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Skiing wins 2019 NCAA championship
U-founded TetraSki appeared on the ‘Sunday TODAY’ show
U strategy for Oracle Java cost model change
Join the Real Life Challenge
Mindfulness Center internship
Fall 2019 textbook adoptions due March 29
Recursion and Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization to jointly launch incubator
Advisor of the Month

Renewal Period for 2019-20 Recognized Student Organizations
Campus contraceptive survey
HRE housing: On-campus, nearby and even downtown


Skiing Wins 2019 NCAA Championship

The Utah ski team won its 13th national championship over the weekend and its second overall title in three years. They finished with 530.5 points in the four-day competition held in Stowe, Vt., outpacing Vermont (476), Colorado (455) and Dartmouth (447). Freshman Julia Richter won the NCAA individual title in the women’s 5-km freestyle race and junior Roni Remme finished second in the women’s slalom and giant slalom. Utah’s 12th NCAA overall title (one national championship was in the AIAW for women’s skiing, before the sport became coed) ranks third all-time.

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U-founded TetraSki appeared on the ‘Sunday Today’ Show

Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Acute Rehabilitation program Jeffrey Rosenbluth, M.D., was featured in a segment on the “Sunday TODAY” show with Willie Geist on March 3 discussing TetraSki.

TetraSki is an advanced adaptive ski technology developed at the University of Utah that allows individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities to enjoy downhill skiing with the use of a joystick and/or breath control.

Click here to watch the segment.


U STRATEGY FOR ORACLE JAVA COST MODEL CHANGE
As you may have heard, Oracle is changing the cost model for its Java products and support. While historically its Java products and support have been free, in the near future the company will begin charging fees for licensing, support and maintenance of its implementations of Java. This will affect past, current and future releases.
Many university organizations rely on Java technology as developers and/or end users. University of Utah and University of Utah Health IT leaders are aware of the significant financial and employee resource consequences of Oracle’s plan to begin charging for its implementations of Java. We are actively investigating feasible solutions to this new challenge. We anticipate that the best solution will be a campus-wide license and are working toward that goal. The data so far show this will be the most cost-effective and efficient way to proceed. Your feedback and cooperation will help us in making that decision.
As we work toward a common solution, please help us with the following:
  • Please do not:
    • Pursue individual or department/college/office Oracle Java SE subscriptions.
    • Invest effort or resources on Java testing and migration work related to alternate Java solutions (e.g., Azul, Amazon Corretto, AdoptOpenJDK, RedHat).
  • Please do:
    • Take stock of and document how your organization uses Java in the systems and applications you support.
    • Tell us as soon as possible if you have unique specific use cases that will help us develop the best possible solution. Let us know by contacting your local IT support staff or your central IT Help Desk (main campus: helpdesk@utah.edu or 801-581-4000 x1; U Health: ServiceDesk@hsc.utah.edu or 801-587-6000).
    • Forward this message to colleagues who may be affected so that they are aware of the university’s strategy in response to Oracle’s cost structure changes.
If you have any questions, please contact your local IT support staff or your central IT Help Desk (main campus: helpdesk@utah.edu or 801-581-4000 x1; U Health: ServiceDesk@hsc.utah.edu or 801-587-6000).
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JOIN THE REAL LIFE CHALLENGE

It’s not too late to be a part of this spring’s Real Life Challenge. We’re only a week in, which means there is still plenty of time to sign up and get involved. The Real Life Challenge is a four-week lifestyle journey, dedicated to improving your health, fitness and overall well-being—one habit at a time.

Each day, you’ll get points for completing each of the Five Daily Habits. You can earn up to 25 points a day and the opportunity to win prizes. Compete individually or form a team with your colleagues or friends across campus. We’ve even added team prizes.

So get your team together and sign up. Click here for more information.


MINDFULNESS CENTER INTERNSHIP

The Mindfulness Center (at the University Counseling Center) is now accepting applications for our paid undergraduate internship, also known as The Change Collective. Selected interns will:
  • Commit 19 hours per week for the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Receive financial and academic credit compensation
  • Develop and facilitate programming that builds more just, resilient, and compassionate campuses by combining student wisdom and psychological research
  • Conduct mindfulness-oriented outreach presentations across campus
  • Facilitate workshops through the Mindfulness Center

Interested undergraduates can submit an application here by March 22 at 5 p.m. Students can reach out to Alexis Arczynski at aarczynski@sa.utah.edu for any inquiries.


Fall 2019 textbook adoptions due March 29

If you have not submitted your textbook adoptions to the University Campus Store for fall semester, it’s not too late. Submitting adoptions is easy—simply complete the University Campus Store’s online textbook adoption form. If you need assistance in submitting your textbook information or have questions, please contact Heidi Booth at 801-581-5965 or hbooth@CampusStore.utah.edu or Rand Merritt at 801-581-3158 or rmerritt@CampusStore.utah.edu.

The prompt submission of textbook adoptions by faculty each semester enables the Campus Store to stock necessary textbooks in a timely manner and increases the chances of offering used and rental textbooks, which help students save up to 50 percent off of new book prices. The Campus Store relies heavily on your timely response, so please do not delay.

If you’re interested in adding Inclusive Access textbooks to your course and possibly saving students up to 80 percent off the cost of textbooks please contact Shane Girton at 801-581-8296 or sgirton@campusstore.utah.edu. For more information about Inclusive Access please click on the link.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the Campus Store’s textbook adoption program.


Recursion and Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization to jointly launch incubator

Recursion and the U’s Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the launch, programming and management of an incubator for life science and technology startups. The incubator will be located in Recursion’s former Research Park offices (630 S. Komas Drive). The 14,500-square-foot facility includes 5,000 square feet of wet labs, offices, co-working space, and multi-function rooms.

The incubator will give preference to university startups and will encourage applications from startups led by historically underrepresented founders, particularly those who have traditionally faced additional barriers to growth and funding.

Expressions of interest for laboratory and office space should be sent to Paul Corson, deputy director & senior director of entrepreneurship at TVC: paul.corson@tvc.utah.edu; 801.585.5016.

Contact TVC if interested in applying for tenancy.


ADVISOR OF THE MONTH

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.

February’s Advisor of the Month is Jon Diaz, academic advising coordinator in the Academic Advising Center, and assistant director of the Mandatory Advising Program. One of his nominations demonstrates the impact and dedication he has not only to students, but others stepping into advising roles:

“As my mentor, Jon has gone above and beyond in helping me excel in my position as a peer advisor. He has gained my confidence as an advisor, and my ability to help students at the University of Utah. He has given many students a meaningful appointment as they explore and navigate their own college journeys. On one occasion he met with a transfer student who was unfamiliar with the campus and worried about getting lost on their first day. After their appointment, Jon walked with the student all over campus to show him where his classes were being held. Jon has exemplified the mission of our university, and has positively impacted the people here.”

Jon has been an advisor on the U’s campus since October 2017 and is originally from Honduras and grew up in Florida. He shared the following about his advising:

“I meet students where they’re at. Try to see things from their point of view. Listen to them and seek to understand them as best as possible. When this happens, as an advisor, I am then able to help them as best as possible.”

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.


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 studentorgs@utah.edu 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.”


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.