Candlelight vigil and remembrance of Dr. Sarah Hawley
New roles announced for Cathy Anderson and Mark Winter
Free copies of Joe Biden’s memoir, “Promise Me, Dad”
Housing Survey: Your opinion matters
January’s Advisor of the Month: Eric Gardner
Utah Commissioner of Higher Education announces he will conclude service at year’s end
U’s property insurance policy
University Seed Fund application period opens in spring
Volunteers needed as U hosts National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition
Last recognition period of the 2018-19 academic year
Student nominations for Ivory Prize
Professors Off Campus competition

Mark your calendars for Founders Day


A candlelight vigil in remembrance of Dr. Sarah Hawley will be held at the University of Utah Guest House at 7 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, coordinated by friends, family and colleagues of Sarah Hawley.

On January 27, Sarah Hawley and her boyfriend Travis Geddes were found dead in their home in what police are investigating as a murder suicide. Dr. Hawley was a beloved first-year resident at the University’s Family Medicine program where her colleagues describe her as bright, passionate, adventurous, kind and dedicated to helping the underserved. She was also a member of the clinical team at the Madsen Family Clinic. Dr. Hawley was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley and her medical degree at the University of California San Francisco. Her medical interests included full-scope family practice, from pediatrics to geriatrics.

How to help:

  • Dr. Sarah Hawley Fund—This fund has been established to honor the memory of Dr. Sarah Hawley and support an annual lectureship focusing on her interest in women’s health, pediatric care and wilderness medicine.

Donations may also be made in her name to:


Department of Family Medicine statement on the death of Dr. Sarah Hawley:

As a Family Medicine Residency program, we are shocked and deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy and loss of our friend and colleague. We have been focusing on supporting our residents and faculty at this difficult time. We have also been in communication with Sarah’s family, offering our support to them, and gathering their input as we help plan a memorial service to honor Sarah’s life and contributions. We have received immense support from so many within our medical community, and for this we are extremely grateful and appreciative. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us to help ease our sorrow in this time of immense grief.

The University Utah will observe a moment of silence on Monday, February 4, in honor of Dr. Hawley.


Please join us in congratulating Cathy Anderson and Mark Winter on new assignments at the U:
  • Cathy Anderson has assumed the role of chief financial officer for the University of Utah, with responsibility for ensuring efficient and effective use of institutional resources—financial, facilities, space and data—to advance the U’s mission. As chief financial officer, Anderson will work in close partnership with the president and two senior vice presidents on the overall university budget, advise on strategies and actions that enable sound financial management and advancement of the entire institution’s mission. Anderson will be instrumental in carrying out the One U vision. Anderson formerly served as chief financial officer for main campus; associate vice president for budget and planning; and associate dean for finance and administration in the School of Medicine. She was the chief financial officer for Cimarron Software before joining the U. Anderson has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Utah.
  • Mark Winter has accepted the position of associate vice president for budget, the post previously held by Anderson. Mark will be responsible for the formulation, development and assessment of the university’s academic affairs budget and resource allocation policies. This includes working with deans and directors of academic units and playing a central role in setting tuition and fee rates, student financial aid budgets and managing various discretionary funds. Winter brings a wealth of expertise to the position, having served most recently as executive director of budget and analysis at the U and working in the private sector. He has a doctorate in educational leadership and policy and a master’s degree in professional accountancy.

Free Copies of Joe Biden’s memoir, ‘Promise Me, Dad’

My U Signature Experience (MUSE) is offering members of the U community; faculty, staff and students, free copies of Vice President Joe Biden’s memoir. Books are free of charge (while supplies last) and can be picked up at the MUSE office in the Sill Center, 195 South Central Campus Drive.

Each year, MUSE chooses a theme and centerpiece text as the basis for its educational work. “Purpose” is the 2018-19 theme, and the accompanying book is Vice President Biden’s 2017 memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” a New York Times No. 1 Best-seller that chronicles the last year of his son Beau’s struggle with a malignant brain tumor that took his life in 2015. MUSE hosted Biden on campus in December as part of their yearly lecture series.

MUSE will host a series of lunchtime lectures; book discussion groups and other activities designed to facilitate reflection and encourage undergraduate students to find purpose in their educational journeys.

For more information on MUSE events, click here.

Housing Survey: Your opinion matters

The Universities Research Park and University Student Apartment (USA) Villages are exploring solutions to a shortage of housing in and around the university campus and Research Park. Built in the 1960s and 1970s, the USA East and West Villages are becoming costlier and more difficult to maintain. USA is the only housing community on campus for U students with young families, graduate and professional students. Research Park is also looking to provide a more complete community through the potential inclusion of housing opportunities for employees of the university or other Research Park companies.

As members of the University of Utah and Research Park communities, your feedback is invaluable in shaping and developing the future lives of Research Park employees, university faculty, staff and most importantly, students. The U is evaluating the demand for future housing options for faculty, staff, students and workforce housing for those employed by the university and in Research Park. While the focus of this study is on housing, future options could also consist of a mixture of uses, including retail, dining and commercial.

The 10-minute survey focuses on participants current housing situations, housing preferences and overall interest in the potential future housing opportunities. Whether you are a current on-campus resident, a single-family homeowner or a renter we want to hear your opinion. Help the U and Research Park plan for the future.

NOTE: This study is in the planning stage and there is no guarantee that it will lead to the construction of future housing. All responses are voluntary and will be confidential. Responses will not be identified by the individual and all data will be aggregated and analyzed as a group. This survey is being conducted by a professional polling company hired by the university.


Advisor of the Month is an award in which staff and faculty can give excellent academic advisors recognition for their ability to go above and beyond in their roles and with students.

January’s Advisor of the Month is Eric Gardner, senior academic advisor for Parks, Recreation and Tourism. One of his nominations demonstrates the many roles Gardner has on campus, and his passion for both students and his department:

“Eric goes above and beyond for his students in every interaction he has. He is patient, kind, and thorough and makes sure that any student concerns are taken care of. He is also a great instructor who is passionate about the courses he teaches and ensures that his students feel comfortable with the task and have all of their questions answered. The University of Utah is fortunate to have Eric on our team.”

Gardner is an advisor on campus who is always willing to improve students’ experiences and works closely with advising colleagues in this community to create a team determined to make a change. Here is a little more information about Gardner:

He has worked in outdoor trip leading, inclusive camping, and as the director of an Outdoor Leadership and Team Development Program at the university level. Gardner enjoys almost any outdoor activity from backpacking to skiing to climbing or just sitting and enjoying the peacefulness of nature.

Do you need to meet with an advisor to help create a meaningful plan, navigate the university and graduate on time? See our advisors across campus on our website and schedule an appointment.

Utah Commissioner of Higher Education announces he will conclude service at year’s end

Dr. David L. Buhler has announced his decision to conclude his service as Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education effective Dec. 31, 2019. The Board of Regents will commence a national search in the spring. His announcement now will allow time for a thorough search and a smooth transition.

“Late last week, I shared my decision with the Board of Regents,” said Buhler. “Serving as Commissioner has been the professional opportunity of a lifetime. After more than 19 years in the Utah System of Higher Education, over seven of those as Commissioner, my family and I concluded it’s time to begin a new chapter in our lives. I believe change is good for organizations and individuals, and I am looking forward to returning to teaching at the University of Utah in 2020. It was important to me to share my decision as soon as possible.”

Buhler is focused on achieving a number of priorities this year aimed at furthering higher education in Utah.

“First, I look forward to advancing the priorities of the Board of Regents and USHE institutions with the Utah Legislature,” he said. “Funding access for all students, meeting critical workforce needs and helping more students successfully complete college are critical to our state’s future. Utah has an opportunity to be the first state in the nation to place a college access advisor in every high school to help more students reach their higher education goals. By repurposing funds, we will increase the number of high schools with these access advisors this year from 12 to 33. If the legislature funds the initiative this session, there will be a college access advisor for every Utah high school within three years. I am also very committed to actively participating in the state’s Higher Education Strategic Planning Commission, which is expected to complete its work in November 2019.”

U’s property insurance policy

The university’s property insurance policy excludes coverage for property owned by University faculty, staff, students or visitors. Such persons’ homeowners or renters insurance policy applies on a primary basis for any loss to personal property.

If you have any questions, contact University Risk & Insurance Services at extension 1-5590.

University Seed Fund application period opens in spring

The university’s seed fund, administered by the Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC), fills a funding gap in the commercialization process between provisional patent application and the licensing of a technology. The fund helps faculty inventors achieve critical commercialization milestones that are needed to attract potential licensees, entrepreneurs and investors. The previous funding cycle (Fall 2018) resulted in six awards with an average award of $30,000.

The next funding cycle will be announced in the spring. If you are planning to apply, please send a brief letter of intent to your TVC technology manager, who will apprise you of the current status of your intellectual property and advise you on your potential application. If you are not currently working with a technology manager, please contact Danuta Petelenz, Grant Manager, at 801-213-3585, who will direct you to the appropriate faculty liaison. Danuta can also answer any questions about the process.

We look forward to working our faculty and staff to help advance your technologies and inventions.

Contact TVC if you are intending to apply.

Volunteers needed as U hosts National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will host the National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition on Feb. 7-9 and is searching for volunteers to help make the event a success.

The competition will bring law schools from across the country together to compete in a mock trial designed to provide law students a chance to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills.

Volunteers are assigned a role to play at the competition as witnesses and given a script to follow for a case. The opportunity is a fun and engaging way to help future lawyers practice their skills. Besides participants from the U and community, many volunteers at the competition are attorneys and judges from Utah.

The competition will take place at the Matheson Courthouse, 450 State Street in Salt Lake City. There will be free parking provided or TRAX is available. Volunteer shifts are scheduled in four-hour increments.

To sign-up for a spot contact Suzanne Faddis (  and Karen Fuller ( at the College of Law.

Last Recognition Period of the 2018-19 Academic Year

As of May 2018, the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement recognizes, educates and supports the student organization community at the U. To qualify as a student organization, they must select their own leadership and the leaders must not be financially compensated by a university department for their involvement with the organization. Benefits to registering and being recognized include tabling at PlazaFest, free or discounted-room reservations on-campus, the ability to apply for ASUU funding, access to the involvement platform OrgSync and much more. In order to better support and train student leaders, prospective organizations gain recognition and the accompanying benefits by attending an information session and completing an application within a two-week window known as a recognition period. The last recognition period of the 2018-19 academic year is Feb. 13-15. This is the last opportunity for perspective, or new, organizations to apply for recognition this academic year. The first step in this process is attending an information session, which primarily will be hosted during the last week of January. Individuals interested in starting a new student organization will be required to attend one of these sessions in order to progress through the recognition process. For specific dates, times and locations, please see our calendar for important student organization dates.

The New Student Organization Information Sessions will provide crucial details regarding this process, such as the application, the constitution requirements, recognition benefits and university policy. It will also cover the available resources, if recognized, including support from staff in Student Leadership & Involvement and the Organization Resource Group. These sessions start promptly on their designated time. Individuals arriving more than eight minutes past the start time will not receive credit for attending. If you cannot be seated at the session within eight minutes of the start time, please select another information session. For more information about this process, please see the webpage for starting a new student organization.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Organization Resource Group  at


A $2,000 award (or $4,000 for two co-recipients) and $10,000 to invest in the program being recognized—that is what the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership is offering to recognize and encourage student involvement and leadership.

Clark Ivory, former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees, established this prestigious award to recognize extraordinary and influential student-led projects that positively impact the campus and/or the broader community. The prize is an effort to enhance the undergraduate experience and encourage student involvement and leadership. It recognizes one to two students for demonstrating a positive influence on student success and/or fostering efforts that have enabled meaningful change.

Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

You are eligible for this award if you have graduated from the U since 2013, as well as those currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominate yourself or someone you know today.

Here are some of the past recipients of the Ivory Prize:

Johnny Le, a graduate student in computer science at the University of Utah was recognized for founding Utah’s largest programming marathon, HackTheU, which cultivated creative problem solving among hundreds of participants from across the country. The annual HackTheU event was inspired by similar programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Oxford and Stanford universities. To launch the program, Le brought together campus partners from the Medical School, Sorenson Impact Center, colleges of Engineering and Science, the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Auxiliary Business Development and more. Highlights of projects include an augmented reality application for learning to interact with autistic children and a musical space odyssey in virtual reality.


Professors Off Campus competition

The Tanner Humanities Center is proud to announce its next Professors Off Campus competition. This program seeks to link university and community by encouraging scholars to go on-site into the community and develop research and service projects in schools, churches, government offices and public interest groups. The program will facilitate projects during the fall or spring semester for the academic year 2019-20.

The goals of the program are to create meaningful public service programs based on university faculty expertise to benefit groups and individuals throughout the community, foster an appreciation of service work by academics and to create relationships and connections based on tolerance and understanding.

Funds up to $8,000 will be used to “buy” a professor out of one university semester-long class to allow the creation of a community-sited project. Additional funding up to $1,500 will be provided to the selected professor to facilitate project development and $1,000 to the community agency that is partnering in the project.

Please submit to the Tanner Humanities Center ( a two-page proposal that outlines the project and the agency involved. Projects may, for example, focus on literacy, art and music education, history, health, economic development and environmental concerns. Please attach a proposed budget for your project. In addition, include a copy of your curriculum vitae and letters of support from your department chair and the agency in which your project will be sited. A sample proposal and budget can be found on the Tanner Center’s website.

Project proposals should be submitted by Feb. 15, 2019.


Founders Day 2019
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m.
Little America Hotel Grand Ballroom, Salt Lake City

Make your reservation for Founders Day 2019 today.

We invite all campus partners to join us for the 2019 Founders Day banquet, the annual event where the Alumni Association recognizes alumni and honorary alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, served local and national communities and supported the U in its mission. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate and show your support for individuals who have raised the profile of the university through their accomplishments and generosity.

This year’s honorees are:

Distinguished Alumnus/a

  • Lana Dalton MSW ’13
  • Lily Eskelsen García B.S. ’80 M.Ed. ’86
  • Robert Grow B.S. ’73
  • Raymond Price M.D. B.S. ’83

Honorary Alumna

  • Gail Miller

$150 per person; $1,500 for a table of 10; $2,500 for a patron table. You can make a reservation here.

To purchase a patron table, please contact Mary Thiriot at 801-581-3716 or