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October 2016 – Community Forum Newsletter

Next Community Forum

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 | 6:30-8 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Sixth floor, Flynn Room 6500
383 University Street, Salt Lake City

The College of Law is located on the northeast corner of 400 S. and University Street (1400 East)

Free parking is available in the lot to the east of the law building and the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot. The university will not be enforcing parking during this meeting. We strongly encourage you to use public transportation, if possible. Take the TRAX University Red Line to the Stadium stop, the Red Route for the university’s free campus shuttles (Carlson Hall stop) and for other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner or click the “Transit” option under “Get Directions” on Google maps.

We welcome your attendance, comments, and participation in the discussion.

AGENDA of Next Forum

    Alma Allred, executive director of Commuter Services
    Jonathon Bates, director, University Real Estate Administration
    Jonathon Bates, director, University Real Estate Administration
    Matt Lundquist, senior industrial hygienist, Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety
    Ken Nye, interim associate vice president for Facilities Management
    Curtis Leetham, architectural project manager, Campus Planning 


Recap of the October 2016 Community Forum

Athletics: Update on in-progress baseball stadium feasibility study
Chris Hill, director of Athletics, University of Utah

Evaluation for potential sites for the baseball stadium continues.

Criteria and measurable index for baseball stadium feasibility study:

  1. Is compatible with the campus master plan’s guiding principles for future development; meets with U master planning criteria including the play field master plan.
  2. Total cost is reasonable, especially considering required site, user, and building relocations, and additional site expenses.
  3. Site has good visibility for easy public access, links to major campus roadways.
  4. Site can fit a full college baseball stadium, batting cages, 2,000 audience members, and has good solar orientation.
  5. Availability of at least 200 parking spots within walking distance for fans to park.
  6. Zoned near other athletic and training facilities.
  7. Schedule availability: Stadium can be started in the next five years.

Foothill Drive Implementation Strategy
Cris Jones, transportation section manager, Planning and Programs, Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake City Transportation Division presented six scenarios for achieving the goals of the Foothill Drive Implementation Strategy, along with preliminary findings from ongoing community outreach and input on the scenarios.

This planning process will conclude in early 2017 and will produce a prioritized near-term and long-term project list for the entire Foothill corridor.

Visit for more information, project materials and to provide feedback.

Helicopter flight paths for AirMed and Life Flight
Troy Stanton, lead pilot, AirMed at University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
Bill Butts, director of operations, Life Flight, Intermountain Medical Center

University of Utah helipad: Arrivals and departures


When approaching the University Hospital or Primary Children’s Hospital, there are two options.

If approaching from the north:

  1. Fly down I-15 past the downtown high-rise, pass south of town, and fly east to the University of Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium. Left turn around the stadium and then fly direct to the destination hospital. If you are landing at the university, avoid flying directly over Primary Children’s Hospital.
  1. Flying over Ensign Peak area. Please stay over the bench area at an altitude of 6000 MSL or higher and do not fly over any homes. Once you pass the university campus, begin a right-hand descending turn to the stadium, then to the destination hospital.

When landing at LDS or Salt Lake Regional from the north:

  1. Fly down I-15 past the downtown high-rise, pass south of town, and fly east. Once parallel to the destination hospital fly direct.
  1. Flying over Ensign Peak area. Please stay over the bench area at an altitude of 6000 MSL or higher and do not fly over any homes. Once you pass the university campus. Begin a right-hand descending turn towards the stadium. Continue west until parallel to the destination hospital, then fly direct.

If pilots are waiting for a helipad to open, they must circle in a holding pattern 5500 MSL or higher south of the hospital or in noise abatement areas.

If approaching from the south, east, or west:

  1. Fly towards the stadium then into the hospital. If a game is in progress at the stadium, stay south and east of the stadium. The stadium should never be over flown.


All departures should be followed in the reverse order of the arrivals.


Commuter Services
Melissa Johnson, director of transportation services for Commuter Services, University of Utah

The Transportation Master Plan is a comprehensive look at parking and transportation issues in and around campus with recommended solutions.

University and study goals:

  • Reduce single occupancy vehicles
  • Parking strategy based on entire “transportation system”
  • Understand regional mobility and multi-modal needs
  • Address mass transit issues by engaging surrounding neighborhoods, communities, and agencies
  • Maintain campus integrity through embracing a holistic “complete streets” concept
  • Include stakeholders, campus departments, university and Research Park employees, hospital staff, neighborhoods, community leaders, specialty groups, and the public
  • Create a master plan with phasing and financially viable options

Read the full Transportation Master Plan here.

Campus fraternities and sororities
Nick Robbins, assistant dean of students, Office of the Dean of Students

The mission of the fraternity and sorority community at the University of Utah is to provide men and women lifelong opportunities for growth and professional development by fostering ideals of leadership, academic excellence, service, philanthropy, social responsibility, and intercultural awareness, while forging a legacy of friendship, leadership, and loyalty. 

Retention and graduation rates: 

The following charts showcase institution retention and graduation rates over a four-year time span of undergraduate Greek letter affiliated students compared to their non-affiliated peers. 



Community service: 

The fraternity and sorority community provide community service and philanthropic efforts for over 25 different national and community organizations including: 

Rape Recovery Center; American Red Cross; Children’s Justice Center; National Alliance on Mental Illness; ALS Foundation; Camp Hobe; Labs for Liberty; Huntsman Cancer Foundation; Angel Hands Foundation; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Habitat For Humanity; American Cancer Foundation; United Way; South Valley Sanctuary; Red Dress Foundation; Make-A-Wish Foundation; Friends For Sight; Christmas Box House; Reading is Fundamental; and First Book.

University Asia Campus
Jean Oh, director, UAC Main Campus Operations

  1. The University Asia Campus was established in 2014 with three undergraduate programs and one graduate program:
    1. Communication
    2. Psychology
    3. Bachelor of Social Work
    4. Master of Public Health
  2. Facilities were funded by the Korean government:
    1. Utah designated building.
    2. Shared housing, dining, recreational, and performance facilities with three other institutions.
  3. Student enrollment at the UAC began with 13 students in 2014 and has grown to over 220 in 2016.
  4. Six students moved over to the main campus in Salt Lake City for their final portion of program in fall 2016; an additional 22 students are expected in spring 2017.