Founders Day Gala
Celebrate Social Work Month
University of Utah signs on to PHA’s Healthy Campus Initiative
Pioneer Theatre Company new managing director
Pitch In awardees announced
Women scientists honored with book display
Wasatch Experience
Renewal Period for 2019-20 Recognized Student Organizations
Upcoming Academic Senate meeting announced
Annual Faculty Committee Interest Survey closes Monday, March 4
Elevate campus health, raise your voice (and maybe win a $50 Amazon gift card)
Campus contraceptive survey
HRE housing: On-campus, nearby and even downtown
Alternative Breaks applications open
University Teaching Grants
International Ambassador Leadership positions open
Inclusive Access saves students 70-80 percent on textbooks

Founders Day Gala

The Alumni Association celebrated the 1850 founding of the University of Utah on Feb. 26, 2019, with hundreds and hundreds of members of the university community–staff, faculty, alumni and community partners. Each year’s gala recognizes distinguished alumni and honorary alumni who have excelled professionally, served the local and national communities and supported the university in its mission. The annual distinguished and honorary alumni awards, along with honorary degrees, are the highest honors awarded by the U.

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.

To learn more and watch the videos of this year’s recipients, click here.

Celebrate Social Work Month

Throughout March, the College of Social Work will join the National Association of Social Workers in celebrating Social Work Month. The observation is intended to raise awareness and acknowledgment of the crucial role social workers play in improving communities and empowering others, enabling them to live to their fullest potential. Social workers account for the largest group of mental health service providers in the U.S., and the profession continues to be one of the fastest growing careers in the nation. The U’s 6,000 social work graduates can be found working in mental health centers, schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, substance use disorder treatment facilities, private companies, disaster sites, police departments and at all levels of government. Use the hashtags #ElevateSocialWork and #SocialWorkMonth on social media to join in the month-long celebration and support of the social work profession.

University of Utah signs on to PHA’s Healthy Campus Initiative

We are excited to announce the University of Utah is joining efforts with Partnership for a Healthier America by signing on to the Healthy Campus Initiative. President Ruth Watkins will sign the initiative this Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the George S. Eccles Student Life Center.

The Healthy Campus Initiative is a campus-wide effort to find innovative courses of action to advance healthy living at the University of Utah while sharing the campus’ acclaimed teaching and research efforts and education with other communities. By signing on to the initiative, the University pledges to adopt guidelines for food, nutrition, physical activity and programming over the next three years to ensure  the U’s students, staff, faculty, and visitors are provided with a healthy campus environment.

Join us for the Healthy Campus Initiative signing on March 7, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the George S. Eccles Student Life Center. Light and healthy refreshments will be served.

We look forward to a healthier future together.


Following a ten-month national search, Pioneer Theatre Company announces that Christopher Massimine will join the company on July 1, 2019 as the theatre’s managing director.

Massimine will succeed Chris Lino, who will retire on June 30 after managing theprofessional regional theatre for twenty-eight years. Massimine will partner with Artistic Director Karen Azenberg in leading the company.

“I want to welcome Chris Massimine to the PTC family and to the thriving arts community here in Salt Lake City,” said Azenberg. “In Chris, we’ve found a creative business leader who brings skills and a set of experiences that will help ensure our continued growth in a changing professional theatre environment. I believe together we will accomplish more than that which either of us would be able to do so individually, as we shepherd Pioneer Theatre Company into a new era of leadership.”

“The addition of Chris Massimine to Pioneer Theatre Company is a tremendous win for the university and the arts community in Utah. Chris has a proven track record of success and is well positioned to move the company forward building on the legacy of his predecessor, Chris Lino,” said Dan Reed, senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Utah.

Massimine is a two-time Tony Award-nominated producer and leading arts executive.

Click here to read the full story.

Pitch in awardees announced

On Feb. 11, 2019, 20 groups participated in a rapid-fire set of presentations that highlighted community engagement across the university. The event was a wonderful way to highlight community engagement as an essential mission of the university, and to demonstrate the amazing work taking place on campus. Senior Vice Presidents Dan Reed and Michael Good hosted the event as part of this year’s Carnegie Community Engagement reaccreditation process.

All the projects represented the depth and breadth of community engagement provided by campus entities, and judges selected awardees based on reciprocity with community partners, novelty and impact.

The following programs received financial awards:

  • First Star Academy (Alexa Hudson): $2,500
  • Air Quality and U (Kerry Kelly): $2,500
  • SLC PrEP is Free (Adam Spivak, M.D.): $1,000
  • Dennehotso Sweat Equity Project (José Galarza): $1,000
  • Prepping for High School: Reading Intervention at Granite Park Junior High (Kelly Robbins and Karen Morgan): $1,000
  • “We are Murray” Urban Artsworks Mural Project (Valerie Kim Martinez): $1,000
  • Bridging Borders: Case Management Certificate Program (Aster Tecle): $1,000

Women scientists honored with book display

March is Women’s History Month and the Marriott Library is honoring women scientists, both past and present, with book displays located at each entrance (levels 1 and 3). Stop by anytime during the month of March to peruse the display.

And learn more about databases related to women’s contributions here.

Wasatch Experience

Join U faculty for a 2-day workshop on integrating the big ideas of sustainability into your curriculum.

Join University of Utah faculty in a quest to make sustainability teaching more exciting and relevant through the Wasatch Experience. The Wasatch Experience engages educators in a two-day, team-based workshop May 9th and 10th, followed by regular small-group meetings during the school year. Participants design and implement an action plan to integrate the big ideas of sustainability into their courses. Upon program completion, participants are awarded $500 and receive the University Sustainability Teaching Scholar designation.

Applications due March 8. Apply here now.

Renewal Period for 2019-20 Recognized Student Organizations

Happy ORG New Year. On Friday, March 8, All OrgSync portals belonging to Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) will reset and expire. This means it is time to update your organization’s information for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Please update the OrgSync profile by completing a registration request. We ask the organization’s leadership to do this at your earliest convenience and to re-submit a request each time the organization’s officer information changes. The deadline for submitting a registration request and renewing your organization will be June 1 at 5 p.m. If the organization misses this deadline, the organization’s OrgSync profile will be “disabled”. A disabled profile will prevent the organization from access to key benefits including reserving rooms on campus, applying for ASUU or FAF grant funding, tabling at PlazaFest, utilizing the tools of OrgSync, and more.

Updating your organization’s OrgSync profile is one of the two annual requirements to maintain your organization’s status as a Recognized Student Organization.

There are three items to note about registration requests:

  1. To complete a registration request, an individual must have Administrative Access to the portal. This access can be granted by someone who already has that access to your organization’s portal. The Organization Resource Group (ORG) may also grant this access.
  2. When the registration request is submitted, the organization’s advisor (if applicable) will automatically be sent an email prompting them to approve the submitted information. For Sponsored & Affiliated organizations, the advisor must approved this submitted information before ORG can review the submission.
  3. To have a request approved by ORG, Recognized Student Organizations must upload a constitution that meets these requirements. Please note certain items need to be listed as verbatim. The requirements have changed slightly since last year, so please pay close attention to the Constitution Checklist.

Registration requests submitted or approved prior to March 8, 2019, will not satisfy the annual requirement for the 2019-2020 academic year. All pending or deferred requests submitted prior to March 8 will be denied.

If you have questions about updating your organization’s OrgSync profile, please contact ORG

Contact the Organization Resource Group (ORG) at 801-581-2788 or for more information. You may also schedule an appointment with them on Cranium Cafe/Connex Ed or stop by their office during office hours within the ASUU Suite on the second floor of the A. Ray Olpin Student Union. Student Organizations and ORG are housed within the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement.”


The next meeting of the Academic Senate is Monday, March 4, from 3-5 p.m. The following items will be discussed, among others:
  • Dual Degrees in (1) Master of City & Metropolitan Planning and Master of Public Policy and (2) Master of City & Metropolitan Planning and Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Athletic Training
  • Emphases M.A. in Language Pedagogy
  • Certificate in Public Policy

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 here approximately one week before.

Annual Faculty Committee Interest Survey closes Monday, March 4

Remember that the Annual Faculty Committee Interest Survey, where faculty members indicate personal interests in serving on both University and Academic Senate committees, will close Monday, March 4. Complete the brief survey by the deadline

The Academic Senate Personnel & Elections Committee is charged with nominating faculty members to serve on dozens of University and Senate committees that address myriad issues such as academic policy, diversity, academic freedom, teaching awards, athletics, conflicts of interest and others. This year there are 74 faculty vacancies on 27 committees. Membership on Senate committees is decided by the election of the Academic Senate. Appointment to University committees is made by President Ruth Watkins from a slate of candidates submitted by the P & E Committee.

The concept of shared governance at the university is dependent upon active faculty participation. University of Utah Academic Senate officers and Personnel & Elections Committee members appreciate your consideration for being nominated to serve on one or more of these important committees.

Elevate campus health, raise your voice (and maybe win a $50 Amazon gift card)

Check your UMail to see if you have been invited to represent your campus community by completing the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The NCHA survey, sponsored by the Center for Student Wellness, is a nationally recognized survey that assesses student health behaviors.

This survey is shared every other spring and helps us better understand a number of wellness trends on our campus from mental health to safety to alcohol and drug use. Your voice matters and the information collected helps our campus develop the health and wellness initiatives and services we need here at the University of Utah. All the information collected is confidential and de-identified and everyone who completes it has a chance to win prizes such as U gear, Amazon gift cards, Outdoor Adventures gift cards and more. The survey is only open until March 10 so be sure to complete it.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Student Wellness at 801-581-7776 or

Campus Contraceptive Survey

The Campus Contraceptive Initiative is conducting research to assess student health on campus, and we need your help. By taking the 10-minute survey, the CCI hopes to understand student knowledge and experiences with sexual and reproductive health. Your response will help the CCI assess the need for programs to expand access to sexual and reproductive health services at the University of Utah. Take the survey, and you can be entered to win one of 33 Amazon Gift Cards for $50. The survey is completely anonymous, and responses are de-identified from the participant for the entry for the prizes. CCI will only use the provided email from the participant to contact for the giveaway. Click here to start the survey.

For more information or questions, please email Grace Mason, founder and president, Camus Contraceptive Initiative.

HRE Housing: On-campus, nearby and even downtown

Have you checked out Housing & Residential Education’s housing options for upper-class students lately? HRE has a variety of apartment options available for sophomores, juniors, seniors and even grad students. Better yet, these apartment buildings can be found on campus, nearby and in downtown Salt Lake City.

The housing application for the 2019-2020 year opened on Saturday, Feb. 9. Living with HRE provides the convenience and community aspects of university housing, with the added independence of apartment life. Apply online through the “Housing” tile in your CIS account. If you currently live on campus or have lived on campus in the past, there is no application fee.

If you are a newly admitted first-year student, click here for more information on the housing options you are eligible for.


Applications for Alternative Breaks Staff/Faculty Partners are now open. As a Staff/Faculty Partner, you will have the opportunity to mentor a passionate and civically engaged student leader one on one, as well as develop close relationships with 10 other civically engaged students. Alternative Breaks experiences focus on justice areas like animal advocacy, coastal ecosystem restoration, queering justice, defeminizing poverty and homelessness.

To see a comprehensive list of the opportunities available to staff and faculty, please visit the Alternative Breaks website.

To apply for a leadership position, please click here.

There will be info sessions geared towards staff and faculty:

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Bennion Center, Union 101
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 1:30-2 p.m.
    Bennion Center, Union 101

If you have any questions, please contact Justin Swanger ( or Megan Bettilyon (

University Teaching Grants
Deadlines: March 8, 2019

Awards are made to faculty to undertake projects that will enhance their teaching or the curriculum in which they teach. Tenure-line and career-line faculty are eligible to propose individual and group grants. Preference will be given to applicants whose primary professional affiliation is as faculty at the University of Utah. Awards are made for amounts up to $3,500 for individuals and $7,000 for groups for items such as equipment, supplies or travel where appropriate.

Click here for more information.

InternaTIONAl Ambassador Leadership positions open

International Student & Scholar Services International Ambassador Program matches globally minded students, familiar with campus and Salt Lake City, to incoming international students. Ambassadors help new international students adjust to life at the U and U.S. by assisting students during their transition to the University of Utah and Salt Lake Valley.

Earn up to $450 in tuition scholarship funds by becoming an International Ambassador. Now accepting applications until March 8. Apply here./bs_col]

Inclusive Access Saves Students 70-80 PERCENT on Textbooks

As part of its ongoing effort to support students and faculty in meaningful ways, the University Campus Store continues its Inclusive Access program this year, helping students save 70-80 percent on course materials—a welcome alternative to the high cost of textbooks with the added convenience of accessing materials electronically.

Course submissions for the summer term, 2019, must be made by March 13. Submissions for the fall semester are due by April 3.

Last spring, more than 8,600 students utilized Inclusive Access and saved approximately $1.3 million, instead of paying retail prices of about $150 per student. That semester, 60 courses offered the Inclusive Access option.

Inclusive Access puts your text materials online, making them available anytime, anywhere. Any course is eligible for Inclusive Access and the fee is paid along with class registration, eliminating the need to search for and purchase textbooks separately. 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.

To learn more and establish access for your courses, contact Shane Girton, senior associate director of the Campus Store, at or 801-581-8296.

Help your students save a substantial amount of money each semester by participating in the Inclusive Access program.