Snow day and KRONOS
New login requirement to access student data in Campus Directory
Academic Senate update
$2,500 scholarship for strategic leaders
Excellence in Global Engagement Award
Salt Lake Stallions debut Feb. 23
Housing Survey: Your opinion matters
U’s property insurance policy
University Seed Fund application period opens in spring
Last recognition period of the 2018-19 academic year
Student nominations for Ivory Prize
Professors Off Campus competition

Mark your calendars for Founders Day


On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the University declared an official closure day due to dangerous weather conditions. As this was a University Closure Day the following procedures should be followed for hourly staff employees.

The closure will apply on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Below is how to apply the closure for those affected:

  • Part or full-time, benefited hourly employees who do not work on a closure day
    • The payroll reporter or employee will add the UCD code, which is paid at straight time and the number of hours to match the employee’s scheduled shift.
  • Part or full-time hourly benefited employees who are required to work
    • The hourly employee will report in and out times of the shift worked on the KRONOS time card. The hours worked will then automatically populate as UCW, University Closure Worked, which is paid at straight time. The payroll reporter will add manually, to that day, the UCC code with the number of hours the employee worked. This is paid at half time (.50).
    • The payroll reporter will also add, to that day, the UCD code up to the equivalent of the scheduled shift during the closure period.
    • There is no need to add UCD to the Salaried Employee timecard as they are paid on an annual basis.

New login requirement to access student data in Campus Directory

Starting Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the University of Utah online Campus Directory will require users to log in with their uNID and CIS password to view student directory information. This change is being made to implement best practices by limiting access to student information to current employees and active students.

Note: As always, students who wish to restrict or remove their Campus Directory information may do so using Campus Information Services (CIS). Log into your CIS account, click on your “student profile” tile on your Student Homepage, and then click on the “Privacy Restrictions” link.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 801-581-5808.


On Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, the Academic Senate approved the following items:
  • BFA in Film and Media Arts – Animation Production Emphasis
  • BFA in Graphic Design
  • Permanent Status for the Sorenson Impact Center
  • B.S. in Data Science
  • Special Education Minor

The next Academic Senate meeting will be Monday, March 4, at 3 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom of the College of Law. Senate meetings are open to the public.

The agenda will be posted approximately one week before here.

$2,500 scholarship for Strategic Leaders

The Goff Strategic Leadership Center at the David Eccles School of Business is committed to supporting education and conducting research in strategic leadership. This stipend, essentially making it a free year-long class in strategic leadership, is only open to around 40 students across campus and all majors.

Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • Preference given to GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Junior or Senior status during 2019-2020 academic year
  • Current full-time enrollment
  • Two references (at least one academic) with contact information
  • Completed application form
  • Complete online strategic leadership challenge

Apply online here.

faculty & staff Excellence in Global Engagement Award

Nominate your colleagues for the Faculty & Staff Excellence in Global Engagement Award.

Deadline: March 1, 2019.

For more information and to nominate a colleague, click here (note that there are two awards available annually: one for a faculty member and one for a staff member).

Awardees receive campus-wide recognition and a $1,000 prize.

Salt Lake Stallions debut Feb. 23

Beginning on Feb. 23, Rice-Eccles Stadium will be home to the American Alliance of Football’s Salt Lake Stallions. Composed of former players from the Utah Utes, USU Aggies and the BYU Cougars, the Salt Lake Stallions are the state’s newest professional sports team.

Students, faculty and staff can score $10 tickets to any one of the Stallions five home games at Rice-Eccles during the 2019 inaugural season. Get your discounted tickets on gameday by presenting a valid UCard to the box office or by using a email address at under the student section tab (staff and faculty may use this tab as well). $10 ticket plus fees with a limit of two tickets per person.

Free parking is available in the Guardsman Way lot; the west parking lot of Rice-Eccles is reserved for credential holders, operations staff and the news media. As with every event on campus, riding TRAX or using the campus shuttle system is strongly encouraged.

First snap is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, against the Arizona Hot Shots. Visit the Stallions online for a complete schedule of games and information..

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.

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.

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.


Individual tickets and tables are still available for the 2019 Founders Day banquet on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Little America Hotel Grand Ballroom. You can make a reservation here.

Commemorating the founding of the University of Utah in 1850, the Alumni Association will celebrate four distinguished alumni and one honorary alumna during the evening.

Every year, the Alumni Association recognizes alumni and honorary alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, served local and national communities, and supported the U in its missions. The annual distinguished and honorary alumni awards, along with honorary degrees, are among the highest honors awarded by the University of Utah. The banquet is a wonderful way to celebrate and show support for individuals who have raised the profile of the university through their accomplishments and generosity.

Colleges and departments can purchase tables or individual tickets. Reserve a table today have your staff treat your alums and/or donors to a night of meeting new friends, building camaraderie and reconnecting with old friends by celebrating the 2019 distinguished and honorary alumni award recipients. Make your reservation by Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.