could be a western, could be science fiction—definitely has lots of mystery that will pique your curiosity! Meet to discuss the book on Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. in room 1705F of the J. Willard Marriott Library.

For more info on the event or how to obtain a copy of the book visit, click here.

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 |1-5 p.m.
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

Hitch up your horse for a bit and join us for a half-day, journal making hoe-down. Saddle-up to the long-stitch with expert instruction using ruggedly beautiful materials. Each participant leaves with a 4″ x 3.5″ blank book and the know-how to wrangle hides into book form when ridin’ solo.

Cost is $60. Register here.

Sept. 11, 13, 25, 27, 2018 | 5:30-9:30 p.m.
HSEB 5100 A

Register today here.

Global Health has developed a proposal writing course with the goal of increasing faculty and staff’s knowledge and skills in developing winning proposals for large U.S. government agencies and growing the University of Utah’s portfolio of Global Health programs. The emphasis is on programs rather than research.

The course addresses the types of agencies/proposals that fund global health work. Learning objectives include:

  • Getting to know USG development funders
  • Understanding and responding to an RFP
  • Developing a technical strategy
  • M&E Frameworks
  • Overview of business components
  • USG proposal development process with Global Health

This is a four-day course, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 13, 25 and 27, 2018 (Tuesdays and Thursdays), HSEB 5100A.  It involves some pre-work (reading and online module) and interim group work and offers 25.25 CME credits.

Questions? Contact or

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Utah Valley University, Student Union Building

This event will cater to faculty, department chairs, deans, administrators, student services staff, veterans coordinators, academic counselors, advisors and other staff interested in veterans education.

Topics: A student-faculty panel on making the transition from the military to the classroom; military culture in the classroom; the veteran center’s best practices resources and programs for veterans recent legislation impact.

For more information and to register, go here.

Tuesdays, through Oct. 9, 2018 |12-5 p.m.
Browning Plaza

Wellness and Integrative Health is presenting a weekly Farmers Market every Tuesday from 12-5 p.m. in Browning Plaza located east of the School of Medicine starting June 12-Oct. 9, 2018. Seasonal fruits, vegetables and other healthy goods available from Tagge’s Famous Fruit and Veggie Farms.

Learn more about Tagge’s Famous Fruit and Veggie Farms here .

A Healthier U

By Libby Mitchell, U Health

Your liver does a lot for you. It’s the largest internal organ in your body and carries out more than 500 essential tasks to keep you healthy. It not only plays a central role in your metabolism, it also supports your immune system, stores vitamins and minerals, filters your blood and produces proteins that help your blood clot. But while your liver is doing all this to take care of you, what are you doing to take care of it?  “Recent research shows a dramatic uptick in the number of people suffering or dying from conditions like liver cancer or liver disease,” said Robin Kim, M.D., surgical director of liver transplantation for University of Utah Health. “There is evidence this increase could be due to people not paying attention to keeping their liver healthy.”

How do you keep your liver healthy? The most obvious answer is to limit or avoid alcohol consumption. The impacts of alcohol on the liver have been well documented over time. While the liver can process small amounts of alcohol larger or prolonged alcohol exposure can lead to inflammation, scarring, or a buildup of fat. “Cutting back or cutting out alcohol is one of the best things you can do for your liver,” said Kim. “This is especially important if you are overweight.”

Even if you don’t drink you should keep your weight in check and watch your diet for optimal liver health. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition that is most commonly seen in people who are obese, have type 2 diabetes, or have high cholesterol. “A healthy liver diet is one that is high in vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats,” said Kim. “It does not include refined sugar, high levels of salt, processed foods or high fat and fried foods.”

There are medications that can cause damage to the liver. Acetaminophen can harm the liver when taken in large doses or taken in conjunction with alcohol. The majority of drug-related liver problems are caused by acetaminophen. Certain antibiotics, heart medications, statins, and anti-seizure medications can also cause liver damage. “If you are prescribed a medication that can cause liver damage it is important you are closely monitored by your physician,” said Kim. “It is also important you take it as directed.”

The good news is that even if you haven’t been very nice to your liver there is still time to make changes to your lifestyle for optimal liver health. Your liver is the only organ in your body that can regenerate as long as it has at least 25 percent function left. “Making lifestyle choices is the best way to take care of your liver,” said Kim. “There are some who push liver ‘cleanses’ or ‘flushes’ to undo the damage that has been done. There is no science to back up those claims and in some cases, they may do more harm than good.”

Be as good to your liver as your liver is to you.

ER or Not: I’ve Been Stabbed with a Pencil
In one way or another, you find yourself punctured with a freshly sharpened No. 2 pencil. There might even be a bit of a dark spot from the graphite underneath the skin. Are you in danger of lead poisoning? Should you go to the emergency room immediately? On this episode of “ER or Not,” Dr. Troy Madsen settles your childhood fears about pencil-related injuries.

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Are You Sun Safe?

The sun is a wonderful thing. Without it, the Earth would be a frozen ball of rock covered in ice and none of us would be alive. However, it also is really bad for our skin. That giant ball of heated gas is harsh on our thin protective layers. Exposure can cause sunburn, sun damage, and lead to skin cancer. Despite this many of us aren’t taking proper steps to enjoy the sun’s benefits—yet still protect ourselves.

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