Save lives, stop the bleed

Stop the Bleed kits include:

  • Gloves
  • Chest seals
  • Tourniquets
  • Compressed gauze
  • Instructions for stopping the bleed

Click to learn how to:

No one should die from uncontrolled bleeding. Whether the cause is a mass shooting, intentional harm or an accident, uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. So, the University of Utah is doing something about it.

The Department of Public Safety’ Division of Emergency Management and the trauma program at the University of Utah Health are working together to create an educational campaign and deploy kits throughout campus to “Stop the Bleed.”

“The intention of these kits is to empower students, faculty and staff to assist somebody who is injured,” said Jeff Graviet, director of Emergency Management. “We are among the first of colleges and universities in the nation to deploy Stop the Bleed kits throughout campus.”

Co-located with the university’s 206 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) across campus, these kits will aid in saving a life in an emergency situation.

Be sure to watch the educational video below. The reenactment that unfolds depicts a traumatic scenario that has taken place all too often at schools across the nation and globe. Knowing what to expect could help save a life.

“All citizens should learn how to stop bleeding in an emergency,” is the number one recommendation from the Hartford Consensus. The Consensus is a joint committee of medical groups, the military, the National Security Council, Homeland Security, the FBI, law enforcement, fire rescue and EMS that was formed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012. This Stop the Bleed campaign is a direct result from that event and recommendations made in 2013.

Additional AED units and Stop the Bleed kits are coming online across campus as new construction projects are completed. These kits will help prevent death from uncontrolled bleeding due to accidental or intentional trauma.

Familiarize yourself with the location of your building’s AED. It may just save a life.

To find answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

Making the American dream a reality

Making the American Dream a reality

The second in a series of dialogues on the American Dream will take place Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Hinckley Caucus Room in Gardner Commons.

Panelists will discuss why it is important to support the middle class and examine what cities, states and the federal government can do to help it prosper.

The panel is from 12-1:30 p.m. It is free, open to the public and there will be pizza.

The call for ideas to help Utah’s middle class prosper drew more than 150 proposals from across the state. On Wednesday, U President Ruth Watkins and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox will announce the 10 finalists at a panel discussion on “Making the American Dream a reality.”

“We’ve been thrilled at the level of excitement this challenge has garnered across the state in catalyzing ideas to strengthen Utah’s middle class,” said Courtney McBeth, director of the U’s American Dream Ideas Challenge project.

The 10 proposals selected address workforce development, healthcare, personal finance, transportation and housing affordability, McBeth said.

“Our top 10 teams hail from across the state and include entrepreneurs, students, faculty, nonprofits and government organizations,” she said.

The finalists will be introduced at the panel discussion, which will focus on why it is important to secure and expand the middle class and what cities, states and the federal government can do to help the middle class.

The panel discussion is part of the Campus Community Dialogue—American Dream Series. Panelists include: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox; Claudia Geist, an associate professor of sociology and gender studies; Bill Crim, president and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake; and Sen. Luz Escamilla. Natalie Gochnour, associate dean and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, will moderate the discussion.

The University of Utah is one of four public universities selected by Schmidt Futures to develop policy and technology ideas for ensuring a vibrant middle class in America.

The U launched the American Dream Ideas Challenge in May with the goal of soliciting ideas from individuals or groups throughout Utah that have the potential to increase net income for 10,000 of the state’s middle-class households by 10 percent by 2020.

Each of the finalists will receive up to $10,000 to further develop their idea. In November, an advisory board led by Watkins and Cox will select the three best technology and policy ideas from the 10 finalists.

The three finalists will be announced on Nov. 29, and each of those proposals will be eligible for an additional award of up to $30,000 to aid in refining the idea. The U will then forward those proposals to the Alliance for the American Dream, which will provide up to $1 million in additional support to the best ideas that emerge from across the nation.

“The strong response we’ve received to the challenge demonstrates Utah’s innovative culture, rugged individualism and commitment to improving our communities,” McBeth said.

Plan to finish

While it may feel like the semester has just begun, it’s not too early to start planning for the next phases of your college experience. All first-year students should have received an email last week inviting them to schedule a meeting with an advisor. Those who complete an advising session before Nov. 2 will receive early registration for 1000- and 2000-level courses for spring 2019.

“One of the benefits of attending a large and vibrant institution like the University of Utah is the number of opportunities students have for majors, minors, research and involvement,” said Martina Stewart, director of the Mandatory Advising Program at the U. “Academic advisors know about these opportunities and can help students develop an enriched undergraduate experience that is reflective of who they are and where they want to go in the future. Advisors are also experts on university policy and curriculum and can meet with students whenever they have questions about their academic experience.”

The Mandatory Advising Program: Key Advising Milestones is designed to connect students to advisors at key points during their undergraduate experience to help them make the most of their time at the U and keep them on track for graduation. Over the past seven years, the U’s six-year graduation rate has increased by more than 10 percentage points, which can be partially attributed to the investment the institution has made in supporting students through advising services.

“We want students to graduate in a timely fashion, having experienced all of the opportunities available to them at our institution,” said Beth Howard, associate dean of the Academic Advising Center. “Early advising and meaningful connection to our resources facilitate this process.”

In addition to advising for first-year students, those in their second year are required to meet with an advisor. They can expect an email reminder in November and should plan to meet with an advisor by March 1. Students who have at least 60 credits, have attended at least two semesters and are undeclared are also required to meet with an advisor. They will receive an email about this advising requirement in February.

To make the most of an advising session, read the tips below about what to expect and how to come prepared:

How students can prepare:

  • Bring appropriate documents (i.e. transcripts, degree audit, summary of transfer credit, test scores), making a list of questions and concerns and planning a tentative schedule.
  • Honestly communicate your interests, abilities and circumstances to your advisor.
  • Keep up with your academic progress and maintain your own advising file—keep all documents until you graduate.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly.

What your advisor will strive to do for you:

  • Listen attentively to your questions and concerns.
  • Respect your unique interests, abilities and circumstances.
  • Help with exploring options that support your academic, personal and career interests.
  • Explain degree requirements
  • Clarify information about university regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Assist in building an appropriate class schedule.
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources.
  • Help students learn how to find answers for themselves.

Academic advisors look forward to meeting with you. See for more information about the Mandatory Advising Program.

Get defensive

Interested in taking a RAD class? Registration is open for the following sessions:

  • Feb. 5-26, 2019
  • April 2-23, 2019

Register at

Have you ever made a fist and hit someone in self-defense?

It’s a question that usually startles the women in Sgt. Heather Horstmeier’s RAD class at the University of Utah. And that’s because the answer is almost always no.

But by the end of the four-week evening class— which is for women and transgender women only —participants know not only how to make a fist but how to punch, jab, kick and yell to increase their odds of being able to escape when threatened by an attacker.

“Most women come to the first class wary and not sure if they will like it,” Horstmeier said. “By the end, I see strong women who can defend themselves and who feel empowered.”

PHOTO CREDIT: University of Utah

Sgt. Heather Horstmeier demonstrating use of gear during a RAD class.

The University of Utah’s Department of Public Safety has offered the Rape Aggression Defense class—known as RAD—on campus for about 15 years. Horstmeier, with assistance from other public safety officers, has overseen it since 2015.

Interest in the course has skyrocketed, “so much so that we have offered more classes in 2017 and 2018,” Horstmeier said.

The department’s interest in helping women learn to defend themselves is driven by the numbers: In Utah, one in three women will experience sexual violence during their lifetime, according to statistics reported by the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

“I am a firm believer in being able to take care of yourself, to stand up for yourself,” said Officer Kayla Dallof, one of the course’s instructors.

Horstmeier says 90 percent of self-defense is risk awareness and preparation. “I want women to be aware of their surroundings and the risks around them every day,” she said.

Over the course of the month-long class, participants learn how to be aware of the environment around them, how to prevent and avoid bad situations and basic physical defense moves. Those who complete the course are given free, lifetime access to future classes to refresh their skills.

“I really like how it empowers women and seeing how they progress over the course of the program,” said Sgt. Ryan Speers, one of the instructors.

PHOTO CREDIT: University of Utah

Jessica Taylor is geared up for final practice exercises in RAD class.

Most of those who sign up for the class are students or prospective students, though it is open to all women on campus. The class is also popular with mother/daughter pairs.

Valerie Green, associate director of resident life, attended the course last January with her then 14-year-old daughter.

“Once my daughter turned 14 and began using public transportation to get to high school, I wanted to give her basic skillsets to think through and use if the unimaginable happened,” Green said. “She was a reluctant participant initially, but at the end of it she said ‘I’m really glad I did that even though I didn’t want to.’”

Green also benefited from the class. “I thought it was fabulous,” she said. “They did a good job of laying the groundwork so you could be mentally prepared and even though it’s only a four-week class, the repetitive nature of the instruction builds muscle memory of how to respond. UPD does a great job—and teaching the class is in addition to their other duties.”

Horstmeier said she’s heard from several women that they were able to use what they learned to get out of troubling situations—before things got worse.

As one woman said at the end of a recent course: “I feel like, hey, I could do this!”

Financial aid: Apply now

Don’t forget your 2019-2020 FAFSA opened today, Oct. 1, 2018. Follow the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need to apply.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and your financial aid by the Feb. 1 priority date for consideration for all need-based aid programs. Students can still apply after Feb. 1 and be considered for the Federal Pell Grant. 

For additional resources for FAFSA, visit or

Need more information? Contact University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Financial Aid
Phone: (801) 581-6211
Fax: (801) 585-6350

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action institution. For detailed information or to request a reasonable accommodation, visit

Safety net

It’s been 30 years since the Morris worm—one of the earliest recorded cyberattacks—spurred the creation of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and sparked some of the first conversations about cybersecurity. While the creator of the Morris worm did not write the program to cause damage, those behind modern cyberattacks often intend to do harm.

That’s why, now more than ever, such conversations are so necessary.

For the fifth year, University Information Technology (UIT) is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual, nationwide initiative sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure people have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

“Knowing is half the battle,” Chief Information Security Officer Randy Arvay said, recalling the old G.I. Joe catchphrase. “That might be a bit simplistic, but having the awareness of what’s going on in cyberspace and understanding measures to mitigate those threats goes a long way to keeping everyone safe online.”

At the University of Utah, UIT’s Information Security Office (ISO) shoulders most of that responsibility. Arvay said ISO helps protect the U community through a number of measures, which include staffing a Security Operations Center (SOC) 24/7 to monitor and act on threats within the U’s network; working with government agencies to identify other potential threats; monitoring threat boards and breach announcements from other organizations; and alerting users to potential compromises of their information.

Arvay equates the effort to a “neighborhood watch.”

“We are watching inside and outside of our enterprise to help make our students, faculty, and staff more secure,” he said.

ISO, however, is only one line of defense for the U community. When it comes to online safety, Arvay says we all have a shared responsibility to protect our information—at work and at home.

“If each of us does our part—implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people or training employees—together we will be a digital society safer and more resistant from attacks and more resilient if an attack occurs,” according to, the website for the National Cyber Security Alliance.

This October, consider taking a few moments to visit UIT’s NCSAM website and checking up on your cyber hygiene. Topics include:

Chrony gets digitized

Ever wondered how much tuition cost back in the late 1800s? Or what campus fashion looked like in the 1970s? Well, catching a glimpse of retro U of U is easier than ever.

The first 100 years of the University of Utah’s student newspaper, The Daily Chronicle, has been digitized and placed online. You’ll find every page of every issue, from 1892 through 1992, at the web site Utah Digital Newspapers. The Chrony is one of more than 800 university-student newspapers in the U.S.— and one of the few that has been continuously printed for over a century.

PHOTO CREDIT: Utah Daily Chronicle

For its first 15 years, the Chronicle was published in a booklet format.

One of the key advantages of digitization is searchability: researchers can enter a term and uncover every page on which a particular topic or name appears. A century of the Daily Utah Chronicle in digital form is a goldmine of information waiting to be discovered.

It’s fitting that Marriott Library’s Digital Services Department is responsible for the digitization, because the Chronicle’s very first staff, in 1892, was recruited and supervised by University Librarian George Q. Coray.

The inaugural issue, published on Friday, December 16, 1892, includes this astonishing news—a year of college only cost $5!

A year of college for five bucks? Sounds pretty good! While the economics of higher education have obviously changed, one of the pleasures of exploring historical newspapers is finding out how similar those “old-fashioned” students were to their present-day counterparts.

To open their premier issue, the editors wrote: “We are living in a period of intense intellectual activity. Long established creeds are being subjected to the most rigid examination, and old beliefs are on every hand fearlessly attacked—nothing is taken on trust, however plausible it may seem.”

“Having the first 100 years of the Chrony available online through Utah Digital Newspapers is a fantastic resource for those interested in the history of the University of Utah,” said Jeremy Myntti, head of Digital Library Services at the Marriott Library. “Not only does this provide a unique view of the university throughout this century, it also provides glimpses into the life of the many noted alumni of the University — people such as Ed Catmull, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Wallace Stegner and countless others.”

Get to know today’s Chrony:

As we celebrate the digitization of 100 years of the Utah Daily Chronicle, we took a moment to chat with Jake Sorensen, director of Student Media. In addition to overseeing the Chronicle’s operations, Jake oversees and coordinates with K-UTE Radio, Wasatch Magazine, and AdThing, a student-run ad agency.

How did you get into this line of work?

PHOTO CREDIT: Utah Daily Chronicle

Faculty supervisor George G. Coray was caricatured by a student in the 1907 Utonian. He was purportedly “a strong personality . . . [of] unflinching courage . . . [who could] command the respect even of those who differed from him.”

I started working at the Chronicle in 2002, I think, when I was a U of U student. I sold classified advertising and assisted in the accounting department. In 2004, I applied for and received the position of advertising manager, then general manager in 2006. This evolved into my current role overseeing all student media — print, web, and audio-visual.

What aspect of overseeing the student newspaper do you like the most?

Being with students who are constantly creating something new. A former alumni of the Chronicle shared this story: After the newspaper’s staff would produce an issue, their faculty advisor would come in and mark it up. Then he’d crumble it and throw it in the trash. That was his way of saying, ‘That’s over. Now turn your attention to the next issue.’ There’s an entrepreneurial aspect there: we’re always seeking to connect an audience with a product, and we’re always trying to serve that audience in the best possible way. I think that’s a fascinating concept, especially with how fast-paced journalism and news is today.

Today the Chrony appears both in print and online. How do the two editions differ?

The content is controlled by timing and relevance. A football game on Thursday night will be old news by Monday, so there is no point in repeating that information in print. We’ll reserve printed space for investigative, in-depth stories that take longer to research and write. In this way, we are developing the printed version more as a news magazine. The online version, on the other hand, is the “quick hit.” The average attention span of an internet user is three to four seconds. You have to grab them quickly, before they click away.

Just like all U.S. newspapers, the Chrony had to move from an old-fashioned print publication to the digital age. When and how did that transition occur?

When I started at the paper in 2002, there were still light boards in the office. I believe they had stopped using them not long before I started. Stories were typed up into columns and then cut apart with scissors. The pieces were physically arranged to form a full page. The result was photographed. The printer would use the negative to make the plates that were inked up and placed on the printing press. There was a darkroom full of photo-developing chemicals, too. There was a move all at once around 2001-2002 toward using software to build an issue. Specifically, they started using Quark. Around the same time, the Chronicle had its first World Wide Web presence.

Can you talk about some of the unique challenges that student journalists face?

Time is an issue. They are so pressed for time. They are students first, and there is already so much on their plates. We try to make sure that they understand they are a student first, a Chronicle staffer second. Also, there’s credibility. Sometimes a source might not take a Chrony staffer seriously because they view them as “just a college journalist.” But Chronicle journalists have proven throughout the publication’s history that these students take their jobs seriously. They are trained really well by the faculty in the Communications Department.

For example, take the recent story about comedian David Cross posing in LDS undergarments prior to his performance here. The Chronicle first broke the story, which was picked up by news organizations regionally and even nationally. Our story had quotes and information that the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune did not have. I think that indicates that even though they are students, they know how to do their jobs correctly and they do them really well.

Another challenge is that we have 60 percent to 70 percent turnover of staff annually. Every year there is a new editor-in -chief and new section editors. These students have to learn new jobs that involve management and they also have to train new staffers in the basics of reporting and editing. Few professional news organizations have to deal with that rate of change.

What do you see as the value of digitizing 100 years of the Daily Utah Chronicle?

The text-searchability is a huge benefit. Just yesterday, we helped someone find a photo they appeared in 40 years or so ago. An alumni or their descendant might call and want to find a Chronicle article the alum is mentioned in. Although we have all the printed issues in our office, we encourage people to search on Utah Digital Newspapers because it’s so much easier than having to travel to campus to look at the printed issues or the microfilm.

There are instances where we’ve been able to use the digitized newspapers to quickly locate content that helps the university. When LDS President Thomas S. Monson passed away last January, the university administration asked if we had any archival content related to when Monson attended the U of U as a student. We were able to search and find an article referencing Monson and his date, student Frances Johnson, attending the theatre. [The pair would marry in 1948.]

One of the cool things about digitization is you can easily go back and look at the work of our student journalists. At one point in the 1960s, Andy Warhol famously announced a tour of college campuses across the U.S. A Chrony reporter picked up the artist at the airport and began to interview him. After his odd behavior while on campus, she did some investigating and eventually determined that the man who visited the U was not Andy Warhol.

In an act of performance art, the real Warhol had hired a doppelganger to go on the nationwide tour in his stead. The Chronicle helped break the story, which developed into a national scandal. Not long ago, a museum out east was building an exhibit on Warhol’s intersection with popular culture. We were able to go back and find those original stories and give permission for them to be featured in the exhibit.

The U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum recently contacted us looking for contemporaneous stories related to Nazism, the Holocaust and the response of the university campus to World War II. Those are opportunities where a student’s work done 30 years or 60 years ago proves useful today on a national stage.

*Banner image caption: The Chronicle’s staff was co-ed from the start. Here the 1896-1897 students. Back: Grace Nelson, Stephen L. Richards, Estell Watson, A. E. Pritchard, Lucille Hewlett, Jean Hyde, Chester Ames. Middle: Joseph J. Cannon, George Q. Morris, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Dorothy Cannon, Seth F. Rigby. Front: Mabel Wallace, Howard Snelgrove, Virginia Bush.

Clear the air

Air conditioning and heating systems are not only great for keeping a home cool or warm, but they also help clean the air of harmful pollutants.

While home thermostats control HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems based on temperature, engineers from the University of Utah have studied the effects of controlling them based on a home’s indoor air quality. They have discovered that programming your air conditioner and furnace to turn on and off based on the indoor air quality as well as the temperature doesn’t waste a lot of additional energy but keeps the air much cleaner.

PHOTO CREDIT: University of Utah Professor Neal Patwari

This graph shows that when a home heating and air conditioning system turns on and off based on temperature alone (normal), the air quality in the home can result in the dirtiest air based on 2.5 particulate matter. Meanwhile leaving the heating and air conditioning on all the time (On) results in the cleanest air at the expense of using the most energy. The SmartAir plot shows that a system that turns on and off based on both temperature and air quality can result in a home with much cleaner air but without a much higher cost in energy.

Their findings, published in a paper titled Smart Home Air Filtering System: A Randomized Controlled Trial for Performance Evaluation, were presented on Sept. 26 at this year’s “IEEE/ACM Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies” in Washington D.C. The lead authors of the paper are University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Neal Patwari and U electrical and computer engineering doctoral graduate, Kyeong T. Min.

The researchers, led by Patwari, purchased a series of off-the-shelf portable air pollution sensors and connected them wirelessly to Raspberry Pis, small and inexpensive computers for hobbyists. With specialized software developed by the engineers, the computers were programmed to automatically turn on the air conditioning system whenever the particulate matter in the air reached a certain point and turn off the system when the particulate matter dipped below a certain measurement.

For the study, 12 sensors were deployed in four homes in 2017. In each house, two of the sensors were inside rooms, and one was placed outside under a covered porch. Starting at midnight each night, each home would randomly operate the sensors under one of three conditions: “Normal,” in which the HVAC systems turned on and off normally based on temperature only; “Always On,” in which the air system operated continuously all day, and; “SmartAir,” in which the system turned on and off the HVAC fan based on the pollution measurement in the house as well as the thermostat’s temperature setting.

Based on five months of data, the study revealed that operating with the “SmartAir” setting in which it turned on and off based on temperature and air quality cleaned the air almost as well as if the HVAC fan was operating all day, but it used 58 percent less energy. Meanwhile, when the heating and cooling system operates normally without regards to the air quality, the air was 31 percent dirtier than with the “SmartAir” setting.

“For someone with asthma, an exacerbation can be triggered by poor air in the home, particularly for children,” Patwari says. “This kind of monitoring system could allow them to live more comfortably and with fewer asthma symptoms and fewer trips to the emergency room.”

Because of ordinary activities in the home such as cooking, vacuuming and running the clothes dryer, air quality inside a home can at certain times of the day be much worse than outside. Constant exposure to indoor air pollutants can lead to short-term health effects such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Long-term exposure could also lead to respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer and could be fatal for some. Yet there are no known home or commercial HVAC systems that are controlled by air quality sensors.

Patwari’s study involves engineering in collaboration with other University of Utah scientists, including biomedical informatics and clinical asthma researchers. It was funded as part a larger National Institutes of Health program known as Pediatric Research using Integrated Sensor Monitoring Systems (PRISMS), launched in 2015 to develop sensor-based health monitoring systems for measuring environmental, physiological and behavioral factors in pediatric studies of asthma and other chronic diseases.

Research reported in this publication was funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54EB021973. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.



October is Domestic and Dating Violence Awareness Month
Planned maintenance to PeopleSoft and CIS Oct. 5-7, 2018
Inclusive Access saves students 70-80 percent on textbooks
UMFA Educator Wins Statewide Award
September’s Advisor of the Month is Shelley Nicholson
Distinguished Professor Nominations
Apply to be an Orientation Leader
U Outdoors Club
Professional Education offers certificates in legal professions
Global Learning Across the Disciplines Grants
Learning Abroad: Call for panel participants


Domestic and dating violence are violence and abuse that occurs between two people in a close relationship. Domestic violence can include physical and sexual violence, stalking and/or emotional and mental abuse by a current or former partner. Join campus partners throughout the month for important information, student perspectives, workshops, events, calls to action and campus resources by following @uofuwellness and #uofudvam and visiting this website.




Due to a planned upgrade to PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.2, numerous production environments and applications will be unavailable from Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, 7 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. This infrastructure maintenance is necessary to keep University of Utah systems current and running efficiently.

The following systems will not be available during this planned outage:

  • PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (HE)
  • HE third-party apps (e.g., Parchment, CourseLeaf)
  • Campus Information Services (CIS)
  • Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
  • Custom web applications
  • PeopleSoft Human Resources (HR) and HR/Auxiliary web apps (e.g. campus directory, OSL)
  • HR/Auxiliary web apps (campus directory, OSL)
  • Ad Astra room scheduling system

The following systems will be available during this planned outage:

  • Kronos
  • Canvas
  • PeopleSoft Financials
  • Credit card systems (e.g., UMarket, Athletics)
  • Faculty Activity Report (FAR)
  • Select financial, faculty and research web apps (e.g., UShop)
  • Password change tool, Forgot your password?

Thank you for your patience as UIT makes this important upgrade.

If you have questions about this event, your local IT support staff may be able to assist, or you may contact the UIT Help Desk at 801-581-4000 option 1.

Please visit the University IT Services Status page for information during this and future maintenance events.


As part of its ongoing effort to support students and faculty in meaningful ways, the University Campus Store and Campus Store Health now offer an Inclusive Access program that helps students save 70-80 percent on course materials—a welcome alternative to the high cost of textbooks with the added convenience of accessing materials online the first day of class.

Inclusive Access puts your textbooks online for ease of access, making them available anytime, anywhere, especially on the first day of class. So no more out-of-stock textbooks or waiting for the book to arrive. Any course is eligible for Inclusive Access and the fee is paid by the student along with the course tuition, eliminating the need to search for and purchase textbooks independently.

In Fall 2017 Semester, over 7,400 students utilized Inclusive Access and each saved an average of 60 percent on their course materials, totaling more than $620,000 saved for one semester. Students can conveniently view their textbooks online, track their progress from assignment to assignment and communicate with other students in their class. Professors can also communicate with students, as well as provide updates and announcements online.

Join the 40 courses already using Inclusive Access by contacting Shane Girton, senior associate director of the Campus Store, at or 801-581-8296. He’ll be happy to work with you on developing a cost-saving textbook program for your course as well.

Hit the ground running on day one next semester while helping your students save money through Inclusive Access.


Laura Decker, associate curator of education for K–12 learning and engagement at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), has been named 2018–2019 Utah Museum Educator of the Year by the Utah Art Education Association. Decker provides resources for students and teachers around the state through the development of curriculum, professional development opportunities and educator resources and collaborations with AP art history teachers and students. She is the second UMFA educator in three years to be honored with this award.


Advisor of the Month is an award in which staff on campus who have academic advising roles can give their advising peers recognition for their ability to go above and beyond in their roles and with students.

September’s Advisor of the Month is Shelley Nicholson, assistant director for PreHealth in the Preprofessional Advising Office on campus.

Her nominations for this award speak volumes for the role modeling, creativity and passion she has put into the advising field:

“…Shelley has an engaging and informal manner that encourages students to be upfront with their anxieties about the prospects of applying to medical school. Once students share with her their specific concerns, Shelley systematically addresses each one and suggests practical steps to resolve them.”

“…she demonstrated excellent organization and communication skills. Because of her, we were able to help a record number of students in the registration lab without significant challenges. We believe Shelley demonstrated the first three phases of Appreciative Advising (Disarm, Discover and Dream) towards those freshman students.”

Shelley also shared with us how she got into advising and what inspires her:

“After graduating from Humboldt State University in California, I came to the University of Utah to get my master’s degree in education. Since my time at Humboldt, every job I’ve had has been at a college or university because I love working with college students and all that it encompasses. It’s important for me to do what I can to connect to and relate to the people I work with; students, their supporters, staff, etc. College can be really fun, as well as difficult and complicated. As an academic advisor of prehealth students in the PreProfessional Advising office, I get to help them figure out how to navigate the complexities of higher education to be successful not only in college, but also in their pursuit of admission to competitive professional programs. My students are passionate, driven, and incredibly inspiring, and I am humbled when I meet with them. When they open up to me and let me learn about who they are and their motivations to pursue their dreams of a career in health care, it reminds me of the honor it is to be an advisor. I love my job!”

Though the Advisor of the Month Award is for peer-to-peer nominations, you are welcome to nominate an advisor who has impacted your time at the university regardless of your faculty, staff or student status for Advisor of the Year. This nomination process opens Oct. 1 and goes until Nov. 2. You can cast your vote for Advisor of the Year here.

Do you need to meet with an advisor to help create, navigate and graduate? See our advisors across campus on our website and schedule an appointment at


Nominations are being solicited for the rank of Distinguished Professor.  Nominations from all parts of the campus are strongly encouraged.

 Policy and Procedures 6-300 states, “The rank of Distinguished Professor is reserved for selected individuals whose achievements exemplify the highest goals of scholarship as demonstrated by recognition accorded to them from peers with national and international stature, and whose record includes evidence of a high dedication to teaching as demonstrated by recognition accorded to them by students and/or colleagues.”  A person should not ordinarily be recommended to the distinguished professorship unless she/he is a member of the faculty who has completed eight years of service at the University of Utah prior to the nomination.

The nomination and selection of Distinguished Professors occur annually. Repeat nominations are permissible up to three years.  After three years, the nominee must wait two years before being eligible for re-nomination.  Regarding repeat nominations, we encourage nominators and/or other professors to add any additional information to update the file that they deem important for this year’s consideration.

All nominations must be submitted electronically. A list of current Distinguished Professors, nomination guidelines and forms can be found online.

Nomination forms and curriculum vitae must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

Questions, please contact the Distinguished Professor Advisory Committee.


The Orientation Leader position provides students the unique leadership opportunity to officially welcome new students to the University of Utah. Orientation Leaders are hired to ease the transition of new first-year students, transfer students, and their families as they begin their relationship with the institution through New Student Orientation.

Orientation Leaders aid in the academic, social and cultural acclimation to the university. Orientation Leaders also serve as a resource for new students and their families by providing honest and current information about any and all aspects of the U.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Applications due Oct. 15 by 5 p.m.


The Crimson Outing Club is the Outdoors club for U. They specialize in hiking, backpacking, and anything outdoors. Want to go rock climbing or rafting but are unsure how to start? The Crimson Club can help. Trips consist of different outdoor activities inspired by members, and monthly meetings include expert Q&As, gear trading and job opportunities in the great outdoors. Future trips will include camping in the Uintas and group kayaking.

Follow @thecrimsonoutingclub on Instagram and Facebook to sign up for our email list and get more information.


Professional Education at the University of Utah offers several certificates in legal professions. The certificate programs are designed for busy professionals in a flexible, online format. Certificates of particular interest to U employees are the Legal Nurse Consultant Training Certificate and the Victim Advocacy Certificate. Courses begin Oct. 15, 2018, and run for seven weeks.

If you are interested in either of these programs, they can contact Rori Douros at 801-587-0139 or go to


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.

Resources regarding internationalizing the curriculum can be found here.


Fall 2018 | Oct. 5, 2018

Spring 2019 | Jan. 11, 2019

Two projects are funded each semester.

If you have any questions or would like to receive feedback on your proposal idea, please contact Sabine Klahr, associate chief global officer, at 801-587-8888 or


Learning Abroad is looking to do a Diversity Abroad panel this year as part of International Education Week (Nov. 12-16). We aim to highlight the perspectives and accomplishments of the U’s diverse faculty and staff who have gained international experience through study, research, teaching, and/or work/internships.

If you are interested in participating in this event as a panelist, please click this link to fill out a short sign-up form.

Campus Events

Creative Wellness Classes @ the Eccles Student Life Center
Eccles Student Life Center

Try this new Creative Wellness Class and learn the art of aromatherapy.

It’s a great way to relax during Fall Break.

Register at

Wednesdays and Fridays | 12:05-12:55 p.m.
Eccles Health Sciences Library

Join us for free yoga on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Eccles Health Sciences Library on the lower level. We have three mats available for checkout at the main desk, but encourage all to bring their own mats. No need to register, just come when you can! If you have questions, give us a call at 801-581-5534.

Learn more here.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis, several Utah counties have yet to recover from recession. Learn about the unique challenges facing rural Utah and what can be done to revive our rural economies.

  • Dejan Eskic, Senior Research Analyst at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Free and open to the public

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 | 3 p.m.
Moot Courtroom, S.J. Quinney College of Law

The next meeting of the Academic Senate is Monday, Oct. 1, from 3-5 p.m. The following items will be discussed, among others:
  • Utah Athletics, presenter Mark Harlan, Director of Athletics
  • Paid Staff Parental Leave Rule 5-200A, presenters Jeff Herring and Cathy Anderson

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 online.

New Senior Vice Presidents Daniel Reed and Michael Good were also introduced to the Senate and shared brief comments.

Oct. 1, 2018 | 3 p.m.
Utah Pride Center (1380 Main St., Salt Lake City)

Join us for a night of history and hands-on creating at the Utah Pride Center. Not an artist? Not a zine-making wizard? Not sure what a zine is? Not to worry! No special skills needed. All are welcome, supplies provided. We will introduce the history of zines through an LGBTQ+ and feminist framework followed by hands-on collaborative zine making.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

Free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the opinions expressed in this forum


Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 | 4-5 p.m.

This is a webinar that will be conducted via GoToMeeting. Please email your name and uNID to to RSVP.

Learn more about available Office for Global Engagement (OGE) Scholarships to fund Learning Abroad programs:

  • Diversity Scholarship
  • Social Media Scholarship
  • Student Fee Scholarship
  • Photography Scholarship

Learning Abroad will answer questions about the different types of scholarships, how to apply, and tips for creating a strong application.

Over $250,000 in funding available each year.

Spring/Spring Break/Calendar Year 2019 Application Deadline Nov. 1, 2018.

Oct. 2, 2018 | 5 p.m.
Utah Pride Center (1380 Main St., Salt Lake City)

How do we resist attacks to our queer and transgender communities, celebrate our accomplishments, while also holding ourselves accountable across intersections of difference? Come participate in an interactive dialogue surrounding art as a medium for activism, and the accountability that artists must have to folx within the communities they seek to represent.

Participants are encouraged to openly share their own artistic expressions, as well as questions around what accountability looks like within our shared communities.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 | 7-8 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

This November, Utahns will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on an unprecedented number of ballot initiatives. Proposition 3, the Utah Decides Healthcare Act, would expand Medicaid to the full extent allowed under the Affordable Care Act, giving access to health care to tens of thousands of Utahns.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Panel begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the opinions expressed in this forum.


Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Eccles Student Life Center

Center for Student Wellness and Campus Recreation Services bring you their annual Wellness Fair to Explore Your Wellness.

At the fair, you can acquaint yourself with a variety of wellness-related resources on our campus as well as within the larger Salt Lake City community. Visit as many tables as you like at the resource fair, receive a stamp from each, then enter to win a slew of awesome prizes in our drawing. In addition, students can access many health and wellness screenings, so don’t forget to bring your UCard:

  • Protect yourself and get a free flu shot before winter hits.
  • Receive free STI testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia.
  • Give blood and save a life at the Red Cross mobile bus.
  • Donate canned goods and hygiene products to stock the U’s Food Pantry (Donations will earn you an extra entry into the prize drawing).

We hope to see you there!

Women’s Enrollment Initiative – Lean In: Speaking Truth to Power
Oct. 3, 2018 | 11 a.m.
SSB 380

“Your silence serves no one,” says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker, Luvvie Ajayi. Join the Women’s Enrollment Initiative as they share a bright and uplifting Ted Talk: Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable and then engage in an important discussion about speaking truth to power. Information about domestic and dating violence prevention and resources will be available.

Click here for more information.

Oct. 3, 2018 | 12 p.m.
Union Saltair

Sonya R. Taylor is an author, poet, spoken word artist, speaker, humanitarian and social justice activist, educator, and founder of The Body is Not An Apology movement.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 | 12-1:30 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

American Dream Dialogue Series: In our second of a three-part dialogue series, panelists will discuss how to make the American dream a reality examining why it is important to secure and expand the middle class, what (if anything) cities, states, and federal governments can do to help the middle class, and the key barriers standing in the way of a growing and diversifying American middle class.

  • Natalie Gochnour, Gardner Institute (Moderator)
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox
  • Claudia Geist, Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Utah
  • Bill Crim, United Way of Salt Lake
  • Senator Luz Escamilla, Utah Legislature

Free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the opinions expressed in this forum.


Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 | 3-4:30 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room (Room 2018)

Join experts and students from the U and Oxford University to discuss peace, conflict and human rights. Professors Deen Chatterjee of S.J Quinney College of Law at the U who is a faculty director at the Oxford Consortium and Cheyney Ryan, director, Human Rights Program at Oxford University will join the U students to discuss this year’s theme “Pragmatism and Vision in Building Peace.” Students will share their experiences of their Oxford workshops with the university community.

Oxford Human Rights Consortium invites U students, and students from several other US universities, to participate in week-long workshops in March and June at Oxford University in England to understand and develop constructive solutions to today’s problems in such areas as human rights, global conflicts, humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding.

LGBT Resource Center and Center for Student Wellness STD/HIV testing Clinic
Oct. 4, 2018 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Union West Ballroom

Get free and confidential HIV, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia tests (while supplies last). Information about domestic and dating violence will be available at the clinic.

Oct. 4, 2018 | 2 p.m.
Union Theater

Film screening and discussion.

Believer follows The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ member Dan Reynolds, frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons, as he takes on a new mission to explore how the Mormon church treats its LGBTQ members.

This event is in collaboration with the Bennion Center.

Oct. 4, 2018 | 12 p.m.
Tanner Plaza

Talia Keys & The Love will be performing at the University of Utah’s Famers Market. Advocating for human rights, Talia uses her music to convey a message of growth, awareness and love in order to promote compassion and respect for our Earth and one another.

The market takes place west of the Union building on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 | 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
South Towne Expo Center

The Department of Psychiatry, College of Nursing and Department of Neurology in partnership with the Utah Department of Health is presenting a Cognitive Care Conference on Oct. 5. It is for both health care professionals, students and caregivers of loved ones living with dementia. CME’s and CEU’s are offered for professionals.

For more information, go here.

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 | 4-6:15 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, Level 1

A Logo Documentary Films Special Presentation of “Quiet Heroes.”

Free and open to the public.

During the 80s HIV/AIDS epidemic, two women in Salt Lake City treated, cared for and stood by those suffering from HIV/AIDS. This film tells their story.

4-4:30 p.m.: Display of the Kristen Ries & C. Maggie Snyder HIV/AIDS Archive
4:30-5:45 p.m.: Film screening
5:45-6:15 p.m.: Q&A with the production team

Click here for more info.

Dissertation & Thesis Writing Boot Camp
Monday, Oct. 8-Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Faculty Center, level 1, Marriott Library

Are you ready to write?! Get hands on assistance each semester with your dissertation, thesis and other writing projects.

Breakfast will be provided each morning for registered participants.

Register here.

For more information, 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 | 12-3 p.m.
Marriott Library

Join Teaching & Learning Technologies and our campus partners for TLT’s Faculty Forum “Ignite Collaboration” event. This event is free for faculty and staff and registration is now open.

We kick off the forum with discovery booths featuring the latest technology and services that Teaching & Learning Technologies, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Marriott Library has to offer faculty and staff. Followed by amazing presentations by university faculty and supporting staff about innovative classroom and course technology ranging from virtual reality in the classroom to pushing the boundaries of Canvas.

Visit to register and for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 | 5:30-7 p.m.
ASUU Office, Union 234

With information not normally accessible in traditional classroom environments, this forum will enrich student’s awareness of cultural appropriation. Taught through a series of dialogues and storytelling, students will learn how they can stop engaging in behavior that harms oppressed peoples.

This forum seeks to provide the student body with the necessary tools to promote diversity and wellness on campus. By integrating social justice/activism into the daily lives of students, they will be better able to fight against forces that commodify peoples’ cultures and take a stand against the oppression those same peoples face.

With the knowledge learned, attendees will be attuned to analyze issues of cultural appropriation in different places and situations.

This forum is free for all students.

Curiosity Bibliotherapy (Book Club) : “The Inquisitor’s Tale” (Fantasy)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 | 2 p.m.
Campus Book Store

Available on the shelf at Marriott Library and for purchase at the Campus Store.

Three children from vastly different backgrounds, and their holy greyhound, band together as unlikely friends when they unexpectedly become fugitives on the run.

About Bibliotherapy: Focused on maintaining one’s curiosity and desire to investigate, this book club follows a traditional format by meeting to discuss the same book. Discussion and readings are short. The club rotates between book genres every month. Pick the genre that most intrigues you, read the book and attend the event.

More info can be found here and here.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
College of Social Work, SW 330

We will explore the different types of micro-aggressions, what they look like, how they are used, and what impact they have on receivers. We will also discuss strategies in responding to microaggressions in ways that bring awareness and attention without falling into a savior mentality and identity.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please register in advance here. Please direct inquires to Irene Ota at

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 | 
Meet & Greet reception at 5:30 p.m. | Lecture at 7 p.m. 
S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Moot Courtroom

Tickets to the lecture only are $10 (Student price = 20 percent discount)

Tickets to the reception AND lecture are $25 (Student price = 20 percent discount)

Use promo code: “student” at checkout.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-20, 2018 | 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-27, 2018 | 6-9 p.m.
Red Butte Garden

Six nights of family-friendly Halloween fun. Calling all witches and wizards.

Join us for an enchanted evening at the fabled Oaklore Academy of Magic. Explore the seemingly magical properties of real-life plants from around the world as you select a magic wand, dig into herbology, study magical creatures, and more! But be warned, the noxious witch Myrtle Spurge is at Oaklore creating mischief and mayhem. Can you complete your magical education and collect the spell ingredients you need to banish Myrtle Spurge from Oaklore? Find out this October at Garden After Dark.

With crafts, activities, games, light displays and more, join us for Garden After Dark, an indoor/outdoor, costume and family-friendly, fun-filled experience in the garden to celebrate Halloween.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.
Garden members: $11
General public: $14
Children ages 2 and under: Free
Garden member special ticket price is $8 if you purchase your tickets by Oct. 13.

NEW! We have expanded Garden After Dark this year. The main entrance to the event will be through the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre gates–not at the Visitor Center. Please park near the Amphitheatre.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 | 6-8 p.m.
College of Social Work, Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-B)

Presenter Shea Diamond will discuss the healing process after pain and trauma has been inflicted within, by, to, and from the LGBTQ Community. This event is generously sponsored by the B.W. Bastian Foundation. This event is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquiries to Irene Ota at

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 | 8:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
College of Social Work, Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-A)

This group-based social skills workshop is designed to train and empower bystanders to take an active role in witnessing offensive and discriminating situations, instead of remaining passive or silenced.  Participants will learn and practice phrases they can use in response to a wide variety of prejudicial and discriminating situations, which include homophobia, sexism, racism, classism, etc. This event is free and open to the public.

Please register in advance here.

Please direct inquires to Irene Ota at

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 | 12-3 p.m. 
Officers Circle in Fort Douglas

Kids can trick-or-treat at Officers Circle homes, play games, have their faces painted and engage in other fun activities during this fun annual Halloween event. Led by the Bachelor of Social Work Student Association, this event is organized with the goal of providing a fun environment for children. Officers Hollow activities are wheelchair accessible and staffed by University of Utah student volunteers. Parents are responsible for supervising their children.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquires to Pamela Seager at

Eccles Student Life Center

Free Week may be over but we’re just getting started! Get motivated and stay motivated in one of our group fitness classes. Classes started this week but registration is ongoing.

View the complete schedule at and register today.

Eccles Student Life Center

Registration is now open for all climbing classes and clinics at The Summit.

Schedule and registration at

Through Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Eccles Student Life Center

Did you know that over 4 billion people can’t swim?  Don’t be one of them.  Swimming is not only fun, but potentially life-saving.

The Student Life Center has a variety of swim lessons and classes for beginners to advanced swimmers.  Check out the full schedule at and register today.